"We never had any illusions as to who we are dealing with. It was clear to us that after the Cold War ended, Washington and its NATO satellites sought total hegemony and wanted to resolve their own development challenges at the expense of others." -- Sergey Lavrov's article for Razvedchik news magazine (24/3/2023)

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Lightning and heavy rains have killed hundreds of people across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At least 50 people have died in Pakistan in storms that have been lashing the country, officials said on Tuesday, as they urged emergency services to remain on high alert. Authorities in Afghanistan also reported a death toll of 50 the same day.

Following Joe Biden’s disastrous and humiliating retreat from Afghanistan thus leaving the country into the grips of Taliban jihadists, global terror outfit Al Qaeda is back to its old tricks in Afghan soil. According to media reports, the terrorist group is running training camps inside madrassas in Afghanistan, while it is generating hundreds of millions of dollars each week by sharing profits of the illicit drug trade with Taliban. With this cash, Al Qaeda is intensifying its recruitment and terrorist plots in the world, particularly the Western nations.

The GOP-led House is preparing to hold Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in contempt of Congress for his refusal to hand over documents related to the Biden administration’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2021.

Eight civilians were killed Monday in “reckless” air strikes by Pakistan’s military in the border regions of Afghanistan, prompting Afghan forces to retaliate against Pakistani military outposts, Taliban officials said.

Border tensions between the two countries have risen since the Taliban government seized power in 2021, with Islamabad claiming militant groups are carrying out regular attacks from Afghanistan.

 

During Friday’s airing of CNN’s “The Lead,” Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, addressed criticisms regarding the Afghanistan withdrawal and the Biden administration’s response.

Meeks expressed sympathy for the affected families, affirmed the State Department’s transparency, and criticized the Foreign Affairs Committee’s investigation for its narrow scope.

He emphasized the need to investigate how the Trump administration’s actions contributed to the collapse of the Afghanistan government.