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U.S Senator John McCain calls for Pakistani ‘cooperation’ against extremists

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US Senator John McCain visited Kabul Tuesday and warned neighbouring Pakistan
that Washington was counting on its support to eliminate militancy and
in particular the Haqqani network, responsible for numerous attacks on
Afghan territory.

The relationship between the US and Pakistan has been strained at times, with some in Washington believing Islamabad has not done enough to bring its influence to bear to persuade the Afghan Taliban to renounce violence.
McCain’s
statement came one day after he and a bi-partisan Senate delegation
visited Islamabad, where Pakistani officials said he reinforced the
country’s essential role in regional stability.
“We
made it very clear that we expect they (Pakistan) will cooperate with
us, particularly against the Haqqani network and against terrorist
organisations,”
said McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, in Kabul.
“If they don’t change their behaviour maybe we should change our behaviour towards Pakistan as a nation,” he insisted.
Pakistan has received billions in US aid since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The
Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, based in the border areas between
the two countries, has long been thought to have ties to Pakistan’s
shadowy military establishment.
Led by Sirajuddin Haqqani,
who is also the Taliban’s deputy leader, they have carried out numerous
operations deep in the heart of Kabul, and have been blamed by
Afghanistan for a devastating truck bombing which killed more than 150
people in the capital in May.
The Senate
visit to Islamabad and Kabul comes as the US is gearing up to send more
troops to Afghanistan to support Afghan forces straining to beat back
the resurgent Taliban.
McCain called for more than just troops, however, urging “a strategy to win” the war which has dragged on for nearly 16 years and which even US generals concede is at a “stalemate”.
“The strongest nation on earth in this world should be able to win this conflict,” he said, calling for diplomatic efforts alongside a military push.
The US currently has 8,400 troops deployed under the NATO banner, and is thought to be mulling sending up to 4,000 more.
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has stressed his new approach, due to be presented to US President Donald Trump by mid-July, will have a broader “regional” emphasis, with no set timetable.
Trump
has remained remarkably taciturn on Afghanistan, but this month gave
Mattis authority to set troop numbers at whatever level he saw fit.
NATO,
whose Operation Resolute Support numbers some 13,500 including the
Americans, also promised last week to increase its presence in
Afghanistan.
Recent Taliban gains have
shaken confidence in Afghanistan’s future and talk of sending NATO
troops in has stoked fears the alliance could get sucked back into an
unwinnable war.
But Mattis refused recently to “put timelines” on the conflict.
“The
bottom line is that NATO has made a commitment to Afghanistan for
freedom from fear and terror… You can’t let this be undone,”
he said in Brussels last week.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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