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Iran on US occupation

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says events that unfolded in Afghanistan after the US invasion of that country serve as a concrete manifestation of aggression and human rights violations there. The Iranian president underlined that the impoverished nation has witnessed "a silent catastrophe" while under the US occupation. Raeisi said the history of the US military presence in other countries also shows that they not only failed to boost security, but undermined prevailing calm and stability there. The president said Americans who should be answerable to their dismal rights record to the public are just searching for pretexts to tarnish images of other countries over human rights.

'Zero result'

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States’ 20-year campaign in Afghanistan had zero result and ended in "only tragedies", only losses. Putin was addressing students in the Russian city of Vladivostok. He said the US army tried to impose their norms in Afghanistan for two decades. However, he added, it was a futile practice that resulted in losses for the US and more for the Afghan people. The Russian president stressed that it is impossible to impose anything on a nation from outside. He also criticized Western countries’ efforts to place Afghan refugees in Central Asian states. Russia argues that militants could enter the region under the guise of refugees.

Vowing to resist

The Taliban have called on their opposition group in the Panjshir Valley to lay down their arms, as fighting continues over the control of the mountainous terrain. A senior Taliban official asked the people of Panjshir to stop their resistance, adding that the area has been surrounded by Taliban forces. He also said that the group has tried to negotiate for peace but to no avail. Former Defense Minister, Bismillah Mohammadi, said the Taliban had launched a renewed offensive on Tuesday night, but were forced to retreat with heavy casualties. People in Panjshir continue to defy the Taliban’s calls for surrender. 

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