US slammed for regional chaos
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic supports diplomacy and multilateralism and rejects the policy of sanctions and pressure. Raeisi made the comments at the 21st annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. He called the sanctions a big challenge to the world today, saying the domineering states have been using them as a tool to impose their will over others. The Iranian president also underlined that the sanctions are preventing regional cooperation and urged the SCO to define mechanisms to fight these challenges. He added, the world is moving toward a new order that favors independent and sovereign states.
US: Kabul attack killed "civilians"
The US military admits a drone strike it carried out late last month in Afghanistan killed civilians and not Daesh terrorists. General McKenzie said the US intelligence had reasonable certainty that the suspected location was a Daesh position where terrorists were planning an attack on Kabul Airport. McKenzie put the death toll from the airstrike at 10 people, including seven children. The US had said it was retaliating against the deadly August 26th bombing of the airport. The attack which was claimed by Daesh, killed over 180 people including 13 American service members. The strike came as Afghan and foreign nationals were rushing to leave Afghanistan.
Paris recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia following Canberra’s new military pact with Washington and London that scrapped a $40 Billion French-designed submarine deal. The French Foreign minister says the rare decision taken by President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the seriousness of the event. France had already called the abandonment of the deal as a stab in the back. Australia on Thursday said it would ditch the deal for a French company to build a fleet of conventional submarines. Canberra said it will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with American and British technology after striking a trilateral military partnership dubbed AUKUS.