The U.S. envoy to Afghanistan has signaled Washington’s Taliban peace deal, which was signed in February, will now move forward. On Twitter, Zalmay Khalilzad revealed the status of the deal following his week-long tour, which included stops in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Qatar where Taliban headquarters are located.
An old Afghanistan factory has been repurposed to help coronavirus patients. During the pandemic, Najibullah Seddiqi reopened his oxygen factory to give free oxygen to those with COVID-19.
Top congressional leaders have been briefed on intelligence that Russia allegedly offered bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan. The director of National Intelligence, along with the heads of the CIA and NSA, met with the Gang of Eight on Thursday.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the mainstream media of spreading misinformation regarding a New York Times report that claimed Russia offered bounties for killing American service members.
According to President Trump, his top officials were not told about alleged bounties placed on U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
On Twitter, the president stated “nobody briefed or told me, Vice President Mike Pence or Chief of Staff Mark Meadow about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan as reported through an anonymous source by the fake news New York Times.”
President Trump has responded to criticism by presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden over recent alleged Russian bounty intelligence. On Twitter, he said Russia “ate his and Obama’s lunch during their time in office so badly that Obama wanted them out of the G-8.”