13 killed, several wounded in bomb attack in Afghanistan

According to Reuters, 13 people which include both civilians, as well as Afghan army soldiers, were killed in Helmand by a car bomb attack on Sunday.Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor’s spokesman confirmed the casualties and added that 18 people were also wounded during the same. The attack occurred in a market in Nawa, a central district of the province. This area has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks due to the fight for control between the government forces and the Taliban insurgents.

Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor’s spokesman confirmed the casualties and added that 18 people were also wounded during the same. The attack occurred in a market in Nawa, a central district of the province. This area has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks due to the fight for control between the government forces and the Taliban insurgents.

The hospitals nearby which include Bost Hospital confirmed that they had received 10 wounded where as the Italian aid run hospital said they had received 3 dead and 19 wounded. The current situation of the wounded is still not clear.

This attack has come just days after a suicide bomber in Lashkar Gah killed 7 people and wounded 40 as the Taliban continued to try to restore strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan and to drive out each foreign force that has been backing the government in Kabul.

There has been no claim of responsibility by anyone as of now and nothing from the Taliban either. Helmand has seen a lot of attacks in the recent past by the Taliban as they control a majority of the area outside the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

Ever since the Taliban has launched its so called spring offensive there has been a series of attacks in the country. The Central Kabul attack which was carried out on the 31st of May remains to be the deadliest attack ever since the US-led forces overthrew the Taliban from power in 2001.

Sources – BBC, EURO news

 

White house and Kremlin deny collusion

President Trump’s organization, the Trump Organization, looked to assemble a gigantic Trump Tower in Moscow amid a year ago’s presidential race, as indicated by individuals comfortable with the arrangement and new records explored by the organization’s legal advisors, The Washington Post revealed only Sunday night.

Felix Sater, a Russian-born and engineer living in the United States, endeavoured to persuade then-hopeful Trump to visit Moscow “and suggested that he could get President Vladimir Putin to say ‘great things’ about Trump,” as indicated by The Post.

The daily paper said financial specialists and Trump’s organization had marked a letter of the plan to fabricate a Trump Tower in Moscow yet the venture, lacking area and grants, was relinquished toward the finish of January 2016, just before the U.S. presidential primaries started, as indicated by a few people acquainted with the proposition.

The Washington Post report comes in the midst of examinations by an autonomous exceptional insight and congressional panels into whether Trump battle helpers conspired with Moscow to impact the 2016 U.S. decision. Trump and the Russian government have denied any conspiracy.

In July 2016, Trump denied business connections with Russia and said on Twitter: “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.” He told a news conference the next day: “I have nothing to do with Russia.”

Insights about the proposed deals were contained in a group of messages to be swung over to congressional agents without further ado, the report said.

Sources – Reuters, White House Patch 

Yingluck flees to Emirate, dodging politically spurred charges

Confronting a conceivable 10-year imprison term, previous Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fled the nation to Dubai, under the steady gaze of a court decision on Friday–  her supporters say was politically spurred, nearby media and authorities said.

Nonetheless, anonymous authorities disclosed to Reuters news office that she set out via land to Cambodia at that point travelled to Dubai to join her sibling, Thaksin Shinawatra – another ousted former premier whose administration, similar to hers, was toppled in a military coup.

Yingluck, who turned into Thailand’s first female prime minister when her party cleared elections in 2011, is blamed for carelessness in managing a cash losing rice sponsorship program. She has denied charges as politically spurred.

A decision had been expected on Friday, as a huge number of Yingluck Be that as it may, Yingluck never showed up for the verdict, as supporters accumulated outside the court and police stood to watch.

A judge read out an announcement saying her legal counsellors had educated the court she couldn’t go to in view of an ear infection.

The judge said the court did not trust the reason and sent out a warrant to be issued for her capture and delayed the trial until September 27.

“If she’s not guilty she should stay and fight the case,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the military chief, said. He also added, “If she’s not here, what does that tell you? Will she still say that she didn’t get justice?”

US service member missing after Black Hawk crash

On Friday, August 25, a United States Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen during a training mission. The US military has said that the search for one US service member is underway.

In a statement released by the US Central Command it was revealed that five other service members who were on the aircraft have been rescued after the crash that took place around 4 pm, reported NDTV.

Colonel John Thomas, CENTCOM spokesman said, “When the incident took place the helicopter was not very high above the water.”

Further, in an interview with Reuters, A US official said that the cause of the crash is under investigation. This is not the first incident; there have been a number of aviation mishaps involving US military aircraft in the past few months. A Black Hawk US Army helicopter crashed on a Maryland golf course in April and last month in July, a military transport plane crash killed 16 service members.

The US military has been carrying out precision air strikes against al Qaeda insurgents in Yemen, which is currently embroiled in a deadly civil war, launching at least 80 since the end of February.

Sources – Express (U.K), NDTV

Trump bans transgenders from joining the military, officially

Signing a formal presidential memo, President of the United States, Donald Trump gave orders to the Pentagon to ban transgenders from joining the military, indefinitely. Trump had tweeted about the same in late July.

The presidential memo directs the secretaries of defence and Homeland Security to formulate a plan to implement the new policy. Stating that the new policy should come into effect from February, 2018, the presidential memo was issued on the evening of 25 August, 2017.

The ban brings up the question as to what will happen to the transgenders serving in the troops at the moment? The Obama administration in 2016 had declared that troops could serve openly as transgenders and had also set a deadline on deciding whether transgenders could be allowed in the military.

Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis has been given the authority of determining the fate of transgenders serving in the military currently based on factors such as; “military readiness”, budget constraints and “unit cohesion”. Trump has given Mattis six months to come up with a policy for those currently serving, and he must implement it by March 2018.

However, the memo puts forth orders for Pentagon to stop paying for transgender-related medical treatments that also include sex reassignment surgeries, for those currently serving. The only exceptions to be made are for those who have begun treatment.

Sen Tammy Duckworth, an Army combat veteran, said that the military shouldn’t exclude people based on their gender.

 

Sources – The Indian Express, NDTV

Hurricane Harvey: Trump’s first Tempest

First Category 4 hurricane to hit the US (United States), bringing one-meter of precipitation, on late Friday. Departure orders were further issued to enable Texans to look for protection from winds of up to 215 km/h. Trump signs disaster order as Tempest with winds of up to 215km every hour is dreaded to be exceedingly dangerous to hit US mainland in 12 years.

The epicentre of Hurricane Harvey hit land between the Port of Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas late on Friday, as per the National Hurricane Center. It perforated extending hundreds of kilometres into the Gulf of Mexico.

It is regarded as the most powerful to hit the terrain since 2005. Prior to that Wilma struck Florida in 2005, and incurred billions of dollars in harm. Before Wilma, Hurricane Katrina walloped New Orleans around the same time, turning into a noteworthy disappointment of the administration of George W Bush.

Surprisingly so, US President Donald Trump signed a debacle declaration for Texas, authorizing government reserves for help hours before the storm. Prior in the day, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had asked Trump to preemptively announce Harvey a “major disaster” with a specific end goal to speed government help.

“We can obviously tell already at this stage this is going to be a very major disaster,” Abbot said, as more than 1,000 National Guardsmen were activated. It’s thus, a major test for trump, as it’s the first natural disaster in his presidency.

“I encourage everyone in the path of #HurricaneHarvey to heed the advice & orders of their local and state officials,” the Trump tweet appeared on Friday.

 

Sources – Reuters, Aljazeera

Clearing its intention, North Korea tests short-range missiles in Far East

Pyongyang set its intentions straight by launching several short-range missiles off its missile test site at Kittaeryong, on the east coast of North Korea into the sea. The U.S. military’s Pacific Command at Haiti reported within a span of 20 minutes, it had detected three short-range ballistic missiles. Although initially, the Pacific Command had said two of the missiles had failed in flight, it later revised its statement saying two missiles flew about 250 km in a north-easterly direction. According to the Washington Post, “We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted,” Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command.

This act is widely seen as North Korea’s protest at the annual joint military drills conducted by South Korea and the United States which the former considers as preparation of war. On July 28, North Korea had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile designed to fly 10,000 km targeting some parts of US. This led to rising tension and exchange of heated words as US President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of fire and fury if he threatened the United States.

Sources – Wasington Post, Reuters