Two journalists were among 20 people killed in Kabul in twin bomb attacks on a wrestling club on September 5, with the second blast targeting media and emergency services at the scene of the initial explosion. The first attack took place around 6 p.m. local time when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in the Maiwand Wrestling Club, according to deputy spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, Nasrat Rahimi.
“The EU stands in solidarity with Afghan people. We pay tribute to those who provided first assistance to the victims, as well as the media community, essential for the functioning of an open and tolerant society and democracy. The European Union’s commitment to support the people and authorities of Afghanistan in their efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability remains as strong as ever” – says the text the European Action Service statement.
James Mattis, the US Defense Secretary, arrived in Kabul for an unannounced visit on September 7 US media reported.
Mattis and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were meeting with Army Gen. Scott Miller, the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, NBC News reported.
They intend to discuss situation with peace talks with the Taliban, despite a deteriorating security climate in the country.
Mattis is scheduled to conduct a town hall meeting with troops, attend a weekly memorial service and meet with senior Afghan leaders, officials said as quoted by NBC News.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Brussels for defence ministers meeting, seeking to re-affirm ties with European allies, finding himself in the difficult position of mending relationships amid trade argument initiated by President Donald Trump’s policies. Speaking with reporters on the way to Brussels, Gen.Mattis presumed that while talks with NATO partners would be tough, he did not expect Trump’s tariffs decision to have an impact on defense issues for now.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed this week’s meeting of NATO Defence Ministers – the first in the Alliance’s new headquarters – at a press conference on Wednesday (6 June 2018). Ministers are expected to take a series of decisions on the NATO Command Structure and military readiness, discuss plans for a NATO training mission in Iraq, and review progress in achieving more defence spending and better burden sharing. They will also discuss NATO-EU cooperation, and hold a meeting on the Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan.
Janice ATKINSON, OPINION
Poland may find itself the pariah of the EU when it could be stripped of its EU voting rights.
I would say to Poland, stand strong, you are elected by the people with a mandate for reform. Remember, the UK voted to leave the EU to take back control of our sovereignty. It was unacceptable for the British to see the unelected Commission deciding our laws with Parliament unable to change or reject laws that were incompatible with the British way of life and business.
You have a friend in President Trump, whose strong support for sovereign states should hearten you. He’s backed up by his secretary of state for trade, Wilbur Ross, and defence secretary, James Mattis who have both recently spoke of the importance and supremacy of the nation state. Their opinion of the EU is very low indeed.
Poland is a strong, proud country, a member of NATO, your economy is strong and your status in the world is high. You are strong within the Visegrad, you are protecting your borders, culture, identity and way of life. Do not become like the Western EU states, who have seen their cities taken over by alien migrants that do not respect our rule of law, our women and our way of life. Stand strong against migrant quotas, the defence of your courts, your media and your voters.
Mr Morawiecki, Britain is leaving the EU to return to being a sovereign state. My advice is, do not be bullied and sanctioned by unelected bureaucrats. If they trigger Article 7, be bold and trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and leave the EU.