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US to reduce size of force in Afghanistan by Jan 15, 2021

Jalil Afridi

Washington DC: American acting Secretary of Defence, Christopher Miller announced today that by January 15, 2021 the US force size in Afghanistan will be reduced to 2500 which at present is around 4600. The same number of force will also be kept deployed in Iraq, where at the present the size of US force is more than than double this number. 

The acting secretary of Defence was quoted as saying “ I’m here today to update you on President Trump’s plan to bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to a successful and responsible conclusion, and to bring our brave service members home.” 

While paying tribute to the fallen American soldiers, Christopher Miller said that “we have mourned the loss of more than 6,900 American troops who gave their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we will never forget the more than 52,000 who bear the wounds of war and all those who still carry its scars – visible and invisible.” 

Although the acting secretary said that President Trump made all these decisions after consultation with his security team and officials from the Defence department, but observers believe that this important decision will take effect only a week before the new US president takes charge, which raises a lot of questions about the authentication and seriousness of this decision. 

It is also pertinent to mention here that President Trump only a few days ago had fired his previous Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper without any probable reasons. 

While relying on allies Christopher said that they “are critical to rebuilding Afghan and Iraqi security capabilities and civil society for a lasting peace in troubled lands.” Mr Christopher especially thanked the NATO for its help and support anf said “ I want to thank our NATO allies and other partners who have fought alongside us and taken the lead on training and advising the Afghan and Iraqi security forces.”

It is important to note here that today  the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned of a “high price” if Western allies pull troops out of Afghanistan too quickly, saying it could allow Islamic State militants to regroup. He further said that “ Afghanistan risks becoming once again a platform for international terrorists to plan and organized attacks on our homelands. And ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq,” 

Christopher further said in his statement that today one of his phon calls was to NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and another was to Afghanistan’s President Ghani, who expressed his gratitude for every American service member who has fought for peace.”

But Mr Christopher did not mention anything about the reservations of NATO Secretary General, making it further confusing about the future of Afghanistan and the region. 

Regarding ISIS the acting US Secretary of Defence said that “thanks to our more than 80 partners in the Defeat ISIS coalition. We have destroyed the ISIS caliphate and will ensure they never again gain a foothold to attack our people.” 

It is pertinent to mention here that ISIS has started gaining foothold in Afghanistan and has claimed responsibility of several recent brutal terrorist  attacks including the ones on education institutes and the ones targeting the Hazara community. 

Mr Chrisother Miller and Mr Jens Stoltenberg have both issued statements today and they are both absolutely contradictory to each other. It is for time to tell who proves correct and less damaging. 

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Pathetic service of Koons Dealership

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Washington DC: In a email addressed to The Frontier Post, a customer name Muhammad, complained about the pathetic service of Koons auto dealership in Tysons corner Virginia.

According to the email, the general manager at Koons Chevrolet, Mr Tariq threatened Muhammed that he will kick him out of the dealership after Muhammad complained about the vehicle which he had purchased from the dealership a couple of days ago, had major faults in it and it broke down several times with in couple days of the purchase.

According to Muhammad, the dealership had sold him an expensive vehicle which had a dead battery, a broken air conditioner and a broken computer screen. 

Muhammad further said that on his return to the dealership after three days, Mr Tariq was acting like a macho man with extreme rude behavior. 
A few days later when Muhammad’s car died due to battery when his kids were with him in the car in Washington DC and showed the pictures to the Tariq and said that in used vehicle battery and air condition are the first things to check. According to Muhammad, Mr Tariq replied by saying that “thank you for  the heads up.” Muhammad said that instead of apologetic, Tariq sarcastically answered him back. 

Muhammad further said that he had even emailed the senior management of Koons but did not even respond back. 

Muhammad further said that he will be taking Koons to court to teach them a lesson that customers should not be cheated and they should be given the same respect when customer are purchasing the vehicles and afterwards as well. Muhammad also said that he also has documented evidence that Koons displays different prices of the car which are displayed on cars and on internet. 

This correspondent tried getting version from Koons, but there was no reply from their side. 

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Biden asks for unity as he nears win

Jalil Afridi

Washington DC: Democratic leader and expected next US President Joe Biden as asked Americans to be united and that he will be President of the entire country instead of just the Democrats.

Joe Biden, till filing of this report only six seats short of winning the presidential election. 
President Donald Trump on the other hand has already challenged the election results in several states and is hoping that the recount would take place in these states. 

Lawyers are of the opinion that courts will not allow the recounts because there are no legal grounds for doing such thing. The lawyers also said that the election staff did everything according to the law and if there was a difference of couple hundred votes then there would have been doubts, but the difference is in thousands. 

Supporters of Joe Biden started pouring outside the White House earning in the evening and DC police along with Secret Service Police had cordoned off all the roads leading to the White House.

When asked an official of DC Police about the expected violence or riots taking place outside the White House, he said that there wad nothing to worry about such things. 

International media correspondents from several countries had set up their cameras outside the White House on 16th street North West whereas people were holding placards with slogans such as “Resist, Dump Trump, Get out Trump, Black Lives Matter, Respect” and many more. 

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Most US states to announce election results today

Jalil Afridi

Washington DC: To the surprise of many, most of the US states plan to announce their election results today. 

A source close to the decision makers told this scribe that America can not afford to be in a limbo for a whole week to find out who is going to be their next president. 

American decision makers are of the opinion that election results will be fair and transparent. According to this source, the establishment has no favorite in America and they know how to deal with both the candidates. 

President Donald Donald  has his lawyers ready to go the court in case President Trump looses whereas Biden has no such plans and he will accept the defeat as a gentleman. 
It is also pertinent to mention here that American establishment is focusing more on the current state of economy in the country. 

When asked the likelihood of who will win the election, the sources, with a little smile said that “come on Mr Afridi, don’t ask me that.”

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Converting historic Church into gay night club condemned

Jalil Afridi 

Washington DC: A historical church in American capital Washington DC, located on North Capital Avenue is being converted into a gay night club and renovation is underway. People from all walks of life condemned this decision including Muslim and Christian leaders who are based in Washington DC.

Saint Francis Baptist Church is more than 150 years old and due to financial constraints, the management of the said church sold this property to a night club tycoon. The said tycoon already owns one other way gay night club in Washington DC.

It is pertinent to mention here that several historical churches in Washington DC have been converted into apartment buildings and according to the heritage foundations and history societies of Washington DC, the new owners of these Churches can do renovations inside these Churches but they can not break or touch the outer/structural part of these churches.

Those who are aware of the future of the Saint Francis Baptist Church being converted into gay night club are of the opinion that commercialism is part of reality but there needs to be respect for ethics and history. These people are also planning to hold demonstration out side the Church when it officially becomes operational and working as night club.

It is also interesting to note that several Muslims based in Washington DC have also condemned converting this historical Churche into a night club and urged Washington DC Mayor, Mauriel Bowser to intervene in the said issue.
An individual named Muhammad while talking to this scribe said that “I hope Christians and Muslims come up with money and purchase this property from the night club tycoon and convert it into anything else.”

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Etisalat & PTCL to strengthen UAE Israel ties

Jalil Afridi
Washington DC: Technology giants in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are working to strengthen their relations in field of technology and cyber security. In this regard both the countries are searching for ways to improve their local businesses and protect themselves from threats which lies in the bandwidth.
Tech giants and telecom sectors are in particular two areas where both the governments are working extensively to collaborate on data sharing and several other projects.
Etisalat, a mobile giant from UAE already has presence in several countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia including Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In Pakistan Etisalat owns most of the shares in Pakistan Tele Communication Limited (PTCL) which has monopoly over the county market share when it comes to their landlines, internet or their mobile carrier (UFONE).
Israeli telecom giants Pelephone, Cellcom Partner, Hot Mobile and the government are all trying to collaborate with Etisalat to provide consumers with better rates and more options. Newly appointed CEO of PTCL, Mathew Wilsher has already started working on how PTCL can strengthen Etisalat, the mother company of PTCL. Mathew Wilsher brings with him decades of experience in telecom sector and has served in places like Afghanistan and Africa.
Mathew Wilsher has experience in dealing with Israeli officials due to his past experience in Africa where he built great relations between the two countries in fields of telecom and cyber security.On the other hand Etisalat is not very happy with PTCL because of the continues drop in its profits since last more than a decade. Etisalat had acquired PTCL in 2005 at throw away price from Pakistan by President Musharraf who was leading the country at that time.
Despite being the leading company of Pakistan at that time whose shares use to sell like hot cakes, Pakistan sold its national asset, PTCL without thinking about the future of technology. It is pertinent to mention here that despite lapse of fifteen years Etisalat still owes Pakistan more than 800 million.
Now, according to sources the plan is not only to provide consumers with good costs of calling, but to gather as much data as possible about Pakistan. It is also pertinent to mention here Pakistan has been the bone of contention for official presence of Israel in the region. Israel is well aware that if Pakistan follows the foot step of Saudi Arabia and start taking lenient view about Israel then it will become very easy for Israel to establish formal relations with several other neighboring countries of Pakistan including Pakistan.
The next part of this collocation is related to digital content promotion, which will enable advertisers and promoters to go through with their desired agenda. It is pertinent to mention here that globally Israel owns some of the leading digital advertising companies and Singapore is a common destination for these CEO’s to meet and discuss.
When asked an IT expert in Pakistan about the prospect and consequences of this collaboration between Etisalat and Israeli telecom companies, the official who did want to be named said that “yes all the data being used by PTCL landlines, internet and UFONE will be available to Israel and its companies.”
When asked if the government of Pakistan has taken any measures about sharing Pakistani citizens or Pakistani companies and organizations data with third parties, the official said “come on, the government has no clue about these things.”It is also pertinent to mention here that Israel and India and UAE and India are already collaborating in fields of technology and combatting cyber crime. —
Muhammad Jalil Afridi
Managing Editor/Director
The Frontier Post
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White House source says Trump’s vitals are ‘VERY CONCERNING’ and next 48 hours are critical

Confusion has erupted over Donald Trump‘s condition as he fights coronavirus after the president’s doctors said he is doing ‘very well’ while a White House source claimed his vitals are ‘very concerning’.

Trump’s personal physician Sean Conley offered an update on his condition outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday morning alongside several other members of the president’s medical team.

This morning, the president is doing very well. The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. He’s been fever free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic,’ Conley said, adding that Trump has been working and walking in his hospital suite. 

Conley’s depiction was far more optimistic than one put forward by a White House source familiar with the president’s health who spoke to Bloomberg Business pooler Cheryl Bolen on background immediately after the briefing ended. 

‘The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,’ the source told Bolen, who passed that information along to the press pool.

the briefing raised more questions than answers as Conley declined to say what temperature the president had when he had a fever, whether he was on oxygen and when he last tested negative for COVID.

Conley told reporters the team was 72 hours into Trump’s diagnosis. But that would put the timeline at the president testing positive Wednesday morning. Trump tweeted shortly before 1 am on Friday he had tested positive. On Thursday he flew to his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, for a fundraiser with about 100 people.

‘Just 72 hours into the diagnosis now, the first week of COVID, in a particular day seven to day 10, are most critical in determining the likely course of this illness. At this time the team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. Thursday he had a mild cough with nasal congestion and fatigue all of which are now resolving and improving,’ Conley said.

courtesy: Mail

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In first US Presidential Debate Biden tells Trump to shut up

Jalil Afridi:

Washington DC: Due to continuous interruption by US President Donald Trump during first Presidential Debate, former vice president and Democratic party presidential candidate, Joe Biden told Trump “will you shut up.”

The moderator and host of the show, Chris Wallace on more than a dozen occasions had to either stop Donald Trump from interrupting Joe Biden or had to tell Donald Trump that his time for answer was over.

Presidential debates are considered very important in US elections and these debates are watched by close to 100 million people. Through these debates’ candidates have an opportunity to speak directly to the people from different political beliefs and affiliations.

While defending his desire to appoint a Supreme Court Judge, whose seat recently got vacated due to the death of Justice Ruth Ginsburg, President Trump said that he was appointed as president for four years therefore it was his right to appoint a judge on the said seat. On the other hand, Joe Biden said that “people have the right to vote” therefore suggesting that US elections were about to take place in a month and during such crucial time the said decision was not “appropriate” and that it could have been delayed till after the elections.

Regarding health care plans, Joe Biden said that in almost four years of Trump as president, he was unable to introduce a single plan in health sector and the only thing that he is after is the Obama Care, which provides free health care to more than twenty million people. Donald Trump replied by saying that during his presidency prices of drugs have been reduced tremendously and that he believes that Obama Care is a disaster. “I don’t even know why they called it Obama Care” Trump added while criticizing the tenure of former president Barrack Obama and Vice President, Joe Pence.

Joe Biden took a jab at President Trump when the issue of Corona virus was discussed. Joe Biden said that more than two hundred thousand Americans have died due to Corona virus and still president Trump has no plan. “He does not know when the vaccine will be coming, he is not helping the small businesses which closed down.” Biden added. Trump said that he was talking to the CEO’s of companies like Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer and the vaccine to fight Corona virus will soon be available in the market. “If I had listened to your plans, these figures would have been doubled” Trump said. Biden replied by saying that President Trump does not believe his own scientists and that is the reason why more than seven million Americans has been affected by Corona virus.

Trump said that it was true that economy got a big hit due to Corona but now the economy has started improving. “New York looks like a ghost town; we have got to open up the markets” Trump further added to make his point of view make sense.

Moderator of the show, Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump very straight forward that he paid only 750 dollars in federal income tax for the year 2016 and 2017. Donald Trump in his reply stated that he paid million in taxes and that the loop holes in tax system were introduced by the Obama administration in which Biden was the vice president. President Trump also said that he has brought manufacturing industry back to the United States and that economy has been doing great under his leadership.

Contradicting Trump, Joe Biden said that Trump had inherited a great economy from his previous government with President Obama and that the only thing Trump knew was to take advantage of the tax system and being a billionaire, he does not know what an average American is feeling right now.

Biden further said that Trump has divided the American nation and he is promoting hatred. Regarding the rights of African American, Joe Biden said that Trump is disastrous for African American community.

“There is systematic injustice against African Americans but it does not mean we have walked away from the racial problem” Biden added.

Donald Trump on the other hand while talking about the racial problems in America said that it was Biden’s government who had called African Americans “super predators”. Trump also said that Biden does not care about the law enforcement officials when it comes to violent protest. “We can’t let protesters destroy other people’s businesses” Trump said while defending the way he handled the racial protests across America.

Joe Biden on the other hand called Donald Trump “racist” and said that he used force against peaceful protesters right in front of the White House. Joe Biden accused Donald Trump of looking down upon people who are of different race, color and religion.

The moderator Chris Wallace at one point asked President Trump whether he condemns White Supremacy, to which Donald Trump gave a lengthy reply instead of saying yes or no.

Regarding economy, Donald Trump said that no president has done more work than him and his administration. “We are rebuilding our military, taking care of veterans and I had to fill 128 vacancies of judges which they (Biden & Obama) had left open” Donald Trump said while highlighting his achievements.

In his reply Joe Biden said that it was his first government which had inherited a recession due to the .com bust and within couple of years he rebuilt the economy. “We gave him great economy which he has now ruined due to his bad policies and judgements on Corona.” Biden said.

Joe Biden also accused Donald Trump of ruining foreign relations of America. “I looked in the eyes of Russia when I had to tell them something, but Donald Trump was hiding from American people that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan.”

Regarding environment issue, Joe Biden said that if he becomes the president, he will be rejoining the Paris Accord, will encourage renewable energy, create more charging stations for electric vehicles, stop the cutting of forests and invest into funds which are related to environment and global warming. “15% of the environment damage is done by us, how can we ignore it.” Biden added while defending his previous government policies with regard to protecting and taking care of the environment related issues.  

Donald Trump in his reply said that China, Russia and India equally damage the environment so why should it be just the US spending money on environment related issues.

Regarding integrity and legitimacy of upcoming elections due to balloting being made through US Postal Service, Joe Biden said that there is no problem with mailing of the ballots because safety of the American people due to Corona is the most thing and therefore, he will accept the results even if the counting takes several days after the elections to announce the final results.

On the other hand, Donald Trump said that balloting through mail is going to prove disastrous and the results might take months to announce. This is not going to end well, Trump added in his final remarks.