Another Governor in Afghanistan Rejects His Dismissal Orders

Afghanistan's political crisis deepened on Sunday when another provincial governor defied a presidential order to take office.

On Saturday, the office of President Ashraf Ghani approved and announced the appointment of new provincial governors, including Samangan in the north, in the framework of efforts to improve local government.

However, Abdul Karim Khedam, who had ruled in Samangan for about a year, condemned and denied his dismissal by the President and called the order unacceptable.

has appointed Abdul Latif Ibrahimi as the province's new governor in northern Afghanistan. He is a former member of the Pashtun Hezbe-e-Islami party of former jihadis commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

 Map of Afghanistan province.

Map of Afghanistan province

In his press conference in the provincial capital on Sunday, the dismissed governor it was determined to continue working as governor of Samangan.

Khedam defended his decision to remain as governor and said the highest authority to determine his political fate lay in the Turkemen tribe he represented in the province and his political party, Jamiat-e-Islami, with Ghani's national unity government.

Khedam was the second governor of the province against his dismissal orders. [gp]

Trump orders Guantanamo prison to remain open

President Donald Trump issues an executive order or a presidential decree to annul Presidential Decree 2009 on the closure of a prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba. The presidential decree of the Guantanamo prison was issued by President Barack Obama.

The White House made the announcement just before the state address on Tuesday (30/1) night. And, the president spoke about it in his speech.

"I keep the other promises, I just signed, before coming here, the order to assign Defense Minister Mattis, who did a good job, to review our military detention policy and to remains open to detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, "Trump said. "I ask Congress to ensure that in the war against ISIS and al-Qaida, we continue to have all the forces necessary to hold terrorists wherever we fight them, wherever we find them."

Sixteen years after the first prisoners arrived, 41 inmates or prisoners are still languishing at Guantanamo. Among more than 700 inmates have been detained in the prison since 2002, few are prosecuted for crimes and even few are tried.

Trump says in his campaign he wants to keep Guantanamo open and "fill it with the evil prisoner." [19659002] The presidency keeps military prisoners as a counterterrorism tool by keeping prisons open.

President George W. Bush opened Guantanamo after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to detain and interrogate the enemy suspects. [ps/jm]

Vladimir Putin orders terrorist to be shot dead in place

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered terrorists to be shot dead on the spot. This order was delivered by Putin after a bomb explosion shook supermarkets Saint Petersburg to injure 14 people.

Putin called the explosion that occurred on Wednesday (27/12) night this local time as an 'act of terror'. The explosion came from a homemade bomb inserted into a locker at a local supermarket. The explosion triggered panic by local residents.

"As you know, acts of terror took place in Saint Petersburg yesterday (27/12)," Putin said during a ceremony for awarding military personnel involved in operations in Syria, as reported by AFP 29/12/2017).

Putin further calls himself having ordered Russian security services to 'act decisively' and 'exterminate bandits' if armed militants take the fight.

In a separate explanation to journalists, a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, calling Putin referring to all those 'who plan to commit acts of terror' in Russia.

The explosion incident in Saint Petersburg came after earlier this month, the FSB Security Service said it has managed to prevent a terror attack against an Orthodox Cathedral in Saint Petersburg with the help of the CIA, the US Intelligence Service (US).

On that matter, Putin has expressed his gratitude to US President Donald Trump.

It is known that Russia intervened militarily against the Syrian conflict since 2015 to assist Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. But the Russian involvement made the country a direct target of the group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Director of FSB Security Service Alexander Bortnikov said it remained wary of the return of militants from Syria, the 2018 World Cup and presidential elections in March next year. The city of Saint Petersburg itself will be the location of several World Cup matches including the semi-finals.

(nvc / nkn)

Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Syria

 Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syrian territory. Putin said Russia and Syria succeeded in reaching the mission of destroying the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after two years of military operations. As reported by Reuters on Monday (11/12/2017), the announcement of the withdrawal of this force was presented by Putin during a surprise visit to Russia's Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia, Syria on Monday (11/12) .

During this unannounced visit, Putin held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Putin also spoke with Russian soldiers in Syria.

Russia first launched an airstrike in Syria in September 2015, to intervene in the Syrian conflict that broke out since 2011. This Russian intervention aims to assist the Assad regime that fights against the rebel group also ISIS.

On the other hand, this intervention also increased the influence of Russia in the Middle East region.

In a statement on Monday (11/12) local time, Putin ordered the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops to their permanent bases in Russia.

"The task of fighting armed bandits in Syria, a very important task to be accomplished with the help of massive armed forces, has largely been resolved and resolved spectacularly," Putin said.

"I congratulate you all! " Putin added to Russian soldiers in Syria.

In a statement presented by the Russian presidential palace or the Kremlin, Putin said Russia would continue operating Hmeymim air base and Navy facilities in the Tartous Port of Syria.

(nvc / ita)