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Afghan terror group founder dies

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/04/18, 11:10 am

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder the Afghan Haqqani terrorism network, died Monday in Afghanistan after years of bad health, a Taliban spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Haqqani, who was 71, was one of the Afghan warriors backed by the United States in the 1980s to combat the former Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. In 2012, the United States declared the network a terrorist organization.

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U.S. cancels $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/03/18, 11:01 am

The Pentagon has taken the final steps to cancel $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan. The Trump administration has complained that Pakistan’s government isn’t doing enough to apply pressure to the Taliban, whose leaders use Pakistan as a sanctuary.

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Dutch lawmaker cancels Muhammad cartoon contest

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/31/18, 12:55 pm

Dutch politician Geert Wilders canceled a planned Muhammad cartoon contest in the Netherlands after it drew thousands of Islamic protesters this week in Pakistan. Islam forbids depictions of its central figure. Wilders, known for his anti-Islamic statements, said he canceled the scheduled November event following death threats and concerns it could put people at risk. “People’s safety is more important,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

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