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US warns of “accurate and credible” threat at Kabul airport

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The US again warned on Saturday of a “precise and credible” threat around the Kabul airport and urged US citizens to leave the area.

“Due to an accurate and credible threat, all US citizens who find themselves in the vicinity of Kabul airport (…) must leave the area immediately,” the US Embassy in Kabul announced in a warning message two days after the attack. which killed over 100 people in the same place.

The threat specifically covers ” south entrance, new Ministry of the Interior and access to the Panshir petrol station northwest of the airport“, according to the same statement.

Repeated bomb warnings in recent days have thwarted U.S. withdrawal operations at the airport, forcing closer cooperation with Taliban extremists in power in Afghanistan in an attempt to stave off another terrorist attack.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden warned that another terrorist attack at the airport was “very likely.” in the next 24-36 hours“And that the situation at the scene was“ extremely dangerous ”. Washington issued the same warning Friday.

A bomb blast on Thursday, announced by the Islamic State extremist group in Khorasan province (EI-K), killed more than 100 people, including 13 US troops, and prompted reprisals by the US military.

The evacuation operation continues at the Kabul airport, where thousands of people are awaiting departure, until Tuesday, the estimated date for the completion of the departure of American soldiers from the country after 20 years of war.

The Taliban captured Kabul on August 15, ending an offensive that began in May when US and NATO forces began withdrawing. International forces have been in the country since 2001 as part of the US-led offensive against the extremist regime (1996-2001) that welcomed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who is primarily responsible for the 9/11 attacks. 2001 year

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The takeover of the capital ended a 20-year foreign military presence in Afghanistan by the United States and NATO allies, including Portugal.

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EU close to compromise on lifting partial blockade of Kaliningrad – columnist

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Freight traffic through Lithuania to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad could resume within a few days. The information was disclosed to Reuters two sources familiar with the case say European authorities are seeking an understanding with Lithuania to resolve the dispute with Russia.

Since June 17, Lithuanian authorities have partially blocked the delivery of goods to the enclave, which mainly uses Lithuanian rail and road networks to transport goods.

The measure, justified by the fourth package of EU sanctions against Russia, affected the industrial sector, including the transportation of coal, metals and building materials, and became hotbed of tension with the Kremlin.

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Russian leadership accuses Lithuania of “unprecedented” measures what kind constitute a “violation of international law”. The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, guarantees that it does not apply any individual sanctions against Moscow, explaining this by the fact that it only implements the measures prescribed by Brussels.

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According to Reuters sources, who wished to remain anonymous, negotiations are underway to free the territory from sanctions. One of them says that despite the West’s willingness to continue to support Ukraine, it is proving difficult to maintain restrictive sanctions.

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Kyiv is negotiating with Moscow on the release of foreign fighters – News

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Moscow is holding captive “thousands” of Ukrainians and “military personnel from all over the world who have volunteered” to defend Ukraine, Zelensky reminded in statements to the US television channel NBC.

The head of the Ukrainian state thanked for the support of volunteer fighters, whom he considers “heroes”, and confirmed that negotiations are underway to release those who were captured.

“Everyone understands that the war in Ukraine today is here on this earth, but tomorrow it can happen anywhere in Europe, and the “day after tomorrow” can happen in the United States,” the Ukrainian president said.

Thus, he added, “it would be absolutely fair to say that the war in Ukraine is already a war in Europe and the United States, only – territorially – it is happening here.”

Zelenskiy’s announcement came on the same day that the defense of British citizen Sean Pinner, who was sentenced to death in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, announced that he had appealed the sentence.

Pinner, 48, was sentenced to death on June 9, along with fellow Briton Aiden Aislin, 28, and Moroccan citizen Braquim Saadoun, after being found guilty of participating in hostilities “as mercenaries” in support of Ukrainian forces.

Two Britons were captured by Russian forces during Moscow’s siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov, Brakim Saadoun was taken prisoner in March.

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Turkey lifts veto on Swedish and Finnish membership in NATO

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Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Tuesday.

The leaders of the three countries met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Turkey has lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining the Atlantic Alliance after signing a memorandum that “answers Ankara’s concerns.”

“We have completed a very constructive meeting with the President [da Turquia, Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or President [da Finlândia, Sauli] Niinistö and the Prime Minister [da Suécia, Magdalena] Andersson, and I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that paves the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spoke at a press conference at the Exhibition Park of Madrid, in the northeast of the Spanish capital, where the summit of the leaders of the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place.

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Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine ended the historic policy of neutrality.

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