Big blow to Taliban government, US general refuses to return Air Force planes

Big blow to Taliban government, US general refuses to return Air Force planes

The Taliban's ambitious plan to rebuild the Afghan air force has suffered a major setback after the United States made it clear that Afghan pilots' military planes and helicopters had left the country after the Pashtun-dominated group (Taliban) captured Kabul.

"The planes will certainly not return to Afghanistan because they do not belong to the Taliban," US Central Command Commander General Michael Eric Kurilla said during a visit to Tajikistan on Monday. The top US military commander overseeing Central Asia said talks were being held with the Tajikistan government to determine the best way to effectively use and maintain these aircraft.

If Tajikistan integrates these aircraft into its arsenal, it is likely that US personnel, including maintenance workers, will be stationed in the Central Asian state. This would be a move that could help Washington gain a foothold in the region. US presence and influence suffered a major setback in August 2021, when the Taliban captured Kabul, forcing US forces to exit the country.

There have been reports that since troops left Afghanistan last August, the US has been desperate to establish a new base in Tajikistan to enhance its ability to remotely track and attack emerging terrorist threats.

Days before the Taliban captured Kabul on August 15, more than 100 US-trained Afghan Air Force pilots flew with their families from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, carrying more than 60 aircraft, including

Since then, the Taliban has been warning Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to immediately return Afghan planes and helicopters. “We may be relatively weak compared to our neighbors but we are not cowards and will take into account every spare part of our planes and helicopters.

"I ask them respectfully to return our planes and helicopters and not to question our patience and not to force us to take all possible retaliatory measures," Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Yacoub warned. But Tajikistan and Uzbekistan refused to return these planes because they were "donated" by the US to the previous Afghan government.

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Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and wants to buy oil from Russia, two ministers will visit Russia

Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and wants to buy oil from Russia, two ministers will visit Russia

Troubled Sri Lanka is exploring options to buy oil from Russia. A senior minister said on Sunday. Sri Lanka is desperate to replenish its dwindling fuel stocks amid an unprecedented economic crisis due to a severe shortage of foreign exchange reserves. On Sunday, the price of petrol was hiked by LKR 50 and diesel by LKR 60 respectively, which is the third price revision in two months.

State-owned refinery Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on Saturday informed the Sri Lankan government that the move was necessitated after the arrival of fuel shipments was delayed due to banking and logistical reasons. Given the dire scenario, Sri Lanka's Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera stressed that the government is exploring options to buy oil from Russia. He said, “We are looking for diplomatic channels. The last ship to arrive was a Russian ship."

Two ministers to visit Russia on Monday
Wijesekera said on Sunday that our first letter of credit was rejected by international banks because the ship was owned by a Russian company. He said the two ministers are scheduled to visit Russia on Monday to discuss fuel and other diplomatic matters. Let us tell you that last week, the Sri Lankan government approached several companies suggested by the Russian Embassy in Colombo for the purchase of crude oil.

"Meanwhile, the government has also decided to implement a token system for the supply of fuel to the people waiting in the queue at the filling station," Wijesekera said. The minister said, “This program will be implemented from Monday, for which the government has sought the help of the soldiers from the police and the army.”

shortage of essentials in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, due to which food, medicine, cooking gas, and fuel are being sold across the country. There has been a severe shortage of essential commodities like

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