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8/7/2020 VOA Afghan Council to Meet on Final Stumbling Block to Peace Talks Afghanistan is holding a loya jirga, an assembly of elders, Friday to determine what to do about the final stumbling block before peace negotiations can begin – the release of 400 Taliban prisoners. The U.S. and Taliban negotiators agreed earlier this year that peace talks could move forward on the conditions that Kabul released 5,000 Taliban prisoners and the Taliban release 1,000 government personnel that the militants were holding captive. https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/afghan-council-meet-final-stumbling-block-peace-talks
8/7/2020 Kurdistan24 Iraq records all-time high daily infections of over 3,400 On Friday, Iraq's Ministry of Health and Environment announced an all-time record high of over 3,400 new infections of the coronavirus that were detected in the country over the previous 24 hours. The new figures raise the total infections to 144,064. The ministry also reported that 75 new deaths had occurred over the same time period, raising the number of fatalities since the infection began to 5,236. https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/857249b7-d483-4acf-97ac-280921b322cc
8/7/2020 taskandpurpose 10 Marines punished following investigation into death of former Green Beret in Iraq Ten Marines have been disciplined administratively following an investigation into the death of a former Green Beret who was working as a contractor in Irbil, Iraq, according to Marine Forces Special Operations Command. Rick Anthony Rodriguez died at Landstuhl, Germany, on Jan. 4, 2019. Two Marine Raiders and a Navy corpsman have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his death. https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marines-disciplined-green-beret-contractor-death-iraq
8/5/2020 Kurdistan24 Iraq reports over 2,800 new cases, 77 fatalities Iraq's Ministry of Health and Environment announced on Wednesday that it had recorded over 2,800 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, as well as more than 75 fatalities in the past 24 hours. Per a ministry statement, health workers had conducted 16,531 coronavirus tests during the same period, raising the total number of such tests to 1,076,150 given since the start of the pandemic. https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/7734b91a-2029-4340-87b6-9bd2c13af472
8/5/2020 KP Lives of Afghan Children during Coronavirus Pandemic Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and its poor economy continues to pose immense challenges to its population. Among the citizens, young lives especially children struggle to live happily and to meet daily needs. The recent Corona pandemic has further added to the woes in those growing lives. In a survey, researchers outlined that approximately 3 million children across the country are vulnerable to daily survival struggle, 2 million are engaged in construction and mining activities, and over 5 million are unable to attend schools for basic education. https://www.khaama.com/lives-of-afghan-children-during-corona-pandemic-797987/
8/5/2020 KP Indian doctor detonated car bomb in deadly attack targeting jail in East of Afghanistan An Indian doctor detonated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in the initial phase of a deadly attack on a jail in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported. According to local media reports emerging from India, a medical graduate, hailing originally from Malayali of Kerala of India, detonated a car bomb close to the provincial jail in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of India. https://www.khaama.com/indian-doctor-detonated-car-bomb-in-deadly-attack-targeting-jail-in-east-of-afghanistan-09000/
8/5/2020 Rferl Nearly Dozen Killed In Roadside Bombing In Northern Afghanistan An Afghan official says at least 11 people have been killed in a roadside bombing in the country's north. Ahmad Javid Besharat, the spokesman for the police of Baghlan Province, said the bomb struck a vehicle carrying the bodyguards and family members of a former provincial official. Mahbubullah Ghafari, a former member of the provincial council, was unhurt in the blast. https://www.rferl.org/a/nearly-dozen-killed-in-roadside-bombing-in-northern-afghanistan/30768257.html
8/3/2020 Kurdistan24 Iraq records over 2,400 daily infections, over 60 deaths On Sunday, Iraq's Ministry of Health and Environment announced that it had detected over 2,400 positive cases of COVID-19 from the tests conducted in the past 24 hours, as it also reported more than 60 fatalities due to the disease. Per a ministry statement, health workers had conducted 14,399 coronavirus tests during the same period, raising the total number of such tests to 1,029,159 since the start of the pandemic. https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/a83497b0-b5b6-410b-bea8-07ba0f4a749b
8/3/2020 Bloomberg Record Heat Sets Off a Cascade of Suffering in Baghdad The Middle East is enduring one of its hottest summers ever, but Iraqis have had it especially tough. In Baghdad last week, the temperature reached 52° Celsius (125° Fahrenheit), the highest figure ever measured for the capital. Basra, a southern oil hub, reached 53°C, just one degree shy of the overall heat record for the country set in 2016. While things cooled down before the weekend celebration of Eid-al-Adha, temperatures remained well above their historical averages. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/record-heat-sets-off-a-cascade-of-suffering-in-baghdad-1.1474835
8/3/2020 thenewdaily Afghan troops retake jail attacked by IS Afghan forces have retaken a prison in the country’s east following an hours-long gun battle a day after the facility was targeted by Islamic State militants in an attack that killed 29 people. The prison is believed to hold hundreds of IS members. The attack highlighted the challenges ahead for Afghanistan even as US and NATO forces begin to withdraw following a US-Taliban peace deal struck earlier this year. https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/08/04/afghanistan-troops-jail-is/