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Purple Shovel Announces Partnership With Inter Ordinance Inc.

March 22, 2017 | Travel & Leisure

Purple Shovel becomes exclusive government supplier of American-made AK-47’s PALM BAY, Fla., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Purple Shovel, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) today announced an exclusive agreement with Inter Ordnance Inc. to provide its American-made AK-47s to government buyers. “Our partnership aligns with a growing need among Special Operations Forces for […]

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‫ملازمین کے لیے بذریعہ ٹیکنالوجی اضافی معاشی مواقع پیدا کرنے والے اداروں کو ایم آئی ٹی 1 ملین ڈالرز انعام دے گی

March 22, 2017 | Education, Urdu

انکلوزِو انوویشن چیلنج ملازمت کے مستقبل کی تجدید نو کرنے والے عالمی اداروں کو تلاش کر رہا ہے۔ اندراج MITinclusiveinnovation.com پر شروع کردیا گیا ہے۔ کیمبرج، میساچوسٹس، 22 مارچ 2017 / پی آر نیوز وائر /– ایم آئی ٹی انیشی ایٹو آن دا ڈیجیٹل اکانومی (آئی ڈی ای) کے ڈائریکٹر ایرک برائن جولفسن نے خبردار […]

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MIT to Award Over $1 Million to Organizations Using Technology to Create Greater Economic Opportunity for Workers

March 22, 2017 | Education

Inclusive Innovation Challenge seeks global organizations reinventing the future of work. Registration is now open at MITinclusiveinnovation.com . CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “Productivity is at record levels, innovation has never been faster, and yet at the same time, we have a falling median income and fewer jobs,” warns Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of […]

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‫مارلن نے 3.25 ارب ڈالر کے نئے معاہدہ کرلیے، تقریباً دو گنا اضافے کے ساتھ مجموعی زیر انتظام سرمایہ 6.7 ارب ڈالر سے زائد ہوگیا

March 22, 2017 | General

لاس اینجلس اور لندن، 21 مارچ 2017 / پی آر نیوز وائر / — عالمی سرمایہ کاری ادارے مارلن اکیوٹی مارٹرنرز نے آج 2.5 ارب ڈالر سرمایہ کاری معاہدوں کے ساتھ مارلن اکیوٹی وی، ایل۔ پی۔ (“فنڈ وی”) اور 750 ملین ڈالر سرمایہ کاری معاہدوں کے ساتھ مارلن ہیریٹج دوم، ایل۔ پی۔ (“ہیریٹج دوم”) کی […]

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Gemalto revises 2017 financial outlook

March 22, 2017 | Business

Amsterdam, March 22, 2017 at 7:00am – Based on its latest revenue forecast, Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 – GTO) expects its revenue for first quarter to be lower by 7% to 9% at constant exchange rates compared to the same period of 2016. This is mainly due to lower than expected Payment business revenue in the […]

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US Forces Vow to Defeat Islamic State in Afghanistan This Year

March 22, 2017 | Business

U.S. forces in Afghanistan are upping the fight against an expanding Islamic State offshoot based near the Afghan-Pakistan border and are determined to defeat the extremist group in the country this year, U.S. military officials tell VOA.

“Our goal in 2017 is to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan,” U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, the spokesperson and director of public affairs for Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, told VOA’s Afghan service.

Islamic State’s self-styled Khorasan Province branch (ISIS-K) has taken root in mountainous areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, increasing its recruiting efforts and terror attacks nationwide. Its name refers to a centuries-old description of Afghanistan and surrounding areas of Central Asia and Persia.

NATO and the Afghan government say their security operations in recent months have reduced the extremists’ strength in Afghanistan from several thousand to now under one thousand fighters, and their territorial control from more than 10 districts to fewer than five.

Numbers falling

“In 2016, we believed that year began with about 3,000 or so ISIS-K members in about 12 districts in southern Nangarhar,” Salvin said. “Right now, we believe there are about 600 ISIS-K members in two or three districts in southern Nangarhar.”

But despite those battlefield losses, ISIS-K has “shown an ability to conduct attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country,” General John Nicholson, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

IS claimed responsibility for a March 8 attack on a military hospital in Kabul that killed at least 31 people.

Analysts caution that U.S. and Afghan officials may be overly optimistic when speaking of containing IS’s spreading influence in Afghanistan.

“Ultimately, we should applaud U.S. efforts to cut down the presence of IS fighters in Afghanistan,” said Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. “But the broader problem is the ideologies of hate that keep IS strong. Taking aim at the ideological drivers of IS will be very difficult.”

2-way approach to fighting IS

“The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is a magnet for militancy, and there’s no reason why the hundreds of IS fighters that have been lost won’t be replaced,” he said. “There are deeper issues that need to be addressed � such as why IS managed to develop a presence in Afghanistan in the first place � and these are issues that can’t be addressed by the U.S. military.”

Roughly 8,400 U.S. troops are deployed in Afghanistan, carrying out operations against IS and training the Afghan army.

American and Afghan forces routinely conduct counterterrorism operations together. U.S. warplanes carried out hundreds of airstrikes against IS targets in Afghanistan during the first seven months of last year.

U.S. military spokesman Salvin said American forces pursue a two-way approach to combating IS.

“The first is the unilateral U.S. counterterrorism mission called Operation Freedom, and that is where we will conduct the operations against terrorist groups like ISIS-K on our own,” he said. “The other way that we are attacking ISIS-K is in partnered operations with the Afghan special forces.

“They have had a great success in fighting ISIS-K, especially over the last month or so,” Salvin said.

Extremists try to control schools

IS fighters have made inroads in recent years into Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistan, and are active in several neighboring districts.

Since 2015, IS has attacked several government installations and villages in several other districts of the province as well. In some areas, they closed public schools and replaced them with their own religious seminaries.

Afghanistan welcomed a recent call by General Nicholson for a few thousand more troops from the U.S. or other coalition partners to help in the battle against IS.

“We stand confident that the new U.S. administration under President [Donald] Trump will remain strategically engaged and continue its support,” Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said in an appearance at the Atlantic Council in Washington this week. He described Nicholson’s call as “an appropriate decision considering the prevailing security challenges still facing us.”

Rabbani was one of dozens of foreign attendees at Wednesday’s meeting of the Global Coalition to counter Islamic State. The 68-nation group met to accelerate international efforts to defeat IS worldwide.

Afghans stronger now than in 2016

Rabbani met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and discussed how Afghanistan and Pakistan can cooperate in curbing IS cross-border activities, U.S. officials said. Pakistan was not part of the conference.

According to media reports, many IS members in Afghanistan belong to the Orakzai tribe in Pakistan, whose militants maintain a presence on both sides of the Durand Line between the two countries.

“There needs to be greater cooperation with respect to Afghanistan and Pakistan on these kinds of issues,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told VOA’s Deewa service.

U.S. military spokesman Salvin predicts bolstered Afghan forces ultimately will win the fight against Islamic State.

“We believe that they are stronger going into 2017 than they were when they finished 2016,” Salvin said. “So while we do believe it will be a challenging year, we believe that the Afghan forces will be successful, and we will be here to be their partners.”

Source: Voice of America

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CAIR- Minnesota seeks criminal charges for harassing Muslim woman shopper

March 22, 2017 | Legal & Politics

Minnesota State (IINA) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) called on law enforcement authorities to frame criminal charges against a man who allegedly harassed a Muslim woman Shopper in Moorhead, Minnesota, be…

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March 22, 2017 | General, Sports

The 15th session of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) will be held in Assembly Hall in Gilgit on Tuesday at 1100 hrs.Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad will preside.The Home businesses Advisory Committee of the Assembly will meet on Monday to fina…

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