Afghan air strikes kill 31 militants Mar 15, 2019 0 1226 12345 AFPGhazni, AfghanistanThirty-one militants, many of them believed to have been Al Qaeda fighters, have been killed in airstrikes in south-eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.The strikes were carried out in Ghazni province late on Wednesday, where the defence ministry said they targeted a “base” belonging to the militants. “Qari Aref, one of the facilitators (for Al-Qaeda) was transferring these 31 terrorists, including nine suicide bombers, in several cars when targeted by airstrikes and eliminated,” the ministry said. It described the fighters as all belonging to the Middle Eastern jihadist group, although a spokesman for the Ghazni governor said fighters from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network were also present. The defence ministry did not specify who carried out the airstrikes. Only Afghan and US forces in Afghanistan conduct airstrikes. The Ghazni governor’s spokesman, Mohammed Aref Noori, said the strikes had been carried out by US forces, but there was no immediate confirmation of his claim. RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan and India hold ‘very positive’ talks on Sikh shrine Mar 15, 2019 0 701 World leaders appeal for ‘urgent action’ on climate at UN meeting Mar 15, 2019 0 625 3.7 mn children at risk of measles in Philippines, warns Red Cross Mar 15, 2019 0 631 Malaysia rejects requests to free suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder dpa Singapore/Hanoi Vietnam’s government expressed “regret” that Malaysia rejected its call to free a Vietnamese national being charged with murdering the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, days after an .. Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia AFP Bornuur, Mongolia In the world’s coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar’s air too toxic .. Farmer unions call to discard free trade pact IANS New Delhi About 40 farmer unions, led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Thursday demanded the government walk out of the negotiations over the RCEP free trade agreement, saying it would be disastrous for the domestic ..