US forces pull out of five military bases in Afghanistan Jul 15, 2020 0 42 12345 DPAKabulAmerican troops have withdrawn from five military bases in Afghanistan based on provisions of an agreement Washington signed with the Taliban late in February, both sides confirmed on Tuesday.The two sides did not disclose the exact location of the vacated bases but information provided by Afghan and US officials indicates that soldiers left bases in Helmand, Uruzgan, Paktika, and Laghman provinces.The US-Taliban agreement says that the US forces will leave five bases and reduce the level of its forces to 8,600 within 135 days - that deadline ended on Monday.The Taliban welcomed the steps but blamed the US military for carrying out air strikes in areas “outside active combat zones.” The US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Tuesday confirmed that Washington has carried out the first phase of its commitments under the agreement.But Khalilzad criticized the high level of violence in the country and condemned a Taliban attack on a provincial capital on Monday that killed 12 members of the Afghan spy agency and wounded 63 others, adding that it contradicted the Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence.The US official said that in the next phase of the implementation, he will push for the completion of an ongoing prisoner release by the Afghan government and the militants, reduction of violence, complete delivery on the Taliban’s counter-terrorism commitments and the start of peace talks among Afghans that could ultimately end decades of war in the country. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region Jul 15, 2020 0 417 Libya tensions rise after Egypt threat to intervene Jul 15, 2020 0 440 Russian, Turkish troops wounded in bomb attack in Syria’s Idlib Jul 15, 2020 0 500 House-to-house check on COVID-19 patients in Philippines DPA Manila Philippine police will go from house to house in search for COVID-19 patients who should be isolated in quarantine facilities to boost efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, an official said .. Indian state of Bihar to go into lockdown: Deputy chief minister New Delhi The northern Indian state of Bihar, which has a population around 125 million people, will go into a 15-day coronavirus lockdown to combat coronavirus, its deputy chief minister said Tuesday. “Bihar .. Three Pakistani soldiers killed in militant attack Islamabad Militants on Tuesday opened fire on Pakistani security forces, killing three soldiers and wounding eight others in the country’s troubled southwest, the military said. The incident took place near Gichak .. Two men executed in Iran after bomb attack Tehran Two men have been executed in Iran after a bomb attack in the city of Mahabad in West Azerbaijan province in 2010, the local judicial agency said, according to the ISNA news agency. Both were hanged in the provincial .. Ethiopia partially restores internet after two-week shutdown AFP Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Tuesday partially restored internet connectivity two weeks after taking the entire country offline in response to protests and ethnic violence prompted by the murder of a pop singer. Wifi .. Iran reports 179 new virus deaths Tehran Iran on Tuesday reported 179 new deaths from the novel coronavirus as authorities announced a decision to once more shutter some businesses in the capital to contain the virus’ resurgence. Health ministry .. Algeria reports 527 new coronavirus cases, highest daily record DPA Algiers Algeria has recorded 527 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, health authorities said, the highest single-day increase in the North African country. In recent weeks, the number of infections in ..