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Obama responsible for Afghanistan invasion, alleges Trump's spokeswoman

Updated: Aug 14, 2016 17:28 IST      
Obama responsible for Afghanistan invasion, alleges Trump's spokeswoman

New York, Aug.13 (ANI): Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson has claimed that President Barack Obama was responsible for the invasion of Afghanistan.

She made the comment during an exchange with CNN's Victor Blackwell.

When asked to explain Trump's recent assertion that the US President is the "founder of ISIS", Pierson put the blame on Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's opposition to the surge in Iraq.

Clinton was the senator from New York previously.

"If you want to go way back, we can look at the troop surge, and after 2007 al Qaeda was essentially in ashes.. It was Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who then destroyed the entire rollout by wanting to pull out early... That is the reason why ISIS is a global issue," CNN quoted Pierson as saying.

The spokeswoman then talked about Afghanistan saying, "Remember, we weren't even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem."

She, however, later acknowledged the Afghanistan mission was not launched on Obama's watch.

She later took to Twitter and clarified her remarks.

Pierson blamed former president Bill Clinton for failing to confront Osama bin Laden. (ANI)

Pak poll body refuses to allot 'bat' symbol to PTI

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:14 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has barred former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) from using the 'bat' as an electoral symbol for upcoming by-elections until the party holds intra-party elections and fulfills its legal requirement.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): Pakistan has said that the decision to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav would be taken on merit.

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Moscow [Russia] Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif termed the United States' missile strike against Syria as 'foreign interference'.

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Pakistan lashes out against India over Kashmir issue

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 15:12 IST     

Moscow [Russia], Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan Defence minister Khawaja Asif has said that the unresolved Kashmir issue had the potential to threaten the peace and stability of the entire region even as he accused India of not reciprocating the efforts made by Islamabad.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): The Lahore High Court has issued notices of contempt of court to the chief executive officers of Ittefaq, Chaudhry and Haseeb Waqas sugar owned by members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family for operating the mills in defiance of a stay order.

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Japanese firms help rebuild quake-affected areas

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 14:49 IST     

Tokyo [Japan]/Yangon [Myanmar], Apr 27 (ANI): The Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 caused extensive damage to the Tohoku area in Japan.

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Caracas [Venezuela], Apr 27 (ANI): Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has said the country would withdraw from the Organisation of American States (OAS).

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Pakistan arrests 29 Indian fishermen for violating sea limits

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:09 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan on Thursday arrested 29 Indian fishermen near its coast alleging that they violated the maritime boundaries.

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Chinese Mainland dismisses 'dwarfing Taiwan' accusations

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:06 IST     

Beijing [China], Apr 27 (ANI): The Chinese mainland has dismissed accusations that it had "dwarfed" Taiwan by changing how the island was addressed on mainstream media.

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Pak FM, U.S. NSA discuss Kashmir at White House

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 11:25 IST     

Washington [U.S.A.], Apr 27 (ANI): In the first official meeting between representatives of Washington and Islamabad, all thorny issues including India-Pakistan relations and Kashmir were discussed on the table when Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at the White House on Tuesday.

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THAAD in South Korea to be operational soon: U.S.

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 11:09 IST     

Washington [USA], Apr 27 (ANI): The United States advanced missile defense system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which is being installed in South Korea to mitigate threats by Pyongyang, will soon be operational.

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Jerusalem [Israel], Apr 27 (ANI): Explosions were heard near Damascus's airport on Thursday morning, allegedly caused by an Israeli airstrike.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): The departments tasked with deputing a representative each to the joint investigation team (JIT), which will probe the money laundering case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, have submitted lists of the proposed names to the Supreme Court.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): The Lahore High Court on Thursday is likely to hear a petition challenging Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed's detention by Pakistan.

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Washington [U.S.A.], Apr 27 (ANI): FBI director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for May 3.

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Key U.S. lawmakers in favour of Obamacare replacement

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 07:16 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 27 (ANI): A group of U.S. lawmakers have extended their support to President Donald Trump's plan to replace his predecessor's landmark healthcare scheme.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 27 (ANI): As many as 100 Taliban and pro-ISIS militants were killed in a clashes in northern Afghanistan.

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Turkey: Over 1,000 'secret imams' detained in raids

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 07:03 IST     

Istanbul [Turkey], Apr 27 (ANI): At least 1,000 people, accused of being 'secret imams' for an American-based cleric, have been detained in Turkey.

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24 Sindhi activists abducted by Pak agencies still missing

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 07:01 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): Prominent Sindhi nationalist organisation Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) has said that as many as 24 of its activists have been abducted by Pakistan's Law Enforcement Agencies in broad day light, and are still missing.

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Trump unveils blueprint for major tax reforms

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 03:18 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], April 27 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has released a tax plan that proposes to cut income tax rates, slash taxes for businesses and on overseas corporate profits returned to the country.

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