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China recognizes Taliban as Afghanistan’s new government, calling it ‘open and inclusive’

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China Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced Wednesday that the country will recognize and communicate with Afghanistan’s new government. Several Taliban members were named heads at the government Tuesday. Wang verified that China’s recognition of the Taliban government in a press briefing.

Among the new leaders are four ex-Guatanamo Bay inmates. Obama freed them in 2014 in exchange for Army servicemember Bowe Bergdahl. Now, Noorullah Noori is the acting minister of borders and tribal affairs, Abdul Haq Wasiq is acting intelligence director, Khairullah Khair is acting minister of information and culture and Mohammad Fazil Mazloom is their deputy minister of defense.

First, Wang voiced China’s support for the new government heads, calling their nominations a “necessary step” in reconstruction. “This has ended more than 3 weeks of anarchy in Afghanistan,” Wang said. “China respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.”

After the U.S. military left and the Taliban took over, Wang called for an “open and inclusive” government. Now, they’ve given their approval to the Taliban.

“We hope the new Afghanistan authorities will listen broadly to people of all races and factions, so as to meet the aspirations of its own peoples and the expectations of the international community,” Wang said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban still struggles against resistance fighters in the Panjshir province.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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