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Russia to deliver humanitarian aid to Kabul

Moscow [Russia] : Russia will deliver humanitarian aid to Kabul on Wednesday and organize another return flight, Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told Sputnik.“Yes,” Kabul said when asked if Moscow plans to deliver aid to Kabul on December 1, and confirmed that another return flight will be organized, Sputnik reported. The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, causing the US-backed government to step down. Later in September, the outfit announced the composition of the new interim government of Afghanistan.The country is currently battered by the deepening economic, humanitarian, and security crisis following the Taliban takeover. The international community, from governments to non-governmental organizations, has been providing various assistance to the Afghan people.As the economic crisis is looming on the Taliban-ruled country, the US has also frozen nearly USD 9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of…

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Causalties feared as blast hits Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan] : A blast rocked Darul Aman road in Police District 3 of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Tuesday.Casualties are feared, Xinhua reported citing eyewitnesses. No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against them have increased.The rise in terrorist attacks has raised the possibility of a wider conflict between the two groups.

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Afghanistan: Passport distribution in Kabul still on hold

Kabul [Afghanistan] : The passport distribution is on hold for the last 12 days in Kabul despite operational office in 17 Afghanistan provinces.People with medical conditions required to travel abroad for treatment are unable to travel due to halts in passport distribution in Kabul, reported TOLOnews. Passport applicants have approached Islamic Emirate to commence passport issuance and distribution in Kabul.“We have been coming and going for nearly a week. They do not take action and don’t say whether this (process) is working or not. I said that I have a patient, but they say that you will not be allowed anything until the passport office opens,” TOLOnews quoted an Afghanistan citizen as saying.“Every day we come and go, nobody helps us, all we have to do is to get the biometric (processing) then we will get our passport,” said another passport applicant.Officials at the…

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Taliban acting PM Hassan Akhund accuses former President Ghani of corruption

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund, during his first public address on Saturday, accused the country’s former President Ashraf Ghani of corruption and funds embezzlement, local media reported. “Ghani had established a bank inside the Presidential palace”, Akhund was quoted as saying by Khaama Press.He said that Taliban members found the bulk of cash in the Presidential palace which was left behind Ghani and his team while escaping. As Afghanistan is facing a severe financial crisis, the Taliban appointed acting PM said that problems including poverty and economic crisis existed even before the Taliban seized control of Kabul. He said that Afghanistan’s economic problems will be solved if the central bank’s assets are released. The US has frozen nearly USD 9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of cash to the nation. Taliban have been…

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Afghanistan: Explosion occurs in Kart-e-Parwan area of Kabul city

Kabul [Afghanistan]: An explosion was heard on Thursday in the Kart-e-Parwan area of Kabul city, an official from the security department informed.The blast has been reported by Afghan local media Tolo News. This came days after one person was killed while two others sustained injuries in another explosion in Kabul. The explosion had taken place in a vehicle.Meanwhile, the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorated after the establishment of the Islamic Emirate by the Taliban in 100 days.Seven big security incidents occurred in the country, since November 13, that caused 630 cases of death or injury, reported Tolo News.

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First consignment of Russian humanitarian aid lands in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The first Russian consignment of humanitarian aid arrived in Kabul on Thursday.According to Taliban officials, three planes carrying 36 tons of humanitarian assistance landed in Kabul and the consignment was handed over to them, reported Khaama Press. The aid that included flour, cooking oil, and blankets was given to the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid.The Taliban officials expressed gratitude to the Russian government and called on other countries to continue providing the Afghan people with relief assistance, reported Khaama Press.Russia intends to send to Afghanistan a total amount of 108 tons of humanitarian aid from which the first tranche arrived and the other two will soon be dispatched to Afghanistan, added Khaama Press.UN Migration Agency raised concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, saying that Afghanistan may fall into “extreme poverty” by mid-2022…

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IS claims responsibility for two blasts in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for two explosions that hit western Kabul on Wednesday, Sputnik reported citing Arab Al-Arabiya broadcaster.The first blast hit the Dashte Barchi area and killed four people leaving two more injured, according to locals. It was followed by another explosion, which claimed the lives of five civilians and injured seven others, Sputnik quoted a source as saying. Deborah Lyons, UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, has said that the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) is now expanding to nearly all Afghan provinces and the Taliban are unable to stop them.“Major negative development has been the Taliban’s inability to stem the expansion of the Islamic State Khorasan Province,” Lyons said during the United Nations Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.

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After months of closure, girl schools reopen in Afghanistan’s Ghor province

Kabul [Afghanistan]: After months of the closure of girls’ schools in Ghor province of Afghanistan, now female students from grade 7 to 12 were allowed to attend their schools in Ferozkoh, capital of the western province, reported local media. The reopening of schools came as a result of efforts made by the Ferozkoh council which had urged the province’s education officials to reopen the girls’ schools, reported TOLOnews.Sultan Ahmad, head of the Ferozkoh council, said: “We reached an agreement that the high schools for girls in the capital and all districts of Ghor should be reopened.” Expressing happiness over the reopening of the schools in the province, civil rights activist Habib Wahdat said: “Fortunately, the schools will be reopened for the girl students.” Stressing that reopening of the schools is very important, Wahdat said: “If women are deprived of education, the next generation of…

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UN special envoy meets women religious scholars in Kabul, discusses Islamic Law, women’s rights issues

Kabul [Afghanistan]: A top UN Special Representative in Afghanistan on Sunday met with women religious scholars in Kabul and discussed different aspects of Islamic Law and the key issues concerning rights of girls and women in the country.Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mette Knudsen, has been holding several rounds of talks with all stakeholders in the country including Taliban to address various issues including need for humanitarian aid. “UNAMA Dep-Head @Metknu hosted women religious scholars in Kabul today. They discussed different aspects of Islamic Law, the importance of girls being able to go to school and women being gainfully employed,” UNAMA tweeted.This meeting came the same day as Islamic clerics from several countries across the world, including India, held a virtual conference, where they called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.The…

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Why India is hosting NSA-level dialogue on Afghanistan and what is the message to Kabul

New Delhi [India]: India has played a key role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan over the years, spending more than USD three billion in the last two decades on people-centric projects in the country with even the Taliban acknowledging New Delhi’s contribution.Whether it is G20 Summit, BRICS or bilateral discussion, India has been a key participant regarding the issue of Afghanistan. Seven security czars from Russia, Iran and all five Central Asian countries will be landing in Delhi on Tuesday to attend first of its kind regional dialogue on Afghanistan hosted by India.National Security Advisers of five central Asian countries – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan besides Russia and Iran – will attend the Delhi meet on Afghanistan.The meeting will be chaired by India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Earlier, Iran had hosted dialogues in a similar format.This is a continuation of the…

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ISIS takes responsibility for deadly attack on Kabul hospital

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Islamic State, also known as ISIS-K, has taken the responsibility for the deadly attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul.At least 25 people were killed and more than a dozen suffered injuries in the attack on Tuesday. The attack was carried out by armed gunmen and at least one suicide bomber. The terrorists targetting the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in one of Kabul’s more affluent neighbourhoods, the New York Times reported.Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said the attack was carried out by several members of the Islamic State, including a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the gate to the hospital.A car full of explosives outside the hospital also exploded, wounding dozens, and several Taliban fighters were killed and wounded in the ensuing gun battle, Mujahid said.The Islamic State Khorasan, also known…

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EU plans to reopen diplomatic mission in Kabul

Brussels [Belgium]: The European Union is seeking to reopen its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan in months time as the bloc is looking to enhance its engagement with the new Taliban government.The 27-member bloc will return to the capital city of Kabul as Brussels seeks to co-ordinate aid efforts and the continued evacuation of some Afghans, UK based newspaper Financial Times (FT) reported. This move comes at a time when the international community is working on ways to deal with the country’s new leadership. The bloc has said it heading for a “calibrated approach” to the outfit, pursuing engagement with the administration, without recognizing them.The EU’s diplomatic and security arm, plans to reopen a representative office that would house its officials and could be used by diplomats from member states, the FT report said.Last month, the EU sent an exploratory mission to Afghanistan to assess…

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Afghanistan’s Sikhs to ‘make choice between converting to Islam or leaving country’

As the security scenario in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, Sikhs — a community that was already in a dire situation before the collapse of the government — practically have to make a choice between options of “converting to Sunni Islam or run away” from Afghanistan, said a report. Kabul [Afghanistan] : The community, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has been ruined and devastated by years of emigration and death, driven by both systemic discrimination and an uptick in fanatical religious violence in Afghanistan, International Forum For Rights and Security (IFFRAS) said. The larger numbers of Sikhs live in Kabul while some in the provinces of Ghazni and Nangarhar.On October 5, 15 to 20 terrorists entered Gurdwara (Sikh temple) and tied up the guards. The attack happened in the Kart-e-Parwan District of Kabul. Sikhs in Afghanistan often experience such attacks and violence…

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Afghanistan : Torkham gate opens for travellers with visas

Torkham gate on Afghanistan-Pakistan border has been opened for travellers with visas and stickers, reported the local media on Thursday. Kabul [Afghanistan] : “Torkham gate has opened for travellers with visas and stickers, people in charge of Torkham gate told TOLOnews,” tweeted TOLOnews. Meanwhile, Pakistan has allowed one thousand Afghan students to cross the Torkham border to return to Afghanistan, local media reported on Monday.Citing Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul statement, Khaama Press reported that “up to one thousand Afghan students were allowed to cross Torkham crossing into the country.”According to the statement released on Sunday, “Afghan students were stranded since the Taliban takeover and were finally allowed in two different batches.”It has been almost two months when the Taliban captured Kabul after an aggressive and rapid advance against Afghanistan government forces after US military drawdown.Earlier, hundreds of students were returned from Torkham crossing point…

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US offers to relocate, pay money for Afghan family hit by drone in Kabul

Washington [US] :The US drone attacked a family in Kabul on August 29, in which 10 civilians were killed, including seven children, the United States has said that it will pay an unspecified amount of condolence money and will relocate the family of those who were killed in a mishandled attack of the US in Kabul, local media reported on Friday.The US Department of Defense said that they have pledged money to be paid for the family and has asked the department of state to arrange relocation to the United States for the family members who are interested, Khaama Press reported.The US officials had first said that they have targeted Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) affiliates who were an imminent threat to them as they were busy evacuating people from Hamid Karzai International Airport now Kabul International Airport, Khaama Press reported.Last month, the Pentagon called…

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Pak airline suspends operation in Kabul citing ‘security reasons’

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national carrier of Pakistan, on Thursday said it has immediately suspended its operation in Kabul citing “security reasons”. Abdullah Khan, the national carrier’s spokesperson, confirmed the development, saying that Kabul operations of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will remain suspended until further notice, Dawn reported.The spokesperson emphasised the fact that the PIA had kept flying in and out of Kabul under “difficult circumstances” when others had ceased their operations. “The PIA evacuated around 3,000 people after the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan,” said the PIA spokesperson, adding that among the people flown out of Kabul were officials of the United Nations, World Bank, the IMF, other global organisations as well as international journalists. Earlier in the day, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) called on PIA and Kam Air airlines to bring down the fares of Kabul-Islamabad flights…

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Countries should seek cooperation, not make demands by putting pressure : Taliban

Doha [Qatar] October 12 : Referring to matters such as women’s rights, the Taliban said that the world should not make demands by putting pressure, but should seek cooperation.The Taliban appointed Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made these remarks at an event organised by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Tolo News reported. “You should not seek your demands through putting pressure on us, ask us through cooperation,” Muttaqi said adding that the previous government had strong international support but was unable to bring reforms in 20 years.“Now you are asking for all the reforms in two months,” he added.During the event, Muttaqi also said that “the full implementation of the Doha agreement signed between the US and Afghanistan can address any problem between the two countries.”He also added that when the Taliban took over…

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US, UK warn citizens against staying in Kabul hotels

The United States and the United Kingdom have warned their citizens against staying in Kabul hotels, especially the Serena Hotel, due to increased security risks. Washington [US], October 11 : “Because of security threats at the Serena Hotel, we advise U.S. citizens to avoid travelling to the hotel and the surrounding vicinity,” the US Embassy in Afghanistan said in a security alert on Sunday. All Americans who are at or near the Serena Hotel should leave immediately, the mission added.Meanwhile, the British government also advised its citizens to not stay in hotels in light of the increased risks, Sputnik reported.“In light of the increased risks you are advised not to stay in hotels, particularly in Kabul (such as the Serena Hotel),” updated foreign travel advice by the British government read.The Serena Hotel, popular with business travellers and foreign guests, has been attacked in the…

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Afghan doctors protest for their 14-month unpaid salaries in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Hundreds of doctors including females from Samangan and Nuristan provinces gathered at the gate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul and asked the World Bank to pay their pending salaries for the past 14 months.Khaama Press reported that the protestors complained that not only their salaries have been paid but the clinics in their respective provinces are confronting a dire shortage of medicine. They also accused an Afghan contractor of World Bank – Asad Fayaz- who has fled the country and has taken money from World Bank but have not been paid to them, as per the publication.Fayaz had a two-year health contract in the provinces and was providing health services, medicines, and salaries of doctors, they said.“Asad Fayaz has fled Afghanistan and stole our money. He was leading a corrupt firm and that caused an increase…

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Taliban ask US to unfreeze Afghan financial assets

The Taliban have urged the United States to unfreeze Afghanistan’s central bank reserves, during the first in-person meeting in Qatar after the takeover of Kabul in August. Doha [Qatar], October 10 : The two sides on Saturday held their first meeting in Doha to turn a “new page on their relationship”. This is the first in-person meeting between the two sides since the US drawdown from Afghanistan in mid-August. Taliban Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that they want to engage with the international community and will not be in favour of one country and against the other one.“The need to establish good positive relations with each other on an equal basis is being emphasized in the discussions. We stressed the need for unfreezing of Afghan financial assets in the wake of difficult circumstances facing Afghanistan,” the foreign minister said, as quoted by…

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Taliban capture 11 IS-affiliated terrorists in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan], October 5 : The Taliban on Tuesday captured 11 terrorists affiliated with Islamic State (IS) group in Kabul, Afghanistan, said a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, Qari Sayed Khosti.The Taliban on Monday captured IS operatives from the Bagh-e-Daud area, Xinhua reported. The arrests happened after a bomb blast in Kabul on Sunday. The bomb blast, which targeted a memorial service inside a mosque, reportedly killed eight and injured 20, Xinhua reported.

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Earthquake with 5 magnitude hits Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan]: An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter Scale struck Afghanistan near Fayzabad early morning on Tuesday.The National Centre for Seismology said that the earthquake occurred at 05:50 IST with a depth of 150 km nearly 106 km from Fayzabad, Afghanistan. “Earthquake of Magnitude:5.0, Occurred on 05-10-2021, 05:50:09 IST, Lat: 36.36 & Long: 71.31, Depth: 150 Km, Location: 106km SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan,” the National Centre for Seismology said in a tweet on Tuesday.On September 3 also an earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale hit Fayzabad in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan’s humanitarian situation ‘pretty desperate’, urgent aid needed: UN refugee chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has said that the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is pretty desperate and called for urgent aid to the country, a media report said. Islamabad [Pakistan], September 18 : Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Grandi described the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as “pretty desperate” and stressed that food, medicines, shelter and other necessities are needed urgently, Japan’s NHK World reported on Saturday. When asked about the Taliban’s rule, Grandi said that humanitarian assistance is “not subjected to any political considerations and should not be”.Raising concerns over the frozen Afghan assets in other countries, Grandi stressed that the money shortage could lead to the collapse of public services and will lead to an even bigger humanitarian crisis, according to NHK World.He also underlined that the global community and the UN to engage with the Taliban for…

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Imran Khan says situation could worsen if US doesn’t recognise Taliban

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that if the US does not hold talks with the Taliban and take a positive stance on its recognition it could escalate difficulties in the region, local media reported. Islamabad [Pakistan], September 18 : Imran Khan, during an interview with a Russian media outlet on Friday, said that Afghanistan is currently the most important issue for the entire region as the country is at a historic crossroads, Pakistan’s Dunya News reported on Saturday. When asked about Pakistan’s assistance to the Taliban against the US, he said: “If Pakistan helped Taliban win against the US, it means that Pakistan is stronger than the US and whole of the Europeans and so strong that it has been able to make a lightly armed militia of around 60,000 fighters, beat a well-equipped armed of 3,00,000.”He also said, “The Afghan people…

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UK forum discusses ‘new reality’ of Afghanistan under Taliban

London [UK], September 16 ): As US and NATO forces concluded military withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of presence in the country, a new reality now exists for the country, under the Taliban’s regime.As fresh challenges arise for Afghanistan’s neighbours to step into the breach, London-based NGO The Democracy Forum hosted a virtual seminar on September 14 — titled ‘Afghanistan: Filling the Void’. This debate was moderated by former BBC Asia Correspondent Humphrey Hawksley. “What can we anticipate from the new regime?” wondered TDF President Lord Bruce in his opening address, given that the Taliban is embarking on a campaign to win hearts and minds and offer a credible alternative to the Ghani administration.But, with the new cabinet in Kabul dominated by Taliban hardliners and appearing to opt for ‘diplomatic non-engagement’, Lord Bruce believed the international community would struggle to find meaningful leverage.He…

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Pak miffed over ‘wait and watch’ policy on recognising Afghanistan’s Taliban govt

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf has slammed, what he termed as ‘wait and watch’ policy on recognising Afghanistan’s Taliban government. He said that this approach would push the country towards an economic slump. Islamabad [Pakistan], September 16 : “If the world is interested in this conversation, it needs to happen directly with the new government. For influencing and moulding governance in the way the world wants, it should have a conversation with them. Without engagement that would not be possible,” Yusuf was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper. He stated that the consequences of abandoning Afghanistan would be dire adding that the country could again become a safe haven for terrorists.“If abandonment happens there would be a security vacuum (in Afghanistan). You already know ISIS (the militant Islamic State group) is already present there, Pakistani Taliban are there, Al Qaeda is there. Why…

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Women in Afghanistan seek ‘Right to return’ to govt jobs

Women in Afghanistan said that they have been stopped by the Taliban from returning to work, despite their willingness to work. Kabul [Afghanistan], September 13 : Women in Afghanistan have demanded the right to return to government jobs, reported TOLOnews. Shugufa Najibi, who completed a master’s degree in law from India and had been working in the Afghan parliament for about 10 years, she said, “When I went to the office, they stopped me. I asked ‘Why? Your officials say women can work?’ When I left, they told me through my colleagues to not come anymore.”According to data by Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), more than 5,000 women were working in the military sector in Afghanistan.Hanisfa Hamdar, who is a former police officer and worked at Kabul Police District 8 expressed that she is worried about her future. She said, “I am a…

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Undeterred by violence, Afghan women continue to challenge Taliban

As the Taliban continue to tighten their grip on Afghanistan, reports of harassment and brutalities against women have started emerging from the country. Tel Aviv [Israel], September 13 : Despite the grave threat from the outfit, scores of women are holding demonstrations in cities across the country, demanding rights being denied to them. Writing for The Times of Israel, geopolitics expert Fabien Baussart said that the current state of affairs in the country is contrary to promises made by the group.“All this go against the earlier promises made by the Taliban before capturing Kabul that it would respect women’s rights and allow them to access education and work. This has made women furious, leading them to start a fight with the Taliban to protect their rights,” said Baussart, President of Center of Political and Foreign Affairs.Last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had…

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Taliban whip rights activist for participating in Kabul protest

Human Rights activist Habibullah Farzad was beaten brutally by the Taliban last Wednesday for participating in a protest held by women in Kabul. Kabul [Afghanistan] September 13 : Violence against Rights activists and protesters in Afghanistan has become a common occurrence after the Taliban captured the country. A Human Rights activist Habibullah Farzad has been brutally beaten by the Taliban for participating in the protest held by women in Kabul last Wednesday, The Daily Star reported.“They handcuffed my hands behind the back and started beating me brutally, I lost my consciousness and when I woke up approximately an hour later,” Farzad informed. “Then they took me to the other room where there were more detained people including journalists,” he added.Women protesters demanded equal rights and decision-making roles for Afghan women in the country.The Taliban also accused Farzad of going against ‘Islam’ and said that…

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Pakistan set to operate special charter flights to Kabul soon

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 11 : Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is all set to operate special charter flights to Kabul soon.“Honestly, there will be some way for the evacuees to fly back before regular flights are resumed. At best, ours would be charter operations, operating on behest of certain customers demands who want to get their people out of Kabul,” said the official spokesperson of PIA Abdullah Khan to ANI. With this announcement, Pakistan becomes the first foreign commercial aeroplane service to operate in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over the war-torn nation last month.Earlier, the US on Friday facilitated the departure of 21 US citizens and 11 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) from Afghanistan.Additionally, another Qatar Airways charter flight departed Kabul with 19 US citizens aboard. Forty-four seats were offered to US citizens, not all of them chose to travel.Friday’s evacuations came one day after…

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Over 250 people including US citizens evacuated from Afghanistan in past 3 days: US envoy

Washington [US], September 11 : US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday said that over 250 foreign nationals, including US citizens, were evacuated from Kabul over the past three days.“Over 250 foreign nationals, including US citizens, left Kabul over the past 3 days,” said US envoy Khalilzad, reported Tolo News. He also informed that the US will continue its engagement with Qatar, the Taliban and others for safe passage.“We will continue to engage the govt of Qatar, the Taliban, and others to ensure the safe passage of our citizens, other foreign nationals & Afghans that want to leave,” said Khalilzad.The US on Friday facilitated the departure of 21 US citizens and 11 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) from Afghanistan.Additionally, another Qatar Airways charter flight departed Kabul with 19 US citizens aboard. 44 seats were offered to US citizens, not all of them…

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25 Indian IS sympathizers may sneak into India from Afghanistan : Intel reports

A group of 25 Indians having allegiance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who are supposed to be a big threat to India, may enter into Indian territory from Afghanistan as they broke open various jails when Taliban took over the country last month, the intelligence inputs are suggesting. New Delhi [India], September 10 : These 25 Indians are on the wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for having alleged links with the terror group ISIS.However, the NIA officials, privy to the ongoing investigation in ISIS cases, said that they were not aware of the present status of these 25 Indians but investigations have established that all of them migrated (hijarat) to Afghanistan and joined ISIS in the Nangarhar province.Considering inputs, an alert has already been issued at all Indian airports and seaports, manned by the Bureau of Immigration…

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Mullahs don’t have PhD, master’s degree; yet greatest of all: Afghanistan’s new Education Minister

A video of Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir is being widely shared on Twitter, wherein he is seen talking of education policy and of master’s degrees and PhD. Kabul, Afghanistan, September 8 : The Taliban on Tuesday unveiled a hardline interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with key roles being shared by high-profile members of the insurgent group, including a specially designated global terrorist of the dreaded Haqqani Network as the interior minister. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be Akhund’s deputy in the “new Islamic government”. Meanwhile, Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir, who has been appointed the Taliban’s Minister of Education, has said master’s degrees and PhD are no more valuable in the country. Mullahs don’t have such degrees and yet are greatest of all, the education minister has said.  A video of Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir is now being widely shared on Twitter,…

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Mullah Hasan to head proposed Taliban govt, Baradar to serve as his deputy

Mullah Hasan is presently head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body – Rehbari Shura or leadership council – which serves much like a government Cabinet running all the group’s affairs subject to the approval of the top leader. Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7 : Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, the chief of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body ‘Rehbari Shura’, has been named as Afghanistan’s new head of state by the insurgent group’s top leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, according to a Pakistani media report. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Chairman of Taliban’s Political Office in Doha, and Mullah Abdus Salam will work as deputies of Mullah Hasan in the new Taliban government, which is likely to be announced next week, The News International reported, citing multiple sources. Mullah Hasan is presently head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body – Rehbari Shura or leadership council – which serves much…

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Taliban fire in air to disperse crowd during anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul

Slogans like “azaadi, azaadi”, “death Pakistan”, “death to ISI” were raised during the protest. Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7 : Taliban fired shots in the air to disperse hundreds of people who had gathered for an anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul on Tuesday, news agency AFP reported. Hundreds of locals, including women and children, were seen protesting, chanting slogans against Pakistan on the streets of Kabul, videos shared by local media showed.  Slogans like “azaadi, azaadi”, “death Pakistan”, “death to ISI” were raised during the protest where women in burqas walked on the road holding placards. 

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Pak intelligence chief’s visit to Kabul affirms Taliban is ISI’s ‘puppet’: Ex-Pentagon official

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 5 : Pakistan intelligence chief Faiz Hameed has taken an “emergency” trip to Kabul to resolve an evolving internal crisis in the Taliban after reports emerged about a clash between factions between in which the group co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar suffered injuries.Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), writes in US-based 19 forty-five that the Hameed’s emergency visit affirms that they are merely an ISI puppet. The Taliban, which captured Kabul on August 15, has been delaying the announcement of the government formation in Afghanistan over the past few days.While the group has not issued a statement over it yet, reports have emerged claiming that the government formation has been delayed due to differences between the Taliban and the Haqqani network over power-sharing.Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the top Taliban leader who is set to head the…

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Kabul airport to become operational for commercial flights in few days, says Qatari envoy

Doha [Qatar]: Qatari Ambassador to Afghanistan Saeed bin Mubarak Al Khayarin on Saturday said that the repairing works at the Kabul airport is underway and will soon be ready to receive several commercial flights in the next few days.“A group of specialists have prepared the airport for the flights with humanitarian assistance and will prepare [it] for receiving civilian flights in the near future,” the diplomat said, citing Al-Jazeera, reported Sputnik. The airport is already operating flights from Kabul to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar, he added.Earlier, Al Jazeera reported that the domestic flights from Kabul will resume from Friday.The airport has been closed since the last evacuation flight took off on September 1.The last flight carrying American forces left Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday morning – ending 20 years of military presence in the country.

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Taliban govt formation UPDATES: Pakistan ISI’s top official reaches Kabul

More than two weeks after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the hardline Islamists are all set to announce the formation of a new government in Kabul on the lines of the Iranian leadership. Kabul, Afghanista, september 4 : The formation of a new Afghan government by the Taliban, which was to be announced on Friday, may take place today (Saturday). Sources said that Chairman of Taliban’s Political Office, Doha, Qatar Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar is likely to be the head of the Taliban Government. More than two weeks after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the hardline Islamists are all set to announce the formation of a new government in Kabul on the lines of the Iranian leadership, with the group’s top religious leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada as Afghanistan’s supreme authority, a senior member of the group has said. In Iran, the supreme leader is…

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Google locks down Afghan govt email accounts as Taliban looks for access: Report

Google said Friday it was “taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts,” but did not admit to a complete lockdown of the accounts. Kabul, Afghanistan, September 4 : Google has temporarily locked down some Afghan government email accounts as the Taliban is attempting to access the former officials’ emails, Reuters reported. Google said Friday it was “taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts,” but did not admit to a complete lockdown of the accounts. “In consultation with experts, we are continuously assessing the situation in Afghanistan. We are taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts, as information continues to come in,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. The person familiar with the matter told the outlet the accounts were completely locked down as the information could be used to track down former government officials the group would harm. Around two dozen officials, with…

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17 killed, 41 injured in Taliban’s celebratory gunfire in Kabul over Panjshir takeover claims

Afghan resistance forces based in Panjshir have denied the Taliban’s claim against the siege of the Shutul district of the province. Kabul, Afghanistan, September 4 : At least 17 people were killed and 41 wounded in incidents of gun firing on Friday night in Kabul, Tolo News reported citing a hospital.“Emergency Hospital in Kabul said 17 bodies and 41 wounded people were transferred to its facility with the harm caused by last night’s citywide firing into the air,” Tolo News tweeted. Yesterday, “celebratory gunfire” was heard in Kabul amid conflicting reports over the situation in Panjshir valley where Taliban fighters are fighting rival forces for control of Afghanistan’s final holdout province, Tolo News reported.Heavy fighting is underway in Panjshir, the last Afghan province resisting rule by the Taliban.According to certain media reports, more than 300 fighters from both sides have lost their lives during…

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Domestic flights from Kabul airport to resume on Friday

Doha [UAE], September 3 : The domestic flights from Kabul will resume on Friday. The airport has been closed since the last evacuation flight took off on September 1.Citing an Afghan civil aviation official, the Doha-based Al Jazeera reported on Thursday said that he expected international flights “to take time”. Al-Jazeera earlier reported a Qatari technical team was assessing damage at the airport with plans to bring it back into operation.This comes after the Taliban accused the United States of intentionally damaging equipment at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport during their withdrawal from Afghanistan.Anas Haqqani, a key Taliban member, visited Kabul airport a day after the last American soldier left Afghanistan, and said the US had deliberately destroyed military equipment including helicopters, military vehicles and facilities, reported Ariana News.The last flight carrying American forces left Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday morning –…

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Taliban declare victory from tarmac of Kabul airport after US withdrawal

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban on Tuesday declared victory over the United States from the tarmac of Kabul airport after the last American troop left Afghanistan.Standing on the airport runway, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a small crowd that “This victory belongs to us all.” He was joined by heavily armed fighters from the Taliban’s Badri 313 special forces brigade, kitted out in camouflage uniforms and desert boots, reported CNN.Mujahid congratulated the Taliban fighters lined up, and indeed “the whole of the nation.” He said the Taliban wanted to have “good relations with the US and the world.”Videos showed Taliban fighters filling the night air with gunfire and walking through the airport. As the sun rose on Tuesday, footage showed the Taliban making their way through an abandoned hanger strewn with equipment the US left behind.In one video, militants dressed in US-style uniforms and holding…

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Afghanistan: Taliban holds meeting to discuss political, security, social issues

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday informed that “the Islamic Emirate leadership council” held a three-day meeting in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.The meeting was headed by the Taliban’s leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, and it ended on Monday, Mujahid was quoted as saying by Tolo News. “The leadership council discussed Afghanistan’s political, security and social issues,” during the meeting, Mujahid said in a series of tweets.“The council has also discussed issues around forming the new government and its cabinet and has taken some decisions on providing services to the people, Tolo News reported citing Mujahid’s tweets.The developments came after the newly-appointed Kabul mayor, who is also the head of the Taliban’s municipality commission, Hamdullah Nomani on Monday enforced Sharia law in the capital.The Taliban has been trying to paint a new picture from its earlier rule (1996-2001) when they enforced their version of Islamic…

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Taliban declare victory from Kabul airport, promise security

In a show of control, turbaned Taliban leaders were flanked by the insurgents’ elite Badri unit as they walked across the tarmac. The commandos in camouflage uniforms proudly posed for photos. Kabul, Afghanistan, august 31 : The Taliban triumphantly marched into Kabul’s international airport on Tuesday, hours after the final U.S. troop withdrawal that ended America’s longest war. Standing on the tarmac, Taliban leaders pledged to secure the country, quickly reopen the airport and grant amnesty to former opponents. In a show of control, turbaned Taliban leaders were flanked by the insurgents’ elite Badri unit as they walked across the tarmac. The commandos in camouflage uniforms proudly posed for photos. Getting the airport running again is just one of the sizeable challenges the Taliban face in governing a nation of 38 million people that for two decades had survived on billions of dollars in…

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Want good relations with the US and world, say Taliban as America pulls out of Afghanistan

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan on Monday, ending 20 years of war that culminated in the militant Taliban’s return to power. Kabul, Afghanistan, August 31 : The Taliban is celebrating its takeover of Afghanistan. Its top spokesman congratulated Afghan people on their victory, hours after the last US troops left the country following 20 years of military intervention. “Congratulations to Afghanistan… this victory belongs to us all,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said from the runway of Kabul airport. “We want to have good relations with the US and the world. We welcome good diplomatic relations with them all,” he added. The US has said that Embassy in Kabul has suspended operations. “While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar,” the website…

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Death toll from US drone attack on Vehicle in Kabul Rises to 12: Reports

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 30 : The death toll from a US drone attack near the Kabul airport has climbed to 12, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.CNN initially reported that the attack had claimed the lives of nine civilians, including six children. On Sunday, media reported that the US Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban confirmed an airstrike on a car filled with explosives, prompted by the alleged threat of the Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group.The terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the bombings at the Kabul airport on Thursday, which killed 13 American soldiers and more than 170 other people.The only international airport in Afghanistan has recently been the centre of rapid evacuations carried out by several countries, who have elected to fly their citizens, diplomatic missions, and associated Afghan nationals out of the country after the Taliban (banned in Russia) takeover.

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Another attack at Kabul airport highly likely in 24-36 hours, warns Joe Biden

After getting briefed on a US drone mission in Afghanistan that the Pentagon said killed 2 members of IS group’s Afghanistan affiliate early Saturday, Prez Biden said the extremists can expect more. Washington, USA, August 30 : In order to keep up airstrikes against the Islamic extremist group whose suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed scores of Afghans and 13 American service members, United States (US) President Joe Biden promised on Saturday. He said, another terror attack, is ‘highly likely’ this weekend as the US winds down its evacuation. The Pentagon said that the remaining contingent of US forces at the airport, now numbering less than 4,000, had begun their final withdrawal ahead of Joe Biden’s deadline for ending the evacuation on Tuesday. After getting briefed on a US drone mission in eastern afghanistan that the Pentagon said killed two members of the Islamic…

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Child killed, 3 people injured in rocket attack in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 29 : A child has been killed and three people were injured in a massive blast in the capital city of Afghanistan, the local media said on Sunday.A rocket had landed on a residential building near the Kabul airport, killing a child, Sputnik reported citing the 1TV broadcaster. As per the report, the rocket hit the Khwaja Bughra area of Kabul. Earlier today, a massive explosion was heard near Kabul airport. This blast occurred merely two days after twin blasts rocked Kabul, which killed nearly 200 people, including 13 US servicemen.This comes as the US is on the verge of completing its exit from Afghanistan.US President Joe Biden had on Saturday had said that another terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport is “highly likely in the next 24-36 hours.” Moreover, US Embassy in Kabul had also issued a security alert…

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Taliban orders civilians to hand over weapons, ammunition, vehicles, govt property

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 29 : The Taliban on Saturday ordered Afghans to hand over vehicles, weapons, ammunition and other government property to concerned authorities. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued the directive on Twitter, reported Geo News.“Announcement by the security of the Islamic Emirate: All those in Kabul city who possess vehicles, weapons, ammunition, or other government property, are being informed to handover the said items to the relevant authorities of the Islamic Emirate within a week in order to avoid any legal action against them,” wrote Zabihullah. Similar orders were issued by the Taliban earlier, directing the civilians to surrender the weapons they had kept for their safety since “the Taliban are now there to ensure your safety”, reported Geo News. Less than a couple of weeks since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the state of affairs in the war-ravaged country, is vastly different…

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Taliban seals off Kabul airport, stops people as evacuation process nears end

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban on Saturday sealed off Kabul airport in order to prevent large crowds from leaving the war-torn country as final NATO evacuation flights left Afghanistan. New layers of checkpoints sprang up on roads leading to the airport, some manned by uniformed Taliban fighters with Humvees and night-vision goggles captured from Afghan security forces, reported Euronews.The massive US-led airlift wound down ahead of an August 31 deadline of the Taliban. Britain too began bringing its troops home from Afghanistan, as a Royal Air Force plane carrying soldiers landed at the RAF Brize Norton airbase northwest of London. The troops are part of a contingent of 1,000 that has been based in Kabul to help run the airlift, reported Euronews. Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Friday to “shift heaven and earth” to get more people from Afghanistan to Britain by other means, though…

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Two US Congressmen urge Biden to recognise Amrullah Saleh as legitimate govt of Afghanistan

Kabul/Washington, Aug 28: In a joint statement after talks with Afghanistan’s caretaker President Amrullah Saleh, US Senate Republican Lindsey Graham and Congressman Mike Waltz have called on US President Joe Biden to recognise Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, who is leading the resistance in Panjshir, as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. Waltz, from Florida, in a statement said the Biden administration should recognise that the Afghan constitution is still in force and the Taliban’s seizure of power is illegal. They also said in the statement that Panjshir in northeastern Afghanistan, which has not been taken over by the Taliban, should be declared a humanitarian zone. The statement said that Saleh and Massoud chose to stay and fight for the freedom of the Afghan people and oppose extremism. They also called on the president to designate the Afghan Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and urge…

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US tells citizens to leave Kabul airport gates ‘immediately’

Kabul [Afghanistan]: After the Kabul airport blast, the US Embassy in Kabul on Thursday (local time) warned its citizens to stay away from the Kabul airport and told anyone outside the perimeter to “leave immediately,” citing unnamed security threats.The US Embassy cited three areas of particular concern in its advisory. “US citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the statement said, without further detail, reported The New York Times. A senior US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about confidential assessments, confirmed that the United States was tracking a “specific” and “credible” threat at the airport from the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, which has carried out dozens of attacks in recent years, many targeting ethnic minorities and other civilians.The warnings came as the last of the estimated 1,500 Americans and countless other…

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Approx 5,400 individuals at Kabul airport awaiting flights out of Afghanistan

Washington DC [US]: A day after an explosion rocked Kabul, Pentagon on Friday said that approximately 5,400 individuals at the airport awaiting flights out of Afghanistan.“There are still approx 5,400 individuals at the airport awaiting flights out of Afghanistan. We have the ability to include evacuees on the US military airlift out of Afghanistan… ISIS will not deter us from accomplishing this mission,” said US Army Major General William “Hank” Taylor during a briefing. Major General Taylor clarified that there was only one explosion at the Abbey gate at Hamid Karzai International airport on Thursday. Earlier, the Pentagon had said there was a second explosion outside the Baron hotel in its initial statements.“I can confirm for you that we do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, that it was one suicide bomber. We’re not sure how…

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Pentagon says only one suicide bomber in Kabul attack, second not confirmed

Washington [US] August 27 : A senior Pentagon official on Friday informed that there was only one suicide bomber near Kabul airport and the reports about the second explosion have not been confirmed.The initial reports about a second suicide explosion at the Baron hotel near Kabul airport have not been confirmed, Sputnik reported. “I can confirm for you that we do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron hotel, that it was one suicide bomber. We are not sure how that report was provided incorrect,” said US Army Major General William “Hank” Taylor during a press conference.Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said the United States has reason to believe the leaders of the Islamic State-Khorasan terror group are behind the attacks at the Kabul airport that killed 13 US service members.Biden also said the Islamic State-Khorasan has planned…

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No clarity about any entity forming govt in Kabul: India

New Delhi, Aug 27: India said on Friday that the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is very uncertain, and there is no clarity about any entity forming a government in Kabul. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, answering queries at a media briefing, said that the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover on August 15 is very fluid. “The situation on the ground is uncertain, as you all know. The prime concern is the security and safety of the people.” Asked if India is prepared to recognise a Taliban regime in Afghanistan, he said: “Currently there is lack of clarity or no clarity about any entity forming a government in Kabul… So I think we are jumping the gun here regarding recognition.” “We of course continue to monitor the situation very carefully; this is an evolving situation, and we are in…

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Iranian President says neighboring countries should support the formation of an “inclusive” Afghan government

Iran President Raisi spoke on Thursday during a meeting with visiting Pakistani foreign minister to Tehran, saying other nations should only play the role of a “facilitator for establishing a broad-based and inclusive government with the presence of all people and groups.” Tehran, Iran, August 27 : Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Afghanistan’s neighbors should support the formation of a broad-based government in Kabul. Raisi spoke on Thursday during a meeting with visiting Pakistani foreign minister to Tehran, saying other nations should only play the role of a “facilitator for establishing a broad-based and inclusive government with the presence of all people and groups.” The remarks were posted on Raisi’s website. He said Iran has hosted some 4 million Afghan refugees in the past four decades and it has supported the people of Afghanistan. The presence of Western nations in the region would not…

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UK’s evacuation into ‘final hours’ in Afghanistan: UK Defence Secretary

London [UK], August 27 : UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on Friday (local time) said that its evacuation mission is in ‘final hours’ in Afghanistan, four days prior to the August 31 deadline by the Taliban.Wallace told Sky News the effort was into its “final hours” after the closure of the main processing center in Kabul at the Baron Hotel near the airport. He said, “We at 4.30 this morning, UK-time, closed the Baron Hotel, shut the processing center and the gates were closed at Abbey Gate.“We will process the people that we’ve brought with us, the 1,000 people approximately in the airfield now and we will seek a way to continue to find a few people in the crowds where we can, but overall the main processing is now closed and we have a matter of hours.“The sad fact is not every single…

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Pakistan’s reputation in West to plummet after Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Pakistan, nominally a US partner in the war against terrorism, sees the Taliban’s victory as its own in Afghanistan. Jane Perlez, in an article in The New York Times said that Pakistan’s already shaky reputation in the West is likely to plummet now, as the Taliban take over Afghanistan. Islamabad [Pakistan], August 27 : Calls to sanction Pakistan have already circulated on social media. Moreover, amid the absence of foreign financing, Pakistan will have to rely on a jihadist drug trade encouraged by the new rulers in Kabul. A Taliban-run state on its border will no doubt embolden Taliban and other Islamist terrorists in Pakistan itself, said Perlez.Pakistan was ostensibly America’s partner in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Its military won tens of billions of dollars in American aid over the last two decades, even as Washington acknowledged that much of…

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Australia ends Afghanistan evacuation efforts

Canberra [Australia], August 27 : Australia’s evacuation mission from Afghanistan has ended, authorities said on Friday. Australian Minister for Defense Peter Dutton confirmed on Friday that Australian troops have left Afghanistan before the deadly bombing attacks at the Kabul airport. The suicide bombings which occurred on Thursday night local time killed dozens including 13 American troops.The Australian government has not been able to confirm whether any Australians or visa holders were injured, according to local media.“Not too long before the attack, I can confirm that Australian troops and the rest of our personnel were wheels up and out of Kabul and I am so grateful that they are now safe,” Dutton said.The Australian and New Zealand Defense Forces flew more than 4,000 people out of Kabul.Dutton told local media there was “very clear intelligence” that further attacks were likely but that the decision to…

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Evacuation resumes at Kabul airport a day after ISIS suicide attack killed over 100

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport on Thursday which killed more than 100 people, including 13 US troops. The Islamic State group (ISIS) claimed responsibility of the Kabul airport suicide attack. Kabul, India, August 27 : More than 100 people were killed, including 13 US troops and over 150 were wounded when two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport. The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport. Near about 5,000 people were awaiting flights on the airfield.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility of the Kabul airport suicide attack. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz. The Taliban were not believed to have been involved in the attacks and condemned…

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Japan to continue evacuation from Kabul undeterred by blasts

Tokyo, Aug 27: Japan will continue to evacuate its citizens and diplomatic staff from Kabul despite the deadly blasts that rocked the airport, claiming many lives, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Friday. On Thursday, the Afghan capital was hit by a series of terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of at least 60 people and injured over 1,300 others, according to the Afghan health ministry. The Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group (banned in Russia) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. Commenting on the attacks, the official said that Tokyo vigorously condemned them and offered condolences to the families of the victims. No Japanese citizens were injured in the attacks, he added.

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90 Afghans, 13 US troops killed in ISIS attack outside Kabul airport

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport on Thursday which killed more than 100 people, including 13 US troops. The Islamic State group (ISIS) claimed responsibility of the Kabul airport suicide attack. Kabul, Afghanistan, August 27 : More than 100 people were killed, including 13 US troops and over 150 were wounded when two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport. The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport. Near about 5,000 people were awaiting flights on the airfield.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility of the Kabul airport suicide attack. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz. The Taliban were not believed to have been involved in the attacks and condemned…

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‘We will hunt you down and make you pay’: Joe Biden warns Kabul airport attackers

2 suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport on Thursday, killing at least 60 Afghans and 13 US troops. Washington, USA, August 27 : President Joe Biden has vowed to “hunt” down the terrorists and make them “pay” for the deadly attacks outside the Kabul airport in which 13 US service members were killed and 18 others wounded. Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport on Thursday, killing at least 60 Afghans and 13 US troops. “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm notice, we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday. The…

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IS-K has links with Taliban, Haqqani network, says Amrullah Saleh

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The self-proclaimed ‘caretaker’ President of the Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh on Friday said that the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K) has links with the Taliban and the Haqqani network, particularly the ones operating in Kabul.Saleh also hit out at the Taliban for denying links with the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) and said that it is similar to the denial of Pakistan on Quetta Shura. “Every evidence we have in hand shows that IS-K cells have their roots in Talibs & Haqqani network particularly the ones operating in Kabul. Talibs denying links with ISIS is identical/similar to the denial of Pakistan on Quetta Shura. Talibs have learned very well from the master. #Kabul,” Saleh said in a tweet.Earlier, Saleh had blamed Pakistan for setting up terrorist factories and agencies that provide explosives materials to the Taliban in order to create chaos in Afghanistan and…

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US President orders flags at half-staff till Aug 30 to honour victims of Kabul terror attack

Washington DC [US]: US President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the federal government till August 30 to honour the victims of Kabul attack.While honouring the victims of the attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Biden said, “As a mark of respect for the US service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public…

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Second explosion reported in Kabul, near hotel where Americans gathered

Kabul [Afghanistan]: A second explosion struck Kabul on Thursday near a hotel in Afghanistan’s capital, where US citizens were gathering to be evacuated.A second explosion took place after a suicide bombing earlier in the day near the gates of the Kabul airport, which killed at least 11 people and injured several including three US troops. Soon after the first explosion at Kabul airport, France Ambassador to Afghanistan had warned of a second possible explosion at the airport.“To all our Afghan friends: If you are near the airport gates, getaway urgently and take shelter. A second explosion is possible,” tweeted French envoy David Martinon.Earlier, Pentagon had confirmed reports of the first explosion outside from outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday.“We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can,” said…

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Ten people killed, over 15 injured in Kabul airport explosion – Source

Kabul, Aug 26: Ten people were killed and over 15 others injured in the explosion outside Kabul airport, a source at the emergency hospital told Sputnik on Thursday. “Ten bodies and more than 15 wounded had been brought in, including children and the Taliban [banned as a terrorist organization in Russia],” the source said. “The blast was very heavy and grenades were hurled after the blast,” another source added.

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IAF plane carrying 24 Indian, 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul lands at Hindon Airport

Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], August 26 : Indian Air Force aircraft C-17 Globemaster, carrying 24 Indian and 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul landed at Hindon Airport on Thursday, under Operation Devi Shakti.“Indian Embassy and Indian Government rescued us and brought us here to Delhi. We are very thankful to them,” said Shiva, a Nepali national among the people who were evacuated from Afghanistan and brought to India. Earlier today, Ministry of External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had informed about the evacuation flight via Twitter. “Op Devi Shakti in action!@IAF_MCC flight with 24 Indian and 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul is on its way to Delhi. #DeviShakti,” Bagchi tweeted.The evacuation operation that came against the backdrop of the Taliban’s takeover of the country last week is known as “Operation Devi Shakti”. This operation comes as MEA had urged all Indian nationals in Afghanistan requiring…

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Macron invites Tajik President to visit France

Paris [France] August 26 : French President Emmanuel Macron has invited his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon, to visit Paris, the Elysee Palace said on Thursday, with the two leaders set to continue the discussion on recent developments in Afghanistan following their phone conversation.“The republic’s president invited president Emomali Rahmon to come to France. He will receive him on October 13,” the palace said in a statement. During the phone call, which took place on Wednesday, the leaders also discussed the consequences of the Taliban takeover in Kabul and Afghan refugees.“They agreed to continue the exchange of view in order to ensure stability and security in the region,” the statement added.The Tajik leader’s office, in the meantime, told Sputnik that Rahmon briefed Macron on Dushanbe’s measures to beef up security at the Tajik-Afghan border in light of the recent developments.The sides agreed to continue consultations…

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Taliban, Northern Alliance reach a peace agreement, agree not to attack each other: Report

Afghanistan crisis: The agreement reached between the two parties will be announced during a press conference by the Taliban and Northern Alliance. Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26 : Amid the Afghanistan crisis, the Taliban and Northern Alliance have agreed from attacking each other, Geo News quoted sources as saying. This could come as a significant development at a time when the Taliban is on a spree in its conquest to capture the country. Geo News quoted well-informed sources saying that the Taliban and Northern Alliance have decided not to attack each other following successful dialogues.  The talks between the two parties took place in the Charikar area of Parwan province in the last two days.  Moreover, the agreement reached between the two parties will be announced during a press conference by the Taliban and Northern Alliance.

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Jaishankar says Afghanistan situation critical; 15,000 requests received for evacuation

Jaishankar is briefing the floor leaders of all the Opposition parties on the prevailing situation in Afghanistan. New Delhi, India, Augusat 26 : The government on Thursday briefed leaders of political parties on the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the war-ravaged country. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar briefed the leaders on the latest situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power there last week. Besides Jaishankar, Union Minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi are also present during the briefing in Parliament House annexe.  Apart from India’s evacuation mission from Afghanistan, the ministers are also expected to share the government’s assessment of the situation in the war-torn country. NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,…

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Tolo news reporter, cameraman beaten up by Taliban

A Tolo news reporter Ziar Yaad and his cameraman were beaten up by the Taliban in Kabul while they were working on a report on Wednesday. Kabul [Afghanistan], August 26 : Ziar Yaad and his cameraman Baes Majidi were filming footage of jobless people and labourers in Haji Yaqoob square in the Shahr-e-Naw area of Kabul city on Wednesday morning when the Taliban beat them up. The reason is unclear, reported Tolo News. ” I was beaten by the Taliban in Kabul’s New City while reporting. Cameras, technical equipment and my personal mobile phone have also been hijacked,” said Yaad in his tweet. Both of them were reporting on poverty and unemployment at the Haji Yaqub intersection in Kabul when they were caught unawares by the Taliban.Meanwhile, a number of journalists said that the Taliban should not treat journalists badly, reported Tolo News.Yaad also…

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France to stop evacuation flights from Kabul airport before Aug 31 deadline

France on Thursday announced that it will stop evacuation flights from Kabul airport starting from Friday, four days before the expiry of the August 31 deadline by the Taliban. Paris [France], August 26 : French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that his country will not be able to conduct evacuation flights from the Kabul airport starting from Friday, reported Sputnik. “From tomorrow night we will no longer be able to carry out evacuation [flights] from the Kabul airport,” Castex told RTL radio.Earlier this week, French government spokesman Gabrial Attal said that France may end operations to evacuate people from Afghanistan in near future but did not specify the exact date, reported Sputnik.All land border crossings from Afghanistan are currently controlled by the Taliban.The evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans who worked for international missions is carried out through the only airport in Kabul, which…

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Operation Devi Shakti: 24 Indian, 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul en route to Delhi

The evacuation operation from Afghanistan in the backdrop of the Taliban’s takeover of the country last week is known as “Operation Devi Shakti”. New, Delhi, India, August 26 : An Indian Air Force (IAF) flight carrying 24 Indian and 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul is on its way to Delhi under Operation Devi Shakti. “Op Devi Shakti in action!@IAF_MCC flight with 24 Indian and 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul is on its way to Delhi. #DeviShakti,” tweeted Ministry of External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. The evacuation operation from Afghanistan in the backdrop of the Taliban’s takeover of the country last week is known as “Operation Devi Shakti”. Earlier, MEA had urged all Indian nationals in Afghanistan requiring assistance to contact Special Afghanistan Cell immediately to move out of the war-torn country. Up till now, around 626 people from Kabul have been evacuated that…

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Taliban accuses US troops of being responsible for Kabul airport chaos

Kabul [Afghanistan]: As countries around the world are evacuating citizens from the war-torn country, the Taliban has accused the United States troops of being the main cause behind the misery at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Afghanistan is witnessing its worst-ever crisis in decades as the Taliban’s control has forced people to flee the nation fearing their atrocities. At least seven people were killed on Sunday near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul as people attempted to flee the Taliban-controlled country. Head of the Taliban’s commission for guidance and encouragement, Mullah Amir Khan Motaqi in a voice clip said that entire Afghanistan is secure and no casualty is recorded but the US cannot secure an airport. He called the ongoing evacuation by the US illegitimate.Motaqi added that no one is confined in Afghanistan and everyone who wants to leave Afghanistan will be…

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US evacuates 10,400 people from Afghanistan

Washington [US]: The US has evacuated nearly 10,400 people from war-torn Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, a White House official said. “From August 22 at 3:00 AM EDT to August 23 at 3:00 AM EDT, nearly 28 US military flights (25 C-17s and 3 C-130s) evacuated approximately 10,400 people from Kabul,” the official said. “Since August 14, the US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 37,000 people. Since the end of July, we have relocated approximately 42,000 people,” the official added. In addition, 61 coalition aircraft evacuated approximately 5,900 people from Afghanistan.On Friday, US President Joe Biden had termed the evacuation from Afghanistan the ‘most difficult and largest airlift’ ever in history. He had assured to get all Americans and allies out of the war-torn country.“Kabul evacuation is among the largest and most difficult airlifts in history,” Biden had said. Biden…

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Taliban hold first ‘Loya Jirga’ after capturing power in Kabul

Kabul, Aug 23: After capturing power in Afghanistan, the Taliban on Monday held their first ‘Loya Jirga’ or grand assembly, attended by hundreds of religious leaders. Taliban spokesperson Zabehullah Mujahid said it is the first-ever Loya Jirga held in the Afghan capital after the fundamentalist group took over Kabul. While addressing the Jirga, Mujahid said that young men and women would work to help build the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. He also spoke about the education system in the country. Hundreds of religious leaders attend the Taliban’s preaching and guidance commission at the Loya Jirga. “Your jihad was for the Islamic system and Islamic rule. Don’t be afraid of anything,” Mujahid told the Loya Jirga. He said Afghanistan will be self-sufficient through the implementation of economic plans. The Taliban have also said that girls can study from the first grade to higher education. Meanwhile,…

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India evacuates another 75 Sikhs from Kabul

New Delhi [India]: Indian authorities on Monday evacuated another 75 Sikhs amid the deteriorating situation in war-torn Afghanistan. These people are being evacuated from Kabul via Dushanbe and will arrive in India late at night, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa informed. “Update from Afghanistan- Another 75 Sikhs are being evacuated today from Kabul via Dushanbe who will arrive in India late night today. We thank PM Office India and Ministry of External Affairs for their massive support,” Sirsa said in a tweet. Afghanistan’s situation is dwindling as people are in rush to leave the nation after the Taliban seized control last week. On August 15, the country’s government fell soon after President Ashraf Ghani left the nation. Countries have been evacuating their citizens from the war-torn nation. Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said the government is committed…

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Leave Afghanistan by August 31 or face ‘action’: Taliban warn United States

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the United States was set to complete its troop withdrawal. Kabul, Afghanistan, August 23 : The Taliban have warned of ‘action’ against American troops if the Joe Biden government fails to complete the withdrawal of all the military forces from Afghanistan by August 31. “President Biden announces that they will withdraw all the military forces by august 31, if they extend it, it means they are extending the occupation.. if they intent on continuing the evacuation, it will provoke action …,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan, Suhail Shaheen, said. Notably, Biden had on Sunday said that his administration might extend his August 31 deadline for evacuating all American troops from Afghanistan. The military has evacuated 28,000 people since August 14 from Kabul since the Taliban seized control of the country. “Our hope is we will not have to…

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Passengers from Afghanistan found COVID positive

Two persons out of the 146 passengers who landed in Delhi from Afghanistan on Monday were found positive for COVID-19. New Delhi [India], August 23 ): Rajendra Kumar, Sub Divisional Magistrate said, “Two people coming from Afghanistan have been found COVID positive. They have been sent to LNJP Hospital.” The second batch of 146 Indian nationals who were evacuated from Afghanistan via Doha arrived in the national capital on Monday on various flights.India on Sunday brought back nearly 400 people including 329 of its nationals in three different flights.Up till now, around 400 individuals from Kabul have been evacuated that covered Indian citizens as well as Afghan nationals including Sikhs and Hindus of Afghanistan.Earlier on Saturday, government sources told ANI that India has been allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul to evacuate its nationals stranded in Afghanistan.Permission has been granted by…

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Talks underway, new govt to be announced soon: Taliban

Some Afghan political leaders, however, criticised the way the talks are taking place, saying that the political process should be inclusive. kabul, Afghanistan August 23 : Talks on the formation of a new government with Afghan political leaders are underway, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said, adding that a new government will be announced soon. In a statement to TOLO News, Mujahid said, “Our political officials met with leaders in Kabul, their views are important, discussions are moving, there is hope for an announcement on the government soon.” Earlier on Saturday, members of the Taliban’s political office met in Kabul with a number of politicians including former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), and discussions focused on the overall political situation including the formation of an inclusive government. The members of the Taliban’s political office…

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Afghan security force member killed as gunfight erupts at Kabul airport

Anti-Taliban fighters claimed to have seized three mountainous districts, and a prominent militia commander in the only province not yet under Taliban control pledged to fight back if attacked. Kabul, Afghanistan, August 23 : One Afghan security force member was killed, while three others were injured after a gunfight erupted at Kabul airport on Monday. According to a statement by Germany’s armed forces, the firefight broke out between unidentified gunmen, Western security forces and Afghan guards at the North Gate of Kabul airport, when thousands were trying to flee the country.  Earlier on Sunday, at least seven Afghans died after people tried to enter Kabul’s international airport. The incident was reported as thousands were still trying to flee the country in a chaotic exodus a week after the Taliban takeover. The Taliban moved to confront the first stirrings of armed resistance since capturing nearly…

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China positioning itself as international partner to Taliban in temptation of rare Earth materials in Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan]: China is clearly positioning itself to be a major international partner to the Taliban after the fall of Kabul as it is eyeing Afghanistan’s USD 1-2 trillion worth of rare Earth materials — most notably lithium. James Stavridis – 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, wrote in Nikkei Asia said that China seeks to consolidate as much control as they can over strategic supply chains for everything from microchips to electric car batteries, they want primacy in Kabul — and will be the first major nation to recognise the new regime.Following the spectacular collapse of the American-trained Afghan army, the triumph of the Taliban, and the humiliating withdrawal under combat conditions of the remnants of the US diplomatic mission, Afghanistan seemingly reverts to 2001 — run by hardline religious zealots determined to follow strict Sharia law. However, there are many warlords in…

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Afghan returnees to be vaccinated against polio

India on Sunday evacuated 168 people including 107 Indians from Kabul in a military transport aircraft of the IAF amid the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital city following its takeover by the Taliban a week back. New Delhi, India, August 22 : India has decided to vaccinate Afghanistan returnees against polio for free as a preventive measure against the wild poliovirus, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday. The minister also shared a photo where returnees could be seen getting jabs at the Delhi international airport. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio is still endemic. “We have decided to vaccinate Afghanistan returnees with free Polio Vaccine – OPV & fIPV, as a preventive measure against Wild Polio Virus.Congratulations to the Health Team for their efforts to ensure public health Take a look at the…

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Afghanistan: 7 killed at Kabul Airport as people try to flee country

Kabul [Afghanistan] August 22 : At least seven people were killed on Sunday near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul as people attempted to flee the Taliban-controlled country.UK Defence Ministry said that “conditions on the ground are extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible,” Sputnik reported citing UK media. The developments came a day after US embassy in Afghanistan advised its nationals in Kabul to avoid travelling to Hamid Karzai International Airport, citing potential security threats outside the airport’s gates.Afghanistan is witnessing its worst-ever crisis in decades as the Taliban’s control has forced people to flee the nation fearing their atrocities.Terrorists on the streets of Kabul are reportedly preventing people from entering the airport using force. The situation continues to deteriorate at the airport and around its perimeter, which is under…

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Everything is finished’ : Afghanistan MP, evacuated from Kabul, breaks down upon landing in India

New Delhi [India], August 22 : An Afghan parliamentarian who was evacuated from Kabul broke down after landing at Ghaziabad’s Hindon air force base early on Sunday.A visibly anguished MP Narender Singh Khalsa had to frequently wipe away his tears as he talked to reporters and told that “everything is now finished.” “I feel like crying…Everything that was built in the last 20 years is now finished. It’s zero now,” he said when a reporter asked him about how he feels after being forced to leave his country.The Sikh parliamentarian was among the 168 evacuees, including 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus onboard IAF’s C-17 Globemaster aircraft that took off from Kabul airport earlier today. The Afghanistan MP further said that at least 200 Hindu Sikhs are stranded in the war-torn country.“The situation is worrisome. But religious places are safe as of now,” he added.Khalsa…

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Brutal video reportedly shows Afghan police chief executed by Taliban

Video footage has emerged of what appears to be an Afghan police chief being brutally executed by the Taliban after he surrendered to the group. Kabul [Afghanistan] August 22 : A video posted circulated on Twitter appears to show Haji Mullah Achakzai, who headed the police in Bagdhis province in Herat. The man in the clip is blindfolded and kneeling before several bullets ring out and his lifeless body flops onto the ground, New York Post reported. “This is their public amnesty,” a US journalist who posted the clip on his account wrote in a sarcastic comment.The video follows a “general amnesty” announced on Tuesday by the Taliban for all Afghan government officials and urged them, including women, to return to work.The terrorist group also shared the video through a Taliban-related network, Afghan security advisor Nasser Waziri, who personally knew Achakzai, told Newsweek adding…

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Finally Home: flight from Kabul with 168 evacuees lands at Hindon IAF base

Ghaziabad [Uttar Pradesh] [India]: A special Indian Air Force repatriation flight ferrying 168 evacuees from Kabul landed at the Ghaziabad Hindon air base here on Sunday. The flight had 107 Indian nationals among those evacuated from Afghanistan, which has been overtaken by the Talban a week ago. Passengers who arrived here will first undergo a COVID RT PCR test.India has been allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul to evacuate its nationals stranded in Afghanistan, government sources told ANI. The permission was granted by American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces which have been controlling operations of the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban on August 15. People in Afghanistan have been rushing to leave the country after the Taliban seized control last week. On August 15, the country’s government fell soon after President Ashraf…

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IAF repatriation flight with 168 people from Kabul on its way to Delhi: MEA

New Delhi [India]: An Indian Air Force (IAF) special repatriation flight from Kabul with 168 evacuees, including 107 Indian nationals, is on its way to New Delhi, confirmed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday.The flight will land at Hindon IAF base in Ghaziabad later today according to government sources said. “Evacuation continues! IAF special repatriation flight with 168 passengers onboard, including 107 Indian nationals, is on its way to Delhi from Kabul,” tweeted MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.India has been allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul to evacuate its nationals stranded in Afghanistan, government sources told ANI.The permission was granted by American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces which have been controlling operations of the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban on August 15.People in Afghanistan have been rushing to leave the country…

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Germany airlifts another 172 evacuees from Kabul to Tashkent

Tashkent [Uzbekistan]: The Airbus A400M military transport aircraft of the German Air Force delivered another 172 evacuees from the Afghan capital to Uzbekistan, an employee of the Tashkent International Airport told. “Last night, an Airbus A-400M of the German Air Force delivered another group of evacuees from Kabul, with 172 passengers on board,” an airport official said, adding that they would then fly to Frankfurt. After the security situation in Afghanistan worsened, Uzbekistan served as an intermediate evacuation point for Afghan nationals seeking escape to foreign countries. On Thursday, the Uzbek transport ministry told that Tashkent loaned its aircraft to Germany for evacuation at the request of the German embassy in Uzbekistan. Berlin continues to evacuate its citizens and Afghan nationals from the Central Asian country, with over 1,000 people already transported to Tashkent since the operation began. On August 15, the Taliban entered…

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We must prevent terrorists entering Afghanistan : Putin

Speaking about Afghanistan, the Russian president said the “irresponsible politics of imposing foreign values from outside must be stopped”.   Moscow , Russia, August 21 : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday criticised the politics of “imposing foreign rules from outside” during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel was in Moscow to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, the separatist conflict in Ukraine and Moscow’s treatment of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, among other issues. Speaking about Afghanistan, Putin said the “irresponsible politics of imposing foreign values from outside must be stopped”. He went on to say that Russia learned itself how counterproductive it is to impose foreign forms of government on Afghanistan, referencing the Soviet invasion of the country that ended in withdrawal in 1989. He added that “it’s important to prevent the incursion of terrorists to countries neighbouring Afghanistan”.

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Blinken thanks US partners for aiding evacuation from Afghanistan

Washington DC [US]: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday thanked its partner countries who played an important role to help them evacuate US citizens and ‘at-risk Afghans’ from Kabul. Blinken’s remarks come as the US facilitated the departure of approximately 13,000 people on military aircraft since August 14. “We are working around the clock to maximize evacuations; we have facilitated the departure of approximately 13,000 people on U.S. military aircraft since August 14 and continue to ramp up operations,” Blinken said in a statement. Secretary Blinken thanked several countries that helped in transiting Americans or, in some circumstances, others through their territories to safety. He also thanked other nations who helped in relocation efforts for at-risk Afghans. “We deeply appreciate the support they have offered, and are proud to partner with them in our shared support of the Afghan people. We are…

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IAF C-130J takes off from Kabul with over 85 Indians

In an effort to evacuate Indian nationals in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the capital city Kabul, an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-130J transport aircraft took off from Kabul with over 85 Indians, informed official sources on Saturday. New Delhi [India], August 21 : I “An Indian Air Force C-130J transport aircraft took off from Kabul with over 85 Indians. The aircraft landed in Tajikistan for refuelling. Indian government officials are helping in evacuation of Indian citizens on the ground in Kabul,” sources told. The government has been putting in coordinated efforts to bring back citizens safely.India had earlier also picked up its consulate staff from Kandahar after the town was about to be taken over by the Taliban terrorists. The Indian officials from the Kandahar consulate had later stationed themselves in the Kabul embassy and were overseeing work from there, the sources…

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US President Joe Biden addresses on Kabul crisis, says cannot guarantee ‘final outcome’ of risky evacuation

President Joe Biden on Friday once again addressed the world about the chaotic evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan as the U.S. struggles with obstacles ranging from armed Taliban checkpoints to airport pandemonium and cumbersome red tape. Washington, USA, August 20 : Facing a torrent of criticism over the Afghanistan crisis, President Joe Biden on Friday once again addressed the world about the chaotic evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan as the U.S. struggles with obstacles ranging from armed Taliban checkpoints to airport pandemonium and cumbersome red tape. Speaking on the situation at the Kabul airport, Joe Biden said, “We have secured the airport (in Kabul) enabling flights to resume not just military flights but civilian charters from other countries and the NGOs taking out the civilians and vulnerable afghanis.” So far, the US has airlifted over 13,000 people out of Kabul since…

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Pak possess special responsibility towards Afghanistan because of their close relations with Taliban: NATO chief

Kabul [Afghanistan] August 20 : NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday expressed that Pakistan has a special responsibility towards Afghanistan as Islamabad possesses close relations with the Taliban, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.NATO also urged that any future Afghan government must adhere to Afghanistan’s international obligations; safeguard the human rights of all Afghans, particularly women, children, and minorities; uphold the rule of law; allow unhindered humanitarian access. “Pakistan has close relations with the Taliban and now has a special responsibility towards Afghanistan,” Jens Stoltenberg said during a NATO press briefing.Stoltenberg’s remarks came after the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday and took control of the presidential palace. Panic has gripped the Afghan capital as people fear a return to the Taliban’s brutal rule and the threat of reprisal killings.

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Taliban’s win could soon be Pakistan’s loss, say experts

Peshawar [Pakistan], August 20 : Even as the Taliban has talked of honour women’s “rights” under Islamic law, experts have said Islamabad will share in the blame if and when the terrorist group’s takeover starts to go wrong.They have said that the next phase of Afghanistan’s conflict is “the destabilization of Pakistan itself” after the Taliban is now firmly in power in Kabul. FM Shakil, writing in Asia Times said that as the dust settles in Kabul there will be rising calls to sanction Pakistan for abetting if not orchestrating the Taliban’s offensive.Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Service Military Intelligence (ISI) has been widely accused by many observers and analysts of playing a decisive role in the Taliban’s strategy to encircle and besiege Kabul and knock President Ashraf Ghani’s government from power, reported Asia Times.Before his overthrow, Ghani claimed at a conference in July in Tashkent, Uzbekistan,…

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Afghanistan’s female pop star Aryana Sayeed confirms her escape after Taliban takeover

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 20 : Afghanistan’s biggest female pop star Aryana Sayeed on Thursday confirmed her escape after the Taliban takeover of Kabul city.“I am well and alive and after a couple of unforgettable nights, I have reached Doha, Qatar and am awaiting my eventual flight back home to Istanbul,” Sayeed told her 1.3 million Instagram followers. As women and girls plead for their livelihoods under strict Taliban rule, Sayeed, 36, who had recently starred as a judge on a singing competition show on Afghan television, told reporters she left via US cargo jet, reported New York Post.The singer is among the lucky few as expats from around the world struggle to find flights out of the country.“Aryana Sayeed in 2015, sang at a stadium, breaking 3 taboos: 1-Singing as a woman 2-Not wearing hijab. 3-Entering a stadium as a woman, which was forbidden…

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Islamabad in contact with Taliban, says Pakistan envoy

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 20 : Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan has said that Islamabad was in contact with the Taliban, adding that it wished for an inclusive government in the neighbouring country.“We are in contact with the Taliban,” Khan said in an interview, reported The News International. “Our special envoy was in contact with them in Qatar, and Mullah Baradar and other leaders of the Taliban held talks with us there. We had also spoken to the Afghan delegation, which Abdullah Abdullah was leading,” he added.He also said that Pakistan wished to see an inclusive government in Afghanistan, as per the newspaper.However, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been barring his ministers to speak or issue any statement over the Taliban’s recent takeover in Afghanistan, according to a recent media report.Khan, it said has told some members of his cabinet to keep…

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Taliban searched closed Indian consulates in Kandhar, Herat; took away parked cars

India is among other countries that are evacuating their staff and people from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the country. Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20 : Taliban fighters visited the closed Indian consulates in Afghanistan’s Kandahar and Herat on Wednesday and searched for documents, sources from intelligence agencies have said. They said that the Taliban fighters also took away parked cars from the consulates. The Taliban, which took over Afghanistan after 20 years, are conducting door-to-door searches in the country to identify those who worked with the US-led western forces in the two decades.  Besides the embassy in the capital Kabul, India operated four consulates in the country. India is among other countries that are evacuating their staff and people from the war-torn nation. The incidents of violence in Afghanistan have become frequent since Sunday, the day the Taliban declared that it has…

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