Biden Administration to Review Taliban Peace Deal

Afghanistan Today AT News January 20, 2021 KABUL: The new US President Joe Biden wants to review a peace deal his predecessor Donald Trump signed with Taliban insurgents last February. The announcement over the review comes as Afghan government has some considerations and objections to the peace deal. Antony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of

Pakistan urges Biden to stick to Afghan troop withdrawal

Asad Hashim Al Jazeera 21 Jan 2021 Pakistan FM tells Al Jazeera the country has hopes for greater engagement with the new Biden administration. Karachi, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said his country has hopes for greater engagement with the new United States government and called on Joe Biden to follow up

Ghani Warns of ‘Severe Consequences’ of Interim Setup

By Massoud Ansar TOLOnews Reporter 22 January 2021 President Ghani says Afghanistan’s constitution is the most Islamic constitution in the world. President Ashraf Ghani who visited the western province of Herat on Thursday said that those who are rallying for an interim setup has no understanding from the severe consequences of the plan for the nation. 

Biden’s Team Kept in Dark Over Afghanistan Drawdown

By TOLOnews, TV Network 21 January 2021 Politico says the story is based on conversations with 10 Pentagon and Biden officials involved in the transition. The Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden’s incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, Politico reported on Wednesday. Politico says

‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times Jan. 17, 2021 A new wave of violence and a growing uncertainty about the country’s future have left Afghans in the capital with a constant sense of fear. A police checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, this month.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times  KABUL, Afghanistan — In Kabul’s uncertain present,

Billions in aid needed to help Afghan children in 2021

Al Jazeera 19 January 2021 Save the Children says more than 18 million Afghans, including 9.7 million children, are in need of urgent support. Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organisation says, calling for billions in new funds for aid.

Gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi Reuters JANUARY 17, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Kabul and other cities while government and Taliban representatives have been holding peace talks in Qatar. The two judges, who have not yet

Afghan Partners Call for Ceasefire, Expedited Peace Effort

By TOLOnews, TV Network 17 January 2021 Chief negotiator Masoom Stanekzai said serious discussions on the agreed points will start by end of this week. Afghanistan’s international partners in a meeting with Afghan officials held virtually today announced their support for the peace efforts, ceasefire and humanitarian values in the country, said the High Council for

‘I Could Just Vanish’: In Kabul, Pocket Notes to Prevent Anonymous Death

By David Zucchino and Fatima Faizi The New York Times Jan. 12, 2021 As violence engulfs them, some Afghans carry notes with their names, blood types and relatives’ phone numbers in case they are killed or severely wounded.  For some young people, the pocket note has become an essential element of daily life — an identity marker ensuring

She Killed an American in 2012. Why Was She Freed in the Taliban Deal?

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Julian E. Barnes and Adam Goldman The New York Times Jan. 15, 2021, 12:01 p.m. ET The internal debate in Washington over the fate of an Iranian prisoner in Afghanistan illustrates one of the difficult decisions the end of a war brings. A portrait of Nargis Mohammad Hasan hanging in her home in 2012. Ms. Hasan,

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