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The Taliban Pressure Women in Afghanistan to Cover Up

By David Zucchino and Yaqoob Akbary The New York Times May 21, 2022 The militant group in charge of the country is aggressively enforcing a decree requiring coverings from head to toe and crushing rare public protests against the order. KABUL, Afghanistan — Her mother begged her not to go to the protest, even as Maryam Hassanzada

Tourism Continues in Bamiyan, But Has Decreased

By Asma Sayin Tolo News 23 May 2022 Tourism comprises one of the main incomes of the Bamiyan residents along with agriculture and farming.   Bamiyan is a history-rich province and the target destination of many domestic and foreign visitors. Tourists who visited Bamiyan recount their positive experiences: “It is our first time in Bamiyan. It

Afghanistan: UK’s withdrawal a disaster, inquiry concludes

By Joshua Nevett BBC Politics BBC News 24 May 2022 The UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan last year was a “disaster” and a “betrayal” that will damage the nation’s interests for years, an inquiry by MPs has found. The Foreign Affairs Committee said there had been “systemic failures” of intelligence, diplomacy and planning. Chairman Tom Tugendhat

Afghan female journalists defiant as Taliban restrictions grow

By Zuhal Ahad and Ruchi Kumar Al Jazeera Published On 24 May 2022 24 May 2022 Taliban decree ordering female news anchors to cover their faces on air is the latest in a series of escalating restrictions. Khatira Ahmadi, an Afghan presenter at Tolo TV presents the news at a studio in Kabul, Afghanistan [File:

Afghan Women ‘Systematically Discriminated Against’: Amnesty Intl

TOLOnews TV Network 23 May 2022 Human Rights Watch called the international community’s response about the recent restriction on women “disappointing.” Amnesty International said that despite the Islamic Emirate’s continued assurances that they respect the rights of women and girls, “millions of women and girls have been systematically discriminated against since the Taliban became the de-facto

Taliban enforces order for Afghan women TV anchors to cover faces

Al Jazeera 22 May 2022 Most female presenters were seen with their faces covered while on air on Sunday. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have started to enforce a new order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on air. After the order was announced Thursday, only a handful of

To Survive, Some Afghans Sift Through Deadly Remnants of Old Wars

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Safiullah Padshah The New York Times May 14, 2022 Discarded metal left by decades of conflict has become a livelihood for impoverished Afghans. But many have been killed by unexploded munitions. TANGI VALLEY, Afghanistan — The father of six knew that where he was digging could kill him. But winter was approaching, and

To Survive, Some Afghans Sift Through Deadly Remnants of Old Wars

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Safiullah Padshah The New York Times May 14, 2022 Discarded metal left by decades of conflict has become a livelihood for impoverished Afghans. But many have been killed by unexploded munitions. TANGI VALLEY, Afghanistan — The father of six knew that where he was digging could kill him. But winter was approaching, and

Islamic Emirate: Over 130,000 Soldiers Recruited

TOLOnews TV Network 15 May 2022 Khwarazami said all former female employees of the MoD are still being paid and some of them are still working within the ministry. More than 130,000 troops have been recruited, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said, adding that it is aiming toward 150,000. “More than 130,000 people have been

Afghan resistance attack Taliban, sparking reprisals in Panjshir

By Secunder Kermani BBC News, Kabul 16 May 2022 The Taliban have been accused of human rights abuses during clashes with resistance forces in Panjshir province, to the north of Kabul. One local resident told the BBC his unarmed elderly relative had been shot by the group, who seized power in Afghanistan last August. Another

G7 Condemns Restrictions on Women and Girls in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 13 May 2022 The statement said: “With these moves, the Taliban are further isolating themselves from the international community.” The Foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and representatives of the European Union stated they deplored and opposed the increasing restrictions on the rights and

Iranian President Calls for Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 13 May 2022 The Islamic Emirate is still struggling for international recognition, despite many efforts made during the past months. The Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi once again called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan that represents all groups and political factions. In a joint press conference with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin

Taliban tightens gender segregation rules in Herat

Al Jazeera 12 May 2022 Men and women are not allowed to dine out together, or to visit public parks on the same day, a Taliban official says. Men and women dining out together or strolling in parks is now forbidden in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat, Taliban authorities have said. The new restrictions follow

Afghan-based terror groups still a year away from ability to strike US, intel leaders say

By Leo Shane III Military Times  May 10, 2022 Terrorist groups within Afghanistan are still about a year away from being able to attack targets in western countries, but remain a significant concern for U.S. military planners, intelligence officials told lawmakers on Tuesday. Last fall, Defense Department officials said that groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State Khorasan Province (known

Milley: US Capable of ‘Strike Operations’ in Afghanistan

Toba Walizada Tolo News 12 May 2022 But the Islamic Emirate reiterated its promise that the Afghan soil will not be used against any country.   The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said the US maintains surveillance in Afghanistan and has the capability to conduct strike operations if “we see

Afghans in UK Protest Mohib’s Speech at Oxford Union

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 12 May 2022 Mohib was invited by Oxford Union to give a speech at an event on Wednesday, but his speech was interrupted by the protest nearby. Afghans demonstrated near the Oxford Union in England on Wednesday as the former Afghanistan National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, was giving a speech.   

Taliban tightens gender segregation rules in Afghanistan’s Herat

Al Jazeera 12 May 2022 Men and women are not allowed to dine out together, or to visit public parks on the same day, a Taliban official says. Men and women dining out together or strolling in parks is now forbidden in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat, Taliban authorities have said. The new restrictions follow

EU’s Niklasson in Kabul Confirms Continued Engagement

Hamid Bahram Tolo News 12 May 2022 Niklasson said the EU’s assistance to Afghanistan has remained neutral.  “We do not recognize the interim government, but we see value in engaging and discussing with them,” said European Union special envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson.   He made the remarks at a press briefing in Kabul on Thursday.

‘Nearly 50 Former Govt Officials Returned’: Anas Haqqani

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 12 May 2022 However, he didn’t name the individuals who have returned to the country.   Nearly 50 officials of the former government including some ministers have returned to the country, said a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, Anas Haqqani.   However, he didn’t name the individuals who have returned to

U.N. Security Council to discuss Taliban ordering women to cover faces again

Reuters Staff MAY 10, 2022 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss an order by Afghanistan’s Taliban for women to cover their faces in public, a return to a signature policy of the Islamist group’s past hardline rule and an escalation of restrictions. U.N. special envoy for

Afghans Urge Court Not to Give Frozen Central Bank Assets to Sept. 11 Families

By Charlie Savage The New York Times May 10, 2022 Advocates for the Afghan people say it would be unjust and illegal to use $3.5 billion of Afghanistan’s assets to pay off the Taliban’s judgment debts. WASHINGTON — Exiled Afghans are urging a federal judge to reject the effort by relatives of victims of the

Islamic Emirate: “Adversaries in Panjshir Surrendered”

TOLOnews TV Network 10 May 2022 Analysts said that the parties involved in the fighting must uphold human rights.   The Islamic Emirate said that more than 100 of their opponents have surrendered through the mediation of tribal elders.   Meanwhile, the Resistance Front claimed that many civilians have been targeted by the Islamic Emirate in

US Has ‘Leverage to Wield’ With Islamic Emirate: State Dept

Madina Morwat Tolo News 10 May 2022 But the Islamic Emirate called the new hijab ruling an internal issue and urged the US to resolve the issues through diplomatic paths. In reaction to the Islamic Emirate’s recent restrictions on women’s rights, a spokesman for the US Department of State said “when we’re acting with partners

Afghans still adjusting to US: New life, new struggles

By BEN FOX, JACQUELYN MARTIN and JULIE WATSON Associated Press 10 May 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — Taliban forces had taken the Afghan capital. Crowds of panicked people thronged the airport. And a young man who had worked as a subcontractor for the U.S. military faced a terrible choice. Hasibullah Hasrat, after having navigated the chaotic streets

Nearly 10 million children going hungry in Afghanistan, says NGO

Al Jazeera 10 May 2022 Save the Children says almost 50 percent of the population needs urgent support to survive despite continuing food aid. About 9.6 million children in Afghanistan have been unable to secure food on a daily basis due to a deepening economic crisis in the country, the impact of the Ukraine war, and continuing drought, Save

Eid Under the Taliban Shows a Changed Afghanistan

By Christina Goldbaum, Yaqoob Akbary and Safiullah Padshah The New York Times May 9, 2022 For many Afghans the holiday this past week served as a reminder of the dissonance between the promise of peace many had imagined and the realities of the end of the war. KABUL, Afghanistan — Thousands of Afghans had piled into buses and

In Kabul, he worked as a senior official. Now he makes $15 an hour.

By Lizzie Johnson The Washington Post May 7, 2022 Father of two joins other Afghan refugees at a Virginia job fair as he seeks to rebuild his life in the U.S. He had a master’s degree and a résumé that filled two pages, but it hadn’t gotten him far in America, where he earned $15

Mujahid: Expected Gathering to Cover Political Issues, Security

Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 8 May 2022 A senior member of the Islamic Emirate, Anas Haqqani, said he hoped the gathering would conclude with a positive outcome. A gathering that is expected to be held soon will discuss the political, security and social situation in Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate spokesperson said.   The spokesman for

Kabul to Speak With US Over Mi-17s in Ukraine

Banafsha Binesh, Tolo News 8 May 2022 Earlier, SIGAR reported that 16 Mi-17 helicopters and 17 other pieces of military equipment which the US allocated for Afghanistan were given to Ukraine.   The Islamic Emirate said it will discuss with American officials the fate of helicopters designated for Afghanistan but given to the Ukraine by the

Taliban divisions deepen as Afghan women defy veil edict

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 8 May 2022 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Arooza was furious and afraid, keeping her eyes open for Taliban on patrol as she and a friend shopped Sunday in Kabul’s Macroyan neighborhood. The math teacher was fearful her large shawl, wrapped tight around her head, and sweeping pale brown coat would

Afghan women deplore Taliban’s new order to cover faces in public

By Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori Al Jazeera Published On 8 May 2022 In their latest decree, the Taliban say it is ‘required for all respectable Afghan women to wear a hijab’. The Taliban has issued yet another decree imposing further restrictions on Afghan women, and criminalising their clothing. While the Taliban have always imposed restrictions to govern

Taliban Impose Head-to-Toe Coverings for Women

By David Zucchino and Safiullah Padshah The New York Times May 7, 2022 A new decree recommends, but doesn’t require that women wear burqas, and says male relatives of those who don’t cover themselves would be punished. KABUL — The Taliban government decreed Saturday that Afghan women must cover themselves from head to toe, expanding a series

Taliban orders Afghan women to cover their faces in public

Al Jazeera 7 May 2022 The move is one of the harshest restrictions imposed on Afghanistan’s women since the Taliban seized power last year. Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered the country’s women to cover their faces in public – one of the harshest restrictions imposed on them since the Taliban seized power last year and

China, Afghanistan’s Taliban forging a closer relationship, former diplomat says

By Ben Evansky Fox News May 3, 2022 Rahmani said China is more concerned about extremism than any transactional relationship with Afghanistan As the power vacuum left by the U.S. following the Biden administration’s hasty withdrawal last year continues to be filled by some of America’s adversaries, Afghanistan’s former ambassador to Washington said Monday the relationship between Beijing

As Iran-Taliban tensions rise, Afghan migrants in tinderbox

By MEHDI FATTAHI and ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press May 2, 2022 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Taliban members who killed her activist husband offered Zahra Husseini a deal: Marry one of us, and you’ll be safe. Husseini, 31, decided to flee. Through swaths of lawless flatlands she and her two small children trekked by foot,

With Spate of Attacks, ISIS Begins Bloody New Chapter in Afghanistan

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times May 2, 2022 At least 100 people have died in terrorist attacks over the past two weeks, as the Islamic State targets minorities in Afghanistan and aims to undermine the Taliban government. KABUL, Afghanistan — The first blast ripped through a school in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing

24 Million Afghans Need Humanitarian Aid: SIGAR

Toba Walizada Tolo News 6 May 2022 This comes as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that 53 world countries including Afghanistan face acute hunger. Since the takeover of the Islamic Emirate in August 2021, “humanitarian conditions have deteriorated with over 24.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in

As the Afghan economy crumbles, small businesses struggle to hang on

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post May 1, 2022  Under Taliban rule, sales have plummeted and promised tax breaks have been slow in coming KABUL — In a cramped workshop, reeking of glue and stuffed with piles of plastic straps and rubber soles, half a dozen men and boys hunched over scarred tables last week,

The drug trade now flourishing in Afghanistan: Meth

Story by Susannah George and Joby Warrick  The Washington Post May 2, 2022 Long a hub for opium production, the country could fuel a new global drug crisis BAKWA, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s fastest-growing drug industry operates from desert outposts in plain view. One of its most bustling hubs, some five hours west of Kandahar, can

Ghani: National Consensus Solution to Current Afghan Crisis

TOLOnews TV Network 1 May 2022 Ghani also said that humanitarian aid is not helpful to tackle the current economic crisis in the country. Former President Ashraf Ghani in an audio message said the forming of a national consensus and regional cooperation is the solution to the current Afghan challenges.   He made the remarks

Rina Amiri: Muslim Nations Must Champion Rights of Afghan Girls

Hadya Ziaye Tolo News 2  May 2022 The banning of girls from going to school has faced strong reactions inside and outside the country. The US special envoy for Afghanistan’s women, girls and human rights, Rina Amiri, said that at an Iftar dinner ambassadors from Muslim-majority countries “agreed that the Muslim world must champion the rights

As Iran-Taliban tensions rise, Afghan migrants in tinderbox

By MEHDI FATTAHI and ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press 2 May 2022 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Taliban members who killed her activist husband offered Zahra Husseini a deal: Marry one of us, and you’ll be safe. Husseini, 31, decided to flee. Through swaths of lawless flatlands she and her two small children trekked by foot,

Eid brings little joy for millions of Afghans facing hunger

By Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori Al Jazeera Published On 1 May 2022 Afghans struggle to put food on the table as the humanitarian situation continues to remain grim. People across Afghanistan celebrated Eid on Sunday, but for millions of Afghans, it was yet another day of struggle to bring food to the table. More than 90

How the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan crushed a restaurant owner’s business, leaving him with nothing but a ‘gloomy future’

Zahra Tayeb Business Insider Sunday, May 1, 2022 A Kabul restaurant owner has finally closed his business after struggling under Taliban rule for months. Laziz Mahal was underperforming as many Afghans can’t afford to eat out any more. With the Taliban in control, the owner said authorities show no support for small businesses. When the

Central Bank: Over $760M in Cash Aid Has Reached Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 1 May 2022 Central Bank officials said the money that the world donated to Afghanistan is beneficial in maintaining the value of the Afghan currency. Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan) says that more than $ 760 million has been delivered to Afghanistan so far from the international community. Central Bank

Abdullah Abdullah Leaves Afghanistan

Tolo News TV Network 1 May 2022 Most of the former government officials have left Afghanistan for various reasons after the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. Abdullah Abdullah, the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, for the first time after the takeover the Islamic Emirate left the country on Saturday

Taliban supreme leader makes rare appearance to mark Eid al-Fitr

Al Jazeera 1 May 2022 Haibatullah Akhunzada appeared for only the second time since taking control of the Taliban in 2016 and hailed the ‘security’ situation in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhunzada appeared for only the second time since taking control of the Taliban in 2016 to tell worshippers celebrating Eid al-Fitr that the

Sufi mosque bombed in Afghanistan

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post 30 April 2022 at 12:21 p.m. EDT The peaceful Islamic group was latest target of terror attacks on schools, mosques ISLAMABAD — Sufism — a mystical strain of Islam that seeks peace on earth and personal connection with God — has played an important spiritual role in Afghanistan for

I Lost Everything’: Pakistani Airstrikes Escalate Conflict on Afghan Border

By Christina Goldbaum and Safiullah Padshah The New York Times April 30, 2022Updated 7:57 a.m. ET The airstrikes killed at least 45 people, stoking fears of a violent resurgence of the conflict in eastern Afghanistan, which has become a base for Pakistani militants. MANDATAH VILLAGE, Afghanistan — It was nearly 3 a.m. in the mountainous borderlands of eastern

UN Deputy Envoy Spotlights Afghan Media Situation

Farida Sial  Tolo News 30 April 2022 Journalists and a UNESCO representative also attended the meeting in Kabul Saturday to mark World Press Freedom Day. On World Press Freedom Day, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General described the current media situation in Afghanistan as “challenging” and criticized the arbitrary detention of journalists and media

Progress Being Made on Airport Contract: Sources

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 30 April 2022 Based on available numbers of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, between 20 to 30 flights arrive and depart from Kabul airport on daily. The Islamic Emirate and Qatar as well Turkey have made progress on a contract for the technical affairs of the five major Afghan

Blasts cut power to millions in Afghanistan before Eid holiday

Al Jazeera 30 April 2022 The outages come in advance of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Millions of people across 11 provinces in Afghanistan faced blackouts on Saturday after two power transmission towers were blown up just west of the capital Kabul, authorities said. The power

Tensions Flare Between Neighbors After Afghan Man Kills Iranian Clerics

By Sharif Hassan and Farnaz Fassihi The New York Times April 29, 2022 The attack led to ethnic tensions in both countries, which each sent troops to the border.  Mourners gathering around the flag-clad casket of Iranian Shiite Muslim cleric Mohammad Aslani at his funeral in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, on April 7.Credit…Fars News/Agence France-Presse

Blinken: Kabul Fell Back on Promises About Girls’ Schooling

By Madina Morwat Tolo News 29 April 2022 Shahla Arifi, an Afghan female rights activist, said that the Afghan women and girls have been deprived of their rights. The US Secretary of State of State Antony Blinken said the Islamic Emirate fell back on its promises to allow girls beyond grade six have access to schools

Islamic Emirate to Hold Loya Jirga on Afghan Situation

By TOLOnews TV Network 29 April 2022 However, the date and venue of the assembly is not yet clear.   The Islamic Emirate is planning to convene a Loya Jirga (great assembly) to assess the current issues in Afghanistan.   The assembly has yet to be marked with any special title, according to a spokesman of

Afghanistan: Former army general vows new war against Taliban

By Lyse Doucet Chief international correspondent BBC News 28 April 2022 Former Afghan Lt Gen Sami Sadat vows to “continue to fight” to liberate Afghanistan An ex-general in the Afghan army says he and many other former soldiers and politicians are preparing to launch a new war against the Taliban. Lt Gen Sami Sadat said

Afghanistan: At least 10 killed in explosion at Kabul mosque

Al Jazeera Published on 29 Apr 2022 Dozens of Afghan civilians have been killed in recent weeks in blasts, some of which have been claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group. A powerful blast has hit a mosque in western Kabul during prayers, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said, amid a spate of attacks on

Pentagon Downplays $7B in US Military Equipment Left in Afghanistan

Jeff Seldin Voice of America April 28, 2022 FILE – Damaged Afghan military helicopters are parked inside the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Taliban’s takeover, in Kabul, Sept. 5, 2021. WASHINGTON — The fall of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan gave Taliban fighters access to more than $7 billion worth of American military equipment, according

9 killed, 13 Wounded in Two Blasts in Balkh

By TOLOnews TV Network 28 April 2022 No one so far has claimed the responsibility for the blasts. At least nine people were killed and 13 others were wounded in two blasts occurring on Thursday evening in Mazar-e-Sharif of Balkh province, security officials said.   Both blasts targeted public transportation. A spokesman for the Balk

Deadly border attacks test Pakistani gov’t relations with Taliban

By Hajira Maryam Al Jazeera Published On 27 Apr 2022 Pakistan’s alleged air raids inside Afghanistan in response to the killing of its soldiers have raised tensions between the South Asian neighbours. Tensions are high between Pakistan and Afghanistan over cross-border attacks, with Islamabad accusing Kabul of doing little to stop attacks that have increased since the Taliban

Minister Haqqani Pledges to Hold Human Traffickers Accountable

TOLOnews Tolo News 27 April 2022 Haqqani said that the human traffickers are encouraging the Afghan youth to leave the country. Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Khalil Rahman Haqqani warned that human traffickers would be held accountable.   Talking at an event held to distribute food assistance provided by China to vulnerable people, Haqqani said

Ministry of Vice and Virtue Forms Local Offices

By Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 27 April 2022 The move comes after reports were published over harassment by individuals related to the Islamic Emirate. The Ministry of Vice and Virtue said it has formed local offices in order to investigate the problems of the people who complained about harassment from the forces of the Islamic Emirate.

Afghan evacuees in DMV struggle with rent after running out of aid

By Antonio Olivo The Washington Post 25 April 2022 Some Afghan evacuees who have resettled in the Washington region after fleeing the Taliban are now struggling to pay their rent and stave off eviction after grappling with unemployment and exhausting the limited government aid they have received, local activists and resettlement agencies say. In one

US commission: Cite Afghanistan for religious persecution

By PETER SMITH Associated Press 25 April 2022 Afghanistan should join a list of the “worst of the worst” violators of religious freedom in the wake of the Taliban’s return to power, a U.S. advisory body is recommending to the State Department. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, in its annual report issued Monday,

TOLOnews Findings: Nearly 90 Killed in Recent Incidents

TOLOnews TV Network 25 April 2022 The Islamic Emirate said that the perpetrators of the recent attacks will be held accountable. Research by TOLOnews indicates that nearly 90 people were killed and around 190 others were wounded in a spate of recent deadly incidents hitting several parts of Afghanistan. A recent incident occurred in Faizabad, capital

Tehran Accredits Islamic Emirate Diplomat: Source

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 26 April 2022 The Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed it is engaging in diplomacy with the Islamic Emirate, however, it said this does not mean recognition. A source at the Afghanistan embassy in Iran confirmed that Tehran accredited an Islamic Emirate diplomat in the embassy. The source told TOLOnews that although diplomats

U.S. asset freezes worsen Afghan women’s suffering – UN experts

By Emma Farge Reuters April 25, 2022 Summary Humanitarian crisis seen hitting women hardest State Department spokesperson says experts are mistaken Concerns sent to U.S. government 60 days ago GENEVA, April 25 (Reuters) – The United States, as well as the Taliban authorities, is contributing to the suffering of women in Afghanistan through asset freezes,

Pakistan army post attacked by fighters from Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 23 April 2022 Three military personnel dead after an assault on a military installation in Pakistan’s North Waziristan reg Fighters in Afghanistan fired heavy weapons across the border into a Pakistani military outpost and killed three troops, according to the army. A firefight ensued with the attackers in Pakistan’s rugged North Waziristan region

Mosque Explosion Kills 33 as Deadly Week in Afghanistan Continues

By Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim The New York Times April 22, 2022 The blast in Kunduz Province, in the north, was the latest in a series of attacks reminiscent of the past two decades of war. KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion at a Sufi mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday killed more than 30 people and

Blast Targets Mosque in Kunduz

Mursaleen Muwahed  Tolo News 22 April 2022 Local sources said more than 30 people were killed and over 50 were wounded. At least 33 people including children were killed and 43 others were wounded in a blast at a mosque in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

‘We had 4,000 policewomen in Afghanistan. Let them get back to work’

Ruchi Kumar The Guardian 21 April 2022 Gulafroz Ebtekar, a former top CID officer in Kabul, tells how she escaped the Taliban and is now working in exile to restore justice for the women of her homeland Gulafroz Ebtekar helped lead thousands of investigations into gender-based violence and is now a refugee in Albania. Photograph:

Explosion at Afghan Mosque Kills at Least 10

By Yaqoob Akbary and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times April 21, 2022 The blast in Mazar-i-Sharif, one of Afghanistan’s economic hubs, was the latest in a series of attacks on one of its religious minorities and was claimed by an ISIS affiliate. KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan on Thursday

Afghanistan: ‘Blood and fear everywhere’ after deadly IS blast

BBC News 21 April 2022 Dozens of people have been killed or injured in four explosions across Afghanistan on Thursday, local officials and journalists have said. The first explosion tore through a Shia Muslim mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif. At least 31 people were killed, and 87 were wounded, the BBC has been told. The Islamic State

Activists, Political Parties Demand Reopening of Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews 21 April 2022 In a resolution, they called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen girls’ schools in the country as soon as possible. Civil society groups, political parties and ethnic councils on Thursday in Kabul at a press conference called for the reopening of all girls’ schools in the country. In reaction to the

‘Life destroyed’: Afghan civilians describe alleged border raids

By Ruchi Kumar Al Jazeera Published On 21 Apr 2022 People in Khost province say those killed in cross-border air raids were civilians as Pakistan yet to confirm if it was behind the deadly attacks. Spera, Khost – Much like every other morning last week, 25-year-old Peer Jannat religiously woke up at 2.30am on April 16 to

World Bank to push ahead with some Afghan projects, maintain pause on education support -sources

By Andrea Shalal and Jonathan Landay Reuters April 19, 2022 WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) – The World Bank has resumed work on three projects in Afghanistan focused on health, agriculture and livelihoods, but will maintain a hold on some $150 million for education projects, two sources familiar with the decision said Tuesday. The multilateral development

Blasts at Schools in Shiite Area of Kabul Kill at Least 6

By Christina Goldbaum and Yaqoob Akbary The New York Times April 19, 2022 More than a dozen people were also wounded, one as young as 7. The attacks again challenged the Taliban’s promise of security, and stoked deep-seated fears in the Shiite community. KABUL, Afghanistan — Several explosions outside an education center and a public high school

Australia has ‘moral duty’ to take 20,000 more Afghan refugees, Catholic bishops say

Mostafa Rachwani The Guardian 19 April 2022 Election statement also calls for a special intake of Ukrainians and a wider reassessment of refugee policies Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for a special intake of 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan, saying the country has a “moral duty” to do more. As part of its election statement, the Australian

Iran Will Not Accept Kabul Diplomats Until World Recognizes Govt

TOLOnews TV Network 19 April 2022 A delegation of the Islamic Emirate is scheduled to travel to Tehran in the near future to address current challenges. Iran’s foreign ministry said that Tehran will not accept political representatives of the Islamic Emirate until the Islamic Emirate is recognized by the world. Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman of

Deadly blasts target boys’ school in Afghan capital Kabul

Al Jazeera 19 April 2022 At least six killed after a school in Dasht-e-Barchi – a Shia Hazara neighbourhood – was hit by a series of explosions. Explosions targeting educational institutions killed at least six people and wounded 17 in a mostly Shia neighbourhood of Afghanistan’s capital. Students were among the casualties in the blasts

Pakistan warns neighbor Afghanistan not to shelter militants

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 17 April 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan fired off a sharp warning Sunday to Afghanistan’s hard-line religious rulers to stop sheltering homegrown Pakistani Taliban militants who have staged increasingly deadly attacks against the country’s military. The warning followed Afghan reports that Pakistani aircraft late Friday carried out bombing raids in

Death Toll From Pakistani Airstrike Rises to 45, Afghan Officials Say

By Safiullah Padshah, Christina Goldbaum and Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud The New York Times April 17, 2022 The airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday morning escalated already simmering tensions between the two countries. A protest against Pakistani airstrikes in Khost, Afghanistan, on Saturday.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images KABUL, Afghanistan — The death toll from airstrikes by the Pakistani military

Islamic Emirate Says Situation of Afghans in Iran has Improved

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 17 April 2022 Meanwhile, a number of Afghans based in France held a gathering to protest the Afghans’ misconduct in Iran. The situation of Afghan refugees has become better since negotiations were conducted between the Islamic Emirate and Iranian officials, the Foreign ministry announced. Earlier, the Iran Foreign Ministry announced that

UNHCR Rapporteur to Investigate Human Rights Violations

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 17 Apr 2022 Mr. Bennett said that he will focus on women’s rights, freedom of expression, minorities and the study of violence in May 2022. Richard Bennett, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) for Afghanistan, said that in his visit to Afghanistan he will investigate human

Pakistan says cross-border attacks from Afghanistan have increased

Reuters April 17, 2022 ISLAMABAD, April 17 (Reuters) – Pakistan said on Sunday said incidents of its security forces being targeted in cross-border attacks from Afghanistan had risen significantly, and called on Taliban authorities to act against militants, a day after purported air strikes by Pakistan. The incident has increased already simmering tensions between the

At least 47 dead in Afghanistan after Pakistan attacks

Al Jazeera 17 April 2022 Air attacks by Pakistan on eastern Afghan provinces of Khost and Kunar killed mainly women and children, officials say. The death toll from Pakistan’s military air raids on targets in the eastern Afghanistan provinces of Khost and Kunar on Saturday has risen to at least 47, officials said. “Forty-one civilians, mainly women

WOMEN AND JOURNALISTS ARE TARGETS OF VIOLENCE IN TALIBAN-RULED AFGHANISTAN, REPORT SAYS

Alice Speri The Intercept April 14 2022 Violence between the Taliban, the Islamic State, and other armed groups is also on the rise, according to the report from two NGOs. EIGHT MONTHS AFTER a U.S.-supported government in Afghanistan was defeated by the Taliban, violence against civilians and politically motivated violence persist in the country even as incidents have become

Tajikistan Builds Camp for Potential Overflow of Afghan Refugees

By Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 16 April 2022 Meanwhile, the United Nations high Commission for Refugees urged all countries to provide more support for Afghan refugees. The Tajikistan government built a temporary camp south of the capital Dushanbe for a possible overflow of Afghan refugees, Tajikistan state-owned media Khawar TV reported. Tajikistani officials said the camps

US Says Schools Closure Left Millions of Afghans ‘Disappointed’

Zabi Aqee Tolo News 16 April 2022 US State Department said the decision – by the Islamic Emirate – to prevent girls from attending secondary schools was a “disappointment and despair” for millions of Afghans, calling it “very regrettable.” “This – in doing so, the Taliban reversed commitments that they had made very publicly and

VOA News April 15, 2022 The blanket ban on poppy cultivation by the Taliban emir is exacerbating Afghanistan’s already dire economic situation and could lead to armed uprisings against the Islamist regime, experts say. “This is a crazy policy at the worst possible time,” said William Byrd, senior Afghanistan expert at the U.S. Institute of

Islamic State morphs and grows in Pakistan, Afghanistan

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press April 11, 2022 JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Basheer was a young Taliban fighter barely out of his teens when the Islamic State group took over his village in eastern Afghanistan, nearly eight years ago. The militants rounded up villagers identified as Taliban and killed them, often beheading them, forcing their

Afghan Farmers Face Challenges Due to Drought

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 15 April 2022 They called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide them with irrigation.   The Afghan farmers expressed frustration over the lack of rain and irrigation for their farms, saying that the problems will cause a reduction in yield. They called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation

Mullah Baradar Optimistic About ‘Good’ Decision on Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 15 April 2022 The first Deputy Prime Minister in a visit to the western province of Farah responded to a question about girls’ schools The first deputy of the Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, made hopeful remarks about the pending decision over education for female students beyond grade six, but he

Outlook for Afghan economy ‘dire’ as household incomes shrink – World Bank

Reuters April 13, 2022 Summary 37% of households lack money to cover food -Bank update April 13 (Reuters) – The outlook for Afghanistan’s economy is dire with per capita income having fallen by over a third in the last four months of 2021 after the Islamist Taliban seized power and foreign forces withdrew, the World

Iran summons Afghan envoy over attack on diplomatic missions

Associated Press 12 April 2022 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday summoned Afghanistan’s envoy in Tehran over attacks the previous day on Iranian diplomatic missions in the neighboring country, state media in Iran reported. According to the reports, Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the Afghan chargé d’affaires in protest over Monday’s attacks on the Iranian

World Bank: Afghan Private Sector ‘Hit Hard’ by Political Crisis

Mujeeb R. Awrang  Tolo News 12 April 2022 According to the report, the survey was conducted in October-November 2021.   A survey conducted by the World Bank indicated that the Afghan private sector was “hit hard” as the economic activities were “substantially affected” due to the political crisis triggered after the August collapse.   According to

French MPs Call for Sanctions on Afghan Officials Over School Ban

 Madina Morwat Tolo News 12 April 2022 Meanwhile, UNHCR has expressed grave concerns over the closing of secondary schools for Afghan girls. More than 50 members of the French parliament have called to impose travel sanctions of Islamic Emirate officials in response to the closing of girls’ schools, restrictions imposed on women, and reported human

Passport Processing Resumes in Kabul

TOLOnews TV Network 9 April 2022 However, officials at the the passport directorate say that the process of distributing passports in the provinces will begin after the month of Ramadan. After a long delay, on Saturday the General Directorate of Passports restarted the online passport registration process for citizens in Kabul. Shafiullah Tassal, spokesman of

HRW Calls For Inquiries Into Fate of Female Protestors

TOLOnews TV Network 9 April 2022 Some female rights activists in Bamiyan claimed that the female protestors were arrested after they protested the gathering. Human Rights Watch expressed concerns about the fate of female protestors who may be held by the Islamic Emirate in the central province of Bamiyan. “We are very concerned to hear

Karzai Urges Leaders to Heed Clerics’ Call for Girls’ Education

By Fakhria Radfar Tolo News 9 April 2022 Karzai said the decision about girls’ schools belongs to the leadership of the Islamic Emirate.  Former President Hamid Karzai urged the Islamic Emirate to respect the call made by the Afghan clerics last week at a gathering held under the title of “National Dialogue of Afghan Scholars,” where

Afghanistan: Asylum seeker waits for decision over UK refugee claim

By Maria Zaccaro BBC News 8 April 2022 An asylum seeker who fled Afghanistan after being shot at by the Taliban fears his family is being put in danger by the delay deciding his claim. Mohammed, whose name has been changed, was forced to leave the country in 2021 without his wife and children when

Refugee Issues Raised With Iranian Diplomats in Kabul

TOLOnews TV Network The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation said that more than 2,200 Afghan refugees were deported by Iran in the last day. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that it has summoned diplomats of the Iran embassy in Kabul to share concerns about the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran.   “The

Moscow: Accrediting Diplomat Does Not Mean Recognition

Madina Morwat Tolo News 8 April 2022 She added that accepting the diplomat of the caretaker government does not mean recognizing the current government. One week after Moscow accredited a diplomat of the Islamic Emirate, the Russian Foreign Ministry said accepting the first diplomat of the Islamic Emirate is an important step in the resumption

UNAMA: Closing of Girls’ Schools ‘Discriminatory’

Madina Morwat Tolo News 7 April 2022 This comes as some of the female teachers held gatherings in hidden places, where they protested the closure of school for girls. Speaking to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), the deputy special envoy of the UN for Afghanistan, Mette Knudsen, called the decision over the

Afghan Refugees in Iran Complain of Harassment

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 7 April 2022 A video being circulated on social media shows Afghan refugees being harassed and tortured in Iran. Afghan refugees in Iran complained over their deteriorated condition, saying they have been facing harassment there. Many of them lack legal documents, including visas. “I went to Iran four months ago. But

Shrinking public space for Afghan women as Taliban expands curbs

By Zuhal Ahad and Ruchi Kumar Al Jazeera Published On 6 Apr 2022 The group is reimposing draconian restrictions, especially against women, that are reminiscent of their past regime. Kabul, Afghanistan – As a 35-year-old university lecturer, Nazifa regularly took the local minivan, a popular means of transport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for her daily commute from home

No Strikes in Afghanistan Since Troops Left: Pentagon

 TOLOnews TV Network 6 April 2022 The Islamic Emirate said it will make sure that no threat is posed to the region and the world from Afghanistan. The US troops have not carried out any over-the-horizon operation in Afghanistan since they left the country in August 2021, a senior Pentagon official said as reported by

Kabul mosque hit by grenade attack

Al Jazeera 6 April 2022 Police say the suspect has been arrested at the scene of the blast, which happened after midday prayers. At least six people have been wounded in a grenade blast at a mosque in a densely populated area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police said, minutes after worshippers offered midday prayers. Attacks

Nearly 1,400 Afghans granted emergency visas never made it to Australia

Daniel Hurst The Guardian Tue 5 Apr 2022 Senate inquiry calls on government to reinstate 1,398 lapsed humanitarian visas originally granted after Taliban takeover Nearly 1,400 people in Afghanistan who were issued with emergency visas but never made it to Australia have had those approvals lapse, a Senate inquiry has revealed. A unanimous committee report on Tuesday warned that

Danish aid chief says group’s Afghan female staff working

Associated Press 4 April 2022 FILE – Afghan girls participate a lesson inside a classroom at Tajrobawai Girls High School, in Herat, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, 2021. Taliban hard-liners are turning back the clock in Afghanistan with a flurry of repressive edicts over the past days that hark back to their harsh rule from the late

UNDP: Millions Face Economic Challenges in Afghanistan

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 5 April 2022 Meanwhile, the World Food Program (WFP) on Twitter announced the continuation of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan has expressed concern over the poor economic situation of the Afghan people, saying that millions of people in the country are facing economic challenges.

Suffering at ‘Unprecedented Levels’ in Afghanistan: Gallup

Madina Morwat Tolo News 5 April 2022 Based on Gallup’s findings, suffering among women has increased as 96% of women rated their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering. A survey conducted by the Gallup Management consulting company, indicates that “nearly all Afghans (94%) rated their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering” since the

OIC, US and Iran Praise Poppy Ban in Afghanistan

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 5 April 2022 McCarry said on Twitter that outlawing the production of narcotics in Afghanistan is a positive step but enforcement will be key. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, Iran and US Charge d’Affairs Ian McCarry recently welcomed the Islamic Emirate’s ban on poppy cultivation across Afghanistan. OIC Secretary-General H.E. Hissein

‘Fighting Was Easier’: Taliban Take On a Treacherous, Avalanche-Prone Pass

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Yaqoob Akbary Photographs by Kiana Hayeri The New York Times April 4, 2022 After overthrowing the government, the Taliban are now trying to save what’s left of the roads they spent years blowing up, with none more critical than a two-mile-high pass through the Hindu Kush. THE SALANG PASS, Afghanistan — The Taliban commander’s

Khalilzad: An Afghan Govt Needs Formula for ‘Broad Support’

Madina Morwat, Tolo News 3 April 2022 The Islamic Emirate denied Khalilzad’s remarks. saying they were his personal opinions, and they remain committed to the Doha agreement. The former US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zamlay Khalilzad, at the Islamabad Security Dialogue said there ‘has to be a broad support’ approach in Afghanistan.   Talking

Taliban chief orders ‘strict’ ban on opium poppy cultivation

Al Jazeera 3 April 2022 The ban comes as the Taliban tries to assuage international concerns regarding drug control in the impoverished South Asian country. The Taliban has issued a decree banning the cultivation of opium poppy, as the group tries to assuage international concerns regarding drug control in the impoverished South Asian country. “As

UN Body Says Afghans Must Not Be Forgotten

Mujeeb R. Awrang  Tolo News 2 April 2022 IOM says millions of Afghans are internally displaced, while thousands of people cross borders every week. UN’s International Organization for Migration, the IOM, in a statement on the situation in Afghanistan said that millions of Afghans are internally displaced due to the ongoing crisis in the country

If Ordered, Ministry Ready to Open Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 2 April 2022 Guterres said girls’ education is necessary for a better future and overcoming economic challenges in the country. The Ministry of Education said on Saturday that the reopening of girls’ schools over grade six in the country is based on the authority of the Islamic Emirate’s leadership. MoE spokesman Aziz

International donors face tough choices as Taliban reneges on promises

By Karen DeYoung The Washington Post 1 April 2022 Students attend a class at Ayesha Durkhani girls school in Kabul on March 23. These students are in the sixth grade, the highest class the Taliban is allowing girls to attend. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post) Outraged by a new Taliban decree banning girls from

Russia accredits Taliban envoy, voices concern about Islamist groups

Reuters March 31, 2022 March 31 (Reuters) – Russia has accredited a diplomat from the Taliban to engage with the new Afghan government but remains concerned about the threat of Islamist groups spilling over into Russia via Central Asia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. Russia hosted an international conference on Afghanistan last year

$2.44 Billion Pledged by Donors for Afghan Crisis

TOLOnews TV Network 1 April 2022 The Islamic Emirate said it will monitor the aid-process provided by the international community.  The UN held a high-level virtual pledging event in cooperation with the United Kingdom, Germany and Qatar on Afghanistan, where a total of amount of $2.44 billion had been promised.  The meeting was held on

Two detainees released from Afghanistan: US State Dept

 Reuters  1 April 2022 (Reuters) – An American and a U.S. resident have been freed from detention in Afghanistan, the State Department said on Friday, and one of the pair identified themselves as brothers who were engaged in humanitarian work when the Islamic Emirate arrested them. Saifullah Rauf, the U.S. citizen, and Anees Khalil, a

Lavrov on first China visit since Russian invasion of Ukraine

Al Jazeera 30 March 2022 Russian foreign minister is in China – a key ally in Moscow’s war in Ukraine – for talks on Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in China on his first visit to the country since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine last month. Lavrov will take part in

UN donor conference fails to reach target of $4.4bn to help Afghanistan

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor The Guardian UK pledges £286m as Russian foreign minister says west is responsible for country’s humanitarian crisis A woman holds her sick granddaughter in the malnutrition ward of Indira Gandhi children’s hospital in Kabul. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP The world’s donor drought, and growing global divisions over Afghanistan’s political direction, have been laid

China’s Xi strongly backs Afghanistan at regional conference

Associated Press 31 March 2022 In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for photos next to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at left and Taliban-appointed Afghanistan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi at right during a meeting held in Tunxi district in eastern China’s Anhui province on Wednesday,

Activists Meet to Discuss Current Situation, Women’s Rights

TOLOnews TV Network 31 March 2022 The 2-day gathering is expected to result in resolutions for important issues that exist currently across Afghanistan. Dozens of civil society activists from across Afghanistan gathered in Kabul to discuss vital issues including education and employment rights for Afghan women, saying the Islamic Emirate must hear the voice of

US Women’s Delegation Calls to Reopen Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 31 March 2022 The delegation said they came to Kabul to celebrate the reopening of girls’ schools. The American Women’s Peace and Education Delegation at a press conference in Kabul called for the reopening of schools for female students over grade sixth.   The delegation said they came to Kabul to celebrate

UN seeks $4.4 bln in ‘unconditional’ aid for Afghanistan

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters 31 March 2022 The United Nations appealed for $4.4 billion in “unconditional” humanitarian aid for Afghanistan on Thursday, saying 9 million people faced famine and that families were selling children and organs to survive. The humanitarian situation has “deteriorated alarmingly” since the Taliban takeover in August and the economy has “all

World can end ‘downward humanitarian spiral’ of Afghanistan

United Nations Press release 31 March 2022 A young girl in a child friendly space for internally displaced children, in Herat, Afghanistan. As the world focuses its attention on the war in Ukraine, the UN reminded the international community on Thursday to remember Afghanistan as it kicked off a pledging conference to save the lives

In Afghanistan, ‘people selling babies, young girls to survive’

By Ruchi Kumar Al Jazeera Published On 31 Mar 2022 Dire economic situation sees children dying of starvation as millions of Afghans struggle to put food on their tables. It has been more than 24 hours since Farahanaz, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, has had a “proper meal”. “As adults, we

Yo-Yo Ma plays Mozart with Afghan refugees in Portugal

By HELENA ALVES Associated Press 29 March 2022 World renown US cellist Yo-Yo Ma high fives viola player Luis Fernandes, left, while bassist Eduardo Santos and cellist Mohammad Sami, right, from Afghanistan, look on after their performance at the Music School of the National Conservatory in Lisbon, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Students, faculty members and

Canal Project to Employ 200,000 People

TOLOnews TV Network The canal will provide irrigation for three million acres of land in the provinces of Faryab, Balkh and Jawzjan. The construction of a major canal kicked off in the northern province of Balkh on Wednesday and was attended by senior officials of the Islamic Emirate. Speaking at the gathering of the opening

Haqqani Tells Tribal Elders to Respect Women’s Rights

TOLOnews TV Network 30 March 2022 He made the remarks in a meeting with the tribal elders from the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia and Paktika. In a meeting with tribal elders from southeastern provinces, the acting Minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, emphasized that women must be granted their Shariah rights. The Ministry of Interior

World Bank Freezes Afghan Projects After Ban on Girls’ Education

Reuters  30 March 2022 US officials last week cancelled planned meetings in Doha with the Islamic Emirate over the decision to keep girls out of secondary school. (Reuters) – The World Bank has put four projects in Afghanistan worth $600 million on hold amid concerns over a decision by the Islamic Emirate to ban girls

UK Pledges $374M to Afghanistan Ahead of Intl Pledging Event

TOLOnews TV Network 30 March 2022 An intl pledging event will be held on Thursday to address the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Britain on Wednesday pledged an additional 286 million pounds ($374 million) for life-saving food and other aid in Afghanistan, a day ahead of an international conference seeking $4.4 billion for addressing the humanitarian

Afghanistan aid pledges could fall far short of target, officials fear

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor The Guardian Wed 30 Mar 2022 Taliban’s increasingly repressive rule could lead to donor backlash at UN pledging conference on Thursday The Taliban decision to to renege on a pledge to let girls above grade 6 return to education led to street protests, and is likely to put many donors off. Photograph:

U.N. convening donor meeting on Afghanistan as concerns mount

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters March 30, 2022 GENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday pledged 286 million pounds ($374 million) for life-saving food and other aid in Afghanistan, a day ahead of an international conference seeking $4.4 billion, even as concerns mount over Taliban rule. The U.N. humanitarian appeal, the largest ever launched for a

China holds multinational meetings to discuss Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 30 March 2022 Representatives from regional countries plus Extended Troika to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. China is holding two multinational meetings in the ancient town of Tunxi to discuss the economic and humanitarian crisis facing Afghanistan, as Beijing makes a diplomatic push for the country’s stability and development under the Taliban.

Desperate for Cash, Afghans Toil in Mines That Are Deadlier Than Ever

By Christina Goldbaum and Yaqoob Akbary Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times March 29, 2022 Faced with life-threatening hunger, thousands labor in the coal mines of Baghlan. But safety measures that the former government once provided are gone. CHINARAK COAL MINE, Afghanistan — Choking on dust, Mir Abdul Hadi emerged from the narrow mine shaft with

EU: Decision on Girls’ Schools Impacts Engagement

TOLOnews TV Network 29 Mar 2022 Amnesty International called on the international community to make women’s and girls’ right to education a red line. The European Union on Monday in a statement said the decision on girls’ education by the Islamic Emirate violates the fundamental right to education, and called for the immediate re-opening of

China says U.S. representative will attend Afghanistan meeting in China

Reuters March 29, 2022 BEIJING, March 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. representative will join a meeting with Chinese, Russian and Pakistan envoys on Afghanistan this week, Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese special envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong will host this meeting, said Wang Wenbin, a ministry spokesman. U.S. embassy in China did not

Afghan Refugees in U.K. Are Still in Limbo as Ukrainians Arrive

By Megan Specia The New York Times Published March 27, 2022 Some 12,000 Afghans who fled to Britain have been living in hotels for months awaiting permanent housing. This has raised questions about the country’s ability to take in many more escaping Ukraine. Eid Mohammed, an Afghan refugee, with two of his sons in one

Taliban reversal on girls’ education derails US plan for diplomatic recognition

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor The Guardian 28 March 2022 Joint event had been planned ahead of Doha Forum that would have set process in motion to grant group diplomatic recognition Afghan women and girls take part in a protest in front of the ministry of education in Kabul, on Saturday, demanding that high schools be

Lacking Funds, WFP May Halt Afghan Operations

Madina Morwat, Tolo News 28 March 2022 The Islamic Emirate stressed that the distribution of aid should be conducted through the domestic institutions to ensure transparency. The World Food Programme warned that if the funds asked for by the organization are not immediately provided by the donors, it may halt operations in Afghanistan. This comes

UN Calls on Islamic Emirate to Honor Promise on Girls’ Education

By TOLOnews TV Network 28 March 2022 UN Security Council called on Islamic Emirate to reopen all girls schools based on previous commitments. The members of the UN Security Council have expressed their deep concern regarding the inability of girls beyond grade six in Afghanistan to return to their schools, as they were promised. In

Ban on Intl Media Programs Sparks Local and Global Reactions

TOLOnews, TV Network 28 March 2022 The BBC called on the Islamic Emirate to reverse its decision and the DW said it is an increased restriction on freedom of the press in Afghanistan. The recent decision to prohibit Afghan local media from airing foreign TV channels’ news programs provoked reactions globally. The Voice of America

Taliban bars government employees without beards from work

By Charlotte Greenfield Reuters March 28, 2022 March 28 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban has instructed all government employees to wear a beard and adhere to a dress code or risk being fired, three sources told Reuters, the latest of several new restrictions imposed by the hardline Islamist administration. The sources said representatives from the Ministry

Taliban hard-liners turning back the clock in Afghanistan

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 28 March 2022 FILE – Afghan girls participate a lesson inside a classroom at Tajrobawai Girls High School, in Herat, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, 2021. Taliban hard-liners are turning back the clock in Afghanistan with a flurry of repressive edicts over the past days that hark back to their harsh rule

Officials: Taliban blocked unaccompanied women from flights

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 26 March 2022 Afghan women chant and hold signs of protest during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, March 26, 2022. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers refused to allow dozens of women to board several flights, including some overseas, because they were traveling without a male guardian, two Afghan airline officials said

China’s foreign minister makes surprise stop in Afghanistan

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 26 March 2022 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at the start of a two-day gathering of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at the Parliament House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan urged foreign ministers from Muslim-majority nations to help end Russia’s war

A Bomb Crater as Business Partner for a Pit Stop on an Afghan Highway

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Yaqoob Akbary The New York Times Thomas is the Kabul bureau chief. In December, he and Yaqoob, a reporter, traveled the highway from Kabul to Kandahar and made a pit stop at a small shop that’s part of a much bigger story. March 25, 2022 Along a lonely stretch of what was once

Rival Sept. 11 Victims Near Potential Deal to Divide Afghan Central Bank Assets

By Charlie Savage The New York Times March 22, 2022 But another group opposes it. A court has not yet decided whether $3.5 billion in Afghan central bank funds can be used to pay Taliban debts. The September 11 Memorial in New York. The disclosure of the framework agreement raised the prospect of averting a potentially

Taliban U-turn over Afghan girls’ education reveals deep leadership divisions

Stefanie Glinski and Ruchi Kumar The Guardian Fri 25 Mar 2022 11.02 EDT Earlier this week, girls across Afghanistan arrived for lessons on the day secondary schools were due to open for them for the first time since the Taliban seized power. They were told to go home, and informed schools would remain shut indefinitely. As international outrage grew

China hopes Afghanistan to keep commitment of fending off external forces

Reuters March 24, 2022 HONG KONG, March 24 (Reuters) – China hopes Afghanistan would fulfill its commitment of not allowing any external forces to use its territory as a tool to oppose neighbours, or harm the security of other nations, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday. China welcomes Afghanistan’s active participation in the Belt

US Cancels Talks With Islamic Emirate Over Girls’ School Decision

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 26 March 2022 The Islamic Emirate’s Office in Qatar has yet to comment on this. The United States abruptly cancelled meetings with the Islamic Emirate in Doha that were set to address key economic issues, officials said on Friday, after Islamic Emirate reversed a decision to allow all girls to return

Protest in Kabul Calls for Reopening of Girls Schools

By Toba Walizada Tolo News 27 March 2022 Dozens of female students and women took to the streets of Kabul to protest the recent decision of the Islamic Emirate to ban girls above grade sixth from attending school.   The protestors called for the reopening of schools for girls in grades 7-12 across Afghanistan. “We gathered

U.S. hopes for reversal by Taliban on girls’ education in coming days

Reuters March 26, 2022 Girls attend a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo DOHA, March 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Saturday he is hopeful that there will be a reversal of the Taliban’s U-turn on girls’ education in the coming days. “I am hopeful that

Afghanistan world’s unhappiest country, even before Taliban

Al Jazeera Associated Press 20 March 2022 Afghanistan ranked last in the World Happiness Report among 149 countries surveyed, with Lebanon following. Afghanistan is the unhappiest country in the world – even before the Taliban swept to power last August. That is according to a so-called World Happiness Report released before the United Nations-designated International

Afghanistan: Taliban girls’ education ban won’t last, says Malala

Al Jazeera 26 March 2022 The armed group ruling Afghanistan closed girls’ secondary schools just hours after reopening them this week. The Taliban’s ban on girls’ education will not last forever, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has said, emphasising that Afghan women now know what it is to be “empowered”. The armed group, now ruling Afghanistan,

UN Welcomes Planned Reopening of All Afghan Schools

Tolo News 19 March 2022 The Islamic Emirate earlier announced that all schools will be reopened for girls and boys on March 22 across Afghanistan. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the announcement of the planned reopening of schools for girls and boys on March 22. Guterres suggested that “all doors must be open”

Taliban release three Afghan journalists after media crackdown

Al Jazeera 18 March 2022 TOLO TV staffers were arrested after the channel broadcast a report on the Taliban’s ban on foreign drama series. The Taliban have released three employees of Afghanistan’s largest television station after detaining them for reporting that the country’s new rules were cracking down on media freedoms. The report on TOLOnews

The media spotlight on Afghanistan is fading fast – but the agony of its people is far from over

Ayesha Jehangir The Guardian 18 March 2022 Afghans have been fighting since the 70s for the same reason Ukrainians are fighting but they have been neglected and betrayed   Taliban fighters patrol along a road in Kandahar in Afghanistan on 15 March, 2022. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images It took the international community two long decades of

U.N. and U.S. raise concern over reports of Afghan journalist arrests

Reuters 18 March 2022 Kabul, March 18 (Reuters) – The United Nations and the United States said there were credible reports of journalists from local Afghan media organisation Tolo News being detained this week and that attacks on independent media must stop. A Taliban administration spokesman and a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry did

Officials: Foreign Institutions Deceive With Wrong Figures

TOLOnews  15 Mar 2022 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy says that it is difficult to improve the economic situation of the country with humanitarian aid. The National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) says that some foreign institutions are misleading the people and the world by presenting false statistics about humanitarian aid. Officials of the NSIA

Pashtun Jirga in Bannu Calls for Elections, Jirga in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 15 Mar 2022 The jirga participants said a ‘republican’ system should be established in Afghanistan in line with international standards. A jirga gathering of Pashtuns in Bannu city in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan that was held from 11 to 14 of March, called for Loya Jirga and general elections in Afghanistan

More Afghans going hungry, fewer jobs available -World Bank

Reuters March 15, 2022 WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) – The number of people in Afghanistan who cannot afford food and other essentials has doubled since the Taliban takeover of the country in August 2021 as unemployment rises and wages fall, a World Bank survey showed on Tuesday. The Afghanistan Welfare Survey, conducted by phone and

Bachelet: Future of Afghanistan Uncertain

Lisa Schlein Voice of America 13 March 2022 FILE – Recipients of free bread, distributed as part of a campaign to combat hunger, are pictured in front of a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2022. GENEVA — U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warns humanitarian and economic issues are likely to claim more

Afghan Aviators Hide as Taliban Urge Them to Return to Duty

By David Zucchino and Yaqoob Akbary The New York Times March 14, 2022 Many former Afghan Air Force members fear they could be killed by the Taliban if they came out of hiding, but others have joined the nascent Taliban air force. A former member of an elite divison of the Afghan Air Force who refused to

15,000 Pieces of Former Govt Military Equipment Collected

TOLOnews TV Network 13 Mar 2022 Officials from the Khalid bin Waleed 201st Corps urged residents of the eastern provinces to hand over all government equipment to the authorities. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said more than 15,000 pieces of weaponry and equipment, including vehicles, belonging to the former government were collected from the eastern

Turkey says talks with Taliban on operating Kabul airport still underway

Reuters March 13, 2022 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference after meeting with his counterparts Russian Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Antalya, Turkey March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Murad Sezer ANKARA, March 13 (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that talks with

US’s West, Muttaqi Discuss Afghan Funds, Human Rights

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews 12 March 2022 Foreign Ministry said Muttaqi and West have agreed not to give the $3.5 billion to humanitarian organizations. The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, and the Islamic Emirate’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and their accompanying delegations met in Antalya, Turkey on Friday and discussed Afghanistan’s political

Afghan Embassy, Now Out of Money, Will Shut Down, U.S. Says

By Lara Jakes The New York Times March 11, 2022 The development caps a sad saga for Afghan diplomats, who have 30 days to apply to remain in the United States or face the threat of deportation. The Afghan Embassy in Washington. For now, the State Department will oversee the maintenance and security of the complex.Credit…Ken

OIC to Resume Halted Afghan Development Projects

Tamim Shaheer Tolo News 11 March 2022 The OIC has also committed to work on the recovery of the economy, providing humanitarian aid and resuming projects inside Afghanistan. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged to resume incomplete projects across Afghanistan, the officials at the Ministry of Economy said. Abdul Rahman Habib, spokesman of

Facing Criticism, Govt Says More Posts for Women Are Planned

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 11 Mar 2022 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education announced 275 posts for female teachers in the capital city of Kabul. Some Afghan women complained about what they called the “sidelining of women” by the current Afghan government, saying their loss of work is a serious economic challenge.   This comes

Qatar hosts Taliban-US meeting on sidelines of Turkey summit

Associated Press 11 March 2022 In this handout photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, right, meets with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, Friday, March 11, 2022. Qatar on Friday hosted a meeting that saw Taliban’s foreign

Over 500,000 Afghan Refugees Returned in Last 6 Months

 TOLOnews TV Network 10 Mar 2022 The visit comes following repeated complaints of citizens about problems at the Torkham crossing. More than 500,000 Afghan refugees have returned to the country within the past six months, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MRR) said on Thursday.   Also, the deputy Minister of MRR who visited Torkham

‘Robbed of hope’: Afghan girls denied an education struggle with depression

Stefanie Glinski in Kabul The Guardian Thu 10 Mar 2022 02.45 EST As female students are denied schooling and career prospects, medical staff warn of a rise in mental health problems The Taliban effectively banned education for secondary school girls after they came to power last year. Photograph: Stefanie Glinski/The Guardian There was an English exam

First Afghan Refugees Arrive at New Center in Virginia

By Ben Fox Associated Press Military News 9 March 2022 Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Virginia. Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) WASHINGTON — A first group of Afghan refugees have arrived at a new

The Smugglers’ Paradise of Afghanistan

By Christina Goldbaum and Yaqoob Akbary Photographs by Kiana Hayeri Christina Goldbaum is a correspondent in Afghanistan. In November, she traveled with Kiana Hayeri, a photographer, and Yaqoob Akbary, a reporter, to the southwestern part of the country to report on the migrant crisis unfolding at the border. The New York Times March 8, 2022 For decades, the

From Taliban bullets to Russian bombs: war chases Afghan refugee across Europe

Lorenzo Tondo The Guardian Tue 8 Mar 2022 09.00 EST Masouma Tajik thought she had found safety and a new life – but six months later Putin’s invasion has forced her to flee again Masouma Tajik in Warsaw: ‘Why can’t I just have a normal life like that of any other 23-year-old girl in Europe?’

Afghans Yet to Reach Hoped-For Peace: Karzai

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Mar 2022 Karzai expressed his strong objection to the 20-year military presence of the US and allies in Afghanistan. The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the Afghans have yet to reach the peace which they have hoped for, hinting that an enduring peace will be ensured when every Afghan

17 Female Foreign Ministers Demand Rights for Afghan Women

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Mar 2022 The participants at the meeting agreed to continue close monitoring of the Islamic Emirate’s actions, especially actions related to women and girls. The female foreign ministers of at least seventeen countries across the world held a meeting on Afghanistan and expressed deep concerns about human rights violations and restrictions

China to Host Third Regional Meeting on Afghanistan

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 9 Mar 2022 Foreign Ministry said it hopes the regional meeting will have a favorable outcome for Afghanistan. The third meeting of foreign ministers of regional countries on Afghanistan will be held in China by the end of March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Hafiz Zia Ahmad, deputy spokesman of

Nearly 400 civilians killed in Afghanistan under Taliban rule: UN

Al Jazeera 7 March 2022 It is the first major human rights report since the Taliban seized power from the former US-backed government in August. A new United Nations report has said nearly 400 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, more than 80 percent by a group affiliated with ISIL (ISIS).

Afghan Journalist Among 12 Women Honored by Time Magazine

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 4 March 2022 The headline featuring Joya read: “Women of the Year, Twelve Leaders Working Toward a More Equal World.”  Zahra Joya, an Afghan female journalist, was listed among 12 women recognized by Time Magazine for change-making leadership.  The headline featuring Joya read: “Women of the Year, Twelve Leaders Working Toward

IRC Urges World to not Neglect Afghanistan Amid Ukraine Conflict

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 5 March 2022 IRC said the conflict and displacement in Ukraine should not divert world’s attention away from Afghanistan. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) urged the international community to not neglect the situation in Afghanistan as the world’s attention shifts to the conflict and displacement in Ukraine. Sending out a press

U.S. calls for help to rehome Afghans who fled chaos of Taliban takeover

By Alexander Cornwell Reruters 4 March 2022 Massoud and his children wait at the Afghan evacuee centre, as thousands of people are processed at the Emirates Humanitarian city in Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 28, 2021. REUTERS/Vidhyaa Chandramohan ABU DHABI, March 4 (Reuters) – The United States still needs other nations to take Afghans who fled

US official meets Afghans stranded in UAE, apologises for delays

Al Jazeera 4 March 2022 The US is still struggling with handling the tens of thousands who were evacuated amid the fall of Kabul last year. A senior United States diplomat apologised to thousands of Afghans stranded in the United Arab Emirates and promised to speed repatriation for some to the US, months after the

Journalists Say Frozen Funds Should Go to Afghan Media

Fakhria Radfar Tolo News 3 March 2022 AIJA urges the international community not to remain silent about the media challenges in Afghanistan. The Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) today (Thursday) in a press conference expressed its concerns over the poor economic situation of the country’s media. The members of this association asked the World Bank

Ukraine crisis: Afghan family pleads for Canada’s help

By Bernd Debusmann Jr BBC News, Washington 3 March 2022 Mir Safi and two of his three children at a refugee camp in Ukraine. Courtesy of the Safi family. Former government prosecutor Mir Safi was among the thousands of people evacuated from Afghanistan’s Kabul airport last August, fearful of retribution from the rapidly advancing Taliban.

UN envoy: Afghan failing economy heads to `irreversibility’

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 3 March 2022 An Afghan woman holds her sick granddaughter, where she undergoes treatment in the malnutrition ward of the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. The United Nations, along with international organizations face mounting challenges to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Taliban Search Operation Echoes Resented U.S. Tactics

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim The New York Times March 3, 2022 An intrusive sweep that has spanned several provinces risks alienating Afghans and fueling the insurgency the new government is trying to stop. Dozens of Taliban checkpoints have sprung up across Kabul, part of a broad search operation in several provinces.Credit…Victor J. Blue for

Afghan Economy on UNSC Agenda

 Farida Sial Tolo News 3 March 2022 The envoys of China and the US have engaged in a verbal dispute with the Chinese envoy accusing the US of stealing Afghan assets. The participants of the UN Security Council at Wednesday’s meeting on Afghanistan expressed concerns over the collapse of the Afghan economy.   The UN

Famine may have been averted, but Afghan economic crisis deepens -U.N. envoy

By Jonathan Landay Reuters March 2, 2022 Members of Taliban security forces stand guard as crowds of people walk past in front of a money exchange market in Kabul, Afghanistan September 4, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo March 2 (Reuters) – Humanitarian agencies may have distributed enough aid in Afghanistan to avert famine and large-scale starvation, but

Afghans with correct legal documents may travel abroad: Taliban

Al Jazeera Published On 2 Mar 2022 Taliban’s chief spokesman backtracks on comments he made suggesting Afghans would be barred from leaving the country. The Taliban says Afghans with legal documents could travel abroad after the United States and United Kingdom raised concerns over previous comments that travel restrictions would be put in place. “Our

Rina Amiri Meets With Qatari Women Leaders

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 2 March 2022 Amiri said Afghanistan should use the talents of its women and girls for achieving social and economic well-being. The US special envoy for women, girls and human rights in Afghanistan, Rina Amiri, met with Qatari officials and leaders in Doha and discussed the situation of women and human

World Bank board backs using $1 billion in frozen Afghan funds for aid

Reutrers March 1, 2022 A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – The executive board of the World Bank on Tuesday approved a plan to use more

Afghans with Legal Documents Can Travel: Mujahid

Madina Morwat Tolo News 1 March 2022 Only those Afghans who are trying to go abroad “illegally” will be prevented from leaving the country. Facing domestic and international reactions to the recent travel restrictions announced by the Islamic Emirate on Sunday, on Tuesday Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghans who have legal documents and invitations can travel

West: No US Decision Yet on Recognition

 Madina Morwat Tolo News 1 March 2022 West said the US wants to see the Islamic Emirate succeed in suppressing Daesh in Afghanistan. US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, in a special interview with TOLOnews, said that no decision has been made regarding the recognition of the Islamic Emirate by the United States. He

Taliban launches sweeping house-to-house raids across Kabul in search of weapons

By Susannah George The Washington Post February 27, 2022 A Taliban fighter stands at a checkpoint near Massoud Square in Kabul in September. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post) KABUL — Guns drawn, half a dozen Taliban fighters crowded into the house of a Kabul laborer Saturday. As a commander watched, his men took knives

The One Item They Had to Take When These 6 Afghans Fled

By Alissa J. Rubin Photographs by Meridith Kohut The New York Times Feb. 28, 2022 More than 120,000 people were airlifted out of Afghanistan last August, most with just a few hours to gather their belongings. Here are some of the keepsakes they chose. If you were leaving home forever and had just a few hours

By Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 27 Feb 2022 The protestors claiming to be the active employees of the MoPW said they are struggling with a deteriorated economic condition. Dozens of employees of the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) held a demonstration in Kabul on Sunday to protest unpaid salaries, saying that they have not received their

Taliban restrict Afghans going abroad, draws criticism from UK envoy

Reuters February 28, 2022 Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo KABUL, Feb 28 (Reuters) – The Taliban administration’s announcement that it would restrict Afghans from leaving the country under certain circumstances drew criticism from the United Kingdom’s envoy on Monday amidst fears they could

Desperate Afghans sell kidneys amid poverty, starvation

Al Jazeera Published on 28 Feb 2022 Residents of one town say they are forced to sell their kidneys to make ends meet. Jobless, debt-ridden, and struggling to feed his children, Nooruddin felt he had no choice but to sell a kidney – one of a growing number of Afghans willing to sacrifice an organ

Public Universities Open in Cold Climate Areas, Genders Separated

Fakhria Radfar Tolo News 26 Feb 2022 The classes of male and female students are segregated and occur at different shifts, according to the instructors and students.  After a long delay, all public universities were reopened for male and female students on Saturday in cold climate areas across the country.   The Afghan students, who

4M Afghan Children Face Malnutrition in 2022: UN Delegation

By Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 26 February 2022 The delegation made the visit to Afghanistan after many Afghan citizens complained about the unfair distribution of aid provided by the UN agencies.   An OCHA director in the operations and advocacy division, Reena Ghelani–who led a UN delegation that recently visited Kabul to assess the humanitarian crisis

U.S. Eases Sanctions to Allow Routine Transactions With Afghan Government

By Charlie Savage The New York Times Feb. 25, 2022, 7:25 p.m. ET The move allows financial dealings with civil servants at government institutions, even if those ministries are now overseen by Taliban members. The Afghan central bank, known as Da Afghanistan Bank, is among the institutions that face fewer obstacles under the measure.Credit…Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse

College dreams dashed as young Afghan women fight to keep poverty at bay

Reuters February 25, 2022 Summary As Afghan universities reopen, some women can’t afford to return Women and their relatives have lost jobs, straining finances Economic crisis could reverse gains in female education Taliban say they are working to support women in business KABUL, Feb 25 (Reuters) – As students return to universities across Afghanistan this month, law

Kabul Residents Panicked by House-to-House Searches

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 25 Feb 2022 The security forces covered many parts of Kabul on Friday. Residents of Kabul city reported house-to-house searches, saying the raiding of homes has caused panic among children and women.   The Islamic Emirate said it has launched a clearing operation under the command of Mullah Mohammad Fazal Mazloom,

UN Team in Kabul to Ensure Transparency With Aid

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 25 Feb 2022 She said that they are working with 180 Afghan and international organizations to conduct a transparent aid process.   An OCHA director in the operations and advocacy division, Reena Ghelani, said the organization has established a new system to monitor the humanitarian aid process in order to prevent

UNICEF chief: Taliban committed to let girls back to school

By SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press 25 Feb 2022 An Afghan woman holds her sick granddaughter, where she undergoes treatment in the malnutrition ward of the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. The United Nations, along with international organizations face mounting challenges to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. According

Paralysed banking system pushing Afghanistan towards collapse -Red Cross

By Alexander Cornwell Reuters February 25, 2022 Members of Taliban security forces stand guard among crowds of people walking past in a street in Kabul, Afghanistan September 4, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer DUBAI, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is inching closer towards economic collapse six months after the Taliban seized power, the Red Cross said on Friday,

Afghan Migrants Without Visas in Turkey Live in Fear of Police

Tamim Shaheer Tolo News 24 Feb 2022 “I went to cross the border for the second time but I was deported once from Greece and a second time from Bulgaria,” said Hameed, a refugee. Afghan refugees without papers who crossed borders without papers and made it into Turkey are now struggling with a very difficult

EU, Central Asian Envoys Call for Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

 Mujeeb R. Awrang ,\ Tolo News 23 Feb 2022 They also expressed concerns over the Afghan humanitarian crisis and called for a concerted response by the international community. A joint statement was issued by the EU special representative for Afghanistan, Central Asia Special Envoys for Afghanistan and the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, following a

Over 24M Afghans in Dire Need of Humanitarian Aid: ICRC

Toba Walizada Tolo News 23 Feb 2022 The ICRC also in a separate statement expressed concerns over the closing of many medical centers in Afghanistan. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that more than 24 million Afghans are in grave need of humanitarian assistance.   “24.4 million people in Afghanistan are in need

US restricts import of Afghan cultural items to prevent ‘pillage’

Al Jazeera Published on 22 February 2022 Hundreds of priceless artefacts have been stolen or destroyed following the 2021 Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The United States has restricted the import of cultural and historical items from Afghanistan, hoping to prevent “terrorists” from profiting, the State Department said on Tuesday, but experts voiced fears about unintended

To Preserve Its Own Stability, Pakistan Must Stabilize Afghanistan First

By Salman Masood and Zia ur-Rehman The New York Times Feb. 22, 2022 Analysts say that the Taliban takeover has sparked a spike in terror attacks that have put the Pakistani government in a difficult position as it tries to support Afghanistan’s new government. Taliban fighters at the Torkham crossing as seen from the Pakistani side, last

Reform Commission Expels Around 4,500 Members of Security Forces

By TOLOnews TV Network 21 Feb 2022 At least 135 persons of the expelled forces were underaged. Latifullah Hakimi, head of a commission charged with bringing reform to the Islamic Emirate security forces, said Monday that the commission has expelled around 4,500 members. After a six-month effort to bring reforms, the commission is expected to

Children on the edge of life in Afghanistan

The Guardian 22 February 2022 Save the Children is releasing a powerful series of photographs by world-renowned photographer Jim Huylebroek to highlight the human tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan as the country this week marks six months since the dramatic transition of power The photographer Jim Huylebroek travelled across the country with the international children’s agency Save

Ghani Removed From UN Heads of State List

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 22 Feb 2022 Ashraf Ghani and Mohammad Hanif Atmar have not reacted to the removal of their names from the UN lists. The United Nations has removed former president Ashraf Ghani’s name from its list of Heads of State. The list was released on the UN website on February 15. The name

Taliban to create Afghanistan ‘grand army’ with old regime troops

Al Jazeera 22 February 2022 Afghanistan’s army disintegrated in the face of a Taliban onslaught ahead of the August 31 US-led force withdrawal. The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head

Afghan Ambassador to US to Step Down

By Mujeeb R. Awrang  Tolo News 20 Feb 2022 Documents seen by TOLOnews indicate that the Afghan mission would continue but in a reduced form. The Afghan ambassador in Washington has stepped down from her post, a senior official at the embassy said, calling the new restrictions imposed by the US Department of State on the

Diplomacy With Kabul Serves ‘Collective Interests’: West

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 21 Feb 2022 West said there has been progress about girls’ education, but no progress on inclusive government. The US special representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said diplomacy with the Islamic Emirate is in the interest of everyone and it is the only option at the moment for dealing with the

UNICEF to pay stipend to Afghan teachers as ’emergency support’

Al Jazeera 21 Feb 2022 With salaries unpaid for months due to an enormous economic crisis, the UN agency says it would pay teachers for at least two months. The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country

In remote Bamiyan, a school run by an Afghan woman offers hope

By Sara Perria Al Jazeera Published On 20 Feb 2022 The school, set up by a university graduate, runs for two hours daily, offering opportunity to an impoverished community. Bamiyan, Afghanistan – It’s 6am and Freshta is sweeping the floor of her makeshift cave school in Bamiyan province of Afghanistan. Donkeys descend the orange-dirt hills

Afghans Who Bet on Fast Path to the U.S. Are Facing a Closed Door

By Miriam Jordan The New York Times Feb. 16, 2022 Only a handful of applications for entry on urgent humanitarian grounds have been processed, and most have been denied. Sharif Azizi, a former combat interpreter, at his home in San Jose, Calif. His family, which fled Afghanistan for Pakistan, was denied expedited entry into the

UN’s Guterres Warns of Afghan ‘Terrorism Spillover’

TOLOnews TV Network 19 Feb 2022 The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly denied the presence of foreign terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres raised an  alarm over “risks of terrorism” as “spillover out of Afghanistan.”   “The risks of terrorism spillover out of Afghanistan,” Guterres said, while talking At the Munich Security Conference, “as

Hunger crisis in Afghanistan spurs US veterans to reprise efforts to help save lives

J.P. LAWRENCE STARS AND STRIPES FEBRUARY 17, 2022 Food and medical supplies are transported in Kabul following a flight to Afghanistan on Feb. 6, 2022, the Veteran Sheepdogs of America and Freedom Support Alliance said. The two organizations worked to evacuate people from Afghanistan last fall, and like a handful of other groups, have begun

Afghanistan’s Taliban detain Brits, American; reason unclear

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press February 17, 2022 This photo provided by David Loyn shows Peter Jouvenal at the Frontline Club in London in 2017. The U.S. and British governments, as well as a family member, say Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have detained several British citizens and an American. A statement from the British government this

Afghans Find Room for Debate on Twitter Spaces

By Sharif Hassan The New York Times Feb. 18, 2022 An audio live chat feature on Twitter has become a go-to place for Afghans still recovering from the collapse of the former government and seeking answers on everything from what went wrong to what comes next. Shopkeepers in a deserted Kabul shop, checking social media

Afghan Ambassador to US to Step Down

Madina Morwat 18 February 2022 He said the State Department in a letter to the Afghanistan embassy in Washington demanded the diplomatic activities be halted. The Afghan ambassador in Washington has stepped down from her post, a senior official at the embassy said, calling the new restrictions imposed by the US Department of State on

EXCLUSIVE World Bank proposal would shift about $1 bln from Afghan trust

By Andrea Shalal, Jonathan Landay and Arshad Mohammed Reuters 18 February 2022 A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File Photo WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The World Bank’s management has approved

Fear runs through Afghanistan’s ‘hazardous’ media landscape

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press February 17, 2022 Afghan journalist Banafsha Binesh speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, at TOLO TV newsroom in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Binesh fear haunts every step when she leaves her home each morning for the newsroom at Afghanistan’s largest television station in the Afghan capital

‘Whatever horrors they do, they do in secret’: inside the Taliban’s return to power

by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad The Guardian Thu 17 Feb 2022  Taliban fighters at the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine in Mazar-i-Sharif in December 2021. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images Mazar-i-Sherif was once the most secular, liberal of Afghan cities. But 20 years of corruption and misrule left it ripe for retaking by the Taliban. Will anything be different this time? At

Pakistan struggles to quell violence on its Afghan border

By Asif Shahzad Al Jazeera February 17, 2022 A Pakistani soldier stands guard along the border fence outside the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/File Photo/File PhotoSummary ISLAMABAD, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military has stepped up operations along the Afghan border in recent weeks after

Taliban delegation holds talks with EU, US diplomats in Doha

Al Jazeera 16 February 2022 Western envoys meet Taliban members as the group seeks recognition and badly-needed funds amid a humanitarian crisis. Doha, Qatar – Representatives of the European Union and the United States have met Taliban members as the group seeks to unlock fundings to tackle Afghanistan’s dire humanitarian crisis. The Afghan delegation led by

US Not Backing ‘Armed Opposition’ to Islamic Emirate: West

TOLOnews TV Network 16 Feb 2022 He suggested said the decision made by US President Joe Biden over the fate of $7 billion Afghan assets was meant to protect the assets for Afghanistan The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West said at an event on Monday that Washington is not backing “organized armed opposition”

Afghan Embassy in US Facing Financial Problems

 TOLOnews 16 Feb 2022 With the fall of the former government, the Afghan diplomatic missions across the world have faced an uncertain fate. The Afghan embassy in Washington is struggling with financial issues, a top Afghan diplomat said, saying that if the financial problems are not solved, the continuation of Afghanistan’s diplomatic mission in the

Veterans Groups Asking Congress to Prevent Afghan Evacuees from Being Kicked Out of US

14 Feb 2022 Military.com | By Rebecca Kheel Larissa Hale, Task Force Liberty education team member from FEMA, leads a music lesson in Liberty Village at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Jan. 25, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks) With some Afghans evacuated during the massive Kabul airlift facing the risk of losing

Suspension of Afghan Fulbright Program shatters dreams for 140 semifinalists now stuck under Taliban rule

By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post February 15, 2022, at 2:06 p.m. EST Ubaidullah Karimi, 26, is a Fulbright scholarship semifinalist who wanted to pursue a degree in international peace and conflict studies. (Sudarsan Raghavan/The Washington Post) KABUL — They are Afghanistan’s best and brightest, part of a young generation of future scientists, journalists, climatologists,

Six Months of Taliban: Afghans Safer, Poorer, Less Hopeful

Kathy Gannon Associated Press 15 February 2022 Afghan wait to enter a bank, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Six months since Kabul was ceded to the Taliban with the sudden and secret departure of U.S.-backed president residents say a calm has settled on the country, but the future is uncertain as the economy

‘Stroke of a pen’: Coalition urged to accept Afghan refugees in addition to existing intake

Daniel Hurst The Guardian Mon 14 Feb 2022 Immigration minister previously announced places for Afghan nationals within existing visa program in move critics call ‘mean and tricky’ The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, has been urged to heed Australia’s “moral obligation” to Afghan nationals fleeing the Taliban by ensuring resettlement places are on top of the

Islamic Emirate Might ‘Change Policy’ Toward US If Funds Withheld

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 15 Feb 2022 Hundreds of protesters in Kabul called for the release of all the frozen funds and for Biden to reverse his decision. The Islamic Emirate issued a statement on Monday in reaction to US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order regarding the frozen funds of Afghanistan’s central bank, and they

Britain to co-host Afghanistan aid summit, hoping to raise $4.4 billion

Reuters February 15, 2022 British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attends a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia February 10, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo LONDON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it would co-host an international aid conference with the United Nations next month to

‘Feeling of betrayal’: Afghans await US response on parole

By Brian Osgood Al Jazeera Published On 15 Feb 2022 Thousands of Afghans remain stranded, with few signs of action by US President Joe Biden’s administration. San Francisco, California, United States – When Walid Aziz watched Kabul fall to the Taliban last August from his home in California, his first thought was for his father back in Afghanistan. As

Pakistan’s Khan Calls for Intl Engagement with Islamic Emirate

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 14 Feb 2022 Political analysts also said engagement is necessary for addressing the economic problems in the country. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in an interview with CNN on Sunday said the only way for the international community to deal with the economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is to work

Estimated one million Afghan children engaged in labour: NGO

Al Jazeera 14 Feb 2022 Save the Children says almost one fifth of 1,400 surveyed families say they have to send their children to work. An estimated one million children are currently engaged in child labour in Afghanistan as family incomes have plummeted in the past six months, according to a study by Save the Children.

‘I Wanted to Stay for My People’

Foreign Policy Magazine February 9, 2022 Thousands of Afghans fled the Taliban. Many civil servants stayed behind to keep the lights on—whatever the cost. Members of the Taliban enter the compound of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Kabul on Sept. 10, 2021. Today the building is used to house the Ministry for the Propagation

Declassified Afghanistan reports back U.S. commanders who said Biden team was indecisive during crisis

By Dan Lamothe The Washington Post Yesterday at 6:55 p.m. EST U.S. airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron prepare to load evacuees from Afghanistan aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 on Aug. 21, 2021, at Hamid Karzai International Airport. (Senior Airman Taylor Crul/AP) Declassified U.S. military analyses of the calamitous exit from Afghanistan detail repeated

Faced with disappearances, beatings and intimidation, Afghanistan’s women’s rights activists go quiet on the streets

By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post February 9, 2022  Afghan women chant slogans and hold banners during a women’s rights protest in Kabul on Jan. 16. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) KABUL — It had been six days since the two women’s rights activists were abducted. Now, Taliban fighters were on Masooma Hemmat’s street, searching for her.

Afghan central bank says U.S. plan for frozen funds an ‘injustice’

Reuters February 12, 2022 An UNHCR worker pushes a wheelbarrow loaded with aid supplies for a displaced Afghan family outside the distribution center as a Taliban fighter secures the area on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra KABUL, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s central bank on Saturday criticised Washington’s plan to

Biden’s Decision on Frozen Funds Stokes Anger Among Afghans

By Christina Goldbaum, Safiullah Padshah and Taimoor Shah The New York Times February 13, 2022 “It is a cruel act and a betrayal,” one shopkeeper said of the White House’s move to essentially seize funds held by the Afghan central bank. Waiting in October to withdraw money from a bank in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. The country’s economy is in a

Unpaid and Potentially Stateless, Afghan Diplomats Seek Permission to Remain in U.S.

By Lara Jakes and Carlotta Gall The New York Times Feb. 13, 2022 American banks have suspended government accounts to prevent the Taliban from gaining access to funds, suspending the salaries of many workers. Abdul Hadi Nejrabi, the Afghan Embassy’s deputy chief of mission, said the embassy’s work was enough to keep the lights on, but too

Taliban have detained 29 women and their families in Kabul, says US envoy

Emma Graham-Harrison The Guardian Sat 12 Feb 2022  Report by senior diplomat Rina Amiri raises concerns about number of ‘unjust detentions’ in Afghanistan Taliban fighters walk at the frozen Qargha Lake, near Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP The Taliban have detained 29 women and their families in Kabul, a senior US diplomat said on Saturday,

China, Pakistan Mull Afghan Membership in CPEC

Amina Hakimi, 10 FEBRUARY 2022 The Chamber of Commerce and Investment said the inclusion of Afghanistan in CPEC would enhance regional trade. China and Pakistan expressed interest in discussing the extension of CPEC (China–Pakistan Economic Corridor) with Kabul authorities, Pakistani media reported.   The inclusion of Afghanistan in CPEC was discussed during the visit of

Karzai Calls on Biden to Revers Decision on Afghan Funds

 Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 13 Feb 2022 Karzai said Afghan people themselves are victims of terrorism and their money should not be given to 9/11 attacks’ victims. Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday at a press conference in Kabul called on the US President Joe Biden to reverse his decision on Afghan bank’s funds

Missing Afghan women activists released: UN

Al Jazeera 13 Feb 2022 Women went missing after participating in anti-Taliban rally weeks ago. Four women activists in Afghanistan have been released by the country’s “de facto authorities” after going missing weeks ago, the United Nations has said. Since storming back to power in August, the Taliban have cracked down on dissent by forcefully dispersing

Inside the fragile partnership between US troops and Taliban fighters in Kabul

“[W]e would be able to kill more of them than they could ever hope to kill of us.” BY HALEY BRITZKY | PUBLISHED FEB 9, 2022 1:43 PM Task and Purpose FILE PHOTO: U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, provide assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport,

‘From the White House down,’ pleas for help disrupted Afghan evacuation, top U.S. commander says

By Dan Lamothe The Washington Post 11 Feb 2022 U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division prepare to board an Air Force C-17 in Kabul on Aug. 30. (Senior Airman Taylor Crul/U.S. Air Force/AP) The U.S. military mission to evacuate American citizens and foreign allies from Afghanistan was hampered by continuous appeals for

‘We have never given up’: how Afghan women are demanding their education under the Taliban

Emma Graham-Harrison in Qalat The Guardian Thu 10 Feb 2022 Since recapturing Afghanistan, the Taliban have largely if inconsistently closed down girls’ schooling – but have found a new generation ready to fight for the right to study Banned by the Taliban: the Afghan girls fighting to go to school – video When the Taliban reached Parveen Tokhi’s

MoHE Urges Professors to Return to Afghanistan

TOLOnews  10Feb 2022 Based on the reports, at least 229 lecturers with master’s degrees and PHDs from Kabul, Balkh and Herat universities fled the country. The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in a statement on Thursday called on Afghan university lecturers who left the country, to return to Afghanistan. The ministry assured its full support

USAID Resumes ‘Off-Budget’ Activities in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Feb 2022 Meanwhile, Kabul welcomed international aid in the country. The office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a tweet that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has resumed some “off-budget” activities to help the Afghan people. “Last quarter, State Dept and USAID told

Afghan refugees in UAE protest at halt to U.S. relocation process

By Alexander Cornwell Reuters 10 Feb 2022 Afghan children hold banners during a protest over lenghty U.S. relocation process, at a Gulf facility where they have been housed since fleeing their homeland last year, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 10, 2022 in this picture obtained from social media. Rise to Peace/via REUTERS DUBAI,

COVID surge batters Afghanistan’s crumbling healthcare

Al Jazeera Published On 10 Feb 2022 Between January 30 and February 5, nearly half of the total samples tested in Afghanistan were positive for COVID-19. Only five hospitals in Afghanistan still offer COVID-19 treatment, with 33 others having been forced to close in recent months for lack of doctors, medicines and even heating. This

WHO chief, Taliban discuss ‘dire’ Afghan health crisis

Al Jazeera 9 Feb 2022 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met the Taliban health minister who is part of Taliban delegation currently visiting Switzerland. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday he had met the health minister in the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan for talks on the “dire” health and humanitarian crisis in

CENTCOM needs more resources to counter Afghanistan terror threat: nominee

By Leo Shane III Military Times  Feb 8, 12:08 PM Nominated to run U.S. Central Command, Lt. Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps, testified Tuesday at his Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrea Notter, 40th Public Affairs Detachment) Military leaders need to invest more in intelligence capabilities —

‘We are happy to fight you’: tensions rise on Afghan-Pakistani border

Shah Meer Baloch in Karachi The Guardian Wed 9 Feb 2022 Five Pakistani soldiers killed as Taliban-led Afghanistan resists cooperation with Islamabad A Taliban fighter in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images The Pakistani-Afghan border, running along Britain’s colonial-era Durand Line, is a centre of the increasing tensions between Islamabad and the

Al-Qaeda, Daesh “Reconstituting” in Afghanistan: US General

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Feb 2022 The UN Security Council in a recent report raised concerns over the reconstitution of foreign “terrorist groups” in Afghanistan. The nominee to head the US Central Command, Gen. Michael Michael Erik Kurilla, warned that the al-Qaeda and Daesh groups are “reconstituting” in Afghanistan. However, the Islamic Emirate denied the

Documents reveal U.S. military’s frustration with White House, diplomats over Afghanistan evacuation

By Dan Lamothe Alex Horton The Washington Post  9 February 2022 U.S. troops stand guard on Aug. 20 near Hamid Karzai International Airport, where thousands of Afghans converged after the Taliban takeover in hopes of fleeing the country. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) Senior White House and State Department officials failed to grasp the Taliban’s steady advance

Faced with disappearances, beatings and intimidation, Afghanistan’s women’s rights activists go quiet on the streets

By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post 9 Feb 2022 Afghan women chant slogans and hold banners during a women’s rights protest in Kabul on Jan. 16. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) KABUL — It had been six days since the two women’s rights activists were abducted. Now, Taliban fighters were on Masooma Hemmat’s street, searching for her.

Ex-UK Defense Chief Suggests Recognition of Islamic Emirate

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Feb 2022 These remarks come as no country has officially recognized the Islamic Emirate as a government since it came to power in August. The former UK defense chief David Richards recently suggested that the West recognize the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. Interviewing with the BBC, General Sir David Richards said

Dispute Over Afghanistan’s Seat at UN Continue

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Feb 2022 After the collapse of the republic government, the Islamic Emirate announced that Suhail Shaheen would represent Afghanistan in the UN. Naseer Ahmad Faiq, Chargé d’affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the United Nations said corrupt officials of the collapsed government are attempting to stifle his voice to prevent him

Afghanistan: What humanitarian aid is getting in?

By Shruti Menon BBC 7 Feb 2022 IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES The worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has left over 20 million people in need of assistance, the UN says. Many countries suspended or significantly cut funding to Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in August 2021. Last month, the UN launched what it said was the

Humanitarian aid on agenda as Taliban officials land in Geneva

Al Jazeera 8 Feb 2022 The delegation from Afghanistan’s new rulers is due to hold talks with the Red Cross and other non-governmental organisations. A Taliban delegation is in Geneva for talks with Swiss officials and NGOs on humanitarian access and human rights, Switzerland’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The delegation from Afghanistan’s new rulers is due

Kabul Denies UN Report of Foreign Groups in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 7 Feb 2922 The Islamic Emirate denied the UN report, saying it has implemented its commitments laid out in the Doha Agreement. The Islamic Emirate on Monday rejected a report by the United Nations Security Council Monitoring Team which said that following the political change in Afghanistan, foreign insurgent groups enjoy greater

Intl Reactions Mount Over Missing Afghan Women Activists

Madina Morwat Tolo News 7 Feb 2022 At the same time, a number of Afghan women claim that the Islamic Emirate asks women not to attend protests after releasing them. The European Union, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, and UNAMA have communicated serious concern over the fate of Afghan women activists who disappeared after participating in

Khan, Xi Call for Release of Afghan Bank Assets

 TOLOnews TV Network 7 Feb 2022 Pakistan and China have called for the release of Afghan bank assets to improve the humanitarian situation in the country. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who was invited to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games 2022, met with China’s President Xi Jinping and discussed a

Afghanistan’s Health Care System Is Collapsing Under Stress

By David Zucchino and Safiullah Padshah Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Feb. 6, 2022 Hospitals and clinics are struggling to hold up amid a cash shortage and a vast surge of malnutrition and disease. By one estimate, 90 percent may close in the next few months.  KABUL, Afghanistan — Amena, 7 months old, lay silently

Islamic Emirate Welcomes Return of Afghan Pilots

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 6 Feb 2022 In the meantime, Anas Haqqani, a high member of the Islamic Emirate, welcomed the return of Afghan pilots on Twitter. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday announced that five Afghan air force pilots who left Afghanistan after the republic government’s collapse, have returned to the country and

UN Official: Aid Will Continue Despite Political Obstacles

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 6 Feb 2022 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy said it has finalized a scheme for the transparent distribution of aid to the people who are in need.  A senior UN official for Afghanistan pledged that humanitarian assistance to the people will continue, regardless of politics.  Talking at a joint press conference,

Five Pakistan soldiers killed in attack from Afghanistan, military says

Saud Mehsud Reuters February 6, 2022 DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Militants firing from inside Afghanistan killed at least five Pakistani soldiers at a border post in northwestern Kurram district on Sunday, the Pakistan military said, the second such attack since Taliban militants took over Kabul in August. The army said it

RSF: Afghan Journalists Face Increasing ‘Harassment’

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Feb 2022 The Islamic Emirate is committed to press freedom, spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Friday said journalists and media workers in Afghanistan are facing increasing ‘harassment’ from the intelligence department and are under pressure from the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of

Over 1 Million Afghans Migrated in Past 4 Months: Report

Wahida Hassan Tolo News 5 Feb 2022 The Islamic Emirate said efforts are underway to tackle the economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. More than one million Afghans have migrated over the past four months, the New York Times reported. Most of the migrants crossed border areas into Iran and Pakistan The head of a

Muttaqi: ‘Progress’ Being Made Toward Intl Recognition

Zabi Aqeel Tolo News 4 Feb 2022 Muttaqi further said the international community is seeking to interact with the Islamic Emirate politically. Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting foreign minister, said the Islamic Emirate is gaining progress toward gaining international recognition. In an interview with AFP, Muttaqi said talks with other countries are taking place. “On the

Lone ISIS Bomber Carried Out Attack at Kabul Airport, Pentagon Says

By Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper The New York Times Feb. 4, 2022, 1:55 p.m. ET The suicide bombing killed as many as 170 civilians and 13 U.S. troops in the final days of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. Victims of a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, arrived at a hospital in August.Credit…Victor J. Blue

Over 300 Media Outlets Shut Down in Past 6 Months

Madina Morwat Tolo News 4 Feb 2022 The IFJ in a report on Thursday expressed concerns over the status of Afghan media community. At least 318 media outlets have closed since the fall of the Western-backed government in 33 of 34 provinces in Afghanistan, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said.   The IFJ in

Calls Mount For Answers Over Missing Women Activists

Madina Morwat Tolo News 4 Feb 2022 Some women’s rights activists called on the international community to take serious steps to release of the detained female activists. Reports of a second instance of missing women rights’ activists–two more were allegedly abducted this week–have sparked international reactions, with many public figures and organizations demanding information about

UN Cannot Access Aid Money in Afghan Banks: UNDP

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 4 Feb 2022 Economists said that the company that is responsible for printing Afghan banknotes has not done so due to the recent political changes in Afghanistan. The UN organizations are unable to use their funds–in US dollars–currently in accounts at Da Afghanistan Bank, because they cannot be converted into Afghan

U.N. has millions in Afghanistan bank, but cannot use it

By Michelle Nichols Reuters February 3, 2022 Afghans walk past a Humvee with a Taliban fighter on it guarding the road in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara UNITED NATIONS, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The United Nations has about $135 million in the bank in Afghanistan but is unable to use it because the

U.S. faces snags in bid to speed up at-risk Afghan evacuations

By Jonathan Landay and Ted Hesson Reuters 4 February 2022 Afghan evacuee children participate in social and emotional art initiatives run by Mural Arts after arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A lack of flights and the search for a new U.S.

A popular Uzbek commander fought for the Taliban for more than two decades. He was arrested anyway.

By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post February 1, 2022 at 4:00 a.m. EST Ehsanullah Toufan, right, an Uzbek commander of a Taliban base in Maimana and a close friend of Makhdoom Alam’s, inspects a line of American Humvees the Taliban had seized from former Afghan government forces, in Maimana, Afghanistan. (Sudarsan Raghavan/The Washington Post) MAIMANA,

Afghan universities reopen with strict rules for female students

Rukhshana Media, reporter in Kandahar, translated by Hikmat Noori The Guardian Thu 3 Feb 2022 09.23 EST Women required to attend separate classes and follow dress code at facilities in Kandahar and Helmand as they restart classes for first time since Taliban takeover Students at Kandahar University said they were not optimistic about the future

Direct Flights Between Kabul-Qatar Begin

Afghanistan Times 3 February 2022   The Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation Authority said that it has reached an agreement to begin direct flights between Kabul and Doha. The ministry said that based on a mutual agreement the Afghan and Qatari airlines will be conducting flights to Doha-Kabul each week. “The Islamic Emirate and

EU Must Not Recognize Govt While Afghan Women Restricted: VP

By TOLOnews TV Network 3 Feb 2022 The European Parliament hosted a two-day summit on Afghan women on February 1-2. The vice-president of the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala, said that European countries do not want to be in the situation of recognizing the current Afghan government before changes have been made in the lives of

Afghanistan Faces “Tsunami of Hunger”: SIGAR

TOLOnews TV Network 3 Feb 2022 SIGAR released its fifty-fourth quarterly report to the US Congress examining the $145.87 billion reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.  Over half of Afghanistan’s population is facing a “tsunami of hunger,” the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported, citing numbers from UN World Food Programme.   SIGAR released its fifty-fourth

Afghanistan: Taliban accused over abducted women’s rights protester

By Yogita Limaye BBC News, Kabul 3 Feb 2022 IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES The Taliban have allegedly taken a woman from her home by force after she participated in protests in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Mursal Ayar was arrested in the city on Wednesday, a source told the BBC, after she took part in rallies demanding

US gives global banks the OK to transfer aid funds to Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 2 Feb 2022 Aid groups can pay teachers and other workers at state-run agencies without fear of breaching sanctions on the Taliban. International banks can transfer money to Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes, and aid groups are allowed to pay teachers and healthcare workers at state-run institutions without fear of breaching sanctions on the

In freezing Afghanistan, aid workers rush to save millions

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 2 Feb 2022 Gulnaz, left, keep her 18-month-old son warm themselves as they wait for alms in the Kabul – Pul-e-Alam highway eastern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. The Taliban’s sweep to power in Afghanistan in August drove billions of dollars in international assistance out of the country and sent

Over a Million Flee as Afghanistan’s Economy Collapses

By Christina Goldbaum and Yaqoob Akbary Photographs by Kiana Hayeri The New York Times Feb. 2, 2022 Thousands of Afghans are trying to sneak into Iran and Pakistan each day, as incomes have dried up and life-threatening hunger has become widespread. ANJ, Afghanistan — From their hide-out in the desert ravine, the migrants could just make out the white

European Parliament Gives Center Stage to Afghan Women

By Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 2 Feb 2022 The EU Parliament president said respect for human rights is a condition for engagement with the Islamic Emirate. The European Parliament is holding a two-day conference and a series of events to discuss the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan since the political change in the

Living hell’: Australia urged to ramp up Afghanistan aid as humanitarian crisis unfolds

Daniel Hurst  Foreign affairs and defence correspondent The Guardian Tue 1 Feb 2022  Senators told 13.1 million children need help now and 95% of Afghans could be living in poverty by the middle of the year People reach out to receive bread in Kabul. Aid workers are warning that 22.8 million people in Afghanistan are

Abducted Afghan journalists released, employer says

Reuters February 2, 2022 KABUL, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Two Afghan journalists who disappeared this week have been released, their employer said on Wednesday, after the United Nations called on the Taliban to provide information on their whereabouts. Two reporters for broadcaster Ariana News were taken by unknown abductors on Monday, according to their news

Afghan universities reopen with small number of women attending

Al Jazeera Published On 2 Feb 2022 The Taliban has imposed many restrictions on women, but says it has no objection to education for women. Some public universities have opened in Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban seized power in August, with a trickle of women attending classes. Most secondary schools for girls

Russia Willing to Host Afghan Talks Between Kabul, ‘Opposition’

TOLOnews 1 Feb 2022 Recently Norway hosted meetings between a delegation of the Islamic Emirate and Afghan women and as well as representatives of several countries in Oslo. The Russian envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said that his country is ready to receive delegates of both Afghanistan’s authorities and opposition forces, in case they are

Afghanistan: more than 100 believed killed despite Taliban amnesty offer, says UN

Associated Press 30 Jan 2022 Extrajudicial killings allegedly carried out despite Taliban assurances of safety for those linked to previous leadership or foreign forces Taliban fighters patrol a Kabul street. The UN says allegations the Taliban killed scores affiliated with Afghanistan’s ex-government came as attacks on human rights defenders and media workers there continue. Photograph:

Qatar reaches deal with Taliban to resume evacuations – Axios

By Reuters Staff February 1, 2022 (Reuters) – Qatar has reached an agreement with the Taliban to resume chartered evacuations out of Kabul airport, the Axios news website reported on Tuesday citing an interview with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The agreement was for two flights per week, chartered by Qatar

U.N. urges Taliban to release information about missing journalists

By Reuters Staff 1 Feb 2022 KABUL (Reuters) – The United Nation’s mission to Afghanistan on Tuesday called on the Taliban administration to release details on the detention of two Afghan journalists who disappeared the previous day. A Taliban administration spokesman, Bilal Karimi, said it was investigating the men’s abduction and denied they had been

After Oslo talks, what’s next for Afghanistan?

By Asad Hashim and Mohsin Khan Momand Al Jazeera Published On 31 Jan 2022 Analysts say talks between Taliban and US and European officials imply a ‘de facto’ recognition of the Taliban government. Kabul, Afghanistan/Islamabad, Pakistan – A week after Taliban and senior US and European officials held talks in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, the main outcome appears to be promises

Afghan evacuation flights to resume with streamlined process

James R. Webb Military Times  Jan 27, 11:34 AM An Afghan woman holds her children as she waits for a consultation outside a makeshift clinic at a sprawling settlement of mud brick huts housing those displaced by war and drought near Herat, Afghanistan, Dec. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov) After a nearly two-month pause, evacuation flights from Afghanistan to

Ex-UN Envoy Keating Warns Afghan Crisis Could Become ‘Chronic’

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 29 Jan 2022 Keating said the Islamic Emirate should be involved in the process for addressing the economic crises in the country. The former UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Michael Keating, on Friday warned that if the international community abandons Afghanistan, there will not only be humanitarian consequences, but also

Aid Will Be Wasted If Not Directly Received by Needy: Sopko

Madina Morwat Tolo News 29 Jan 2022 Islamic Emirate said the Afghan bank assets should be freed to address the economic challenges. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, said the aid pledged by the international community to the people of Afghanistan will be wasted unless the assistance is delivered directly to

Pakistan NSA Meets With Afghan Officials in Kabul

TOLOnews TV Network TODAY – 6:51 PM 29 Jan 2022 Moeed is the third senior Pakistan official visiting Afghanistan since the Islamic Emirate swept into power. The Pakistan National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf and his accompanying delegation in Kabul on Saturday held talks on a range of issues with officials of the Islamic Emirate. The

On Patrol: 12 Days With a Taliban Police Unit in Kabul

Victor J. Blue, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Safiullah Padshah Photographs by Victor J. Blue The New York Times Jan. 29, 2022 Tasked with guarding a Shiite shrine, a police unit offers a telling snapshot of the Taliban’s rank-and-file fighters and the challenges Afghanistan’s rulers face in governing a diverse nation. KABUL, Afghanistan — A young Taliban fighter with a

US-Europe Joint Statement Issued After Oslo Talks

By TOLOnews TV Network 28 Jan 2022 Based on the facts shared in the statement, the representatives of the countries said that these meetings are not a sign of recognition. Western participants of the Oslo summit who met with representatives of the Islamic Emirate as well as with representatives of Afghan civil society issued a

Afghans Welcome Call to Freeze Assets of Corrupt Ex-Officials

TOLOnews TV Network 28 Jan 2022 Political analysts also criticized the corrupt Afghan officials who fled the country after the fall of the Republican government. Ctizens praised the proposal of the chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan mission to the United Nations who called for the freezing of Afghan assets illegally transferred to the accounts of

UN Launches Engagement Framework to Help Afghans

By Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 27 Jan 2022 UN teams in Afghanistan have launched a new engagement framework aimed to sustain services and preserve systems. The United Nation has launched a Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF) for Afghanistan to save lives and help the people of Afghanistan in 2022 through sustaining essential services and preserving essential community

Western diplomats seek urgent aid for Afghanistan, assurances on girls’ education

Reuters January 27, 2022 United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gestures as he attends a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo OSLO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Western diplomats said on Thursday they would expand their Afghan relief operations while continuing to pressure the country’s Islamist Taliban rulers to respect human rights

Lives of LGBTQ+ Afghans ‘dramatically worse’ under Taliban rule, finds survey

Ruchi Kumar The Guardian Wed 26 Jan 2022  Members of the Turkish LGBTQ+ community hold rainbow flags during a solidarity protest action in Ankara. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images Human Rights Watch reports cases of mob attacks, gang-rape and death threats, with LGBTQ+ people living in fear and unable to flee. The lives of LGBTQ+ people in Afghanistan have

Muttaqi Says Oslo Talks Were Important for Extending Ties

TOLOnews TV Network 26 Jan 2022 Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere called the talks “serious” and “genuine, clarifying that such meetings were “no act of recognition.”   Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi said that the talks in Oslo were important for the extension of diplomatic relations between the Islamic Emirate and the

Media Outlets Prevented From Holding Conference in Kabul

By TOLOnews TV Network 26 Jan 2022 The Afghanistan Journalist Center in a statement said the conference was going to be attended by 11 representatives from different media organizations. The Islamic Emirate prevented media outlets from holding a press conference over concerns about the status of media in Afghanistan, said officers from various media organizations. 

Norwegian Official Calls for Girl’s Access to Education

Toba Walizada, Tolo News 26 Jan 2022 A participant at the intra-Afghan dialogue said that the Islamic Emirate’s delegation promised to allow girl’s access to education. The head of the Norwegian Refugee Council speaking to reporters stressed the need for girls’ access to education in Afghanistan after his meeting with the delegation of the Islamic

U.N. chief tells Security Council: Afghanistan ‘hanging by thread’

By Michelle Nichols and Jonathan Landay Reuters January 26, 2022 United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gestures as he attends a news conference at the end of his visit to Lebanon, in Beirut, Lebanon December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is “hanging by a thread,” with millions suffering extreme hunger, education and

In Afghanistan, Taliban diktat sparks debate about women’s attire

By Arwa Ibrahim and Mohsin Khan Momand Al Jazeera Published On 26 Jan 2022 Some Afghan women have protested the imposition of a dress code while others say the Taliban should focus on more pressing issues. Kabul, Afghanistan – Many Afghan women in the capital Kabul have protested against a poster campaign launched by the Taliban, encouraging women to

C.I.A.-Backed Afghan Fighters Are Still Waiting to Reach U.S.

By Julian E. Barnes, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Charlie Savage The New York Times Jan. 25, 2022, Updated 12:23 p.m. ET Commandos who played a key role in helping American forces are waiting for visas in the United Arab Emirates, and are among the last of the evacuated Afghans to get a chance to reach the United States. Thousands of

Women Submit Demands to Kabul Delegates, Intl Envoys

Madina Morwat Tolo News 25 Jan 2022 At the same time, Amir Khan Muttaqi told reporters that the Islamic Emirate will inquire about the disappearance of female activists in Kabul. On the second day of the Oslo meetings, Afghan women’s rights activists submitted a paper that includes Afghan women’s demands to the Islamic Emirate’s delegation

ADB Approves $405M in Grants for Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 25 Jan 2022 The ADB said that it is part of immediate humanitarian support in response to the unprecedented crisis in Afghanistan.  The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on January 25 that it has approved $405 million in grants to support food security and help sustain the delivery of essential health and

Afghan Girls Must Return to School in Spring: Karzai

TOLOnews TV Network 25 Jan 2022 Karzai says the right to be educated and to work has been granted by Islam to women and should not be compromised. Former president Hamid Karzai said Afghan girls must return to schools and women must be allowed to work, and he emphasized there must be no compromise in

Afghanistan’s Health System ‘Seriously Under Threat’: WHO

Madina Morwat Tolo News 25 Jan 2022 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health says it is working to attract more global aid to Afghanistan in the health sector. The World Health Organization (WHO) once again expressed concerns over the collapse of the health system of Afghanistan, adding that if urgent steps are not taken, the system

Threatened and Beaten, Afghan Women Defy Taliban With Protests

By David Zucchino and Yaqoob Akbary The New York Times Jan. 25, 2022 The Taliban have begun cracking down harder as women insist on their rights and as Western governments call for reforms. Protesting for women’s rights under the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, in October.Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — On a

Change to aid rules needed to prevent famine in Afghanistan, say UK experts

Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor The Guardian Sun 23 Jan 2022  Former security and diplomatic chiefs warn that country is at risk of economic collapse as Taliban begin talks in Norway Taliban representatives arrive at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport for talks with western officials on human rights and emergency aid. Photograph: Terje Bendiksby/NTB/AFP/Getty Images Afghanistan can only be

Reports Uncertain About Mullah Baradar’s Trip to Moscow

TOLOnews TV Network 24 Jan 2022 The ex-Intelligence chief of the former government claimed that the First Deputy of the Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and acting Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob have traveled to Moscow.   Rahmatullah Nabil, former chief of National Directorate of Security made the remarks on Twitter. “While Mullah (Amir Khan)

Taliban, Western officials meet in Oslo to discuss Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 24 Jan 2022 After ‘a positive icebreaking meeting’ with Afghan activists, the group holds talks with Western officials. Taliban and Western diplomats are holding a meeting outside Norway’s capital Oslo for talks focused on Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, which has escalated drastically since last August when the Taliban stormed back to power 20 years after being

Afghanistan faces widespread hunger amid worsening humanitarian crisis

By Ruby Mellen and Júlia Ledur The Washington Post 24 January 2022 At Kandahar’s Mirwais Hospital, the pediatrics ward is filled with skeletal babies suffering from acute malnutrition. As many as five children are in each bed. Others are sprawled on the floor. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post) Widespread hunger, a crippled economy and

Relations Depend on Islamic Emirate Behavior: West

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 22 Jan 2022 The Islamic Emirate meanwhile said it wants good relations with all the countries.  The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that no timeline has been set for the recognition of the Islamic Emirate, and emphasized that normalization of relations between Kabul and the world depends on

Recognition Requires Respect for Human Rights: UN Chief

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 22 Jan 2022 Guterres said the Islamic Emirate should respect human rights for the sake of recognition and international support. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres laying out his priorities for 2022 at the General Assembly in New York on Friday also touched upon the issue of Afghanistan and human rights

Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 20 Jan 2022 FILE – Women and teachers demonstrate inside a private school to demand their rights and equal education for women and girls, during a gathering for National Teachers Day, at a private school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahmad Halabisaz, File) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The

Afghanistan’s Assets Should Be Released: US Reps.

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 21 Jan 2022 They said that helping the Afghans is not only a moral responsibility of the United States, but also contributes to the security of the United States. Three members of the US House of Representatives of the United States have issued a letter to President Biden urging him to

Turkey, Qatar Reach Preliminary Agreement on Kabul Airport

Tamim Shaheer Tolo News 21 Jan 2022 The ministry said that a technical team of the ministry is expected to travel to Qatar to continue negotiations next week. The governments of Turkey and Qatar have reached a preliminary deal over running the Kabul airport operations, Reuters reported quoting Turkish diplomatic sources.   The Ministry of

‘Dishonourable’: report says Afghans left behind ‘at high risk of brutal reprisals’ due to links with Australia

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent The Guardian Thu 20 Jan 2022 Senate inquiry finds August evacuation ‘heroic’ but delay in getting people out earlier meant some local staff reportedly ‘injured or killed by the Taliban’ Australia’s last-ditch evacuation mission – launched days after Kabul fell to the Taliban – lifted 4,168 people out

European Union re-establishes physical presence in Afghanistan -spokesman

Reuters January 21, 2022 EU flags flutter in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo KABUL/BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The European Union said on Friday it was re-establishing a physical presence in Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes, but stressed it was not formally recognising the Taliban-led administration.

Taliban delegation to hold humanitarian talks in Norway

Al Jazeera 21 Jan 2022 Norway’s foreign minister stresses that the planned visit is not a ‘legitimisation or recognition of the Taliban’. A Taliban delegation will hold talks with Western officials in Oslo next week on human rights and humanitarian aid in their first official visit to the West since returning to power, the Norwegian

US releases video of Afghanistan drone strike that killed 10 civilians

Staff and agencies The Guardian Wed 19 Jan 2022 20.47 EST Pentagon declassifies footage from Kabul strike it defended but later admitted was an ‘honest mistake’ Deadly US drone strike in Kabul – video The Pentagon has declassified and publicly released video footage of a US drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in

Iran’s Raisi: Broad-Based Govt Only Solution for Afghanistan

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 20 Jan 2022 Raisi said the formation of an inclusive government will ensure a durable peace in Afghanistan. Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi says that stability and durable peace in Afghanistan requires the formation of an inclusive government in the country to address the challenges. Raisi made the remarks during his meeting

Donors at Summit Agreed Funds Should Be Released: Officials

By TOLOnews TV Network 20 Jan 2022 Some of the countries pledged to invest in mine extraction and agricultural development in Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate said it reached agreements with relevant stakeholders in four areas during Wednesday’s economic summit hosted by Kabul.     The Ministry of Finance said that the resumption of unfinished development projects,

Afghan women losing jobs fast as economy shrinks and rights curtailed

Reuters January 20, 2022 Women’s employment falls under the Taliban KABUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) – In a small tailoring workshop in Kabul, 29-year-old Afghan entrepreneur Sohaila Noori looks on as her dramatically reduced workforce of around 30 women sew scarves, dresses and baby clothes. A few months ago, before the hardline Islamist Taliban movement seized

Before Pullout, Watchdog Warned of Afghan Air Force Collapse

By Kathy Gannon Associated Press 18 Jan 2022 A-29 Super Tucano planes are on display during a handover from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission to the Afghan army at the military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File) KABUL, Afghanistan — Months before President Joe Biden announced the U.S.’s complete withdrawal

UN’s ILO Says Half Million Jobs Lost Since Former Govt’s Fall

TOLOnews TV Network 19 Jan 2022 Around 900,000 people likely to lose their jobs by mid-2022, ILO said. The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday in a “rapid assessment” on Afghanistan warned of increasing unemployment in the country.  According to ILO, since the fall of the former government in August, the rate of unemployment has

UN to Ask $8 Billion From Donors for Afghan Crisis: Lyons

By Tamim Shaheer Tolo News 19 Jan 2022 The Second Deputy of the Prime Minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, said that the Islamic Emirate would monitor the distribution of aid to vulnerable people. The UN top envoy in Afghanistan said that the organization is working on a proposal to urge donors to provide eight billion dollars in

Afghan acting PM calls for official recognition of Taliban administration

Reuters January 19, 2022 An Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan flag hangs over a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 19, 2021. Picture taken October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva KABUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s acting prime minister, Mullah Hasan Akhund, on Wednesday called for international governments to officially recognise the country’s Taliban administration, saying at a

Taliban arrests fighter who shot dead Hazara woman at checkpoint

Al Jazeera 19 Jan 2022 The Taliban says the fighter will be punished for ‘mistakenly’ killing 25-year-old Zainab Abdullahi, which has caused a public outcry. A Taliban fighter has been arrested for shooting dead a Hazara woman at a checkpoint in the Afghan capital as she returned from a wedding, a spokesman for the group

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. One technocrat from the former government is key to the Taliban’s efforts.

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post 19 Jan 2022 Nazir Kabiri, center, a career technocrat and Finance Ministry official, prays with Taliban officials at an aid conference in Kabul on Jan. 12, 2022. (Pamela Constable/The Washington Post) KABUL — Twenty years ago, Nazir Kabiri earned a master’s degree in economics on a Fulbright scholarship in

Public Universities to Open for 4th-Year Students: Official

TOLOnews TV Network 18 Jan 2022 Meanwhile, some of the students ask the Ministry of Higher Education to open the doors of public universities as soon as possible. Lutfullah Khairkhwa, deputy minister of Higher Education, said in a conference in Kabul that the fourth-year’s courses (semesters 7-8) of public universities will begin in the coming

Minister Orders Police to Stop Unauthorized Operations

Toba Walizada Tolo News 18 Jan 2022 He also ordered the release of people who are imprisoned in Kabul police districts who have not committed crimes. Acting Minister of Interior Sirajuddin Haqqani ordered Kabul police districts to avoid launching unauthorized operations and to not detain suspects or search people’s houses without consulting the ministry. Haqqani

‘Gunmen were looking for my mum’: daughter of Afghan ex-radio boss

As told to Emma Graham-Harrison Interview The Guardian 18 Jan 2022 Farkhunda says the Taliban used to ask her mother: ‘Why are you, a woman, running a radio station?’ Illustration: Guardian Design Farkhunda’s sister and two brothers have disabilities and left their wheelchairs behind when fleeing a Taliban raid Farkhunda’s* mother has run a feminist radio

Two Earthquakes Strike Afghanistan, Killing at Least 27

By David Zucchino and Sharif Hassan The New York Times Jan. 18, 2022 The quakes struck about two hours apart in a western border province along the border with Turkmenistan. A United States Geological Survey map showing the location of the earthquake.Credit…USGS KABUL, Afghanistan — Two earthquakes struck a remote, mountainous area of western Afghanistan, killing at

Islamic Emirate Deploys Around 2,500 Troops to Sar-e-Pul

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Jan 2022 The commander denied reports about the presence of Daesh fighters in the province and warned that they would prevent any attacks.  The Islamic Emirate deployed more than 2,500 troops to the northern province of Sar-e-Pul to provide security there.   “Over 1,500 Mujahedeen are settled in Squadron-3 and over 1,000

UN: Islamic Emirate Trying to ‘Erase’ Women From Public Life

Madina Morwat Tolo News 17 Jan 2022 The Islamic Emirate denies it has imposed any kind of restriction on women’s activities. A group of UN human rights experts warned on Monday against attempts to “steadily erase women and girls from public life,” the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said in

Cost for Afghan Refugees at Bases Reaches $688 Million, Pentagon Says

By Travis Tritten Military.com 13 Jan 2022| Afghan evacuees embrace before they board a bus and depart for the airport, January 10, 2022. The evacuees are leaving Fort Pickett on their way to resettle in various cities across the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Pearl) The military’s total cost for

‘We are struggling’: two former officials at Afghan women’s affairs ministry

As told to Emma Graham-Harrison The Guardian interview 16 Jan 2022 Activists Gul Bano and Karima are in hiding. Illustration: Guardian Design Gul Bano and Karima’s former offices are in the hands of the Taliban – and they fear for their lives Gul Bano* and Karima* are activists who ran provincial branches of the ministry of

Taliban forces pepper-spray women’s rights protesters in Kabul

Agence France-Presse in Kabul Sun 16 Jan 2022 13.10 EST One woman reportedly taken to hospital after protest calling for right to work and education is stopped Women’s rights protesters in Kabul on Sunday. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images Taliban forces have fired pepper spray at a group of women protesting in Afghanistan’s capital to demand rights

The AP Interview: Taliban pledge all girls in schools soon

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 15 Jan 2022 Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are aiming to restart education for girls and women by late March, the government’s chief spokesman told The Associated Press in an interview, offering

Detained Islamic Emirate Commander Brought to Kabul

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 16 Jan 2022 Makhdoom Alam, a local commander of the Islamic Emirate who was detained by the government, has been brought to Kabul, officials said.  Commander Makhdoom Alam, who was based in Faryab province, was arrested last Thursday in Balkh. The arrest of the commander sparked widespread demonstrations by residents in

Girls’ Schools May Open in New Solar Year: Mujahid

Madina Morwat Tolo News 16 Jan 2022 Female students said the Islamic Emirate must keep its promises to reopen schools.  The Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said authorities are hoping to be able to reopen all girls’ schools across the country in the new solar year which starts on March 21, and are working toward

Displaced Families Sell Children, Organs to Survive

Sayed Mohammad Aref Musavi TOLOnews Reporter 16 Jan 2022 These families were helped by a charity committee to stop them from selling the kids and kidneys.   Displaced families living in a camp in the capital city of Balkh province have sold their children and their kidneys for funds to survive.  The displaced families escaped

Moscow Offers to Facilitate Talks for Islamic Emirate

Madina Morwat Tolo News 14 Jan 2022 The international community has repeatedly voiced its dissatisfaction over the lack of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. The Russian Federation’s foreign ministry expressed readiness to mediate between the Islamic Emirate and its “opponents.”   The remarks were made by the Russian foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, in a press

UN Chief: Rules ‘Must Be Suspended’ for Funds to Reach Afghans

By Zabi Aqeel Tolo News 14 Jan 2022 The UN secretary general called on the Islamic Emirate leadership to recognize and protect fundamental human rights, and in particular the rights of women and girls. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the rules and conditions that prevent funds from being used to save Afghan lives must

Taliban rule through the eyes of four women in Afghanistan

Story by Loveday Morris and Ruby Mellen Illustrations by Roshi Rouzbehani The Washington Post Jan. 12, 2022 Portraits of fear and loss Nothing is truly the same in Afghanistan for many women whose lives were turned inside out last summer. The spaces that were once theirs in Kabul and other cities — classrooms, jobs, even the

The Taliban Have Staffing Issues. They Are Looking for Help in Pakistan.

By Zia ur-Rehman and Emily Schmall The New York Times Jan. 13, 2022, 5:00 a.m. ET Government jobs are given as patronage to ex-fighters and exiles living quietly in Pakistan. But not all possess the technical skills required for the job. Khyal Mohammad Ghayoor, center, working in his office at the traffic department in Kabul, Afghanistan, this month.Credit…Jim

Taliban propose joint body to coordinate distribution of foreign aid

Reuters January 13, 2022 An UNHCR worker pushes a wheelbarrow loaded with aid supplies for a displaced Afghan family outside a distribution center as a Taliban fighter secures the area on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo KABUL, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday proposed creating a

Afghanistan crisis: Taliban expands ‘food for work’ programme

BBC News 12 Jan 2022 Share IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES The Taliban has said it is expanding its “food for work” programme, in which donated wheat is used to pay tens of thousands of public sector workers. It comes as the United Nations (UN) has appealed for $4.4bn (£3.2bn) in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan. The UN

UN chief warns millions of Afghans are on ‘verge of death’

Al Jazeera Published On 13 Jan 2022 Antonio Guterres pleads with US, World Bank to unfreeze Afghanistan’s funds to avert an economic and social collapse. The United Nations chief has warned that millions of Afghans are on the “verge of death”, urging the international community to fund the UN’s $5bn humanitarian appeal, release Afghanistan’s frozen

Islamic Emirate Forces Ordered to Respect Privacy of Citizens

By Banafsha Binesh, Tolo News 13 Jan 2022 The Ministry of Vice and Virtue said in a statement that the violation of people’s personal privacy without a warrant is forbidden. The Islamic Emirate reiterated its orders to members to uphold people’s personal privacy. This followed numerous complaints of citizens over actions of the Islamic Emirate

U.N. Seeks Huge Aid Increase to Prevent ‘Catastrophe’ in Afghanistan

By Nick Cumming-Bruce The New York Times Jan. 11, 2022 The $5 billion appeal comes as a severe drought and the toll of decades of war have plunged three-quarters of the country’s population into acute poverty, according to the United Nations. A child suffering from severe malnutrition at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul,

Public Universities to Reopen, Female Students Included: Minister

By TOLOnews TV Network 12 Jan 2022 Some public university students said they have been living in uncertainty for the past six months since the Islamic Emirate closed the universities. The government will reopen public universities for male and female students soon, the Higher Education Minister said, without giving the exact date. Since the Islamic Emirate

Daughter Says Afghanistan’s Taliban Freed Prominent Critic Due to International, Domestic Pressure

Michael Lipin Voice of America January 12, 2022 In this photo provided to VOA by Hasina Jalal, her father Faizullah Jalal, an Afghan professor (3rd from right), is seen with friends outside of his Kabul home on Jan. 11, 2022, after his release from a 4-day detention by the Taliban. (Courtesy photo) WASHINGTON — A daughter

Iran calls for release of Afghan funds during Taliban envoy’s visit

Reuters January 10, 2022 KABUL, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The Taliban administration’s acting foreign minister travelled to Iran to meet with his Iranian counterpart, who called for Afghan financial assets blocked since the Taliban takeover to be released for humanitarian purposes. A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday the visit did not constitute

Muttaqi Meets Ismail Khan, Ahmad Massoud in Tehran

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Jan 2022 An Islamic Emirate delegation currently in Iran, led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, has met with Ahmad Massoud, leader of the Resistance Front, and Ismail Khan, the former governor of Herat province.   “Yes, we met with Ahmad Massoud, Commander Ismail Khan and other Afghans. We assured all

UN Official: Dialogue With Islamic Emirate ‘Important’

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 10 January 2022 The UN commissioner for refugees further said that Afghan women and girls must be allowed to attend schools, and minorities must be represented. Filippo Grandi, the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, told the Washington Post that it is important to maintain dialogue with the Islamic Emirate, saying that

India sends medicines to Afghanistan, wheat to follow

By ASHOK SHARMA Associated Press January 7, 2022 FILE- Afghan health ministry workers unloads boxes of the first shipment of 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine made by Serum Institute of India, donated by the Indian government, at the customs area of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

Millions of Afghan Children At Risk: Save the Children

Madina Morwat Tolo News 9 Jan 2022 Save the Children said that millions are hungry, out of school, displaced and face the threat of cold weather. Save the Children expressed grave concerns over the humanitarian crisis affecting Afghan children, saying the cold weather has greatly increased problems for the young in Afghanistan. Save the Children

Islamic Emirate, Iranian Officials Discuss Current Issues

Shirshah Rasooli, TODAY – 8:53 PM AFGHANISTAN The Islamic Emirate also said it has appointed new diplomats to six embassies of Afghanistan in the regional countries. The 26-member delegation of the Islamic Emirate held meetings with Iranian officials on political, economic, transit, security and trade issues, officials said on Sunday. Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan

Prominent Afghan professor arrested for criticising Taliban rule

Al Jazeera 9 Jan 2022 The arrest of Faizullah Jalal is stoking fears that the Taliban will reimpose harsh rules on freedom of speech. A prominent Afghan university professor and outspoken critic of the Taliban leadership has been arrested in Kabul. Faizullah Jalal, a longtime professor of law and political science at Kabul University, has

Taliban stop Afghan women from using bathhouses in northern provinces

Stefanie Glinski The Guardian Fri 7 Jan 2022 01.00 EST Decision to close public hammams – most people’s only chance for a warm wash – sparks anger in light of country’s mounting crises Men and boys at a hammam in Herat, Afghanistan. As well as providing washing facilities lacking in most homes, they allow Islamic

Taliban Pressing for Prisoner Swap With U.S.

By Lynne O’Donnell Foreign Policy January 6, 2022 The group wants to trade an American engineer abducted two years ago for an Afghan drug lord imprisoned in the U.S. A billboard depicting late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar (left) and late Afghan leader of the Haqqani network Jalaluddin Haqqani is seen along a road in Kabul

Aid Not Distributed Fairly, Say Kabul Residents

TOLOnews TV Network 6 Jan 2021 The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation denied the existence of corruption in the provision of aid to the people in need.   Residents of Kabul complained of “unfair distribution” of aid, saying that the aid was not provided to the vulnerable people who need it.   They also called

Ex-Military, Civil Leaders Should Return, Says Corps Commander

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Jan 2022 Earlier, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Islamic Emirate’s government intends to form a 100,000-member force. The commander of Al-Fath Corps in the north, Ataullah Omari, during a ceremony held in Samangan province urged all former military and civil leaders to return to Afghanistan. In a ceremony held to

UN Collects $1.5B to Avert Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Jan 2022 “Provision of winterization support, including cash and non-food items, is also under way in various parts of the country” Dujarric said. UN humanitarian agencies warned on Tuesday that a harsh winter in Afghanistan is aggravating already severe conditions that are challenging millions of Afghans across the country. The spokesperson

Afghanistan Has Become the World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

By Jane Ferguson The New Yorker January 5, 2022 Four months after the Biden Administration withdrew U.S. troops, more than twenty million Afghans are on the brink of famine. The millions of Afghans facing famine include malnourished mothers, children, and pregnant women.Photograph by Oriane Zerah / ABACA Press / ReutersI On a recent afternoon in

U.S. Military Focusing on ISIS Cell Behind Attack at Kabul Airport

By Eric Schmitt The New York Times Jan. 1, 2022 The suicide bomber who killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. troops, had been freed from prison by the Taliban days before the attack. Victims of a suicide attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, arrived at a hospital in August.Credit…Victor J. Blue for The

Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan

By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press December 31, 2021 SHEDAI CAMP, Afghanistan (AP) — In a sprawling settlement of mud brick huts in western Afghanistan housing people displaced by drought and war, a woman is fighting to save her daughter. Aziz Gul’s husband sold the 10-year-old girl into marriage without telling his wife, taking a down-payment

No Place for Ex-Officials in Cabinet: Mullah Baradar

TOLOnews TV Network 4 Jan 2022 Baradar said former government officials cannot be included in the Islamic Emirate because of their corrupt background. Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in an interview with Radio-Television of Afghanistan (RTA) on Monday said that the Islamic Emirate will not include members of the fallen republic government in its cabinet.   In

IOM Raises Alarm About Millions of Displaced Afghans

 TOLOnews 3 Jan 2022 Narmi is one of hundreds of thousands of displaced Afghans who are struggling with difficult conditions.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) expressed concerns over the large number of displaced people in Afghanistan and said that there are “664,000 newly displaced by conflict in 2021.”   “There are now an estimated

US Appoints Special Envoy for Afghan Women and Girls

Zabi Aqeel Tolo News 30 Dec 2021 The US State Department has appointed a special envoy and a senior advisor to focus on women’s and girls issues in Afghanistan. The US State Department on Wednesday appointed a special envoy and a senior advisor to support the department’s work on behalf of Afghan women, girls and

Afghan ex-President Ghani defends decision to flee the country

Al Jazeera 30 December 2021 Afghanistan’s former president says he had just minutes to decide to flee in the hours before the Taliban took control of the capital in August. Afghanistan’s former President Ashraf Ghani has said he had no choice but to abruptly leave Kabul as the Taliban closed in and denied an agreement

Taliban recruits flood into Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan as the group works to consolidate control

By Susannah George and Haq Nawaz Khan The Washington Post December 19, 2021 People wait to cross into Pakistan at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossing point in Spin Boldak on Nov. 3 after authorities reopened the border following nearly a month-long closure. (Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images) KABUL — Thousands of Taliban fighters and supporters have poured into

Taliban cracks down on more rights while demanding Western aid

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post 31 Dec 2021 Women must have male escorts on long taxi rides, and election commissions are shut down Women carry placards during a rally in Kabul to demand that the United States and the international community unfreeze the country’s assets on Dec. 29, 2021. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) KABUL — Even as

11 Years After Trying to Kill Each Other, a Marine and a Talib Meet Again

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times Dec. 29, 2021 A Times reporter who once served in the Marines returned to the site of a major battle in Afghanistan to see what’s changed since the Taliban took over — and to meet a commander he once fought. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, in red hat, interviewing Mullah Abdul

Blinken names former U.S. adviser Amiri as special envoy for Afghan women

By Jonathan Landay and Andrea Shalal Reuters 29 Dec 2021 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers year-end remarks for 2021 and holds a news conference with news media gathered at the U.S. State Department in Washington, U.S., December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday named

Special Report-Pilots detail chaotic collapse of the Afghan Air Force

By Phil Stewart Reuters 29 December 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hours before Kabul fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, the Afghan Air Force was melting down. Instead of unleashing air attacks against advancing insurgents, some airmen were fighting each other. At the Kabul airport, some Afghan Air Force personnel guarding the airfield tried to

OCCRP Lists Ghani Among ‘Most Corrupt’ People of 2021

By TOLOnews , 28 Dec 2021 OCCRP said Ghani deserved an award because he “deserted his people leaving them to misery and death.” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz are also on the final list of the most corrupt people of the year. Belarusian President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko

Afghan women call for rights, protest alleged Taliban killings

Al Jazeera 28 Dec 2021 Protesters say former soldiers and ex-employees of the overthrown government are ‘under direct threat’. A crowd of women has marched through the Afghan capital calling for women’s rights to be respected and accusing Taliban authorities of covertly killing soldiers who served the former United States-backed government. About 30 women gathered

An Afghan Official Laments What Was Lost and Looks to What Lies Ahead

By Carlotta Gall The New York Times Dec. 25, 2021 Ahmad Nader Nadery spent decades working toward a thriving, free Afghanistan. Watching the Taliban undo much of his work, he wonders how to move forward. Ahmad Nader Nadery, a former senior advisor to the president of Afghanistan, in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, in December.Credit…Ilvy Njiokiktjien for The

‘No need’: Taliban dissolves Afghanistan election commission

Al Jazeera 25 Dec 2021 Taliban government scraps the panel that supervised polls during the previous Western-backed administration. The Taliban has dissolved Afghanistan’s election commission, a panel that supervised polls during the previous Western-backed administration, says a spokesman for the government. “There is no need for these commissions to exist and operate,” spokesman Bilal Karimi

Anas Haqqani Calls on ‘Unqualified Officials’ to Step Down

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 27 December 2021 Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, called on the Afghans who fled the country to return home. A top member of the Islamic Emirate, Anas Haqqani, called on “unqualified officials” to step down from their positions and allow professional individuals to fill their posts. 

As Humanitarian Disaster Looms, U.S. Opens Door for More Afghanistan Aid

By Michael Crowley and Alan Rappeport The New York Times Dec. 23, 2021 The Treasury Department and the United Nations offered new protection for aid from sanctions meant to pressure the Taliban. Sacks of flour from a World Food Program convoy were unloaded in Afghanistan in October. The Treasury Department will make it easier for international organizations

US Treasury Issues 3 General Licenses to Assist Afghan Aid

By Zameer Safi Tolo News 23 Dec 2021 The new licenses also allow transactions involving members of the Islamic Emirate. The US Department of Treasury on Wednesday issued three General Licenses to facilitate the continued flow of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan from the international community and international organizations amid severe economic challenges in Afghanistan. This creates

UN Adopts Resolution Clearing Way for Aid to Afghanistan

By Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 23 Dec 2021 The UN adopted the US-proposed resolution paving the way for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday adopted a resolution which exempts humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan from sanctions and clears the path to bring basic vital support to millions of Afghans. The resolution

China Against US’s Afghan Sanction Exemption Plan at UN

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist21 Dec 2021 The US has said it is working with the UN to infuse liquidity into the Afghan economy. Amid the economic problems in Afghanistan and while the assets of Afghanistan’s central bank remain frozen, the Biden Administration is taking steps to help Afghanistan’s economy by aiding economic “liquidity” and humanitarian

Survey Finds 40% of Afghan Media Disappeared Since Taliban Takeover

Voice of America 22 Dec 2021, 05:36 GMT+10 A new survey finds that at least 40 percent of media outlets in Afghanistan have disappeared and more than 80 percent of women journalists lost their jobs since the Islamist Taliban seized control of the country in mid-August. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) conducted the study with its

Protesters in Kabul call for release of Afghanistan’s assets

Associated Press 20 December 2021 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kabul toward the shuttered U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, urging the release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets. Holding banners reading, “Let us eat” and “Give us our frozen money,” the protesters chanted slogans and marched down a central avenue, with

Hundreds queue for passports in bid to leave Afghanistan

Patrick Wintour and agencies The Guardian Sun 19 Dec 2021 08.49 EST Crowds brave sub-zero temperatures after Taliban announces it will resume issuing travel documents A Taliban fighter stands guard at a checkpoint as people queue to enter the passport office in Kabul on Sunday. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds of people have braved sub-zero temperatures

Pakistan warns of consequences from Afghan ‘economic meltdown’

Al Jazeera 19 Dec 2021 Pakistan hosts OIC meeting that aims to devise a mechanism for the international community to deliver aid to Afghanistan, despite sanctions. Member nations of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are holding a special meeting in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad to discuss solutions to address the humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Afghanistan. Envoys from

At an Abandoned American Base, a Notorious Prison Lies Empty

Photographs by David Guttenfelder Text by David Zucchino The New York Times Dec. 21, 2021 Taliban fighters now guard the prison at Bagram Air Base, which once held thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda members who were set free in August. On July 1, with little warning and no public ceremony, U.S. forces abandoned the sprawling Bagram Air

At Every Step, Afghans Coming to America Encounter Stumbling Blocks

By Lara Jakes The New York Times Published Dec. 19, 2021 U.S. officials concede that the system was unprepared. When he was approved for a special visa to immigrate to the United States, Arian Ali thought his luck was about to change. The Taliban had taken over Afghanistan, but he had a way out. Instead,

2021 ‘Hasn’t Been a Good Year’ for Afghan Women: HRW

 Madina Morwat Tolo News 21 Dec 2021 Barr also referred to the international community and said that it “didn’t do much” to protect Afghan women. The Human Rights Watch cited 2021 as an unfortunate year for women “mostly because of Afghanistan”.  The associate director of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, Heather Barr,

Afghan Taliban leaders appeal for help as migrant crisis looms

By Reuters Staff DECEMBER 18, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Senior Taliban officials appealed on Saturday for international help to combat a deepening economic crisis that has fuelled fears of another refugee exodus from Afghanistan. The comments, at a special meeting to mark the U.N.’s international migrants day, underlined the new Islamist Taliban government’s push to

Afghanistan’s tumbling currency compounds economic crisis

Al Jazeera 17 Dec 2021 The international community froze billions of dollars worth of Afghan assets abroad and stopped all international funding to the country after the Taliban takeover. The value of Afghanistan’s currency is tumbling, exacerbating an already severe economic crisis and deepening poverty in a country where more than half the population already

What if the Longest War Isn’t Over?

By Lauren Jackson The New York Times Dec. 18, 2021, 12:40 a.m. ET U.S. troops have left Afghanistan. But ongoing American influence is still shaping the country’s future. Children flying handmade plastic kites on a hillside graveyard overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan.Credit…David Guttenfelder for The New York Times The big idea: What if the longest war isn’t over?

Once a Symbol of U.S. Strength, an Afghan District Now Faces Dire Times

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Yaqoob Akbary Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Dec. 18, 2021 At the war’s end, residents of Marja are growing increasingly desperate for any kind of help, a frustration that has turned to anger that the international community has seemingly abandoned them. MARJA, Afghanistan — Haji Rozi Khan stood outside the gate

Govt Employees Protest Unpaid Wage in Kabul

By Husna Asifzada Tolo News 18 Dec 2021 Tens of employees of Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital and Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) stage two separate demonstrations in capital Kabul to criticize their long-awaited unpaid wage.   “I haven’t been paid for past six months. The payment of one and half month of term of

Afghanistan healthcare ‘on brink of collapse’ amid Omicron scare

Al Jazeera 16 December 2021 Doctors are bracing for more infections that they fear are inevitable with the new coronavirus variant. The diesel fuel needed to produce oxygen for coronavirus patients has run out. So have supplies of dozens of essential drugs. The staff, unpaid for months, still show up for work, but they are

Amnesty Intl Says ICC Must Probe All Sides in Afghan Conflict

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 15 Dec 2021 Amnesty International called on the ICC to probe the alleged war crimes committed by US and Afghan forces as well as others. Amnesty International in report released on Wednesday said that “repeated war crimes and relentless bloodshed” have marked the collapse of the former Afghan government, adding that

‘The Taliban say they’ll kill me if they find me’: a female reporter still on the run speaks out

by Anonymous The Guardian Wed 15 Dec 2021 We return to the story of a journalist forced to flee as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August. Unable to return home without putting at risk everyone she loves and hounded by threatening calls, she remains in hiding in the country four months on Iam an

Karzai ‘invited’ Taliban to stop chaos

The AP Interview By KATHY GANNON 15 December 2021 Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul , Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban didn’t take the Afghan capital — they were invited, says the man who issued

Taliban rule marked by killings, denial of women’s rights – UN

By Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge Reuters December 14, 2021 Summary U.N. rights office gives grim update on Afghanistan Says killings continue across the country, most by Taliban Decries Taliban recruitment of boys, curbs on women’s rights Families face severe poverty, reports of ‘sale of children’ Envoy of deposed govt denounces ‘total reversal’ of advances GENEVA, Dec 14

Kabul Welcomes US Humanitarian Assistance

Husna Asifzad Tolo News 15 Dec 2021 Considering the existing crisis in Afghanistan, political analysts said that the country was in grave need of aid.   The Islamic Emirate welcomed the US announcement  of providing one million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, adding to the $474 million dollars of humanitarian assistance that Washington had pledged

Thousands of Afghan allies, families still trapped under Taliban control

By Callie Patteson New York Post December 14, 2021 A burqa-clad woman walks by as Taliban insurgents patrol a street in Kabul, Afghanistan on Dec. 13, 2021.EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV Thousands of Afghans who assisted the United States government and military during the two-decade-long war against the Taliban are still stuck in the country — along with

The AP Interview: Taliban seek ties with US, other ex-foes

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 13 December 2021 The foreign minister in Afghanistan’s new Taliban-run Cabinet, Amir Khan Muttaqi speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Mutaqqi said Afghanistan’s new rulers are committed to education and jobs for girls and women, have learned lessons from their previous

Afghan central bank moves to stabilise collapsing currency

Al Jazeera 14 Dec 2021 Afghanistan’s central bank said on Tuesday that it was working to ensure the stability of the afghani, a day after the currency lost almost 12 percent of its value against the United States dollar in a matter of hours amid a deepening economic crisis and soaring inflation. The abrupt withdrawal

No Plans for Release of Afghan Assets: Psaki

By Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 14 Dec 2021 The White House said there is no plan in place for releasing the frozen Afghan assets. The US White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said there are no immediate plans to release Afghanistan’s central bank assets, which were frozen following the collapse of the former

As evacuations from Afghanistan slow to a trickle, some ‘at risk’ allies may face long road to the United States

By Karen DeYoung and Missy Ryan The Washington Post 13 Dec 2021 Aircrew members assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron help evacuees board a U.S. Air Force plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in August. (Taylor Crul/U.S. Air Force/Associated Press) When desperate Afghans fought their way into Kabul’s international airport during the last

Afghan health system ‘close to collapse due to sanctions on Taliban’

Peter Beaumont The Guardian Mon 13 Dec 2021 08.52 EST Health experts issue dire warning as staff go unpaid and medical facilities lack basic items to treat patients A is attached to an oxygen tank at a hopsital in Kabul. One expert said the country’s Covid-19 response had almost ground to a halt. Photograph: Anadolu

Kabul passport office head urges patience as anxious crowds keep gathering

By Reuters Staff December 13, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – The head of the Kabul Passport Office has asked for patience from thousands of Afghans waiting for documents that would let them leave the country as large crowds continue to gather outside, a month after the office suspended operations. As winter closes in and economic crisis

No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Strike, Pentagon Chief Decides

By Eric Schmitt The New York Times Dec. 14, 2021 The military initially defended the August strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, in the days afterward, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake. A relative looks at the damage after after a U.S. drone strike killed 10 civilians in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August.

Banned From School, Afghan Girls Gather in Homes to Learn

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 13 Dec 2021 The Associated Press reported that women teachers were meeting at unknown locations in Kabul and teaching girls inside homes. Schools in Afghanistan remain off-limits to many girls between grades 7 and 12, but some girls have continued their lessons at home.   The Associated Press reported that women

80 Daesh Members Surrender in Nangarhar: Officials

By TOLOnews TV Network 12 Dec 2021 At least 80 Daesh members surrendered to the Islamic Emirate in Nangarhar province, the provincial media relations department said on Sunday. According to the department, the Daesh members surrendered to the Islamic Emirate through the mediation of tribal elders. Dr. Bashir, director of intelligence for Nangarhar province, said

Inside the Fall of Kabul

By Matthieu Aikins Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Magazine December 12, 2021 This is the story of why it happened and what came after — by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all. Part 1 The Withdrawal After dark on a mild July evening, I made my way through a heavily fortified

U.S. formalizes guidance allowing personal remittances to flow to Afghanistan

By Daphne Psaledakis and Jonathan Landay Reuters December 10, 202 A crowd gathers around a makeshift wrestling arena at the cricket field in Kabul, Afghanistan October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday formalized guidance allowing personal remittances to flow to Afghanistan, providing protection to senders and financial institutions from

Donors back $280m fund transfer to help avert Afghan famine

Al Jazeera 11 Dec 2021 World Bank-administered fund will give $180m to the World Food Program for food aid and $100m to UNICEF for health services. International donors have agreed to transfer $280m from a frozen trust fund to the World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF to support nutrition and health in Afghanistan, the World

ICRC Paying Health Worker Salaries, Buying Equipment

Giti Rahimi Tolo News 11 Dec 2021 The ICRC has pledged to provide financial support to various health centers in Afghanistan. The International Committee of the Red Cross is paying the salaries of 6,000 medical employees and provide medical equipment for at least 23 public hospitals, an official said.  “The ICRC is working to remove

UN Will Not Abandon People of Afghanistan: DiCarlo

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 10 Dec 2021 DiCarlo said the UN will continue supporting the efforts of Afghans toward an inclusive and just society. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, concluding a three-day visit to Afghanistan, said the UN will not abandon the people of Afghanistan and will support their efforts

Moscow Calls for Release of Afghan Assets

Madina Morwat Tolo News 10 Dec 2021 Pakistan’s PM Khan blamed the Afghan crisis on the freezing of Afghan funds. On Thursday the Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that Moscow supports the decision of the World Bank to release $280 million of the frozen Afghan assets, but that all the assets should be

US commander: Al-Qaida numbers in Afghanistan up ‘slightly’

By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press  Dec 9, 2021 A boy pushes a wheelbarrow with canisters and his younger brother, on their way to collect water from a stagnant pool, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from their home in Kamar Kalagh village outside Herat, Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Petros Giannakouris/AP) The al-Qaida extremist

ICC prosecutor defends war crimes probe of Afghanistan’s Taliban

By Stephanie van den Berg Reuters December 9, 2021 A Taliban fighter displays their flag as his comrade watches, at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra THE HAGUE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Thursday denied bowing to political pressure when he decided to focus an

ICG Warns of Mass Starvation in Afghanistan

By Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 9 Dec 2021 Intl Crisis Group says both the Islamic Emirate and donors are responsible for the current humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The International Crisis Group (ICG) in a newly published report said that if the international community does not scale up economic support, more Afghans may die of hunger

34,000 Afghan refugees remain on seven military bases in the US three months after evacuation mission

BY CAITLIN DOORNBOS STARS AND STRIPES DECEMBER 6, 2021 An Afghan girl carries oranges in Liberty Village on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Nov. 8, 2021. The Defense Department is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for Afghan evacuees at military bases in the U.S. (Matt Hecht/U.S. Air National Guard) WASHINGTON —

Students, Teachers Call On Govt to Open Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 7 December 2021 After the collapse of former government, schoolgirls from grade 7 to 12 have been allowed to continue their studies in eight provinces of Afghanistan. Several school-aged girls in the northeastern province of Kunar have called for the reopening of schools for girls grades 7-12 in the province. They urged

British whistleblower details ‘chaotic’ and ‘dysfunctional’ Afghanistan evacuation that ignored the pleas of thousands

By Karla Adam and Ellen Francis The Washington Post 7 Dec 2021 Evacuees from Afghanistan disembark from a British Royal Air Force plane on Aug. 24, 2021. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) Thousands of emails from Afghans pleading for Britain’s help went unread in an evacuation that was both “arbitrary and dysfunctional,” according to a whistleblower who worked

Afghan Currency Heavily Loses Value Against Dollar

Tamim Shaheer Tolo News 7 Dec 2021 At the same time, the residents are worried about food price, adding that prices are increasing as the value of dollar is going up. Afghanistan’s currency dramatically dropped in value against the US dollar on Tuesday, with one US dollar being sold for more than 100 Afghanis in

Hundreds approved for evacuation to UK remain trapped in Afghanistan

Aamna Mohdin and Amelia Gentleman The Guardian Tue 7 Dec 2021 12.28 EST British nationals and vulnerable Afghans stuck without help months after Taliban takeover The chaos at Kabul airport in August prevented many people from leaving. Photograph: Akhter Gulfam/EPA British nationals and vulnerable Afghans who have been approved for evacuation have spoken of their anguish and frustration

Afghanistan museum reopens, with Taliban security

Reuters 7 Dec 2021 Taliban, which came to power in August, allows the National Museum of Afghanistan to reopen, showcasing the country’s ‘rich history’. The National Museum of Afghanistan is open once again and the Taliban, whose members once smashed their way through the facility destroying irreplaceable pieces of the country’s national heritage, now guard

UN Defers Decision on Afghanistan Seat at the World Body

Rajab Taieb TOLOnews Journalist 7 Dec 2021 The UN General Assembly resolution means that Ghulam Mohammad Ishaqzai will remain in Afghanistan’s seat at the UN for the time being. The UN General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution to delay a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Mynamar at the world body, meaning the envoys appointed

Norway urges World Bank’s Afghanistan donors to channel funds to U.N.

By Michelle Nichols Reuters 6 Dec 2021 Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt speaks to the media as she arrives at the NATO Foreign Ministers summit in Riga, Latvia November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo UNITED NATIONS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Norway is encouraging donors to a World Bank-administered fund for Afghanistan to agree

1000s of Displaced People Still Live in Kabul: Officials

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 6 Dec 2021 They added that the ministry has so far relocated 4,000 internally displaced families to their home provinces. Officials at the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said that there are still thousands of internally displaced and homeless people in Kabul which are in need of urgent basic humanitarian

Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Dec. 4, 2021 An estimated 22.8 million people — more than half the country’s population — are expected to face potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter. Many are already on the brink of catastrophe. Women and children awaited treatment at a World Food Program-supported health clinic in Kandahar,

Violators of ‘Amnesty Decree’ Will Be Prosecuted: MoFA

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 6 Dec 2021 The reform commission of the Islamic Emirate said that the commission has not registered any cases of killings of former members of the security forces. The Mnistry of Foreign Affairs reacted to the report  recently issued by Human Rights Watch, saying that any Islamic Emirate member “found breaching

Donors eye Dec. 10 decision on shifting frozen funds for Afghanistan

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Sandra Maler Reuters December 3, 2021 A group of women wearing burqas crosses the street as members of the Taliban drive past in Kabul, Afghanistan October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Donors to the World Bank-administered Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) have agreed to

With No Resources, Authority or Country, Afghan Ambassador Presses On

By Jennifer Steinhauer The New York Times Published Dec. 2, 2021, Updated Dec. 3, 2021, 12:14 a.m. ET Adela Raz arrived in Washington just before her country fell and has struggled to keep her embassy going. A dinner with U.S. veterans was a priority. Adela Raz began to serve as the Afghan government’s ambassador to Washington just

In Afghanistan, ‘Who Has the Guns Gets the Land’

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Yaqoob Akbary Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Dec. 3, 2021, Updated 3:53 p.m. ET A decades-long fight over land has been reinvigorated as Taliban leaders look to reward their fighters with property, even if that means evicting others. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — For decades, roughly a thousand families called the low-slung mud-walled neighborhood

Taliban bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 3 Dec 2021 Taliban chief in a decree says women should not be considered ‘property’ and must consent to marriage. The Taliban has issued a decree barring forced marriage in Afghanistan, saying women should not be considered “property” and must consent to marriage, but questions remain about whether the group that returned to

Karzai Calls for Inclusive Govt, Says World Should Aid Afghans

 Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 3 December 2021 In an interview with the BBC, the former president underscored the importance of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, among other issues.  Former president Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan should form an inclusive government that represents all aspects of society in order for the government to gain international recognition.

As Afghanistan’s economy collapses, international community looks for innovative ways to avoid humanitarian disaster

By Susannah George and Karen DeYoung The Washington Post November 28, 2021 at 7:26 a.m. EST A patient is rushed into Kabul’s Jumhuriat hospital’s emergency ward as Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis deepens after international aid to the country was dramatically cut. (Susannah George/The Washington Post) CHARASIAB, Afghanistan — At this town’s district hospital, an hour’s drive

MoI Rejects HRW Report of ‘100’ Extrajudicial Killings

Geeti Rahimi Tolo News 30 November 2021 Human Rights Watch asked the Islamic Emirate to give up such revenge killings, but the Islamic Emirate Ministry of Interior is denying the claims of the report. The Islamic Emirate has “killed or disappeared “more than 100 Afghan former security members” in four provinces including Kandahar, Helmand, Ghazni

Taliban kill, abduct dozens of ex-officers: rights group

By Lee Keath Associated Press Nov 30, 06:13 AM Taliban border fighters take part in an exercise after a three-week training program in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, southwestern, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq) KABUL (AP) — Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power

Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

By Charlie Savage The New York Times Nov. 29, 2021, Updated 3:45 p.m. ET The White House must figure out what to do with the Afghan central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve, now blocked under U.S. law. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, announcing the new Taliban government of Afghanistan at a press conference in Kabul in