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Qatar’s emir urges world to engage with the Taliban

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Al Jazeera 21 September 2021 In speech to the UN General Assembly, Sheikh Tamim addresses COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity and conflicts in the region. Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has called on world leaders to remain engaged with the Taliban in Afghanistan, as he underlined his country’s commitment

New Cabinet Members Announced, Inauguration Cancelled

Rajab Taieb Tolo News 21 September 2021 Mujahid also talked about the country’s economic situation and said that the domestic revenues might be enough for basic needs.  Some new members of the caretaker cabinet of the Taliban were announced on Tuesday with an effort to ensure inclusivity by adding “minorities” to the cabinet as Zabihullah

Afghanistan: Fighting off hunger under the Taliban

By Jeremy Bowen BBC News, Kabul 20 September 2021 Most Afghans are now trying to feed themselves and their children after the economy collapsed Kabul is a city still waiting for its new life to take shape – a lot depends on the will and whims of its new Taliban masters. But it is hunger

After 20 years of waging religious guerrilla warfare, Taliban fighters in Kabul say they miss the battle

Susannah George The Washington Post 20 September 2021 Taliban fighters ride in the back of a pickup truck as they patrol the streets of Kabul on Sept. 18. (Felipe Dana/AP) KABUL — Since celebrating the fall of Kabul a month ago, after years of waging a holy war to overthrow the U.S.-backed government, the 250

A Harsh New Reality for Afghan Women and Girls in Taliban-Run Schools

By Victor J. Blue and David Zucchino The New York Times Sept. 20, 2021, 9:49 a.m. ET Afghanistan’s new government is likely to severely restrict education for girls and women despite the Taliban’s claims that schooling will eventually resume. Girls attending class at a school for girls in Kabul last week.Credit…Victor J. Blue for the New York Times

Taliban minister says Afghan IDPs need help before winter

By Osama Bin Javaid Al Jazeera 19 Sep 2021 Taliban’s Refugee Minister Khalil-ur-Rahman Haqqani tells Al Jazeera urgent action is needed to help displaced Afghans before winter. Kabul, Afghanistan – A member of the Taliban government is calling for action and help from the international community, including donor agencies, to help displaced Afghans ahead of the approaching

After Recognition We Will Address Rights Issues: Mujahid

Abdullah Walizada Tolo News 20 September 2021 AIHRC also called on the Taliban to respect AIHRC independence and all rights defenders. In reaction to European Union concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister of the Ministry of Information and Culture of the caretaker cabinet, said on Monday that if the international

Afghan Unemployment Will Be ‘Human Tragedy’

Sayed Mohammad Aref Musavi TOLOnews Reporter 20 September 2021 Previously, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission said that around 43.000 civil servants have been working in the government. Government employees have been forced to begin new occupations as their salaries have not been paid for months. Many former professionals are now driving their

U.N. Afghanistan mission extended, Afghan envoy asks to keep seat

By Michelle Nichols Reuters September 17, 2021 1:23 PM EDT Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, U.S., August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council extended

The Other Afghan Women

By Anand Gopal The New Yorker September 13, 2021 Issue In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them. More than seventy per cent of Afghans do not live in cities. In rural areas, life under the U.S.-led coalition and its Afghan allies became pure hazard;

In Panjshir, Few Signs of an Active Resistance, or Any Fight at All

Photographs and Text by Jim Huylebroek and Victor J. Blue The New York Times Sept. 17, 2021 On a recent visit, few civilians were about and signs of heavy fighting were scarce. What remained were opposing narratives and claims of massacres, ethnic cleansing and false charges. PANJSHIR, Afghanistan — In this lush strip of land — walled

Afghanistan: Life under Taliban rule one month on

By Secunder Kermani BBC News, Mazar-i-Sharif 16 September 2021 image captionFighters at Hairatan At Afghanistan’s border with Uzbekistan a cargo train rolls over a bridge and into the newly created “Islamic Emirate”. The Taliban’s white and black flag flutters next to the Uzbek one. Some traders have welcomed the group’s return to power. The driver

Taliban co-founder reemerges to challenge reports of internal strife among militants

Karen DeYoung The Washington Post 16 September 2021 Abdul Ghani Baradar, center, the Taliban’s deputy leader and negotiator, is pictured with other members of the militant group in Moscow in March. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/Reuters) Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister in the Taliban’s interim government, took to the airwaves Wednesday to assure his compatriots that he

EU has no choice but to engage with Taliban, says foreign policy chief

Daniel Boffey in Strasbourg The Guardian Tue 14 Sep 2021 13.55 EDT Josep Borrell tells MEPs that EU can only influence future developments by engaging with new Afghan regime Josep Borrell said the EU would not recognise the Taliban government but the bloc had much to gain from talking with the new administration. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Ghani’s Fleeing Ruined Last-Minute Deal: Khalilzad

By TOLOnews TV Network 16 September 2021 Khalilzad said Ghani was to remain at his post until there was a political settlement in Qatar, even if the Taliban stood at Kabul’s doors. Former president Ashraf Ghani’s escape from Afghanistan in mid-August ruined a last-minute deal with the Taliban, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press 16 September 2021 Taliban fighters patrol a market in Kabul’s Old City, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. A month after the fall of Kabul, the question of how the world will get aid to citizens without enriching Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers is haunting the country. The stakes have soared for Afghans,

Afghan envoys marooned abroad after Taliban’s sudden return

By Rupam Jain Reuters September 16, 2021 1/2 An Afghan flag flutters outside the Afghan embassy in Washington, U.S., August 15, 2021 on the day Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno/File Photo Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Taliban’s abrupt return to power has left hundreds of Afghan diplomats overseas in limbo: running out of

Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street

By Kenneth P. Vogel The New York Times Sept. 15, 2021 Ahmad Massoud, a leading figure in the resistance to Taliban rule, hired a lobbyist to seek military and financial support in the United States. The fight Ahmad Massoud is leading faces long odds, with resistance fighters surrounded by the Taliban and armed with dwindling supplies

This Is Life in Rural Afghanistan After the Taliban Takeover

Photographs and Text by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Sept. 16, 2021 Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.” A destroyed Afghan police pickup and a ransacked outpost

Afghanistan: Taliban leaders in bust-up at presidential palace, sources say

By Khudai Noor Nasar BBC Islamabad 14 Sept 2021 IMAGE SOURCE,AFPimage captionMullah Abdul Ghani Baradar signed the Doha agreement on the withdrawal of US troops on behalf of the Taliban A major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban over the make-up of the group’s new government in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials told the

Taliban Not Respecting Women’s Rights: UN

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Sept 2021 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said she is disappointed with the Taliban’s caretaker cabinet, which is not inclusive. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday at the UN meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva said the Taliban is not respecting the human rights of women in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Muttaqi urges countries to engage with new gov’t

By Ali M Latifi Al Jazeera 14 Sep 2021 Acting Foreign Minister Amir Muttaqi urges international community to resume aid as Afghanistan faces a looming economic crisis. Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has criticised the United States for its actions towards the new Taliban government and for severing economic assistance after the

Blinken clashes with Republican lawmakers over Afghanistan withdrawal

John Hudson and Missy Ryan The Washington Post   September 13, 2021, at 7:10 p.m. EDT Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears remotely before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Sept. 13. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Secretary of State Antony Blinken clashed with Republican lawmakers Monday over the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in his

Donors pledge $1.2 billion in emergency funds for Afghans

By JAMEY KEATEN and EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 13 September 2021 Afghans wait in front of a bank as they try to withdraw money in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations drummed up more than $1.2 billion in emergency pledges Monday for helping 11 million

Taliban’s return ‘a catastrophe’ for journalism in Afghanistan

Kim Willsher The Guardian Tue 14 Sep 2021 01.30 EDT Head of International Federation of Journalists says ‘future is black’ for 1,300 journalists still in country Two Afghan reporters beaten by the Taliban after covering a women’s protest in Kabul. The UN says Taliban violence against journalists is rising. Photograph: Bernat Armangué/AP Journalism in Afghanistan is

EU says it has no option but to talk to Taliban

Reuters staff SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has no option but to talk to Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and Brussels will try to coordinate with member governments to organise a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the top EU diplomat said on Tuesday. “The Afghan crisis is not over,” EU foreign policy chief

Qatar to Act as ‘Bridge’ Between Taliban and World

TOLOnews TV Network 13 September 2021 Officials added that Qatar will act as a “bridge“ between the Taliban and the international community. Following the arrival of Qatar’s foreign minister in Kabul on Sunday, Taliban officials said on Monday that Qatar is committed to tightening Taliban relations with other countries across the world. Officials added that

Taliban Welcomes Intl Aid, Pledges to Distribute Transparently

By Rajab Taieb, Tolo News 14 September 2021 Muttaqi said the Taliban wants good bilateral relations with the world’s countries, including the United States. Taliban’s government acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Tuesday at a press conference in Kabul welcomed the international community’s humanitarian aid pledge for Afghanistan. At a UN meeting in Geneva on

Health Care in Afghanistan Is Crumbling, Aid Groups Warn

By Apoorva Mandavilli The New York Times Sept. 12, 2021 After the Taliban’s takeover, international donors withdrew funds that hospitals and clinics depended on. Now a fourth wave of Covid looms. Dr. Wahid Majrooh, left, Afghanistan’s health minister, toured a coronavirus ward in the Afghan Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, in Kabul, earlier this month.Credit…Victor J. Blue

A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns

By Marc Santora, Nick Cumming-Bruce and Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Sept. 14, 2021 The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency aid as millions of Afghans risk running out of food just as winter sets in. Women begging for alms outside a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. One in three Afghans do not

Aid Workers Staying in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Tread a Tricky Path

By Carlotta Gall The New York Times Sept. 8, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover. A damaged United Nations vehicle outside the airport in Kabul last week.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for

World wary of Taliban government, Afghans urge action on rights and economy

By Reuters Staff September 8, 2021 (Reuters) – Foreign countries greeted the makeup of the new government in Afghanistan with caution and dismay on Wednesday after the Taliban appointed hardline veteran figures to top positions, including several with a U.S. bounty on their head. Small protests persisted in Afghanistan, with dozens of women taking to

Interview with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

TOLOnews TV Network 8 September 2021 The United States remains committed to the people of Afghanistan, saying Washington will work with the govt in Afghanistan if it upholds the commitments it has made. TOLOnews’ Lotfullah Najafizada sits down with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Taliban military takeover and

Taliban Yet to Decide on Leadership Roles for Women

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 2 September 2021 Some Afghan women who talked to TOLOnews on Thursday said they want a role in society same as men. Taliban say they have predicted some role for women in government offices but insisted that they will not be appointed in higher ranking positions despite, something that adds to

Taliban to rely on Chinese funds, spokesperson says

Al Jazeera 2 Sept 2021 With the help of China, the Taliban will fight for an economic comeback in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid tells Italian newspaper. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has told an Italian newspaper that the group will rely primarily on financing from China following the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and its takeover

Chaotic U.S. exit likely to crush Afghan economy – Fitch

Reuters September 1, 2021, 10:33 PM  Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer Summary Fitch cuts FY2021 Afghanistan growth f’cast to -9.7% from +0.4% Forecasts further contraction of 5.2% in FY22 Slow growth likely unless China, Russia invest – Fitch SINGAPORE,

UK has little option but to talk with the Taliban

Dan Sabbagh The Guardian Wed 1 Sep 2021 10.27 EDT Analysis: Insurgents’ cooperation is needed for evacuations, but PM could face criticism for engaging with them Taliban fighters outside Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA Boris Johnson’s decision to dispatch a senior spy chief to talk directly to the Taliban in

Taliban wrestle with Afghan economy in chaos, humanitarian crisis

Reuters staff SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 (Reuters) -Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers struggled to keep the country functioning on Wednesday after the final withdrawal of U.S. forces, with foreign donors alarmed about an impending humanitarian crisis. Two weeks since the Taliban’s sweep into Kabul brought a chaotic end to 20 years of warfare, the Islamist militants have

Afghan central bank board member asks Biden, IMF to release funds

Al Jazeera 1 Sept 2021 The US and the IMF should provide the Taliban with limited monetary access to prevent economic collapse, Shah Mehrabi says. A senior board member of Afghanistan’s central bank is urging the US Treasury and the International Monetary Fund to take steps to provide the Taliban-led government limited access to the

Taliban Expected to Announce New Govt Soon

Ziar Yaad  Tolo News 1 September 2021 The Taliban said that the discussions held on forming a new government have been finalized and they will soon make an announcement. Anamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, said that Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban, will also be the leader of the

Biden Defends Afghan Pullout and Declares an End to Nation-Building

By Michael D. Shear and Jim Tankersley The New York Times Aug. 31, 2021Updated 8:53 p.m. ET The president offered a glimpse of a different American foreign policy in the post-9/11 world, one that he said would be guided more by competition with China and Russia. President Biden, delivering a speech at the White House on Tuesday, said

Ziar Yaad Tolo News 31 August 2021 The Taliban seek to reestablish relations and asked nations to invest and help rebuild Afghanistan. In the past few days, along with evacuating foreign nationals and at-risk Afghans, the United States and other countries were also ending their diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. In the past two decades, Afghanistan

ISIS-K, the group behind the Kabul airport attack, sees both Taliban and the U.S. as enemies

Hannah Allam and Souad Mekhennet The Washington Post 27 August 2021 For months, terrorism analysts warned that Islamic State-linked militants in Afghanistan would try to turn the Biden administration’s exit into a bloody spectacle. On Thursday in Kabul, those predictions were realized. ISIS-Khorasan, the Islamic State’s Afghanistan and Pakistan arm, issued a statement claiming responsibility

Turkey holds first talks with the Taliban in Kabul

Al Jazeera 27 August 2021 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says discussions under way as Turkey decides on a Taliban request to help run Kabul’s airport. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey held its first talks with the Taliban in Kabul, adding Ankara was still assessing the armed group’s offer to assist in operating

Half a million Afghans could flee across borders – UNHCR

Reuters August 27, 2021 An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani GENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Up to half a million Afghans could flee their homeland by year-end, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday, appealing

Massoud, Taliban Agree to Not Fight Until Next Round of Talks

TOLOnews TV Network 26 August 2021 The negotiations followed both sides’ threatening to use military force.   Supporters of Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the resistance front against the Taliban, and Taliban representatives held their first meeting on Wednesday afternoon in the center of Parwan province to seek an alternative to fighting.   The resistance front

Afghanistan’s economy in crisis after Taliban take-over

By Ashitha Nagesh BBC News 25 August 2021 Long queues have been forming outside banks, which are closed The Taliban are in control of Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years. But while they no longer have any military opposition, they now face an economy on the brink of collapse, which threatens to worsen

Banks in Kabul reopen, drawing crowds of cash-starved Afghans

By Ali M Latifi Al Jazeera 25 Aug 2021 People stand in long queues to withdraw money after some banks reopened in the Afghan capital. Kabul, Afghanistan – After more than a week of closures, banks in Afghanistan are starting to reopen, drawing crowds of hundreds of people eager to finally have physical cash in their hands

China blasts US over Afghanistan pullout, describes ‘effective’ talks with Taliban

By Associated Press  Aug 25, 06:23 AM A US soldier shoots in the air with his pistol while standing guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Wakil

The Taliban wants to forget the past, a leader tells The Times, but there will be some restrictions.

By Matthieu Aikins and Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Aug. 25, 2021Updated 6:15 p.m. ET Zabihullah Mujahid, a senior Taliban official, after a briefing in the Ministry of Information and Culture in Kabul on Tuesday.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — In his first sit-down interview with a Western media outlet since the Taliban

Biden pushes to complete Afghan evacuation by Aug. 31 — but orders backup plan

Biden keeps Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan Sean Sullivan, Anne Gearan, Dan Lamothe and John Hudson   The Washington Post 21 August 2021 President Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed his intent to complete the U.S. evacuation mission in Afghanistan by Aug. 31, but he also ordered contingency plans if that cannot be

WFP Urges World Nations to Donate $200M in Food Aid for Afghans

TOLOnews, TV Network 24 August 2021 “Once the snow sets in it is simply too late,” said WFP deputy regional director for Asia and Pacific. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday called for the international community to donate $200 million in food aid for Afghanistan so essential supplies can be delivered to remote

Biden Says U.S. Is On Track to Finish Evacuation By Deadline

The New York Times Aug. 24, 2021 Afghanistan– Here’s what you need to know: Biden says the U.S. is poised to meet the Afghan withdrawal deadline, at least for now. G.O.P. and Democratic lawmakers urge Biden to extend the troop withdrawal deadline. A Taliban spokesman urged women to stay home because fighters have not been

They’re really sitting ducks’: Refugee advocates inundated with pleas for help from vulnerable Afghans

Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY 18 August 2021 WASHINGTON – They are hiding in their homes, destroying evidence of any association with the U.S. government and secretly pleading with advocates in America for help. Over the last 24 hours, Afghan women, journalists, human rights advocates and former translators for the U.S. military have flooded U.S.-based refugee groups with desperate

Afghan envoy says hold-out Panjshir province can resist Taliban rule

Reuters AUGUST 18, 2021 DUSHANBE (Reuters) -The Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan on Wednesday rejected Taliban rule of his country and said Panjshir province, north of Kabul, would serve as a stronghold for resistance led by self-proclaimed acting president Amrullah Saleh) Afghan First Vice-President Saleh said on Tuesday he was the “legitimate caretaker president” of Afghanistan

The Taliban’s Leaders: Worldly and ‘Inclusive’ or Ruthless Ideologues?

By Adam Nossiter, Carlotta Gall and Julian E. Barnes The New York Times Aug. 17, 2021, 8:19 p.m. ET The Taliban claim to be more tolerant now, even willing to work with women. But have they really cast off their extremist ideology or is it all a ruse? Taliban fighters in Kabul on Monday. They have mostly been on

Transcript of Taliban’s first news conference in Kabul

Al Jazeera 17 August 2021 Taliban spokesperson addresses the public in first conference following the armed group’s takeover of Afghanistan. Following the takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban has held its first official news conference in Kabul, declaring that it wishes peaceful relations with other countries. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid promised Tuesday that the Taliban would

Taliban spokesman, in first news conference in Kabul, pledges no reprisals.

By Mujib Mashal The New York Times Aug. 17, 2021Updated 4:24 p.m. ET For nearly two decades, Zabihullah Mujahid was the voice of the Taliban, but only on Tuesday did the world get its first look at his face, when he appeared before reporters in a jam-packed Kabul briefing room to discuss what the insurgents plan to

Some Govt Offices Reopen in Herat

Nasir Ahmad Salehi TOLOnews Reporter 17 August 2021 Breshna Company in Herat resumed its work a day after the Taliban took control of Herat city, and now is operating as before. Sources in Herat said on Tuesday that a number of government offices in the province had resumed their activities without the presence of women employees.

Taliban Pledges Safety for Diplomats, Tells Media to Continue

By Siyar Sirat Tolo News 17 August 2021 Mujahid said that Kabul security is improving day by day as their forces have been stationed in various places. At a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they do not have enmity toward anyone and based on their leader’s orders they have

Afghan president flees country after Taliban enters Kabul, a sign the government has collapsed

By Susannah George, Bryan Pietsch, Claire Parker, John Hudson, Karen DeYoung and Dan Lamothe The Washington Post   August 15, 2021, at 10:37 a.m. EDT An Interior Ministry official said Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, as the United States evacuated diplomats by helicopter.  KABUL — Taliban fighters took control of Kabul on Sunday

Taliban Says It Will Not Enter Kabul by Force

TOLOnews TV Network 15 August 2021 The Taliban ordered its members to wait near the Kabul gates and not try to enter the city.  Amid uncertainty in Kabul and fears that the city will collapse, the Taliban in a statement on Sunday said it will not enter the city of Kabul by force.  The group

Blinken says the Taliban moved faster than expected, but defends removal of U.S. troops.

By Lara Jakes The New York Times Aug. 15, 2021, 11:07 a.m. ET Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken this month at the State Department.Credit…Pool photo by Brendan Smialowski Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Sunday that the defeat of Afghan security forces that has led to the Taliban’s takeover “happened more quickly than

A Week Into Taliban Rule, One City’s Glimpse of What the Future May Hold

By Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim The New York Times Aug. 15, 2021, Updated 12:27 p.m. ET In Kunduz, the new insurgent leaders said they had no quarrel with the people. But residents say they soon began instilling fear. Taliban fighters in Kunduz, Afghanistan, early last week. The city was the first in a series to rapidly fall

A frenzied U.S. flight from Kabul as chaos descends.

Fahim Abed, Fatima Faizi, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Christina Goldbaum, Sharif Hassan, Jim Huylebroek and Najim Rahim. The New York Times Aug. 15, 2021, Updated 9:33 a.m. ET An American military helicopter over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.Credit…Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images KABUL, Afghanistan — As the Taliban stood at the gates of Kabul

More isolated than ever, Afghanistan’s president clings to power.

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times Aug. 13, 2021 Updated 5:53 p.m. ET President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan at the White House in June. Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times Several of his close political associates have surrendered to the Taliban without a fight, or fled into exile. His army has all but collapsed and

Fearing Kabul’s Fall, U.S. Officials Implore Afghans to ‘Fight’

By Michael Crowley The New York Times Aug. 13, 2021, 7:45 p.m. ET The calls to action underscore the stark reality that the United States has no intention of rescuing government forces. An Afghan police special forces soldier on the front lines with the Taliban in Kandahar this month. U.S. officials have said that the Afghan

Afghanistan is proving treacherous terrain for Biden

Anne Gearan and Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Today at 8:26 a.m. EDT President Biden leaves the East Room after delivering remarks on the Afghanistan drawdown on July 8. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post) Last month, President Biden vowed that his decision to pull American forces out of Afghanistan would never end in a repeat of the

In desperation, U.S. scours for countries willing to house Afghan refugees

By Idrees Ali and Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay Reuters August 13, 2021 4:42 PM EDT The U.S. flag is reflected on the windows of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration has been holding secret talks with more countries than previously known in a desperate attempt

‘They sold us out’: Afghans in disbelief over Taliban gains

By Ali M Latifi Al Jazeera 13 Aug 2021 Residents of Herat and Kandahar express shock and anger at the swift fall of their cities to the Taliban. Kabul, Afghanistan – Residents in Herat and Kandahar say they cannot believe how quickly both cities fell after the Taliban’s weeks-long effort to take two of Afghanistan’s largest cities.

UNSC Discussing Condemnation of Taliban Attacks on Cities

TOLOnews TV Network 13 August 2021 Abdullah Abdullah said that Doha participants agreed on the need to accelerate the Afghan peace process. Quoting diplomats, Reuters reported on Friday that the UN Security Council is discussing a draft statement that would condemn Taliban attacks on cities and towns causing high civilian casualties and threaten sanctions for

As the Taliban Advance in Afghanistan, Pressure on Pakistan Grows

By Emily Schmall The New York Times Aug. 13, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET The United States and others want Pakistan to push harder for peace. But many Pakistanis see a Taliban victory as inevitable, and some are cheering for one. At a closed border crossing in Chaman, Pakistan, on Wednesday. The Taliban took control of Spin

An Afghan warlord who steadfastly resisted the Taliban surrendered. Others may follow his lead.

By Sharif Hassan The New York Times Aug. 13, 2021 Updated 11:47 a.m. ET Mohammad Ismail Khan, center, last week in Herat. He rose to prominence in the mujahedeen resistance to the Soviets, and then fought against the Taliban in the 1990s.Credit…Jalil Rezayee/EPA, via Shutterstock KABUL, Afghanistan — A prominent Afghan warlord and former governor, who

Three more major cities are under Taliban control, as the government’s forces near collapse.

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Aug. 13, 2021, Updated 8:31 a.m. ET Taliban Forces Sweep Across Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan — Three major cities in western and southern Afghanistan were confirmed on Friday to have fallen to the Taliban, as the insurgents’ race to take control of the country accelerated. The Taliban seized Lashkar Gah,

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan blames Taliban surge on Trump ‘delegitimizing’ Afghan government

STEPHEN PROCTOR Yahoo News August 13, 2021, 3:59 AM Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday, where he blamed former President Trump for the Taliban’s recent surge in the country. Trump had planned to meet with Taliban leaders and the Afghan president at Camp David in 2019. After the meeting was canceled, a U.S. representative for Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s neighbours are preparing for life with the Taliban

The Economist August 14, 2021 issue Making the best of a bad situation Regional powers are not looking forward to it. But they cannot agree on what to do about it DELHI AND ISLAMABAD Two decades after Western forces helped sweep the Taliban from power, and four months after President Joe Biden announced his intention to

U.S. sending thousands of combat troops to Afghanistan to bolster security as some embassy staff are withdrawn

By Missy Ryan, and Dan Lamothe The Washington Post 12 August 2021 4:41 p.m. EDT A helicopter is reflected in the windows of the U.S. embassy building in Kabul on July 30. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images) The Biden administration will temporarily send thousands of additional military personnel to Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, as the United

Doha talks on Afghanistan end with call for accelerated peace process, halt to attacks

Reuters August 12, 2021, 5:09 PM EDT Abdul Salam Hanafi, member of the Taliban negotiating team and the Taliban delegation, arrive for Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar, August 12, 2021. REUTERS/Hussein Sayed DUBAI, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Envoys from the United States, China and other states on Thursday called for an accelerated peace process

Khan: Taliban Will Not Talk to Govt ‘As Long As Ghani Is There’

Zahra Rahimi TOLOnews Reporter 12 August 2021 Pakistan Prime Minister said that he tried to persuade Taliban leaders when they were visiting Pakistan to reach a settlement.  Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the Taliban leaders have told him that until President Ghani is no longer in power, the group will not engage in talks with the

Marines to Begin Evacuating Americans in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper, Lara Jakes and Eric Schmitt The New York Times Aug. 12, 2021 Updated 4:39 p.m. ET With the Taliban sweeping across the country, U.S. officials say Kabul could fall in 30 days. The military side of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in June. The American Embassy urged Americans on Thursday to “leave Afghanistan immediately

Afghanistan Collapse Accelerates as 2 Vital Cities Near Fall to Taliban

By Sharif Hassan and Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Aug. 12, 2021 Updated 4:23 p.m. ET The loss of two of the country’s cultural capitals — Kandahar in the south, and Herat in the West — would be a devastating blow to the government. A member of the Afghan police special forces on the front lines against

U.S. Asks Taliban to Spare Its Embassy in Coming Fight for Kabul

By Lara Jakes The New York Times Aug. 12, 2021 Updated 4:31 p.m. ET The demand seeks to stave off an evacuation of the embassy by dangling aid to future Afghan governments — even one that includes the Taliban. Starting in April, the United States Embassy in Afghanistan began sending home nonessential employees as security became

US says will isolate Taliban if they take power by force

Afghanistan Times AT News August 11, 2021 KABUL: The United States says it will not recognize any government formed by force in Afghanistan, a reference to the Taliban who are trying to overthrow Ghani administration by force and have already gained major parts of the country including nine provincial capitals. The US department of state

Could the Taliban Take Over Afghanistan? Here’s What We Know.

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Aug. 11, 2021Updated 2:49 p.m. ET The Taliban seized nine cities over six days in a major escalation of their military offensive. Here’s what you need to know. A police outpost was destroyed by the Taliban after the group had briefly overrun it this month in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Credit…Jim Huylebroek

Afghanistan’s interior minister reveals plan to push back Taliban

By Al Jazeera Staff 11 Aug 2021 Afghanistan’s Interior minister tells Al Jazeera that the gov’t is arming local groups as part of a three-phase plan to push back the Taliban offensive. Afghanistan’s government is arming local groups as part of a three-phase plan to push back the Taliban offensive, the Afghan interior minister tells Al Jazeera

Taliban Resumes Attacks on Kandahar City

Abdullah Achakzai Tolo News 11 August 2021 “The Taliban launched an attack on Lashkargah city of Helmand province,” said Khaled Wardak, Helmand’s police chief. Taliban fighters have resumed operations against the southern city of Kandahar, eyewitnesses said on Wednesday as violence continues to surge in various regions of the country, particularly in the northeast. Residents

U.S. officials warn collapse of Afghan capital could come sooner than expected

Dan Lamothe, John Hudson, Shane Harris and Anne Gearan The Washington Post  10 August 2021 The Biden administration is preparing for Afghanistan’s capital to fall far sooner than feared only weeks ago, as a rapid disintegration of security has prompted the revision of an already stark intelligence assessment predicting Kabul could be overrun within six to 12 months

What the U.S. can do to save the lives of Afghan journalists

Opinion by Joel Simon The Washington Post Today at 1:31 p.m. EDT Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Candles placed in homage to Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui in front of his portrait in Kathmandu, Nepal, on July 20. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images) In early August, the husband and wife reporting team

Biden says Afghan leaders must ‘fight for their nation’ as Taliban gains

Reuters August 10, 2021 U.S. says it’s up to Afghans to defend country KABUL/WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory on Tuesday, now controlling 65% of the country, as U.S. President Joe Biden urged the nation’s leaders to fight for their homeland. Pul-e-Khumri, capital of the northern province

UN Seeks Action to Prevent ‘Calamitous Consequences’ for Afghans

TOLOnews TV Network 10 August 2021 A UN official called on parties to the conflict to stop fighting to prevent more bloodshed. A senior UN official on Tuesday warned that the failure to stem the rising violence and human rights violations and abuses is having disastrous consequences for the people of Afghanistan. The remarks come

‘We are ready to fight’: Seniors at a girls-only high school in Afghanistan face an uncertain future

Alex Horton and Ezzatullah Mehrdad The Washington Post August 10, 2021 Students walk out after classes at the Zarghoona High School on July 25. The girls-only school is the largest in Kabul with 8,500 female students attending classes. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) KABUL — Deep in the concrete wall maze of central Kabul, the seniors of

Taliban Overrun 3 More Provincial Capitals, Increasing Pressure on Kabul

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Najim Rahim and Taimoor Shah The New York Times Aug. 10, 2021 Updated 5:04 p.m. ET Local officials said insurgents had flooded Pul-i-Khumri and Faizabad in the north, and Farah in western Afghanistan, making it 9 fallen cities in five days. The main bazaar in Farah city in Afghanistan’s west, in 2017.Credit…Bryan Denton for The New

As U.S. Leaves Afghanistan, History Suggests It May Struggle to Stay Out

By Ben Hubbard The New York Times Aug. 10, 2021Updated 11:45 a.m. ET A decade ago, a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq opened the door for the Islamic State. Will the withdrawal from Afghanistan do the same for the Taliban? Islamic State fighters advancing through the desert in Iraq near Tikrit in 2014.Credit…via Agence France-Presse — Getty

Fear Sets in as Taliban Seize Former Bastions of Resistance

By Christina Goldbaum, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Sharif Hassan and Najim Rahim The New York Times Published Aug. 9, 2021Updated Aug. 10, 2021, 12:42 p.m. ET The Taliban’s breakthrough victories across northern Afghanistan have sent despair rippling through the country, as many worry that no corner of the country will be spared. Children who fled fighting in northern Afghanistan at a park in Kabul

On Afghanistan’s Front Line, There Are No Good Choices

Gibbons-Neff and Fahim Abed Photographs by Jim Huylebroek Aug. 9, 2021 For the past month, Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, has been under siege by Taliban fighters. Families stuck between them and government forces have almost nowhere to go. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — As the first chatter of gunfire began, a police unit tested its heavy machine gun. The gunner

The Taliban take a sixth provincial capital as government forces reel.

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Najim Rahim and Sharif Hassan The New York Times Aug. 9, 2021 A still from a video obtained from Taliban social media showing Taliban militants at the entrance gate of Aybak, Samangan province, in Afghanistan today.Credit…Taliban social media, via Reuters The Taliban seized near total control over another provincial capital in northern Afghanistan on Monday,

As Taliban Capture Cities, U.S. Says Afghan Forces Must Fend for Themselves

By Helene Cooper, Katie Rogers and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times Published Aug. 8, 2021Updated Aug. 10, 2021, 9:55 a.m. ET The muted American response to the Taliban siege shows in no uncertain terms that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is over. Afghans inspected damaged shops after fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, on

As Afghan Cities Fall to Taliban, Brutal New Chapter Unfolds

By Christina Goldbaum, Najim Rahim, Sharif Hassan and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times Aug. 8, 2021 “This is now a different kind of war, reminiscent of Syria.” The seizure of five capitals has amplified fears about Afghanistan’s future after the U.S. withdrawal. The Taliban flag flying in the main square in Kunduz on Sunday.Credit…Abdullah Sahil/Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The

As fighting rages in Afghanistan, health workers are struggling

Sarah Leahy Project coordinator at the MSF Helmand project in Lashkar Gah city Al Jazeera 8 Aug 2021 Fighting in urban areas has increased the number of civilians injured and made providing healthcare extremely difficult. Since May, when foreign troops started withdrawing from Afghanistan, we have witnessed heavy fighting. In recent weeks the clashes between

Biden Orders B-52 Bombers to Target Advancing Taliban: Report

By TOLOnews TV Network 7 August 2021 Jawzjan lawmakers blamed the government for inattention to the security situation in Jawzjan and said it has remained indifferent to this matter. US President Joe Biden has ordered B-52 bombers and Spectre gunships to target Taliban positions in Afghanistan who are advancing towards key cities, MailOnline reported on

The Taliban seize Kunduz, a key city in northern Afghanistan.

By Christina Goldbaum, Najim Rahim, Sharif Hassan and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times Aug. 8, 2021, 3:47 a.m. ET Kunduz is the first major Afghan city to be overrun by the Taliban since they began their military offensive in May.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban seized the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan

Taliban Take Second Afghan City in Two Days

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Fahim Abed and Sharif Hassan The New York Times Aug. 7, 2021Updated 3:52 p.m. ET Sheberghan, in Jowzjan Province, collapsed less than 24 hours after a provincial capital in southwestern Afghanistan had fallen to the Taliban. The Marshal Dostum School in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The city fell to the Taliban on Saturday.Credit…Kiana Hayeri for The New York

Taliban Seize Afghan Provincial Capital Just Weeks Before Final U.S. Withdrawal

By Adam Nossiter, Taimoor Shah and Fahim Abed The New York Times Published Aug. 6, 2021Updated Aug. 7, 2021, 11:33 a.m. ET Zaranj, on the Afghanistan-Iran border, was the first provincial capital to be captured by the insurgents since the Biden administration said it would completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. A police truck in the empty desert outside Zaranj, Afghanistan,

US Reiterates Call for Afghan Political Settlement

TOLOnews TV Network 5 August 2021 According to reports, at least seven attacks by the Taliban on the city of Herat were pushed back by the security forces on Wednesday night. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday spoke on the telephone with High Council for National Reconciliation Chairman Abdullah Abdullah and he reiterated

Russia says Afghan Taliban offensive running out of steam

Reuters August 5, 2021 A member of the Afghan Special Forces directs traffic during the rescue mission of a policeman besieged at a check post surrounded by Taliban, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui MOSCOW, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The Taliban offensive in Afghanistan is “gradually running out of steam” as the

Atmar calls on UNSC to convene emergency meeting on Afghanistan

Afghanistan Times August 4, 2021 AT News KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister, Hanif Atmar called for a special meeting of the UN’s Security Council to seek ways for peace in his country. Atmar made the call in a phone conversation with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, in which they discussed increasing violence, violating of human rights

Airstrikes pummel Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan

By Tameem Akhgar | AP The Washington Post 4 August 2021 Afghan Special forces patrol a deserted street during fighting with Taliban fighters, in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. The Taliban pressed ahead with their advances in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, capturing nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital,

Taliban Killed ‘Possibly 800-900 People’ in Kandahar: Tadin Khan

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 4 August 2021 According to Tadin Khan, the Taliban forcefully took these 900 people from their homes and killed them. The former police chief of Kandahar and a member of the High Council of the National Reconciliation (HCNR), Tadin Khan, on Wednesday stated that the Taliban “does not believe in human rights,” saying

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad: Kabul, Taliban should negotiate formation of new govt

Afghanistan Times AT News August 4, 2021 KABUL: Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, says the Afghan government and the Taliban should discuss the architecture of a new government. According to reports, Khalilzad said on Tuesday that both the Afghan government and the Taliban should not repeat the mistakes made after

War Displaced 900,000 in Three Months

By Zahra Rahimi TOLOnews Reporter 4 August 2021 Lailuma, a resident of Kunduz city, was displaced due to fighting two months ago and lost her husband in the war. Findings of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) released on Wednesday indicated that the ongoing war in the country has displaced 900,000 people in the

How do Afghanistan forces and Taliban compare?

Al Jazeera 4 August 2021 Analysts and officials say a Taliban victory is far from guaranteed, pointing to the resources of Afghan defence forces, who remain in control. The Taliban now controls about half of Afghanistan’s districts, after lightning pace offensives in the months since foreign troops began their final withdrawal from the country. But

U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Could Be a Sign of What Comes Next

By Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt The New York Times Aug. 3, 2021 American forces have stepped up a bombing campaign, but the White House and the Pentagon insist these are the final days of combat support. Afghan soldiers guarding a road in Herat Province on Sunday. Taliban fighters have entered several important provincial capitals such

Taliban Claim Responsibility for Major Attack in Afghan Capital

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Aug. 4, 2021Updated 9:06 a.m. ET The hourslong raid, which killed eight people, targeted a top military official’s home near Kabul’s fortified green zone. Afghan security personnel assessing the damage in Kabul on Wednesday after a Taliban attack on the home of the acting defense minister.Credit…Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse —

UN Security Council Calls For Immediate Reduction of Violence

TOLOnews TV Network 4 August 2021 The UN Security Council raises concerns about the number of “reported serious human rights abuses.” The members of the UN Security Council in a statement on Tuesday have expressed their “deep concern” about the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s offensive attacks and called for an

Taliban on brink of taking key Afghan city as residents told to flee

Akhtar Mohammad Makoii in Herat and Peter Beaumont The Guardian Tue 3 Aug 2021 12.27 EDT Officials confirm all but one district of Lashkar Gah is under hardline Islamists’ control after fierce fighting Afghan special forces patrol a deserted street during fighting with Taliban fighters in Lashkar Gah. Photograph: Abdul Khaliq/AP Taliban fighters appeared to be on

Afghan president blames US ‘speedy’ withdrawal for Taliban rapid advance

Tameem Akhgar The Associated Press 2 August 2021 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at the extraordinary meeting of the Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president on Monday blamed the American troops’ speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said that his

Taliban seek ‘lion’s share of power’ in deadlocked peace talks – U.S. envoy

By Jonathan Landay Reuters August 3, 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Taliban and the Kabul government are far apart in U.S.-backed talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan, with the insurgents demanding “the lion’s share of power” in any new government, the special U.S. envoy said on Tuesday. Afghan-born veteran U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad’s bleak assessment

Powerful blasts and gunfire rock Afghan capital Kabul

Al Jazeera 3 Aug 2021 Afghanistan’s Defence Minister says he is safe after explosion near his home, but continuing gunfire reported in Kabul. Powerful blasts followed by sporadic gunfire hit Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Tuesday near the city’s heavily fortified “Green Zone”, an area home to government buildings and foreign embassies, officials said. A senior

State Dept. Offers Potential Refugee Status to More Afghans Who Worked With U.S.

By Michael Crowley The New York Times Aug. 2, 2021 As the Taliban make territorial gains, more Afghans, including those who helped U.S. news outlets, will become eligible for visas. Afghan interpreters at a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, before the beginning of the U.S. troop withdrawal in April.Credit…Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The State

EU Special Envoy Sees ‘No Change’ in Taliban

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 2 August 2021 The EU special envoy says that the choice for the Taliban now is either to negotiate or decide if they want an isolated Afghanistan. The EU special envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson said he sees no clear indication of a fundamental change in the Taliban based on considering

Afghan Visa Applicants Arrive in U.S. After Years of Waiting

By Eric Schmitt and Jennifer Steinhauer The New York Times July 30, 2021 The first group of Afghan interpreters and others who helped Americans during the war will stay on an Army base in Virginia until they are resettled. Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military protesting visa delays in front of the American Embassy in

UN compound attacked as battle for Afghanistan’s Herat rages

Al Jazeera 30 July 2021 Afghan guard killed in attack amid intense fighting between gov’t forces and Taliban on western city’s outskirts. An Afghan security guard was killed on Friday when a United Nations compound came under attack in Herat, officials said, as fighting raged between government forces and the Taliban on the outskirts of

Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots ‘worrisome,’ U.S. govt watchdog says

By Phil Stewart Reuters JULY 29, 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots detailed by Reuters here this month mark another “worrisome development” for the Afghan Air Force as it reels from a surge in fighting, a U.S. government watchdog said in a report released on Thursday. At least seven Afghan pilots have been assassinated off

24,000 Taliban Killed, Wounded in 4 Months: Ministry

Zahra Rahimi TOLOnews Reporter 29 July 2021 Based on the numbers by the State Ministry for Peace Affairs, during this period 5,777 civilians were also killed including women and children. Numbers issued by a violence-monitoring department in the State Ministry for Peace Affairs indicate that over 24,000 Taliban fighters were killed and wounded in battles with the Afghan

These Herders Lived in Peaceful Isolation. Now, War Has Found Them.

By Andrew E. Kramer The New York Times July 29, 2021, 12:06 p.m. ET Accompanied by their livestock, hundreds tried to flee the Wakhan Corridor, a mountainous region of Afghanistan now threatened by the Taliban. But they were turned back by northern neighbors. Kyrgyz nomad families traveling with yaks in the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan in

The predictable collapse of the Afghan Air Force is happening in real time

BY JEFF SCHOGOL Task and Purpose JUL 28, 2021  An Afghan pilot conducts training in an A-29 Super Tucano over Kabul. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Maygan Straight) President Joe Biden has vowed that the United States will make sure the Afghans “have the capacity to maintain their air force,” but signs have emerged that the Afghan Air Force

China Offers the Taliban a Warm Welcome While Urging Peace Talks

By Steven Lee Myers The New York Times July 28, 2021 Worried about the war in Afghanistan, China has stepped up diplomatic efforts with the government and the group to encourage a political settlement after the U.S. withdrawal. China offered a high-profile public stage to the Taliban on Wednesday, declaring that the group rapidly retaking

China says Taliban expected to play ‘important’ Afghan peace role

Reuters Staff JULY 28, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) -China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan’s war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a

Kandahar residents fear Taliban advance on Afghan city

By Ali M Latifi and Abdul Matin Amiri Al Jazeera 28 Jul 2021 Thousands of Afghans displaced and many forced to flee to safer places as the Taliban surrounds Kandahar city. Kandahar, Afghanistan – Last week, Kawsar Sama and her family packed up their belongings and got on a flight to the capital city of Kabul. For the 21-year-old

Taliban Takeover Would Make Afghanistan ‘Pariah State’: Blinken

 TOLOnews TV Network 28 July 2021 The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday told reporters in India that Afghanistan would become a “pariah state” if the government commits atrocities against its own population. “An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people

Americans evenly divided on whether Afghanistan War was a mistake: Gallup

BY MYCHAEL SCHNELL The Hill  07/26/21  © Getty Images Americans are evenly divided on whether the war in Afghanistan was a mistake, as the U.S.’s troop withdrawal from the region nears completion. Gallup reported on Monday that 47 percent of Americans believe U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan was a mistake, while 46 percent support the mission. President

Taliban claims to favour ‘settlement’. Can it be trusted?

By Ali M Latifi Al Jazeera 27 Jul 2021 The armed group says it wants a ‘political settlement’, but its fighters continue to press ahead with military campaigns on the ground. Kabul, Afghanistan – The Taliban leadership has reiterated that they want a “political settlement” to the Afghan conflict, but the swift military gains made by the

Afghanistan faces worsening food crisis amid conflict, droughts

Afghanistan Times AT News July 27, 2021 KABUL: Officials are warning that the country will slip into food crisis because of the conflict and droughts with millions of people in vulnerable areas at risks of food shortage. Afghans are in dire straits facing food insecurity due to the conflict and droughts, and this situation calls

NATO Chief Reiterates Support for Afghanistan

Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 27 July 2021 This comes as the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) continue to fight the Taliban in at least 20 provinces. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said there is a need for a political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan. “The security situation in Afghanistan

Afghan Civilian Casualties Soar as U.S. Exits, Monitors Say

By Adam Nossiter and Taimoor Shah The New York Times July 26, 2021, 7:07 a.m. ET Detentions and summary executions of those accused of colluding with the Kabul government were also reported, with the Taliban found to be largely responsible. Bouquets of flowers sat on empty desks as a tribute to those killed in the bombing outside the

Afghan soldiers seek refuge in Pakistan after losing border military posts

By Asif Shahzad Reuters July 26, 2021 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Forty-six Afghan soldiers sought refuge in Pakistan after losing control of military positions across the border following advances by Taliban insurgents, Pakistan’s army said on Monday. Hundreds of Afghan army soldiers and civil officials have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan, Iran and Pakistan in recent weeks

The Taliban explained

Al Jazeera 25 July 2021 The armed group has emerged as a strong player as US-led foreign forces pull out of Afghanistan after 20 years. The Taliban have won a string of battlefield victories in recent weeks as the United States-led foreign forces are about to complete pull-out from Afghanistan after 20 years. The armed

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Hit Record Levels: UN

Sonil Haidari ToloNews 26 July 2021 Civilian casualties have increased 47 percent in the last six months, the UN said in a report.   Resulting from a spike in violence in May that corresponded with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, the civilian casualties reported in the country for the first half of 2021 have

First task for Afghan forces is to slow Taliban’s momentum -Pentagon chief

Idrees Ali Reuters July 24, 2021 U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin answers reporters questions at the Pentagon as the U.S. military nears the formal end of its mission in Afghanistan in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. July 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska July 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on

U.S. General Won’t Commit to Ending Airstrikes on Taliban

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times July 25, 2021, 4:58 p.m. ET With the militants making advances across Afghanistan, the top American general there suggested that airstrikes may continue, even with the U.S. troop pullout largely completed. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie at a news conference in Kabul on Sunday.Credit…Sajjad Hussain/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images KABUL, Afghanistan

China, Pakistan Call for Afghan Ceasefire, Political Settlement

TOLOnews TV Network 25 July 2021 The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to support and facilitate the Afghan peace process. Pakistan and China foreign ministers on Saturday called on all warring parties in Afghanistan to agree on a comprehensive ceasefire and work together to achieve a broad-based, inclusive and negotiated political settlement. Foreign Minister Shah

Next High-Level Meeting on Peace Expected in August

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 25 July 2021 The first meeting was held on July 16 and lasted for two days, during which delegates agreed to continue their meetings. The next meeting of high-level delegations from both the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban will take place at the beginning of next month, sources close

Afghanistan imposes night curfew to curb Taliban advance

Al Jazeera 24 July 2021 Thirty-one of the country’s 34 provinces to be under 10pm to 4am curfew, the interior ministry announces. Afghanistan’s government has imposed a night-time curfew across almost all of the country’s 34 provinces to stem surging violence unleashed by a sweeping Taliban offensive that has seen the armed group make rapid

UN Warns of Expanding Threat from Daesh, al Qaeda in Afghanistan

TOLOnews  TV Network 24 July 2021 UN report says al Qaeda operates under Taliban protection from Kandahar, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, the report says. The United Nations in a new report is warning that the threat from terror groups such as Daesh and al Qaeda is expanding in many places in Afghanistan where the security

Biden Authorizes $100M in Emergency Funds for Afghan Refugees

TOLOnews TV Network 24 July 2021 Such assistance may be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis as appropriate, the White House says. US President Joe Biden on Friday authorized $100 million from an emergency fund to meet “unexpected urgent” refugee needs as a result of the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration

US Airstrikes Target Taliban, Military Equipment in Afghanistan 

By Jeff Seldin VOA/Voice of America July 22, 2021 06:22 PM FILE – Afghan forces inspect the site of a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2015. The U.S. has launched several airstrikes across Afghanistan in the past 30 days, a defense official told VOA on July 22, 2021. The United States has

In a city besieged by the Taliban, Afghan military advances disappear with forces stretched thin

Story by Susannah George, Photos by Lorenzo Tugnoli The Washington Post July 22, 2021 Elite Afghan forces conduct a clearing operation in an area under Taliban control on the northern edge of Kunduz city, Afghanistan, on July 15. KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — The argument between Afghan security forces erupted two miles inside Taliban-controlled territory, piercing the near-complete

U.S. Strikes Taliban Targets in a Show of Force in Afghanistan

By Adam Nossiter and Eric Schmitt The New York Times July 23, 2021 Updated 9:01 p.m. ET The airstrikes showed American willingness to back up beleaguered Afghan government forces as the Taliban advance, but the extent of that willingness remains unclear. The view from a police and army outpost in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in March. The U.S. military

Taliban: ‘No one wants a civil war’ in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 23 Jul 2021 The Taliban says it does not want to monopolise power but insists there will not be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press news agency, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also

Tajikistan Ready to Receive up to 100,000 Afghan Refugees

TOLOnews TV Network 23 July 2021 A senior Tajik official says Tajikistan is already building two large warehouses to store supplies for refugees. Tajikistan is preparing to receive up to 100,000 refugees from Afghanistan where violence has increased as international troops are leaving, a senior Tajik official said on Friday as quoted by Reuters. This

Taliban Seeks Agreement on New Govt Before Any Ceasefire

TOLOnews TV Network 23 July 2021 Shaheen says before any ceasefire, there must be an agreement on a new government “acceptable to us and to other Afghans.” A Taliban spokesman has said they don’t want to monopolize power but insisted that there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in

Journalism is sacred work’: Afghanistan’s front line reporters

By Robyn Huang and Matt Reichel Al Jazeera 21 Jul 2021 Afghanistan ranks as one of the world’s worst countries for journalism. Yet despite targeted killings and an uncertain future, reporters are not turning away from the profession. Kabul, Afghanistan – It was about 8am on a Monday morning in April 2018 when Bushra Seddique felt the multi-storey apartment building

Russian Envoy: Taliban Ready for Political Settlement

Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 21 July 2021 “Until now there are no indications that they are willing to seek a political settlement or to stop violence and destruction,” said MP Sadiq Qaderi. Russian envoy Zamir Kabulov said that the Talban’s violence has increased but the group is ready to seek a political settlement for the

U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan face daunting, dangerous mission with little military backup

Missy Ryan, Karen DeYoung and Dan Lamothe The Washington Post July 18, 2021 The U.S. Embassy dominates the skyline in Kabul. (Rahmat Gul/AP) The conclusion of the Pentagon’s two-decade effort in Afghanistan lays bare the challenges facing U.S. diplomats and aid workers who remain behind, as a modest civilian force attempts to propel warring Afghans toward

George W Bush warns of ‘bad’ outcome of US Afghanistan pullout

Al Jazeera 20 July 2021 Women and girls are at risk of ‘unspeakable harm’ Bush says as the Taliban claims it controls most of Afghanistan. Former United States President George W Bush, who initiated the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, has warned the US and NATO military withdrawal now speeding to a conclusion will

The Biden administration is sending Afghan visa applicants to an Army base in Virginia.

By Eric Schmitt The New York Times July 19, 2021 WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to evacuate an initial group of Afghans who helped the United States during the 20-year war and who now face reprisals from the Taliban to an Army base in Virginia in the coming days, the State and Defense Departments said

Foreign missions in Kabul issue joint call for Taliban ceasefire

Al Jazeera 19 Jul 2021 Fifteen diplomatic missions call for ‘urgent end’ to offensives, hours after Doha meeting failed to agree on a ceasefire. Fifteen diplomatic missions and the NATO representative in Kabul have joined hands to urge the Taliban to halt military offensives across Afghanistan, just hours after a peace meeting in Doha failed to agree

Taliban Sought Prisoner Release, Blacklisted Names Removed

Massoud Ansar, TOLOnews Reporter 20 July 2021 Noor said the Afghan government will not repeat its previous act–of releasing 5,000 inmates–which did not help in reducing violence. Atta Mohammad Noor, an Afghan politician who attended the two-day negotiations with the Taliban delegation in Doha, said the group sought the release of more prisoners and the

Back to Militias, the Chaotic Afghan Way of War

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Najim Rahim The New York Times Photographs by Jim Huylebroek July 18, 2021 Concerned by the Taliban’s offensive, regional power brokers are again recruiting and arming volunteer militias. But some fear the quick fix will lead to a wider breakdown MAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan—Omid Wahidi was born after the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001. His

Republic, Taliban Delegations Agree to Expedite Peace Efforts; Taliban Leader Says Group Wants ‘Political Solution’

TOLOnews TV Network 18 July 2021 The two sides issued a short joint statement in which they agreed to continue high level talks on peace. High-ranking delegations from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban concluded two days of negotiations and agreed to expedite the peace efforts and continue high-level talks, but fallen short

Women’s groups call for UN peacekeeping force in Afghanistan

By Edith M. Lederer | AP July 16, 2021 The Washington Post Women wait inside a factory to get their oxygen cylinders refilled from a privately owned oxygen factory, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Health officials say Afghanistan is fast running out of oxygen as a deadly third surge of COVID worsen. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Taliban offer 3-month ceasefire in return for prisoner release; Taliban’s political office says it did not suggest a truce in Doha talks

Reuters Staff JULY 18, 2021 (Reuters) – A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office told Al Jazeera TV on Sunday that the group did not suggest an Afghan truce during the Doha talks. “We did not present in the Doha talks a proposal for a three-month truce,” the spokesman told the Qatar-based channel. He added

China Criticized the Afghan War. Now It Worries About the Withdrawal.

By Steven Lee Myers The New York Times July 15, 2021 An explosion that killed Chinese workers in Pakistan has stirred fears in Beijing of regional instability. Kabul, Afghanistan, this month. Statements by senior Chinese officials made it clear that they would blame the United States for any insecurity that spreads in the region.Credit…Jim Huylebroek

ANDSF Retakes Three Districts in Last 24 Hours: MoD

Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 16 July 2021 Afghan forces retook the control of Kahmard and Saighan districts in Bamiyan, the Defense Ministry says. As clashes continue in various provinces, the Defense Ministry said on Friday that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces retook the control of Saighan and Kahmard districts in Bamiyan and Chakhansur district

Afghan Politicians Leave Kabul for Talks with Taliban in Doha

TOLOnews TV Network 16 July 2021 Abdullah said the delegation that will meet the Taliban delegation is inclusive and represents all of Afghanistan.  A 10-member team of key Afghan politicians left Kabul on Friday afternoon for a trip to Doha to hold talks with the Taliban amidst escalating violence in Afghanistan.  Abdullah Abdullah, head of

Afghanistan stunned by scale and speed of security forces’ collapse

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Tue 13 Jul 2021  More than 1,000 have fled across the border, and hundreds more have handed over weapons to the Taliban Afghan soldiers patrol the area near a checkpoint recaptured from the Taliban in the Alishing district of Laghman province. Photograph: Reuters Last autumn, with the departure of American

Moscow tightens screws on Kabul, accuses it ‘hypocrisy’ in Taliban talks

Afghanistan Times  July 14, 2021 AT News the Afghan government of hypocrisy as it has resumed long-stalled talked with the Taliban, calling on Kabul to start proper negotiations before it was too late. Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan, said that Afghan government only pretended to pursue peace talks with the

Afghan Taliban seize border crossing with Pakistan in major advance

Abdul Sediqi, Orooj Hakimi Reuters July 14, 20213:34 PM EDT People stand in front of a vehicle as an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and a Pakistan’s flag flutter in front of the friendship gate of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Wesh-Chaman border crossing, Spin Boldak, Afghanistan July 14, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from

Fear and Misery in an Afghan City Where Taliban Stalk the Streets

By Adam Nossiter and Najim Rahim The New York Times July 14, 2021Updated 11:28 a.m. ET For weeks, the northern city of Kunduz has suffered daily street battles. Times journalists were there to document a cat-and-mouse war for control. The main square in Kunduz, Afghanistan.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — The Afghan way of

The U.S. will help evacuate endangered Afghan nationals starting in late July.

By Glenn Thrush, Adam Nossiter and Eric Schmitt New York Times July 14, 2021 Former Afghan interpreters, who worked with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, demonstrated in Kabul last month.Credit…Reuters The Biden administration will begin “Operation Allies Refuge” in the last week in July to support the airlift of Afghan nationals who aided the United States and are endangered

UN Agency Warns of Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 14 July 2021 An estimated 270,000 Afghans have been newly displaced inside the country since January 2021, UNHCR said.  The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned over a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan due to ongoing violence in the country.  An estimated 270,000 Afghans have been newly displaced inside the country since

Taliban surround central Afghan city of Ghazni – officials

Reuters Staff JULY 12, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) -Taliban fighters have surrounded the city of Ghazni in central Afghanistan, taking over civilians’ homes to fight security forces, officials said on Monday, the latest urban centre under threat from the insurgents. The offensive was the latest on a provincial capital as the Taliban make a fresh push

Top U.S. General Steps Down in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times July 13, 2021 Gen. Austin S. Miller is leaving as the United States prepares to end its two-decade war in Afghanistan, and as Taliban fighters sweep across much of the country. Gen. Austin S. Miller greets Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the Afghanistan defense minister, during the change of

New, Civilized Afghan Taliban May Prefer Peace Talks: Rashid

TOLOnews TV Network 12 July 2021 Islamabad will accept any govt in Afghanistan that has the backing of the Afghan people, Pakistan Interior Minister said.  Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that “new, civilized Afghan Taliban” will prefer the peace talks and that Islamabad will accept any government in Afghanistan that has the support

Iran cheers U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — but fears what could follow

Miriam Berger The Washington Post July 10, 2021 As Western forces exit Afghanistan, Iran is watching with alarm. The resolution of one long-standing aim, the withdrawal of U.S. troops, is unleashing a separate challenge: what to do about the Taliban, another longtime problem for Iran, swiftly regaining power and territory next door. The Afghan government

Taliban say they control 85% of Afghanistan, humanitarian concerns mount

July 10, 2021 12:57 PM EDT Reuters KABUL/ MOSCOW, July 9 (Reuters) – Taliban officials said on Friday the Sunni Muslim insurgent group had taken control of 85% of territory in Afghanistan, and international concern mounted over problems getting medicines and supplies into the country. Afghan government officials dismissed the assertion that the Taliban controlled

Taliban Opposed to Turkey’s Running of Airport Security

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 11 July 2021 Civil Aviation Authority says a new defense system has been activated at Hamid Karzai International Airport. The Taliban on Sunday announced its opposition to an agreement between the US and Turkey for the latter to take over security of Hamid Karzai International Airport, with a spokesman of

AP Interview: Afghan warlord slams govt, quick US goodbye

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press July 9, 2021 Ata Mohammad Noor, chief of Jamiat-e-Islami and a powerful northern warlord, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his house in Mazar-e-Sharif north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 8, 2021. One of the most powerful warlords of northern Afghanistan and a key US ally in

Taliban Enter Kandahar City and Seize Border Posts

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times July 9, 2021 The insurgent assaulted a vital city in Afghanistan’s south on Friday, less than 24 hours after President Biden reaffirmed his decision to withdraw from the country. Afghan security forces guarding a road during fighting with the Taliban in Kandahar on Friday.Credit…Javed Tanveer/Agence France-Presse — Getty

Negotiators in Doha Held Talks on Five Key Issues

Haseeba Atakpal Tolo News 10 July 2021 Ceasefire and a future constitution have been part of key issues discussed in the meetings, sources said.   Peace delegations from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a series of talks over the past few days with the talks reportedly focused on at least five

After troops exit, safety of US Embassy in Kabul top concern

Kathy Gannon The Associated Press 6 July 2021 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the end to America’s “forever war” rapidly approaches, the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic missions in Kabul are watching a worsening security situation and looking at how to respond. In the countryside, districts are falling to the Taliban in rapid succession. America’s warlord allies

Taliban Says It Will Not Attack Provincial Centers

TOLOnews TV Network 9 July 2021 Sources on Friday said that the Taliban attacked District 7 of the city of Kandahar and captured two outposts. A Taliban delegation in Moscow said on Friday that it will not attack provincial centers – despite fighting by the group on the outskirts of many cities, including Qala-e-Naw in

US speeds Afghanistan withdrawal as Biden sets August deadline

Al Jazeera July 2021 President Biden says peace in Afghanistan can only come through renewed talks with Taliban even as fighting escalates. United States President Joe Biden said on Thursday the US military would complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31, ahead of schedule, and dismissed mounting concerns about a civil war developing in

Taliban fighters capture key Afghan border crossing with Iran

Reuters Staff JULY 8, 2021  KABUL (Reuters) -Taliban fighters seized control on Thursday of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes a major border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said, as the Islamist insurgents continued their rapid military advances around the country. In the last week, the Taliban have overrun areas bordering five

Biden makes his case on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as the Taliban gain ground.

By David E. Sanger and Aishvarya Kavi The New York Times July 8, 2021, 8:16 a.m. ET President Joe Biden delivered remarks on continued drawdown efforts in Afghanistan at the White House on Thursday.Credit…Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times President Biden made an impassioned case on Thursday that the United States could no longer afford the human cost or

Taliban, Afghan Delegates in Iran Agree ‘War Is Not Solution’

 TOLOnews TV Network 8 July 2021 The delegates also agreed to hold talks in a “cordial atmosphere” and to hold the next meeting soon. The Taliban delegation and a group of Afghan politicians in Tehran agreed during their meetings on Wednesday and Thursday that war was not the solution to the Afghan problem and that

Chaos in Afghanistan raises stakes for Russia

Afghanistan Times July 7, 2021 AT News KABUL: As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, Russia is becoming exponentially troubled by worsening security situation in the country and is trying to step in to shore up sagging defences of its allies bordering Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday expressed Kremlin’s extreme worries about

Taliban Attack a Provincial Capital in Afghanistan’s North, Freeing Prisoners

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Asad Timory The New York Times July 7, 2021  Continuing their offensive, the Taliban forces seemed poised to overrun the city, though Afghan airstrikes slowed the assault. Afghan soldiers at the front line of fighting between Taliban and security forces on Wednesday, in Badghis Province in northwest Afghanistan.Credit…Mirwis Omari/Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan —

Taliban looted, torched Afghan homes after evicting residents: Human Rights Watch

By Reuters Staff JULY 7, 2021 3:01 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Taliban fighters in northern Afghanistan last month evicted families and looted and torched their homes in apparent retaliation for cooperating with the Kabul government, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. The “retaliatory attacks” were committed by insurgents participating in a Taliban offensive that has

Taliban, Afghan Leaders in Tehran to Discuss Peace Process

Haseeba Atakpal, Tolo News 7 July 2021 The Taliban’s spokesman in Doha, Mohammad Naeem, on Twitter said that the Taliban delegation will hold talks with the Iranian officials on bilateral issues. A Taliban delegation led by the group’s negotiator Shir Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai is in Tehran where the delegation met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad

Afghanistan: ‘End this failed mission’ says former Afghan president Hamid Karzai as he blames US and its allies for rise in terrorism

By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, and Kevin Sheppard, cameraman, from Kabul Afghanistan Times  July 6, 2021 Former president Hamid Karzai doesn’t hold back any punches on who is to blame for the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai said he felt disrespected by the US A stream of politicians, ambassadors, world leaders and business people

Taliban Try to Polish Their Image as They Push for Victory

By Najim Rahim and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times July 6, 2021 Updated 5:08 p.m. ET The insurgents are trying to rebrand themselves as effective governors as they capture new territory. But there is more evidence that they are unreformed. Members of the Taliban in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan last March.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York

Taliban aim to present written peace plan at talks as soon as next month

Reuters 6 July 2021 KABUL, July 5 (Reuters) – The Taliban plan to present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government side as soon as next month, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgents said even as they make major territorial gains in the breach left by departing foreign forces. Hundreds of Afghan security force

Qatar Envoy in Kabul to Help Restart Doha Talks

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 6 July 2021 Qatar intends to speed up the Afghan peace process with their appointment of a special envoy to Afghanistan. Qatar’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan arrived in Kabul on Tuesday where he met a number of senior Afghan political leaders including former president Hamid Karzai to discuss how to expedite

Afghan War Causes Record Bloodshed Amid US Troop Exit 

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America July 01, 2021 09:46 PM An Afghan commando forces armored convoy leaves toward the front line, at Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 29, 2021. ISLAMABAD – The simmering war in Afghanistan, if official accounts are to be accepted, has killed more people last month than in any other

On eve of military exit, U.S. names Afghanistan among world’s worst on human trafficking

Missy Ryan The Washington Post July 2, 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the July 1 release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters) The State Department named Afghanistan among the countries with the world’s poorest records on human trafficking for the second year in a

‘What was the point?’ Afghans rue decades of war as U.S. quits Bagram

Reuters 3 July 2021 Afghans worry about security as U.S. exits KABUL, July 3 (Reuters) – As American troops left their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, marking a symbolic end to the longest war in U.S. history, locals living in the shadow of the base and in nearby Kabul were left ruing the

Gen. McKenzie to Lead US’s Mission in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 3 July 2021 Gen. Miller to transfer his combat authorities to Gen. Frank McKenzie.   US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a new command structure in Afghanistan that includes the transition of US military mission from warfighting to two new objectives: protecting a continuing US diplomatic presence in Kabul and maintaining

13 Districts Fall to Taliban in 24 Hours

Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 3 July 2021 The Defense Ministry says that 224 Taliban were killed in Afghan forces operations in the last 24 hours.  Sources said Saturday that the control of 13 districts – 11 districts in northeastern Afghanistan, one in the east and one in the south – have fallen to the Taliban

As Western forces pack bags in Afghanistan, aid agencies brace for new round of displacement

Miriam Berger The Washington Post July 2, 2021 Afghan refugees receive assistance in Quetta, Pakistan, on June 28. (Jamal Taraqai/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Four decades after the first wave of Afghan refugees fled in the face of a Soviet invasion, and nearly 20 years after a U.S.-led invasion transformed life in the country, humanitarian agencies say they are

As the Taliban gain ground, how long can the U.S. Embassy in Kabul stand?

By NAHAL TOOSI and LARA SELIGMAN Politico 07/02/2021 12:27 PM EDT An embassy “Emergency Action Plan” warns of scenarios likely to arise as Afghanistan’s security deteriorates. Afghan National Army cadets dressed as Taliban walk back to base following a Taliban capture military exercise in Kabul, Afghanistan. | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images The situation in Afghanistan is grim. An occupying

Daesh Building Up Forces in Northern Afghanistan: Lavrov

 TOLOnews  TV Network 2 July 2021 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is important to pay attention to Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said that Daesh militants are building up their forces in northern Afghanistan as US and NATO troops are leaving the country, calling it a worry for Moscow. Quoted

U.S. Leaves Its Last Afghan Base, Effectively Ending Operations

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times July 2, 2021 Updated 11:56 a.m. ET With little fanfare, Bagram Air Base — once the military’s nerve center — was handed over to the Afghans, after nearly 20 years of waging war from the hub. An American soldier in 2019 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New

As Afghan Forces Crumble, an Air of Unreality Grips the Capital

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times July 2, 2021Updated 12:05 p.m. ET With the Taliban advancing and U.S. troops leaving, President Ashraf Ghani and his aides have become increasingly insular, and Kabul is slipping into shock. A park in Kabul on Friday afternoon.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — With his military

What’s next for the Afghan air force? Learning to fix aircraft via Zoom.

J.P. LAWRENCE STARS AND STRIPES JUNE 29, 2021 An Afghan air force technician maintains a helicopter for an early morning takeoff from Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan in 2013. Afghan maintainers said theyve been practicing remote assistance video calls for two months, in anticipation of most U.S-funded maintenance contractors departing the country soon. (Benjamin Bloker/U.S. Air

Scarred by May school bombing, Afghanistan’s Hazaras fear what awaits them as Taliban gains ground

Pamela Constable The Washington Post July 1, 2021 A mural in Kabul memorializes the scores of girls killed in a school bombing. Some could be identified only by their shoes. (Pamela Constable/The Washington Post) KABUL — The pair of bloodstained girls’ sneakers, painted on a wall in downtown Kabul, serves as a grim reminder of

U.S. Questioned Whether Afghan Government Could Survive Taliban Onslaught

By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter, and Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy. JUNE 30, 2021, 10:52 AM Biden to boost aid to Kabul as the militants capture more territory. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington on June 25. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES The

Western forces pack up to end their war, Afghans “manage the consequences”

Reuters staff JULY 1, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan scrap dealers are picking over the detritus of the two-decade U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan, collecting whatever they can of value from heaps of broken military hardware, scrapped machines and old furniture. While the scrap men search through junk outside the main U.S. base in Afghanistan,

June Deadliest Month in Afghanistan in Two Decades

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 1 July 2021 The majority of casualties were reported in Baghlan, Faryab, Badakhshan, Ghazni, Takhar, Balkh, Ghor, Herat, Farah, Kunduz, Badghis and Sar-e-Pul provinces. Afghan authorities claim that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) have killed over 6,000 Taliban fighters in approximately one month, and the Taliban has said

Poppy Cultivation Up 45 Percent in Afghanistan: Ministry

Fariba Sadat Tolo News 1 July 2021 “They are not treating it in the right way, they just keep us there for a specific period of time,” said Ali, referring to treatment programs for addicts. The deputy minister of counter-narcotics on Thursday said that poppy cultivation and drug smuggling has increased by 45 percent in

Afghan civilians take up arms as U.S.-led forces leave

Reuters staff JUNE 30, 2021 PARWAN, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Gun in hand, 55-year-old Dost Mohammad Salangi recites poetry as he leads a small group of men to a look-out post high in the rugged hills of Parwan province, north of the Afghan capital Kabul. Heavily bearded and wearing a traditional circular pakol hat to keep

U.S. military days away from completing Afghan withdrawal

By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali Reuters 29 June 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military appears just days away from completing its withdrawal from Afghanistan, well ahead of the Sept. 11 deadline set by President Joe Biden to end America’s longest war, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The withdrawal of

Afghanistan’s Survival in Jeopardy: Abdullah

Sonil Haidari Tolo News 30 June 2021 “The truth is today that the survival, security and unity of Afghanistan is in danger.” Abdullah said.   Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), at the council’s leadership committee meeting at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday said that “the survival of Afghanistan is in

As the U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan, Kabul’s Airport Is a Final Stand

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper The New York Times 30 June 2021 With the main allied military air base about to close, negotiations are underway with Turkey about continuing to secure the civilian airport as the Taliban advance across the country. Hamid Karzai International Airport is crucial to the United States and allied countries maintaining a

U.S. military commander in Afghanistan warns of chaotic civil war

Pamela Constable The Washington Post June 30, 2021 Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the United States’ top commander in Afghanistan, speaks to journalists at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on June 29. (Ahmad Seir/Associated Press) KABUL — The top American military commander in Afghanistan expressed deep concern Tuesday that the country could slide into

Top US general says security in Afghanistan deteriorating

By Kathy Gannon | AP June 29, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. EDT U.S. Army Gen. Austin S. Miller, the U.S.’s top general in Afghanistan, speaks to journalists at the Resolute Support headquarters, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Miller on Tuesday gave a sobering assessment of the country’s deteriorating security situation as America winds down its

Taliban fighters launch attack on Ghazni, clash with Afghan troops; Violence intensifies across Afghanistan’s central and northern provinces

By Reuters Staff June 29, 2021  9:45 AM GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban fighters have launched an attack on Ghazni, clashing with Afghan forces and using explosives in an attempt to seize the central Afghan city, local officials said on Tuesday. The assault on Ghazni, on the highway linking the capital Kabul with the southern

The House plans a vote to speed visas for Afghans who helped the U.S. government.

By Luke Broadwater New York Times June 29, 2021, 8:34 a.m. ET Afghans who had worked as translators for the U.S. government protested outside the American embassy in Kabul on Friday.Credit…Mariam Zuhaib/Associated Press Rushing to help Afghans who face retribution for working alongside American troops in their home country, the House is scheduled to vote on Tuesday

Even the Taliban are surprised at how fast they’re advancing in Afghanistan

By Dan De Luce, Mushtaq Yusufzai and Saphora Smith NBC News June 25, 2021, 4:30 AM EDT Even the Taliban are taken aback at how fast their forces are moving, one commander said, and have slowed down in some cases to avoid offending the U.S. WASHINGTON — The Taliban are advancing at lightning speed across Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw.

Taliban says has right to react if US troops stay in Afghanistan

By Al Jazeera Staff 25 Jun 2021 A spokesman tells Al Jazeera if Washington keeps 650 soldiers past the September 11 deadline, it will be a ‘clear violation’ of the agreement. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview that the armed group has the “right to react” if the United States

On the Front Line: A Night With Afghan Commandos

Photographs and Text by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times 25 June 2021 On a recent night raid, a Times photographer captured Afghanistan’s elite forces as they disrupted Taliban operations in one of the country’s most volatile provinces. SOMEWHERE OVER HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — As the city lights faded and the Soviet-era military helicopter banked over

As the last American forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, Biden says the country’s fate is in its own hands

Anne Gearan and Missy Ryan The Washington Post   June 25, 2021 at 6:38 p.m. EDT President Biden meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the Oval Office on June 25. (Susan Walsh/APP President Biden pledged Friday that the United States will remain committed to Afghanistan after American forces leave the country, but said that

US to keep about 650 troops in Afghanistan after withdrawal

By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns | AP The Washington Post June 24, 2021 at 5:26 p.m. EDT FILE – In this April 29, 1975, file photo the helicopter zone at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, showing last minute evacuation of authorized personnel and civilians. With U.S. and NATO forces under a Sept. 11, 2021, deadline

Afghan Government Could Collapse Six Months After U.S. Withdrawal, New Intelligence Assessment Says

By Gordon Lubold and Yaroslav Trofimov Wall Street Journal Updated June 23, 2021 4:10 pm ET Taliban advances prompt agencies to revise outlook for how long Kabul can hold out KABUL—The U.S. intelligence community concluded last week that the government of Afghanistan could collapse as soon as six months after the American military withdrawal from

UN urges world to push Afghanistan from battlefield to talks

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press June 22, 2021 Afghan men prays near the grave of their relatives killed in bombings near Syed Al-Shahada School last month at cemetery on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. After the collapse of the Taliban 20 years ago, Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras began to flourish and

U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries

By Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The New York Times June 24, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET The move is meant to place interpreters and others who worked with departing American forces somewhere safe until visas for them to enter the United States are processed. U.S. soldiers spoke with villagers through an interpreter in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province in 2009.

Taliban Take 7 District Centers in Past 24 Hours

Haseeba Atakpal Tolo News 24 June 2021 “Security forces in Gurizwan evacuated the area due to a lack of communication,” said Abdul Ahad Elbek, a member of Faryab’s provincial council. The Taliban have seized the centers of at least seven districts in Faryab, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Logar and Ghazni provinces in the past 24 hours, according

Afghan president set to visit White House as security situation in his country worsens

Leo Shane III Military Times.com 22 June 2021 An Afghan army Humvee patrols Kunduz city, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan on June 21, 2021. (Abdullah Sahil/AP) As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani prepares to visit the White House this week, Pentagon leaders are emphasizing that plans to withdraw U.S. military forces from the country remain unchanged, despite

‘Taliban now control over 100 districts in Afghanistan’

Afghanistan Times June 23, 2021  AT News KABUL: The Taliban now control more than 100 districts across Afghanistan with more territories falling to the insurgents every day, a report by the Long War Journal said Tuesday. Since early May of this year, Afghanistan has been subject to a substantial increase in Taliban attacks with security

Taliban Attacks Prove Group Has Not Changed: Ghani Aide

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 22 June 2021   “Talib is the one who kills journalists, religious scholars. Talib is the one who goes everywhere and destroys bridges, schools and clinics,” Omer said.  Following repeated attacks by the Taliban in various parts of the country, particularly in the north, President Ghani’s senior adviser Waheed Omer said

Afghanistan’s air force is a rare U.S.-backed success story. It may soon fail

Nabih Bulos Los Angeles Times (TNS) Jun 20, 2021 SHAH WALI KOT, Afghanistan — The UH-60 Blackhawk plummeted like a roller coaster from 10,000 feet — safe from whatever the Taliban was firing at it — all the way down to 50 feet, its nose almost licking the sun-scorched terrain of the Shah Wali Kot.

Attacked and Vulnerable, Some Afghans Are Forming Their Own Armies

By David Zucchino and Fatima Faizi The New York Times June 23, 2021 With U.S. troops leaving, the Taliban advancing, and a steady collapse of security force bases and outposts, the Hazara and other ethnic groups in Afghanistan are raising militias. Members of the Resistance for Justice Movement, an armed militia  of Hazara fighters, preparing to patrol

US Can Provide Over-the-Horizon Support to Afghanistan: Pentagon

TOLOnews TV Network 21 June 2021 Pentagon spokesman says the withdrawal schedule “could fluctuate as conditions change.    The US military “can already provide the over-the-horizon support that the Afghan government will need,” Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said Monday, adding that the United States leaders continually assess the progress of the retrograde from Afghanistan

Death of famed Afghan commander in Taliban massacre highlights the country’s struggles and fears

Pamela Constable The Washington Post June 20, 2021 A color guard leads the cortege in Kabul on June 19 for Afghan Col. Sohrab Azimi, whose coffin is mounted on a tank. Azimi and 22 other special forces members were killed by the Taliban on June 16 while defending a base in northern Afghanistan. (Pam Constable/for

Militias in Afghanistan’s north are taking up the fight against the Taliban

Pamela Constable and Ezzatullah Mehrdad The Washington Post June 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT Afghan special forces, seen after they clashed with Taliban fighters in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, on June 22. (Reuters) KABUL — A sweeping Taliban offensive across northern Afghanistan, unchecked by overstretched government forces, has triggered a sudden resurgence of anti-Taliban militias

“A Future of One’s Own”: One young woman’s struggle to thrive in modern Herat

S Reza Kazemi Afghanistan Analysts Network  21 Jun 2021  At a time when the future of Afghanistan as a state and society is deeply uncertain, we bring to you an in-depth case study of the life choices of one university graduate who has grown up on the outskirts of the country’s northwestern city of Herat.

Biden to meet with Afghan President Ghani as violence surges

Humeyra Pamukuters Reuters June 20, 2021 Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani gestures during celebrations to mark Afghan New Year (Newroz), in Kabul, Afghanistan March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council

Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan’s North After Swift Offensive

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Najim Rahim The New York Times June 20, 2021 The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan, just as American and international troops are set to leave the country in coming weeks. A military base on a hilltop near Kunduz in 2015 littered with old Russian tanks.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Myriad Problems for Afghan Military

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The New York Times Published June 19, 2021Updated June 20, 2021, 3:51 p.m. ET It is not just U.S. troops who are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Thousands of private contractors — who help keep the Afghan Air Force flying, among other tasks — are leaving as well. American contractors repairing an Afghan Air Force

Key Afghan Delegation to Meet Taliban in Doha: Sources

Haseeba Atakpal Tolo News 18 June 2021 Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai will also be part of the team, sources said. A six-member team from the Afghan Republic comprising key political leaders, including the reconciliation council’s chief Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai, is expected to travel to Doha within the next

Elite Afghan Forces Suffer Horrific Casualties as Taliban Advance

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Najim Rahim The New York Times June 17, 2021 At least 24 commandos were killed in one battle in the Afghan north, and that kind of stark loss is playing out across the country: “We mourn. The Taliban celebrate. And it hurts too much.” Members of the Afghan Special Forces in Helmand Province

Austin: Al-Qaida could regroup in Afghanistan in 2 years

By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor | AP The Washington Post June 17, 2021 at 3:51 p.m. EDT Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Thursday, June 17, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP) WASHINGTON — An extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in

US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

By Matthew Lee | AP The Washington Post June 17, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. EDT A man receives the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. In Afghanistan, where a surge threatens to overwhelm a war-battered health system, 700,000 doses donated by China arrived over the weekend, and within hours,

COVID-19 out of control in Afghanistan as cases up 2,400% in a month

Reuters JUNE 17, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) -The COVID-19 pandemic is spiralling out of control in Afghanistan, with cases rising 2,400% in the past month, hospitals filling up and medical resources quickly running out, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Thursday. More than a third of tests last week came

Biden, Putin Discuss Post-Withdrawal Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 June 2021 Putin said he hopes the US and NATO are able to maintain some peace and security in Afghanistan, according to Biden. US President Joe Biden on Wednesday at a press conference in Switzerland after meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said that he discussed Afghanistan with the Russian

Frustration growing as time runs short to evacuate Afghan allies ahead of US withdrawal

Leo Shane III Military Times 15 June 2021 Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Luedtke, left, listens to an Afghan interpreter relaying the requests of a local elder in Roydara on August 7, 2007. (Master Sgt. James Varhegyi/Air Force) Time is running out to find a solution for Afghan nationals looking to emigrate to the United States

Norway says it will operate Kabul medical facility after troop withdrawal if security of personnel is assured

Karen DeYoung The Washington Post June 16, 2021 Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14. (Patrick Semansky/AP) Norway has said it will continue to operate the medical facility used by diplomats and aid personnel in Kabul for the rest of

Time running out for Afghan peace process, more efforts needed – EU envoy

Charlotte GreenfieldGibran Peshimam Reuters June 16, 2021 Taliban delegates speak during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari/File Photo ISLAMABAD, June 16 (Reuters) – The European Union’s envoy for Afghanistan said on Wednesday time was running out for Afghan peace negotiations and more needed to

CENTCOM Head Says US Will Not Support Afghan Forces with Airstrikes After Troop Withdrawal

By Carla Babb Voice of America June 14, 2021 05:21 AM FILE – Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie (center) makes an unannounced visit in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 31, 2020. ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – The United States is not planning to support Afghan forces with air strikes after the U.S. troops withdrawal is complete, and counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan will

NATO allies seek clarity on maintaining secure facilities in Afghanistan following troop withdrawal

Karen DeYoung The Washington Post June 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EDT Afghan security personnel on May 25 at a checkpoint around the Green Zone, which houses embassies in Kabul. (Rahmat Gul/AP) With fewer than 100 days before the Sept. 11 deadline President Biden has set for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan,

Turkey’s Erdogan offers to guard Kabul Airport post U.S. exit

Afghanistan Times 15 June 2021 KABUL: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks U.S. trust to hand him over guarding and running of Kabul- Hamid Karzai- Airport after the withdrawal of U.S. led NATO forces from Afghanistan. Turkey would be the “only reliable” country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the US pulls out its troops, he

Citing Makkah Statement, Protestors Urge Taliban to Stop Fighting

Nabila Ashrafi, Tolo News 15 June 202 Civil activists, citing the fatwa, called on the Taliban to stop the killing of Afghans and to put an end to the war that takes lives every day on both sides. In a press conference held in Kabul on Tuesday, Afghan civil society activists announced their support for

U.N. readies for more displaced Afghans after troop withdrawal

By Michelle Nichols Reuters 14 June 2021 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -The United Nations is preparing for a likely further displacement of civilians in Afghanistan after U.S. and international troops leave the country in September, U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters on Monday. Violence has been rising as foreign forces begin withdrawing and efforts to

NATO Leaders Agreed to Continue Support to Afghans

TOLOnews TV Network 15 June 2021 “Our support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces will endure,” President Biden said.   US President Joe Biden at a press conference after the NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels on Monday “there was a strong consensus in the room, among the leaders, in that meeting, on Afghanistan,”

U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis

By Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and Thomas Gibbons-Neff June 10, 2021 Published June 9, 2021 The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made. A United States Air Force pilot training Afghan service members in 2018. Afghan security

Muslim World League to Host Afghan Peace Conference in Makkah

TOLOnews TV Network 10 June 2021 The event will conclude with a final statement and a declaration of peace in Afghanistan. The Muslim World League (MWL) will host in Makkah on Thursday the Islamic Conference on the Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan, Arab News reported.  The event, hosted by Saudi Arabia, will bring together senior

He spent years at war in Afghanistan. Now he commands the U.S. withdrawal.

Dan Lamothe The Washington Post June 7, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT Gen. Austin ‘Scott’ Miller said U.S. troops can do what is needed to ‘go out with our heads held high’ Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller supported a possible political settlement with the Taliban, but privately questioned if the group would follow through. (Jeff Harris/Defense

Without U.S. contractors, the Afghan military will lose its main advantage over the Taliban — air power

Dan De Luce NBC News June 6, 2021 The loss of U.S. contractors could trigger a game-changing shift in the military balance between the Taliban and the Afghan government. An Afghan pilot stands next to a line of U.S.-made MD-530 helicopters in Kabul in September 2016.Shah Marai / AFP via Getty Images file WASHINGTON —

Official: US Pledges $3.3 Billion in Funding for Afghan Forces

By Ayaz Gul Voice of Amerca June 06, 2021 12:28 PM ISLAMABAD – The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, along with a high-level delegation, met Sunday with leaders in Kabul to discuss bilateral cooperation after U.S. and coalition troops leave the country by a Sept. 11 deadline. The discussions come as Taliban insurgents

Afghan troops suffer ‘shockingly high’ casualties as violence mounts

Reuters JUNE 7, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – At least 150 Afghan troops have been killed or injured in the last 24 hours in a surge of attacks by Taliban militants as foreign forces withdraw, senior government officials said on Monday. Fighting is now raging in 26 of the country’s 34 provinces, the officials said, speaking

Taliban takeover two districts as severe clashes rocked Afghanistan

Afghanistan Times June 7, 2021, 2021 KABUL: The Taliban group overran a couple districts of the two provinces in south and west of Afghanistan as the militants have intensified their offensives across the country. Urozgan Governor Omar Shirzad said that the security forces retreated from the compound of Gizab district. A clash occurred between the

C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

By Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes The New York Times June 6, 2021 The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country. An Afghan soldier flying over Helmand Province last month. Recent C.I.A. and military intelligence reports on Afghanistan have been increasingly

Taliban Assures Afghan Interpreters on Their Safety

TOLOnews TV Network 7 June 2021 The Taliban said that those Afghans who worked with international troops should not fear and should continue living a peaceful life in the country. Amidst foreign troops withdrawal, thousands of Afghan interpreters and staff members have expressed concerns about threats against them, but the Taliban in a statement said

Pakistan Seeks Afghan Settlement Before Troop Withdrawal: Report

TOLOnews TV Network 5 June 2021 Imran Khan said it is not going to be easy to get concessions from the Taliban after the US decision. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his country is pushing for a political settlement in Afghanistan before international troops leave later this year to reduce the risk

Find Him and Kill Him’: An Afghan Pilot’s Desperate Escape

By David Zucchino Photographs by Kiana Hayeri The New York Times June 3, 2021 Threatened by the Taliban and considered AWOL by the Afghan military, a decorated helicopter pilot fled for the United States with his wife and daughter. Maj. Naiem Asadi, an Afghan Air Force helicopter pilot, his wife, Rahima, and their daughter, Zainab, packing

Amid brutal case surge, Afghanistan hit by a vaccine delay

By Kathy Gannon  Associated Press June 5, 2021 at 2:09 a.m. EDT An Afghan doctor checks a COVID-19 patient at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 30, 2021. Afghanistan is battling a brutal third wave of COVID infections, while health officials plead for vaccines, expressing deep frustration at the inequities of the

A Siege, a Supply Run and a Descent Into a Decade-Old Battle

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times May 31, 2021 ‘Do you have body armor?’ the Afghan pilot asked us as we prepared for a trip to outposts surrounded by the Taliban. Afghan soldiers unloading supplies, including live sheep, from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after it landed at Camp Nowruz during

Khalid Says Intl Forces May Continue Air Support After Pullout

 Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 31 May 2021   Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid assured the Afghan forces that the country will not fall to militants. Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid on Tuesday said air support by international troops aiding Afghan forces might continue even after the end of the foreign military presence in Afghanistan if necessary.  “The

Taliban Attach Conditions to Istanbul Conference Participation

 By Tahir Khan Voice of America May 25, 2021 01:39 PM FILE – Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, center, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for attending an international peace conference in Moscow, Russia, Apr. 21, 2021. ISLAMABAD – The Afghan Taliban have decided upon three conditions to attend an eagerly awaited

A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

By David Zucchino and Najim Rahim The New York Times May 27, 2021Updated 1:33 p.m. ET Dozens of besieged outposts or bases, and four district centers, have given up to the insurgents this month, in an accelerating rural collapse as American troops leave. Policemen standing guard on the roof of their outpost near Mehtarlam in Afghanistan’s Laghman Province.

Some Foreign Troops to Remain in Afghanistan

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 27 May 2021 “America wants a Turkish garrison to secure the city’s airport and 600 US marines could be deployed to protect the US embassy,” The Sun reported. A British newspaper reported that a US plan calls for hundreds of foreign troops to remain in Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from

Pentagon Accelerates Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper The New York Times Published May 26, 2021 American troops are set to be out by early to mid-July, well ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline, even as big issues remain unresolved. An Afghan Air Force Black Hawk crew preparing to unload supplies in southern Afghanistan this month. The

Taliban Warns Neighbor Countries Against Hosting US Bases

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 26 May 2021 The Taliban warned neighboring countries of future consequences if US bases are allowed on their soil.  Reacting to reports that the US was considering the establishment of military bases in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, the Taliban in a statement on Tuesday warned neighboring countries against such a move, saying

Alarm sounded over dreadful surge in Covid-19 cases, deaths in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Times May 25, 2021 AT News KABUL: With a fresh surge in the third wave of Corona virus, the Afghan health authorities on Tuesday reported a significant surge in new cases and deaths-related to the virus, despite a stepped-up vaccination campaign. The Afghan health ministry recorded 840 new infections and 19 deaths across the

Australia to close Afghanistan embassy over security fears

Al Jazeera 25 May 2021 Prime Minister Scott Morrison says embassy to shut this week because of the ‘increasingly uncertain security environment’ in Kabul. Australia has abruptly announced it will close its embassy in Afghanistan this week, expressing fears over the “increasingly uncertain security environment” in Kabul in the wake of the US decision to

Afghan women rights on verge of collapse as international forces exit

Afghanistan Times AT News May 24, 2021 KABUL: The rights of the Afghan women are on verge of collapse as the international troops preparing for exit, leaving the country’s peace negotiations in stalemate and uncertainty, said an international watchdog. The Amnesty International in a report published on Monday, expressed “grave” concerns on possible violation of

NATO to continue Afghan troop training after leaving country

FRANCOIS MORI ASSOCIATED PRESS Stars and Stripes Published: May 21, 2021 French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attend a briefing at the Elysee palace in Paris on Friday, May 21, 2021. BRUSSELS— NATO will continue to train Afghan special forces outside the country after it winds up 18 years of

Doha: Negotiators Meet for Second Time in Renewed Talks

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 24 May 2021 The Republic negotiators said they discussed the resumption of the negotiations and the details of continuing the talks. Some negotiators of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting in Doha on Sunday–their latest since May 13–amid the stalled peace efforts that have shown no

 Pakistan allows overflight to US military to support presence in Afghan

Afghanistan Times AT Monitoring Desk May 22, 2021 KABUL: Pakistan has allowed the US military to have overflight and access to be able to support its presence in Afghanistan, a top Pentagon official has told lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Affairs David F Helvey also told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Taliban may grab US military equipment as American troops leave Afghanistan

Leo Shane III Military Times 20 May 2021 Afghans stand inside Baba Mir’s scrapyard outside Bagram Air Base, northwest of the capital Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 3, 2021. (Rahmat Gul/AP) U.S. military equipment could end up in the hands of Taliban fighters and terrorist groups as American troops withdraw thousands of vehicles, weapons and other military

Inside Washington’s Fight to Save Afghans Who Saved Americans

By Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch Foreign Policy MAY 19, 2021, 1:59 PM Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives. With the help of an interpreter (center), an Afghan National Army doctor (left) speaks with a U.S. Army advisor in Pul-e-Alam, Afghanistan, on April 5, 2014. SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES In

Tribal elders broker local Taliban, Afghan government ceasefire

Reuters By Reuters Staff MAY 20, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Tribal elders in eastern Afghanistan have achieved something that has long eluded world leaders – a ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The month-long stoppage in hostilities in the Alingar district of Laghman province, one of the hardest hit by violence, was called

US General to Recommend Post-Pullout Plan for Afghanistan

Tolo News TV Network 20 May 2021 Gen. McKenzie says negotiations for US “troop basing” and “overflight rights” With Afghan neighbors are “moving forward.” Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command said Wednesday he will make recommendations to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in early June on how to monitor and fight “terrorist

Pak makes shift against Taliban to balance US, China

Afghanistan News International/ANI 19 May 2021, 19:55 GMT+10 Islamabad [Pakistan], May 19 (ANI): In a strategic shift, Islamabad no longer favours a Taliban total victory in Afghanistan as it seeks to balance its US and China relations. Salman Rafi Sheikh, writing in Asia Times said that Pakistan’s security establishment appears to see more geopolitical upside

Freedom of speech facing increased threats

Afghanistan Times AT News May 19, 2021 KABUL: Supporting the Open Media in Afghanistan (NAI) has expressed concerns on the threats facing before the freedom of speech and freedom of press. In a statement, the watchdog joint the call of the amnesty international and urge the government to take tremendous steps to provide protection to

U.S. eyes international effort to help secure Kabul airport after withdrawal

By Phil Stewart Reuters 18 May 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its NATO allies are exploring a possible international effort to help secure the airport in Afghanistan’s capital after American troops withdraw from the country, the top U.S. general said on Tuesday. U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Taliban’s military victory faces international opposition; Khalilzad Says Fears of Taliban Conquering Kabul Are Overblown

Afghanistan Times AT News May 19, 2021 KABUL: The U.S. appointed man for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad vows that the Taliban group’s military victory will face regional and international opposition as well as sanctions. Khalilzad argued that the Taliban have reason not to push for a military victory and instead pursue a negotiated political settlement

 Human Rights Watch worried about Afghan women’s condition

Afghanistan Times AT News May 18, 2021 KABUL: The Human Rights Watch expresses concerns over the condition of Afghan women, predicting their future as challenging. It says that Afghan women still don’t have access to their basic rights. Heather Barr, a senior human rights researcher and head of the Human Rights Watch in Asia, said

China Offers to Host Afghan Peace Talks

 By Ayaz Gul Voice of America/VOA May 18, 2021 08:23 AM FILE – China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves as he leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. ISLAMABAD – China has renewed diplomatic efforts to help facilitate a negotiated end to the conflict in Afghanistan, saying it is

In Taliban-Controlled Areas, Girls Are Fleeing for One Thing: an Education

By Adam Nossiter Photographs by Kiana Hayeri The New York Times May 17, 2021 Two districts in Afghanistan’s northwest offer a glimpse into life under the Taliban, who have completely cut off education for teenage girls. SHEBERGHAN, Afghanistan — The order to shut down the girls’ schools was announced at the mosque, in a meeting with

Afghan clashes resume after Eid ceasefire as U.S. troops begin pullout

By Reuters staff MAY 17, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Heavy fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents resumed on Monday after a three-day ceasefire announced by both sides for the Muslim holiday of Eid, officials said. Taliban Islamists have staged a months-long campaign to expand their influence across the country as the United States

Taliban Ready to Resume Intra-Afghan Talks in Doha

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 18 May 2021 Last week negotiators from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held brief talks in Doha after a month’s delay. As prospects for the resumption of peace talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban remain vague, a spokesman for the Taliban on Monday said

Spy Agencies Seek New Afghan Allies as U.S. Withdraws

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Julian E. Barnes The New York Times May 14, 2021 Updated 9:14 a.m. ET The move signals an acknowledgment by Western intelligence agencies that they are preparing for the likely collapse of the central government and a return to civil war. A billboard of Ahmad Shah Massoud on the anniversary of his killing in Kabul,

Ghani, Blinken Discuss Afghan Peace, Recent Attacks

Syed Zabiullah Langari  Tolo News 14 May 2021,   Antony Blinken said US supports its partnership and Afghan security forces.   The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on phone and the two sides discussed the regional efforts to advance the Afghan peace process and the recent

White House Weighs Evacuating Afghans as Time Runs Out

Jennifer Jacobs and Roxana Tiron Bloomberg News May 12, 2021, 11:01 AM EDT Updated on May 13, 2021, Thousands of translators and other workers could be at risk U.S. embassy in Kabul is understaffed, visa program backlogged Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint outside a U.S. military base in Bagram on April 29, 2021. Photographer:

A City Under Siege: What the War Looks Like on Afghanistan’s Front Line

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times May 13, 2021 LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — The war is just on the other side of this wall, a partly destroyed cinder block barricade in southern Afghanistan. A week ago, a family lived in a house on the property. They have since fled, and their

Officials give Congress few answers on Afghanistan pullout

By Lolita C. Baldor | AP The Washington Post May 13, 2021 WASHINGTON — Defense officials had few solid answers Wednesday as frustrated lawmakers sought details on how the United States will keep the terrorist threat from reemerging in Afghanistan after American and coalition troops leave later this year. Under persistent questions from members of the House Armed Services

Afghan forces battle to recapture Taliban-held Kabul outskirt

Al Jazeera 12 May 2021 The military operation to regain control of Nerkh district came just before the start of a three-day Eid ceasefire. Afghanistan’s security forces have mounted an operation to recapture a Taliban-held district outside the capital Kabul, according to a local official. The battle for Nerkh district, which lies in Wardak province about

‘We will kill you’: Thousands of Afghans who helped U.S. want to evacuate before the Taliban finds them

By Dan De Luce NBC News May 10, 2021 Advocates are pushing the idea of evacuating thousands of Afghans to Guam or other safe locations, where officials could vet them for U.S. resettlement. Afghan former interpreters for U.S. and NATO forces gather during a demonstration in downtown Kabul on April 30.WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP via Getty

Saleh on CBS Says US ‘Legitimized’ Taliban, Must ‘Remain Engaged’

TOLOnews TV Network 11 May 2021   On the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Saleh told CBS News: “They have taken a decision, and we respect that decision.”  Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in an interview told CBS News said it was the American government that “legitimized” the Taliban in the first place, and now

US Airstrikes Target Taliban as Fighting Intensifies

By Jeff Seldin Stars and Stripes May 05, 2021 08:23 PM Afghan security forces stand near an armored vehicle during fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in the Busharan area on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, May 5, 2021. The United States is making good on its pledge

Taliban capture key district near Afghan capital

Reuters MAY 11, 2021 1:52 PM KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents captured a key district just outside the Afghan capital Kabul in central Wardak province, forcing government forces to retreat, security officials said on Tuesday. The seizure of Nerkh district comes amid intensifying violence following an announcement by the Islamist group of a three-day ceasefire

School bombing heightens fears among Afghanistan’s Hazaras, long a target for militants, amid U.S. exit

Susannah George and Sharif Hassan The Washington Post   May 10, 2021 at 6:46 a.m. EDT Afghans go through belongings left behind after a deadly bombing on Saturday near a school in Kabul. (Mariam Zuhaib/AP) KABUL — A deadly bombing outside a school in one of Kabul’s Hazara neighborhoods is heightening fears within the minority group

Taliban Announces 3-Day Eid Ceasefire as Peace Efforts Stall; Ghani Orders Afghan Forces to Observe Eid Ceasefire

TOLOnews TV Network 10 May 2021   The Taliban has asked its fighters to avoid entering areas under the Afghan government’s control during the ceasefire days. The Taliban in a statement announced a three-day ceasefire during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, following a surge of violence that comes on the heels of the foreign troops’ withdrawal from

Taliban Leader Urges Post-US ‘Afghan-Inclusive Islamic System’

TOLOnews TV Network 9 May 2021 “We must unite upon Islamic injunctions and protect ourselves from all discord and prejudice,” Mullah Hibatullah said.  Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada in an Eid message on Sunday said that “we shall have an Afghan-inclusive Islamic system in which all people shall feel a sense of representation based on their abilities

Journalists’ union reacts to Taliban’s threat

Afghanistan News AT News 8 May 2021 KABUL: The Afghanistan Journalists’ Center (AFJC) termed the recent statement by Taliban as ambiguous regarding the security of journalists. The AFJC called on Taliban to clearly announce their position about journalists and open media. A Taliban official, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai discussed the insurgents’ policy, peaceful settlement of

Pentagon Struggles to Wean Afghan Military Off American Air Support

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The New York Times May 6, 2021 Afghan commanders are asking for more help from American warplanes, illustrating their dependency on American air power. Afghan special forces on Thursday during a raid in a Taliban-controlled territory in Helmand Province. Afghan ground commanders are pleading for more help from American warplanes.Credit…Jim

Car bombing at Afghan school in Kabul kills 55, injures over 150 Reuters

Reuters 8 May 2021 Explosions caused by a car bomb and mortarsoutside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least 55 people and wounded over 150, mostly female students, officialssaid, in an attack President Ashraf Ghani blamed on Talibaninsurgents. A senior security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most

Taliban Has No Intention for A Military Takeover; Khalilzad Says US Will Back Republic If Taliban Rejects Peace

By Haseeba Atakpal Tolo News 8 May 2021 Stanekzai clarified that forming a coalition government was not a solution to the conflict. Taliban does not intend to seize power through military struggle, said Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, a top negotiator for the Taliban in Doha, as the timeline for a US-proposed peace conference on Afghanistan

Afghans Fleeing Home Are Filling the Lowliest Jobs in Istanbul

By Carlotta Gall The New York Times May 6, 2021 After years working on American bases in Afghanistan and fearful of the Taliban, Afghans are heading to Turkey and Europe. An Afghan refugee collecting plastic and cardboard for recycling in Istanbul.Credit…Ivor Prickett for The New York Times ISTANBUL — In a derelict house in one

60 planeloads of US military equipment leave Afghanistan as drawdown begins, CENTCOM says

By COREY DICKSTEIN STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 4, 2021 In an April 27, 2021 photo, a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., parks on the flight line at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. C-17s and other mobility aircraft around the U.S. Air Forces Central theater are assisting with the safe and orderly

Mujahideen Ready to Fight if Taliban Reject Peace: Massoud

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 5 May 2021 Massoud’s warning follows media reports weeks ago that men are taking up arms in Takhar, Baghlan, Daikundi and Baghlan provinces.   Ahmad Massoud, the son of Afghanistan’s National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud, on Wednesday said that the Afghan mujahideen are ready for a military confrontation with the Taliban

Taliban would roll back Afghan women’s rights -U.S. intelligence report

By Jonathan Landay Reuters 4 May 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Taliban “would roll back much” of the progress made in Afghan women’s rights if the Islamist extremists regain national power, according to an assessment released on Tuesday by top U.S. intelligence analysts. The U.S. National Intelligence Council report likely will reinforce fears that the Taliban

US: Strong Intl Consensus Against a Taliban Military Takeover

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 4 May 2021 “If the consensus is limited to the meeting of a few political leaders, this can’t be evaluated as a solution,” said political analyst Wais Naseri. The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has said that a Taliban plan to seize control of Afghanistan with a

As the U.S. departs Afghanistan, will the old Taliban reemerge?

Missy Ryan and Susannah George Washington Post May 2, 2021 Taliban fighters display their flag in 2019 in an area their group retook in Nangahar province. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post) After the Taliban’s hard-line government collapsed in 2001, American leaders dismissed some senior militants’ attempts to join the new Afghan political order, shunning a

Taliban warns of counterattacks as original May 1 deadline for U.S. troop withdrawal passes

Susannah George and Sharif Hassan The Washington Post May 2, 2021 Security personnel and residents gather Saturday in the Pul-e-Alam area of Logar province, Afghanistan, a day after a car-bomb attack. (AFP/Getty Images) KABUL — The Taliban issued a warning to U.S. and NATO forces of possible counterattacks as the original May 1 deadline for the

Taliban, US in Talks Over Full Withdrawal by July: Sources

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 3 May 2021 Taliban will return to the talks and will attend the Turkey conference if there is an agreement on the matter, sources said. Americans and the Taliban are discussing the possibility of ending the withdrawal process by the beginning of July, sources familiar with the matter said.   The

Hillary Clinton warns of ‘huge consequences’ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

BBC News 3 May 2021 IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGESimage captionHillary Clinton said the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan could lead to the “resumption of activities by terrorist groups” Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of “huge consequences” of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Mrs Clinton told CNN

Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times May 4, 2021 The scenes over the weekend were almost as if a multitrillion-dollar effort had morphed into a garage sale. An American soldier aboard a Chinook helicopter over Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — A gray American transport plane

Afghan Blast on Eve of U.S. Pullout Deadline Kills at Least 21

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times May 1, 2021 If the blast was the work of the Taliban, as the Afghan government asserts, it would be the most overt signal yet that the peace deal is off. A truck bomb in Pul-e-Alam in Afghanistan’s Logar Province killed at least 21 people and injured scores

Afghan retreat: US starts withdrawing from its longest war

Al Jazeera 1 May 2021 The United States formally began withdrawing its last troops from Afghanistan on Saturday, bringing its longest war nearer to an end but also heralding an uncertain future for a country in the tightening grip of an emboldened Taliban. US officials on the ground said the withdrawal is a work in

Counting the costs of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan

By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press April 30, 2021 President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s longest war has prompted a reckoning over the colossal cost of the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — America’s longest war, the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan that started in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, killed

US orders big drawdown at Kabul embassy as troops leave

By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press April 27, 2021 Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 27, 2021, during a hearing on the Biden administration’s Afghanistan policy and plans to withdraw troops after two decades of war. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times via

As U.S. prepared exit, Taliban protected foreign bases, but killed Afghans

By Rupam Jain, Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Charlotte Greenfield Reuters April 30, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban fighters have protected western military bases in Afghanistan from attacks by rival, or rogue Islamist groups for over a year under a secret annex to a pact for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces by May 1, three Western officials with

U.S. envoy says Afghanistan’s choice is between political settlement or long ‘senseless’ war

Karen DeYoung The Washington Post April 28, 2021 Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on April 27. (T.J. Kirkpatric/Pool/Reuters) The U.S. government’s point person for negotiations with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, said Tuesday that he is not as pessimistic as many others are about the future

How Long Can the Afghan Security Forces Last on Their Own?

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Najim Rahim and C. J. Chivers The New York Times April 28, 2021 As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, it leaves behind broken and battered Afghan security forces to defend the country from the Taliban and other threats. Afghanistan — The Taliban attack on a police outpost at the edge of the city began

Contractors Worried as US Troop Levels Are Down

Haseeba Atakpal Tolo News 30 April 2021   The contractors said they are worried about their safety and that they should be taken out of the country. Afghans who have worked with US forces in Afghanistan as contractors said their lives will be in danger after the American troops leave the country within the next

Foreign Envoys, Taliban Meet in Doha on Afghan Peace

By Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 30 April 2021   The Afghan peace process and the release of Taliban prisoners were discussed in the meeting.  Envoys from the United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan as well as Taliban negotiators held a meeting in Doha on Friday with the main focus on the Afghan peace process.  The

Analysts: Extremist Groups Emboldened by US Withdrawal

By Massoud Ansar TOLOnews Reporter 25 April 2021 Analysts said the reaction will encourage other extremist and armed groups to continue violence. The announcement of the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan has encouraged armed and extremist groups in the region and world, say Afghan analysts, who add that if the withdrawal is done “unilaterally

U.S. Military Begins Final Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times April 25, 2021, 10:20 a.m. ET The top American commander, Gen. Austin S. Miller, says he is often asked whether the Afghan forces are ready to fight the Taliban alone. His answer? ‘They must be ready.’ U.S. Army soldiers during training of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National

US Military Sending B-52s to Protect Afghanistan Withdrawal

Tolo News, 24 April 2021 Pentagon spokesman said the number of ground troops in Afghanistan is also expected to increase temporarily. The White House on Friday approved the temporary deployment of the carrier and at least six B-52 bombers in an attempt to protect US and NATO forces as they leave Afghanistan starting in less

Taliban Explains Their Perception of an Islamic System

By Tamim Hamid TOLOnews Reporter 24 April 2021 Taliban says they seek an Islamic system in which women’s rights, as understood by Islam, are protected.  At a time of growing concerns over the future of the nascent democracy in Afghanistan in a potential peace agreement with the Taliban, the group on Friday in a statement explained

U.S. military sends reinforcements ahead of Afghanistan drawdown

By LARA SELIGMAN Politico 04/23/2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is sending B-52 bombers and keeping an aircraft carrier in the region. A U.S. Navy fighter jet lands on the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, which will be kept in the Gulf for security purposes before a full withdrawal begins. | Petr David

The War in Afghanistan: How It Started and How It Is Ending

By David Zucchino The New York Times April 23, 2021 Even with violence escalating in the country, President Biden is bringing American troops home after nearly 20 years of war. Members of the 101st Airborne Division in Paktia Province in April 2013.Credit…Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times President Biden, declaring that the United States

Biden Officials Place Hope in Taliban’s Desire for Legitimacy and Money

By Michael Crowley The New York Times April 24, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and others say the prospect of recognition — and financial aid from the United States — can moderate the militant group. Some call that delusional. The Taliban’s delegation of peace negotiators attending an international conference in Moscow in March. Some

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Could Bring Iran Opportunities, Threats

By Golnaz Esfandiari Gandhara Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 23 April 2021 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) meets with Taliban political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (center) in Tehran in January. Tehran may not be willing to see its onetime foe take power across the border. The announced withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan

US general ‘concerned’ about Afghan troops after US withdrawal

Al Jazeera 22 April 2021 Top general McKenzie said Afghan military may not be able to hold ground against Taliban once foreign troops leave. Top US General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the head of Central Command which directs forces in Afghanistan, has said he is concerned over the “ability of the Afghan military to hold the

‘No Pause’ in UN Efforts for Afghan Peace Negotiations: Lyons

TOLOnews TV Network 22 April 2021 “There should be no letup in Afghan efforts to find peace,” UNAMA said.  The UN envoy for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons on Thursday concluded several days of consultations in Doha with Afghan parties and international partners about “the best way forward to strengthen and add impetus to intra-Afghan peace negotiations,”

Biden Administration Working To Add Nearly $300 Million In Civilian Aid To Afghanistan

Grandhara By RFE/RL April 21, 2021 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the new aid money was intended to demonstrate United States’ “enduring support for the Afghan people.” (file photo) The U.S. administration says it is working with Congress to provide “nearly $300 million”” in additional civilian assistance for Afghanistan in 2021 to promote

IFRC: 13 Million Afghans Lack Food Amid Drought Crisis

Zahra Rahimi TOLOnews Reporter 21 April 2021 Kabul is also one of the provinces where there are families who have been hit hard by poverty and economic crisis. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced that urgent action is needed to avert a deepening crisis in Afghanistan as one third

Germany: Earlier Afghanistan withdrawal being considered

By Associated Press April 21, 2021 at 12:14 p.m. EDT U.S. Black Hawk military helicopters fly over the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) BERLIN — Discussions are underway among military planners with the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul for a possible withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan as

War, Peace and Taliban Spreadsheets

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times April 21, 2021 The Taliban have been recording and contesting every perceived U.S. violation of the troop withdrawal deal. Members of the Taliban in Alingar District, Afghanistan, last year.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times  DOHA, Qatar — In the twilight months of the United States’ war in Afghanistan,

Biden’s Plan to End Afghanistan War Gives Some Detainees Hope for Release

By Charlie Savage and Carol Rosenberg The New York Times April 21, 2021 The legal basis for indefinite detention at Guantánamo is to prevent combatants from returning to the battlefield. But what if their old battlefield is no more? A detainee in a communal cellblock of Guantánamo Bay in 2019. Lawyers for at least two prisoners there

Taliban Sought Release of Prisoners Before Istanbul Talks: Source

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 21 April 2021 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday tweeted that the conference had been postponed for after the Eid al-Fitr. The Taliban reportedly asked the US on Tuesday to ensure the release of its prisoners and the removal of UN sanctions on the Taliban’s leaders in exchange for the

U.S.-backed Afghan peace conference in Turkey postponed over Taliban no-show 

Reuters April 20, 2021  3:38 PM EDT A Washington-backed Afghan peace conference in Turkey has been postponed over non-participation by the Taliban, three sources told Reuters. “The Istanbul meeting is not happening on the given date because the Taliban refused to attend,” a senior Afghan government official told Reuters. The postponement was confirmed by two

Qatar negotiations continuing on Afghan peace

Aghanistan Times April 20, 2021 AT News KABUL: Taliban leaders have been busy in negotiations with the representatives from Turkey, Qatar, the United States and the United Nations in the Qatari capital of Doha for a few days, with sources close to Taliban saying that the parties were trying to build trust between the US

Civil War in ‘No One’s Interest’ in Afghanistan: Blinken

By TOLOnews, TV Network 19 April 2021 “If the Taliban doesn’t want to be a pariah, it’s going to have to engage in a political process,” the US Secretary of State said.  The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with ABC news said that the civil war in Afghanistan is in “no

Afghan Leaders Seek Political Agreement Ahead of Troop Withdraw

Zahra Rahimi Tolo News Reporter 18 April 2021 Ismail Khan warned that Afghanistan will be plunged into another civil war if talks are not pursued. Afghan politicians hope that the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban will achieve a political agreement on peace ahead of the announced date for the withdrawal of international troops from

Debating Exit From Afghanistan, Biden Rejected Generals’ Views

By Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger The New York Times April 17, 2021, 1:14 p.m. ET Over two decades of war, the Pentagon had fended off the political instincts of elected leaders frustrated with the grind of Afghanistan. But President Biden refused to be persuaded. President Biden on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery visiting the graves

With a sense of betrayal and relief, Afghans eye a future without U.S. troops

Susannah George, Aziz Tassal and Sharif Hassan The Washington Post April 17, 2021 Afghans fill a market street in downtown Kabul on April 12. (Hedayatullah Amid/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) KABUL — When the 44-year-old women’s rights activist saw the news that all U.S. forces will withdraw by Sept. 11, her thoughts immediately flashed to fear of the Taliban returning to

Taliban Has to Change Based on Democratic Ways: Zarif

TOLOnews TV Network16 April 2021 Zarif said that the role of civil society in Afghanistan today is not comparable to 2001 or the 1990s. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday said that there is a need for the Taliban “to change in democratic ways” as today’s Afghanistan is different than it was in 2001.

Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

By Mujib Mashal, Salman Masood and Zia ur-Rehman The New York Times April 15, 2021Updated 7:18 p.m. ET Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory. A Pakistani soldier on guard at the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan

US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 15 April 2021 FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2002 file photo, U.S. Marines scan the northwest perimeter of the American military compound at Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport using sophisticated thermal imagery equipment. The Biden administration’s surprise announcement in April 2021, of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11,

Biden’s top diplomat makes unannounced stop in Afghanistan after president calls for troop withdrawal

John Hudson The Washington Post April 15, 2021 at 6:39 a.m. EDT Blinken makes surprise visit to Afghanistan after Biden announces troop withdrawal KABUL — Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan on Thursday for meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, civic leaders and the National Reconciliation Chairman Abdullah Abdullah to

How the U.S. Plans to Fight From Afar After Troops Exit Afghanistan

By Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper The New York Times April 15, 2021Updated 8:23 a.m. ET Drones, long-range bombers and spy networks will be used in an effort to prevent Afghanistan from re-emerging as a terrorist base to threaten the United States. Traffic last month in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. American intelligence analysts say security in the country could worsen

Afghans Wonder ‘What About Us?’ as U.S. Troops Prepare to Withdraw

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times April 14, 2021Updated 9:25 p.m. ET Many Afghans fear that without the umbrella of American protection, the country will be unable to preserve its modest gains toward democracy and women’s rights. Students at Mawoud Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, last month. The planned withdrawal of U.S. troops and the Taliban’s

The Crucial Questions for Afghanistan

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times April 14, 2021 Updated 9:36 p.m. ET What will happen to women and minorities? Can the Afghan president hold on to power? These and other pressing questions face a fearful country as the United States military withdraws. A view of Kabul last year.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

Taliban Threatens US With Countermeasures; Taliban Backs Out of Planned Talks as US Extends Troop Presence

TOLOnews TV Network 15 April 2021 “This decision is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and non-compliance with its commitments,” the Taliban said in a statement on Thursday. The Taliban, responding to US President Joe Biden’s troops pullout policy on Wednesday, issued a statement on Thursday saying that the US by skipping the May

Biden tells Americans ‘we cannot continue the cycle’ in Afghanistan as he announces troop withdrawal

Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung and Tyler Pager The Washington Post April 14, 2021 at 3:22 p.m. EDT President Biden visits Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/AP) President Biden formally announced Wednesday that the United States will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, saying in a speech from the White

The war in Afghanistan: Promises to win, but no vision for victory

Craig Whitlock The Washington Post April 14, 2021 at 2:09 p.m. EDT President George W. Bush sits in the White House after announcing that the United States and Britain had started bombing Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, marking the beginning of the longest war in American history. (William Philpott/Reuters) Four days after the United States

Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021

Missy Ryan and Karen DeYoung The Washington Post April 13, 2021 at 2:45 p.m. EDT A U.S. soldier runs near a special forces unit of the Afghan National Army during a morning training session last year on a base near Kabul. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post) President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan

Taliban Not Ready to Attend Turkey Summit on April 16

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 12 April 2021 FILE – In this March 6, 2021, file photo, President Ashraf Ghani speaks during the opening ceremony of the new legislative session of the Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan. In March 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave both the Taliban and the Afghan government an eight-page

Blinken to Travel to Brussels for Talks on Afghanistan, Ukraine; Khalilzad Leaves Kabul after Meeting with Afghan Leaders

Tolo News 12 April 2021 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will join Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Brussels. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Brussels this week for discussions on Iran, Afghanistan and Russian activities directed at Ukraine, a US official said as quoted by Reuters. Blinken will join US Defense

Afghan President in ‘Desperate Situation’ as His Power Is Undermined

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times April 10, 2021, 9:21 a.m. ET Ashraf Ghani has few remaining allies, the Taliban are gaining militarily, and his international supporters are impatient with him and the stumbling peace process. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan arriving for the opening ceremony of the new session of Parliament in Kabul last

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press 8 April 2021 FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2019, file photo armed soldiers stand guard in the motorcade for President Donald Trump speaks during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready

 UN warns of 70pc increase in Afghan poverty

Afghanistan Times AT News April 7, 2021 KABUL: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan warns that poverty would likely jump up to 70 percent in 2021 in Afghanistan and the number of needy people would reach to 18 million. In a new report on Afghan situation, the UN body said Wednesday that if

Russian foreign minister visits Pakistan in search of Afghan peace

By Charlotte Greenfield Reuters 7 April 2021 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the country’s army chief for talks on the troubled peace process in Afghanistan, where both countries have long histories of involvement. It was the first time a Russian foreign minister had

Russia backs talks with Taliban

AfghanistanNews.Net ANI 06 Apr 2021 New Delhi [India], April 6 (ANI): Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has emphasised the need for the inclusion of the Taliban in any political settlement of Afghanistan. Lavrov, who is in India on a two-day visit, also stressed that representatives of India and Russia, dealing with Afghanistan, must remain in

Biden Wants More Time, Advice on Afghanistan: White House

TOLOnews TV Network 6 March 2021 “It will be tough to meet the May 1st deadline for full withdrawal, for logistical reasons,” the White House press secretary said.   White House press secretary Jen Psaki, referring to Afghanistan during a press conference on Monday, said that US President Joe Biden “wants to take the time

Khalilzad Shared Date of Turkey Summit With Delegates

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 6 March 2021 Sources said the details of the agenda handed to the negotiators will be made public if they are accepted by the two sides. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad sent a letter to negotiators representing the Afghan republic and the Taliban specifying the date for the Turkey conference on

U.S. Looks to Build on Secret Portions of Taliban Deal to Reduce Violence

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times April 5, 2021 In the final weeks before the U.S. is set to withdraw from Afghanistan, officials are trying to negotiate with the insurgent group and stave off a Taliban spring offensive. American military personnel in a helicopter flying over Helmand Province in 2019.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New

Political Leaders Set to Start Review on US-Proposed Peace Plan

Haseeba Atakpal Tolo News 2 April 2021 A 15-member committee of political leaders is set to further review the US-proposed peace plan. A 15-member committee of political leaders will be briefed on Saturday on the results of a review of the US-proposed peace plan for Afghanistan by various parties collected by the State Ministry for

Discussions Held in Doha Over Istanbul Summit Agenda

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 1 April 2021   Afghan politicians believe that the Turkey conference can provide a good platform for accelerating the Afghan peace process. Representatives from the UN, Turkey, Qatar and the US have met with the peace negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha and discussions were held about

Inside The Lobbying Battle Over America’s Longest War

Akbar Shahid Ahmed HuffPost 04/01/2021  President Joe Biden will soon announce whether he plans to keep the 3,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan deployed there beyond a May 1 deadline for their departure. With one month until former President Donald Trump’s May 1 deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden faces one of

No discussion on U.S. troop extension: Taliban

 Afghanistan Times AT News March 31, 2021 KABUL: The Taliban group has denied the reports leaked on media about the U.S. discussion with the group to forge a new deadline to prolong Washington’s military presence in Afghanistan. Former Chief of National Directorate of Security, Rahmatullah Nabil earlier in a series of tweets said that the

USIP Report: Post-Peace Afghan Security Challenges

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 31 March 2021   The report states that Afghan government forces will still need long-term global advice and financial assistance after a peace agreement. In a new report, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) focused on the reintegration of the Taliban fighters within the ranks of the Afghan National Security

The Taliban Think They Have Already Won, Peace Deal or Not

By Adam Nossiter The New York Times March 31, 2021 “We have defeated the enemy.” The international community is scrambling to secure peace in Afghanistan, but the Taliban believe they have the upper hand — and are saying as much. Members of a Taliban red unit, an elite force, in Laghman Province’s Alingar district in

Addressing Regional Summit, Ghani Outlines Govt’s Peace Plan

TOLOnews TV Network 30 March 2021 Ghani said that a peace agreement that is achieved after talks with the Taliban needs to be endorsed by a Loya Jirga. President Ashraf Ghani in an address to the ninth Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process conference in Tajikistan offered details on his government’s plan for a potential

US Wants Taliban Approval to Extend May 1 Deadline; Taliban favors Istanbul meeting after Ramadan

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 30 March 2021 “We will reach a conclusion and a settlement on the issue of Afghanistan at the Turkey conference,” said Saadati. The United States reportedly asked the Taliban to agree to the continued presence of American forces for three or six months in Afghanistan after the May 1 deadline, sources

With U.S. withdrawal delay likely, and new peace proposal on the table, Taliban faces inevitable crossroads

Susannah George The Washington Post March 27, 2021 Members of the Taliban delegation attend a joint news conference in Moscow, on March 19. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) DOHA, Qatar — For months, the Taliban has managed to both talk peace and wage war across Afghanistan. The strategy appeared to appease the hard-liners within the militant group who

Blinken Emphasizes Importance of Political Settlement by Afghans

TOLOnews TV Network 29 March 2021 “Everyone recognizes that there is no military solution to Afghanistan,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reiterated that there has to be “some kind of political settlement in Afghanistan” and that it should be done by Afghans themselves. “It was also

Sticky bombs latest weapon in Afghanistan’s arsenal of war

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 26 March 2021 Security personnel inspect the site of a sticky bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 15, 2021. Sticky bombs slapped onto cars trapped in Kabul’s chaotic traffic are the newest weapons terrorizing Afghans in the increasingly lawless nation. The surge of bombings comes as Washington searches for a

Mohib: Hasty US Withdrawal Could Trigger Civil War

Massoud Ansar TOLOnews Reporter 27 March 2021 Mohib says that so far the Taliban has not offered any roadmap for peace.   National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib on Saturday warned that Afghanistan could slide into an all-out civil war if the US withdraws its forces without a peace agreement. He reiterated that the Taliban will

Reconciliation Council to Propose Amendments to US Peace Plan

Haseeba Atakpal, Tolo News 27 March 2021 The reconciliation council is working on proposed amendments to at least two parts of the peace plan. The High Council for National Reconciliation led by Abdullah Abdullah is looking to propose some amendments to the US peace plan for Afghanistan, a member of the council, Farida Mohmand said

Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

By Julian E. Barnes, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt The New York Times March 26, 2021 If U.S. troops leave before any deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the militant group will take over much of the country, an intelligence assessment predicted. Members of the Taliban last year in an area controlled by the group in

 Massoud warns of ‘civil war’ in Afghanistan if US troops leave hastily

Afghanistan Times AT Monitoring Desk March 26, 2021 KABUL: Ahmad Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, national hero who was assassinated by al-Qaeda two days before the 9/11 attacks, in an interview with FRANCE 24 in Paris, expressed concern at the prospect of US troops leaving the country in May, warning that a rushed

Biden: ‘We Will Leave’ but Troop Pullout by May 1 ‘Hard’; Germany Extends Military Presence in Afghanistan into 2022

Syed Zabiullah Langari  Tolo News 25 March 2021 Under the US-Taliban deal, the US forces have to leave Afghanistan on May 1. US President Joe Biden speaking at a online press conference on Thursday said it will be hard to meet the May 1 deadline for getting troops out of Afghanistan for “tactical reasons.” Asked

US failed to collect reimbursements from Afghanistan coalition partners for years, IG finds

By: Aaron Mehta  Defense News 24 March 2021   The U.S. spent $773 million in a four-year span to fly American and coalition forces around Afghanistan. At least part of that was supposed to be reimbursed, but wasn’t. (Master Sgt. Alejandro Licea/U.S. Army) WASHINGTON — For four years, the Pentagon failed to charge partner nations

Why it is Biden’s call on the future of US troops in Afghanistan

William Roberts Al Jazeera 24 Mar 2021 Congress passed laws after the 9/11 attacks giving US presidents power to use military force, but calls to restrict that authority are growing. United States President Joe Biden campaigned for the White House on a pledge to “end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East”. Now,

Kabulov: Taliban Delegates in Moscow Insisted on Emirate’s Return

TOLOnews TV Network 24 March 2021 The draft states that when the term of a proposed transitional government ends, the future leader of Afghanistan will be elected through a popular vote. Zamir Kabulov, the Russian president’s envoy for Afghanistan, said that the Taliban during the Moscow meeting insisted on the restoration of the Islamic emirate

Afghanistan Will Stay ‘Independent’ Despite ‘Rumors’: Ghani

TOLOnews TV Network 24 March 2021 A proposed US draft plan for Afghan peace has been shared with political leaders and outlines a roadmap toward an end to the violence.   President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday at the inauguration ceremony of the Kamal Khan Dam in the western province of Nimroz referred to the US

Rejecting U.S. peace plan, Afghan president to offer election in six months

By Hamid Shalizi Reuters MARCH 23, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will propose a new presidential election within six months, under a peace plan he will put forward as a counter-offer to a U.S. proposal that he rejects, two senior government officials told Reuters. Ghani will unveil his proposal at an international gathering

UN Envoy Calls for End to Killings, Suffering of Afghans

Nabila Ashrafi Tolo News 23 March 2021 The UN envoy said that If the peace process is to be sustainable, the parties must look not to Afghanistan’s past, but to its future. UN envoy Deborah Lyons on Tuesday briefed the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan and called on the Afghan warring sides to

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan on unannounced visit as deadline to withdraw U.S. troops looms

Dan Lamothe The Washington Post March 22, 2021 U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center, walks on a red carpet with Acting Afghan Minister of Defense Yasin Zia as they review an honor guard at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 21, 2021. Austin arrived in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as

Foes in Afghan War See a Common Threat of Islamic State’s Return

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Zabihullah Ghazi The New York Times March 23, 2021 An unusual truce between the government and the Taliban has kept the Islamic State out of one former stronghold. But there is a peace paradox: Unemployed fighters looking for work. “The Islamic State is just looking for a foothold,” said Wahid Talash, second from

At Least 9 Dead in Afghan Helicopter Crash, After Clashes With Local Militia

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Najim Rahim The New York Times March 18, 2021 The crash occurred in eastern Afghanistan, where security and militia forces have been in a tense, and sometimes violent, standoff since January. Local militia members patrolling in the Hisa-e-Awal Behsud District of Wardak Province, Afghanistan, in January.Credit…Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images KABUL, Afghanistan

Taliban expect US withdrawal in May; vow to restore Islamic rule

Al Jazeera 19 March 2021 Taliban stand firm on demand for an Islamic government in Afghanistan, though they do not elaborate on what it would look like. The Taliban warned the United States on Friday against defying a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, promising a “reaction” though

MoFA Welcomes Moscow Meeting’s Statement on Afghanistan; Taliban: Peace Negotiations Should Be Expedited

TOLOnews TV Network 19 March 2021 Afghan Foreign Ministry says it supports the stance of the statement on a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan.   The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday welcomed the statement by Moscow conference and called it a step forward towards beginning serious talks for achieving peace based on Afghans’ demand.

Representatives in Moscow Reject Restart of Islamic Emirate

Syed Zabiullah Langari  Tolo News 18 March 2021 A joint statement by Russia, China, the US and Pakistan following Thursday’s meeting calls for reduced violence and a negotiated settlement for peace.  Following the Moscow conference on Afghan peace held on Thursday, a joint statement was issued in which the four primary representative countries–Russia, China, the

U.S. joined by Russia, China, Pakistan in call for Afghan ceasefire

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Reuters MARCH 18, 20219 MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States was joined by Russia, China and Pakistan on Thursday in calling on Afghanistan’s warring sides to reach an immediate ceasefire, at talks that showed Washington’s determination to win backing from regional powers for its plans. Just six weeks before a deadline for the

Secretary-General appoints Jean Arnault as his personal envoy on Afghanistan

18 March 2021 UN Affairs Jean Arnault, then Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, speaks to the press in Bogota. (file photo) The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday announced the appointment of seasoned mediator Jean Arnault as his new Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues, reflecting the Organization’s continued commitment to the peaceful

U.S. New Proposal Disregard Afghan Women: AWN

Afghanistan Times March 17, 2021  AT News KABUL: The Afghan Women Network (AWN) has expressed its concerns over the U.S. new proposal for peace in Afghanistan – saying that “no address” on behalf of women is authorized to pardon the criminals as women have been the main victims of the Afghan war and attacks by

US official warns Congress on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan; Taliban Violence Remains High in Afghanistan, Says Sopko

Al Jazeera 16 March 2021 Removing US troops without a peace deal would be ‘a disaster’, says John Sopko, as new talks set to begin in Moscow. A top United States official working on Afghanistan has warned Congress that a withdrawal of US troops from the country without a peace agreement between the Afghan government

Aid cuts by US, other donors could imperil Afghan gov’t

Al Jazeera 16 March 2021 International aid to Afghanistan decreased from a high of $6.7bn in 2011, down to $4.2bn in 2019, according to World Bank data. Further cuts in aid to Afghanistan by the United States and other donors could cause the government to collapse and return the country to chaos similar to what

Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace Begins

Syed Zabiullah Langari Tolo News 18 March 2021 The Russian foreign minister said that his country will continue to play its role to promote political dialogue in Afghanistan.   Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during Thursday’s opening session of the Moscow talks on Afghan peace, said that despite the peace agreement between the US and the

 Human Rights Watch Accuses Taliban of Torturing Prisoners

Afghanistan Times March 15, 2021 AT News KABUL: The Human Rights Watch claims that Taliban torture the people they keep in their prisons. Patricia Gossman, head of the body’s Asia office, said Monday that the militants are running secret prisons for a long time in the areas under their control. “We provided details about the

US General Warns of Consequences of May 1 Withdrawal Plan

By TOLOnews TV Network 15 March 2021 Gen. McKenzie on Saturday met with President Ashraf Ghani and discussed security and peace.  The commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, has said that fighting in Afghanistan will intensify sharply and Taliban militants could threaten major cities unless a Biden administration diplomatic push to end the

U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The New York Times March 15, 2021 The undercount complicates President Biden’s decision on carrying out a complete withdrawal by May 1, as his administration tries to jump-start peace talks. American soldiers in 2018 at a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan. Publicly, 2,500 U.S. troops are said to be in the

Taliban expresses scepticism over interim Afghan gov’t proposal

Al Jazeera 14 March 2021 Taliban spokesman tells Al Jazeera an interim government, suggested by the US, will not solve Afghanistan’s problems. A Taliban spokesman has expressed scepticism over a proposal by the United States for an interim government in Afghanistan, saying transitional governments have proven ineffective and that the group’s vision for the country

U.S. push for peace in Afghanistan has new ‘urgency.’ Some Afghans fear it could backfire.

Susannah George The Washington Post March 14, 2021 Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai talks on his phone in Kabul on March 11 as peace talks are held in Doha, Qatar. (Rahmat Gul/AP) DOHA, Qatar — The United States has launched its most aggressive push yet for a political settlement to end two decades of conflict

AP Interview: Karzai says US plan catalyst for Afghan peace

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press 11 March 2021 Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 11, 2021. Afghans are eager for peace and a recently floated U.S. draft for a deal between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government is the best chance to accelerate

Include Taliban in interim Afghan administration, says Russia

Al Jazeera 12 March 2021 Inclusion would solve the ‘problem of integrating the Taliban into Afghanistan’s peaceful political life’, a Moscow official claims. Russia said on Friday that the Taliban should be included in any Afghan interim administration, before a conference in Moscow aimed at supporting peace talks between the group and Afghanistan’s government. Moscow

Ghani, Afghan Politicians Divided on Peace Process

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 11 March 2021 The proposed UN-led conference on Afghan peace in Turkey may take place on March 27, sources close to the Taliban told TOLOnews on Wednesday. President Ashraf Ghani held a meeting at the Presidential Palace with key Afghan political leaders on Wednesday to discuss the peace process, particularly focusing

The leaked U.S. plan to end the war in Afghanistan

Susannah George The Washington Post March 10, 2021 Students leave school in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in December. The school was used as a Taliban recruitment center when the group was in power. (Lorenzo Tugnol for The Washington Post) tISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A leaked State Department document presents the clearest picture yet of a political settlement to the

‘All is Not Well’ in Afghanistan, Says Sopko; U.S. contractors pullout could devastate Afghan forces

TOLOnews TV Network 11 March 2021 “Right now, that state is under threat. In the wake of the February 2020 withdrawal agreement, all is not well,” SIGAR.   The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, has warned over Afghanistan’s situation saying that the state remains under threat and that “all is not well” in the

International Consensus on Afghan Peace Stressed

Afghanistan Times AT News March 10, 2021  KABUL: Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Head of the Negotiation Team of Afghanistan and some members of the negotiation team met with Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, in Doha. At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the negotiation team spoke about the recent developments

Turkey to Host Afghan Peace Conference on March 27 – Taliban Confirm Participation

By Mujeeb R. Awrang Afghanistan Times/AT March 10, 2021 Hopes High on Turkey Meeting to End War KABUL: In the wake of the U.S.’s new proposal for the Afghan peace process and formation of the next government system, some top anonymous sources in the government talked about a senior meeting similar to the Bonn-Conference to

As US mulls Afghan exit, activist sees long fight for women

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press/AP 8 March 2021 Sima Samar, a prominent activist and physician, who has been fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan for the past 40 years, gives an interview to The Associated Press, at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, March 6, 2021. Samar, 64, believes her struggle is far from over

In One Afghan District, Peace From 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah and Fahim Abed Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times March 8, 2021 An unofficial cease-fire brokered by local officials, farmers and Taliban forces is an example of how communities, driven by despair, have engineered their own ways to stop the fighting. An Afghan soldier looking over the front line from a hilltop

US proposes interim gov’t could run Afghanistan until new polls

Al Jazeera 9 March 2021 Draft peace plan calls for current government to be replaced with interim administration until a new constitution is agreed and elections held. A draft peace plan proposed by the United States for Afghanistan has called for the current government to be replaced with an interim administration until a new constitution

Russia to Host Meeting on Afghanistan’s Peace Process; Taliban Concluding Internal Discussion on US Plan

TOLOnews TV Network 9 ,March 2021 Afghan politicians including President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the HCNR have been invited to the meeting. Amidst new efforts by the US to expedite Afghanistan’s reconciliation process, officials on Tuesday confirmed that Russia is planning to host a meeting on the Afghan peace process within the

Afghan Politicians React to US Sec. Blinken’s Letter

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 8 March 2021 Afghan politicians saw significance in the fact that the letter was sent to both Afghan leaders. Afghan politicians reacted to the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s letter to Afghan leaders stressing the urgency for peace efforts, saying, among other things, the letter highlights a stronger role for

US presents warring Afghan sides with draft peace agreement; U.S. proposes interim power-sharing government with Taliban in Afghanistan

By Kathy Gannon | AP The Washington Post March 8, 2021 at 2:21 p.m. EST FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi attends the “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow, Russia. Frustrated by a stalled peace process and escalating violence, the U.S. has presented an eight-page draft peace agreement to Afghanistan’s warring sides

Blinken Proposes New Steps to Peace, Keeps May 1st Pullout Option

By TOLOnews TV Network 7 March 2021 US Secretary Blinken writes to President Ghani of proposed steps to accelerate peace while stating that the May 1st deadline is still being considered. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a letter to President Ashraf Ghani seen by TOLOnews put forth suggestions to the Afghan government to accelerate the peace

US Envoy Khalilzad Meets Taliban in Doha

By Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews Reporter 6 March 2021 Taliban spokesman says effective implementation of the Doha agreement was discussed with the US envoy. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US top envoy for Afghan peace, on Saturday met with Taliban negotiators in Qatar — for the first time under Biden administration — and discussed the implementation of the

They Were Journalists, and Women, and Targeted for Both

By Amanda Taub The New York Times March 5, 2021 As Afghanistan enters a desperate chapter, with U.S. troops potentially on the way out, insurgents are pressing a deadly campaign to silence the media and keep women home. Relatives and mourners perform funeral prayers over the coffin of one of the three female media workers shot

Abdullah Informed of US New Scheme on Afghan Peace; Participatory Setup Shared with Govt, Politicians; New Roadmap for Peace Taking Shape

Afghanistan Times  March 6, 2021 AT News KABUL: The High Council for National Reconciliation says that the US has suggested a new roadmap for the Afghan peace process. Chairman of the Council, Abdullah Abdullah discussed the US new roadmap for the Afghan peace process with US deputy chief of mission in Kabul, Ian J. McCary.

New killings deepen Afghan journalists’ assassination fears; Islamic State in Afghanistan claims slaying of three female journalists

By TAMEEM AKHGAR Associated Press 3 March 2021 Relatives carry the body of one of three women working for a local radio and TV station who were killed on Tuesday in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, during her funeral ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The coordinated killings

Moscow Likely to Host Intra-Afghan Talks’ Next Rounds

Afghanistan Times  March 3, 2021 AT News KABUL: Moscow will likely replace Doha for hosting the next rounds of the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations, a Russian diplomat said on Wednesday. “Despite reports on restarting of meetings about peace by the negotiating teams after a 45-day lull, we need to acknowledge that there is still an impasse

‘US Has Suggested Intl Conference on Afghanistan’

By TOLOnews TV Network 3 March 2021 Khalilzad has met with influential political figures and Afghan government leaders over the future government.  A US State Department official on condition of anonymity told TOLOnews on Wednesday that the United States has suggested an international conference on Afghanistan. The US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad during his

Three Women Working for a News Outlet Gunned Down in Afghanistan

By Zabihullah Ghazi and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times March 2, 2021, 1:12 p.m. ET The women, the latest victims in a wave of targeted attacks, were killed on their way home from their jobs at Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad. Hospital workers and relatives moving the body of one of the three media workers killed in

Report: US wasted billions on cars, buildings in Afghanistan

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press/AP 1 March 2021 FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, birds flyover the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. The United States wasted billions of dollars in war-torn Afghanistan on buildings and vehicles that were either abandoned or destroyed, according to a report released Monday, March 1, 2021, by the

Taliban Warn Turning Away from Afghan Peace Deal ‘Doomed to Failure’ 

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America/VOA February 28, 2021 FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2020 photo, a Taliban delegation arrive to attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. ISLAMABAD – The Taliban demanded Sunday that the United States and its foreign military allies

One Year On, Govt Sees No Progress in US-Taliban Deal

Afghanistan Times February 28, 2021 AT News KABUL: The Taliban militants have threatened to launch an “unprecedented war” in Afghanistan if the United States doesn’t withdraw its soldiers agreed last year in a peace deal Washington signed with the Taliban. The deal that was signed by then president Donald Trump on February 28, 2020, is

‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

By Adam Nossiter Photographs by Kiana Hayeri The New York Times Feb. 27, 2021 A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands. FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — The Taliban prison is a ruined house, a cave, a filthy basement in an

One Year On, Govt Sees No Progress in US-Taliban Deal

Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 28 Feb 2021 The Taliban has said that the deal is a practical step toward achieving peace and stability in the country. The deal signed between President Donald Trump’s administration and the Taliban marked a one-year anniversary on Sunday, with the Afghan government saying that the accord did not end up

Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

By Eric Schmitt The New York Times Feb. 24, 2021 Senator Jack Reed said he favored seeking an extension of the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops that President Donald Trump and the Taliban negotiated last year. American troops in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2019. The United States has 2,500 troops in the country.Credit…Jim

Taliban blames Kabul, Washington for not abiding by Doha deal

Osama Bin Javaid Al Jazeera 24 Feb 2021 Taliban accuses the Afghan government and the US of not fully honouring the agreement signed last year. Doha, Qatar – The Taliban has blamed the Afghan government and its Western allies for not living up to the agreement signed last year despite months of negotiations, including the release of

Taliban Asks Its Members to Avoid Harboring Foreign Fighters

 TOLOnews TV Network 24 Feb 2021 The Taliban has asked its members to avoid giving shelter to foreign fighters and not allow them to join their ranks.  Amidst doubts in the Taliban’s commitment to cut their ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, the group has asked its members to avoid harboring foreign fighters and

Afghan Civilian Casualties Soared After Peace Talks’ Start

By David Zucchino The New York Times Feb. 23, 2021, 1:01 a.m. ET Fighting intensified in the last quarter of 2020, after talks between the Afghan government and Taliban began. Before then, it had been a less deadly year than before. Family members mourning Ahmad Ali Mohammedi, who was fatally shot at Kabul University on Nov. 2.Credit…Farzana

Afghanistan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid rising violence

Reuters Staff FEBRUARY 23, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan began its first COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, administering doses initially to security force members, health workers and journalists, in a campaign that may face challenges from a sharp rise in violence. The war-damaged country received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine from the Serum Institute of India

Peace Negotiators Meet After More Than Month-Long Gap in Talks; Afghanistan ‘Not Vietnam’: Ghani

By TOLOnews TV Network 22 Feb 2021 Taliban spokesman says the working groups were asked to continue their meetings on the agenda. A meeting was held between heads and some members of the negotiating teams in Doha on Monday evening and was focused on the continuation of the negotiations, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said. He

Biden Vows to Work Together with NATO on Afghanistan

Syed Zabiullah Langari Tolo News 19 Feb 2021 German Chancellor said Germany is ready to stay longer in Afghanistan if it is in the interest of its allies. US President Joe Biden while addressing the Munich Security Conference on Friday said that the United States will work together with its allies in Europe and that

Russia steps in, trying to aid stalled Afghan peace process

By Kathy Gannon | AP Feb. 19, 2021 at 12:04 p.m. EST In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations, Zamir Kabulov, left, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on Afghanistan meets with Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, I Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Kabulov was in Pakistan, a key regional player in efforts

US Will Not Undertake Hasty Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Austin

By TOLOnews TV Network 19 Feb 2021 Austin made clear that he is committed to consulting with Allies and partners throughout this process. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin on Thursday said the United States would not undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. Addressing the second and final day of the NATO Defense

Afghanistan peace talks under threat as major Taliban spring offensive takes shape

By Hamid Shalizi, Charlotte Greenfield Reuters 17 Feb 2021 KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Unusually intense fighting in the winter by Taliban insurgents has spurred Afghan government preparations for more violence in the warmer spring, which international players fear will further endanger the nation’s fragile peace process. Nearly a year after Washington signed a troop-withdrawal deal with the

Sopko Emphasizes Importance of US Support to Afghan Women

TOLOnews TV Network 18 February 2021 Sopko says the US investment on Afghan women is an investment in Afghanistan’s future. US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko on Wednesday emphasized the importance of the United States support to Afghan women and said inattention to women in Afghanistan can lead to a tragedy

Russian Envoy Calls for Transitional Govt in Afghanistan

Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 17 February 2021 Kabulov said that the Taliban’s insistence on the return of the emirate will jeopardize the peace process. Russian Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov in an interview with Sputnik said that Moscow prefers that all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan agree on the establishment of an inclusive

Taliban Keeps Close Ties with Al-Qaeda: Report

TOLOnews TV Network 17 February 2021 According to the UN monitoring team’s last report in January, there are 200 to 500 Al-Qaeda fighters. Taliban has kept up a close relationship with Al-Qaeda despite having pledged to stop cooperating with the group, according to the head of a UN panel monitoring the insurgency reported by NBC

Warring Sides Prepare for Spring Offensive Despite Peace Efforts

By Tamim Hamid TOLOnews Reporter 15 February 2021 Taliban movements have been reported in Kunduz, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Helmand provinces in recent weeks. While the issue of peace with the Taliban this year has been among the hot topics in the country, there are reports that the warring parties are preparing for war in

Russia wants Iran inclusion in Afghan peace negotiations

Afghanistan Times AT News Reports February 16, 2021 KABUL: The Russian government emphasizes that Iran should be included in the quadrilateral format for Afghan peace talks. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said in an interview that Moscow wants Iran be included in the format of Russia, China and the United States on peace negotiations of

Taliban Insists on US Pullout in Open Letter to American People

By Anisa Shaheed TOLOnews Reporter 16 February 2021 In the letter,  the Taliban also said that they will respect women’s rights in accordance to the Islamic principles. In an open letter to the American public, the Taliban’s leader Mullah Abdullah Abdul Ghani Baradar urged the United States to abide by its commitments to withdraw US forces

The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Taimoor Shah Photographs by Jim Huylebroek The New York Times Feb. 15, 2021 The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay. PANJWAI, Afghanistan — The Taliban have been encroaching on key cities around Afghanistan for months,

AAN Q&A: Mediation or facilitation “would help” in the Doha talks

Afghanistan Analysts Network AAN Team  14 Feb 2021 The intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha are stalling since the first round ended in December 2020 with an agreement on the talks’ rules of procedure and both parties forwarding their lists of items for an agenda for the next rounds. In order to find out where there are

NATO Not Leaving Afghanistan Before ‘Time Is Right’

By TOLOnews TV Network 15 February 2021 Stoltenberg says NATO has significantly adjusted its presence as part of the Afghan peace process. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a pre-ministerial press conference on Monday reiterated that the presence of the alliance’s troops in Afghanistan is “conditions-based,” saying “we will not leave before the time is right.”

Int’l Troops in Afghanistan Favor No One: Taliban

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 14 February 2021 An Afghan negotiator says international forces withdrawal in the absence of an agreement on peace will lead to a civil war. As the NATO defense ministers meeting comes to a close, the Taliban in a message to NATO leaders said the continuation of foreign forces’ presence in Afghanistan

Taliban Controls 52% of Territory in Afghanistan; Taliban Has Shown No Will for Peace, Mohib Says

By Tamim Hamid TOLOnews Reporter 13 February 2021 Survey shows 59 percent of the Afghan population lives in areas under the government’s control. A survey by an Afghan news agency shows that the Taliban controls at least 52 percent of the country’s territory while 59 percent of the population lives in areas under the government’s control.

Biden Vows to Bring ‘Responsible End to Wars’

By TOLOnews TV Network 11 February 2021 US President Joe Biden said that the “force should be a tool of last resort, not the first.”   The US President Joe Biden in his first visit to the Pentagon as commander-in-chief, has promised to work with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin and leaders around the world “to

Danesh Says Interim Setup Will Bring More Violence

By Massoud AnsarTOLOnews Reporter 12 February 2021 Second Vice President Sarwar Daneh says an interim setup will bring more violence in the country. Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh on Friday slammed the Taliban for the high level of violence and bringing up “new preconditions,” stressing the need for preserving the current political system in

US goes one year without a combat death in Afghanistan as Taliban warn against reneging on peace deal

By PHILLIP WALTER WELLMAN STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 8, 2021 A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Sgt. 1st Class Javier J. Gutierrez, of San Antonio, Texas, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Feb. 10, 2020. Gutierrez was killed in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 8, 2020, one of the last two

Gov’t employees, police officers among 8 killed in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera 9 February 2021 String of attacks kills four government employees and four policemen, officials say, amid relentless violence in the war-torn country. A string of attacks in Afghanistan has killed four government employees and four policemen, officials said. In the capital, Kabul, gunmen on Tuesday opened fire in the Bagh-e-Daud neighbourhood and killed

Taliban Violence ‘Simply Too High’: Gen. MacKenzie

By TOLOnews TV Network 8 February 2021 MacKenzie says the US is taking a close look at the way forward in accordance with the February 2020 peace agreement.  The commander of the United States Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, says the level of violence in Afghanistan remains too high and that the US is reviewing

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Afghanistan from India

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi Reuters FEBRUARY 7, 2021 KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from India on Sunday, the first to arrive in the country, which is still waiting for emergency approval from the World Health Organisation before it can use them. Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the immunisation program at

Politicians Claim to Have Seen Draft Outline of Future Govt

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews Reporter 7 February 2021S The Presidential Palace said that the establishment of an interim government is unacceptable. R Some Afghan politicians have expressed different views about a draft outline of a future government, which they claim to have seen recently. Mohammad Ismail Khan, former mujahideen leader and former minister of energy and

Inside the Shadowy Militias Luring Unsuspecting Afghans to Fight, or Die

By Fahim Abed and Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times Feb. 4, 2021, 3:00 a.m. ET Afghanistan’s poor are being deceived into defending outposts from the Taliban, sometimes under the guise of construction work — a scheme partially bankrolled by the government. Policemen stationed at a guard post on Mazar-i-Sharif’s defensive walls in Balkh Province last month.Credit…Jim Huylebroek

Taliban on diplomatic blitz after Afghan peace talks stall

Kathy Gannon The Associated Press 4 February 2021 In this file photo released Jan. 31, 2021, by Tasnim News Agency, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, second right, meets with a Taliban political team, in Tehran, Iran. (Tasnim News Agency via AP, File) ISLAMABAD — The Taliban have been on a diplomatic blitz since peace