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Review of Security Developments in Afghanistan Over Past Year

By Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 16 August 2022 Daesh has claimed responsibility for most of the past year’s attacks in Afghanistan. Although ensuring security in Afghanistan is considered one of the Islamic Emirate’s accomplishments over the past year, following August 15th, 2021, various provinces in the country had security incidents. One of the largest security events

U.S. Will Not Release $3.5 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds for Now, Citing Terror Fears

By Peter Baker The New York Times Published Aug. 16, 2022 The Biden administration on Monday ruled out releasing $3.5 billion in funds held in the United States back to Afghanistan’s central bank anytime soon, citing the discovery that Al Qaeda’s leader had taken refuge in the heart of Kabul apparently with the protection of

As West puts Taliban on hold, Kabul eyes future in China, Russia

By Giorgio Cafiero Al Jazeera Published On 15 Aug 2022 The killing of al-Qaeda leader in Kabul will add to mistrust between the Taliban and the West, prolonging the group’s diplomatic isolation. Monday marks a year since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan after almost 20 years of US occupation. But the Taliban rulers have

Beneath Kabul’s surprising veneer of normalcy, a precarious balancing act

Pamela Constable The Washington Post August 11, 2022 at 9:35 a.m. EDT Terrorist attacks, mixed signals on girls’ education disrupt Afghans’ detente with Taliban regime Kabul – An uneasy calm has settled over the Afghan capital this summer, a wary detente between the country’s stern religious rulers and a deflated, worried populace that is struggling

Save The Children: Hungry, Laboring Afghan Kids ‘Wasting Away’

TOLOnews TV Network 11 August 2022 Meanwhile the Islamic Emirate said that despite economic problems, the children’s situation is being addressed. International organization Save the Children in a report said that 97 percent of families can’t prepare food for their children, and they are “going to bed hungry.” “Life is dire for children in Afghanistan,

SIGAR Report Says Cash Taken by Ghani ‘Did Not Exceed $1M’

TOLOnews TV Network 11 August 2022 SIGAR began its investigations after Ashraf Ghani was accused by the Russian embassy of transferring millions dollars as he fled Afghanistan. The final report on the transfer of funds by Ashraf Ghani, the former president of Afghanistan, while he was fleeing the country, has been made public by the

Prominent Taliban scholar killed in Kabul attack

Al Jazeera 11 August 2022 Taliban officials say an investigation is under way after Rahimullah Haqqani was killed in a bombing at a seminary. A prominent Taliban religious leader, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, has been killed in a bombing attack at a seminary in Kabul, Taliban officials have said. “Very sadly informed that respected cleric [Sheikh

A year after Taliban’s return, some women fight for lost freedoms

By Mohammad Yunus Yawar Reuters 9 Aug 2022 Summary Taliban mark their first year in power on Aug. 15 Women absent from senior government positions High schools are closed to girls, frustrating ambitions Many women have lost jobs, some strive to sustain protests KABUL, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Monesa Mubarez is not going to give

Accused Men, Women Publically Whipped in Zabul

Asma Saayin  Tolo News 07 AUGUST 2022 Dozens of locals gathered to watch the public punishment. Information and Culture department head Rahmatullah Hamad said that in Zabul two women and one man were publically whipped for committing adultery and another two men were whipped for robbery. Earlier, the leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hibatullah

Senior TTP Member Killed in Paktia: Reuters

Imran Danish Tolo News 9 August 2022 According to Reuters, Khurasani had a bounty of $3 million on his head.  Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, a senior member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and three of his aides were killed in a roadside blast in southeastern Paktia province on Sunday, Reuters reported citing

Officials: Girls’ Schools Closed Due to ‘Cultural Constraints’

TOLOnews 9 August 2022 On Sunday, the Deputy Minister of Education said that the delay in reopening girls’ schools was caused by problems in the curriculum for girls. During his visit to the province of Khost, Noorullah Munir, the acting minister of education, stated that girls’ schools had been shut down due to cultural constraints.

One year after Afghan war, Biden struggles to find footing

By AAMER MADHANI Associated Press 9 August 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — The 12 months since the chaotic end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan haven’t been easy for Joe Biden. The new president was flying high early in the summer of 2021, the American electorate largely approving of Biden’s performance and giving him high marks for his handling of

Key events since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan a year ago

Al Jazeera 9 August 2022 The group made a stunning return to power on August 15 last year as the US-led forces withdrew from the country after two decades. The Taliban stormed back to power a year ago as the United States-led forces withdrew from the country, two decades after first removing the regime. Following

Taliban facing backlash after U.S. drone strike against al-Qaeda leader

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post August 3, 2022 KABUL — The U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri here early Sunday also struck a humiliating blow against the Taliban regime, which had secretly hosted the aging extremist in the heart of the Afghan capital for months but failed to keep him safe.

Taliban denies knowing of al-Qaeda presence after Zawahiri killed in Kabul

Pamela Constable The Washington Post Updated August 4, 2022 at 12:59 p.m. KABUL — The Taliban regime said Thursday it was not aware that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was staying in the Afghan capital, four days after President Biden announced that a U.S. drone strike killed Zawahiri early Sunday at a house he was occupying in

Hey, that’s my house: US aid worker realises Zawahiri villa is his old home

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Thu 4 Aug 2022 04.51 EDT The Kabul property hit by a US drone was familiar. It turned out Dan Smock had something in common with al-Qaida’s leader The balcony in Kabul where the head of al-Qaida was killed was a spot Dan Smock knew well. It used to be

Fighting in Karta-e-Sakhi Between Islamic Emirate Forces and Daesh

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 4 August 2022 Zabiullah Mujahid  also tweeted that Daesh was going to attack during the Muharram ceremony.. At least four members of the Daesh group were killed and one person was detained in operations conducted earlier this week by the Islamic Emirate forces in Karta-e- Sakhi area of Kabul city, Kabul security

U.S. kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Kabul

By Shane Harris, Dan Lamothe, Karen DeYoung, Souad Mekhennet and Pamela Constable The Washington Post August 2, 2022  The United States has killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda and one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, who, alongside the group’s founder, Osama bin Laden, oversaw the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Biden announced Monday evening.

Taliban under scrutiny as US kills al-Qaida leader in Kabul

By RAHIM FAIEZ and MUNIR AHMED Associated Press 2 August 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on the balcony of a Kabul safe house intensified global scrutiny Tuesday of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and further undermined their efforts to secure international recognition and desperately needed aid. The Taliban

The killing of the top Qaeda leader offers lessons on 20 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

David E. Sanger The New York Times 1 August 2022 The killing of Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan — where planning for the Sept. 11 strikes began more than two decades ago, where the West once seemed poised to remake a fractured nation, and where the terrorist leader could feel comfortable again after the Taliban takeover

Students Call for Girls’ Schools to Be Reopened

TOLOnews TV Network 2 August 2022 Girls’ schools above sixth grade were shut down for about a year, and the Islamic Emirate has not decided whether or not to reopen them. Following international calls for the reopening of girls’ schools above the sixth grade, some students from schools and universities have now asked the Islamic

Ayman al-Zawahiri: How US spies found al-Qaeda’s top man in Kabul

By Matt Murphy BBC News 2 August 2022 Last year, during the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden pledged his administration would not allow the new Taliban-led regime to make the country a safe-haven for terrorists. The remarks were intended to indicate that, as far as Mr Biden’s White House was concerned, the

Taliban policies risk de facto university ban for Afghan women, say officials

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Mon 1 Aug 2022 01.00 EDT Secret schools formed as girls banned from classes languish with no accredited route to university The Taliban’s ban on girls studying at high schools will become a de facto ban on university degrees for women if it stays in place, a Taliban spokesperson and university

Tashkent Mtg Participants Show Readiness to Engage With Kabul

Madina Morwat Tolo News 1 August 2022 Last week, Uzbekistan convened an international conference on Afghanistan. Envoys of at least 20 countries and organizations attended the conference. Attending a session held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, the acting foreign minister said the Tashkent International conference was a good opportunity for engagement between

UNDP in Afghanistan Chief Concerned by Afghan Situation

TOLOnews TV Network 1 August 2022 This comes as on Sunday Da Afghanistan Bank on Twitter said that a cash aid package of more than $40 million arrived in Kabul. UN Development Program Resident Representative in Afghanistan, Abdallah Al Dardari, said that more than 700,000 jobs have been lost since Aug 2021 in Afghanistan. Speaking

Border fight between Iran and Taliban kills one: Afghan official

By Maziar Motamedi Al Jazeera Published On 31 Jul 2022 Several similar incidents have taken place since the Taliban’s armed takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021. Tehran, Iran – A border fight between the forces of Iran and Afghanistan’s Taliban has left one dead, according to a local Afghan official. Mawlawi Mohammad Ebrahim Hewad, the Islamic

US and Taliban make progress on Afghan reserves, but big gaps remain

By Charlotte Greenfieldand Jonathan Landay Reuters July 26, 2022 KABUL/WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – U.S. and Taliban officials have exchanged proposals for the release of billions of dollars from Afghan central bank reserves held abroad into a trust fund, three sources familiar with the talks said, offering a hint of progress in efforts to ease

Time for Afghanistan to change into Asia crossroad: Muttaqi

Abdul Raqib Sayel Pajhwok Afghan News 26 Jul 2022 KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Tuesday said their government had firm determination to transform Afghanistan into the center of peace, stability and economic cooperation. “We seek stability for both us and the world. Stability in Afghanistan not only guarantees stability in the entire

Afghanistan is facing a climate calamity – it’s time the world took notice

Shadi Khan Saif The Guardian Monday, July 25, 2022 The country has been out of the spotlight since US forces left but environmental disasters and the threat of another food crisis should be front-page news If it bleeds, it leads – so goes the media expression – and this is especially true of news out

Reporter Says Taliban Forced Her to Publicly Retract Accurate Articles

By Katie Robertson The New York Times July 21, 2022 A veteran war reporter in Afghanistan was told she would go to jail if she didn’t tweet an apology for her reporting. She has since safely left the country. The Taliban forced a longtime war correspondent to publicly retract some of her articles this week,

From battlefields to CBD: can hemp pioneer wean Afghanistan off opium?

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Friday 22 July 2022 Oil from the versatile plant makes cannabis medicine CBD and its fibre has a range of uses but the Taliban need convincing Amin Karim, photographed behind his home in Kabul, where some of the genetically modified hemp plants he is trying to promote as an alternative

Balkhi: Humanitarian Situation ‘Exacerbated’ by Sanctions

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 23 July 2022 Based on the figures of the United Nations, over 97 percent of the population of Afghanistan faces poverty and lives on less than two dollars a day. The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, in an interview with CGTN said the restrictions imposed on the Islamic

Tashkent to Host Intl Conference on Afghanistan

Madina Morwat Tolo News 24 July 2022 The Tashkent conference is to be followed with a two-day conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on September 15-16. A delegation of the Islamic Emirate led by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, left Kabul for Tashkent to attend the international conference on Afghanistan held on

Kabul Facing Water Shortages: AUWSSC

Amina Hakim Tolo News 24 July 2022 The AUSWWC said that their operations have decreased at least by 40 percent due to lack of sufficient water. The Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewage Corporation (AUWSSC) said that Kabul is facing an extreme decrease in groundwater.   The AUSWWC said that their operations have decreased at

Intl Favors Not Welcome if ‘Against Islam’: Hanafi

TOLOnews TV Network 24 July 2022 He said that after the Islamic Emirate swept into power, the women are observing hijab “100 percent.” Acting Minister of Vice and Virtue, Khalid Hanafi, while visiting Ghazni decried sanctions and said the Islamic Emirate is ready for engagement with the international community, but its offers, if they are

EU Envoy: ‘Tremendous Consensus’ on ‘Non-Recognition’

By Madina Morwat Tolo News 22 JULY 2022 Brandt, at a meeting in the European Parliament, called attention to the increase in hunger and the bad economic situation in Afghanistan. Andreas von Brandt, Ambassador of the European Union for Afghanistan, said that the broad consensus of the international community is that the Islamic Emirate should not

UN slams killings, rights abuses under Afghanistan’s Taliban

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press July 20, 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the country nearly a year ago, even though security on the whole has improved since then, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also

US Includes Afghanistan on Human Trafficking List

TOLOnews TV Network 20 July 2022 The US State Department added that it is trying to arrest human traffickers and prevent crimes related to human trafficking. The US State Department in its annual report which was published on Monday, included Afghanistan on the list of countries engaged in a “policy or pattern” of human trafficking

Potzel: Participation of Women, Girls ‘Fundamental’

TOLOnews 20 July 2022 UNAMA Chief of Human Rights Fiona Frazer read from the report, which stated that education is the key to progress and development of a nation. Markus Potzel, UNAMA deputy head, at a press conference held for the human rights report released on Wednesday, expressed concern over the closure of girls’ schools

UNAMA Releases Human Rights Report on Past 10 Months

By Mujeeb R. Awrang  Tolo News 20 July 2020 Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, in reaction to the UNAMA report on the human rights situation in Afghanistan The UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday released its findings on the human rights situation in Afghanistan since the August 15 collapse of the previous government. The report

Facing Poverty, Afghan Youth Return to Iran

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 20 July 2020 However, the Islamic Emirate said it is trying to address Afghan migrants’ challenges in Iran through diplomatic dialogue. Some Afghan youth said that although they have been forcibly deported from Iran many times, due to economic challenges they must return to Iran. Ahmad Javad, 20, is an 11th

Russia Seeks to Expand Relations with Afghanistan: Lavrov

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 20 July 2020 In the meantime, officials at the Ministry for Disaster Management pledged to distribute aid to needy families. Russia is seeking to expand relations in politics and economics with Afghanistan, said Anton Lavrov, Russian deputy ambassador for Afghanistan, on Wednesday. A shipment of more than 23 tons of Russian

Afghans in US immigration limbo watch Ukrainians breeze through

By Michal Kranz Al Jazeera Published On 20 Jul 2022 Thousands of at-risk Afghans continue to wait for their humanitarian parole and visa applications to progress. Zahra was heading home from work on June 23 in business attire and a headscarf when she was stopped at a checkpoint manned by Taliban guards in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

WFP in Afghanistan: $170M Needed to Provide 150 Tons of Food Aid

Tamim Shahir Tolo News 19 July 2022 Economists said considering the increase of unemployment in the country, in the coming winter many will face food shortages, especially those in rural areas. The World Food Program (WFP) said that the organization is planning to provide stores totalling 150 thousand tons of food aid in remote provinces

How one mobile app is helping Afghans send aid

By Ali M Latifi Al Jazeera Published On 19 Jul 2022 The consumer-based startup pivoted to let donors buy aid kits to provide to locals hit by an earthquake last month. Gardez, Afghanistan – Over the last year the Afghan people have faced a number of upheavals — the end of the US occupation, the Taliban’s return

Afghan women, girls push for education in the face of Taliban resistance

PBS NewsHour Jul 14, 2022 6:35 PM EDT Since reclaiming power of Afghanistan nearly one year ago, the Taliban have significantly rolled back rights for women and girls. The extremist government has also barred hundreds of thousands of girls from attending school. Pashtana Durrani, the executive director of LEARN Afghanistan and a visiting fellow at

Send us a man to do your job so we can sack you, Taliban tell female officials

Zuhal Ahad The Guardian Mon 18 Jul 2022 03.00 EDT As economy collapses, women from Afghanistan’s finance ministry say they have been asked to suggest male relatives to replace them The Taliban have asked women working at Afghanistan’s finance ministry to send a male relative to do their job a year after female public-sector workers

Earthquakes Hit Southeastern and Northeastern Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 18 July 2022 The earthquake happened with its epicenter 27 kilometers southeast of Jurm district of northern Badakhshan province.  Two earthquakes today hit southeastern and northeastern Afghanistan respectively. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shocked the southeastern provinces of Afghanistan on Monday evening and was preceded by an earthquake in the northeast around an hour

Afghan Deportees Accuse Turkish Military of Mistreatment

TOLOnews TV Network 18 July 2022 The deportees, many of whom fled due to poverty, told TOLOnews that they illegally entered Turkey to seek employment. A number of Afghans who were recently sent back from Turkey accused the Turkish military of human rights violations and mistreatment. The deportees complained about the role of Afghanistan’s embassy in Ankara,

UNDP, World Bank Sign Agreement for $20M to Support Afghanistan

Madina Morwat Tolo News 15 July 2022 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate has consistently urged that aid be distributed in coordination with government offices. The UN Development Program (UNDP) Afghanistan and World Bank have signed a $20 million dollar partnership agreement to support humanitarian, economic, and social development initiatives across Afghanistan. The UNDP’s statement said that

Far From Kabul, Building a New Life, With Music and Hope

By Javier C. Hernández The New York Times July 17, 2022 The students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music fled after the Taliban seized power. Now they are trying to remake their school, and their dreams, in Portugal. LISBON — On some nights, when her dorm room here turns dark and the church bells

Afghanistan Ranked Worst Country for Gender Gap

Madina Morwat Tolo News 14 July 2022 But the Islamic Emirate said that it included women –based on necessity — in the government bodies.  Afghanistan was ranked 146 — the lowest country — in the Global Gender Gap Index 2022 rankings.   The Global Gender Gap Index benchmarks 146 countries, “providing a basis for robust cross-country

US ‘Does Not Support Organized Violent Opposition to the Taliban’

Toba Walizada Tolo News 14 July 2022 Meanwhile, the US Department of State in a separate statement expressed concerns over human rights abuses in Afghanistan. The US Department of State said that Washington does “not support violent opposition against the Taliban.” “We are monitoring the recent uptick in violence closely and call on all sides

“I’m from the Taliban and I’m here to help”

The Economist July 7, 2022 Kabul Former fighters and religious clerics are filling Afghanistan’s civil service Under Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s president until the Taliban seized power last August, the country’s interior ministry oversaw much of the security apparatus involved in fighting the insurgents. It is now presided over by one of its deadliest foes, Sirajuddin Haqqani,

White House Braces for Anniversary of Afghan Withdrawal: Report

By Madina Morwat Tolo News 12 July 2022 The administration of US President Joe Biden is preparing for the anniversary of Afghanistan withdrawal, NBC reported.   The intelligence investigation about the withdrawal of US troops has been completed, the news report said. A large part of the report may be secret. “This was a difficult story

Tourism Increasing in Bamiyan

TOLOnews TV Network 10 July 2022 According to the officials, more than 3,000 tourists visited Bamyan over the past several weeks. The number of Afghan and foreign tourists to the central province of Bamyan has increased, local officials said.   According to the officials, more than 3,000 tourists visited Bamyan over the past several weeks.

OHCHR Pledges ‘Unwavering Commitment’ to Afghan Rights

Madina Morwat Tolo News 9 July 2022 The OHCHR issued the resolution on July 8 following an urgent debate on the situation in Afghanistan.   The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in a resolution reaffirmed “its unwavering commitment to the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by all women, girls and

Joe Biden Announces Intention To Rescind Afghanistan’s Major Non-NATO Ally Status

Marita Vlachou Huffpost.com Jul 7, 2022 Biden’s decision means Afghanistan will no longer be eligible for certain military and financial benefits. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his intention to rescind Afghanistan’s major non-NATO ally status, 10 months after the U.S. withdrew from the country. Biden gave notice of his decision in a letter to House Speaker Nancy

Bookseller of Kabul becomes asylum seeker in London

Diane Taylor The Guardian Mon 4 Jul 2022 Shah Muhammad Rais survived decades of misrule in Afghanistan but finally fled to escape the Taliban Shah Muhammad Rais, subject of 2002 bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, is having his claim for asylum processed in the UK. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi/The Guardian He was made famous by international

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