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When the Taliban Took Kabul, She Fled, and Made a New Life in New York

By Karen Zraick The New York Times July 21, 2024 Nargis Baran was a rising legal star in Afghanistan. She became a target once the government fell. The night Kabul fell to the Taliban, a young lawyer named Nargis Baran was holed up in her apartment there, scrolling through news reports in disbelief. Then her

Mujahid Rejects Trump Remarks on Selling Military Equipment in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 19 July 2024 Zabihullah Mujahid, told TOLOnews that all the military equipment left by the US in Afghanistan belongs to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate rejects Donald Trump’s statements about selling American military equipment in Afghanistan. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, told TOLOnews that all the military equipment left by

Families of service members killed during Afghanistan withdrawal criticize Biden at GOP convention

BY  JONATHAN J. COOPER, FARNOUSH AMIRI, MATTHEW LEE AND STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press July 18, 2024   MILWAUKEE (AP) — Relatives of some of the 13 American service members killed during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan appeared on stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday in an emotional moment that revived one of the low points of President Joe Biden’s

Cycling sisters defy the Taliban to achieve Olympic dream

By Firuz Rahimi and Peter Ball BBC World Service in Aigle, Switzerland 17 July 2024 BBC Yulduz (left) and Fariba Hashimi both came late to cycling Speeding along a road in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, Fariba Hashimi rises out of the saddle of her £15,000 bike and works the pedals even harder to

Afghanistan Journalists Center: Taliban shut down 7 media outlets in first half of 2024

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 18, 2024 The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) reported that seven media outlets have been shut down in the first half of 2024 under Taliban orders. The center also documented 89 violations against journalists and media, including 60 threats and 29 detentions. On Thursday, July 18th, the Afghanistan Journalists Center

Kabir: Despite US Opposition, Islamic Emirate’s Relations Expanding

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 18 July 2024 Kabir also mentioned that some countries that have come to Afghanistan have understood the reality and engaged with the Islamic Emirate. Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, the political deputy Prime Minister, in a meeting with several political and military experts and some media officials said that despite US misconduct, the

Pakistan summons Afghan diplomat to protest a suicide attack that killed 8 soldiers in the northwest

Associated Press July 17, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan summoned a senior Afghan diplomat Wednesday to strongly protest a deadly militant attack that left eight soldiers dead in the northwest bordering Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said. A bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the ouster wall of an army housing complex on Monday in the city of

Save the children: Climate change affects thousands of children in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 17, 2024 Save the Children Organization reports that devastating floods and storms have affected 858,000 children in the provinces of Kunar, Laghman, and Nangarhar. According to the organization, about 1,500 children were displaced following recent heavy rains in several provinces nationwide. Climate change has affected approximately 1.36 million people,

Afghan Girls Demand Reopening of Schools and Universities

TOLOnews TV Network Ayesha, who was a fourth-year journalism student, talks about her dashed hopes as she flips through the pages of her book. A number of schoolgirls and female students once again demanded the reopening of schools and universities. They say they have been in a state of uncertainty for nearly three years. Ayesha,

Mawlawi Abdul Kabir: Islamic Emirate has Complete Authority in 34 Provinces

TOLOnews TV Network 17 July 2024 According to the political deputy PM, currently no village in the country is outside the government’s control. Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, the political deputy Prime Minister, said in a meeting with the heads of public universities and the Ministry of Higher Education that the Islamic Emirate has authority over all

Taliban shuts down Kabul telecom network during Ashura

By Fidel Rahmati Tolo News July 16, 2024 Simultaneous with the observance of Ashura ceremonies, reports indicate that the Taliban have completely shut down all telecommunications networks in Kabul, the capital city. According to the reports, Taliban forces have also blocked all roads in western Kabul, claiming to ensure security. The telecommunications networks have been

Nangarhar Hit Hard by Storms: Increase in Casualties Reported

TOLOnews TV Network 16 July 2024 Local officials told TOLOnews that the death toll from this incident may increase further. The number of victims from storms and heavy rainfall in Nangarhar has risen to 40 dead and 350 injured. The injured, affected by severe rainfall and storms in Jalalabad city and the districts of Surkh

UN: Nearly 60% of Afghan migrants from Pakistan repatriated ‘forcibly’

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 15, 2024 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that over the past six months, 20,802 Afghan migrants have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan, including 15,563 who returned voluntarily and 5,239 who were compelled to do so. According to a report released by the UNHCR on Sunday,

State Dept: Three US Citizens Detained in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 14 July 2024 However, the Islamic Emirate states that two American citizens are detained due to legal violations. The US State Department has reported that three of its citizens are currently imprisoned in Afghanistan. According to the Washington Examiner, a spokesperson for the department identified the American citizens as George Glezmann, Mahmood

Taliban tries reconciling science and religion in facing climate change

By Rick Noack The Washington Post July 15, 2024 Afghanistan’s rulers, cut off from foreign assistance, are tackling climate change on their own while debating whether it is God’s doing or a foreign plot. KABUL — When Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers headed to the country’s first “international climate change conference” earlier this year in the eastern

TTP Leader Denies Operating from Afghan Soil, Rejects Al-Qaeda Support

TOLOnews TV Network 14 July 2024 Mehsud thanked Pakistan’s religious, political, and national leaders for opposing the country’s new military operations called Azm-e-Istehkam. The Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has denied receiving fund and training from Al-Qaeda and being operative from the Afghan soil or any Afghan citizen involved in their attacks. In a written message to the

Where Germany’s Immigration Debate Hits Home

By Sarah Maslin Nir and Christopher F. Schuetze The New York Times July 13, 2024 Sarah Maslin Nir reported from the city of Mannheim, Germany, and from the market square where a police officer was killed. Christopher F. Schuetze reported on the political reaction from Berlin. Since the recent killing of a police officer, Mannheim has become

German and Pakistani officials discuss Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 13, 2024 Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, discussed Afghanistan with a German parliament delegation on Friday, July 12th. According to reports, the meeting focused on terrorism, the current socio-economic conditions in Afghanistan, and global engagement with the country. The meeting comes at a time when reports have emerged

Muttaqi Calls for Taking Necessary Steps After Doha 3

TOLOnews TV Network 13 July 2024 Some experts consider these visits to be effective in the process of removing financial and banking sanctions from the countries of the world in Afghanistan. On Thursday, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi emphasized the need to take the necessary steps following the third Doha meeting in

Mujahid Rejects Claims of Foreign Groups’ Presence in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 14 July 2024 Mujahid told TOLOnews that no foreign groups are present in the country and the threat posed by the Daesh group is minimal.  Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, has rejected the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team’s report concerning the presence of Al-Qaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

As Taliban limits options for Afghan women, many lead secret lives online

By Rick Noack The Washington Post Updated July 11, 2024  Afghan women and girls are taking online courses, learning foreign languages with the help of AI, working out with fitness videos and trading cryptocurrencies. KABUL — Three years into Taliban rule, Afghan women and girls are finding ways online to take back some of what was

No music, no Western-style haircuts: UN report details life in Afghanistan under Taliban’s moral enforcers

By Lex Harvey CNN Wed July 10, 2024 CNN —  Listening to music, smoking hookah, and getting a Western-style haircut are all punishable acts under the suffocating rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to a new UN report. The Taliban’s so-called morality police have curtailed human rights – disproportionately targeting women and girls – creating

UK should restore diplomatic presence to help Afghan women, says aid chief

Patrick Wintour  Diplomatic editor The Guardian Wed 10 Jul 2024 The UK should consider restoring its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to support Afghan women and to help monitor the impact of British aid, a commissioner for the official UK aid watchdog has suggested. Hugh Bayley, who visited Kabul in May, said he believed Afghan women and

Pakistan will consider expelling hundreds of thousands more Afghans in a continued clampdown

BY  MUNIR AHMED Associated Press July 11, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan will consider a plan to expel hundreds of thousands more Afghans who have been living in the country for years, the foreign ministry said Thursday, the latest in a monthslong government clampdown on undocumented migrants. The plan is still in the works, Foreign Ministry spokesperson

OCHA appeals for urgent funding to address Afghanistan’s worsening economic crisis

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 12, 2024 The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned about Afghanistan’s worsening economic crisis. According to OCHA, critical services like healthcare, shelter, food, and education are threatened due to severe funding shortages. In a statement released on Wednesday, OCHA highlighted that six million

Shia protesters in Herat march in response to Taliban restrictions

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 12, 2024 Groups of Shia protesters in Herat marched through the city’s 12th, 9th, and 13th districts, waving Ashura flags and chanting “Labbaik Ya Hussain” as they expressed their religious devotion and voiced dissent against recent statements made by the Taliban. Caravans of Shia protesters in Herat marched through

US President Biden: No one can unite Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 12, 2024 In his recent speech, President Joe Biden of the United States unequivocally opposed America’s “occupation” of Afghanistan. He stressed that after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the U.S. should have withdrawn from Afghanistan, arguing that no entity could effectively unify the country. Biden added, “I’ve traveled

Amnesty Intl Comments on UNAMA Report Criticizing Vice and Virtue Ministry

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 12 July 2024 Political analysts and women’s rights activists have various views on the publication of the UNAMA report and Amnesty International’s statement. Amnesty International said that the report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) highlights the role of the Ministry of Vice and Virtue of the Islamic

haheen: Sanctions on Islamic Emirate Officials Should Be Lifted

TOLOnews TV Network 12 July 2024 Head of the political office of the Islamic Emirate in Qatar told TOLOnews that the sanctions have not been effective and should be lifted as soon as possible. Suhail Shaheen, head of the political office of the Islamic Emirate in Qatar, has called for the lifting of UN Security

Pakistan Emphasizes Implementation of IFRP

By Ebadullah Ebadi Tolo News 12July 2024   Baloch also said that the fundamental basis of the UNHCR’s statement should be asked. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign ministry, speaking at a press briefing said that Pakistan has not given any indication to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that the

Pakistan Government to convene session on extending Afghan migrant’s PoR cards

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 10, 2024 Pakistani media have reported that the government is convening a session regarding the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ request to extend Proof of Registration (PoR) cards for Afghan migrants. In a report released on Wednesday, July 10th, Dawn newspaper cites a government official stating that Afghan migrants’

UN warns of budget shortfall for humanitarian activities in Afghanistan

Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 10, 2024 The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) states that the agency faces a shortage of funds to carry out humanitarian activities. In its latest report released on Wednesday, July 10th, OCHA notes that sectors at high risk of disruption due to severe budget shortages

Kabulov: Removal Process of ‘Taliban’ Names From Terrorist List Ongoing

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 10 July 2024 Russia has consistently emphasized global engagement with the Islamic Emirate. Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, told Russia’s TASS news outlet that the process of removing “Taliban” officials’ names from the terrorist list is ongoing. In a report, TASS quoted Kabulov saying that this process is “going

Blinken Advocates for Afghan Women’s Rights

TOLOnews TV Network 10 July 2024 Blinken also said at the NATO anniversary ceremony on Tuesday (July 9) in Washington that efforts to secure Afghan girls’ rights are ongoing. Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, said that he supports women’s rights to access education and work in Afghanistan and that Washington is pressuring the

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘morality police’ crack down on women

Shristi Mangal Pal DW  Deutsche Welle July 10, 2024 According to a new report released by the UN, Taliban “morality police” squads in Afghanistan enforce bans on western haircuts, music and prohibit women from traveling without a male escort. Taliban walk past a sign calling for women to wear veils Taliban vice squads have put

How The Emirate Wants to be Perceived: A closer look at the Accountability Programme

Martine van Bijlert  Afghanistan Analysts Network 9 Jul 2024  As the third anniversary of its return to power approaches, the Islamic Emirate is presumably readying itself for another round of its Accountability Programme, as it has done in the past two summers. These televised sessions, held by ministers and other senior officials in front of

Australia-based sprinter ‘honoured’ to represent oppressed women after making Afghan Olympic team

Jack Snape The Guardian Mon 8 Jul 2024 Kimia Yousofi, one of three women selected, to race in 100m event Taliban refuses to recognise female element of Afghanistan team Afghanistan’s Olympic flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics has said she represents “the stolen dreams and aspirations” of women who have suffered under Taliban rule after

UNICEF concerned over increase in mental health disorders among children in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 9, 2024   The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concerns over increasing mental health issues among children in Afghanistan, stating that nearly 40% of these children currently face psychological disorders. The agency revealed in a report on Monday, July 8th, 8th, that 24% of children aged five

Malala Yousafzai urges new UK PM to prioritize girls’s education in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 9, 2024 Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ education, urges Britain’s new Prime Minister, Keir Starmer, to prioritize the issue of girls’ education deprivation in Afghanistan and other countries in his foreign policy. Yousafzai tweeted on Monday, July 8th, “As you shape Britain’s foreign policy and development plans in

Over 200 Arrested in Kabul in Counter-Narcotics Operations: Official

TOLOnews TV Network 9 July 2024   Some experts believe that to prevent poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan, other countries should also cooperate with the Islamic Emirate. Khalid Zadran, the Kabul security command’s spokesperson, told TOLOnews: “The Counter-Narcotics Directorate of the Kabul Security Command has conducted 181 operations in various parts of Kabul,

UNICEF Reports High Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among Afghan Children

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 9 July 2024 Currently, the lack of access to education and fear of an uncertain future are other significant concerns for girls in Afghanistan. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that more than 24% of children aged 5 to 17 in Afghanistan are experiencing anxiety, and nearly 15%

Shahabuddin Delawar Affirms Leadership’s Latest Appointments

TOLOnews TV Network 9 July 2024 Hidayatullah Badri said that this appointment is not a privilege but a responsibility. Shahabuddin Delawar, speaking at a ceremony introducing Hidayatullah Badri as the acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, emphasized that obedience within an Islamic system is a fundamental principle. During today’s (Tuesday) ceremony, Delawar expressed his support

Restrictions on Women and Girls by Afghan Ministry Draw UNAMA Criticism

TOLOnews TV Network 9 July 2024 The report also mentions Afghanistan’s membership and commitments to several UN human rights documents and emphasizes the need to fulfill these commitments. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has issued a recent report criticizing the practices of the Ministry of Virtue and Vice in Afghanistan, particularly those

Veteran writes book about Afghan rescue operation

By Shivani Chaudhari BBC News, Essex 8 July 2024 Pen Farthing’s new book recounts his experience of evacuating his charity from Afghanistan in 2021 A former British Royal Marines commando said it was therapeutic to write a book about his experience of evacuating animals and people from Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover in 2021. In

Shaheen: Islamic Emirate Acts Independently in Fight Against Terrorism

TOLOnews TV Network 8 July 2024 This comes as the president of Russia, a few days ago, referred to the Islamic Emirate as an ally of his country in the fight against terrorism. Suhail Shaheen, the head of the Islamic Emirate’s political office in Doha, in an interview with a Pakistani journalist said that the

Five-Year Alternative Cultivation Plan Implemented for Afghan Farmers

TOLOnews TV Network 8 July 2024 Some farmers are seeking cooperation from the Islamic Emirate officials in the field of alternative cultivation. According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, a five-year alternative cultivation plan has been developed based on the decree of the leader of the Islamic Emirate, aimed at

GIZ restructures Afghanistan operations, shifts projects to NGOs by 2025

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 6, 2024 The German development organization (GIZ) has announced a restructuring of its operations in Afghanistan. Moving forward, GIZ will conduct projects exclusively through non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While current projects will continue as planned, GIZ has indicated that from 2025 onward, it will no longer employ its own national

UN Chief urges countries to unite to prevent Afghanistan from “becoming a hotbed of terrorism”

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 6, 2024 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the 24th meeting of the heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), urging countries to work together to prevent Afghanistan from “becoming a hotbed of terrorism.” Guterres emphasized the importance of achieving peace in Afghanistan and forming a government that includes

China and Tajikistan Advocate for Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 6 July 2024 This statement was issued following the Chinese president’s visit to Tajikistan and his meeting with Emomali Rahmon. Chinese media, citing a joint statement, said that Xi Jinping and Emomali Rahmon, the presidents of China and Tajikistan, support the creation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan that includes representatives from

Afghanistan has been through everything. Now it wants to dust off its postal service and modernize

BY  RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press July 5, 2024 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In parts of Afghanistan where there are no street names or house numbers, utility companies and their customers have adopted a creative approach for connecting. They use mosques as drop points for bills and cash, a “pay and pray” system. Now the national

Germany rejects Afghan refugees, plans to deport them back to Afghanistan within 7 days: Amnesty International

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 5, 2024 Amnesty International Germany reports that a large number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan who were awaiting transfer to Germany will be deported to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan within seven days. Recently, Germany has retracted its positive responses to some Afghan refugees waiting in Pakistan. The news network “ARD” reported

Islamic Emirate Dismisses SCO’s Call for Inclusive Govt as Internal Matter

TOLOnews TV Network 5 July 2024 Putin said that the “Taliban” are in power in Afghanistan and are therefore allies of Moscow in the fight against terrorism. The Islamic Emirate called the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s request regarding the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan an internal matter of the country. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson

US Envoy West Emphasizes Reintegration of Afghanistan at Doha Meeting

TOLOnews TV Network 5 July 2024 West told TOLOnews that his country’s policy towards Afghanistan is based on two principles. US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West said that the reintegration of Afghanistan into the global community was one of the key objectives of the countries participating in the Doha meeting. West told TOLOnews that

Nothing compensates for the stolen years’: the Afghan women rebuilding shattered dreams in Iran

Stefanie Glinski in Tehran The Guardian 4 Jul 2024   More than 1,000 days after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, women and girls are reluctantly seeking education elsewhere Relief set in the moment Hasina crossed the border into Iran. For two years, the Taliban barred the 24-year-old medical student from continuing her studies. Now, as part of

Deportation of nearly two thousand Afghan migrants from Iran and Pakistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 4, 2024 The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations reported that nearly two thousand Afghan migrants have entered the country after being expelled by Iran and Pakistan. According to a newsletter released by the ministry on Thursday, June 4th, 1,897 Afghan migrants returned following their expulsion from Iran and Pakistan.

The Take: How a notorious US prison still haunts Afghanistan

Al Jazeera Podcast Published On 3 Jul 2024 Bagram Prison was a site of torture during the US war in Afghanistan that continues to haunt former detainee Thousands of people were imprisoned for years without charge or trial by the United States during its so-called “war on terror”. Moazzam Begg was one of them. For

Talks with the Taliban – no women allowed

By Caroline Davies BBC News 2 July 2024 Girls above primary school age are barred from education and most jobs by the Taliban Two days of talks between the international community and the Afghan Taliban have been productive, diplomats say. The meetings in Doha were the first to include the Taliban – whose government no

UNICEF plans to reconstruct 190 schools in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 3, 2024 The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it plans to reconstruct 190 schools in Afghanistan this year. On Tuesday, July 2nd, the organisation announced that rebuilding these schools will provide education opportunities for 200,000 children. UNICEF emphasized that these schools will be constructed with the cooperation and

US Calls for Prisoner Release, Islamic Emirate Seeks Mutual Action

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 3 July 2024 Mujahid said that he had 24 meetings with representatives of different countries, which were as productive as the Doha meeting. Vedant Patel, the deputy spokesman for the US Department of State, said that Thomas West, the US special representative for Afghanistan, pressed the Islamic Emirate during the third

Coordinated, Integrated Strategies for Afghanistan’s Challenges

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 3 July 2024 According to Fitrat, currently, the Islamic Emirate has good relations and positive interactions with most countries. Tariq Ali Bakhit, the Special Representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for Afghanistan, has called creating a strategic and coherent solution to solve Afghanistan’s challenges. Bakhit said at the third

An Afghan woman wanted to be a doctor. Now she makes pickles as the Taliban restricts women’s roles

BY  RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press July 3, 2024 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Frozan Ahmadzai is one of 200,000 Afghan women who have the Taliban’s permission to work. She should have graduated from university this year in pursuit of her dream of becoming a doctor, but the Taliban have barred women from higher education and excluded them from many

Nebenzia: ‘Taliban’ Should Not Be Ignored as Afghanistan’s Current Rulers

Nazir Shinwari Tolo, News 3 July 2024 Hamdullah Fitrat, Deputy Spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, welcomed the remarks of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN about Afghanistan. Vasily Nebenzia, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said that the ‘Taliban’ are the current rulers of Afghanistan, and no one can ignore this fact. Vasily Nebenzia

UN Official, Civil Society Activists Discuss Human Rights, Girls’ Education

TOLOnews TV Network 3 July 2024 Following this meeting, Rosemary DiCarlo said in a press conference that building trust among all parties is necessary; therefore, all voices must be heard. Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General, and representatives from 15 countries held discussions with Afghan civil society activists on human rights issues and girls’ education

The Taliban tell the West to look past harsh edicts on Afghan women and girls and build ties

Associated Press June 30, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Sunday told the West to look past the measures they have imposed on Afghan women and girls for the sake of improving foreign relations. Their chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban uphold certain religious and cultural values and public aspirations that “must be

UN denies Taliban claim of Banking restrictions removal

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama News July 2, 2024   In the third session of the Doha talks, the United Nations Secretary-General rebutted claims by a Taliban spokesperson regarding the lifting of certain banking restrictions imposed on the group. Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, informed Afghan media that the issue had been

Former Afghan interior minister calls for UN to remove Otunbayeva and cleanse UNAMA

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 2, 2024 The former Afghan Interior Minister described the Doha summit as “another example of the UN’s failure in managing the Taliban and Afghanistan.” Mohammad Omar Daudzai called on the UN Secretary-General to replace Roze Otunbayeva and cleanse UNAMA, stating that the Doha meeting was a waste of time

Pakistan to start second phase of Afghan deportations

Al Jazeera 30 June 2024 More than 800,000 Afghans are likely to be expelled in the second phase of the controversial plan. Pakistan is set to start the second phase of a controversial plan to send undocumented Afghan refugees back to their country. Beginning Sunday, authorities are likely to expel more than 800,000 Afghans from

A year ago, she drank battery acid to escape life under the Taliban. Today, she has a message for other Afghan girls

By Hilary Whiteman, Anna Coren, Abdul Basir Bina and Javed Iqbal CNN Sun June 30, 2024 . Karachi, PakistanCNN —  Holding a mirror steady in one hand, Arzo carefully applies pencil to her brows as she gets ready for an English lesson a short walk from her home on the outskirts of Pakistani megacity Karachi. Every step toward the classroom takes

UN-led meeting in Qatar with Afghan Taliban is not a recognition of their government, official says

BY  RAHIM FAIEZ Associates Press July 1, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — A United Nations-led meeting held in Qatar with the Taliban on increasing engagement with Afghanistan does not translate into a recognition of their government, a U.N. official said Monday. The gathering on Sunday and Monday in Qatar’s capital of Doha with envoys from some two dozen

Taliban Talks With U.N. Go On Despite Alarm Over Exclusion of Women

By Christina Goldbaum Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan The New York Times July 1, 2024 The meeting is the first between the Taliban and a United Nations-led conference of global envoys who are seeking to engage the Afghan government on critical issues. Taliban officials attended a rare, United Nations-led conference of global envoys to Afghanistan on

US and Qatar officials meet at Doha summit to support women in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press July 1, 2024 Rina Amiri, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Women, met with Lulwa Al-Khater, Qatar’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, on the sidelines of the third Doha summit to discuss support for women and girls in Afghanistan. Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Monday, July 1st, that

Canada’s Intl Affairs Agency Concerned With Absence of Women at Doha 3

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 1 July 2024 Some women’s rights activists in Afghanistan also believe that the presence of women representatives at the third Doha meeting was crucial. Canada’s International Affairs Agency stated in a press release that it is disappointed with the absence of Afghan civil society and women’s representatives at the third Doha

Around 115,000 Afghan Migrants Return from Pakistan, Iran

TOLOnews TV Network 1 July 2024 Haqqani added that cash and food supplies have been distributed to the returnees. The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation reported the return of approximately 115,000 migrants from Pakistan and Iran in the past month. Abdul Mutalib Haqqani, spokesperson of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, told TOLOnews that 98,000

Mujahid at Doha 3 Urges Enhanced International Engagement

Ebadullah Ebadi Tolo News 1 July 2024 Mujahid wrote on X that in a meeting with the Indonesian foreign minister, he emphasized strengthening relations between the two countries. On the sidelines of the Doha 3 meeting, Zabihullah Mujahid, who leads the Islamic Emirate delegation, met with representatives from several countries to discuss Afghanistan issues. Mujahid

Overview of the First and Second Doha Meetings on Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 1 July 2024 Before this meeting, France24 reported, citing its sources, that the Doha meeting would review the UN’s humanitarian operations in Afghanistan. The first Doha meeting was held in May 2023, and the second in February 2024. The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, attempted to address the challenges and concerns of

Mujahid: Islamic Emirate Attending Doha Meeting to Foster Engagement

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 29, 2024 Reports from the venue of the third Doha meeting in Qatar indicate that Roza Otunbayeva, head of the UN body for Afghanistan, Thomas Nicholson, and Asif Durrani, special representatives of the European Union and Pakistan, arrived in Doha today, Saturday, June 29th. The third Doha meeting will

Mujahid: Islamic Emirate Attending Doha Meeting to Foster Engagement

Sabria Abdal Tolo News 28 June 2024 Mujahid stated that the Islamic Emirate’s participation in this meeting does not signify hostility towards any party. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, announced in a press conference that the Islamic Emirate will participate in the third Doha meeting with the aim of “engaging with all

‘No dialogue’: Pakistan says open to attacks on Afghan-based armed groups

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 28 Jun 2024 Islamabad, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has warned that the country would not hesitate to launch attacks on the territory of Afghanistan, its neighbour, amid rising tensions between the two over security concerns. When asked whether Pakistan would consider cross-border attacks to control perpetrators,

Women’s rights will be raised at the UN meeting being attended by Taliban, UN official says

EDITH M. LEDERERAssociated Press June 27, 2024 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. political chief who will chair the first meeting between Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and envoys from about 25 countries answered sharp criticism that Afghan women have been excluded, saying Wednesday that women’s rights will be raised at every session. Undersecretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo stressed to a

Chinese President vows continued role in resolving Afghanistan issues

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 28, 2024 Xi Jinping, the President of China, announced that China will continue its role in connecting to resolve Afghanistan’s issues. He said on Friday, June 28th, in a ceremony in Beijing, that China will not change its determination for peace development. According to Chinese media reports, he said

Ministry, Bank Delegates to Travel to Doha 3, US Special Envoys to Attend

TOLOnews TV Network 27 June 2024 Amir Khan Muttaqi confirmed this during a meeting with Roza Otunbayeva, and also both sides discussed the agenda of the third meeting. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said that representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Industry and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, the Central Bank of Afghanistan, and

China Urges Islamic Emirate to Fulfill Promises on Girls’ Education

TOLOnews TV Network 27 June 2024 Beijing hopes peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan will occur in a way that witnesses the formation of an inclusive government. China’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, said in an interview with an Iranian media outlet that he hopes the caretaker government of Afghanistan will fulfill its promises regarding

WFP to assists only one million in Afghanistan due to financial crisis

By Fidel Rahmat Khaama Pressi June 26, 2024 The World Food Programme in Afghanistan has announced that due to budget constraints and financial crises, it may only be able to distribute food to one million people until October 2024. The organization stressed that currently, 12 million people in Afghanistan require assistance to survive. On Wednesday,

Vienna Conference calls for responsible UN action on Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 26, 2024 Participants of the fourth Vienna conference criticized the announcement made today, June 26th, regarding the upcoming Doha conference and urged the United Nations to handle this matter responsibly. They criticized the upcoming third Doha conference, scheduled for June 30th to July 1st, labeling it as a unilateral

Doha Talks ‘In No Way’ Recognize Afghan Interim Govt: Dujarric

TOLOnews TV Network 26 Jine 2024   The third Doha meeting is hosted by Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.   A delegation of the Islamic Emirate, led by Zabihullah Mujahid, will participate in the third Doha meeting, and the United Nations has described this meeting as a process to compel

Nearly 100,000 Tourists Visit Bamyan in One Week

TOLOnews 25 June 2024 Safiullah Raed, the head of Bamyan’s Information and Culture Department, states that they have plans in place to promote the tourism industry. Safiullah Raed, the head of Bamyan’s Information and Culture Department, states that they have plans in place to promote the tourism industry. Raed said: “This year, during the week

Shutting Afghan women out of key UN conference to appease Taliban ‘a betrayal’

Tom Levitt , Annie Kelly and Zahra Joya The Guardian Fri 21 Jun 2024 Excluding Afghan women from an upcoming UN conference on Afghanistan would be a “betrayal” of women and girls in the country, say human rights groups and former politicians. The Taliban are reportedly demanding that no Afghan women be allowed to participate in the UN meeting in Doha starting

Over 500 at-risk Afghans transferred to Germany in nearly two years

Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 23, 2024 German media reports that since the start of the program to accept at-risk Afghans into Germany, 530 individuals have been transferred to the country. According to reports, the number of Afghan admissions through this program has been limited due to security checks, which began in August 2022. German

UN spokesperson says women’s rights will be highlighted at Doha meeting

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 24, 2024 A UN spokesperson said on Sunday that the aim of the Doha meetings is to “encourage the Taliban to engage with the world in a coordinated and orderly manner for the benefit of the Afghan people.” Stéphane Dujarric, the UN spokesperson, said on Sunday, June 23, that

G7 countries oppose composition and agenda of third Doha meeting on Afghanistan: Report

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 24, 2024 According to reports, G7 countries, including the US and UK, oppose the composition and agenda of the third Doha meeting. Special representatives from some countries, including the US, might not attend the meeting, reports said. On Monday, June 24, reports indicate that G7 members are dissatisfied with

Muttaqi: Afghanistan’s Interaction with the World Has Progressed

TOLOnews TV Network 24 June 2024 He also added that there is no concern inside or outside the country that opponents of the Islamic Emirate can rely on. Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Emirate, said in a meeting with the ministry’s employees that the interim government’s interaction with countries and

Qaeda Commander at Guantánamo Bay Is Sentenced for War Crimes

By Carol Rosenberg Reporting from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba The New York Times June 20, 2024 A former Qaeda battlefield commander who admitted that his insurgents killed 17 U.S. and allied forces in wartime Afghanistan in the early 2000s will spend eight more years in prison under a plea agreement disclosed on Thursday. The prisoner, Abd al-Hadi

Afghan refugees’ problems in Pakistan compounded by fear of deportation

By Roshan Noorzai and Muska Safi Voice of America June 19, 2024 6:50 PM WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — Every morning, Zakira prepares Afghan dumplings known as mantu and waits for her sons Arsalan, 12, and Alyan, 10, to return from school when they take the mantu to the nearby streets to sell. “As refugees in Pakistan, this is

As climate change imperils Taliban’s shift from opium, impact could be felt worldwide

By Rick Noack and Carolyn Van Houten The Washington Post June 21, 2024 at 2:00 a.m. EDT Prolonged droughts attributed to climate change are making it hard for Afghans to grow other field crops and fruits, but hardy opium poppies can still thrive. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Two years after the Taliban banned opium, Afghan farmers

UN envoy defends failure to include Afghan women in upcoming meeting with the Taliban in Qatar

BY  EDITH M. LEDERER Updated 12:42 AM EDT, June 22, 202 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan defended the failure to include Afghan women in the upcoming first meeting between the Taliban and envoys from 22 countries, insisting that demands for women’s rights are certain to be raised. U.N. special envoy Roza Otunbayeva

Taliban to relocate TTP fighters from border to other provinces of Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 22, 2024 Reports say that the Taliban are planning to relocate members of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from border areas to other provinces in Afghanistan. This decision comes after months of discussions between the Taliban, Pakistan, and China. According to sources, the Taliban in Afghanistan are working to move TTP

Over 13,000 Afghan migrants deported from Pakistan in past ten days

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 23, 2024 Pakistani media have reported that over the past ten days, 13,815 Afghan migrants have been deported from the country and returned to Afghanistan. Radio Pakistan stated on Saturday, June 22, that since the start of the deportation initiative, a total of 620,981 Afghan citizens, including women and

UNAMA Head: Engagement with Kabul ‘Not Legitimation or Normalization’

By Mitra Majeedi Tolo News According to the head of UNAMA, the Doha meeting has generated high expectations, which realistically cannot be met in a single session. Roza Otunbayeva, the head of UNAMA, stated at the Security Council meeting on Friday night that engaging with the “Taliban” does not equate to legitimizing them. During this meeting,

Lavrov: CSTO Members Seek Dialogue With Afghan Interim Afghan Govt

By TOLOnews TV Network 22 June 2024 Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, told TOLOnews that Afghanistan has become much safer and more stable than before. Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, told reporters after the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Kazakhstan that the

Kabul Urges UN to Hand Over Seat to Interim Govt

TOLOnews TV Network 23 June 2024 Some political analysts say that for the Islamic Emirate’s request to be accepted, they also need to meet some of the world’s legitimate conditions. The Islamic Emirate said that by assigning Afghanistan’s seat to the representative of the interim government, issues such as imposed sanctions, frozen funds, and negative

UNICEF: Nearly 900,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from fatal malnutrition

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 21, 2024 The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned about the impact of climate change on children’s food security in Afghanistan. UNICEF estimates that currently, over 875,000 children under five in Afghanistan suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which can be fatal. The UN-affiliated relief agency reported that flood-inducing

Human Rights Watch calls exclusion of Afghan women from Doha talks “Shocking”

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 21, 2024 A general view ahead of an aid conference for Afghanistan at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse The executive director of Human Rights Watch described the exclusion of women’s rights and the absence of women from the Doha talks as “shocking.” Tirana

UNAMA to Present Quarterly Report on Afghanistan to UN Security Council

By TOLOnews TV Network 20 June 2024 Earlier, the Islamic Emirate had requested that UNAMA reflect the realities of Afghanistan in their reports. UNAMA head Roza Otunbayeva will present a quarterly report on the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations Security Council meeting tomorrow (Friday, June 21). In addition to Otunbayeva, representatives from the

UN expert condemns Taliban ‘crimes’ against Afghan women, girls

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America June 18, 2024 he United Nations human rights expert for Afghanistan warned Tuesday against sidelining the rights and voices of women at an upcoming international meeting with the country’s fundamentalist Taliban leaders. The special rapporteur, Richard Bennett, issued the warning while presenting his latest report on the Taliban’s allegedly

War Crimes Hearing Gives Public Virtual Look Inside a Secret C.I.A. Prison

By Carol Rosenberg The New York Times June 17, 2024 Years after the agency’s “black site” program was shut down, details are slowly emerging during trials at Guantánamo Bay. The public on Monday got its first view of a C.I.A. “black site,” including a windowless, closet-size cell where a former Qaeda commander was held during

Kabul Emphasizes Afghanistan’s Regional Significance

TOLOnews TV Network 18 June 2024 Mujahid said Afghanistan’s interactions and shared economy with regional countries are significant reasons for its presence in such organizations. The Islamic Emirate emphasizes Afghanistan’s presence in regional affairs. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said that any organization established for discussions on regional issues should include Afghanistan.

Afghan Trust Fund in Switzerland Has Generated $300M in Interest

 Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 18 June 2024 The Afghan Trust Fund was created in September 2022 to safeguard $3.5 billion of the country’s assets in Switzerland. Shah Mohammad Mehrabi, board member of the Afghan Trust Fund in Switzerland, told TOLOnews that the fund has so far generated about $300 million in profit. Shah Mohammad

Republicans fume over report part of $2.8B Afghan humanitarian funding went to Taliban

By Charles Creitz  Fox News Published June 17, 2024 Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., joins ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ to discuss his efforts to gain State Department records of any communication with ‘pro-Hamas’ groups. House Republicans are fuming at the Biden administration over reports that tens of millions of dollars of U.S. humanitarian aid to Afghanistan may have

Reclusive Taliban leader warns Afghans against earning money

By The Associated Press June 17, 2024, 9:04 AM The Taliban leader has warned Afghans against earning money or gaining worldly honor, at a time when the country is in the grip of humanitarian crises and is isolated on the global stage ISLAMABAD — The Taliban’s reclusive supreme leader on Monday warned Afghans against earning money

War Veterans and Family Testify at Al Qaeda Commander’s War Crimes Tribunal

By Carol Rosenberg Reporting from Guantánamo Bay The New York Times June 14, 2024 Victims of insurgent attacks in wartime Afghanistan described their loss to a jury at Guantánamo Bay to give a human face to a written guilty plea. A U.S. Army veteran spoke about being left blind by a sniper’s bullet in wartime

Afghans Celebrate Eid Without Security Incidents

 Shabnam Amini Tolo News 17 June 2024 Eid is a festival that citizens of the country celebrate every year by setting up festive tables with dried and fresh fruits and visiting each other’s homes. Residents of the capital and other provinces of the country celebrated the first day of Eid al-Adha by performing the Eid

Afghan Interim Govt to Attend Third Doha Meeting

By TOLOnews TV Network 16 June 2024 Mujahid told TOLOnews that the composition of the delegation representing the Islamic Emirate in Doha will be announced soon. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, announced the participation of a delegation from the interim government in the third Doha meeting. Mujahid told TOLOnews that the composition

A Thousand Days Without Education: UN Condemns Afghan Girls’ Plight

TOLOnews TV Network 16 June 2024 Bahous emphasized that the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan is a shared responsibility and urged global solidarity. Sima Bahous, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), has raised concerns over the ongoing restrictions faced by women and girls in

Wheat production in Afghanistan increased by 13% compared to last year

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 14, 2024 The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock of the Taliban has announced that wheat production in Afghanistan has increased by 13% compared to last year, with around 4.9 million metric tons of wheat expected to be harvested nationwide. On Thursday, June 13, the ministry published statistics showing

WFP: 12 million Afghans face hunger before Eid al-Adha

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 14, 2024   On the eve of Eid al-Adha, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced that 12 million Afghans do not know where their next meal will come from. The organization added that Eid is a time for joy and celebration with friends and family, but for many Afghans,

Malala Fund announces $1.5 million to support girls’ education in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 14, 2024 The Malala Fund announced on Friday, June 14, a donation of $1.5 million to support girls’ education in Afghanistan. This donation is allocated to 13 organizations working on Afghan girls’ education. This financial aid is provided as Afghan girls have been barred from education under Taliban rule

‘Nobody is coming to help us’: Afghan teenage girls on life without school

Rukhshana reporters, Annie Kelly, Tom Levitt and Hikmat Noori Guardian Friday, 14 June 2024 Barred from school for 1,000 days, girls in Afghanistan face forced marriage, violence and isolation with no end in sight Just over three years ago, Asma’s* future contained many possibilities. Aged 15, she was at secondary school. After that lay the prospect of

WFPline in: Dec Real GDP of Afghanistan Has Slowed

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 14 June 2024 The Ministry of Economy says the reason for the decline in Afghanistan’s GDP is the global economic restrictions imposed on Afghanistan. According to a World Food Programme report, the decline of Afghanistan’s GDP was 20.7% in 2022, whereas this figure has dropped to 6.2% in 2023. WFP

In Eid Message, Islamic Emirate Leader Stresses Sharia, Security, Unity

 Ebadullah Ebadi Journalist Tolo News 14 June 2024 The leader of the Islamic Emirate urged all citizens to “protect and serve” the Islamic system. On the eve of Eid al-Adha, Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Islamic Emirate, said in an Eid message that the interim government seeks to establish political and economic relations

US Targeting ISIS-K in Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Area

TOLOnews TV Network 13 June 2024 The US Department of Defense said that Washington is pursuing militants and senior commanders of ISIS-Khorasan in the border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary, said: “Ongoing efforts to go after ISIS militants or ISIS senior leaders, of course that is something that we

Afghanistan among top five refugee-origin countries; 6.4 million displaced: UNHCR

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 13, 2024 At least 117.3 million people, or one in 69 individuals worldwide, remain forcibly displaced, including a significant number from Afghanistan, according to a report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today. Wars in Afghanistan during the 1980s doubled refugee numbers to 20 million

Afghan girls endure 1,000 days without school under Taliban rule

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America June 12, 8:46 PM ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The Taliban’s ban on educating girls over the age of 12 in Afghanistan reached 1,000 days Thursday amid global outrage and demands for the immediate resumption of children’s learning. The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, denounced it as a “sad and sobering milestone”

OCHA Reports 19% of Afghan Children in Child Labor, Urges Action

Ebadullah Ebadi Journalist Tolo News 12 June 2024   According to OCHA, worldwide, 160 million children are engaged in child labor, which is almost one in ten children. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labor said that 19% of children are engaged in

Countries Pledge $842M in Aid for Afghanistan at Brussels Meeting

TOLOnews TV Network 12 June 2024 It has been said that this meeting also discussed progress in Afghanistan’s social and economic sectors. Senior officials from various countries have pledged nearly $842 million to address the humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan during a meeting in Brussels. At this meeting, hosted by the European Union to discuss engagement

Ex-US official demands Taliban accountability for women’s rights at Doha meeting

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 11, 2024 A former senior White House official stated that the Taliban should be held accountable for human rights violations, especially women’s rights, at the upcoming Doha meeting. Lisa Curtis wrote on the “Just Security” website that the United Nations should expedite its efforts to criminalize “gender apartheid.” Curtis

BRICS Ministers Advocate Peaceful Resolution in Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo Nws 11 June 2024 The Islamic Emirate has not yet commented on this matter but has consistently assured that Afghan soil will not be used against any country. The BRICS foreign ministers emphasized the peaceful resolution of Afghanistan’s challenges in a joint statement. The statement also stressed ensuring that terrorists do not

Moscow: Establishing Relations with Current Afghan Authorities Necessary

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 10 June 2024 According to TASS, Maria Zakharova said this is beneficial for Russia and added that the removal of “Taliban” officials from the blacklist is also in progress. The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, in response to criticism from some journalists about Russia’s contacts with the Islamic Emirate, stated

Regional Contact Group Meeting on Afghanistan Held

TOLOnews TV Network 8 June 2024 Hassan Kazemi Qomi also mentioned that the recommendations given to the interim government do not imply interference in Afghanistan’s affairs. The second round of the Regional Contact Group meeting on Afghanistan was held today (Saturday) in Tehran with the participation of special representatives from Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and China.

China, Pakistan Call for Inclusive Govt in Afghanista

Ebadullah Ebadi Journalist Tolo News 9 June 2024 Meanwhile, analysts have accused the two countries of not having a clear definition of an inclusive government. China and Pakistan in a joint statement called on the Islamic Emirate to establish an inclusive government and to not allow others to use Afghanistan’s soil against other countries. The

For this student, helping Afghan peers succeed fulfills another dream

By Karina Elwood The Washington Post June 9, 2024  Zahra Rahimi has lived out many dreams in the past five years. The first time she rode her bicycle outside in Virginia — something she couldn’t do in her home country of Afghanistan, which her family fled five years ago. The day last fall when she

Russia Ready to Expand Cooperation With Kabul: Zakharova

TOLOnews TV Network 8 June 2024 Meanwhile, some political analysts believe that the Islamic Emirate should pay attention to mutual demands to enhance interactions with other countries. Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that the ministry plans to expand multilateral cooperation with the interim government in Afghanistan. The Russian

Regional Contact Group Meeting on Afghanist

TOLOnews TV Network 8 June 2024 Hassan Kazemi Qomi also mentioned that the recommendations given to the interim government do not imply interference in Afghanistan’s affairs. The second round of the Regional Contact Group meeting on Afghanistan was held today (Saturday) in Tehran with the participation of special representatives from Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and China.

Public Flogging in Afghanistan Sparks Intl Outcry

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 7 June 2024 UNAMA condemned this act and called for respect for international human rights commitments in Afghanistan. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, told TOLOnews that the implementation of Sharia punishments is based on court decisions and that international organizations should not speak against Islamic laws. Mujahid said:

Travel Ban Temporarily Lifted for 4 Islamic Emirate Officials by UNSC

TOLOnews TV Network 7 June 2024 The UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee said that the exemption for these interim government officials is for travel to Saudi Arabia. The United Nations Security Council has temporarily lifted the travel ban on four officials of the Islamic Emirate. The UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee said that the exemption

Rights group urges UN to demand Taliban include women in talks about future

By Abdur Razzaq Voice of America June 04, 2024 PAKISTAN —  As the United Nations and the Taliban prepare to discuss Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar, on June 30, a New York-based global women’s rights advocacy nongovernmental organization has urged the U.N. to demand the Taliban ensure full and equal participation of Afghan women, peacebuilders and

Islamic Emirate Seeks Global Cooperation to Combat Environmental Crisis

TOLOnews TV Network 6 June 2024 The agency said that by the year 2031 (1410 solar year), 25 million saplings will be planted annually across the country. World Environment Day was commemorated in a program attended by high-ranking officials of the Islamic Emirate and several international organizations in Kabul. A number of officials from the

US Reacts to Acting Minister of Interior’s Visit to UAE

TOLOnews TV Network 6 June 2024   Without commenting on Matthew Miller’s remarks, the Islamic Emirate has described the acting Minister of Interior’s trip to the UAE as productive. The spokesperson for the US State Department, Matthew Miller, said countries that host members of the “Taliban” who are under sanctions must do so through a

Putin Emphasizes Need for Inclusive Afghan Government

TOLOnews TV Network 6 June 2024 According to Putin, security and stability in Afghanistan are significantly more important than economic opportunities for Russia and Uzbekistan. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his latest remarks, has emphasized the importance of engaging with the Islamic Emirate, while also stressing the need for an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Putin

CNN: Secret girls’ schools and a Taliban commander’s family: Inside Afghanistan today

Amanpour CNN 5 June 2024 Secret girls’ schools and a Taliban commander’s family: Inside Afghanistan today Åsne Seierstad, author of “The Bookseller of Kabul,” discusses her new book “The Afghans,” returning to the country after the chaotic US withdrawal and the erosion of women’s rights. https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/03/tv/video/amanpour-afghanistan-women-rights-taliban-asne-seierstad    

UN condemns Taliban after it publicly flogs at least 60 people

Associated Press in Islamabad Wednesday, June 5, 2024 A group including 14 women were lashed at a sports stadium in northern Sari Pul over accusations of sodomy and theft The UN has condemned the public flogging of more than 60 people, including more than a dozen women, by the Taliban in northern Sari Pul province. At least

Emirati leader meets with Taliban official facing $10 million US bounty over attacks

BY JON GAMBRELL Associated Press June 5, 2024 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The leader of the United Arab Emirates met Tuesday with an official in the Taliban government still wanted by the United States on an up-to $10 million bounty over his involvement in an attack that killed an American citizen and other

Afghanistan faces serious climate change threats; least prepared to combat them

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 5, 2024   Afghanistan faces serious threats from climate change, and studies indicate that it is among the least prepared to combat these threats. As the world commemorates World Environment Day, Afghanistan is grappling with the severe consequences of climate change-induced events. Most recently, deadly floods in several provinces

Herat Saffron once again ranked best in the world

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 5, 2024 The International Taste Institute of Belgium has announced that  Herat saffron has once again secured the top position globally for the ninth time, being recognized as the “most delicious” saffron. On Tuesday, June 4th, the institute published a report stating that  Herat saffron was identified as the best saffron following laboratory

Afghanistan faces serious climate change threats; least prepared to combat them

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 5, 2024 Afghanistan faces serious threats from climate change, and studies indicate that it is among the least prepared to combat these threats. As the world commemorates World Environment Day, Afghanistan is grappling with the severe consequences of climate change-induced events. Most recently, deadly floods in several provinces have

Islamic Emirate Attends 27th St. Petersburg Intl Economic Forum

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 5 June 2024 The 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is being held June 5-8. A delegation from the Islamic Emirate today (Wednesday) participated in the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Samiullah Ebrahimi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, said that the acting minister of

Griffiths Hopeful Doha Meeting Will Clarify Agenda for Intl Engagement

TOLOnews TV Network 5 June 2024 Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said at a press conference he is hopeful the agenda for the international community’s engagement with the “Taliban” will be clarified at the third Doha meeting. This UN official praised the improvement in security conditions in Afghanistan

Acting Interior Min. Visits UAE, Agrees on Prisoner, Visa Policies

Nazeer Shinwari TOLOnews’ Reporter 5 June 2024 This is the first foreign trip of Khalifa Sirajuddin Haqqani since the Islamic Emirate took over the country. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said that the authorities of the United Arab Emirates and Khalifa Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Acting Minister of Interior, have reached an agreement on

UN Security Council to Meet on Afghanistan in June

TOLOnews TV Network 4 June 2024 The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate said that this meeting should address the progress on Afghanistan’s economic issues. The United Nations Security Council is set to meet on the situation in Afghanistan later this month. Although the exact date of this meeting has not been specified, the statement indicates

Taliban evicted 6,000 displaced Afghans form informal settlements, says aid group

Associated Press June 4, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have evicted thousands of displaced people in the capital Kabul and demolished their informal settlements, making more than 800 vulnerable families homeless, an aid group said Tuesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council urged Taliban authorities to immediately halt ongoing evictions until appropriate longer-term solutions

UN Security Council to review UNAMA’s performance in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 4, 2024 The United Nations Security Council has announced that it will hold a session regarding the performance of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). On Monday, June 3, this council stated in a declaration that the session is expected to occur this month, but it did

UNICEF urges increased investment to combat climate change threats in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 3, 2024 The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), referring to the recent floods in Afghanistan, has called for increased investment to counter the threats arising from climate change, which primarily affect children. In a report released on Monday, June 3, UNICEF stated that the humanitarian community and the United

General Mckenzie: Doha agreement was Washington’s biggest mistake

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 3, 2024 General Frank McKenzie, the former commander of the United States Central Command, criticized the consequences of the Doha Agreement, stating that Washington made its most egregious mistakes during these negotiations. In a new interview with CBS, the former commander of the United States Central Command stated that

Hamid Karzai travels to US for brother Qayum’s funeral

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press June 3, 2024 Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has traveled to the United States to attend his brother’s funeral, Qayum Karzai. According to the report, Karzai will attend his elder brother’s funeral and memorial service in Maryland on Monday, June 3. He arrived in Virginia on the evening of Sunday,

Fazl-ur-Rehman Denies Claims of Attacks From Afghan Soil on Pakistan

TOLOnews TV Network 3 June 2024 The leader of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party also said that Pakistan has provided the use of its airspace to the United States over the past twenty years. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, the leader of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, denied Pakistani officials’ claims about terrorists entering Pakistan from Afghanistan. The leader of

Russian defense minister urges Tajikistan border strengthening amid threat of terrorism from Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 31, 2024 The Russian Defense Minister, Andrey Belousov, has stated that the situation in Afghanistan highlights the necessity of strengthening Tajikistan’s borders and taking other measures to ensure regional stability. According to the TASS news agency, Andrey Belousov said on Friday, May 31, at a meeting of the Council

Islamic Emirate: Relations Between Kabul and Beijing  ‘Expanding’

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 31 May 2024 According to Mujahid, the relationship between Kabul and Beijing is expanding with each passing day. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said that the interim government has official interactions with China, and Beijing has been striving to invest in various sectors in Afghanistan. According to Mujahid, the

Abdul Qayum Karzai Passes Away at Age 77 in US

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 31 May 2024 Abdul Qayum Karzai was one of the figures who participated in the Bonn Conference in 2001. Abdul Qayum Karzai, brother of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, passed away yesterday (Thursday) at the age of 77 in the state of Maryland, USA. He was born in 1947 in the

UN Spokesperson: Human and women’s rights in Afghanistan top priority at Doha meeting

By Fidel Rahmati Tolo News May 30, 2024 The spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said that special representatives of countries have been invited to attend the Doha meeting to create “greater clarity and coordination” in the global response to the situation in Afghanistan. Stephane Dujarric stated that human rights and women’s rights are important priorities

UN: 27% of people in Afghanistan facing food crisis

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press 30 May 2024   The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has announced that Afghanistan needs food assistance. Seventy-seven percent of the Afghan population faces an “emergency level of food crisis.” On Wednesday, May 29, this organization released a statement calling for a strategy tailored to the

UN Officials Concerned About Situation of Women in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 29 May 2024 Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, described the situation of women in Afghanistan as an example of lost rights. Several United Nations officials expressed concern over the situation of women in Afghanistan during a meeting titled “Women, Youth Must Have Greater Participation in Peacebuilding Efforts” in New York. Rosemary

‘We were fish in a barrel’: Australian tourist describes deadly Islamic State attack in Afghanistan

The Guardian Australian Associated Press Thu 23 May 2024 13.52 EDT An Australian adventure tourist targeted in a deadly shooting in central Afghanistan thought he would die after coming face to face with an Islamic State gunman.Joe McDowell, 38, was shot when the lone gunman opened fire on his tour group in Bamiyan, about 200km

Afghan Taliban likely to accept invitation to third Doha meeting

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press Khaama Press May 29, 2024   The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban administration has announced a meeting to review the agenda for the third Doha meeting and has given a green light for participation. According to a press release shared by Hafiz Zia Ahmad, the spokesperson for the

Nearly 3 out of 10 children in Afghanistan face crisis or emergency level of hunger in 2024

BY  RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press May 29, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — About 6.5 million children in Afghanistan were forecast to experience crisis levels of hunger in 2024, a nongovernmental organization said. Nearly three out of 10 Afghan children will face crisis or emergency levels of hunger this year as the country feels the immediate impacts

‘It is worse now’: The Bookseller of Kabul author Åsne Seierstad on returning to Afghanistan 20 years on

Tim Adams The Guardian Sunday, 26 May 2024 The Norwegian writer on meeting the Taliban, her fears for girls’ education, and the legal battle that ensued after the publication of her bestselling book The author Åsne Seierstad’s cool, shaded walking distance from the centre of Oslo, seems a very long way from Afghanistan and the

America’s Monster: Who was Abdul Raziq?

By Matthieu Aikins The New York Times magazine Sunday, May 26, 2024 Uncovering the brutal career of a crucial American ally and the hidden truths of the war in Afghanistan. I first heard about Abdul Raziq in early 2009, when I was a young freelance journalist newly arrived in southern Afghanistan. By chance, I had befriended

Putin: Building ties with Taliban is necessary

By  Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 28, 2024 Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that it is necessary to build relations with the Taliban due to their control over Afghanistan. Vladimir Putin stated, “We need to proceed from reality and build relations accordingly,” he added.” On Tuesday, May, 28th, in Tashkent, the President of Russia told

Islamic Emirate Leader Appoints New Acting Minister of Public Health

TOLOnews TV Network 28 May 2024 Several political analysts view the changes within the Islamic Emirate’s institutions as a fundamental aspect of effective governance.’ The leader of the Islamic Emirate has issued a recent decree resulting in new appointments across various levels, including a ministry, deputy ministries, provincial leadership, and other institutions. Zabihullah Mujahid, the

Lavrov: ‘Taliban’ Will Be Taken Off Terrorist List, Hold ‘Real Power’

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 28 May 2024 According to Lavrov, the UN Security Council has not declared the Taliban a terrorist group, and only 12 to 15 of their members are included in the list. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with Russian media, said that the “Taliban hold real power” in Afghanistan

Islamic Emirate Spokesperson: Biden’s Claim of Afghan Disunity ‘Incorrect

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 25 May 2024 Mujahid also emphasized the interim government’s fight against Daesh, stating that describing this group as a threat is also incorrect. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, described the recent comments made by the president of the United States claiming that Afghans are not united, as a mistaken

Official Calls Attention to Persistent Danger of Unexploded Ordnance

By Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 25 May 2024 Rustamkhil told TOLOnews that “over 100 incidents” have occurred during this period, with many of the victims being children. Nooruddin Rustamkhil, head of Coordination, Cooperation, and Mine Clearance, stated that since the beginning of 2024, “nearly 50 people have been killed and more than 150 injured” due

Over 750 Afghan children enter UK via English Channel in a year

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 25, 2024 Based on statistics provided by British organizations active in immigration, 758 Afghan children crossed the English Channel and entered the UK in one year. These organizations report that a total of 5,662 Afghans entered the UK via the English Channel during this one-year period. The UK’s Home

UN Groups Say Restrictions on Afghan Girls Will Increase Child Marriages

Ebadullah Ebadi Journalist Tolo News 25 May 2024 UN Women, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) published a joint two-page brief. International organizations said that bans imposed on women and girls by the Islamic Emirate will increase the number of child marriages among Afghan girls by

OCHA Official: Over 1.4M Girls Deprived of Education in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 24 May 2024 Wosornu said that during her four-day visit to Afghanistan, she requested that the interim government authorities lift the restrictions against women. Edem Wosornu, director of OCHA’s Operations and Advocacy Division, spoke about the deprivation of 1.4 million girls from education in Afghanistan. In a press conference in New York,

Kabul’s Presence at Doha Meeting Hinges on Acceptance of Demands: Kabir

TOLOnews TV Network 24 May 2024 Mawlawi Abdul Kabir referred to the third Doha meeting as a good opportunity for interaction between the Islamic Emirate and the international community. Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, the political deputy of the Prime Minister’s Office, in a meeting with Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh al-Khulaifi, Minister of State for the

How the U.S. Backed Kidnapping, Torture and Murder in Afghanistan

By Azam Ahmed and Matthieu Aikins The New York Times May 22, 2024 The reporters spent more than a year, including months in former battlefields in Afghanistan, investigating abuses by American-backed forces. The convoy rumbled into the Taliban heartland, a white desert littered with stones. Over the loudspeakers at the local mosque, the Afghan police officers ordered

A Taliban revenge killing prompts questions, removal of an acclaimed documentary

By Manuel Roig-Franzia and Hope Hodge Seck The Washington Post May 22, 2024 at 10:00 p.m. EDT National Geographic has pulled the Emmy-winning film “Retrograde” from its streaming platforms after criticism from veterans and inquiries from The Washington Post. On a winter day not long ago, an Afghan man — a 21-year-old who’d once dazzled U.S.

Pakistani Army: ’29 terrorists’ killed along Afghanistan border

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 23, 2024   The Pakistan Army has announced that “29 terrorists have been killed” during a series of operations over the past month along the border with Afghanistan. The operations come amid a surge in terrorism originating from Afghanistan soil, according to the Pakistani army newsletter. “Security forces have

Mujahid: Islamic Emirate Seeks Positive Interaction With Countries

TOLOnews TV Network 23 May 2024 Some members of the SCO countries, including Russia and Pakistan, had called for the creation of a contact group to expand cooperation with Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate called the establishment of a contact group for Afghanistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization beneficial for improving the situation in Afghanistan. Zabihullah

Qatar’s Al-Khulaifi Requests Islamic Emirate Attend 3rd Doha Meeting

TOLOnews TV Network 23 May 2024 Minister of State for the Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar said that the third Doha meeting would be fruitful with the presence of Islamic Emirate. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh al-Khulaifi, Minister of State for the Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, in a meeting with

UN announces third Doha meeting for Afghanistan on June 30

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 22, 2024 The United Nations has announced that the third Doha meeting, which will include special representatives for Afghanistan from various countries, will take place on June 30 and will last for two days. According to the statement, the UN labelled the conference as a means to foster international

okayev: Situation in Afghanistan Requires Close Attention

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 22 May 2024   Thomas West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, in a meeting with Qatari officials, emphasized security and stability in Afghanistan. Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, in a meeting with the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries, said that the situation in Afghanistan

Turkish Airlines resumes flights to Afghanistan nearly 3 years after the Taliban captured Kabul

Associated Press 10:20 AM EDT, May 21, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban government confirmed the resumption of Turkish Airlines flights to Kabul’s international airport, nearly three years after the carrier’s services were suspended following the collapse of the Western-backed government. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said that the first Turkish Airlines flight

UN stresses support for clearing unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 21, 2024   The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General expresses support for efforts to find a sustainable solution to clearing unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan. Jean-Pierre Lacroix stated that last year, 800 people died in explosions from mines and explosives in Afghanistan. The UN official announced his return from Afghanistan on

SIGAR Claims $10.9M Paid to Islamic Emirate Institutions

TOLOnews TV Network 21 May 2024 According to SIGAR’s report, out of the 65 organizations, 38 responded to the questionnaire. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said that from August 2021 to the present, $10.9 million of US funds have been paid to Islamic Emirate institutions. According to SIGAR’s report, out

General says he warned that Afghanistan would get ‘very bad, very fast’

By Dan Lamothe The Washington Post May 20, 2024  Austin Scott Miller, the last four-star U.S. commander based in Kabul, is among the latest witnesses to meet with lawmakers scrutinizing the Biden administration’s management of the withdrawal. The top U.S. general in Afghanistan during the American military’s 2021 withdrawal repeatedly warned Washington that security would

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly tourist attack in Afghanistan

Reuters Sun 19 May 2024 Taliban says four arrested over attack at Bamiyan heritage site that killed three Spanish visitors and an Afghan Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack by gunmen in Afghanistan’s central Bamiyan province that killed three Spanish tourists on Friday. The Taliban’s interior ministry spokesperson, Abdul Mateen Qani, said on Sunday

At least 66 dead as new floods hit Afghanistan’s Faryab province

Al Jazeera Published On 19 May 2024 Flooding damaged more than 1,500 houses, swamped more than 400 hectares of agricultural land and killed livestock. Fresh floods have killed at least 66 people in Faryab province in northern Afghanistan, says a provincial official, in the latest deadly string of disasters to hit the country in recent

Guterres’ Deputy Urges Islamic Emirate to Participate in Doha Meeting

 Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 20 May 2024 Mawlawi Kabir said that the participation of the Islamic Emirate in this meeting is conditional on the world’s acceptance of the interim government’s demands. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, has called on the Islamic Emirate to participate in the third Doha meeting on

‘Blood everywhere’: Survivor recounts attack on tourists in Afghanistan

Susannah WALDEN Yahoo News Sun, May 19, 2024 at 6:01 AM EDT· A view shows the site where the Shahmama Buddha statue once stood before being destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001, in Bamiyan province (Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN) When she first heard the gunshots, French tourist Anne-France Brill thought for a split second there

Gunman Kills Three Spanish Tourists in Central Afghanistan

By Yaqoob Akbary and Christina Goldbaum Yaqoob Akbary reported from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Christina Goldbaum from London. The New York Times May 17, 2024 Three Spanish tourists and one Afghan were killed by a gunman in central Afghanistan on Friday, Taliban officials said, in the first fatal attack on tourists in the country since the Taliban seized

Taliban raise death toll to 6 in gun attack on Western tourists

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America May 18, 2024 8:36 AM, UPDATE May 18, 2024 1:13 PM ISLAMABAD — The Taliban government said Saturday that the death toll from an overnight gun attack on Western tourists in central Afghanistan had risen to at least six, including three Spaniards. Interior Ministry spokesperson Abdul Mateen Qani said in a

Tribal Jirga in Paktia Brokers Ceasefire Along Durand Line

TOLOnews TV Network 18 May 2024, 7:37 PM The jirga called on both sides to ensure the safety of civilians during any clashes. After four days of clashes along the Durand Line in Paktia, a ceasefire has been reached through the mediation of tribal elders from both sides, bringing the fighting to an end. Members

Flash floods due to unusually heavy seasonal rains kill at least 68 people in Afghanistan

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Updated 12:33 PM EDT, May 18, 2024   ISLAMABAD (AP) — Flash floods from heavy seasonal rains have killed at least 68 people in Afghanistan, Taliban officials said Saturday, adding the death toll was based on preliminary reports. Afghanistan has been witnessing unusually heavy seasonal rains. In the hard-hit western province

The Azadi Briefing: New Leaks Reveal The Luxury Dubai Properties Of Ex-Afghan Officials

By Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 17, 2024. 12:26 GMT Dubai’s lax regulations make it an attractive market for investments by alleged criminals, struggling politicians, and sanctioned individuals. Welcome to The Azadi Briefing, an RFE/RL newsletter that unpacks the key issues in Afghanistan.  I’m Abubakar Siddique, senior correspondent at RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi. Here’s what

Atlantic Council Suggests Conflict Prevention Mechanism for Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 18 May 2024 The council described regional efforts to prevent conflict, including regional meetings on Afghanistan, as temporary and ineffective. The Atlantic Council presented recommendations to the UN Secretary-General for preventing conflict in Afghanistan, urging the UN to establish a conflict prevention mechanism led by the UN Special Representative. In its recommendations,

Killing of Tourists in Bamyan Sparks Intl Reactions

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 18 May 2024 The president of Spain also expressed sorrow over the death of Spanish citizens in Afghanistan. Yesterday’s armed attack on civilians and foreign tourists in Bamyan has elicited both domestic and international reactions. The former president of Afghanistan and the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation

Six People Killed in Bamiyan Shooting

Sayed Amin Hamta Tolo News 18 May 2024 According to local officials, four of the injured foreign tourists are women. The Ministry of Interior reports that the death toll from yesterday’s (Friday) armed attack in Bamyan has risen to six. Abdul Mateen Qani, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, also stated that seven people

Women in Afghanistan struggle with soaring mental health issues: Report

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 17, 2024 Officials from the Mental Health Department of the Herat Regional Hospital have reported a concerning increase in the number of women suffering from mental illnesses. According to the report, at least eighty per cent of those seeking help at the Herat Psychotherapy Hospital are women and girls.

UNDP: 73% of Afghan women face travel restrictions without male escort

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 17, 2024 The United Nations Development Programme has published a report on the resilience of women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, stating that 73% of Afghan women face travel restrictions without a mahram or male escort. The detailed report by the United Nations Development Programme, titled “Listening to Afghanistan’s Women Entrepreneurs;

China, Pakistan Emphasize Inclusive Political Framework in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 May 2024 Pakistan and China, in a joint statement, called for coordinated international efforts to help Afghanistan address its economic development challenges and encouraged Afghanistan to establish an inclusive political framework. Adopting moderate policies, pursuing good neighborly relations, and resolutely combating terrorism, as well as preventing terrorist activities from Afghan soil,

UNDP Reports on Resilience of Women Entrepreneurs in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 16 May 2024 Rodriques added that women entrepreneurs work like “vital pillars of economic stability and hope” amidst adversities. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has published its three-year report on the struggles and resilience of women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan. Stephen Rodriques, UNDP country director in Afghanistan, said that they have conducted

Afghanistan floods: ‘I found my family’s bodies in the streets’

By Yama Bariz and Caroline Davies Baghlan province, Afghanistan BBC News 16 May 2024 The day after the flood waters hit, Noor Mohammed found the bodies of his family in the street and in the fields. The 75-year-old had been just 100m away from his home in northern Afghanistan when he heard the deadly roar

UN Deputy Secretary-General to arrive in Kabul today

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 15, 2024   The spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General confirmed during a press briefing that Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the organization’s Deputy Secretary-General, will arrive in Kabul today, Wednesday, May 15. Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, stated that the purpose of Jean-Pierre Lacroix’s trip to

US contractors and former Afghan officials buy million-dollar properties in Dubai

By Khaama Press May 16, 2024 After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the United States poured billions of dollars into Afghanistan for reconstruction efforts. However, many U.S. contractors and former Afghan officials were accused of misusing these funds. Today, some contractors and former officials own luxury properties in Dubai. An investigative journalism organization

Clashes Increase Between Islamic Emirate, Pakistani Forces in Dand-e-Patan

TOLOnews TV Network 16 May 2024 According to locals, during this period dozens of missiles have been fired by Pakistan, hitting people’s residential houses. Residents of Paktia said that there have been clashes between the forces of the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan’s border guards for the past three days. According to locals, during this period

Oslo Meeting on Afghanistan Concludes

TOLOnews TV Network 16 May 2024 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate reacted to this meeting by saying that such meetings should be held within the country to yield beneficial results. The Oslo meeting, focused on Afghanistan, which started three days ago with the participation of representatives from over 30 countries and organizations in Norway, has concluded.

Coordination Meeting Held Among Aid Organizations, Islamic Emirate

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 16 May 2024 Indrika Ratwette, spoke at the meeting about efforts to increase development assistance to Afghanistan. A coordination meeting between the agencies of the United Nations and the Islamic Emirate was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participants in the meeting discussed the needs of the people of

Norwegian Rights Society hosts Afghan activists and Taliban representatives meeting

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 15, 2024 The Human Rights Research Society in Norway has announced a two-day meeting between members of Afghan civil society, including civil activists and the Taliban representatives. The session, held in Oslo, the capital of Norway, on Tuesday, May 4, has invited Richard Bennett, the United Nations Special Rapporteur

UN Deploys Teams to Mitigate Flood Crisis in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 14 May 2024 Recently, the World Health Organization has delivered seven tons of medicine and medical equipment. The United Nations has deployed 14 joint assessment teams to identify flood-affected areas and address the conditions of flood victims in Baghlan, Badakhshan, and Takhar. The deputy spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General said in a

40,000 children left homeless in Baghlan due to devastating floods: Save the Children

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 14, 2024 Save the Children has expressed concern over the devastating consequences of floods in Baghlan province, stating that approximately 40,000 children in this province have lost their homes. According to a statement released on Monday, May 13, the organization announced the launch of health clinics staffed by female

USIP Report: Recalibrating Counterterrorism Strategy Amid US-China and India-Pakistan Concerns

By Khaama Press May 14, 2024 In a comprehensive report released by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Tuesday, the Senior Study Group on Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan has highlighted the urgent need to recalibrate the US counterterrorism strategy amidst growing strategic competition with China and the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. The

Navigating Complex Geopolitics: The Road to the Doha Meeting

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 14 May 2024 At the same time, Amir Khan Muttaqi mentioned that appointing a special representative for Afghanistan is unnecessary. Roza Otunbayeva, the head of UNAMA, met with Iranian officials about significant issues including the upcoming Doha meeting. Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran’s ambassador and special envoy for Afghanistan, highlighted during his

Families still looking for missing loved ones after devastating Afghanistan floods killed scores

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Updated 12:52 PM EDT, May 13, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — When he heard that devastating floods hit his village in northern Afghanistan last week, farmer Abdul Ghani rushed home from neighboring Kunduz province where he was visiting relatives. When he got home, he found out that his wife and three children

Flash Flooding in Afghanistan Kills at Least 300, With More Missing

By Safiullah Padshah, Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim Safiullah Padshah reported from Kabul, Afghanistan, Christina Goldbaum from London, and Najim Rahim from San Francisco. The New York Times May 12, 2024 Heavy seasonal rains have set off floods in the northern province of Baghlan and in at least three other provinces. Heavy seasonal rains have set off flash

Shia Scholars Demand Non-Discriminatory Governance in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 13 May 2024 They said that the Shia people have been cooperative with the caretaker government under all circumstances and will support the Islamic system. A number of Shia scholars asked the Islamic Emirate to govern Afghanistan without discrimination. They said that the Shia people have been cooperative with the caretaker government

Japan to offer scholarships to Afghan students in collaboration with Aga Khan Foundation

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 12, 2024 The Japanese Embassy in Kabul announced the provision of scholarships for Afghan students. It stated that the selection process for these scholarships in 2025 will be conducted in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation. In a statement published on the social network X on Saturday, May 11,

Ministry Signs Contracts for Ruby and Barite Mines

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 12 May 2024 Some of the investors who have invested in these mines pledged that the mining processes will also be carried out within the country. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) signed contracts for ruby mines in Jegdalek, Kabul, and barite in Herat with two companies. Shahabuddin Delawar,

Expressions of Sympathy, Calls for Assistance Mount for Flood Victims

By Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 11 May 2024 Richard Bennett has described the recent floods in the country as indicative of Afghanistan’s vulnerability to climate change. Following the flooding in several provinces of the country, the Islamic Emirate has asked the people to cooperate with the caretaker government in aiding the affected individuals. The spokesperson of

Flooding in Baghlan: The Scope of Disaster Expands

TOLOnews TV Network 11 May 2024 Mohammad Sarwar, a flood victim in Baghlan, told a TOLOnews: “We are three families; nothing is left here. All the people are affected.” Following the deadly floods in four districts of Baghlan, to date, 130 people have died, and approximately 100 others have been injured. Local officials in Baghlan

Taliban trying to normalise ties, install appointees in India: Afghan diplomat

SUHASINI HAIDAR The Hindu 10 May 2024 Afghanistan’s acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations Naseer Ahmad Faiq acknowledged the reports on the Taliban’s attempt to appoint a replacement for Zakia Wardak, former Consul General in Mumbai Afghanistan’s acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations Naseer Ahmad Faiq. File | Photo Credit: X/@faiq_naseer Days after Afghanistan’s

Several killed after residents of Afghan province protest orders from Taliban

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America May 9, 2024 Nangarhar province, Afghanistan ISLAMABAD — At least four people were reported killed on Thursday during clashes between protesters and Taliban security forces in eastern Afghanistan. Residents in Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan, held a demonstration after being told by Taliban authorities to vacate their homes for

Three million children suffer from malnutrition in Afghanistan: WFP

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 10, 2024 The World Food Programme has recently published statistics showing that currently, three million children in Afghanistan are suffering from malnutrition. On Friday, May 10, the organization announced on its social platform X that the World Food Programme can only support one of every three children. The World

Kabul, Islamabad Trade Accusations of Harboring Terrorists

TOLOnews TV Network 10 May 2024 Previously, Kabul responded to the statements of the Pakistani army spokesperson, saying that Pakistani soil is occasionally used against Afghanistan. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry called upon the Islamic Emirate to address the looming threat posed by terrorist entities. Reacting to assertions made by the spokesperson of the Ministry of

2 Killed, 4 Injured During Protests in Nangarhar

TOLOnews TV Network 10 May 2024 The day before, after the Kuchi protests in the ninth district of Jalalabad and subsequent gunfire, two were killed and four others were injured. Following the deaths of two individuals in Nangarhar, local officials state that it is unclear who fired upon the protesters. Local authorities in Nangarhar say

Hard times in Kabul: Debt-ridden driver survives on a loaf of bread

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 9, 2024 The lives of many people in Afghanistan are shaped by layers of poverty, poverty that, in different periods, has either caused deprivation or led to severe social insecurity. In this report, you read about the life of an elderly man who has parked his taxi in a

US State Dept Asks Pakistan to Respect ‘Non-Return Advisory’

TOLOnews TV Network 9 May 2024 Meanwhile, some Afghan migrants in Pakistan have complained about their dire conditions. As the deportation of Afghan migrants continues from Pakistan, the U.S. State Department has requested the Pakistani government not to deport Afghan migrants from the country. Matthew Miller, the U.S. State Department spokesperson, said at a press

Study: Afghanistan’s Challenges With Neighbors Can Be Solved By Dialogue

TOLOnews TV Network 9 May 2024 According to officials from these institutions, they have conducted discussions with government figures and citizens of the country in this study. The Sahar Union Discourse Center and the Iranian Research and Study Delegation said that their research findings indicate that Afghanistan’s current challenges can be resolved through dialogue with

Meet The Man Running Immersive Guided Tours To Afghanistan From The UAE

ISABELLA SULLIVAN Near + Far 2 MAY 2024 Afghanistan is a deeply complex country, marred by years of conflict and unrest, and for many of us, a place we’d never thought to step foot in. But in the Seventies, the country, and its capital Kabul, was a key stop on the ‘hippie trail’, and still

The Taliban warn journalists and experts against cooperating with Afghanistan International TV

The Associated Press May 9, 2024, 7:10 AM ET The Taliban are warning journalists and experts against working with Afghanistan International TV International headlines from ABC NewsCatch up on the developing stories from around the globe making headlines.The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Thursday warned journalists and experts against working

S group claims bombing in Afghanistan that killed officers involved in an anti-poppy crop campaign

Associated Press May 9, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Afghanistan’s northeast that killed police officers who were part of an anti-poppy crop campaign. A motorcycle was booby-trapped and exploded, targeting a Taliban patrol in Faizabad town in Badakhshan province, killing and wounding 12 members of the

Congressmen demand answers after CNN report contradicts Pentagon investigations into deadly Kabul airport attack

By Nick Paton Walsh and Mick Krever CNN Wed May 8, 2024 CNN —  Nine Republican members of Congress have written to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urging him to explain discrepancies between CNN reporting last month about the ISIS-K attack that led to the deaths of 13 US servicemen and 170 Afghans outside Kabul airport in August 2021, and

Motorcycle-Borne Magnetic Mine Strikes Security Convoy in Badakhshan

Nazim Qasimi Tolo News 8 May 2024 Meanwhile, a number of Badakhshan residents asked the Islamic Emirate to make more efforts in securing the province. In an explosion targeting a security forces convoy in the center of Badakhshan province, three members of the Islamic Emirate forces were killed, and five others were injured today (Wednesday).

Pakistan’s military says March attack that killed Chinese engineers was planned in Afghanistan

BY MUNIR AHMED Associated Press Updated 8:56 PM EDT, May 7, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military on Tuesday said a suicide bombing that killed five Chinese engineers and a Pakistani driver in March was planned in neighboring Afghanistan and that the bomber was an Afghan citizen. At a news conference, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmad Sharif

Taliban agrees to accept protesters’ demands and replace forces in Badakhshan: Official

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 7, 2024 Following public protests in two districts of Badakhshan, the Ministry of the Interior of the Taliban has stated that it is changing the structure of its forces in this province. Abdul Matin Qaneh, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, told the BBC that they have accepted

Fitrat Confirms Settlement with Badakhshan Protesters

TOLOnews TV Network 7 May 2024 The representatives of the protesters said that they have ended their protest following discussions with the officials of the Islamic Emirate. The chief of staff of the Islamic Emirate, who went to Badakhshan Province to address the grievances of the protesters reacting to the security forces’ actions in destroying

Religious Scholars in Politics: Islamic Emirate’s Perspective

TOLOnews TV Network 7 May 2024 The leader of the Islamic Emirate added in another part of his speech that scholars should prevent disputes, deviations, and disobedience.  The leader of the Islamic Emirate said that Western countries are endeavoring to sever the ties between religion and politics in Muslim countries. According to the Ministry of

Mullah Baradar: Vigilance Needed Against Intl Hindrance

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 7 May 2024 They believe that Afghans must unite against these conspiracies by neighboring countries and the world. The deputy prime minister for economic affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, said that global powers are trying to hinder the economic and political progress of Afghanistan. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the

In First, Islamic Emirate Attends OIC summit, Pledges Cooperation

Mitra Majeedy ToloNews 7 May 2024 Mujahid told TOLOnews that the participation of the Islamic Emirate in this summit marks the start of the interim government’s interactions with Islamic countries. The Islamic Emirate responded to the final resolution of the 15th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Gambia, stating that the measures

Taliban face rare public uprising against their rule in northeastern Afghanistan

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America 5 May 2024 l FILE – An armed Afghan policemen destroys an opium poppy field in Noorgal, Kunar province, east of Kabul, Apri13, 2013. ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s hardline Taliban leaders have threatened to militarily suppress unprecedented violent public protests in a northeastern border region against a nationwide ban on

Turkish Envoy Confirms Resumed Turkish Airlines Flights to Kabul

Naweed Samadi Tolo News’ 5 May 2024 The Turkish Ambassador to Afghanistan announced the imminent resumption of Turkish Airlines flights to Kabul. During a meeting with the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Cenk Ünal emphasized the importance of maintaining relations between Kabul and Ankara and added that Turkish Airlines will soon resume

Tehran to Fence ‘Vulnerable Areas’ on the Afghanistan Border

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 6 May 2024 The Islamic Emirate welcomed the border closure by Iran and stated that this will be coordinated with Afghanistan. Tehran has once again emphasized border fencing along the Iran-Afghanistan border. Sardar Qasem Rezaei, the Deputy Police Chief of Iran, stated that only vulnerable points along the Iran-Afghanistan border will

Afghan Embassy in India Confirms Gold Smuggling by Consul General

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 5 May 2025 Some former diplomats say that if such a claim is proven, it will damage the diplomatic credibility of Afghanistan and its relations with other countries. The former Afghan government’s embassy in India confirmed the allegation that Zakia Wardak, the consul general of Afghanistan in Mumbai, India, was accused

OIC Calls for Inclusive Govt, Human Rights Protection in Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 6 May 2024 Islamic Emirate’s delegation also attended the conference; however, the interim government has not yet said anything about the final statement of this meeting. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation in its final statement of its 15th session of the Islamic State Conference asked for the establishment of an inclusive

Phones, Islamic books and currency exchange. Some businesses are making money out of Taliban rule

BY RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press 4:05 AM EDT, May 1, 2024 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yunis Safi, a businessman in Kabul, knows very well the importance of showing off your phone if you want something done. “In Afghanistan, your phone is your personality,” he said, smiling, a jewel-encrusted ring on each hand. One boasts an emerald,

Biden was silenced by criticism from families of troops killed in Kabul, book says. ‘Sir, are you still there?’

Martin Pengelly in Washington The Guardian Fri 3 May 2024 05.00 EDT Ex-White House press secretary Jen Psaki describes telling president of anger that he spoke so much of his own dead son, Beau Joe Biden was stunned into silence when he was told families of US service members killed in Kabul in August 2021 said

Afghanistan third worst in world for press freedom

By Roshan Noorzai Noshaba Ashna Voice of America May 03, 2024 10:50 AM FILE – A member of Taliban security force keeps a vigil during an event organized to mark the ‘World Press Freedom Day’ at the office of the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) in Kabul on May 3, 2023. Reporters and media analysts

Badakhan protesters reject Taliban’s ‘Islamic Emirates’ presence: Darayim

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 3, 2024 In videos circulated on social media, protesters in Badakhshan are heard expressing their opposition to the Taliban in the province, rejecting the “Islamic Emirates” presence. The residents of Darayim district, Badakhshan province, staged widespread protests against The Taliban on Friday, May 3rd. Residents of Badakhshan stated that

US provides $17 billion to Afghanistan post-withdrawal: SIGAR

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 3, 2024   The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) of the United States says that following the collapse of the previous government in Afghanistan, the United States has allocated $17.19 billion to Afghanistan and refugees. According to its latest report, released on Thursday, SIGAR added that this

RSF: Afghanistan’s Press Freedom Ranking Drops 26 Places

TOLOnews TV Network 3 May 2024 According to the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) list, Afghanistan has dropped 26 places due to the deaths and arrests of journalists. On World Press Freedom Day, Afghanistan has fallen from 152nd to 178th in the press freedom index. According to the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) list, Afghanistan has dropped

USIP Claims: Threats to US from Afghanistan, Pakistan ‘Increasing’

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 4 May 2024 Previously, the U.S. State Department had also urged the Islamic Emirate to adhere to its commitments made in the fight against terrorism. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has claimed in a recent report that terrorist threats against America from Afghanistan and Pakistan are increasing. The report

Women’s Presence Increases by 17% in Media: AJSC

TOLOnews TV Network 2 May 2024 Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Abdul Matin Qani, who was present in the program, assured further cooperation with the On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) in a program in Kabul said that the presence of women in the media

Khalilzad: Initial steps towards Taliban talks taken under Obama administration

Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 2, 2024   Zalmay Khalilzad states that the initial steps towards negotiations with the Taliban were taken under the Obama administration, not the Donald Trump administration. Khalilzad says that during the Obama era, he received a letter from Mullah Yaqoob, stating that war does not have a military solution, and

UNAMA’s 3-month report on Human Rights situation in Afghanistan released

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 2, 2024 The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released its three-month report on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, highlighting ongoing human rights violations across various dimensions. The UNAMA report, published on Thursday, May 2nd, covers the human rights situation in Afghanistan during the first three

Officials: Foreign Countries Hinder Afghanistan’s Academic Progress

TOLOnews TV Network 1 May 2024 Shiva says he is striving to standardize medicine in the country to unite doctors and scientific personalities living abroad. Lotfullah Khairkhwa, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, states that some foreign countries are creating obstacles to the scientific development of the country. Khairkhwa, during a ceremony honoring an Afghan

The Islamic State group says it was behind a mosque attack in Afghanistan that killed 6 people

Associated Press May 1, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly shooting this week targeting members of the country’s minority Shiite community inside a mosque in western Afghanistan that killed six people. The militant group said in a statement posted on its Telegram website late on Tuesday that

Iran warns of deporting Afghan citizens, unauthorized hiring

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press May 1, 2024 Ahmad Vahidi, the Minister of Interior Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, stated that Afghan migrants are beloved people who have come here to escape the oppression of tyrants and oppressors. In an interview with the Iranian media IRNA on Wednesday, May 1st, this high-ranking official

World Bank Provides $84 Million to Afghanistan

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 1 May 2024 A number of Kabul residents told TOLOnews that they need more aid in the current situation and that this aid should be distributed transparently. The World Bank in a statement said that it will provide $84 million in aid to Afghanistan. The World Bank’s statement mentioned that

Washington Engages With Kabul for US Interests: State Dept

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 1 May 2024 Vedant Patel, told journalists that his country also uses this opportunity to combat terrorism and address human rights issues. The US Department of State said that Washington interacts with the Islamic Emirate to protect America’s national interests. The deputy spokesman for the US Department of State, Vedant Patel,

Kabir: Islamic Emirate Supports Stability in the Region and the World

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 30 April 2024 This senior official of the Islamic Emirate reiterated that no one will be allowed to use Afghan soil against other countries. The Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, stated that the Islamic Emirate seeks stability in the region and the world. Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, during

Global, Domestic Condemnation Follows Deadly Mosque Attack in Herat

 Najibullah Lalzoy Tolo News 30 April 2024 UNAMA and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights also called for accountability for the perpetrators of this attack. The recent attack on Shia worshippers at a mosque in the Guzara district of Herat has sparked widespread condemnation from both local and international bodies.  The United Nations Assistance

The Taliban are working to woo tourists to Afghanistan

BY RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press April 30, 2024 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Around 30 men are crammed into a Kabul classroom, part of the debut student cohort at a Taliban-run institute training tourism and hospitality professionals. It’s a motley crew. One student is a model. Another is 17 and has no job history. The students

Turkish Airlines to Resume Flights to Afghanistan After Nearly 3 Years

 Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 28 April 2024 Officials at Turkish Airlines told TOLOnews that there will be four flights a week between Kabul and Istanbul. Turkish Airlines said that after a suspension of two years and eight months, it will resume its flights to Afghanistan on May 21. Officials at Turkish Airlines told TOLOnews

Red Cross official seeks staggered return of Afghans from Pakistan

By Lisa Schlein Voice of America April 27, 2024 4:45 PM GENEVA — Changes are being urged to plans for returning thousands of Afghan citizens from Pakistan to make the process more effective. While Pakistan has delayed the expulsion of some 850,000 documented Afghan refugees to Afghanistan, a senior Red Cross official is appealing for

US embassy emphasizes press freedom in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 29, 2024 The U.S. Embassy for Afghanistan has underscored press freedom in a fresh note regarding Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy Office for Afghanistan, based in Doha, tweeted on Monday, April 29th, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day: “We must ensure that every opinion is voiced and every

Qomi: Occupiers Still Meddling in Afghanistan and Region

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 29 April 2024 Hassan Kazemi Qomi, discussed the Daesh issue, saying that although the group holds no territory in Afghanistan, terror cells still exist there. The Iranian ambassador and special representative for Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, said the United States is a common enemy of the countries in the region and

500 Artifacts Restored at National Museum in 1402

Shabnam Amini Tolo News 29 April 2024 Officials at the National Museum also expressed concerns about the scarcity of materials and equipment needed for the restoration. Officials at the National Museum of Afghanistan reported the restoration of five hundred historical and archaeological artifacts in the past year, noting that the restored items include sculptures, coins,

Millions of Afghans made Pakistan home to escape war. Now many are hiding to avoid deportation

Riazat Butt,Adil Jawad The Independent (UK) 29 April 2024 For more than 1 million Afghans who fled war and poverty to Pakistan, these are uncertain times SIGN UP I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy policy Born and raised in Pakistan to parents who fled neighboring Afghanistan half

Russia: Recognition of Taliban depends on formation of inclusive government

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 28, 2024 Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia says recognizing the Taliban as a comprehensive government depends on it including representatives of all “ethnicities, religions, and political currents of Afghanistan.” According to Russian media reports, Mikhail Galuzin, who travelled to Uzbekistan on Friday, stated that Moscow maintains its working relationship

Qomi: Iran Supports All Constructive Initiatives Concerning Afghanistan

By Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 28 April 2024 He called the current cooperation between Tehran and Kabul “unparalleled,” in the interview. The Iranian Ambassador and Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, stated that Iran supports any initiative, including appointing a special envoy for Afghanistan; however, the qualifications of this envoy must be clear. In

Experts Speculate on Purpose of John Bass’s Trip to Doha, Islamabad

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 27 April 2024 The Islamic Emirate has not commented on this American official’s trip to Qatar and Pakistan. The US State Department has announced the trip of acting Under Secretary for Political Affairs John Bass to Doha and Islamabad. According to the department statement, Bass’s visit, which began on April 26

Three Neighboring Countries Support Daesh: Muttaqi

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 26 April 2024 The acting Foreign Minister did not name any countries; however, he reiterated that Daesh does not exist in Afghanistan. Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting Foreign Minister, during the opening ceremony of the Afghan-Kazakh exhibition said that three neighboring countries are supporting Daesh. The acting Foreign Minister did

Girls’ education vital for Afghanistan: Karzai

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 26, 2024 Former President Hamid Karzai emphasized the importance of girls’ education during a meeting with Iran’s ambassador and special representative, Hassan Kazemi Qomi. He said the education of girls was a “vital issue” for Afghanistan. Karzai highlighted that peace and stability in the region benefit all neighbouring countries.

Iran, Pakistan Pledge Commitment to Afghan Stability in Joint Statement

TOLOnews TV Network 24 April 2024 The presidents of Iran and the prime minister of Pakistan have called the presence of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan a serious threat to regional and global security. In a joint statement, the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif also emphasized a peaceful

No longer a US priority, is Afghanistan a Central Asia problem now?

By Navbahor Imamova Voice of America April 24, 2024, 3:16 PM The Uzbek delegation, led by Foreign Minister Bakhtiyor Saidov, holds talks in Kabul with the Taliban leaders, March 12, 2024. (Uzbekistan MFA) WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s Central Asian neighbors are holding out hope that America, based on its pledges at September’s C5+1 summit, will expand its role

Family of American man believed to be held by Taliban asks the UN torture investigator for help

BY ERIC TUCKER Associated Press 8:00 PM EDT, April 25, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for an American believed to be held by the Taliban for nearly two years are asking a United Nations human rights investigator to intervene, citing what they say is cruel and inhumane treatment. Ryan Corbett was abducted Aug. 10, 2022,

Remembering the Fall of Afghanistan’s First Republic

TOLOnews TV Network 26 April 2024 On April 28, 1991, the Mujahideen came to power after the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, led by Dr. Najibullah, collapsed. On Saur 7, 1357 (solar calendar), following a coup by the People’s Democratic Party, the first republic regime in Afghanistan was overthrown. Friday marks the 46th anniversary of

Pakistan and Iran vow to enhance efforts at a ‘united front’ against Afghanistan-based militants

BY MUNIR AHMED Associated Press Updated 12:47 PM EDT, April 24, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Neighbors Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday pledged to enhance efforts at a “united front” against Afghanistan-based militants, saying their presence poses a serious threat to regional and global security. The countries, which share a long and porous border, made the

US State Dept pressures Taliban to revoke discriminatory decrees against Afghan women

 Fidel Rahmati April 24, 2024 The U.S. State Department asserts it’s pressuring the Taliban alongside allies and partners to rescind discriminatory laws against Afghan women and girls. It states that any significant steps toward normalizing relations with the Taliban are contingent upon a profound change in their behaviour. The State Department wrote in its annual

Iran, Pakistan Pledge Commitment to Afghan Stability in Joint Statement

TOLOnews TV Network 24 April 2024 The Islamic Emirate has not yet commented on this matter, it has previously dismissed claims about the existence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan as baseless. The presidents of Iran and the prime minister of Pakistan have called the presence of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan a serious threat to regional

NEPA Criticizes Halt of Climate Change Projects

TOLOnews TV Network 24 April 2024 The National Environmental Protection Agency, in a joint press conference with the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee on Wednesday, criticized the suspension of 32 climate change projects in the country. According to the deputy head of the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), Zainul Abideen Abid, environmental projects were halted following the

US State Dept releases report on extensive Human Rights violations in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati April 23, 2024 The U.S. State Department has published its annual human rights report for 2023, which highlighted a notable decline in women’s rights. It pointed to new regulations limiting women’s access to education and jobs, leading to a situation where women became increasingly limited to domestic responsibilities. The report highlighted a

OIC urges lift on Afghan women’s education, employment restrictions

By Khaama Press April 23, 2024 The media center announced the meeting between Tariq Ali Bakheet, the special representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, the political deputy of the Taliban Prime Minister. They stated that Mr. Bakheet called for the lifting of educational and employment restrictions on women. According

Acting Defense Minister Pledges Swift Resolution to National Challenges

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 23 April 2024 According to the spokesperson of MOD, Mujahid in this meeting said that Afghanistan is the common home of all Afghans. The acting Minister of Defense, in a meeting with the representatives and elders of the Union of Afghans Residing in Europe, stated that the existing challenges in the

US State Dept: No Plans to Recognize the Islamic Emirate

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 23 April 2024 The Islamic Emirate called the claims in the annual report of the US State Department regarding the situation in Afghanistan, baseless. The US Department of State in its annual report published on April 22 stated that Washington has no plans to recognize the “Taliban” in Afghanistan. In this

UN Women: Focus on women affected by Herat earthquake

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 22, 2024 Written By: Hakim Bigzaad The United Nations Women’s Section has released a report stating that the majority of the victims of the Herat earthquake were women and children, with a focus on women in their aid efforts. This institution, which recently elaborated on its assistance to earthquake

Afghan Migrants Need Intl Attention: Exiled Human Rights Defenders

TOLOnews TV Network 22 April 2024 Armed attacks, arrests, and disappearances of Afghan migrants have instilled fear among them. The International Federation of Human Rights Defenders in Exile expressed concern over the poor conditions of Afghan migrants in Pakistan. The organization in a statement said that armed attacks, arrests, and disappearances of Afghan migrants have

26% Decline in Afghanistan’s Gross Production Last Year: World Bank

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 21 April 2024 According to the report, the ban on drug cultivation has resulted in a $1.3 billion reduction in farmers’ incomes in Afghanistan. The World Bank in a recent report stated that Afghanistan’s gross output decreased by 26% in the past calendar year. According to the report, the ban

Child Malnutrition Increasing in Samangan: Officials

Aziz Rahman Abram Tolo News 20 April 2024 According to the department, in 1402 (solar year), more than 700 children were afflicted with malnutrition, and a number of them are still hospitalized. The Public Health Department of Samangan reported an increase in the number of children suffering from malnutrition in the province. According to the

Senior Taliban special advisor killed in Pakistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 19, 2024 Mullah Mohammad Omar Jan Akhundzada, Taliban Special Advisor to Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and the head of a Taliban jihadist school in Kandahar Killed in Quetta City, Pakistan, on Thursday, April 18th. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson, confirmed the killing of Mohammad Omar Jan Akhundzada, a member of

Afghans with disability urge Taliban to end ban on aid agency

By Akmal Dawi Voice of America April 18, 2024 FILE – A child stands in a waiting room at a clinic run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2021. The SCA was forced to halt its activities last year, including services for new mothers and support programs for the

Save the Children Warns of Food Crisis Among Afghan Returnees

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 19 April 2024 The Islamic Emirate said that serious efforts are ongoing to address the challenges of Afghan migrants in order to provide them with shelter. Save the Children said that most children from Afghan families deported from Pakistan do not have access to adequate shelter, education, and food. The organization,

11,000 Afghan Migrants Incarcerated in Iran and Pakistan

TOLOnews TV Network 19 April 2024 Meanwhile, many Afghan migrants residing in Iran and Pakistan complain about the challenges they face in these two countries.  The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) reports that eleven thousand Afghan migrants are currently imprisoned in the prisons of Iran and Pakistan. According to Abdul Matlub Haqqani, the spokesperson

Afghan women turn to entrepreneurship but struggle to access capital

By Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Charlotte Greenfield Reuters April 17, 2024 KABUL, April 17 (Reuters) – Female-led businesses now represent an economic lifeline for Afghan women living under Taliban restrictions, but face a series of problems accessing capital and markets, a United Nations Development Programme study released on Wednesday showed. The UNDP found that 41% of 3,100

250,000 Afghan children need education, food and homes after returning from Pakistan, says NGO

Associated Press Updated 12:33 PM EDT, April 18, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — A quarter of a million Afghan children need education, food and homes after being forcibly returned from Pakistan, a nongovernmental organization said Thursday. Pakistan is cracking down on foreigners it alleges are in the country illegally, including 1.7 million Afghans. It insists the campaign

Rainstorms Kill More Than 130 Across Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Zia ur-Rehman and Christina Goldbaum Zia ur-Rehman reported from Islamabad and Christina Goldbaum from London. The New York Times April 18, 2024, 9:29 a.m. ET A deluge of unseasonably heavy rains has lashed Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, killing more than 130 people across both countries, with the authorities forecasting more flooding and rainfall, and some

UN: Life expectancy average declines in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 18, 2024 The United Nations, in its annual report analyzing Afghanistan’s situation in 2023, stated that despite the “tireless efforts” of the organization and its partners to address issues in Afghanistan, the country continues to grapple with “complex and multifaceted challenges.” The report titled “UN Annual Results Report for

US review finds August 2021 suicide bombing at Kabul airport was unpreventable

Associated Press Monday, April 15, 2024 Findings also detailed how a ‘bald man in black’ thought by service members to be the bomber was misidentified The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed US troops and Afghans in August 2021 was not preventable, and a “bald man in black” spotted by US service members on

Islamic Emirate’s Qatar Office Seeks to Reshape Afghan Global Image

TOLOnews 18 April 2024 The head of the Islamic Emirate’s political office in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, told TOLOnews that the office is striving to portray a “true” image of Afghanistan through international media. Shaheen mentioned that this office works to coordinate and improve relations between the Islamic Emirate and other countries. According to Shaheen, the

Women’s Rights Condition for US Recognition of Islamic Emirate: State Dept

TOLOnews 18 April 2024 Some political analysts and university scholars emphasized the need for full, equal, and meaningful participation of women and girls in the country. The US State Department reiterated that without women’s participation in society and the economy, the “Taliban” will not be recognized. Speaking at a press conference, the US Department of

Pentagon Reviews Events Before Attack That Killed 13 U.S. Troops in Kabul

By Eric Schmitt The New York Times April 16, 2024 A new Pentagon review of the events leading up to the bombing that killed 13 American service members at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August 2021, has reaffirmed earlier findings that U.S. troops could not have prevented the deadly violence. The review’s conclusions focus

Review says Abbey Gate bombing wasn’t preventable, refutes claims troops sighted the would-be bomber

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR AND FARNOUSH AMIRI Associated Press April 15, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed U.S. troops and Afghans in August 2021 was not preventable, and the “bald man in black” spotted by U.S. service members the morning of the attack was not the bomber, according to a

Pakistani police warn Afghan migrants to leave Balochistan in a day

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press 16 April 2024 According to a media report, authorities in the Balochistan province have issued a warning for Afghan migrants, indicating that they should voluntarily leave villages in the province by Tuesday. Police stated that Afghan migrants with Afghan citizenship cards and registration cards are subject to this warning, as

Economy Ministry’s data on NGOs and Institutions in Afghanistan raises doubts

By Khaama Press April 16, 2024 After the resurgence of the Taliban administration, a significant number of domestic and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provided essential social services in various sectors either ceased operations or suspended their activities in Afghanistan due to the ban on women working. This vacuum has created challenges in various sectors,

Noor and Barya Television Stations Suspended in Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari, Tolo News 16 April 2024 According to the Ministry of Information and Culture, the owners of these outlets were repeatedly engaging in anti-regime propaganda. The operations of Noor and Barya television stations in the country have been suspended today (Tuesday, April 16). The Commission on Media Violation (CMV) has cited the television stations’

Over 8,000 Afghan migrants expelled from Pakistan in 10 days

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 15, 2024 Pakistani media reports that between April 3rd and 13th, at least 8,581 Afghan refugees have been expelled from the country. SAMAA TV reported on Sunday, April 14th, that the trend of expelling “illegal” immigrants is rapidly continuing. The report indicates that 3,127 men, 1,972 women, and 3,482

At least 33 killed in Afghanistan as heavy rains set off flash floods

Al Jazeera Published On 14 Apr 2024 Most casualties have been from roof collapses, while some 600 houses have been damaged or destroyed, authorities say. At least 33 people have been killed over three days of heavy rains and flash flooding in Afghanistan, according to the government’s disaster management department. “From Friday onwards, because of

Installation of 80,000 security cameras in Kabul

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Prerss April 14, 2024 The Taliban’s Ministry of Interior has declared the installation of eighty thousand security cameras in Kabul city to prevent criminal incidents. Abdul Matin Qaneh, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior of the Taliban, stated on Sunday, April 14th, that these cameras have been installed at intersections,

Efforts to Start Afghanistan Contact Group Halted by Regional Discord

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 14 April 2024 According to the report, opposition to India’s participation in the regional contact group has halted progress on this initiative. The Express Tribune reported that the process of establishing a regional contact group for Afghanistan has come to a standstill due to differences among countries.  According to the report,

Deadline for Afghan Migrants in Pakistan Expires Tomorrow

TOLOnews TV Network 14 April 2024 The refugees say that all their businesses are in Pakistan and they are requesting the Pakistani government provide them with more time. Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 15) is the last day of Pakistan’s deadline for Afghan migrants in the country. A number of Afghan migrants in Pakistan expressed their concerns

Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders issued different messages for Eid. Experts say that shows tensions

BY RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press April 11, 2024 KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Messages by two influential Taliban leaders in Afghanistan this week showed tensions between hardliners and more moderate elements who want to scrap harsher policies and attract more outside support, experts said Thursday. The messages for Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan were

Turkish Airlines to resume operations in Afghanistan soon: Official

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 11, 2024 The Taliban’s Ministry of Transport and Aviation states that Turkish Airlines intends to resume its flights to Afghanistan soon. The spokesperson for this ministry wrote on its social media platform X, that there are no technical or airport-related issues for the company to begin its flights. Imamuddin

ISIS-K surging after US left Afghanistan: Former CENTCOM Commander

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 12, 2024 Former commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), has said that with the Taliban gaining power, ISIS Khorasan has found conducive conditions for advancement. According to Business Insider, prior to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, ISIS Khorasan’s activities were limited to Afghanistan with minimal penetration beyond its borders.

Mujahid: Kabul’s Stance May Be Cause of Delay in UN Envoy Appointment

Mitra Majeedy 13 April 2024 Tolo News Nasir Ahmad Faiq said that consultations regarding the special representative will resume in the coming days. The Islamic Emirate said that their stance to oppose the appointment of another UN special representative for Afghanistan might be a reason for the delay in the process. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for

23 Former Government Officials Return Through Contact Commission Last Month

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 13 April 2024 Ahmadullah Wasiq, the spokesperson for this commission, provided details stating that among the returnees was also a Hindu citizen. The Contact Commission with Personalities of the Islamic Emirate has reported that more than twenty former government members returned to the country over the past month. Ahmadullah Wasiq, the

Afghanistan Draws 8,200 Foreign Tourists to Historic Sites in Two Years

Shabnam Amini Tolo News 13 April 2024 It is worth mentioning that last year, foreign tourists mostly visited Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, Nuristan, and Ghazni provinces. The Ministry of Information and Culture of the Islamic Emirate states that over the past two years, more than 8,000 foreign tourists have visited Afghanistan to see the country’s historical

Australia Issues Warning Advising Against Travel to Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 10 April 2024 However, political experts have varying views regarding the travel warnings to Afghanistan. The Australian government once again warned its citizens about traveling to Afghanistan. The statement by the Australian government said that there is a threat of terrorism and kidnapping in Afghanistan, including in Kabul, and Australians are advised

McCaul: US Pullout Caused Humanitarian Crisis, Aid ‘Flowing to Taliban’

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 11 April 2024 McCaul stated in a hearing that humanitarian aid is currently not reaching needy women and children in Afghanistan. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee, once again criticized the Biden adminstration withdrawal for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and said aid

Officials Say Work on Wakhan Road Rapidly Progressing

TOLOnews TV Network 9 April 2024 Economic experts believe that China is a key country in creating job opportunities in Afghanistan through foundational and developmental projects. The Acting Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development announced during a meeting with the Chinese ambassador in Kabul that the construction of the Wakhan road will soon be completed.

Melting glaciers, drying sea highlight Central Asia’s water woes

By Navbahor Imamova VOA News April 07, 2024 The site of the former port in Muynak, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, is now an open-air museum — a ship graveyard of forlorn fishing vessels, WASHINGTON — Climate change and water scarcity are harsh realities facing Central Asia. Glaciers in the east, in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan,

Women’s economic participation in Afghanistan ranks 178th in World Bank repor

Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 9, 2024 Written By: Tabasum Nasiry The World Bank, in its latest report on the status of women in the economy and business, has declared that women’s economic participation in Afghanistan ranks higher than in countries such as Iran, Yemen, and Palestine, placing at 178th position. The 182-page report recently

US largest contributor to WHO in Afghanistan: Decker

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 9, 2024 Karen Decker, a US Chargé d’Affaires for Afghanistan, emphasized on the occasion of World Health Day that her country is the “largest” supporter of the World Health Organization in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls. Ms. Decker announced on Sunday, April 7th, through a post on the

Helmand Farmers Seek Govt’s Help to Grow Poppy Alternatives

Mohammad Amin Pach Tolo News 9 April 2024 They are requesting the interim government provide a suitable alternative crop. Farmers in Helmand say that their economic problems have increased since the ban on poppy for opium cultivation. According to these farmers, not only have recent years brought severe drought, but the ban on opium cultivation

Media Group Speaks Out Against Plans to Limit Facebook Access

Sial Yousofi Tolo News 9 April 2024 Alkozai added that this decision is so far only a proposal and there has been no discussion about its implementation. Following comments made by Najibullah Haqqani, the acting Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, in an exclusive interview with TOLOnews regarding the policy of restricting Facebook in Afghanistan,

Dujarric: Efforts to Appoint Afghanistan Special UN Envoy Ongoing

TOLOnews TV Network 9 April 2024 “The process is ongoing, as soon as there is a public update I hope to be able to share it with you,” he said. Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, once again mentioned the ongoing efforts to appoint a special representative for Afghanistan. Without providing details

Concerns rise over women’s poverty and malnutrition in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 6, 2024   The United Nations World Food Programme in Afghanistan has issued a warning about the increasing cases of malnutrition among mothers and children, emphasizing that the number of malnutrition admissions in Kabul has tripled over the past three years. The UN agency stated on Friday, April 5th,

France condemns Taliban’s resumption of stoning and physical punishment of women in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 6, 2024   The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the recent statements attributed to the Taliban leadership, expressing their decision to resume the stoning and physical punishment of Afghan women. The ministry has called on the Taliban to revoke their policy of oppression and marginalization of women

Nimroz Officials: About 120,000 Migrants Expelled From Iran

By Abdul Ghafar Azizi Tolo News 6 April 2024 Some of the migrants expelled from Iran said they would never leave the country if job opportunities were available in Afghanistan. Local officials in Nimroz reported the forced return of about 120,000 Afghan migrants from Iran to the country in the last two months. Abdullah Riyaz, the

Eid Message: Islamic Emirate Leader Seeks Global Relations

TOLOnews TV Network 6 April 2024 Another section of the message stated that the interim government prioritizes the implementation of Sharia and ensures that justice. On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, Shiekh Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Islamic Emirate, said in a message that the interim government seeks good relations with all countries of

Amnesty Intl Calls for Reopened Schools for Afghan Women and Girls

TOLOnews TV Network 5 April 2024 Meanwhile, a number of girl students are once again demanding the reopening of schools and universities. Amnesty International in a report called for the immediate reopening of schools and universities for girls in Afghanistan. According to the report, following the return to power of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan

Risk of Destruction Faces Historical Sites and Monuments in Zabul

Ataullah Omar Tolo News 5 April 2024 The historic Bala Hissar, Shah Alam Khan Fort, Sheikh Mati Shrine, and Ghazi Minaret are among the historical sites and monuments in Zabul. Residents of Zabul expressed concern about the caretaker government’s neglect of the province’s historical sites and monuments, saying some are at risk of destruction. They

Amnesty International concerned over continued Afghan migrant expulsion from Pakistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press April 5, 2024 The International Amnesty Organization has expressed concern over the initiation of the second phase of forced expulsion of Afghan migrants from Pakistan, stating that the continuation of this process particularly endangers women, girls, journalists, and human rights defenders. The organization demanded the cessation of the expulsion of

Anticipating Migrants, Aid Groups Ramp Up Services at Torkham, Spin Boldak

Habib Rahman Qooyash Tolo News 5 April 2024 Expelled migrants from Pakistan and Iran have consistently complained about economic challenges and have requested assistance and shelter. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported an increase in the activities of aid organizations at the Torkham and Spin Boldak crossings to assist

George W. Bush Institute: Countries Benefit from Afghanistan’s Mines

Habib Rahman Qooyash, Tolo News 5 April 2024 According to the report, Afghanistan is rich in mineral reserves and other raw materials valued between $1 trillion and $3 trillion dollars. George W. Bush Institute, in a report, said that countries such as Iran, China, and Russia, along with foreign companies, are benefiting from the extraction

Fetrat: Islamic Emirate Committed to Counterterrorism in Afghanistan

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 4 April 2024 The Islamic Emirate denies the presence of terrorist groups in the country and adds that they have undertaken a serious fight against terrorist groups. The Islamic Emirate considers the concern of some countries at the meeting of the National Security Advisors of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be

Girls in Afghanistan face discrimination: US Permanent Envoy Claims

TOLOnews TV Network 4 April 2024 Some analysts believe that Afghanistan will become increasingly isolated due to the violation of women’s rights. The issues related to Afghanistan were once again discussed by the United Nations Security Council. Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on children and armed conflict, the US permanent representative to the

State Department officials told House investigators they created Afghanistan withdrawal plans from scratch

By Kylie Atwood and Jennifer Hansler CNN Published 12:00 AM EDT, Thu April 4, 2024 Source: CNN Hours of closed-door testimony from three top State Department officials shed new light on the “unprecedented” situation in the final days of the US presence in Afghanistan as the officials were rushed to the country with virtually no

India says inclusive government in Afghanistan is top priority for SCO

By Fidel Rahmati  Khaama Press April 3, 2024 The National Security Advisor of India stated on Wednesday at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting that the formation of an inclusive government and the protection of women’s and minority rights are immediate priorities of this organization in Afghanistan. The National Security Advisor of India, Ajit Doval,

More Than Just Islamic State: Rising Militancy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Nafees Takar Voice of America March 30, 2024, 3:15 AM Volunteers transport the coffins of Chinese nationals from a hospital following a suicide attack in Besham city in the Shangla district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on March 26, 2024. WASHINGTON — There has been a wave of attacks across Pakistan in recent weeks

‘I wanted to end my life’: ‘Bookseller of Kabul’ rebuilds destroyed business

Diane Taylor The Guardian Wed 3 Apr 2024 06.35 EDT Shah Muhammad Rais first opened his bookshop in the Afghan capital in 1974. By 2003, when his story was made famous by the bestselling book The Bookseller of Kabul, the business had collected about 100,000 books, in different languages, about literature, history and politics. The collection

Hanafi: Strong Intl Consensus Needed Against Daesh

Tolo News 2 April 2024 This official of the Islamic Emirate once again stated that the Islamic Emirate wants good relations with all countries The deputy prime minister for administrative affairs, Abdul Salam Hanafi, highlighted the fight against Daesh by regional and other international countries. Speaking at an Iftar program attended by political representatives of

Ordnance Still Claiming Lives in Afghanistan

By TOLOnews TV Network 2 April 2024 UNAMA also stated that over 3,000 square kilometers of land have been cleared by mine-clearing organizations in Afghanistan. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said the majority of the victims of unexploded ordnance and mines in Afghanistan are children. UNICEF reported that Afghanistan was among countries

Afghan Migrants Complain of Mistreatment by Iranian Police

TOLOnews TV Network 2 April 2024 According to them, the Iranian police, after arresting and beating Afghan migrants, forcibly deport them back to their country. Some Afghan migrants deported from Iran complain about what they perceive as mistreatment by the police of that country. According to them, the Iranian police, after arresting and beating Afghan

Pakistan Plans to Deport 67,000 Afghan Migrants After Eid al-Fitr

TOLOnews TV Network 3 April 2024 Meanwhile, some Afghan migrants once again complained of the mistreatment by Pakistani police and the challenges in that country.  A number of Pakistan’s media outlets reported that Islamabad plans to deport about 67,000 Afghan migrants after Eid al-Fitr. According to the reports, the Interior Minister of Sindh province has

How ISIS-K killed Americans, beat the Taliban, and massacred 140 people in Moscow

Fatema Hosseini USA TODAY Tuesday, April 2, 2024 The terrorist group blamed by the U.S. for a ruthless massacre at a Moscow rock concert has steadily increased its ranks, capabilities, financial network and global recruitment from a safe haven in Afghanistan, where the Taliban government has been unable − and at times unwilling − to stop it, former

One in 10 Afghan children under five malnourished, 45 percent stunted: UN

Al Jazeera Published On 3 Apr 2024 Poor nutrition is rife in a country plagued by economic, humanitarian and climate crises more than two years after Taliban’s return to power. Roya carefully spoon-feeds her daughter fortified milk in a ward for malnourished children, praying the tiny infant will avoid a condition that stalks one in

Tourist numbers up in post-war Afghanistan

Al Jazeera Published On 2 Apr 2024 The number of foreign tourists visiting Afghanistan rose 120 percent year on year in 2023, reaching nearly 5,200. His soldier son toured Afghanistan with fighters in his crosshairs, but US traveller Oscar Wells has a different objective – sightseeing promoted by the Taliban’s fledgling tourism sector. Marvelling at the

Moscow Concert Hall Attack Will Have Far-Reaching Impact

BY: Mary Glantz, Ph.D.;  Gavin Helf, Ph.D.;  Asfandyar Mir, Ph.D.;  Andrew Watkins United States Institute of Peace Wednesday, March 27, 2024 ISIS’ claim of responsibility for the attack is a challenge to the Taliban as well as U.S. interests. On Friday, terrorists attacked the Crocus City Hall outside Moscow leaving 140 people dead and 80 others

Taliban edict to resume stoning women to death met with horror

Ruchi Kumar and Rukhshana reporters The Guardian Thu 28 Mar 2024 14.02 EDT The Taliban’s announcement that it is resuming publicly stoning women to death has been enabled by the international community’s silence, human rights groups have said. Safia Arefi, a lawyer and head of the Afghan human rights organisation Women’s Window of Hope, said

How the Taliban’s return made Afghanistan a hub for global jihadis Analysts say

Benjamin Parkin in New Delhi and Sam Jones in Berlin The Financial Times 26 March 2024 Less than a year after the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan following the chaotic US withdrawal in 2021, President Joe Biden vowed the country that once harboured Osama bin Laden would “never again . . . become a terrorist safe haven”. Yet a

Over 12,000 Individuals Arrested in Last Six Months: MoI

Nawid Samadi Tolo News 28 March 2024 He also emphasizes that more than 170 women have also obtained their graduation certificates from the capacity building program. The Ministry of Interior reports that more than 12, 000 individuals have been arrested in connection with criminal activities in the past six months of last solar year (1402).

Universities Still Closed to Girls After Over 450 Days

By TOLOnews TV Network 28 March 2024 Some university professors also believe that the continued closure of university gates to girls will cause the country to fall behind. More than 450 days have passed, yet there is still no news of universities reopening for girls. Some female students said that they are nearly fifteen months

Afghan Interior Ministry Denies ISIS-K Leader’s Presence

TOLOnews TV Network 28 March 2024 The attacks by Daesh in the past two weeks in Afghanistan and some other countries have raised concerns in the region and the world. The Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Emirate says that Sanaullah Ghafari, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan, is not present and the territory of

How ISIS-K leader forged one of Islamic State’s most fearsome groups

By Mohammad Yunus Yawar, Mushtaq Ali and YP Rajesh Reuters March 26, 2024 KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, March 26 (Reuters) – Sanaullah Ghafari, the 29-year-old leader of the Afghan branch of Islamic State, has overseen its transformation into one of the most fearsome branches of the global Islamist network, capable of operations far from its bases in the borderlands of

Pakistan’s defense minister: Source of terrorist incidents in Pakistan is Afghanistan

By Khaama Press March 27, 2024 Khawaja Asif, the Defense Minister of Pakistan, has said that considering the increase in terrorist incidents in the country, there is a need for fundamental changes in the situation along the western borders of Pakistan with Afghanistan. Mr. Asif, on Wednesday, March 27th, said on his social media platform

Kabir Discusses Economic Cooperation with UNAMA Deputy

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 27 March 2024 They said that they are also discussing the matter with countries around the world. A number of United Nations officials, in a meeting with Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, the deputy prime minister for political affairs, discussed the release of Afghanistan’s frozen funds. They said that they are also

US Emphasizes Taliban’s Role in Fighting Terrorism in Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 27 March 2024 Political experts believe that terrorism is a major challenge against all countries and the fight against it should be conducted jointly. The U.S. State Department spokesperson says that combating terrorist groups in Afghanistan is in the “Taliban’s” interest. According to Matthew Miller, the U.S. is committed to fighting

Al Qaeda Is Back—and Thriving—in Afghanistan

By Lynne O’Donnell A columnist at Foreign Policy and an Australian journalist and author. 22 March 2024 Al Qaeda is back to its old tricks in Afghanistan. Much as it did before masterminding the 9/11 attacks, the terrorist group is running militant training camps; sharing the profits of the Taliban’s illicit drug, mining, and smuggling enterprises;

Female journalists in Eastern Afghanistan persist despite economic hardships

Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 26, 2024 Female journalists in local media in Nangarhar say that despite economic difficulties and recent changes making work conditions tougher, they continue working in the media. They mention that media outlets offer minimal benefits for the work they do. They receive this compensation for their extensive work while work

ISIS Affiliate Linked to Moscow Attack Has Global Ambitions

By Eric Schmitt Reporting from Washington The New York Times March 25, 2024 The Islamic State in Khorasan is active in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran and has set its sights on Europe and beyond. Five years ago this month, an American-backed Kurdish and Arab militia ousted Islamic State fighters from a village in eastern Syria, the group’s

IS-K: Who are the Islamic State jihadists blamed for Moscow attack?

By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent March 25, 2024 Despite attempts by President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s state-controlled media to pin the blame for Friday’s deadly Moscow theatre attack on Ukraine, more details are emerging about the jihadist group IS-K, believed to have been behind it. Who or what is IS-K? IS-K is an abbreviation

Russian massacre suspects’ homeland is plagued by poverty and religious strife

BY JIM HEINTZ Associates Press March 25, 2024 TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The four men charged with the massacre at a Moscow theater have been identified by authorities as citizens of Tajikistan, some of the thousands who migrate to Russia each year from the poorest of the former Soviet republics to scrape out marginal existences. Along with

Stoning Punishment Based on Sharia: Mujahid

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 26 March 2024 Previously, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, called the implementation of stoning sentences on women in Afghanistan disappointing The Islamic Emirate said that the United Nations’ concern about the implementation of stoning sentences for women in the country is baseless. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the

Moscow Claims Washington Supports Daesh, Al-Qaeda

 Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 26 March 2024 The Islamic Emirate said that Daesh emerged during the presence of the United States in Afghanistan. Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an article for Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said that Daesh has targeted opponents of the United States, including the “Taliban,” in

Philadelphia college student hopes to pave the way for more Afghan women to join the medical field

By Marcella Baietto CBS News March 25, 2024 / 8:17 PM EDT / CBS Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When Alaha Abdul Faruq isn’t at the library or at a lecture, she’s finding time to help Afghan women and their children adapt to life in Philadelphia. “Women will come over and tell you, ‘Thank you so much for

Moscow concert hall attack: How did ISIL recoup, five years after ‘defeat’?

By Charu Sudan Kasturi Al Jazeera Published On 24 Mar 2024 The group’s Afghanistan arm in particular has gained since the return of the Taliban — even though the two are enemies — say analysts. On Thursday morning, US State Department official Ian McCary sat down in a blue suit, red tie and brown shoes

 First Intl Water Conference to Be Held Soon in Kabul

Sevanal-Naveed Tolo News 25 March 2024 Roza Otunbayeva, and Raffaella Iodice, pledged that they will cooperate with the government and people of Afghanistan in various sectors. Abdul Rasheed Iqbal, chancellor of Kabul Polytechnic University, said that lecturers and scientists from several countries, including Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran, are interested in participating in this conference.

Russia Criticizes US’s 20-Year Presence in Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 25 March 2024 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate said that America invaded Afghanistan to manage Central Asian countries and its rivals. Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, criticized the 20-year presence of the United States in Afghanistan in an interview with TASS news agency, stating that the US did not combat terrorism

ISIS-K, Group Tied to Moscow Attack, Has Grown Bolder and More Violent

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times March 24, 2024 The militant group violently opposes the Taliban leaders of Afghanistan, where it is based. It is increasingly targeting foreign foes. Few know better than the Taliban what a relentless foe the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan can be. Much of the West considers the Taliban,

Taliban Chief Defends Islamic Criminal Justice System, Including Stoning Women for Adultery 

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America March 24, 2024 The leader of Afghanistan’s fundamentalist Taliban government has said it is determined to enforce the Islamic criminal justice system, including the public stoning of women for adultery. “Our mission is to enforce sharia and Allah’s Hudud [law],” said Hibatullah Akhundzada in an audio clip Taliban officials

Moscow concert hall attack: How did ISIL recoup, five years after ‘defeat’?

By Charu Sudan Kasturi Al Jazeera Published On 24 Mar 2024 On Thursday morning, US State Department official Ian McCary sat down in a blue suit, red tie and brown shoes for a question-and-answer session at The Washington Institute to mark the fifth anniversary of the “defeat” of ISIL (ISIS) in Syria. The US-led coalition,

Pakistan FM: Islamabad Ready to Cooperate With Kabul in Counter-Terrorism

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 24 March 2024 Ishaq Dar also said that the operations of the Pakistani army in Khost and Paktika were based on intelligence information The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Ishaq Dar, said that Islamabad is ready to fight against terrorism alongside Kabul. Speaking to the media in London, Ishaq Dar also said

Afghanistan: Teen girls despair as Taliban school ban continues

By Aalia Farzan & Flora Drury BBC News 23 March 2024  Teenage Afghan girls have told the BBC they feel “mentally dead” as the Taliban’s ban on their education prevents them from returning to school once again. More than 900 days have now passed since girls over 12 were first banned. The Taliban have repeatedly

Turkish Envoy: Afghanistan’s Time Has Come, Ankara Supports Afghan People

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 24 March 2024 Cenk Ünal said that Ankara will support the people of Afghanistan. The Turkish ambassador to Kabul, Cenk Ünal, said that after years of conflict, the time has come for Afghanistan to try to gain international status. Speaking at a gathering of the Turkish Education Foundation, attended by the

Kabul Rejects US Media Claim of Daesh Threat to Diplomatic Areas

TOLOnews TV Network 24 March 2024 The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that the group does not have the capability to attack diplomatic missions in the country. The Islamic Emirate, in response to a New York Times report on the threat of Daesh’s Khorasan branch attacking the embassies of China, India, and

Afghanistan’s school year starts with more than 1 million girls barred from education

By Euronews with AP 21/03/2024  Having stormed back to power in 2021, Afghanistan’s fundamentalist regime has restored many of the draconian policies it enforced in the 1990s. Afghanistan’s school year has begun, but girls will not be visible in many of its classrooms. The Taliban has barred female pupils from attending classes beyond the sixth grade, making

Putin says gunmen who raided Moscow concert hall tried to escape to Ukraine. Kyiv denies involvement

Associated Press Updated 1:36 PM EDT, March 23, 2024 MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities arrested the four men suspected of carrying out the attack on a suburban Moscow concert hall that killed at least 133 people, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday during an address to the nation. He claimed they were captured while fleeing to Ukraine. Kyiv

Islamic State’s deadly Moscow attack highlights its fixation with Russia

Andrew Roth The Guardian Fri 22 Mar 2024 20.20 EDT The ISKP regional affiliate has a haven in Afghanistan and carried out recent bombings in Iran, suggesting it has capacity for major atrocities Speculation about who carried out the shooting at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow has quickly indicated that the terror attack will

They fled Afghanistan after Biden’s withdrawal. Now in the US, they hope Trump wins

Paulina Velasco The Guardian Sat 23 Mar 2024 07.00 EDT Recent immigrants reflect on the upheaval in their lives since the US pulled out in 2021: ‘They left us and our lives in danger’ With the Afghan new year, or Nowruz, falling during the month of Ramadan this year, Afghans and Afghan Americans around the

79% of People Lack Access to Clean Water In Afghanistan: UN

TOLOnews TV Network 23 March 2024 However, the Ministry of Energy and Water said that efforts to manage groundwater in the country continue. Coinciding with World Water Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) stated that 79% of the country’s population lacks access to sufficient clean water. In its latest report, UNDP considers drought, economic

Officials: Over 1,200 Drug Factories Destroyed Since Islamic Emirate Return

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 23 March 2024 Some experts said that the Islamic Emirate should educate the public about the harms of drugs and provide alternative crops for farmers. The Counter-Narcotics Directorate of the Ministry of Interior stated that since the return of the Islamic Emirate, over 1,200 large and small drug processing factories have

Mujahid Urges US Envoy to Consider Afghanistan’s Progress on His Trips

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 23 March 2024 Mujahid added that the interim government has had good achievements in the areas of security, economy, and anti-corruption. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said that the US special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West should take into account the current progress in Afghanistan during his travels

UNSC on Kandahar Attack: Terrorism Is Unjustifiable Anywhere

 Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 23 March 2024 Pakistan’s foreign ministry in a statement strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Kandahar on Thursday. The United Nations Security Council condemned the “heinous terrorist attack” in Kandahar on Thursday, March 21. The Security Council in a statement drafted by Japan said that terrorism in all

Republicans continue to hammer Biden for Afghan exit

By Dan Lamothe, Abigail Hauslohner and Leigh Ann Caldwell The Washington Post March 20, 2024 A House hearing on Afghanistan put Democrats on the defensive about an issue the White House had hoped to leave behind The top two generals who oversaw the deadly evacuation of Afghanistan faced renewed scrutiny Tuesday as House Republicans escalated

Afghanistan: IS claims responsibility for suicide bomb at Kandahar bank

BBC News 22 March 2024 Relatives attend the funeral of a man killed in a suicide attack in Kandahar At least 21 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a hospital doctor has told the BBC. The Taliban government says a suicide attack took place at a

At the beginning academic year, girls in Afghanistan await school reopening

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 22, 2024 Written By: Hakim Bigzaad As the 1403 academic year starts in the country, female students beyond the sixth grade are asking the Taliban administration to let them attend their classes. The Ministry of Education of the de facto administration rang the school bell on Wednesday, the first

World Concerns on Deprivation of Girls from Education in New Academic Year

Sabria Abdal Tolo News 22 March 2024 According to this embassy, the ban on girls’ education is a “violation of rights” that leaves a “terrible toll” on Afghan society. In response to the continued closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade and universities in Afghanistan, the German Foreign Ministry has called on the Islamic

50% of Afghans Live in Poverty: Advocacy Advisor of NRC

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 22 March 2024 The World Food Programme has also added in its recent report that it has helped more than seven million people in Afghanistan in the past month. Becky Roby, advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council Afghanistan (NRC), quoted the World Bank, as saying that 50% of Afghan

12,000 More Visas for Afghans Who Helped US Military Included in New Funding Deal

By Rebecca Kheel Military.com Published March 20, 2024  Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., facilitate the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans out of Afghanistan from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Aug 22., 2021. (DoD photo) The

The Revitalization of Northern Afghanistan Through the Qosh Tepa Canal Project

By Noman Hossain Khaama Press March 21, 2024 For years, northern Afghanistan has faced recurrent droughts, diminishing water resources, and economic difficulties due to decreased agricultural productivity. However, the initiation of the Qosh Tepa canal project by the Taliban-led government stands as a beacon of hope. This ambitious infrastructure endeavor aims to transform the arid

Suicide Bomber Hits Taliban’s Political Base in Southern Afghanistan

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America March 21, 2024 ISLAMABAD — A rare suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, known as the Taliban’s political headquarters, killed at least three people and injured more than a dozen early Thursday. Taliban authorities said the victims had gathered outside the officially run New Kabul Bank to receive

US State Dept Accuses Trump Admin of Disorder in Afghan Withdrawal Process

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 21 March 2024 Patel called the US withdrawal from Afghanistan the right decision and emphasized that it has made the United States stronger. The U.S. State Department has accused the Donald Trump administration of disorder in the process of the complete withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. The deputy spokesman for

Institutions React to Unjustifiable Educational Ban in Afghanistan

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 21 March 2024 Amnesty International, in a statement, has said that the “Taliban” must cease using cynical excuses to advance their discriminatory agendas. Amnesty International and UNAMA have said, concurrent with the start of the new academic year in Afghanistan, that the denial of education to girls in the country is

Azerbaijan Embassy Opens in Kabul: Islamic Emirate

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 21 March 2024 The spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate calls on the international community to renew its diplomatic relations with the caretaker government. The Islamic Emirate said that Azerbaijan has opened its embassy in Kabul and plans to send its diplomats to this country in the coming days. The spokesperson of the

Afghanistan’s school year starts without more than 1 million girls barred from education by Taliban

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press March 20, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The school year in Afghanistan started Wednesday but without girls whom the Taliban barred from attending classes beyond the sixth grade, making it the only country with restrictions on female education. The U.N. children’s agency says more than 1 million girls are affected by the ban.

Afghanistan; The Focus of Discussions in Global Meetings in 1402

TOLOnews TV Network 20 March 2024 The United Nations Security Council also held at least seven meetings on Afghanistan in 1402. More than twenty global meetings were held in 1402 Solar year regarding Afghanistan, many of them not attended by any representative of the Islamic Emirate. The formation of an inclusive government, preventing the use

1402; A Challenging Year for Afghan Migrants in Neighboring Countries

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 20 March 2024 In this year, more than 1.7 Afghan migrants were expelled from Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and some other regional countries. The expulsion of Afghan migrants from Pakistan was one of the significant events of 1402 (solar year). After the deterioration of relations between Kabul and Islamabad, Pakistan announced that

Going to School; Dream of Girls That Did Not Come True in 1402

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 20 March 2024 Various institutions and countries also emphasized the resumption of girls’ education in Afghanistan in the year 1402. Female school and university students from across the country protested until the last days of 1402 (solar year) for the reopening of schools and universities and for access to a brighter

Fighting With Pakistan Displaces Hundreds in Dand-e-Patan, Paktia

TOLOnews TV Network 20 March 2024 Residents of Dand Patan in Paktia stated that the recent clashes have resulted in significant financial and human loss. After Pakistan’s air strikes in Khost and Paktika and clashes between the forces of the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan’s border guards in the Dand-e-Patan district of Paktia, nearly 500 families

Afghanistan schools restart, with girls barred for third year running

THE HINDU AFP March 20, 2024, 12:28 pm Taliban authorities barred girls from secondary school in March 2022, after surging back to power in mid-2021 and ousting the Western-backed government. “Schools in Afghanistan opened for the new academic year on March 20,” the Education Ministry said, with girls banned from joining secondary-level classes for the

Top former US generals say failures of Biden administration in planning drove chaotic fall of Kabul

BY TARA COPP Associated Press March 19, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two U.S. generals who oversaw the evacuation of Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban in August 2021 blamed the Biden administration for the chaotic departure, telling lawmakers Tuesday that it inadequately planned for the evacuation and did not order it in

Swedish Group Halts Afghanistan Aid After Taliban Bans Sweden’s Activities

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America March 19, 2024 A screenshot of a page from the website of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, a humanitarian organization that has suspended its work after the Taliban demanded Sweden halt its activities in Afghanistan. Another page on the site announced the pause in its services. ISLAMABAD — The

‘Cousins at war’: Pakistan-Afghan ties strained after cross-border attacks

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 19 Mar 2024 Heightened tensions could see a further escalation, warn analysts — and it could strengthen the very armed group that Pakistan wants to target. Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan’s air raids inside Afghanistan on Monday amid rising tensions between the neighbours have injected new uncertainty into ties, say analysts.

Barren Fields and Empty Stomachs: Afghanistan’s Long, Punishing Drought

Text by Lynsey Addario and Victoria Kim The New York Times March 19, 2024 In a country especially vulnerable to climate change, a drought has displaced entire villages and left millions of children malnourished. They awake in the mornings to find another family has left. Half of one village, the entirety of the next have departed in

Pakistan’s Airstrikes In Khost, Paktika Spark Reactions

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 19 March 2024 Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Naseer Ahmad Faiq and some other figures also condemned the Pakistani airstrikes on Khost and Paktika provinces. Pakistani airstrikes in Afghan territory have provoked reactions from some countries as well as some prominent Afghan political figures. Vedant Patel, deputy spokesperson for the US

Political Ups and Downs for Islamic Emirate in 1402

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 19 March 2024 This year, the number of diplomatic representations of Afghanistan engaged with the Islamic Emirate reached 38. Although the Islamic Emirate was not officially recognized by the world in 1402, the caretaker government of Afghanistan expanded its interactions with some countries in the region and beyond. According to the

Generals who carried out Biden’s Afghan exit face new GOP scrutiny

By Dan Lamothe, Abigail Hauslohner and Leigh Ann Caldwell The Washington Post March 19, 2024 The top two generals who oversaw the deadly evacuation of Afghanistan are facing renewed scrutiny Wednesday, as House Republicans escalate their campaign to hold President Biden accountable for the fiasco and Democrats accuse Donald Trump of having set the conditions for the Kabul

Pakistani Airstrikes in Afghanistan Kill at Least 8, Taliban Officials Say

By Christina Goldbaum and Zia ur-Rehman Christina Goldbaum reported from Kabul, Afghanistan; and Zia ur-Rehman from Karachi, Pakistan. The New York Times March 18, 2024, Updated 9:17 a.m. ET Pakistan launched two airstrikes into Afghanistan on Monday morning that killed at least eight people, Afghan officials said, escalating simmering tensions between the two countries. The pre-dawn strikes were

Girls’ Despair Over Schools Reopening in Coming Academic Year

TOLOnews TV Network 18 March 2024 They said that due to the closure of schools, they have faced psychological problems and have lost hope. As the new academic year 1403 (solar year) approaches, girls deprived of education in Herat are demanding the reopening of schools for students above grade six. They said that due to

Afghan Territory Used Against Pakistan: Pakistani Officials

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 18 March 2024 Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Afghan territory was the source of terrorist attacks on Pakistan. The Minister of Defense of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, claimed that Afghan soil is used against Pakistan and that the issue was discussed with Kabul in the past. “Parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is

Islamic Emirate Fires on Pakistan in Response to Airstrikes in East

Najibullah Lalzo Tolo News 18 March 2024 Mujahid, condemning the mentioned attacks, said that such attacks would have bad consequences that Pakistan would not be able to handle. In response to the Pakistani military’s air strikes in the early morning on Monday on the Barmal district of Paktika and the Spera district of Khost, the

US Intelligence Report: Low Threat of Uprising in Afghanistan

Najibullah Lalzoy Web/Social Media Editor Tolo News 17 March 2024 The report states that the regional powers will cautiously proceed with the Kabul’s request. The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community has stated that the near-term prospects for regime-threatening resistance in Afghanistan remain low. The annual report  reads that, large swathes of the

Washington struggling to isolate the Islamic Emirate

Ariana News March 17, 2024 A growing number of governments, including China, are going against Washington’s approach and are not treating the Islamic Emirate as a pariah regime. According to an article published in Foreign Affairs, the United States and its allies’ approach has been to isolate the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), by withholding

Driving With Mr. Gil: A Retiree Teaches Afghan Women the Rules of the Road

By Miriam Jordan The New York Times March 16, 2024 Local lore says that one 82-year-old professor has probably taught more Afghan women drivers in a California town than there are in all Afghanistan. For them, it’s not about empowerment; it’s for groceries Bibifatima Akhundzada wove a white Chevy Spark through downtown Modesto, Calif., on

Afghanistan: the food security situation is improving, but the crisis is far from over

Interview with Alexander Jones, Director of the FAO’s Resource Mobilization Division, on his recent field visit to Afghanistan to see how FAO is helping farmers to get back on their feet Alexander Jones, FAO’s director of resource mobilization, and FAO Afghanistan representative, are visiting a group of wheat farmer at Daman district of Kandahar to

Elite Afghan soldiers turn barbers, gym trainers in India to escape Taliban

By Junaid Kathju Al Jazeera Published On 16 Mar 2024 Trading guns for hair clippers and dumbbells, they’ve had to desert their dreams, as their government deserted them. New Delhi, India – It is almost 5:40 in the evening. A hair salon in New Delhi’s bustling New Friends Colony neighbourhood is alive with the sound of

Global eradication of polio ‘tantalisingly close’ with UK urged to keep up funding

Shaoni Bhattacharya The Guardian Sat 16 Mar 2024 09.00 EDT After no reported cases of wild polio for 19 weeks, vaccination efforts boosted at last endemic spots in Pakistan and Afghanistan The world is “tantalisingly close” to eradicating polio – with no confirmed cases of wild polio anywhere so far this year. But experts warn

Amnesty International urges UNAMA to prioritize women’s rights in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 16, 2024 Following the extension of UNAMA’s mission in Afghanistan by the United Nations Security Council, Amnesty International has welcomed the one-year extension and urged the head of UNAMA to focus its objectives in the current year on the rights of women, girls, minorities, and the humanitarian crisis in

Girls Express Hopes and Dreams for New Academic Year

TOLOnews TV Network 16 March 2024 They emphasize their unwillingness to endure the hardships they faced over the past two years, marked by a lack of access to education. With the start of the new academic year just six days away, several girls who have missed out on education are voicing their concerns over the

Security Council Renews UMAMA Mandate

Mitra Majeedy TOLOnews 16 March 2024 Resolution 2727, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member council, decided to extend UNAMA’s mandate until March 17, 2025. The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for a year. Resolution 2727, which won the

Taliban Expand Madrasas, May Never Reopen Girls’ Secondary Schools

By Akmal Dawi Voice of America March 14, 2024 1:33 PM An Afghan education official says Taliban authorities may permanently close girls’ secondary schools, promoting religious schools known as madrasas as an alternative. The Taliban shut down girls’ secondary schools in 2022, citing “religious and cultural” concerns. Taliban officials defend the ban, insisting they are

US not providing direct support to Taliban: White House

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 15, 2024 On Thursday, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby stated that the United States is not extending any form of direct support to the Taliban, whether diplomatically, economically, or otherwise. This includes diplomatic assistance, economic aid, or any other means of backing. Kirby’s declaration underscores the administration’s

It is wrong to differentiate between men and women in education, says Hekmatyar

By,Khaama Press March 15, 2024 Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami, has stated that education should be equal for men and women, emphasizing the importance of gender equality in the educational sphere. He asserts that it is wrong to differentiate between men and women in the area of education. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hizb-e-Islami, believes

Advocates fear special US visas for Afghans could run out despite dangers

By Joseph Stepansky Al Jazeera Published On 15 Mar 2024 Senators push to authorise additional visas for Afghans who worked with the US military and now face Taliban reprisals. Washington, DC – As the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in 2021, millions of Afghans faced the prospect of life once more under Taliban rule.

Kabul Must ‘Meet Their Commitments’ to Be Recognized: White House

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 15 March 2024 Meanwhile, the media outlet Foreign Affairs published a piece that discussed the expansion of regional relations with the Islamic Emirate. The White House says that if the Islamic Emirate fulfills its commitments to the world, it will be recognized. “I would just tell you that, you know, we

UN Security Council to Meet on UNAMA Mandate Renewal

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 15 March 2024 Russia and China’s requests were not accepted by other members of the Security Council. The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a resolution to extend the mandate of UNAMA in Afghanistan. Based on a report by the Security Council, the draft resolution for

Hunger, Poverty Overshadow Ramadan In Afghanistan

By Faiza Ibrahimi and Sana Kakar Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 12, 2024 Ramadan is usually a time of compassion, charity, and celebration. But the Islamic holy month has been overshadowed in Afghanistan, the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, by rising hunger, poverty, and joblessness. As some in the Muslim world break their fast with nightly feasts,

Senators warn more visas are urgently needed for Afghans who aided the US in the war

BY FARNOUSH AMIRI AND REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press March 14, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both major political parties are urging congressional leaders to ensure that more visas are made available to Afghans who worked alongside U.S. troops in America’s longest war before a crucial pathway to safety in the United States abruptly closes. In a letter obtained by The

UNAMA’s Effectiveness ‘Limited’ So Far: Islamic Emirate

Nawid Samadi Tolo News 14 March 2024 Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said that UNAMA’s activities in the country are important; however, it must present its reports on Afghanistan impartially. Mujahid added that UNAMA has not made a significant effort to reflect the realities since the return of the Islamic Emirate into

Scores of poppy fields destroyed in Northern Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 13, 2024 Local officials in northern Afghanistan, Balkh province have announced that approximately one hundred acres of poppy fields have been destroyed in the past month in this province. Furthermore, Sangaryar, the operational manager of the anti-narcotics campaign in Balkh province, reported on Tuesday, March 12, about the destruction

Mujahid: Lack of Intl Recognition a Cause of Delay in Formalizing Cabinet

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 13 March 2024 Mujahid added that despite this, work in government institutions is proceeding normally. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, told TOLOnews that the lack of recognition of the Islamic Emirate and the absence of a constitution have prevented the announcement of an official cabinet. “We will reach

US: Detention of Americans ‘Significant Obstacle’ to Relations With Kabul

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 13 March 2024 Political experts said that Kabul and Washington should resolve the existing challenges through diplomatic means. The US Department of State has repeatedly stated that the detention of American citizens in Afghanistan is an obstacle to Washington’s engagement with Kabul. Matthew Miller, the State Department spokesperson, said in a

Afghan Child Labor Increases By 38%: Save the Children

TOLOnews 13 March 2024 An official of this organization told TOLOnews that more than two million people, of which 50% are children, are in need of immediate humanitarian aid. Save the Children reported that child labor in Afghanistan has increased by 38% compared to last year. An official of this organization told TOLOnews that more

Headline Inflation Has ‘Significant Downturn’ in Afghanistan: World Bank

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 12 March 2024 officials in the Ministry of Economy said that the Ministry has short-term and long-term plans for economic growth and reducing the rate of economic inflation. In its latest report, the World Bank said that inflation experienced a significant downturn in January 2024, reaching -10.2% on a year-on-year

Afghan CSO launches education TV channel to support schoolgirls in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 12, 2024 On March 8, 2024, the Begum Organization for Women (BOW) announced the official launch of Begum TV, an educational television channel aimed at providing learning opportunities to Afghan schoolgirls and students who have been deprived of education under the Taliban regime. The launch coincides with Women’s International

UNESCO: 75% of Afghan Girls Denied Education, Facing Bleak Future

 Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 12 March 2024 UNESCO in a report said that girls in Afghanistan and some African countries are facing significant educational setbacks. UNESCO, in its report, has stated that Afghanistan is among the ten countries where the majority of girls are deprived of going to schools and 75% of them are deprived

Muttaqi: Foreign Ministry Has 38 Offices Abroad

By Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 12 March 2024 Speaking about the opposition, Muttaqi said that the world does not support the opponents of the Islamic Emirate.  The acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, at a gathering said that currently around 38 embassies and political agencies of the Islamic Emirate are active in various

Iran expels over two thousand Afghan migrants

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 11, 2024 The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations has recently announced that over two thousand Afghan migrants returned to the country after being expelled from Iran. On Monday, the ministry stated in a newsletter that approximately 2,103 Afghan migrants residing in Iran returned to the country after being expelled

Internal Disagreement Cause of UN’s Ineffectiveness in Afghanistan: Faiq

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 11 March 2024 Naseer Ahmad Faiq told TOLOnews if there is no coordination among the members of the UN, the functions of the organization will be in trouble. Naseer Ahmad Faiq, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN said that disagreement among the members of the UN

Islamic Emirate Rejects US Gen. Kurilla’s Remarks on TTP

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 11 March 2024 The deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Hamdullah Fitrat, told TOLOnews that no one has permission to act against other countries from Afghanistan.  The Islamic Emirate rejected the recent remarks of US Centcom commander Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla about the unwillingness of the “Taliban” to act against the

‘60,000’ Ancient Artifacts at National Museum: Officials

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 10 March 2024 According to Sibghatullah Abid, they are endeavoring to keep Afghan culture alive and protect it. On International Day for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Information and Culture said that the National Museum houses over sixty thousand artifacts from various decades. Atiqullah Azizi, the Deputy Minister

Islamic Emirate: Disagreement Exists in US Over Afghan Policy

TOLOnews TV Network 10 March 2024 In a statement published by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, McCaul urged President Joe Biden not to encourage anyone to engage with the “Taliban.” The Islamic Emirate, referencing remarks by the chair of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee and the US Chargé d’Affaires for Afghanistan about interaction

Rina Amiri Urges Islamic Emirate to Change Policies Toward Women

Mitra Majeedy T:olo News 10 March 2024 The Islamic Emirate said that good opportunities have been provided in the trade sector for women and it supports their achievements in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri, United States Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls and Human Rights, said that Afghanistan loses over one billion dollars annually due to the

The Taliban once smashed TVs. Now it fosters YouTubers to promote its image.

By Rick Noack The Washington Post March 10, 2024 KABUL — The Taliban-run government is fostering a thriving community of YouTube influencers and video bloggers in Afghanistan, seeking to shape a positive narrative about the country by rewarding those who have welcome viewpoints with access to stories that can draw millions of views online. The

Taliban Send Victims of Domestic Violence to Prison

By Lina Rozbih Voice of America/VOA March 08, 2024, 8:27 PM WASHINGTON — For 27-year-old Leeda, “life is like hell” as her husband beats her every day and she “has to tolerate it” because she has “no other option.” “My body is always bruised, now I am used to it, I have to tolerate it for

Nearly 500 Afghan migrants expelled from Pakistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 9, 2024 The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations of Afghanistan has announced that hundreds of Afghan migrants have returned to the country after being expelled by Pakistan. The ministry stated in a newsletter on Saturday, that around 471 Afghan migrants returned to Afghanistan through the Torkham border in Nangarhar

Kabul Responds to Global Concerns on Women’s Rights

TOLOnews TV Network 9 March 2024 According to Mujahid, efforts are being made to resolve any existing issues soon. In response to global concerns over the violation of women’s rights, the Islamic Emirate said that human rights organizations are pursuing intelligence objectives under the guise of human rights in Afghanistan. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for

Intl Organizations Pledge for Support Afghan Women

TOLOnews TV Network 9 March 2024 IPI in a statement said that the caretaker government in Afghanistan has issued over 85 decrees focused on curtailing girls’ and women’s rights.  The International Peace Institute (IPI) together with the Atlantic Council and Malala Fund and other organizations, hosted a discussion on the situation of women and “Gender

Afghanistan’s singing sisters defying the Taliban from under a burka

By Kawoon Khamoosh BBC World News 9 March 2024, 01:31 GMT As the world was watching the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, two sisters in Kabul were among millions of women in Afghanistan who could directly feel the new regime tightening its grip on them. They decided they couldn’t just stand back and

UN: Afghan women’s rights struggle goes global

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 8, 2024 The UN Special Representative for Women in Afghanistan stressed on March 8th that the fight for Afghan women’s rights is a global struggle. Alison Davidian highlighted the urgent need for the international community to address the shrinking space for Afghan women and girls amidst the ongoing challenges

Blinken agrees to full review of US Afghanistan withdrawal documents: McCaul

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 8, 2024 The Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives in the United States says that Antony Blinken has agreed to his request to provide all classified documents related to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to the Daily Mail, Michael McCaul has stated that

Afghan women stage rare protests, braving Taliban reprisals

Al Jazeera Published On 8 Mar 2024 As handfuls gather on International Women’s Day, UN rights rapporteur calls for release of detained rights activists. Small groups of Afghan women have gathered in private spaces to demand that harsh restrictions on their freedoms be lifted, despite recent Taliban crackdowns on protests that have seen activists detained.

Father of Marine Killed in Afghanistan Is Arrested During Biden’s Address

By Michael D. Shear The New York Times March 8, 2024, 12:20 a.m. ET Steve Nikoui yelled “Abbey Gate, Abbey Gate” during the speech, a reference to where his son, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, and 12 other troops were killed during the chaotic final days of the U.S. presence in Kabul. Steve Nikoui, the father of

India Emphasizes on Expanding Relations with Afghanistan

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 8 March 2024 Muttaqi also called for the facilitation of issuing commercial, health, and educational visas for Afghan citizens. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ joint secretary J.P Singh, said that New Delhi wants to expand its relations with Kabul in both political and economic sectors. The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Abdul

Calls for Improvement of Women’s Situation on Intl Women’s Day

Sabria Abdal Tolo News 8 March 2024 Hamid Karzai on International Women’s Day called on the caretaker government to reopen the doors of schools and universities for girls. Today (Friday) is March 8th, International Women’s Day. The former president Hamid Karzai on International Women’s Day called on the caretaker government to reopen the doors of

On Intl Women’s Day, Afghan Women Demand Rights

TOLOnews TV Network 8 March 2024 They said that the lack of the right to work and education poses serious challenges for women and girls in the country. On International Women’s Day, some women in the country called on the Islamic Emirate to ensure their rights fully. They said that the lack of the right

3rd CDP-G Conference on Afghanistan in Turkey wraps up

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 7, 2024 The 3rd CDP-G National Dialogue Conference on Afghanistan concluded in Antalya, Turkey, drawing a diverse array of participants including political figures, activists, and journalists from both within and outside Afghanistan. Over two days, discussions delved into critical topics such as sovereignty, legitimacy, and the role of civil

US to halt Special Immigration Visa (SIV) issuance for Afghans

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 7, 2024 International media reports indicate that the process of issuing special immigrant visas to Afghan citizens for the United States is coming to a close by the end of this year. Reuters reported on Wednesday, March 6th, citing the US State Department that out of the 38,500 special

Afghanistan: Judge hunted by Taliban wins court case against UK government

By Sean Seddon BBC News 7 March 2024 An Afghan judge who has been forced to go into hiding from the Taliban was wrongly refused relocation to the UK, the High Court has ruled. The anonymous claimant prosecuted Taliban and Islamic State group members, and has since avoided an assassination attempt, the court heard. The

Violence in the Mideast, rising threats from Islamic State group in Afghanistan pressure US, allies

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Updated 1:03 PM EST, March 7, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — Exploding violence in the Middle East, fueled by Iran, presents the most likely threat to the U.S. homeland, and the risk of an attack by vio