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Pakistan Concerned by Terrorist Presence in Afghanistan: Sharif

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 24 Sept 2022 Sharif’s remarks sparked reactions from the Islamic Emirate and former President Hamid Karzai. The Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that “Pakistan shares the key concern of the international community regarding the threat posed by the major terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan especially ISIS-K and Takrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,

U.S. providing $327 million in aid to Afghanistan, Blinken says

Reuters September 23, 2022 WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The United States will provide an additional $327 million in aid to Afghanistan to shore up humanitarian assistance, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. “This assistance from the United States will continue to support the scaled-up humanitarian response in Afghanistan and neighboring countries

MoHE to Review Curriculum in Light of Islamic Law, Intl Standards

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 23 Sept 2022 Meanwhile, some university professors and students said that the nation’s universities’ curricula haven’t been updated in years. The Ministry of Higher Education said that it will review and revise the curriculum in light of Afghan culture, international educational standards, and Islamic law. Ahmad Taqi, the spokesperson for this

Bomb goes off as worshippers exit Kabul mosque, kills at least 7

Tolo News 23 Sept 2022 At least seven people killed and 40 wounded after blast near Kabul mosque – the latest in a deadly series of bombings during Friday prayers throughout Afghanistan. Several people were killed and dozens more wounded when a car bomb went off at a mosque in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, as worshippers

Bill to Grant Afghan Evacuees a Path to Residency Hits Snags

By Luke Broadwater The New York Times Sept. 22, 2022 The White House and members of both parties had hoped to attach the legislation to a must-pass spending bill this month. But some Republicans have raised security concerns. WASHINGTON — On the lawn outside the Capitol this week, the flags of two countries flew in

‘This is what it was like’: reliving the devastating US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Adrian Horton The Guardian Wed 21 Sep 2022 In the documentary Escape from Kabul, first-hand accounts and archival footage bring us back to a terrifying time in 2021 Over a year out, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan still seems, from afar, shocking, swift, baffling. In a matter of days, the Afghan government – and a fraught,

Islamic Emirate Replaces Acting Education Minister in Reshuffle

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 21 SEPTEMBER 2022 Tuesday’s order also announced that acting Deputy Interior Minister Mullah Mohammad Mohsin would be appointed to run the northern province of Panjshir. The Islamic Emirate’s supreme leader issued an order on Tuesday announcing a reshuffle of several national and provincial positions, including replacing the acting education minister.

US Launches Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 22 Sept 2022 This comes as some women’s rights activists said that many women have become jobless.   The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken launched the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience (AWER) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “AWER is a new public-private partnership between the Department

Poppy Cultivation at ‘Zero’ Says Counter-Narcotics Official

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 20 SEPTEMBER 2022 The officials of the department of counter-narcotics called the solar year 1401 crucial for countering the narcotics. The Deputy Minister of Counter Narcotics, Abdul Haq Hamkar, said that poppy cultivation has “dropped to zero” in the country. Speaking at a press conference, Abdul Haq Hamkar said that more than

Appeal at UN for world leaders to protect Afghan girls’ education

Al Jazeera 21 September 2022 Women urge leaders to unite and demand the Taliban government reopen girls’ schools and offer protection of their rights. After pleading with world leaders at the United Nations to protect the education and rights of women in Afghanistan a year after the Taliban took over, Somaya Faruqi, the former captain of

U.S. hails release of Taliban captive following prisoner swap

By Haq Nawaz Khan, Susannah George and Missy Ryan The Washington Post September 20, 2022 PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Mark Frerichs, an American contractor held captive by the Taliban since his abduction in Kabul in 2020, was freed in exchange for an Afghan imprisoned on drug trafficking charges in the United States, U.S. and Afghan officials said

U.S. looks to trade former Afghan aircraft for counterterrorism help in Central Asia

By LARA SELIGMAN Politico 09/19/2022 Afghan pilots flew almost 50 planes out of Afghanistan as the government collapsed last year. The U.S. is negotiating with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to trade nearly 50 military aircraft flown across the border as the Afghan government collapsed last summer for help hunting terrorists in Afghanistan, according to two people

Faiq to Represent Afghanistan in UN General Debate of 77th Session

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 20 September 2022 Referring to the UN general debate, the Islamic Emirate said that it expects the international community to recognize its government. Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq said that he would give a speech on behalf of Afghanistan in the UN general debate of the 77th session.

UN Chief Calls on Afghan Authorities to Open Girls’ School

By Asma Saayin Tolo News 20 September 2022 UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres at the Transforming Global Education summit hosted by the United Nations, called on the Taliban to lift all restrictions on girls’ access to education immediately. “From this platform, I appeal to the authorities in Afghanistan: lift all restrictions on girls’ access to secondary

US-Taliban prisoner swap: Who are Mark Frerichs, Bashir Noorzai?

By Al Jazeera Staff Al Jazeera Published On 19 Sep 2022 The US hails the release of navy veteran Mark Frerichs by Afghanistan, exchanged for convicted drug trafficker Bashir Noorzai. Washington, DC – The United States has freed a convicted Afghan druglord imprisoned in the US in a prisoner swap with the Taliban that saw the release of

Uzbek President Calls for Constructive Contact With Kabul

Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 16 Sept 2022 Some of the neighboring countries meanwhile called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Speaking at the 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, said his country stands for peace and stability in Afghanistan. The 22nd summit of the

Journalists in Afghanistan Under Threat: US Embassy

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 16 Sept 2022 The “US embassy Kabul” social media account said that journalists are “under threat and face harassment and physical abuse” in Afghanistan. “The US recognizes (how) critical a free press is to democracy & supports journalists who are working tirelessly to do their jobs,” the embassy said on Twitter.

Declassified report shows US predictions of IS group threat

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press 16 September 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials predicted two years ago that the Islamic State group would likely regain much of its former strength and global influence, particularly if American and other Western forces reduced their role in countering the extremist movement, according to a newly declassified report. Analysts said many

Clashes With Pakistani Forces Along Durand Line in Paktia: Karimi

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Sept 2022 According to the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesman, the incident is being investigated, and senior officials have been informed of the issue. Tensions between Islamic Emirate forces and the Pakistani military at the Durand Line have been reported by Bilal Karimi, the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesman. These clashes took place

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

Humaira Rahbin, Candace Rondeaux The Interceept September 13 2022 When the Taliban Took Kabul, an Afghan Pilot Had to Choose Between His Family and His Country . EARLY ON THE morning of August 15, 2021, Shershah Ahmadi was struggling to find a ride home. In Foroshgah, one of the busiest open-air bazaars in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan,

US to move $3.5bn in Afghan assets to Swiss-based trust

Al Jazeera Published On 14 Sep 2022 Housed in the Bank for International Settlements, the new Afghan Fund will be managed by an international board of trustees. The United States says it will transfer $3.5bn in Afghan central bank assets – part of the reserves seized after the Taliban took power in August last year

U.S. to redirect Afghanistan’s frozen assets after Taliban rejects deal

By Jeff Stein The Washington Post September 14, 2022 at 5:00 a.m. EDT Biden administration under pressure as Afghanistan faces enormous hunger crisis after U.S. capture of reserves The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it will create a new fund out of some of Afghanistan’s frozen central bank reserves, aiming to alleviate the country’s mounting

UN expert describes ‘staggering repression’ of women and girls in Afghanistan

The Guardian Staff and agencies Mon 12 Sep 2022 15.46 EDT UN mission accused Taliban authorities of harassing UN Afghan female employees A UN expert has described the “staggering repression” of women and girls in Afghanistan, as the UN mission in the country accused Taliban authorities of harassing its female Afghan employees. In a statement on

Former Afghan MP: Taliban is a `gender apartheid’ regime

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 13 September 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A former member of Afghanistan’s parliament urged the world on Monday to label the Taliban a “gender apartheid” regime because of its crackdown on human rights, saying the apartheid label was a catalyst for change in South Africa and can be a

Taliban says 40 rebel force members killed in northern Panjshir

Reuters September 13, 2022 KABUL, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The Taliban said on Tuesday they had killed 40 rebel force members, including four commanders, in the northern Afghan province of Panjshir. The Taliban proclaimed victory over the province in September 2021, weeks after they took over the capital Kabul as foreign forces withdrew. Resistance groups

U.N. says three Afghan female staff temporarily detained by Taliban

Reuters September 12, 2022 KABUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The United Nations’ Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday said three of its female Afghan employees had been temporarily detained by Taliban security agents and called on the group to stop intimidation of its local female staff. Taliban spokesmen said they strongly rejected the allegations. UNAMA

Over 300 Former Govt Officials, Traders Returned to Country: Commission

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 12 September 2022 Some senior former government officials have returned to the country over the past several weeks. The “Commission for the Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures” said that over 300 officials of the former government and traders have returned to the country within the past four months.

Closing of Girls’ Schools Sparks Continued Criticism

TOLOnews TV Network 13 September 2022 She said that Afghanistan is the only country where girls can’t go to school.  Norway’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Tine Mørch Smith, expressed criticism toward the closure of girls’ school above grade six in Afghanistan. She said that Afghanistan is the only country where girls can’t

Restrictions Will Cause Distance Between Kabul, World: Islamic Emirate

TOLOnews TV Network 13 September 2022 This comes as the UNSC has yet to decide whether to extend or end the travel ban exemption for 13 members of the Islamic Emirate. The Islamic Emirate’s Political Office in Qatar said that the imposition of restrictions and pressure have not had any result over the past 20

UN expert decries ‘systematic’ attacks on Afghan Shia groups

Al Jazeera Published on 12 September 2022 A UN expert warns that Hazaras and other Shia communities in Afghanistan are facing ‘systematic’ attacks that may amount to international crimes. Hazara and other Shia Muslim communities in Afghanistan are facing what seem to be “systematic” attacks that could amount to international crimes, a United Nations expert has

Exclusive: Canada agrees to resettle Afghans held in UAE facility

By Alexander Cornwell and Jonathan Landay Reuters September 9, 2022 Summary Canada agrees to U.S. request, sources say Afghans held in UAE for months UAE does not resettle refugees DUBAI/WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Canada will accept some 1,000 Afghans who fled the Taliban takeover of their homeland and have been held for months in a makeshift

Hundreds of Hazaras killed by ISKP since Taliban took power, say rights group

Weronika Strzyżyńska The Guardian Tue 6 Sep 2022 Hazara communities in Afghanistan are being targeted in violent attacks by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, with more than 700 people killed in 13 attacks in the past year, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. In the report, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Education Minister’s Remarks Trigger Strong Reactions

By Asma Saayin Tolo News 12 Sept 2022 Special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights Rina Amiri tweeted in response The remarks of the education minister regarding girls’ schooling has faced a strong reaction inside and outside Afghanistan.   In a visit to Uruzgan province, the, acting Minister of Education, Noorullah Munir, said that people

Afghan girls take to streets to protest school closure in Paktia

Al Jazeera 10 September 2022 Dozens of girls protest in Gardez city after the Taliban shuts four schools, which were reopened on the intervention of tribal elders and school principals. Dozens of girls have protested in Afghanistan’s Paktia province after Taliban authorities shut their schools just days after classes resumed, agencies and local media reported,

Tajikistan ‘rounding up and deporting Afghan refugees’

Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori The Guardian Fri 9 Sep 2022 08.03 EDT The Tajikistan authorities are rounding up Afghan refugees and forcing them to cross the border back into Afghanistan, despite some having been granted asylum in other countries. According to reports from Tajikistan’s 10,000-strong Afghan refugee community, people are being picked up off the street

One Year On, Official Cabinet of the Islamic Emirate Still Not Announced

TOLOnews TV Network Tolo News 07 SEPTEMBER 2022 The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman stated that the current cabinet is only temporary and will be replaced in the future. Even though it has been more than a year since the Islamic Emirate’s acting cabinet was established, the formal cabinet has still not been announced by the current

OCHA, WFP Express Concerns Over Crisis in Afghanistan

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 9 Sept 2022 Right now there are many people who are facing poverty and living in bad conditions in Afghanistan. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan and the World Food Program (WFP) expressed concerns over the deteriorating economic crises in Afghanistan. In a tweet,

Human Rights Groups Call on UN for Stronger Accountability in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Sept 2022 This comes as Kabul has repeatedly denied the reports of the violations of human rights, and called them baseless. Human rights groups in an open letter to the UN called for the establishment of a dedicated accountability mechanism by the Human Rights Council (HRC), alongside the mandate of the

Taliban: UAE firm to run flight services on Afghan airports

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 8 September 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and the Abu Dhabi-based firm GAAC Solutions signed a contract Thursday for the Emirati company to provide flight services and manage planes landing and taking off on key airports in Afghanistan. The flight guidance services deal will also include equipping the facilities

Afghan Adjustment Act: What does it mean for refugees in US?

By Brian Osgood Al Jazeera Published On 9 Sep 2022 Legislation could give Afghans paroled to the US a path to permanent residency after months of uncertainty. A bipartisan group of legislators in the US Congress have introduced the Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA), a bill aimed at giving tens of thousands of Afghans in the United States a

Hundreds of Hazaras killed by ISKP since Taliban took power, say rights group

Weronika Strzyżyńska The Guardian Tue 6 Sep 2022 Human Rights Watch says Taliban is failing to protect Shia minority from violent attacks on mosques, schools and workplaces Hazara communities in Afghanistan are being targeted in violent attacks by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, with more than 700 people killed in 13

Ministry: US Proposes Online Education for Young Afghans

 TOLOnews TV Network6 September 2022 According to available figures, in the last year 1.3 million female students stopped going to school. The acting minister of education, Noorullah Munir, held a meeting with Ron Mac Cammon, chief of the United States Educational Development Program, and said in a tweet that the US group is considering making

Suicide Attack Hits Russian Embassy in Afghanistan, Killing 2 Employees

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Sept. 5, 2022 The bombing in Kabul, which also left 4 Afghan civilians dead, was the first strike on a diplomatic mission since the Taliban regained control. A suicide bomber attacked the Russian Embassy in Kabul on Monday, killing two employees and four Afghan civilians, Russian and Afghan

Kabul Asks UNSC to Lift Sanctions on Officials

TOLOnews 4 September 2022 Human Rights Watch asked the UN not to extend the existing government officials’ travel exemption as a result of the closure of girls’ schools in Afghanistan. Following the end of the travel exemption for some officials of the Islamic Emirate, Kabul is once again asking that the United Nations Security Council

Officials: Afghanistan Does Not Need a Constitution

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 4 September 2022 Regarding political party activities, the deputy minister of justice noted that given the current situation, there is no need for parties to be active. A Ministry of Justice representative said Afghanistan does not require a constitution and can resolve its issues with only the application of Islamic law.

Don’t Believe the Generals

By Gil Barndollar and Jason Dempsey The Atlantic SEPTEMBER 2, 2022, 7:30 AM ET Afghanistan was a lost war long before last year’s final withdrawal. A T-shirt that was popular with veterans for much of America’s nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan showed a helicopter in flight with the caption we were winning when I left. U.S. generals seem to be

Potzel Stressed Need for Inclusivity in Afghan Cabinet

By Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 3 September 2022 The deputy special envoy of the UN Secretary-General also expressed frustration over the lack of a constitution in Afghanistan. The deputy head of the UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Markus Potzel, called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. In an interview with TOLOnews, Potzel

UN chief: former Kyrgyzstan president to head Afghan mission

Associated Press 3 September 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Kyrgyzstan president Roza Otunbayeva has been appointed as the new U.N. special envoy for crisis-stricken Afghanistan, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced late Friday. Otunbayeva succeeds Deborah Lyons of Canada as head of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan known as UNAMA. She will be in charge

Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills at Least 18, Including a Prominent Cleric

By The Associated Press Sept. 2, 2022 HERAT, Afghanistan — An explosion tore through a crowded mosque in western Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 18 people, including a prominent cleric close to the Taliban, according to Taliban officials and a local medic. The explosion, in the city of Herat, left the courtyard of the

Khalilzad Urges US, Islamic Emirate to Pursue Doha Agreement

Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 2 September 2022 Khalilzad suggested the US and “Taliban” sit for talks and discuss the points of the agreements which have not been implemented. The former US special envoy for Afghanistan’s reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, urged Washington and the Islamic Emirate to pursue the agreement which they reached on February 29, 2019.

Islamic Emirate Rejects USIP Report Claiming Terrorists in Afghanistan

TOLOnews 2 September 2022 But a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate stressed that the Afghan soil will not be used against any country.  The Islamic Emirate denied the assessment of the US Institute of Peace that says the “Taliban” has continued “to harbor a range of terrorist groups that endanger their neighbors.”   According to USIP,

Mawlawi Ansari, Vocal Cleric in Herat, Killed in Mosque Blast

 Imran Danish  Tolo News 2 September 2022 Ansari was born in 1362 (solar year) in Herat and received his education there and later went on to become the imam of Guzargah mosque in Herat. Mawlawi Mujeeb Rahman Ansari was an Afghan Islamic cleric famous for his harsh conservative remarks and for attracting criticism from fellow Afghans.   Ansari was

Taliban puts on show of force to celebrate anniversary of U.S. withdrawal

By Susannah George The Washington Post August 31, 2022  KABUL — Taliban fighters and senior leaders gathered Wednesday for a celebration at Bagram air base, once the largest American military base in Afghanistan, to mark one year since U.S. and NATO forces withdrew from the country. Images released by Taliban media show fighters marching in

The wrong plane out of Afghanistan

Story by Abigail Hauslohner The Washington Post Aug. 31 at 3:31 p.m HËNGJIN, Albania — The 21-year-old university student did not realize it at the time, but he got on the wrong plane out of Afghanistan. How was he — or any of the other 780 Afghans approaching their first anniversary at this Albanian beach resort

Recognition Should Be Via Intl Consensus: Outgoing Pakistan Ambassador

Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 1 September 2022 The Pakistan ambassador urged the Islamic Emirate to not allow the presence of terrorist groups including the “Tahrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP).” The outgoing ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad, said that the recognition of the Islamic Emirate needs to take place through consensus with neighboring countries and

ICC Prosecutors Seek Resumed Afghan War Crimes Probe

Tolo News Reuters 1 September 2022 There is no set deadline for judges to rule on the prosecution’s request to resume the ICC investigation.  (Reuters) – A year into the Islamic Emirate’s rule, war crimes prosecutors in The Hague have urged judges to rule promptly on their request to resume investigations into atrocities in Afghanistan

UN warns 6 million Afghans at risk of famine as crises grow

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press August 30, 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning that Afghanistan faces deepening poverty with 6 million people at risk of famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief on Monday urged donors to restore funding for economic development and immediately provide $770 million to help Afghans get through the winter as the

US to revise resettlement policy for Afghans: Official

Al Jazeera 1 September 2022 The US will stop – with a few exceptions – admitting Afghans on humanitarian parole that grants temporary entry but no lawful permanent residence. The US administration is stopping – with a few exceptions – the temporary relocation of Afghans to the United States and focusing on reuniting immediate family

Taliban official says Islam grants women right to education, work

Al Jazeera 31 August 2022 A top Taliban official tells Al Jazeera that the group is working to create a so-called ‘safe environment’ for girls in schools and the workplace. A Taliban official has said that Islam grants women the right to education, work, and entrepreneurship, and reiterated that the group is working to create

In a country where women had few options, Fati found freedom playing soccer.

By Juliet Macur The New York Times Aug. 31, 2022 When the Taliban rolled into Kabul, she knew they might kill her and her family. She had one shot at freedom, if only she could make it to the airport. A chance at happiness awaited half a world away. The Keeper How an Afghan soccer player

Mujahid Says US is Preventing Intl Community From Recognizing Govt

Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 31 Aug 2022 Mujahid made the remarks in an interview with TOLOnews’ Sebghat Sepehr. Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that Washington has been preventing the international community from recognizing the caretaker government of Afghanistan. Mujahid made the remarks in an interview with TOLOnews’ Sebghat Sepehr. “They have been defeated here and

From a world away, a U.S. volunteer guides Afghan allies left behind

By Abigail Hauslohner The Washington Post August 18, 2022  FAIRPORT, N.Y. — Kim Staffieri woke before dawn to find the latest in the seemingly never-ending stream of desperate text messages and voice mails from Afghanistan. It was a Monday, one of the four days a week that Staffieri devotes her full attention to helping men

Four countries, six years, 7,000 miles: one Afghan family’s journey to the US

Maya Yang The Guardian Mon 29 Aug 2022 Zahra Amiri is among 41,000 working-age Afghans who have resettled in the US and are set to contribute $1.4bn to the US economy in their first year of work, according to new data The distance from Afghanistan’s south-western province of Nimroz to Iran’s historical city of Yazd

UN Aid Chief Pushes for Restart of Afghanistan Development Aid

Reuters 29 Aug 2022 More than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million people need humanitarian help and six million are at risk of famine, said Griffiths. Countries should restart development aid for Afghanistan that was halted a year ago when the Islamic Emirate seized power, the UN aid chief said on Monday, as the US told

TOLOnews Interview With UK’s General Sir Nick Carter

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 30 August 2022 According to Carter, not inviting the Taliban to the Bonn meeting in 2001 was a failure. General Sir Nick Carter, the former Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, believes that interaction with Afghanistan’s current government is necessary. In a special interview with TOLOnews, Carter stressed

Afghanistan reels from deadly flash floods and landslides

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 30 Aug 2022 Martin Griffiths said donors should immediately provide Afghanistan with $770m to survive the coming colder months. Several provinces across the eastern, central, southern and western regions of Afghanistan have been hit by heavy rains, resulting in flash floods and landslides that have caused the deaths of more

‘The Taliban don’t know how to govern’: the Afghan women shaping global policy from exile

Rosie Swash and Ruchi Kumar The Guardian Thu 25 Aug 2022 Despite the upheaval of the Taliban takeover, the ‘group of six’ are finding ways to tackle the political and humanitarian crisis It has been described as Afghanistan’s brain drain, after the Taliban’s return to power last year precipitated an exodus of politicians, academics and journalists who fled in anticipation

Judge Recommends Rejecting Bid by Sept. 11 Families to Seize Frozen Afghan Funds

By Charlie Savage The New York Times Aug. 27, 2022 A federal judge said the Afghan central bank’s assets could not legally be used to pay off judgment debts owed by the Taliban to relatives of victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. WASHINGTON — A federal magistrate judge has recommended rejecting the effort by relatives

Ashraf Ghani Says His Staying Would Not Have Saved the Republic

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 26 August 2022 Ghani claims that his personal assets were looted in Afghanistan. Former President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in an interview with PBS said he will not return “under the Taliban rule,” but he will return as an “Afghan citizen to an Afghanistan where every Afghan feels a sense of belonging.” 

Faiq: UNSC to Hold Meeting on Afghanistan on Monday

 Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 27 August 2022 According to Faiq, this meeting will be held at Russia’s request and will cover the humanitarian and economic situations in Afghanistan. Naseer Ahmad Faiq, Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, said that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is scheduled to hold a briefing

US judge says 9/11 victims not entitled to Afghan bank assets

Al Jazeera 27 August 2022 Seizure of central bank assets would effectively acknowledge the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, judge says. A United States judge has recommended that victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks not be allowed to seize billions of dollars of assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank to satisfy court

Pence aide blames Stephen Miller for ‘devastating’ visa system for Afghans

Maureen Groppe USA TODAY August 21, 2022 WASHINGTON – A former aide to former Vice President Mike Pence blamed racist views of a top Trump administration official for the inability of many translators and other allies to get out of Afghanistan before the U.S. withdrew troops. Olivia Troye tweeted that Stephen Miller, a senior adviser

Exclusive: U.S. commits to Afghan asset talks despite frustration with Taliban

By Jonathan Landay Reuters August 22, 2022 WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will press ahead with talks on releasing billions of dollars in Afghanistan’s foreign-held assets despite the late al Qaeda leader’s presence in Kabul and foot-dragging by the Taliban and Afghan central bank, according to three sources with knowledge

Afghanistan Remittances Fall as Poverty Threatens Lives

Akmal Dawi Voice of America August 22, 2022 Ahmad Nazir sent $600 (53,100 Afghani) to Afghanistan almost a week ago, but the cash, urgently needed to pay for his mother’s medical expenses, has been stuck in a crippling financial system that is being pummeled under international financial sanctions. “It was easy to make the payment

Participants at Kandahar Gathering: World Should Recognize Islamic Emirate

TOLOnews TV Network 19 AUGUST 2022 The leader of the Islamic Emirate at the gathering said that he would not allow anyone to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. The gathering of tribal elders and Islamic clerics in Kandahar ended on Thursday and attendees issued a resolution asking the world to recognize the Islamic Emirate as

Vice And Virtue Ministry to Form Dept Staffed By Women

By Imran Danish  Tolo News 22 August 2022 Based on the numbers of the MoVV, more than 900 members of the Islamic Emirate have been dismissed for various reasons. The Ministry of Vice and Virtue’s (MoVV) spokesman said that a “women employees” department will be formed to continue activities within the ministry.   Spokesman Akif Mahajar

UN fails to reach agreement to extend Taliban travel ban waiver

Al Jazeera 20 August 2022 The US proposes reimposing the travel ban on seven of 13 Taliban members, and keeping the exemption for six others. A United Nations waiver allowing 13 Afghan Taliban officials to travel abroad expired on Friday, as the Security Council failed to reach an agreement on whether to extend the travel

Karzai Calls for Reopening of Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 16 August 2022 The officials of the Ministry of Education said that the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has yet to reach an agreement on the reopening of girls’ schools. Former president Hamid Karzai in an interview with DW, called for girls’ access to education and said that “we” have to fight

Family Members of 9/11 Victims Tell Biden Frozen Funds Belong to Afghans

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 17  August 2022 They said that any use of the $7 billion to pay off 9/11 family member judgments is “legally suspect” and “morally wrong.”   77 family members of victims of 9/11 in a letter to US President Joe Biden wrote “the Afghanistan central bank funds currently being kept in New

Human Rights Watchdogs Concerned by Women’s Situation in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 August 2022 The human rights watchdogs called on the US to ban the Islamic Emirate officials from traveling abroad. A number of human rights watchdogs in a statement expressed concerns over the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.   However, the Islamic Emirate denied the claims in the statement and said

EXPLAINER: Dueling views remain a year after Afghan pullout

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press August 7, 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after America’s tumultuous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, assessments of its impact are divided — and largely along partisan lines. Critics slam the August 2021 evacuation of more than 120,000 American citizens, Afghans and others as poorly planned and badly executed. They

Review of Security Developments in Afghanistan Over Past Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prominent Taliban scholar killed in Kabul attack

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

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

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

Accused Men, Women Publically Whipped in Zabul

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

Senior TTP Member Killed in Paktia: Reuters

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

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

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

One year after Afghan war, Biden struggles to find footing

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

Key events since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan a year ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students Call for Girls’ Schools to Be Reopened

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

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

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

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

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

Tashkent Mtg Participants Show Readiness to Engage With Kabul

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

UNDP in Afghanistan Chief Concerned by Afghan Situation

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

Border fight between Iran and Taliban kills one: Afghan official

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

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

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

Time for Afghanistan to change into Asia crossroad: Muttaqi

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

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

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

Reporter Says Taliban Forced Her to Publicly Retract Accurate Articles

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

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

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

Balkhi: Humanitarian Situation ‘Exacerbated’ by Sanctions

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

Tashkent to Host Intl Conference on Afghanistan

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

Kabul Facing Water Shortages: AUWSSC

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

Intl Favors Not Welcome if ‘Against Islam’: Hanafi

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

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

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

UN slams killings, rights abuses under Afghanistan’s Taliban

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

US Includes Afghanistan on Human Trafficking List

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

Potzel: Participation of Women, Girls ‘Fundamental’

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

UNAMA Releases Human Rights Report on Past 10 Months

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

Facing Poverty, Afghan Youth Return to Iran

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

Russia Seeks to Expand Relations with Afghanistan: Lavrov

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

Afghans in US immigration limbo watch Ukrainians breeze through

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

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

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

How one mobile app is helping Afghans send aid

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

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

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

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

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

Earthquakes Hit Southeastern and Northeastern Afghanistan

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

Afghan Deportees Accuse Turkish Military of Mistreatment

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

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

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

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

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

Afghanistan Ranked Worst Country for Gender Gap

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

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

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

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

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

White House Braces for Anniversary of Afghan Withdrawal: Report

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

Tourism Increasing in Bamiyan

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

OHCHR Pledges ‘Unwavering Commitment’ to Afghan Rights

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

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

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

Bookseller of Kabul becomes asylum seeker in London

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

Islamic Emirate Reiterates Pledge of Safety for Returning Afghans

Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 9 June 2022 It is yet to be clear whether the individuals who return to the country will be provided with any official position. The Islamic Emirate has reiterated its pledge to provide security to the individuals who want to return to the country. The commission of “Return and Communications with

Millions of dollars went missing as Afghanistan fell, watchdog says

By Susannah George The Washington Post Updated June 8, 2022  KABUL — Tens of millions of dollars disappeared from Afghan government bank accounts during the Taliban takeover in August, according to a U.S. government watchdog report released Monday, the latest in a series detailing the collapse of the Afghan government and its military. Are you on Telegram? Subscribe to

RAND Offers Three Options for US Policy on Afghanistan

Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 2 June 2022 Afghan analysts suggest that commitments made by the Islamic Emirate in Doha during their talks with the United States need to be fulfilled. US-based research organization, RAND Corporation, has offered three options for Washington’s policy on Afghanistan, suggesting the United States should either come up with engagement, isolation,

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

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

24 Million Afghans Need Humanitarian Aid: SIGAR

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

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

Ayesha Jehangir The Guardian 18 March 2022 Afghans have been fighting since the 70s for the same reason Ukrainians are fighting but they have been neglected and betrayed It took the international community two long decades of sacrifices with blood and fortune to establish some sort of representative governance in Afghanistan, which the Taliban overthrew in

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