49 Filipinos still in Afghanistan amid Taliban takeover; 158 evacuated — DFA

MANILA, Philippines — An estimated 49 Filipinos are still in Afghanistan while 158 have already left or were evacuated amid the takeover of the Taliban, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. According to the DFA’s situation bulletin, 42 Filipinos are still requesting company or government repatriation. Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad has […] The post 49 Filipinos still in Afghanistan amid Taliban takeover; 158 evacuated — DFA appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 21st, 2021

US VP Harris begins Asia trip amid Afghan debacle

Vice President Kamala Harris began a trip to Asia Sunday where she will offer reassurances of Washington's commitment to the region after the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan and Taliban takeover......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Evacuation bid of 90 Pinoy in Kabul fails

Flight cancellations have hampered government efforts to evacuate the remaining 90 Filipinos in Afghanistan, which is now under the control of the militant Taliban group, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

35 repatriated from Afghanistan as other Filipinos wait for flights home

The Department of Foreign Affairs said 35 Filipinos from Afghanistan, which has been taken over by the Taliban, returned to the Philippines earlier Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

32 Filipinos evacuated as DFA raises Alert Level 4 in Afghanistan

At least 32 Filipinos have been evacuated from Afghanistan on Sunday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. They are now in Doha, Qatar while waiting for their flights to the Philippines, the DFA said in a statement Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

Philippines to repatriate Filipinos in Afghanistan

The Philippine government is closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan, as more cities fall under Taliban control ahead of the United States military pullout next month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Taliban sends OFWs fleeing Afghanistan

Filipinos who used to work with American contracting firms in Afghanistan were among those forced to flee the embattled country as Taliban fighters continued to attack and take over areas left vulnerable with the withdrawal of the US military......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Laos, Afghanistan lift inbound restrictions for Pinoys travellers

Two countries in Asia and the Pacific – Laos and Afghanistan – have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a report on Monday.  (ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On the other hand, Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions. Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status. In Tokyo, the Japanese government has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents, and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.  Back here at home, beginning October 21, Filipinos may resume their overseas plans after Malacañang announced the lifting of restrictions for non-essential outbound travelers, including tourists.  Outbound Filipino tourists may be allowed to leave the country after submitting confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance. With the still evolving changes in travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to always check ahead of their travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Taliban inherit untapped $1T minerals trove

The Taliban now hold the keys to an untouched trillion-dollar trove of minerals including some that could power the world’s transition to renewable energies, but Afghanistan has long struggled to tap its vast deposits......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

US evacuates 3,800 people from Afghanistan – Televisa News

Department of Defense America Today, August 21, 2021 indicated that there were “in the last 24 hours” 3,800 people evacuated people, which since last week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Afghan footballer falls to death from US plane leaving Kabul

An Afghan footballer who played for the national youth team fell to his death after trying to cling to a US plane airlifting people out of Taliban-controlled Kabul, a sports federation said Thursday. The General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports of Afghanistan, a government institution that worked with sporting groups, confirmed the death of […] The post Afghan footballer falls to death from US plane leaving Kabul appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Defiant Afghans wave flags amid fears of Taliban crackdown

Defiant Afghans wave flags amid fears of Taliban crackdown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Afghanistan minute by minute: the Taliban crush those who oppose it

Afghans celebrate their country’s 102nd Independence Day with the national flag in Kabul. (Photo by Wakeel Khader/AFP via Getty Images) A crowd of Afghans in.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Anti-Taliban forces massing north of Kabul: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that armed resistance to the Taliban is forming in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, led by deposed vice-president Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of a slain anti-Taliban fighter. “The Taliban doesn’t control the whole territory of Afghanistan,” Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in Moscow following a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

The tragedy in Afghanistan

After 20 years of involvement in a war in Afghanistan, the United States finally withdrew in defeat. Now with the fall of Kabul, the Taliban has taken over the reins of government for the second time after the Afghan president surreptitiously fled to Tajikistan. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Facebook shuts down Taliban’s WhatsApp hotline

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook said Tuesday it was blocking WhatsApp accounts linked to the Taliban after the radical Islamic group seized control of Afghanistan and sought to use the messaging service to help it govern. “The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Indian evacuees fly out of Afghanistan unharmed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) — Outside the main iron gate of the Indian embassy in Kabul, a group of Taliban fighters waited — armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Inside the compound were 150 Indian diplomats and nationals — growing increasingly nervous as they watched news of the Taliban tightening their grip on the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

The West, the East, and Afghanistan

The scenes from Kabul airport seem straight out of the World War Z movie thousands of people desperately running for their lives, squeezing themselves into jet bridges, and climbing departing airplanes to escape a country that is now back in the hands of the Taliban......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021


In just ten days, the Taliban swept through all of Afghanistan. In many places, they took over cities without firing a shot, as the US-trained and equipped Afghan national army simply evaporated......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

A graveyard of empires

The 20-year war in Afghanistan -- formally known as Operation Enduring Freedom launched in 2001 after the 9/11 World Trade Center bombing by the US and its NATO allies and joined later on by Canada, Australia and New Zealand to oust the then Taliban government,which was suspected of having harbored many of the perpetrators of that dastardly attack on American soil—ended last Sunday with the triumphant return of this Islamic movement to Kabul. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Philippines can take in asylum seekers from Afghanistan — Palace

The Philippines is willing to accept asylum seekers from Afghanistan, which has been taken over by the Islamist movement Taliban......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021