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Taliban co-founder Baradar in Kabul for political talks

The Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks with fellow members of the group and other politicians on establishing a new Afghan government......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 21st, 2021

Afghanistan mourns after 22 killed in university attack

Stunned students demonstrated outside Kabul University on Tuesday after at least 22 people were killed in a brutal, on-campus attack claimed by the Islamic State group. A journalist walks inside of a damaged class of the National Legal Training center, a day after gunmen stormed Kabul university in Kabul on November 3, 2020. – Stunned students demonstrated outside Kabul University on November 3 after at least 22 people were killed in a brutal, on-campus attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) Holding banners stating: “Stop Killing Us”, the small gathering came as Afghanistan observed a national day of mourning and the first funerals were expected. Monday’s assault at the popular university near central Kabul saw three attackers — one of whom blew himself up — rampage through the campus, shooting students in their classrooms. IS also claimed a similar attack on an educational centre in Kabul less than two weeks ago that killed 24 people. Afghan security forces have been grappling with surging violence that has only worsened in recent months despite the government holding peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. The insurgent group have said they were not involved in Monday’s attack, but Vice President Amrullah Saleh blamed them and their supporters in Pakistan. The Taliban have in turn blamed “evil elements” that have “sought refuge” with the Kabul administration, accusing the government of harbouring and assisting militants. Fraidoon Ahmadi, a 23-year-old student, told AFP on Monday he was in class when gunfire broke out. “We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives… boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help,” Ahmadi said. He said he and other students were besieged for more than two hours before being rescued. Images posted online showed what appeared to be the bodies of slain students lying by desks and chairs. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy who helped bring the warring Taliban and Kabul government together for talks, urged the two sides to accelerate a political settlement. “This barbaric attack is NOT an opportunity for the government and the Taliban to score points against each other. There is a common enemy here,” he tweeted.  “Deny ISIS or any other terrorist the space to carry out these inhumane acts,” he added, using another name for the terrorist group. President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to take revenge for the assault, with an investigation underway to determine how the gunmen entered the university with weapons. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Pompeo to meet Taliban negotiators in Qatar

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban on Saturday amid signs of progress in their talks as the United States speeds up its withdrawal. Pompeo’s visit comes in the wake of a rocket attack that struck densely populated areas of Kabul, killing at least eight people in […] The post Pompeo to meet Taliban negotiators in Qatar appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Afghans flock mosques

KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) — Afghans flocked to mosques Friday, 31 July, to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha as a three-day ceasefire between Taliban and government forces began, with many hoping it will lead to peace talks and the end of nearly two decades of conflict. A car bomb that killed at least 17 […] The post Afghans flock mosques appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Taliban, Afghan leaders talk peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) — The Taliban are prepared to hold peace talks with the Afghan government next month straight after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the insurgents said Thursday, provided an ongoing prisoner swap has been completed. The conditional offer marks the first occasion a talks timeline has been floated since warring parties blew […] The post Taliban, Afghan leaders talk peace appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 25th, 2020

Afghans face impossible race against time to flee Kabul

Tens of thousands of Afghans were racing Sunday to flee their country as the United States warned of security threats at Kabul's chaotic airport and the European Union said it was "impossible" to evacuate everyone at risk from the Taliban......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated 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

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

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

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

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

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

OFWs harassed by Taliban in escape from Kabul

Sporadic gunshots and explosions have become a part of the daily lives of the Afghan people and residents in Kabul......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Philippines willing to receive Afghan refugees, asylum seekers

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is willing to accept refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control over its capital Kabul, Malacañang said Tuesday. “Since time immemorial po, the Philippines has had jurisprudence even before the convention on refugees welcoming asylum seekers. Sabi nga po ng Korte Suprema, the Philippines will not […] The post Philippines willing to receive Afghan refugees, asylum seekers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

US brass bitter as chaos reigns in Kabul

Washington—The mood was somber Monday in the corridors of the Pentagon, where US military personnel watched helplessly as chaos erupted at Kabul airport and privately criticized the slow pace of Joe Biden’s administration in evacuating US-allied Afghans who fear Taliban retribution......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Taliban retakes Afghanistan, panic in Kabul

Thousands of people were on Monday trying to escape Kabul......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

The Taliban are already close to Kabul – El Sol de México

Kabul. Taliban forces have captured a large city in northern Afghanistan, causing Afghan forces to flee and locking down Kabul as Western countries scrambled to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Taliban on outskirts of Afghan capital, poised to take power

The Taliban were on the brink of total victory in Afghanistan on Sunday, with their fighters ordered to wait on the outskirts of the capital and the government conceding it was preparing for a “transfer of power”. The Taliban’s militants surrounded Kabul following an astonishingly quick rout of government forces, who proved incapable of holding […] The post Taliban on outskirts of Afghan capital, poised to take power appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Taliban poised outside Kabul, ready to rule

KABUL—The Taliban was on the brink of total victory in Afghanistan on Sunday, with its fighters ordered to wait on the outskirts of the capital and the government conceding it was preparing for a “transfer of power”......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021