Afghanistan UPDATE

 UPDATES – September 26, 2021

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Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. Muttaqi asked to speak during the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, which finishes on Monday.

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Acting FM Muttaqi Meets Chinese Ambassador to Kabul

Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taliban, met with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Kabul Wang Yu, this afternoon.

During the meeting, both sides discussed good relations between the two countries, organize China Humanitarian Aid and expand Afghanistan-China relations.

Also during the meeting, the Chinese ambassador stressed the need for continued assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan and stressed the importance of trade between the two countries.

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‘Damages our status’: Taliban warns fighters against fun activities, taking selfies

The Taliban government’s Defense Minister Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob scolded the fighters for their behavior.

“Stick to the tasks you have been assigned. You are damaging our status, which has been created with the blood of our martyrs,” he said.

He specifically warned fighters against taking selfies with Taliban leaders when they come across them and posting the pictures on social media as it betrays information about the location and activities of group members.

The minister also criticized the way Taliban fighters dressed, ordering them to bring their beards, hair and clothes into line with the group’s harsh interpretation of Islamic rules.

“This is the behavior of the warlords and gangsters of the puppet regime,” Yaqoob said, referring to Afghanistan’s US-backed government the Taliban overthrew. “If we continue to act like this, God forbid, we will lose our Islamic system.”

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US condemns Taliban’s plan to reinstate executions, amputations as punishment

The US condemns the Taliban’s plan to bring back executions and amputations as punishments for crimes committed in Afghanistan, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Friday.

Price said the punishments would “constitute clear gross human rights violations.” He added: “We stand firm with the international community to hold
perpetrators of these, of any such abuses, accountable.”

The US statement comes a day after Mullah Nooruddin Turabi said in an interview with The Associated Press that executions and amputations were “necessary” punishments to maintain security in Afghanistan.

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BACTRIAN TREASURE SAFE, SAYS AFGHAN CULTURE MINISTRY

 

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CHINA DEMANDS REMOVAL OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS FROM AFGHANISTAN

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Taliban Plans To Form Commission In 2022 To Draft New Constitution

The Taliban movement plans to form a commission next year to draft a new constitution, Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister of culture and information of the interim Afghan government, said in an interview with Sputnik.

“The process of forming a new constitution will begin in a few months. We strive to ensure that our government has a constitution, which will be formed by scientists, lawyers and experts from our country,” Mujahid said.

Answering whether the process of preparing a new constitution would begin this year, he noted: “Most likely, this work will begin next year, and the commission will be appointed by our emirate.”

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Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi Acting FM met Cihad Erginay, Turkish ambassador to Kabul today. In the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, humanitarian and health assistances, situations of Afghan refugees & students in Turkey and other issues.

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Lifting Sanctions On Taliban Not On UN Security Council Agenda – Russian Ambassador To UN

The waving of sanctions on the Taliban is not on the UN Security Council agenda but the issue should be given careful consideration, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told Sputnik on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“The topic of lifting the sanctions imposed on the Taliban via the Security Council is not on the agenda right now.

Of course, this is an important issue, and sooner or later it will still have to be solved,” Nebenzia said.

However, this issue should not be rushed as the situation must be carefully considered, according to the Russian official

“I (can) say that practically all members of the Council, and not just the five members of its permanent members, have repeatedly, during their speeches on the topic of Afghanistan, talked about the cautious approach toward the new Afghan authorities,” he added.

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UN Secretary-General Urges World Leaders To Boost Humanitarian Assistance To Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on world leaders to build up humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan that is on the brink of a catastrophe following the Taliban takeover.

“For far too many around the world, peace and stability remain a distant dream. In Afghanistan, where we must boost humanitarian assistance and defend human rights, especially of women and girls,” Guterres said during his address at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

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One hundred soldiers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan graduated from the Hazrat Osman Raz Military Training Center in Jawzjan and served the community.

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UN Secretary-General Urges World Leaders To Boost Humanitarian Assistance To Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on world leaders to build up humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan that is on the brink of a catastrophe following the Taliban (banned in Russia) takeover.

“For far too many around the world, peace and stability remain a distant dream. In Afghanistan, where we must boost humanitarian assistance and defend human rights, especially of women and girls,” Guterres said during his address at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

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IUMS CALLS ON UN, MUSLIM COUNTRIES TO RECOGNIZE THE TALIBAN GOVT. IN AFGHANISTAN

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The President of the Islamic Emirate, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, in a meeting with the President of the World Health Organization (WHO), said: The world needs more help.

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The Civil Aviation Authority announced that Kabul Airport is ready for domestic and international flights. According to the officials of this office, domestic and international flights to this square are allowed to operate from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Zabihullah Mujahid spokesperson of Taliban and deputy minister of publications affairs for MoIC says, the female staff of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to be appointed into other parts of the government and their pervious salary will be paid.

Afghanistan had a ministry for women affairs. Taliban replace it with 'vice and virtue' | World News - Hindustan Times

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A meeting of senior UN officials is currently underway with leaders, including the PM of Afghanistan

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In Afghanistan’s central Farah, large numbers of women and schoolchildren marched from Zaraati Bank Square to the governor’s office, expressing their support for the Taliban government, Bakhtar News Agency reported.

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Daesh claims attacks against Taliban in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Daesh-Khorasan Province (Daesh-K) on Sunday claimed attacks over the weekend against the Taliban in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, in two statements carried by the group’s propaganda arm Amaq.

The group claimed “three separate bomb attacks” targeting three “Taliban vehicles” in Jalalabad on Saturday, and another “bomb attack” Sunday on “a Taliban vehicle.”

A pickup truck carrying Taliban fighters was the target of a bomb in the Afghan city of Jalalabad Sunday, local media reported.

Witnesses told local media that several wounded Taliban fighters were taken to hospital after the explosion, which one journalist said happened near an interchange for transport to and from the capital, Kabul.

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Chinese ambassador to Kabul met with Khalil Haqqani

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Kabul municipality drawing up service plans, order removal of T-walls

The acting head of Kabul municipality on Sunday ordered the removal of the city’s blast walls and said plans are being drawn up to address urban challenges and to provide effective services.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Mawlawi Hamdullah Nomani said the removal of barriers and concrete walls is a part of the plan going forward

Mawlawi Nomani said that the construction of high rise buildings and usurpation of land are challenges that will be addressed in future.

“Investigations about buildings and land grabbing, which were [prone to] corruption will be addressed. We will not allow this, people cannot misuse this. We will investigate this when all institutions resume work,” said Mawlawi Nomani.

According to him, the Islamic Emirate will urge donors to complete projects that have stopped in the past month.

“We are in contact with donors of 100 projects that have now stopped. We have not received a positive or negative answer about the fate of the projects,” he said.

Mawlawi Nomani also said that the removal of barriers and concrete blast walls will be completed soon.

“We will remove barriers that spoil the city, most of these were placed by security institutions. We are telling people who erected barriers to remove them, otherwise we will remove them and the people will have to pay municipality expenses,” he said.

Hundreds of thousands of concrete walls, known in Kabul as T-walls, have for years spoilt the look of the city.

Almost everywhere you look in the Afghan capital, you see these tall, thick walls, which range in height from three to seven metres, that surround homes, businesses, schools, embassies and government compounds.

Over the years demand was high and as more walls went up, traffic problems increased as roads were all too often blocked when new walls went up.

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International Union of Muslim Scholars received Taliban delegation

On Saturday afternoon, the President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni, and the Secretary-General of the Union, Sheikh Dr. Ali Al-Qaradaghi, and in the presence of the Director of the Qatar Branch, Dr. Muhammad Al-Yafei, received a delegation from the Political Bureau of the Afghan Islamic Emirate.

The delegation of the emirate was headed by Mr. Sher Muhammad Abbas Stankzi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, accompanied by Mawlawi Muti` al-Haq, a member of the Emirate’s political office, and Mr. Sheikh Raissouni welcomed the visiting delegation, saying, “We are brothers and sisters, and our hearts are with you hour by hour, and we are happy with this meeting, and with others in this place, and our homes are also open to you.”

Raissouni added, “We renew our thanks to you for your good faith in us and for your appreciation.

Raissouni affirmed that any proposal from the government or the movement will be met by the union by preparing seminars and conferences to benefit from the experiences and expertise of others in education, politics and economics.

Sheikh Ali Al-Qura Daghi also expressed his happiness with the delegation, explaining that everyone is very happy with the victories of the Taliban, which are victories for all Muslims, and they have brought joy to the hearts of Muslims, especially those who have been wounded…

Al-Qarra Daghi directed the government to place its priority in establishing a just rule that would be a model in the Islam of justice and the Islam of mercy (God commands justice and benevolence…) An-Nahl 90.

Regarding the efforts of the union in the economic and educational fields, Al-Qara Daghi said that the union is your union and we can form an economic committee and bring experiences, collect them and give their summary to you, and we can organize economic matters, their policies, companies, banks and a comprehensive development strategy.

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TALIBAN TO TRACK, SECURE 2000-YEAR-OLD BACTRIAN GOLD TREASURE

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Taliban distributed aid provided by int’l community among needy families in Jani Khel, Paktika

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China’s Xi urges SCO to facilitate ‘smooth transition’ in Afghanistan

“Afghanistan has undergone drastic changes. The withdrawal of foreign troops has opened a new page in its history,” Xi told the SCO Summit held in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.

The Chinese president addressed the moot via a video link, a transcription of his address said.

Xi said the SCO needs to encourage Afghanistan “to put in place a broad-based and inclusive political framework, adopt prudent and moderate domestic and foreign policies.”

“Afghanistan still faces many daunting challenges, and it needs the support and assistance of the international community, particularly countries in our region,” Xi said, calling for making “full use of platforms such as the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group.”

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Pakistan initiates dialogue with Taliban for inclusive Afghan government

Pakistan on Saturday said it has initiated dialogue with the Taliban for an “inclusive” government in Afghanistan.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan a day after his meetings with the leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbors, including China, Russia, Iran, and Tajikistan, on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

“After meetings in Dushanbe with leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours, and especially a lengthy discussion with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, I have initiated a dialogue with the Taliban for an inclusive Afghan govt to include Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks,” Khan said in a series of tweets.

After 40 years of conflict, he went on to say, this “inclusivity” will ensure peace and a “stable” Afghanistan, which is in the interest not only of Afghanistan but the region as well.

No further details of the dialogue were given.

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UNSC Extends Mandate Of UN Assistance Mission In Afghanistan For Six Months

The United Nations Security Council has extended for six months the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) — a temporary extension given the uncertainty in the war-torn country since the Taliban takeover last month.

All 15 members of the Council voted for a resolution extending UNAMA’s mandate till 17 March 2022, and called for the establishment of an inclusive and representative government in Afghanistan.

The resolution, stressing the important role that the United Nations will continue to play in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, recognizes the need for strengthened efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the important coordination role of the United Nations, and reaffirming that the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance requires all parties to allow full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access, for United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors.

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This cotton factory in Kunduz resumed its operations

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Roads Into Panjshir Reopen, Telecom Services Resume

After nearly 20 days, the roads leading into Panjshir province have been reopened and telecom services have been restored, officials of the caretaker cabinet and residents of the province confirmed.

Local residents said that electricity has yet to be reconnected in the province.

Local security officials in Panjshir, however, say the situation is normal in the province. “Protecting women, children and people is our obligation. All the issues such as lack of electricity and food are lies,” said Mawlawi Sana Sangin Fatih, a local security official.

In the meantime, the New York Times has reported that Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the Resistance Front, has hired a lobbyist in the United States to shore up support for the resistance front.

A source close to Ahmad Massoud said the aim is to discourage the United States from recognizing the Taliban.

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AFTER KAAG ANOTHER DUTCH MINISTER RESIGNS OVER AFGHAN REFUGEE ISSUE

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Afghanistan: Taliban works to get copper mines open

As China moves to engage with the Taliban, it is setting its sights on Afghanistan’s vast mineral resources.
The interim government wants Chinese recognition so that mining can begin. The plans could threaten some of the nation’s archaeological treasures.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Mes Aynak, Afghanistan.

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Taliban To Reopen Male Educational Institutions On Saturday 

Male educational institutions will reopen in Afghanistan on September 18, TOLOnews reported on Friday, citing the education ministry of the interim government of Taliban.

The Afghan broadcaster said the caretaker cabinet had decided to reopen all male-only schools and registered madrasas, adding that all male teachers and students were advised to attend their schools.

According to earlier media reports, the Taliban intended to segregate universities by gender, and to introduce a new dress code. The Taliban ordered female students to wear abaya and niqab a long robe-like dress, covering the face and to leave class a bit earlier so as not to meet with men.

Meanwhile, only women will be allowed to teach female students, or, wherever this cannot be arranged, “elderly men” of good reputation.

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Waivers For Some Sanctions Against Taliban Necessary, UN Chief says

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with Sputnik the United Nations needs to create conditions to allow some sanctions waivers for the Taliban for the effective distribution of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

“I’ve been appealing for a number of waivers in the sanctions that allow for operational aspects to be possible…

It will be necessary for practical reasons to make some waivers in some of the sanctions in order to allow for the contexts that are needed and for the humanitarian aid to be effectively distributed,” Guterres said.

The UN chief also said it was up to the Security Council to consider whether a UN roadmap needs to be developed in order to waive some of the existing sanctions.

“I think that this is a matter the Security Council needs to be considering in the future,” Guterres stated.

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Berlin says no plans yet to reopen embassy in Afghanistan

Germany said on Friday that there are no plans yet to reopen the embassy in Afghanistan.

Speaking at a regular government news conference, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said there are “definitely no plans over the next days” to open the diplomatic mission in the capital Kabul.

Adebahr was reacting to statements by the Taliban’s senior leader Anas Haqqani who told the Qatari-based Al Jazeera Media Network that Germany could be the first country to reopen its embassy.

Berlin has shut down its embassy in Kabul since the Taliban takeover on Aug. 15 and relocated Ambassador Markus Potzel to Qatar’s capital Doha.

However, the Merkel government has maintained diplomatic contact with the Taliban.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany could reopen its Kabul mission “if it were politically possible and if the security situation permits.”

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FRANCE TO BE ‘ESPECIALLY CAREFUL’ ABOUT TALIBAN’S LINKS WITH TERROR GROUPS: MACRON

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The Torkham border crossing is still closed to traffic

Despite the news of the opening of the Torkham crossing, hundreds of Afghan citizens with legal documents are waiting to enter Pakistan.

Hundreds of Afghans are still gathering in Torkham waiting to go to Pakistan, saying the crossing should be reopened.

In the most recent case, the acting Foreign Minister agreed to reopen the Torkham border during a meeting with the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul.

On the other hand, the Pakistani Interior Minister said that his country continues to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; But it does not have the capacity to accept more Afghan refugees.

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TALIBAN APPROACH ON INCLUSIVE GOVT WELCOMING: RUSSIAN FM

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IMF CALLS FOR ACTION TO PREVENT HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN

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DUTCH FM SIGRID KAAG RESIGNS OVER AFGHANISTAN CRISIS

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Kandahar: Traders and Investors Asked Afghanistan’s freeze Money to Be Released

Traders and investors in Kandahar asked, in a gathering, that Afghanistan’s all freeze money, inside or outside of the country, should be released. 

They said the freezing of the money stopped imports and exports, and it caused a surge in prices of food and non-food items.According to traders, if the situation continues for a few days, Afghanistan will face a harsh famine.

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France Is Increasing Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan by 100 Million Euros

Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said France will increase its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by 100 million Euros.

Le Drian said to the E.U. parliament that what can be done, must be done to prevent threats in Afghanistan.He added there are humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, and they are taking their part to avoid it.

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Ghani’s Fleeing Ruined Last-Minute Deal: Khalilzad

Former president Ashraf Ghani’s escape from Afghanistan in mid-August ruined a last-minute deal with the Taliban, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said in an interview with the Financial Times.

According to Khalilzad, the plan was to keep Kabul out of the Taliban’s hands and negotiate a political transition, but Ghani’s escape created a power vacuum and the Taliban entered the city, the Financial Times reported.

“Even at the end, we had an agreement with the Talibs for [them] not to enter Kabul,” Khalilzad said.

Khalilzad also said the plan was that Ghani would remain at his post until a political settlement for a future government was agreed between the parties in Doha.

According to Khalilzad, Ghani’s fleeing caused Kabul security personnel to abandon their posts and resulted in the Taliban entering the city to take security.

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BLACK MARKET FOR VISAS THRIVING IN AFGHANISTAN AMID EMBASSIES CLOSED

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Taliban To Send Humanitarian Aid Recently Received By Afghanistan To Panjshir

The Taliban decided to send humanitarian aid to the Panjshir province during the first meeting of the new government on Thursday, Afghanistan’s RTA broadcaster reported.

The Taliban will send humanitarian aid that was recently received by Afghanistan, the broadcaster added.

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Germany may become the first country in the world to reopen its embassy in Afghanistan, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday, citing Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Taliban.

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Iran resumes flights to Afghanistan

Iran on Wednesday resumed flights to Afghanistan, after international flights to the capital’s Kabul Airport were suspended following the Taliban takeover of the country.

The semi-official Fars news agency said two private Mahan planes headed to Kabul from Tehran and the northern city of Mashhad.

The company had suspended its flights to Afghanistan in mid-August.

In the wake of the completion of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 31, and the Taliban control of the Kabul Airport, a number of Taliban officials demanded that foreign countries resume their international flights to the war-torn nation.

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Kabul airport suffered damages worth millions of dollars during US withdrawal

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Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul suffered damages worth millions of dollars during the withdrawal of US forces on Aug. 31, said a Taliban administration official.

Mawlavi Abdul Hadi Hamadan, acting head of Kabul airport, told Anadolu Agency that the damage to the airport terminal alone is worth $1 million.

“Radar system, as well as some aircraft and vehicles at the airport were also damaged. If a full damage assessment is done, it will be in millions of dollars,” he said.

Before leaving, the US forces caused extensive damage to the technical area of the airport and in the terminal, and they did not spare even small commodities such as chairs, seats, TV sets, and computers in the airport halls, according to Hamadan.

Technical problems at the airport’s domestic terminal have been resolved and domestic flights resumed, he added.

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TO STOP THE FLOW OF AFGHAN REFUGEES, TURKEY WILL EXTEND ITS BORDER FENCE WITH IRAN

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Hundreds of women activists staged peaceful protests in different parts of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province.
The protesters chanted slogans that Islam is our honor and Islam is the guarantor of our well-being and expressed their support for the Taliban government.

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Torkham and Spin Boldak borders will be reopened soon

Maulvi Amir Khan Mottaki, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, met with Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan in Kabul on Tuesday to discuss the challenges facing the country’s borders.

Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate’s political office in Doha, said: During the meeting, the two sides discussed the problems of Torkham and Spin Boldak.
According to Shaheen; The Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan assured the Islamic Emirate that these roads would soon be opened to the Afghan people and all existing obstacles would be removed.

After the occupation of Afghanistan by the Islamic Emirate, Pakistan closed the Torkham route to Afghan travelers and the movement of people through Spin Boldak was obstructed and delayed.

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The European Parliament has issued a resolution on Afghanistan calling for the invitation of Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the Resistance Front, to a session of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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An Iranian Mahan passenger plane landed at Kabul International Airport on Wednesday, September 2nd. The plane was carrying three passengers to Kabul.

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UN Food Agency Says Setting Up Humanitarian Hub In Uzbekistan For Afghanistan

The UN World Food Program (WFP) said on Tursday that it is establishing a humanitarian logistics hub in Termez, Uzbekistan, to position food for Afghanistan.

“In anticipation of the high food needs and further disruptions to supply chains, WFP is positioning food and other stocks at strategic border points in Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In addition, a logistics hub of 5,000 square meters space is being established in Termez, Uzbekistan,” the WFP said in a press release of Tuesday.

Earlier in September, Kazakhstan also proposed establishing a UN logistics hub in Almaty to safely deliver humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is facing a major economic crisis exacerbated by the takeover of the Taliban (banned in Russia) on August 15 that caused many countries to halt aid to Afghanistan.

At the United Nations donor conference held in Geneva on Monday, international donors raised $1.2 billion to help avert the looming humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan.

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IF TALIBANS ARE TERRORIST THEN GANDHI, NEHRU WERE TERRORISTS TOO, DARUL ULOOM DEOBAND’S MAULANA ARSHAD MADANI SAYS

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AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTER MUTTAQI CALLS FOR GLOBAL HELP

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Taliban govt’s acting FM Amir Khan Muttaqi met with Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan & discussed bilateral relations, enabling smooth travel at Torkham & Spin Boldak & problems faced by Afghan refugees in Pakistan , Taliban spokeman Suhail Shaheen tweeted.

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Taliban govt’s acting FM Amir Khan Muttaqi met with Chinese ambassador.

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TALIBAN HANDED OVER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SEIZED FROM SALEH’S HOME TO AFGHAN BANK

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Turkey, Qatar coordinate on Afghanistan: Turkish envoy

Turkey and Qatar are coordinating together on the Afghan issue, the Turkish ambassador in Doha said on Tuesday.

Ankara and Doha “consistently discuss the humanitarian conditions and the security and political developments in Afghanistan given its significance to the Afghan people and international peace and security,” Mustafa Goksu told the Qatari daily Al Raya.

“There is a fruitful cooperation between Turkey and Qatar on the operation of Kabul airport as it is considered a lifeline for those who are stranded in Afghanistan,” Goksu said, noting that cooperation has been ongoing between the two countries on providing technical support for operating the airport.

There is “consensus between Ankara and Doha on the ways to establish security and stability in Afghanistan,” Goksu said.

The envoy also underlined the importance of the international community to keep engagement with the Taliban movement in order to bring humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

The Turkish ambassador hailed Qatari efforts to host Afghans and provide needed humanitarian assistance to them and Qatar’s diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to ease the suffering of the Afghan people.

In 10 days in August, the Taliban announced its control of most Afghanistan in parallel with the US withdrawal from the country after 20 years of military presence.

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Following the reopening of the Hairatan border crossing in northern Afghanistan and the resumption of the import process, the Uzbek government received a large consignment of 1,300 tons of humanitarian aid, including food, medicine and clothing, into Afghan territory today and handed it over to Afghan officials.

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Up To UN Member States To Decide Whether To Remove Taliban From Terror List – Guterres

The issue of removing the Taliban from the list of terrorist organizations is up to the United Nations member states and the UN Secretariat will not interfere in their decisions, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday.

“Those are decisions to be taken by member states when member states consider conditions are met for those decisions to be taken,” Guterres said. “The Secretariat doesn’t intend to interfere with those questions because obviously interfering with those questions would undermine our possibility of action.”

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UK’s Raab Rules Out Giving Aid To Afghans Through Taliban

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday that his country would support Afghans through the UN and aid agencies to avoid giving money directly to the Taliban.

“We will not give aid directly to the Taliban, and therefore it is going to be absolutely crucial that aid agencies are able to operate securely and freely in Afghanistan,” he told a UN-led donor event.

Raab told the international aid conference that the United Kingdom welcomed the UN leadership in coordinating charitable work and called on the Taliban to give aid workers safe access.

He warned that should the Afghan economy and basic services collapse this would have a knock-on effect on the entire region.

To avert a humanitarian crisis, the UK will double aid to Afghanistan and the region to roughly $396 million this year. It will include $42 million for Iran’s neighbors who Raab said would likely bear the brunt of the refugee exodus.

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Taliban seize $6 million in cash, 15 gold bricks from Ex-Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s house

In a now-viral video, the Taliban have claimed that they have seized up to six million dollars and about 15 bricks of gold from the residence of former Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh, reported The Khaama Press News Agency on Monday. Read more here

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A small rally was taken out today in Nimruz by pro-Taliban women in support of ‘Islamic system’.

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Italy To Allocate $177Mln For Humanitarian Support To Afghanistan, Region – Di Maio

Italy will allocate 150 million Euros ($177 million) for humanitarian support to Afghanistan and neighboring countries, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Monday, adding that half of the funding will be sent to Afghanistan.

“Italy has always supported the main humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan and their activities. We are planning to devote additional resources through humanitarian assistance both Afghanistan and neighboring countries for a total amount of 150 million euros. About half of these reserves will be devoted to humanitarian activities in Afghanistan,” the minister told the online conference on Afghanistan held in Geneva.

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Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar today denied rumors of his death or injury in an audio message. In the last two days, however, some have reported that he was injured in an internal conflict in Kabul, while others have reported that he was killed.

UNFPA seeks $29.2m for Afghan women, girls

The UN sexual and reproductive health agency is seeking funding to address the urgent needs of Afghan women and girls.

UNFPA said it was appealing for $29.2 million.as part of the broader UN flash appeal for $606 million through to the end of 2021.

In a statement on Monday, the UN agency stressed immediate international aid to deal with the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

The assistance will be spent on the reproductive health and protection needs of 1.6 million vulnerable women and girls.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem said: “Right now, our priority is the health and protection of the nearly 4 million women and girls who need urgent humanitarian assistance.”

She stressed: “We must stand strong and stand together to save lives and protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of women and girls… ”

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Pakistan opposes freeze on Afghan accounts

Putting a freeze on its accounts could create a grave humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, warns Pakistan’s interior minister.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed hoped the Taliban would honour their pledge of preventing terrorist groups like Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Daesh from using their land against any country.

At a press briefing in Karachi on Sunday, he asked Indian media outlets to realise that Pakistan was interested in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“We facilitated Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s meeting with Americans for the cause of peace,” the interior minister claimed.

Ahmad explained there was no refugee camp in the country and the Afghans who entered Pakistan illegally had been sent back to their homeland.

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The first foreign commercial plane has arrived at Kabul airport since the arrival of the Islamic Emirate. According to the report; The plane was operated by Pakistan International Airlines, which also carried 10 passengers.

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Female employees of the previous government have also returned to work at Kabul International Airport

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Some subjects in state universities will be eliminated; students sent to abroad for further studies 

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has announced the removal of some subjects that are in conflict with Islam in the country’s universities, paving the way for the return of a number of academic cadres from abroad.

Acting Minister of Higher Education Sheikh Abdul Baqi Haqqani said: “There will be a decline in some subjects that are neither professionally nor intellectually useful, and in conflict with Islam, in conflict with national values. Articles will be deleted. ”

He added that through a transparent program, a number of students will be sent abroad for further studies and their experiences will be used in the country.

According to him, education will also be provided for those who were deprived of training during the war.

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AFGHAN WOMEN MARCH IN SUPPORT OF TALIBAN GOVERNMENT IN KABUL

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Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah held meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister

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Afghan Universities May Resume Classes In 1 Week

The Afghan Higher Education Ministry and the country’s higher education institutions are likely to decide on restarting university classes within a week, Afghan media reported on Sunday.

Acting higher education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, appointed by the Taliban, said that the discussion would not take more than a week, adding that the changes to the curriculum were being discussed as well, news agency Khaama Press reported.

The official stated that non-essential subjects would be replaced with more modern ones so that Afghan students could compete with the rest of the world.

Haqqani also confirmed that men and women would be separated into different classes.

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The Prime Minister of Afghanistan, Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund, met with the Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of Qatar, Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani in the Presidential Palace.

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Uniformed Police to be Stationed in Kabul

The current Taliban forces who are stationed in Kabul will soon be replaced with police forces of the former government and Taliban forces and all will have uniforms, the Taliban said on Sunday.

Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, told TOLOnews that the current Taliban forces, who do not have uniforms, will be transferred from Kabul to military posts in the provinces.

Samangani, however, did not say how many police and Taliban forces will be deployed in Kabul.

“Police and uniformed forces who have received training and gained skills in their specific fields should soon take charge of maintaining Kabul security and start their jobs. After that, the Mujahideen who are stationed in different police departments and who do not have uniforms will be stationed in police headquarters and army corps (in the provinces),” Samangani said.

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Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani arrived in Kabul today and met with Taliban leaders, including Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund.

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TALIBAN INITIALLY OFFERED HELP INVESTIGATING 9/11 ATTACKS – SPOKESMAN

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UAE operating aid air bridge to Kabul as Pakistan’s PIA to resume commercial flights

The United Arab Emirates has set up an air bridge to deliver tons of aid to Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, a Kabul airport operations manager told AFP on Saturday, while Pakistan International Airlines said it would relaunch commercial flights to the Afghan capital starting Monday.

“From the 3rd of September, (…) the UAE government has activated an air bridge corridor for humanitarian aid,” said Ibrahim Moarafi.

On Saturday, two UAE aircraft unloaded dozens of aid packages containing roast minced veal, powdered milk, cooking oil and medical supplies, an AFP correspondent said.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) told AFP on Saturday that it will resume flights from Islamabad to Kabul next week, becoming the first foreign commercial service since the Taliban seized power last month.

“We have got all technical clearances for flight operations,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan told AFP.

“Our first commercial plane… is scheduled to fly from Islamabad to Kabul on September 13.”

Khan said the service would depend on demand.

“We have received 73 requests which is very encouraging… from humanitarian relief agencies and journalists,” he said.

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After Balkh and Kabul, Today in Nangarhar women in Afghanistan expressed their support for the Taliban Government.

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Signs ‘positive’ that int’l community will recognize Islamic Emirate: Mujahid

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, said Saturday that there are signs that the international community will recognize the Islamic Emirate government soon.

Addressing a gathering in Paktia province, Mujahid stated: “Efforts [are] underway…signals are positive, InshAllah, the Islamic Emirate will be recognized at the international level. What responsibilities they want; first countrywide security which is maintained. [Second] the world fears that Afghanistan will become a threat against them – in this regard the Islamic Emirate has a clear policy and we have assured them [this will not happen].”

Mujahid, meanwhile, told the people that work on incomplete development projects, including Paktia’s Machalgho Dam, will resume once the international community recognizes the Islamic Emirate government.

“Work on incomplete projects, such as Machalgho and other projects, will resume, and roads will be built,” he said.

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Women can study in gender-segregated university classrooms -Taliban

The higher education minister in the new Taliban government says women can study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but that classrooms will be gender-segregated and that Islamic dress is compulsory.  Read More

WOMEN CAN STUDY IN GENDER-SEGREGATED UNIVERSITY CLASSROOMS -TALIBAN

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The Taliban’s changes at the Kabul International Hamid Karzai Airport continue. Pictures of former Presidents Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani on the boards have been removed. Also, pictures of the famous commander Ahmed Shah Massoud no longer exist. They now have slogans in their place.

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TALIBAN FLAG FLIES AT AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

 

 

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Large women-only rally in Herat in support of Taliban and ‘Islamic system’

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New posters of Mullah Omar and Jalaluddin Haqqani in Kabul.

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Dozens of women rally in support of Taliban government in Kabul

DOZENS OF WOMEN RALLY IN SUPPORT OF TALIBAN GOVERNMENT IN KABUL

Dozens of women on Saturday marched in support of the Taliban government in the Afghan capital, local media outlets reported.

Dozens of women wearing black hijabs and waving Taliban flags staged the gathering at the Kabul Educational University and later marched through nearby streets, according to footage from pro-Taliban media.

The Taliban provided security for these women and officially invited journalists to cover the event.

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Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Friday announced his support for the Taliban’s caretaker cabinet, saying he was ready to work with the Taliban. He also called on the people of the country, especially his supporters, to support the Taliban government.

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Third relief Goods Consignment From Pakistan Reaches Khost

A third consignment of relief goods from the Government of Pakistan has reached Khost, Afghanistan on Saturday which was received by the Afghan provincial authorities.

Deputy Governor Molana Mohammad Din Shah Mutib, Hafiz Rasheed Nabi, brother of Governor Khost, Molvi Nasir Tofan, Molvi Haidar, deputy Inspector General of Police, Dr Habib Shah Ansari, director, public health and official of Pakistan Consulate, Jalalabd were present on the occasion, said a news release.

The tranche included cooling oil, flour, and life-saving drugs.

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44 AFGHAN EVACUEES FLAGGED BY US AS POTENTIAL SECURITY THREATS

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Former Vice President Saleh’s brother killed in Afghanistan

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The Taliban killed Rohullah Azizi, brother of former Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh, Aamaj News reported on Friday.

Sources told Aamaj that Azizi was arrested and shot on Thursday in Rokha district in Panjshir.

His brother Saleh did not flee from the country like former President Ashraf Ghani. He became one of the leaders of resistance against the Taliban. His exact location remains unknown.

The Taliban announced this week that Panjshir, the last stronghold of the anti-Taliban resistance movement National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), was under the group’s control.

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TALIBAN CANCELS INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF AFGHAN INTERIM GOVERNMENT

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VIDEO report by Ariana News on girls education in Paktia province. TB officials in Paktia say they’re not stopping girls from education and they can continue their studies if they wear hijab.

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Not many people seem to understand the Taliban

Former Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin warned the new rulers of the country wouldn’t have an easy time governing Afghanistan given their lack of experience at anything other than being a “military machine.”
Aid groups are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, but Ludin says he’s not sure the Taliban will care and says aid cannot be used as leverage with the Islamist group.
Ludin also warned neighboring Pakistan which he said he played of “double cross” for the last 20 years in their support of the Taliban. The former Afghan official spoke to Tim Sebasian from Ottawa. Ludin worked in former President Hamid Karzai’s administration which was marked by corruption and election irregularities.
Ludin says Afghans also failed to take the “historic” opportunity to transform the country. He also predicted that Russia, China and other countries such as Qatar were filling the vacuum in the region.

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Sports have become more popular in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar

Today, a freestyle wrestling match was held in the Sherzai Stadium in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s capital, Bakhtar News reported.
Eight-team football tournament was held in the province yesterday

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Pakistan Denies Role In Facilitating Takeover Of Afghanistan’s Panjshir

Pakistan has rejected the accusations that it helped the Taliban seize the stronghold of resistance forces in northern Afghan province of Panjshir, Radio Pakistan reported on Friday, citing foreign ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar.

Iftikhar reportedly called the accusations a mischievous propaganda campaign whose aim was to malign Pakistan and mislead the international community.

Panjshir was the only Afghan province to resist the Taliban before it was subdued on Monday. The resistance forces have since vowed to retreat into guerrilla warfare, while their leader, Ahmad Massoud, called on Afghans to rebel against the Taliban, and accused unidentified “foreign forces” of supporting the radical movement. Several anti-Pakistan protests took place in Afghanistan and abroad following his call.

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Afghan economy must be allowed to breathe

UNAMA head Deborah Lyons statement on civilian casualties | UNAMA

the UN special envoy on Afghanistan Deborah Lyons told the Security Council on Thursday that a way needed to be found to get the money into the country “to prevent a total breakdown of the economy and social order” noting that Afghanistan was facing a storm of crises including a plunging currency, a sharp rise in prices for food and fuel and a lack of cash at private banks. The authorities also do not have the funds to pay salaries, she said.

“The economy must be allowed to breathe for a few more months, giving the Taliban a chance to demonstrate flexibility and a genuine will to do things differently this time, notably from a human rights, gender, and counterterrorism perspective,” Lyons told the 15-member Council, saying safeguards could be devised to ensure the funds were not misused.

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Taliban-organized 10-day football tournament started in Jalalabad, Nangarhar featuring over half a dozen local teams.

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China Announced USD 31 Million Aid to Afghanistan 

The Foreign Ministry of China announced USD 31 million in aid to Afghanistan, endorsing the new caretaker government of the Taliban.

Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said the decision was announced in the first meeting of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries and would be for emergency use to the Afghan people.

China will provide almost USD 31 million worth of food, winter weather supplies, vaccines, and medicines to the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

 According to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, also announced that China to donate three million 

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The new mayor of Kandahar participated in a campaign to clean up the city streets along with other residents.

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First international commercial flight landed at Kabul airport.

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STABLE AFGHANISTAN NEED INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT – GERMAN FM MAAS

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According to Reuters, the Taliban have agreed that citizens of the United States and other countries remaining in Afghanistan can leave Afghanistan. 200 citizens of the United States and other countries are scheduled to be transferred from Kabul airport today.

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Taliban forbid unauthorized protests

The interim Taliban administration on Wednesday declared it mandatory to obtain prior authorization before holding any protest marches in Afghanistan. 

Since the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug. 15, small groups of women have staged rallies in three cities, including Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul, demanding that their rights be protected.

After the Taliban seized Panjshir province Monday, forcing resistance fighters led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, to flee the city, demonstrations were held in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.

Those who want to hold a protest march or rally must get permission from the interim Justice Ministry, and they will then be provided with security, according to a statement released by the Taliban administration’s interim Interior Ministry.

“Timings and other details must be shared with the relevant authorities at least three hours in advance and approval must be obtained,” the statement said.

A small number of people are disturbing security, harassing people and disrupting normal life in the guise of demonstrations, it added.

“They should avoid holding demonstrations under any name or title for the time being,” the statement said.

In the case of a violation, it said, “the responsibility for each incident will be shifted to the violators, who will face serious legal actions.”

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UN Not Asked Yet To Probe If Ghani Left Afghanistan With Millions Of Dollars – Spokesman

The United Nations has not been contacted to conduct an official investigation to ascertain whether former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country with millions of Dollars in cash, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Ghani promised to soon lay out in detail the circumstances of his departure from Afghanistan. He also said he would welcome an official audit under the United Nations or any other independent organization to prove claims that he had fled Kabul with the country’s resources are “baseless.”

“We have not been contacted in any way, shape, or form on this issue,” Dujarric said during a press briefing. “It is very important that the resources of the Afghan people go to the Afghan people.”

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China To Provide Afghanistan With Humanitarian Aid Worth $30.9Mln – FM

China made a decision to urgently provide food, winter clothes, vaccines and medicines worth 200 million Yuan ($30.9 million) to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

“In line with the needs of the Afghan people, China has decided to urgently provide food, winter goods, vaccines and medicines for a total of 200 million yuan,” Wang said, as quoted by the foreign ministry in a statement.

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Inauguration Of Afghanistan’s New Government Scheduled For September 11 – Taliban Source

The inauguration ceremony of the new Afghan cabinet is scheduled for September 11, a source in the Taliban movement told Sputnik.

“The inauguration of the new transitional government is scheduled for September 11,” the source said.

“Russia, China, Qatar, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran have so far been invited to the ceremony,” he added.

It is also noted that the new Afghan Deputy Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, went to Qatar on Wednesday to invite delegations from a number of other countries.

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‘HOW IT ENDED’: FORMER AFGHAN PRESIDENT GHANI APOLOGIZES, REGRETS

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GERMANY, US TO CO-HOST INT’L FORUM ON FUTURE TIES WITH TALIBAN

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Here is how the countries and international groups are reacting after Taliban has announced care taker government in Afghanistan

United States

The US said it was concerned about the “affiliations and track records” of some of the people named by the Taliban to fill top posts in Afghanistan’s new government.

“We note the announced list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women. We also are concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of the individuals,” a spokesperson for the Department of State said.

“We understand that the Taliban has presented this as a caretaker cabinet. However, we will judge the Taliban by its actions, not words.”

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Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was carefully monitoring developments in Afghanistan.

“We don’t know how long this interim cabinet will last. All we have to do is to follow this process carefully,” he told reporters during an official visit to Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Qatar

The Taliban show “pragmatism” and should be judged on their actions, a top Qatari official told the AFP news agency in an exclusive interview, adding there was “no question” the group were Afghanistan’s de facto rulers.

“They have shown a great deal of pragmatism. Let’s seize the opportunities there… and look at their public actions,” said Assistant Foreign Minister Lolwah al-Khater, who stopped short of announcing formal recognition of Afghanistan’s new rulers.

“They are the de facto rulers, no question about that.”

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China

Beijing said it welcomed the end of “three weeks of anarchy” in Afghanistan with the establishment of a new interim government in Kabul, calling on the Taliban to restore order in the country.

China has been scathing about the American withdrawal, which it criticised as ill-planned and hasty. On Wednesday it said the new government would help bring stability.

“China attaches great importance to the announcement by the Taliban of the establishment of an interim government and some important personnel arrangements,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a press briefing.

“This has ended more than three weeks of anarchy in Afghanistan and is a necessary step to restore order and rebuild the country.”

While much of the world has adopted a wait-and-see approach to engagement with the Taliban, China has already said it is ready to build friendly relations with the group following their takeover.

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European Union

The European Union said the “caretaker” government unveiled by the Taliban in Afghanistan failed to honor vows from the new rulers to include different groups.

“Upon initial analysis of the names announced, it does not look like the inclusive and representative formation in terms of the rich ethnic and religious diversity of Afghanistan we hoped to see and that the Taliban were promising over the past weeks,” an EU spokesperson said.

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United Nations

Farhan Haq, a spokesman for the UN, said the global body does not engage in acts of recognition of governments.

“That is a matter that’s done by member states, not by us. From our standpoint, regarding today’s announcement, only a negotiated and inclusive settlement will bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan,” he told reporters.

The UN is committed “to contribute to a peaceful solution, promote the human rights of all Afghans, notably women and girls,” and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, he added.

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A company can secure Kabul airport, Turkey FM says

Turkey can give the mission of protecting Afghanistan’s Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport to a private security company, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday.

Speaking to Turkish broadcaster NTV, Cavusoglu said the Taliban or Afghan forces can ensure security outside the airport and the international community needs a structure it can trust for the airport to operate.

“In my view, the Taliban or Afghan forces could ensure security outside the airport,” Cavusoglu said.

“But inside, there could be a security company trusted by the international community or all other companies,” he said. “Even if airlines, including Turkish Airlines, are keen to fly there, insurance companies would not allow it.”

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Afghan envoy to UN: Don’t recognise Taliban govt

Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations has rejected the new government, asking the world not to recognise the Taliban as he country’s legitimate rulers

Ghulam Isaczai, addressing the UN General Assembly late on Tuesday, called the Taliban government “anything but inclusive”.

The Afghans would not accept a political set-up that did not include women and minorities, hoped the ambassador, who called for the UN to reject the return of the Islamic Emirate.

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Taliban jirga discusses security, economic situation in Afghanistan

The Taliban called a traditional Afghan jirga or gathering of tribal and community elders Tuesday to find a solution to the economic and security situation in the war-torn and cash-strapped country. 

The jirga was convened at the Foreign Office building in the capital Kabul, where speakers not only criticized the US for dividing Afghan society along ethnic lines but also swore to restore peace in the country. 

Over a hundred members of the assembly listened to speakers including Anas Haqqani, a member of the Taliban political office in Qatar and the brother of Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani.
In his speech, Arsala Kharoti said “the time has come to be united, to remove differences, and to offer social justice to the Afghans.”

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WATCH | “We will give blood, we will keep the Islamic system alive”, a number of Kunduz women marched today in support of new Taliban Government in Afghanistan.

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 CIA Chief Met India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval Ajit Doval In New Delhi 

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met with US spymaster William Burns in Delhi on Tuesday. The meeting took place on a day when the Taliban announced the names of people who would run Afghanistan, including a man on the UN sanctions list being named as Prime Minister.

The details of what Mr Doval and the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) chief discussed are not known, but in the backdrop of the Taliban government formation in Afghanistan, security issues were on top priority.

India was among the countries that evacuated their mission staff from Kabul when the Taliban took the Afghan capital three weeks ago. Russia and Pakistan had stayed put.

The CIA chief’s meeting with Mr Doval would likely have included India’s concerns over the developments in Afghanistan. India has said it expects the Taliban not to allow terror groups to operate from its soil to target India, especially foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

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China Welcomes “End Of Anarchy” With New Taliban Government

Beijing said Wednesday it welcomed the end of “three weeks of anarchy” in Afghanistan with the establishment of a new interim government in Kabul, calling on the Taliban to restore order in the country.

The Islamists seized control of Afghanistan as US troops withdrew last month and have set up a new administration that started work Wednesday.

On Wednesday China said the new government would help bring stability.

“China attaches great importance to the announcement by the Taliban of the establishment of an interim government and some important personnel arrangements,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a press briefing.

“This has ended more than three weeks of anarchy in Afghanistan and is a necessary step to restore order and rebuild the country.”

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Hundreds of Afghan women in Kunduz, are marching in support of wearing the hijab, and for their religious and cultural values

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Taliban jirga discusses security, economic situation in Afghanistan

The Taliban called a traditional Afghan jirga or gathering of tribal and community elders Tuesday to find a solution to the economic and security situation in the war-torn and cash-strapped country. 

The jirga was convened at the Foreign Office building in the capital Kabul, where speakers not only criticized the US for dividing Afghan society along ethnic lines but also swore to restore peace in the country. 

 

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‘It would be a wrong decision if Turkey entirely withdraws from Afghanistan’: Turkey FM

The Turkish foreign minister in an interview on Tuesday said “it would be a wrong decision if Turkey entirely withdraws from Afghanistan”, Anadolu Agency reported.

In the interview with a Turkish TV channel, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey made immense amounts of investments in Afghanistan in various fields, including education and security.

Turkey sees Afghanistan as a fraternal country, Cavusoglu stressed, saying his country has never sent opposition forces to the war-torn country with an aim of taking possession of its assets.

“We are only trying to make contributions to a fraternal country, not to take possession of it,” he noted.

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CIA Destroyed Equipment Worth ‘100s of Millions’ in Kabul

The Taliban on Monday opened to reporters the doors to the former largest operational center of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Kabul and said the US personnel destroyed and burned all the military equipment, vehicles, and documents.

The center, named “Eagle,” is located in Kabul’s Deh Sab area and is reportedly where US intelligence officers and Afghan NDS 01 forces were stationed. Now the camp is under the control of the Taliban.

According to the Taliban, US soldiers destroyed important documents and hundreds of Humvees, armored tanks and weapons.

The Taliban said they do not know the exact value of the destroyed equipment, but they estimate it was in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

“They have destroyed anything that could have been used,” said Mawlawi Athnain, the commander of the camp.

Masab, a Taliban fighter who is now guarding the camp, said he was jailed at the camp for eight days in the past.

“I was arrested and I was here for eight nights. It was terrible,” he said.

“They were fleeing and they destroyed everything. They should not have done it,” said Anas Barakzai, a freelance reporter.

Taliban forces stationed at the camp said they have not entered some rooms as they fear mines.

US soldiers reportedly destroyed military hardware and helicopters also at the Kabul airport before leaving.

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Sikh community to stay in Taliban-led Afghanistan

 

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3rd Qatari plane carrying humanitarian aid lands in Afghanistan

 

A Qatari plane carrying humanitarian aid arrived at Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the third such flight from the Arab country.

Qatar News Agency announced that the shipment contained 25 tons of food, humanitarian aid and medical supplies provided by Qatar Charity in coordination with the Qatar Fund for Development.

It said Qatari humanitarian aid to Afghanistan has reached 68 tons so far.

A team from Qatar arrived in Afghanistan last Wednesday to help the country’s national flag carrier and the airport in the capital resume operations.

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Turkey, US, Qatar Making Effort To Resume Flights From Kabul Airport – Cavusoglu

Turkey is working with the United States and Qatar to resume flights from the Kabul airport, airlines will not start performing flights until security is guaranteed, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

“We are working with the US and Qatar on the Kabul airport issue. Flights should resume in accordance with international safety rules and standards. Safety is the main criterion. Who will provide it? The Taliban [banned as s terrorist organization in Russia] believe it is possible but no airline will dare to start flights until it is safe there, we keep emphasizing it,” Cavusoglu said on air of Turkey’s NTV broadcaster.

While planes can actually take off from the Kabul airport and land there, it takes time for airlines to start working, as it is necessary to restore the damaged equipment, the Turkish minister added.

“Some management company should work in the airport, or some countries should cooperate to put things in order there. Nineteen technical experts remain there, Qatari experts also arrived and keep working in the airport,” Cavusoglu concluded.

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Russia officials could attend swearing-in of future Afghan government: Lavrov

Russia’s foreign minister says officials from his country could attend a swearing-in ceremony for a new Afghanistan government if it is inclusive of all the country’s ethnic groups.

“We want to support the government-forming process if this government reflects the whole spectrum of the Afghan society, including the Taliban and other ethnic groups, not just Pashtuns, such as Uzbeks, Hazaras and Tajiks,” Sergey Lavrov said.

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Pakistan army chief urges Afghan leadership to resolve issues peacefully

Afghanistan’s leadership should try to amicably resolve all issues related to forming a stable and representative government in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s army chief has said.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa commented in a televised speech at a ceremony marking Defence Day of Pakistan, the day on which Pakistan claims its forces repulsed a 1965 Indian attack.

Bajwa also urged the United Nations and the international community to play positive roles for peace in Afghanistan.

“We also expect that the world will not abandon the Afghan people at this difficult time,” Bajwa said.

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Afghanistan T20 cricket tournament postponed: official

Afghanistan’s professional T20 cricket tournament, which was due to start on Friday, has been postponed, an official from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) told Reuters.
The Shpageeza Cricket League was due to feature eight franchises – up from six in 2020 – including titleholders The Kabul Eagles.

However, after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan on August 15, the future of many sporting events in the country remains uncertain.

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UK opposition leader criticises government’s withdrawal policy

The leader of the UK opposition, Keir Starmer, singled out the government’s handling of the Afghan withdrawal, saying a lack of planning and leadership had let down British troops and “left many behind to whom we owe so much”.

Speaking in Parliament, Starmer said the government’s actions had been “complacent and wrong,” by assuming there was no path to military victory for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Concern, but ‘no alarmism’ needed on women’s rights: EU ambassador

The head of the European Delegation to Afghanistan on Monday said that there is a need for concern but “no alarmism” around the rights of women in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the country.

“What I meant by ‘no alarmism’ is to treat a political actor not by what the entity has said 25 years ago, but to look at what is happening now,” he told MEPs.

He said the EU was in contact with the Taliban and prioritised allowing women participating in its humanitarian and political work at the core of its requests.

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Blinken in Doha for Afghan crisis talks with Qatar

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Doha on Monday for crisis talks with the Qataris after the Taliban claimed to have full control over Afghanistan.

The four US citizens left by land and were greeted by US diplomats, said the senior official, without specifying to which country they crossed, adding that “the Taliban did not impede them”.

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UK vows to rescue over 300 Afghan support staff

Britain said it would do its utmost to rescue more than 300 Afghans who helped its armed forces but are now languishing under the new Taliban regime.

Addressing parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to answer a question on how many British-Afghans remained after a hurried Western airlift was ended.

Thousands made it out from Kabul on packed Royal Air Force planes, but he said 311 people were left behind who are eligible for the UK’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, such as interpreters.

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Meeting held between Taliban delegation led by Mullah Baradar and Red Cross General Director Peter Maurer in Kabul. Mr Peter “promised that they would continue and expand their assistance and try to take the necessary steps to address the existing problems”

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Taliban Tells Berlin It Will Welcome German Investment, Aid: Report

The Taliban would welcome German investment in Afghanistan and help in areas including humanitarian aid, healthcare, education and infrastructure, the group’s spokesman told Bild newspaper.

“The German government could encourage its entrepreneurs to come and invest in our country,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview with Bild published on Monday.

The Taliban would pave the way for investments and ensure companies’ security, he said.

“We would like to revive the friendly atmosphere that existed between Afghans and Germans. The next government will be based on a friendly relationship with Germany,” Mujahid said.

“We would like Germany to support us in the humanitarian sector, and we need help in the healthcare sector, in the area of education and with the infrastructure,” he added.

He also said the Taliban would be “very happy” to welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel – who is about to step down as Germany’s leader – for a visit in Afghanistan.

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The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid shared a video on twitter, women in Mazar-e-Sharif, are marching in support of wearing the hijab, and for their religious and cultural values.

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Condemn “all foreign interference” in Afghanistan: Iran’s message to Pak

“The news coming from Panjshir is truly worrying,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters. “The assault is strongly condemned.”

Alluding to Pakistan, Khatibzadeh said Iran condemned “all foreign interference” in Afghan affairs.

“We would like to inform our friends, and those who might make the strategic error of entering Afghanistan with different intentions, that Afghanistan is not a country which accepts the enemy (or) the aggressor” on its soil, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman added.  Read more

CONDEMN “ALL FOREIGN INTERFERENCE” IN AFGHANISTAN: IRAN’S MESSAGE TO PAK

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Announcement of the new government will be soon

The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a press conference in the capital Kabul.

The spokesman said an “interim” system would first be announced to allow for changes.

“Final decisions have been taken, we are now working on the technical issues,” he said.

“We will announce the new government as soon as the technical issues are resolved.”

A key issue for the Taliban is the reopening of the airport in Kabul, which was the scene of a massive US-led evacuation plan that ended last week.

Qatar has been working with the Taliban on getting the airport back up and running, and Mujahid said “serious efforts” were under way to restore operations.

“Technical teams from Qatar, Turkey and UAE are working hard to repair the equipment,” he said, adding international flights would resume “soon”.

Mujahid told the journalists at the press conference that “Afghanistan has the right to be recognised”.

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Taliban Ask Former Members Of Afghan Forces To Integrate With New Regime

The Taliban on Monday called on former members of the Afghan forces to integrate with the new hardline rulers.

“The Afghan forces who were trained in the past 20 years will be asked to rejoin the security departments alongside Taliban members,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a press conference in the capital Kabul.

The spokesman added that any insurgency against their rule would be “hit hard”, after earlier saying they had captured the Panjshir Valley — the last pocket of resistance.

“The Islamic Emirate is very sensitive about insurgencies. Anyone who tries to start an insurgency will be hit hard. We will not allow another,” Mujahid said.

“Anyone who picks up arms and start another resistance, without any doubts, will be our enemy.

“The war has ended, the country is getting out of the crisis. It is now time for peace and reconstruction. We need the people to support us.”

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US Evacuated 1,24,000 From Afghanistan. It Doesn’t Know Many Of Them

Days after the Biden administration finished evacuating about 124,000 people from Afghanistan, it’s coming to grips with the reality that it doesn’t know who many of those people are.

What’s emerging, according to government officials and advocates, is that a small percentage of the Afghan citizens who got out are the ones the U.S. pledged to place at the top of its priority list: the thousands who had worked for the U.S. and its allies as well as employees of nongovernmental groups and media organizations.

In fact, many of the Afghans who were most vulnerable to the Taliban — applicants for the Special Immigrant Visa program intended for translators and others who aided the American war effort — didn’t make it out because the U.S. told them going to the airport would be too dangerous. And they never got a call to come before the last U.S. plane departed to meet President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31 departure deadline.

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Translation: Zabihullah Mujahid: Fahim Dashti was killed in an internal dispute between Commander Gul Haider and General Jiraat. The next government will decide on the flag and the national anthem. The next government will pay government salaries. Do nothing and the soldiers can’t check people’s mobile phones. Mullah Hibaullah Akhundzada is alive.

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A Taliban official to Al Jazeera: We invited Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Qatar to participate in the government announcement day

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New gender segregated university classes under TB regime. Images from Ibn-e-Sina University in Kabul

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Taliban claims ‘complete capture’ of Afghanistan’s Panjshir

The Taliban has taken complete control of Panjshir province, the last area in Afghanistan held by resistance forces, the group’s spokesman said on Monday, as it cemented its control of the country three weeks after taking over Kabul.

“With this victory, our country is completely taken out of the quagmire of war,” chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

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On Sunday, UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths met with Mullah Baradar and the leadership of the Taliban to engage with authorities on humanitarian issues.

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NRF spokesman Fahim Dashty killed in Panjshir

Sources have confirmed to Al Jazeera that NRF spokesman Mohammad Fahim Dashty, has been killed in the fighting in his native Panjshir province.

Dashty had a long relationship with the family of Ahmad Shah Massoud. He was with the elder Massoud during the September 9, 2001 suicide bombing that led to Massoud’s death.

Dashty, who had founded a newspaper in Kabul after the US-led invasion of 2001, was also known for his work for journalists in Afghanistan.

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Four men arrested over violence at Kabul women’s rights march

The Taliban have arrested four men who hit protesters and held journalists at gunpoint to break up a women’s rights’ demonstration in Kabul on Saturday, the spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Mujahid said four men who assaulted the women and journalists had been arrested. “They were from a checkpoint. They mistreated the women and a reporter from Al Arabiya. Police from the intelligence department came, put the situation under control and arrested them [the Taliban],” he told the Guardian.

“It’s not a time for protest as [Taliban control] is new and all offices are closed. And we witnessed the airport explosions, insecurity will occur. They should be patient and wait for the government to established, then they can have demands. We ask people to not cause disruption for themselves and the authorities.”

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TALKS WITH TALIBAN MUST CONTINUE: GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL

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Germany wants to talk with Taliban about evacuations: Merkel

Germany wants to talk with the Taliban about how to evacuate its remaining local contract workers out of Afghanistan, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, adding it was a good sign that the airport in Kabul could be used for evacuation flights again.

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Taliban say they have entered capital of holdout Afghan region

The Taliban has said its forces had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir.

The police headquarters and district centre of Rukhah, adjacent to the provincial capital Bazarak, had fallen, and opposition forces had suffered numerous casualties, with large numbers of prisoners and captured vehicles, weapons and ammunition, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter.

Fighting was underway in Bazarak, he said. It was not possible to confirm the report, which was echoed on other Taliban Twitter accounts.

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Opposition leader says he is ready for talks with Taliban

The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley has said he has welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting.

Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front (NRF) of Afghanistan made the announcement on the group’s Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the surrounding districts.

“The NRF in principle agree to solve the current problems and put an immediate end to the fighting and continue negotiations,” Massoud said in the Facebook post.

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Taliban Ask Universities To Present Proposals On Separate Education – Reports

Universities in Afghanistan have a few days to present their proposals on separate education for girls, the Afghan 1TV channel reports citing the Higher Education Ministry.

The Taliban has asked higher education institutions in Afghanistan to present proposals on segregating male and female students into separate classes, 1TV said on Saturday, adding that the universities have three days to come up with the proposals.

At the end of August, the Taliban-appointed acting higher education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, said that male and female students in Afghanistan would be allowed to study in separate classrooms.

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Taliban surrounds Panjshir Valley as resistance holds

Fighting was reported between the Taliban and resistance forces in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, the last region of the country holding out against the armed group.

A Taliban source said fighting was continuing in Panjshir but the advance had been slowed by landmines placed on the road to the capital Bazarak and the provincial governor’s compound. “Demining and offensives are both going on at the same time,” the source said.

Facing the challenge of morphing from rebels to rulers, the Taliban appears determined to snuff out the Panjshir resistance before announcing who will lead the country in the aftermath of Monday’s US troop withdrawal, which was supposed to end two decades of war.

But Panjshir, which held out for nearly a decade against the Soviet Union’s occupation and also the Taliban’s first rule from 1996 to 2001, is stubbornly holding out.

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Afghanistan’s Biggest Money Exchange Market Opens

Afghanistan’s biggest money exchange market Sarai Shahzada opened on Saturday in Kabul.

This was informed in a statement issued by Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid to media persons.

Central bank-De Afghanistan, in a statement, said that the people and money exchangers can resume their activities as per their normal routine.

The decision was taken, unanimously, after consultations with the council of the market.

“People can go and restart their financial deals as normal. We promise to bring more facilities in banking services across the country,” the statement said.

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting On Afghanistan Expected Next Week – Japan’s Motegi

A G7 foreign ministers’ meeting is planned for next week with Russia’s and China’s participation and will focus on Afghanistan, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on NHK television on Sunday.

“Next week, a meeting at the level of the foreign ministers of the G7 countries is expected, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan; the presence of the ministers from Russia, China and other countries is also expected,” Toshimitsu Motegi said, adding that “this could happen already on September 8.”

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Pakistani Prime Minister Discusses Afghanistan With UN’s Guterres 

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed on Saturday the situation in Afghanistan in a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, paying special attention to the humanitarian situation in the Central Asian country, the prime minister’s office said.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke on the telephone with the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr.
Antonio Guterres, today,” the office tweeted, adding that “the two leaders discussed the developments in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the humanitarian situation.”

The Pakistani prime minister stressed the importance of peace, stability and inclusive political settlement in the country as well as the need for the international community to play a more active role in Afghanistan, especially when it comes to “addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring economic stability.

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AFGHANISTAN: MULLAH BARADAR PROMISES ‘INCLUSIVE’ GOVERNMENT

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Taliban officials said they have captured four districts in the province

Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, said on Saturday that Taliban forces have captured Shotul, Paryan, Khenj and Abshar districts of Panjshir.

According to Samangani, now the fighting is taking place in Anaba, which is near to Panjshir’s provincial center.

“The districts of Paryan, Shotul, Khenj and Abshar have been completely captured and now the Mujahideen are at the central part of Anaba (district),” Samangani said.

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A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced that, From now on, you can follow the official website of the Islamic Emirate, Al-Amara, at the following addresses:

alemarah.asia

alemarahenglish.asia

alemarahdari.asia

alemaraharabic.asia

ieaurdu.com

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Of Western wars and Muslim women

OF WESTERN WARS AND MUSLIM WOMEN

Western man’s long-held fantasy of “rescuing” veiled women from their repressive captors is being exploited to promote the idea that war can free women from the wrath of the “bearded terrorists”, as it “liberates America” from their terrorism.  Read more

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Chief of Pakistan’s ISI arrives in Kabul

The chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, the nation’s intelligence agency, Faiz Hamid, has arrived in Kabul. Hamid is the first high-ranking foreign official to visit Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. He is accompanied by a delegation of senior Pakistani officials.

Hamid’s arrival on Saturday has raised criticism among Afghans online. Pakistan and the ISI have been accused by many of aiding and abetting the Taliban.

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Kabul airport reopens to receive aid: Qatari ambassador

Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan said a technical team was able to reopen Kabul airport to receive aid and that it would be prepared for civilian flights soon.

The runway at Kabul airport has been repaired in cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador said. Two domestic flights were also recently operated from Kabul to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar.

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Some 100 Afghan Evacuees To US Flagged For Potential Terror Ties – Reports

About 100 Afghan evacuees out of the more than 30,000 people who have arrived to the United States from Afghanistan have been flagged for possible ties to the Taliban or other terrorist groups, NBC news reported citing two sources familiar with the US evacuation.

The report said on Friday that two evacuees from the group of 100 who were flagged by US officials will be sent to Kosovo for further background investigations.

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Taliban Spokesman Says Woman In Hijab Will Be Able To Get Education, Work

Afghan women in hijab will have access to education and work, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said, adding that the United States should not try to change the culture of the country.

“There will be no issue about the women’s rights, no problem about their education and work …

Our culture [is that] they can receive education with hijab. They can work with hijab,” Shaheen told the Fox news broadcaster on late Friday.

He added that the US calls on Afghanistan to ensure the women’s right to work and study without a hijab was an attempt to change the Afghan culture, which from his point of view is unacceptable.

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Battle for Panjsher hots up, Taliban claim seizing valley

The battle for northeastern Panjsher province has hotted up, with the Taliban claiming they have captured the strategic valley.

However, the National Resistance Front spurned reports about the fall of Panjsher and former vice-president Amrullah Saleh denied fleeing the country.

Late on Friday, Saleh uploaded a video, suggesting that he was still in Panjsher He vowed to continue with resistance to Taliban fighters, who have captured the rest of the country.

Earlier, a British media outlet quoted Taliban sources as saying they had fully seized the valley. Reuters also reported celebratory gunfire in Kabul.

On the other hand, a spokesman for the Resistance Front rejected media reports about the collapse of Panjsher as mere propaganda.

Fahim Dashti wrote on his Twitter account that more forces had been dispatched to all fronts. He said heavy losses had been inflicted on the Taliban.

Resistance soldiers and residents are reportedly making frenetic effort to leave the embattled valley. Ahmad Massoud is also said to have fled the province.

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Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban seek emails: Reuters

Reuters is reporting that Google has temporarily locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, as fears grow about the digital paper trail left by former officials and their international partners.

There have been fears that biometric databases could be exploited by the new Taliban rulers to hunt their enemies.

Google stopped short of confirming the move but said the company was monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and “taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts”.

One employee of the former Afghan government has told Reuters that the Taliban are seeking to acquire former officials’ emails, and had asked him to preserve the data held on the servers of the ministry he used to work for.

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Third flight from Qatar lands in Kabul

A third Qatari plane carrying technical staff and equipment has landed in Kabul to assist with the operation of the country’s premiere airport, according to Al Jazeera Arabic.

Qatar’s special envoy for conflict resolution Mutlaq Al Qahtani was also aboard the flight.

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UN chief to hold aid meeting for Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will hold an international meeting in Geneva on September 13 to raise humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.

“Afghanistan faces a looming humanitarian catastrophe. Nearly half of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.”

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Taliban officials meet with Pakistani ambassador in Qatar

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A Taliban delegation in Qatar led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai met Pakistani Ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Friday.

“Both sides discussed the current Afghan situation, humanitarian assistance, bilateral relations based on mutual interest and respect, reconstruction of Afghanistan and issues related to facilitating people’s movement at Torkhan and Spinboldak,” Shaheen wrote on Twitter, referring to border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s embassy in Doha confirmed the meeting.

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US Entities Issued Licenses To Continue Aid To Afghanistan Despite Sanctions – Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday said the Treasury Department has issued licenses to American agencies, contractors, grant recipients to maintain humanitarian aid to Afghanistan despite sanctions against the Taliban terror group.

“The US Treasury Department has issued specific licenses to allow US government agencies, contractors and grant recipients to continue to provide critical and life-saving humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan, despite sanctions on the Taliban,” Blinken told a press briefing.

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New Afghan government must uphold Taliban’s commitments: Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he is not aware of the specifics of a Taliban-led government in Afghanistan that is expected to be announced soon, but he stressed that what matters is how the new authorities act.

“The expectation is to see a government that makes good on commitments that the Taliban had made, particularly when it comes to freedom of travel,” he said.

“When it comes to not allowing Afghanistan to be used as a launching ground for terrorism directed at us or any of our allies and partners, when it comes to upholding the basic rights of the Afghan people, including women and minorities, when it comes to not engaging in reprisals.”

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Pentagon chief to visit Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will leave Washington on Sunday to visit Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon announced.

“Throughout his trip, Secretary Austin will meet with regional partners and thank them for their cooperation with the United States as we evacuated Americans, Afghans and citizens from other nations from  Afghanistan,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

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Qatar hopes for Afghan airport aid corridors within 48 hrs: official

Qatar hopes to see the establishment of humanitarian aid corridors at Afghan airports within 48 hours, Doha’s special envoy to Afghanistan told Al Jazeera.

“We hope in the next 24 or 48 hours to see the opening of humanitarian corridors so humanitarian aid can enter through Kabul airport – and other functioning airports,” Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, special envoy of the foreign minister of Qatar for counter-terrorism and mediation in conflict resolution said.

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Taliban intends to raise voice for Kashmiri Muslims: spokesman

Speaking to the BBC, spokesman Suhail Shaheen said the Taliban intends to “raise its voice for Muslims” in Indian-administered Kashmir.

“As Muslims, we also have a right to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India or any other country,” Shaheen told the UK broadcaster.

This is the first time the group has commented on Indian-administered Kashmir.

His remarks come at a time when India has raised concerns about Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh minorities under the Taliban, and there are rising concerns over what critics say is the rise in hate crimes against Muslims since 2014 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

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 UK wants to engage with Taliban, won’t recognise govt: Raab

The UK will not recognise the Taliban as the new government in Kabul but must deal with the new realities in Afghanistan and does not want to see the social and economic fabric of the country broken, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said.

Speaking during a visit to Pakistan he said it would not have been possible to evacuate some 15,000 people from Kabul without some degree of cooperation with the Taliban, which seized Kabul on August 15.

“We do see the importance of being able to engage and having a direct line of communication,” he said.

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Poll: Americans support Afghanistan withdrawal, not the way it was done

A new US poll conducted by the Washington Post newspaper and broadcaster ABC found that Americans overwhelming support Washington’s withdrawal from Afghanistan – but not how the chaotic evacuation was conducted.

The poll found 77 percent of Americans support the decision to withdraw all US forces from the 20-year conflict. About 52 percent of those polled support the withdrawal, but disapprove of how the Biden administration handled it.

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UNHCR: Flow of Afghans crossing into Pakistan, Iran remains ‘small’

Afghans have not been fleeing in large numbers across the borders to Pakistan and Iran in recent days, but some have crossed over indicating they intend to claim asylum, the UN refugee agency has said.

Babar Baloch, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), speaking from Islamabad, said that the numbers leaving Afghanistan “remain small”, but gave no figures.

“So far what we have not seen is a large refugee influx,” Baloch told a Geneva news briefing. Up to 500,000 Afghans could flee their homeland by year-end, the UNHCR said last week.

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Baradar to lead new Afghanistan government: Taliban sources

Mullah Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office, will lead the new government in Afghanistan, at least three sources in the group said on Friday.

 Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai will take senior positions in the government, the sources said.

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Taliban ‘green light’ resumption of domestic flights: Ariana Afghan Airlines

Domestic flights are set to resume in Afghanistan on Friday, the country’s flag carrier Ariana Afghan Airlines has said.

“We have received a green light from the Taliban and aviation authorities and plan to start flights today,” Tamim Ahmadi, a senior manager with the airline told AFP.

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Afghan journalists, families from US-funded media left behind

Afghan journalists working for US-funded media face possible retribution from the Taliban after they were left behind in the country following the withdrawal of United States troops.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, more than 100 media employees from Voice of America and the Afghan branch of Radio Free Liberty/Radio Europe missed the evacuation, alongside their families who number up to 400.

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Taliban: China to keep embassy in Afghanistan, increase aid

A Taliban spokesman has announced that China promised to keep its embassy in Afghanistan open and to increase humanitarian aid to the war-ravaged country.

Abdul Salam Hanafi, a senior Taliban official in the group’s political office in Doha, Qatar, “held a phone conversation with Wu Jianghao, deputy foreign minister of the People’s Republic of China,” spokesman Suhail Shaheen wrote on social media.

“The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister said that they would maintain their embassy in Kabul, adding our relations would beef up as compared to the past. Afghanistan can play an important role in security and development of the region,” he said.

China also issued a statement saying that it “affirms” its ties with Afghanistan and that it wishes Afghans well as they rebuild their country.

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Members of medical associations & doctors gathered in Kabul today to protest WorldBank‘s decision to cut funds for health projects. The healthcare workers staged a rally in front of WB office in Kabul & asked donors to reconsider their decision.

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U.S. allows personal remittances to flow to Afghanistan

The United States has told financial institutions that they may process personal remittances to Afghanistan, a Treasury Department spokesperson said on Thursday, a move taken in tandem with steps to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian aid.

The decision to allow money transfers could provide some relief for the Afghan economy, which is nearing collapse after moves by the United States and other countries to halt foreign aid and freeze some $9 billion in Afghan assets after the Taliban takeover on Aug. 15.

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China to keep embassy in Kabul open, Taliban says

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao has said in a phone call with Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy head of the Taliban  political office, that China plans to keep its embassy in Kabul open, a spokesman for the radical movement said on Thursday.

“The Chinese assistant foreign minister said that the [Chinese] embassy in Kabul will continue to operate,” Mohammad Naeem, the spokesman for the Taliban political office, tweeted.

During the phone talk, the sides also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the spokesman said, quoting Wu as saying that the Chinese-Afghan relations “will be better than before.”

discussed or pursued,” Psaki said during a press briefing.

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Biden Administration Not Considering Easing Sanctions On Taliban – White House

The Biden administration is not considering easing sanctions on the Taliban after it took over Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday.

“No one should assess that we are currently considering easing of sanctions on the Taliban, that is not actively being discussed or pursued,” Psaki said during a press briefing.

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Kabul Airport To Reopen In Next 2 Days With Support From Turkey, Qatar – Taliban

The Kabul airport will reopen in the next two days after Turkey and Qatar provided financial assistance, a spokesman for the Taliban movement, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, said on Thursday.

“Kabul Airport with the financial support of $30 million from Qatar and Turkey will be operational within two days,” Stanikzai said, as quoted by the Afghan TOLO news broadcaster.

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Turkey Needs Security Guarantees Before Civilian Flights Resume From Kabul – Cavusoglu

Security needs to be restored at Kabul’s international airport before commercial flights can resume, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

“Conditions must be met to begin commercial flights from Kabul airport, and the priority is that security be guaranteed both inside and outside,” Cavusoglu told a press conference in Ankara.

The Taliban promised to restore security at the airport, the minister added.

He said the Taliban and several countries had asked Turkey to assist them with the airport’s technical support in order to restart operations.

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TALIBAN FIGHTERS CAPTURE STRATEGIC CHECK POSTS IN PANJSHIR

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EU Defense Chiefs Blame Afghan Takeover By Taliban On Corruption

Slovenia's defence minister: EU will learn its lessons from Afghanistan – EURACTIV.com

EU defense ministers agreed at an informal meeting on Thursday that rampant corruption in the Afghan government and military allowed the Taliban to grab power so quickly.

“We have been asking ourselves what the common denominator of the Afghanistan armed forces and the Afghanistan institutions was, why they crumbled so quickly, and the answer to that is very simple money,” Matej Tonin of Slovenia, which holds the rotating EU presidency, told reporters.

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UN Air Service Resumes Humanitarian Flights In Afghanistan – Spokesman

The United Nations is resuming humanitarian flights to Afghanistan to provide assistance to the vulnerable population after the Taliban movement’s takeover, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday.

“In Afghanistan, the UN humanitarian air service, operated by the World food Program, is resuming flights to enable 160 humanitarian organizations to continue their life-saving activities in Afghanistan’s provinces,” Dujarric said during a press briefing.

However, the UN spokesperson pointed out that the Kabul airport remains not operational for the United Nations at this time.

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Western Union Resumes Money Transfer Services To Afghanistan

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Western Union announced on Thursday that it would resume its money transfer service to Afghanistan as the Taliban deal with enormous economic hurdles following their takeover last month.

“Western Union is pleased to share that it is resuming its money transfer services into Afghanistan, starting September 2, so that our customers can once again send money and support their loved ones at this time,” a spokesperson said.

“We understand the urgent needs of our customers and their families and are committed to supporting them,” the spokesperson said, adding that Western Union would waive transfer fees from September 3 through 17.

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Herat Women Protesting Exclusion From Politics Under Taliban Rule

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Women took to the streets in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday to protest exclusion from the country’s political life under the regime of Taliban.

Female activists, students and government workers demanded that their rights be guaranteed.

They warned that no government would be stable without female presence.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, told Italy’s La Repubblica that there would be no female ministers in a new unity government, which he said the regime was on the verge of forming. He did not rule out that women would be allowed to take on minor roles in the administration, police and judiciary.

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Moscow Considers Providing Humanitarian Aid To Kabul – Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow is considering possibilities to deliver humanitarian aid to Kabul, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

“For our part, we are considering the possibility of delivering Russian humanitarian aid to Kabul,” Zakharova told a press briefing.

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UK Sees Need To Have Direct Engagement With Taliban – Foreign Minister

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday said that the United Kingdom was taking a “pragmatic and realistic” approach toward the Taliban and saw the need to engage directly with them despite not recognizing their government in Afghanistan.

“We are pragmatic and realistic… we will not be recognizing the Taliban, but we do see the need to be able to have direct engagement, otherwise w