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Afghan soldiers patrol outside their military base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

Taliban says security of airports, embassies to be 'Afghan responsibility'

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 06:55 PM IST
  • The decision to end America's longest war has raised fears that an emboldened Taliban could topple the Western-backed government in Kabul.
Eid Wali, the head of Ali Jenah Hospital in Kabul said the facility was treating six people injured in the blasts.(AFP/ File photo)
Eid Wali, the head of Ali Jenah Hospital in Kabul said the facility was treating six people injured in the blasts.(AFP/ File photo)

Twin blasts in western Kabul kill at least 5: Officials

Reuters | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 05:00 PM IST
The blasts took place in a neighbourhood dominated by the minority Hazara community where attacks on buses earlier this month killed 12 civilians.
Biden said in April that all US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the conflict.(AP file photo)
Biden said in April that all US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the conflict.(AP file photo)

US mulls authorising airstrikes in Afghanistan if country falls into crisis

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 12:10 PM IST
The officials said that decisions to potentially allow airstrikes following troop withdrawal haven't been made yet, but one option now would be to recommend US warplanes or armed drones intervene in a major crisis, such as the fall of Kabul, or other parts of the country fall to the Taliban.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow in March 2021 (REUTERS)
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow in March 2021 (REUTERS)

In a huge shift, India opens channels with Afghan Taliban factions and leaders

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:39 AM IST
The Indian outreach is largely led by security officials and limited to Taliban factions and leaders that are perceived as being “nationalist” or outside the sphere of influence of Pakistan and Iran.
Afghan men look at a damage car after a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday.(AP)
Afghan men look at a damage car after a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday.(AP)

11 killed in roadside bombing in northwest Afghanistan, says official

AP | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2021 04:18 PM IST
  • Large swathes of war-ravaged Afghanistan are littered with bombs and land mines. Many were planted by insurgents to target government military convoys, but they often kill civilians instead.
The $266 million in new assistance brings to nearly $3.9 billion the total amount of such aid provided by the United States since 2002. (Representational Image / Reuters)
The $266 million in new assistance brings to nearly $3.9 billion the total amount of such aid provided by the United States since 2002. (Representational Image / Reuters)

US announces more than $266 million in new humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2021 10:13 PM IST
The announcement comes amid unrelenting violence and a stalled peace process that are fueling fears that the departure of US-led international forces is putting Afghanistan on a path to an all-out civil war that could restore Taliban rule two decades after the Islamists were driven from power.
File Photo of Rashid Khan(Getty Images)
File Photo of Rashid Khan(Getty Images)

Rashid Khan hums original track of a Pakistani serial- WATCH

UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2021 02:06 PM IST
  • In a video recently uploaded on Twitter, 22-year-old Rashid Khan can be seen humming the original track of a Pakistani drama serial called 'Mere Paas Tum ho'.
Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib.(MINT_PRINT)
Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib.(MINT_PRINT)

Islamabad severs ties with Afghan NSA for terming Pakistan as 'brothel house'

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan released a statement in connection with the remark and counted it as a "baseless allegation".
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.(REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.(REUTERS)

India, US to cement bilateral ties with Quad after Jaishankar visit

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 06:26 AM IST
  • Before the Quad physical summit this fall, US, Indian, Japanese and Australian diplomats will work out an elaborate agenda to define the Quad grouping.
Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE(Twitter)
Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE(Twitter)

Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE

PTI | , Karachi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2021 09:59 AM IST
Pakistan and Afghanistan have met frequently in ICC and Asian Cricket Council events but have never played a bilateral series at the senior level although Afghanistan has sent its team to Pakistan several times to play against the A sides.
According to a report, heavy clashes is continuing in the five provinces including Baghlan, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar and Laghman(HT_PRINT)
According to a report, heavy clashes is continuing in the five provinces including Baghlan, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar and Laghman(HT_PRINT)

Over 8,000 families displaced in Afghanistan due to violence

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 06:31 AM IST
  • Afghanistan has seen a spike in the incidents of violence in recent weeks, leading to casualties of Afghan security forces and civilians. US withdrawal is underway and set to complete by September 11.
Afghan Taliban (Reuters File / Representational Photo)
Afghan Taliban (Reuters File / Representational Photo)

3-day Afghanistan cease-fire ends amid calls for fresh peace talks

AP | | Posted by Karan Manral
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2021 01:42 PM IST
Violence continued unabated during the cease-fire, as bombing on Friday in a mosque north of the capital Kabul killed 12 worshippers. was declared to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr.
No group has so far claimed the attack on the mosque and the Taliban denied responsibility.(AP)
No group has so far claimed the attack on the mosque and the Taliban denied responsibility.(AP)

12 killed in Afghanistan mosque; ceasefire calm between Taliban, govt shattered

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 06:16 AM IST
The imam, who was leading Friday prayers at the mosque for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, was among those killed in the blast.
With US forces due to fully depart Afghanistan by September 11, there’s little time left.(AP Photo)
With US forces due to fully depart Afghanistan by September 11, there’s little time left.(AP Photo)

White House weighs evacuating Afghans as time runs out

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 11:28 AM IST
White House national security aides have held several meetings about the issue in recent days to trade ideas, discussing options including a mass evacuation of thousands of people to a third country where they could be processed and brought to the US.
A car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school and two more bombs exploded when students rushed out in panic.(AP)
A car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school and two more bombs exploded when students rushed out in panic.(AP)

Afghanistan school blast toll rises to 68

Reuters | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 03:08 AM IST
Explosions on Saturday shook the neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, home to a large community of Shi’ites from the Hazara ethnic minority which has been targeted in the past by Islamic State, a Sunni militant group.
“More than 30 students and other countrymen have been killed, and over 50 more were wounded. The toll is rising.” interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said. In picture - An injured school student being transported to a hospital.(AP)
“More than 30 students and other countrymen have been killed, and over 50 more were wounded. The toll is rising.” interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said. In picture - An injured school student being transported to a hospital.(AP)

At least 30 killed in Afghan terror attack

Agencies | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 03:59 AM IST
Many students from a nearby school among the dead as fatalities from the Kabul blast expected to rise.
An injured school student is transported to a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school west of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
An injured school student is transported to a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school west of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

Bomb targeting Afghan school in Kabul kills at least 30, injures dozens

AP | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 08:00 PM IST
  • The attack comes days after the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 American troops officially began leaving the country.
The dam's capture comes after clashes erupted in neighbouring Helmand province this week, just days after the US military formally began withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan.(NATO/YouTube)
The dam's capture comes after clashes erupted in neighbouring Helmand province this week, just days after the US military formally began withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan.(NATO/YouTube)

Taliban terrorists capture key dam in Afghanistan

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 03:57 PM IST
  • Haji Gulbuddin, governor of an adjacent district, confirmed the Dahla Dam "is now in the control of the Taliban.
Afghan women attend an event to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Afghan women attend an event to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

Taliban would roll back Afghan women's rights: US intelligence report

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 10:56 PM IST
US President Joe Biden's decision last month to withdraw the last 2,500 troops is fueling fears Afghanistan could plunge into an all-out civil war that could return the Taliban to power.
The attacks have intensified as the May 1 deadline for the United States to withdraw troops from Afghanistan has passed.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
The attacks have intensified as the May 1 deadline for the United States to withdraw troops from Afghanistan has passed.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

Taliban carries out 141 attacks in last 24 hours across Afghanistan, says report

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 06:41 PM IST
The country's Defence Ministry said that the Taliban's casualties were more than 100 in the last 24 hours. The Taliban rejected this figure.
Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring insurgent sanctuaries, is credited with arranging the US-Taliban talks that culminated in the signing of the agreement on February 29, 2020.(AFP file photo for representation)
Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring insurgent sanctuaries, is credited with arranging the US-Taliban talks that culminated in the signing of the agreement on February 29, 2020.(AFP file photo for representation)

'US withdrawal from Afghanistan could lead to designating Pak as terror sponsor'

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2021 10:11 PM IST
In an opinion piece in National Interest, Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said Pakistanis often complain that the US is a fair-weather friend and such criticisms are correct as Islamabad has long been America's second choice.
Newly graduated Afghan National Army march during their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Newly graduated Afghan National Army march during their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

Mapping the Afghan war, while murky, points to Taliban gains

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 07:31 PM IST
  • As the withdrawal with a summer completion date looms, even American officials acknowledge being publicly in the dark about the Taliban's strength.
An Afghan National Army soldier sits on a back of an army vehicle at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters / File)
An Afghan National Army soldier sits on a back of an army vehicle at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters / File)

Kabul on high alert amid 'deadline' for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Reuters | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 04:02 PM IST
Washington has also warned that if foreign forces were attacked while carrying out the withdrawal they would defend themselves "with all the tools at our disposal".
In this file photo taken on February 20, 2010, a US soldier from 4th Infantry Division 4 Brigade Alpha Company presents a gift to an Afghan child during a patrol at Khogyani in Nangarhar. (Photo by KIM JAE-HWAN / AFP)
In this file photo taken on February 20, 2010, a US soldier from 4th Infantry Division 4 Brigade Alpha Company presents a gift to an Afghan child during a patrol at Khogyani in Nangarhar. (Photo by KIM JAE-HWAN / AFP)

US formally begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, ending its longest war

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 11:05 AM IST
Afghanistan: The skies above Kabul and nearby Bagram airbase have been buzzing with more US helicopter activity than usual as the pullout gears up, following the start Thursday of a concurrent Nato withdrawal.
An injured man is headed to the hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 30, 2021.(AP)
An injured man is headed to the hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 30, 2021.(AP)

Car bomb kills 27 in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province

Reuters | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 04:20 AM IST
The car packed with explosives detonated in Logar's capital of Pul-e Alam near the house of the former head of the provincial council, Didar Lawang, the spokesman for Logar's governor, said.
A ministry of interior official and a spokesman for Logar's governor confirmed the blast but did not comment on the number of casualties.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
A ministry of interior official and a spokesman for Logar's governor confirmed the blast but did not comment on the number of casualties.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)

Car bomb kills at least 30 in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 09:40 PM IST
The car bomb in the provincial capital of Pul-e Alam also injured 60 people, the head of Logar's provincial council, Hasibullah Stanekzai, said.
A new surge in targeted attacks in Kabul and its surrounding districts after US announcement of troop withdrawal from May 1.(AP file photo. Representative image)
A new surge in targeted attacks in Kabul and its surrounding districts after US announcement of troop withdrawal from May 1.(AP file photo. Representative image)

5 Taliban killed, 8 wounded in attack at Afghan's Badakhshan province

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2021 01:19 PM IST
Taliban is yet to make any statement regarding it. More details are awaited. On Saturday, Ahmad Fawad Amiri, a government employee at the Presidential Palace, was killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Kabul.
Gen. Frank McKenzie said he would provide the defense secretary a plan for counter-terrorism forces outside of Afghanistan by the end of the month.(AP)
Gen. Frank McKenzie said he would provide the defense secretary a plan for counter-terrorism forces outside of Afghanistan by the end of the month.(AP)

US general says has grave doubt about Taliban's reliability

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 11:28 PM IST
Last week President Joe Biden said all US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan starting May 1, to end America's longest war.
US Marines wait for helicopter transport as part of Operation Khanjar at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.(AFP / File)
US Marines wait for helicopter transport as part of Operation Khanjar at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.(AFP / File)

No guarantees about Afghanistan's future after US troops leave: White House

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 09:24 PM IST
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the US will withdraw its remaining troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America's longest war.
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