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Afghan blue mountain lakes deserted

The winter landscape around the deep, blue mountain lakes of Band-e-Amir in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan presents an arresting spectacle empty of people - but the absence of visitors is costing locals dearly. After two decades…

Taliban destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas

BAMIYAN Taliban gunmen now stand guard at the gaping rock cavities that once housed two ancient statues of the Buddha — desecrated with dynamite by the Islamists during their last stint in power. The monuments in Bamiyan province had…

Afghanistan to start issuing passports again

KABUL Afghanistan will begin issuing passports to its citizens again today, a senior official said, following months of delays that hampered attempts via these trying to flee the country after the Taliban seized control in August. The…

5 killed in multiple attacks in Jalalabad

Kabul The eastern province of Nangarhar witnessed multiple attacks in Jalalabad city on Wednesday resulting in the death of 5 persons, reported Tolo News. Four explosions in different parts of the town took the lives of two people and…

5 things Biden heads to the UN

President Biden will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for the primary time as president as world leaders take in new York City in the week . The meeting comes as Biden faces outrage from France over a replacement…

Thousands homeless as Taliban eject Afghans

Kandahar, Afghanistan Ikramullah was at work on a car wash in Kandahar city on Saturday when he got an urgent call from his family. The 28-year-old rushed home to search out a group of armed Taliban fighters who had found his house,…

Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison

KABUL Once, Kabul’s main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the govt. On Monday, a Taliban commander strolled through its empty halls and cell blocks, showing his friends where he had once been…

Taliban modified the curriculum

KABUL The Ministry of Higher Education announced on Sunday that some subjects which contrast with Islam's Sharia are going to be dropped from the upper education curriculum. It comes as private universities and other education…

150 Americans expected to fly out of Kabul

KABUL Two Qatari officials say they expect 100 to 150 Americans to fly out from Kabul’s airport in the coming hours. If confirmed, this would mark the first large-scale evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan since the last U.S.…

Key players in the Taliban’s new government

KABUL Taliban on Tuesday announced prominent posts for their new government after they seized control of the country and ousted the previous regime last month. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who is on a UN sanctions list, was named as…

World reacting to Afghan refugees

Taliban takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15, many thousands of Afghans rushed to the air terminal in the capital bearing in mind the end hopes of catching planes to western nations. In the days subsequent to holding onto power, Taliban…

Taliban ‘Doing House to house Manhunt’

The Taliban have moved forward their quest for individuals who worked for Nato powers or the past Afghan government, a UN report has cautioned. It said the assailants have been going house to house to discover targets and compromise…

IMF Blocks Afghanistan’s Access to Emergency

The International Monetary Fund has suspended Afghanistan’s access to IMF resources, including around $440 million in new monetary reserves, due to a lack of clarity over the country’s government after the Taliban took control of Kabul,…

The Taliban’s real test

Abdul Sattar The triumph of the Taliban may have created a ripple of excitement among right-wing circles in Pakistan but it has also sent a shiver down the spines of human rights activists, who fear reprisals and revenge killings. The…

Would you recognize the Taliban?

The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan after two decades. Over the next few weeks and months, a host of foreign nations with a stake in the country's future will have to make a very tough choice: grant legitimacy to a regime that…

Taliban Discussing Future Govt in Doha

The Taliban said discussions are underway in Doha about a future government, including its structure and name, and they are expected to report on the process in the very near future. A high-ranking official of the Taliban told their…

60 Attacks, 133 Deaths in Kabul Over 2 Months

Kabul witnessed at least 60 security-related incidents over the past two months in which 133 people were killed and 280 more wounded. Amrullah Saleh, First Vice President, personally took charge of overseeing Kabul's security two months…

A critical stage in Afghan peace process

Merve Seren First attempts to initiate peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government to establish peace in Afghanistan came to the fore during Obama’s term. Still, the efforts between 2011 and 2013 failed. The talks planned…

Afghanistan: 2 female judges killed in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan Two female judges were killed and three court officials injured in Afghanistan when unknown assailants sprayed bullets on a Supreme Court vehicle on Sunday morning in the capital Kabul, officials confirmed in the midst…

Pakistan to reopen border with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Pakistan says it will reopen a key border crossing with Afghanistan to allow trade between the neighbors. Trucks carrying fruits, vegetables and other items will start crossing the Ghulam Khan border in northwestern North…

Plane crashes in Afghanistan

A plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Monday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if it was a passenger or military jet. "At around 0840 GMT a plane crashed in Deh Yak…
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