British PM Boris Johnson urges U.S. President Joe Biden to extend Afghan evacuation deadline

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge U.S. President Joe Biden this week to extend the evacuation deadline from Afghanistan, but even if one is agreed, the West will also need the approval of the Taliban, a defence minister said. Johnson will host a virtual meeting of leaders from the Group of Seven advanced economies… Read More British PM Boris Johnson urges U.S. President Joe Biden to extend Afghan evacuation deadline

Anti-Taliban forces take control of three districts in northern Afghanistan

Forces holding out against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan say they have taken three districts close to the Panjshir valley where remnants of government forces and other militia groups have gathered. Defence Minister General Bismillah Mohammadi, who has vowed to resist the Taliban, said in a tweet that the districts of Deh Saleh, Bano and… Read More Anti-Taliban forces take control of three districts in northern Afghanistan

Taliban leader says role of women in Afghanistan to be decided by Islamic scholars

A senior Taliban leader has said that the role of women in Afghanistan, including their right to work and education and how they should dress, would ultimately be decided by a council of Islamic scholars. “Our ulema (scholars) will decide whether girls are allowed to go to school or not,” Waheedullah Hashimi, who has access… Read More Taliban leader says role of women in Afghanistan to be decided by Islamic scholars

At least three dead as Taliban militants open fire on protesters in Afghan city of Jalalabad

At least three people were killed in anti-Taliban protests in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, witnesses said, as the militant group tried to set up a government and Western countries stepped up evacuations of diplomats and civilians. More than a dozen people were injured after Taliban militants opened fire on protesters in the… Read More At least three dead as Taliban militants open fire on protesters in Afghan city of Jalalabad

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with Taliban faction leader Anas Haqqani

A Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network militant group, Anas Haqqani, has met former Afghan President Hamid Karzai for talks, a Taliban official said on Wednesday, amid efforts by the Taliban to set up a government. Karzai was accompanied by the old government’s main peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah, in the meeting, said… Read More Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with Taliban faction leader Anas Haqqani

India evacuates ambassador, several others from Afghanistan

An Indian airforce plane evacuated over 170 people from Kabul on Tuesday, including India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, a government official said, as diplomats and civilians scrambled to get out of the country after the Taliban seized the capital. The flight landed in the western Indian city of Jamnagar for refuelling on the way to Delhi,… Read More India evacuates ambassador, several others from Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban promise to foster peace, respect women’s rights within Islamic law

The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, as they held their first official news briefing since their shock seizure of Kabul. The Taliban announcements, short on details but suggesting a softer line than during their rule… Read More Afghan Taliban promise to foster peace, respect women’s rights within Islamic law

Streets deserted as Taliban take control of Afghan capital of Kabul

Kabul’s streets were deserted early on Monday, a day after Taliban insurgents took over the Afghanistan capital without a fight, but the airport was jammed with hundreds of civilians trying to flee. Video posted social media showed hundreds of people scampering with their luggage toward the safety of the airport terminal with the sound of… Read More Streets deserted as Taliban take control of Afghan capital of Kabul