U.S. begins airlift of Afghan workers who worked with troops during mission

Some 200 Afghans were set to begin new lives in the United States on Friday as an airlift got under way for translators and others who risk Taliban retaliation because they worked for the United States during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The operation to evacuate U.S.-affiliated Afghans and family members comes… Read More U.S. begins airlift of Afghan workers who worked with troops during mission

At least one dead following attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan

“Anti-government elements” in Afghanistan attacked the main U.N. compound in the capital of the western province of Herat on Friday and at least one security guard was killed, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. The attack, involving rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, happened hours after Taliban fighters penetrated deep into Herat city, and there… Read More At least one dead following attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan

Taliban delegates visit China for Afghan peace talks

China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan’s war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process… Read More Taliban delegates visit China for Afghan peace talks

U.S. President Joe Biden authorizes $100million emergency fund for Afghan refugees, assures of continued support

With the last U.S. forces on the way out of Afghanistan, U.S. President Joe Biden assured President Ashraf Ghani of U.S. diplomatic and humanitarian support on Friday as Taliban advances piled pressure on the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. In a phone call, Biden and Ghani “agreed that the Taliban’s current offensive is in direct contradiction… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden authorizes $100million emergency fund for Afghan refugees, assures of continued support

U.S. launches airstrikes to support Afghan government forces

The United States has carried out air strikes to support Afghan government forces who have been under pressure from the Taliban as U.S.-led foreign forces carry out the final stages of their withdrawal from the country. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday the air strikes were in support of Afghan security forces in… Read More U.S. launches airstrikes to support Afghan government forces

Afghan politicians meet with Taliban representatives in Qatar as fighting intensifies

Afghan politicians met with representatives of the Taliban insurgents in Qatar on Saturday with each side calling for peace even as fighting escalates and uproots thousands of people. Two decades of conflict have taken a turn for the worse as U.S.-led international forces withdraw and the Taliban launch offensives around Afghanistan, taking districts and border… Read More Afghan politicians meet with Taliban representatives in Qatar as fighting intensifies

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui killed while covering clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander said. Afghan special forces had been fighting to retake the main market area of Spin Boldak when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed in what… Read More Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui killed while covering clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban

Afghan Taliban seizes control of major border with Pakistan

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have achieved so far during a rapid advance across the country as U.S. forces pull out. Video released by the militants showed their white flag with black Koranic verse flying in place of… Read More Afghan Taliban seizes control of major border with Pakistan