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

Taliban capture Afghan provincial capital of Helmand

The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern province of Helmand, after two weeks of heavy fighting, a police official said on Friday. Government and senior armed forces officials flew by helicopter out of the government’s last stronghold in the town at about midnight on Thursday, said the official, who declined to… Read More Taliban capture Afghan provincial capital of Helmand

Taliban capture Afghanistan city of Kandahar

The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second biggest city of Kandahar, officials said on Friday, the biggest setback for the U.S.-backed government since the insurgents launched a new offensive as U.S. forces withdraw. The Taliban also said they had captured the third-largest city of Herat in the west, Lashkar Gah in the south and Qala-e-Naw in… Read More Taliban capture Afghanistan city of Kandahar