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

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

U.S. to evacuate Afghan interpreters before completion of military withdrawal

The United States will evacuate a group of vulnerable Afghan interpreters from the country before the U.S. military completes its withdrawal so the Afghans can wrap up their visa applications from safety, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The decision by President Joe Biden’s administration risks creating a sense of crisis in Afghanistan, just a day… Read More U.S. to evacuate Afghan interpreters before completion of military withdrawal

Afghan Taliban launches major offensive following elapse of U.S. troops withdrawal deadline

Afghan security forces fought back a major Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country after a missed U.S. deadline to withdraw troops. Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with… Read More Afghan Taliban launches major offensive following elapse of U.S. troops withdrawal deadline

Kabul on high security alert as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

Kabul security was ramped up on Saturday as the city braced for reaction from the insurgent Taliban as U.S. troops still present under President Joe Biden’s orders, beyond the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in 2020 with the Trump administration. An increased military presence and security at checkpoints were visible in the Afghan capital, and… Read More Kabul on high security alert as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

U.S. launches steps to end military mission in Afghanistan

The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General Scott Miller, on Sunday said an orderly withdrawal of foreign forces and the handing over of military bases and equipment to the Afghan forces had begun. Miller said he was acting on orders based on U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s longest war,… Read More U.S. launches steps to end military mission in Afghanistan

U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America’s longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the U.S. intelligence community released a gloomy… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan arrives Doha for peace talks with Taliban leaders

The United States’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has arrived in Doha, sources said on Thursday, where he is set to meet with the insurgent Taliban at a delicate time for the Afghan peace process as Washington reviews its options. Khalilzad’s planned meetings with Taliban leaders in Doha would be the first in person… Read More U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan arrives Doha for peace talks with Taliban leaders