Blinken to discuss Afghan evacuees at meetings in Qatar and Germany

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday he would travel to Qatar on Sunday to meet with the country’s leaders and thank them for their help with evacuees from Afghanistan, and later go to Germany for a ministerial meeting. Blinken told a news conference at the State Department he would meet with Afghans … Read more

Afghanistan Taliban LIVE updates: Taliban stake claim over Panjshir Valley; rebels deny

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Afghanistan Taliban LIVE updates: Taliban to announce new government, says media report

Waiters and customers watch a news broadcast on the Tolo network at a shawarma restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 29, 2020. (Kiana Hayeri/The New York Times) Can Afghanistan’s leading broadcaster survive the Taliban? Over the past two decades, the Afghan broadcaster Tolo has been known for provocative programs such as “Burka Avenger,” in which an … Read more

Afghanistan LIVE updates: Joe Biden says Afghanistan exit marks the end of US nation-building

Ever since the US announced that it is withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, the Kabul airport has been a nerve centre of activity, witnessing a frenzied, chaotic evacuation. But with the Taliban now having taken control of the airport, speculations are rife about how operations will be run and who will take care of the … Read more

Kabul drone strike LIVE updates: US drone strike destroys Islamic State car bomb in Kabul, say officials

A Taliban elite unit on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. (File/Victor J. Blue/The New York Times) Explained: What happens after Joe Biden’s evacuation force leaves Afghanistan? President Joe Biden on Tuesday stuck by his plan to remove the nearly 6,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of August, contingent on whether the Taliban cooperates to allow … Read more

A digital Dunkirk: veterans online scramble to get people out of Afghanistan

Joe Saboe pressed his fingers against his brow in exhaustion and leaned over a laptop as he tried to do what had been drilled into him over and over when he was an Army infantry officer: Leave no one behind. “Roger, I’ve got six AmCits, at least six,” he said into his cellphone, using shorthand … Read more

The real winner of the Afghan war? It’s not who you think.

Just days after the Taliban took Kabul, their flag was flying high above a central mosque in Pakistan’s capital. It was an in-your-face gesture intended to spite the defeated Americans. But it was also a sign of the real victors in the 20-year Afghan war. Pakistan was ostensibly America’s partner in the war against al-Qaida … Read more

Donald Trump slams Joe Biden’s Afghan policy, says thousands of terrorists might have been airlifted out of Kabul

Former US President Donald Trump has slammed his successor Joe Biden on his Afghan policy and expressed concerns that thousands of terrorists might have been flown out of Afghanistan as part of the evacuation process. “Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the military before our citizens,” … Read more