US building ‘small cities’ at bases for Afghans

US military bases housing Afghanistan evacuees are building their own city-type leadership organizations to deal with sanitation, food and other challenges as the numbers of Afghans coming into the U.S. grows. Air Force General Glen VanHerck, who heads U.S. Northern Command, said there were more than 25,000 Afghan evacuees being housed at the eight bases … Read more

‘They’ll kill us’ – Afghan pilots held at Uzbek camp fear deadly homecoming

The U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and others held at a camp in Uzbekistan already feared being sent back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. So it was little comfort when an Uzbek guard unsympathetically quipped the other day: “You can’t stay here forever. “The offhand warning added to an already grinding sense of unease at the camp just across … Read more

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

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The day the music died: Afghanistan’s all-female orchestra falls silent

Negin Khpalwak was sitting at her home in Kabul when she got word that the Taliban had reached the outskirts of the capital. The 24-year old conductor, once the face of Afghanistan’s renowned all-female orchestra, immediately began to panic. The last time the Islamist militants were in power, they banned music and women were not … Read more

Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government in Kabul

Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized power, as Taliban leaders in the capital Kabul worked to form a government. Panjshir is the last province resisting rule by the Taliban, whose overthrow of the Western-backed government … Read more

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 arc from 9/11 to today: Once hopeful, now sad

It was November 13 , 2001. The sun had just begun to rise over the Hindu Kush Mountains when the Taliban disappeared from Kabul, the battered capital of Afghanistan. The bodies of foreign Arabs who had stayed behind were mutilated and bloodied. They had been found and killed by advancing Afghans of another faction who … 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

US military flies out evacuees in waning hours of withdrawal from Afghanistan

The US military flew more desperate evacuees out of the Afghan capital on Monday in the waning hours of a final American withdrawal as the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate claimed responsibility for targeting the Kabul airport with rockets. The US military reported no American casualties. The focus of the US evacuation was increasing on … 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