Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: US to decide within 24 hours on Afghan evacuation deadline

Occupying the presidential palace in Kabul, the triumphant Taliban leaders with bazookas in their hands proclaimed that “War has ended in Afghanistan”. Yet, from all around Afghanistan, we see images of anxiety, desperation, chaos, and fear. Winter has finally arrived in Afghanistan. The situation demands grappling with some serious questions: How has the Taliban regained … Read more

Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: Joe Biden decides to stick with Aug 31 final pullout from Kabul

Occupying the presidential palace in Kabul, the triumphant Taliban leaders with bazookas in their hands proclaimed that “War has ended in Afghanistan”. Yet, from all around Afghanistan, we see images of anxiety, desperation, chaos, and fear. Winter has finally arrived in Afghanistan. The situation demands grappling with some serious questions: How has the Taliban regained … Read more

Fears rise about safety of Afghan airport as US warns Americans to stay away

Panic and desperation rose Saturday among thousands of Afghans struggling to flee the week-old Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, as gates to the Kabul airport were closed off and the US Embassy warned US citizens to stay away from the airport, citing “potential security threats outside the gates.” The US Embassy’s warning that Americans should stay … Read more

Desperation as Afghans seek to flee a country retaken by the Taliban

On Saturday morning, a former interpreter for a US company in Kabul, Afghanistan, plunged into a mass of humanity outside a gate at the Kabul airport with her family in tow. Even as she was jostled and elbowed by people in the throng, she pushed ahead, desperate to secure a flight out of the country … Read more

Biden admin may compel civilian airlines to carry Afghan evacuees, say officials

One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a “warning order” was issued to carriers on Friday telling the companies they could be used, but no decision had been made. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The official said the civilian aircraft would not fly into Afghanistan, but would instead ferry … Read more

US, Germany advise against travel to Kabul airport amid evacuation chaos

The United States and Germany on Saturday told their citizens in Afghanistan to avoid travelling to Kabul airport, citing security risks as thousands of desperate people gathered trying to flee almost a week after Taliban Islamists took control. The Taliban’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, arrived in the Afghan capital for talks with other leaders. The group … Read more

Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: Around 300 Indians to be brought back today

Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: Around 300 Indian nationals are expected to be brought back home from Afghanistan on Sunday as part of  India’s evacuation mission in view of the deteriorating security situation in Afghan capital Kabul, people familiar with the development said. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that 87 Indians who had been taken … Read more

Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: Afghanistan’s Massoud refuses to surrender to Taliban, warns of war, reports Al-Arabiya

Explained: Why Afghanistan’s Panjshir remains out of Taliban’s reach The Panjshir Valley is Afghanistan’s last remaining holdout where anti-Taliban forces seem to be working on forming a guerrilla movement to take on the Islamic fundamentalist group. After the Taliban’s swift seizure of power in Afghanistan, the Panjshir Valley in the north is the last place … Read more

Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: Joe Biden to address chaotic Kabul evacuation amid criticism

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has found refuge in the United Arab Emirates. (File photo from Facebook/Ashraf Ghani/via REUTERS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday defended his decision to flee Kabul in the face of the Taliban advance, describing it as the only way to prevent bloodshed. He also denied claims by his country’s ambassador to … Read more

Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: Didn’t take any money, says Ghani; troops will stay to evacuate Americans, says Biden

Taliban fighters patrol in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo) At least three people were killed and a dozen wounded after shots were fired at the protest against the removal of the Afghan flag by the Taliban in the eastern city of Jalalabad, reported Al … Read more