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

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Hunted by the men they jailed, Afghanistan’s women judges seek escape

Afghanistan’s 250 women judges fear for their lives, with men they once jailed now freed by the victorious Taliban to hunt them down. While some women judges were able to flee in recent weeks, most were left behind and are still trying to get out, said judges and activists working around the clock to help … 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

New era for Afghanistan starts with long queues, rising prices

As Kabul began a new era of Taliban rule, long queues outside banks and soaring prices in the bazaars underlined the everyday worries now facing its population after the spectacular seizure of the city two weeks ago. For the Taliban, growing economic hardship is emerging as their biggest challenge, with a sinking currency and rising … Read more

Biden defends Afghanistan pullout and declares an end to nation-building

Written by Michael D. Shear and Jim Tankersley President Joe Biden on Tuesday forcefully rejected criticism of his decision to end America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, hailing what he called the “extraordinary success” of the evacuation of Kabul and declaring the end of an era in which the United States uses military power “to remake … 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

White House: US has capacity to evacuate remaining Americans

The United States has the capacity to evacuate the approximately 300 US citizens remaining in Afghanistan who want to leave before President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline, senior Biden administration officials said, as another US drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants underscored the grave threat in the war’s final days. “This is the most dangerous … 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

Kabul airport blasts LIVE updates: US military conducts airstrike against ISIS-K planner as blasts’ toll nears 200

“US military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner. The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” a statement by Central Command spokesperson Captain Bill Urban read. Islamic State Khorasan Province is Islamic State’s affiliate … Read more