A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university for the first time since the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or boards down the middle of the classroom. What happens in universities and schools across the country is being closely watched by foreign … Read more

Around 1,000 people await Taliban flight clearance from Mazar-i-Sharif

About 1,000 people, including dozens of American citizens and Afghans holding visas to the United States or other countries, remained stuck in Afghanistan for the fifth day Sunday as they awaited clearance from the Taliban for their departure. The holdup reflects the challenges of foreign governments working with the group, which has yet to form … Read more

Afghanistan crisis live updates: Taliban claims Massoud, Amrullah Saleh have escaped to Tajikistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is one of the co-founders of the Taliban. (File Photo/Reuters) Who is Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada, likely to be supreme leader of Afghanistan? Weeks after swiftly seizing control of Afghanistan, the Taliban is soon set to unveil its newly-formed government, which is likely to be helmed by the militant group’s top spiritual … Read more

Panjshir resistance front leader Ahmad Massoud says he is ready to talk with Taliban

The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley north of Kabul said on Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting. Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban … Read more

Threats and fear cause Afghan women’s protections to vanish overnight

Written by Alissa J. Rubin It took years for Women for Afghan Women to build up Afghanistan’s largest network of women’s protection services — 32 safe houses, family guidance centers and children’s homes in 14 provinces, growing by word-of-mouth and driven by the intense need for their services. They started closing their doors in a … Read more

Over 24 hours in Kabul: brutality, trauma, moments of grace

Bone-tired like everyone else in Kabul, Taliban fighters spent the last moments of the 20-year Afghanistan war watching the night skies for the flares that would signal the United States was gone. From afar, US generals watched video screens with the same anticipation. Relief washed over the war’s winners and the losers when the final … Read more

Iran president calls for election in Afghanistan

Iran’s president is calling for elections in Afghanistan to determine the future of the country, where he hopes peace will return after Western troops have left and the Taliban have seized control. Speaking on state TV on Saturday, Ebrahim Raisi said that the Afghan people should vote to determine their own government “as soon as … Read more

Taliban launch charm offensive with Afghan banks amid funding fears

The acting central bank governor, Haji Mohammad Idris, met members of the Afghanistan Banks Association and other bankers this week, and told them that the Taliban viewed the banking sector as imperative, said two bankers who attended the meeting. Uncertainty over the Taliban’s relationship with the international community is raising doubts over its ability to … 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

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