Afghanistan crisis: Evacuation flights gather pace at Kabul airport; Russia says danger in Afghanistan remains high and more

A day after two two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban and killed more than 100, evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday. According to the Associated Press, as the call to prayer echoed through Kabul along with the roar of departing planes, the anxious crowd outside … Read more

CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader Abdul Baradar in Kabul: report

The director of the CIA met with the Taliban’s top political leader in Kabul amid the ongoing effort to evacuate people fleeing their takeover of Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday. William Burns’ visit Monday came ahead of a planned meeting among leaders from the Group of Seven nations about the crisis in Afghanistan and … Read more

Pakistan urges ‘inclusive’ deal with Taliban

Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that an inclusive political settlement is the best way forward for peace and stability in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. Pakistan fully supports efforts in that direction, he added. According to a foreign ministry statement, Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the remarks in a phone call with his Russian counterpart, … Read more

Afghanistan: Taliban warns of ‘consequences’ if Aug 31 deadline crossed; 1 killed at Kabul airport gunfight; and more

Ahead of an emergency G7 meeting on Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesperson on Monday warned there would be “consequences” if an extension is sought to the August 31 deadline for the US-led troop withdrawal from the war-torn country. Taliban spokesperson Dr Suhail Shaheen, while speaking to Sky News, said that the month-end deadline was a “red … Read more

As demonstrations spread, Taliban face growing challenges

Protesters took to the streets to rally against Taliban rule for the second day Thursday, this time marching in Kabul, including near the presidential palace. At one demonstration in the city, about 200 people had gathered before the Taliban broke it up violently. The Taliban announced a curfew in the southeastern city of Khost, also … Read more

Afghanistan crisis: Protests erupt against Taliban, Al-Qaida-linked group in Syria lauds insurgents; and more

Afghan protesters defied the Taliban for a second day on Thursday, waving their national flag in scattered demonstrations that were met with renewed violence by the insurgents. According to the news agency Associated Press (AP), a procession of cars and people near Kabul’s airport carried long black, red, and green banners in honor of the … Read more