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 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

Taliban says US drone strike in Kabul also killed civilians

A Taliban spokesman said a US drone strike targeting a suspected suicide bomber in Kabul on Sunday resulted in civilian casualties, and condemned the United States for failing to inform the Taliban before ordering the strike. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told China’s state television CGTN on Monday that seven people were killed in the drone attack, … Read more

Militant fire across Afghan border kills two Pakistan soldiers, says army

Militant fire from across the border in Afghanistan killed two Pakistani soldiers on Sunday, the army said, in the first such attack since the Taliban took over Kabul ten days ago. The army said it retaliated and killed two or three attackers. The incident in Pakistan’s Bajaur district is the first of its kind reported … Read more

It is in Taliban’s interest that ISIS-K doesn’t ‘metastasize’ beyond what it is, warns Biden

US President Joe Biden has warned that it is in the interest of the Taliban, which is now the de facto ruler of Afghanistan, that the ISIS-K does not “metastasize” beyond what it is. The US has held ISIS-K, the regional affiliate of the Islamic State terror outfit, responsible for Thursday’s Kabul airport attack in … Read more

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