US: Kosovo will host Afghan evacuees who need more screening

The United States intends to send Afghanistan evacuees who fail to clear initial screenings to Kosovo, which has agreed to house them for up to a year for additional processing, a US official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The US plan is likely to face objections from refugee advocates, who already complain of a … Read more

Afghan media brace for what’s next under Taliban rule

Afghanistan’s most popular private television network has voluntarily replaced its risque Turkish soap operas and music shows with tamer programs tailored to the country’s new Taliban rulers, who have issued vague directives that media must not contradict Islamic laws or harm the national interest. Still, independent Afghan news stations are keeping female presenters on the … Read more

After Taliban takeover, Afghans in the Gulf worry about home

Five months ago, 35-year-old Abadat left Afghanistan with her two teenage daughters for the Gulf fearing for their safety after a series of explosions rocked the neighbourhood where they lived. Now safely in the United Arab Emirates, Abadat fears for her family back in Afghanistan following the swift take over by the Taliban that culminated … Read more

Russia to evacuate more people from Afghanistan, holds drills nearby

Russia’s embassy in Kabul said on Monday it was laying on extra evacuation flights from Afghanistan, while Russian troops carried out military drills close to the Afghan border amid heightened regional security risks. It was not clear whether the extra flights would continue past a Tuesday deadline agreed between U.S. President Joe Biden and the … Read more

Trying to flee Kabul: ‘We had no information at all’

I got married in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. We wanted to fly out earlier, but all flights were canceled. I registered with ELEFAND, which is the German Foreign Ministry’s online portal for German citizens in crisis areas, and I got an answer early last week telling us to head to Kabul airport. We left Mazar-i-Sharif … Read more

Afghanistan’s economic crisis deepens as airlift winds down

Hundreds of Afghans protested outside a bank in Kabul on Saturday and others formed long lines at cash machines as a UN agency warned that a worsening drought could leave millions in need of humanitarian aid. At the Kabul airport, thousands are still gathering in hope of fleeing the country, even after a suicide attack … Read more

How Qatar emerged as key transit point for evacuating people from Afghanistan

Ever since Kabul fell to Taliban, Qatar has served as a crucial transit point for those being evacuated from Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden has thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for its  “generous support” to Washington in evacuating people stranded in the war-torn country. According to the White House, Biden said … 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

They were protectors in Afghanistan. Now they need help.

The suicide bomber driving a sedan packed with explosives struck in the early hours of the morning, as the minibus crawled through Kabul’s traffic. A piece of shrapnel pierced Amrit Rokaya Chhetri’s left ear. He was lucky. Nine of his fellow security workers, hired by a contractor to protect Canada’s Embassy in Afghanistan, were killed … Read more

Gunfire at Kabul airport kills 1; Taliban mass near Panjshir

A firefight at one of the gates of Kabul’s international airport killed at least one Afghan security officer early Monday, German officials said, the latest chaos to engulf Western efforts to evacuate those fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country. The shooting near the military side of the airport came as the Taliban sent fighters … Read more