Pakistan temporarily suspends flight operations to Afghanistan

Pakistan has temporarily suspended Kabul flight operations and is not evacuating anyone at the moment, according to media reports. The state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was the sole commercial airline that had been operating flights to and from Kabul during the past few days to help in the evacuation of diplomats and foreign nationals from … Read more

‘Didn’t know this would happen in 2021, for us Taliban was the past’: 26-year-old in Kabul

This is what 26-year-old Benafsha Faizi heard when she answered her cellphone around 9 am on August 15. She was on her way to work. She soon told her taxi driver to take her back home. She wanted to be with her family. The situation was already grim. Taliban forces were advancing quickly in Afghanistan. … Read more

The Taliban are back. Now will they restrain or support al-Qaida?

The United States and NATO invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by al-Qaida, harboured by the Taliban. Now that the Taliban are back in power, there are already worries that Afghanistan will again become a breeding ground for Islamic radicalism and terrorism, aided by new technologies and social … Read more

After 7 years of failing to fix Afghanistan, Ghani makes a hasty escape

Western technocrat. Would-be populist. Wartime president. Ashraf Ghani tried to inhabit many roles during his years as Afghanistan’s president. But after fleeing the Taliban’s advance into Kabul this weekend, Ghani — wherever he is — is stepping into a far less welcome role: that of a failed leader whose hasty escape from Kabul scuttled negotiations … Read more

Afghanistan crisis Live Updates: Chaos at Kabul airport as Biden defends withdrawal

People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. (Reuters) NOTHING ILLUSTRATED more powerfully Kabul’s rapid descent to chaos than the chilling scenes from the Hamid Karzai International Airport that played out on screens across the world Monday. They showed crowds surging to the tarmac in a desperate bid … Read more

Afghanistan crisis: Day after the fall, fearful, desperate Afghans swarm Kabul airport in bid to flee Taliban rule

NOTHING ILLUSTRATED more powerfully Kabul’s rapid descent to chaos than the chilling scenes from the Hamid Karzai International Airport that played out on screens across the world Monday. They showed crowds surging to the tarmac in a desperate bid to flee with gunfire echoing in the background, many of them scrambling up a ladder to … Read more

Taliban take over Afghanistan: What has happened so far and what is next

The Taliban has seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the United States was set to complete its troop withdrawal, after a costly two-decade war. On Sunday, Kabul fell to the Taliban, completing their takeover of the country in a quick offensive that saw provinces and warlords give up without a fight. Here’s a look … Read more

Russia says Afghan president fled with cars and helicopter full of cash: report

Russia’s embassy in Kabul said on Monday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in, the RIA news agency reported. Ghani, whose current whereabouts are unknown, said he left Afghanistan on … Read more

Afghanistan crisis — Hours before fall, women plead: ‘Don’t want to go back to that horrible era’

Around noon, in a school in Qallai Fatulla area of Kabul, the principal called the teachers and asked them to leave for their homes. He had just heard that the Taliban had reached the city, and did not want the teachers, especially the women, to stay back and get stuck. The principal, a 62-year-old and … Read more

Taliban take Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani flees, America absconds

Kabul, the ultimate prize in every Afghanistan war, fell to the Taliban Sunday, completing their takeover of the country in a lighting offensive that saw provinces and warlords give up without a fight, days after the hasty withdrawal of US troops. President Ashraf Ghani, sources said, had fled the country, hours after Pakistan-backed Taliban fighters … Read more