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

To China, Afghan fall proves US hubris. It also brings new dangers

For China’s leaders, the chaotic scenes unfolding in Afghanistan have served as stinging vindication of their hostility to U.S. might. “The last dusk of empire,” China’s official news agency said. The Chinese foreign ministry called it a lesson in “reckless military adventures.” Any smugness in Beijing could be premature. China is now left scrambling to … Read more

Taliban vow to honor women’s rights but within Islamic law

A Taliban spokesman promised Tuesday that the insurgents who overran Afghanistan in recent days would respect women’s rights and would not exact revenge, seeking to calm a wary population and skeptical world powers. In his first news conference, Zabihullah Mujahid, who had been a shadowy figure for years, doubled down on the Taliban’s efforts to … Read more

Taliban announces ‘amnesty’, urges women to join government

The Taliban announced Tuesday an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a nervous capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as people tried to flee their rule. The comments by Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, represent the … Read more

Officials: Taliban hold all of Afghanistan’s border posts

The Taliban now hold all of Afghanistan’s border crossings amid their offensive across the country. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that the Taliban had taken the Torkham border crossing. He told local broadcaster Geo TV that Pakistan halted cross-border traffic there because of it. Torkham represented the last post still under government control. … Read more