We have right to raise voice for Muslims anywhere including Kashmir, says Taliban

Amid concerns in India that Afghan soil under the Taliban regime can be used for terrorist activities against it, the insurgent group has said it has the right to speak out in favour of Muslims anywhere, including in Kashmir, though it does not have a policy of conducting “armed operations” against any country. Suhail Shaheen, … Read more

Restoration of Kabul’s closed airport begins as some Afghan aid resumes

Afghanistan’s plunge into chaos, isolation and near-destitution under its newly ascendant Taliban rulers appeared to slow Thursday, with the first significant moves to salvage Kabul’s inoperable airport, an increased flow of UN aid and word that international money transfers had resumed to the country, where many banks are shuttered. But these developments did not signal … Read more

Taliban a ruthless group, don’t know about its future: Senior US general

The Taliban is a ruthless group from the past, a top American general said, noting that it remains to be seen if the organisation has changed or not. “We don’t know what the future of the Taliban is, but I can tell you from personal experience that this is a ruthless group from the past, … 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

First outreach signal: UNSC drops Taliban reference in line on terror

LESS than two weeks since the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has dropped a reference to it from a paragraph in its statement that called on Afghan groups not to support terrorists “operating on the territory of any other country”. India, which is the President of the UNSC for the … Read more

The right-wingers who admire the Taliban

As the Taliban swept through Afghanistan this month, a Gen Z alt-right group ran a Twitter account devoted to celebrating their progress. Tweets in Pashto juxtaposed two laughing Taliban fighters with pictures meant to represent American effeminacy. Another said, the words auto-translated into English, “Liberalism did not fail in Afghanistan because it was Afghanistan, it … Read more

Pentagon says two explosions near Kabul airport; US, civilian casualties

There were at least two explosions near Kabul’s airport amid a huge and chaotic evacuation effort from Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon said, with civilians and US service members among the casualties of what was described as a “complex attack.” A Taliban official said at least 13 people were killed in the blast, including children, … Read more

In interview, a Taliban leader says group wants to ‘forget the past’

In his first sit-down interview with a Western media outlet since the Taliban took full control of Afghanistan, one of the group’s leaders on Wednesday offered a portrait of a group intent on rebuilding a country shattered by decades of war. “We want to build the future, and forget what happened in the past,” the … Read more

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

British military: 7 Afghans killed in chaos at Kabul airport

A panicked crush of people trying to enter Kabul’s international airport killed seven Afghan civilians in the crowds, the British military said Sunday, showing the danger still posed to those trying to flee the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The deaths come as a new, perceived threat from the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan … Read more