A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university for the first time since the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or boards down the middle of the classroom. What happens in universities and schools across the country is being closely watched by foreign … Read more

Around 1,000 people await Taliban flight clearance from Mazar-i-Sharif

About 1,000 people, including dozens of American citizens and Afghans holding visas to the United States or other countries, remained stuck in Afghanistan for the fifth day Sunday as they awaited clearance from the Taliban for their departure. The holdup reflects the challenges of foreign governments working with the group, which has yet to form … Read more

Panjshir resistance front leader Ahmad Massoud says he is ready to talk with Taliban

The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley north of Kabul said on Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting. Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban … Read more

Threats and fear cause Afghan women’s protections to vanish overnight

Written by Alissa J. Rubin It took years for Women for Afghan Women to build up Afghanistan’s largest network of women’s protection services — 32 safe houses, family guidance centers and children’s homes in 14 provinces, growing by word-of-mouth and driven by the intense need for their services. They started closing their doors in a … Read more

Over 24 hours in Kabul: brutality, trauma, moments of grace

Bone-tired like everyone else in Kabul, Taliban fighters spent the last moments of the 20-year Afghanistan war watching the night skies for the flares that would signal the United States was gone. From afar, US generals watched video screens with the same anticipation. Relief washed over the war’s winners and the losers when the final … Read more

Iran president calls for election in Afghanistan

Iran’s president is calling for elections in Afghanistan to determine the future of the country, where he hopes peace will return after Western troops have left and the Taliban have seized control. Speaking on state TV on Saturday, Ebrahim Raisi said that the Afghan people should vote to determine their own government “as soon as … Read more

‘They’ll kill us’ – Afghan pilots held at Uzbek camp fear deadly homecoming

The U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and others held at a camp in Uzbekistan already feared being sent back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. So it was little comfort when an Uzbek guard unsympathetically quipped the other day: “You can’t stay here forever. “The offhand warning added to an already grinding sense of unease at the camp just across … Read more

US seen funding humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, but not its government

The US Congress is likely to finance UN and other agencies providing humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan but there is virtually no chance it will directly fund a new Taliban-led government, congressional aides said on Friday. The United States has been a massive funder of Afghanistan since its 2001 invasion to topple the Taliban, setting aside … Read more

Afghanistan Taliban LIVE updates: Taliban stake claim over Panjshir Valley; rebels deny

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Inside the Afghan evacuation: Rogue flights, crowded tents, hope and chaos

Written by Michael D. Shear, Lara Jakes and Eileen Sullivan On the last day of August, when President Joe Biden called the airlift of refugees from Kabul an “extraordinary success,” senior diplomats and military officers in Doha, Qatar, emailed out a daily situation report marked “sensitive but unclassified.” The conditions in Doha, according to their … Read more