Tag: Taliban

Taliban Allow Polio Vaccine Program to Restart in Afghanistan

In an effort to eradicate polio and boost health measures for children in Afghanistan, the Taliban government has agreed to restart a door-to-door vaccination program next month, and will allow women to be frontline workers in the drive, health officials announced on Tuesday. The announcement, by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund, […]

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Zalmay Khalilzad, Biden’s Envoy for Afghanistan, Steps Down

WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, President Biden’s envoy for Afghanistan and a rare Trump appointee to remain in the new administration, is departing from the government, the State Department said on Monday. Mr. Khalilzad, 70, who was born in Afghanistan and grew up in the capital, Kabul, was a veteran of past Republican administrations when President […]

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The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

With respect to Korea, for example, as Jonathan Mercer, the author of Reputation and International Politics, notes, for all of the Truman administration’s concerns about how U.S. “weakness” in Korea would be perceived by its European allies, the view in Europe was quite different. French leaders, for example, were more concerned “that American resolve would […]

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Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Approved for Release

Two men who have been held for years without charges at Guantánamo Bay — a Yemeni and an Afghan whose repatriation would most likely require reaching an agreement with the Taliban — have been approved for transfer, according to documents released on Wednesday. The interagency Periodic Review Board endorsed the transfers of Sanad Yislam al-Kazimi […]

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‘The Decision of My Life’

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E.U. Plans $1.15 Billion in Aid to Stabilize Afghanistan Region

As the Group of 20 held a virtual summit on Afghanistan, the European Union announced Tuesday that it would provide one billion euros in aid — about $1.15 billion — for Afghanistan and neighboring countries helping Afghans fleeing the new Taliban government. “We must do all we can to avert a major humanitarian and socioeconomic […]

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Afghanistan Is in Economic Freefall. It Needs Aid.

Traveling around Kabul a few weeks ago, the city felt worlds apart from my last visit in 2019 — and not just because a 20-year war had finally ended. The economy is spiraling out of control. And unless money starts flowing soon, a total economic collapse will plunge Afghans into a humanitarian catastrophe. The desperation […]

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Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — More than a month after a frenzied U.S. effort to evacuate thousands facing retribution from the Taliban in Afghanistan, members of Congress are still quietly pushing the government to help extract a small group of stranded Afghans who are direct relatives of American military service members. The service members, some of whom have […]

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‘I Never Believed That Would Happen’: After 20 Years of War, an Abrupt End

KABUL, Afghanistan — By the time Ghulam Maroof Rashid’s 50th birthday passed, he had spent more than one-third of his life fighting for the Taliban on one battlefield or another in Afghanistan. He believed they would eventually win the war but had no idea that this year would finally be its end. “We once thought […]

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Lethal Blast Strikes Shiite Mosque in Northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A lethal blast struck a mosque in northern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, according to a Taliban spokesman, the latest reminder of the precarious security situation across the country following the Taliban’s recent takeover. Witness accounts described a powerful blast, probably with many casualties. There was no immediate claim of responsibly for the […]

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U.S. Charges Ex-Taliban Commander in Killing of 3 Soldiers in ’08 Attack

On a June day in 2008, three U.S. soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were ambushed and killed when their Humvee convoy was hit during a combat patrol by mines and rocket-propelled grenades about 50 miles south of Kabul. At least one of the men was dragged off and dismembered, Afghan and Western officials said at […]

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U.N. Votes to Appoint Human Rights Watchdog in Afghanistan

GENEVA — Spurred by mounting evidence of Taliban abuses since the group seized power two months ago, the United Nations top human rights body voted Thursday to appoint an independent expert backed by specialist advisers to investigate and report on abuses in Afghanistan. The Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a European Union-led resolution endorsed […]

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The Afghan War: A Photographer’s Journal

One of the first things the New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks witnessed after arriving in Afghanistan in late 2001, soon after U.S. airstrikes on Oct. 7 opened the invasion, was the execution of a wounded Taliban fighter. The scene shocked him, upending everything he thought he knew about war and about the Afghan Northern […]

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U.S. Weapons, Now for Sale in Afghan Gun Shops

In the chaos of the American military withdrawal and the Taliban takeover this summer, thousands of American-made weapons and tons of military equipment were seized by the militants as government military bases surrendered or were overrun. With the Taliban in power, more American weapons and military accessories are now being openly sold in shops by […]

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Why the Taliban’s Repression of Women May Be More Tactical Than Ideological

Why are the Taliban stripping away so many of Afghan women’s hard-won freedoms? That may seem like a facetious question. When the Taliban ruled the country in the 1990s, after all, their regime was known for having some of the world’s harshest restrictions on women. The group still adheres to a fundamentalist vision of Islamic […]

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Musicians Flee Afghanistan, Fearing Taliban Rule

More than 100 young artists, teachers and their relatives affiliated with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, a celebrated school that became a target of the Taliban in part for its efforts to promote the education of girls, fled the country on Sunday, the school’s leaders said. The musicians, many of whom have been trying […]

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At Least Two Dead, Four Wounded in Explosion Outside a Mosque in Kabul

An explosion outside a mosque in the center of Kabul killed at least two people on Sunday, a Taliban spokesman said, underscoring the challenge of maintaining security for the country’s new rulers after decades of waging war. The blast struck around 3:30 p.m. outside the Eid Gah mosque in central Kabul during funerary prayers for […]

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As Need in Afghanistan Grows Dire, Aid Groups Plead for Help

KABUL, Afghanistan — The health care system in Afghanistan is on the brink of collapse, international aid groups warned this week, threatening to deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis just as temperatures begin dropping. Thousands of health care facilities have run out of essential medicines. Afghan doctors have not been paid in two months, with no […]

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#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan Women Protest Taliban Restrictions on Rights

This summer, Bahar Jalali watched anxiously as the United States withdrew its military from Afghanistan and the Taliban began to reassert control over the country. Women were told to stay home and to cover themselves — an early indicator that other rights, protections and services for women would soon be eliminated, including, this week, the […]

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Reduced to Rubble, an Afghan Village Struggles to Rebuild

ARZO, Afghanistan — When Muhammad Akram Sharifi returned to the village he was forced to flee over a year ago, he was devastated. The mosque, the school and the shops in the bazaar were all in ruins. So was his house. “My children, my grandchildren — 22 people used to live here,” Mr. Sharifi said […]

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Canada Doubles Its Afghan Refugee Resettlement Target to 40,000 People

Canada has doubled to 40,000 the number of Afghans fleeing the Taliban that it plans to take in, the Canadian foreign minister said Monday, fulfilling a campaign pledge made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The announcement, which came a week after Mr. Trudeau’s party won re-election, was certain to be welcomed by humanitarian groups in […]

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Bodies Hang From Cranes After the Taliban Announces Return of Executions

Civilians look on as the Taliban hangs the dead bodies of four people killed on charges of kidnapping in the main square of Herat, Afghanistan. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Punitive executions and amputations are set to resume in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, following an announcement by the group’s notorious former head of religious police […]

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The Risk of a Terror Attack From Afghanistan Is Quite Low, Actually

The Taliban also need significant economic assistance from the West. Upsetting the U.S. by allowing Al Qaeda to stand itself up again is not the way to further those goals. The cynic will argue that the Taliban are more wedded to their ideology and hatred of the West than they are to pragmatic goals like […]

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How Congress Created the Peril of Trump’s Harrowing Final Days

High-flying journalist and author Bob Woodward once again has the Beltway buzzing over a Donald Trump book. Peril, co-authored by Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, is Woodward’s third book on the former president in as many years and focuses on the president’s final, desperate days in office. Its biggest revelation thus far is that General […]

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