WP: In 2001, Taliban founder Mohammad Omar declared the Buddhas false gods and announced plans to destroy them. Ignoring pleas from around the world, Taliban fighters detonated explosives and fired antiaircraft guns to smash the immense sixth-century reliefs to pieces. The attack on the treasured ancient monument stunned the international community and cemented the Taliban’s
Tolo News: Cultural activists and residents of Balkh said that the remains of the building of Maulana Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi’s father, Khanqah of Bahauddin Walad, are collapsing. According to the residents, the Khanqah of Bahauddin Walad building is visited by many tourists every year and it is an important historical monument and it should be
Khaama: Several related economic activities are involved in Afghanistan drug trafficking. Cartels maintain a symbiotic relationship with the Taliban by giving farmers advances to plant ephedra and opium while providing the financial assistance necessary to keep the jihadist proto-state alive. These cartels use Pakistani sources to facilitate the acquisition of chemicals required to produce drugs.
8am: Many who worked in the Afghan government between 2014 and 2021 expressed dissatisfaction with Ghani’s management style, characterizing him as a micro-manager. Ghani was known to become irate over minor matters, and he was often insulting to ministers and other high-ranking government officials. Additionally, he was an extremely authoritarian and dictatorial manager, wanting to
8am: The question here is whether the current conflict over Hirmand water is serious? And do the threats from Iranian officials and lower-ranking Taliban fighters signal the seriousness of the conflict? – The answer to the two questions above is “no.” Engaging in a military conflict is not beneficial for either Iran or the Taliban.
Press TV May 17, 2023 By Press TV Staff Writer Iran and Afghanistan, two neighboring South Asian countries, have no major territorial disputes, but a festering disagreement over the allocation of shared water resources has plagued their relations for two centuries. Recently, the problem has become even more pronounced amid long spells of drought in southeastern Iran,
8am: The sudden appearance of Mullah Omar is due to many factors. Certainly, foreign and intelligence factors played an effective role in Mullah Omar’s growth, whereas other factors cannot be overlooked. During the two decades that he was the leader of the Taliban, legends were attributed to him to help him manage his organization without
Tolo News: Thursday, April 27, 2023, is the 45th anniversary of the collapse of the first Afghan president Sardar Mohammad Daoud Khan. The People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan led a coup against Daoud Khan’s government. On the same day, after five years of his presidency, Daoud Khan and 18 of his family members were killed,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: The recent past has not been kind to Afghanistan’s pre-Islamic heritage. Will history repeat itself under the new Taliban government? Just months before the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001, the hard-line Islamist group took a wrecking ball to Afghanistan’s pre-Islamic history. That spring, the Bamiyan Buddhas that had stood
8am: Khalilzad compared Massoud to Fahim, noting that Massoud was an effective resistance leader with a charismatic and televised face, whereas Fahim was a stout man with a stiff and well–groomed beard and an introverted demeanor. Although Fahim was shrewd, he was not as skilled as Massoud in forming political coalitions. Massoud‘s death and Bon‘s