A barber in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has installed a small library in a corner of his shop. Assadullah says he dropped out of school early, but is encouraging other people to read as much as possible in a country where literacy levels remain low. The library has over 300 books and he’s offering a
Ahsan Arian Abubakar Siddique February 15, 2021 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Mohammad Ayaz lost two family members last summer in a clash with a rival family over an irrigation channel in southeastern Afghanistan. Ayaz lives near Gardez, the capital of Afghanistan’s southeastern Paktia Province. He says he lost his son and nephew in the July
Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 21, 2021 Afghanistan’s government has been fighting the Taliban militarily for many years, but Kabul is increasingly waging an ideological battle with the Islamist group. On the battlefield, government forces and Taliban militants are fighting a grinding war for control of the country. Off the battlefield, the foes
Tahir Khan VOA News January 13, 2021 ISLAMABAD – In an unprecedented move, the head of the Afghan Taliban has restricted officials in the insurgent group from marrying more than once. Three Taliban officials who spoke to VOA on condition of anonymity said the move is aimed at easing financial burdens on the group, as
Ayaz Gul VOA News December 29, 2020 ISLAMABAD – Afghanistan’s radical Taliban has angrily reacted to a rare fashion show held recently in Kabul, where young girls and boys, mostly in Western clothes, took part in the ramp walk. In a commentary published on its official website, the Islamist insurgent group condemned last week’s event
The Tribune: “America is delegitimising democracy in Afghanistan. They want a puppet democracy. They are pushing Ghani (Ashraf Ghani) to give up the election. The Taliban is getting what they want. Pakistan is playing clever. They think that delegitimising democracy would create chaos in Afghanistan. Pakistan is maestro of chaos.” Click here to read more (external
Times Now: Soraya Shahidy of Afghanistan is an artist in the conservative country who is breaking stereotypes with her creations. Shahidy believes she is the first-ever females tattoo artist in a country where many scholars say that tattoos are forbidden under Islam. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: As the Herat International Women’s Film Festival gets underway, a number of actors on Wednesday said the film industry in the country has been ignored by the government over the last two decades and its crucial role to influence society has not been recognized so far. Click here to read more (external link).
NYT: Since the United States signed a troop withdrawal agreement in February with the Taliban, the militants have established new checkpoints along major highways, seizing control of long stretches of roadways, extorting millions of dollars a month from truckers and travelers and even displacing the police’s own efforts to extort bribes. Click here to read
Ayaz Gul VOA News October 26, 2020 ISLAMABAD – The United States said Monday it had conducted an airstrike in central Afghanistan, killing at least five Taliban insurgents. A military spokesman explained in a tweet the overnight action in Nerkh district in Wardak province was taken to defend Afghan security forces in line with a