The Intercept: The retreat of Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh belies public claims that they are still in Afghanistan. There is also ample historical precedent for opposition groups fleeing to neighboring countries to plot their eventual return. Click here to read more (external link). NRF Response: Claims by the Taliban's paid mercenaries in the mass
Press Release September 22, 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) released the following joint statement: “It was a great honor and privilege to talk to Ahmad Massoud, who is leading the Afghan National Resistance Front. We appreciated hearing his continued commitment to resisting the
Tolo News: Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar witnessed five security incidents on Wednesday morning. Four explosions in different parts of the city took the lives of two people and injured three others, eyewitnesses told TOLO news. Click here to read more (external link).
Following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the previous government’s funding for a school for Afghans in Tajikistan’s capital was cut off. A school official hopes wealthy Afghans can step in, but so far, parents of the students have had to help cover the costs to pay rent for the school. Related Life under Taliban
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 22, 2021 The United Nations says it is releasing $45 million to help prevent Afghanistan’s battered health-care system, which the World Health Organization (WHO) said was “on the brink of collapse” following the Taliban’s takeover in mid-August. Afghanistan’s health-care system was plunged into deep crisis after the Taliban swept into
India Today: As Pakistan attempts to assert its influence in Kabul, there is a major tussle going on between Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Faiz Hameed. Sources in the intelligence agencies said the tussle has come to a point where the Pakistan Army chief has been
The Guardian (UK): Just over a month ago, Zahra Joya left her house in Kabul to walk to her office, as she had been doing every day. From this small office, Joya, a journalist, ran Rukhshana Media, the news agency she founded last year to report on the stories of women and girls across Afghanistan.
Seattle Times: The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t taken that step officially. But already, musicians are afraid a ban will come, and some Taliban fighters on the ground have started enforcing
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 22, 2021 Seven female tae kwon do athletes are resettling in Australia after fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan last month. Australian Taekwondo said on September 22 that the seven women are completing quarantine this week following what it described as a high-risk evacuation via Pakistan after the Taliban seized power in mid-August.
Jeff Seldin VOA News September 22, 2021 WASHINGTON — Those watching the Taliban establish a government and assert control over Afghanistan are growing ever more wary of pledges by the group’s leaders to make sure no terrorist organization can ever again use the country as a base for attacks against the United States. The Taliban’s counterterrorism