Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 15, 2022 By Abubakar Siddique One year after toppling the internationally recognized Afghan government and seizing power, the Taliban has consolidated its tight grip over the war-torn country. The extremist group has monopolized power, sidelining many ethnic and political groups. It has also jailed and beaten journalists and rights defenders who
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 18, 2021 WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, the top U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, is stepping down from his long-standing role following the Western military pullout from that war-ravaged country, the State Department says. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on October 18 said Khalilzad, who led U.S. negotiators in talks with the
WSJ: The U.S. Treasury Department quietly said Thursday that Badruddin Haqqani, an operational leader of the Haqqani Network, was removed from a State Department blacklist. Click here to read more (external link).
Bloomberg: The U.S. has abandoned Kabul, but America’s former client in Islamabad still holds leverage over the superpower it helped defeat. For much of the war on terror that began after 9/11, Pakistan played a double game. Click here to read more (external link).
Namo Abdulla VOA News September 10, 2021 WASHINGTON – Masjeda Mehirdel was only 11 when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. She was born and raised in an Afghan American household in Queens, New York. She recalls how her parents were relieved when former U.S.
By Radio Mashaal September 9, 2021 The head of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency met with the heads of Pakistan’s army and military intelligence in Islamabad for talks on the security situation in Afghanistan, where Pakistani intelligence has long backed the Taliban. Pakistani security officials said William Burns spoke with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is chief
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 31, 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden said in a televised speech on August 31 summing up recent actions in Afghanistan that his choice was “leaving or escalating” that country and he takes “responsibility” for his decision. The withdrawal, Biden said, is also “about ending an era of major military operations
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 31, 2021 The Taliban, now in full control of Kabul’s airport with the final departure of foreign forces, has clashed with resistance fighters in the northeast as the rest of the world watches to see if the militants live up to their promises of a more tolerant and open brand
Jeff Seldin VOA News August 30, 2021 The United States’ two-decadeslong presence in Afghanistan is over. The last planes left the Kabul airport at 3:29 p.m. EST, one minute before midnight in Kabul, said Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command. A senior Taliban official told VOA, “All foreign occupation forces withdrew from the