Kabul: Women issues in Afghanistan have once again come into the spotlight, three months after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. The biggest worry is education for girls and women, which seems to have come to a standstill due to Taliban’s rules and regulations. Go deeper: Twenty years of progress has seen an abrupt stop with the closure of schools and even universities. The Taliban’s

25 November 2021

Kabul: Afghanistan is in serious danger of instability," said President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday in a televised message to the nation, adding that he will not allow the imposed war to hurt the people any more. "While I know you are worried about your present and your future, I assure you that my focus is on reducing further spreading instability, violence and displacement," Ghani

14 August 2021

Kabul: The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it is working to forge an international consensus behind the need for an Afghanistan peace accord even as it acknowledged that "all indications" point to the Taliban seeking a "battlefield victory." The comments made came as envoys from the United States, China, Russia and other countries met in Doha with Taliban and Afghan government negotiators in

12 August 2021

Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Balkh province on Wednesday morning, heading a high-level government delegation, to review the general and security situation in the northern zone. President Ghani met with political and jihadi figures Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former Vice-President, Atta Mohammad Noor, former Governor of Balkh, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Senior Presidential Advisor on Security and Political Affairs, and Juma Khan Hamdard, Chairman of

11 August 2021

Kabul: Two back-to-back international meetings are being convened in Qatar this week to press Afghanistan’s warring parties to resme upeace negotiations and reach a deal before the Afghan conflict spirals out of control. The diplomatic effort comes amid dramatic battlefield advances by Taliban insurgents even as the United States continues airstrikes in support of embattled Afghan government forces. It also follows last week’s warning

9 August 2021

Kabul: The Afghan government is too weak to win a negotiated settlement without a new military strategy, the U.S. envoy to the war-ravaged country said on Tuesday. “The situation is very concerning, and our expectation is that both the government and the Talibs would focus on a political settlement,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, said at the Aspen Security Forum. With

4 August 2021

Kabul: Looking at the rising violence and Taliban offensive, US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said that an Afghanistan that does not respect the basic rights of its people, that does not have a representative and inclusive government, that does not abide by the main gains of the last 20 years is an Afghanistan that will be a pariah state. “The Taliban has

3 August 2021

Kabul: President Joe Biden on Friday signed emergency legislation that will reimburse more than a half-billion dollars the National Guard spent on protecting the US Capitol after the violent January 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The Senate approved the $2.1 billion legislation early Thursday afternoon, 98-0, and the House passed it

31 July 2021

Kabul: The US has escalated its airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan in a bid to bolster Afghan government forces combatting a sprawling offensive, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Jon Quinlan confirmed in an email exchange with Anadolu Agency that “a number of strikes have occurred over the last several days from both manned and unmanned strike platforms.” Also, during

28 July 2021

Kabul: The US will continue airstrikes in support of Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, a top US general said on Sunday. Violence has surged across the country in recent months after the Taliban launched a sweeping assault just days after the US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal. Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command, said,

26 July 2021