Kabul: Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai in an explosive interview to AP on Sunday said that the United States came to Afghanistan to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later, having failed at both. Karzai’s remark comes just weeks before the last US and NATO troops leave Afghanistan, ending their forever war. Karzai said extremism

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Kabul: The first trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan - Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Mohammad Hanif Atmar- began in Antalya on Sunday. The Antalya Diplomacy Forum is an appropriate opportunity for high-ranking officials from around the world to hold discussions. The three Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance solidarity and cooperation among

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Kabul: More reports came in on Sunday of districts collapsing to the Taliban. Local sources in Balkh province confirmed the fall of Charbolak district to the Taliban. According to these sources who spoke to Hashte Sobh daily, the Taliban launched a series of offensive attacks to oust the district on Saturday night, and at 9am on Sunday, Taliban took full control of the district. A security

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Kabul: Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said that with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, there has been a misconception of victory for the Taliban. Atmar made the remarks on Saturday during a speech entitled "The Transforming Threat of Terrorism" at the Antalya Diplomatic Forum in Turkey. Atmar added that the Taliban's misrepresentation could disrupt the common achievements of the last two

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Kabul: On World Refugee Day (June 20), the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations of Afghanistan estimates that some 6.5 million Afghans are living as migrants or asylum seekers in about 70 countries. Iran and Pakistan host the largest number of Afghan refugees. More than four million more Afghans, have been forced to flee their homes and areas as a result of fighting and escalating

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Kabul: Bismillah Mohammadi took over as Acting Minister of Defense and Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal took over as the new Acting Minister of Interior. Bismillah Mohammadi replaced Assadullah Khalid while Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal has been appointed instead of Hayatullah Hayat. These changes had been unveiled at the leadership level of security agencies as Taliban attacks in the provinces have escalated. On the other hand, Vali

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Kabul: Amid the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan ahead of the September 11 deadline set by US President Joe Biden, and India’s policy on the rapidly changing ground situation in favor of the Taliban mired in doubt and uncertainty, the Taliban said on Saturday that they believe in “peaceful coexistence” with their neighborhood and region. “Pakistan is our neighbor, we have

20 June 2021

Kabul: Oxygen is in short supply in Afghanistan as the country is battling a third wave of COVID-19 cases and its hospitals are being overrun. Health ministry spokesperson Ghulam Dastigir Nazari said that the government is working to install more oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where up to 65 percent of people tested in some areas are positive for COVID-19. Afghanistan has requested

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