Kabul: Any foreign troops left in Afghanistan after NATO's September withdrawal deadline will be at risk as occupiers, the Taliban has told the BBC. It comes amid reports that 1,000 mainly US troops could remain on the ground to protect diplomatic missions and Kabul's international airport. NATO's 20-year military mission in the country is on the verge of finishing, but violence in the country

5 July 2021

Kabul: The majority of British troops have quietly withdrawn from Afghanistan, with flag-lowering ceremonies marking the final stages of a nearly 20-year campaign, as per Sky News report. Boris Johnson is set to chair a National Security Council meeting on Monday to decide the future shape of the UK footprint in the country, amid mounting security concerns as the Afghan government loses territory

1 July 2021

Kabul: The joint spokesperson for the security forces announced on Tuesday that the people's mobilization forces would soon become part of the regular military framework and would operate in the form of a local army alongside the security and defense forces. Ajmal Omar Shinwari, the spokesperson for the security forces, at a news conference said that the people's mobilization forces are an achievement for

29 June 2021

Kabul: US President Joe Biden and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani met on Friday and discussed the winding down of the Resolute Support Mission and with that the transition to a new relationship with Afghanistan and with the Afghan forces. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of ensuring that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for terrorists. On Friday, Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman

26 June 2021

Kabul: Fifty of Afghanistan's 370 districts have fallen to the Taliban since May, according to the UN's special envoy on Afghanistan Deborah Lyons, as the United States continues its military withdrawal from the country. "The Taliban’s recent advances are even more significant and are as a result of an intensified military campaign; more than 50 of Afghanistan's 370 districts have fallen since the beginning

23 June 2021

Kabul: US President Joe Biden is looking forward to a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani during which the two leaders will discuss ways to ensure Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorist groups who pose a threat to America, the White House has said. Biden will meet Ghani at the White House on Friday for the first face-to-face interaction ahead

22 June 2021

Kabul: Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), in an address to Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey on Friday called on the Taliban to engage in talks, reiterating that there is a “real opportunity” for peace in the country that should be utilized. “There is a real opportunity for peace, and it is our collective obligation to make the most

19 June 2021

Kabul: The Afghan Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mirwais Nab, who is visiting Poland, was asked about relations between Poland and Afghanistan and their ongoing revolution and while referring to Poland closing down its embassy in Afghanistan in 2014, Nab said that relations between the two countries go back as far as 1926 and that Afghanistan has maintained its embassy in Poland and hoped

16 June 2021

Kabul: In a big development, General Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, told VOA that the United States is not planning to support Afghan forces with air strikes after the US troop withdrawal is complete, and counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan will be limited to instances when attack plans have been discovered to strike the US homeland or the homelands of our

14 June 2021

Kabul: US President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts will bid a symbolic farewell to Afghanistan on Monday in their last NATO summit before America winds up its longest “forever war” and the US military pulls out for good. The meeting is bound to renew questions about whether NATO's most ambitious operation ever was worth it. The 18-year effort cost the United States alone

14 June 2021