Afghanistan



Carpet industry takes major knock as client base dries up

Ariana: Afghans working in the country’s renowned carpet industry say they fear for their future and that business has taken a hit following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) takeover. “Carpet weavers should be supported and the carpet weaving
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Carpet industry takes major knock as client base dries up

Ariana: Afghans working in the country’s renowned carpet industry say they fear for their future and that business has taken a hit following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) takeover. “Carpet weavers should be supported and the carpet weaving industry should grow as well,” said weaver Najaf Ali Mejrayi, while pausing from his work onRead More...

Last Jew of Afghanistan heading to New York City

New York Post: Zebulon Simantov, the famed last Jew of Afghanistan, is getting ready to hit the Big Apple. “I like everything in New York. Everything is exciting,” Simantov, 62, told The Post in his first interview since fleeing Afghanistan two weeks ago
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Last Jew of Afghanistan heading to New York City

New York Post: Zebulon Simantov, the famed last Jew of Afghanistan, is getting ready to hit the Big Apple. “I like everything in New York. Everything is exciting,” Simantov, 62, told The Post in his first interview since fleeing Afghanistan two weeks ago. “I would like to be a US citizen.” Click here to readRead More...

Tajik Authorities Concerned About Taliban Plots To Infiltrate From Afghanistan

By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service September 25, 2021 Officials in Dushanbe say they’ve received reports that Tajik militants who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan are now making plans to cross the border into Tajikistan. An official at Tajikist
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Tajik Authorities Concerned About Taliban Plots To Infiltrate From Afghanistan

By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service September 25, 2021 Officials in Dushanbe say they’ve received reports that Tajik militants who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan are now making plans to cross the border into Tajikistan. An official at Tajikistan’s Border Service, a branch of the State National Security Committee, confirmed to RFE/RL that Tajik authorities are reviewingRead More...

Bomb Blasts Hits Taliban Convoy In Eastern Afghanistan Killing At Least One

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 25, 2021 At least one person was killed and seven others wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar that hit a Taliban convoy on September 25, local officials said. The blast occurred in
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Bomb Blasts Hits Taliban Convoy In Eastern Afghanistan Killing At Least One

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 25, 2021 At least one person was killed and seven others wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar that hit a Taliban convoy on September 25, local officials said. The blast occurred in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province, a provincial Taliban spokesman told the dpa newsRead More...

Taliban Hangs Dead Bodies in Afghan City’s Squares

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 25, 2021 The Taliban hung several dead bodies from cranes in Herat city in western Afghanistan, local media and witnesses reported, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the militant group’s me
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Taliban Hangs Dead Bodies in Afghan City’s Squares

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 25, 2021 The Taliban hung several dead bodies from cranes in Herat city in western Afghanistan, local media and witnesses reported, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the militant group’s methods of the past. The BBC quoted two local reporters as saying the bodies ofRead More...

Tajikistan’s Rahmon Warns UN Of ‘Serious Threats’ Emanating From Neighboring Afghanistan

By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service September 24, 2021 Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called on the Taliban to form an inclusive government in neighboring Afghanistan with the participation of all political and ethnic groups in order to allay tensions in th
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Tajikistan’s Rahmon Warns UN Of ‘Serious Threats’ Emanating From Neighboring Afghanistan

By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service September 24, 2021 Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called on the Taliban to form an inclusive government in neighboring Afghanistan with the participation of all political and ethnic groups in order to allay tensions in the war-torn country. In a prerecorded video message to the UN General Assembly in New York onRead More...

The Corruption of the Afghan Presidency

The American Prospect: Ghani, during his nearly seven years in power, found ways to enrich his brother, his brother-in-law, and other members of his inner circle. Click here to read more (external link).
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The Corruption of the Afghan Presidency

The American Prospect: Ghani, during his nearly seven years in power, found ways to enrich his brother, his brother-in-law, and other members of his inner circle. Click here to read more (external link).

How deep are divisions among the Taliban?

Al Jazeera: A writer and reporter who has spent several years covering the Taliban said the divisions are the result of a political-military divide. The hardliners, he said, “feel that they are owed things for 20 years of fighting”. Click here to read mor
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How deep are divisions among the Taliban?

Al Jazeera: A writer and reporter who has spent several years covering the Taliban said the divisions are the result of a political-military divide. The hardliners, he said, “feel that they are owed things for 20 years of fighting”. Click here to read more (external link).

Report: Taliban stealing Hazara lands

#BREAKING: Hazara leader, Mohammad Mohaqiq says, Taliban had forced Hazaras to leave their home in Daikundi. "I was informed that the Taliban had deployed their forces into the Kandir area, ousted Hazaras from their fertile lands & then distributed th
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Report: Taliban stealing Hazara lands

#BREAKING: Hazara leader, Mohammad Mohaqiq says, Taliban had forced Hazaras to leave their home in Daikundi. "I was informed that the Taliban had deployed their forces into the Kandir area, ousted Hazaras from their fertile lands & then distributed the lands to their supporters. — Tajuden Soroush (@TajudenSoroush) September 23, 2021 A letter from theRead More...

Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return

AP: One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.
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Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return

AP: One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public. Click here to read more (external link).

“Our Voices.. Cut Off”: Afghan Women Taekwondo Fighters Feel Defeated By Taliban

NDTV: Zarghunna Noori has always been a fighter, but the 22-year-old taekwondo champion — who dreamt of representing Afghanistan at the Olympics — says she has finally met her match. “In sports when we lose we are left feeling terrible,̶
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“Our Voices.. Cut Off”: Afghan Women Taekwondo Fighters Feel Defeated By Taliban

NDTV: Zarghunna Noori has always been a fighter, but the 22-year-old taekwondo champion — who dreamt of representing Afghanistan at the Olympics — says she has finally met her match. “In sports when we lose we are left feeling terrible,” she told AFP at her home in the western city of Herat. “And now weRead More...

In Afghanistan’s ‘moment of reckoning,’ the Taliban lead a harsher-than-promised crackdown

NBC News: “They were beating me by the whip, electric rod and whatever they had in their hand,” Taqi Daryabi said… in the weeks since the Taliban once again took control, growing evidence points to a broad and sometimes brutal crackdown as t
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In Afghanistan’s ‘moment of reckoning,’ the Taliban lead a harsher-than-promised crackdown

NBC News: “They were beating me by the whip, electric rod and whatever they had in their hand,” Taqi Daryabi said… in the weeks since the Taliban once again took control, growing evidence points to a broad and sometimes brutal crackdown as they settle old scores, stamp out opposition and try to force many AfghansRead More...

Waltz, Graham Joint Statement on Call with Afghan Resistance Leader Ahmad Massoud

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
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Waltz, Graham Joint Statement on Call with Afghan Resistance Leader Ahmad Massoud

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 theRead More...

Claim: Afghan Resistance Leaders, Long Backed by CIA, Have Fled Following Taliban Takeover

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 t
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Claim: Afghan Resistance Leaders, Long Backed by CIA, Have Fled Following Taliban Takeover

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 massRead More...

Afghans selling their kids to survive

????????In one of the southern provinces of Afghanistan, people are selling their children due to poverty. Boys $228 and girls $114 https://t.co/2oB6zj93tE — Natiq Malikzada (@natiqmalikzada) September 22, 2021
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Afghans selling their kids to survive

????????In one of the southern provinces of Afghanistan, people are selling their children due to poverty. Boys $228 and girls $114 https://t.co/2oB6zj93tE — Natiq Malikzada (@natiqmalikzada) September 22, 2021

Afghan Students In Tajikistan Face An Uncertain Future

 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 t
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Afghan Students In Tajikistan Face An Uncertain Future

 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 TalibanRead More...

Five Killed in Five Attacks in Jalalabad

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 her
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Five Killed in Five Attacks in Jalalabad

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).

Taliban treating non Pashtuns differently

#Taliban collect their religious taxes from #Hazar, #Uzbek, and #Tajik provinces only. This is the exact policy of #AbdulRahman, their king who start stabling their historical #Emarat! It’s wired that after #democracy, Afghanistan pushed back to 300 years a
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Taliban treating non Pashtuns differently

#Taliban collect their religious taxes from #Hazar, #Uzbek, and #Tajik provinces only. This is the exact policy of #AbdulRahman, their king who start stabling their historical #Emarat! It’s wired that after #democracy, Afghanistan pushed back to 300 years ago again! — Massoud Hossaini (@Massoud151) September 22, 2021

WHO chief warns that Afghanistan’s health system could collapse

Ariana: World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the Afghanistan health sector is on the verge of collapse but that the organization would help as much as it could. Ghebreyesus, who visited hospitals in Kabu
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WHO chief warns that Afghanistan’s health system could collapse

Ariana: World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the Afghanistan health sector is on the verge of collapse but that the organization would help as much as it could. Ghebreyesus, who visited hospitals in Kabul this week, said it was heartbreaking to hear from overworked nurses that they have notRead More...

India seizes $2.7 billion Afghan heroin haul amid Kabul takeover chaos

Reuters: Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month’s takeover of the country by the Taliban. Clic
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India seizes $2.7 billion Afghan heroin haul amid Kabul takeover chaos

Reuters: Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month’s takeover of the country by the Taliban. Click here to read more (external link).

NRF distributes publication

National Resistance Front begun its first periodical publication after 18 years. 5,000 pages of this Periodical were made available to the public in 18 districts in the center of Kabul city and were welcomed by many people. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/kE7AgfdJEH 
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NRF distributes publication

National Resistance Front begun its first periodical publication after 18 years. 5,000 pages of this Periodical were made available to the public in 18 districts in the center of Kabul city and were welcomed by many people. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/kE7AgfdJEH — Natiq Malikzada (@natiqmalikzada) September 20, 2021

Naseeb Khan appointed new CEO of ACB

Naseeb Khan, has been introduced as the new CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), by board's Chairman Mr @AzizullahFazli. He hold master's degree and has knowledge of cricket as well. pic.twitter.com/07qDH1hQjW — Afghanistan Cricket Board
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Naseeb Khan appointed new CEO of ACB

Naseeb Khan, has been introduced as the new CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), by board's Chairman Mr @AzizullahFazli. He hold master's degree and has knowledge of cricket as well. pic.twitter.com/07qDH1hQjW — Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 20, 2021

Ethnic Cleansing: Kuchis Are Taking Advantage of Hazara Farmlands in Ghazni’s Nawur District

8am: “The Taliban recently evicted four Hazara families from their homes in the village of Qorban-Mordah,” he says. “These four families have taken refuge to our village – the Kuchis have now occupied their homes. They have also broken down the gates
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Ethnic Cleansing: Kuchis Are Taking Advantage of Hazara Farmlands in Ghazni’s Nawur District

8am: “The Taliban recently evicted four Hazara families from their homes in the village of Qorban-Mordah,” he says. “These four families have taken refuge to our village – the Kuchis have now occupied their homes. They have also broken down the gates of mosques and houses.” Click here to read more (external link). Related PrecariousRead More...

Afghan Women Stage Protest In Kabul To Demand Right To Work, Study

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 19, 2021 A group of Afghan women staged a protest in the capital, Kabul, on September 19, to demand the right to work and study. Videos shared by local media show a group of nearly two dozen women gathering in front o
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Afghan Women Stage Protest In Kabul To Demand Right To Work, Study

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 19, 2021 A group of Afghan women staged a protest in the capital, Kabul, on September 19, to demand the right to work and study. Videos shared by local media show a group of nearly two dozen women gathering in front of what was until recently the Women’s Affairs Ministry,Read More...

Pakistani Police Open Case Against Cleric For Hoisting Taliban Flag Above Seminary

By Radio Mashaal September 19, 2021 Police in Pakistan have opened a case against an influential cleric after he hoisted the Taliban flag over the building of an important religious seminary in the nation’s capital of Islamabad. Maulana Abdul Aziz, a Taliba
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Pakistani Police Open Case Against Cleric For Hoisting Taliban Flag Above Seminary

By Radio Mashaal September 19, 2021 Police in Pakistan have opened a case against an influential cleric after he hoisted the Taliban flag over the building of an important religious seminary in the nation’s capital of Islamabad. Maulana Abdul Aziz, a Taliban supporter who wants Pakistan to enforce Islamic Shari’a law in the country, raisedRead More...

Pakistan PM Stresses Inclusivity in Government in Talks With Taliban

Ayaz Gul VOA News September 18, 2021 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says he has opened a dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban to try to persuade them to form an “inclusive” government in Kabul to ensure peace and stability in the w
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Pakistan PM Stresses Inclusivity in Government in Talks With Taliban

Ayaz Gul VOA News September 18, 2021 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says he has opened a dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban to try to persuade them to form an “inclusive” government in Kabul to ensure peace and stability in the war-torn country. Khan disclosed the initiative Saturday via Twitter, saying it stemmed from hisRead More...

‘Mistakes, collateral damage’ cannot acquit US of atrocities in Afghanistan: Iran Foreign Ministry

On the way out, US military kills 10 more Afghan civilians, incl. 7 kids. By describing such frequent atrocities as "mistakes" & the victims as "collateral damage", the US can't acquit itself. The int'l community must hold the US a
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‘Mistakes, collateral damage’ cannot acquit US of atrocities in Afghanistan: Iran Foreign Ministry

On the way out, US military kills 10 more Afghan civilians, incl. 7 kids. By describing such frequent atrocities as "mistakes" & the victims as "collateral damage", the US can't acquit itself. The int'l community must hold the US accountable for years of occupation & violence. pic.twitter.com/9D1rvmwbT0 — Iran Foreign Ministry ???????? (@IRIMFA_EN) September 18,Read More...

Angry and afraid, Afghanistan’s LGBTQ community say they’re being hunted down after Taliban takeover

CNN: It’s not clear yet how severely the Taliban will enforce its strict religious laws against Afghanistan’s LGBTQ citizens. No official statement has been made, but in an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper in July, one Taliban judge s
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Angry and afraid, Afghanistan’s LGBTQ community say they’re being hunted down after Taliban takeover

CNN: It’s not clear yet how severely the Taliban will enforce its strict religious laws against Afghanistan’s LGBTQ citizens. No official statement has been made, but in an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper in July, one Taliban judge said there were only two punishments for homosexuality — stoning or being crushed under a wall. ClickRead More...

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