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Russia, Pakistan Discuss ‘Practical Engagement’ With Afghan Taliban

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 25, 2023 ISLAMABAD — Russia and Pakistan emphasized in bilateral talks Wednesday the need for “practical engagement” with Afghanistan’s Taliban but ruled out formal recognition of the Islamist rulers until they address inter
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Russia, Pakistan Discuss ‘Practical Engagement’ With Afghan Taliban

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 25, 2023 ISLAMABAD — Russia and Pakistan emphasized in bilateral talks Wednesday the need for “practical engagement” with Afghanistan’s Taliban but ruled out formal recognition of the Islamist rulers until they address international concerns over women’s rights and inclusive governance. The Russian presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, led his delegationRead More...

Afghanistan media profile

BBC News: Afghan media have faced difficulties since the Taliban took power in Kabul on 15 August 2021. Outlets have endured severe restrictions, an economic crisis and waning Western support. There is growing self-censorship and editorial appeasement of the
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Afghanistan media profile

BBC News: Afghan media have faced difficulties since the Taliban took power in Kabul on 15 August 2021. Outlets have endured severe restrictions, an economic crisis and waning Western support. There is growing self-censorship and editorial appeasement of the Taliban. Freedom of expression has largely disappeared. Click here to read more (external link).

If You Were Ahmad Massoud, What Would You Do?

8am: Ahmad Massoud was a regular person prior to the collapse of the republic. In the year or two before the fall, he attempted to bring together the anti-Taliban political group that had fallen apart and to prepare for the difficult times ahead. Click here t
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If You Were Ahmad Massoud, What Would You Do?

8am: Ahmad Massoud was a regular person prior to the collapse of the republic. In the year or two before the fall, he attempted to bring together the anti-Taliban political group that had fallen apart and to prepare for the difficult times ahead. Click here to read more (external link). Related 3 Taliban Members KilledRead More...

Genomic sequencing of poliovirus shows links to Afghanistan

Dawn: The genomic sequencing of the only poliovirus, detected from the sewage water in Pakistan during the current year, shows that the virus belongs to Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel said that Pakistan and Af
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Genomic sequencing of poliovirus shows links to Afghanistan

Dawn: The genomic sequencing of the only poliovirus, detected from the sewage water in Pakistan during the current year, shows that the virus belongs to Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were together in their fight against polio virus. “While the isolation of the virusRead More...

Taliban to Deduct Teachers’ Salaries, Justifying That They Received UNICEF Aid 2 Months Ago

8am: “The Taliban have issued a new order, according to which, the teachers’ two-month salaries will be returned to the [Taliban] government treasury because of UNICEF’s humanitarian aid,” said the teacher. “In this extreme cold, teachers, who despe
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Taliban to Deduct Teachers’ Salaries, Justifying That They Received UNICEF Aid 2 Months Ago

8am: “The Taliban have issued a new order, according to which, the teachers’ two-month salaries will be returned to the [Taliban] government treasury because of UNICEF’s humanitarian aid,” said the teacher. “In this extreme cold, teachers, who desperately need help, are wandering with the question of what to eat and how to pay bills. IsRead More...

Afghanistan’s Ethnic Kyrgyz Want To Escape The Taliban, But It’s No Easy Task

By Baktygul Chynybaeva Farangis Najibullah January 24, 2023 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Dozens of ethnic Kyrgyz from Afghanistan’s remote Wakhan Corridor are calling on the government in Bishkek to repatriate them to their ancestral homeland so the
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Afghanistan’s Ethnic Kyrgyz Want To Escape The Taliban, But It’s No Easy Task

By Baktygul Chynybaeva Farangis Najibullah January 24, 2023 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Dozens of ethnic Kyrgyz from Afghanistan’s remote Wakhan Corridor are calling on the government in Bishkek to repatriate them to their ancestral homeland so their children can get the education that the Taliban has denied them. In video statements sent to RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service,Read More...

Uzbekistan to resume electricity exports to Afghanistan

Ariana: The Ministry of Energy in Uzbekistan said that supplies to Afghanistan were temporarily stopped as a result of fuel shortages and various technical problems, as well as to ensure a stable energy supply to consumers in Uzbekistan. The Ministry said it
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Uzbekistan to resume electricity exports to Afghanistan

Ariana: The Ministry of Energy in Uzbekistan said that supplies to Afghanistan were temporarily stopped as a result of fuel shortages and various technical problems, as well as to ensure a stable energy supply to consumers in Uzbekistan. The Ministry said it had warned the energy company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) about the situation.Read More...

Cancer Cases on Rise in Afghanistan amid Crumbling Health System

Khaama: The existing data show that the number of cases in Afghanistan has been increasing compared to last year, officials said. Most of these cases were breast cancer among women. At the same time, men mainly had throat cancer, and the reasons were the use
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Cancer Cases on Rise in Afghanistan amid Crumbling Health System

Khaama: The existing data show that the number of cases in Afghanistan has been increasing compared to last year, officials said. Most of these cases were breast cancer among women. At the same time, men mainly had throat cancer, and the reasons were the use of chemicals, lengthy wars and the use of different weaponryRead More...

Q&A: Malala Yousafzai Says World Should Stand by Afghan Women

Nazrana Ghaffar Yousufzai VOA News January 23, 2023 WASHINGTON — Malala Yousafzai says that the world should come together to support the fundamental rights of Afghan women. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said in an interview with VOA that the people of Af
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Q&A: Malala Yousafzai Says World Should Stand by Afghan Women

Nazrana Ghaffar Yousufzai VOA News January 23, 2023 WASHINGTON — Malala Yousafzai says that the world should come together to support the fundamental rights of Afghan women. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said in an interview with VOA that the people of Afghanistan, Muslim countries and the international community should stand with Afghan women in theirRead More...

46 Afghan Refugees Killed in Iran in One Month

8am: Sources in Afghanistan’s western Nimroz province told Hasht-e Subh on Monday, January 23, the bodies of 46 refugees were transferred to Afghanistan through the Silk Bridge crossing between Iran and Afghanistan last month. According to sources, these bo
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46 Afghan Refugees Killed in Iran in One Month

8am: Sources in Afghanistan’s western Nimroz province told Hasht-e Subh on Monday, January 23, the bodies of 46 refugees were transferred to Afghanistan through the Silk Bridge crossing between Iran and Afghanistan last month. According to sources, these bodies belong to immigrants and refugees who visited Iran to work and have been killed in variousRead More...

Afghanistan professor on girls’ education: ‘Men must stand up for women’

BBC News: “I call on fathers to take the hands of their daughters and walk them to school, even if the gates are shut.” Professor Ismail Mashal, who runs a private university in Kabul, says he has had enough of the restrictions women face in Afgha
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Afghanistan professor on girls’ education: ‘Men must stand up for women’

BBC News: “I call on fathers to take the hands of their daughters and walk them to school, even if the gates are shut.” Professor Ismail Mashal, who runs a private university in Kabul, says he has had enough of the restrictions women face in Afghanistan. Slender and well dressed, he is a mixture ofRead More...

ICC under increasing pressure to suspend Afghanistan

DW: The inexhorable rise of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team since 2000 has been lauded as a heartwarming story of triumph amid war, occupation, poverty, repression and regime change. However, following the Taliban’s return to power in August 20
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ICC under increasing pressure to suspend Afghanistan

DW: The inexhorable rise of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team since 2000 has been lauded as a heartwarming story of triumph amid war, occupation, poverty, repression and regime change. However, following the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021 and the subsequent ban on female participation in sport or exercise, as well as the lossRead More...

China providing modern weaponry to Taliban: Report

ANI: The move comes as unstable and volatile Afghanistan threatens Chinese interests and could be a hurdle to the success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Moreover, Chinese sources have expressed concern that uncertainty and unrest could lead to Afghani
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China providing modern weaponry to Taliban: Report

ANI: The move comes as unstable and volatile Afghanistan threatens Chinese interests and could be a hurdle to the success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Moreover, Chinese sources have expressed concern that uncertainty and unrest could lead to Afghanistan becoming a hotbed for terrorists “targeting China’s Xinjiang and its interests overseas, such asRead More...

Taliban Leader’s Dominance Results In Increased Oppression, Isolation

Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 22, 2023 Few Taliban members can reach him, and even fewer Afghans have seen him. He refuses to meet foreigners, including the most distinguished religious scholars from the Muslim world. Despite the T
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Taliban Leader’s Dominance Results In Increased Oppression, Isolation

Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 22, 2023 Few Taliban members can reach him, and even fewer Afghans have seen him. He refuses to meet foreigners, including the most distinguished religious scholars from the Muslim world. Despite the Taliban’s promises of moderation upon seizing power in August 2021, its man behind the curtain, supremeRead More...

US covertly supporting Armed Groups in Afghanistan: Russia

Khaama: The US has been reaching out to armed groups that oppose the current Afghan government and secretly financing them, as per Russia’s Presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, media reports said. He also said that “the United States is cont
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US covertly supporting Armed Groups in Afghanistan: Russia

Khaama: The US has been reaching out to armed groups that oppose the current Afghan government and secretly financing them, as per Russia’s Presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, media reports said. He also said that “the United States is contacting armed opposition in Afghanistan and covertly sponsoring Islamic State, who are aimed at underminingRead More...

Taliban Arrest Civilian in Paktika Whose Brother Posted Critical Content on Facebook

8am: According to local sources, after this Facebook post, the Taliban arrested Ayaz Bacha, the brother of Mohammad Muqtasad, in Yusuf Khel district of Paktika province. It should be mentioned that the Taliban recently arrested a poet in Paktika for writing
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Taliban Arrest Civilian in Paktika Whose Brother Posted Critical Content on Facebook

8am: According to local sources, after this Facebook post, the Taliban arrested Ayaz Bacha, the brother of Mohammad Muqtasad, in Yusuf Khel district of Paktika province. It should be mentioned that the Taliban recently arrested a poet in Paktika for writing a critical poem. Click here to read more (external link).

Almost 30,000 Afghan refugees return from Iran in last 3 weeks

Ariana: The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) says in the last three weeks, more than 12,500 people entered Afghanistan through the Islam Qala border and nearly 16,000 Afghan migrants entered Afghanistan through the Nimroz border. According to MoRR
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Almost 30,000 Afghan refugees return from Iran in last 3 weeks

Ariana: The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) says in the last three weeks, more than 12,500 people entered Afghanistan through the Islam Qala border and nearly 16,000 Afghan migrants entered Afghanistan through the Nimroz border. According to MoRR, most of the returnees went to Iran illegally and were without their families. Many were alsoRead More...

Pakistan Taliban Kill 3 Police Officers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khaama: Local authorities have reported that militants attacked a police outpost using in northeastern Pakistan, killing three security personnel on Thursday evening. The terror attack took place in the Khyber district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakist
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Pakistan Taliban Kill 3 Police Officers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khaama: Local authorities have reported that militants attacked a police outpost using in northeastern Pakistan, killing three security personnel on Thursday evening. The terror attack took place in the Khyber district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan late yesterday evening. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed the responsibility for the deadlyRead More...

Muzzled in Afghanistan, Activists Protest Abroad

Akmal Dawi VOA News February 19, 2023 From Lafayette Park in front of the White House to the streets of London, Toronto and many other cities around the world, activists have been staging small protests to condemn the Taliban’s repressive policies against w
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Muzzled in Afghanistan, Activists Protest Abroad

Akmal Dawi VOA News February 19, 2023 From Lafayette Park in front of the White House to the streets of London, Toronto and many other cities around the world, activists have been staging small protests to condemn the Taliban’s repressive policies against women in Afghanistan and call for a stronger international response. While they attractRead More...

Afghan Journalists Navigate a Changed Landscape

Roshan Noorzai VOA News January 19, 2023 WASHINGTON — From regulations on what can be covered to rules on where women can work, journalists say it is increasingly difficult to report in Afghanistan. Restrictions on media “increased in the past year,” s
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Afghan Journalists Navigate a Changed Landscape

Roshan Noorzai VOA News January 19, 2023 WASHINGTON — From regulations on what can be covered to rules on where women can work, journalists say it is increasingly difficult to report in Afghanistan. Restrictions on media “increased in the past year,” said Dawood Mubarak Oglu, a reporter who covers security and politics for the independent mediaRead More...

Blast Rocks Afghanistan’s Northern Takhar Province

8am: Sources said a blast occurred outside the Taliban governor’s office in Takhar province. No details about the nature of the explosion and casualty toll were immediately available. Local media outlets, however, reported that the explosion was caused by
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Blast Rocks Afghanistan’s Northern Takhar Province

8am: Sources said a blast occurred outside the Taliban governor’s office in Takhar province. No details about the nature of the explosion and casualty toll were immediately available. Local media outlets, however, reported that the explosion was caused by a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a civilian Corolla Toyota vehicle. Click here toRead More...

Armed Thieves Robbed Gold Jewelry Store in Kapisa Using Taliban Military Vehicle

8am: This incident took place on Wednesday evening in Shirkhan Khel village, Kohistan’s first district. Armed robberies have increased in regions north of Kabul in the past few months, with most robberies are carried out using the Taliban’s title, outfit
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Armed Thieves Robbed Gold Jewelry Store in Kapisa Using Taliban Military Vehicle

8am: This incident took place on Wednesday evening in Shirkhan Khel village, Kohistan’s first district. Armed robberies have increased in regions north of Kabul in the past few months, with most robberies are carried out using the Taliban’s title, outfits and military equipment. Click here to read more (external link).

The Taliban appear to be making kill lists

The Washington Examiner: While the world fumes about the far-reaching impacts of Taliban misogyny, Afghanistan’s leaders have quietly begun assembling apparent kill lists of their remaining enemies. Media reports indicate that the Taliban have asked villag
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The Taliban appear to be making kill lists

The Washington Examiner: While the world fumes about the far-reaching impacts of Taliban misogyny, Afghanistan’s leaders have quietly begun assembling apparent kill lists of their remaining enemies. Media reports indicate that the Taliban have asked village elders and lawyers in Kabul and several northern provinces to create lists of those who worked with the formerRead More...

UN Envoy Visits Afghanistan, Discusses Bans on Women

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 18, 2023 ISLAMABAD — A top U.N. diplomat held talks with the foreign minister of the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan to convey international concern about restrictions they have placed on women’s access to work, education and
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UN Envoy Visits Afghanistan, Discusses Bans on Women

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 18, 2023 ISLAMABAD — A top U.N. diplomat held talks with the foreign minister of the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan to convey international concern about restrictions they have placed on women’s access to work, education and public life. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the highest-ranking woman in the world body, arrived overnightRead More...

Some Afghan Female NGO Staff Resume Work Amid Taliban Ban

Akmal Dawi VOA News January 17, 2023 Hundreds of Afghan women employed by international non-governmental organizations have started returning to work despite a Taliban order banning their work. At least three NGOs — CARE International, Save the Children, an
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Some Afghan Female NGO Staff Resume Work Amid Taliban Ban

Akmal Dawi VOA News January 17, 2023 Hundreds of Afghan women employed by international non-governmental organizations have started returning to work despite a Taliban order banning their work. At least three NGOs — CARE International, Save the Children, and International Rescue Committee — have confirmed resumption of humanitarian operations in Afghanistan with Afghan women onRead More...

Old Man Dies After Being Tortured by Taliban in Panjshir

8am: An old man died in a hospital after being severely tortured by the Taliban in Panjshir province. Sources on Tuesday, January 17, confirmed to Hasht-e Subh that Khal Mohammad died of his injuries in a hospital, adding that he had been arrested by the Tali
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Old Man Dies After Being Tortured by Taliban in Panjshir

8am: An old man died in a hospital after being severely tortured by the Taliban in Panjshir province. Sources on Tuesday, January 17, confirmed to Hasht-e Subh that Khal Mohammad died of his injuries in a hospital, adding that he had been arrested by the Taliban in Omarz village about 15 days ago. Sources detailedRead More...

Pakistan ‘concerned’ about rising militancy along border with Afghanistan: UN envoy

Ariana: Pakistan has expressed concern over what it says is an increase in militancy along the border with Afghanistan. Speaking to Newsweek, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Munir Akram warned that unless the economic situation in
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Pakistan ‘concerned’ about rising militancy along border with Afghanistan: UN envoy

Ariana: Pakistan has expressed concern over what it says is an increase in militancy along the border with Afghanistan. Speaking to Newsweek, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Munir Akram warned that unless the economic situation in Afghanistan improves, the Islamic Emirate could begin to lose members to more militant groups including IS-K (Daesh).Read More...

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