Afghanistan



One wounded in Kabul explosion

Ariana: Kabul police confirm an explosive device was detonated on Sunday afternoon in front of the Istiqlal Hotel in PD15. The explosion happened outside the hotel where a commemoration ceremony was being held to mark the sixth death anniversary of Mullah Akh
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One wounded in Kabul explosion

Ariana: Kabul police confirm an explosive device was detonated on Sunday afternoon in front of the Istiqlal Hotel in PD15. The explosion happened outside the hotel where a commemoration ceremony was being held to mark the sixth death anniversary of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the former leader of the IEA. Click here to read moreRead More...

Taliban Bans Displaying Images of Living Beings on the Walls in Herat Province

8am: In a new decree, the Taliban have banned displaying living beings posters in Herat province. The Taliban have told all printing shops and advertising companies in the province to refrain from publishing living beings’ posters and images. Click here to
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Taliban Bans Displaying Images of Living Beings on the Walls in Herat Province

8am: In a new decree, the Taliban have banned displaying living beings posters in Herat province. The Taliban have told all printing shops and advertising companies in the province to refrain from publishing living beings’ posters and images. Click here to read more (external link).

Clashes Escalate Between NRF Forces and the Taliban in Panjshir

8am: The clashes have again escalated between the National Resistance Front forces and the Taliban fighters in Panjshir’s Rukha district, sources confirm. The Taliban rebels have attacked from several positions on the Resistance Front’s bases in the Hesar
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Clashes Escalate Between NRF Forces and the Taliban in Panjshir

8am: The clashes have again escalated between the National Resistance Front forces and the Taliban fighters in Panjshir’s Rukha district, sources confirm. The Taliban rebels have attacked from several positions on the Resistance Front’s bases in the Hesarak area of Rukha district since Sunday morning, sources say. Sources report that casualties have been inflicted onRead More...

Worst Fears Of Iranian Dissidents In Afghanistan Realized After Arrests, Killing

RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi: After the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, Afghanistan became an unlikely refuge for a small number of dissidents from neighboring Iran. The Western-backed Afghan government granted asylum to the Iranian nationals, who were allowed to li
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Worst Fears Of Iranian Dissidents In Afghanistan Realized After Arrests, Killing

RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi: After the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, Afghanistan became an unlikely refuge for a small number of dissidents from neighboring Iran. The Western-backed Afghan government granted asylum to the Iranian nationals, who were allowed to live freely without the fear of political persecution. But after the Taliban seized power in August 2021, someRead More...

Taliban’s Acting Defense Minister Leads the Fight Against NRF Forces in Panjshir

8am: Defense, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob has traveled to the province to lead the fight against the National Resistance Front. It is said that he arrived in Panjshir on Friday, May 20. According to reports, during this period of fights, the Taliban have not only
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Taliban’s Acting Defense Minister Leads the Fight Against NRF Forces in Panjshir

8am: Defense, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob has traveled to the province to lead the fight against the National Resistance Front. It is said that he arrived in Panjshir on Friday, May 20. According to reports, during this period of fights, the Taliban have not only failed to repel the forces of the Resistance Front, but theRead More...

Despite Taliban Disunity, Rebels Face Uphill Battle Without External Aid – Experts

Michael Hughes AOPNEWS May 21, 2022 Although intense infighting has complicated Taliban efforts to quash the resistance in northern Afghanistan, the fragmented opposition will be hard-pressed to expand nationwide without more external assistance, especially a
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Despite Taliban Disunity, Rebels Face Uphill Battle Without External Aid – Experts

Michael Hughes AOPNEWS May 21, 2022 Although intense infighting has complicated Taliban efforts to quash the resistance in northern Afghanistan, the fragmented opposition will be hard-pressed to expand nationwide without more external assistance, especially as Pakistan steps up support for the radical movement, experts told Afghan Online Press. The Taliban 2.0, in power now forRead More...

Resistance Fronts in Baghlan Call on Exiled Afghan Politicians to Fight Against Taliban on Battle Grounds Instead of Begging for Mercy

8am: On Thursday, May 19, a number of exiled Afghan politicians gathered and met at the residence of Abdul Rashid Dostum, including Mohammad Mohaqiq, Abdu Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Atta Mohammad Noor, Karim Khalili, Ahmad Wali Masoud, Mir Rahman Rahmani, and Mohamma
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Resistance Fronts in Baghlan Call on Exiled Afghan Politicians to Fight Against Taliban on Battle Grounds Instead of Begging for Mercy

8am: On Thursday, May 19, a number of exiled Afghan politicians gathered and met at the residence of Abdul Rashid Dostum, including Mohammad Mohaqiq, Abdu Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Atta Mohammad Noor, Karim Khalili, Ahmad Wali Masoud, Mir Rahman Rahmani, and Mohammad Alam Ezidyar in Turkey’s capital Ankara. Click here to read more (external link).

Taliban Restarts House-to-House Search Operations in Herat

8am: The residents and citizens have raised a serious matter of concern over the issue, complaining that the rebels do not respect the issues of privacy and usually harass the house owner. It is said that the Taliban are looking for former army soldiers and r
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Taliban Restarts House-to-House Search Operations in Herat

8am: The residents and citizens have raised a serious matter of concern over the issue, complaining that the rebels do not respect the issues of privacy and usually harass the house owner. It is said that the Taliban are looking for former army soldiers and residents from the Northern provinces of the country, including Panjshir.Read More...

NRF Forces Kill 17 Taliban Rebels in Panjshir During an Ambush

8am: The National Resistance Front in Panjshir province has claimed that its forces have killed 17 Taliban fighters in an ambush in this province. According to Sibghatullah Ahmadi, the NRF spokesman, the attacks were carried out on the Taliban fighters in th
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NRF Forces Kill 17 Taliban Rebels in Panjshir During an Ambush

8am: The National Resistance Front in Panjshir province has claimed that its forces have killed 17 Taliban fighters in an ambush in this province. According to Sibghatullah Ahmadi, the NRF spokesman, the attacks were carried out on the Taliban fighters in the Hesa-e-Awal district, Chawbak area. “In the clashes, no Resistance forces are killed orRead More...

Tahreek-e-Azadi Afghanistan claims responsibility over Mazar-i-Sharif blast

ANI: According to Khalid Pasoon, spokesman for the Tahreek-e-Azadi Afghanistan, ten civilians lost their lives in the blast while twelve people sustained serious injuries. The spokesperson further stated that the targeted truck, transporting civilian personne
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Tahreek-e-Azadi Afghanistan claims responsibility over Mazar-i-Sharif blast

ANI: According to Khalid Pasoon, spokesman for the Tahreek-e-Azadi Afghanistan, ten civilians lost their lives in the blast while twelve people sustained serious injuries. The spokesperson further stated that the targeted truck, transporting civilian personnel of the Taliban forces was completely ruined by the blast, reported The Khaama Press. A magnetic mine explosion was attributedRead More...

Afghanistan: The Taliban’s first fall and an opening for Tajik journalists

Euraisanet: The year was 2001, the month was September and Tajik reporter Khurshed Nazarov was a man on a mission.  His bosses at Russia’s state-funded RTR broadcaster had dispatched him to northern Afghanistan to get the interview that every journalist tr
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Afghanistan: The Taliban’s first fall and an opening for Tajik journalists

Euraisanet: The year was 2001, the month was September and Tajik reporter Khurshed Nazarov was a man on a mission.  His bosses at Russia’s state-funded RTR broadcaster had dispatched him to northern Afghanistan to get the interview that every journalist traveling there wanted: Ahmad Shah Massoud.  The legendary anti-Soviet turned anti-Taliban commander was a figureRead More...

Hostilities Grow Between Taliban And Tajikistan Amid Border Closure, Truck Seizures

By Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 19, 2022 Delshad has been stranded for over a week at Shir Khan Bandar, a river port along Afghanistan’s northeastern border with Tajikistan. He is among dozens of Tajik truck drivers who transpo
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Hostilities Grow Between Taliban And Tajikistan Amid Border Closure, Truck Seizures

By Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 19, 2022 Delshad has been stranded for over a week at Shir Khan Bandar, a river port along Afghanistan’s northeastern border with Tajikistan. He is among dozens of Tajik truck drivers who transported coal to Afghanistan earlier this month. But the Taliban prevented the drivers from crossing backRead More...

Taliban Arrests 35 Panjshiri Youths in Kabul City

8am: Over the past week, the Taliban rebels have arrested 35 Panjshiri residents in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and taken them to an unknown location, sources confirm. As reported, some of these Panjshiri residents were sitting in front of their friend
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Taliban Arrests 35 Panjshiri Youths in Kabul City

8am: Over the past week, the Taliban rebels have arrested 35 Panjshiri residents in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and taken them to an unknown location, sources confirm. As reported, some of these Panjshiri residents were sitting in front of their friend’s house. Suddenly, a number of the Taliban members raid them using a privateRead More...

Taliban Reportedly Issues Order Requiring Female TV Presenters To Cover Faces

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 19, 2022 Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have reportedly issued an order saying that female television presenters must cover their faces when appearing on programs. The privately owned media giant Moby Group, which runs
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Taliban Reportedly Issues Order Requiring Female TV Presenters To Cover Faces

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 19, 2022 Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have reportedly issued an order saying that female television presenters must cover their faces when appearing on programs. The privately owned media giant Moby Group, which runs Tolo News, said in a tweet on May 19 that it was informed of the requirement by theRead More...

Pakistan Taliban extends ceasefire in talks brokered by Kabul

Al Jazeera: The Pakistan Taliban says it is extending a ceasefire with the government until May 30, after the two sides held an initial round of talks hosted by Taliban rulers in neighbouring Afghanistan. The spokesman for the armed group, Mohammad Khurasani
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Pakistan Taliban extends ceasefire in talks brokered by Kabul

Al Jazeera: The Pakistan Taliban says it is extending a ceasefire with the government until May 30, after the two sides held an initial round of talks hosted by Taliban rulers in neighbouring Afghanistan. The spokesman for the armed group, Mohammad Khurasani, on Wednesday said the talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamabad governmentRead More...

US Study Blames Rapid Troop Exit for Collapse of Afghan Forces

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 18, 2022 ISLAMABAD — An official U.S. agency report has blamed the sudden demise of Afghan security forces in August 2021 mainly on Washington’s decision to rapidly withdraw the American military, leading to the Taliban takeover of
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US Study Blames Rapid Troop Exit for Collapse of Afghan Forces

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 18, 2022 ISLAMABAD — An official U.S. agency report has blamed the sudden demise of Afghan security forces in August 2021 mainly on Washington’s decision to rapidly withdraw the American military, leading to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), tasked to monitor events inRead More...

Three Taliban Militants Shot Dead by Gunmen in Nangarhar

8am: According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen took away Taliban weapons after killing them. The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident. Attacks on Taliban bases, vehicles and checkpoints in Nangarhar province have increased to an unprecedented level. Cli
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Three Taliban Militants Shot Dead by Gunmen in Nangarhar

8am: According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen took away Taliban weapons after killing them. The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident. Attacks on Taliban bases, vehicles and checkpoints in Nangarhar province have increased to an unprecedented level. Click here to read more (external link).

Virtue Promotion in Nangarhar: Female Patients Not Allowed to Enter Hospital Without a Male Guardian

8am: In a letter issued, the Taliban’s Ministry of Virtue Promotion has instructed the health authorities of the Nazi district of Nangarhar province not to allow women without Islamic hijab and a male guardian to enter the hospital. During a visit to hospit
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Virtue Promotion in Nangarhar: Female Patients Not Allowed to Enter Hospital Without a Male Guardian

8am: In a letter issued, the Taliban’s Ministry of Virtue Promotion has instructed the health authorities of the Nazi district of Nangarhar province not to allow women without Islamic hijab and a male guardian to enter the hospital. During a visit to hospitals in the Nazi district of the province, the Taliban Virtue Promoters warnedRead More...

U.S. takes control of Afghan embassy and consulates

Ariana: The United States has taken control of the Afghan Embassy in Washington and Afghan consulates in two U.S. states, the State Department has said. The State Department has assumed “sole responsibility” for the security and maintenance of the diploma
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U.S. takes control of Afghan embassy and consulates

Ariana: The United States has taken control of the Afghan Embassy in Washington and Afghan consulates in two U.S. states, the State Department has said. The State Department has assumed “sole responsibility” for the security and maintenance of the diplomatic missions and their “furnishings, archives, and financial assets” and will bar anyone from entering themRead More...

Afghanistan Owes Over $100 Million for Electricity

Tolo News: The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) said that Afghanistan owes more than $100 million for electricity imported from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Kabul residents say Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat should invest more in domestic electricity. Click
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Afghanistan Owes Over $100 Million for Electricity

Tolo News: The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) said that Afghanistan owes more than $100 million for electricity imported from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Kabul residents say Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat should invest more in domestic electricity. Click here to read more (external link).

Covid-19 cases double, deaths triple in Afghanistan

Pajhwok: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday said that the number of coronavirus cases has more than doubled and deaths from the virus tripled in the past two weeks in the country. Health professionals say the number of coronavirus cases increase
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Covid-19 cases double, deaths triple in Afghanistan

Pajhwok: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday said that the number of coronavirus cases has more than doubled and deaths from the virus tripled in the past two weeks in the country. Health professionals say the number of coronavirus cases increase in the beginning of cold season and the arrival of warm seasons.Read More...

Two Afghanistan U19 officials not to seek asylum, return home

ESPNcricinfo: Two out of four Afghanistan team members from the 2022 Under-19 World Cup touring party returned to the country three months after staying back in England with a view to seeking asylum in the wake of the Taliban takeover of the country. ESPNcric
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Two Afghanistan U19 officials not to seek asylum, return home

ESPNcricinfo: Two out of four Afghanistan team members from the 2022 Under-19 World Cup touring party returned to the country three months after staying back in England with a view to seeking asylum in the wake of the Taliban takeover of the country. ESPNcricinfo understands both have been accepted back by the Afghanistan Cricket BoardRead More...

Prospect of another civil war in Afghanistan

Daily Sabah: The Taliban are implementing public policies contrary to Islamic Sharia law, forcing Pashtun identity in a diverse society by eliminating non-Pashtun texts and disposing non-Pashtun identity from daily life. Such provocations by the Taliban broug
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Prospect of another civil war in Afghanistan

Daily Sabah: The Taliban are implementing public policies contrary to Islamic Sharia law, forcing Pashtun identity in a diverse society by eliminating non-Pashtun texts and disposing non-Pashtun identity from daily life. Such provocations by the Taliban brought controversy to the existence of a cohesive spontaneous national identity, which is crucial for the survival of aRead More...

Taliban Say No Christians Live in Afghanistan; US Groups Concerned

VOA News May 16, 2022 Husain Andaryas was a religious fighter in the war against the invading Soviet army in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, but almost a year after the Soviets left, he converted to Christianity. For the next nine years, Andaryas wandered in
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Taliban Say No Christians Live in Afghanistan; US Groups Concerned

VOA News May 16, 2022 Husain Andaryas was a religious fighter in the war against the invading Soviet army in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, but almost a year after the Soviets left, he converted to Christianity. For the next nine years, Andaryas wandered in several regional countries, suffered torture, and was finally offered aRead More...

Fear Grips Afghanistan’s Sufi Community Following Deadly Attacks

By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi Abubakar Siddiqu May 16, 2022 Mansur Sikandari was singing Islamic hymns inside the Khalifa Sahib monastery in the Afghan capital, Kabul, when a powerful explosion ripped through the building. The monastery was packed with membe
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Fear Grips Afghanistan’s Sufi Community Following Deadly Attacks

By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi Abubakar Siddiqu May 16, 2022 Mansur Sikandari was singing Islamic hymns inside the Khalifa Sahib monastery in the Afghan capital, Kabul, when a powerful explosion ripped through the building. The monastery was packed with members of Afghanistan’s Sufi community, who follow a mystical form of Islam and incorporate dancing, singing, and musicRead More...

Central Asia Caught Up in Power Play Between US, China

VOA News May 16, 2022 Navbahor Imamova WASHINGTON — In the two most recent U.S. presidential administrations, Central Asia has been caught up in Washington’s “strategic competition” with Beijing, experts say. And, they add, that under th
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Central Asia Caught Up in Power Play Between US, China

VOA News May 16, 2022 Navbahor Imamova WASHINGTON — In the two most recent U.S. presidential administrations, Central Asia has been caught up in Washington’s “strategic competition” with Beijing, experts say. And, they add, that under the presumption that Central Asians share Washington’s concerns, the United States, highlighting human rights violations in China’s western region ofRead More...

‘We are worse off’: Afghanistan further impoverished as women vanish from workforce

The Guardian (UK): From civil servants, teachers and doctors to journalists and business owners, loss of female workers under the Taliban has already cost the economy $1bn – A gynaecologist from Herat, who wishes to be identified only as Dr Maryam, says
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‘We are worse off’: Afghanistan further impoverished as women vanish from workforce

The Guardian (UK): From civil servants, teachers and doctors to journalists and business owners, loss of female workers under the Taliban has already cost the economy $1bn – A gynaecologist from Herat, who wishes to be identified only as Dr Maryam, says: “Even before this decree, they made hijab mandatory for women doctors, and requireRead More...

NRF Forces Kill 8 Taliban Fighters, Including Their Commander in Panjshir

8am: The National Resistance Front has claimed that its forces have killed 8 Taliban fighters, including their commander, in an ambush in Panjshir province. According to Sibghatullah Ahmadi, the NRF spokesman, these rebels have been killed by NRF forces in He
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NRF Forces Kill 8 Taliban Fighters, Including Their Commander in Panjshir

8am: The National Resistance Front has claimed that its forces have killed 8 Taliban fighters, including their commander, in an ambush in Panjshir province. According to Sibghatullah Ahmadi, the NRF spokesman, these rebels have been killed by NRF forces in Hesa-e-Awal district of Panjshir, adding that NRF forces have seized a number of weapons andRead More...

Journalists Claim Restrictions on Covering Security Incidents

Tolo News: Jawad Etimad, a journalist, said he was arrested while covering a blast in PD5 of Kabul city. Etimad said he spent two days detained by the Islamic Emirate. Jawad Etimad is working for an online media outlet.  “They prevented me from making foot
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Journalists Claim Restrictions on Covering Security Incidents

Tolo News: Jawad Etimad, a journalist, said he was arrested while covering a blast in PD5 of Kabul city. Etimad said he spent two days detained by the Islamic Emirate. Jawad Etimad is working for an online media outlet.  “They prevented me from making footage. They beat me with kicks and punches. And then theyRead More...

Nine months of Taliban’s rule: 80.9% of the cabinet combination and governors are Pashtuns and 98.4% of them are Taliban members, there is no woman and Hazara

Aamaj: Nine months after Taliban’s domination the latest survey of Aamaj News shows that 82.7% of the Taliban’s cabinet members are Pashtuns and 96.5% of them are their own members. According to this survey 79.4% of governors are Pashtuns and 100% of the
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Nine months of Taliban’s rule: 80.9% of the cabinet combination and governors are Pashtuns and 98.4% of them are Taliban members, there is no woman and Hazara

Aamaj: Nine months after Taliban’s domination the latest survey of Aamaj News shows that 82.7% of the Taliban’s cabinet members are Pashtuns and 96.5% of them are their own members. According to this survey 79.4% of governors are Pashtuns and 100% of them are Taliban members. There are 6.8% Tajiks, 6.8% Uzbeks, and 3.4% NuristanisRead More...

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