White House: The U.S. can evacuate remaining Americans in Afghanistan

The United States has the capacity to evacuate the approximately 300 U.S. citizens remaining in Afghanistan who want to leave before President Joe Biden's Tuesday deadline, senior administration officials said, as rocket fire in Kabul and another U.S. drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants underscored the grave threat in the war's final days. “This … Continue reading White House: The U.S. can evacuate remaining Americans in Afghanistan

Biden salutes US soldiers killed in Kabul bombings

President Joe Biden has met with the families of the 13 US soldiers who were killed in an attack at Kabul airport last week, as the remains of the fallen army personnel are returned to the United States from Afghanistan. Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attended the “dignified transfer” of the fallen soldiers at Dover Air … Continue reading Biden salutes US soldiers killed in Kabul bombings

Taliban ready to ‘seize’ Kabul airport

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday the group’s forces were holding some positions within the airport and were ready to peacefully take control of it as American forces flew out. But Pentagon spokesman John Kirby denied the claim. Afghan evacuees queue before boarding one of the last Italian military aircraft flights during the evacuation … Continue reading Taliban ready to ‘seize’ Kabul airport

Taliban blocks Kabul airport

Taliban forces have sealed off Kabul’s airport to most Afghans hoping for evacuation, as the United States and its allies wound down a chaotic airlift that will end their troops’ two decades in Afghanistan. Western leaders acknowledged that their withdrawal would mean leaving behind some of their citizens and many locals who helped them over … Continue reading Taliban blocks Kabul airport

Ashraf Ghani fled with cars and helicopter full of cash

Russia's embassy in Kabul said on Monday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in, the RIA news agency reported. Ashraf Ghani Ghani, whose current whereabouts are unknown, said he left Afghanistan on Sunday as … Continue reading Ashraf Ghani fled with cars and helicopter full of cash

Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal amid rising chaos

In a Facebook post, Ghani Ashraf said he had left the country to avoid clashes with the Taliban that would endanger millions of Kabul residents. Some social media users branded Ghani, who did not disclose his location, a coward for leaving them in chaos. Joe Biden 'Failed experience' UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all parties … Continue reading Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal amid rising chaos

World powers are watching the Taliban – Jacinda Ardern

Central Kabul streets were largely deserted early on a sunny Monday as waking residents pondered their future. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern "I'm in a complete state of shock," said Sherzad Karim Stanekzai, who spent the night in his carpet shop to guard it. "I know there will be no foreigners, no international people … Continue reading World powers are watching the Taliban – Jacinda Ardern

Boris Johnson: Taliban should not be recognised as Afghan government

Nobody should bilaterally recognise the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, adding it was clear that there would be a new administration in the country very shortly. "We don't want anybody bilaterally recognising the Taliban," Johnson said in an interview clip, urging the West to work together on Afghanistan through … Continue reading Boris Johnson: Taliban should not be recognised as Afghan government

US govt warns Americans to avoid Kabul airport, Ghani flees Afghanistan as city falls to Taliban

resident Ashraf Ghani, along with his close aides, flew out of Afghanistan on Sunday, paving way for Taliban to regain power 20 years after a US-led military invasion ousted them. Ashraf Ghani A senior Afghan Interior Ministry official confirmed the development to Reuters. Asked for comment, the president's office said it "cannot say anything about Ashraf … Continue reading US govt warns Americans to avoid Kabul airport, Ghani flees Afghanistan as city falls to Taliban

Journalists murdered in Afghanistan war remind us of the need for peace

The United Nations (UN), Amnesty International and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), among other concerned citizens around the world, have condemned the incessant murders in Afghanistan and called for peace among all warring parties. Afghan Journalist, Sabawoon Kakar, is laid to rest after a bomb attack in Kabul on 30 April 2018, which killed eight … Continue reading Journalists murdered in Afghanistan war remind us of the need for peace