Tag: Afghanistan

Hope and despair: Kathy Gannon on 35 years in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan policeman opened fire on us with his AK-47, emptying 26 bullets into the back of the car. Seven slammed into me, and at least as many into my colleague, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus. She died at my side. Anja weighed heavy against […]

Taliban calls for release of frozen funds after deadly earthquake

Summary Earthquake killed more than 1,000 people Sanctions, frozen central bank assets stem funding flow Taliban spokesman says relief effort should be priority KABUL, June 25 – Afghanistan’s Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets […]

Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of devastating quake

GAYAN, Afghanistan — Villagers rushed to bury the dead Thursday and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people. The Taliban and the international community that fled their takeover struggled to […]

Taliban hard-liners turning back the clock in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — Taliban hard-liners are turning back the clock in Afghanistan with a flurry of repressive edicts over the past days that hark back to their harsh rule from the late 1990s. Girls have been banned from going to school beyond the sixth grade, women are barred from […]

WFP director for Afghanistan warns of “tsunami of hunger’

BRUSSELS — Afghanistan is facing a “tsunami of hunger” because of a shortage of funds that’s needed to keep the supply of food intact as country teeters on the edge of economic run with more than half of the population struggling to eat this winter, a senior official […]

Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan

SHEDAI CAMP, Afghanistan — In a sprawling settlement of mud brick huts in western Afghanistan housing people displaced by drought and war, a woman is fighting to save her daughter. Aziz Gul’s husband sold the 10-year-old girl into marriage without telling his wife, taking a down-payment so he […]

Special Report: Pilots detail chaotic collapse of the Afghan Air Force

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 – Hours before Kabul fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, the Afghan Air Force was melting down. Instead of unleashing air attacks against advancing insurgents, some airmen were fighting each other. At the Kabul airport, some Afghan Air Force personnel guarding the airfield tried […]

Afghan humanitarian crisis, drug trafficking alarm India, Russia, China

NEW DELHI, Nov 26 – The foreign ministers of India, Russia and China expressed concern on Friday at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the spread of drug trafficking in the country. Afghanistan has been plunged into crisis by the abrupt end of billions of dollars in […]

Pakistan allows Indian aid transit to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 – Pakistan’s Cabinet on Tuesday granted permission to arch-rival India to use its land route to ship wheat aid to neighbouring Afghanistan where millions of people face hunger as a harsh winter sets in. Islamabad will also send aid, the prime minister’s office said in […]

Nationwide polio eradication campaign starts in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban-run Afghan public health ministry announced Sunday the start of a four-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign aimed at inoculating children under age 5. For the past three years before taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban had barred U.N.-organized vaccination teams from doing door-to-door campaigns in […]

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