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Taliban order Afghan women to cover faces again

Summary Taliban threaten punishments for closest male relative Face cover order is part of growing restrictions on women Rights advocates unhappy at new rules KABUL, May 7 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban government ordered women on Saturday to cover their faces in public, a return to a signature policy […]

The AP Interview: Taliban seek ties with US, other ex-foes

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers are committed in principle to education and jobs for girls and women, a marked departure from their previous time in power, and seek the world’s “mercy and compassion” to help millions of Afghans in desperate need, a top Taliban leader said […]

‘Just give us our money’: Taliban push to unlock Afghan billions abroad

Summary Afghanistan faces mass starvation, cash drought Official tells Europe to unlock Afghan funds ‘Freezing this money is unethical’, finance ministry says Taliban will not respect gay rights, ministry spokesman says FRANKFURT, Oct 29 – Afghanistan’s Taliban government is pressing for the release of billions of dollars of […]

In Kabul clinic, Taliban and the soldiers they fought confront wounds of war

KABUL, Oct 20 – Former Taliban fighter Mohammad Ishaq, who spent years battling Western troops and local forces in Afghanistan, lost his leg in combat and is now learning to walk with a new limb. Standing near him at a Kabul clinic is one of the soldiers he defeated. In the […]

EXPLAINER: Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat?

KABUL, Afghanistan — With the Taliban in power in Afghanistan, there’s a new enemy ascending. The Islamic State group threatens to usher in another violent phase. Except this time the former insurgents, the Taliban, play the role of the state, now that the U.S. troops and their allied […]

Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior Taliban […]

US, Taliban to hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

ISLAMABAD — Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to hold talks Saturday and Sunday about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country, officials from both sides said. It’s the first such meeting since U.S. forces withdrew from […]

Protests get harder for Afghan women amid risks and red tape

Oct 4 – Women in Afghanistan who object to what the Taliban have said and done since returning to power are finding it harder to protest, now that impromptu demonstrations have been banned and previous rallies were broken up by gunfire and beatings. Resistance within families and concerns […]

EXCLUSIVE Afghan central bank drained dollar stockpile before Kabul fell – document

Summary Afghan central bank short of cash to fund economy Cash squeeze hurting ordinary Afghans Assessment written for lenders criticises central bank Official defends its actions, but says some money ‘stolen’ FRANKFURT/MUMBAI, Sept 29 – The Afghan central bank ran down most of its U.S. dollar cash reserves […]

Islamic State uses Taliban’s own tactics to attack Afghanistan’s new rulers

Sept 23 – A little more than a month after toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul, Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers are facing internal enemies who have adopted many of the tactics of urban warfare that marked their own successful guerrilla campaign. A deadly attack on Kabul airport last […]

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