Analysis: As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick to provide relief

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – As international donors gather in Geneva on Monday to discuss humanitarian relief for Afghanistan under Taliban rule, neighbours China and Pakistan have already reached out with aid and discussions of future assistance.FILE PHOTO: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan’s Taliban,… Continue reading Analysis: As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick to provide relief

Taliban, opposition fight for Afghan holdout province, top U.S. general warns of civil war

(Reuters) – Taliban and opposition forces battled on Saturday to control the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, the last Afghan province holding out against the militant group, as the top U.S. general warned of a “civil war” if the Islamists failed to consolidate power. Both sides claimed to have the upper hand in Panjshir but… Continue reading Taliban, opposition fight for Afghan holdout province, top U.S. general warns of civil war

Taliban, opposition fight for Afghan holdout province of Panjshir

(Reuters) – Taliban and opposition forces battled on Saturday to control the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, the last Afghan province holding out against the Islamist group, with both sides claiming to have the upper hand without producing conclusive evidence. The Taliban, which took power in the rest of the country three weeks ago, were… Continue reading Taliban, opposition fight for Afghan holdout province of Panjshir

Taliban, opposition vie to control Panjshir; Pakistan spy chief flies to Kabul

(Reuters) – Taliban and opposition forces were fighting on Saturday for control of the Panjshir valley north of Kabul, the last province in Afghanistan holding out against the Islamist militia, according to reports.FILE PHOTO: Men prepare for defense against the Taliban in Panjshir, Afghanistan August 22, 2021. Aamaj News Agency via REUTERS Taliban sources had… Continue reading Taliban, opposition vie to control Panjshir; Pakistan spy chief flies to Kabul

Evacuated Afghans, hoping to resettle in U.S., face extended limbo in third countries

(Reuters) – In mid-August, Ahmad got an urgent call from his nephew, Zia, telling him to come immediately to Kabul airport to try to get on an evacuation flight.Evacuees from Afghanistan arrive at Al-Udeid airbase in Doha, Qatar in this recent undated handout. Government Communications Office of the State of Qatar/Handout via REUTERS Members of… Continue reading Evacuated Afghans, hoping to resettle in U.S., face extended limbo in third countries

Taliban confront Afghan economy in turmoil, humanitarian crisis

(Reuters) – Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers struggled to keep the country functioning on Wednesday after the final withdrawal of U.S. forces, with foreign donors alarmed about an impending humanitarian crisis.Families who arrive from Afghanistan are seen at their makeshift tents as they take refuge near a railway station in Chaman, Pakistan September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed… Continue reading Taliban confront Afghan economy in turmoil, humanitarian crisis

With Kabul airport closed, fearful Afghans rush for the border

(Reuters) -Crowds seeking to flee Afghanistan flocked to its borders while long queues formed at banks on Wednesday, as an administrative vacuum after the Taliban’s takeover left foreign donors unsure of how to respond to a looming humanitarian crisis.Afghan nationals stand at the Dowqarun border crossing between Iran and Afghanistan, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran August… Continue reading With Kabul airport closed, fearful Afghans rush for the border

As Afghanistan adjusts to Taliban rule, music goes silent

(Reuters) – Even before the last U.S. flight left Kabul at midnight on Monday, many of the bright and garish sights and sounds of city life in Afghanistan were changing as those left behind tried to fit in with the austere tone of their new Taliban rulers.FILE PHOTO: Afghan music students participate in a music… Continue reading As Afghanistan adjusts to Taliban rule, music goes silent

U.S. strikes at Islamic State militants in Kabul as withdrawal nears end

(Reuters) -The United States carried out a missile strike on Islamic State militants in Kabul on Sunday, U.S. officials said, as its forces at the capital’s airport worked to complete a withdrawal that will end two decades of involvement in Afghanistan. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the strike targeted suspected ISIS-K… Continue reading U.S. strikes at Islamic State militants in Kabul as withdrawal nears end

Qatar offering COVID vaccines to Afghanistan evacuees yet to transit

FILE PHOTO: Pharmacy manager Larren Suh displays the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020. Craig F. Walker/Pool via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar is offering COVID-19 vaccines to evacuees from Afghanistan who are temporarily staying in the Gulf Arab state, which has been facilitating global evacuation… Continue reading Qatar offering COVID vaccines to Afghanistan evacuees yet to transit

Afghans told to avoid Kabul airport as Islamic State threat emerges

(Reuters) -The United States and allies urged people to move away from Kabul airport on Thursday due to the threat of an Islamic State terror attack as Western troops hurry to evacuate as many Afghans as possible before an Aug. 31 deadline. Pressure to complete the evacuations of thousands of foreigners and Afghans who helped… Continue reading Afghans told to avoid Kabul airport as Islamic State threat emerges

Biden says Afghan evacuation on track; humanitarian crisis looms

(Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said U.S. troops in Afghanistan faced mounting danger as they pushed to complete evacuations by an Aug. 31 deadline, with aid agencies warning of a looming humanitarian crisis for the population left behind.FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Marine with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) escorts a… Continue reading Biden says Afghan evacuation on track; humanitarian crisis looms

Taliban co-founder arrives in Kabul to hammer out new government as airport chaos grows

KABUL (Reuters) -Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar has arrived in Kabul for talks with other leaders to hammer out a new Afghan government, a Taliban official said on Saturday, almost a week after the Islamist militants took over the capital without resistance.Taliban forces stand guard inside Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/StringerThe Taliban completed their sudden… Continue reading Taliban co-founder arrives in Kabul to hammer out new government as airport chaos grows

Taliban keep some evacuees from reaching Kabul airport, as U.S. vows to finish airlift

KABUL (Reuters) -Armed members of the Taliban kept people desperate to flee Afghanistan from reaching Kabul’s airport on Wednesday, witnesses said, while President Joe Biden vowed to keep U.S. troops in the country until all Americans are evacuated. Since the Taliban entered Kabul over the weekend, scenes of chaos have unfolded as thousands seek to… Continue reading Taliban keep some evacuees from reaching Kabul airport, as U.S. vows to finish airlift

Taliban go door-to-door telling fearful Afghans to work

(Reuters) – Armed Taliban members knocked on doors in cities across Afghanistan on Wednesday, witnesses said, telling fearful residents to return to their jobs a day after the militants announced they wanted to revive the country’s battered economy.FILE PHOTO: Members of Taliban forces sit at a checkpost in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/StringerWidespread destruction… Continue reading Taliban go door-to-door telling fearful Afghans to work

UAE says Afghanistan's Ghani is in Gulf Arab state

FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani addresses the nation in a message in Kabul, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) – Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani is in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf state’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after he left as Taliban fighters seized control. “The UAE Ministry of… Continue reading UAE says Afghanistan's Ghani is in Gulf Arab state

Evacuations from Afghanistan gain momentum as Taliban promise peace

KABUL (Reuters) -More than 2,200 diplomats and civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan on military flights, a Western security official said on Wednesday, as the Taliban made first efforts to set up a government after their lightning sweep into the capital. The Taliban have said they want peace here, will not take revenge against old… Continue reading Evacuations from Afghanistan gain momentum as Taliban promise peace

Evacuation flights restart from Kabul after Afghans desperate to flee cleared from airfield

KABUL (Reuters) -U.S. military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan restarted on Tuesday after the runway at Kabul airport was cleared of thousands desperate to flee following the Taliban’s sudden takeover of the capital. The number of civilians had thinned out, a Western security official at the airport told Reuters, a day after chaotic… Continue reading Evacuation flights restart from Kabul after Afghans desperate to flee cleared from airfield

Taliban's actions won't help them gain international legitimacy -White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Recent actions by the Taliban will not help them gain international legitimacy, the White House said on Friday, after insurgents from the group killed the government’s senior media officer in Kabul. “Our view is that, if the Taliban claim to want international legitimacy, these actions are not going to get them the… Continue reading Taliban's actions won't help them gain international legitimacy -White House

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopian capital protest insecurity at Tigray camps

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Hundreds of Eritrean refugees protested in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday, calling on the United Nations refugee agency to relocate friends and family who they say are trapped in two refugee camps by fighting in the Tigray region.Slideshow ( 6 images )Clashes between armed groups have escalated in and aroundthe camps… Continue reading Eritrean refugees in Ethiopian capital protest insecurity at Tigray camps

Young men in Ethiopia's Amhara start to mobilise against Tigray forces

NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Residents of Ethiopia’s Amhara region said on Monday some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara’s government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region.FILE PHOTO: A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia’s National Defense Force (ENDF) and… Continue reading Young men in Ethiopia's Amhara start to mobilise against Tigray forces

Analysis-Biden lost faith in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan over a decade ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s frustrations with Afghanistan boiled over more than a decade ago, and they never again eased.FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoOn a trip to Kabul in January 2009, shortly before he… Continue reading Analysis-Biden lost faith in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan over a decade ago

Analysis-Biden lost faith in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan over a decade ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s frustrations with Afghanistan boiled over more than a decade ago, and they never again eased.FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoOn a trip to Kabul in January 2009, shortly before he… Continue reading Analysis-Biden lost faith in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan over a decade ago

Medical official: air strike kills at least 43 in Ethiopia's Tigray

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -An air strike killed at least 43 people in the town of Togoga in Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Tuesday, a medical official told Reuters, after residents said new fighting had flared in recent days north of the regional capital Mekelle.An infant injured by an air strike that killed dozens of people in… Continue reading Medical official: air strike kills at least 43 in Ethiopia's Tigray