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"The Taliban has nearly doubled the number of districts it controls, has captured key areas and military bases, and demoralized segments of the Afghan security forces and the government," Roggio said. We don't want to capture any province or provincial headquarters anywhere in Afghanistan by September 2021 when the U.S. forces leave our country," the Taliban commander said. "We neither imprison them nor punish the Afghan security forces who surrender peacefully. Somal Nazari left his village in Faryab province Sunday along with his young family as Taliban forces approached the city of Maymana. Afghan government forces have struggled to clear out the Taliban from districts they had captured, suffering serious casualties.
Persons: Roggio, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Biden, Washington, Zabihullah Mujahid, Marcus Yam, Somal Nazari, Nazari, , Dawlat Abad, Ghani, Deborah Lyons Organizations: High Council, National Reconciliation, White, NBC News, U.S, Doha, NATO, Taliban, UH, Blackhawk, Los Angeles Times, Getty, AK, NBC, Afghan, Soviet, . Security Locations: Tajikistan, Kabul, Kunduz province, United States, Afghanistan, United, U.S, Doha, Mazar, Kandahar, Faryab, Maymana, Sharif, Balkh, Faryab province, Dawlat, Afghan, Wardak, — Wardak, Logar
Ghani and Abdullah spent Thursday discussing the situation in Afghanistan with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The crisis has fueled grave concerns that the Taliban could regain power - two decades after the U.S.-led invasion ended their harsh version of Islamist rule – allowing a resurgence of al Qaeda. "The Pentagon and the intelligence community are saying it is very likely that al Qaeda will come roaring back. U.S. officials respond that the United States will be able to detect and thwart any new threats by al Qaeda or other Islamists. The Taliban insist al Qaeda is no longer in Afghanistan.
Persons: Joe Biden, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Ghani, Ronald Neumann, Biden's, Abdullah, Karine Jean, Pierre . Biden, Biden, Jean, Pierre, pullout –, , Mike Waltz, al, Donald Trump, Jonathan Landay, Steve Holland, Patricia Zengerle, Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Mark Hosenball, Mary Milliken, Daniel Wallis Organizations: High Council, National Reconciliation, White, Capitol, Pentagon, Army, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, Afghanistan's, al Qaeda, United States
On the Front Line: A Night With Afghan Commandos
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Photographs | Jim Huylebroek | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
And now to areas trying to stave a Taliban offensive that has taken dozens of districts in recent days in the country’s north. The commandos’ importance has increased dramatically as international forces prepare to leave by September, meaning their overuse and attrition could spell a drastic reduction of their effectiveness. Night raids in Afghanistan especially have turned people, particularly those in the country’s rural areas, against the government and international forces. But even going on the offensive has deadly consequences, especially as Taliban forces have become even more emboldened with the departure of international forces. Earlier this month, more than 20 Afghan commandos were killed when their offensive operation to retake a district in the country’s northwest was derailed by a vicious Taliban counterattack.
Persons: , Iraq —, Lashkar Organizations: Taliban, New York Times Locations: United States, Afghanistan, Iraq
That’s actually what we have right now with the U.S. — I mean, our objectives in Afghanistan are exactly the same today. Bayoumy: Speaking of Afghanistan, Pakistan has played a big role in the intra-Afghan peace talks. How worried are you about a civil war in Afghanistan, and are you using your leverage with the Taliban to try and get these peace talks toward a deal? Khan: Well, firstly, Pakistan has used the maximum leverage it could on the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan was the country that had recognized Taliban, one of three countries after 1996.
Persons: Jyoti Thottam, You’ve Organizations: ., U.S Locations: Pakistan, Afghanistan, U.S, India, China, Central Asia, Iran, United States
Julian Assange's partner Stella Moris reacts after a court denied bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden must let Julian Assange go free if he wants the United States to become a beacon for a free press once again and put the legacy of Donald Trump behind it, the fiancée of the WikiLeaks founder told Reuters. "If Biden really wants to break with the Trump legacy, then he has to drop the case," Moris told Reuters in an interview. The U.S. Justice Department said in February it planned to continue to seek the extradition for Assange to face hacking conspiracy charges. "A superpower that has a free press is very different in nature from one that does not."
Persons: Julian Assange's, Stella Moris, Julian Assange, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Assange, fiancée Stella Moris, Biden, Trump, Moris, Julian, Barack Obama, Weeks, Vanessa Baraitser, Julian wouldn't, he's, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Court, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, WikiLeaks, U.S . Justice Department, Apache, U.S, Thomson Locations: Westminster, London, Britain, United States, U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, Baghdad, Sweden, British, Australian, China, Saudi Arabia, Belmarsh
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to evacuate at least some of the Afghans who worked with the U.S. military and who face the threat of retribution from the Taliban before the U.S. withdrawal's official completion date of Sept. 11, senior administration officials said Thursday. Asked about the fate of Afghans who worked as interpreters or in other jobs, Biden said: "We've already begun the process" of helping the Afghan partners. The administration is identifying Afghans who worked with the U.S. government to be relocated to a third country to allow the Afghans to "safely complete" the remainder of the visa application process, she said. The senior administration official left open the possibility that evacuations might have to be expanded. Advocates have accused the Biden administration of moving far too slowly to protect the tens of thousands of Afghans whose lives are in mortal danger because of their association with the U.S. and Western organizations.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Joe Biden, Ashraf Ghani, John Kirby, Jalina Porter, Chris Purdy, Purdy Organizations: U.S ., White, U.S, Pentagon, State Department, Visa, Veterans, American, Human Locations: U.S, Afghanistan, America's, Guam
U.S. Offers Afghanistan 3 Million J&J Covid-19 Vaccine Doses
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Gordon Lubold | Yaroslav Trofimov | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
KABUL—The Biden administration plans to deliver three million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine next week to Afghanistan, which is battling its deadliest wave of the pandemic amid a rapidly deteriorating security situation. The White House is offering the single-dose vaccines ahead of President Biden’s Friday meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan’s chief peace negotiator, Abdullah Abdullah. They plan to discuss how Washington can continue supporting the embattled Afghan government, which lost large territories to the Taliban this month, once the U.S. military completes its withdrawal. Covid-19 cases and deaths have surged in Afghanistan, a nation of 40 million people, since late May, largely because of the spread from India and Pakistan of the Delta variant, which is more infectious and more resistant to existing vaccines. According to official statistics, which account for only a fraction of cases because the government doesn’t control much of the countryside and because many Afghans have no access to testing or healthcare, an average of 85 people died of Covid-19 every day in Afghanistan over the past week.
Persons: KABUL —, Biden, Johnson, Biden’s, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Ghani, Abdullah — Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Washington, U.S, Kabul, India, Pakistan
‘It was Yom Kippur, it was not every day,” says a witness in “Frontline: Germany’s Neo-Nazis and the Far Right” (Tuesday, 10 p.m., PBS), which opens with memories of the October 2019 attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany. So—if with far less subtlety—do the furious efforts of the attacker with murder in his heart, who keeps trying, and failing, to break through the locked door of the synagogue. To underscore the seriousness of the defendant’s plan to massacre Jews, the prosecutor produced copious abstracts from Balliet’s writing. He had streamed his attack in English, an authority on far-right networking notes, in the confidence that it would reach a global audience. Balliet’s video was indeed widely seen, and generated messages of hearty support, several of which are shown in this film.
Persons: , Evan Williams, he’s, Stephan Balliet, Balliet, , , ” Balliet, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Locations: Yom Kippur, Halle , Germany, Europe, America, Germany, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq
The White House is assembling a plan to rescue Afghan interpreters and others who have helped the U.S. over the past 20 years by helping them to get out of Afghanistan and, ultimately, to the U.S., officials said. U.S. officials said they have already identified thousands of such workers whose applications for the special visas are in the pipeline, a senior administration official said. Officials declined to say how many people were under immediate review, where they could be taken, or how. The New York Times, which reported the plan earlier Thursday, said up to 53,000 family members also are potentially affected. The U.S. military, eager to assist Afghans who have helped military units over the years with interpretation and other duties, previously has said it had a plan to evacuate those individuals, which would represent a significant airlift operation.
Persons: Biden Organizations: U.S, U.S . State Department, New York Times Locations: U.S, Afghanistan
U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Helene Cooper | Eric Schmitt | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to relocate thousands of Afghan interpreters, drivers and others who worked with American forces to other countries in an effort to keep them safe while they apply for entry to the United States, senior administration officials said. On Wednesday, administration officials started notifying lawmakers that they will soon begin what could be a wholesale move of tens of thousands of Afghans. Officials said the Afghans would be moved out of Afghanistan to third countries to await the processing of their visa requests to move to the United States. The officials declined to say where the Afghans would wait, and it is not clear whether third countries have agreed to take them. The opportunity to move will be given to people who have already begun the application process.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden Organizations: American, White, Officials Locations: United States, Afghanistan
Live Live Updates: Senators to Brief Biden on Infrastructure ‘Breakthrough’ A bipartisan group of senators and White House negotiators have agreed on a framework for an infrastructure agreement. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and other senators met with White House officials on Tuesday to discuss infrastructure proposals. Allegations of forced labor in the solar panel supply chain have created a dilemma for President Biden and his aides. The Biden administration had faced pressure to take action regarding products containing polysilicon produced in the region. Rodney S. Scott, the chief of the United States Border Patrol, near a border wall construction site outside McAllen, Texas, in October.
Persons: Biden’s, Biden, Jeanne Shaheen, Erin Schaff, Donald J, Trump, Kamala Harris, , Susan Collins, “ There’s, , we’ve, Jen Psaki, Emily Cochrane, Polat, Zhao Lijian, Zhao, ” Thomas Kaplan, David Guttenfelder, Ashraf Ghani, Helene Cooper, Eric Adams, James Estrin, Harris, Southern Border Jen Psaki, Kamala Harris’s, She’ll, Alejandro Mayorkas, I’ve, Mayorkas, Carlos Barria, Harris’s, Lester Holt, ” Jen Psaki, Greg Abbott of Texas, Zolan Kanno, Ramon Espinosa, exhorting, Biden administration’s “, Fidel Castro, Obama, , Rodney S, Scott, Sergio Flores, ” Mr Organizations: Biden, Infrastructure, White House, Democrat, White, The New York Times White House, Mr, Internal Revenue Service, Republican, Workers, Associated Press, . Customs, Protection, Hoshine Silicon Industry Company, Commerce Department, Industry, New Energy Company, Xinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals Company, Xinjiang GCL, Energy Material Technology Company, Construction Corps, Labor Department, Customs, House Democrats, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Politico, Associated, American, Officials, U.S ., Democratic, ., New York Times, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Senior Democrats, Plan, Southern Border, Wednesday, Department of Homeland, Border Patrol, , Credit, Reuters, NBC, House Republicans, Gov, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations, United, Congress, United States Border, The New York Times, Department of Homeland Security, Central America, Republicans, Patrol, Homeland Security Locations: New Hampshire, Maine, U.S, Hami, China's Xinjiang, China, Xinjiang, United States, Xinjiang East Hope, Beijing, Washington, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, New York City, Brooklyn, Southern, El Paso , Texas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Border, H.H.S, Mexico City, Europe, Central America, Cuba, Havana, Florida, McAllen , Texas, Central, Canada, Portland
U.S. to evacuate Afghan interpreters before military withdrawal is complete
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
An Afghan interpreter monitors Taliban communications on an icom walkie talkie radio at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Mizan in Zabul Province, Afghanistan September 14, 2006. President Joe Biden's administration will evacuate a group of Afghan interpreters and translators outside of the country before the U.S. military completes its withdrawal so they can complete their visa process in safety, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The U.S. officials did not disclose where the Afghans would be sent or how many would be evacuated but said the group consisted entirely of Afghans who have already started the visa process. "Should it become necessary, we will consider additional relocation or evacuation options," a U.S. official said. Please check back for updates.
Persons: Joe Biden's Organizations: Forward Operating, U.S Locations: Afghan, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, U.S
Twenty-eight civilians killed in northern Afghan province as fighting intensifies
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
KABUl, June 24 (Reuters) - Intense fighting in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed at least 28 civilians and injured 290 this week, according to hospital officials, as conflict surges in the war-torn nation while foreign forces withdraw. Fighting has worsened around Afghanistan but especially in the north where Taliban insurgents have conducted a wave of offensives in recent days, moving beyond their southern strongholds. Peace talks in Doha have largely stalled, officials say, though there have been meetings in recent days and the Taliban say they are committed to negotiations. On Thursday, 130 Taliban fighters surrendered with the help of tribal elders in the western province of Herat. "They realised that the Taliban's war with the Afghan government was illegitimate," Herat Governor Abdul Sabur Qani said at a ceremony to mark the event.
Persons: Ehsanullah Fazli, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Joe Biden, Abdul Sabur Qani, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: United States, U.S, United Nations, Thomson Locations: KABUl, Afghan, Kunduz, Afghanistan, Doha, Washington, Kabul, Herat
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The United States is planning to evacuate a group of vulnerable Afghan interpreters before the U.S. military completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan so they can wrap up their visa applications from safety, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Fighting between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban has surged in recent weeks, with the militants gaining control of territory. Political talks between the government and the Taliban have largely stalled and it is unclear how Afghan security forces will perform after U.S. troops depart. The U.S. military has completed more than half of its withdrawal from Afghanistan and is set to finish in the coming weeks. With Honaryar and other former interpreters, he told reporters he welcomed reports of the planned evacuations.
Persons: Lucas Jackson, Joe Biden's, Biden, Ashraf Ghani, Ghani, Mike McCaul, Samey, Seth Moulton, Moulton, Phil Stewart, Patricia Zengerle, Idrees Ali, Steve Holland Organizations: U.S, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Reuters, Republican, Foreign Affairs, United Arab, Taliban, Pentagon, Capitol, U.S . State Department, Democrat, Thomson Locations: Laghman province, Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Washington, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, America's, Afghan, Kabul
The crew of an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship received awards for heroism this week. The crew, according to an award citation, saved 88 lives with continuous fire for nearly two hours. The crew was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals. The crew of a heavily armed US Air Force gunship received awards this week for saving dozens of lives by pouring non-stop fire on the enemy during a fight in Afghanistan. The 73rd Special Operations Squadron, according to the Air Force, was the first AC-130J squadron.
Persons: Christopher McCall, Jasen Hrisca, Tyler Larson, Jake Heathcott, Kyle Burden, Brian Courchesne, Alex Almarlaes, Brianna Striplin, Thomas Fay, McCall Organizations: US Air Force, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, Purpose, Afghan Special Forces, Wing, Tech, Air Force, AC, United States Air Force, Special Operations Squadron, Operations, Component – Locations: Afghanistan, Florida, Vietnam, Component – Afghanistan
KABUL—The U.S. intelligence community concluded last week that the government of Afghanistan could collapse as soon as six months after the American military withdrawal from the country is completed, according to officials with knowledge of the new assessment. American intelligence agencies revised their previously more optimistic estimates as the Taliban swept through northern Afghanistan last week, seizing dozens of districts and surrounding major cities. The new assessment of the overall U.S. intelligence community, which hasn’t been previously reported, has now aligned more closely with the analysis that had been generated by the U.S. military. The military has already withdrawn more than half of its 3,500 troops and its equipment, with the rest due to be out by Sept. 11. Tajikistan’s border service said 134 Afghan troops at the crossing were granted refuge while some 100 others were killed or captured by the Taliban.
Persons: hasn’t Organizations: U.S ., Taliban Locations: KABUL, The U.S, Afghanistan, Kunduz, Tajikistan, Afghanistan’s, Mazar, Tajikistan’s
Afghan hospital burns after attack; Taliban seize border post in north
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban captured the town of Shir Khan Bandar, a dry port on the border with Tajikistan, sending customs worker and members of the security forces fleeing to safety over the border. Taliban spokesmen Zabihullah Mujahid denied responsibility for the attack on the hospital in the eastern province of Kunar, which a provincial health director said resulted in the loss of crucial supplies. Many health officials say the real number of coronavirus infections is likely much higher but many cases are not being detected because of little testing. The Taliban seized ammunition and armoured vehicles in the town after Afghan authorities surrendered it to the advancing insurgents, Afghan officials said. Reporting by Afghanistan bureau and Nazarali Pirnazarov in Dushanbe, Editing by Robert BirselOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Shir Khan Bandar, Zabihullah Mujahid, Aziz Safai, Nazarali, Robert Birsel Organizations: United States, Thomson Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Shir, Tajikistan, U.S, Kunar, United, Tajikistan's, Kunduz, Dushanbe
Turkey says it will not send more troops to Afghanistan for airport security
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ANKARA, June 23 (Reuters) - Turkey will not send additional troops to Afghanistan as part of a plan to run and secure Kabul's airport following the U.S. and NATO pullout from the country, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday. Turkey has offered to guard and run Hamid Karzai airport after NATO's withdrawal and has been holding talks with the United States on logistic and financial support for the mission. The mission could be a potential area of cooperation between Ankara and its allies amid strained ties, as the security of the airport is crucial for the operation of diplomatic missions out of Afghanistan after the withdrawal. Last week, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan agreed in a meeting at last week's NATO summit that Turkey would take a lead role in securing Kabul airport after the NATO withdrawal. read moreA Taliban spokesman said this month Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the 2020 deal for the pullout of U.S. forces, but Washington and Ankara have said the plans will press on.
Persons: Hulusi Akar, Hamid Karzai, Akar, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden, Tayyip Erdogan, Toby Chopra Organizations: NATO, Turkish Defence, NATO's, U.S, . National, Thomson Locations: ANKARA, Turkey, Afghanistan, Kabul's, United States, Ankara, NATO's Resolute, Syria, Libya, Kabul, Washington
White House says no increased violence against U.S. troops in Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: 1 min
1/2 White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Read MoreWASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - The Pentagon is overseeing an orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the United States has not seen an increase in violence directed against its troops in the country in the past year, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday. Psaki told a news briefing that while there had been increased attacks on Afghan forces and the government compared with a year ago "we have not seen an increase in attacks on our military or presence since February 2020." Reporting by Nandita Bose, Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert, Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jen Psaki, Jonathan Ernst Read More, Psaki, Nandita Bose, Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert, Doina Chiacu, David Brunnstrom, Chris Reese Organizations: White House Press, White, REUTERS, Pentagon, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Jonathan Ernst Read More WASHINGTON, U.S, Afghanistan, United States
The Great Barrier Reef could have its prestigious World Heritage status downgraded after a report from the United Nations said Australia wasn't doing enough to protect it from the effects of climate change. Australia said Tuesday it would fight a recommendation for the Great Barrier Reef to be listed as in danger of losing its World Heritage values due to climate change. Ley said that although she recognized the threat of climate change to the reef, Australia would oppose the listing. "The prospect of losing the World Heritage status of our reef will be a huge shock for many Australians, but it is a powerful message that our government needs to urgently lift its ambition." "The UNESCO warning could not be any clearer, the Great Barrier Reef is in danger," Zavan said in a statement.
Persons: Australia wasn't, Sussan Ley, Marise Payne, Audrey Azoulay, Ley, Richard Leck, Martin Zavan, Zavan Organizations: Heritage, United Nations, UNESCO, Kyodo, NBC, Fund, Nature, Greenpeace, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, World Heritage Locations: Australia, Greenpeace Australia, Afghanistan, Peru
Fighting around Imam Sahib district began late Sunday and by midday Monday the Taliban had overrun the district headquarters and were in control of police headquarters, said Inamuddin Rahmani, provincial police spokesman said. Like Imam Sahib district in northern Kunduz, their significance often lies in their proximity to roads and major cities. Afghan security force members stand at a security checkpoint after armed clashes on the outskirts of Kunduz city. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed confirmed Imam Sahib district was in Taliban hands. In recent days, the Taliban have taken several districts across the three northern provinces of Kunduz, Baghlan and Balkh, said Mousavi.
Persons: Inamuddin Rahmani, Ajmal Kakar, Sahib, Rahmani, Zabihullah Mujahed, Imam Sahib, Syed Mohammad Mousavi, , , Mousavi, Doshi, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhunzada, John Kirby, Lloyd Austin, we’ve, ” Kirby, Austin, Joe Biden, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Jen Psaki Organizations: Pentagon, NBC, Taliban, NATO, Getty, Afghan National Army, Afghan National Security and Defense Forces, Sunday, Monday, Council, National Reconciliation, House Press Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Afghanistan's, Kunduz, Monday, Imam Sahib, Kabul, Xinhua, Tajikistan, Central Asia, Sahib, Dasht, Mazar, Baghlan, Balkh, , Qatar, country's, Washington, U.S
Attacked and Vulnerable, Some Afghans Are Forming Their Own Armies
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( David Zucchino | Fatima Faizi | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
KABUL, Afghanistan — The slaughter of students, mostly teenagers, at a tutoring center. The deaths of young athletes in a suicide bombing at a wrestling club. These relentless killings of Hazaras, a persecuted minority in Afghanistan, finally proved too much to bear for Zulfiqar Omid, a Hazara leader in the central part of the country. In April, Mr. Omid began mobilizing armed men into militias to defend Hazara areas against the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan. He said he now commands 800 armed men at seven staging areas mustered into what he calls “self-protection groups.”“Hazaras get killed in cities and on highways, but the government doesn’t protect them,” Mr. Omid said.
Persons: Zulfiqar Omid, Omid, , , ” Mr Organizations: Taliban, Islamic State Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Hazara
Live Live Updates: Voting Rights Bill and Filibuster Expected to Collide Democratic leaders plan to call a test vote to try to advance a sweeping voting rights bill, known as the For the People Act, though they are all but certain to fail in the face of united Republican opposition. The Senate’s voting rights bill will almost certainly run into the filibuster on Tuesday. Mr. Manchin opposed key planks in the original For the People Act as too intrusive into the rights of states to regulate their elections. On Monday, former President Barack Obama tepidly endorsed Mr. Manchin’s version as the best chance to pass a new federal voting law. “I’ll be honest, the bill doesn’t have everything I’d like to see in a voting rights bill.
Persons: Joe Manchin III, Stefani Reynolds, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Manchin, ” Jen Psaki, Barack Obama tepidly, Manchin’s, Eric, ” Mr, Obama, Eric H, Holder Jr, , , , Mitch McConnell, ” Nicholas Fandos, Biden, Jim Huylebroek, Ashraf Ghani, Antony J, Blinken, aren’t, Karen E, Matt Phillips, That’s, “ Nobody’s, Joe Hankins, Jerome H, Powell, ” Biden, Bryan Anselm, Gavin Newsom, Biden’s, Diane Yentel, , Hannah Mckay, Peggah Khorrami, Harvard Chan T.H ., Rachel Garfield, Ms, Garfield, ” Chiquita Brooks, LaSure, Trump Organizations: Democratic, Republican, The New York, Progressives, Democrats, White, Democratic Party, White House, Afghan National Army, The New York Times, United States, Taliban, CNN, The, Federal Reserve, Fed, Local, Centers for Disease Control, California, Administration, Income Housing Coalition, House, Harvard, Harvard Chan T.H . School of Public Health, Affordable, Medicaid Locations: New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Helmand, Afghanistan, United, Taliban, Kunduz, Faryab Province, U.S, United States, York, East Texas, Carolinas, Mississippi, Grenada, Springfield ,
Taliban launch major offensives in northern Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
The United Nations' envoy for Afghanistan said the Taliban had taken more than 50 of 370 districts and was positioned to take control of provincial capitals. The defence ministry said Afghan forces had recaptured key districts from the Taliban in Kunduz and operations were ongoing. Local officials and Taliban members said the Taliban had reached the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh's capital, on Monday evening before retreating. The government admits the Taliban have captured a number of districts and security forces have made "tactical retreats". The crumbling morale of Afghan forces has raised fears of a Taliban military take over once the withdrawal of foreign forces is complete.
Persons: Stringer, Afghanistan Deborah Lyons, Shir Khan, Ghulam Rabbani, Zabihullah Mujahid, Michelle Nichols, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Afghan Commando, REUTERS, Security Council, Taliban, United Nations, United States, Local, United, Thomson Locations: Kunduz province, Afghanistan, U.N, KABUL, Afghanistan's, Afghan, Faryab, Balkh, Kunduz, Doha, Helmand, Kandahar, Tajikistan, Kunduz's, Mazar, Kabul, New York, Berlin, Pakistan
HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's new aircraft carrier, is taking on the "lion's share" of operations against ISIS in Iraq. It's the first time a British aircraft carrier has supported live military operations on the ground in over two decades. EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — Britain's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is helping to take on the "lion's share" of operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq, UK naval commanders said. An F-35B returns to HMS Queen Elizabeth, June 22, 2021. "But there is a reality when you buy yourself a fifth-generation aircraft carrier and you take it around the world ... people are interested in it," he added.
Persons: Elizabeth, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Steve Moorhouse, Moorhouse, Queen Elizabeth, LPhot, Luke It's, you've, Luke, James Blackmore, Blackmore, HMS Organizations: ISIS, SEA, Islamic, British, Royal Navy, Russian, US, Marine Corps, Fighter Attack Squadron Locations: Iraq, British, Russia, Afghanistan, Syria, Russian, Suez, India, South Korea, Japan
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