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Sharbat Gula, famously known as the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” from National Geographic's 1985 magazine cover, has received refuge in Italy amid efforts to evacuate Afghans after the Taliban took over the country three months ago when the U.S. withdrew its remaining troops from Afghanistan. Gula is now in the city of Rome, according to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Italian government will help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said. Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, meets with National Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" Sharbat Gulla in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2016. Gula's travel to Italy is “part of the wider evacuation program in place for Afghan citizens and the government’s plan for their reception and integration,” the European nation added.
Persons: Sharbat Gula, Gula, Steve McCurry, McCurry, Ashraf Ghani, Rahmat Gul Organizations: U.S, Ministers, National, Taliban Locations: Italy, Afghanistan, Rome, Kabul, Pakistan
Three months into Taliban rule, 22.8 million Afghans could face acute hunger this winter, the UN says. The Taliban "obsesses" over women's daily activities while failing to manage basic needs, Afghan women said in a recent viral video. (The Taliban has forced some women to abandon their jobs, but female doctors have continue to work.) A women holds a child in the encampment that displaced Afghans have set up in Kabul's Saray Shamali neighborhood on Nov. 2, 2021. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty ImagesWhile unemployment is a problem across Afghanistan, it used to be that women could work and contribute to the family income.
Persons: Zahra Mohammadi, that's, Mohammadi, HECTOR RETAMAL, They've, António Guterres, Ashraf Ghani, Suhail Shaheen, Shaheen, Oliver Weiken, Farhan Hotak, Badakshis, Hotak, Saifurahman, Niazi, they're Organizations: UN, Taliban, Getty, United Nations, Food, World Health Organization, US, Security Forces, of Women's Affairs, Ministry, Human Rights Watch Locations: Kabul, Saray Shamali, AFP, Afghanistan, Tajik, Afghan, Badakhshan province, Tajikistan, Emirate, Northern, Panjshir, Saifurahman Safi, Xinhua, Faizabad
Afghanistan's ex-finance minister blamed "ghost" soldiers for the US-backed government's collapse. "Ghost" soldiers were nonexistent troops or personnel manufactured by corrupt officials to pocket their salary. Biden placed much of the blame on the Afghan military, though he'd expressed "trust" in it just weeks before. SIGAR repeatedly pointed to the problems surrounding "ghost" soldiers over the years. The US made an effort to scrub "ghost" soldiers from its payroll, but issues with the Afghan military persisted.
Persons: Khalid Payenda, Payenda, Ed Butler, didn't, Ashraf Ghani, Joe Biden, Biden, Jake Sullivan, he'd, Ghulam Hussain Nasiri, Mohammad Islam, John Sopko, SIGAR Organizations: Taliban, Service, BBC News, Afghan, Biden, Associated Press, Afghan National Defense Forces, US Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan Government
The day Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, fled and handed the country over to the Taliban, Omaid Sharifi was in downtown Kabul, helping his colleagues paint murals on the wall of the governor’s office. Mr. Sharifi, 36, decided to leave his work unfinished, asking his colleagues to pack the painting tools and head to the office. The Taliban were in charge of the country’s capital a few hours later. Mr. Sharifi stayed at home for a week, until he and his family were evacuated to the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 22. Some have resettled in the United States, France or Germany, while others are waiting in third countries, unsure where they will be allowed to live long-term.
Persons: Ashraf Ghani, Omaid Sharifi, Sharifi, Organizations: United Arab Emirates, The New York Times Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, United States, France, Germany
KABUL, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Taliban officials took to social media on Monday to congratulate the Afghan national cricket team for winning a match in the Twenty20 World Cup, but there was a muted response on the streets of Kabul where such wins were celebrated enthusiastically in the past. While the Taliban frown on many forms of public entertainment, cricket has always been an exception, a game fighters followed closely even during the war whenever the national team was playing. "Afghanistan won," the younger Haqqani said. Despite years of violence and upheaval, Afghanistan has an enthusiastic and widespread following of cricket and residents of Kabul were eagerly anticipating the cricket world cup matches. read moreThe governing International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet next month to determine the game's future in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
Persons: Zabihullah Mujahid, Anas Haqqani, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Haqqani, United Nations Suhail Shaheen, jubilation, Amrullah Saleh, Ashraf Ghani, Gibran Peshimam, Toby Chopra Organizations: Afghan national cricket team, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Twitter, Haqqani, United Nations, International Cricket Council, ICC, Thomson Locations: KABUL, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sharjah, Qatar
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
As the Taliban stormed through the country in August, capturing city after city, Mr. Khalilzad continued to negotiate with its leaders, urging them to negotiate a peaceful political transition and political power-sharing agreement with the Afghan government. He was unable to do so before President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Aug. 15, saying he feared for his life. After the Taliban captured Kabul, Mr. Khalilzad helped facilitate safe passage for American civilians and at-risk Afghans. A naturalized American citizen, Mr. Khalilzad had a lifelong personal investment in the country he first left for the United States as a high school exchange student. He served as envoy for Afghanistan during the Bush administration and then U.S. ambassador, and even once considered seeking the Afghan presidency.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Khalilzad, Mr, , Ashraf Ghani, Bush Organizations: Trump Locations: China, Afghanistan, Kabul, American, United States
Top U.S. envoy to Afghanistan stepping down
  + stars: | 2021-10-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad listens to a video question from U.S. Representative Susan Wild (D-PA) as he testifies about the potential withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Top U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is stepping down, the State Department said on Monday, less than two months after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of the country. A person familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that Khalilzad submitted his resignation on Friday. Khalilzad, born in Afghanistan, held the post since 2018 and spearheaded the negotiations with the Taliban that led to the February 2020 agreement for the withdrawal of U.S. forces this year. In mid-August, the government collapsed as the Taliban swept through the country and marched into the capital, Kabul, unopposed.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, Representative Susan Wild, Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Tom West, Antony Blinken, Khalilzad, Biden, Ashraf Ghani, Patricia Zengerle, Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay, Kanishka Singh, Mary Milliken, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Special, Representative, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S, State Department, U.S ., Reuters, ., CNN, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Washington , U.S, Doha, U.S, Kabul, American, Washington, Bengaluru
John McCain jokingly teased Rep. Adam Schiff when introducing him to Bill Gates and Bono. McCain called Schiff "a pretty good guy for a communist," Schiff recounts in his new memoir. Schiff also wrote that "one of the wonderful things about traveling with John McCain was that he could invite anyone he wanted to dinner, and they would usually come." On that trip, Schiff found himself dining with two unlikely companions: Gates and Bono. "In a private room, seated at a long wooden table with plenty of beer, wine, and heavy German food, McCain introduced me to his guests as 'a good guy, for a Communist,'" Schiff wrote.
Persons: John McCain, Adam Schiff, Bill Gates, Bono, McCain, Schiff, ribbing, Sen, Ashraf Ghani, Ghani, Gates, I'd, Bob Schieffer, Lindsey Graham, Lindsey, Trump Organizations: Service, Intelligence, Trump, Communist Locations: Arizona, Washington, Munich, Africa
Taliban fighters walk down the stairs as they take a day off to visit the amusement park at Kabul's Qargha reservoir, at the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan October 9, 2021.REUTERS/Jorge SilvaKABUL, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Strolling casually with their machine guns in hand, Halimi and hundreds of fellow Taliban fighters enjoyed a rare day off with a visit to a popular waterside amusement park in Kabul. The fighters, who were all heavily armed at the park, sipped tea and bought snacks from stalls dotted along the shoreline. Some queued up to try the amusement park rides, which included a pirate ship and a flying chairs carousel. Most of the fighters had never been to Kabul until the Taliban took control of the capital on Aug. 15, and some were eager to visit the amusement park before returning to their duties around the country. The Taliban waged a 20-year insurgency against a Western-backed government before returning to power in August after President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan.
Persons: Jorge Silva KABUL, Ziaul Haq, Halimi, Ashraf Ghani, Helen Popper Our Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, Qargha, Reuters, Maidan Wardak, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday's, Maidan Wardak, Maidan, Khorasan
From there, she became the spokeswoman for the state-run electric company in Kabul. But as the Taliban pressed their relentless advance over the summer, Ms. Khairkhwa began to have nightmares. “I dreamed that the Taliban came to our office and our house,” she said. On Aug. 15, Ms. Khairkhwa was headed to the office when she got caught in the snarl of panicked traffic in Kabul. She stopped in a restaurant, uploaded a clip of the chaos that ended up on the news, and made her way home.
Persons: Ashraf Ghani, Khairkhwa, , , Ghani, ” Safiullah, Yaqoob Akbary Organizations: U.S.A.I.D Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan
Taliban say four Islamic State members captured near Kabul
  + stars: | 2021-10-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado RuvicKABUL, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Taliban forces raided an area west of Kabul and captured four members of an Islamic State cell, the movement's main spokesman said on Wednesday. Mujahid and other Taliban spokesmen have dismissed suggestions of a threat from Islamic State, saying the group has no roots in Afghanistan. Sunday's bomb attack was followed by a prolonged gun battle in the north of Kabul during which an Islamic State cell was destroyed, Taliban officials said. Islamic State Khorasan Province, which takes its name from an ancient name for the region, first emerged in Afghanistan in early 2015.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Zabihullah Mujahid, Ashraf Ghani, Mujahid, James Mackenzie, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Islamic, REUTERS, Twitter, National Resistance, Thomson Locations: Dado Ruvic KABUL, Kabul, Islamic State, Paghman, Afghanistan, Panjshir province, Khorasan Province
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at the parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan August 2, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said on Wednesday his office would look into allegations that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani took millions of dollars with him when he left the country in August. Ghani has said he left Kabul to prevent bloodshed and denied reports he took large sums of money with him. Actually, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked us to look into that," Sopko told a House of Representatives subcommittee. Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ashraf Ghani, Stringer, John Sopko, Ghani, Sopko, Patricia Zengerle, Phil Stewart, Chris Reese Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan's ambassador to the US doesn't think Afghans will trust a US president anytime soon. Asked if she believed that Biden cared about the fate of Afghan women, Adela Raz said she didn't think so. Asked if Afghans will "ever trust an American president again" in an interview with Axios on HBO, Raz replied: "Not soon probably. Asked if she believed that Biden cared about the fate of Afghan women, Raz said: "I don't think so. Raz refuses to recognize the Taliban or leave her ambassadorial post, Axios reported, to which she was appointed by the former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.
Persons: Biden, Adela Raz, Joe Biden, Axios, Raz, wouldn't, Donald Trump, Biden Raz, Ashraf Ghani Organizations: Service, HBO Locations: United States, Afghanistan, United, Kabul
Kabul faces winter blackouts if it cannot pay for its electricity imports, per the WSJ. About 70% of Afghanistan's power supply comes from outside the country, according to the DC-based think tank the Caspian Policy Center. When the Taliban seized control of the country in August, they took power over DABS — and inherited its debts, according to the WSJ. As of 2020, DABS paid up to $280 million per year for imported power, according to Afghan news outlet TOLO News. But if Afghanistan's suppliers cut the power off, the country could face a crisis come winter, Noorzai told the paper.
Persons: Daud Noorzai, , Safiullah Ahmadzai, DABS, Ahmadzai, Noorzai, Emomali Rahmon, Ashraf Ghani Organizations: Service, Street Journal, Caspian Policy Center, TOLO Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
A view shows the Afghanistan pavilion at the Dubai 2020 Expo world fair, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 1, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander CornwellDUBAI, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Hours after the world expo fair opened in Dubai on Friday, Afghanistan's pavilion remained closed to visitors in a sign of the challenges facing the country's new Taliban rulers. But the country's pavilion, which was organised by the previous Afghan government before it was driven from power by the Taliban last month, remained unfinished and closed to visitors on Friday. A security guard at the building where the pavilion is located said they had not seen any one work there in weeks. It was not immediately clear whether the pavilion, listed on signage around the 4.3 sq km (1.7 sq mile) purpose-built site, would open at a later date during the expo fair.
Persons: Alexander Cornwell DUBAI, Ashraf Ghani, Baik, Alexander Cornwell, Gareth Jones Organizations: United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Dubai, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Dubai, United Arab, Islamic Republic, Emirate, UAE, United States, Saudi
McKenzie explained the U.S. would finish its withdrawal as soon as possible and the Taliban must not interfere, three senior defense officials told NBC News. The next day, Taliban fighters rolled into Kabul, and no U.S. warplanes bombed the insurgents, the three senior defense officials said. "They thought an evacuation would destabilize [President Ashraf Ghani's] government, but it was already unstable," one of the senior defense officials said. The Afghan military needed the contractors to keep its air force flying. At White House National Security Council meetings in March, Austin recommended increasing the troop presence to about 3,000 to 4,000 from roughly 2,500, the senior defense officials said.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Frank McKenzie, Abdul Ghani Baradar, McKenzie, Ghani, Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, Biden, Austin, Joe Biden, Ashraf Ghani's, Jake Sullivan, , Milley, Zalmay Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Michael McCaul of, Trump, Donald Trump Organizations: U.S, U.S . Central Command, Taliban, NBC News, Biden, House and State Department, U.S ., Joint Chiefs, Staff, Senate Armed, Committee, Lawmakers, Islamic State, Pentagon, State Department, and State Department, White House and State Department, White House, ” Administration, Afghan, Austin, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Command, House Foreign Relations, Republican, House Foreign Affairs, Rep, Democratic, White House National Security Locations: WASHINGTON, Afghanistan, American, Qatar, Kabul, U.S, United States, Bagram, State Khorasan, Doha, Michael McCaul of Texas, United, Al, Qaeda, Washington
Ashraf Ghani's Facebook page said the world must "extend a hand of friendship" to the Taliban. His Twitter account later said the Facebook page was hacked. A post was shared on Ashraf Ghani's verified Facebook page at 12:15 p.m. Afghanistan time on Monday, which said the world should engage with the Taliban government. But 30 minutes after the Facebook post was published, Ghani's verified Twitter account said his Facebook account had been hacked, saying that anything published from Sunday onwards was "no longer valid." Ghani's Facebook post was still on the page as of 1:30 p.m. Afghanistan time on Monday.
Persons: Ashraf Ghani's, Ghani, Ghani's Organizations: Ashraf Ghani's Facebook, Taliban, UAE, Service, Facebook Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul
Sept 24 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested in Kabul on Friday, demanding that the United States release billions of dollars in central bank reserves blocked outside Afghanistan as the new Taliban government struggles to contain a deepening economic crisis. The well organized demonstration, featuring banners with messages printed in English, came as Taliban officials stepped up demands for more than $9 billion in foreign reserves held abroad to be handed over. “We want them to unfreeze this money as it’s only Afghanistan’s money,” said Nooruddin Jalali, a member of the Afghan Muslim youth association NAJM, who attended the protest. “It is Afghans’ and our businessmen’s money which is used for buying food and medicine.”Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen tweeted about the protest, underlining the new government’s support for the demonstrators and their demands. “It’s the public’s money,” he said.
Persons: , Nooruddin Jalali, Suhail Shaheen, Ashraf Ghani, Rematullah, , James Mackenzie, Mike Collett, White Organizations: Afghan Muslim, NAJM Locations: Kabul, United States, Afghanistan, Washington
"The current situation in Afghanistan is a moment of reckoning — a moment when the human rights gains that the Afghan people have built over two decades is at risk of collapse," the report says. Daryabi, 22, says he was covering a women's rights protest in Kabul this month when he was taken to a police station by Taliban fighters and severely beaten. Journalists Nemat Naqdi, left, and Taqi Daryabi, show their wounds sustained after Taliban fighters tortured and beat them in custody after they were arrested for reporting on a women's rights protest in Kabul. However, in some cases, women have already been instructed to stay at home because Taliban forces "were not trained to deal with women," Bachelet said. Human Rights Watch reported last month that Taliban forces advancing in Ghazni, Kandahar and other provinces had summarily executed detained soldiers, police and civilians alleged to have ties to the previous government.
Persons: Taqi, Nemat Naqdi, Taqi Daryabi, Marcus Yam, Ashraf Ghani, Zabihullah Mujahid, Ghani, Shukria, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Hamdullah Namony, , Shaheed, Aamir Qureshi, Daniel Balson, Patricia Gossman Organizations: United Nations, Amnesty International, Taliban, Los Angeles Times, Getty, Hazara, U.S, NBC, Al, Shariah, Shaheed Rabbani Education University, Human Rights Watch, NBC News, Amnesty, Asia Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, Al Jazeera, Afghan, Norway, Britain, Ghazni, Kandahar, Europe, Central Asia, Helmand
The Taliban's foreign minister has asked for the regime's envoy to speak at the UN General Assembly. He's contesting Afghanistan's seat, which has been given to the ambassador representing the former government. When the Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan, they were not given a seat by the UN. Both parties are jockeying to speak during Afghanistan's slated spot as the final speech of September 27, the last day of this year's General Assembly. Officials will now have to decide whether to accept the Taliban's request, or let Isaczai continue as Afghanistan's ambassador under UN protocol.
Persons: He's, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Antonio Guterres, Ghulam Isaczai, Afghanistan's, Ashraf Ghani Organizations: UN, Assembly, Service, United Nations General Assembly, Taliban, General, Reuters, Officials, Sierra, AP Locations: Afghanistan, New York, Russia, China, Sweden, Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone
Taliban expand economic team as Afghan crisis deepens
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. Azizi joins the acting finance minister and minister for economic affairs, both of whom were announced previously, in a team facing a daunting task. "We are working day and night on this and on making sure that the economic issue is resolved as soon as possible," Mujahid told reporters. While many people welcomed the end to 20 years of fighting between the Taliban and ousted Afghan forces supported by foreign troops, the economic crisis is causing the new government increasing concern. He said he earned 1,000-1,500 afghani a day before the Taliban arrived but now had nothing.
Persons: Stringer, Nooruddin, Zabihullah Mujahid, Azizi, Mujahid, Ashraf Ghani, Banks, James Mackenzie Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Farmers, Asian Development Bank, Afghan, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Panjshir, U.S, Pakistan, tatters, Kunduz
New York (CNN Business) As the Taliban entered Kabul last month , the team behind the crowdsourced news alert app Ehtesab deserted their office in the city. Now this servicehas taken on new urgencyamid the rapid political and social change following the Taliban's takeover. Users submit reports through the app in one of five categories: security, traffic, electricity, corruption and other. The app instructs users to provide information, including location, a written description and a photo or video. Once verified by at least two sources, the app displays reports on a map of Kabul and adds updates as more information is available.
Persons: Kabul's Hamid Karzai, Ehtesab, Sara Wahedi, Ashraf Ghani, Wahedi, Wahedi siad, It's, we've Organizations: CNN, Kabul's Hamid Karzai Airport, accountable.Like Citizen, Columbia University, CNN Business, country's Ministry of Communications, Information Technology, United Nations Locations: York, Taliban, Kabul, Kabul's Hamid, United States, New York, Wahedi, Afghanistan, Europe, Canada
An Afghan flag flutters outside the Afghan embassy in Washington, U.S., August 15, 2021 on the day Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan's capital Kabul. One senior Afghan diplomat estimated there were around 3,000 people either working in the country's embassies or directly dependent on them. But these calls for continuity do not reflect the chaos on the ground, embassy staff said. I am not being paid now," a source at the Afghan embassy in Canada's capital Ottawa said. "It's very clear that not a single Afghan diplomat posted overseas wants to go back," said a senior Afghan diplomat in Japan.
Persons: Ken Cedeno, Afghanistan's, Afzal Ashraf, Spokespeople, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Ashraf Ghani's, Manizha Bakhtari, Javid Ahmad Qaem, Rupam Jain, John Geddie, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Britain's University of Nottingham, Twitter, United Nations, White, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Afghanistan's, Kabul, Canada, Germany, Japan, Afghan, Berlin, Afghanistan, Canada's, Ottawa, New Delhi, India, Austria, China, New York, Tajikistan
The flag of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) is raised at the military airfield in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. "We are disheartened that after twenty years of engagement, our allies are abandoning Afghanistan and leaving our people at the mercy of a terrorist group," the diplomats wrote. The letter also asked world leaders to use all available means to halt Taliban violence against women, civil society activists and journalists. The statement by the diplomats called for the creation of an independent, international fact-finding mission on Afghanistan "to ensure justice and accountability." It also called for world leaders to consolidate efforts to create a negotiated, all-inclusive government in Afghanistan "that is acceptable to all people of Afghanistan, including women and minorities."
Persons: Jawad Raha, Raha, Ashraf Ghani's, Ghani, Phil Stewart, Nick Macfie Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Islamic Emirate, Afghanistan, Kabul, WANA, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Washington
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