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Samira, 9, and other children share tea and bread for breakfast at the orphanage before going to school in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 12, 2021. "Children are going to die. "I don't know how you don't have millions of people, and especially children, dying at the rate we are going with the lack of funding and the collapsing of the economy." He said dollars earmarked for development assistance should be repurposed for humanitarian aid, which some nations have already done, or frozen funds be channelled through the agency. The U.N. food agency needs up to $220 million a month to partially feed the nearly 23 million vulnerable people as winter nears.
Persons: Jorge Silva, David Beasley, Beasley, You've, Alexander Cornwell, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, Taliban, WFP, Central America, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, DUBAI, Dubai, Syria, Europe, East, Africa, Central
"By the grace of Allah, victory has come," he said, adding that he can now enjoy the game he loves so much in peace. 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 Afghan national team was playing. I can't tell you," Khushhal says, unable to hide his passion for the game even as he speaks about the Taliban's victory. But he is not the only one looking forward to the Afghan national team's World Cup campaign. The enormous cricket ground in the centre of Kabul, near the Afghanistan Cricket Board offices, is in disrepair.
Persons: Allah, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Khushhal, Farmanullah Shinwari, Noorullah, Gibran Peshimam, Muralikumar Organizations: Afghan, Islam, Reuters, Indian Premier League, Scotland, Afghanistan Cricket Board, Thomson Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nangarhar, Kabul, Chaman, Laghman
Hafizi was on the run for seven weeks with her journalist husband and their two children, moving between four cities before being evacuated to Greece with 25 more women judges and lawyers and their families. "I would ask the international community to not recognise the Taliban," Hafizi said. Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban's political office in Doha, denied the accounts of women judges and lawyers who had fled. UNDER THREATAfghanistan has about 500 registered women lawyers and about 250 women judges, carrying out dangerous work even before the Taliban took power. For months Hafizi feared for her life, taking a different route to work every day after two Supreme Court women judges were killed by unidentified gunmen in January.
Persons: Bibi Chaman Hafizi, Hafizi, Suhail Shaheen, Friba Quraishi, Quaraishi, Quraishi, Parniyan Zemaryalai, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Counter Narcotics, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA, ATHENS, Greece, Europe, Doha, Mazar, Spanish, Athens, Netherlands, London
U.S. taps private groups to help resettle Afghan refugees
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Tens of thousands of Afghans have arrived in the United States as part of an American evacuation. President Joe Biden's administration is working to accommodate as many as 50,000 refugees in the United States. Sarah Krause, executive director of the Community Sponsorship Hub, said the sponsorship program will help create enduring bonds between the Afghans and the communities that sponsor them. Some refugee organizations have been pushing for the United States to adopt a program of private or community sponsorship for individual refugees, similar to a model used in Canada. Last month, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama helped launch a new group, Welcome.US, aimed at supporting the Afghan refugees.
Persons: Phil Stewart, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden's, Sarah Krause, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Doina Chiacu, Nick Macfie Organizations: Base McGuire, Dix, REUTERS, State Department, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Lakehurst , New Jersey, United States, Kabul, U.S, Canada
Army soldiers stand guard during a temporary closure of the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan September 2, 2021. The Chaman border crossing, the second-largest commercial border point between the two countries after Torkham in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, links with Spin Boldak in the Afghan province of Kandahar, and is regularly used by thousands of labourers and traders from both countries. The crossing, a vital source of customs revenue for the cash-strapped government in Afghanistan, has been closed for about three weeks, despite repeated protests by truckers and others stuck waiting at the border. He said security forces had dispersed waiting crowds with baton charges and it was unclear when the border would re-open. "Some people are saying the border will open (again), others are saying it will not," he said.
Persons: Saeed Ali Achakzai, Mohammad Younus, Gul Yousafzai, James Mackenzie, Nick Macfie Organizations: Army, REUTERS, Pakistan Airlines, Thomson Locations: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chaman, QUETTA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Afghan, Kandahar, Torkham, Kabul, Helmand, Quetta
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
Farzana, 30, holds her one-year-old baby, Omar, at the malnutrition ward for infants of Indira Gandhi Children's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge SilvaDUBAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Afghanistan is heading towards economic collapse that risks spiralling the country into a new political crisis, Sweden's minister for international development cooperation warned on Saturday. The Red Cross on Friday urged the international community to engage with the Taliban, warning that aid groups on their own could only provide temporary solutions. The movement has faced international criticism for its failure to uphold certain rights since returning to power, including allowing girls access to education. European countries were not ready to reopen their Kabul embassies, Fridh said, adding that more diplomatic missions would open in Qatar before there is a return to Afghanistan.
Persons: Omar, Indira Gandhi Children's, Jorge Silva, Per Olsson Fridh, Fridh, Alexander Cornwell, Ros Russell Organizations: REUTERS, Jorge Silva DUBAI, Reuters, Union, World Bank, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Dubai, Sweden, Qatar, Gulf
“The opposition seems to have the momentum on their side,” said Asli Aydintasbas, a senior fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. That Turks are now discussing the possibility of a post-Erdogan Turkey is quite remarkable.”No one is counting Mr. Erdogan out yet. Mr. Erdogan dismissed the polls as lies and carried on doing what he knows best: a flurry of high-level meetings and some saber-rattling that keeps him at the top of the news at home. One recent weekend, he pushed a shopping cart around a low-cost supermarket and promised more such stores to keep prices down for shoppers. For good measure, Mr. Erdogan threatened another military operation against Kurdish fighters in Syria.
Persons: Mr, Erdogan, Ozer Sencar, , , Asli Aydintasbas, Aydintasbas, Angela Merkel Organizations: European Council, Foreign Relations, Kurdish Locations: Erdogan Turkey, West Africa, Turkey, Afghanistan, Kabul, Syria
Tajik armoured vehicles drive during the active phase of military drills carried out by the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) at the Harb-Maidon training ground, located near the Tajik-Afghan border in the Khatlon region, Tajikistan October 23, 2021. The exercise, carried out by the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which also includes Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, involved over 4,000 troops as well as tanks, artillery and assault aircraft. "This is the first time an event of this scale is being held," Tajik Defence Minister Sherali Mirzo told reporters at the site. The Taliban has forged an alliance with an ethnic Tajik militant group seeking to overthrow Rakhmon, according to Russian media reports. Reporting by Nazarali Pirnazarov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Mike HarrisonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Nazarali Pirnazarov HARB, Sherali Mirzo, Stanislav Zas, Emomali Rakhmon, Rakhmon, Nazarali Pirnazarov, Olzhas Auyezov, Mike Harrison Organizations: Security, Organisation, REUTERS, Collective Security, Tajik Defence, CSTO, Thomson Locations: Russia, Tajik, Afghan, Khatlon, Tajikistan, Moscow, Dushanbe, Kabul, Soviet, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan
The vetting procedures and the deliberations over the fate of the evacuees were described by nearly a dozen officials on condition of anonymity. Former President Donald J. Trump claimed to Fox News last month that there were “absolutely” terrorists and “very bad people” among the evacuees. This week, some House Republicans mounted fresh claims that the Biden administration is bringing tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees to the United States without screening them. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, who leads the U.S. Northern Command, has told reporters that the crime rate among the evacuees has been lower than the American average. Many faced particular danger because they had worked for the United States during the conflict and were trying to get out with their families.
Persons: Biden, Donald J, Trump, , Tom Cotton, ” Emily Horne, , Glen D, VanHerck Organizations: Fox News, Republican, Republicans, Biden, National Security Council, U.S . Northern Command Locations: Afghanistan, American, Arkansas, United States, Kabul
NEW DELHI — The Afghans stranded in India held protests, went from office to office and pleaded with relatives around the world to chip in for plane tickets. There was only one flight available to take them back home, to a country that had fallen to the Taliban since they had left it. None of them had any doubts about what awaited them in Afghanistan: economic hardship, the loss of basic liberties and even the possibility of persecution. But ties to home can’t always be explained away with the cold logic of risk calculation. Among the group were parents separated from young children for nearly two months, grown children separated from dying parents.
Persons: can’t Organizations: DELHI Locations: India, Afghanistan, Delhi, Kabul
A member of the Afghan air force marshals in an A-29 Super Tucano at Hamid Karzai International Airport near Kabul, Afghanistan, January 15, 2016. There are also 13 Afghan personnel in Dushanbe, enjoying much more relaxed conditions, who told Reuters they are also awaiting a U.S. transfer. Two detained Afghan pilots in Tajikistan said their hopes were lifted in recent days after visits by officials from the U.S. embassy in Dushanbe. That was the last step before departure for the Afghan pilots in Uzbekistan. Afghan pilots who spoke with Reuters say they believe they will be killed if they return to Afghanistan.
Persons: Nathan Lipscomb, Joe Biden's, Lloyd Austin, Phil Stewart, Grant McCool Organizations: Hamid, . Air Force, Tech, REUTERS, Afghan Air Force, U.S, The State Department, Reuters, Afghan, United, United Arab Emirates, Defense, U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Handout, United States, Tajikistan, U.S, Dushanbe, Uzbekistan, United Arab
REUTERS/Zohra BensemraDUBAI, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Red Cross on Friday urged the international community to engage with Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers, saying that aid groups on their own would be unable to stave off a humanitarian crisis. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has since increased its efforts in the country while other organisations were also stepping up, Director General Robert Mardini said. The Taliban expelled many foreign aid groups when it was last in power from 1996-2001 but this time has said it welcomes foreign donors and will protect the rights of their staff. But the hardline Islamists, facing criticism it has failed to protect rights, including access to education for girls, have also said aid should not be tied to conditions. "No humanitarian organisation can compensate or replace the economy of a country," Mardini said.
Persons: Cross, Robert Mardini, Mardini, Alexander Cornwell, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, International Committee, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, DUBAI
The last two Fridays have seen suicide bombings at mosques - both attacks claimed by Islamic State (ISIS) and both targeting the minority Shi'ite sect. No up-to-date census data exists, but estimates put the size of the overall Shi'ite community at between 10-20 percent of the population, including Persian-speaking Tajiks and Pashtuns as well as Hazaras. In addition, Hazaras have often also been victim of the ethnic and economic rivalries endemic to Afghan politics. GARDEN OF THE MARTYRSWith more than 400 Shi'ite mosques in Kabul alone, total security is impossible and no one knows where the next attack will come. He lost his younger brother when an Islamic State suicide bomber killed dozens of people outside Kabul airport during the chaotic evacuation in August.
Persons: Hussain Rahimi, Rahimi, Mohammad Baqer Sayed, Genghis Khan, Amir, Abdur Rahman, Asif Lali, Sayed, Gibran Peshimam, James Mackenzie, Mike Collett Organizations: Islamic State, Islamic, Kabul University, OF, White, Thomson Locations: KABUL, Kabul, Hazara, Afghanistan, Islamic State, Iraq, Herat, State
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 23, 2021. Kena Betancur/Pool via REUTERSISLAMABAD, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on Thursday for his first visit to the Afghan capital since the Taliban victory in August, following weeks of tension over transport links between the two neighbouring countries. Qureshi will focus in his talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other Taliban leaders "on ways and means to deepen cooperation in diverse areas", Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement. In addition, Pakistan International Airlines, the only international airline that had been operating regularly in Kabul, last week suspended flights, complaining of interference and harassment of its staff by Taliban officials. read more"The Foreign Minister's visit reflects Pakistan's consistent policy of supporting the brotherly Afghan people, deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, and facilitating closer people-to-people contacts," the ministry statement said.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Antony Blinken, Kena, Qureshi, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Faiz Hameed, James Mackenzie, Gareth Jones Organizations: U.S, General Assembly, REUTERS, Pakistan's, Afghan, Pakistan International Airlines, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, REUTERS ISLAMABAD, Kabul, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kandahar
Putin on Thursday said Biden made the right call by pulling US troops from Afghanistan. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyRussian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that President Joe Biden was right to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, Reuters reported. Though Putin apparently approves of Biden's decision to pull all US troops from Afghanistan, the president has faced fierce, bipartisan criticism in Washington over his handling of the withdraw. Last month, Putin said the US achieved "zero" via the war in Afghanistan and that the conflict resulted in "only tragedies." Putin and Biden met in Geneva, Switzerland, in June to address the contentious dynamic.
Persons: Putin, Biden, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Wally Adeyemo, Adeyemo, It's Organizations: Service, Reuters, TASS, Senate, Committee, Taliban, Haqqani Locations: Afghanistan, Russia, Moscow, Washington, Kabul, , Crimea, Geneva, Switzerland
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  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( Dave Lucas | )   time to read: 1 min
Taliban fighters patrol the Afghan capital, as the country's new rulers struggle to keep banks and basic services running after their victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul two months ago.
Locations: Kabul
KABUL—Mawlawi Zubair Mutmaeen used to run Taliban suicide-bombing squads in Kabul. On a recent day, in his new role as police chief for one of the Afghan capital’s districts, he was busy mediating a marital dispute. A woman clad in a burqa complained she could no longer live with her interfering mother-in-law. Clearly used to being in command, Mr. Mutmaeen lectured the husband that under Islamic law he must provide his wife with “shelter and other basic necessities.”
Persons: Mutmaeen Locations: KABUL, Kabul
MOSCOW—Russia has a fine line to tread when it hosts a Taliban delegation at international talks in Moscow on Wednesday: staying on good terms with the new regime in Kabul while preventing an influx of refugees and a broader Islamist movement gaining ground in what used to be the Soviet Union. From Eastern Europe to the Central Asian republics to its south, Russia has long tried to exert its influence over the former Soviet space.
Organizations: Taliban, Central Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Moscow, Kabul, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Soviet
Taliban praise suicide bombers, offer families cash and land
  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel during an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailKABUL, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The Taliban praised suicide bombers who died during the war against the former government and its Western allies and offered their families sums of cash and promises of land, the movement's interior ministry said in a statement. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the acting interior ministry who has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head as a "specially designated global terrorist", met the families at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, which was itself targeted by suicide bombers in 2018. Families of the suicide bombers were given clothing, 10,000 afghani ($111) and promised plots of land, spokesman Qari Sayeed Khosti said. He is wanted for questioning by the FBI in connection with an attack on another hotel in Kabul in 2008 in which six people including an American citizen were killed.
Persons: Mohammad Ismail, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Qari Sayeed Khosti, Haqqani, Jalaluddin Haqqani, James Mackenzie, Lincoln Organizations: Intercontinental, REUTERS, Haqqani, FBI, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Mohammad Ismail KABUL
When Nabila was a judge in Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, she granted divorces to women whose husbands were sometimes jailed for assaulting or kidnapping them. In mid-August, as the Taliban poured into Kabul and seized power, hundreds of prisoners were set free. She moved out of her house in Kabul and went into hiding as she sought ways to leave Afghanistan with her husband and three young daughters. “I lost my job and now I can’t even go outside or do anything freely because I fear these freed prisoners,” Nabila said by phone from a safe house. “A dark future is awaiting everyone in Afghanistan, especially female judges.”
Persons: Nabila, , ” Nabila, Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan
Taliban fighters are now getting used to new artificial limbs alongside soldiers of the army they fought to defeat. Standing near him at a Kabul clinic is one of the soldiers he defeated. That rebellion turned to conquest in August when the hardline Islamist militants advanced on Kabul and seized the capital. Unlike many Afghan women forced from their jobs since the Taliban returned to power, she has been allowed to carry on. But there has been no victory to ease the suffering of defeated soldiers from the ousted administration, some of whose leaders fled when the Taliban approached Kabul and left the city to its fate.
Persons: Abdul Qayum, Khair Mohammad, Jorge Silva KABUL, Mohammad Ishaq, Ishaq, Alberto Cairo, Cross, Mohammad Tawfiq, James Mackenzie, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Former, Red Cross Hospital, International Committee, Red Cross, Afghan National Army, White, Thomson Locations: Helmand, Kabul, Afghanistan, Former Taliban, Italian, Panjshir
Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov shakes hands with a representative of the Taliban delegation Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar before the beginning of international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERSMOSCOW, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Russia called on Wednesday for a mobilisation of international aid to support Afghanistan, as Moscow hosted the Taliban for an international conference while regretting a U.S. decision to stay away. Russia's initiative in hosting the talks and rallying aid for Afghanistan is part of an effort to boost its influence in the region after the United States withdrew its forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban seized power in August. Lavrov said he regretted the absence of the United States from the talks. Russia fought its own war in Afghanistan in the 1980s and has close military and political ties with former Soviet Central Asian states that border Afghanistan.
Persons: Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar, Alexander Zemlianichenko, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, Gabrielle Tetrault, Farber, Mark Trevelyan, Peter Graff Organizations: Taliban, REUTERS, United States, Washington, Soviet, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Moscow, Russia, REUTERS MOSCOW, Kabul, United States, Central Asia, Soviet Central
The Taliban is rewarding the families of those who attacked US troops from 2001 to 2021. The families were given money and clothes, and promised a plot of land each, the official said. Haqqani also distributed 10,000 afghanis ($112) per family, gave them clothes, and promised them a plot of land each, Kohsty said. Earlier this month, the Taliban held talks with President Joe Biden's administration for the first time since the US withdrawal in August. It is unclear how many US and Afghan soldiers died from suicide attacks in Afghanistan in the last 20 years.
Persons: Sirajuddin, Saeed Khosty, Khosty, Haqqani, Kohsty, — Qari Saeed Khosty, Joe Biden's Organizations: Taliban, Service, Intercontinental, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Interior Ministry, Associated Press, Islamic Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan
World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Eternals'
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( Dave Lucas | )   time to read: 1 min
Taliban fighters patrol the Afghan capital, as the country's new rulers struggle to keep banks and basic services running after their victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul two months ago.
Locations: Kabul
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