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Afghanistan

Pakistan urges Afghanistan to reconsider recall of diplomats

Pakistan urges Afghanistan to reconsider recall of diplomats

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PAKISTAN, RELATIONS
Pakistan’s foreign ministry describes Kabul’s decision to recall diplomats ‘unfortunate and regrettable’ after ambassador’s daughter abducted. Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad at a news conference regarding the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, in Islamabad [Anjum Naveed/AP] Pakistan’s foreign ministry has termed the Afghan government’s decision to recall its ambassador and senior diplomats from its embassy in Islamabad “unfortunate and regrettable”, after the ambassador’s daughter was abducted and assaulted last week. In a statement released late on Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the incident was being investigated “at the highest level”. “The decision by the Government of Afghanistan to recall its ambassador and senior dipl...
Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, TALIBAN
TEHRAN, Jul. 17 (MNA) – Foreign ministers of Russian Federation and five Central Asian countries in a joint statement emphasized the significance of inter-Afghan talks in line with achieving the lasting peace in Afghanistan The foreign ministers of five Central Asian States including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan plus Russia in a joint statement, after a meeting held in Tashkent, called for constructive talks between government in Kabul and Taliban in line with achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan, TASS news agency reported. In the statement, they expressed hope for constructive talks between Kabul government officials and Taliban in order to adopt coordinated approaches to end the conflict and bring peace to Afghanistan. Earlier, Russian Forei...
Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Afghanistan, China, INTERNATIONAL, RELATIONS, TALIBAN, USA
The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. Taliban spokesman Suhil Shaheen (Left) The Taliban has called China a "friend" of Afghanistan and promised not to host Uyghur Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province According to a media report, the Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said they see China as a “friend” to Afghanistan. He also said the Taliban would no longer allow China’s Uyghur separatist fighters from Xinjiang, some of whom had previously sought refuge in Afghanistan, to enter the country. The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. China has already evacuated 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan by a charter...
Two Border Towns in Western Afghanistan Fall to Taliban

Two Border Towns in Western Afghanistan Fall to Taliban

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, WAR
An official said the Islam Qala customs activities have stopped after it was taken over by the Taliban. The Islam Qala border town, one of the main trade gateways into Iran, and the Torghundi border town, one of the two trade gateways into Turkmenistan, both in Herat province in western Afghanistan, have fallen to Taliban, local officials confirmed on Friday. Activities at Islam Qala customs were stopped after it was fallen to the Taliban, said Nisar Ahmad Naseri, the acting head of Herat customs department. Videos on social media show Taliban fighters chatting with Iranian border forces in the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Iran. Taliban has announced to have captured the Islam Qala customs and the Torghundi border town. Sources from the province sai...
In Iran-brokered talks, Taliban, Kabul agree war no solution in Afghanistan

In Iran-brokered talks, Taliban, Kabul agree war no solution in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS
In joint declaration after two days of intra-Afghan talks hosted by Iran, they vow to pursue political, peaceful solutions Top-ranking Taliban officials and a group of mainstream Afghan politicians, who participated in Iran-brokered talks in Tehran on Wednesday and Thursday, agreed that there is no alternative to peace. In a joint declaration issued after two days of intra-Afghan talks facilitated by Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the two Afghan sides recognized the “dangers of continuing the war” and its impact on the “health of the nation,” Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in a series of tweets. The two opposing sides agreed that war is “not the solution to the Afghan problem” and all efforts must be coordinated for a “political and peaceful solution." They also agreed to...
Boris Johnson announces withdrawal of most UK troops from Afghanistan

Boris Johnson announces withdrawal of most UK troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, Security, UK
The Prime Minister was warned the withdrawal could throw the UK's trustworthiness as an ally into doubt Boris Johnson has followed Joe Biden's lead in pulling troops out of Afghanistan (Image: OLIVIER MATTHYS/POOL/EPA) Britain's decision to follow the US in pulling troops out of Afghanistan throws into doubt the UK's trustworthiness as an ally, Boris Johnson was warned today. The Prime Minister told MPs most British servicemen and women had returned home from the war-ravaged country as the NATO mission ends. Taliban fighters continue to make huge gains, seizing back territory from Afghan government forces and raising fears the country could once again be overrun. But Mr Johnson insisted the nation was in a better state – and posed less of a terrorism risk to the UK – than w...
Taliban Reacts to Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Exit by U.S. Troops

Taliban Reacts to Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Exit by U.S. Troops

Afghanistan, ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, RELATIONS, TALIBAN, USA
The Taliban has welcomed the evacuation of U.S. forces from Bagram and says the move will bring Afghanistan "closer to peace and security." The United States have withdrawn all troops from its biggest air base in Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official told AFP on Friday, hinting that the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country was imminent after two decades of war. NATO has also withdrawn all of its forces from the base. In a tweet on Friday, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said: "We consider evacuation of all US forces from #Bagram a positive step & seek withdrawal of foreign forces from all parts of the country. Such is in the interest of both them & Afghans. Afghans can move closer to peace & security with complete withdrawal of ...
U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan teetering on the brink of all-out civil war

U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan teetering on the brink of all-out civil war

Afghanistan, Asia, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA
Kabul — U.S. officials have said the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will most likely be finished by July 4. Behind them, they'll leave Afghanistan's own security forces struggling to defend their country from a brazen Taliban offensive. CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata went to the front line in the still-raging war this week with Afghan forces. The battle is just two hours north of Kabul, and it's drawing nearer every day. D'Agata has covered the war in Afghanistan for years, and he's been to the front line many times. But while getting to the fight from Kabul used to mean hitching a ride on a helicopter, for this visit, it was just a drive into the mountains right outside the capital city. The Taliban are that close now. At a small combat outpost...
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