November 29, 2022
International

Taliban claim that the United States is “usurping” Afghanistan’s frozen assets

KABUL: After Washington unveiled plans to establish an external fund to oversee $3.5 billion of its stolen national reserves, the Taliban said on Thursday that the US had “usurped” Afghan assets. The US placed a $7 billion asset freeze on the central bank in August of last year, which exacerbated the poverty crisis brought on […]

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International

Despite its displeasure with the Taliban, the US commits to asset talks in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Despite the late al Qaeda leader’s presence in Kabul and the Taliban and Afghan central bank’s hesitation, US President Joe Biden’s administration will move forward with negotiations on the release of billions of dollars in Afghanistan’s foreign-held assets, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. As the United Nations warns that almost […]

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International

Taliban tested repaired helicopters and aircraft

KABUL: On Wednesday, Taliban military planes screamed over the Afghan capital as the group’s defence ministry tried out recently repaired equipment, much of it left behind by foreign troops and purchased since the Taliban seized power a year ago. Near the airport, helicopters and at least one jet, including what seemed to be at least […]

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International

Mosque explosion in Kabul claims at least ten lives

KABUL: On Wednesday night, a mosque was bombed, killing at least ten people, among them a well-known preacher, and injuring 27 others.According to a hospital source, there are also children among the injured. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban leadership, stated there were fatalities and injuries from the explosion but did not provide specific […]

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International

Taliban expand the number of required religious studies courses offered at Afghan colleges

KABUL: Education officials in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that extra Islamic studies lectures will be required for university students, but they gave few hints as to when secondary schools for girls will reopen. Many traditional Afghan clergy who are part of the radical Islamist Taliban returned to power a year later and are sceptical of […]

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International

The women were compelled to work in Afghanistan during Taliban rule

HERAT AFGHANISTAN : Since taking power a year ago, the Taliban have forced Afghan women out of society by placing strangling limitations on their ability to work, travel, and dress. There is rarely a woman in the nation who has not experienced the loss of a male relative in one or more conflicts, and many […]

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International

As hundreds of students return to school, Taliban soldiers trade their weapons for books

KABUL: Gul Agha Jalali used to stay up late planting bombs in the hopes of hitting a soldier for the Afghan government or, even better, a foreign serviceman.The 23-year-old Taliban member is currently enrolled in a computer science course and is learning English in Kabul, the country’s capital. “We needed bombs, mortars, and firearms while […]

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International

Rahimullah Haqqani, a senior Taliban cleric, and his brother were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul

KABUL: On Thursday, a suicide bomber killed a prominent Taliban preacher known for his fiery sermons against the extremist Islamic State (IS) group and support for female education at his madressah in Kabul. Rahimullah Haqqani, who has recently openly advocated for girls’ schooling, had escaped at least two earlier assassination attempts, including one in Pakistan […]

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PAKISTAN

Taliban look into US assertion that Al Qaeda head was killed

According to a Taliban spokesperson on Thursday, the group’s leadership was unaware of the presence of Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul and is looking into a US “claim” that he was killed in a US drone strike there. The largest blow to the extremists since Osama bin Laden was assassinated more than ten years ago came […]

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