The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reshape counterinsurgencies in Africa, experts say

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the subsequent withdrawal of Western troops was closely watched in many African capitals — and by Islamist insurgent groups on the continent. The shift in power comes at a critical juncture for the so-called war on terror for the governments of countries like Somalia, Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria, and… Continue reading The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reshape counterinsurgencies in Africa, experts say

President Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will defend his decision to end America’s military mission in Afghanistan as he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for the first time as president. Biden is also expected to discuss the Covid pandemic, climate change and the challenges posed by China. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was scheduled to… Continue reading President Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly

Biden Says ‘America’s Back.’ The World Has Some Questions

As President Biden prepared for his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, his White House was reeling from a trifecta of bad news stories — headlines that underscored questions about U.S. leadership in the world. The Pentagon acknowledged it had killed an aid worker, seven children and two other civilians in… Continue reading Biden Says ‘America’s Back.’ The World Has Some Questions

Donors pledging billions in aid to Afghanistan face a challenge: Navigating the Taliban

One month after the fall of its U.S.-supported government to the Taliban, Afghanistan faces crises of astronomical levels: millions facing starvation, a nationwide liquidity crunch, suspension of aid and freezing of assets by international donors and fears of brutal human rights abuses. Policymakers in the West are grappling with whether to engage with Afghanistan’s new… Continue reading Donors pledging billions in aid to Afghanistan face a challenge: Navigating the Taliban

Friction Among Taliban Pragmatists, Hard-Liners Intensifies

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Friction between pragmatists and ideologues in the Taliban leadership has intensified since the group formed a hard-line Cabinet last week that is more in line with their harsh rule in the 1990s than their recent promises of inclusiveness, said two Afghans familiar with the power struggle. The wrangling has taken place… Continue reading Friction Among Taliban Pragmatists, Hard-Liners Intensifies

U.S. pauses inbound flights with Afghan evacuees after 4 cases of measles detected

U.S.-bound flights carrying evacuees from Afghanistan are on hold after four cases of measles were diagnosed among Afghans who had already arrived in the country, the White House said Friday. The flights have been temporarily paused “out of an abundance of caution” at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House… Continue reading U.S. pauses inbound flights with Afghan evacuees after 4 cases of measles detected

Weeks after fleeing Afghanistan, former President Ashraf Ghani issues ‘explanation’ statement to Afghan people

More than three weeks after fleeing Kabul by helicopter as the Taliban swept through the capital, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement late Wednesday in apology to his fellow countrymen. “I owe the Afghan people an explanation for leaving Kabul abruptly on August 15 after Taliban unexpectedly entered the city,” Ghani began, in… Continue reading Weeks after fleeing Afghanistan, former President Ashraf Ghani issues ‘explanation’ statement to Afghan people

Terrorism will increase under Afghanistan’s newly appointed Taliban government, experts warn

The Taliban in Afghanistan have named a new interim government led by hardliners as the group pledges to implement a strict Islamic rule over the country of roughly 40 million. The new cabinet of the freshly restored Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan contains no women, and no positions for opposition forces or ethnic and religious minorities.… Continue reading Terrorism will increase under Afghanistan’s newly appointed Taliban government, experts warn

Fighting continues in Afghanistan’s Panjshir valley as anti-Taliban resistance vows to hold out

The status of the Panjshir Valley in the east of Afghanistan remained unclear Tuesday, following Taliban statements that the militants had taken the last holdout province in the country even as anti-Taliban resistance members vowed to keep fighting. If the claims of victory are true, it means that the whole of Afghanistan is now under… Continue reading Fighting continues in Afghanistan’s Panjshir valley as anti-Taliban resistance vows to hold out

The world must engage with Afghanistan, Pakistan’s national security advisor says

Afghanistan, for the sake of the average Afghan, then what we are really saying is: ‘We don’t care about a governance collapse, we don’t care about a humanitarian crisis, and we don’t care about a security vacuum,’” he “Capital Connection” on Wednesday. “If that’s where we want to go, then we are repeating the mistakes… Continue reading The world must engage with Afghanistan, Pakistan’s national security advisor says