Afghan women and children sit in front of a bakery waiting for bread donations in Kabul’s Old City, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Op-Ed: Save Afghanistan, save Myanmar

Global sympathy travels fast, based on the news in the headlines. The other day it was Yemen. The day before, it was Myanmar. Today it’s all about Afghanistan. It appears…

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The 9/11 Memorial is seen on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in Manhattan, New York on September 11, 2021. (Photo by MIKE SEGAR / AFP)

Calls for unity as divided US marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday with pleas for unity at solemn ceremonies given added resonance by the messy withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and return to…

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This photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. (Photo by Doug Kanter / AFP)

Op-Ed: Twenty years on, reflections on Sept 11

The quick fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has made the 20th anniversary of Sept 11 even more sad. The loss of tens of thousands of lives, both American and Afghan,…

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul earlier this month (AP Photo/Muhammad Farooq)

Taliban form all-male Afghan government of old guard members

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against…

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A view of a gate of the provincial governor’s office in Panjshir, in this picture uploaded to social media on September 6, 2021. Social media handout/via REUTERS

Taliban claim control of Panjshir, promise formation of government ‘soon’

(Reuters) – The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group’s takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon….

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US President Joe Biden speaks on ending the war in Afghanistan in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2021. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

Biden wants Afghan exit to end US global cop role

“America is back,” goes President Joe Biden’s catchphrase, but his unapologetic exit from Afghanistan shows America won’t be back to business as usual. Beyond the trauma of the Kabul evacuation,…

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An armed Taliban fighter stands guard as Muslim devotees leave after Friday prayers at the Pul-e Khishti Mosque in Kabul on September 3, 2021. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)

Taliban close to forming new government in Afghanistan

Kabul (AFP) – The Taliban were on Friday close to forming a government, with the hardliners under intense international scrutiny over their vow to rule Afghanistan with greater tolerance, especially on…

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File photo of Joe Biden, who vowed to “hunt you down” after the Kabul airport terror. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Defiant Biden rejects criticism of Afghan exit, points to Afghan military and Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday defiantly rejected criticism of his decision to stick to a deadline to pull out of Afghanistan this week, a move that left up to 200 Americans in the…

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Taliban forces stand guard a day after the U.S. troops withdrawal from Hamid Karzai international airport n Kabul, Afghanistan August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban celebrate victory as last U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

(Reuters) – Celebratory gunfire resounded across Kabul on Tuesday as Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn, following the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops, marking the end…

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The Afghan athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London on August 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP)

Afghan Paralympian beats the odds to compete in Tokyo

Tokyo (AFP) – After a dramatic evacuation from Taliban-held Kabul and a secret operation to fly him to Tokyo, Afghan Paralympian Hossain Rasouli beat the odds on Tuesday to compete in…

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Afghan men take pictures of a vehicle from which rockets were fired, as Taliban forces stand guard, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 30, 2021. REUTER/Stringer

Rockets target US troops as final Kabul withdrawal begins, core diplomats fly out

Aug 30 (Reuters) – U.S. anti-missile defences intercepted rockets fired at Kabul’s airport early on Monday, as the United States flew its core diplomats out of Afghanistan in the final…

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This August 27, 2021, satellite image shows people (top C) boarding a military aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

US believes new Kabul airport attack ‘highly likely’ soon: Biden

US military commanders believe that another terror attack like the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport is “highly likely in the next 24-36 hours,” President Joe Biden warned Saturday. After…

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Afghans lie on beds at a hospital after they were wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

New urgency to airlift after Kabul blasts kill more than 100

KABUL (AP) — Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of people desperately fleeing a Taliban takeover and…

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Crowds of people show their documents to U.S. troops outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. braces for more ISIS attacks after carnage at Kabul airport

(Reuters) – U.S. troops helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule braced for more attacks on Friday after Islamic State struck the crowded gates of Kabul airport, killing scores of civilians and at least 13 U.S. troops….

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Medical staff move a stretcher to bring injured people for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

Deadly blast near Kabul airport kill at least 13

Two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport on Thursday, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to…

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Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Fox News earns top ratings spot in US with Afghanistan coverage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News Channel, bolstered by viewers’ rapt attention to the U.S.-led evacuation from Afghanistan, was last week’s most-watched TV outlet on broadcast or cable, according to…

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FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, China has seen the realization of long-held hopes for a reduction of the influence of a geopolitical rival in what it considers its backyard. Yet, it is also deeply concerned that the very withdrawal could bring instability to that backyard – Central Asia – and possibly even spill over the border into China itself in its heavily Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban takeover prompts fears of a resurgent al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lightning-fast changes in Afghanistan are forcing the Biden administration to confront the prospect of a resurgent al-Qaida, the group that attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001,…

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In this Aug. 20, 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Marines and Norweigian coalition forces assist with security at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint ensuring evacuees are processed safely during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Gunfire at Kabul airport kills 1 amid chaotic evacuations

KABUL (AP) — A firefight at one of the gates of Kabul’s international airport killed at least one Afghan soldier early Monday, German officials said, the latest chaos to engulf…

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Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

US orders American airlines to aid Afghan evacuation

The United States on Sunday enlisted several major airlines in its frantic evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans, Americans, and other foreigners from Kabul following its fall to Taliban…

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Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug.16. 2021. (AP Photo)

US considers having airlines help with refugees

The Biden administration is considering calling on U.S. commercial airlines to provide planes and crews to assist in transporting Afghan refugees once they are evacuated from their country by military…

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A US Air Force security forces raven, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, maintains a security cordon around a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA), Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Taylor Crul / US AIR FORCE / AFP)

West struggles with Afghanistan chaos, Biden again defends withdrawal

Chaos around the Kabul airport was so bad this week that the U.S. military was forced to use three helicopters to transport 169 Americans into the complex from a building just 200…

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Evacuees from Afghanistan disembark a Spanish military plane as part of their evacuation at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 20, 2021. Ministry of Defense of Spain/Handout via REUTERS

NATO pledges to speed up evacuations from Afghanistan as criticism mounts

KABUL (Reuters) – More than 18,000 people have been flown out of Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan‘s capital, a NATO official said on Friday, pledging to redouble evacuation efforts as criticism of the…

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A handout photo obtained from Twitter via @Bw_Einsatz on August 17, 2021 shows evacuees from Afghanistan as they arrive in an Airbus A400 transport aircraft of the German Air Force Luftwaffe in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Marc Tessensohn/Twitter @Bw_Einsatz/Handout via REUTERS

Taliban keep some evacuees from reaching Kabul airport, as U.S. vows to finish airlift

KABUL (Reuters) – Armed members of the Taliban kept people desperate to flee Afghanistan from reaching Kabul‘s airport on Wednesday, witnesses said, while President Joe Biden vowed to keep U.S. troops in the country until all Americans are evacuated. Since…

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Taliban forces patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021.REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban pledge peace and women’s rights under Islam as they strike conciliatory tone

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban said on Tuesday they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, as they held their first official news briefing…

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President Joe Biden walks from the podium after speaking about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: Afghan chaos ‘gut wrenching’ but stands by withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant President Joe Biden rejected blame Monday for chaotic scenes of Afghans clinging to U.S. military planes in Kabul in a desperate bid to flee their…

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Taliban militants waving a Taliban flag on the back of a pickup truck drive past a crowded street at Pashtunistan Square area in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in this still image taken from social media video uploaded on August 15, 2021. Social media website/via REUTERS

Taliban declares ‘war is over’ as president and diplomats flee Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan was over after insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul as U.S.-led forces departed and Western nations scrambled on Monday to evacuate their citizens….

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Ghani reportedly has left Afghanistan as Taliban enters the capital

Two Afghan officials, one from former President Hamid Karzai’s office and another an aide on the Afghan security council, said President Ashraf Ghani had left the country on Sunday amid…

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Smoke rises after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel in the city of Kandahar, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Sidiqullah Khan)

Taliban sweep across Afghanistan’s south, take 3 more cities

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured another three provincial capitals in Afghanistan on Friday, completing their sweep of the country’s south in a lightning offensive that is gradually encircling…

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Afghan security force personnel stand guard along the roadside in Herat on August 12, 2021, as Taliban took over the police headquarters in Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city and also seized another key district capital just 150 kilometres (95 miles) from capital Kabul. (Photo by – / AFP)

Taliban advance on major Afghan cities as US, UK troops to aid evacuations

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States and Britain said on Thursday they would send thousands of troops to Afghanistan to help evacuate civilians, as the Taliban stood poised for their two biggest military victories since they…

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Smoke rises from damaged shops after fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. Taliban fighters Sunday took control of much of the capital of Kunduz province, including the governor’s office and police headquarters, a provincial council member said. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)

Taliban press on, take another Afghan provincial capital

KABUL (AP) — The Taliban on Monday took control of another provincial capital in Afghanistan, an official said. The city’s fall was the latest in a weekslong, relentless Taliban offensive…

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(File photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Lessons from Washington’s 20-year mission in Afghanistan 

President Joe Biden has ordered American troops to pull out from Afghanistan by the end of August. His order effectively ended Washington’s longest war but left behind a country in…

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US soldiers from Second Platoon, Bravo Troop, 33rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team take position during a patrol in Ibrahim Khel village of Khost province on April 11, 2010.(Photo by MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP)

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America’s longest war despite mounting fears of a…

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A smoke plume rises following an explosion targeting the convoy of Afghanistan’s vice president Amrullah Saleh in Kabul.

Afghanistan VP lightly wounded in deadly Kabul blast

Afghanistan’s vice president Amrullah Saleh sustained minor injuries Wednesday when his convoy was targeted in Kabul in an explosion that killed at least six people and wounded a dozen more,…

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Trump to announce US troop withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump will announce further troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in the next few days, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The official told reporters traveling with…

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