Friday prayers quiet in Kabul, Taliban unseen

Friday prayers quiet in Kabul, Taliban unseen

Saturday, 21 August 2021 | AP | Kabul

Friday prayers were uneventful in the Afghan capital, with no Taliban gunmen seen guarding the entrances of mosques or enforcing dress code restrictions as they have in the past. Some mosques even saw higher numbers than normal in attendance. The Islamic-fundamentalist Taliban issued guidance to imams around Afghanistan on Thursday, saying...

Pakistani human smugglers business boom as thousands of Afghans attempt to leave

Friday, 20 August 2021 | PTI | Karachi

Pakistani human smugglers operating in areas bordering Afghanistan are raking in money as thousands of Afghans try to exit their country by clandestine means following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. Thousands of Afghans are fleeing Afghanistan to escape the new Taliban regime and seek asylum in different nations,...

New Taliban Govt in Af will not  be allowed to access loans: IMF

Friday, 20 August 2021 | AP | Washington

The International Monetary Fund says that the new Taliban Government in Afghanistan will not at the current time be allowed to access loans or other resources from the 190-nation lending organisation. In a statement Wednesday, the IMF said it would be guided by the views of the international community. The statement said,...

Biden says Taliban now in ‘existential crisis'

Friday, 20 August 2021 | AP | Washington

President Joe Biden says the Taliban have not changed but are going through an “existential crisis” about whether they want legitimacy on the global stage as they've taken over Afghanistan. In an interview on ABC's “Good Morning America,” Biden said that he's “not sure” the Taliban want to be “recognized by...

Taliban more ‘clear eyed and rational' than before: China

Friday, 20 August 2021 | PTI | Beijing

China on Thursday said it is in talks with the Taliban and called for an “objective judgement” on their actions after it seized power in Afghanistan, saying the militant group appears to be more “clear eyed and rational” and hoped that it will deliver on its promises, including protection of...

Biden admin suspends all arms sales to Af Govt

Friday, 20 August 2021 | AP | Washington

The Biden administration has suspended all arms sales to the Government of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country. In a notice to defence contractors posted on Wednesday, the State Department's Political/Military Affairs Bureau said pending or undelivered arms transfers to Afghanistan had been put under review. “In light of...

Was Biden handcuffed by Trump's Taliban deal in Doha?

Friday, 20 August 2021 | AP | Washington

After President Donald Trump signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, he optimistically proclaimed that “we think we'll be successful in the end.”  His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, asserted that the administration was “seizing the best opportunity for peace in a generation.” Eighteen months later, President Joe...

UK Min: Taliban takeover will inspire terrorists

Friday, 20 August 2021 | PTI | London

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will inspire terrorists and trigger an “explosion” of extremism and security challenges for the world, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned on Thursday. Speaking to the BBC, the Cabinet minister said he feared that terror groups like Al Qaeda would view the Taliban advance as an...

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