Taliban dissolve Afghanistan’s Human Rights Commission, other key bodies

An Afghan woman walks on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comKABUL, May 16 (Reuters) – Taliban authorities in Afghanistan dissolved five key departments of the former U.S.-backed government, including the country’s Human Rights Commission, deeming them unnecessary in the face of a financial…

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Military leaders testify ‘strategic failure’ followed years of mistakes in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top general testified Tuesday that the American war in Afghanistan ended in “strategic failure,” a grim conclusion that acknowledged a long series of mistakes and miscalculations by the Pentagon’s leaders. “The enemy is in charge in Kabul,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley said during a Senate Armed Services…

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US admits Kabul strike killed multiple civilians in ‘tragic mistake’

The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.  “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command,…

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The Taliban are lying, France’s foreign minister says

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint news conference at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany September 10, 2021. Jens Schlueter/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The Taliban are lying and France will not have any relationship with its newly-formed government, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said late on Saturday before heading…

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Taliban agrees to evacuation of 200 Americans, other foreigners from Afghanistan

Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a U.S. official said. The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the Islamist militia…

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Taliban beats protesters and arrests journalists at women’s rally in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — After being shut out from the Taliban‘s new government, women increased pressure on Afghanistan‘s new rulers with a number of protests Wednesday, at least one of which was broken up by Taliban fighters who whipped some of the demonstrators and arrested local journalists.The protests came one day after the Taliban announced an interim Cabinet…

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A small fraction of America’s Afghan allies made it out of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — More than 120,000 people of all nationalities were evacuated from the Kabul airport as the U.S. military withdrew, but initial figures suggest that only about 8,500 of those who left Afghanistan in recent months were Afghans, according to numbers released by the Biden administration and estimates from advocates.That is a small percentage of…

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Biden says Afghanistan war ‘should have ended long ago’ as he defends withdrawal

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, describing the frantic evacuation as an “extraordinary success” even though dozens of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies were left behind.Biden’s remarks were passionate and defiant, reflecting his determination that ending America’s longest war was the right choice despite a wave of…

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Biden digs in with fervent defense of Afghanistan withdrawal

President BidenJoe BidenProgressive Democratic lawmakers urge Biden to replace Powell as Fed Chair Pentagon releases photo of last soldier to leave Afghanistan Overnight Defense & National Security — America’s longest war ends MORE on Tuesday offered a full-throated defense of his decision to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan, saying the 20-year war was no…

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Homeland Security to oversee entry of Afghans. Refugee agencies brace for mammoth task

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has designated the Department of Homeland Security as the lead federal agency charged with facilitating the entry of Afghans into the United States. Refugee resettlement groups say the process has been too slow, but they remain hopeful the nation is up to the task.Homeland Security will coordinate efforts across federal agencies to…

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US officials say drone strike hits ‘multiple suicide bombers’ targeting Kabul airport as evacuations continue

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. The strike came just two days before the U.S. is set to conclude a massive airlift of tens…

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