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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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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Twitter, Facebook May Let Taliban Control Afghan Government Social Media Accounts

Afghan militia gather with their weapons to support Afghanistan security forces against the Taliban, … [+] in Afghan warlord and former Mujahideen leader Ismail Khan’s house in Herat on July 9, 2021. AFP via Getty Images The Taliban control all 34 provinces in Afghanistan, Kabul, the capital city, the presidential palace—and possibly soon a slew…

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U.S.-run airlift from Taliban-occupied Kabul picks up pace but faces daunting problems

KABUL, Afghanistan — Faced with mounting criticism of a chaotic exit from Afghanistan, the U.S. and its allies Friday stepped up evacuation efforts from Kabul, where thousands of desperate people ringed the airport even as a semblance of normality returned to other parts of the capital. With bedlam at the airport a daily event since the Taliban’s…

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Afghans protest Taliban in emerging challenge to their rule

Afghan protesters have defied the Taliban for a second day, waving their national flag in scattered demonstrationsBy AHMAD SEIR, RAHIM FAIEZ, KATHY GANNON AND JON GAMBRELL Associated PressAugust 19, 2021, 12:33 PM• 7 min readKABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan protesters defied the Taliban for a second day Thursday, waving their national flag in scattered demonstrations, and…

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WaPo publisher asks Biden admin to help evacuate journalists

Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan sent a plea to the Biden administration on Monday to help evacuate journalists and their families from Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control of the capital.Ryan emailed U.S. National Security advisor Jake Sullivan with the subject line “Urgent re safety of US Journalists.””Jake, Urgent request on behalf of the New…

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Videos show desperation at Kabul airport as Afghans crowd planes, cling to jets to escape

After the Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday, dozens of Afghans could be seen in video footage surrounding, climbing and trying to force themselves onto U.S. passenger jets as the aircraft took off from the capital’s airport.Several videos showed a crowd of Afghans sprinting alongside a U.S. military jet in an apparent attempt to…

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US reaches deal with Taliban on evacuations: report

The U.S. has reached a deal with the Taliban to ensure that evacuations from Kabul’s airport can take place without interference from the group, according to a report by The Associated Press.The deal was reached in talks in Doha, Qatar, between senior Taliban officials and Gen. Frank McKenzie.The two sides apparently agreed to a “deconfliction mechanism” in which…

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Taliban fighters enter Kabul, await “peaceful transfer” of power

Kabul, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters entered Kabul on Sunday and sought the unconditional surrender of the central government, officials said, as Afghans and foreigners alike raced for the exit, signaling the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking Afghanistan. The beleaguered central government, meanwhile, hope for an interim administration, but increasingly had few cards…

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