Afghan Taliban to announce new government, sources say

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Afghan Taliban to announce new government, sources say

New government to be announced soon - official government to be unveiled.

U.S. has no plans to release frozen Afghan assets, other than removing the possibility of security issue?

Sept 3 Reuters - Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar will lead a new Afghanistan government that could be announced soon, sources said in the Islamist group on Friday, as it battled rebel fighters while trying to ward off economic collapse.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in senior positions of the government, three sources said.

On condition of anonymity, all the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government, one Taliban official told Reuters.

The Taliban, who seized Kabul on august 15 after sweeping across most of the country, have faced resistance in the Panjshir Valley, north of the capital, with reports of heavy fighting https: www.reuters.org COM world asia-pacific taliban-afghan fighters-claim - heavy-casualties - fighting-over-the- valley - 2021 - 09 - 02 and casualties

Several thousand fighters of regional militias and remnants of the government's military forces have massed in the rugged valley under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud https: www.reuters.com com World asia-pacific son-slain - afghan-hero - Massoud speaks - resistance seeks - support - 2021 - 08 - 19, the son of former Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud

Efforts to negotiate a settlement appear to have broken down, with each side blamed the other for the failure.

The legitimacy of the government in the eyes of international donors and investors will be critical for an economy confronted by drought and the ravages of a conflict that killed estimated 240,000 Afghans.

Humanitarian groups have warned of impending catastrophe and the economy, reliant on many millions of dollars of international aid for years, is near collapse.

Many Afghans were struggling to feed their families with severe drought well before the Taliban took power and millions of Afghans could now face starvation, aid agencies say.

The director of the World Food Programme in Kabul, told Reuters from Afghanistan, that drought was affected to prevent afghans from hanging economic collapse - 2021 - 09 - 02.

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has no plans to release billions in Afghan gold, investments and foreign currency reserves frozen in the United States after the Taliban tookover.

In a positive development, a senior executive of Western Union Co said the firm was resuming its money transfer services https: www.reuters.com. com world asia-pacific exclusive western union reunion-services-afghanistan - Senior Executive Experience - 2021 - 09 - 02 to Afghanistan in line with a U.S. push to keep up humanitarian work.

The Taliban enforced a radical form of sharia, or Islamic law when it ruled from 1996 to 2001.

This time around the movement has tried to present a more moderate face to the world, promising to protect human rights and refrain from reprisals against old enemies.

The United States, the European Union and others have cast doubt on such assurances, saying that the formal recognition of the new government and the resultant flow of economic aid were contingent on action.

The Taliban left safe passage out of the country for any Afghans or foreigners left behind by the huge airlift that ended when U.S. troops abandoned ahead of an Aug 31 deadline. Many were also fleeing; many were seeking to flee, and the airport in Kabul was closed. Thousands of Afghans https: www.reuters.com. com world asia-pacific evacuated-afghans - hoping-resettle - us-face - extended-limbo-third-countries - 2021 - 09 - 02, some without documents, others with pending visa applications or whose families have mixed immigration status wait in transit hubs in third nations.