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Afghan Taliban defeat highlights failure to build a regional army
... for training the Afghan army, it took just a month for the Taliban to brush it aside. Over the last few days, insurgents have seized every major city in Afghanistan - from Kandahar in south to Mazar I - Sharif in the north, Herat in the west and Jalalabad in the east. They stand almost at the gates of Kabul . The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani praised the security forces in a brief televised address on Saturday saying they had a strong spirit to defend their people and country. But still, there ...
Updated: 08/15/2021
British ambassador to Afghanistan to be evacuated after Taliban advance
... Britain 's ambassador to Afghanistan will be evacuated by Monday night, the Sunday Telegraph reported, after British troops moved to evacuate most other British diplomats and officials. On Saturday, Taliban fighters drawn near Kabul . The capital and Jalalabad , in eastern Afghanistan , are now the only cities not in Taliban hands, prompting the United States and other western nations to evacuate their citizens. A plan to evacuate Britons had been due to last week, but the Sunday Telegraph said ...
Updated: 08/14/2021
U.S. troops to arrive in Afghanistan on Sunday, Pentagon says
... crisis and a rollback of gains in human rights. Some 400,000 civilians have been forced from their homes this year, 250,000 of them since May, said a U.N. official. In addition to Kabul , the government controls Mazar-i - Sharif in the north and Jalalabad near the Pakistani border in the east. The speed of the Taliban 's gains has led to recriminations over the U.S. withdrawal, which was negotiated last year under the administration of President Donald Trump 's Republican predecessor, Joe ...
Updated: 08/14/2021
Afghan Taliban seize two major cities, raising fears of US withdrawal
... government officials immediately to confirm which of the cities under attack remained in government hands. The government still holds the central city in the north-Sabah - Mazar -i- Sharif and Kabul - near the Pakistani border in the east, as well as Jalalabad . On Wednesday, a U.S. military official quoted intelligence as saying Taliban could isolate Kabul within 60 days and possibly take it over within 90 days. The United Nations has warned that a Taliban offensive reaching the capital would ...
Updated: 08/13/2021
Here's what a 'fixer does to a foreign correspondent'
Immediately after the September 11th attacks, I called Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed MohammedMoh Mohammed Mohammed Sheikh Mohammed, who saved him through a Taliban checkpoint between Jalalabad and capital where a car full of journalists was dying? Immediately after the September 11th attacks, I called 'Mohammed', who saved my life when he drove me in Afghanistan as Kabul was sinking in 2001 like Afghanistan is dying? He spirited ...
Updated: 08/03/2021
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