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Minister pledges Taliban govt won't allow militant attacks

Sep. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s new foreign minister said Tuesday that the Taliban governing the country remain committed to not allowing militants to use their territory to launch attacks. But he refused to say when or if the country’s new rulers would create a more inclusive...

Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities

Sep. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday. The...

The Latest: Qatar sends high-level delegation to Afghanistan

Sep. 12, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Middle Eastern State of Qatar, which has played an outsized role in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s sweep to power on Aug. 15, has sent a delegation to Kabul. It is the highest diplomatic level delegation to visit the Afghan capital since the Taliban announced...

Taliban stop planes of evacuees from leaving but unclear why

Sep. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerging about why the flights weren't able to...

Taliban special forces bring abrupt end to women's protest

Sep. 04, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban special forces in camouflage fired their weapons into the air Saturday, bringing an abrupt and frightening end to the latest protest march in the capital by Afghan women demanding equal rights from the new rulers. Also on Saturday, the...

The Latest: US says drone strike may have injured others

Aug. 29, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military says a drone strike on a vehicle suspected of being used for a planned attack in Afghanistan may have caused “additional casualties” as well as killed the two Islamic State militants it targeted. An Afghan official has said...

IS threat forces US changes to evacuations at Kabul airport

Aug. 21, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Potential Islamic State threats against Americans in Afghanistan are forcing the U.S. military to develop new ways to get evacuees to the airport in Kabul, a senior U.S. official said Saturday, adding a new complication to the already chaotic efforts to get people...

The Latest: Food agency warns of hunger in Afghan conflict

Aug. 18, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — UNITED NATIONS — The head of the U.N. food agency in Afghanistan says a humanitarian crisis is unfolding with 14 million people facing severe hunger following the Taliban takeover of the country. Mary Ellen McGroarty, the World Food...

Taliban militants violently disperse rare Afghan protest

Aug. 18, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants attacked protesters Wednesday in Afghanistan who dared to take down their banner and replace it with the country's flag, killing at least one person and fueling fears about how the insurgents would govern this fractious nation. ...

The Latest: Australia flies out 26 from Kabul, plans more

Aug. 17, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — CANBERRA, Australia — Australia had evacuated the first 26 people, including Australian and Afghan citizens, from Kabul since the Taliban overran the Afghan capital, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. An Air Force...