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The AP Interview: Taliban pledge all girls in schools soon

Jan. 15, 2022 15:35 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers say they hope to be able to open all schools for girls across the country after late March, their spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday, offering the first timeline for addressing a key demand of the international community. ...

Taliban arrest popular Afghan professor critical of govt

Jan. 09, 2022 07:10 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have arrested a popular university professor and outspoken critic of successive Afghan governments, including the new rulers in Kabul, the group's spokesman said Sunday. Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that professor Faizuallah Jalal was...

Taliban urges U.S. Congress to release Afghanistan's assets

Nov. 17, 2021 13:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Wednesday urged the U.S. Congress to ease sanctions and release Afghanistan's assets as the country faces economic turmoil. Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a statement posted online that the frozen assets are harming the...

Despite mistrust, Afghan Shiites seek Taliban protection

Nov. 16, 2021 01:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Outside a Shiite shrine in Kabul, four armed Taliban fighters stood guard on a recent Friday as worshippers filed in for weekly prayers. Alongside them was a guard from Afghanistan’s mainly Shiite Hazara minority, an automatic rifle slung over his shoulder. ...

Blast on bus in Afghan capital kills 1 person, wounds 5

Nov. 13, 2021 10:51 AM EST

KABUL (AP) — A bomb exploded on a mini-bus Saturday on a busy commercial street in a Kabul neighborhood mainly populated by members of Afghanistan's minority Hazara community, emergency workers and the bus driver said. At least one person was killed and five wounded. ...

Taliban urge ex-Afghan military pilots to stay, serve nation

Nov. 10, 2021 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Taliban official on Wednesday urged former Afghan military pilots to remain in the country, saying they were protected by a national amnesty and would not face arrest. Government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's assurances came after dozens of...

IS attack on Kabul hospital leaves 7 dead, 16 wounded

Nov. 02, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State militants set off an explosion at the entrance to a military hospital in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, a senior Taliban official said. It was one of the most brazen IS attacks yet since the Taliban took control of...

Official: Afghan journalist survives attack by gunmen

Oct. 30, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle brandished small arms and fired on a broadcast journalist in his car in the Afghan capital of Kabul, lightly wounding him. Ali Reza Sharifi, a journalist for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, survived the late...

Watchdog: 30 recent cases of violence to Afghan journalists

Oct. 27, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than 30 instances of violence and threats of violence against Afghan journalists were recorded in the last two months, with nearly 90% committed by the Taliban, a media watchdog said Wednesday. More than 40% of the cases recorded by The Afghanistan...