A whistleblower has claimed the foreign office opened emails from Afghans but ignored them so they could claim they did not leave the pleas unread.
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday denied U.S. landing rights for a charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and U.S. green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan, organizers of the flight said.
The Taliban banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with sharia, or Islamic law.
On Tuesday, President Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly in a speech that addressed "the greatest challenges of our time," including COVID-19, climate change and armed conflict. "I stand here today, for the first time in 20 years, with the U.S. not at war," the president told delegates, "all the unmatched strength, energy and commitment, will and resources of our nation are now fully and squarely focused on what's ahead of us."
During a Pentagon briefing on Friday, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said an investigation had found that 10 civilians, including seven children, died in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul on Aug. 29. McKenzie said it is unlikely that those who died were linked to the terror group ISIS-K, adding, “It was a mistake, and I offer my sincere apology.”
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered opening remarks Tuesday in a hearing on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling it “clearly and fatally flawed.” He said he expected to receive a “full explanation” from the witness, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, about the Biden administration’s decisions since coming into office in January. “There has to be accountability,” Menendez said.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified on Monday before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said about 100 U.S. citizens are still in the country who wish to leave.
Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at postgraduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday.
The former prime minister has urged world leaders to come together to develop a common strategy to counter the threat to their societies.
During a Pentagon briefing Thursday, Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of the U.S. European Command, spoke about the screening of Afghan refugees and evacuees and what happens if they fail that process.
Little is known about the leader of the Taliban who prefers to work from the shadows and delegate day to ruling of the group to deputies.
Ahmad Wali Massoud, a negotiator for the anti-Taliban resistance movement operating in the last province of Afghanistan not controlled by the Taliban, believes an “all-out war” is possible following failing peace talks.
Arash Azizzada, a co-founder of Afghan activist groups in the U.S., says his organization worked around the clock to help citizens who wanted to flee the country after the Taliban declared victory.
After the Taliban seized Afghanistan last month, it made a point of issuing conciliatory words. But worrying reports are already emerging about its brutal rule.
Speaking from Oslo, the former Royal Marine recalled his emotions as his privately-chartered plane took off from Kabul on Saturday evening.
At a Pentagon briefing on Thursday afternoon, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie announced that the U.S. military evacuation mission in Afghanistan has ended. McKenzie added that the 20-year U.S. mission in Afghanistan, which began after the Sept. 11 attacks, is also over.
Kit Parker, a Harvard professor of bioengineering and applied physics who served in Afghanistan as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, shares his thoughts as the war officially comes to an end.
At a Pentagon briefing on Monday, Maj. Gen. William Taylor gave details of a U.S. military drone strike. Separately, Taylor said the U.S. military used force protection measures to thwart a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul.