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Fall of Afghanistan: Soldier killed outside airport in firefight

An Afghan soldier was killed in a firefight outside Kabul’s international airport early Monday, highlighting the perils of evacuation efforts even as the Taliban warned any attempt by US troops to delay their withdrawal to give people more time to flee would “provoke a reaction”. The shooting came as the Taliban moved to shore up […]

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Afghanistan: ‘The Taliban were going to kill me’ – terrified evacuees start their new lives in the ‘hopeful zone’

It’s calmer outside the camp. The people, thousands of them, know that the processing that might get them on a flight to the UK can’t happen if there is a return to the chaos of the past few days. Afghanistan latest news – follow live updates In the morning sun, people call to us as […]

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Afghanistan: Seven people killed in crowd near Kabul airport – UK Ministry of Defence

Seven people in the crowds near Kabul airport died amid the chaos of those fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said. The MoD said in a statement on Sunday that “conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely […]


Afghanistan: General David Petraeus raises prospect of Western troops returning

The ex-head of the NATO mission in Afghanistan has raised the prospect of Western forces having to return to following the country’s “disastrous” takeover by the Taliban. General David Petraeus, the US former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, told Sky News that “time will tell” whether the US and UK military […]

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Afghanistan: US military plane takes off from Kabul with hundreds of refugees

WARNING: Confronting A US air force plane touched down safely in Qatar yesterday after carrying more than five times its suggested load when hundreds of desperate Afghan refugees flooded the plane. Reach 871, a C-17 Globemaster III massive military cargo plane used by the US and its allies for the past 30 years, flew from […]

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World leaders adapt to new Afghan political realities

PARIS (AFP) – World leaders were adjusting to the new political reality in Afghanistan on Monday (Aug 16), the downbeat mood in the West leavened by a more pragmatic approach from some other powers. German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the return of the Taleban to power as “particularly dramatic and terrible”. “It is terrible for […]

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Uzbekistan says 84 Afghan soldiers crossed border to flee Taleban

TASHKENT (AFP) – Uzbekistan said on Sunday (Aug 15) that 84 Afghan soldiers crossed into Uzbekistan on the same day the Taleban seized Afghanistan’s fourth-largest city and said its government had offered humanitarian assistance to Kabul’s troops. The Central Asian country said border troops had arrested the “violators of the state border” and that the […]

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Afghanistan: Civilians face ‘deadly and dangerous’ situation amid warning Kabul could fall in 90 days, former foreign secretary says

Civilians in Afghanistan face a “deadly and dangerous” situation amid concerns that the capital Kabul could fall to the Taliban within 90 days, a former foreign secretary has said. David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, warned the West not to take its eyes off Afghanistan as the Taliban‘s forces continue to make gains […]

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Taliban welcomes Trump’s tweet on early troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban on Thursday welcomed a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he promised to have the last of U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas. If that withdrawal happens, it would be months ahead of schedule and the tweet made no reference to a Taliban promise to fight terrorist groups — […]

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Afghanistan: At least 14 security forces killed in three attacks

President Ghani urged the Taliban to lay down its arms and commence the proposed intra-Afghan peace talks. At least 14 security forces have been killed in three attacks across Afghanistan, as violence keeps the country in its grasp and the start of the peace talks remains delayed. At least nine security forces were killed and […]