US suspends diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

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The United States has suspended its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and will conduct its operations out of Qatar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, August 30, adding Washington will press ahead with its “relentless” efforts to help people leave the country, even after its troops have pulled out. Blinken’s statement comes after… Continue reading US suspends diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

US completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan on Monday, August 30, ending 20 years of war that culminated in the militant Taliban’s return to power. Forced into a hasty and humiliating exit, Washington and its NATO allies carried out a massive but chaotic airlift over the past two weeks, but still… Continue reading US completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

US drone strike destroys Islamic State car bomb in Kabul – officials

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American forces launched a drone strike in Kabul on Sunday, August 29, that killed a suicide car bomber suspected of preparing to attack the airport, US officials said, as the United States nears the end of its military presence in the Afghan capital. The strike, first reported by Reuters, was the second carried out by… Continue reading US drone strike destroys Islamic State car bomb in Kabul – officials

US launches drone strike on Islamic State after Afghan airport blast

Western forces running the Afghan airlift braced on Saturday, August 28, for more attacks after the United States launched a drone strike, apparently killing an Islamic State “planner,” two days after the group claimed a deadly bombing outside Kabul airport. Among the 92 killed in Thursday’s suicide blast, claimed by Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate, were… Continue reading US launches drone strike on Islamic State after Afghan airport blast

World leaders condemn ‘despicable’ Kabul airport attack

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Coordinated explosions on Thursday tore through crowds of people at Kabul airport who were hoping to board flights to safety, as countries raced to evacuate as many people as possible before an August 31 deadline. Here is a round-up of the reaction to the attack, which was claimed by the Afghan branch of the Islamic… Continue reading World leaders condemn ‘despicable’ Kabul airport attack

Islamic State suicide bombers kill dozens at Kabul airport

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Islamic State suicide bombers attacked crowds of people gathered Thursday outside Kabul airport hoping to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, killing dozens including 13 US troops, as President Joe Biden vowed to hunt down those responsible. The Taliban said the two blasts killed between 13 and 20 people. A health official in the previous government said the… Continue reading Islamic State suicide bombers kill dozens at Kabul airport

Several killed in flag-waving protests against Taliban in Afghanistan

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Flag-waving protesters took to the streets of several Afghan cities on Thursday as popular opposition to the Taliban spread, and a witness said several people were killed when the militants fired on a crowd. “Our flag, our identity,” a crowd of men and some women waving black, red and green national flags shouted in the… Continue reading Several killed in flag-waving protests against Taliban in Afghanistan

Taliban risk military strikes if they host terrorists again, NATO warns

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The Taliban must not let Afghanistan become a breeding ground for terrorism again, NATO said on Tuesday, warning that the alliance after its withdrawal still has the military power to strike any terrorist group from a distance. “Those now taking power have the responsibility to ensure that international terrorists do not regain a foothold,” NATO… Continue reading Taliban risk military strikes if they host terrorists again, NATO warns

Malacañang urges Filipinos in Afghanistan to seek repatriation amid Taliban takeover

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Following the Taliban’s startling takeover of Afghanistan, Malacañang on Monday encouraged Filipinos in the said country to prepare for repatriation. To facilitate their repatriation, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque advised Filipinos to liaise with the Philippine embassy in Pakistan, which has jurisdiction over Afghanistan. “Nanawagan tayo sa mga Pilipino. Nag-alert level 4 na po tayo. Gumagawa… Continue reading Malacañang urges Filipinos in Afghanistan to seek repatriation amid Taliban takeover

Deadly bomb, gun attack rocks Afghan capital

Four people were killed and 20 wounded in a coordinated bomb and gun attack targeting the Afghan defence minister and several lawmakers in the country’s capital Tuesday, not far from the heavily fortified Green Zone. The wave of blasts, which Washington said bore the “hallmarks” of the Taliban, came as the Afghan army urged residents… Continue reading Deadly bomb, gun attack rocks Afghan capital