China says it will maintain communication with new Afghan government

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China said on Wednesday, September 8, it is ready to maintain communication with the leaders of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, calling its establishment a “necessary step” in reconstruction. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the comment at a daily briefing in Beijing when asked if China would recognize the new government, whose leaders… Continue reading China says it will maintain communication with new Afghan government

Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban seek emails – source

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Google has temporarily locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, according to a person familiar with the matter, as fears grow over the digital paper trail left by former officials and their international partners. In the weeks since the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan from a US-backed government, reports have highlighted how… Continue reading Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban seek emails – source

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

Taiwan says China wants to ’emulate’ the Taliban

Taiwan’s foreign minister accused China on Saturday, August 21, of wanting to “emulate” the Taliban, saying the island that Beijing claims as sovereign Chinese territory did not wish to be subject to communism or crimes against humanity. The rapid fall of the US-backed Afghan government has sparked heated debate in Taiwan about whether they could… Continue reading Taiwan says China wants to ’emulate’ the Taliban

PNP on full alert amid fears that Taliban’s control of Afghanistan could motivate local rebel groups to intensify attacks in Mindanao

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Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Wednesday that police forces are continuously monitoring Mindanao citing fears that the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan may inspire local rebel groups to intensify their attacks. “Sa ngayon, maayos at kontrolado natin ang sitwasyon doon,” said Eleazar adding that the PNP are also working with the military.… Continue reading PNP on full alert amid fears that Taliban’s control of Afghanistan could motivate local rebel groups to intensify attacks in Mindanao