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

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