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

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

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

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

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

Multiple rockets hit US base in Afghanistan

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Five rockets were fired on Saturday at a major US facility in Afghanistan, but no one was hurt, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and provincial officials. According to Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the governor of northern Parwan province, the rockets hit Bagram Airfield. She added that 12 rockets were placed in a vehicle, five of… Continue reading Multiple rockets hit US base in Afghanistan