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Why end of Afghan war is not end of US-led nation-building

When President Joe Biden defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, he said it marked the end of “major military operations to remake other countries.”It may be a long time until the next U.S. invasion of a foreign country aimed at regime change, requiring a lot of boots on the ground in a hostile environment to…

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Afghan Central Bank’s $10 Billion in Reserves Remain Off Limits to Taliban

The U.S. has successfully prevented the Taliban terror group from accessing roughly $10 billion in reserves in Afghanistan’s central bank, the New York Post reported Tuesday. While assessing Afghanistan’s rapidly deteriorating economy following the Taliban’s takeover of the country last month, the Post cited a September 8 article by Bloomberg News detailing how the U.S.…

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Afghan women dress up in colourful attire in ‘fight for identity’

Online campaign with hashtags such as #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture criticises dress code under Taliban rule.Afghan youth rights activist Wazhma Sayle says she was shocked to see a photograph online, apparently of women dressed in black all-enveloping niqabs and gowns, staging a demonstration in support of the country’s new Taliban rulers at Kabul University. The 36…

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Female Afghan soccer players flee to Pakistan, joining exodus of women and girls

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Nearly two dozen female soccer players from Afghanistan have crossed into Pakistan along with their families, joining a growing number of prominent Afghan women and girls fleeing their country amid fears of repression under Taliban rule.“We welcome Afghanistan Women football team,” Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Pakistan’s information minister, wrote in a message on…

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U.S.-bound Afghan evacuation flights will be halted for a week after measles cases

Evacuees from Afghanistan arrive at Hamad International Airport in Qatar’s capital Doha on the first flight carrying foreigners out of the Afghan capital since the conclusion of the US withdrawal last month, September 9, 2021.Karim Jafaar | AFP | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — Inbound flights of Afghan refugees to the United States will remain suspended for…

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Afghan Story

This is the real story of the Afghan biometric databases abandoned to the Taliban

As the Taliban swept through Afghanistan in mid-August, declaring the end of two decades of war, reports quickly circulated that they had also captured US military biometric devices used to collect data such as iris scans, fingerprints, and facial images. Some feared that the machines, known as HIIDE, could be used to help identify Afghans…

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Afghan TV Anchor Interviews Taliban Member While Surrounded by Armed Fighters (Video)

Host of debate show ”Pardaz“ reads statement saying Taliban wants public to ”cooperate with it and should not be afraid“ As the final hours tick away on the deadline for American evacuations from Afghanistan, a video from the Afghan TV network Peace Studio has gone viral, depicting the host of a debate program reading a…

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We see Afghan female athletes as a feel-good story. The reality is far darker.

For years, I made a living writing about sports and the outdoors. For years, my colleagues have written dozens of versions of the same story about Afghan women overcoming decades of discrimination to climb mountains, run and ride bikes. Last month, while Afghanistan was falling apart, the outdoor media covered Afghan refugees’ participation in the…

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Lawyer for Afghan girls’ robotics team tells Oklahoma woman to stop taking credit for rescue

National By Sarah Ellison and Elahe Izadi, Washington Post August 27, 2021 | 10:35 AM A lawyer for the famed all-girls Afghan robotics team has sent a cease-and-desist letter to an Oklahoma woman, telling her to stop taking credit for the girls’ escape from Kabul and warning that her numerous media appearances endanger their organization’s…

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The story of an Afghan man who fell from the sky

World Fada Mohammad was one of several people who died after clinging to a U.S. military plane as it took off from the Kabul airport. People run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug.16. 2021. AP By Gerry Shih,…