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Qatar won’t take ‘responsibility’ for Kabul airport without clear Taliban agreement

Qatar warned Tuesday it would not take responsibility for Kabul airport without “clear” agreements with all involved, including the Taliban, about its operations. Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month’s withdrawal of US forces, helping evacuate thousands of foreigners and Afghans, engaging the new Taliban rulers and supporting operations at Kabul …

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Veiled protest: Afghan women rally in support of the Taliban

Afghan women wearing full face veils sat in rows at a Kabul university lecture theatre Saturday, pledging commitment to the Taliban’s hardline policies on gender segregation. About 300 women — covered head-to-toe in accordance with strict new dress policies for education — waved Taliban flags as speakers railed against the West and expressed support for …

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Taliban have their work cut out to win hearts and minds in Kabul

After 20 years of fighting, the Taliban have tried to present a conciliatory face to the world. Afghanistan’s new rulers have a problem closer to home: winning the hearts and minds of their own people, starting in the capital. Since the group entered Kabul on Aug. 15, armed members have roamed the streets in battlefield …

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Decision to leave Kabul was only way to keep guns silent, says ex-Afghan President Ghani

Former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country as the Taliban entered Kabul, on Wednesday said his decision to leave was the only way to keep guns silent. In a statement on Twitter, Ghani expressed regret for “leaving Kabul abruptly” and said that he left at the urging of the palace security in order …

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Pakistan intelligence chief’s visit to Kabul affirms Taliban is ISI’s ‘puppet’: Ex-Pentagon official

Pakistan intelligence chief Faiz Hameed has taken an “emergency” trip to Kabul to resolve an evolving internal crisis in the Taliban after reports emerged about a clash between factions between in which the group co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar suffered injuries. Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), writes in US-based …

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Taliban’s Mullah Baradar hurt in clash with Haqqanis: Report

War-weary Afghanistan’s wait for a Taliban government to take shape appeared to stretch potentially longer after the outfit’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was reported injured in a clash late on Friday between his group and ally Haqqani Network, prompting ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to rush to Kabul on Saturday in a quick …

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Top Afghan TV network stays on-air despite fear of Taliban

As Taliban fighters entered Kabul on the evening of August 15, executives at Afghanistan’s biggest independent TV network had a tough decision to make: stay on-air or go dark. Tolo kept broadcasting, but like the rest of the country’s TV and radio stations, it now faces a tough and uncertain future under the Taliban, whose …

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