Russia praises Taliban at meeting attended by India, boycotted by US

Published on Oct 20, 2021 08:04 PM IST At a meeting with a Taliban delegation in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that “numerous terrorist groups” including the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda are trying to take advantage of the unstable situation in Afghanistan. Russia also said that Taliban must meet expectations on human … Read more

Top Taliban minister provokes; hails suicide bombers, promises rewards to kin

Published on Oct 20, 2021 09:38 AM IST A top Taliban minister praised sacrifices of suicide bombers as ‘heroes of Islam & country’. Sirajuddin Haqqani reportedly met their relatives in a hotel in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Sirajuddin Haqqani, a top leader of Haqqani Network, is the home minister in Taliban govt. In images, Sirajuddin was … Read more

India, Russia recognise common threats emanating from Afghanistan: Envoy

New Delhi: Ahead of crucial Moscow format talks involving Taliban on Wednesday (October 20), the Indian envoy to Russia D B Venkatesh Varma has said both India and Russia “recognize common threats emanating from Afghanistan probably more than any other set of countries”. Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan involves 10 countries, including India, Pakistan, … Read more

Watch: CCTV video of mosque terror attack by ISIS in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Published on Oct 19, 2021 07:54 PM IST Chilling CCTV footage of Kandahar mosque suicide bombing that left more than 30 people dead and scores injured has emerged. The footage shows two ISIS attackers barging into the mosque and shooting guards and worshippers. People could be seen running towards safe spots as ISIS bombers open … Read more

Man behind US-Taliban deal quits: Watch what Khalilzad said as Doha pact bombs

Published on Oct 19, 2021 07:24 PM IST Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran US envoy whose months of patient hotel-ballroom diplomacy helped end the US war in Afghanistan but failed to prevent a Taliban takeover, resigned on Monday. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Khalilzad defended his record but acknowledged that he came … Read more

US to not participate in talks on Afghanistan hosted by Russia

Washington: The United States has said it will not be participating in talks on Afghanistan hosted by Russia later this week. “We will not participate in the Moscow talks,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters in a press briefing.  “The Troika-plus has been an effective, constructive forum.”We look forward to engaging in that forum … Read more

afghanistan: US State Department watchdog to review end of Afghanistan operations – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The US State Department‘s inspector general will review the end of the Biden administration’s diplomatic operations in Afghanistan, including the emergency evacuation of the US embassy in Kabul, a spokesperson said on Monday. The department’s acting inspector general will also look into its Special Immigrant Visa Program, the processing of Afghans for admission as … Read more

First polio vaccination drive to begin in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Kabul: A country-wide polio vaccination drive will begin in Afghanistan on November 8 for the first time since the Taliban took over the country in August, the UNICEF announced on Monday. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Taliban, who support the resumption of a house-to-house drive across the country, the … Read more

Afghanistan Cricket Board seek members’ support ahead of crucial ICC meeting

Cricket Australia (CA) has already threatened to scrap next month’s one-off test in Hobart between the men’s teams if the new government in Kabul did not allow women to play the sport. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has requested the support of other full members of the International Cricket Council ahead of next month’s crucial … Read more

Afghanistan: Mass funeral held for victims of Kandahar mosque attack

Kabul: A mass funeral ceremony has been held for the victims killed in Friday`s suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in southern Afghanistan. At least 47 people have been killed and 70 other suffered injuries in an explosion inside a Shia mosque in Kandahar on Friday (October 15). The attack also follows several other … Read more