Tag: Taliban

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 […]

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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 […]

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Taliban To Announce Plans For Girls’ Education “Soon”: UN

The Taliban says they will allow girls to return to school as soon as possible. (Representational) United Nations: The Taliban will announce a framework that allows girls to attend school in Afghanistan “soon,” a senior United Nations official said, after four weeks in which Afghan boys have been allowed a secondary education but girls have […]

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Taliban to intensify security at Shiite mosques following Friday attack

Kabul: Taliban authorities pledged to step up security at Shi`ite mosques after the second Islamic State attack in a week on worshippers killed more than 40 people in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday (October 15). The hardline Sunni group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on the Fatima mosque in Kandahar which […]

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US offers payments, relocation to family of Afghans killed in botched drone attack

The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched US drone attack in Afghanistan in August during the final days before American troops withdrew from the country. The US Defense Department said it made a commitment that included offering “ex-gratia condolence payments”, in addition to […]

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Kandahar mosque blast: Islamic State claims responsibility, UNSC condemns ‘horrendous terrorist attack’ in Afghanistan

Kabul: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the deadly mosque attack in southern Afghanistan that killed dozens of people in a Shia mosque.  Suicide bombers attacked a Shia mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in Kandahar province which killed at least 47 people and injured 70 others, Turkish public broadcaster TRT reported.  […]

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Plans afoot to form Afghan government in exile

New Delhi: Plans are underway for the formation of an Afghan government in exile. This government is expected to include Afghan leaders like Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, Amrullah Saleh, Ahmad Masood, Salahuddin Rabbani, Abdul Rashid Dostum, Muhammad Mohaqiq, Mohammad Hanif Atmar.  The group, which was to meet in Tajikistan earlier could not meet but is expected […]

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Heavy casualties feared after blast hits Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

Kabul: A large explosion tore through a Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, causing heavy casualties, a spokesman of the Taliban government`s interior ministry said. Qari Saeed Khosti said authorities were collecting details of the explosion, which took place days after Islamic State claimed a bombing at a Shiite […]

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Pakistan Airline suspends flights to Kabul after Taliban threat

Pakistan’s national flag carrier on Thursday suspended flight operations to Afghanistan due to what it called “security concerns”, hours after the Taliban government threatened to ban the airline unless it reduced the fare on the Kabul-Islamabad route to previous levels. A spokesperson for the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirmed the development, saying Kabul operations of […]

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Pakistan International Airlines suspends flights to Kabul due to Taliban interference

Islamabad: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended flights to the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday after what it called “heavy-handed” interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff. The suspension came as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international company operating regularly out of Kabul, to cut ticket prices to […]

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