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Afghanistan: Taliban hang dead bodies in an apparent warning in western city of Herat, reports say

The Taliban hung the dead bodies of four kidnappers in public in the western city of Herat in an apparent warning. The display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume. The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman […]

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‘Lion of Herat’: Taliban capture veteran Afghan politician Ismail Khan for leading resistance in Herat

The Taliban seized most of Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, and also captured Ismail Khan, an Afghan politician who served as Minister of Energy and Water from 2005 to 2013 and before that served as the governor of Herat Province, and also a veteran local commander leading militia resistance there. The fall of Herat, the […]

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Fighting around major Afghan cities intensify, US air strikes target key Taliban positions

The fighting around three major Afghan cities in the south and west– Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar – intensified as Taliban militants sought to seize them from government forces. The Taliban have made rapid rural gains since it was announced almost all foreign troops would go by September. But the fate of these key cities […]

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Afghan girls are building ventilators using bike chain and car parts

With pliers in hand, a group of Afghan girls fashion make-do ventilators from car parts, bike chains and machine sensors, an imperfect solution to the country’s looming coronavirus crisis. The five teens, who live in Herat near the border with Iran, are part of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team: an initiative that teaches schoolgirls programming […]