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Afghanistan: How does the Taliban make money?

The United States invaded Afghanistan and deployed their troops in 2001, right after the 9/11 terror attacks. The invasion has not been cheap for the United States. Over the past two decades the US has spent over $2 trillion funding the war in Afghanistan, which has been financed through borrowings. The interest on the borrowings […]

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Taliban asks Afghans waiting outside Kabul airport to return home after days of chaos

The Taliban advised Afghans waiting outside Kabul airport with the hope of fleeing the country to return home on Thursday, claiming they did not want to hurt anyone. This comes a day after Taliban fighters opened fire on protestors, killing three people, according to reports. On 19 August, Afghanistan’s Independence Day, the United States and […]

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IMF suspends Afghanistan’s access to $440 million in funds over lack of clarity of government after Taliban takeover

The International Monetary Fund suspended Afghanistan’s access to IMF resources, including around $440 million in new monetary reserves, due to a lack of clarity over the country’s government after the Taliban seized control of Kabul. The IMF’s announcement came amid pressure from the United States Treasury, which holds a controlling share in the Fund, to […]

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Taliban members enjoy electric bumper car rides, merry-go-round horses after Kabul takeover

Taliban members were seen on amusement park rides, after they captured Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul. Videos showed Taliban fighters, some of them with weapons in hand, could be seen enjoying a ride on the electric bumper cars. Taliban fighters were also seen riding small merry-go-round horses. Taliban enjoying gym at kabul president palace. pic.twitter.com/FkQY2vR3zw […]

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Facebook to continue ban on Taliban content from its platforms

Facebook would continue to ban Taliban content from its platforms as it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation. The company says it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to the group. For years, the Taliban has used social media to spread its messages. Its rapid takeover […]

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Afghan military plane crashes in Uzbekistan, cause disputed: Report

An Afghan military plane crashed in Uzbekistan over the weekend, and Uzbek authorities on Monday issued conflicting reports on the cause. The wreckage came as dozens of Afghan military aircraft carrying hundreds of servicemen reportedly reached Uzbekistan, among the thousands fleeing the country after the Taliban recaptured the Afghan capital of Kabul. The plane crash […]

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Afghanistan: Thousands throng Kabul airport after Taliban seize capital

Thousands of Afghans desperate to leave the country thronged Kabul airport where at least seven people were killed on Monday after Taliban insurgents seized the capital, prompting the US military to suspend evacuations to clear the airfield. Crowds converged on the airport seeking to escape, including some clinging to a US military transport plane as […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban enters Kabul. President flees nation. United States airlifts citizens

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani has left the country, joining his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede fleeing the advancing Taliban and signaling the end of a 20-year invasion by foreign troops. Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the Afghan National Reconciliation Council, confirmed in an online video that President Ghani had left on Sunday. “The […]

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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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Afghanistan: Taliban seize Ghazni city and are just 150km away from Kabul

The Taliban have captured the city of Ghazni on Thursday, the tenth provincial capital they have seized in a week. Kabul is just 150km north east. The speed of the Taliban advance has sparked widespread recriminations over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops and leave the Afghan government to fight alone. The […]

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Afghanistan government sacks army chief as Taliban advances and fighting escalates

The Afghanistan government replaced its army chief, as Taliban militants continue to make rapid advances. The insurgents have now taken control of at least nine of the country’s 34 provincial capitals. Heavy fighting was reported on Wednesday in the cities of Kandahar and Ghazni. President Ashraf Ghani earlier flew to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif […]

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Taliban captures sixth provincial capital in Afghanistan

The Taliban have captured a sixth provincial capital in Afghanistan in four days, as the group’s advances gain momentum. The armed group’s spokesman on Monday morning sent messages to the media claiming it has overrun Aybak, the capital of the northern province of Samangan. Samangan’s deputy provincial governor confirmed the takeover to the AFP news […]