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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C

# Afghanistan

This month
November 2023
Thousands of Afghans forcibly returned from Pakistan, say Taliban officials
Taliban officials have hit out at Pakistan for “cruel” treatment of Afghans in recent days, warning of “consequences”.
Last month
October 2023
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts western Afghanistan
Most residents were still sleeping outside a week after the start of a series of quakes in the region.
Taliban chiefs visit Afghan villages hit by quake that killed at least 2,000
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the province of Herat on Saturday.
Death toll from Afghanistan earthquakes doubles to more than 2,000 people
Yesterday’s magnitude 6.3 quake — followed by eight strong aftershocks — jolted hard-to-reach areas.
14 killed and 78 injured after earthquake hits western Afghanistan
There are predictions that the toll could rise significantly.
This year
Dozens of Afghan women blocked from leaving to study on scholarships in the UAE
Around 30 women had been sponsored to study in the UAE but were prevented from taking their flights.
Two years of the Taliban: 'It cannot last as it rules by fear and violence'
For Afghan opposition figures and those in exile to stand a chance against the Taliban, more international support is needed, writes David Loyn of King’s College in London.
Afghanistan's supreme leader claims women given ‘comfortable and prosperous life’ by Taliban
Hibatullah Akhundzada said his government has taken the necessary steps for the betterment of women’s lives in the country.
Funeral of Afghan governor killed by suicide bomber is hit by another bomb attack
IS remains a significant threat in the country as the group attempts to undermine Taliban control.
Famed Australian soldier loses war crimes defamation case
Three newspapers alleged that the man was involved in the murder of six unarmed prisoners in Afghanistan.
Over 400 approvals issued to Afghan refugees through Government's Admission Programme
The programme was set up in the immediate aftermath of the Taliban seizing power in Afghanistan in August 2021.
UN chief slams Taliban over 'unprecedented' curbs on Afghan women's rights
The Taliban government has firmly rejected criticism of the curbs on women.
Taliban kill ISIS leader who organised 2021 Kabul airport bombing, US say
The blast killed 170 Afghans as well as 13 US troops who were securing the airport for the United State’s exit from the country.
High Court rules failure to provide Afghan asylum seeker with accomodation was 'unlawful'
The Afghan teen was informed there was no accommodation available, and provided with a €28 voucher for Dunnes Stores to buy bedding.
United Nations ready for ‘heartbreaking’ decision to pull out of Afghanistan
The head of the UN Development Programme said it will pull out in May if it cannot persuade the Taliban to let local women work for the organisation.
White House blames Trump and massive intel failure for botched Afghanistan exit
US intelligence services admit they had failed to understand the strength of the Taliban and the weakness of the Afghan government’s forces
UK government ‘in negotiations’ after three British men detained by Taliban
Suella Braverman said anyone travelling to dangerous parts of the world should take the utmost caution.
Founder of girls' education project in Afghanistan arrested by Taliban authorities in Kabul
The Taliban government last year barred girls from attending secondary school.
At least 11 people killed as strong earthquake rattles Afghanistan and Pakistan
The powerful tremors sent many people fleeing their homes and offices in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad.
US veterans testify of ‘catastrophic’ impact of chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan
The initial hearing displayed the open wounds from the end of America’s longest war in August 2021.
Top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan killed by the Taliban
The regional IS “intelligence and operations chief” was killed on Sunday night.
US judge rules 9/11 victims can't seize $3.5bn in Afghan assets despite Biden's green light
US President Joe Biden had said the money could be made available to the families of 9/11 victims.
UN calls on Taliban to let women help give aid to desperate Afghans
Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with more than half of its population facing hunger.
Former Afghan MP shot dead in Kabul in night-time attack
Mursal Nabizada was a member of the parliament and was first elected in 2018.
Last year
UN won't halt aid to Afghanistan despite ban on women working in the country's aid sector
‘Aid is never conditional,’ the UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan told reporters.
Aid bodies suspend Afghanistan operations after ban on women aid workers
The UN also said that some of its time-critical programmes have had to stop temporarily due to lack of female staff.
UN urges Taliban to end 'terrible' university ban on women
The Taliban have suspended university education for women and secondary schooling for girls.
Taliban uses water cannon on women protesting against university ban
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have banned female students from attending universities.
Afghan women stopped from entering universities after Taliban ban
Despite promising a softer rule when they seized power last year, hardline Islamists have ratcheted up restrictions on all aspects of women’s lives.
Taliban bans women from Afghan universities indefinitely
The Taliban authorities ordered a ban on women attending higher education institutions today.
Taliban bans Afghan women from gyms and public baths
Women are increasingly being squeezed out of public life since the Taliban’s return last year.
Taliban ban women from parks and funfairs in Afghan capital
‘When you have no freedom in your own country, then what does it mean to live here?’ one woman said.
No Afghan refugees accepted through Admissions Programme due to 'insufficient information'
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Justice has asked for DNA testing in some instances.
At least three people killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan capital
Taliban celebrates 'day of conquest' to mark turbulent first year in power
Blast kills 19 people at education centre as students prepared for exams in Afghan capital
The blast happened in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of western Kabul.
US military admits to killing 12 civilians worldwide in 2021
All of the civilian deaths occurred in Afghanistan, according to the public part of the report.
US engineer and navy veteran freed in Afghanistan as part of Taliban prisioner exchange
Mark Frerichs has been detained in Afghanistan since 2020.
Exclusion of Afghan girls from high schools ‘shameful’, says UN
Teenage girls are still barred from school and women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, with only their eyes showing.
UN accuses Taliban of harassing female staff in Afghanistan
The United Nations claimed three women were detained for questioning today.
Afghan girls protest school closure in eastern city
Protests have been taking place today.
‘The most difficult days of my life’: Fleeing Afghanistan for Ireland and starting a new life
Ghazal Maher was a dentist and university lecturer in Afghanistan before the Taliban returned to power.