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# Kabul

Last month
January 2023
# Afghanistan
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
2022
# Kabul
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.
# Kabul
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.
# Kabul
At least three people killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan capital
The explosion occurred as people were offering evening prayers at the Kabul mosque.
# One Year On
Taliban celebrates 'day of conquest' to mark turbulent first year in power
While the Taliban is celebrating the anniversary, ordinary Afghans are facing increased hardships – especially women.
# Afghanistan
Taliban violently disperse rare women's protest in Kabul
About 40 women — chanting “bread, work and freedom” — marched in front of the education ministry building in Kabul.
# Afghanistan
Taliban orders all Afghan women to wear burqa, as insurgents launch campaign against Govt
Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada also said that if women had no important work outside it was “better they stay at home”.
# Afghanistan
Six people killed in blasts at boys' school in Kabul
At least 11 other people were wounded by two bomb blasts at a boys’ school in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
# Kabul
Afghan universities reopen for first time after Taliban takeover, but with few women
Most secondary schools for girls and all public universities were closed when the Taliban seized power last August.
# Afghanistan
Fatal bombing during Kabul airport evacuation was carried out by single attacker, probe finds
At least 160 Afghan civilians and the 13 US troops were killed by the bombing.
# Kabul
Boris Johnson says suggestion he intervened in animal airlift is ‘total rhubarb’
Boris Johnson has been accused of lying after leaked emails contradicted his stance of denying his involvement.
All time
# August
Former Afghan president had 'minutes' to decide whether to leave Kabul during Taliban takeover
Ashraf Ghani denied claims his exit scuppered hopes of a deal with the Taliban and also said he had not left with a stolen fortune.
# Kabul
Afghanistan is 'biggest humanitarian crisis of our time' and West must act, Gordon Brown says
The former British PM said more than half of the Afghan population is facing extreme hunger, including a million children who are at risk of starving to death.
# Afghanistan
No long-distance road trips for Afghan women without male escort, Taliban says
The Taliban has also dissolved Afghanistan’s two election commissions.
# Afghanistan
Taliban government resumes issuing Afghan passports in Kabul
The international community has so far not recognised the present Taliban government that was formed soon after the chaotic withdrawal of US-led foreign troops.
# kabul rescue
Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps. An Aviation company had offered two second hand flights eight months before the Kabul mission.
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps.
Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan
# Afghanistan
19 killed in attack on Kabul military hospital
Two blasts struck close to the entrance of the site followed by reports of shooting inside the hospital.
# Kabul
‘Sorry is not enough’, says survivor of US drone strike killings
Ten members of one family, including seven children, were killed in error by the US hellfire missile.
# Afghanistan
First foreigners on commercial flight fly out of Kabul since US pulled out
It represented a breakthrough in the bumpy coordination between the US and the new Taliban leaders.
# Afghanistan
New Taliban government faces opposition with scattered protests in Afghan cities
A small rally in the capital Kabul today was quickly dispersed by armed Taliban security.
# Taliban
'All you could hear was gunshots': Soldier on scenes at Kabul airport as civilians tried to flee
“I have never seen people jumping over fences because they are that desperate to get away.”
# Kabul
Taliban supreme leader says new govt will 'work towards upholding Islamic rules and sharia law'
The international community had demanded that non-Taliban members should be in the government.
# Kabul
Hundreds of people waiting to fly out of Afghanistan as NGO says Taliban is blocking flights
The US administration is coming under mounting pressure as people try to leave the country.
Voices
Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint
The security analyst looks at the Taliban and discusses the possible future outcomes for the people of Afghanistan.
# panjshir valley
'Avoid firing in the air, thank God instead': Taliban prepare for government as fighting rages
Fighters from the National Resistance Front are understood to have significant weapon stockpiles in Panjshir Valley.
# Taliban
Afghan women stage protest outside presidential palace in Kabul
The protesters are urging the Taliban leadership to uphold women’s rights and include women in the government.
# Kabul
Work ongoing to get 60 Irish citizens out of Afghanistan, says Coveney
The minister said that Ireland has now granted 280 refugee status papers to Afghan citizens who want to leave and are in danger.
# Afghanistan
British government thought Kabul was 'unlikely' to fall to Taliban in 2021
The UK Foreign Minister is being questioned by a House of Commons committee on the country’s handling of the crisis.
# US Troops
Taliban celebrates 'victory' over US as Biden prepares to give address on Afghanistan departure
The US President will deliver an address later today on the decision to withdraw troops.
Taliban spokesman claims "victory" over US was given to the group after "20 years of sacrifice".
US President to deliver an address later today on the decision to withdraw troops.
EU states are trying to decide how to help Afghanistan's neighbouring countries take in refugees.
US completes withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan after 20 years
Larry Donnelly: Biden promised stability and experience, but Kabul now blights his presidency
# Afghanistan
US completes withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan after 20 years
US President Joe Biden has set a deadline of tomorrow to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan.
The evacuation mission began over a fortnight ago in response to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Since then, over 122,000 people have been flown out of the country, including over 5,400 Americans.
The Pentagon Press Secretary called the evacuations “the largest airlift ever conducted in US history”.
US warns terror threat to Kabul airport 'real' in evacuation's final hours
Taliban assures Ireland, US, and UK that people can leave Afghanistan after tomorrow's deadline
# Air Strike
US warns terror threat to Kabul airport 'real' in evacuation's final hours
Biden has set a deadline of tomorrow to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan.
# Afghanistan
Taliban assures Ireland, US, and UK that people can leave Afghanistan after tomorrow's deadline
The US and UK have admitted that they will not be able to evacuate everyone by 31 August.
# Pen farthing
Ex-marine evacuates animals from Kabul but shelter staff left behind
The campaign to get workers and animals from the shelter out of Afghanistan has caused controversy in recent days.
# Afghanistan
US carry out air strike on explosive-laden car in Kabul after terror warning
A Taliban spokesman confirmed the incident, saying a car bomb destined for the airport had been destroyed.
# Kabul
Final dedicated evacuation flight to UK departs Kabul as troops set to leave
Any further flights from Kabul would be a mix of both evacuees and UK troops and diplomatic staff.
# Kabul
PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan
The Army Ranger Wing is a unit within the Defence Forces.
Earlier this week, an Irish mission of Army Rangers evacuated 26 Irish people from Afghanistan.
The Army Ranger Wing is a unit within the Defence Forces.
Its roles are divided into conventional warfare roles and specialist anti-terror roles.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Afghanistan, its people and all military personnel are now in a race against time
The security analyst says the stakes couldn’t be higher in the days before the US withdrawal.
# Afghanistan
Pentagon believes only one blast took place at Kabul airport yesterday
The Islamic State group has said it carried out the airport attack.
Two British adults and a teenager are among the victims.
The Islamic State group has said it carried out the attack.
The attack killed at least 85 people, including 13 US troops.
Irish evacuees returning through France and Finland after departure from Kabul
Islamic State suicide bombers kill dozens at Kabul airport
Voices
Opinion: What is ISIS-K? Two terrorism experts on the group behind the Kabul attack
ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the Kabul terrorist attack.
# homebound
Irish evacuees returning through France and Finland after departure from Kabul
Another 60 Irish citizens are still in the country, with operations to evacuate civilians now “effectively closed”.