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# Taliban

This month
March 2023
# Taliban
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.
Last month
February 2023
# Kabul
Top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan killed by the Taliban
The regional IS “intelligence and operations chief” was killed on Sunday night.
This year
# Afghanistan
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.
# Taliban
UK's Harry accused of making Invictus Games a terrorist target with new book claims
The UK royal has claimed that he killed 25 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Last year
# Afghanistan
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.
# Humanitarian Aid
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.
# Afghanistan
UN urges Taliban to end 'terrible' university ban on women
The Taliban have suspended university education for women and secondary schooling for girls.
# Afghanistan
Taliban uses water cannon on women protesting against university ban
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have banned female students from attending universities.
# Afghanistan
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.
# 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.
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
# Afghanistan
US engineer and navy veteran freed in Afghanistan as part of Taliban prisioner exchange
Mark Frerichs has been detained in Afghanistan since 2020.
# Taliban
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.
# one year later
‘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.
# 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 are still illegitimate rulers, say Afghan women activists
Thousands of male clerics have endorsed the hardline government.
# Afghanistan earthquake
Taliban pledge no interference with quake aid, but many await relief
Even before Wednesday’s quake, the country was in the grip of a humanitarian crisis.
# Afghanistan
Afghan women demand education and work at Kabul protest
Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have rolled back the marginal gains made by women during the two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan.
# Afghanistan
Afghan women TV presenters vow to fight after order to cover faces
This month Afghanistan’s supreme leader issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces.
# order
Female Afghan TV presenters ordered to cover their faces by Taliban
The order came in a statement from the Taliban’s Virtue and Vice Ministry.
# 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.
# Afghanistan
Taliban warns Pakistan after rocket attacks kill five Afghan children
The UN said it was “deeply concerned” by the civilian deaths caused by air strikes.
# Education
Activists promise protests in Afghanistan if Taliban fails to reopen girls' schools
“If the girls’ schools remain closed even after one week, we will open them ourselves.”
Heartbreak as Afghan girls ordered home just hours after schools reopen
The Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on women since returning to power.
# Afghanistan
Taliban announcement a clear sign girls will be allowed to return to school
The international community has appealed to Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to allow girls to return to school.
# Security Council
UN votes to secure formal presence in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
The resolution, which avoids using the word Taliban, will allow the UN to continue its “crucial” work in Afghanistan.
# 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
WHO meets Taliban to discuss 'dire' health and humanitarian crisis
A Taliban delegation is in Geneva, Switzerland for a week of talks.
# Taliban
Taliban in Geneva for week of talks as Afghanistan remains in humanitarian crisis
No country has formally recognised the government installed after the Taliban seized power.
# Refugee Protection
Relocating from Afghanistan: 'People have made us feel at home. I can see where my future is'
Manizha worked as a dentist in Afghanistan prior to the Taliban takeover in August 2021.
# Explainer
'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained
Some 55% of the Afghan population is now suffering from hunger, according to the United Nations.
# Aghanistan
UN report claims Taliban killed 100 ex-Afghan government officials
The UN report said that, in addition to the political killings, women’s freedoms and the right to protest had also been curbed.
# charlotte bellis
New Zealand defends strict Covid quarantine as pregnant reporter fights to leave Kabul
Charlotte Bellis said she had to turn to the Taliban for help after her requests to return home were rejected.
# 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.
# 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.
# Afghanistan
Taliban reject claims of 'summary killings' of ex-security forces
Allied Western countries called on the Taliban to end the targeted killings of former members of Afghan security forces.