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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Taliban

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Taliban are still illegitimate rulers, say Afghan women activists
Thousands of male clerics have endorsed the hardline government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHO meets Taliban to discuss 'dire' health and humanitarian crisis
A Taliban delegation is in Geneva, Switzerland for a week of talks.