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# taliban - Monday 6 September, 2021

Hundreds of people waiting to fly out of Afghanistan as NGO says Taliban is blocking flights
# Kabul
# Kabul

Hundreds of people waiting to fly out of Afghanistan as NGO says Taliban is blocking flights

Sep 6th 2021, 9:30 PM 25,921 Views 7 Comments

The US administration is coming under mounting pressure as people try to leave the country.

Taliban say last resistance holdout in Panjshir Valley 'completely captured'
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Taliban say last resistance holdout in Panjshir Valley 'completely captured'

Sep 6th 2021, 7:19 AM 14,678 Views 3 Comments

The Taliban are yet to finalise their new regime after rolling into Kabul three weeks ago.

# taliban - Sunday 5 September, 2021

Talks with Taliban must continue to evacuate more people, Merkel says
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Talks with Taliban must continue to evacuate more people, Merkel says

Sep 5th 2021, 7:26 PM 7,689 Views 8 Comments

The Taliban’s chief spokesman said the group wanted “strong and official diplomatic relations with Germany”.

Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint
# What Next?
# What Next?

Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint

Sep 5th 2021, 8:30 AM 20,352 Views 15 Comments

The security analyst looks at the Taliban and discusses the possible future outcomes for the people of Afghanistan.

# taliban - Saturday 4 September, 2021

'Avoid firing in the air, thank God instead': Taliban prepare for government as fighting rages
# Panjshir Valley
# Panjshir Valley

'Avoid firing in the air, thank God instead': Taliban prepare for government as fighting rages

Updated Sep 4th 2021, 1:45 PM 34,110 Views 35 Comments

Fighters from the National Resistance Front are understood to have significant weapon stockpiles in Panjshir Valley.

# taliban - Friday 3 September, 2021

EU sets conditions for Taliban ties and civilian presence in Kabul
# Engagement
# Engagement

EU sets conditions for Taliban ties and civilian presence in Kabul

Sep 3rd 2021, 4:30 PM 9,703 Views 16 Comments

EU diplomats formerly based in Kabul have left Afghanistan for neighbouring countries or to return to their homelands.

Afghan women stage protest outside presidential palace in Kabul
# Taliban
# Taliban

Afghan women stage protest outside presidential palace in Kabul

Sep 3rd 2021, 1:43 PM 17,001 Views 16 Comments

The protesters are urging the Taliban leadership to uphold women’s rights and include women in the government.

# taliban - Thursday 2 September, 2021

Race to reopen Kabul airport with many still desperate to flee Afghanistan
# Taliban
# Taliban

Race to reopen Kabul airport with many still desperate to flee Afghanistan

Sep 2nd 2021, 8:11 PM 12,080 Views 7 Comments

Qatar’s foreign minister said there is still ‘no clear indication’ of when the airport will reopen.

# taliban - Wednesday 1 September, 2021

US may need to liaise with Taliban on strikes against Islamic State, says military chief
# Enemy's Enemy
# Enemy's Enemy

US may need to liaise with Taliban on strikes against Islamic State, says military chief

Sep 1st 2021, 11:16 PM 13,969 Views 22 Comments

Army General Mark Milley said the Taliban remain a ‘ruthless’ group.

British government thought Kabul was 'unlikely' to fall to Taliban in 2021
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

British government thought Kabul was 'unlikely' to fall to Taliban in 2021

Sep 1st 2021, 3:09 PM 8,444 Views 25 Comments

The UK Foreign Minister is being questioned by a House of Commons committee on the country’s handling of the crisis.

Taliban and UK officials open talks over allowing people to leave Afghanistan
# Evacuation Effort
# Evacuation Effort

Taliban and UK officials open talks over allowing people to leave Afghanistan

Sep 1st 2021, 7:18 AM 7,994 Views 3 Comments

The UK has already evacuated more than 15,000 people since 13 August.

# taliban - Tuesday 31 August, 2021

Biden calls US evacuation from Afghanistan 'extraordinary success'
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Biden calls US evacuation from Afghanistan 'extraordinary success'

Updated Aug 31st 2021, 10:17 PM 23,740 Views 89 Comments

The US President said the choice was between “leaving or escalating”.

What's next for Afghanistan after the US withdrawal and the Taliban's takeover?
# Analysis
# Analysis

What's next for Afghanistan after the US withdrawal and the Taliban's takeover?

Aug 31st 2021, 11:48 AM 14,402 Views 19 Comments

How to get Kabul’s airport running again, a lack of trust in the Taliban, and serious economic holes are among the main issues.

# taliban - Monday 30 August, 2021

US completes withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan after 20 years
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

US completes withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan after 20 years

Updated Aug 30th 2021, 10:55 PM 41,111 Views 44 Comments
  • 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”.
Taliban assures Ireland, US, and UK that people can leave Afghanistan after tomorrow's deadline
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Taliban assures Ireland, US, and UK that people can leave Afghanistan after tomorrow's deadline

Aug 30th 2021, 7:35 AM 25,357 Views 22 Comments

The US and UK have admitted that they will not be able to evacuate everyone by 31 August.

# taliban - Saturday 28 August, 2021

Larry Donnelly: Biden promised stability and experience, but Kabul now blights his presidency
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Biden promised stability and experience, but Kabul now blights his presidency

Aug 28th 2021, 7:30 AM 18,682 Views 40 Comments

Our columnist looks at the US President’s handling of Afghanistan, and what the future holds for his administration.

# taliban - Friday 27 August, 2021

Pentagon believes only one blast took place at Kabul airport yesterday
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Pentagon believes only one blast took place at Kabul airport yesterday

Updated Aug 27th 2021, 5:00 PM 65,322 Views 63 Comments
  • 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.

# taliban - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people
# Kabul Airport
# Kabul Airport

Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people

Updated Aug 26th 2021, 6:07 PM 95,900 Views 148 Comments

At least 60 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan.

Nations warn of terror threat at Kabul airport
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Nations warn of terror threat at Kabul airport

Aug 26th 2021, 7:24 AM 19,422 Views 12 Comments

Nearly 90,000 Afghans and foreigners have fled Afghanistan via the US-led airlift.

# taliban - Wednesday 25 August, 2021

1,500 Americans still need evacuating from Afghanistan as Taliban claim looted US equipment
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

1,500 Americans still need evacuating from Afghanistan as Taliban claim looted US equipment

Updated Aug 25th 2021, 8:39 PM 60,062 Views 46 Comments

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated, but huge crowds remain outside Kabul airport still hoping to flee.

Tom Clonan: The Irish Army Ranger Wing face a treacherous Kabul - but they are highly trained
# Afghanistan Rescue
# Afghanistan Rescue

Tom Clonan: The Irish Army Ranger Wing face a treacherous Kabul - but they are highly trained

Aug 25th 2021, 7:00 AM 41,968 Views 61 Comments

The security expert says every person evacuated from Kabul by the ARW will represent a life transformed, free of Taliban persecution.

# taliban - Monday 23 August, 2021

Taliban say Afghan resistance force 'besieged', but seek talks
# Panjshir Valley
# Panjshir Valley

Taliban say Afghan resistance force 'besieged', but seek talks

Aug 23rd 2021, 2:15 PM 12,704 Views 5 Comments

Pro-resistance accounts on social media had dismissed earlier claims of being pushed back.

# taliban - Sunday 22 August, 2021

US drafts airlines for Kabul rescue as deadline pressure grows
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

US drafts airlines for Kabul rescue as deadline pressure grows

Updated Aug 22nd 2021, 2:58 PM 64,585 Views 45 Comments

G7 leaders will discuss the crisis in Afghanistan on Tuesday in a virtual summit.

# taliban - Saturday 21 August, 2021

EU warns Taliban it has not recognised their regime
# Evacuations
# Evacuations

EU warns Taliban it has not recognised their regime

Aug 21st 2021, 7:02 PM 24,906 Views 54 Comments

European humanitarian aid to Afghanistan will hinge on the Taliban respecting human rights.

Desperation deepens in Afghanistan as evacuation operations falter
# Taliban
# Taliban

Desperation deepens in Afghanistan as evacuation operations falter

Updated Aug 21st 2021, 2:23 PM 39,578 Views 42 Comments
  • Taliban co-founder Baradar in Kabul today for talks to set up government.
  • The flow of people trying to flee continues to overwhelm the international community.
  • US forces are going beyond the airport to help people seeking evacuation.
Barry Andrews: The international community must come together to help those fleeing Afghanistan
# Taliban
# Taliban

Barry Andrews: The international community must come together to help those fleeing Afghanistan

Aug 21st 2021, 6:45 AM 13,527 Views 23 Comments

The MEP says the EU must reach an agreement on a solidarity mechanism to help Afghan refugees.

# taliban - Friday 20 August, 2021

Turkey warns EU to stick to past migrant deals amid fears of Afghan refugee wave
# Erdogan
# Erdogan

Turkey warns EU to stick to past migrant deals amid fears of Afghan refugee wave

Aug 20th 2021, 10:33 PM 12,813 Views 5 Comments

European leaders have expressed fears of a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis.

Joe Biden says he cannot guarantee final outcome of Kabul evacuation during White House address
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Joe Biden says he cannot guarantee final outcome of Kabul evacuation during White House address

Aug 20th 2021, 8:31 PM 17,294 Views 34 Comments

The US president addressed the nation tonight amid chaotic scenes at Kabul airport following the Taliban takeover.

Boris Johnson insists he has confidence in Dominic Raab over Afghanistan
# RAAB
# RAAB

Boris Johnson insists he has confidence in Dominic Raab over Afghanistan

Updated Aug 20th 2021, 6:10 PM 32,838 Views 30 Comments

Raab has come under increasing pressure to resign after it was revealed he was on holiday as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Fears grow Taliban are breaking promises to pardon opponents
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Fears grow Taliban are breaking promises to pardon opponents

Updated Aug 20th 2021, 5:59 PM 34,871 Views 44 Comments
  • US President Joe Biden is set to make a televised address about the evacuation effort.
  • A German civilian was shot on his way to the airport.
  • The Taliban conceded that some of their fighters were breaking into properties.
'A strange and heavy feeling' for Aoife MacManus as friends and colleagues remain in Kabul
# Evacuated
# Evacuated

'A strange and heavy feeling' for Aoife MacManus as friends and colleagues remain in Kabul

Aug 20th 2021, 9:32 AM 21,808 Views 17 Comments

The Irish woman flew from Afghanistan to Pakistan yesterday and will return to Ireland in the next few days.

Tom Clonan: The US loss to the Taliban will have severe global repercussions
# Geopolitics
# Geopolitics

Tom Clonan: The US loss to the Taliban will have severe global repercussions

Aug 20th 2021, 7:00 AM 45,761 Views 63 Comments

The security expert looks at the fall of Afghanistan and how it all plays out on a global stage.

# taliban - Thursday 19 August, 2021

Media reports of people killed at Independence Day rally in Afghan city
# Taliban
# Taliban

Media reports of people killed at Independence Day rally in Afghan city

Updated Aug 19th 2021, 3:55 PM 35,225 Views 77 Comments

The United States said the Taliban were reneging on pledges to allow safe passage to Afghans who worked with the US.

Opinion: Should anyone believe Taliban pledges to respect women’s rights?
# History Repeating
# History Repeating

Opinion: Should anyone believe Taliban pledges to respect women’s rights?

Updated Aug 19th 2021, 2:45 PM 44,581 Views 111 Comments

Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says no one, especially global leaders, should fall for the Taliban’s charm offensive.

Biden: US soldiers could remain in Afghanistan past deadline to ensure Americans get out
# Taliban
# Taliban

Biden: US soldiers could remain in Afghanistan past deadline to ensure Americans get out

Updated Aug 19th 2021, 8:04 AM 23,325 Views 33 Comments

The US president said it was not possible to complete withdrawal from Afghanistan without “chaos”.

# taliban - Wednesday 18 August, 2021

EU commissioner says member states must take in Afghans under 'immediate threat'
# Taliban
# Taliban

EU commissioner says member states must take in Afghans under 'immediate threat'

Updated Aug 18th 2021, 8:18 PM 22,145 Views 45 Comments

The EU, US and 18 other countries have issued a joint statement calling for women’s safety.

Three people killed as Taliban break up protest
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Three people killed as Taliban break up protest

Aug 18th 2021, 3:45 PM 28,510 Views 30 Comments
  • The Taliban violently broke up a protest in eastern Afghanistan today.
  • At least 17 people were injured during a stampede at Kabual airport.
  • Militants have met former leaders from the toppled US-backed government.
Johnson says idea UK could have prevented Afghan collapse ‘an illusion’
# House Of Commons
# House Of Commons

Johnson says idea UK could have prevented Afghan collapse ‘an illusion’

Aug 18th 2021, 1:54 PM 13,203 Views 20 Comments

The UK Prime Minister denied the government was unprepared for the Taliban takeover.

Human remains found in wheel well of US military plane following Kabul airport chaos
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Human remains found in wheel well of US military plane following Kabul airport chaos

Aug 18th 2021, 11:02 AM 29,113 Views 22 Comments

The plane was surrounded by hundreds of civilians as it took off from Kabul’s airport.

33 Irish citizens waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan
# RETURNING HOME
# RETURNING HOME

33 Irish citizens waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan

Aug 18th 2021, 10:03 AM 17,059 Views 42 Comments

The Irish citizens will likely be transported home on a flight organised by a foreign military.