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Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signaled the hard-line group’s return to some of its brutal tactics of the past. Taliban officials initially brought four bodies to the central square...
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It's almost certain Afghanistan's Taliban won't speak at UN

UNITED NATIONS -- It’s almost certain that Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers won't get to speak at this year's U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders. The Taliban challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan’s former government, which they ousted on Aug. 15, and asked to represent the country at the assembly’s high-level General Debate. It began Tuesday and ends Monday, with Afghanistan’s representative as the final speaker.

The Official History of the Successful War in Afghanistan

The quasi-official history of the Afghan War has now been written by cable news house historians. Key elements:. 1. The terrorist organization al-Qaeda was headquartered in Afghanistan at the time of 9/11 and so HAD to be destroyed to prevent further attacks on our Homeland. It was a “war of necessity,” as President Obama said as he continued it. The allied forces succeeded in killing hundreds of terrorists and driving al-Qaeda from Afghanistan. And there has not been another 9/11. It was a success. That’s the MAIN point.

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The story started with John Walker Lindh, documentary filmmaker Greg Barker told me in a phone conversation. Lindh was a young man from Marin County, California, when he was captured as an enemy combatant in late 2001. Nothing about his childhood or upbringing suggested this would happen. His father was a prominent attorney in California. His family was comfortably middle class. Lindh had been baptized Catholic but converted to Islam at age 16, leaving the United States to study Arabic in Yemen and later at a madrasa in Pakistan. By age 20, he traveled to Afghanistan to join the Afghan Taliban and fight against the Northern Alliance. That was in May of 2001. By November, he was captured by the Northern Alliance and detained at a military prison in Qala-i-Jangi. Three days after Thanksgiving, on the morning of November 25, 2001, Lindh was questioned by another American who had traveled far from home to serve in Afghanistan as a CIA paramilitary officer. Johnny Michael "Mike" Spann, along with CIA intelligence officer Dave Tyson, questioned Lindh, but he had little to say. Minutes after their meeting, Spann became the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan during a prison uprising that kicked off the days long Battle of Qala-i-Jangi. Lindh survived the battle but was wounded, later suffered abuse as a detainee, and spent nearly 20 years as an inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Though Lindh was released in 2019, questions remain about what he knew of the prison uprising at Qala-i-Jangi, and whether he could have saved the life of Mike Spann on November 25, 2001. Barker, a veteran filmmaker of war stories and politics, knows there are more questions than answers in the life of John Walker Lindh, but that the emergence of the so-called "American Taliban" marked the beginning of a much larger story of America in the war on terror. We spoke about Lindh and Spann, Qala-i-Jangi and about America's fascination with war since 9/11. This conversation has been edited for clarity.

Pakistan Says U.N. Envoy of Old Afghan Government Should Vacate Seat

Pakistan’s overseas minister stated Friday that the United Nations ambassador from Afghanistan’s toppled authorities had no standing and that its seat on the 193-member group ought to stay vacant for now. Whereas not endorsing the Taliban’s request for U.N. illustration, the Pakistan overseas minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, stated in an...
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Hundreds Protest in Kabul to Demand Release of Afghan Foreign Reserves

(Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested in Kabul on Friday, demanding that the United States release billions of dollars in central bank reserves blocked outside Afghanistan as the new Taliban government struggles to contain a deepening economic crisis. The well organized demonstration, featuring banners with messages printed in English, came...

Current accredited Afghan envoy may address UNGA

(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News) KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban representative is unlikely to speak this year at the UN General Assembly as a nine-member credentialing committee is not expected to meet before the close of the ongoing session of the UN body, according to media report on Saturday. United Nations Secretary-General...

Afghan government lawyer recounts the day Kabul fell to the Taliban

With a full-blown Taliban takeover underway in Afghanistan , one government employee in Kabul described a feeling of "denial" sweeping over the presidential palace mere days before its complete collapse. Fardin Pardis, the former director of project analysis and program development of the National Procurement Authority of Afghanistan, went to...

Tajik President warns UN of ‘serious threats’ emanating from Afghanistan

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called on the Taliban to form an inclusive government in neighboring Afghanistan with the participation of all political and ethnic groups in order to allay tensions in the war-torn country.

Taliban’s Afghan Govt Still Non-inclusive Despite Recent ‘Expansion’; No Woman Yet

The Taliban, after taking up Afghanistan, introduced a ‘caretaker authorities’ amid international stress because the nation faces a humanitarian disaster amid a governance collapse. On September 21, the Taliban authorities bolstered its financial staff, naming a commerce minister and two deputies because the group tries to revive a monetary system in shock from the abrupt finish to billions of {dollars} in international help.

Who owns the Taliban storyline?

One can draw many conclusions about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Here are three:. The Taliban defeated the United States. The United States' role in the world is weakening. Domestic anti-American sentiment is growing. These themes have credibility and dominate many places on the internet. Many people support the Taliban...

M K Bhadrakumar: Has Pakistan Learnt Its Afghan Lessons?

Imran Khan is aware of Pakistan is holding a powerful hand and does not need to flaunt it whereas claiming victory. But Pakistan has realized from the expertise of the Nineties — excessive threat of going out on a limb, asserts Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. IMAGE: Taliban performing Foreign Minister...