Commandos deployed as Afghan forces battle Taliban for control of cities

Afghan forces battled Monday to stop a first provincial city from falling to the Taliban following weekend offensives from the insurgents on urban centres in a major escalation in fighting. Taliban fighters assaulted at least three provincial capitals overnight -- Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat -- after a weekend of heavy fighting that saw thousands of civilians flee the advancing militants. Fighting raged in Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gah, where the Taliban launched coordinated attacks on the city centre and its prison -- just hours after the government announced the deployment of hundreds of commandos to the area. Fighting has intensified since early May, with the insurgents capitalising on the final stages of the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces after almost 20 years.
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Afghanistan: Orphan's reunion with British soldier after 19 years

Ramin Paikar was a child living in an orphanage in Kabul in 2002. British soldiers used to visit and bring gifts every week. They were part of the international coalition, which had removed the Taliban from power. He remembers it as the “best time”. Now, as foreign forces leave, the...
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Taliban push closer to front lines of two major Afghanistan cities

The Taliban has started to make inroads in two of Afghanistan’s major cities after they launched attacks at several airports on Saturday. Airports in the the second and fourth largest cities in the country, Kandahar and Herat, were struck by rockets launched by the insurgent group on Saturday, The Washington Post reported.
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EXCLUSIVE U.S. to begin new Afghan refugee program - sources

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's administration will launch a new program to resettle certain Afghans as refugees in the United States, an administration official and two knowledgeable sources said on Sunday. The U.S. State Department was expected to announce the setting-up of the so-called Priority Two...
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John Oliver Furious Over Biden’s Failure to Protect Afghans

After announcing that there will only be four more shows inside the “blank void” he’s been broadcasting from during the pandemic, John Oliver kicked off the latest Last Week Tonight by taking aim at the Biden administration’s failure to protect Afghan interpreters working for the U.S. military ahead of their Aug. 31 deadline to pull out of the country—for the first time in twenty years.
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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Calls Afghan Translator Visa Fiasco “The Bill Cosby Comeback Tour Of Political Crises”

John Oliver continued to take shots at Biden’s failed promises on this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight. Though the United States has moved most of their troops out of Afghanistan well ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline Biden set, thousands of Afghan translators who aided American troops during the war have yet to be granted visas to move their families to the United States. A majority of them are being constantly threatened with death by the Taliban for their treasonous actions. As of June 2021, more than 300 translators or their family members have been killed.

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Three provinces in southern and western Afghanistan are facing “critical” security situations, says the Afghan army. Fighting has intensified between the Taliban and Afghan forces as US and NATO troops leave the country. 🔴 LIVE blog for latest updates:. Bad news for those looking for comfort in the face of...

Fighting between Afghan forces, Taliban intensifies: Live news

Three provinces in southern and western Afghanistan are facing “critical” security situations as fighting intensifies between the Taliban and Afghan forces, the Afghan army says. Fighting in the war-torn South Asian country has escalated as the United States and NATO troops plan to complete their pullout by August 31 after...

Foreign Office Terms Canadian Minister’s Remarks Against Pakistan “Unfounded & Misleading”

In a series of tweets, the Foreign Office spokesperson said that such remarks betray a complete lack of understanding of the issue as well as ignorance of facts on the ground. “Now when the world has acknowledged what Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan have consistently maintained about there being no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and the need for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement, such gratuitous commentary is deplorable,” the spokesperson said.

Afghan forces battle to thwart Taliban assaults on key cities

Afghan government forces struggled against Taliban assaults on several major cities Sunday as the insurgents stepped up a nationwide offensive that saw a key airport in the south come under rocket fire overnight. Hundreds of commandos were deployed to the western city of Herat while authorities in the southern city...
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PTM organises car rally against Pak's proxy war

New York [US], August 2 (ANI): Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) held a rally against the illegal detention of Ali Wazir and Pakistan's proxy war in Afghanistan. Ali Wazir is one of the sane voices of human rights and against military oppression in Pakistan. PTM said in a statement that members...

Laschet wants to continue deporting to Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan has worsened after the international troops have withdrawn. Chancellor candidate Laschet still wants to hold on to the deportation of refugees who have committed criminal offenses. Berlin - CDU chief Armin Laschet (CDU) has spoken out in favor of continuing to deport offenders to Afghanistan. “We...

A Cruel and Unjust Peace for Afghanistan

As U.S. and Western forces gear up to depart from Afghanistan, the country’s more than 40-year war enters its next phase. This is nothing new for the Afghan people. In the course of a century, they have seen British and Soviet conquerors exit, leaving various would-be kings, power brokers and warlords to fill the vacuum. Through it all, it has been the Afghan people who suffer. Even through continued occupation, America can’t save them. Over the past 20 years the US presence has empowered warlords, enabled political corruption and fueled Taliban-led resistance – actually setting the stage for the war’s tragic encore.
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EU says will boycott Taliban if they gain power by force

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 2 (ANI): Amid the unrelenting violence in Afghanistan by the Taliban, European Union has reiterated that if the terrorist group rise to power by force, the European Union and other countries will not recognize their regime. "If Taliban rise to power militarily, the EU will not recognize...

Quad to tackle 'most important issues of our time,' Blinken says in India

AKIPRESS.COM - The tense situation in Afghanistan and cooperation among Quad nations to ensure peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region topped the agenda for the talks between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi on July 28, Nikkei Asia reported.