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Former US President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush say their "hearts are heavy" after watching "tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan" Former US President George W. Bush, the first American President to preside over the war in Afghanistan, and first lady Laura Bush said their "hearts are heavy" after watching fall of the Afghan government and the Taliban's resurgence.
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Taliban parade two men through streets with blackened faces and nooses around necks

Sickening images show two men being paraded through an Afghanistan street with their faces tarred black — and being pulled by nooses around their necks. “Taliban accused these men of theft, their faces were colored with black color — to embarrass them,” tweeted Bilal Sarwary, one of Afghanistan’s leading journalists, who said he was sent the images late last week.
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Taliban Fighters Tell CNN Reporter to ‘Stand to the Side’ Because She’s a Woman

Clarissa Ward has spent years reporting from the frontline in Afghanistan, but her job became much more dangerous overnight. CNN’s chief international correspondent filed a report from Kabul a day after it was seized by the Taliban and the group made it clear that she was not considered as an equal. Ward, who was wearing a chador in line with the new expectations on women under Taliban rule, approached a gang of fighters outside the presidential palace. “The welcoming spirit only extends so far and my presence soon creates tension,” she says, as the fighters look at her with suspicion. The footage then cuts and Ward says: “They just told me to stand to the side because I’m a woman.” Later in the report, Ward says there are “far fewer” women on the streets than normal, adding: “The women that you do see... tend to be dressed more conservatively than they were when they were walking down the streets of Kabul yesterday... Obviously I am dressed in a very different way to how I would normally dress to walk down the streets of Kabul.”
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Experts react: The Taliban has taken Kabul. Now what?

This article was updated on December 17, 2021. The Taliban has completed its lightning advance across Afghanistan by taking control of the country’s capital—all but guaranteeing a long-feared national takeover. With President Ashraf Ghani having fled the country and the United States rushing to evacuate its personnel from...
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Taliban approach capital’s outskirts, attack northern city

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban seized two more provinces on Saturday and approached the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital while also launching a multi-pronged assault on a major northern city defended by former warlords, Afghan officials said. The insurgents have captured much of northern, western and southern Afghanistan in a...
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After The Taliban Takeover Of Kabul, Here's What We Know

Chaos erupted at Kabul's airport as thousands of Afghans were left uncertain of their safety and livelihood after Taliban forces in Afghanistan occupied the capital city. President Biden addressed the sudden collapse of the government the U.S. had spent 20 years supporting, and he acknowledged that it all unraveled quicker than he had anticipated. But he didn't apologize for making the decision to withdraw all U.S. troops by Sept. 11 — the 2oth anniversary of 9/11.
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Afghanistan’s neighbors watch warily as Taliban completes its dramatic takeover

NEW DELHI — The Taliban’s stunning takeover of Kabul sent shock waves around the world — with immediate implications for the complicated knot of three regional powers in Afghanistan’s neighborhood: Pakistan, India and China. In recent months, all three governments have escalated their diplomatic outreach to the Taliban in anticipation...
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Here's What Taliban Leadership Looks Like In 2021

Kabul fell on Sunday, reestablishing Taliban rule over Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years. Leaders of the militant group who've spent years fighting are suddenly in control of the whole country, with their internal divisions and actions affecting the lives of millions of Afghans. The Taliban have been...
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Afghanistan Falls To The Taliban Again As The U.S.-Backed Government Collapses

Twenty years after being removed from power in a U.S.-led invasion, Taliban militiamen swept to into Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Sunday, facing little resistance from Afghan government forces. Within hours, Afghanistan's Washington-backed president had left the country and the flag at the U.S. Embassy had been lowered amid a hasty...
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Pakistanis aren’t rejoicing over the triumph of the Taliban

Hamid Mir is a Pakistani journalist and author. I am sure there are many in the United States or Europe who would expect the news of the Afghan Taliban’s triumph to trigger euphoria in Pakistan. There are those in the West who have depicted the Taliban as a sort of Pakistani creation or parasite — and, as with every oversimplification, there is some truth to this. Over the past two decades there have been elements in the Pakistani military, government and society that offered logistical and material support to the Afghan Taliban.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Leaves Country As Taliban Forces Enter Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Taliban has left Afghanistan, just hours after the insurgency's forces surrounded the nation's capital city of Kabul Sunday — all but ensuring the collapse of the national government and a return to rule by the insurgent group for the first time in two decades. Ghani and...
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