Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Taliban holds military parade with US-made weapons

The Taliban forces have staged a military parade in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, using captured American-made armored vehicles and Russian helicopters.

Taliban: US support of Panjshir front violates Doha agreement

The US Support for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) would constitute a breach of the Doha agreement between Washington and the Taliban, the new rulers of Afghanistan announced.

Pakistan reaches ceasefire agreement with local Taliban

The Pakistani government and the banned armed group Pakistan Taliban (TTP) have agreed to a one-month ceasefire. Islamabad says talks leading to the deal were facilitated by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Taliban appoints new governors, police chiefs

The Taliban has appointed 44 members to key local government roles, including provincial governors and police chiefs.

Taliban delegation to visit Iran

A Taliban delegation will visit Iran to discuss increasing scientific cooperation, the group’s acting minister for higher education has announced.

Senior Taliban commander killed in Daesh attack

A Taliban military commander was killed when his men responded to a Daesh suicide bomb and gun attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul on Tuesday, officials have confirmed.

Ex-Afghan VP: US envoy lobbying for Taliban

First Vice President of the previous Afghan administration, Amrullah Saleh, says former US representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is "smilingly lobbying" for the Taliban movement and the Haqqani Network.

Taliban leader makes first public appearance amid death rumours

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada has made his first-ever public appearance in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. There was tight security at the event and no photographs or video have emerged.

Taliban welcomes Tehran summit on Afghanistan

The Taliban has praised the recent meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries in Tehran. The new rulers of Afghanistan have once again called on the international community to recognize the group as the country’s government.

Taliban renews call for release of Afghan assets abroad

The new rulers of Afghanistan are pushing to unblock billions of dollars of Afghan central bank reserves abroad. The drought-stricken nation is facing a cash crunch, mass starvation and a new migration crisis, after the Taliban seized power in August.

Official: Iran holds talks with Taliban

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official has said Tehran has held talks with the Taliban over issues of mutual interest between Iran and Afghanistan.

Taliban welcomes Ayatollah Khamenei’s message of unity

The head of the Taliban’s political office has said in a tweet the group welcomes Leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution’s speech in which Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged unity between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

‘Terrorists in Afghanistan could attack US in six months’

The American intelligence community has assessed that terrorists in Afghanistan could attack the United States in six months if left unchecked, a senior Pentagon official says. He adds they have the intention to carry out such an assault.

Chinese FM meets Taliban’s Deputy PM in Qatar

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has held a meeting with acting deputy prime minister of the Taliban government, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in the Qatari capital of Doha.

Russian concerned about Taliban selling NATO weapons

The Taliban might think about selling military hardware abandoned by the United States and its NATO allies in Afghanistan if humanitarian situation takes a serious turn for the worse, Russia warns.

Taliban not invited to Tehran summit on Afghanistan

Iran will host a meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbours on Wednesday without the participation of the Taliban. The new rulers of Afghanistan have not been invited to the summit, according to a Taliban spokesperson.

Iranian envoy: Tehran ready to invest in Afghanistan

Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Bahador Aminian has held talks with the Taliban’s Foreign Minister Molavi Amir Khan Mottaqi in Kabul.

Taliban seeks compensation from US for atrocities

The Taliban has condemned the US atrocities against the people of Afghanistan over the past 20 years. The new rulers of Afghanistan have urged Washington to compensate for its acts of brutality.

Taliban: Afghan territory not to be used against others

The Taliban says they will not allow anyone to use Afghanistan soil to launch attacks against other countries. This was announced by the Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday.

US official calls for maintaining sanctions against Taliban

Deputy United States Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo has said it is essential to maintain Washington sanctions against the Taliban, who regained power in Afghanistan last August. The new rulers of Afghanistan have warned the country is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, blasting west for keeping mum on grim situation.

Afghanistan summit kicks off in Moscow

The Moscow consultations on Afghanistan has kicked off at President Hotel in the Russian capital, Moscow. Delegates will discuss the prospects of the developments related to the military and political situation in Afghanistan as well as the efforts of the international community on preventing a humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.

Russia rules out recognition of Taliban

Moscow is not considering recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reiterated. A meeting on Afghanistan is scheduled on Wednesday in Moscow and will focus on the political and military situation in the war-torn country.

Taliban’s acting FM to hold talks with Chinese counterpart

China has promised to organize a meeting between Taliban’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Wang Yi, top Chinese diplomat. The date and venue of the meeting is yet to be announced.

Turkey urges world to engage with Taliban

Turkey has called on the international community to cooperate with the new rulers of Afghanistan. The comment comes after a high-level Taliban delegation visited Ankara for talks with Turkish officials for the first after the group seized Kabul last August.

Putin: No rush in recognizing Taliban

Russian President Vladimir Putin says interaction should be maintained with the Taliban, but there should be no haste to recognize the new rulers of Afghanistan officially.

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