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Taliban, US diplomats hold first official talks since Afghanistan takeover

Taliban leaders have met with US officials in the Qatari capital Doha for the first time since their return to power in Afghanistan two years ago.

US and Taliban officials to meet in Qatar to discuss security and human rights

US officials are set to meet with representatives of the Taliban and "technocratic professionals" from Afghan ministries during a visit to Qatar's Doha this week, the State Department has said. Both sides will discuss security, narcotics  and women's rights.

Taliban make US withdrawal anniversary a national holiday

Afghanistan has created a new public holiday to mark the date the last US soldier left the war-torn country. According to the Taliban, the departure of foreign troops will be celebrated each year on August 31.

US restricts visas for Taliban members

The US has put a visa restriction policy in place for members of the Taliban over the repression of women and girls in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.

Pakistan rejects that US drones flew over its airspace to kill Al-Qaeda chief

Islamabad has hit out at the Taliban over claim that American drones had used Pakistan's airspace in operation to kill Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul.

US judge says victims not entitled to seize Afghan assets

A United States judge has recommended that victims of the September 11 attacks not be allowed to seize billions of dollars of assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank to satisfy court judgements against the Taliban.

China says US hasn’t learned from its defeats in Afghanistan

China says the United States has learned no lessons from its failure ‘to democratise’ Afghanistan and the muddled withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country.

US officials say Biden not to release frozen Afghan funds

The administration of US President Joe Biden has decided not to release any of the roughly $7 billion in foreign assets held by Afghanistan’s central bank on US soil and has suspended talks with the Taliban over the funds after the killing of al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, according to American officials.

Dozens of economists call on Biden to release Afghan funds

More than 70 economists and experts have urged Washington and other nations to release Afghanistan's central bank assets in a letter sent to US President Joe Biden.

US says it killed al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul strike

The US says it has killed al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Sources: US, Taliban make progress on frozen Afghan reserves

The US and Taliban officials have exchanged proposals for the release of billions of dollars from Afghan central bank reserves held abroad into a trust fund, three sources familiar with the talks said, offering a hint of progress in efforts to ease economic crisis in the war-torn country.

Analyst: US creating rifts within Taliban to facilitate Daesh infiltration

An Iranian political analyst has given the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan a heads-up over US plots to cause discord within the ranks of the group and pave the way for the Daesh terrorist group’s infiltration.

US says closure of girls’ schools to significantly impact engagement with Taliban

Closure of girls’ schools in Afghanistan will hold significant and serious implications for US ability to engage with the Taliban, a diplomat in Washington says.

US says no progress in formation of inclusive govt. in Afghanistan

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West says efforts for an inclusive government in Afghanistan have failed so far, but there has been progress about girls’ education.

US says has no specified schedule for recognition of Taliban

Washington has no specified schedule for the recognition of the Afghanistan interim government and that the Taliban should take some steps before the normalization of relations, US special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West says.

Taliban reject Biden remarks over disunity in Afghanistan

The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan denied the recent claims by US President Joe Biden over the inability of Afghan people to reach unity.

Ex-Afghan president blames US for his govt. fall

Former Afghan President has blamed the United States for the collapse of his government. Ashraf Ghani said Washington sidelined him during the so-called peace talks with the Taliban. The militant group seized power in August after taking control of Kabul.

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