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Biden again defends Afghanistan exit decision; says he honoured commitment to troops

Washington DC: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday once again defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and stick to the deadline of August 31. He said he had made a commitment to the US troops which he had honoured. “When I was running for President, I made a commitment to the American...

US troops leave Afghanistan after 20 years of military presence

Kabul: The withdrawal is complete. Twenty years after setting foot on the Afghan soil, the American troops have left the country, adhering to an August 31 deadline set for the US military’s exit from country. There was a scurry by the troops to get the final batch of evacuees on the planes and then themselves...

Afghanistan: Day before US withdrawal, rockets fired near Kabul airport

Kabul: Rockets were launched in an area near the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Kabul on Monday, a day before the scheduled withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. About five rockets were launched, as per a report; however, they were intercepted by a missile defence system, a US official was quoted as having said....

Rocket explosion near Kabul kills 2 as US targets IS militants

Amid growing uncertainties in Afghanistan as Taliban takes over power, a suspected rocket explosion took place near the Kabul airport on Sunday. The rocket hit a residential house in the Gulai area of Khajeh Baghra near the airport in Kabul’s 11th security district on Sunday afternoon. The incident took place three days after deadly explosions...

US launches airstrike, ‘eliminates’ ISIS-K member

Washington: The US military launched an airstrike in Afghanistan to target ISIS militants on Saturday. A member of the IS’s Afghanistan affiliate has been killed, the forces claimed. The airstrike using a drone came after US President Joe Biden’s vow to avenge the bomb blast at Kabul aircraft that left several Afghan and American soldiers...

Afghanistan: Taliban tell female doctors, healthcare workers to resume work

The Taliban have said that the Islamic Emirate has no issue with women returning to work Kabul: As the health situation in Afghanistan worsens, the Taliban have urged female doctors and healthcare workers across all provinces to resume duties. They have said the Islamic Emirate does not have any issue with the women returning to...

At least 103 people killed, hundreds injured in Kabul blasts; Joe Biden vows to take revenge

At least 103 people were killed, including 90 Afghans and 13 US soldiers, at the Kabul airport on Thursday night when two blasts ripped through crowds desperately trying to enter the airport still under US control in a bid to flee the war-torn country. Hundreds of people, including 18 US soldiers, have been injured in...

Situation “not good” in Afghanistan, says Jaishankar at all-party meet

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday briefed the floor leaders of all political parties on the ground situation in Afghanistan, asserting that India is trying to evacuate as many people as possible. Jaishankar termed the volatile situation as “not good” and said that the Taliban which has taken over the control of Afghanistan has...

Taliban beat up journalist in Kabul, snatch his equipment

Kabul: A journalist who was on duty in Kabul’s New City was beaten up the Taliban members on Thursday. The journalist was identified as Ziar Khan Yaad, a reporter with Tolo News. Earlier, Tolo News, had reported that Ziar was killed. However, he tweeted shortly thereafter to remove the confusion. In a tweet, Ziar said,...

Operation Devi Shakti: IAF flight on way back with 24 Indian, 11 Nepalese from Afghanistan

Over 800 individuals have been evacuated under Operation Devi Shakti from Afghanistan after its takeover by Taliban New Delhi: India’s Operation Devi Shakti, the name given to the country’s evacuation programme in Afghanistan after the latter’s takeover by Taliban, is on in full swing. In the latest move, an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft was...

16 of 78 people who arrived from Afghanistan on Aug 24 test COVID-19 positive

Sixteen out of the 78 people, who came to India from war-torn Afghanistan on Tuesday, have tested positive for COVID-19. The infected individuals also include the three Sikhs who brought back copies of the Guru Granth Sahib from Gurudwaras in Afghanistan. A cause of concern is that Union urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri had...

UN doing everything to keep staff safe, help Afghans: Guterras

United Nations: Amid reports of the Taliban taking over some of the premises of the United Nations in Afghanistan, secretary general Antonio Guterras has assured the staff in the war-torn country that the agency was doing everything in its power to ensure their safety and well-being. “The @UN has been working for and with the...