Tag: Afghan Taliban

UN Experts Call for Investigating Taliban’s Treatment of Women After Public Lashings

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteurs have called for investigating the issue of subjugation of women’s rights in Afghanistan by the Taliban as gender persecution after reports of women being subject to lashings. In Afghanistan, the violation of women’s fundamental rights, which are already “severe and unacceptable,” have risen in recent months, the experts said according…


Taliban Releases American Hostage in Exchange for Afghan Drug Trafficker

The Taliban has released an American engineer they’d kept captive since 2020 in exchange for a Taliban-linked Afghan tribal leader, who was serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison on heroin trafficking charges. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the prisoner exchange between American hostage Mark Frerichs and Taliban ally Bashir Noorzai took…


Taliban Enforcing Face-Cover Order for Female TV Anchors

ISLAMABAD—Afghanistan’s Taliban terrorist group on Sunday began enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. The move is part of a hard-line shift drawing condemnation from rights activists. After the order was announced Thursday, only a handful of news outlets complied. But on Sunday, most…


Hope for Women, Afghan Unity Fades as Taliban Hardliners Gain Control

Last August, Americans were glued to the news, watching the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the rapid collapse of the Afghan government into Taliban hands. But within a few weeks, the news cycle moved on and Afghanistan fell off the radar for most causal observers. Obviously, forgetting is not an option for…


Taliban Grants Pregnant NZ Journalist ‘Safe Haven’ After Ardern Government Denies Her Return Visa

A pregnant New Zealand (NZ) journalist said she had to turn to the Taliban for help after her country refused to grant her a travel exemption due to its strict COVID-19 strict border control. In a column published in the New Zealand Herald on Saturday, Charlotte Bellis, a former journalist with Al Jazeera, said she discovered she…


US ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Reports Taliban ‘Disappearing’ Ex-Afghan Officials

The chief U.S. envoy to the Taliban on Wednesday expressed concern over emerging reports that the Taliban terrorist group has summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since seizing control of Kabul in August. Thomas West, who formerly served as the deputy special representative, said on Twitter that the…


Australian Islamic Council Cancels Online Event Featuring Taliban Representatives

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) has cancelled a planned event after it attracted criticism for providing a platform for senior Taliban representatives to speak in Australia to Muslim youth. The online forum was titled The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Diaspora Muslims, and was billed as a “stellar panel of speakers” discussing “the…


US Says Aid Will Go Directly to Afghan People

The United States during talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar over the weekend agreed to provide humanitarian aid directly to the Afghan people, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. Price said an inter-agency delegation traveled to Doha to meet with senior Taliban representatives on Oct. 9 and 10, marking the first…


US Charges Former Taliban Commander With Killing US Troops in 2008

A former Taliban commander already in U.S. custody has been charged with murder and terrorism-related offenses in the deaths of three U.S. troops and an Afghan interpreter and the downing of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan in 2008, federal prosecutors in New York said on Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Haji Najibullah…


Would Sticking to Trump’s Afghan Withdrawal Timeline Have Mitigated Disaster?

News Analysis When President Joe Biden delayed the Afghanistan withdrawal timeline from May to September, some observers were left scratching their heads. Afterall, it’s well documented that summertime is traditionally the peak fighting season in Afghanistan. According to a study from the Small Wars Journal, this trend exists for two main reasons. The first and most obvious…