Tag: Afghan

Heartbreaking for Military Who Served in Afghanistan to See Taliban in Power: Anand

Defence Minister Anita Anand has said it is “heartbreaking” for members of Canada’s armed forces who served in Afghanistan to see the Taliban back in power. But Anand told a special Parliamentary committee on Afghanistan on Monday that Canada’s armed forces helped give a generation of Afghans access to school, university and health care. She…


Yo-Yo Ma Plays Mozart With Afghan Refugees in Portugal

LISBON, Portugal—Celebrated U.S. cellist Yo-Yo Ma joined refugees from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in the Portuguese capital Lisbon on Tuesday for a performance of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Ma joined young Afghan and Portuguese musicians on a small stage at the National Conservatory, where the refugees who arrived last December are studying. “The…


Canadian Veteran Helps Afghan Interpreter and His Family Escape Taliban Rule

This Remembrance Day, the first since Afghanistan fell to Taliban forces in the summer, will be difficult for Canadians who fought in the Middle Eastern country, says a veteran who served two missions there. Stephen Peddle, a Canadian Forces retired major, has been working to get some families of Afghan interpreters to safety. “Afghanistan and…


‘Just Give US Our Money’: Taliban Push to Unlock Afghan Billions Abroad

FRANKFURT—Afghanistan’s Taliban government is pressing for the release of billions of dollars of central bank reserves as the drought-stricken nation faces a cash crunch, mass starvation and a new migration crisis. Afghanistan parked billions of dollars in assets overseas with the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks in Europe, but that money has been…


US Watchdog Will Look Into Allegations Afghan’s Ghani Took Money From Country

WASHINGTON—John Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said on Wednesday his office would look into allegations that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani took millions of dollars with him when he left the country. Ghani has said he left Kabul to prevent bloodshed and denied reports he took large sums of money with…


Afghanistan Is ‘A Massive Safe-Haven for Al Qaeda, ISIS’—Feat. Marine Corps Veteran Elliot Ackerman

Best-selling author and veteran U.S. Marine Captain Elliot Ackerman describes Afghanistan, under Taliban rule, as descending into a black hole. This is a circumstance we’ve seen before in other parts of the world, he says: “What eventually crawls out of that black hole is some type of terrorist group that is going to lash out…


New Generation of Afghans Protest Taliban Rule; Taliban Targets Journalists

It’s been about a month since the chaotic full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Since then, there have been many reports of violence and even murder of Afghans left there who allied with the United States. There are also reports of journalists, protesters for women’s rights, and others being targeted by the Taliban. What…


2 Fort McCoy Afghan Refugees Indicted on Child Sex, Spousal Assault Charges

Two Afghan nationals who fled Kabul following the Taliban takeover last month have been accused of committing crimes during their stay at Fort McCoy, a military base in Wisconsin. A federal grand jury in Wisconsin indicted the pair in unrelated cases. Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with one count of attempting to engage in a…


India Seizes $2.7 Billion Afghan Heroin Haul Amid Kabul Takeover Chaos

AHMEDABAD—Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tons of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month’s takeover of the country by the Taliban. Afghanistan is the world’s biggest illicit opiate supplier, but since taking power, the Islamist Taliban have said they…


‘We Were Them:’ Vietnamese Americans Help Afghan Refugees

WESTMINSTER, Calif.—In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents sought to leave Saigon after Vietnam fell to communist rule in 1975 and the American…