‘We Have Nothing’: Afghan Quake Survivors Despair Over Recovery

With the economy in ruins and aid in short supply, survivors of the earthquake in this remote stretch of eastern Afghanistan wonder what their next move could be.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #earthquakes, #food-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #rescues, #taliban, #world-food-program

Relief Efforts Intensify in Afghanistan After Devastating Earthquake

Aid has been streaming into the rugged regions hit by the quake on Wednesday. Hundreds were killed and many more are missing, with officials saying that they do not expect to find more survivors.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #earthquakes, #humanitarian-aid, #khost-afghanistan, #paktika-province-afghanistan

In Afghan Quake: ‘I Did Not Expect to Survive’

As aid workers and volunteers rushed to help, survivors told harrowing tales of death and destruction.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #earthquakes, #paktika-province-afghanistan, #taliban

Devastating Earthquake in Afghanistan Leaves More Than 1,000 Dead

The quake — the deadliest in the country in two decades — was the latest in a string of tragedies to affect the country since the Taliban seized power from the U.S.-backed government last summer.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #khost-afghanistan, #pakistan, #paktika-province-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-states-geological-survey

Earthquake in Afghanistan Kills at Least 255 Near Khost, Officials Say

The 5.9 magnitude quake struck about 28 miles southwest of the city of Khost, in the country’s southeast.

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Military Clears Crew of Plane That Took Flight as Afghans Fell to Their Deaths

Crowds of people had surged onto the runway at the airport in Kabul during the final days of the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

These Veterans Started Businesses Inspired by Their Deployments

Some veterans have started businesses that draw from their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thrived.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #colombia, #e-commerce, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #labor-and-jobs, #rumi-spice-pbc, #small-business, #veterans, #vietnam, #women-and-girls

Afghanistan Tries to Stamp Out Opium Again

The multibillion-dollar trade has survived previous bans. Now, the Taliban are going after solar-powered water pumps to try to dry up poppy crops in the middle of a national economic crisis.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #deserts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #irrigation, #opium, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-office-on-drugs-and-crime, #water, #wells

The Taliban Pressure Women in Afghanistan to Cover Up

The militant group in charge of the country is aggressively enforcing a decree requiring coverings from head to toe and crushing rare public protests against the order.

#afghanistan, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #shariah-islamic-law, #taliban, #womens-rights

In Afghanistan, Collecting Scrap Metal Is a Risky Pursuit

Discarded metal left by decades of conflict has become a livelihood for impoverished Afghans. But many have been killed by unexploded munitions.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #deaths-fatalities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #explosions-accidental, #military-bases-and-installations, #mines-explosive, #poverty, #salvage, #steel-and-iron, #taliban, #wardak-afghanistan

Taliban Impose Head-to-Toe Coverings for Women

A new decree recommends, but doesn’t require that women wear burqas, and says male relatives of those who don’t cover themselves would be punished.

#afghanistan, #muslim-veiling, #taliban, #women-and-girls

ISIS Launches Bloody New Chapter in Afghanistan

At least 100 people have died in terrorist attacks over the past two weeks, as the Islamic State targets minorities in Afghanistan and aims to undermine the Taliban government.

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War Crimes Hearing Revisits U.S. Soldiers’ Abuse of Detainees

An Army judge is hearing pretrial testimony to determine what evidence can be used at the eventual destroyer Cole death penalty trial.

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‘I Lost Everything’: Pakistani Airstrikes Escalate Conflict on Afghan Border

The airstrikes killed at least 45 people, stoking fears of a violent resurgence of the conflict in eastern Afghanistan, which has become a base for Pakistani militants.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khost-afghanistan, #mehsud-hakimullah, #pakistan, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban

Death Toll From Pakistani Airstrike Rises to 45, Afghan Officials Say

The airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday morning escalated already simmering tensions between the two countries.

#afghanistan, #tehrik-e-taliban, #waziristan-pakistan

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

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Putin’s War Has Started a Global Food Crisis

These are the countries that will be most affected by rising food prices.

#afghanistan, #africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #food, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sudan, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #world-food-program

Taliban Take On a Treacherous, Avalanche-Prone Pass

After overthrowing the government, the Taliban are now trying to save what’s left of the roads they spent years blowing up, with none more critical than a two-mile-high pass through the Hindu Kush.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bridges-and-tunnels, #roads-and-traffic, #salang-pass, #taliban, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Taliban Outlaw Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan

The move will have far-reaching consequences for the many farmers who turned to the illicit crop as a brutal drought and economic crisis have gripped the country.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opium, #poppies, #taliban

Desperate for Cash, Afghans Toil in Mines That Are Deadlier Than Ever

Faced with life-threatening hunger, thousands labor in the coal mines of Baghlan. But safety measures that the former government once provided are gone.

#accidents-and-safety, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coal, #deaths-fatalities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #taliban

Afghan Refugees in U.K. Still in Limbo as Ukrainians Arrive

Some 12,000 Afghans who fled to Britain have been living in hotels for months awaiting permanent housing. This has raised questions about the country’s ability to take in many more escaping Ukraine.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #england, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #humanitarian-aid, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘The Dreams We Had Are Like a Dream’

Conversations with Afghan girls about how life has changed under Taliban rule.

#afghanistan, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Why Can’t Spy Agencies Predict a Country’s Will to Fight?

U.S. intelligence agencies thought the Afghan military would last longer and predicted Kyiv would fall faster, showing the difficulty of assessing fighting spirit.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #taiwan, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

A Bomb Crater as Business Partner for a Pit Stop on an Afghan Highway

Along a lonely stretch of what was once the most dangerous road in Afghanistan, everyone slows down when they reach Hafiz Qadim’s mud brick shop. It’s not the food. Or the gas. It’s the big hole.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bombs-and-explosives, #kandahar-afghanistan, #roads-and-traffic, #taliban, #zabul-province-afghanistan

Taliban Renege on Promise to Open Afghan Girls’ Schools

The reversal of the plan to reopen high schools this week could threaten aid at a critical time, as international officials had made girls’ education a condition for greater assistance.

#afghanistan, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Pakistan’s Cricket-Star-Turned-Prime Minister Fights for Survival

Soaring inflation and a rift with the military threaten Imran Khan’s tenure as prime minister. He has dismissed criticism as a foreign conspiracy.

#afghanistan, #china, #credit-and-debt, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-watch, #international-relations, #islamabad-pakistan, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #pakistan-peoples-party, #pakistan-tehreek-e-insaf, #politics-and-government, #russia, #swat-pakistan, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Ukraine War Threatens to Cause a Global Food Crisis

A critical share of the world’s food and fertilizer is stuck in Russia and Ukraine, sending global prices soaring and foreshadowing a rise in world hunger.

#afghanistan, #agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

In Some Parts of the World, the War in Ukraine Seems Justified

In countries friendly toward Russia, people are troubled by the war and loss of life, but some say they think that Putin has a point.

#afghanistan, #brazil, #china, #india, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #south-africa, #vietnam, #zelensky-volodymyr

Biden Offers Protected Status to Afghans Already in the United States

The program does not provide a path to a green card or citizenship, which many advocates say is warranted for Afghans who risked their lives to assist U.S. forces.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Afghans Abroad, Nowruz Is a Chance to Reflect

The holiday marks the beginning of spring, with many in the diaspora celebrating with rebirth, renewal and, now, resistance in mind.

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Afghan Aviators Hide as Taliban Urge Them to Return to Duty

Many former Afghan Air Force members fear they could be killed by the Taliban if they came out of hiding, but others have joined the nascent Taliban air force.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-afghanistan, #pilots, #taliban

Afghan Embassy, Now Out of Money, Will Shut Down, U.S. Says

The development caps a sad saga for Afghan diplomats, who have 30 days to apply to remain in the United States or face the threat of deportation.

#afghanistan, #assets-frozen, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

In Texas, Biden Says New Legislation Could Expand Benefits for Burn Pit Victims

The president is focused on veterans who fell ill after breathing in toxic materials from burning waste in Iraq and Afghanistan, exposure that he believes contributed to the death of his elder son.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agent-orange-defoliant, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #waste-materials-and-disposal

The Smugglers’ Paradise of Afghanistan

For decades, the smuggling trade — of people, drugs and money — has dominated Nimruz Province. Now, as hundreds of thousands of Afghans try to flee, business has further boomed for those who hold the keys to the gate.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #illegal-immigration, #iran, #nimruz-province-afghanistan, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling, #taliban, #zaranj-afghanistan

Pakistan Identifies Peshawar Suicide Bomber and Network, Police Say

The attack at a Shiite mosque, claimed by an ISIS affiliate, killed at least 63 people and left nearly 200 wounded.

#afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #pakistan, #peshawar-pakistan, #terrorism

At Least 57 Dead in Pakistan After Mosque Attack

At least 57 people were killed and more than 100 wounded after an explosion tore through a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan.

#afghanistan, #deaths-fatalities, #islamic-state-khorasan, #muslims-and-islam, #peshawar-pakistan, #terrorism

Taliban Search Operation Echoes Resented U.S. Tactics in Afghanistan

An intrusive sweep that has spanned several provinces risks alienating Afghans and fueling the insurgency the new government is trying to stop.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #international-crisis-group, #kabul-afghanistan, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #massoud-ahmed-shah, #minorities, #mujahid-zabiullah, #northern-alliance, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #tajiks-ethnic-group, #taliban

War in Ukraine Threatens World Food Supplies

Nations are not secure unless their food supplies are.

#afghanistan, #agriculture-and-farming, #bangladesh, #belarus, #chicago-board-of-trade, #commodities, #corn, #egypt, #european-union, #famine, #fertilizer, #food, #food-insecurity, #grain, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #pakistan, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #sudan, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #world-food-program

The One Item They Had to Take When These 6 Afghans Fled

More than 120,000 people were airlifted out of Afghanistan last August, most with just a few hours to gather their belongings. Here are some of the keepsakes they chose.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban

To Preserve Its Own Stability, Pakistan Must Stabilize Afghanistan First

Analysts say that the Taliban takeover has sparked a spike in terror attacks that have put the Pakistani government in a difficult position as it tries to support Afghanistan’s new government.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #baluch-ethnic-group, #baluchistan-pakistan, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban

If Joe Biden Doesn’t Change Course, This Will Be His Worst Failure

“The current humanitarian crisis could kill far more Afghans than the past 20 years of war.”

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #assets-frozen, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #humanitarian-aid

A Journalist Went Undercover as a Refugee. It Became an Act of Love

To better understand the plight of Afghan refugees, the reporter Matthieu Aikins undertook a journey with one. “The Naked Don’t Fear the Water” tells the story.

#afghanistan, #aikins-matthieu, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling, #taliban, #the-naked-dont-fear-the-water-an-underground-journey-with-afghan-refugees-book

A Broken System Is Putting Not Just Afghan Allies at Risk. Congress Must Fix It.

We need a system that more efficiently resettles those who worked for the U.S. government in times of war. 

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #visas

U.S. Warns Americans Abroad Not to Count on a Rescue

In Ukraine and Ethiopia, Biden officials have made clear that the 2021 Kabul airlift was a “unique” operation that won’t be repeated.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ethiopia, #kabul-afghanistan, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Afghans Who Bet on Fast Path to the U.S. Are Facing a Closed Door

Only a handful of applications for entry on urgent humanitarian grounds have been processed, and most have been denied.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Afghans Find Room for Debate on Twitter Spaces

An audio live chat feature on Twitter has become a go-to place for Afghans still recovering from the collapse of the former government and seeking answers on everything from what went wrong to what comes next.

#afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #taliban, #twitter

The Unrescued

After the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Afghans have been trying to escape. But how do we decide who deserves refuge?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #foreign-aid, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iran, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #nayeri-dina, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-nations-high-commissioner-for-refugees, #united-states-international-relations

Afghan Diplomats Seek Permission to Remain in U.S.

American banks have suspended government accounts to prevent the Taliban from gaining access to funds, suspending the salaries of many workers.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #immigration-and-emigration, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Biden’s Decision on Frozen Funds Stokes Anger Among Afghans

“It is a cruel act and a betrayal,” one shopkeeper said of the White House’s move to essentially seize funds held by the Afghan central bank.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #assets-frozen, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #da-afghanistan-bank, #federal-reserve-system, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban

Biden Moves to Split $7 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds

The president intends to use the Afghan central bank’s assets to fund humanitarian relief and other needs in Afghanistan, and compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

#afghanistan, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #da-afghanistan-bank, #justice-department, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism, #treasury-department, #united-states, #united-states-economy