Biden to Raise the Cap on Refugees to 125,000

The move indicates the president’s intention to open the country’s doors after four years in which the Trump administration sought to prevent refugees from settling in the United States.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #haiti, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Harsh New Reality for Afghan Women and Girls in Taliban-Run Schools

Afghanistan’s new government is likely to severely restrict education for girls and women despite the Taliban’s claims that schooling will eventually resume.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

After Afghanistan, We Need to Save Expertise From the Experts

We need a new definition of expertise that relies more on proven track records and less on credentials and the narrow forms of knowledge that they reward.

#accreditation, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #politics-and-government, #united-states

How the U.S. Helped, and Hampered, the Escape of Afghan Journalists

The secretary of state cites a “massive effort” by the government, but people involved in the evacuation instead describe bureaucratic snags.

#afghanistan, #blinken-antony-j, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #news-and-news-media

Merkel’s Children: Living Legacies Called Angela, Angie and Sometimes Merkel

For some refugee families who traveled to Germany during the migrant crisis of 2015 and 2016, gratitude for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome them comes via a namesake.

#afghanistan, #africa, #elections, #europe, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Afghans Somber but Not Surprised as U.S. Calls Drone Strike a ‘Tragic Mistake’

Afghans expressed a familiar anger at the Pentagon’s admission that an attack killing 10 civilians was a mistake, one of many such errors during the 20-year war.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #zemari-ahmadi

Pentagon Acknowledges Aug. 29 Drone Strike in Afghanistan Was Tragic Mistake

The findings of the inquiry mirrored a New York Times investigation of video evidence, along with interviews with more than a dozen of the driver’s co-workers and family members in Kabul.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #drones-pilotless-planes, #kabul-afghanistan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Taliban Seize Women’s Ministry Building for Use by Religious Police

Taliban leaders have turned the Kabul building that housed Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs into the offices for the religious police, an ominous portent for women’s rights.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #women-and-girls

The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance

The new U.S. alliance with Australia and Britain against China has put Europe closer to a question it has tried to avoid: Which side are you on?

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #von-der-leyen-ursula

In Panjshir, Few Signs of an Active Resistance, or Any Fight at All

On a recent visit, few civilians were about and signs of heavy fighting were scarce. What remained were opposing narratives and claims of massacres, ethnic cleansing and false charges.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #massoud-ahmed-shah, #northern-alliance, #panjshir-valley-afghanistan, #taliban, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The Downside of High Trust in the Military

The gap between trust in the military and trust in civilian institutions of government helps explain our 20 years in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street

Ahmad Massoud, a leading figure in the resistance to Taliban rule, hired a lobbyist to seek military and financial support in the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #saleh-amrullah, #stryk-robert, #taliban, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Rural Afghanistan, War Remnants Everywhere, but no Shooting or Checkpoints

Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.”

#afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #police, #rural-areas, #taliban

Have We Reshaped Middle East Politics or Started to Mimic It?

America is displaying political tribalism like what we tried to quell elsewhere. 

#afghanistan, #defense-and-military-forces, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #middle-east, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Afghan Refugees, a Mix of Luxury and Trauma at Albania’s Beach Resorts

Albania, which has committed to taking in up to 4,000 refugees from Afghanistan, is housing several hundred in resorts on the Adriatic coast.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #albania, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #women-and-girls

Live: Blinken Is Grilled on Afghanistan in Congress

Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken is appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where lawmakers are asking questions about the withdrawal.

#afghanistan, #blinken-antony-j, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns

The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency funding as Afghans already unsure of where their next meal will come from risk running out of food just as winter sets in.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bachelet-michelle, #food-insecurity, #geneva-switzerland, #grandi-filippo-1957, #griffiths-martin, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-nations

What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

There were lots of winners of the War in Afghanistan. Defense contractors, for one.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #defense-contracts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

How Afghanistan Changed China’s Taiwan Calculus

There are many reasons to fear a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. But the American pullout isn’t one of them.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china

Health Care in Afghanistan Is Crumbling, Aid Groups Warn

After the Taliban’s takeover, international donors withdrew funds that hospitals and clinics depended on. Now a fourth wave of Covid looms.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #taliban, #world-bank, #your-feed-science

After the 9/11 Attacks, Boston Found a Focus for Its Anger

Terrorists boarded two planes in Boston and flew them into the World Trade Center. Massachusetts zeroed in on its top airport official, who has never quite recovered.

#afghanistan, #airlines-and-airplanes, #airport-security, #airports, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #bin-laden-osama, #boston-globe, #boston-herald, #content-type-personal-profile, #hijacking, #logan-international-airport-boston-mass, #massachusetts-port-authority, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #swift-jane, #terrorism, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

At 9/11 Ceremonies, Moments of Silence, Tributes and Tears

Twenty years after the worst attack on American soil, the loss of nearly 3,000 people was remembered in events across the country.

#afghanistan, #biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #manhattan-nyc, #pentagon-building, #september-11-2001, #shanksville-pa, #terrorism, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

At Pro-Taliban Protest, a Symbol of America’s Lost Influence: Hundreds Dressed in Burqas

Several hundred women wore the head-to-toe garments at a pro-Taliban demonstration on Sept. 11. The march was a reminder of how after years of war, Afghanistan’s women are again at the mercy of the militants.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kabul-afghanistan, #muslim-veiling, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

‘Football Is Like Food’: Afghan Female Soccer Players Find a Home in Italy

Members of a team from Herat left behind the lives they had built in Afghanistan in hopes that they can build a future where they can play, and thrive.

#afghanistan, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #italy, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #soccer, #taliban, #women-and-girls

A Time Capsule in Two Front Pages

The newspaper of Sept. 11, 2001, is a document of America before the terror attacks and a memory of a vanished era.

#afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #kabul-international-airport, #newspapers, #phillips-exeter-academy, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #isaczai-ghulam-m, #kyaw-moe-tun, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #united-nations

Reporters in Afghanistan Face an Intolerant Regime: ‘Everything Changed Overnight’

The Taliban promised to respect press freedoms, but the new government has already showed signs of repression, and has even physically assaulted Afghan journalists.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #freedom-of-the-press, #kabul-afghanistan, #news-and-news-media, #taliban

The Taliban’s New Government Shows Us They Haven’t Changed

The West must not mistake tactical flexibility for real change.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #haqqani-sirajuddin, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism

I Don’t Regret Serving in the Afghanistan War

It’s not a surprise that many American veterans are highly cynical about these wars. We are also conflicted about our own service.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #iraq, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

‘We Truly Have Lost Everything’: A Journey Out of Kabul the Day It Fell

Nadima Sahar, a government official, was determined to stay. But then she learned the palace staff, and maybe even the president, had already fled.

#afghanistan, #arlington-va, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-international-airport, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sahar-nadima, #taliban

First Flight From Kabul Is Hailed as Positive Step Amid Troubling Signs

A passenger jet’s departure on Thursday was the first foreign flight out of Afghanistan since the U.S. evacuation ended. But thousands who want to leave remain stuck.

#afghanistan, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Taliban Officials Say That International Flights at Kabul Airport Will Resume

The move would be the first step in resolving an impasse that has left scores of foreigners stranded, but there was no indication about whether Afghan nationals would also be allowed to depart.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations

International Flights Resume at Kabul Airport, as Taliban Say They Will Allow Americans and Other Foreigners to Leave

The move would be the first step in resolving an impasse that has left scores of foreigners stranded in Afghanistan, but there was no indication that Afghan nationals would be allowed to leave.

#afghanistan, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi

Inside the Abandoned Kabul Mansion Taliban Soldiers Call Home

More than 150 fighters have taken over the residence of a notorious Afghan warlord. Many are adjusting to a new lifestyle while awaiting orders from the new government.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #dostum-abdul-rashid, #kabul-afghanistan, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban

How One Family Fled Afghanistan and Was Reunited in New York City

Mohammad Wali, a U.S. citizen and a New Yorker, spent several harrowing days trying to evacuate his family from Afghanistan before they finally arrived last week.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-international-airport, #new-york-city

Afghans Flee to Pakistan. An Uncertain Future Awaits.

Refugees have drawn an angry response from many in that country, leading to discrimination and efforts to force them to go back to Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

As Taliban Crush Dissent, New Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #kabul-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

New Taliban Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #kabul-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Afghanistan Aid Workers Tread a Tricky Path Under Taliban Rule

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

Aid Workers Staying in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Tread a Tricky Path

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

After Afghanistan: Veterans Reflect on Sept. 11

Two veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom reflect on where events from the fateful day led the nation.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #audio-negative-tragedy, #audio-neutral-informative, #national-suicide-prevention-lifeline, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #veterans, #washington-dc

The Leadership of The Taliban, Explained: Who Are They?

Many of the acting cabinet ministers appointed Tuesday have played similar roles within the Taliban for years, but there were some surprises.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #akhundzada-haibatullah, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #haqqani-network, #haqqani-jalaluddin, #haqqani-khalil-ahmed, #taliban, #terrorism, #yaqoub-muhammad

Defying Violence, Women Join in Protest Against the Taliban

In their latest demonstration, women in Kabul called for their rights to be respected. The protest was once again broken up by force, in a sign that the Taliban will not tolerate peaceful dissent in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #womens-rights

Clarissa Ward of CNN Looks Back on the Afghanistan War

The network’s chief international correspondent, one of the most visible reporters during the withdrawal of U.S. troops, decided to become a reporter after an epiphany on 9/11.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #cbs-news, #clarissa-ward, #cnn, #content-type-personal-profile, #fox-news-channel, #news-and-news-media, #taliban, #television, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Taliban Claim Control Over Panjshir Valley, but Resistance Vows to Fight On

Militants posted images apparently taken in Bazarak, the capital of Panjshir Province in Afghanistan, where opposition forces have fought against their rule.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bazarak-afghanistan, #panjshir-valley-afghanistan, #taliban

As Afghan Refugee Crisis Unfolds, Koreans Recall ‘Miracle’ Evacuation

The U.S. military evacuated 91,000 people out of a North Korean port in 1950. By some estimates, it was the single largest wartime refugee evacuation in American history until Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #korean-war, #north-korea, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

U.S. Citizens and Afghans Wait for Evacuation Flights From Country’s North

The Taliban have left hundreds of people stranded in Afghanistan awaiting approval for departure.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #mccaul-michael-t, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states, #women-and-girls

The First Afghan Rhodes Scholar Saved Her Father, and Wants to Do More

Summia Tora used her connections to get her father and an uncle on a flight out of Kabul. Helping other Afghan refugees, she said, may occupy “most of the rest of my life.”

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #england, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rhodes-scholarship, #taliban

Our Afghanistan Failure and the American Empire in Retreat

There are very few paths back to just being an ordinary nation that don’t involve a truly wrenching fall.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #military-bases-and-installations, #roman-civilization, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Taliban Fighters Crush a Women’s Protest Amid Flickers of Resistance

The women were assaulted with rifle butts, tear gas and metal clubs, while anti-Taliban rebels in the north vowed to repel an assault by the Islamist group.

#afghanistan, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #saleh-amrullah, #taliban, #women-and-girls