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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots led by...

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The United Nations appealed on Thursday for a record $41 billion (R649,59 billion) to provide life-saving assistance next year to 183 million people worldwide...

Facebook says hackers in Pakistan targeted Afghan users amid government collapse

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Hackers from Pakistan used Facebook to target people in Afghanistan with connections to the previous government during the Taliban’s takeover of the country, the...

UN urgently needs cash in Afghanistan, but struggles for solution

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The United Nations cannot get enough cash into Afghanistan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people on the brink of starvation and is...

Taliban pledge to step up security as Shi’ite victims buried in...

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Taliban authorities pledged to step up security at Shi'ite mosques as hundreds of people gathered on Saturday to bury the victims of the second...

Suicide bomber kills scores in Afghan mosque attack

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A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province on Friday, killing scores of worshippers in the country's third attack this week...

Stranded at Tajik sanatorium, pregnant Afghan pilot fears for unborn baby

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She didn't forget the prenatal vitamins - that was one of the few things this US-trained Afghan pilot could grab from her Kabul airport...

Taliban says US drones must stop entering Afghanistan

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The Taliban on Wednesday warned of consequences if the United States did not stop flying drones over Afghan airspace. "The US has violated all international...

The Taliban vowed no revenge. One Afghan family tells a different...

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When the Taliban won back control of the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar last month, they set out to settle a score with an old foe. As...

Hundreds protest in Kabul to demand release of Afghan foreign reserves

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Hundreds of people protested in Kabul on Friday, demanding that the United States release billions of dollars in central bank reserves blocked outside Afghanistan...

Taliban say no al Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic...

Afghan withdrawal raises questions about United States, Gulf Arab official says

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The United States' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has raised questions for its Arab allies in the Middle East about whether or not they can...

Afghanistan commercial flights resume as UN accuses Taliban of harassment

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The first international commercial flight under Afghanistan's new Taliban interim government departed Kabul on Thursday carrying more than 100 foreigners, including some US citizens...

Taliban interim government agrees to let foreigners leave Afghanistan

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Two hundred foreigners in Afghanistan, Americans among them, are set to depart on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government...

Guarded reception for Taliban’s new Afghan government in Asia, Europe

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Germany, China and Japan offered a lukewarm reception on Wednesday to the Taliban's provisional government in Afghanistan, following the Islamist militants' lightning seizure of...

Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban seek emails – source

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Google has temporarily locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, according to a person familiar with the matter, as fears grow...

‘They’ll kill us’ – Afghan pilots at Uzbek camp fear deadly...

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The US-trained Afghan pilots and others held at a camp in Uzbekistan already feared being sent back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. So it was little...

Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government...

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Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist...

ISS: Afghanistan’s security sector reform test – Somalia take note

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Should foreign forces be engaged in nation building and establishing security infrastructure in the first place? To be a police officer in Afghanistan takes a...

Taliban prepare to announce new Afghan government amid economic turmoil

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Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers were preparing their government on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia's capture of Kabul brought a chaotic...

One registered South African remains in Afghanistan, 35 evacuated

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Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has confirmed that only one registered South African remains in Afghanistan, Kabul. This is after 35 South African...

With Kabul airport closed, fearful Afghans rush for the border

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Thousands of people trying to flee Afghanistan rushed to its borders on Wednesday as an administrative vacuum after the Taliban's takeover left foreign donors...

Qatar warns isolating Taliban could further destabilize Afghanistan

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Qatar's foreign minister on Tuesday warned that isolating the Taliban could lead to further instability and urged countries to engage with the hardline Islamist...

Taliban hail victory with gunfire after last US troops leave Afghanistan

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Celebratory gunfire resounded across the Afghan capital on Tuesday as the Taliban took control of the airport following the withdrawal of the last US troops, marking the end of...

Explainer: What happens now that US troops have left Afghanistan?

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For the first time since 2001 there are no American troops in Afghanistan after the United States completed the evacuation of most of its...

Last UK military flight leaves Afghanistan after evacuating 15 000 people

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Britain's last military flight left Kabul late on Saturday after evacuating more than 15 000 people in the two weeks since the Taliban took...

First Afghan evacuees arrive in Uganda

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Uganda on Wednesday received 51 people evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban swept back into power, but officials said they would stay temporarily until...

Western nations race to complete Afghan evacuation as deadline looms

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Western nations rushed to complete the evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan on Wednesday as the 31 August deadline for the withdrawal of...

Afghan evacuation on ‘war footing’ as G7 meets on pullout deadline

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Western forces at Kabul airport worked frantically on Tuesday to get people out of Afghanistan before an 31 August deadline, as US President Joe...

US recruits commercial airlines to help move Afghanistan evacuees

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The United States has enlisted the help of six commercial airlines to help transport people after their evacuation from Afghanistan as Washington seeks to...

NATO pledges to speed evacuations from Afghanistan as criticism mounts

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More than 18 000 people have been flown out of Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan's capital, a NATO official said on Friday,...

Planes, guns, night-vision goggles: The Taliban’s new US-made war chest

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About a month ago, Afghanistan's ministry of defense posted on social media photographs of seven brand new helicopters arriving in Kabul delivered by the...

Several killed in flag-waving protests against Taliban in Afghanistan

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Flag-waving protesters took to the streets of several Afghan cities on Thursday as popular opposition to the Taliban spread, and a witness said several...

Taliban go door-to-door telling fearful Afghans to work

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Armed Taliban members knocked on doors in cities across Afghanistan on Wednesday, witnesses said, telling fearful residents to return to their jobs a day...

Evacuations from Afghanistan gain momentum as Taliban promise peace

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More than 2 200 diplomats and civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan on military flights, a Western security official said on Wednesday, as the...

Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban: The consequences of long wars

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The scenes of desperate Afghans trying to escape the Taliban by clinging to aeroplanes and then falling to their deaths after take-off shows part...

Taliban risk military strikes if they host terrorists again, NATO warns

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The Taliban must not let Afghanistan become a breeding ground for terrorism again, NATO said on Tuesday, warning that the alliance after its withdrawal...

Evacuation flights restart from Kabul after Afghans desperate to flee cleared...

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US military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan restarted on Tuesday after the runway at Kabul airport was cleared of thousands desperate to...

Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover presents fresh challenge for social media companies

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 The Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big US tech companies on handling content created by a group considered to...

Uganda to take 2 000 Afghan refugees at US request

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Uganda said on Tuesday it had agreed to a request from the United States to take in temporarily 2 000 refugees from Afghanistan fleeing...

Profits and poppy: Afghanistan’s illegal drug trade a boon for Taliban

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The United States spent more than $8 billion over 15 years on efforts to deprive the Taliban of their profits from Afghanistan's opium and...

Taliban captures two major cities, tightening grip on Afghanistan

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Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on Afghanistan on Friday, wresting control of its second and third biggest cities while Western embassies prepared to send...

Afghan commander Ismail Khan captured as Taliban seize Herat

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Taliban insurgents have seized most of Herat, Afghanistan's third largest city,and also captured Ismail Khan, the veteran local commander leading militia resistance there, local...

Taliban denies killing civilians, calls for independent inquiry

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The Taliban on Wednesday denied targeting and killing civilians during an offensive against Afghan government troops, calling for an independent investigation and seeking to...

Taliban take eighth provincial capital in speedy advance across Afghanistan

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Taliban fighters took control of another city in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, an official said, the eighth provincial capital to fall to the insurgents...

Taliban control 65% of Afghanistan, EU official says, after series of...

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Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory on Tuesday as civilians hid in their homes, with an EU official saying the militants...

US, UK embassies in Afghanistan accuse Taliban of possible war crimes

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The US and British embassies in Kabul said on Monday the insurgent Taliban may have committed war crimes in southern Afghanistan by carrying out...

Taliban rockets hit Kandahar airport, clashes intensify in Afghanistan

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Taliban fighters struck Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan with at least three rockets overnight, the insurgent group's spokesman said on Sunday, adding that the...

China says Taliban expected to play ‘important’ Afghan peace role

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China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding...

US offers further air support to Afghan troops amid Taliban offensive

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The United States will to continue to carry out airstrikes to support Afghan forces facing attack from the insurgent Taliban, a regional US commander...

As Taliban advances, Afghan military overhauls war strategy

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Reeling from a surge in battlefield losses, Afghanistan's military is overhauling its war strategy against the Taliban to concentrate forces around the most critical...