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Resistance Leader Masud ‘Visited Dushanbe’ For Afghan Peace Talks But Taliban Didn’t Show Up

Source: RFE/RL

Anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmad Masud briefly visited Dushanbe for Afghan peace talks — sponsored by Tajikistan and Pakistan — but Taliban representatives failed to attend, sources close to the Tajik government told RFE/RL.

Three sources told RFE/RL that Masud’s trip to Dushanbe took place shortly after Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said on September 17 that his country would host negotiations between the new Afghan rulers and Masud’s predominantly ethnic Tajik resistance force based in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Province.

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How journalists around the world are taking action to help Afghan colleagues

Source: openDemocracy

“We have a duty to help our Afghan colleagues and their families,” said Raffaele Lorusso. “Journalists and European and Western media,” he continued, “can’t remain indifferent” to the peril they face since the Taliban takeover in August.

Lorusso, who is general secretary of the National Federation of Italian Journalists (FNSI), is one of numerous journalists and other media workers around the world, from Italy to India, who have stepped up to support their colleagues in Afghanistan.

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Afghan artists destroy their work fearing Taliban retribution

Source: CNN

Residents of Kabul can read the writing on the wall. “Don’t trust the propaganda of the enemy” says one freshly painted sign.

The message replaced a mural of US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shaking hands, marking the signing of the 2020 agreement to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan — one of dozens of vibrant public artworks that have been erased since the Taliban took power in August.

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G20 leaders agree to involve Taliban in distributing Afghanistan aid

Source: The Guardian

G20 leaders and ministers have agreed they will have no option but to involve the Taliban in sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but say that this stops short of political recognition of the Taliban as a government.

The consensus view came at a video conference on the Afghan crisis at which the EU stepped up its aid to a total of €1bn (£850m), and it was agreed in principle that the IMF and World Bank could provide aid. Nearly $9bn of Afghan assets in overseas banks have been frozen by the US.

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Afghan Woman Who Fled The Taliban Has Accused Government Of Abandoning Those Left Behind

Source: PoliticsHome.com

A woman airlifted out of Afghanistan with her family said the government has abandoned its responsibility to those left behind and must urgently step up efforts to get more people to the UK.

Peymana Assad, who is a Labour councillor in Harrow and the first elected official of Afghan origin in the UK, was evacuated with a family member in August after she visited the country to see relatives.

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Violence surges in Pakistan’s tribal belt as Taliban, IS-K go on attack

Source: BBC

Seventeen-year-old Israr was fast asleep when his phone rang.

It was 2am and the teenager was exhausted. He’d been working all day as a guard. On the other end of the line was his brother, who told Israr that men had barged into their family house, dragged their father outside, and shot him dead.

“He asked me to rush back home,” recalled Israr, whose name has been changed for his safety.

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Afghanistan’s hunters become hunted as Taliban conquer old order

Source: Financial Times

Sporting a black turban, thick beard, kohl eyeliner and long hair, Noor Ahmad no longer needs to disguise his loyalties.

Before the Taliban conquest of Kabul, the 27-year-old intelligence officer in the Islamist movement went about his duties in the Afghan capital covertly, clean-shaven and clad in jeans and T-shirt or a jacket and tie. His mission — to conduct undercover surveillance operations against assassination targets.

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