Afghan diplomat in Italy: We’re not giving up, nor should the West

Source: Politico Europe

ROME — The West’s war in Afghanistan is far from over.

That was the central message from Afghanistan’s ambassador to Italy, Khaled Ahmad Zekriya, during a recent interview at the country’s embassy in Rome.

Western forces may have pulled out of the country, he said, but that has only created a new set of issues that U.S. President Joe Biden and others will now be forced to deal with.

“I’m going to be very clear,” Zekriya said. “Contrary to what Biden says, America’s war has not ended — a very complex war has started.”

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‘We don’t want people to be in a panic,’ says chief of Taliban morality police


Mawlawi Mohammad Shebani is officially in charge of policing morals throughout Kandahar, the Taliban heartland of southern Afghanistan.

He is newly appointed head of the provincial office for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, a title which strikes fear into many Afghans old enough to remember its previous incarnation under Taliban rule in the 1990s.

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Three killed in explosions in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan

Source: Guardian

At least three people have been killed and more than 18 people injured in three explosions in Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

It is reported that the intended target may have been a passing convoy of the Taliban in the provincial capital. It is the first attack in the province since the Taliban came into power in mid-August.

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Nearly 30 more Americans evacuated from Afghanistan

Source: The Hill

Nearly 30 more Americans were evacuated from Afghanistan via a charter flight, the State Department announced Saturday.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on Saturday that a Qatar Airways charter flight departed Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents.

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‘They didn’t betray us yet,’ says stranded Afghan ally with enduring hope of US rescue

Source: CNN

Wakil’s eyes fill with tears. He has no idea whether he and his family will get out of Afghanistan, and fears that if they don’t the Taliban will hunt him down and kill him. A former US government employee, Wakil is not his real name; he spoke to CNN on the condition that his identify would not be revealed

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Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen

Source: BBC

The Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools, with only boys and male teachers allowed back into classrooms.

Schoolgirls told the BBC they were devastated not to be returning. “Everything looks very dark,” one said.

Taliban officials who seized power last month said they were working to reach a decision on the matter.

Many fear a return of the regime of the 1990s when the Taliban severely restricted girls’ and women’s rights.

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Activists Protest Lack of Women’s Affairs Ministry

Source: Tolo News

Activists said the removal of the ministry is against the Taliban’s promises on women’s rights to work and gain an education.

The announcement of the caretaker cabinet by the Taliban did not include the Ministry of Women Affairs, which operated during the former government. Now its building has been given to the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

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