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Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Highlights: Taliban rules out cooperating with US to contain extremist groups in country

Afghanistan New Government News: This uncompromising position on a key issue comes ahead of the first face-to-face talks with Washington since it withdrew from the country in August this year. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 10, 2021 10:32:11 pm
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The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, a Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press. This uncompromising position on a key issue comes ahead of the first face-to-face talks with Washington since it withdrew from the country in August this year.

The comment comes after Islamic State took responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including a suicide bombing Friday that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded dozens as they prayed in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz.

Senior Taliban officials and US representatives were to hold meetings on Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations.


Huge crowds at Kabul passport office

Huge crowds are being witnessed at the passport office in Kabul, which opened on Wednesday, raising hopes among those looking at leaving the country now ruled by the Taliban. The office was opened a day after the Taliban had announced that all staff — including female employees — had been asked to return to their offices.

As the US troops began to pull out of Afghanistan in August, chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Kabul airport. While some people were seen passing heir children over the airport fence, other were seen climbing on to the wings of aircraft and tragically falling to their deaths as the airplanes became airborne.

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Taliban fighters take over amusement park

Strolling casually with their machine guns in hand, Halimi and hundreds of fellow Taliban fighters enjoyed a rare day off with a visit to a popular waterside amusement park in Kabul. Friday’s day trip to the sandy shores of the capital’s Qargha reservoir was a welcome break for the fighters after months of conflict and weeks of security duty since the Taliban took power in mid-August.

“I feel very cheerful about coming to Kabul and being able to visit Qargha for the first time … the people welcomed me and my companions in a brotherly manner,” Halimi, 24, a fighter from the central Maidan Wardak province, told Reuters, asking not to give his full name. The fighters, who were all heavily armed at the park, sipped tea and bought snacks from stalls dotted along the shoreline.

Spain to evacuate more Afghan workers, families left behind

Spanish authorities said Sunday that the country has started a new evacuation operation to extract more Afghans and their families left behind following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Spain’s Defense Ministry confirmed to The Associated Press media reports that it is working with the foreign ministry on a new evacuation mission.

The ministry said it would not give any more details in order to protect the mission, but Spanish news agency EFE reported that the plan was get out some 200 people via Pakistan.

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Jos Albares visited both Pakistan and Qatar last month to ask for their assistance in extracting more Afghan workers who had not been included in the first airlifts from Kabul.

India’s concern over sectarian, minority religion attacks reflected in UNSC statement condemning Afghan mosque strike

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the “atrocious” ISIS terror attack on a mosque in Afghanistan and other recent attacks against religious institutions in the war-torn country, references that India categorically insisted on in a statement issued by the powerful UN body and rejected any attempts to dilute them.

The 15-nation UNSC issued the press statement on Saturday in which the members “condemned in the strongest terms the atrocious and cowardly terrorist attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan” on October 8.

“The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), an entity affiliated with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), resulted in more than 150 casualties killed and wounded. The attack, which took place at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque, follows other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan,” the press statement said.

Afghan-origin terrorists may try to enter Jammu & Kashmir once situation stabilises in Afghanistan: Indian Army Chief

Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane on Saturday did not rule out the possibility of Afghan-origin foreign terrorists attempting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir once the situation stabilises in Afghanistan as he cited similar instances when the Taliban was in power in Kabul over two decades ago.

Army chief General MM Naravane.

At the same time, he said Indian armed forces are prepared to deal with any eventuality as they have a very strong counter-infiltration grid as well as a mechanism to check terrorist activities in the hinterland in Jammu and Kashmir.

World should send pledged aid to Afghans to avert economic, refugee crisis, says UNHCR


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The UN refugee agency Saturday warned that the lack of resources in Afghanistan is hampering efforts to avert an economic crisis. This, it added, could push fresh flow of refugees to the rest of the world and therefore countries should urgently provide promised aid to Kabul. “The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan remains really dire,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the UN High Commmissioner for Refugees, said in an interview in Islamabad.

“The focus has to be inside Afghanistan to avoid and avert another refugee crisis.”Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the country – already struggling with drought and severe poverty
from decades of war – has seen its economy all but collapse.

Most of the nation’s international assistance has been cut off, though there are exceptions for humanitarian aid. Billions of dollars in central bank assets held abroad have also been frozen, which has put pressure on the banking system.

Over 100 Afghan nationals on their way home from India via Tehran

The U.N. refugee agency has said up to half a million Afghans could flee their homeland by year’s end. (Twitter/MEAIndia)

Over 100 Afghan nationals have left India for Tehran on their way back to Afghanistan, Afghan embassy officials have said on Saturday.

Several hundred Afghan nationals, who had come to India for a variety of reasons including for medical treatment, are waiting to return to Afghanistan following the suspension of civilian flights between the two countries after the Taliban captured power in Kabul on August 15. The first group of over 100 Afghan nationals left for Tehran on a Mahan Airline flight on Friday, the officials said.

US condemns suicide attack on Afghan mosque; says Afghans deserve a ‘future free of terror’

The US has condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack on worshippers at a mosque in Afghanistan in which at least 46 people were killed, saying the Afghan people deserve a “future free of terror”.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. The Afghan people deserve a future free of terror,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. Similarly, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference: Obviously, any loss is an enormous tragedy, and our heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones”.. Read more on the blast here



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