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Indian Government Holds First Formal Talks with Taliban

An Indian governmental delegation met with leaders of the Taliban in Kabul on Thursday for the first time since the group seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, Asian News International (ANI) reported, noting that the high-level meeting concerned bilateral relations and humanitarian aid.

In this picture taken on February 2, 2022, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi speaks during an interview with AFP at his office in the foreign ministry in Kabul. - The Taliban are inching closer towards international recognition but any concessions Afghanistan's new rulers make will be on their terms, …

Afghanistan Watchdog: U.S. Exit Led to Swift National Army Collapse Against Taliban

The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the federal government’s designated watchdog on America’s role in the country, blamed President Joe Biden’s extension of the Afghan war — then abrupt withdrawal from the country — for crushing the morale of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), paving the way for the Taliban’s swift takeover.

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Report: Kabul Heroin User Encampment Growing Under Taliban

The number of people using heroin under Kabul’s notorious Pul-e-Sukhta bridge — long synonymous with hard drug use — has increased since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, people living near the bridge told Deutsche Welle (DW) on Thursday.

This picture taken on October 16, 2021 shows drug addicts running as Taliban members try to detain them during a raid to transfer them to the Avicenna Medical Hospital for Drug Treatment in Kabul. - With shaved heads, oversized tunics and the frightened gaze of hunted animals, the drug addicts …

Delingpole: UK Home Office Is as Useful as a Chocolate Teapot, Freedom of Info Request Confirms

Some of the thousands of Afghan refugees who have been resettled in the UK since the Allied withdrawal pose a security risk. It could be a few of them or it could be a lot of them but we don’t know how many because, we learn from a Freedom of Information request made by Breitbart’s Jack Montgomery, the Home Office is apparently too embarrassed to tell us, claiming it would not be in “the public interest”.

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Taliban Appoints Dozens of ‘Governors’ Across Afghanistan

The Taliban regime, which styles itself as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” or IEA, on Sunday announced it has appointed 44 of its members as provincial governors and police chiefs. The international community has expressed unease with the Taliban’s practice of suppressing political opposition by reserving most high government offices for its own members.

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Taliban Quietly Allows Some Girls to Return to Provincial Schools

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday reported the Taliban has quietly permitted teenage girls to return to school in four of Afghanistan’s northern provinces, ostensibly because Taliban 2.0 is willing to “shape policy around cultural differences across Afghanistan, unlike in the 1990s, when they imposed harsh social rules on everyone under their rule.”

TOPSHOT - Afghan girls attend a class in a school in Kandahar on September 26, 2021. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP) (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban Says at Least Five Civilians Killed in Kabul Mosque Bombing

A spokesman for the Taliban’s interior ministry said at least five civilians were killed by a bomb at the Eid Gah Mosque in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Sunday. At least four people were also wounded in the bombing, which apparently targeted a funeral service held at the mosque for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban fighters walk at the entrance of the Eidgah Mosque after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. A bomb exploded in the entrance of the mosque in the Afghan capital on Sunday leaving a "number of civilians dead," a Taliban spokesman said. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)