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Taliban Boasts China Is Ready to Invest Billions in Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban deputy minister of Information and Culture, boasted in an interview with Voice of America News (VOA) on Thursday that China is ready to pour billions of dollars into Afghanistan, even as the rest of the world attempts to isolate the extremist regime.

China's special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoying, left, arrives for talks to see how to restart Afghan-Taliban talks and halt the Taliban onslaught, in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. On Tuesday, Zalmay Khalilzad, a U.S. peace envoy brought a warning to the Taliban that any government that comes to …

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)

At Least 43 Killed in Afghanistan Mosque Bombing

A Shiite mosque in northeastern Afghanistan was attacked by a suicide bomber during prayer services on Friday, killing at least 43 people and injuring over 100 according to local officials. The Islamic State swiftly claimed responsibility for the blast.

Afghans inspect the inside of a mosque following a bombing in Kunduz province northern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. A powerful explosion in a mosque frequented by a Muslim religious minority in northern Afghanistan on Friday has left several casualties, witnesses and the Taliban's spokesman said. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)

Taliban Offensive Gobbles Up Territory in Northern Afghanistan

The Taliban on Monday announced it captured a key district in the northern province of Kunduz and its forces have encircled the provincial capital, the latest battlefield gains in a relentless campaign waged by the Islamist extremists against the internationally recognized government in Kabul as U.S. and NATO forces prepare to end their 20-year intervention in Afghanistan.

Members of Afghan security forces take their positions during an ongoing clash between Taliban and Afghan forces in Mihtarlam, the capital of Laghman Province on May 24, 2021, as the insurgents pressed on with their campaign to seize new territories as the US military continued with its troop pullout. (Photo …

Taliban’s Tax Collectors Force Afghans to Fund Terror Group

Afghans in Taliban-controlled areas are increasingly forced to pay taxes to the terrorist organization for government services and protection as a “normal state of affairs,” as the level of control Kabul exerts over Afghanistan reaches the lowest point since the war began in October 2001, Reuters reported Tuesday.

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U.S. Troops Suspended over Strike on Afghan Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The blame for the accidental bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz has fallen on some American troops who, as a result, have been suspended from their duties and are under investigation by the military for not following the rules of engagement during the strike, the top commander of U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan told reporters.

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Report: USAID Provided Faulty GPS Data for Hospitals in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided inaccurate location data for nearly two dozen health facilities in the western Afghan province of Herat, placing the hospitals at risk of suffering the same deadly fate as the Doctors Without Borders medical center, a watchdog agency appointed by Congress found.

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Following Obama Apology, MSF Demands Probe into Afghan Clinic Bombing

An apology from the President of the United States is not enough for Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) (MSF). The organization wants to pursue an international investigation into the alleged “war crime” committed by U.S. forces when American fighter jets bombed an MSF facility that was operating in Taliban-contested territory, killing 22 people, including 12 members of MSF’s staff.

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