Afghanistan Taliban Crisis August 24 Highlights: Taliban take over some UN premises, curb movement, says UN; Safe passage out of Afghanistan is priority, say G7 leaders

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Afghanistan News Updates, Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Update: 'Operation Dev Shakti' - Modi govt names India's evacuation process from Kabul; CIA director reportedly holds secret meeting with Taliban leader Baradar in Kabul; Taliban says no deadline extension for evacuation; No change so far to plan to complete evacuation by August 31, says US; UN human rights chief says she has credible reports of Taliban executions; China says sanctions against Taliban not productive

Afghanistan Kabul News Today Live, Afghanistan Taliban Conflict Live, Kabul Airport Live, Panjshir live newsThe Biden administration is struggling to defend its actions in Afghanistan as the protest erupt around the globe against what’s happening in Kabul. (Reuters photo)

Taliban Afghanistan Crisis Latest Update, Afghanistan latest news August 24 news updates:  The world will be watching very closely as US President Joe Biden faces his allies during the unprecedented virtual G7 summit today. This would be the first time that the US president would speak about the messy Afghanistan drawdown on a global stage. Apart from the US, the Group of Seven (G7) includes Germany, Italy, Canada, France, the UK and Japan. Biden has repeatedly defended his actions saying that the US soldiers can’t die for somebody else’s war. Meanwhile, the Unite Nations has also said that there are reports about ‘executions’ in some provinces of Afghanistan.

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    22:35 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Pakistan playing responsible role for inclusive set up in Afghanistan: Minister

    Pakistan said on Tuesday that it is playing a responsible role for an inclusive set up in the war-torn Afghanistan and is pursuing consultations with China, Turkey and regional countries on the issue. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry made the remarks while briefing the media about a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. "We have close contact with Turkey, China and other countries (...) so on one hand we are continuing our contact with Afghan authorities and on the other, with foreign countries," he said. He said the Cabinet had also stated that "India should stay clear of interference in Afghanistan. India has no border with Afghanistan." Chaudhry alleged that India had used Afghanistan's land against Pakistan during the previous government in Kabul. (PTI)

    22:32 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Taliban take over some U.N. premises, curb movement -U.N. report

    Taliban fighters have taken over some U.N. compounds in Afghanistan, searching and ransacking offices and in one case demanding the guards provide meals for a commander and his men, according to an internal U.N. report seen by Reuters. "We have also been advised by the Taliban to remain in our compound 'for our safety' which equates to 'ask permission before thinking about leaving'," the Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) wrote in the Aug. 21 risk assessment report. It said the Taliban has been inconsistent in dealing with United Nations staff and that some Afghan personnel had been prevented from entering some U.N. premises. The Taliban did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the U.N. security report. (Reuters)

    22:28 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: UK's Johnson says G7 agreed Taliban must allow departures after Aug. 31

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday the G7 had agreed a plan to deal with the Taliban, with their number one condition being that militants must allow safe passage to Afghans wanting to leave the country even after an Aug. 31 deadline."What we've done today, the G7, is we've ... agreed not just a joint approach to dealing with the evacuation, but also a roadmap for the way in which we're going to engage with the Taliban," Johnson said after an emergency virtual meeting of the leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations. "The number one condition we're setting as G7 is that they've got to guarantee right the way through, through August 31 and beyond, safe passage for those who want to come out. "Some of them will say that they don't accept that, some of them I hope will see the sense of that, because the G7 has very considerable leverage, economic, diplomatic and political." (Reuters)

    22:26 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Italy calls for common Afghan immigration policy, wants G20 involved

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Tuesday it was vital for the Group of Seven wealthy nations and Europe to adopt a common policy on immigration from Afghanistan as they rush to pull people out of the country by an Aug. 31 deadline. Speaking after a virtual summit of G7 leaders, Draghi said in a statement that the exclusive club of major industrialised economies also needed to involve the broader Group of 20 nations in its discussions on Afghanistan. "The G20 can help the G7 in involving other countries that are very important because they have the possibility of controlling what happens in Afghanistan: Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and India," he said. (Reuters)

    22:25 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: No extension to Aug 31 Kabul evacuation deadline at G7 talks, says Merkel

    Talks between leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations on Afghanistan did not lead to an extension of the Aug. 31 deadline for evacuations from Kabul, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. "The conference has not resulted in new dates (on the end of the evacuation mission)," Merkel told reporters after the virtual meeting of leaders. She added that there were intensive discussions on whether a civilian-operated airport could be used after that deadline and that Germany was ready to work with countries neighboring Afghanistan, such as Pakistan and Iran, to help refugees. (Reuters)

    22:23 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Putin criticises US departure from Afghanistan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States and its allies for leaving Afghanistan in chaos that raises potential security threats for Russia and its allies in Central Asia. Addressing Tuesday's meeting of the main Kremlin party, United Russia, Putin noted that militants could use the turmoil to destabilize the ex-Soviet Central Asian nations bordering Afghanistan. "There is a danger that terrorists and different groups that found a refuge in Afghanistan will use the chaos left by our Western colleagues and try to launch an expansion into neighboring countries," Putin said. "That will pose a direct threat to our country and its allies." (AP)

    21:50 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: US will test all evacuees from Afghanistan for COVID-19 - U.S. official

    The United States will test all evacuees from Afghanistan for COVID-19 and aims to set up a process for vaccinations, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. The official said the number of Afghans coming into the United States was "fluid" due to the swiftness of the operation and could not provide a figure during a call with reporters. U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism officials are carrying out "robust security processing" before evacuees allowed to enter United States, the official said. (Reuters)

    21:48 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: EU calls on Taliban to allow free passage to Kabul airport

    The European Union is concerned about the ability of EU citizens and others to reach Kabul airport safely for evacuation and calls on the Taliban to allow free passage for those trying to get there, European Council President Charles Michel said on Tuesday. Michel told a news conference after participating in a G7 summit on Afghanistan that the EU had urged the United States and other partners to "secure the airport as long as necessary" to allow the departure of all those entitled to evacuation. (Reuters)

    21:47 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: EU says will continue to promote democracy despite success of Taliban

    The European Union will continue to advocate democracy and human rights in the world beyond the end of the Western military mission in Afghanistan, European Council President Charles Michel said on Tuesday. The end of military operations in Afghanistan "is not the end of our commitment to promote rule of law, democracy and rights in the world - on the contrary we must be more determined than ever," he told a news conference after taking part in a G7 summit on Afghanistan. "This must be clear to actors who are trying to take advantage of the current situation." (Reuters)

    21:44 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: DSGMC chief urges Shah to grant citizenship to Afghan Sikh, Hindu refugees

    DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Tuesday urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to amend the Citizenship Amendment Act so that Afghan Sikhs and Hindus can get Indian citizenship. In a letter written to Shah, Sirsa thanked the Centre for evacuating members of Sikh and Hindu community from war-torn Afghanistan. "Your good self is humbly requested to make necessary amendments and provision(s) in (the) Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) law so that Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who have taken refuge in India in the year 2020 and 2021 may also get benefited," the letter stated. He said the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is also making "all necessary arrangements to rehabilitate these Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in India". (PTI)

    21:36 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Over 650 Nepalese nationals evacuated from Afghanistan

    The Nepal government has evacuated an additional 149 of its nationals from Afghanistan, taking the total number of evacuees from the strife-torn nation to 654, the foreign ministry said here on Tuesday. Nepal has been making efforts to bring back its citizens stuck in Afghanistan following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. Other 361 Nepalese nationals residing in Afghanistan have registered their names asking for their rescue, the ministry said. The rescued Nepalis boarded regular and chartered flights to arrive in Nepal. Arrangements have been made for the rescued Nepalis to go back to their homes after their COVID-19 tests and other health checkups at a holding centre in Kathmandu in coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs, it said. (PTI)

    21:24 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Starvation stalks Afghanistan, politics must be worked out fast, WFP says

    Millions of Afghans could soon face starvation due to the combination of conflict, drought and the coronavirus pandemic, the executive director of the World Food Programme said on Tuesday, calling on political leaders to act fast. "There’s a perfect storm coming because of several years of drought, conflict, economic deterioration, compounded by COVID," David Beasley told Reuters in Doha. "The number of people marching towards starvation has spiked to now 14 million. (Reuters)

    21:23 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Biden agrees with Pentagon recommendation to stick to Aug 31 Afghan pullout deadline – source

    President Joe Biden has agreed with a Pentagon recommendation to stick with the Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline, an administration official told Reuters on Tuesday. The Pentagon recommendation was made on Monday based on concerns about security risks to American forces, the official said. Biden has asked the Pentagon for contingency plans to stay longer should it be necessary, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States is telling the Taliban that the U.S. withdrawal by Biden's Aug. 31 deadline is contingent on the group's cooperation in facilitating evacuations, the official said. (Reuters)

    21:22 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: UN rights boss says she has credible reports of Taliban executions

    The U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday that she had received credible reports of serious violations by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including "summary executions" of civilians and Afghan security forces who had surrendered. Michelle Bachelet gave no details of the killings in her speech to the Human Rights Council, but urged it to set up a mechanism to closely monitor Taliban actions. Under a resolution agreed later on Tuesday by the Geneva forum, she is to report back at its September-October session on the situation and on any violations committed by the Taliban, and make a fuller written report in March 2022. The Taliban treatment of women and girls would be "a fundamental red line", Bachelet told an emergency session of the council, held at the request of Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). (Reuters)

    20:33 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Ahead of G7 leaders' meet on Afghanistan, China says sanctions against Taliban not productive

    As the leaders of the G7 countries are set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the Afghan crisis and possible economic sanctions against the Taliban, China expressed reservations over imposing penalties, saying the US and its allies should learn lessons from the past and act prudently. The Group of Seven leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States are due to hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation arising after Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and coordinate international response to the crisis. Ahead of the meeting, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will chair the emergency G7 virtual meet to coordinate international response to the Afghan crisis, said the Taliban will be judged by its deeds rather than words. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war. (PTI)

    20:27 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: UK urges Taliban for safety of foreigners at UN Human Rights Council session

    Britain on Tuesday urged the Taliban to allow the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals from Afghanistan at an emergency United Nations Human Rights Council session. Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister for Human Rights, South Asia and the Commonwealth, addressed the session virtually to underscore the UK's commitment to protecting the human rights of the Afghan people amid the Taliban takeover of the country. "We urge the Taliban to allow the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals, and those who wish to leave Afghanistan," said Lord Ahmad. "The Taliban need to make a political decision to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. And they must understand that they will be held accountable if they do fail to do so. We also call for a coordinated and concerted effort from the international community to address the humanitarian emergency, which has been exacerbated by famine, COVID and internal displacement," he said. (PTI)

    20:22 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: No change so far to plan to complete Afghan evacuation by August 31, says US

    • Pentagon spokesman says no change so far to plan to complete Afghan evacuation by August 31
    • Pentagon says it believes it has the ability to get all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan out by end of month 
    • Pentagon spokesman says may need additional bases to house evacuees from Afghanistan (Reuters)

    20:11 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Compulsory 14-day quarantine for Afghan evacuees at ITBP camp in Delhi, says Centre

    The Union health ministry has issued a memorandum mandating compulsory minimum 14 days institutional quarantine for those being evacuated from Afghanistan, at the ITBP Chhawla Camp here, amid COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The ministry said the Centre is undertaking emergency evacuation of people from Afghanistan to India and considering the nature of crisis, it has already allowed exemption from mandatory pre-boarding RT-PCTR testing (presently mandated for international travellers) for people who have been evacuated from the war-torn country. (PTI)

    19:16 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: PM Modi speaks to Putin over deteriorating Afghanistan situation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan amid mounting global concerns over the deteriorating security situation and uncertainty in the war-ravaged country after its capital Kabul fell to the Taliban last week. After the conversation, the Russian embassy in India said the two leaders expressed the intention to enhance cooperation to counter the dissemination of "terrorist ideology" and the drug threat emanating from Afghanistan and agreed to form a permanent bilateral channel for consultations on the issue. In a tweet, Modi said,"had a detailed and useful exchange of views with my friend President Putin on recent developments in Afghanistan. We also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including India-Russia cooperation against COVID-19. We agreed to continue close consultations on important issues". The Russian embassy said the two leaders exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan. (PTI)

    19:11 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Taliban spokesman says we want all foreign evacuations to be completed by August 31

    • Taliban spokesman says we want all foreign evacuations to be completed by August 31
    • Taliban spokesman says we have not agreed to extension of deadline for evacuation
    • Taliban spokesman says there is no list of people targeted for reprisals, 'we have forgotten everything in the past'
    • Taliban spokesman says trying to come up with a procedure so women can return to work
    • Taliban spokesman calls on US not to encourage afghan people to leave their homeland
    • Taliban spokesman says we do not want foreign embassies to close or stop work, we have assured them of security
    • Taliban spokesman says group wants to resolve Panjshir situation through dialogue
    • Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid says crowd at the airport can go home, "we guarantee their security"
    • Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid says media has started working and every day the freedom of the media improves (Reuters)

    19:05 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Afghanistan's Hazaras call on Taliban to set up inclusive government

    Afghanistan's Hazaras, a Shiite minority, are calling on the Taliban to set up an inclusive government in which all ethnic groups would have a voice. Shiite leader Sayed Hussain Alimi Balkhi said the country's Shiite clerics have issued a declaration stating that a future parliament in Afghanistan should include members of different sects of Islam. He asked for freedom of religion under an Islamic government and asked that there be separate courts for Shiites that follow Jafari jurisprudence, "in accordance with the provisions of law". (Reuters)    

    19:02 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Indian pharma exporters stare at Afghan uncertainty; $126 Mn target in FY22 on blink

    As uncertainty looms large in Afghanistan, Indian pharma exporters are apprehensive to send goods to the war-torn country and the target of exporting USD 126 million worth of pharmaceutical goods to the Taliban-ruling nation now depends on the future outcome. Udaya Bhaskar, Director General of Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) body under the Department of Commerce on Tuesday said as the situation is grim over there and India pharma exporters have cordial relations with Afghanistan. "The projected target for 2021-22 is USD 126.22 million. The majority of it would be formulations and after that vaccines. Now with the present situation, exporters are apprehensive with regards to how the new regime will act upon. It is too early to comment on export targets," the official told PTI on Tuesday. (PTI)

    18:43 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Italy working on ad hoc summit on Afghanistan

    Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday in a parliamentary hearing that Rome was working on the idea of organizing an ad hoc summit to promote debate on Afghanistan.Prime Minister Mario Draghi is looking to organize a summit of the Group of 20 major economies on the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban entered the country's capital, Italian papers recently wrote. (Reuters)

    18:26 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Airbnb vows free housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees globally

    Airbnb offered free housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees globally on Tuesday and sought more assistance from hosts who rent property through the home-sharing company. "The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the U.S. and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up," said CEO Brian Chesky on Twitter. "I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There's no time to waste." (PTI)

    17:58 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Russia says it and others ready to mediate in Afghanistan

    Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan are interested in serving as mediators in resolving the crisis in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday."We remain committed to the task of establishing peace and stability on Afghanistan's territory so that it poses no threats to the region," Lavrov said.Lavrov also said Russia opposed the idea of allowing Afghan refugees enter Central Asia, the former Soviet region that lies between Russia and Afghanistan, or having U.S. troops there."If you think that any country in Central Asia or elsewhere is interested in becoming a target so that the Americans could fulfil their initiatives, I really doubt anyone needs that," he told a briefing during a visit to Hungary.Russia maintains close ties with Central Asia's former Soviet republics and regards the region as part of its sphere of interest. (Reuters)

    17:37 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: WHO says it only has medical supplies in Afghanistan for a week

    The World Health Organization only has enough supplies in Afghanistan to last for a week after deliveries of medical equipment from abroad were blocked by restrictions at Kabul airport, a senior regional WHO official said on Tuesday.The U.N. agency was also concerned the current upheaval in Afghanistan could push up COVID-19 infections, with testing dropping by 77% in the past week and vaccinations also down, officials from the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean office said.The WHO officials, in an online briefing, said 95% of health facilities in Afghanistan remained operational but that some female staff had not returned to their posts and some female patients were now afraid to leave their homes."We rapidly distributed lifesaving supplies to health facilities and partners in Kabul, Kandahar and Kunduz but WHO now only has enough supplies in country to last for one week. (Reuters)

    17:09 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader Baradar in Kabul: Report

    America's top spy held a secret meeting with the Taliban's de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday in the highest-level face-to-face encounter between the two sides since the militant group seized the Afghan capital, a media report said on Tuesday. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war. This forced Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country to the UAE. CIA Director William J. Burns held a secret meeting in Kabul on Monday with Baradar in the highest-level face-to-face encounter between the Taliban and the Biden administration since the militants seized the Afghan capital, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed US officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. (PTI)

    17:07 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: China says sanctions against Taliban not productive

    As the leaders of the G7 countries are set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the Afghan crisis and possible economic sanctions against the Taliban, China expressed reservations over imposing penalties, saying the US and its allies should learn lessons from the past and act prudently. The Group of Seven leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States are due to hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation arising after Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and coordinate international response to the crisis. Ahead of the meeting, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will chair the emergency G7 virtual meet to coordinate international response to the Afghan crisis, said the Taliban will be judged by its deeds rather than words. (PTI)

    16:55 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Afghan evacuees start arriving in Kuwait, U.S. envoy says

    The first flight carrying at-risk Afghan evacuees arrived in Kuwait, which has approved passage for 5,000 under an agreement with the United States following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy said on Tuesday.Ambassador Alina Romanowski said in a Twitter post that the flight arrived at a coalition military installation in Kuwait, but did not say how many were aboard. She posted images showing children among them.Other Gulf Arab states have agreed to temporarily host Afghan evacuees, with the United Arab Emirates expected to welcome 5,000 and Qatar 8,000.The UAE and Qatar have also been facilitating international evacuation efforts as the United States and its allies race to move out all foreigners and vulnerable Afghans before the expiry of an Aug. 31 deadline agreed with the Taliban. (Reuters)

    16:23 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Afghan evacuation on 'war footing' as G7 meets on pullout deadline

    Western forces at Kabul airport worked frantically on Tuesday to get people out of Afghanistan before an Aug. 31 deadline, as U.S. President Joe Biden faced growing pressure to negotiate more time for the airlift of thousands trying to flee.Widespread chaos punctuated by sporadic violence has gripped Kabul's airport, with Western troops and Afghan security guards driving back crowds, following the Taliban's takeover of the Afghan capital on Aug. 15.Countries that have evacuated some 58,700 people over the past 10 days were trying to meet the deadline agreed earlier with the Taliban for the withdrawal of foreign forces, a NATO diplomat said. (Reuters)

    15:58 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Afghan refugees in Indonesia call for expedited resettlement

    Hundreds of Afghan refugees protested in Indonesia on Tuesday against a prolonged resettlement process, saying they needed to be offered new homes now that repatriation was out of the question with the return of the Taliban.Thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, most of them from the Hazara ethnic minority, who have long been persecuted by the Taliban, have lived in Indonesia for years as they await resettlement in third countries such as Canada or Australia.On Tuesday, hundreds gathered outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the capital, Jakarta, despite coronavirus restrictions prohibiting demonstrations, to demand that their cases be expedited."In the past year the UNHCR has been telling us there is only one percent chance of resettlement,” refugee Hakmat Ziraki told Reuters."Today we come here to ask 'what is your answer now? Are you still encouraging voluntary repatriation?'.""Our people are dying every day," he said. (Reuters)

    15:31 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: China says U.S. army must be held accountable for Afghanistan actions

    China's envoy to the U.N. in Geneva said on Tuesday that the U.S. army and the militaries of other coalition partners should be held accountable for alleged rights violations they committed in Afghanistan."The US, UK, Australia and other countries must be held accountable for the violation of human rights committed by their military in Afghanistan and the evolution of this current session should cover this issue," China's ambassador Chen Xu told an emergency session of the Human Rights Council on Afghanistan."Under the banner of democracy and human rights the US and other countries carry out military interventions in other sovereign states and impose their own model on countries with vastly different history and culture," he said, saying this brought "great suffering". (Reuters)

    15:13 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: PM Modi talks to Russian President Putin

    Had a detailed and useful exchange of views with my friend President Putin on recent developments in Afghanistan. We also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including India-Russia cooperation against COVID-19. We agreed to continue close consultations on important issues.

    14:05 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Ukrainian rescue plane hijacked in Kabul

    Latest reports coming in from Kabul say that an evacuation plane from Ukraine has been hijacked by some unidentified people. The plane has been flown to Iran, some reports have suggested. Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin has been quoted by TASS saying that Kiev has still not decided on what it will do about the latest crisis. 

    13:29 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Russia reinforces its military base in Tajikistan - Interfax

    Russia has reinforced its military base in Tajikistan with Kornet anti-tank guided missiles, Interfax quoted the Central Military District command as saying on Tuesday, amid instability in neighbouring Afghanistan. – Reuters

    13:27 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: UK says evacuation window at Kabul airport unlikely to be extended

    Western governments are unlikely to extend the evacuation window to allow their citizens and Afghans more time to fly out of Kabul airport, Britain's defence minister Ben Wallace said.U.S. President Joe Biden will face pressure to extend an Aug. 31 deadline to evacuate thousands seeking to flee the Taliban in Afghanistan when he meets Group of Seven leaders at a virtual meeting on Tuesday.The Taliban have said they will reject any demands by Western forces to extend the deadline to allow more time to complete the evacuation operation.Biden said on Sunday that he would not like to extend the deadline for evacuations, but that talks were ongoing.Wallace told Sky News he was doubtful there would be an extension "not only because of what the Taliban has said but also if you look at the public statements of President Biden, I think it is unlikely." – Reuters

    13:16 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Evacuation from Afghanistan: India brings back 78 people

    India on Tuesday brought back 78 people, including 25 of its nationals and a number of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus from Dushanbe, a day after they were evacuated from Taliban-besieged Kabul to the Tajik city. The group along with three copies of the Sikh scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, was airlifted from Kabul to Dushanbe by a military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Monday. With Tuesday's evacuation, the number of people brought back to Delhi reached over 800 since August 16 when the first group was airlifted from Kabul, a day after the Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital city. The evacuees were received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and V Muraleedharan. - PTI

    13:14 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Australia evacuated more than 1,600 from Kabul

    Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said that Australia has helped evacuate more than 1,600 people from the Kabul airport in 17 flights since last Wednesday. ‘We have achieved this by working very closely with the United States and the United Kingdom, among other nations,’ Andrews told Parliament on Tuesday. The evacuated people include Australian citizens, Afghan nationals who had worked for the Australian government during the 20-year conflict and other countries' nationals. The Australian government has not said how many people it planned to evacuate from Afghanistan. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison had earlier said Australian and New Zealand officials had evacuated more than 650 people from the airport over Monday night. - AP

    11:34 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Revisiting horrors of 1990s

    We just can’t remain silent spectators anymore. As chroniclers of our times, I am trying. So should you. Borrowing some analogy from the coronavirus pandemic, Taliban 2.0 is the advanced variant of the original 1990s avatar. It can spark a new wave of terror pandemics. There is no time to lose. We can’t let Afghanistan slip into a state of failure. Read full article here 

    11:04 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE: Pakistan-Afghanistan ODI series postponed until next year

    A one-day series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, scheduled for next month in Sri Lanka, has been postponed until 2022 following the Taliban's takeover of power in Afghanistan.The two countries were due to play three ODI matches in early September in Sri Lanka, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said late on Monday that the Afghanistan Cricket Board had requested the series be postponed."PCB has accepted ACB's request to postpone next month's ODI series due to players' mental health issues, disruption in flight operations in Kabul, lack of broadcast facilities and increased COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka," the PCB tweeted."Both boards will try to reschedule the series in 2022. – Reuters

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