Editorial: From warfield to streets

One fighter after another, the Taliban are trading in their characteristic long flowing garb for stiff military uniforms. It is a symbol of the moment of transition they find themselves in: Once warriors embedded in Afghanistan’s rugged mountains, now they are an urban police force. But change is always an adjustment. Continue Reading

About 600 displaced Afghans return home

About 600 displaced Afghans, who were displaced by intense fighting in the months prior to the Taliban takeover, have returned to their homes in northern Badakhshan province from an Afghanistan-Tajikistan border area, provincial Governor Maulvi Amanuddin Mansoor said on Monday. Continue Reading

Editorial: Equal rights

Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. Continue Reading

Situation in Afghan ‘fragile’: India’s UNSC envoy

India’s envoy to United Nations T S Tirumurti called for an “inclusive dispensation” in Afghanistan, comments come days after Taliban announced its government in the country. Continue Reading

US declines to sign risky peace deal with Taliban

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to sign the peace deal that his special representative has inked with the Taliban, mainly because it does not guarantee the continued presence of US forces in the country to defeat al-Qaeda or the existence of the democratically elected government, a media report said. Continue Reading

US lawmakers seek transparency in Afghan peace deal

An influential group of three lawmakers on Friday sought assurance from the Trump administration that it will make available to the Congress the full text of any agreement signed with the Taliban. Continue Reading