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Exclusive: Echoes, uncertainty as Afghan pilots await U.S. help in Tajikistan

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A member of the Afghan air force marshals in an A-29 Super Tucano at Hamid Karzai International Airport near Kabul, Afghanistan, January 15, 2016. Picture taken January 15, 2016. To match Special Report USA-AFGHANISTAN/PILOTS U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A U.S.-trained......

At U.N., Biden promises ‘relentless diplomacy,’ defense of democracy

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden mapped out a new era of vigorous competition without a new Cold War despite China’s ascendance during his first United Nations address on Tuesday, promising military restraint and a robust fight against climate change. The United States will help resolve......

Biden supports full investigation into Afghanistan drone strike

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U.S. President Joe Biden waves as he walks from Marine One at his return from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden supports a thorough investigation of the U.S.......

Some Afghan girls return to school, others face anxious wait

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Sept 18 (Reuters) – Some Afghan girls returned to primary schools with gender-segregated classes on Saturday, but older girls faced an anxious wait with no clarity over if and when they would be able to resume their studies at the secondary school level. Most schools in the capital Kabul have......

Pentagon says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians in ‘tragic mistake’

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WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Friday that a drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many 10 civilians, including seven children, and it apologized for what the Pentagon said was a tragic mistake. Senior U.S. officers had said the Aug. 29 strike that took......

Blinken defends Afghan withdrawal at testy U.S. congressional hearing

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WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken beat back criticism of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Monday at a contentious congressional hearing where at least two Republicans called on him to resign. In five hours of often testy exchanges with lawmakers, Blinken defended President......

George W. Bush warns of danger from domestic terrorists on 9/11 anniversary

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SHANKSVILLE, Pa., Sept 11 (Reuters) – On the 20th anniversary of the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, George W. Bush, who was president at the time, warned of a new danger coming from within the country. “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come, not......

Taliban name new Afghan government, interior minister on U.S. sanctions list

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Govt head is Mullah Hasan Akhund, aide to late Taliban founder New interior minister’s Haqqani group on U.S. terrorism list Protesters shout slogans such as ‘Long live the resistance’ Panjshir Valley the last region resisting Taliban takeover Sept 7 (Reuters) – The Taliban drew from its inner high echelons to......

Taliban name new Afghan government amid protests in Kabul

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Sept 7 (Reuters) – The Taliban named Mullah Hassan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan’s new government on Tuesday, with Mullah Abul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political office, as deputy. Sarajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani......

Blinken denies Taliban blocking Americans from leaving Mazar-i-Sharif

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DOHA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied on Tuesday reports that the Taliban had blocked Americans attempting to fly out of of a northern Afghan city, but said the group had not allowed charter flights to depart because some people lacked valid travel documents. Reports......

UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

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Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer GENEVA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is starting to run out, the U.N. Office for the Coordination......

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan – WHO

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A general view of the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS GENEVA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new......

Taliban claim control of Panjshir, opposition says resistance will continue

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Opposition official rejects Taliban victory claim Panjshir Valley the last region resisting Taliban Taliban pledge not to retaliate against Panjshir residents Sept 6 (Reuters) – The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul on Monday, declaring that they had completed their takeover of Afghanistan......

UK PM Johnson to address lawmakers about Afghanistan on Monday

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with military personnel who worked on the Afghan evacuation, during a visit to Merville Barracks in Colchester, Britain September 2, 2021. Dan Kitwood/Pool via REUTERS LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address lawmakers on Monday about Britain’s withdrawal from Afghanistan,......

After messy pullout, Blinken to intensify Afghanistan diplomacy in Qatar, Germany

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Afghanistan during a media briefing at the State Department, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2021. Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A week after declaring America’s “new chapter” of engagement with Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken......

Pope hopes many countries take Afghan refugees and young are educated

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Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane VATICAN CITY, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was praying that many countries take Afghan refugees and, in an apparent reference to the Taliban’s......

Russia denies it has discussed participation in G7 meeting -Ifax

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MOSCOW, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Russia on Sunday denied it has discussed participation in an online G7 ministerial meeting about Afghanistan, Interfax news agency reported, citing Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. China and Russia are expected to take part in the meeting despite not being members of the Group......

Afghanistan could be catalyst for common EU migration policy -commissioner

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European Commission vice-president in charge for promoting our European way of life Margaritis Schinas speaks during a news conference on the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 29, 2021. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS ZURICH, Sept 4 (Reuters) –......

Fewer than 1,400 evacuees from Afghanistan still at Qatar base, U.S. general says

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DOHA, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The United States has moved most of the 57,000 people it evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar out of the Gulf state, with fewer than 1,400 still at the U.S. military base there, a U.S. general said on Saturday. The U.S. evacuated roughly 124,000 people from......

Blinken to discuss Afghan evacuees at meetings in Qatar and Germany

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WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday he would travel to Qatar on Sunday to meet with the country’s leaders and thank them for their help with evacuees from Afghanistan, and later go to Germany for a ministerial meeting. Blinken told a news......

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