Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi Hosted A Special Summit Of the G20 Major Economies To Discuss Afghanistan


ROME (Oct 12, 2021) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi hosted a special summit of the Group of 20 major economies on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan, as worries grow about a looming humanitarian disaster following the Taliban's return to power. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the…

Senior U.S. Officials Hold In-Person Talks With Taliban For The First Time Since US Withdrawal


ISLAMABAD (October 8, 2021) — Senior U.S. officials will hold in-person talks beginning Saturday with representatives of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from the country. U.S. State Department officials said the U.S. delegation will meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, Qatar, with senior Taliban…

Afghanistan’s Ruling Taliban Security Forces Destroyed An Islamic State Khorasan Province Cell In Kabul


ISLAMABAD (October 4, 2021)— Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban said Monday their security forces had destroyed an Islamic State Khorasan Province cell in Kabul and killed all the militants there. The overnight raid came just hours after a bombing outside the capital’s main Eid Gah mosque on Sunday killed at least eight…

IS Affiliate or ISIS-K, Biggest Danger To The United States And The West Following US Withdrawal From Afghanistan


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 22, 2021)---The biggest danger to the United States and the West following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could well come from the Islamic State terror group’s Afghan affiliate, and not from al-Qaida, despite the latter’s long-standing relationship with the Taliban. The top U.S. counterterrorism official told…

Blinken Facing Second Round of Tough Questions From Hill Lawmakers Over Afghanistan Debacle


WASHINGTON (September 14, 2021)--- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is facing another round of tough questioning from lawmakers over last month’s withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan during testimony  Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  During a five-hour appearance via videoconference before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Monday, Blinken staunchly defended the Biden…

Taliban Authorities Are Allowing 200 Americans To Leave The Country


KABUL—Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities are allowing some 200 Americans, U.S. permanent residents and holders of other Western passports to leave the country on a flight to Qatar scheduled for Thursday, the first such departure by air since U.S. forces withdrew last month, Qatari and American officials said. A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 landed…