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Published: 0132 GMT August 28, 2021

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Here are the latest developments in Afghanistan following the second takeover of the country by the Taliban militant group on August 15:

US strikes at Daesh in retaliation for bombing


The United States military struck back at the Daesh terrorist group on Saturday, bombing a Daesh member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport.



U.S. Central Command said the U.S. conducted a drone strike against a Daesh member in Nangahar, believed to be involved in planning attacks against the U.S. in Kabul. The strike killed one individual. It wasn’t clear if that individual was involved specifically in the Thursday blast outside the gates of the Kabul airport, where crowds of Afghans were desperately trying to get in as part of the ongoing evacuation from the country after the Taliban’s rapid takeover, AP reported.


Republicans call for Biden to resign after Kabul attack


Just hours after the horrendous terrorist attack outside Kabul’s airport on Thursday, Republicans started to call for U.S. President Joe Biden to step down, according to CNN.



The Republicans say that the attack on U.S. troops is proof Biden should no longer be in power. Sen. Josh Hawley wrote, “It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn went further, naming Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley on a list of those who should “resign or face impeachment and removal from office.”


Russia says vital to help Afghans form inclusive gov’t


Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for rapid efforts to help form an inclusive interim government in Afghanistan after the deadly attack at Kabul airport, saying the Daesh terrorist group was trying to capitalise on chaos in the country, endangering everyone, according to Reuters.



“Of course, we see in this the additional need to speed up assistance to the Afghans so they can form an inclusive transitional government without further delay – that includes all major political forces in the country,” Lavrov said.


Italy says it has received most Afghan evacuees in EU


Italy said it has taken in the largest number of Afghans fleeing the war-ravaged country following the Taliban takeover, vowing “not to abandon” vulnerable groups after airlift evacuations end.



Italy’s foreign minister said it had evacuated close to 5,000 Afghan citizens in recent days, speaking at Rome’s Fiumicino airport as the last Italian aircraft from Kabul landed with 58 more Afghan citizens on board.

“We are the EU country taking in the biggest number of Afghan evacuees,” Luigi Di Maio said on Saturday.


France confirms direct talks with Taliban
France's Foreign Ministry confirmed that talks have been held in recent days with representatives of the Taliban in both Kabul and the Qatari capital, Doha.
According to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, a French delegation led by François Richier, former ambassador to Afghanistan (2016-2018) had met the group in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday to discuss the situation on the ground in Afghanistan.
It was the first official meeting since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital on 15 August.


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