News ID: 316905
Published: 0325 GMT October 08, 2021

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule
A boy sells bread at a makeshift shelter for displaced Afghan families, who are fleeing the violence in their provinces, at Shahr-e Naw park, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 4, 2021.

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

Taliban call Daesh in Afghanistan a headachenot threat


The Taliban have played down the threat of the Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan, saying the terrorist group is much of a headache” than a menace and would soon be destroyed.

We dont call Daesh a threat, but we call it a headache,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman and the Taliban deputy minister of information and culture, was quoted by TOLOnews agency as saying on Friday.

It creates headaches in some places but is immediately taken out in every incident; (they) have been chased out and their sanctuaries found,” he added.


Russia says will protect Tajikistan in case of incursion from Afghanistan


Russia is ready to protect its ally Tajikistan in the event of any incursions from neighbouring Afghanistan, a senior diplomat was quoted on Friday as saying, amid Russian media reports of a militant Tajik group preparing a cross-border attack.

Tajiks are the second largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and make up a majority of the population in some northern areas close to the border with Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic, Reuters reported.

According to Russian media reports, the predominantly ethnic Pashtun Taliban have struck an alliance with one particular Tajik militant group which may be planning an incursion into Tajikistan.


US charges alleged ex-Taliban commander with killing US troops


The United States’ prosecutors charged an alleged former Taliban commander with terrorism-related offences related to the killing of American troops in Afghanistan in 2008.

The US Attorneys Office in Manhattan said on Thursday that Haji Najibullah was charged in a 13-count indictment that was unsealed in federal court.

Najibullah, 45, was already in US custody after being charged for the 2008 kidnapping of an American journalist and two Afghan civilians.


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