An American navy veteran detained in Afghanistan since 2020 was released by the Taliban on Monday in exchange for an ally who had spent 17 years in a US jail for heroin smuggling, Afghanistan's foreign minister said.
A senior Iranian envoy warned of the “serious threat” of terrorists in Afghanistan to the country, its neighbors, and the entire region, saying the Taliban must heed the international community’s repeated calls for the formation of an inclusive government that accurately reflects the country’s multi-ethnic society.
The Taliban's reclusive supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada called Friday for the world to stop telling them how to run Afghanistan, insisting sharia law was the only model for a successful Islamic state.
Taliban’s supreme leader called again Friday for the international community to recognize the Taliban government, saying the world had become a "small village" and proper diplomatic relations would help solve the country's problems.
The Afghan refugees’ influx to Iran cannot continue given the country’s limited capacities, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, calling on the Taliban to take on responsibility in this regard.
The Taliban’s recent decision to renege on its promise to allow girls to attend school past sixth grade is a stark reminder of how much life has changed for Afghans since the group returned to power last year – and Gallup’s surveys in the country show it hasn’t been for the better.