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August 30, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis Highlights | Afghan Hindus, Sikhs allowed to travel to India with valid documents, says Taliban official: Report

Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis Highlights: Joe Biden, a Democrat, has been criticized by Republicans, who have accused his administration of bungling the Aug. 31 withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after a two-decade war in the South Asian nation.

Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis Highlights: US President Joe Biden shut his eyes and tilted his head back as the flag-draped cases carrying the remains of 11 American service members killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan emerged on Sunday from a military plane at a base in Delaware. Biden, his wife, Jill, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and senior military officials stood somberly as U.S. troops carried the cases down the ramp of an Air Force C-17 aircraft at Dover Air Force
Base. Crying could be heard and a woman collapsed as the remains were loaded into vans for transport to a facility where they will undergo identification and autopsies. The 11 service members were among 13 U.S. troops killed in an Islamic State suicide attack on Thursday outside Kabul’s airport, where the United States has been staging a massive airlift of Americans and Afghans during the past two weeks. Scores of Afghans were also killed in the attack. Earlier on Sunday, Biden and his wife met with grieving family members of some of the fallen American service members. The remains of two other U.S. service members killed in the attack are being brought home privately at the request of their families.
  • August 30, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • August 30, 2021 / 10:48 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Three Afghan children poisoned by mushrooms picked in Poland

    Officials in Poland say three Afghan children staying at a refugee center fell ill after eating poisonous mushrooms picked in a forest, with two of them in intensive care fighting for their lives.

    The children and their families had recently arrived in Poland after fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. They were staying in a center for foreigners in Podkowa Lesna, a town near Warsaw.

    Artur Tusinski, the mayor of Podkowa Lesna, said three children suffered from the poisoning. He denied media reports that the refuges picked and ate the mushrooms because they were given too little food at the center, saying they were provided with three meals a day. (AP)

  • August 30, 2021 / 09:41 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | ISIS-K claims responsibility of latest Kabul attack

    The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for Monday's rocket attack in Kabul, saying it fired at least six Katyusha rockets at the airport in the Afghan capital. The rockets stuck a neighbourhood close to the Kabul airport. The claim of responsibility was carried by the militant group's media arm, the Aamaq news agency. It didn't provide further details. (AP)

  • August 30, 2021 / 09:33 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Nepal rescues 828 of its nationals from Afghanistan

    The Nepal government on Monday said it has evacuated 828 of its citizens from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the war-torn country last month.

    Since Sunday, 50 Nepalese nationals have arrived from Afghanistan in Kathmandu -- 45 people on a Turkish Air flight on Monday and five on a Fly Dubai flight on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Chaos has enveloped Kabul after the Afghanistan government collapsed and the Taliban seized control on August 14. (PTI) 

  • August 30, 2021 / 09:12 PM IST

     Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Afghan Hindus, Sikhs allowed to travel to India with valid documents, says Taliban official: Report

    Afghan Hindus and Sikhs with valid travel documents will be allowed to travel to India, a official of the Taliban was reported as saying by Times of India. The Taliban official also noted that Sikhs are part of Afghanistan and their government would take measures to protect their rights, the newspaper reported.

  • August 30, 2021 / 08:25 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | WHO opens air bridge to Afghanistan with medical supplies

    A plane carrying World Health Organization medicines and health supplies landed in Afghanistan on Monday, the UN health agency said, the first shipment to get in since the country came under the control of the Taliban.

    "After days of non-stop work to find a solution, I am very pleased to say that we have now been able to partially replenish stocks of health facilities in Afghanistan and ensure that for now WHO-supported health services can continue," Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO regional director for the eastern Mediterranean, said in a statement.

    The WHO had warned on Friday that medical supplies would run out within days in Afghanistan, announcing that it hoped to establish an air bridge into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif by then with the help of Pakistani authorities.

    The 12.5 tonnes of supplies that arrived on Monday consist of trauma kits and emergency health kits, enough to cover the basic health needs of more than 200,000 people as well as provide 3,500 surgical procedures and treat 6,500 trauma patients, the WHO said.


  • August 30, 2021 / 07:40 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Pakistan says world must brace for huge mess if its advice on Afghanistan ignored

    Pakistan on Monday warned of potential spillovers from the Afghan crisis, saying the world would have to deal with a "huge mess if its advice on the war-torn country was ignored.

    Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the world must listen to Pakistan as "in the recent past, Pakistan's advice had not been paid heed to, and if Pakistan and the prime minister's advice was listened to, the situation would have been different." In an interview with TRT World, which was published by Dawn, the minister said the situation in Afghanistan was "very worrying for Pakistan, recalling that we had to deal with the problems when the Soviet Union left Afghanistan in 1988. (PTI)

  • August 30, 2021 / 06:05 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Pakistan to deliver WHO medical supplies in Taliban-controlled Mazar-e-Sharif

    Pakistan said on Monday that it would deliver WHO medical supplies to northern Afghanistan's Mazar-e-Sharif, the fourth largest city of the country which fell to the Taliban on August 14. Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan announced on Twitter that the country's flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) would deliver the medical supplies of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a cargo flight. (PTI)

  • August 30, 2021 / 05:01 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban LIVE Updates | Russia to evacuate more people from Afghanistan, holds drills nearby

    Russia's embassy in Kabul said on Monday it was laying on extra evacuation flights from Afghanistan, while Russian troops carried out military drills close to the Afghan border amid heightened regional security risks.

    It was not clear whether the extra flights would continue past a Tuesday deadline agreed between U.S. President Joe Biden and the Taliban for the withdrawal of the U.S. troops who have led security at the airport since the Western-backed government collapsed.

    Russia's embassy remained operational in Kabul after Western diplomats rebased to the airport following the Taliban takeover of the capital on August 15. (Reuters)

  • August 30, 2021 / 04:23 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | UK plans series of diplomatic efforts after exit from Afghanistan

    The UK government has said it will continue to drive a coordinated international response to Afghanistan under Taliban control after its last troops left the country over the weekend, with a series of diplomatic efforts planned from Monday.

    According to diplomatic sources in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will participate in a meeting with Qatar, Turkey, fellow G7 partners and NATO on Monday. He will use the US chaired meeting with like-minded partners on Afghanistan to emphasise the UK's four international priorities: preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists; responding to the humanitarian plight; safeguarding regional stability; and holding the Taliban to account on human rights.


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