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Report: Kabul Heroin User Encampment Growing Under Taliban

The number of people using heroin under Kabul’s notorious Pul-e-Sukhta bridge — long synonymous with hard drug use — has increased since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, people living near the bridge told Deutsche Welle (DW) on Thursday. “Locals say heroin use centered around this infamous Kabul bridge has worsened under…

Taliban Releases Two Detained UN Journalists

Two international journalists detained by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, while working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been released, the agency announced Friday afternoon.“We are relieved to confirm the release in Kabul of the two journalists on assignment with UNHCR, and the Afghan nationals working with them,” the UNHCR tweeted.…

Afghanistan: Kabul’s Streets Filled with Taliban Burqa PSAs, Pro-Women Graffiti

The Taliban’s “Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” has peppered Kabul with posters mandating women wear hijab but illustrated with the full-body burqa covering, Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reported Monday. The Taliban ruled Afghanistan throughout the 1990s before returning to power in August, the product of former President Ashraf Ghani abruptly fleeing the country and…

“Democracy and rule of law do not exist in Ukraine, but corruption thrives” Leonid...

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice. “Democracy and rule of law do not exist in Ukraine, but corruption thrives” Leonid Savin said Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political…

‘Inclusive’: Taliban Military Will Include Women, Suicide Bombers

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters that the updated Afghan military under the jihadists’ rule will have a place for women as well as a battalion of suicide bombers, the Afghan outlet Khaama Press reported on Tuesday. The Taliban has spent much of its effort since taking over Afghanistan in August – the result of…

Taliban Rule: Attackers Burn Transgender Afghan’s Feet in Torture Attack

The Afghan outlet Tolo News reported on Wednesday that transgender people in the country are facing heightened fear of brutal violence under the Taliban rule, detailing the story of one person beaten and burned by a gang of attackers. Abdul Sabor Husseini, who the broadcaster identified as a “transgender person,” told Tolo News that “unknown individuals”…

6 International Bad Guys Thrilled to Have Biden in Office This Year

President Joe Biden is nearing the end of his first year in office – a meaningful milestone after a year of global chaos spurred on by incoherent and sometimes seemingly deliberately counterproductive policies. As a candidate, Biden promised voters, “America’s coming back like we used to be: ethical, straight, tell ’em the truth … supporting our…

White House Defends Americans Still Being Left Behind in Afghanistan

The White House defended leaving over 400 Americans behind in Afghanistan, arguing Tuesday that government officials did not use tracking software to monitor them. The State Department acknowledged in a statement released Monday that “fewer than a dozen” Americans were still trying to leave Afghanistan, nearly four months after the Taliban seized control of Kabul. The…

So Many People Want to Leave Afghanistan That the Kabul Passport System Broke

The Taliban-run passport office in Kabul shut down on Tuesday, ostensibly because its biometric equipment and computer systems could not handle the enormous demand for travel documents. Director Alam Gul Haqqani estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people were camped outside the passport office, a crowd at least five times as big as the office could handle.…

Biden Envoy: U.S. Wants Taliban to ‘Succeed’ Against the Islamic State

U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan Thomas West on Monday hoped the Taliban would be “successful” in its battle against the Islamic State, and hinted the new rulers of Afghanistan needed to sever their ties with al-Qaeda if they desire international recognition. “The Taliban have voiced very clearly and openly their desire to normalize relations with…

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