Suicide bomber kills Worshipers in Afghanistan Mosque attack

A suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz has killed at least 50 people, the country’s worst attack since the Taliban took over control in August. The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday. Sunni Muslim extremists have targeted Shias who they see […]

UK PM’s call with Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

The Prime Minister spoke to the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, today regarding the situation in Afghanistan. He thanked the Government of Qatar for its work in helping to facilitate ongoing evacuations from Kabul. The leaders discussed cooperation on the diplomatic effort to stabilise the situation in Afghanistan and ensure any new […]

UK PM’s call with President Erdoğan on Afghanistan

The Prime Minister spoke to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today about the crisis in Afghanistan. They discussed the importance of the international community working together to stabilise the situation and support Afghans in the country and in the region. The leaders shared the view that any new government must be representative of Afghanistan’s diverse […]

UK PM’s call with UN SG on Afghanistan

A UK government’s press release says that the UK Prime Minister spoke to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres again today about the situation in Afghanistan. He stressed that the UN must be central to both the humanitarian response to the situation in Afghanistan and international negotiations over the future of the country, and pledged the […]

Afghanistan: Facebook ban Taliban – related content

Facebook has confirmed it will continue to ban Taliban content from its platforms as it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation. The company says it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to the group. For years, the Taliban has used social media to spread its messages. […]

Actions speak louder than words, UN says as Taliban announces amnesty

The Taliban declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government Tuesday, trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as people tried to flee. The statement by Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, represents the first comments […]

UK Prime Minister’s opening statement on Afghanistan: 18 August 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opening statement to Parliament this morning on Afghanistan: Mr Speaker, I beg to move – and may I begin by thanking you and all the Parliamentary staff for enabling us to meet this morning. Before I turn to today’s debate, I am sure the House will want to join you and […]

UK PM, Biden on the current situation in Afghanistan

The Prime Minster spoke to US President Biden about the current situation in Afghanistan. The leaders welcomed US and UK cooperation in recent days to help evacuate other nationals, current and former staff, and others from Afghanistan. They resolved to continue working closely together on this in the days and weeks ahead to allow as […]

U.S. Evacuates Embassy Staff In Afghanistan To Kabul’s Airport

The chop of U.S. military helicopters whisking American diplomats to Kabul’s airport punctuated a frantic rush by thousands of other foreigners and Afghans to flee to safety as well, as a stunningly swift Taliban takeover entered the heart of Afghanistan’s capital. The U.S. was pouring thousands of fresh troops into the country temporarily to safeguard […]

UK PM’s calls with NATO SG and UN SG about current situation in Afghanistan

This afternoon the Prime Minister spoke to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the UN Secretary General António Guterres about the current situation in Afghanistan. He welcomed the joined-up international efforts to get foreign nationals, Afghan contractors and humanitarian workers to safety in recent days. The Prime Minister emphasised the need for a coordinated […]

President Ashraf Ghani flees Afghanistan

Afghan news media has reported that President Ashraf Ghani had left the country on Sunday (today’s) afternoon after Taliban fighters took over Kabul the capital of Afghanistan. Taliban had said in a statement that they have ordered all their forces not to enter Kabul and they want a “transition process”. Other countries have started evacuating […]

Operation TORAL draws to an end as UK transitions to new phase of support to Afghanistan

As Operation TORAL, the UK’s contribution to NATO Resolute Support, draws to a close, a small number of UK military personnel will temporarily remain to support the transition to a new phase of UK Government support to Afghanistan. Operation TORAL has been the UK’s mission in Afghanistan since the end of UK combat operations in […]

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