Afghanistan

    • Blinken defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan in a heated debate with lawmakers

      Blinken defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan in a heated debate with lawmakers

      US Secretary of State Antony Blinken beat back criticism of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan at a contentious congressional hearing as irate lawmakers accused the White House of presiding over a historic disaster, news wires reported. In five hours of often testy exchanges with lawmakers, he defended President Joe Biden's decision to pull out of Afghanistan and pushed back on accusations that the State Department should have done more to help Americans and at-risk Afghans to be evacuated, blaming the previous administration for lacking a plan.

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    • Greece to stop Afghan migrants, wants more EU help

      Greece to stop Afghan migrants, wants more EU help

      Greece needs more EU help on migrant issues in order to be able to stop a potential wave of Afghan asylum-seekers fleeing Taliban rule, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday. "I will say it again: we cannot have European countries who believe that Greece should resolve this problem alone," he told a news conference.

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    • UN seeks $600m to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

      UN seeks $600m to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

      The United Nations is convening an aid conference in Geneva on Monday in an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan, warning of a humanitarian crisis there following the Taliban takeover, Reuters reported. Even before the Taliban's seizure of Kabul last month, half the population - or 18 million people - was dependent on aid. That figure looks set to increase due to drought and shortages of cash and food, UN officials and aid groups warn.

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    • UK PM Johnson: 9/11 attacks failed to divide us

      UK PM Johnson: 9/11 attacks failed to divide us

      The Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks in the United States failed to divide those who believe in freedom and democracy, British PM Boris Johnson said in a video message marking the 20th anniversary of that day, Reuters reported. "While the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and suffering, and while the threat persists today, we can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they failed to shake our belief in freedom and democracy," Johnson said in the video message.

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    • Guterres: We must have 'dialogue' with the Taliban and avoid 'millions of deaths'

      Guterres: We must have 'dialogue' with the Taliban and avoid 'millions of deaths'

      UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pleaded with the international community, during an interview with AFP on Thursday to maintain a dialogue with the Taliban in Afghanistan, warning that an "economic collapse" with possibly millions dying must be avoided. "We must maintain a dialogue with the Taliban, where we affirm our principles directly -- a dialogue with a feeling of solidarity with the Afghan people," he said.

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    • Pentagon chief: al-Qaeda may seek comeback in Afghanistan

      Pentagon chief: al-Qaeda may seek comeback in Afghanistan

      US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday the Al-Qaeda extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack United States 20 years ago may attempt to regenerate there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power, AP reported. “That's the nature of the organization,” he told a small group of reporters in Kuwait City at the conclusion of a four-day tour of Persian Gulf states. He said the United States is prepared to prevent an al-Qaeda comeback in Afghanistan that would threaten the United States.

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    • US expects a civil war in Afghanistan

      US expects a civil war in Afghanistan

      The Taliban do not have the potential to consolidate and rule Afghanistan and therefore a bloody civil war in the months ahead is the most likely scenario. The situation will erupt, the top US general confirmed, warning that those conditions could see a resurgence of terrorist groups in the country, AFP reported.

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