Kabul faces blackout as Taliban fails to pay electricity bills

Middle East 10/05/21, 03:37

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan provide half of Afghanistan's electricity, with Iran contributing further supplies to the country's west. This year's drought has had an impact on domestic production, primarily at hydropower plants. Kabul is nearly entirely reliant on imported power from Central Asia as Afghanistan lacks a national power grid.After ...

GOP picks former CNN reporter to investigate Afghan withdrawal debacle

U.S. 09/14/21, 23:57

A ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee chose a former broadcast journalist to probe Joe Biden's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Sept. 14. Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas) recently selected former CNN national security reporter Ryan Browne to investigate the Joe Biden administration's "disastrous" withdrawal from Kabul. "I look ...

Ex-convicts seize control of Afghan capitol’s largest prison

Middle East 09/14/21, 21:36

Taliban fighters have been appointed to run the same prison complex that once held them on Sept. 13. Pul-e Charkhi is under new management, and will be run by ex-convicts who once inhabited the very cell blocks they now administrate about 20 kilometers (13 miles) east of downtown Kabul. BL understands this ...

State Secretary Blinken explains Afghan withdrawal to Congress

D.C. 09/13/21, 22:46

Joe Biden's top foreign policy adviser will testify about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Antony Blinken is widely expected to be strongly criticized when he appears before the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Sept. 14 and 15. Republicans will seize on their opportunity to grill the secretary of state ...

New video surfaces months after al-Qaeda leader’s rumored death

Middle East 09/13/21, 19:59

A militant Sunni Islamist chief, who many thought was dead, made a video appearance on Sept. 11. Ayman al-Zawahri's video message on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 caught some observers off-guard. The al-Qaeda leader, who was previously rumored to have died several month ago, praised the terrorist group's January attacks on Russian ...

Upstate 9/11 memorial vandalized with ‘Taliban’ graffiti

U.S. 09/13/21, 18:04

A structure dedicated to thousands of lives lost in the nation's deadliest terrorist attack was defaced on Sept. 11. Mourning South Carolinians were shocked to find the Greenville 9/11 memorial covered in graffiti. The words "Taliban" were spray painted on a pair of granite slabs, resembling the World Trade Center's Twin ...

Taliban finally accepts letting foreigners leave Afghanistan

Middle East 09/09/21, 20:15

A U.S. official on Thursday, Sept. 9, said that the new Afghanistan government had allowed some foreign citizens to leave the country, days after reports they held back several flights emerged. According to Reuters, the Taliban had allowed two hundred internationals to leave on charter flights from Kabul, some of which ...

State Secretary Blinken dismisses hostage claims at Mazar-i-Sharif airport

Middle East 09/07/21, 16:53

Secretary of State Antony Blinken dismissed rumors that charter flights carrying American citizens were prevented from departing Afghanistan on Sept. 7. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) had accused the Taliban if delayed at least six flights departing from Mazar-i-Sharif airport in the Middle Eastern country's northern region. He slammed the restriction of ...

8-months pregnant woman killed in Afghan province: Taliban accused

Middle East 09/06/21, 16:10

A female Afghan police officer, who was eight months pregnant, is believed to have been killed by Taliban fighters this week.  The BBC, which first reported the incident, said from three sources that the Taliban assaulted the policewoman, Banu Negar, in front of her family on Saturday.  Allegedly, three Arabic-speaking armed men ...

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