Afghanistan: Sir Keir Starmer urges Boris Johnson to award medals to British troops involved in Kabul evacuation

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has urged the government to grant military medals to those British troops involved in the evacuation of Afghanistan last month. Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Keir told Boris Johnson to accept his party’s proposal to honour the “remarkable” work of those who served

A heavily fortified C.I.A. base in Kabul has been destroyed.

A controlled detonation by American forces on Thursday that was heard throughout Kabul destroyed Eagle Base, the final C.I.A. outpost outside the Kabul airport, U.S. officials said on Friday. Blowing up the base was intended to ensure that any equipment or information left behind would not fall into the hands

Afghanistan: Labour calls for urgent action amid claims fleeing Afghans being beaten and raped by Taliban fighters

Labour claims fleeing Afghans, including women and families with children, attempting to leave the country are being shot at, beaten, raped and run over by Taliban fighters. There have been chaotic scenes outside Kabul’s airport every day this week as desperate crowds of Afghans and Western nationals try to flee

Afghanistan: US president Joe Biden promises to get Americans home but admits ‘cannot promise’ final outcome

President Joe Biden has told US citizens stuck in Afghanistan and allies who worked alongside American forces “we will get you home”, but admitted he cannot promise what the “final outcome” of the troop withdrawal will be. In a news conference at the White House, he admitted images of people

Taliban seize Afghanistan: President Joe Biden – US will not commit more troops

A defiant US President Joe Biden says he stands “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw forces from Afghanistan and that the Afghan government’s collapse was quicker than anticipated. Biden said he was faced with a choice between sticking to a previously negotiated agreement to withdraw US troops this year or

Afghanistan: Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini fears for women and girls ‘more than any other group’ under Taliban

The author of The Kite Runner has told Sky News he fears for women and girls in Afghanistan “more than any other group” after the Taliban seized control of the country. Khaled Hosseini, who was born in Afghanistan but left as a child, added that the United States has a

Afghanistan: UK ‘surprised by scale and pace’ of Taliban takeover, admits Dominic Raab

Hundreds more British troops are being sent to Kabul to help with the evacuation effort in Afghanistan’s capital – as the foreign secretary admitted the UK was left “surprised” by the speed with which the Taliban took control of the country. An extra 200 British troops will be sent to

Fearing Kabul’s Fall, U.S. Officials Implore Afghans to ‘Fight’

The calls to action underscore the stark reality that the United States has no intention of rescuing government forces. By Michael Crowley As the Afghan government has lost control of more than a dozen cities in a matter of days, Biden administration officials have repeatedly urged its collapsing security forces

United States' Khalilzad to meet Taliban in Qatar, visit India, Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence, speeding up intra-Afghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department said on Wednesday. U.S. Special Representative Zalmay