Peshawar, the city of flowers, becomes epicenter of violence – Associated Press

Pakistan’s Peshawar was once known as “the city of flowers,” surrounded by orchards of pear, quince and pomegranate trees. It was a trading city, situated at the gates of a key mountain valley connecting South and Central Asia. But for the past four decades, it has borne the brunt of rising militancy in the region,


US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker – Associated Press

This undated photo provided to The AP shows Mark Frerichs, a U.S. veteran and civilian contractor held more than 2 years in Afghanistan by the Taliban An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the


A year after the fall of Kabul, Taliban’s false commitments on terrorism have been fully exposed – The Conversation

The Taliban’s success in taking control in Afghanistan has encouraged other militant groups. Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images)  Andrew Mines, George Washington University and Amira Jadoon, Clemson University When the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan on Aug. 15, 2021, there were faint hopes that this time would be different. The Taliban promised to respect


Afghanistan’s Taliban order women to cover up head to toe

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public — a sharp, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate Taliban dealings with an already distrustful international community. The decree says that women should leave the home only when necessary, and


Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday. The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal