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# Afghanistan

This month
March 2023
# Taliban
US veterans testify of ‘catastrophic’ impact of chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan
The initial hearing displayed the open wounds from the end of America’s longest war in August 2021.
Last month
February 2023
# Kabul
Top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan killed by the Taliban
The regional IS “intelligence and operations chief” was killed on Sunday night.
# Assets
US judge rules 9/11 victims can't seize $3.5bn in Afghan assets despite Biden's green light
US President Joe Biden had said the money could be made available to the families of 9/11 victims.
This year
# Afghanistan
UN calls on Taliban to let women help give aid to desperate Afghans
Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with more than half of its population facing hunger.
# Afghanistan
Former Afghan MP shot dead in Kabul in night-time attack
Mursal Nabizada was a member of the parliament and was first elected in 2018.
Last year
# Afghanistan
UN won't halt aid to Afghanistan despite ban on women working in the country's aid sector
‘Aid is never conditional,’ the UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan told reporters.
# Humanitarian Aid
Aid bodies suspend Afghanistan operations after ban on women aid workers
The UN also said that some of its time-critical programmes have had to stop temporarily due to lack of female staff.
# Afghanistan
UN urges Taliban to end 'terrible' university ban on women
The Taliban have suspended university education for women and secondary schooling for girls.
# Afghanistan
Taliban uses water cannon on women protesting against university ban
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have banned female students from attending universities.
# Afghanistan
Afghan women stopped from entering universities after Taliban ban
Despite promising a softer rule when they seized power last year, hardline Islamists have ratcheted up restrictions on all aspects of women’s lives.
# the taliban
Taliban bans women from Afghan universities indefinitely
The Taliban authorities ordered a ban on women attending higher education institutions today.
# Afghanistan
Taliban bans Afghan women from gyms and public baths
Women are increasingly being squeezed out of public life since the Taliban’s return last year.
# Kabul
Taliban ban women from parks and funfairs in Afghan capital
‘When you have no freedom in your own country, then what does it mean to live here?’ one woman said.
No Afghan refugees accepted through Admissions Programme due to 'insufficient information'
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Justice has asked for DNA testing in some instances.
At least three people killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan capital
Taliban celebrates 'day of conquest' to mark turbulent first year in power
# Kabul
Blast kills 19 people at education centre as students prepared for exams in Afghan capital
The blast happened in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of western Kabul.
# Afghanistan
US military admits to killing 12 civilians worldwide in 2021
All of the civilian deaths occurred in Afghanistan, according to the public part of the report.
# Afghanistan
US engineer and navy veteran freed in Afghanistan as part of Taliban prisioner exchange
Mark Frerichs has been detained in Afghanistan since 2020.
# Taliban
Exclusion of Afghan girls from high schools ‘shameful’, says UN
Teenage girls are still barred from school and women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, with only their eyes showing.
# Afghanistan
UN accuses Taliban of harassing female staff in Afghanistan
The United Nations claimed three women were detained for questioning today.
# Afghanistan
Afghan girls protest school closure in eastern city
Protests have been taking place today.
# one year later
‘The most difficult days of my life’: Fleeing Afghanistan for Ireland and starting a new life
Ghazal Maher was a dentist and university lecturer in Afghanistan before the Taliban returned to power.
# Department of Justice
Ireland's 'onerous' Afghan refugee programme has zero decisions in year since Taliban takeover
The scheme was designed to help Afghans travel to Ireland to stay with family members who are already living in the State.
The scheme was designed to help Afghans travel to Ireland to stay with family members who are already living in the State.
Humanitarian workers say those waiting to hear about applications feel left behind.
The Department of Justice said decisions will be issued “in the coming months”.
# One Year On
Taliban celebrates 'day of conquest' to mark turbulent first year in power
While the Taliban is celebrating the anniversary, ordinary Afghans are facing increased hardships – especially women.
# Afghanistan
Taliban violently disperse rare women's protest in Kabul
About 40 women — chanting “bread, work and freedom” — marched in front of the education ministry building in Kabul.
# resilience
Afghanistan fight back in Ireland T20 series
The series continues at Stormont on Monday.
# Afghanistan
Taliban are still illegitimate rulers, say Afghan women activists
Thousands of male clerics have endorsed the hardline government.
# Afghanistan earthquake
Taliban pledge no interference with quake aid, but many await relief
Even before Wednesday’s quake, the country was in the grip of a humanitarian crisis.
# Afghanistan
Death toll from Afghanistan’s earthquake rises to 1,150 people
The magnitude six quake has left thousands more without shelter.
# Afghanistan
Rescuers scramble to reach Afghan earthquake survivors as foreign aid arrives
Over 1,000 people were killed and at least 3,000 were wounded.
# Paktika
At least 1,000 people killed after 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan
Officials warned the death toll will likely rise.
# Afghanistan
Afghan women demand education and work at Kabul protest
Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have rolled back the marginal gains made by women during the two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan.
# Afghanistan
Afghan women TV presenters vow to fight after order to cover faces
This month Afghanistan’s supreme leader issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces.
# Afghanistan
Women TV presenters defy Taliban order to cover faces on air
Since regaining power last year the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society.
# Afghanistan
Taliban orders all Afghan women to wear burqa, as insurgents launch campaign against Govt
Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada also said that if women had no important work outside it was “better they stay at home”.
# Afghanistan
Six people killed in blasts at boys' school in Kabul
At least 11 other people were wounded by two bomb blasts at a boys’ school in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
# Afghanistan
Taliban warns Pakistan after rocket attacks kill five Afghan children
The UN said it was “deeply concerned” by the civilian deaths caused by air strikes.
# Education
Activists promise protests in Afghanistan if Taliban fails to reopen girls' schools
“If the girls’ schools remain closed even after one week, we will open them ourselves.”
Heartbreak as Afghan girls ordered home just hours after schools reopen
The Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on women since returning to power.
# Afghanistan
Taliban announcement a clear sign girls will be allowed to return to school
The international community has appealed to Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to allow girls to return to school.
# Security Council
UN votes to secure formal presence in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
The resolution, which avoids using the word Taliban, will allow the UN to continue its “crucial” work in Afghanistan.