The United States and its allies are working to readjust their relations with the Taliban as the situation for the Afghan people is steadily deteriorating.
In recent weeks, the United States has worked with groups to secure the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Kabul Airport, and defense officials say the threat posed by the radical group Islamic State Korasan may require future cooperation. Said there is.
The growing humanitarian and economic crisis may encourage more Afghans to find their way. Prices for the most basic foods, such as eggs and flour, have skyrocketed. The emergency food needed by the United Nations to distribute to the hundreds of thousands of Afghans is expected to run out by the end of the month. Foreign aid has been exhausted. The long line of banks is a new daily norm.
On Wednesday, US Supreme Defense officials warned that they would continue to work with Taliban leaders who were cooperating during the evacuation.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin told reporters that the United States has worked with the Taliban on a narrow priority, but “it is difficult to predict where this will go in the future with respect to the Taliban.”
General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the Taliban a “ruthless group,” but added that “in war, you do what you have to do.”
When the United States was asked if it would cooperate with the Taliban against Islamic State Korasan, also known as ISIS-K, General Milly said it was possible. Whether the Taliban could control the group after ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack on Kabul Airport killed 170 civilians and 13 U.S. military members on the final day of U.S. evacuation. ..
Other countries are working with the Taliban or regional partners to plan ways to acquire the remaining civilians who want to leave the country. On Thursday, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was in Doha, Qatar, where he met with Qatar leaders to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and how to ensure safe passage for the remaining people. Qatar previously accepted Taliban leaders and was the venue for peace talks between the Taliban and the United States.
At a press conference after the meeting, Mr Raab said Britain “will not recognize the Taliban in the near future,” but added that the BBC “thinks it needs to be directly involved.”
In a statement, the British Foreign Ministry told Qatar whether Mr. Raab believed that a short-term functioning airport was possible in Kabul. The Foreign Minister also discussed the feasibility of safe passage of cross-border aliens and Afghans.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Britain’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Simon Gass, recently met with the Taliban’s senior political representative.
On Thursday, dozens of women gathered on the streets of the western city of Herat in Afghanistan, protesting the Taliban and demanding further rights and inclusion in a new future government that could be announced soon tomorrow.
“Don’t be afraid,” the women marched to the governor’s office with a sign. “We are all together.”
The city of Herat is one of the most liberal cities in the country, where thousands of young women attended college and worked outside their homes before the victory of the armed groups two weeks ago.
The Taliban claim to support women’s rights, but many remain skeptical. When the group last ran the country, women were banned from almost every aspect of education, most jobs, and public life.
“We wanted to show our strength to the Taliban,” said protest organizer Mariam. “When we are at home, we cannot exert our strength, but the Taliban can impose additional restrictions on us to slowly drive us out of society and politics.”
The protest in Herat will take place the day after Taliban leader Shah Mohammed Abbas Stanexai told the BBC’s Persian army that women would not hold ministerial status in the Taliban government.
“The purpose of the protest was to tell the Taliban to include women in the government, and the government could not survive without the presence of women,” said Bashira, a human rights activist and principal who helped organize the protest. “We are no longer silent.”
She said the group of women would continue to fight and hoped that the protest would force the Taliban to accept their demands.
“We support our right to death,” she said.
Protesters walked down the street, chanting slogans and holding signs.
“Education, work and security are our inviolable rights,” read the protester’s sign.
The organizers spoke from Herat and said they were planning to extend the protests to all 34 states across the country.
A small group of young women and men have protested the Taliban throughout Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, since the group seized control of the country. However, the protests in Herat seemed different because more women participated and the message it conveyed was clearer. The Taliban should allow all working women to return to work.
The Taliban have so far required only female healthcare workers to return to work. Taliban top spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the decision not to let other women start working was “temporary.” He promised that if the Taliban trained fighters to respect women, all women could return to their offices.
Protesters urged the Taliban to allow all women to return to work “immediately.”
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Washington — More than 38,000 Afghans have undergone background security checks since arriving at a US military base in Europe after evacuation from Kabul. The European commander-in-chief said Thursday that only one raised serious concerns enough to justify being handed over to authorities for further investigation.
General Todd D. Walters, the head of the Army’s Eurocorps, told reporters that 58 other Afghans are currently undergoing additional screening, but all of them are hoping to be cleared. Said.
General Walters said one Afghanistan he did not identify was under the control of the authorities for further investigation, but did not represent a “high threat.”
The lack of potential safety risks among the tens of thousands of Afghans evacuated on military and other aircraft was a surprise to some US officials. It is also conservative that bringing a large number of Afghans to the United States in such an enthusiastic evacuation could pose a safety risk if some are found to be terrorists. It seems to undermine the debate of lawmakers and anti-immigrants.
General Walters conducted two background checks on Afghans arriving from intermediate staging bases in the Middle East, such as Qatar, when they arrived at bases in Germany, Italy and Spain, and a few days later before boarding a plane to the United States. He said he would receive it. ..
These checks include fingerprint and retinal scans that are matched against immigration, law enforcement, and counterterrorism databases, he said.
When the U.S. military finishes deploying to Afghanistan late Monday night, 20 days later …