Afghanistan crisis live updates

Women were seen in Kabul on Saturday rallying in support of the Taliban regime. Afghanistan’s central bank has ordered banks to pay out remittances in local currency only, the latest move to preserve scarce US dollars.


The Prime Minister is looking to avoid controversial lockdowns after some scientists warned a “firebreak” could be needed this autumn.

Biden again defends Afghanistan pullout on 9/11

President Joe Biden, speaking unexpectedly during a visit to the Pennsylvania site of one of the 9/11 plane crashes, again defended the widely criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the US could not “invade” every country where Al-Qaeda is present.”Could Al-Qaeda come back (in Afghanistan)?” he asked in an exchange with reporters outside a Shanksville fire station. “Yeah. But guess what, it’s already back other places.”What’s the strategy? Every place where Al-Qaeda is, we’re going to invade and have troops stay in?

As world marks 9/11, Taliban flag raised over seat of power

The Taliban raised their iconic white flag over the Afghan presidential palace Saturday, a spokesman said, as the US and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.The banner, emblazoned with a Quranic verse, was hoisted by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the prime minister of the Taliban interim government, in a low-key ceremony, said Ahmadullah Muttaqi, multimedia branch chief of the Taliban’s cultural commission.


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