Category Archives: Afghanistan

9/11 and Russia’s Descend from Dialogue to Feeding Conspiracy Narratives

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. – a decisive moment in international politics, and a point where the world community unanimously expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack. In Russia, 9/11 have turned from a ‘singular’ issue focussed on solidarity with US

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Proposals for an EU army re-emerge after Afghan pullout – but many remain ‘hard to convince’

European dismay over President Joe Biden’s precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has renewed calls for an EU military force. But while proponents of “strategic autonomy” say the fall of Kabul should serve as a wake-up call, others do not see an existential threat and are content to remain as junior partners to US military might. European countries had

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Putin wants to introduce Taliban “into the family of civilized peoples”

The Russian leader believes that the whole world should unite efforts to legalize militants Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the establishment of better relations with the Taliban militants who captured Afghanistan after the withdrawal of troops by the United States, Interfax reports. Putin believes that communication with the Taliban will supposedly keep the situation in Afghanistan under control.

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Afghan stress test

Michael Binion How the events around Afghanistan have affected US-British relations and the domestic political situation in the United Kingdom The catastrophe in Kabul, despair, chaos, the massacre at the airport and the mass evacuation of all Western forces from Afghanistan shocked the world. All of this has shaken confidence in United States President Joe Biden, called into question American leadership

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Russia Warns West Against Blocking Afghanistan’s Gold Reserves

Russia has urged Western countries not to freeze Afghanistan’s gold and foreign exchange reserves abroad following the Taliban’s takeover of the country. In an interview with the state-run Rossiya 24 broadcaster, Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, warned that such a move ultimately harms ordinary Afghans. “If our Western colleagues really care about the fate of the Afghan people,

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Russians Fined for Protest in Support of Afghan Women

Russia has fined two activists for organizing a demonstration in support of Afghan women who face an uncertain future after the Taliban returned to power in the country, a court said Friday. The two activists, Artemy Pityukov and Ksenia Bezdenezhnykh, were fined 200,000 rubles ($2,670) each for “violating public order”, a spokeswoman for the Presnensky district court in Moscow told

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Biden must respond to Kabul airport attack with force

At least three U.S. Marines have been injured and more than a dozen other civilians killed after two explosions, one of which was set off by a suicide bomber , rocked the Abbey Gate outside of Afghanistan’s Kabul airport. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Thursday morning that the total number of casualties is “unclear at this time.” This was

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Russia Accuses U.S. of Forcing Afghans on Central Asia

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that U.S. forces are “pawning off” Afghans fleeing the Taliban to neighboring Moscow-allied Central Asia. During a visit to Hungary, Lavrov said the United States is trying to convince “several Central Asian countries” to take in Afghans who previously worked with U.S. forces in the now Taliban-controlled country. He alleged that Washington tells

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MFA Ukraine refutes report of Ukrainian plane “hijacked” in Afghanistan

Rumors spread by certain media about the alleged hijacking of a Ukrainian plane in Kabul are not true as all aircraft involved in the evacuation of Ukrainians have safely returned home. That’s according to Oleh Nikolenko, Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who gave a comment to Ukrinform. “There are no captured Ukrainian planes in Kabul or elsewhere. The

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Putin Warns of Influx of Afghan Militants Disguised as Refugees

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his country Sunday to prevent an influx of refugees from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, saying militants could enter under the guise of seeking asylum.  “Our Western partners are persistently raising the question of placing refugees in Central Asian countries before obtaining visas to the United States or other countries,” he told a meeting of

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Russia Ready to Help Evacuate Afghans Fleeing Taliban – FM

Russia is ready to send airplanes to Afghanistan to evacuate Afghans fleeing the Taliban as well as Russians who wish to leave the country, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.   Thousands of Afghan citizens have rushed to flee the country this week following the Taliban’s swift takeover of Kabul, resulting in chaos at Kabul’s airport that has led to

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Iran Says Ready to Work With Russia, China on Afghanistan ‘Peace’

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday told his Russian and Chinese counterparts that Tehran is ready to cooperate with the two countries to establish “stability and peace” in Afghanistan. The Taliban have capped a staggeringly fast rout of Afghanistan’s major cities in just 10 days, achieved with relatively little bloodshed, following two decades of war that claimed hundreds of thousands

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Crises in Afghanistan and at the Lithuanian-Belarusian Border – Disinformation Targets This Week

As the international community reckons with the fall of Kabul and Afghanistan itself into the Taliban’s hands, the mood on air of Russian state-controlled TVs is that of schadenfreude. The US has turned into a “regional state” or a “damaged petrol station”, according to the host of political talk-show “60 minutes”. The Kremlin is yet to shape a coherent narrative

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Game with high stakes. How Afghan events will change the world

Pavel Klimkin This is not just a victory for the Taliban. It is a success story that quickly spread throughout the Muslim world. What will happen next? A question that has been widespread in recent days is whether the United States has seen where its money is going in Afghanistan, which in the end has not changed anything in this country. Americans have

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Vietnam’s lessons for the Afghanistan failure: Don’t count out US leadership just yet

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried The August 15 images of helicopters lifting fleeing diplomats from the US embassy in Kabul—like those of a similar calamity in Saigon in April 1975—will weigh on the United States. US President Joe Biden had dismissed the possibility of such a scenario just weeks ago, which suggests that neither he nor his administration understood the

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Poverty and savagery. About Afghanistan, Russians, Donbass and the economy

Pavel Kukhta The Taliban regime will be a criminal economy of raw materials, incapable of producing anything normally. This is not even a raw material appendage of other countries – it is a raw material appendage of their criminal bottom The Taliban have occupied Kabul. A day before that, a video circulated around the world in which an Afghan girl without a

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Russia says emergency UN meeting on Afghanistan is planned

Russia is working with other countries to hold an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan as the Taliban completes its military takeover of the country, foreign ministry official Zamir Kabulov told Russian news agencies. “We are working on this,” Kabulov said, adding that the meeting will take place. Russia is one of five permanent members of the UN Security

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Taliban terrorists killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan

Taliban gathering was targeted by a B-52 bomber in Shebergan city of Jawzjan province yesterday evening Airstrikes by the US military against Taliban positions in Sheberghan resulted in the death of more than 200 militants. This was announced by representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Islamic Republic of Fawad Aman. #Details: More than 200 terrorist Taliban were killed

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Russia says ‘hasty withdrawal’ put Afghanistan at risk

Russia accused the U.S. of creating instability in the region with its “hasty withdrawal.” Russia on Friday blamed the “hasty withdrawal” of US and NATO troops for a rapid deterioration in Afghanistan’s security and warned of instability spreading to neighbouring countries. Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have capitalised on the last stages of the withdrawal of foreign troops to launch offensives,

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