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Reports: Taliban Co-Founder Baradar to Run Afghanistan

Multiple Afghan and international news outlets, citing Taliban sources, reported on Friday that the terrorist group would appoint its leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar the head of its formal Afghan government in the near future.

Taliban fighters patrol in Wazir Akbar Khan in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The Taliban declared an "amnesty" across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main …

Qatar and Turkey Discuss Helping Taliban Run Kabul Airport

Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Thursday that his nation and the government of Turkey will contribute to the reopening of Kabul’s international airport, currently under the control of the Taliban terrorist organization.

A Taliban member looks up standing next to a damaged helicopter at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US has pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war -- one that started and ended with the hardline Islamist in power. …

PETA: 60 Bomb-Sniffing Dogs May Be Among Abandoned in Afghanistan

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged President Joe Biden personally on Tuesday to intervene to help dozens of dogs affiliated with America’s presence in Afghanistan to evacuate the country in light of the Taliban’s seizure of power this month.

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Taliban to America: Recognize Us as a Legitimate Government

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, requested the United States formally recognize the terrorist organization as the government of Afghanistan on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the last American serviceman departed the country.

Taliban fighters gather along a street during a rally in Kabul on August 31, 2021 as they celebrate after the US pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war -- one that started and ended with the hardline Islamist in power. (Photo by Hoshang …

U.N.’s World Food Programme Head Meets Senior Taliban Jihadi

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen confirmed on Thursday that the head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar met with the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, on Thursday.

Afghan women sit in front of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Kabul, 24 November 2001, waiting for a chance to get some food give outs. The WFP carried out yesterday its first airlift of food aid into Afghanistan since the US terror attacks of September 11, the …

Photos: Afghans Use Wheelbarrows to Tend to Bomb Victims at Kabul Airport

Afghan media published harrowing images on Thursday of the immediate aftermath of at least one bombing at Kabul’s international airport, showing bloodied victims carried to the closest airport on wheelbarrows and panicked civilians swarming the capital’s Emergency Hospital.

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / TOPSHOT - Wounded women arrive at a hospital for treatment after two blasts, which killed at least five and wounded a dozen, outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Afghanistan: China Warns America Not to Sanction the Taliban

Multiple senior Chinese officials warned on Tuesday against any proposed “wanton sanctions” on the Taliban, a jihadist terrorist organization, by the United States in the aftermath of the group’s takeover of Afghanistan.

TOPSHOT - Taliban fighters drive an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle through the streets of Laghman province on August 15, 2021. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images) Insert R US President Joe Biden speaks about the March jobs report in the State Dining Room of …

The Taliban Has No Plan to Stop Coronavirus – and No One Is Asking It for One

In the nearly two weeks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, it has endeavored to convince the world that it plans to be a functional national government – yet the jihadists have offered no indication they plan to address the largest public health crisis facing the world today, the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint on the road in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. The Taliban wrested back control of Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were ousted in a U.S.-led invasion following the 9/11 attacks. Their return to power has pushed many Afghans to flee, fearing …

Taliban Vows to Help Fight Climate Change

A Taliban representative told Newsweek in an interview Monday that the jihadist organization will, if permitted, play an indispensable role on the international stage in fighting climate change, among other supposed global challenges.

Taliban prisoners walk as they are in the process of being potentially released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison, on the outskirts of Kabul on July 31, 2020. - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on July 31 ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners as part of a new ceasefire that could lead into …