More than a million Afghans will go back after Pakistan begins expelling foreigners without papers
About 1.3 million Afghans are expected to return to their country of origin from Pakistan, the U.N. health agency warned, weeks after authorities began expelling foreigners living in the country illegally.
Pakistan says nearly 25,000 Afghans waiting for visas to US won't be deported as part of clampdown
Pakistan’s prime minister has sought to reassure at least 25,000 Afghans waiting in Pakistan for resettlement in the United States that they won’t be deported as part of his government’s widely criticized crackdown on undocumented migrants in the country.
Aid agencies warn of chaotic and desperate scenes among Afghans returning from Pakistan
Major international aid agencies are warning of chaotic and desperate scenes among Afghans who have returned from Pakistan, where security forces are detaining and deporting undocumented or unregistered foreigners.
Former US officials ask Pakistan not to deport Afghans seeking relocation to the United States
A group of former U.S. diplomats and representatives of resettlement organizations has asked Pakistan not to deport thousands of Afghans who have been waiting for U.S. visas under an American program that relocates at-risk Afghan refugees fleeing Taliban rule.
World Food Program appeals for $19 million to provide emergency food in quake-hit Afghanistan
The United Nations’ World Food Program is appealing for $19 million to provide emergency assistance to tens of thousands of people affected by a series of devastating earthquakes and aftershocks that has rocked western Afghanistan.
Amnesty International asks Pakistan to keep hosting Afghans as their expulsion may put them at risk
Amnesty International is urging Pakistan to maintain its support for Afghan refugees by enabling them to live with dignity and be free from the fear of deportation to Afghanistan where they face persecution by the Taliban.
US military orders new interviews on the deadly 2021 Afghan airport attack as criticism persists
The Pentagon’s Central Command has ordered interviews of roughly two dozen more service members who were at the Kabul airport when suicide bombers attacked during U.S. forces’ chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, as criticism persists that the deadly assault could have been stopped.
Who wants to fly over Taliban-held Afghanistan? New FAA rules allow it, but planes largely avoid it
Two years after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the United States has begun easing rules that could allow commercial airlines to fly over the country in routes that cuts time and fuel consumption for East-West travel.
UN envoy says ICC should prosecute Taliban for crimes against humanity for denying girls education
The U.N. special envoy for global education says the International Criminal Court should prosecute Taliban leaders for crimes against humanity for denying education and employment to Afghan girls and women.
Islamic State group still has thousands in Syria and Iraq and poses Afghan threat, UN experts say
U.N. experts say the Islamic State group still commands between 5,000 and 7,000 members across its former stronghold in Syria and Iraq and its fighters pose the most serious terrorist threat in Afghanistan today.
Philippines considering US request to host visa processing center for Afghans despite concerns
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says a request for his country to temporarily host a U.S. immigrant visa processing center for thousands of Afghans faces security and other concerns but is still being considered by his administration.
UN warns Taliban that restrictions on Afghan women and girls make recognition `nearly impossible'
The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan is warning the country’s Taliban rulers that international recognition as the country’s legitimate government will remain “nearly impossible” unless they lift severe restrictions on women and girls’ education and employment.
GOP pauses Blinken contempt push after gaining access to classified Afghanistan cable
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee says he is pausing an effort to hold Secretary of State Antony Blinken in contempt of Congress now that the State Department is letting him view a redacted classified cable from U.S. diplomats in Kabul sent shortly before the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
State Department offers Republican lawmaker a chance to view Afghanistan dissent cable
The State Department is offering to allow the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to view a classified cable from U.S. diplomats in Kabul sent shortly before the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
AP sources: Biden to allow Afghans to stay longer in US
The Biden administration will continue to allow tens of thousands of Afghans who fled Taliban control more than two years ago to stay and work in the U.S. That is according to two White House officials familiar with the plan, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss details that haven’t been released.
UN draft urges Afghan rulers to reverse bans on women, girls
A U.N. resolution that calls on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to swiftly reverse their increasingly harsh restrictions on women and girls and condemns their ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations is set to be voted on Thursday by the Security Council.