KABUL—Some former members of Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained intelligence service and elite military units—now abandoned by their American patrons and hunted by the Taliban—have enlisted in the only force currently challenging the country’s new rulers: Islamic State. The number of defectors joining the terrorist group is relatively small, but growing, according to Taliban leaders, former Afghan republic […]

“Since August 31, as of today, we’ve gotten out — of the Americans left who said that they wanted to leave — about 340,” Blinken told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “What’s happened since is this: more people have come forward in two ways. There were some small number of Americans in […]

Harvard Government professors and international journalists discussed the future of American foreign policy in the Middle East during an online event hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Thursday. Moderated by Government professor Melani C. Cammett, the panel featured fellow Government professor Joshua D. Kertzer, Belfer Center Executive Director Natalie O. Colbert, CNN’s chief […]

“Yes there is a meeting … about bilateral relations and implementation of the Doha agreement,” said Shaheen. “It covers various topics.” Terrorism will also feature in the talks, said a second official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Since the Taliban took power, Islamic State […]

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, where lawmakers had their first chance to grill the officials about the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. As the senators lobbed their questions — largely about U.S. efforts in nation-building and enforcing . […]

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President Biden met with national security officials by video conference this morning to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: And we are going to hear now from NPR’s Mara Liasson. She is joining us. Hang on one second. We’re having a little bit of a computer problem here. Hey, Mara, you with […]

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. WASHINGTON — Texas members of Congress from both parties expressed anger at President Joe Biden on Sunday for his handling of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Russian military forces are engaged in joint exercises in northwestern China as ties grow between the two autocratic states amid uncertainty over instability in Afghanistan. The exercises involving ground troops and air forces are due to continue through Friday in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous region. The region borders on Xinjiang, […]

Kunduz is the third of four provincial capitals that the Taliban has captured in recent days, a string of victories that come as foreign forces, led by the United States, complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan. With a population of 375,000, Kunduz is a significant military prize. On Sunday, Taliban forces mostly overran the provincial capital […]

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