California school district says roughly 27 students stuck in Afghanistan after evacuation ends
Approximately 27 students from the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento, California are stuck in Afghanistan.The San Juan Unified School District said the students come from 19 families, though the number of students left in Afghanistan continues to fluctuate as more information comes in.
Sediqa Rezaei, a female journalist in Afghanistan, advocated for Afghans to stand up for their country, and was hopeful they'd mount a physical fight if the Taliban took Afghanistan back to the 1990s when they held the country under a strict interpretation of Sharia law.
After two decades and an investment of billions of dollars, American troops left Afghanistan and the country quickly fell to the Taliban, sparking international criticism. President Joe Biden defended his strategy, criticizing the Afghan army for failing to resist Taliban forces, a demonstration that the result would not have changed if troops remained for another year or another five years.
Women's rights activist recounts pain of leaving Afghanistan
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Zarifa Ghafari was a shining example of the new Afghanistan that many of the nation's people hoped would emerge after years of Taliban rule: a young female mayor appointed in a country where women's rights were suppressed under the hardline Islamist group. Now the 29-year-old is sitting in a German hotel after having fled her homeland along with thousands of other Afghans who fear the Taliban's renewed takeover putsNow the 29-year-old is sitting in a German hotel after having fled her homeland along with thousands of other Afghans who fear the Taliban's renewed takeover puts their lives at risk.
Although Afghans are "confused and disappointed" at what transpired with the Americans' exit, Rezaei told Newsweek Afghanistan can't rely on habitual support from other countries. She said Afghanistan has to fight for its own future and she encouraged Afghans to stand up to the Taliban in a message to the world that the organization's takeover is not in line with the people's wishes.
Protests have sporadically sprung up across the country and some people are ready to risk their lives to challenge the Taliban's rule. Ali Nazary, head of foreign relations for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) told the BBC he had "thousands of forces" ready for the resistance, although the BBC couldn't verify the number of people willing to take up arms.
At least three babies have been born during US evacuation efforts from Afghanistan
Three babies have been born amid evacuation efforts from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the country, U.S. officials confirmed.Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Tuesday one of the babies was born on a C-17 military aircraft, and the other two were born in a hospital at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Created by Ahmad Massoud, the NRF is a means of Ahmad carrying on the legacy of his father, Ahmad Shah Massoud. His father, affectionately known as the Lion of Panjshir because of his successful defense of the area during the Soviet-Afghan War, led a strong resistance against the Taliban until Al-Qaeda assassinated him days before the September 11 attacks in 2001.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Massoud, 32, said mujahideen fighters are "prepared to once again take on the Taliban." The resistance, he said, includes Afghan citizens and former members of the Army who were "disgusted by the surrender of their commanders."
Despite collecting ammunition and weapons on the chance that the Taliban could once again reclaim power in Afghanistan, the 32-year-old said they don't have the power to defeat the group. He used the op-ed to make an urgent plea for support from the West in the form of weapons, ammunition and supplies, saying, "You are our only hope."
What Afghanistan’s Women Stand to Lose
“All that I have worked for, all of my dreams, have become zero"When Taliban fighters encroached on the Afghan capital Sunday, Zainab, a reporter in her mid-20s, made a decision to leave the country. She had never been abroad, but it did not deter her. If anything, it propelled her forward.
"No matter what happens, my mujahideen fighters and I will defend Panjshir as the last bastion of Afghan freedom. Our morale is intact. We know from experience what awaits us," Massoud wrote.
The Taliban attempted to temper global concerns about the safety of Afghans under their rule with claims that women would be active members of society and it wouldn't seek retribution on those who aided Americans or served in the former government. However, there have been conflicting reports regarding nearly all of the Taliban's promises and many consider their recent comments as part of a charisma campaign.
"It's terrible," Rezaei told Newsweek. "We're just waiting for the Taliban to show their real face. I'm sure they will."
All of the Taliban's comments regarding the future of Afghanistan came with disclaimers that people would have rights "within the framework of Sharia" or "within our cultural frameworks." Their inclusion of that language was worrisome for Rezaei, who believes the Taliban will use Sharia Law as a means of oppressing women, journalists and other vulnerable people.
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In Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Rezaei said many Afghan women were staying in their homes following the Taliban's takeover. After five days, she ventured out and noticed a change in women's clothing. Many women were now dressed according to Taliban standards and wearing hijabs.
Prices on burqas surged in other parts of the country, according to reports, and women were scrambling to obtain the head-to-toe body covering to avoid repercussions from the Taliban. The organization also executed Haji Mullah Achakzai, the police chief of the Badghis province, following his surrender, and a Norwegian intelligence group reported the Taliban are rounding up people on a blacklist.
"The Taliban are now here and people don't know about the future," Rezaei said. "People who worked as part of the Army or government don't know what will happen in the future with the Taliban. Will they be saved or no?"
News Analysis: What went wrong in Afghanistan?
With the Taliban in control in Afghanistan's capital and the Biden administration under fire for a chaotic withdrawal, a look at what went wrong.Achieving that goal also included overthrowing the Taliban, and steadily the mission morphed into a vast, complicated experiment to reshape a society that few Americans understood.
Amrullah Saleh, the former vice president of Afghanistan, claimed the role as acting president after former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Saleh posted on Twitter that the Taliban weren't allowing food and fuel into the Andarab Valley. He called the humanitarian situation "dire" and said women and children were fleeing into the mountains as the Taliban were abducting children to use "as shields to move around or do house search."
Saleh is among those who have gathered in the Panjshir Valley, the last region not under Taliban control. However, Torek Farhadi, an Afghan analyst and former government adviser, told the Associated Press Saleh should have stayed and defended the palace if he was a "real threat" to the Taliban. Experts were also skeptical about the group's ability to mount a real fight especially since the Taliban seized U.S. military equipment in recent weeks.
Farhadi advocated for Afghans to use the weight of the international community to secure guarantees from the Taliban for a government that includes women and non-Taliban. The Taliban have said they want an "inclusive, Islamic government," which was met with skepticism given the reports of crackdowns on women's rights and those who were aligned with the previous, Western-backed government.
If the Taliban reneges on its promises, Rezaei hoped it'd face sanctions from the international community. She's also hopeful that if Afghans see that the Taliban implementing the same rules that were in place in the 1990s, they would "rise up and fight physically."
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Colourful dress protest by Afghan women goes viral .
Afghan women show off their traditional dress as black burqas spread under the Taliban.Type "Afghan traditional clothes" into Google and you will be overwhelmed at the sight of multi-coloured cultural dresses. Each one is unique, with handmade embroidery and heavy designs, small mirrors placed carefully around the chest, skirts long and pleated, perfect for twirling during "Attan" or Afghanistan's national dance. Some women sport embroidered hats, others wear heavy headpieces, depending on which region of Afghanistan they come from.