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If You Were Ahmad Massoud, What Would You Do?

On August 15th, 2021, Ahmad Massoud, a thirty-year-old man, flew to his birthplace in Panjshir from the Kabul airport, accompanied by a few of the last soldiers and commanders of a collapsing army, in order to keep alive, the hope for an armed and indigenous resistance against the Taliban. This mission seemed impossible due to the amount of regional and global conspiracies. The Taliban, in…
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Pakistan and Iran; A Limbo for the Previous Defense and Security Forces of Afghanistan

For the past five decades, a review of government structures shows that the military is subordinate to the civil establishment. The strict hierarchical structure within the military also ensures that subordinates follow orders from those above them in the chain of command. This strict hierarchical setting is the reason behind the large number of cases in military court related to disobedience.…
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Exporting Vegetables to Pakistan: 7kg of Onion Has Now Raisen to 400 AFN in Northern Afghanistan

Compared to last year, the prices of onions in the northern markets of the country have rapidly increased up to five times higher. The lack of storage, unprofessional storage facilities, and the exportation of onions into Pakistan are contributing factors to the rapid changes in onion pricing in the markets of the country. The inhabitants of the northern provinces, such as Jawzjan, Faryab,…
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Afghans’ Only Lifeline, Aid Agencies Halt Operations in Afghanistan

As the world celebrated the start of 2023 with festive lights and fireworks, Afghanistan was plunged deeper into darkness and obscurantism. Since August 2021, the country's conservative Islamist rulers have shattered the myth of the "Taliban 2.0" narrative that was promoted during negotiations to enable the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. Instead, they have shown a determination to ruin…
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The Taliban Have Not Changed

UN coordinator Markus Potzel on the oppression of women and the duty of the West. Mr. Potzel, how is the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan now? Precarious. Winter has set in. People need fuel, they need food, they need medicine. From the UN side, we reached 24.4 million people with humanitarian aid this year. And we expect that next year it will be 28.3 million, which is about three quarters…
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The Shuttered Hopes and the Broken Hearts

This is a matter to be catastrophized, and I'm scared to death for every Afghan woman in Afghanistan right now. So I will use the strongest words and I mean them. As someone who graduated high school in a public girls' high school in Afghanistan, I can assure you that our school system was something to be taken seriously. For the most part, in the early 2000s, school meant the mat or plastic…
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Afghan Women: Unarmed in the Battle for Freedom

“I have a message to the young Afghan generation, especially women living inside or outside Afghanistan. Please be diligent and make efforts for your country! Please do not limit yourselves! Believe in yourselves! Do not accept oppression and do not let anybody oppress you and the people around you! I request you all to expose any kind of oppression and restrictions you encounter! As a woman who…
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Taliban’s Afghanistan, the only country to prohibit women’s education

The hardline Islamist group Taliban implemented a nationwide ban on university education for women, further restriction on women’s fundamental rights to education and freedom. Since the Taliban seized Afghanistan, they have increased restrictions on all aspects of women's lives, reach to the last deterioration of women's rights in the country. The Taliban’s Minister for Higher Education, Neda…
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Let Afghan Girls Learn

Tuesday, December 20, 2022: 450 days after banning girls from going to high school, the Taliban Ministry of Education banned Afghan girls from going to university as well. Hearing this, I remembered the day I took the Kankor (University Entry) exam at the Kabul University. For the first time, I was encountering such a big number of young girls and boys, who’s face bloomed with hope to…
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