Measles outbreaks have halted Afghan evacuee flights to the United States

News 09/11/21, 15:46

After identifying a minor measles outbreak among Afghans arriving in the United States, the United States has halted all U.S.-bound flights of Afghan evacuees from two major bases overseas. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the temporary halt was caused after detecting measles among four new immigrants to the United ...

Taliban finally accepts letting foreigners leave Afghanistan

Middle East 09/09/21, 20:15

A U.S. official on Thursday, Sept. 9, said that the new Afghanistan government had allowed some foreign citizens to leave the country, days after reports they held back several flights emerged. According to Reuters, the Taliban had allowed two hundred internationals to leave on charter flights from Kabul, some of which ...

State Secretary Blinken dismisses hostage claims at Mazar-i-Sharif airport

Middle East 09/07/21, 16:53

Secretary of State Antony Blinken dismissed rumors that charter flights carrying American citizens were prevented from departing Afghanistan on Sept. 7. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) had accused the Taliban if delayed at least six flights departing from Mazar-i-Sharif airport in the Middle Eastern country's northern region. He slammed the restriction of ...

Senate committee calls Biden administration to testify on Afghanistan next week

D.C. 09/07/21, 15:23

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has called the Biden administration to testify about its messy withdrawal from Afghanistan next week.  The committee announced that it would hold a hearing on "examining the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan" next Tuesday, Sept. 14, to be presided over by Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). According to the announcement Secretary ...

8-months pregnant woman killed in Afghan province: Taliban accused

Middle East 09/06/21, 16:10

A female Afghan police officer, who was eight months pregnant, is believed to have been killed by Taliban fighters this week.  The BBC, which first reported the incident, said from three sources that the Taliban assaulted the policewoman, Banu Negar, in front of her family on Saturday.  Allegedly, three Arabic-speaking armed men ...

Afghan evacuees could include child brides says report

Middle East 09/05/21, 20:27

Human trafficking concerns are growing after some male Afghan evacuees were suspected of bringing underage brides into the Land of the Free. A Wisconsin army base reported a rising number of older men accompanying minor females who turned out to be their wives. Some Afghan girls complained the older men they ...