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Latest news: Taliban

Embassy of Afghanistan without a leader but keeps hope alive

Canberra is home to more than 110 diplomatic missions but none are more resolute in continued diplomacy than the Embassy of Afghanistan, operating without government guidance or financial support since the country fell to the Taliban in 2021.

‘Unbalanced’ reporting of Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case

The sanctimonious manner in which certain journalists are reporting the outcome of the defamation case brought by Ben Roberts-Smith is a matter of great concern to Hugh Poate, father of Private Robert Poate, the only soldier from Canberra killed during the Afghanistan War.

UK condemns ‘barbaric’ execution of Alireza Akbari in Iran

Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its deputy defence minister, defying calls from London for his release after he was handed the death sentence on charges of spying for Britain.

At least 33 dead in Afghan Sunni mosque blast

A blast has torn through a Sunni mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens more.

Pakistan warns Afghanistan over Taliban militants

Pakistan has fired off a sharp warning to Afghanistan's hard-line religious rulers to stop sheltering homegrown Pakistani Taliban militants who have staged increasingly deadly attacks.

After fleeing Afghanistan, ANU grad speaks out against the Taliban

In the face of discrimination inflicted by some of the most harrowing terrorists, an Afghan refugee in Canberra speaks out against the Taliban.

Taliban kill, abduct more than 100: report

Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly "disappeared" more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch says.

Taliban to purge ‘people of bad character’

The Taliban have formed a commission to purge "people of bad character" from their ranks to protect Afghanistan's reputation, the group says, in the latest sign it is trying to change from an insurgency into a regular government.

Pakistan airline suspends Afghan flights

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended flights to the Afghan capital, Kabul, after what it called "heavy handed" interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff.

IS suicide bomber kills at least 46 in Afghan mosque blast

An Islamic State suicide bomber has struck at a mosque packed with Shi'Ite Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as it transitions from insurgency to governance.

Girls’ school bombed in Pakistan, no injuries

A school for girls has been blown up in northwestern Pakistan in the first bombing targeting female education in several years, weeks after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.