Taliban Mark Afghanistan’s Independence Day As Challenges To Their Rule Rise : NPR

The Taliban celebrated Afghanistan’s Independence Day by declaring they beat the U.S. but face running a country short on cash where the possibility of an armed opposition is beginning to emerge.
— Read on www.npr.org/2021/08/19/1029189745/taliban-mark-afghanistans-independence-day-as-challenges-to-their-rule-rise

The Taliban’s Return Is Awful for Women in Afghanistan – The Atlantic

As a photojournalist covering Afghanistan for two decades, I’ve seen how hard the country’s women have fought for their freedom, and how much they have gained. Now they stand to lose everything.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/08/the-talibans-return-is-awful-for-women-in-afghanistan/619765/

Taliban Take Over Kabul as Afghan President Flees Country – WSJ

Demoralized Afghan security forces offered no resistance as the insurgents, who seized most of the country in just over a week, appeared Sunday morning on the capital’s outskirts.
— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/afghanistans-taliban-seize-jalalabad-as-panic-grips-kabul-11629005282

US left Bagram Airbase at night with no notice, Afghan commander says – BBC News

American troops quietly withdrew from the key airbase in the early hours, new base commander says.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57682290

China is Treading Where Even Angels Fear To Dare: OpEd

China is Treading Where Even Angels Fear To Dare: OpEd
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The Taliban loves China’s money, but can it forget its Muslim gulags? – Nikkei Asia

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including “Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan.”On the day two airplane
— Read on asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/The-Taliban-loves-China-s-money-but-can-it-forget-its-Muslim-gulags

With Afghan pullout, Biden aims to reset global agenda – The Washington Post

Biden watched three presidents fail to end a war he saw as distracting from bigger threats like China and Russia. Now he’s pulling the plug.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-afghanistan-pullout-reset/2021/04/13/efdb656e-9c7c-11eb-9d05-ae06f4529ece_story.html