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

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

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