Car bomb kills deputy governor of Kabul in apparent targeted attack
18 December 2020 | 7:03 am
The deputy governor of Kabul has been killed by a car bomb, seemingly with his vehicle specifically targeted. The war-torn country remains restless as peace talks with the Taliban drag on and IS tries to gain ground.
Ahmad R. was one of 5,347 people flown out of Kabul by the German Bundeswehr. Maryam K. is still hoping to leave Afghanistan. They share their stories with DW.
Qatari officials say a Qatar Airways flight that departed Kabul with Americans on board has landed in Doha. The flight departed with over 100 passengers on board.
Qatar is considered one of the countries with the most influence over the hard-line Islamist group. Meanwhile, Taliban forces in Kabul have been ordered to wear uniforms, after fighters harassed and beat people.
We hear from a filmmaker who was based in Kabul, given 10 places on board a French plane to escape Afghanistan as the Taliban took over and had to choose who would come with her. Shahrbanoo Sadat says she feels ashamed to be safe after such a harrowing escape. She made it to Paris, where she's now living in a refugee camp, fearful for those still in Kabul and critical of foreign governments for failing to do enough to help the Afghan people.
One month after the Islamists' "unimaginable" takeover of Afghanistan's capital, US items left behind in the airport are the remnants of the two-decade American intervention that ended in an "unthinkable" exit.
Women municipal workers will not be returning to work in Kabul, unless they occupy "positions that men could not fill or that were not for men", says Molavi Hamdullah Nomani, the Taliban member who holds the post of Mayor of Kabul. The other women must "stay at home" and will be paid. In Kabul municipality, 27% of employees are women.
A US general said the drone strike "tragically killed" as many as 10 civilians, including seven children. At the time, the Pentagon said they hit "IS" terrorists heading to Kabul airport in an explosive-laden vehicle.
According to Doha, over 230 Afghan, US and European nationals were aboard the Qatari flight, the fourth to evacuate citizens since the end of the US mission in Afghanistan.
Every weekend, fighters from around Afghanistan gather on a public field in the capital to pit their skills against each other in a sport that is a mix of judo and wrestling.
Traders of carpets, antiques and souvenirs on Kabul's famed Chicken Street say business has completely dried up since the vast majority of foreigners left the Afghan capital as the Taliban took over.
Taliban fighters laugh and whoop onboard a pirate ship ride at an amusement park in the west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul. An incongruous scene, and one that might have been unimaginable during the group's brutally oppressive reign in the 1990s. But while the Islamist hardliners have promised a more moderate rule this time, many Afghans have already seen their freedoms curbed.
Taliban supporters and senior figures hold their first mass rally outside Kabul, in a show of strength as they consolidate their rule of Afghanistan. No foreign government has yet recognised the Islamist former rebels' rule, but their hold on power within the country is all but unchallenged seven weeks after they took the capital. The official victory gathering in Kohdaman township, in the hilly outskirts of the capital, was attended by 1,500 men and boys.
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