The supreme leader of the Taliban, Haibatullah Akhunzada, has warned the group that there may be “unknown” entities among their ranks who are “working against the will of the government”. The warning came in a statement attributed to Akhunzada that was circulated widely on Taliban social media accounts on Thursday.
The Taliban’s supreme leader has not been seen in public since the group seized power nearly three months ago, capturing the Afghan capital of Kabul on August 15 and declaring an Islamic emirate as US forces withdrew following a decades-long occupation. Since the Taliban took control of the country, its leadership has repeatedly warned of impostors and criminals joining the group in an effort to harm its image. In September, acting Defence Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob raised concerns in an audio message.
The US government has offered financial compensation and relocation to the relatives of 10 people mistakenly killed by the American military in a drone strike on the Afghan capital, Kabul, in August.
The surviving family members of Mr Ahmadi (pictured top right), who was killed by a US drone strike in August after US military intelligence mistakenly took him for an ISIS-K terrorist, had said they want the Americans responsible for the tragic mistake to be taken to court, while also asking for financial compensation and resettlement in the United States or another safe country for the rest of their lives.
Aleast 62 people have been killed with 66 others injured after a large explosion tore through a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, with the casualty toll likely to rise.
Taliban interior ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said authorities were collecting details of the explosion, which took place days after a suicide bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Shi’ite mosque in the northern city of Kunduz that killed scores of people.
Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan said that Taliban representatives have been invited to Moscow for peace talks later this month on the country’s future. According to reports, the peace talks were planned for October 20.
An apparent bomb attack at a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people on Friday, October 8, in the bloodiest assault since US forces left the country.
A medical source at the Kunduz Provincial Hospital said that 35 dead and more than 50 injured had been taken there, while a worker at a Doctors Without Borders hospital reported 15 dead and scores more wounded.
The US has stated its commitment to defending its allies just days after China sent 77 warplanes into Taiwanese airspace. This week, China sent a “record number” of military jets into Taiwan’s air defence zone for four days in a row, in a public show of force and the US feel such actions undermine peace across the Taiwan Strait.
A gay man in Afghanistan has reportedly been raped and beaten by the Taliban in as the country returns to Islamist rule.
The man, who has not been identified, was said to have been lured out of hiding in the capital Kabul by two Taliban fighters who posed as a friend offering safe passage out of the country. Instead, they attacked and raped the man when he arrived to meet them, leaving him alive but terrified,