As the Taliban make territorial gains, more Afghans, including those who helped U.S. news outlets, will become eligible for visas.
As the United States’ involvement in the war in Afghanistan comes to a close, a U.S. official provided an update on flights of refugees from Kabul to the United States.
The casualty toll from the flood in a Taliban-controlled district in Nuristan Province was expected to rise beyond the 80 confirmed deaths as the search for victims continues.
A spokesman said Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, expected the Taliban to be “a pivotal military and political force” in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, and urged their leaders to hold peace talks. Mr. Wang also criticized NATO and the U.S. for its Afghan withdrawal.
Worried about the war in Afghanistan, China has stepped up diplomatic efforts with the government and the group to encourage a political settlement after the U.S. withdrawal.
Detentions and summary executions of those accused of colluding with the Kabul government were also reported, with the Taliban found to be largely responsible.
With the militants making advances across Afghanistan, the top American general there suggested that airstrikes may continue, even with the U.S. troop pullout largely completed.
The airstrikes showed American willingness to back up beleaguered Afghan government forces as the Taliban advance, but the extent of that willingness remains unclear.
Despite promises from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has yet to produce a plan to bring Afghan interpreters and other workers to the country.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer was killed in a clash between Afghan forces and the Taliban.