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    The Taliban's deputy prime minister Abdul Ghani Baradar has denied reports he was killed in an alleged fight with a rival terrorist faction as he appeared on camera for the first time after days in hiding. The Islamist group had descended into bitter in-fighting with so-called 'moderates' thought to be at war with terrorist hardliners as both vie for power in the vacuum left by America's retreat from Afghanistan. Baradar, a member of the Taliban old-guard who led negotiations with the Americans in Qatar, was thought to have been involved in a fight with Khalil Haqqani, a leader in the terrorist Haqqani Network and one of the FBI's most-wanted, in Kabul's presidential palace. The rumours reached such intensity that an audio recording and handwritten statement, both purportedly by Baradar himself, denied that he had been killed.  Then on Wednesday, Baradar appeared in an interview with the country's national TV to rubbish the claims. They said one Cabinet minister toyed with refusing his post, angered by the all-Taliban government that shunned the country's ethnic and religious minorities. The fighting is threatening to split...
    A huge bust-up erupted between leaders of the Taliban at the presidential palace before deputy leader Mullah Baradar fled to Kandahar, sources have revealed. The row took place between Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani - the minister for refugees - and the group's co-founder Baradar, a senior Taliban official told the BBC.  The pair reportedly exchanged strong words because deputy prime minister Baradar was unhappy about the structure of their interim government. It is said the argument derived from disagreement over which members of the group should receive recognition for their victory in Afghanistan. Baradar allegedly believes that focus should be placed on diplomacy, while the Haqqani group gives emphasis to fighting. The Taliban states there was no argument and denies that Baradar is dead after wild rumours emerged that he was killed during a gunfight with his political rivals.  The group insisted that Baradar is in Kandahar province meeting with the group's supreme leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada to discuss Afghanistan's future now the US has withdrawn. But the social media rumour-mill believes he was actually killed in a gun battle in Kabul's presidential palace on Friday that broke...
    Heavy gunfire erupted Sunday morning in the center of the Guinean capital, Conakry, while eyewitnesses told the AFP that a large number of soldiers had been spotted on the streets. There has been no explanation so far for the sudden tension in the center of Conakry, where the presidential headquarters, state institutions and business offices are located, while officials remained silent. Residents (including the center of the capital) in the Kallam area contacted by the AFP were subjected to heavy gunfire. On anonymous grounds for security reasons, they saw several soldiers ordering residents to return to their homes, telling the AFP not to leave. Heavy gunfire echoed in the center of the Guinean capital, according to videos circulating on social media. A military source said the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kalom neighborhood, which includes most ministries and the presidential palace, was closed and some of them were parked around the palace with heavy weapons. A senior government official said President Alpha Conte was not injured, but did not provide further details. A witness told Reuters he saw...
    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Witnesses report heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are set to unveil their new government today as the country's economy teeters on the verge of collapse amid food shortage warnings. The impending announcement comes more than two weeks after the Islamist militia captured Kabul and brought a chaotic and deadly end to 20 years of war, with the Taliban now back in control of the country as they were from 1996 to 2001. Taliban official Ahmadullah Muttaqi said on social media a ceremony was being prepared at the presidential palace in Kabul after the US withdrawal, while private broadcaster TOLONews said an announcement on a new government was imminent. Meanwhile, one-third of the country is facing food insecurity and is in desperate need of funds, according to the World Food Programme amid warnings of a humanitarian crisis in the country.  The legitimacy of the new government in the eyes of international donors and investors will be crucial for the economy as the country battles drought and the ravages of a conflict that took the lives of an estimated 240,000 Afghans. But the Taliban are unlikely...
    Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Taliban have now won in Afghanistan. The group officially took control of the capital, Kabul, at the Presidential Palace on Sunday (15/8/2021). The Taliban have already taken control of more than 10 provinces in the country on Friday (12/8/2021). On Saturday (14/8/2021) the Taliban moved closer to Kabul and closed access to the city. The Taliban intensified in the country after the decision of US President Joe Biden to withdraw all troops by August 31. The United States has been carrying out large-scale deportations of its citizens from Afghanistan since last week. Yesterday, the Taliban entered Kabul in the guise of avoiding city robbery and theft. The reason is that there are reports that pro-government police, officers and civil servants have left the city. CNN International Hours after former President Ashraf Ghani left the country, it was reported how the Taliban had entered the presidential palace. Ghani is said to have fled the country to Tajikistan. The Taliban claimed that three Ghani government officials were present at the time of the incident. A...
    Taliban enter presidential palace in #Kabul. Dat is allemaal live te zien op #Aljazeera. Precies een fictie film. https://t.co/jk6yXyph2X — Majd Khalifeh (@Majd Khalifeh)1629050924.0 #Taliban inside presidential palace in #Kabul . https://t.co/ztYX9Rj20q — Majd Khalifeh (@Majd Khalifeh)1629051035.0 Footage of the moment that Taliban leadership waltzed into the presidential palace surfaced on Sunday. The Taliban fighters were seen taking cell phone selfie photos with rifles around their shoulders. Armed Taliban fighters have entered Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul hours after President Ashraf Ghani f… https://t.co/onvvukWCfu — Al Jazeera English (@Al Jazeera English)1629054888.0 From the presidential palace, the ruling Taliban leadership is soon expected to restore the country as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which was the formal name of the country before the Taliban was dethroned after 9/11 by U.S.-led forces. Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman and negotiator, told the Associated Press that the Islamic fundamentalist group would hold talks in the coming days in an effort at forming an "open, inclusive Islamic government." There was a far different energy at the Kabul airport, where panicked people attempted...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Al-Jazeera news network is airing footage of a large group of Taliban fighters inside the presidential palace in the capital of Afghanistan. The Taliban are expected to announce their takeover from the palace, renaming the country as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The militants have taken over most of Afghanistan in a matter of days as the U.S. scrambles to withdraw after 20 years of war. ___ LONDON — Britain’s Defense Ministry says U.K. troops have arrived in Kabul to help evacuate remaining Britons there. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after chairing a Cabinet emergency committee meeting Sunday that the priority is to get out British nationals, as well as Afghans who helped U.K. forces in Afghanistan over the past 20 years, “as fast as we can.” “The ambassador is working round the clock, has been there in the airport to help process the applications,” he told Sky News. “We certainly have the means at the moment to get them out … It’s just a question of making sure that they’re able to do it over...
    KABUL. The taliban they took today the control of the presidential palace in Afghanistan and prepare to declare their Islamic emirate. The mujahideen entered the presidential palace and took control of it, “said an insurgent commander in the capital. The plan contemplate decree the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, name of the country when the taliban until they were overthrown by forces headed by United States after the attacks of the September 11, 2001. The seizure of the presidential seat occurs after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country to an unknown destination. Ghani’s fate was uncertain: a senior Interior Ministry official said he went to Tajikistan, while a member of the Foreign Ministry said his whereabouts were unknown. For their part, the Taliban said they were investigating his location. Some local social media users called him a “coward” for abandoning them amid the chaos. Taliban fighters were pouring into Kabul “from all sides,” the senior Interior Ministry official told .. There were reports of sporadic shooting in the capital. Two Taliban officials said there will be no transitional government. Earlier, the...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban official says they will soon declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace in Kabul. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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