Afghanistan today, September 4, 2021


1) “Afghanistan: Mullah Baradar promises ‘inclusive’ government; Speaking to Al Jazeera, Taliban leader stresses security is necessary to overcoming challenges facing the country,” Al Jazeera, September 4, 2021.

2) Adam Nossiter, “Taliban Fighters Crush a Women’s Protest Amid Flickers of Resistance,” New York Times, September 4, 2031.

3) Juan Carlos Quinteros y Patricia Gonsálvez, “Kabul, siete días a su suerte: “No conozco a nadie que no quiera huir”
Noches en vela, ejecuciones aleatorias y trapicheos para encontrar efectivo. Residentes en la capital afgana narran la semana en la que el mundo les dejó solos,” El País, el 5 de setiembre 2021 (03:50 CET).

Nossiter reports that it appears “increasingly likely” that the new Taliban government would include only Taliban leaders, which is consistent with reporting by Jacques Follorou of Le Monde, though at odds with the Al Jazeera report today saying Baradar is promising an “inclusive” government.

Nossiter also notesthat the cief of the Pakistani ISI or military intelligence flew today to Kabul for consultations:

The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid,…is likely to be named information minister in a new Afghan government whose composition has been the subject of rumors for days. The naming of the new ruling structure was delayed yet again on Saturday, but it appeared increasingly likely that it would include only figures from the Taliban movement. That would contradict early suggestions that the group would reach outside its ranks in an effort to appear inclusive.

Pakistan, whose intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, or I.S.I., has provided funding and sanctuary to Taliban leadership for two decades, showed its hand Saturday. Both the Afghan and Pakistani news media reported that the head of the I.S.I., Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, flew into the Afghan capital for talks.

While everyone continues to await announcement of the composition of the Taliban government, news of harsh measures including executions by the Taliban continues to roll in.

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