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FirstFT: Deadly earthquake kills more than 1,000 people in Afghanistan

Good morning. This article is an on-site version of our FirstFT newsletter. Sign up to our Asia, Europe/Africa or Americas edition to get it sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning An earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed more than 1,000 people yesterday, with the toll expected to rise as the disaster compounds an existing […]

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Horror 6.1 magnitude earthquake kills 280 – felt across Pakistan, India and Afghanistan

The horror quake struck on Wednesday monring around 27 miles (44km) from the city of Khost, not far from the border with Pakistan, at a depth of 31.6 miles (51km), according to the US Geological Survey.  Shaking could also be felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Up to 280 people have now been confirmed dead. […]

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Afghanistan earthquake: Monster magnitude 6 quake rocks Kabul – fears of widespread damage

Preliminary information shows the quake struck southeast Gardez, just over 100kilometres from the capital Kabul, at 1:56am PST (Pakistan Standard Time) or 9:56 pm BST on Wednesday. The tremor is thought to have hit several cities in Pakistan, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Kohat, too. It occurred at a depth of 51km, according to the […]

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Call of duty

From 2001 to 2021, the shadowy 41st Electronic Combat Squadron — known as the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron when deployed overseas — was the longest continuously deployed Air Force unit in Afghanistan. The EC-130H Compass Call electronic-attack unit from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, was pivotal in fighting the Taliban, al Qaida and Islamic […]

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Brutal honesty meets ‘prudence’: Canadian and U.K. parliaments dissect the Afghanistan withdrawal | CBC News

Some moments call for plain language. Evaluating the chaotic end to western involvement in Afghanistan is one of those moments.  The Canadian and U.K. parliaments recently delivered committee reports on the war in Afghanistan and the tumultuous withdrawal of Western forces. Only one of them offers a searing example of the kind of brutal self-reflection that is supposed to […]

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Life Style

India Makes Its Relationship With the Taliban Regime More Official

Advertisement After decades of open hostility and months of furtive meetings, India and Taliban officials have made their relationship more official. On June 2, a high-level delegation of Indian officials met with the Taliban’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul. This is the first official visit by Indian officials to the Afghan capital […]

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India’s engagement with Taliban should redefine Tajikistan relationship

The Narendra Modi government’s swift move to offer humanitarian assistance and development cooperation to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan by sending an official delegation to Kabul clearly has sent shock waves in the neighbourhood of the Islamic Emirate. While the delegation led by India’s Afghan expert J P Singh is slated to return from Kabul […]

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World

Ukraine war ‘aggravating’ existing global food crisis, UN warns

As the cost of food soars around the world, the United Nations warns that the war in Ukraine risks aggravating inflating prices and causing a full-on global food crisis. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, a tool to measure prices of the most globally traded food staples, dipped in May for […]

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At first reunion since Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers reflect on whether the sacrifices were worth it | CBC News

Twenty years ago, they believed they were making history. “9-11 happened, and like four months later we’re there in Afghanistan, and it really mattered and people really cared,” said Alex Watson, a captain on Canada’s first deployment, now retired and working as a lawyer in Calgary. “But in terms of wins over the long term […]

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Qatar urges west to engage with Taliban to stem crisis in Afghanistan

Qatar has urged the west to step up its engagement with the Taliban, warning that failure to do so would risk Afghanistan falling into deeper chaos and a rise in extremism. Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told the Financial Times that maintaining the status quo “where the west is boycotting Afghanistan, and […]