Afghanistan: Concerns grow over Taliban gains ahead of NATO pullout | DW News

About This Source - DW News

DW News is a global English-language news and information channel from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, established in summer 2015.

Recent from DW News:

  • US moves increasingly toward vaccine mandates | DW News
  • India and US pledge to deepen ties | DW News
  • Scale of Sars-Cov-2 immunity still unclear | COVID-19 Special
  • DW News published this video item, entitled “Afghanistan: Concerns grow over Taliban gains ahead of NATO pullout | DW News” – below is their description.

    The United Nations’ top envoy in Afghanistan is sounding the alarm as Taliban rebels keep gaining territory ahead of NATO’s planned withdrawal. According to reports, the Taliban have even made it to the border of the city of Masar-i-Scharif in the north of the country, where German soldiers are still stationed. They are due to be pulled out by the end of June.

    Deborah Lions told the UN Security Council everything must be done to get the Taliban and the Afghan government back to the negotiating table. On Tuesday the Islamist rebels captured Afghanistan’s main border crossing with its northern neighbor Tajikistan.

    Afghanistan has a long history of local militias switching sides and allegiances depending on the tide of politics. The Sangorian militiamen in Helmand province are currently fighting the Taliban. The force counts former insurgents among their ranks. Some say they’ve been trained by Afghanistan’s spy agency as well as foreign forces. What’s certain is that for now, their resistance is stopping – though perhaps only delaying – the capture of a strategic city.

    Italy is warning that the troop withdrawal could prompt many Afghans to flee to Europe. The German port town of Hamburg is already home to a vibrant Afghan community. They’re worried about what the pullout will mean for Afghanistan and for relatives back home.

    DW News YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: Afghanistan

    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

    3 Recent Items: Afghanistan

  • Canada must swiftly resettle Afghan interpreters, retired colonel says
  • Luke McCulloch: The popular soldier whose death is still felt today | ITV News
  • India and US pledge to deepen ties | DW News
  • In This Story: Italy

    Italy is a republic in central Europe which forms a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea as well as bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily form part of the main territory of Italy. Italy is part of the Eurozone, having entered the common currency on 1st January 1999.

    The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

    4 Recent Items: Italy

  • Italians Line Up for Covid Vaccine After Country Launches Green Pass
  • Afghan refugees struggling to reach Turkey through Iran
  • Italy flooding: Towns around Lake Como battered by extreme weather
  • Lake Como landslides: Dozens of houses buried in debris after heavy rainfall
  • In This Story: Tajikistan

    Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. The Fann Mountains, near the national capital Dushanbe, have snow-capped peaks that rise over 5,000 meters. The range encompasses the Iskanderkulsky Nature Refuge, a notable bird habitat named for Iskanderkul, a turquoise lake formed by glaciers. 

    2 Recent Items: Tajikistan

  • Thousands of Afghans flee as UN warns of ‘unprecedented’ civilian deaths from Taliban offensives
  • The Battle for Afghanistan II
  • In This Story: UN Security Council

    The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security, recommending the admission of new UN members to the General Assembly, and approving any changes to the UN Charter.

    7 Recent Items: UN Security Council

  • UN Security Council discusses situation in Middle East and Palestinian issue
  • Colombia Peace Process: ‘important milestones achieved’ – Press Conference (13 July 2021)
  • Former President of UN Security Council on rights and responsibilities
  • UN Security Council extends Syria cross-border aid
  • UN Security Council discusses situation in Haiti
  • UN Security Council discusses Peace and security in Africa
  • Ethiopia Renaissance Dam second filling triggers concerns downstream
  • Leave a Comment