November 29, 2021

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Pakistan intelligence chief arrives in Kabul to talk with Taliban

Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, a Pakistani intelligence chief, arrived in Kabul on Saturday along with other Pakistani officials.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency has been accused by the U.S. and Afghanistan’s former U.S.-backed government of supporting the Taliban and giving the group military aid, which it denies.

The Taliban leadership had its headquarters in Pakistan and were often said to be in direct contact with the powerful agency.

Hameed visited the country at the invitation of the Taliban ahead of its new government formation, the Times of India reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gavin Newsom requests nearly $17 million in state money to resettle Afghan refugees in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday requested $16.7 million in state money to help resettle Afghan evacuees in the state.

“California stands ready to assist those in need,” Newsom said in a statement. “As the nation’s most diverse state, we don’t simply tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.”

The request will likely be considered in next week’s legislative session.

The money would provide cash assistance and other help for refugees who don’t qualify for certain federal refugee benefits and public assistance programs because they don’t hold special visas but are being admitted into the United States on humanitarian grounds, Newsom said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Taliban fire weapons into air, killing at least 2

Taliban fighters who fired their weapons into the air in celebration over battlefield gains Friday night killed at least two people and left a dozen others wounded, a Kabul hospital official said.

The fighters were celebrating advances in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, which still remains under the control of anti-Taliban fighters.

On Twitter, a Taliban spokesman called on the fighters to stop the practice of shooting into the air.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Google locks Afghan gov’t email accounts as Taliban seek retribution

Google has temporarily locked some Afghan government email accounts in an apparent attempt to head off the Taliban’s hunt for the identities of former officials who worked with the recently collapsed US-backed administration.

“In consultation with experts, we are continuously assessing the situation in Afghanistan. We are taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts, as information continues to come in,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Post.

It was not immediately clear how many accounts were affected by the tech giant’s action, which was first reported by Reuters.

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Pelosi’s Texas visit draws GOP backlash amid Afghanistan crisis

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Texas this week to tout health care aspects of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda – but a Republican spokeswoman said her timing was all wrong.

After a deadly Kabul airport attack in Afghanistan left 13 U.S. service members dead last month, the San Francisco Democrat’s services were needed more in Washington than in Austin, the GOP spokeswoman said.

“It’s inappropriate and insensitive for Nancy Pelosi to be promoting the Democrats’ agenda when Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan,” said Macarena Martinez of the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to KXAN-TV of Austin.

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At least 50,000 Afghans expected to be admitted into United States

At least 50,000 Afghan evacuees are expected to be admitted into the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Friday.

Tens of thousands have already arrived after being evacuated from Kabul following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

The refugees are mainly those who helped the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan or who are vulnerable to Taliban rule – like journalists and employees of nongovernmental organizations.

“Our commitment is an enduring one,” Mayorkas told reporters. “This is not just a matter of the next several weeks. We will not rest until we have accomplished the ultimate goal.”

The effort is being called “Operation Allies Welcome.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Female Afghan judge says freed Taliban prisoners searched for her after takeover

A female Afghan judge who fled the country following the Taliban’s takeover said she was hunted by militants she had previously jailed prior to her escape, according to a report Friday.

The judge spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity after reaching Europe.

Her account followed reports that Taliban fighters freed thousands of prisoners as U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan.

“Four or five Taliban members came and asked people in my house: ‘Where is this woman judge?’ These were people who I had put in jail,” the judge said.

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