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France donates €100 million to emergency UN fund for Afghanistan

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said half of the Afghan population was now at risk, including more than four million women and around 10 million children.

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The Taliban are lying, France's foreign minister says

Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke out before heading for talks in Qatar on Sunday to discuss future evacuations from Afghanistan.

Tracing the roots of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan

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Members of the Islamic State group’s Afghan branch, IS-K, paraded after being taken prisoner by government forces in Afghanistan in 2017. © Zabihullah Ghazi / ANADOLU AGENCY via AFP Members of the Islamic State group’s Afghan branch, IS-K, paraded after being taken prisoner by government forces in Afghanistan in 2017. © Zabihullah Ghazi / ANADOLU AGENCY via AFP

The US military has said its airstrike on Sunday on a vehicle in Kabul has prevented a new attack on the capital’s airport by the Afghan branch of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group who claimed responsibility for last Thursday’s suicide bombing there which left an estimated 170 people dead. But just who are the Afghan IS branch, known as the IS-K? Jean-Pierre Perrin details their history, beginning in 2014 when Pakistani jihadists crossed into Afghanistan and soon became a rival for the Taliban.

The uncertain future for humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan

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A Doctors Without Borders midwife examines a baby at the French NGO’s maternity hospital in Khost, south-east Afghanistan, August 2018. © JUSTINE GERARDY / AFP A Doctors Without Borders midwife examines a baby at the French NGO’s maternity hospital in Khost, south-east Afghanistan, August 2018. © JUSTINE GERARDY / AFP

Most of the humanitarian aid organisations until now active in Afghanistan say they want to continue with their missions following the Taliban takeover of the country. But that prospect faces major challenges, notably due to the volatile security situation, the uncertainty over the Taliban’s future policy towards them, and the collapse of Afghanistan’s banking system. Justine Brabant reports.

France to halt Kabul evacuations after Friday evening

France's Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that evacuations of French nationals and Afghan civilians will end on Friday evening, four days before the deadline set for US forces to leave Afghanistan.

Afghan evacuee detained in France over alleged Taliban links

An Afghan man recently evacuated from Kabul has been detained in France over what the government spokesman said were 'links at some point' with the Taliban.

French secret services fear Taliban victory may inspire homegrown terrorists

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Screen grab from June 19th 2001 showing members of Al Qaeda marching at a training camp in Afghanistan. © HO/AFP Screen grab from June 19th 2001 showing members of Al Qaeda marching at a training camp in Afghanistan. © HO/AFP

The Taliban's return to power in Kabul has raised fears about the potential knock-on effect that their victory will have in other parts of the world. French intelligence services believe that here the main danger is likely to come from the morale boost it will give to terrorists or potential terrorists already based in France. Matthieu Suc has spoken to members of the intelligence community to assess the potential threats following recent events in Afghanistan.

Abdallah Azzam: the man who democratised jihad in Afghanistan

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Leaders of the Afghan resistance at Peshawar. © Photo DR / Twitter Thomas Hegghammer Leaders of the Afghan resistance at Peshawar. © Photo DR / Twitter Thomas Hegghammer

With the Taliban in control after the dramatic fall of Kabul, signalling the defeat of the United States after a 20-year war, the eyes of the world are now on Afghanistan. Mediapart looks back at the recent history of the country and in particular how its arid Hindu Kush mountain range became the birthplace of global jihad. As Jean-Pierre Perrin reports in the first of a series of articles, it all began with the arrival of the Palestinian preacher Abdallah Azzam in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the start of the 1980s.

Europe's hypocrisy over Afghan refugees

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Families at the Pakistan border fleeing the Taliban advance, August 16th 2021. © Photo AFP Families at the Pakistan border fleeing the Taliban advance, August 16th 2021. © Photo AFP

Most European Union countries waited until the last minute before suspending expulsions of Afghans who had sought asylum on their soil. Now that the Taliban have seized power in Kabul, the 27 EU foreign ministers are meeting this Tuesday to decide the next steps to take. A dignified welcome for Afghan exiles who have already arrived on their territory would be a first sign of solidarity, says Mediapart's Carine Fouteau.

Macron says Afghanistan must not be 'sanctuary of terrorism' again

French president described the situation in Kabul as an "important challenge for our own security" and a "fight against a common enemy of terrorism".

France to begin evacuating citizens as panic grips Kabul

Defence minister Florence Parly said they were planning to carry out the first airlift by the end of Monday, saying there were several dozen French citizens to be evacuated.

Afghans who aided French army denied safe haven from Taliban

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Abdul Basir, who worked as a cook for the French forces at Camp Warehouse, was shot dead on June 19th 2021. © DR Abdul Basir, who worked as a cook for the French forces at Camp Warehouse, was shot dead on June 19th 2021. © DR

The Taliban’s accelerating offensive in Afghanistan has seen six provincial capitals fall into their control in the space of a few days, raising speculation that they may be in a position to take the capital Kabul within weeks. For the Afghans formerly employed by the forces of the US led international coalition, the dangers posed to the lives of them and their families are very real and greater than ever. But up to around 80 of those employed by the French army in Afghanistan have been refused visas to find safe haven in France, despite the killing in June of one amongst them. Justine Brabant reports.

The Afghan artists who combat fear and fatality

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'Farkhunda' by Latif Eshraq depicts the March 2015 lynching of a young woman in central Kabul. © Latif-Eshraq. Photo Naseer Turkmani. 'Farkhunda' by Latif Eshraq depicts the March 2015 lynching of a young woman in central Kabul. © Latif-Eshraq. Photo Naseer Turkmani.

An exhibition is showing in the southern French city of Marseille showcasing 60 works by 11 contemporary Afghan artists. The installations, brought together under the title "Kharmohra: Art Under Fire in Afghanistan", reflect the horrors of war, terrorism, religious bigotry and the subservience imposed on women, but also the extraordinary courage of a generation of artists who refuse to be cowed. Jean-Pierre Perrin reports.

Woman refugee 'stabbed in eye' in France amid delays in UK ruling

An Afghan rape victim who fled to France en-route for Britain was allegedly tracked down and stabbed in one eye in an assault by her husband while she waited in vain for official permission to join her sister, a British national, as part of a family reunion.

The story of how France abandoned its Afghan interpreters

A book just published in France details the tragic story of how hundreds of interpreters employed by the French army during its operations in Afghanistan were refused safe sanctuary after it pulled out of the country, abandoning them and their families to threats of retaliation by the Taliban and other groups. While France is not the only country previously engaged in Afghanistan to have subsequently betrayed its interpreters – called tarjuman in the Dari language – the investigation by journalists Brice Andlauer and Quentin Müllern offers a rare insight into the hypocrisy and cynicism of governments, far removed and insensitive to those involved in waging their war on the ground. Mediapart publishes here a telling extract from their book Tarjuman, une trahison française (‘Tarjuman, a French betrayal’).