Shereena Qazi is a Senior Producer at TRT World.
The Taliban sees the UN as a path to gain global recognition, sanctions relief and international aid assistance, but it is the West that holds the trump card.
Embassy staff from several countries including India, the UK and Greece said the missions were running on "low capacity" due to lack of money and resources since the Taliban returned to power.
On Wednesday, two journalists from a Kabul-based media outlet were picked up by the Taliban at a protests in Kabul and detained for hours at a police station where they endured beatings.
On Monday night, Dashty, a well-known journalist and a close confidante of anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, was killed in a fierce Taliban offensive in the Panjshir Valley, leaving many Afghans in shock and despair.
With a sinking currency and rising inflation, economic hardship is emerging as the biggest challenge to the Taliban's rule.
Eyewitnesses and Taliban officials said a US drone strike in Kabul has killed nine members of the same family, mostly children.
Images and videos of Afghans falling from a US military jet is one of the many harrowing moments that encapsulates the tragedies of the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
The mountainous region has never been captured by an outside force, whether the Soviets in the 1980s or the Taliban in the 1990s. It now remains the centre of a gathering of “resistance” against Taliban rule.
Videos obtained and verified by TRT World showed Taliban fighters kicking and whipping protesters as well as local Afghan journalists.
In an exclusive interview with TRT World, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said that the leaders of the armed group are in talks with Afghan politicians in a bid to form an “inclusive government".
US forces took charge of the airport to resume evacuations after flights were suspended for much of Monday, when at least five people were killed.
Many Afghans are worried about their country’s future under a return to Taliban leadership.
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