During the Soviet war in Afghanistan the city continued to be an economic center and was relatively safe. Between 1992 and 1996, a civil war between militant groups devastated Kabul and caused the deaths of thousands of civilians, serious damage to infrastructure, and an exodus of refugees. Since the Taliban's fall from power in November 2001, the Afghan government and other countries have attempted to rebuild the city, although the Taliban insurgents have slowed the re-construction efforts and staged major attacks against the government, the NATO-led forces, foreign diplomats and Afghan civilians.
The Kabul River is little more than a trickle for most of the year, but swells in summer due to melting snows in the Hindu Kush Range. Its largest tributary is the Kunar River, which starts out as the Mastuj River, flowing from the Chiantar glacier in Chitral, Pakistan and after flowing south into Afghanistan it is met by the Bashgal river flowing from Nurestan. The Kunar meets the Kabul near Jalalabad. In spite of the Kunar carrying more water than the Kabul, the river continues as the Kabul River after this confluence, mainly for the political and historical significance of the name.
Following increased restrictions, Afghan women and girls have ventured into small businesses, exemplified by establishments like “Culba Awasana-e-Manahil Sadat” in Balkh and the cafe-restaurant “Shama” in Kabul, showcasing their resilience in overcoming restrictions ... Samia Bahari has also established a restaurant in Kabul.
Wrapped in the Afghan flag and staring down armed Taliban soldiers, Crystal Bayat marched through the streets of Kabul in August 2021, protesting against the return of the extremist group and calling for the preservation of her country's hard-won freedoms ... Although she has found welcome and peace, she yearns for Kabul.
Now experiencing their first significant pause in conflict for decades, Kabul and other towns continue to bustle with commerce ... A street scene of Kabul, June 2022 ... While there were restaurants and cafes open in Kabul and other cities, the group ate dinner at their homestays to avoid venturing out at night in rural regions.
Since 2021 the international community has taken a new approach in a bid to protect the human rights of the population ... The urban culture of liberal academia, Kabul cafes, and mixed-gender sports clubs have disappeared from public view ... Rahimi points out that the majority of Taliban fighters whom he saw entering Kabul in August 2021 were young men.
“People were panicked, they were in tents shouting and screaming.” ... “It smelled awful ... If you were a woman you were afraid to sleep at night but at least [it provided] shelter,” recalls Tajik, who had previously held a government post as a ministerial adviser in Kabul. A ‘cafe’ in the temporary camp in Lesbos, which was described as resembling a jail.
Last week, a bombing at a Kabul mosque killed at least 21 people and wounded 33 others ... Sitting at the Slice Bakery and Cafe, a coffee shop frequented by Kabul’s more well-to-do youth, Hamidi watched as a young man and woman in their early 20s sat down at the table next to her.
Its fighters arrived in Kabul on Aug ... It was early morning when journalist Asad Kosha received a call informing him that Taliban forces had arrived in Kabul ... As the Taliban was advancing on the Afghan capital, Atefa Hesari asked her theater professor at Kabul University for advice ... “He’s in danger now in Kabul,” Hesari said.A coffee cup.
A child cries as a man carries a bloodied child on a road leading to Kabul’s airport ... Taliban fighters pray next to young Afghans outside a mosque for evening prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug ... Now they came to a Kabul that was intact ... The cafe, a fulcrum of Kabul’s cultural life, is a casualty of the new order ushered in by the Taliban.
“Compared to India where we had a lot of freedom, dating in Kabul was a struggle,” Mr Rahimi said ... We would drive around Kabul, go to cafes and restaurants. You name a restaurant in Kabul, and we have been there,” he said, smiling as he recalled the fond memories. But as fate would have it, the Taliban seized Kabul just weeks before their wedding ... ....
KABUL ... under the Taliban’s first regime, from 1996 to 2001 -- is still widely worn, particularly outside the capital, Kabul ... Earlier this month, the posters were slapped on cafes and shops in Kabul, ordering the Afghan women to cover up, illustrated with an image of the burqa.
... burqa –- mandatory under the Taliban's first regime, from 1996 to 2001 –- is still widely worn, particularly outside the capital Kabul ... In Kabul earlier this month, posters were slapped on cafes and shops ordering Afghan women to cover up, illustrated with an image of the burqa.
... burqa -- mandatory under the Taliban's first regime, from 1996 to 2001 -- is still widely worn, particularly outside the capital Kabul ... In Kabul earlier this month, posters were slapped on cafes and shops ordering Afghan women to cover up, illustrated with an image of the burqa.
"I experienced this all firsthand myself when my family came to the UK," says Mursal Hedayat, who became a refugee from her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, when she was four ... "My mother was a civil engineer in Kabul, who had to work as a cleaner for nearly ten years in the UK until she used her language skills," Hedayat continues.