A reminder:
On 26 Spt 2017, #SaudiArabia King Salman, the West best ally, issued an order to allow women to drive, with new guidelines to be created & implemented by June 2018. For four decades, no western country condemned Saudi for #WomenRights violation.

#Taliban #Afghanistan
Elections in Saudi Arabia have been historically rare. Municipal elections were held in 2005 planned for 2009. After 2 years' delay, they were held in 2011. In Sept 2011 King Abdullah granted women the right to vote & stand in the 2015 municipal elections.
#Taliban #Afghanistan
In June 2021, Saudi Arabia started allowing women to live alone without permission from a male guardian. This came as a development of an earlier ruling that affirmed the legality of the independence of an adult woman in a separate house.
#Taliban #afghanistanwomen
Women in #SaudiArabia still cannot marry or leave prison or a domestic violence shelter without the consent of their male guardians. This means it is nearly impossible for victims of domestic violence to independently seek protection or obtain legal redress.
#Taliban #Aghanistan
Women in #SaudiArabia are required to limit the amount of time spent with men to whom they are not related. The majority of public buildings, including offices, banks and universities, have separate entrances for the different sexes.

#Taliban #afghanistanwomen
But it is ok.

#SaudiArabia is "our best ally", well....

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28 Aug
#US carried out a drone strike claiming "to have killed ISIS-Khorasan planner in eastern #Afghanistan." US also claim that this "planner was planning another attack". Unclear how US knew about this "planner" and identified him in less than 48 hours. No independent confirmation.
The #US is also claiming that this #ISIS-K was under surveillance before the attack.

Now, if he was under surveillance and known, why he was allowed to plan and carry out the attack? A failure in intelligence if, and a big IF, the information is correct?
The #Taliban offered another story saying: "A drone hit a house (not a vehicle like the #US is claiming) in Jalal Abad", without providing further information. #Afghanistan.
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27 Aug
The number of victims at #Kabul attack rose to 90 of which 77 Afghans, among these children and women. Only 13 #US soldiers were killed. 150 were wounded. #Afghanistan.

28 of the #Taliban were killed in the attack at #Kabul airport yesterday. #Afghanistan.
Islamic State in Afghanistan calls itself the "Khorasan Welayat" (ISIS-K) claimed the responsibility: one suicide bomber got within 5 meters’ of #US troops, careless about the #Afghan civilians, always considered by ISIS-K as "collateral damage".
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26 Aug
7 hours ago I warned of suicide attacks and hours later 40 people were killed and 125 wounded by what seems to be a suicide attack today at #Kabul airport where thousands of people gathered to leave the city.

It was expected because #ISIS wanted to register a big event and allow the media to talk about it. This is not bad because now the #Taliban will be hunting down merciless the "Islamic State" in Khorasan. Many Afghans were killed in the attack.
This is not a #Taliban's failure coz the group did not have the time to control the city that is still chaotic following the sudden #US evacuation. However, suicide attacks can be foiled only with counter-intelligence work. Neighbouring countries are coming forward to help.
Read 4 tweets
26 Aug
The #Taliban are not angels. However, be aware of suicide attacks, assassinations et al because the "Islamic State" #ISIS and the CIA are the two sides who benefit the most in destabilising #Afghanistan. /+
#ISIS management of savagery teaches the Takfiri group to push the society towards chaos. #Afghanistan is a very fertile ground for Chaos because the #Taliban didn't expect to control the country in such a short time. /+
Also, #ISIS considers the #Taliban as enemies to be eliminated, and vice versa. Therefore, now that the Taliban is in power, it is in ISIS's benefit to destabilise a non-stable state that lived for 40 years at war, is poor, corrupted, and lacks serious infrastructure. /+
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17 Aug
All eyes are on Kabul, so what are the concerns? ejmagnier.com/2021/08/17/all…
#Afghanistan #Taliban commander Ghulam Ruhani shocked the #US: From Guantanamo Bay to the Presidential Palace in #Kabul. He claimed to be a "shopkeeper" and was released after 6 years in prison and was released by the Americans. ImageImageImage
Calm returned to #Kabul, shops r open & @NATO commanders r coordinating with #Taliban to evacuate their nationals and keep control of the airport. This is a good start for Afghanistan but too early to conclude. It is certain that the Taliban 2021 is no longer the one in the 1990s
Read 4 tweets
16 Aug
#Afghanistan #Taliban is starting the:
- First phase of containment. Allowing all those willing to leave the capital, including foreigners, to abandon #Kabul in peace. It is expected to ask all shops, schools, and businesses to open and police members to do the daily job +
- Second phase is to form a government and build the state. That is the most difficult part. Remember that most #Taliban leaders today are not the same who rules #Afghanistan in 1996. An entire new generation is in command and many have a different approach to international rlshp
- Third phase is to build international relationships with the outside world.
That is also a difficult goal, particularly with skepticism, no finance and with #US ready to get its "revenge" of the humiliation, through sanctions (typical).

Not easy to rule #Afghanistan.
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