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Deepak Mittal, India's envoy in Qatar, met with the deputy head of the Taliban's political office to discuss regional security, according to a statement released by the foreign ministry on Tuesday.

It's the first time since 2001 that no American troops are stationed along Kabul's highways. While some Americans remain in the country and the US government has yet to remove them, as well as Afghans who worked for them, all military have departed the nation after two decades of conflict.

In Kandahar, the Taliban are holding a conference.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said on Tuesday that the Taliban's leadership has been gathering in Kandahar province to address Afghanistan's political, security, and social concerns now that the country is under their authority according to Mujahid's tweets, which were published by Tolo News, "the leadership council has also addressed difficulties around the creation of the new administration and its cabinet, as well as some choices on providing services to the people.”


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India meets with Taliban officials for the first time in a formal meeting.

Deepak Mittal, India's envoy in Qatar, met with the deputy head of the Taliban's political office to discuss regional security, according to a statement released by the foreign ministry on Tuesday. The meeting took place at the Taliban's request, and it was the first between officials from both sides since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15.

Kabul's mayor has enacted Sharia law.

Kabul's new mayor, Hamdullah Nomani, who is also the chairman of the Taliban's municipality committee, has imposed Sharia rule over the city. Nomani claimed in an interview with a local media outlet that corrupt persons will henceforth be dealt with according to Sharia law.

The Taliban seize control of Kabul International Airport.

With the withdrawal of US soldiers, the Taliban have taken control of Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport. The airport's symbolic significance was underscored Tuesday when the Taliban's chief spokesperson stepped on the runway and declared victory over the US. But it's uncertain what will happen next. Terrorist attacks in the last week have proven that the airport is a target for them, therefore security is a top priority.

Biden supports the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden defended his decision to remove troops from Afghanistan on Monday, despite allegations that the US had abandoned the same people it had vowed to protect from the Taliban. When panicked individuals raced to the airport to escape the nation in the closing hours of the Taliban's takeover, the US' choice to withdraw came under scrutiny. Women hid at home, while males fled, fearing Taliban persecution and targeted executions.

In the first statement since the departure from Afghanistan was completed on Monday, US President Joe Biden defended his management of the operation in the face of criticism. He stated, "I was not going to continue this eternal war, and I was not going to extend a forever departure "Later in his speech, he added, pounding his fist on the lectern, “It was past time to put an end to this war.”