Taliban militants attack Herat, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities

August 04, 2021

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An Afghan security personnel takes a position during fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan security personnel takes a position during fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2021.

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Hamed Sarfarazi/AP

For the first time since the 1990s, Taliban militants in recent days attacked the western city of Herat, one of Afghanistan's largest cities. Fighting in the vicinity of Herat's airport has grounded flights for several days. Also, Ethiopia has suspended aid operations with Doctors Without Borders and the Norwegian Refugee Council in its Tigray region, as hundreds of thousands of people there live under the threat of starvation. And one year after a deadly explosion in Beirut's port killed 200 people and injured and displaced thousands, Lebanese citizens are still seeking answers — and  justice.

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