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Islamic State bombings a new atrocity for Afghanistan

The Afghan arm of Islamic State – enemies of the Taliban – has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings which killed dozens of civilians and 13 US military personnel at Kabul airport, saying it targeted “translators and collaborators with the American army”.

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Australian rescue mission underway in Kabul

Australia has begun a mission to retrieve citizens and some Afghans from Taliban-controlled Kabul, with an RAAF aircraft reportedly flying in and out of the city this morning.

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Taliban takes Kabul, declares end to 20-year Afghan war

The Taliban has declared the war is over after seizing the presidential palace in Kabul and large areas of the Afghan capital, with the president fleeing the country and US Embassy staff evacuating by helicopter to the airport.