24 Jun 2021

Afghan president prepares to meet Biden, as UN expresses alarm at Taliban gains

International Editor

President Biden is meeting his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani tomorrow in the White House with a promise of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid and billions more in security assistance.

US and NATO troops have pledged to pull out of Afghanistan by September 11th but it’s a precarious time for the country – Taliban fighters have been steadily taking over areas in a series of northern provinces – including the main border crossing into Tajikistan.

Warning: There are some distressing images in this report.