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People walking near a market in Kabul on July 21. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden announced Friday his administration is allocating up to $100 million in new aid for Afghan refugees and migrants.

Why it matters: Unrest and violence in Afghanistan have sharply increased since Biden announced military withdrawal from the country, which is now almost complete and has coincided with large territorial gains by the Taliban.

  • The U.S. intelligence community has warned that the Afghan government could collapse as soon as next year as the Taliban's battlefield offensive grows, though Biden has called those warnings "wrong."

The latest: Biden also spoke by phone on Friday with President Ashraf Ghani. The American president reiterated the United States' continuing humanitarian and diplomatic support for Ghani's government and the people of Afghanistan, particularly women, girls and minorities.

  • The conversation happened the same day that a Taliban spokesperson told AP in an interview that the insurgent group does not want to monopolize power in the country but will not negotiate a power-sharing government until Ghani is removed.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated on Friday that "the president and the administration supports the leadership of the Afghan people, including" Ghani.

What they're saying: The White House said the aid is meant to meet the "unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs, victims of conflict, and other persons at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan."

  • "Such assistance may be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis as appropriate, including through contributions to international organizations and through funding to other nongovernmental organizations, governments, and United States departments and agencies," according to the memorandum.

The big picture: The Biden administration is in the process of evacuating thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. military throughout the war and are eligible to apply for special immigration visas.

  • Neighboring Tajikistan said Friday is it preparing to accept 100,000 refugees from Afghanistan, according to Reuters.
  • Biden designated Aug. 31 as the official date that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan concludes.

Go deeper: Biden defends Afghanistan exit as fears of collapse grow

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Oct 19, 2021 - World

WHO, UNICEF to launch polio vaccine drive in Afghanistan

Afghan boys return to their homes after attending school in Chashma Dozak area of Badghis province on Oct. 16. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will launch a house-to-house vaccination campaign to inoculate children in Afghanistan against polio, the UN announced Monday.

Why it matters: The campaign, which begins Nov. 8 with the Taliban's backing, is the first such vaccine drive in over three years to reach all Afghan children, the press release noted.

Biden meeting with key House Democrats

President Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden is hosting two separate in-person meetings with moderate and progressive House members at the White House on Tuesday as infrastructure negotiations continue, White House officials told Axios.

Why it matters: This is the latest in the president’s efforts to appease the more volatile parts of his party’s coalition as Democrats wrangle over how to cut his social spending proposal down from $3.5 trillion to closer to $2 trillion.

Trump says he plans to launch new social media network in 2022

Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media network called "Truth Social," and that it would go public via a SPAC.

Why it matters: Most ex-presidents are focused on their legacies, by creating presidential libraries or engaging in philanthropic endeavors. Trump, however, remains consumed by social media.