Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to Axios Closer for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Stay on top of the latest market trends

Subscribe to Axios Markets for the latest market trends and economic insights. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

A group of women stage a rally calling on the Taliban to ensure women's rights in Afghan society in Kabul on Sept. 4, 2021. Photo: Bilal Guler/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Taliban special forces used tear gas, rifle butts and metal clubs to break up a protest in Kabul on Saturday led by Afghan women demanding equal rights, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: Several of the women participating in Saturday's women's march — the second in two days — told the Times they were beaten by Taliban fighters.

  • "When I tried to resist and continue the march, one of the armed Taliban pushed me and hit me with a sharp metal device,” a woman whose first name is Nargis told the Times.
  • The march began peacefully, with protesters placing a wreath outside Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry to honor Afghan soldiers who died fighting the Taliban, the Associated Press reports.
  • As protesters marched toward the presidential palace, their calls grew louder as they demanded human rights from Taliban leaders.
  • When the group neared the presidential palace, however, a dozen Taliban special forces officers entered into the crowd and fired shots into the air and used other tools to suppress the protest.

The big picture: The Taliban have offered vague assurances that their leadership changed, saying that girls can go to school and women can go to work, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.

  • But many Afghans, particularly women, are skeptical of the Taliban's promises and worry that the group will return to the tight grip under which it ruled in the 1990s, when women's freedoms were restricted and other human rights were limited.

What they're saying: "They pushed everybody away and forced us to leave while chasing us with their spray, weapons and metal devices," Nargis said. "The Taliban kept cursing, using abusive language."

  • Farhat Popalzai, a 24-year-old university student, said she demonstrated for the women who may be too afraid to protest.
  • "I am the voice of the women who are unable to speak," said Popalzai, per AP. "They think this is a man’s country but it is not, it is a woman’s country too."

Go deeper: What Taliban rule will look like in the new old Afghanistan

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new details.

Go deeper

19 hours ago - World

Taliban exclude Afghan teen girls from attending school

Afghan girl students wearing facemasks attend a class in Herat on Aug. 22, 2020. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images.

The Taliban reopened Afghan secondary schools on Saturday for only boys, effectively banning teen girls from receiving a formal education, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The move raises new fears that the Taliban will break public promises and impose severe restrictions on women's rights similar to those implemented in the 1990s.

Sep 17, 2021 - World

UN Security Council extends Afghan mission by six months

UN Secretary-General António Guterres attends a press conference on Afghanistan in Geneva on Sept. 13, 2021. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council on Friday authorized a six-month extension of the UN's political mission in Afghanistan.

Why it matters: The move will allow Secretary-General António Guterres to compile the necessary information to determine "strategic and operational recommendations" in light of the Taliban's takeover.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.