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Displaced children are seen at Herat Refugee Camp in Herat on Sept. 16. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.S. will send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan even as the Biden administration continues to withhold formal recognition of the Taliban, the group's leaders announced on Sunday, AP reports.

Of note: State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in an emailed statement that the two sides discussed the U.S. providing "robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people" during talks in Qatar that concluded Sunday.

  • The U.S. delegation stressed that the Taliban "will be judged on its actions, not only its words," Price added.

Why it matters: Since the takeover, the U.S. has faced a conundrum as to how to aid Afghan people, who are facing a humanitarian crisis, without inadvertently enriching the Taliban.

What they're saying: Price said the U.S. delegation focused during this weekend's Doha talks "on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society."

For the record: The Taliban has been vocal throughout the weekend, including announcing on the first day of the talks that it would not be working with the U.S. to contain the extremist elements in the country.

  • In contrast, U.S. representatives have mostly remained quiet.
  • The State Department did not immediately respond to Axios' request for clarification on whether the U.S. officials had reached an agreement to send aid, or whether this was just discussed.

Go deeper: Taliban won't work with U.S. to rein in extremist groups

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Price.

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U.S. Navy soldiers helping evacuate Afghans. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

Roughly half of the Afghan refugees housed temporarily at U.S. military bases are children under the age of 18, according to a letter from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Sen. James Inhofe obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This is among the many challenges when it comes to the government's Afghan resettlement effort.

Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.