Afghan women are now coming under further pressure from the Islamist hardliners to cover their faces and only wear headscarves in approved colours.
VICE World News discovered a still-flourishing poppy trade in the fields and markets of southern Afghanistan. But amid warnings from Taliban fighters, farmers are worried about their future.
The Taliban has announced a ban on opium production, but since coming into power in August last year they have turned a blind eye to the trade.
Afghanistan claims its neighbour and ally Pakistan carried out the attack. But Pakistan has been silent on the airstrikes.
It comes after the Taliban broke another promise to let girls return to school.
The Taliban claimed the uniform – which included a hijab – was not compatible with Islamic modesty codes.
Experts say Afghan drug smugglers have been using this technique for years.
As Europe contends with the refugee crisis created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, tens of thousands of Afghans who fled the Taliban are still struggling to adjust to their new reality.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is a US-designated terrorist with a $10 million bounty. He’s also Afghanistan’s acting interior minister.
The EU ambassador to Afghanistan warned, “Despite Putin’s war, we are watching you.”
“This isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan… This is a relatively civilized, relatively European city,” one foreign correspondent in Kyiv said.