Nineteen years ago, the United States began its war in Afghanistan. What is it leaving behind?
Pompeo's plan to make peace with the resurgent Taliban is a sad reminder of all that went wrong in Afghanistan—and how it could have been otherwise.
The United States vowed to destroy the Taliban. Today, they are stronger than ever. But will that last?
To stop the Taliban’s advance and his government’s collapse, the Afghan leader must check his hubris at the White House door.
Women’s representation is critical to lasting peace, but they are losing ground at the negotiating table.
Since the war began, America has had one lens for Central Asia. What happens now?
After decades of supporting the Afghan government, New Delhi is planning for its potential fall.
To reach a gender-conscious peace deal with the Taliban, Afghan negotiators need more time—and U.S. support.
A new U.S. intelligence assessment suggests women’s rights in Afghanistan face threats even without a Taliban takeover.
Two decades of progress are threatened by the Taliban return—and a hasty U.S. exit.
With violence on the rise and the U.S. military drawing down, international donors are pulling back some assistance to Afghanistan. Women in refugee camps stand to suffer.
Bamiyan, home to the Taliban-wrecked Buddhas, might be the start of Afghanistan’s pushback against the insurgents.
The government’s radio silence is handing a propaganda victory to the insurgents.
In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.
In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.
The European allies that fought alongside the United States will face the fallout as thousands of refugees flee the Taliban, giving fodder to far-right parties.
The president said this withdrawal will be nothing like what happened in 1975, but there are some striking parallels.
As U.S. focus moves elsewhere, regional powers are closely watching Afghanistan’s fate.
Afghanistan will get an injection of contractor support and planes for its beleaguered Air Force.
With the Taliban insurgency expanding, the U.S. withdrawal could provoke a major humanitarian crisis.
As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.
The shift comes as the White House seeks to downgrade the threat of global terrorism after 20 years of “forever wars.”
Biden to boost aid to Kabul as the militants capture more territory.
Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military clamor for U.S. visas to escape Taliban retribution.
With the situation in Afghanistan rapidly deteriorating, expect the mood to be grim when Ghani and Abdullah meet Biden.
No, a complete withdrawal will not ease the U.S. pivot to China.
Ankara is well positioned to play key roles after the U.S. withdrawal.
Future U.S. partners will have to “think twice” about helping the Pentagon if Biden isn’t able to grant visas to Afghan interpreters, lawmakers said.
Ambitious post-withdrawal hopes can’t be achieved without bases nearby.
The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.
Biden’s pledge to maintain U.S. capacity in Afghanistan without boots on the ground appears easier said than done.
The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.
Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.
Washington hopes to reduce spiraling Taliban violence, but it is losing its most potent leverage: troop presence.
France’s withdrawal shows sometimes the costs of maintaining the status quo are higher than the costs of a drastic policy change.
Penalties for broken contracts, fees for shipping equipment, and salaries for the Afghan military are just a few of the costs that will hit the United States as it leaves.
Five decades ago, before the great powers intervened, Afghanistan was on a much better path than today. But the longed-for “decade of democracy” was soon shattered.
Roya Rahmani says the Taliban have no justification for continuing their war after the departure of international troops.
The Pentagon is going to need more firepower to pull out U.S. troops.
With the United States departing, New Delhi is seeking new ways to project influence.
Here’s how the Biden administration can prevent chaos in Afghanistan, even after it withdraws.
A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.
The United States’ withdrawal may be a balm domestically. It’s anything but for those that lived through the horror.
After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.
But will he really end the United States’ other open-ended conflicts?
After making the right call on withdrawal, the U.S. president better get ready for second-guessing.
As the United States leaves Afghanistan, the question of troops in the Middle East to support the Afghan mission looms large.
Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.
After the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, its rivalry with China is likely to define the new administration’s approach to the region.
Biden administration officials have said U.S. troops are leaving the battlefield in Afghanistan, but the U.S. aid spigot won’t end.
The United States hadn’t accomplished its goals in 20 years. The next few weren’t going to make much of a difference.
With troops to depart on Sept. 11, the next five months are critical for any chance of peace.
The move will finally end the United States’ longest war.
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Washington promised to bring liberal democracy to Kabul. It created a bloated and ineffective sector of artificial NGOs instead.
A middle path, with a greater role for India, is still possible—and preferable to either extreme.
Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.
There are no good choices, but staying on is the worst.
The U.S. defense secretary, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan, warned that Taliban violence remains “pretty high” as Biden weighs withdrawal.
The United States and Pakistan must work together to secure the country’s future.
The Biden administration’s new strategy could put it on a collision course with President Ashraf Ghani.
Washington’s latest proposal would draw on Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran for support.
New details are trickling out about how the United States is preparing to withdraw its troops without leaving chaos behind.
Facing a May 1 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops, the new administration must walk a tightrope toward peace.
The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.
Congress has issued a report on the longest war in U.S. history. Here’s hoping Biden ignores it.
The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.
Even as the United States checks the Taliban, it must stop the Afghan president from playing the spoiler.
Camp Chapman, once the scene of the CIA’s second-deadliest day, was hit again in December—but never reported.
2020 was one of the deadliest years on record for such assassinations, many of which are still unclaimed.
Politicians and warlords have benefited from decades of violence. The victims of the country’s endless wars could provide the key to a lasting peace.
Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.
The hasty–and unexplained—move drew criticism from Republicans and the head of NATO.
Despite ongoing peace talks, intensifying Taliban attacks on Afghans across the country are out of control—and threaten the country’s future.
Both Biden and Trump have pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But the Taliban have a vote, too.
Peace talks in Afghanistan may come down to an agreement between the Taliban and Kabul on an interim government. Here’s how the sides can avoid the pitfalls of 1992 and 2001.
After the peace deal with the United States, the militant group has doubled down on collecting “taxes” from Afghanistan’s coal miners.
As Afghanistan peace talks drag on, with Washington sending mixed signals on troop withdrawals, the Taliban make a violent bid for a key province.