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Ismail Khan, 14, at the juvenile rehabilitation center in Kabul on Aug. 11. He was caught during an operation to carry ammunition for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which he joined after his parent and sister were killed by rocket fire in 2014.

Afghanistan Is Trying to Save Its Child Bombers

In a Kabul clinic, staff struggle to help teenagers drafted by the Taliban.

Sikh community leader Rawail Singh lights the Diwali lamps with his daughter Komal on Oct. 18, 2017, in Kabul. (Ruchi Kumar for Foreign Policy)

‘We Belong to Afghanistan’

Rawail Singh believed in a peaceful future for Sikhs like him in his homeland — and died for it.

Various members of the Afghan armed forces unload a casualty from an ambulance at the Tirinkot airbase in Uruzgan province on May 4.

The Walking Dead

As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.

Afghan girls at school in Herat province on Oct. 17. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan Ranks Among the Worst Places for Girls to Get an Education

The United States poured millions into education in Afghanistan. Did it do anything?

Lashkar Gah, AFGHANISTAN:  (FILES) In this file photograph dated 17 May 2006, British soldiers from 21 Air Assault Battery Royal Artillery, who are providing the Helmand Task Force Provincial Reconstruction Team, are silhouetted against the sky as they provide security for a meeting with the Afghan National Police at the fortress Qala-e-Bost in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.  Two British soldiers serving in the NATO force in southern Afghanistan were killed 01 August 2006 while another was seriously wounded and a fourth reported missing, presumed killed, the ministry of defense in Britain said.   AFP PHOTO/ JOHN D MCHUGH  (Photo credit should read JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Can There Be Peace With Honor in Afghanistan?

In an era when wars never end, America’s definition of peace needs to be defined down.

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers patrol the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province on May 23, 2017.
At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when militants attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said May 23, in the latest attack on Western-backed forces. / AFP PHOTO / JAVED TANVEER        (Photo credit should read JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Win America’s Longest War

Trump could succeed where his predecessors haven't: in Afghanistan.

First Helmand, Then Afghanistan

A trip through the country’s beleaguered south reveals demoralized soldiers, corrupt local officials, and sweeping Taliban gains in previously peaceful towns. How did Obama’s “good war” go so wrong?

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Watchdog: United States Made Corruption in Afghanistan ‘Pervasive and Entrenched’

Billions of dollar the U.S. sent to Afghanistan made it a much more corrupt place.

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Watchdog Chief: Corruption Is An ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S. Efforts in Afghanistan

The watchdog for the Afghan war warns graft there could undermine the entire U.S. effort.

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Bergdahl to Be Court-Martialed for Desertion and Could Face Life in Prison

Bowe Bergdahl is to be court-martialed for deserting his post in Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces stand over a body of a Taliban militant after fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces near the airport in Kunduz on October 1, 2015. Afghan forces pushed into the centre of Kunduz on October 1, triggering pitched gunfights as they sought to flush out Taliban insurgents who held the northern city for three days in a stinging blow to the country's NATO-trained military The stunning fall of the provincial capital, even temporarily, highlighted the stubborn insurgency's potential to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country Afghan forces, hindered by the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by NATO special forces and US air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar        (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Taliban Are Winning

And the taking of Kunduz was just a dry run for the eventual attack on Kabul.

Afghan security forces inspect the site after a powerful truck bomb het  in Kabul on August 7, 2015. A powerful truck bomb killed at least seven people and wounded more than 100 others, officials said, the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar        (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Elusive Peace in Post-9/11 Afghanistan

Before 9/11 Afghanistan was a forgotten, devastated state. Winning the peace and nation-building will require international support.

Grave stones of some of the sixteen Afghan villagers who were killed in the March massacre are pictured in the grave-yard in Panjwai district of Kandahar province on November 4, 2012.  A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers is due in court Monday for the first time since the March massacre, in a pre-trial hearing to decide if he should face a full court martial.  Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is expected to attend throughout the Nov 5-16 Article 32 hearing at Fort Lewis-McChord in the western state of Washington, base spokesman Gary Dangerfield told AFP.   AFP PHOTO/ Mamoon Durrani        (Photo credit should read Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon: Green Beret Supplied Steroids to Soldier Convicted of Afghan Massacre

The U.S. soldier convicted of massacring 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012 had been on a mix of alcohol, steroids, and sleeping pills while leading troops at a small patrol base in Kandahar, according to a long-awaited military investigative report.

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Victims of U.S. Special Operations Raids Gone Wrong Are Lucky to Get a Sheep

The families of two men mistakenly killed by a U.S. drone want Obama to apologize. But U.S. law doesn't require the U.S. government to do anything to acknowledge it.

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