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An Afghan man cries beside the coffins of victims in a Taliban militant attack

Afghans Caught in the Crossfire While U.S. Prepares to Clear Out

Despite ongoing peace talks, intensifying Taliban attacks on Afghans across the country are out of control—and threaten the country’s future.

Abdul Akbari, who was shot in his left leg during the Kabul University attack, recovers at Ali Abed hospital in Kabul on Nov. 2.

Terrorist Attack in Kabul Shatters Lives—and Illusions

“We had hopes, but we are not allowed to hope,” said one survivor of the fatal assault on Afghanistan’s biggest university.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving visit at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 28, 2019.

Whatever Happens on Tuesday, Afghans Just Want an End to Their Own National Nightmare

Both Biden and Trump have pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But the Taliban have a vote, too.

Members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan protest against the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan ahead of its 16th anniversary in Kabul on Oct. 6, 2017.

Afghans See No Good Choices in the U.S. Election

Regardless of who wins next week, Afghans feel neither Trump nor Biden will do anything for Afghanistan—they just hope the next president completes the U.S. withdrawal.

An Afghan woman holds a weapon as she stands among orphaned children at their home in the Kot district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan on April 22, 2019.

Empire of Graveyards

Nineteen years ago, the United States began its war in Afghanistan. What is it leaving behind?

Pakistani army soldiers gather near a vehicle at a border terminal in Ghulam Khan, a town in North Waziristan, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, on January 27, 2019.

Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan

A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.

Afghan border policemen walk past a bunker destroyed during clashes with Pakistani troops in Nangarhar province on May 8, 2013. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghans Are Cheering for an Indian Win

For Kabul, India is a vital counterbalance to an aggressive neighbor.

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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