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A money-changer holds afghani banknotes.
A money-changer holds afghani banknotes.
Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
An illustration of the fall of Kabul and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
An illustration of the fall of Kabul and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

How America Sealed Afghanistan’s Fate—Again

Two recent books chronicle how the United States turned its back on Afghanistan and pitched the country into chaos.

Taliban fighters and supporters celebrate victory.
Taliban fighters and supporters celebrate victory.

The United Nations Can Hold the Taliban Accountable

Banning travel, at last, will send a message that brutality and support for terrorists are not acceptable.

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The Future of Afghanistan

FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal sits down with FP columnist Lynne O’Donnell and writer of FP’s weekly South Asia Brief Michael Kugelman.

Afghan commandos patrol.
Afghan commandos patrol.

New Congressional Report: U.S.-Trained Afghan Special Forces Forced to Flee to Iran

They could divulge sensitive U.S. military training and intelligence to Tehran, a U.S. lawmaker warns.

Afghan women hold placards as they march and shout slogans such as "Bread, work, freedom" during a women's rights protest in Kabul on Aug. 13.
Afghan women hold placards as they march and shout slogans such as "Bread, work, freedom" during a women's rights protest in Kabul on Aug. 13.

Taliban Mark a ‘Black Day’ for Afghanistan With More Violence Against Women

A year after the Taliban takeover, women took to the streets defiantly to demand bread, work, and freedom.

A flight of British citizens and other eligible personnel are evacuated from Kabul in 2021.
A flight of British citizens and other eligible personnel are evacuated from Kabul in 2021.

Afghanistan Was a Predictable, Preventable Disaster

On the sad anniversary of the chaotic U.S. pullout, Afghanistan is once again primed for terror.

In this handout provided by U.S. Central Command Public Affairs, U.S. Air Force personnel load passengers onto a C-17 Globemaster III during evacuation efforts in Kabul on Aug. 24.
In this handout provided by U.S. Central Command Public Affairs, U.S. Air Force personnel load passengers onto a C-17 Globemaster III during evacuation efforts in Kabul on Aug. 24.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.

‘Afghan Women’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Western powers and donors created a category that consigned the women of Afghanistan to perpetual victimhood—while all parties instrumentalized them for political ends.

A man passes a group of veiled women in Kabul
A man passes a group of veiled women in Kabul

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.

Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.
Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.

Afghanistan, 1 Year Later: ‘It’s a Really Dire Situation’

Two experts on the Taliban’s governing style—and why Pakistan has “buyer’s remorse.”

Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.
Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.

Meet the Woman Who Makes the Taliban Squirm

Tafsir Siyaposh has spent the past year pressing the Taliban on women’s rights by besting them at their own theological jousts on live television.

Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.
Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.

Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape

More than 70,000 Afghans who worked for the United States are still waiting for visas—unless the Taliban get to them first.

Shiite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession.
Shiite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession.

The Taliban Are Wrecking Ashura Too

Afghanistan’s extremist rulers are cracking down on minorities, especially Shiites, as hard as they have on women.

A screen grab shows Zawahiri speaking above a chyron in Arabic with his name and position in al Qaeda.
A screen grab shows Zawahiri speaking above a chyron in Arabic with his name and position in al Qaeda.

What Zawahiri’s Death Means for al Qaeda’s Future

Impressive as the operation to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri was, it doesn’t obviate the terrorism threat from Afghanistan.

A Taliban fighter aims his rifle.
A Taliban fighter aims his rifle.

Taliban Killings Skyrocket in Forgotten Afghanistan

A new report exposes the regime’s shocking brutality.

Osama bin Laden sits with Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Osama bin Laden sits with Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al Qaeda Leader, Successor to Bin Laden, Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

“Justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden says.

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