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A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait in a queue during a World Food Program cash distribution in Kabul.
A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait in a queue during a World Food Program cash distribution in Kabul.

Taliban ‘Men-Only’ Aid Edict Divides Charity Community

The World Food Program seems poised to carry on, driving NGOs to call it quits on aid.

Afghan boys stand in a queue as they wait to receive food aid from a nongovernmental organization in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan boys stand in a queue as they wait to receive food aid from a nongovernmental organization in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Taliban Are Losing Some of Their Cash Cows

The U.S. and U.N. are halting aid as the Taliban ratchet up their atrocities.

Volunteers label a shipment of humanitarian aid to be sent to Afghanistan at Bahrain International Airport on Muharraq Island on Sept. 4, 2021.
Volunteers label a shipment of humanitarian aid to be sent to Afghanistan at Bahrain International Airport on Muharraq Island on Sept. 4, 2021.

The Taliban Are Abusing Western Aid

Misogyny gets headlines. The pillaging of international aid money goes unnoticed.

Refugees disembark from a U.S. Air Force aircraft after an evacuation flight from Kabul at the Rota naval base in Rota, Spain.
Refugees disembark from a U.S. Air Force aircraft after an evacuation flight from Kabul at the Rota naval base in Rota, Spain.

Bill That Would Provide Lifeline to Afghan Refugees Blocked in Congress

The Afghan Adjustment Act didn’t make it into the final major spending bill, leaving refugees in limbo.

Taliban security personnel stands guard at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Taliban security personnel stands guard at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The Taliban Can’t Win Friends or Influence People

Fights with neighbors, terrorism attacks on the group’s few patrons, and concerns over Taliban defections darken Afghanistan’s future.

Fiona Frazer speaks next to Markus Potzel in Kabul.
Fiona Frazer speaks next to Markus Potzel in Kabul.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.

Don’t Release Foreign Reserves to the Taliban

Unfreezing billions of dollars while huge revenues flow to Kabul risks legitimizing an extremist regime.

A man sits behind a glass case full of colorful bills.
A man sits behind a glass case full of colorful bills.

How Afghanistan’s Money Exchangers Have Worked Around the Taliban

They are, increasingly, the only financial link that connects the country to the rest of the world.

Taliban soldiers stand guard as men imprisoned for using drugs sit in a courtyard prior to being released from Kandahar Central Jail.
Taliban soldiers stand guard as men imprisoned for using drugs sit in a courtyard prior to being released from Kandahar Central Jail.

Despite ‘Ban’ on Opium, Afghanistan’s Poppy Crop Is Growing

More drugs and higher prices a year after the Taliban takeover.

Afghan National Army soldiers train.
Afghan National Army soldiers train.

Russia’s Recruiting Afghan Commandos

Abandoned special forces veterans are getting job offers for a very different kind of battlefield.

Armed Chinese police stand guard at Tiananmen Square.
Armed Chinese police stand guard at Tiananmen Square.

Afghan Militants Have China in Their Crosshairs

New Islamic State rhetoric targets Chinese imperialism.

An Afghan woman and her son walk through the National Conference Center.
An Afghan woman and her son walk through the National Conference Center.

Many Afghan Refugees Are Still Without a Place to Call Home

Cramped conditions and snail-paced bureaucracy add to the misery of people forced to flee the Taliban’s takeover.

A plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.
A plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.

How Western Errors Let the Taliban Win in Afghanistan

NATO’s last man in Kabul helped facilitate the airlift and had a front-row seat to the Taliban takeover of the capital.

Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces rest.
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces rest.

Afghan Resistance Leaders See ‘No Option’ but War

But first they must present a united front to win the support they need to dislodge the Taliban.

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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