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265 people are evacuated out of Kabul.
265 people are evacuated out of Kabul.

Trump and Biden Let Afghanistan Collapse

The Taliban didn’t have to take over. But Washington made sure they would.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic

Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.

Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take position.
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take position.

The Afghan Resistance Is Still Fighting

But without unity, arms, or a safe haven, it’s an uphill fight against the Islamists in Kabul.

A burqa-clad woman with a child
A burqa-clad woman with a child

The Taliban Have Made the Burqa Mandatory Again

Hunger and poverty stalk the nation, but the Islamists want to disappear women from public life.

A Taliban member stands guard outside of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, located on the outskirts of Kabul, on Oct. 17, 2021.
A Taliban member stands guard outside of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, located on the outskirts of Kabul, on Oct. 17, 2021.

Millions of Afghans Want to Flee. LGBTQ Afghans Have To.

Since the Taliban takeover last August, members of the Afghan LGBTQ community have faced electrocution, torture, killings, and fear.

An Afghan worker works on the site of an ancient monastery discovered in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar on Nov. 23, 2010. The archaeological dig is located at the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine.
An Afghan worker works on the site of an ancient monastery discovered in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar on Nov. 23, 2010. The archaeological dig is located at the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine.

China Wants Its Investments in Afghanistan to Be Safer Than in Pakistan

Beijing could profit handsomely from Afghan resources and exports, but new ventures risk exposing Chinese nationals to violence.

Taliban fighters in armored vehicles take part in a military parade.
Taliban fighters in armored vehicles take part in a military parade.

Afghanistan Regains Its Crown as Terror Central

The Taliban’s jihadi friends are back to threaten global security.

Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, poses during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021.
Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, poses during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021.

What the Taliban Mean for Queer Afghans

In the absence of Western support, their lives are in danger as they struggle to flee. 

Afghan resistance forces take a rest as they patrol on a hilltop.
Afghan resistance forces take a rest as they patrol on a hilltop.

Afghan Resistance Groups Eye Spring Offensive

But internal divisions and the Taliban get a vote, too.

Women wait in line during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul.
Women wait in line during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Hungry Will Pay the Price for Putin’s War

The knock-on effects of Russia’s war on Ukraine are hammering wheat-dependent countries such as Afghanistan.

A meeting of foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
A meeting of foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

The Taliban Didn’t Get Chinese Recognition, but They’re Getting Chinese Help

Multilateral talks in China this week shied from recognizing the Taliban, but Beijing is still playing ball.

Men gather around bags containing heroin and hashish as they negotiate and check quality at a drug market on the outskirts of Kandahar on September 24, 2021.
Men gather around bags containing heroin and hashish as they negotiate and check quality at a drug market on the outskirts of Kandahar on September 24, 2021.

The New Geopolitics of the Taliban’s Opium Economy

Afghanistan’s narcotics trade is booming under fresh leadership.

Girls attend class in Afghanistan.
Girls attend class in Afghanistan.

Taliban Reversal on Girls’ Education Ignites World’s Anger

The sudden about-face could undercut the Taliban’s hopes for international recognition.

Vendors work at a market in Kabul.
Vendors work at a market in Kabul.

As the World Watches Ukraine, Afghanistan Goes Full Taliban

The Taliban are using detentions, repression, censorship, and killings to tighten their grip on power.

A wall mural painted on the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
A wall mural painted on the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

‘Nowhere to Turn to’: U.S. Forces Closure of Afghan Embassy

Afghan diplomats wanted to keep the flag raised but were running out of cash.

In this picture taken on October 1, 2020, women wait with their children at a government-run maternity clinic in a rural area of Dand district in Kandahar province.
In this picture taken on October 1, 2020, women wait with their children at a government-run maternity clinic in a rural area of Dand district in Kandahar province.

The Taliban Are Harming Afghan Women’s Health

Afghanistan’s new government is imposing discriminatory restrictions on the health care system.

Members of the Uzbek Taliban
Members of the Uzbek Taliban

Taliban Struggle to Maintain Unity Six Months Into Their Reign

“People don’t trust us yet, but we’re working on it,” one Taliban commander said.

Residents of Quetta hold candle lights beside photographs of security personnel who were killed in militant attacks on security camps in the Nushki and Panjgur areas of Balochistan province.
Residents of Quetta hold candle lights beside photographs of security personnel who were killed in militant attacks on security camps in the Nushki and Panjgur areas of Balochistan province.

Pakistan Faces ‘Peace of Wolves’ as Regional Tensions Rise

After 20 years of supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan, Pakistan finds the tables are turning as militancy comes home.

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