Afghanistan

47-year-old Anar Gul, a local police commander, wields an AK-47 at his front-line outpost in Nangarhar’s Surkhrod district in Afghanistan on June 24.

Resurgent Taliban Bode Ill for Afghan Peace

Four months after the U.S.-Taliban deal, the militant group is growing—and growing bolder, while its al Qaeda ties remain.

A midwife in training attends to one of the first patients of the day in the labor ward at Mirwais Hospital on Feb. 18.

The Midwives on the Front Lines

Despite rising violence, some of Afghanistan’s most vital workers are fighting stigma to deliver health care to the country’s mothers.

Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC

The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

Then-Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah smiles as he meets Red Army soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow

With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Republicans Demand Trump Answer on Alleged Russian Bounties

If the leaked U.S. intelligence reporting is verified, Republicans in Congress say President Trump needs to take swift action to hold Russia accountable.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) speaks with reporters following the weekly policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Senate Demands Answers on Afghanistan Pullout

Lawmakers want answers from the nation’s top spy about the impact of a hasty U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Senior Trump administration officials brief the press on the International Criminal Court.

Trump Order Treats International Prosecutors Like War Criminals

A new executive order would impose sanctions and travel restrictions on staff of the International Criminal Court.

Taliban representatives attend the intra-Afghan dialogue talks in the Qatari capital of Doha on July 8, 2019.

Factional Struggles Emerge in Virus-Afflicted Taliban Top Ranks

The Afghan government fears that internal clashes within the militant group will leave it without a reliable peace partner.

An Afghan security officer investigates a damaged vehicle that was carrying employees of Khurshid TV at the site of a bomb blast that killed a journalist in Kabul on May 30.

In Afghanistan, the Islamic State Threatens Long-Term Peace 

After a bloody Ramadan, the Afghan government and the Taliban called for a three-day truce that mostly continues. But Islamic State terrorists are already conducting more massacres. 

Taliban prisoners walk in line during their recent release from Bagram prison near Kabul on May 26.

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus

“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.

Taliban prisoners

Taliban Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks

The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.

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