Afghanistan

An Afghan man rests in the sun on the road inside the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp near the city of Saveh, Iran, on Feb. 8, 2015.

Why Iran Is Deporting Scores of Afghan Refugees

Caught on the border, many are vulnerable to extortion, abuse, and regional tensions.

Indian Border Security Force personnel and Pakistani Rangers

India and Pakistan Are Edging Closer to War in 2020

Two crises dominated South Asia in 2019, and each one stands to get worse next year.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the troops

The Afghanistan Problem That Won’t Go Away

Even now, 18 years in, there is no clear way out for the United States. 

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

How Hypocrisy Became Standard Operating Procedure for the U.S. Government

The “Afghanistan Papers” point to an information cartel that will likely persist for the foreseeable future.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley before addressing troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit on Nov. 28.

Everyone Knows America Lost Afghanistan Long Ago

Inflated threats, concealed costs, and lack of accountability for failure—and the complicity of the foreign-policy establishment—have kept the infinity war going for 18 years.

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army near Pul-e-Khumri, Baghlan province, Afghanistan

How Ordinary Afghans Are Living the ‘Afghanistan Papers’

The prospect of a revival of talks with the Taliban is persuading no one after two protracted civil wars that have taken up the lives of most Afghans.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, speaks as a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 30.

The Islamic State Will Outlive Baghdadi. Afghanistan Shows How.

The Islamic State-Khorasan offers a powerful case study of the militant group’s ability to create autonomous affiliates that flourish and endure.

Zabulon Simentov recites from an old Torah scripture in the last synagogue in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Last Jew Gets Ready for the Taliban—Again

Zabulon Simentov has seen it all, and now, like all Afghans, he must embrace a future filled with uncertainty and violence.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, 2017.

What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks

Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis

A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.

An Afghan man attends a campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of Afghanistan, in Bamiyan on Sept. 25 (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images )

Afghanistan’s Victory for Democracy and Loss for Peace

No matter the outcome, this weekend’s presidential election will likely set back the peace process with the Taliban.

Security guards patrol outside the election headquarters of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Sept. 24 as they prepare for the upcoming presidential election.

Risking Life and Limb to Vote in Afghanistan

Many Afghans say the threat of violence is too great to risk coming out to the polls.

A child walks through a Taliban-controlled area in Baghlan province, Afghanistan, in April.

In Afghanistan, It’s Brother Against Brother

How one family’s story illustrates the meaninglessness of Saturday’s election in the face of an endless civil war.

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