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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks
The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.