Waiting for Peace on the Front Lines
As political divisions hold up talks with the Taliban, Afghan forces are paying the price.
Death by Drone: America’s Vicious Legacy in Afghanistan
As the United States prepares to leave, thousands of killings remain unprobed, and Washington refuses to talk about them.
An Ailing America Must Not Abandon Afghanistan
Slashing aid, abandoning the peace process, or going it alone will imperil U.S. interests.
As if Afghans Didn’t Have Enough Trouble, Now Comes the Pandemic
Thousands have crossed over the border from badly afflicted Iran, and authorities in the neighboring province of Herat say they’re not close to ready.
Did Trump Cave to the Taliban?
The disputed prisoner swap that is delaying peace talks was a last-minute American concession Mike Pompeo said wouldn’t happen.
Afghans Wonder: Is the Peace Deal Just for Americans?
The Taliban are happily talking with Trump and standing down against U.S. troops, but they say they are "still at war" with Afghan national security forces.
U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Under Fire
Airstrikes against Taliban forces threaten to undermine a pact that may be already coming apart.
The United States Wants Peace. The Taliban Wants an Emirate.
The two sides smiled for the cameras at their historic ceremony in Doha, but they couldn’t hide why they've been enemies for decades.
The Age of the Airship May Be Dawning Again
Dirigibles ruled the skies once. Can they make a comeback?
With Taliban Talks Soon to Start, Afghan Government Splits Apart
The Taliban gloat as Afghanistan’s chief executive refuses to accept the election outcome and vows to form his own “inclusive government.”
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Why Afghanistan Is America’s Greatest Strategic Disaster
Pompeo's plan to make peace with the resurgent Taliban is a sad reminder of all that went wrong in Afghanistan—and how it could have been otherwise.
Pompeo Announces Taliban Peace Deal Plan
The pact pledging “intra-Afghan” talks is to be signed Feb. 29, but questions remain over whether the deal will last.
Iran’s Shifting Afghan Alliances Don’t Fit Easy Narratives
Tehran’s goals are pragmatic—and may be in line with Washington’s.