Afghanistan

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City.

Public Support Surges for Trump-Backed Afghan Peace Plan

Nearly two-thirds of Trump and Biden supporters said they “strongly” or “somewhat” support the peace deal that would get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan next year.

Afghans use computers at the Park Residence Internet Cafe in Kabul on Jan. 20, 2003.

In Afghanistan, Social Media Is the Only Way to Talk Back to the Taliban

As the United States abandons demands for human rights, young Afghans are embracing free speech the only place they can—on the Internet.

A Pakistani soldier stands next to a border fence along Afghanistan Paktika province in Angoor Adda, Pakistan on Oct. 18, 2017.

The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Once considered a regional spoiler, Islamabad’s influence over the Taliban has waned.

Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti speaks with an aide after signing an agreement on opening economic relations with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the White House on Sept. 4.

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Taliban prisoners being released outside Kabul

Defying Peace Deal, Freed Taliban Return to Battlefield

A new confidential report concludes that a majority of fighters are resuming their “jihad” to overthrow the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

Afghan women listen to speeches during the final campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan Women Should Be the Centerpiece of the Peace Process

Afghanistan's future needs to include more than just those who hold guns. Here’s how to make that happen.

Afghan soldiers walk past debris near the main prison entrance after a raid in Jalalabad on Aug. 3. Dozens were killed when gunmen attacked the prison in eastern Afghanistan; the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Jalalabad Jailbreak Highlights Resurgence of ‘Eliminated’ ISIS

Despite a huge government effort, and some big blows, the Islamic State has shown surprising staying power in eastern Afghanistan.

Soviet Red Army soldiers march in downtown Kabul during a military parade in October 1986.

Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan

The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19 in Washington, DC.

Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem

Trump’s continued reluctance to criticize Moscow over bounties has given Democratic contenders a fresh opening to attack lawmakers loyal to the White House.

Attendees stand next to portraits of women who suffered violence at an exhibition in support of women in Afghanistan, in Faizabad, Badakhshan province, on Dec. 9, 2019.

Afghanistan’s Gen Z Is Fighting Back

Younger Afghans are on a mission to change how their country talks about life, death, and freedom.

Former warlord and then-vice presidential candidate Abdul Rashid Dostum

Afghan Warlord’s Promotion Highlights the Bankruptcy of America’s Longest War

President Ashraf Ghani promoted a notorious warlord as marshal to seal his power-sharing deal. Afghan promises are turning to dust.

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.

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