Afghanistan

Evacuees from Aghanistan sit inside a military aircraft as they arrive at the airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Aug. 22.

In U.S.-China Standoff, Is America a Reliable Ally?

Sowing doubts about Washington is a potent weapon for Beijing. But even after Afghanistan, U.S. strategy in Asia remains intact.

Matt Zeller, U.S. veteran of the war in Afghanistan

The Escape Artist

In 2008, an Afghan interpreter saved Matt Zeller’s life. Now he wants to return the favor.

Pakistani Taliban escort a kidnapper as they arrive for his execution at the Rahim Kor village near Peshawar, Pakkistan on April 27, 2008.

The Taliban’s Sharia Is the Most Brutal of All

The Afghan government is imposing punishments that have no comparison elsewhere in the Islamic world.

U.S. military police walk past Afghan refugees.

It’s Not Too Late to Save America’s Afghan Allies

Here are three steps the Biden administration can take today.

Taliban fighters on a pickup truck in Kabul.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul: ‘Engagement Has to Continue’ With Taliban Government

Mansoor Ahmad Khan tells FP that Afghanistan is more stable now, and he denies any Pakistani support for the militant group.

Schoolgirls in Kabul

School’s Out in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

The Taliban say modern education is of no use as the country heads toward economic meltdown and starvation.

Qatari assistant foreign minister Lolwah Rashid al-Khater

Qatari Diplomat: ‘There’s a Serious Need for Engagement’ With the Taliban

Qatar’s assistant foreign minister discussed the Taliban, the need for a clear road map, and Afghanistan’s uncertain future.

A woman begs on the streets of Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Economic Freefall

Without urgent assistance, nearly the entire country could sink into poverty, the United Nations Development Program warns.

Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take rest as they patrol on a hilltop in Darband area in Anaba district, Panjshir province on Sept. 1, 2021.

Don’t Arm the Afghan Resistance

Supporting anti-Taliban fighters will spark a return to civil war, antagonize Pakistan, and draw the United States back into a conflict it sought to put behind it.

A carpet bearing images of a map of Afghanistan and flags of different countries is pictured inside a shop on Chicken Street in Kabul. on Feb 2, 2015.

Afghanistan Isn’t Good Terrorist Real Estate

Even if the Taliban wanted to serve as a safe haven, there’s no reason to think terrorists would want to take up the offer.

An Afghan National Army soldier takes a selfie

The U.S. Military Needs to Learn How to Train Auxiliary Armies

The Afghan army’s collapse shows American forces are using the wrong approach.

Members of the U.S. Marines speak to an Afghan man.

Those Left Behind in Afghanistan

A month after the U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who worked for the U.S. war effort are in hiding. Few see a way out.

Afghan residents and victims' family members gather next to a vehicle that was damaged in a U.S. drone airstrike the day before in Kabul on Aug. 30.

U.S. Military Concedes It’s Unready to Fight Terrorism From ‘Over the Horizon’

Centcom will be flying blind for years in Afghanistan—and likely missing terrorists while killing innocents, experts say.

indonesia afghanistan refugees

Will Afghan Refugees Stranded in Southeast Asia Be Resettled?

After the fall of Kabul, some countries are opening their doors. Afghans who have been stuck in Malaysia and Indonesia for years are hoping that they will not be forgotten.

Afghan laborers work at a stone mine.

Afghanistan Is No Treasure Trove for China

The country’s mineral wealth remains largely theoretical.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie

Pentagon Leaders Contradict Biden Over Troops in Afghanistan

Lawmakers raked Gen. Milley, Gen. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Austin over the coals for the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan.

A boy walks through buildings damaged from fighting.

America Isn’t Ready to Fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan

The jihadi group’s continued rise has left the United States with only bad options.

Afghan resistance and anti-Taliban fighters stand guard in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province on Aug. 23.

Afghan Resistance Mulls Formation of Government in Exile

Fighters, politicians, and generals will try to ape the Taliban’s playbook while the extremists sleepwalk into civil war.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference.

NATO Chief on Afghan Legacy: ‘Have To Ask Some Difficult Questions’

Jens Stoltenberg weighs in on AUKUS, Zapad, and the fate of Afghanistan after 20 years of bitter toil.

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