Afghanistan

A scene from the film Jirga. Lightyear Entertainment

How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetrators

On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

Afghan villagers are framed in the broken windows of Noor Walli Khan's car, burned during a Khost Protection Force raid in Tani district, Khost province, on July 28. Gul Rahim, 7, left, says he has trouble sleeping at night, hearing the helicopters and drones fly over his house.

How the CIA Aims to Keep a Footprint in Afghanistan

Even as talks with the Taliban point to a cease-fire, a CIA-trained force will likely continue its shadow war, often at the expense of civilians.

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) speaks with a colleague during the closing statements of the trial of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda in The Hague on Aug. 28, 2018.

Don’t Give Up on the ICC

The International Criminal Court has many flaws, but abandoning it now would give free rein to war criminals and open the door to impunity.

Pakistani residents read newspapers with coverage of Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election in Islamabad on Nov. 10, 2016.

Trump’s Hard Line on Pakistan Is All Bluster

U.S. needs in Afghanistan have overridden promises to get tough on Islamabad.

U.S. soldiers sweep through an abandoned house during heavy fighting in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 9, 2004.

A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah

On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cars pass by a memorial to American soldiers from New York state who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, near Canandaigua, New York, on June 4.

Limited Wars Are Forever Wars

A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, second right, attends a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 28.

Imran Khan Mustn’t Let Trump Make Pakistan a Scapegoat

Almost four decades after the first U.S.-Pakistani mission in Afghanistan, Islamabad risks getting caught in the crosshairs of great-power politics again. Only deft diplomacy will save it.

Taliban representatives are pictured during the second day of the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

The Taliban Have a Road Map for Peace

A translation of the statement from the Taliban and Afghan officials.

Taliban fighters and local residents celebrate the ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018.

There Will Be No Peace for Afghanistan

Despite optimistic signs from U.S.-led peace talks in Qatar, Afghanistan’s future looks bleak.

A mother carries her sick child inside the respiratory wing of the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul on Feb. 18.

Afghanistan’s Air Is Deadlier Than Its War

Every winter, Kabul’s skies turn black — and children die.

An Iranian military truck carries surface-to-air missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.

The World This Weekend

Iran’s saber-rattling falls flat, and Alabama’s anti-abortion law echos Romania’s past.

On the First Person podcast: Stephen M. Walt talks with George Packer about Richard Holbrooke, America’s long-serving diplomat.

How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses

On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.

Juma Khan gathers with neighbors on March 31 at the site of what appears to be a U.S. airstrike in which 13 members of an extended family, including his daughter, son-in-law, and numerous grandchildren, were killed in the village of Aqulabul, near Telawka, north of Kunduz, Afghanistan, on March 22.

U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air

Civilian deaths mount as Washington tries to pressure the Taliban in peace talks.

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