The Taliban Just Won a Key Battle for Afghanistan’s Future
The killing of a strongman police chief creates a dangerous power vacuum.
Talking to the Taliban
On the podcast: American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burqa and knocked on their doors.
The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds
The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.
One Year On, Little to Show for Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy
The Pentagon says the United States is winning the war, but after 17 years, there’s still no end in sight.
Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War
As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.
False Dawn in Afghanistan?
A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.
Security Brief: Russia Providing Arms to Taliban; China’s Global Kidnapping Campaign
"We've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and [they] said, this was given by the Russians to the Taliban."
Is Trump Ready to Dump Pakistan?
The White House is talking tough, but previous U.S. presidents never managed to persuade Islamabad to fight Afghan militants.
Learning to Fight When Screens Go Dark
If we woke up tomorrow and found that none of our laptops, iPhones, iPads, or personal assistants worked, what would we do?
The Walking Dead
As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.
In Break From Obama, Trump Embedding More U.S. Forces With Afghan Combat Units
Several years after pulling back, American troops will head outside the wire to battle the Taliban and turn up the air war.
Tillerson Open to Peace Talks With ‘Moderate’ Taliban
The U.S. secretary of state reopened the offer during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
Expelling the Taliban From Qatar Would Be a Grave Mistake
There's absolutely no reason to close down the path to peace in Afghanistan.
Book excerpt: ‘The Final Mission of ‘Extortion 17’ in Afghanistan
This chapter documents the never-before-revealed final minutes of Extortion 17’s fateful mission into Afghanistan’s Tangi Valley.
On the Edge of Afghanistan
A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.
Mapped: The Taliban’s Strongholds in Afghanistan
Trump just announced a troop surge. Here’s what he's up against.
The Afghan Vice President Was Just Denied Entry to Afghanistan
It’s the latest sign of a political crisis roiling the country.
John Walker Lindh, Detainee #001 in the Global War On Terror, Will Go Free In Two Years. What Then?
In leaked correspondence from prison, the ‘American Taliban’ refuses to renounce terrorism, says he wants to move to Ireland.
The New, Old War in Afghanistan
Sixteen years into a war Washington refuses to walk away from, a new strategy, led by the Pentagon, is about to start the effort anew.