Taliban

Blown-out windows and destroyed houses line Jalalabad Road in eastern Kabul on Sept. 11 after a Taliban attack Sept. 2 that killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100.

Afghans Want Peace, but Not Like This

Ordinary Afghans felt excluded from the talks and feared an empowered Taliban.

Taliban members attend Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Getting to ‘Yes’ Has Just Gotten a Lot Harder in Afghanistan

An abrupt end to a possible deal with the Taliban sticks the United States deeper in the quagmire.

Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018.

In the Demise of the Taliban Peace Talks, Russia Is the Winner

Even as it paints itself as an ally in Afghanistan, the Kremlin is busy undercutting Washington.

Armored Afghan National Army (ANA) Humvees park inside and outside a school hosting a diminished number of students and teachers as ANA soldiers man positions on its roof in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in March 2016. Taliban-controlled villages are only hundreds of feet away.

The Taliban Kills a Glimmer of Hope in Helmand

The slaying of a local elder foretells the end of peace talks and the renewal of violence in Afghanistan.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Trump’s Approach to Afghanistan ‘Confusing His Own Negotiators’

Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker talks about the “catastrophic” plans for a Taliban summit and scant hopes for any enduring peace deal.

Smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 3.

The Taliban Shoots Back at Donald Trump

A translation of spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid’s warning for the United States.

The Taliban’s Broken Pledge to Contain Terrorists

A generation ago, the Taliban promised to prevent Osama bin Laden from targeting Americans—then came 9/11.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, speaks with Asila Wardak, a human rights activist, during intra-Afghan dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Khalilzad Edges Closer to Pact With Taliban

The U.S. envoy is expected to travel to Afghanistan within days to seek approval from President Ashraf Ghani.

Local Afghan militia and Afghan Army soldiers consult March 14, 2007 in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Afghan troops, along with British Marine trainers, patrol through the area near the Kajaki hydroelectric dam.

How to Partner With the Taliban

The Trump administration’s peace deal for Afghanistan needs a plan for the country’s most looming threat: international terrorists whom both sides oppose.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speak to the media in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on July 22.

How Pakistan Is Playing Washington—Again

Trump thinks he can get Imran Khan to help as he exits Afghanistan. History suggests otherwise.

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.

Afghan girls raise their hands during English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul on Nov. 22, 2006.

What Afghan Women (and Men) Really Want

Access to employment and education are local priorities. Here’s how the West can work with the Taliban to ensure those rights.

Participants arrive to attend a two-day gathering of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on Feb. 5.

The Afghan Government Can’t Make Peace With the Taliban on Its Own

Negotiations involving a broad group that represents all of Afghanistan—not just its senior politicians—are the only way to achieve a lasting settlement.

Pakistani army soldiers gather near a vehicle at a border terminal in Ghulam Khan, a town in North Waziristan, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, on January 27, 2019.

Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan

A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.

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