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Ismail Khan, the leader of Herat's militia, gives orders to his forces during a clash with the Taliban inside Herat city, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2.

‘The Taliban Have Not and Will Not Ever Change’

Ismail Khan, fabled warlord and former governor, is back again on the front lines to fend off the Taliban advance.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives ahead of the inauguration of the Salma Hydroelectric Dam in Herat, Afghanistan on June 4, 2016.

India Is Scrambling to Get on the Taliban’s Good Side

After decades of supporting the Afghan government, New Delhi is planning for its potential fall.

A mural showing a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban is depicted in Kabul.

If the Taliban Wins the War, Can They Still Lose the Peace?

The United States vowed to destroy the Taliban. Today, they are stronger than ever. But will that last?

Charkint District Governor Salima Mazari points a gun as she visits  forces in Charkint district of Balkh province on June 29.

With the Militias in Afghanistan

As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.

An Afghan boy looks on in a damaged house near the site of an attack in Kabul.

Taliban Map Out Future Vision for Afghanistan

The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.

Director of Afghan Women Network, Mary Akrami, Afghan civil society and women’s rights activist Laila Jafari, and member of the Wolesi Jirga Fawzia Koofi attend the Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha on July 7, 2019.

Afghanistan Can’t Achieve Stability Without Women

To reach a gender-conscious peace deal with the Taliban, Afghan negotiators need more time—and U.S. support.

Former Afghan King Mohammed Zahir Shah arrives at Kabul’s international airport.

When Afghanistan Almost Worked

Five decades ago, before the great powers intervened, Afghanistan was on a much better path than today. But the longed-for “decade of democracy” was soon shattered.

A young shepherd plays with his sheep.

‘The Taliban Have Tracked Me’

In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.

U.S. Army soldiers arrive home from Afghanistan.

Biden Is Done with Afghanistan. Is Afghanistan Done With America?

Pulling out all U.S. troops is the administration’s risky plan to pressure Kabul and the Taliban to make peace.

Afghan security forces conduct a military operation.

Biden’s Withdrawal Plan Sets the Clock Ticking in Afghanistan

With troops to depart on Sept. 11, the next five months are critical for any chance of peace.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave prior to a meeting in New Delhi on Sept. 14, 2016.

India Joins the Afghan Peace Negotiations

Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.

Photographers, including Jawad Jalali, take shelter as a new explosion is heard while photographing an attack in Kabul in this archival photo.

‘This is the Darkest Moment’: Afghans Flee a Crumbling Country

The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.

A convoy crosses a bridge in Termez, now part of Uzbekistan, during the withdrawal of the Soviet Red Army from Afghanistan, on May 21, 1988.

America Is Going the Same Way as the Soviets in Afghanistan

The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives with the government delegation during a visit in Herat province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 21.

To Leave Afghanistan, Biden Must Solve His Ghani Problem

Even as the United States checks the Taliban, it must stop the Afghan president from playing the spoiler.

An Afghan policeman keeps watch over miners at a gold mine on a mountainside near the village of Qara Zaghan in Baghlan province on May 6, 2013.

Afghanistan Wanted Chinese Mining Investment. It Got a Chinese Spy Ring Instead.

Desperate to jump-start its economy, Kabul is sick of waiting for Beijing to tap the country’s mineral wealth.

A plume of smoke rises over Khost city moments after a car bomb detonated at the gates of an Afghan National Security Forces base on Oct. 27, 2020, leading to an eight-hour battle between Afghan forces and unknown attackers part of a spate of violence in the region near Camp Chapman.

Another Base Attack in Afghanistan Hushed Up to Hurry U.S. Exit

Camp Chapman, once the scene of the CIA’s second-deadliest day, was hit again in December—but never reported.

A doctor measures the blood pressure of a patient at the Kahdistan health clinic in Herat province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 7. The increasing presence of midwives across the country has started to play a role in improving a mother’s and baby’s chances of survival. Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate has dropped from 1,300 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2002 to 638 deaths per 100,000 births in 2017.

Looming Aid Cuts Will Harm Afghan Women’s Health

With violence on the rise and the U.S. military drawing down, international donors are pulling back some assistance to Afghanistan. Women in refugee camps stand to suffer.

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