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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City.

Public Support Surges for Trump-Backed Afghan Peace Plan

Nearly two-thirds of Trump and Biden supporters said they “strongly” or “somewhat” support the peace deal that would get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan next year.

Afghans use computers at the Park Residence Internet Cafe in Kabul on Jan. 20, 2003.

In Afghanistan, Social Media Is the Only Way to Talk Back to the Taliban

As the United States abandons demands for human rights, young Afghans are embracing free speech the only place they can—on the Internet.

A Pakistani soldier stands next to a border fence along Afghanistan Paktika province in Angoor Adda, Pakistan on Oct. 18, 2017.

The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Once considered a regional spoiler, Islamabad’s influence over the Taliban has waned.

Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti speaks with an aide after signing an agreement on opening economic relations with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the White House on Sept. 4.

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An interview with Kosovo’s prime minister, how Myanmar can avoid a public health disaster in the conflict-torn state of Rakhine, and the case for reassessing Voltaire’s legacy.

Afghan women listen to speeches during the final campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan Women Should Be the Centerpiece of the Peace Process

Afghanistan's future needs to include more than just those who hold guns. Here’s how to make that happen.

Afghan soldiers walk past debris near the main prison entrance after a raid in Jalalabad on Aug. 3. Dozens were killed when gunmen attacked the prison in eastern Afghanistan; the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Jalalabad Jailbreak Highlights Resurgence of ‘Eliminated’ ISIS

Despite a huge government effort, and some big blows, the Islamic State has shown surprising staying power in eastern Afghanistan.

Attendees stand next to portraits of women who suffered violence at an exhibition in support of women in Afghanistan, in Faizabad, Badakhshan province, on Dec. 9, 2019.

Afghanistan’s Gen Z Is Fighting Back

Younger Afghans are on a mission to change how their country talks about life, death, and freedom.

Former warlord and then-vice presidential candidate Abdul Rashid Dostum

Afghan Warlord’s Promotion Highlights the Bankruptcy of America’s Longest War

President Ashraf Ghani promoted a notorious warlord as marshal to seal his power-sharing deal. Afghan promises are turning to dust.

47-year-old Anar Gul, a local police commander, wields an AK-47 at his front-line outpost in Nangarhar’s Surkhrod district in Afghanistan on June 24.

Resurgent Taliban Bode Ill for Afghan Peace

Four months after the U.S.-Taliban deal, the militant group is growing—and growing bolder, while its al Qaeda ties remain.

Then-Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah smiles as he meets Red Army soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow

With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

Taliban representatives attend the intra-Afghan dialogue talks in the Qatari capital of Doha on July 8, 2019.

Factional Struggles Emerge in Virus-Afflicted Taliban Top Ranks

The Afghan government fears that internal clashes within the militant group will leave it without a reliable peace partner.

An Afghan security officer investigates a damaged vehicle that was carrying employees of Khurshid TV at the site of a bomb blast that killed a journalist in Kabul on May 30.

In Afghanistan, the Islamic State Threatens Long-Term Peace 

After a bloody Ramadan, the Afghan government and the Taliban called for a three-day truce that mostly continues. But Islamic State terrorists are already conducting more massacres. 

Taliban prisoners walk in line during their recent release from Bagram prison near Kabul on May 26.

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus

“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.

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Taliban Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks

The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.

Released Taliban prisoners depart a government prison outside Kabul near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on May 26.

As Cease-Fire Expires, Afghanistan Yearns for Peace

With new Taliban prisoner releases, the Afghan government hints at progress with peace talks.

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