‘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.
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.
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?
With the Militias in Afghanistan
As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.
Taliban Map Out Future Vision for Afghanistan
The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.
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.
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.
‘The Taliban Have Tracked Me’
In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.
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.
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.
India Joins the Afghan Peace Negotiations
Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.
‘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.
America Is Going the Same Way as the Soviets in Afghanistan
The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.
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.
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.
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.
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.