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Afghan Border Police officers guard an outpost in Nahr-e-Saraj, an oft-contested district in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Nov 20, 2019.

Waiting for Peace on the Front Lines

As political divisions hold up talks with the Taliban, Afghan forces are paying the price.

A Reaper drone used for missions in Afghanistan is seen in Nevada in 2009.

Death by Drone: America’s Vicious Legacy in Afghanistan

As the United States prepares to leave, thousands of killings remain unprobed, and Washington refuses to talk about them.

A health services staff member in Kabul

An Ailing America Must Not Abandon Afghanistan

Slashing aid, abandoning the peace process, or going it alone will imperil U.S. interests.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

Did Trump Cave to the Taliban?

The disputed prisoner swap that is delaying peace talks was a last-minute American concession Mike Pompeo said wouldn’t happen.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghans Wonder: Is the Peace Deal Just for Americans?

The Taliban are happily talking with Trump and standing down against U.S. troops, but they say they are "still at war" with Afghan national security forces. 

Local militia members in Nangarhar's Achin district

U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Under Fire

Airstrikes against Taliban forces threaten to undermine a pact that may be already coming apart.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (center) arrives at a news conference after the announcement of the final presidential election results in Kabul on Feb. 18.

With Taliban Talks Soon to Start, Afghan Government Splits Apart

The Taliban gloat as Afghanistan’s chief executive refuses to accept the election outcome and vows to form his own “inclusive government.”

Soldiers lift a coffin into a van during the dignified transfer of two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Why Afghanistan Is America’s Greatest Strategic Disaster

Pompeo's plan to make peace with the resurgent Taliban is a sad reminder of all that went wrong in Afghanistan—and how it could have been otherwise.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Afghanistan

Pompeo Announces Taliban Peace Deal Plan

The pact pledging “intra-Afghan” talks is to be signed Feb. 29, but questions remain over whether the deal will last.

The Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai poses for a photograph at the all-boys Cadet College Swat in Gulibagh, near Mingora, Pakistan, on March 31, 2018.

Pakistan’s Success Story

How Swat Valley went from basket case to on the mend.

An Afghan boy plays on the wreckage of a Soviet-era tank alongside a road on the outskirts of Kabul on Nov. 28, 2019.

Afghans Fear Yet Another Civil War

The U.S.-Taliban truce raises some hope—but not while the Afghan government remains a stranger to the talks.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai (left), Afghanistan's acting defense minister at the time, speaks during a joint press conference with then-Interior Minister Noor-ul-haq Ulomi in Kabul on Dec. 23, 2015.

Is Afghan Intelligence Building a Regime of Terror With the CIA’s Help?

As dissidents are attacked and murdered, critics liken the National Directorate of Security to the brutal intelligence service of the Afghan communists in the 1980s.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the troops

The Afghanistan Problem That Won’t Go Away

Even now, 18 years in, there is no clear way out for the United States. 

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army near Pul-e-Khumri, Baghlan province, Afghanistan

How Ordinary Afghans Are Living the ‘Afghanistan Papers’

The prospect of a revival of talks with the Taliban is persuading no one after two protracted civil wars that have taken up the lives of most Afghans.

Zabulon Simentov recites from an old Torah scripture in the last synagogue in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Last Jew Gets Ready for the Taliban—Again

Zabulon Simentov has seen it all, and now, like all Afghans, he must embrace a future filled with uncertainty and violence.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis

A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.

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