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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.

A woman sits next to newborn babies who lost their mothers following an attack in a maternity hospital in Kabul on May 13.

Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce

Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on May 8, 2018.

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Iran is resuming its enrichment of uranium, Syrian mercenaries are in Libya, and the Taliban are exploiting the coronavirus.

Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the U.S.-Afghan peace deal in Laghman province, Afghanistan, on March 2.

For the Taliban, the Pandemic Is a Ladder

The Islamist group is using the coronavirus crisis for propaganda—with potentially dire consequences for those living under its control.

Habib-ur-Rahman, seen on May 3, runs a girls school from his house in Badikhel village in southeastern Afghanistan.

In Rural Afghanistan, Some Taliban Gingerly Welcome Girls Schools

What’s different this time, villagers say, is many of the fighters’ own sisters and daughters are attending.

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.

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