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Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces rest.
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces rest.

Afghan Resistance Leaders See ‘No Option’ but War

But first they must present a united front to win the support they need to dislodge the Taliban.

A money-changer holds afghani banknotes.
A money-changer holds afghani banknotes.
A child points at a mural depicting Palestinian fighters and a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, on Dec. 11, 2021.
A child points at a mural depicting Palestinian fighters and a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, on Dec. 11, 2021.

Iran-Hezbollah Intelligence Center May Help Hamas Target Israel

Growing evidence points to a joint communication center in Beirut that coordinates activities in the region.

Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
U.S. troops patrol the roads of the Syrian town of al-Jawadiyah.
U.S. troops patrol the roads of the Syrian town of al-Jawadiyah.

The War That Is Testing America’s Patience

A new history of the United States’ war against the Islamic State.

An illustration of the fall of Kabul and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
An illustration of the fall of Kabul and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

How America Sealed Afghanistan’s Fate—Again

Two recent books chronicle how the United States turned its back on Afghanistan and pitched the country into chaos.

Taliban fighters and supporters celebrate victory.
Taliban fighters and supporters celebrate victory.

The United Nations Can Hold the Taliban Accountable

Banning travel, at last, will send a message that brutality and support for terrorists are not acceptable.

Afghan women hold placards as they march and shout slogans such as "Bread, work, freedom" during a women's rights protest in Kabul on Aug. 13.
Afghan women hold placards as they march and shout slogans such as "Bread, work, freedom" during a women's rights protest in Kabul on Aug. 13.

Taliban Mark a ‘Black Day’ for Afghanistan With More Violence Against Women

A year after the Taliban takeover, women took to the streets defiantly to demand bread, work, and freedom.

A flight of British citizens and other eligible personnel are evacuated from Kabul in 2021.
A flight of British citizens and other eligible personnel are evacuated from Kabul in 2021.

Afghanistan Was a Predictable, Preventable Disaster

On the sad anniversary of the chaotic U.S. pullout, Afghanistan is once again primed for terror.

Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.

‘Afghan Women’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Western powers and donors created a category that consigned the women of Afghanistan to perpetual victimhood—while all parties instrumentalized them for political ends.

A man passes a group of veiled women in Kabul
A man passes a group of veiled women in Kabul

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.

Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.
Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.

Afghanistan, 1 Year Later: ‘It’s a Really Dire Situation’

Two experts on the Taliban’s governing style—and why Pakistan has “buyer’s remorse.”

Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.
Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.

Meet the Woman Who Makes the Taliban Squirm

Tafsir Siyaposh has spent the past year pressing the Taliban on women’s rights by besting them at their own theological jousts on live television.

Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.
Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.

Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape

More than 70,000 Afghans who worked for the United States are still waiting for visas—unless the Taliban get to them first.

This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.
This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.

Militarizing the Sahel Won’t Make Europe More Secure

The EU’s obsession with security in the Sahel is a reflection of its own anxieties—and a betrayal of its values.

A screen grab shows Zawahiri speaking above a chyron in Arabic with his name and position in al Qaeda.
A screen grab shows Zawahiri speaking above a chyron in Arabic with his name and position in al Qaeda.

What Zawahiri’s Death Means for al Qaeda’s Future

Impressive as the operation to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri was, it doesn’t obviate the terrorism threat from Afghanistan.

Osama bin Laden sits with Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Osama bin Laden sits with Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al Qaeda Leader, Successor to Bin Laden, Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

“Justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden says.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, then-deputy leader of al Qaeda, is seen in a screengrab taken from a video that aired on Al Jazeera on Aug. 5, 2006.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, then-deputy leader of al Qaeda, is seen in a screengrab taken from a video that aired on Al Jazeera on Aug. 5, 2006.

Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Legacy of Terror

He inherited the leadership of al Qaeda when U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden but lacked his predecessor’s charisma.

Women wearing burqas in Kabul
Women wearing burqas in Kabul

Afghan Women Are Worse Off Than Ever

A new Amnesty report lays out the Taliban playbook for erasing half the population: electrocutions, beatings, detentions, and disappearances.

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