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America can't stay in Afghanistan forever, but it matters how we leave

As President Trump seeks to draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, some have argued the decision is about bringing an end to America's endless wars. But the real issue is how to create enduring stability. Now is an important time to talk not about endless war, but rather about lasting peace.

Afghan women look at the skyline of Kabul in September. 
Rahmat Gul/AP

'Our Houses Are Not Safe': Residents Fear Taliban In Afghanistan's Capital

In a mosque on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, a preacher crowed to assembled men and boys: The Taliban, with their primitive guns, brought foreign forces to their knees, he said, and the Afghan government is next.

12-year-old Bilal survived a December 2018 night raid on his madrassa in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, during which 12 other boys were massacred. “There were Americans in the corridor,” Bilal told The Intercept. “We could hear them speaking.” Photo: Andrew Quilty/Agence Vu

THE CIA’S AFGHAN DEATH SQUADS

A neighbor watching from a window across the street saw a flash and heard a loud explosion as the front gate of the madrassa was blown open. Inside, the noise awakened 12-year-old Bilal, who was huddled in a room with nine other boys when an Afghan soldier burst through the door.

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Afghanistan's Progress Towards Reconciliation: Some Good and Bad News

Months of peace negotiations in Afghanistan bring good and bad news. Despite consolidation of a power sharing agreement between political rivals and the formation of a council for peace, the coronavirus and a contest for Taliban leadership will defer the commencement of peace talks.

Afghan Uprising Forces ride through the district of Nazyan in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangrahar Province. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2019

Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilization in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future

Since 2001, the international military and the Afghan state have mobilized a range of local, hybrid, and sub-state forces to fill security gaps and confront insurgent threats in the country.

Participants wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus gesture as they join the "Thank You Challenge" for medical workers fighting the coronavirus during the Yonhap News Symposium on Korean Peace in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. AHN YOUNG-JOON AP

US envoy to Afghanistan not going to Kabul

​The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will not be going to the Afghan capital, Kabul, while in the region on his latest peace mission because of the dangers presented by the coronavirus and instead will video conference with Afghan leaders, the U.S. State Department said.

 
America can

America can't stay in Afghanistan forever, but it matters how we leave

As President Trump seeks to draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, some have argued the decision is about bringing an end to America's endless wars. But the real issue is how to create enduring ...

 
Afghan women look at the skyline of Kabul in September. 
Rahmat Gul/AP

'Our Houses Are Not Safe': Residents Fear Taliban In Afghanistan's Capital

In a mosque on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, a preacher crowed to assembled men and boys: The Taliban, with their primitive guns, brought foreign forces to their knees, he said, and the ...

 
12-year-old Bilal survived a December 2018 night raid on his madrassa in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, during which 12 other boys were massacred. “There were Americans in the corridor,” Bilal told The Intercept. “We could hear them speaking.” Photo: Andrew Quilty/Agence Vu

A U.S.-Backed Militia That Kills Children May Be America’s Exit Strategy From Its Longest War

THE CIA’S AFGHAN DEATH SQUADS

A neighbor watching from a window across the street saw a flash and heard a loud explosion as the front gate of the madrassa was blown open. Inside, the noise awakened 12-year-old Bilal, who was huddled ...

 
Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Progress Towards Reconciliation: Some Good and Bad News

Months of peace negotiations in Afghanistan bring good and bad news. Despite consolidation of a power sharing agreement between political rivals and the formation of a council for peace, the coronavirus ...

 
Afghan Uprising Forces ride through the district of Nazyan in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangrahar Province. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2019

Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilization in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future

Since 2001, the international military and the Afghan state have mobilized a range of local, hybrid, and sub-state forces to fill security gaps and confront insurgent threats in the country.

 
Participants wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus gesture as they join the "Thank You Challenge" for medical workers fighting the coronavirus during the Yonhap News Symposium on Korean Peace in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. AHN YOUNG-JOON AP

US envoy to Afghanistan not going to Kabul

​The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will not be going to the Afghan capital, Kabul, while in the region on his latest peace mission because of the dangers presented by the coronavirus ...

 
Newly freed Taliban prisoners sit at Pul-i-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan

​The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming international relations not just by straining relations among powerful states, but also by disrupting violent nonstate actors. Perhaps no major militant outfit has ...

 
Credit: Tech. Sgt. Oneika Banks

Keeping a Bad Deal at All Costs: US Moral Failure in Afghanistan

U.S. policy toward Afghanistan has been short-sighted and ill-conceived for decades.

 
Tending to a casualty after an attack on a market in the district of Sangin, in southern Afghanistan, on Monday.Credit...Noor Mohammad/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Mortar Strikes Kill at Least 20 at Livestock Auction in Afghanistan

The government and the Taliban pointed blame at each other in the latest attack. But in this war, there is diminishing clarity on who is to blame for the bodies piling up.

 
A medical team formed by the Afghan government prepares to conduct door-to-door coronavirus tests in Herat on May 31. (Jalil Rezayee/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Coronavirus sweeps through Afghanistan’s security forces

The novel coronavirus is sweeping through Afghanistan's security forces, according to senior Afghan security officials from four provinces who report suspected infection rates of 60 to 90 percent among ...

 
The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC

The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC

On 11 June 2020, the US announced a series of economic and travel sanctions against any officials of the ICC involved in an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes related to the Afghan ...

 
Newborn children who lost their mothers during the yesterday

Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and its peace process

After struggling to get pregnant for years, Zainab, 27, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul. She was overjoyed and named the boy Omid, meaning ...

 
A couple and their baby were reunited after the mother and child were rescued. Credit: Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

From Maternity Ward to Cemetery, a Morning of Murder in Afghanistan

Afghans don’t need a reminder that no one is safe from the country’s endless war, but they got one anyway on Tuesday.

 
US troops in Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters/Files

US Plans to Exit Afghanistan in Five Years. What Does This Mean for India?

New Delhi stands to lose not just political but also economic influence in Afghanistan.

 
Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran

Afghanistan's Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Hussain Alami Balkhi on Monday called for signing labor agreement with Iran.

 
Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor

Ending Afghanistan’s endless war may lead to an endless peace process, given Afghanistan’s complicated history and politics.

 
Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident

Senior diplomats from Iran and Afghanistan agreed to establish a joint delegation to probe into a recent incident at the common border that has resulted in the deaths of Afghan migrants trying to cross ...

 
Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan

Country’s human rights commission says insurgents took away five trucks of food aid sent by Turkmenistan.

 
Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi's contribution in Afghanistan

Speaking exclusively to our senior correspondent, Doha's Taliban political office spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen said, "Based on our national interest and mutual respect, we would like to have positive ...

 
6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly

Two policemen and a journalist were among six people killed as violence erupted at an aid distribution event in Afghanistan.

 
 
 
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