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Afghan policemen search people at a checkpoint at the Chawk-e-Shahidan in Kandahar on December 13, 2020. – Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in fierce overnight fighting between Afghan forces and militants who attacked multiple checkpoints in the insurgent bastion of Kandahar, officials said on December 13. (Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)
19 Dec 2020 10:37

The Future of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan & Pakistan

The recent killing of the deputy chief of al Qaeda’s Pakistani cadre, Muhammad Hanif (aka Zarar), whom the Afghan Taliban had sheltered, shows that even within al Qaeda, Taliban-allied Pakistani jihadists have kept supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. This assistance began before 9/11, but it now ...

America can
17 Dec 2020 10:29

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
22 Dec 2020 10:27

'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.

Patients being treated for the coronavirus at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.Credit...Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times
22 Dec 2020 10:22

‘Covid Can’t Compete.’ In a Place Mired in War, the Virus Is an Afterthought.

In Afghanistan, life goes on as though the coronavirus never existed. “Fake news,” some say, even as a second wave has brought on a surge of new cases and hospitalizations.

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
21 Dec 2020 15:12

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.

In this late April 1988, file photo, Soviet soldiers observe the highlands, while fighting Islamic guerrillas at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. Now both superpowers are linked again over Afghanistan, with intelligence reports indicating Russia secretly offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops there. But analysts suggest that the two adversaries actually have more in common, especially when it comes to what they want to see in a postwar Afghanistan: a stable country that does not serve as a base for extremists to export terrorism. Both countries also are aligned in their opposition to militants from the Islamic State group.(AP Photo/Alexander Sekretarev,
2 Jul 2020 12:04

US, Russia share a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan

Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years.

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
2 Jul 2020 11:54

Russia denies supplying weapons to Afghanistan's Taliban

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Moscow has never delivered weapons to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, countering U.S. allegations.

This picture taken on June 30, 2020 shows a view of Israel
1 Jul 2020 16:51

Israeli annexation plan goes wrong amid internal rifts, intl. backlash

​Today is the first of July and Israel's much-publicized scheme to annex parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley has not gone exactly as planned amid widening differences within the Israeli ruling coalition and against the backdrop of massive international opposition to the land grab attempt.

Iranian, Qatari Diplomats Hold Talks on Afghanistan Developments
1 Jul 2020 16:50

Iranian, Qatari Diplomats Hold Talks on Afghanistan Developments

​Iran and Qatar’s special envoys for Afghanistan held a meeting in Doha, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran said.

© Mikhail Dzhparidze/TASS
1 Jul 2020 15:48

Russia Foreign Ministry: NYT article on Russia in Afghanistan fake from US intelligence

The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to US intelligence agencies’ involvement in Afghan drug trafficking.

Afghan Uprising Forces ride through the district of Nazyan in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangrahar Province. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2019
1 Jul 2020 18:48

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.

The Covid-19 death toll in Afghanistan is thought to be much higher than the official figure
30 Jun 2020 17:00

Coronavirus overwhelms Afghanistan’s war-ravaged hospitals

As coronavirus spreads in Afghanistan, the cracks in the country's healthcare system - already weakened by decades of war - are starting to show. BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan Correspondent Secunder Kermani reports on the country's worsening Covid-19 crisis.

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
30 Jun 2020 16:55

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.

Newly freed Taliban prisoners sit at Pul-i-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
30 Jun 2020 15:46

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 felt the impact as much as the Taliban. The group’s leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, is either seriously ...

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
29 Jun 2020 10:42

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.

Wives and mothers of Isis fighters who have surrendered to the Afghan government. Photograph: Elise Blanchard
26 Jun 2020 18:08

'There hasn't been rehabilitation': Afghanistan struggles with fate of 'Daesh wives'

The Afghan government is facing hard decisions over the futures of hundreds of detained radicalised women and their children.

Credit: Tech. Sgt. Oneika Banks
24 Jun 2020 18:01

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.

Community healthcare worker Gulnaz Janara says few women in her Kabul neighbourhood are willing to go to hospitals. (Stefanie Glinski/TNH)
24 Jun 2020 17:58

Afghanistan’s missing coronavirus patients: Women

High coronavirus infection rates among health workers – and lopsidedly low numbers among women – are raising fears that Afghan women are missing out on healthcare while their exposure to the virus goes undetected.

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)
25 Jun 2020 17:51

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 their units — reducing the number of forces available to conduct operations or take up duty at outposts....

News media flourished in Afghanistan after the 2001 fall of armed group the Taliban, which had banned television [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]
25 Jun 2020 17:49

Afghan media reject new rules they say could hurt press freedom

Proposed amendment to law would require journalists to reveal sources to government bodies including security agencies.

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