In Rural Afghanistan, War Remnants Everywhere, but no Shooting or Checkpoints

Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.”

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Clarissa Ward of CNN Looks Back on the Afghanistan War

The network’s chief international correspondent, one of the most visible reporters during the withdrawal of U.S. troops, decided to become a reporter after an epiphany on 9/11.

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In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning

The last American flight from Afghanistan left behind a host of unfulfilled promises and anxious questions about the country’s fate.

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After Airport Bombing, an Afghan Family Buries a Father, and Hope

The former police officer, from the Hazara ethnic minority, had hoped to help his family escape the Taliban. Instead, he is now numbered among the scores killed at the Kabul airport.

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The Real Winner of the Afghan War? It’s Not Who You Think.

Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?

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Desperation as Afghans Seek to Flee a Country Retaken by the Taliban

A surging crowd trampled a toddler to death near the airport, and many residents who aided America remain in hiding, fearing they will be killed by their new rulers.

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America Lost Patience in Afghanistan. The Taliban Swooped In.

The American disaster in Afghanistan that Biden’s impatience brought about is not a disaster just for us. It’s a huge boost for the Taliban too.

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Hunted by the Taliban, US-Allied Afghan Forces Are in Hiding

The Afghan forces disintegrated ahead of the Taliban’s rapid advance. Now, the militants are searching for thousands of Afghan soldiers and security officials.

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How the Taliban Conquered Afghanistan

Starting in the spring, the Taliban negotiated wholesale surrenders and seized roadways and weapons, handing them vital propaganda victories and freedom to move quickly to the next opportunity.

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Intelligence Warned of Afghanistan Military Collapse, Despite Biden’s Assurances

Even as the president was telling the public that Kabul was unlikely to fall, intelligence assessments painted a grimmer picture.

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Taliban Sweep in Afghanistan Follows Years of U.S. Miscalculations

An Afghan military that did not believe in itself and a U.S. effort that Mr. Biden, and most Americans, no longer believed in brought an ignoble end to America’s longest war.

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Why the Afghan Military Collapsed So Quickly

The Taliban’s rapid advance has made clear that U.S. efforts to turn Afghanistan’s military into a robust, independent fighting force have failed, with its soldiers feeling abandoned by inept leaders.

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Top U.S. General Steps Down in Afghanistan

Gen. Austin S. Miller is leaving as the United States prepares to end its two-decade war in Afghanistan, and as Taliban fighters sweep across much of the country.

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Taliban Attack a Provincial Capital in Afghanistan’s North, Freeing Prisoners

Continuing their offensive, the Taliban forces seemed poised to overrun the city, though Afghan airstrikes slowed the assault.

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The Relics of America’s War in Afghanistan

Just a mile from Bagram Air Base, where U.S. forces departed on Thursday, shops sell items left over from two decades of fighting. Each one tells a story.

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Biden Sends Dueling Messages on Afghanistan

The administration has sought to reassure Americans that it is ending “forever wars” while signaling to Afghans that the U.S. is not abandoning the beleaguered country.

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U.S. Leaves Largest Afghan Base as Full Withdrawal Nears

With little fanfare, Bagram Air Base was handed over to the Afghan government, ending nearly two decades in which the Americans waged war from there.

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Multi-Sided Civil War Could Grip Afghanistan, U.S. General Warns

“Civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized,” said Gen. Austin S. Miller, commander of the U.S.-led forces. “That should be a concern for the world.”

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Biden Says Afghans Must ‘Decide Their Future’ as U.S. Troops Withdraw

Mr. Biden told President Ashraf Ghani that the United States would still offer security assistance, as well as diplomatic and humanitarian aid.

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Attacked and Vulnerable, Some Afghans Are Forming Their Own Armies

With U.S. troops leaving, the Taliban advancing, and a steady collapse of security force bases and outposts, the Hazara and other ethnic groups in Afghanistan are raising militias.

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Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan’s North After Swift Offensive

The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan, just as American and international troops are set to leave the country in coming weeks.

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Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Problems for Afghan Military

It is not just U.S. troops who are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Thousands of private contractors — who help keep the Afghan Air Force flying, among other tasks — are leaving as well.

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Elite Afghan Forces Suffer Horrific Casualties as Taliban Advance

At least 24 commandos were killed in one battle in the Afghan north, and that kind of stark loss is playing out across the country: “We mourn. The Taliban celebrate. And it hurts too much.”

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We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan

Many Americans want this painful chapter closed, but supporting Afghanistan remains in our national security interest.

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As U.S. Withdraws, Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Behind

A program to bring people employed by the American military to the United States is backlogged, with thousands of applicants denied.

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C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.

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A Siege, a Supply Run and a Descent Into a Decade-Old Battle

‘Do you have body armor?’ the Afghan pilot asked us as we prepared for a trip to outposts surrounded by the Taliban.

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Pentagon Accelerates Withdrawal From Afghanistan

American troops are set to be out by early to mid-July, well ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline, even as big issues remain unresolved.

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Afghan War Casualty Report: May 2021

At least 287 pro-government forces and 204 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month.

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What the War in Afghanistan Looks Like on the Front Line

As bullets from a Taliban machine gun ricocheted through the street below, an Afghan soldier wearing an “I Heart Kabul” T-shirt took a brief rest. “There has been fighting day and night.”

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A City Under Siege: What the War Looks Like on Afghanistan’s Front Line

As bullets from a Taliban machine gun ricocheted through the street below, an Afghan soldier wearing an “I Heart Kabul” T-shirt took a brief rest. “There has been fighting day and night.”

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Pentagon Struggles to Wean Afghan Military Off American Air Support

Afghan commanders are asking for more help from American warplanes, illustrating their dependency on American air power.

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Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

The scenes over the weekend were almost as if a trillion-dollar effort had morphed into a garage sale.

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Afghan Blast on Eve of U.S. Pullout Deadline Kills at Least 27

If the blast was the work of the Taliban, as the Afghan government asserts, it would be the most overt signal yet that the peace deal is off.

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U.S. Built the Afghan Military Over 20 Years. Will It Last One More?

As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, it leaves behind broken and battered Afghan security forces to defend the country from the Taliban and other threats.

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US Military Begins Final Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The top American commander, Gen. Austin S. Miller, says he is often asked whether the Afghan forces are ready to fight the Taliban alone. His answer? ‘They must be ready.’

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Taliban Spreadsheet Records Perceived U.S.Violations

The Taliban have been recording and contesting every perceived U.S. violation of the troop withdrawal deal.

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The U.S. War in Afghanistan: How It Started and How It Is Ending

Even with violence escalating in the country, President Biden is bringing American troops home after nearly 20 years of war.

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Here Are The Crucial Questions for Afghanistan as the US Withdraws Troops

What will happen to women and minorities? Can the Afghan president hold on to power? These and other pressing questions face a fearful country as the United States military withdraws.

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Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11

After years of arguing against an extended military presence in Afghanistan, President Biden is doing things his way, with the deadline for withdrawal set for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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U.S. Looks to Build on Secret Portions of Taliban Deal to Reduce Violence

In the final weeks before the U.S. is set to withdraw from Afghanistan, officials are trying to negotiate with the insurgent group and stave off a Taliban spring offensive.

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The Taliban Think They Have Already Won, Peace Deal or Not

“We have defeated the enemy.” The international community is scrambling to secure peace in Afghanistan, but the Taliban believe they have the upper hand — and are saying as much.

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Foes in Afghan War See a Common Threat of Islamic State’s Return

An unusual truce between the government and the Taliban has kept the Islamic State out of one former stronghold. But there is a peace paradox: Unemployed fighters looking for work.

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At Least 9 Dead in Afghan Helicopter Crash, After Clashes With Local Militia

The crash occurred in eastern Afghanistan, where security and militia forces have been in a tense, and sometimes violent, standoff since January.

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‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands.

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A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

Senator Jack Reed said he favored seeking an extension of the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops that President Donald Trump and the Taliban negotiated last year.

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Inside the Shadowy Militias Luring Unsuspecting Afghans to Fight, or Die

Afghanistan’s poor are being deceived into defending outposts from the Taliban, sometimes under the guise of construction work — a scheme partially bankrolled by the government.

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Violence May Delay U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The new Biden administration is reviewing a deal between its predecessor and the Taliban for a May 1 deadline to pull all American troops out of the country.

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U.S. Leaves Bases in Afghanistan — and a Legacy of Land Disputes

The U.S.-led coalition seized land for hundreds of military bases, most now held by the Afghan military. Villagers have fought for years to collect compensation and to get their property back.

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Deadly Bombing Shatters an Afghan Haven From War

While international donors gather in Geneva to discuss a reduced aid package to Afghanistan, intense violence has Afghan officials pleading for continued assistance.

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