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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An Afghan Mayor Expected to Die. Instead, She Lost Her Father.

Zarifa Ghafari, one of the few female mayors in Afghanistan, has been subjected to death threats and assassination attempts, and believes her father was gunned down because of her.

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Deadly School Assault Catapults Kabul into Even More Despair

With the Americans scheduled to leave Afghanistan under a deal with the Taliban, the carnage at Kabul University seemed to erase the nation’s hope.

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An Afghan Boy’s Rape and Death Prompt a Rare Response: Arrests

Villagers confronted officials, and seven police officers are now in jail, in a rare official action to investigate child sexual abuse accusations in Afghanistan.

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In Proud Corners of Afghanistan, New Calls for Autonomy

In Panjshir, one of the last holdout regions against the Soviets and the Taliban, some would prefer to go their own way rather than support a government negotiating peace with the insurgency.

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Taliban Violated Afghan Deal With Shelling of American Bases, U.S. Officials Say

Rockets that U.S. officials say were fired by the insurgent group have landed around two bases used by American forces. A Taliban commander denied involvement.

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More U.S. Troops Will Leave Afghanistan Before the Election, Trump Says

The president’s assertion undercuts diplomats who have said withdrawals will depend on the Taliban’s commitment to its peace deal with the United States.

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Jailbreak Attack by ISIS Rages On in Eastern Afghanistan

Officials scrambled to recapture hundreds of prisoners after a car bombing at the 1,500-inmate prison in Jalalabad turned into an ongoing gun battle between militants and guards.

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In Afghanistan, a Rarely Seen Anti-Tank Weapon Destroys a Helicopter

Another Afghan helicopter was hit in January by an anti-tank guided missile in southern Afghanistan, in a swath of territory long contested by the Taliban.

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$174 Million Afghan Drone Program Is Riddled With Problems, U.S. Report Says

Overhead surveillance is critical to fighting the Taliban, but the American military’s effort to equip Afghan forces has fallen short, according to an independent watchdog.

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Taliban Stage a Major Attack, as Violence Intensifies in Northern Afghanistan

A squad of insurgents detonated a car bomb at the entrance of the Afghan intelligence headquarters in Aybak, and then stormed the offices in a sustained gun battle.

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Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans.

President Trump has repeatedly voiced a desire to leave Afghanistan sooner than the timeline laid out in the Feb. 29 peace agreement. He may want to campaign on bringing home every soldier.

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Afghan Sides Agree to a Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr

The Taliban’s announcement of a three-day cessation of violence, after months of intensifying attacks, was welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani.

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A Rocket Attack. Two Narratives. This Is What Happened.

Nine Americans were injured last October in an attack by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. The U.S. military said there were no casualties.

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Taliban Ramp Up Attacks Even as Coronavirus Spreads in Afghanistan

With peace negotiations apparently stuck, the insurgents are killing dozens of Afghan government forces every day.

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A Secret Accord With the Taliban: When and How the U.S. Would Leave Afghanistan

The Taliban have read the secret annexes of the recently signed peace deal. But most Americans haven’t, nor have many of their elected representatives.

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