The Contradiction That Doomed America’s Mission in Afghanistan

How a series of fateful choices and lofty ambitions put Taliban defeat at odds with American victory.

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The End of the United States’ Forever War

A new book about the Pech Valley in Afghanistan’s violent east offers poignant lessons as the Biden administration announces plans to withdraw all troops.

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As Biden Pulls Out of Afghanistan, How Much Do Americans Care?

For the American public, there was never any great outcry for withdrawing, polling suggests.

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White House Warns Russia on Bounties, but Stops Short of Sanctions

The available evidence supporting a stunning C.I.A. assessment — which President Donald J. Trump’s inaction on prompted bipartisan uproar — remains less than definitive proof.

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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

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Biden, Setting Afghanistan Withdrawal, Says ‘It Is Time to End the Forever War’

The president said the main objective of ensuring that Afghanistan would not be a launching pad for terrorism had been achieved and that it was time for American troops to come home.

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Veterans React to Biden’s Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement

President Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 is met with relief and anguish, frustration and regret among those who served there.

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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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NATO Is Expected to Confirm Its Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The alliance’s mantra has always been “in together and out together,” so with the U.S. leaving, the pullout would not come as a surprise.

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Afghans Wonder ‘What About Me?’ as US Troops Prepare to Withdraw

Many Afghans fear that without the umbrella of American protection, the country will be unable to preserve its modest gains toward democracy and women’s rights.

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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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Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Not likely, at least in the short term, intelligence officials assess. But stopping terrorism groups over the long term could be more difficult.

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With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges

The president’s choice to set a firm date for a full withdrawal reflected a belief that the priorities of 2021 require moving on from policies set in 2001.

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Biden to Announce Full Withdrawal of US Troops in Afghanistan by Sept. 11

The decision will keep more than 3,000 American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline that was announced under the Trump administration.

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Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s President, Has Little Sway Over Its Future

Ashraf Ghani has few remaining allies, the Taliban are gaining militarily, and his international supporters are impatient with him and the stumbling peace process.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #ghani-ashraf, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

If U.S. troops leave before any deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the militant group will take over much of the country, an intelligence assessment predicted.

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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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Does Biden Really Want to End the Forever Wars?

If he does, he must work with Congress and go well beyond narrowing old permission slips for conflict.

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In Kabul’s Streets, Dogs Rule the Night

Almost every city in the world has to deal with street crime, and some with dog packs. But few, if any, have to navigate such an underworld while also confronting unrelenting war.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #dogs, #kabul-afghanistan, #terrorism

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U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Secret Visit to Afghanistan

The trip makes Lloyd J. Austin III the first member of President Biden’s cabinet to visit the country. He met with the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ghani-ashraf, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Risking Death, Hazara Students Pursue Education at Bombed Academies

A group of young Afghans studying for college entrance exams must risk suicide attacks by the Islamic State and the looming threat of a Taliban return.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #taliban, #terrorism

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Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

The foreign policy establishment just can’t admit when it got things wrong.

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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.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #ghani-ashraf, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #helicopters, #taliban, #wardak-afghanistan

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U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

The undercount complicates President Biden’s decision on carrying out a complete withdrawal by May 1, as his administration tries to jump-start peace talks.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-department, #ghani-ashraf, #khalilzad-zalmay, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Taliban’s Secret Prisons: A Reporter’s Perilous Trip

A perilous trip to find out more about these brutal incarcerations led to a wrenching interview and something extremely rare on this job: a hug.

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How a Longstanding Rivalry Spiraled Into 5 Deaths Between 2 Families

In Afghanistan, a rise in targeted attacks that the governments seems unable to stop has also encouraged the settling of old scores through vendetta killings.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #corruption-institutional, #ghor-province-afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #taliban, #targeted-killings

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In One Afghanistan District, an Unofficial Cease-Fire With the Taliban

An unofficial cease-fire brokered by local officials, farmers and Taliban forces is an example of how communities, driven by despair, have engineered their own ways to stop the fighting.

#afghan-national-army, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #local-government, #panjwai-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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They Were Journalists, and Women, and Targeted for Both

As Afghanistan enters a desperate chapter, with U.S. troops potentially on the way out, insurgents are pressing a deadly campaign to silence the media and keep women home.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #women-and-girls

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How One Looted Artifact Tells the Story of Modern Afghanistan

Many of the country’s finest antiquities were stolen under cover of war, ending up in elite museums all over the globe. Should they be returned?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #brooklyn-museum, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #looting-crime, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-museum-of-afghanistan, #restoration-and-renovation

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In Afghanistan, Three Women Working in Media Are Gunned Down

The women, the latest victims in a wave of targeted attacks, were killed on their way home from their jobs at Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad.

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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.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #torture

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Why President Biden Must Withdraw From Afghanistan

Breaking our agreement with the Taliban to pull out by May will endanger American troops and entrench them in an unwinnable war.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #asadullah-haroon-gul, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #ghani-ashraf, #hezb-i-islami, #justice-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #asadullah-haroon-gul, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #ghani-ashraf, #hezb-i-islami, #justice-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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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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Where a Vaccination Campaign Faces Skepticism, War and Corruption

A half-million doses arrived this month in Afghanistan, where many insist the virus isn’t real and vaccines aren’t needed. Those who want the vaccine fear that only the well-connected will receive it.

#afghanistan, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #india, #poverty, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taliban, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Afghan Civilian Casualties Soared After Peace Talks’ Start

Fighting intensified in the last quarter of 2020, after talks between the Afghan government and Taliban began. Before then, it had been a less deadly year than before.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #peace-process, #taliban, #united-nations

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They Built Libraries to Honor Loved Ones, Women Felled by Bombings

As negotiations push forward, it is unclear whether Afghanistan can achieve peace with the Taliban while preserving gains made on women’s rights and education.

#afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #libraries-and-librarians, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #terrorism, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Biden Faces Deadline on Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The question is whether the small contingent of American troops can accomplish anything after 20 years — and whether full withdrawal would clear the way for Taliban advances.

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European Court Backs Germany in Case Over 2009 Killings of Afghan Civilians

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Germany sufficiently investigated the bombing in Afghanistan that killed up to 90 civilians.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-court-of-human-rights, #germany, #kunduz-afghanistan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #strasbourg-france, #taliban

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The Taliban Close In on Afghanistan, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #kandahar-afghanistan, #raziq-abdul, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #kandahar-afghanistan, #raziq-abdul, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Exploding Fuel Tanker Ignites Enormous Fire on Afghanistan-Iran Border

Afghan officials say they do not know what caused the tanker to explode and set fire to more than 100 other nearby fuel tankers at a customs post on the border with Iran.

#afghanistan, #fires-and-firefighters, #herat-afghanistan, #iran

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In Afghanistan, a Booming Kidney Trade Preys on the Poor

Widespread poverty and an ambitious private hospital are helping to fuel an illegal market — a portal to new misery for the country’s most vulnerable.

#afghanistan, #herat-afghanistan, #kidneys, #poverty, #taliban, #transplants

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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.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #balkh-province-afghanistan, #ghani-ashraf, #local-government, #noor-atta-mohammad, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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.

#abdullah-abdullah, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-department, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020

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In Afghanistan, Follow the White High-Tops and You’ll Find the Taliban

The sneakers have been worn by Afghan fighters over multiple generations, but they’ve become a gruesome marker of the Taliban’s violent insurgency.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #haqqani-network, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #northern-alliance, #shoes-and-boots, #sneakers, #taliban

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‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over

A new wave of violence and a growing uncertainty about the country’s future have left Afghans in the capital with a constant sense of fear.

#afghanistan, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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Pompeo Says Iran Is New Base for Al Qaeda, but Offers Little Proof

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statements were tempered by some U.S. officials, who said there was little new intelligence to suggest that Iran was an active headquarters for the terrorist group.

#abdullah-abdullah-ahmed-abu-muhammad-al-masri, #afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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