The troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan planned by the Trump administration amount to a painful admission: We lost.
An incursion that devastated a prized crop shows the loss and uncertainty that many Afghans endure.
At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump’s political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president’s legacy.
The strikes on the Afghan capital, which killed at least five people, comes on the heels of an already bloody month for the city.
The findings of a long-awaited inquiry painted a scathing picture of the culture inside the Australian special forces.
A Times correspondent reflects on what he’s learned from growing up with and reporting on the extremists in Afghanistan for some 25 years.
The Pentagon has announced a reduction down to 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan before President-elect Biden takes office. Afghan officials fear the cuts will encourage the Taliban to keep fighting.
Facing the end of his time in power, the president is pushing to accelerate withdrawals from counterterrorism conflicts. He campaigned on ending the longstanding wars.
President Trump’s supporters hope he is the president to end America’s longest war.
Afghans fear the Taliban are subverting the peace process, and hope a Biden administration will bring more accountability.
So far, there is no evidence the appointees harbor a secret agenda or arrived with an action plan. But their sudden appearance amounts to a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.
Biden wants to undo the chaos Trump has inflicted from the Middle East to China and beyond. It won’t be easy.
Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.
The assaults not only highlight a city under siege, they have exposed a growing, and very public, discontent with an Afghan government unable to protect its people.
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.
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.
As the U.S. retreats and peace talks stall, the Taliban have increasingly taken over Afghanistan’s highways, raising millions in unofficial taxes and strengthening their hand at the negotiating table.
Its name was Observation Post Rock. The outpost is the backdrop for a ghost story, and is known for strange voices, radio static and the creeping fear of being watched.
Current and former Trump administration officials are worried about what might happen on Nov. 4.
A former Taliban commander was arrested in the November 2008 kidnapping of Mr. Rohde and two others in Afghanistan. He was brought to the United States to face charges.
American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.
Sometimes money is the only form of justice for those who lost loved ones in Afghanistan’s unending war.
At least 10 people were killed and 20 wounded in latest attack, which happened as peace talks are at an impasse and as violence rises across Afghanistan.
The cleric’s supporters in Herat are enforcing harsh Shariah law reminiscent of the Taliban’s. Women are alarmed, and the government has been able to do little.
At least 12 people died as thousands crowded a soccer stadium. Many were seeking medical care in Pakistan, which recently eased its pandemic border restrictions.
President Trump has reduced the flow of refugees into the country to a trickle, and even Iraqis and Afghans who risked their lives for American service members have been cut off.
She was undefeated in decades of war, but her decision was an act of survival. A government that has come to depend on unreliable militias finds itself vulnerable.
Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.
The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.
Rahmatullah Andar once fought the government and then turned against the Taliban. Now he is a prominent spokesman, and his story is an example of the long war’s many plot twists.
The comments from Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came after the White House tripped over itself on the issue of Afghanistan troop levels in recent days.
The insurgents have opened an offensive against the capital of Helmand Province even as their negotiators remain at the table in Qatar.
President Trump has brought home few American combat troops over all even as his pressure campaign against Iran risks a new Middle East conflict.
Villagers confronted officials, and seven police officers are now in jail, in a rare official action to investigate child sexual abuse accusations in Afghanistan.
The number of women reported to have tested positive for the virus is so far below the male average that experts believe it is likely the result of gender inequalities that shut women out of the health care system.
Finding common ground on the role of Islam is the most decisive task in the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
Fired after an article portrayed him and senior aides as disrespectful of Obama administration officials, General McChrystal added a coda to the story: He endorsed Joe Biden to be the next commander in chief.
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.
Veterans, gamers, history buffs and gun enthusiasts are shelling out to take part in military simulations.
Even as they pushed for the release of other Afghan prisoners as part of a deal with the Taliban, U.S. officials privately dug in over freeing a man who had killed Americans.
More than a dozen civilians are feared dead in an airstrike, as talks go on to finalize rules for negotiations.
Months of delays over issues as big as prisoner swaps and as small as haircuts, with extra coronavirus complications, made the Afghan flight to meet the Taliban no sure bet.
The Afghan government and the Taliban are finally coming to the table, after repeated delays. But the violence continues, and the challenges are vast.
Worldwide, the population facing life-threatening levels of food insecurity is expected to double, to more than a quarter of a billion people.
The Afghan government and the Taliban are to meet on Saturday to open negotiations about power sharing after years of relentless war. The differences on major issues are vast.
At least 10 bystanders were killed in the attack in Kabul, the second in just over a year aimed at the senior vice president, Amrullah Saleh.
A new report calculates the number of people who fled because of wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.
A new generation of career-minded women in Afghanistan fear that all they have fought for will be swept away if the Taliban negotiate a return.
Afghan officials say that the last of thousands of Taliban prisoners are set to be freed, and that talks with the insurgents in Qatar will start soon.
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.