A ‘Righteous Strike’

Inside the Times investigation that forced the U.S. military to acknowledge that a drone attack in Afghanistan was a deadly error.

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A Harsh New Reality for Afghan Women and Girls in Taliban-Run Schools

Afghanistan’s new government is likely to severely restrict education for girls and women despite the Taliban’s claims that schooling will eventually resume.

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Sept. 18 Was No Jan. 6.

Sept. 18 was no Jan. 6.

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After Afghanistan, We Need to Save Expertise From the Experts

We need a new definition of expertise that relies more on proven track records and less on credentials and the narrow forms of knowledge that they reward.

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Biden Said ‘We Will Not Forgive’ After the Kabul Airport Attack. There’s a Better Way.

America has spent 20 years vowing revenge for terrorism. There’s a better path.

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Afghans Somber but Not Surprised as U.S. Calls Drone Strike a ‘Tragic Mistake’

Afghans expressed a familiar anger at the Pentagon’s admission that an attack killing 10 civilians was a mistake, one of many such errors during the 20-year war.

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Pentagon Acknowledges Aug. 29 Drone Strike in Afghanistan Was Tragic Mistake

The findings of the inquiry mirrored a New York Times investigation of video evidence, along with interviews with more than a dozen of the driver’s co-workers and family members in Kabul.

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Taliban Seize Women’s Ministry Building for Use by Religious Police

Taliban leaders have turned the Kabul building that housed Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs into the offices for the religious police, an ominous portent for women’s rights.

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In Panjshir, Few Signs of an Active Resistance, or Any Fight at All

On a recent visit, few civilians were about and signs of heavy fighting were scarce. What remained were opposing narratives and claims of massacres, ethnic cleansing and false charges.

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Afghanistan Outcome Affirms a Warning: Beware the Blob

The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan exposed the shortcomings of views within the foreign policy establishment, also known as ‘The Blob.’

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Thousands of Afghans on American Military Bases Await Resettlement

Many who left the country in August are waiting for medical and security screenings and flights from overseas that were halted by measles.

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The Downside of High Trust in the Military

The gap between trust in the military and trust in civilian institutions of government helps explain our 20 years in Afghanistan.

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Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street

Ahmad Massoud, a leading figure in the resistance to Taliban rule, hired a lobbyist to seek military and financial support in the United States.

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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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Barbara Lee’s Long Quest to Curb Presidential War Powers Faces a New Test

The Democrat spent two decades building consensus to rein in war authorizations that have been stretched beyond their original intent. The Afghanistan withdrawal has complicated the debate.

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Afghan Women on What They Left Behind

Four Afghan women who sought refuge in America talk about their lives now and everything they gave up.

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Al Qaeda Could Rebuild in Afghanistan in 1-2 Years, U.S. Officials Say

The new timeline is not a radical shift from previous assessments, but reflects the reality that the Taliban has a limited ability to control the borders of Afghanistan.

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Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A New York Times investigation, with video analysis and interviews at the site, has cast doubt on the U.S. military’s account.

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For Afghan Refugees, a Mix of Luxury and Trauma at Albania’s Beach Resorts

Albania, which has committed to taking in up to 4,000 refugees from Afghanistan, is housing several hundred in resorts on the Adriatic coast.

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A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns

The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency funding as Afghans already unsure of where their next meal will come from risk running out of food just as winter sets in.

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What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

There were lots of winners of the War in Afghanistan. Defense contractors, for one.

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How Afghanistan Changed China’s Taiwan Calculus

There are many reasons to fear a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. But the American pullout isn’t one of them.

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Afghan Pilots Who Sought Safety in Uzbekistan Transfer to U.S. Base

Taliban leaders have been pressuring the Uzbek government to turn over the pilots, who fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

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At Pro-Taliban Protest, a Symbol of America’s Lost Influence: Hundreds Dressed in Burqas

Several hundred women wore the head-to-toe garments at a pro-Taliban demonstration on Sept. 11. The march was a reminder of how after years of war, Afghanistan’s women are again at the mercy of the militants.

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Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

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Reporters in Afghanistan Face an Intolerant Regime: ‘Everything Changed Overnight’

The Taliban promised to respect press freedoms, but the new government has already showed signs of repression, and has even physically assaulted Afghan journalists.

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In Shanksville, Preserving the Memory of 9/11 and the Wars That Followed

After Flight 93 went down, once unthinkable duties were thrust upon the community, including young people who found themselves coming of age in a time of war.

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Measles Cases Bring Temporary Halt to Afghanistan Refugee Arrivals in US

The C.D.C. asked that the evacuation flights from overseas bases be suspended after four Afghans were found to be infected.

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The Taliban’s New Government Shows Us They Haven’t Changed

The West must not mistake tactical flexibility for real change.

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I Don’t Regret Serving in the Afghanistan War

It’s not a surprise that many American veterans are highly cynical about these wars. We are also conflicted about our own service.

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In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb

U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired based on evidence it was carrying explosives. But in-depth video analysis and interviews at the site cast doubt on that account.

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9/11 Reflections: ‘The Tears Still Come’

We asked readers to offer their perspectives as we mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks. Here is a sampling from the hundreds of responses.

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NATO Chief Backs Biden, Saying Europe Was Consulted on Afghanistan

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, also said that European calls for military autonomy would only divide the alliance and Europe itself.

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Which Victims of 9/11 Get Remembered?

There are no memorials or exhibits on U.S. soil to honor the hundreds of thousands of foreigners killed in the war on terror.

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How 9/11 Damaged America

Sept. 11 damaged America more than we realized 20 years ago.

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They Were Children When the Towers Fell. What Do They See Now?

After 20 years of war, a correspondent looks back. 

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Inside the Abandoned Kabul Mansion Taliban Soldiers Call Home

More than 150 fighters have taken over the residence of a notorious Afghan warlord. Many are adjusting to a new lifestyle while awaiting orders from the new government.

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How One Family Fled Afghanistan and Was Reunited in New York City

Mohammad Wali, a U.S. citizen and a New Yorker, spent several harrowing days trying to evacuate his family from Afghanistan before they finally arrived last week.

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Afghans Flee to Pakistan. An Uncertain Future Awaits.

Refugees have drawn an angry response from many in that country, leading to discrimination and efforts to force them to go back to Afghanistan.

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As Taliban Crush Dissent, New Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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New Taliban Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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Afghanistan Aid Workers Tread a Tricky Path Under Taliban Rule

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

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Aid Workers Staying in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Tread a Tricky Path

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

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After Afghanistan: Veterans Reflect on Sept. 11

Two veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom reflect on where events from the fateful day led the nation.

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Can Biden Save His Presidency?

It starts by acknowledging the gravity of his blunders.

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The Leadership of The Taliban, Explained: Who Are They?

Many of the acting cabinet ministers appointed Tuesday have played similar roles within the Taliban for years, but there were some surprises.

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From Afghanistan to the World Cup, Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Steps Up

The Gulf state played a major role in the American airlift, the latest evidence of the small but gas-rich country punching above its weight on the world stage.

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How Will the Taliban Rule This Time?

Now that most of the fighting is over, the group is turning to the task of building a government.

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Veterans Struggle With Issues That Are Often Invisible to Others

Those who served in the wars that began after Sept. 11, 2001, are struggling with health problems, trauma and feelings of displacement and alienation.

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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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