Military Clears Crew of Plane That Took Flight as Afghans Fell to Their Deaths

Crowds of people had surged onto the runway at the airport in Kabul during the final days of the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

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Eid Under the Taliban Shows a Changed Afghanistan

For many Afghans the holiday this week served as a reminder of the dissonance between the promise of peace many had imagined and the realities of the end of the war.

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Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

Soviet-designed ammunition is part of the ‘life blood’ for Ukrainian troops fighting Russia, and the United States is keeping it flowing.

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Afghan Aviators Hide as Taliban Urge Them to Return to Duty

Many former Afghan Air Force members fear they could be killed by the Taliban if they came out of hiding, but others have joined the nascent Taliban air force.

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Pakistan Identifies Peshawar Suicide Bomber and Network, Police Say

The attack at a Shiite mosque, claimed by an ISIS affiliate, killed at least 63 people and left nearly 200 wounded.

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Taliban Search Operation Echoes Resented U.S. Tactics in Afghanistan

An intrusive sweep that has spanned several provinces risks alienating Afghans and fueling the insurgency the new government is trying to stop.

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The One Item They Had to Take When These 6 Afghans Fled

More than 120,000 people were airlifted out of Afghanistan last August, most with just a few hours to gather their belongings. Here are some of the keepsakes they chose.

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Young Boy Dies in Afghanistan After Being Trapped in a Well

The boy, Haidar Jan, who was thought to be 5, fell into a roughly 85-foot-deep well on Tuesday in a village near Qalat, the capital of Zabul Province.

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U.S. Warns Americans Abroad Not to Count on a Rescue

In Ukraine and Ethiopia, Biden officials have made clear that the 2021 Kabul airlift was a “unique” operation that won’t be repeated.

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Afghans Find Room for Debate on Twitter Spaces

An audio live chat feature on Twitter has become a go-to place for Afghans still recovering from the collapse of the former government and seeking answers on everything from what went wrong to what comes next.

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Taliban Are Holding 2 Westerners Working for U.N., Agency Says

The two former journalists and their Afghan colleagues were detained in the Afghan capital in recent days. The Taliban have not confirmed or explained.

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Lone ISIS Bomber Carried Out Kabul Airport Attack, U.S. Says

The suicide bombing killed as many as 170 civilians and 13 U.S. troops in the final days of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

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On Patrol: 12 Days With a Taliban Police Unit in Kabul

Tasked with guarding a Shiite shrine, a police unit offers a telling snapshot of the Taliban’s rank-and-file fighters and the challenges Afghanistan’s rulers face in governing a diverse nation.

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Threatened and Beaten, Afghan Women Defy Taliban With Protests

The Taliban have begun cracking down harder as women insist on their rights and as Western governments call for reforms.

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‘Why Was I Born a Girl?’ An Afghan Poem Inspires U.S. Students

A Zoom connection between high schoolers in Afghanistan and San Diego opens a window for mutual support.

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Drone Strike Video Shows Killing of Civilians in Afghanistan

The New York Times obtained footage of the botched strike in Kabul, whose victims included seven children, through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

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U.S. Military Focusing on ISIS Cell Behind Attack at Kabul Airport

The suicide bomber who killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. troops, had been freed from prison by the Taliban days before the attack.

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An Afghan Official Laments What Was Lost and Looks to What Lies Ahead

Ahmad Nader Nadery spent decades working toward a thriving, free Afghanistan. Watching the Taliban undo much of his work, he wonders how to move forward.

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She Fled Kabul for a New Life in Kentucky. Then the Tornado Hit.

On Dec. 11, Bowling Green, Ky. was hit by powerful tornadoes, leading to 16 fatalities. Sodaba Rahmaty and her family were among over two dozen newly arrived Afghans affected by the storm.

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At Every Step, Afghans Coming to America Encounter Stumbling Blocks

U.S. officials concede that the system was unprepared.

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Afghanistan’s National Museum Begins Life Under the Taliban

Some experts hope the reopening of the museum in Kabul is a sign the Islamic regime will show greater tolerance toward art. Others worry it is all optics.

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‘Selling Kabul’ Holds Up a New Mirror After the Taliban Takeover

Sylvia Khoury’s play, which takes place over one night in Afghanistan in 2013, has only deepened after a pandemic postponement.

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Inside the Fall of Kabul: An On-the-Ground Account

Against all predictions, the Taliban took the Afghan capital in a matter of hours. This is the story of why and what came after, by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all.

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With No Resources, Authority or Country, Afghan Ambassador Presses On

Adela Raz arrived in Washington just before her country fell and has struggled to keep her embassy going. A dinner with U.S. veterans was a priority.

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‘Flee’ Review: From Kabul to Copenhagen

A Danish documentary uses animation to tell the poignant, complicated story of an Afghan refugee.

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1,200 Miles From Kabul, a Celebrated Music School Reunites

Students and teachers of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and their families, almost 200 in the past week, have fled to Qatar to escape Taliban restrictions on music.

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Afghan College Students Find a New Life, and Safety, in Iraq

Regarded as infidels by the Taliban, over 100 students from the American University in Kabul have found an unlikely refuge in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya.

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Military Can’t Find ISIS Safe House That Prompted Kabul Drone Strike

The Pentagon’s latest admission illustrates the botched intelligence behind the strike that mistakenly killed 10 civilians in August.

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Young Marines in Kabul Were Left to Run Final Days of Evacuation

The young Marines in Kabul were left to determine who was evacuated from Afghanistan and who was left behind. The cost was high.

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Video Showed Child in Area Minutes Before Kabul Drone Strike

An investigation of the airstrike, which mistakenly killed 10 civilians, including seven children, did not recommend any disciplinary action.

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Dozens Killed in Attack on Military Hospital in Afghanistan’s Capital

No group has claimed responsibility for the violence, but the Islamic State has struck more often since the fall of the U.S.-backed government in August.

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Military Hospital in Afghan Capital Targeted in Attack, Taliban Say

No group has claimed responsibility for the violence, but the Islamic State has struck more often since the fall of the U.S.-backed government in August.

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How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl

The story of 8-year-old Asma, injured by a U.S. tear-gas canister, echoes the heartbreak and heroism of the 20-year American misadventure in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Pledges to Pay Family of Those Killed in Botched Kabul Drone Strike

The Pentagon offered unspecified amounts to relatives of the 10 civilians who died in Aug. 29 attack and agreed to help relocate those who want to move to the U.S.

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An Afghan Woman, Deserted by the U.S. and Fleeing the Taliban

Abandoned by the U.S., an Afghan woman secretly records video diaries while on the run from the Taliban.

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The U.S. Military Said It Was an ISIS Safe House. We Found an Afghan Family Home.

Even as the military apologized for killing 10 civilians by mistake in a drone strike in Kabul, it insisted its target had stopped by an ISIS “safe house.” The New York Times found that the building was actually a family home.

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New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University

The new policy for Afghanistan’s premier university is another major blow to women’s rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education.

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How Ukraine Negotiated With the Taliban and Rescued 96 Afghans

Few countries have been willing to fly rescue missions into Afghanistan since the Americans left. Ukraine is an exception. It says it has a different definition of danger.

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Taliban’s New Rules for Afghan Journalists Raise Fear

The directives for journalists include rules against publishing topics in conflict with Islam or insulting to national personalities.

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Germany’s Far Right Is Nowhere in the Election. But It’s ‘Here to Stay.’

In the next national Parliament, the far-right Alternative for Germany party is likely to remain a pariah force. But it looks assured, too, of a role in shaping the country’s future.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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First Flight From Kabul Is Hailed as Positive Step Amid Troubling Signs

A passenger jet’s departure on Thursday was the first foreign flight out of Afghanistan since the U.S. evacuation ended. But thousands who want to leave remain stuck.

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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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