We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan

Many Americans want this painful chapter closed, but supporting Afghanistan remains in our national security interest.

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U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis

The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made.

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Afghan War Casualty Report: May 2021

At least 287 pro-government forces and 204 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month.

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A Fragile Ceasefire Lets Afghans Risk Travel for Eid

A 3-day cease-fire is violated, but Afghans brave dangerous roads to celebrate a holiday with families.

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‘Why Do We Deserve to Die?’ Kabul’s Hazaras Bury Their Daughters.

A bomb attack that killed scores of schoolgirls, members of a long-persecuted minority, offered still more evidence that Afghanistan may be on the verge of unraveling.

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Bombing Outside School Kills at Least 20 in Afghanistan

Female students were among the casualties. The attack came at the end of a particularly violent week in the country, and amid growing concerns about the looming American troop withdrawal.

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Afghan Blast on Eve of U.S. Pullout Deadline Kills at Least 27

If the blast was the work of the Taliban, as the Afghan government asserts, it would be the most overt signal yet that the peace deal is off.

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What Joe Biden and I Saw After the U.S. Invaded Afghanistan

Back when we visited in 2002, there was hope that America could help make the country better.

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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.

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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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U.S. Pushes U.N.-Led Peace Conference in Letter to Afghan Leader

In blunt terms, Secretary of State Antony Blinken seeks to jump-start stalled negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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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.

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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.

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‘I Could Just Vanish’: In Kabul, Pocket Notes to Prevent Anonymous Death

As violence engulfs them, some Afghans carry notes with their names, blood types and relatives’ phone numbers in case they are killed or severely wounded.

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‘Sticky Bombs’ Sow Terror and Chaos in a City on Edge

The Taliban’s recent shift to magnetic bombs to target Afghan officials in Kabul underscores the government’s struggle to protect its own people.

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‘I Forget About the World:’ Afghan Youth Find Escape in a Video Game

The game’s cultlike following in Afghanistan inhabits a real-life version of its violent virtual reality.

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Rockets Strike Kabul as Mike Pompeo Plans to Meet with Taliban

The strikes on the Afghan capital, which killed at least five people, comes on the heels of an already bloody month for the city.

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The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Taliban

A Times correspondent reflects on what he’s learned from growing up with and reporting on the extremists in Afghanistan for some 25 years.

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Gunmen Storm Kabul University, Killing at Least 19

The siege dragged on for hours as Afghan forces and American commandos moved to root out the attackers, who had quickly spread across the campus.

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On Afghan Highways, Even the Police Fear the Taliban’s Toll Collectors

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.

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Deadly Explosion Hits Kabul Tutoring Center

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.

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A Storied Female Warlord Surrenders, Taliban Say, Exposing Afghan Weakness

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.

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Fighting Patriarchy, and Fearing Worse From the Taliban

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.

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Rebel Poet’s Death Leaves 40 Years of Epic Afghan Work Unfinished

He was a Marxist revolutionary and minister in Afghanistan’s short-lived communist government. But Sulaiman Layeq spent the last decades of his life writing an epic poem about an Islamist insurgent.

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Afghanistan to Release Last Taliban Prisoners, Removing Final Hurdle to Talks

The decision clears the way for the last of 5,000 insurgents to be freed. President Ashraf Ghani announced the release after convening an assembly of 3,000 representatives to seek their advice.

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Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.

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Afghan Deaths Pile Up in Uncertainty Over U.S. Deal With Taliban

Targeted killings and widespread attacks across Afghanistan have sapped brief optimism as peace talks remain stalled.

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For Decades, This Radio Station Named the Dead. Few Still Listen.

Afghans once tuned into Radio Afghanistan twice a day to hear the reading of death notices. But in an age of social media, the voice of the nation has lost much of its sway.

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Born Into Carnage, 18 Afghan Babies Face an Uncertain Fate

A day after gunmen stormed a maternity ward and slaughtered new mothers at random, the authorities struggled to reconnect their children with families.

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Deadly Attacks Hit Afghan Maternity Clinic and Funeral Ceremony

Violence has intensified even as Afghanistan grapples with the rapid spread of Covid-19.

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