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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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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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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At Every Step, Afghans Coming to America Encounter Stumbling Blocks

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

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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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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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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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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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Gen. Milley Says He Warned Biden Against Afghanistan Withdrawal

During a heated Senate hearing, Gen. Mark Milley also defended his actions in the final months of the Trump administration.

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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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A Botched Drone Strike in Kabul Started With the Wrong Car

An errant strike that killed 10 civilians has called into question the reliability of the intelligence that will be used to conduct future U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

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A Time Capsule in Two Front Pages

The newspaper of Sept. 11, 2001, is a document of America before the terror attacks and a memory of a vanished era.

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‘We Truly Have Lost Everything’: A Journey Out of Kabul the Day It Fell

Nadima Sahar, a government official, was determined to stay. But then she learned the palace staff, and maybe even the president, had already fled.

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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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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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Military Analysis Raises Questions About Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A preliminary analysis said that it was “possible to probable” that explosives were in the car and that drone operators took only a cursory scan of the courtyard before launching an attack.

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In Afghan Withdrawal, a Biden Doctrine Surfaces

The messy ending to the war has underscored President Biden’s discomfort with prolonged military engagements, even as the United States faces complex new threats.

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Restoration of Kabul’s Closed Airport Begins as Some Afghan Aid Resumes

Despite the Taliban’s effort to project themselves as responsible stewards after seizing power, there was still no word on when a new government would be announced.

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Pentagon Leaders Wary of Working With Taliban

Cooperation with the group in fighting an Islamic State affiliate is “possible,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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The Taliban Celebrate Victory, With a Crisis Looming

With the final U.S. troops gone, triumphant scenes were clouded by the prospect of famine and financial collapse. The Taliban spokesman called for international engagement.

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Why Biden Didn’t See the ISIS-K Threat Until Too Late

Twenty years later, the terrorism threat from Afghanistan hasn’t faded. And militant competition from ISIS-K has merely increased the stakes. 

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Biden Didn’t See the ISIS-K Threat in Afghanistan Until Too Late

Twenty years later, the terrorism threat from Afghanistan hasn’t faded. And militant competition from ISIS-K has merely increased the stakes. 

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Blinken Says American Diplomats Have Left Kabul

The disintegration of U.S. diplomacy came as efforts continued to work toward peace, however tenuous, with a government that would share power with the Taliban.

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Biden Receives Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Kabul Bombing

The president’s first trip in office to witness the transfer of remains was a reminder of the toll of the Afghanistan war, and of his unique relationship with it.

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98 Countries Pledge to Accept Afghans After US Military Departs

A joint statement from the United States and other countries said that they had “received assurances from the Taliban” that people with travel documents showing they were clear to enter any of those countries could safely depart.

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Biden to Attend Return of US Service Members Killed in Kabul Airport Attack

They include 11 Marines, a Navy medic and a member of the Army.

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98 Countries Pledge to Accept Afghans After U.S. Military Departs

A joint statement from the United States and other countries said that they had “received assurances from the Taliban” that people with travel documents showing they were clear to enter any of those countries could safely depart.

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Britain, France End Their Evacuations in Afghanistan

Evacuations are slowing as U.S. officials estimate that about 350 Americans are still trying to leave Afghanistan.

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Evacuations From Kabul Wind Down as U.S. Prepares to Pull Last Troops

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans are still thought to be seeking to flee the country, but President Biden and other global leaders have acknowledged that many will not get out before the deadline.

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Why President Biden Saw No Middle Ground in Afghanistan

President Biden’s reductionist formula has prompted a debate over whether the mayhem in Kabul was inevitable or the result of a failure to consider other options.

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It Shouldn’t Fall to Veterans to Clean Up Biden’s Mess

Never have I witnessed a swifter collapse of competence than what I have seen with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

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While U.S. Troops Searched Afghans in Kabul, a Bomber Moved In

Officials are still piecing together the chain of events in the attack that killed scores of people, including 13 U.S. service members, outside the Kabul airport.

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What Is ISIS-K, the Islamic State Khorasan?

Founded in 2015, the Afghan splinter group from ISIS counts as its foes U.S. forces and the Taliban.

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Biden Faces a Tragedy He Worked to Avoid

The president said the evacuation of U.S. citizens and allies from Afghanistan would continue, even after an attack that killed at least 13 American troops and dozens of civilians.

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After Decades of War in Afghanistan, ISIS and Al Qaeda Can Still Wreak Havoc

The U.S. and its allies waged war for 20 years to try to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan. A double-suicide bombing demonstrated that they remain a threat.

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At Least 12 U.S. Troops Among Masses of Dead in Kabul Suicide Attack

Bombers struck a huge crowd outside the airport, killing dozens of civilians in the waning days of the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan.

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The Misery In Afghanistan Shouldn’t Be Politicized

Let’s keep our bearings and humanity when discussing the botched American withdrawal.

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ISIS Branch Poses Biggest Immediate Terror Threat to Evacuation in Kabul

An Islamic State affiliate that is a sworn enemy of both the Taliban and the United States threatens a large-scale attack against the mission at the airport.

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The Race to Evacuate Kabul

Inside the complex and dangerous operation to fly out thousands of American citizens and Afghan allies without provoking the Taliban.

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Biden Sticks to Afghan Deadline, Resisting Pleas to Extend Evacuation

The American withdrawal coincided with a threat by the Taliban to stop Afghans from traveling to the airport, an ominous sign that the window may be slamming shut for thousands of people desperate to leave.

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Military Ramps Up Evacuations From Kabul, but Bottlenecks Persist

The Pentagon has increased the number of flights, but questions remain about whether the military can sustain the pace as the deadline to end the operation draws near.

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Eager to Shift Narrative, Biden Team Puts Airlift in Historical Context

In describing evacuation efforts, President Biden has referred to the Berlin airlift more than 70 years ago, in which food was flown into a city whose access had been choked off by the Soviet Union.

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ISIS Poses ‘Acute’ Threat to U.S. Evacuation Efforts in Kabul, Sullivan Says

President Biden’s national security adviser warned of mounting but unspecified terrorist risks to the U.S. mission to evacuate thousands of Americans and Afghan allies.

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Desperation as Afghans Seek to Flee a Country Retaken by the Taliban

A surging crowd trampled a toddler to death near the airport, and many residents who aided America remain in hiding, fearing they will be killed by their new rulers.

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Fears Rise About Safety of Afghan Airport as U.S. Warns Americans to Stay Away

Families continued to swarm the airport in hopes of getting aboard American military planes. U.S. officials are now worried that Islamic State might launch an attack to damage the Taliban’s sense of control.

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A Rough Beast Returns

We needed to leave Afghanistan. But not this way.

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A Baby Passed Over a Wall in Kabul Is Reunited With Family

The image of the infant being hoisted over concertina wire went viral and prompted questions about what happened to the child.

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Biden Defends Evacuation as Thousands Besiege Kabul Airport

The president cited “significant progress’’ in getting Americans out of Afghanistan. But Afghans linked to U.S. troops and other Western groups fear being left behind.

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