A Bomb Crater as Business Partner for a Pit Stop on an Afghan Highway

Along a lonely stretch of what was once the most dangerous road in Afghanistan, everyone slows down when they reach Hafiz Qadim’s mud brick shop. It’s not the food. Or the gas. It’s the big hole.

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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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Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation

An estimated 22.8 million people — more than half the country’s population — are expected to face potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter. Many are already on the brink of catastrophe.

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In Hard Times, Afghan Farmers Are Turning to Opium for Security

The war’s intense conclusion and a drought combined to wipe out the famous Afghan pomegranate harvest in Kandahar Province, during a devastating national economic crisis.

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The String of ISIS Attacks That Killed Three Generations of One Afghan Family

Over two weeks, the Rajabis suffered loss after loss as suicide attacks on Shiite mosques in two parts of the country ravaged their family.

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Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills 37 as Shiites Are Targeted Again

The explosion in Kandahar marked the second week in a row that attackers had struck a Shiite place of worship during Friday Prayer.

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As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow

Taliban leaders have promised amnesty to Afghan officials and soldiers, but there are increasing reports of detentions, disappearances and even executions.

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Taliban Quash Afghanistan Protests, Tightening Grip on Country

The Taliban’s actions and history of brutality cast doubt on their promises of amnesty, and many Afghans are afraid to venture out of their homes.

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Taliban Promise Peace, but Doubt and Fear Persist

In their first statement since taking control, the Taliban hinted at a rule unlike their brutal regime a generation ago, trying to placate skeptics.

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Body of Reuters Photographer Was Mutilated in Taliban Custody, Officials Say

The body of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner killed in Afghanistan, was unrecognizable when it was brought to a Kandahar hospital, one official said.

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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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Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

The scenes over the weekend were almost as if a trillion-dollar effort had morphed into a garage sale.

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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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The Taliban Close In on Afghanistan, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

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The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

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In Former Taliban Stronghold, Defiant Women Hit the Gym

A women’s health club in Kandahar challenges conservative Afghan traditions that vilify exercise for women. Many work out secretly.

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An Afghan Boy’s Rape and Death Prompt a Rare Response: Arrests

Villagers confronted officials, and seven police officers are now in jail, in a rare official action to investigate child sexual abuse accusations in Afghanistan.

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‘Hospital Needs to Be Quarantined,’ but Works On in Country at War

Twenty percent of the staff at one hospital is quarantined, but doors remain open as the war wounded are brought in.

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