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Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad is a freelance journalist based in Kabul.

Ezzatullah writes investigative and explanatory features on Afghanistan.

Posts by Ezzatullah Mehrdad
July 22, 2021

As Afghan War Enters Latest Brutal Phase, Civilians Suffer

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghan civilians, always in the crossfire between government and Taliban forces, are more at risk than ever before.

June 02, 2021

A Month Into the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As the U.S. embarks on its final withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban moved to strike provincial centers and peace talks remain stalled.
May 27, 2021

School Bombing Latest Tragedy for Afghanistan’s Hazaras

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghanistan’s Hazaras have long been persecuted and over the last 20 years targeted in attacks of increasingly cruelty.

May 03, 2021

Afghanistan Fears Impending COVID-19 Crisis  

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The rise of COVID-19 cases coupled with health missteps in the war-torn country spread fear of a tragedy amid a raging war.

April 29, 2021

How Biden’s Attempted Shortcut Undermines Peace in Afghanistan 

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The Biden administration hoped to take a shortcut to peace in Afghanistan with one more big conference. It won’t work.

March 24, 2021

Assassinations Silence Afghanistan’s Intellectuals

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
In each of Afghanistan’s past conflicts, intellectuals have been targets of intolerance and violence. Even as peace appears on the horizon, the risks intensify. 
March 23, 2021

Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace: Two Steps Back for Women, One Step Forward for Peace

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The one-day conference last week is part of a larger effort by regional powers to make peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

February 26, 2021

Even as Peace Talks Resume, Killing Soars in Afghanistan

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
After a month-long hiatus, the Taliban and Afghan government are talking again. Will it make a difference for Afghans?

February 17, 2021

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Amid murky allegations of contact with the Haqqani Network, the life of one Chinese national in Kabul comes under scrutiny.

December 01, 2020

Afghanistan’s Biggest Fight: Climate Change

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
While the war has taken the majority of government attention (and money), climate change may be the more difficult battle.

November 17, 2020

Inside Afghanistan’s Education Crisis

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Even before the lengthy COVID-19 shutdown, the country's schools were weighed down by crumbling infrastructure and a misguided curriculum.
July 29, 2020

Herd Immunity Can’t Save Afghanistan From COVID -19

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The long-struggling Afghanistan might go through a new surge of COVID-19 cases that could trigger a full-scale crisis -- unlike the first wave.

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