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Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad is a freelance journalist based in Kabul, where he writes investigative and explanatory features on Afghanistan.

Posts by Ezzatullah Mehrdad
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.

July 25, 2020

Will Afghanistan’s Long-Delayed Peace Ever Arrive?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As Kabul and the Taliban continue to stall peace talks, Afghans' hopes are dying.
July 02, 2020

Afghan Media Struggle to Survive the Pandemic

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Fewer ads, COVID-19 restrictions, and falling revenue have media outlets in Afghanistan “on the edge of collapse.”

April 30, 2020

Afghanistan: War in the Time of Coronavirus

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Despite a peace deal and the devastating spread of COVID-19, the Afghan war sill rages on.

March 27, 2020

How Afghanistan Failed to Contain COVID-19 

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
A combination of political rifts, lack of testing, extremely social lifestyles, and a war-torn health care system have Afghanistan on the brink of disaster.

February 26, 2020

Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities But Fear Civil War

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The U.S. is ready to make peace with the Taliban. But can Afghanistan’s political factions come to terms with each other?
January 28, 2020

Afghanistan’s Turbulent Decade

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
From 2010 to 2020, the Taliban insurgency picked up steam while Afghanistan’s institutional dysfunction deepened.

December 06, 2019

Afghanistan’s Investigative Journalists

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Daily newspaper Etilaat Roz makes an impact in the chaotic Afghan democracy.

October 15, 2019

Inside Afghanistan’s Online Battlefield

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Social media provides another front for battle between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

October 01, 2019

In Afghanistan, the War Goes On

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
After 18 years, the United States is still entangled in war in Afghanistan.

September 28, 2019

Will This Be Another Afghan Election Marred by Fraud?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As Afghans go to the polls, they’re battling a history of marred elections.
August 12, 2019

How Islamic State Infiltrated Kabul University

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Expanding its reach, the Islamic State has aimed recruitment efforts at Afghan universities.

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