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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 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.

July 08, 2019

Afghanistan’s Bloody Peace Process

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Even as officials continue to talk peace, violence has surged in Afghanistan.
June 04, 2019

Afghanistan’s Other War

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
In Kabul, the war on crime is becoming just as pressing – and as endless – as the war on terror.

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