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Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad is a contributing writer at The Diplomat, covering Afghanistan.

Ezzatullah Mehrdad is a feature writer who covers immigration and the American South. As a contributing writer at The Diplomat, he writes on Afghanistan. Previously, Ezzat was a reporter at The Washington Post in Kabul.

Posts by Ezzatullah Mehrdad
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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.

May 24, 2019

Coping With War, Afghans Turn to Art and Books

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Dealing with decades of violence and war, Afghans turn to art and books to soothe their souls.

May 03, 2019

In ‘Memory Boxes,’ Afghans Memorialize Lives Lost to Violence

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
A recently opened center in Kabul memorializes the victims of Afghanistan’s chronic state of war.
April 18, 2019

Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Kandahar has come a long way since Taliban rule. What do its residents think about the peace talks?

March 19, 2019

Can the Afghan State Survive the Peace Process?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Concerns are growing that Afghanistan's government will not survive an eventual U.S. withdrawal.
February 05, 2019

Peace, Politics, & Afghanistan’s Next President

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghanistan's presidential race heats up amid peace talks with Taliban insurgents.

December 01, 2018

Here Come Afghanistan’s Youth

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghanistan’s election was a battle between traditional strongmen and young optimists.

September 25, 2018

Islamic State: The Torment of Afghanistan’s Shiites

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Repeated ISIS attacks are pushing Afghan Shiites “into a dark hole.”

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