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US Envoy: Fears of Taliban Conquering Kabul Are Overblown
May 20, 2021

US Envoy: Fears of Taliban Conquering Kabul Are Overblown

By Robert Burns
Khalilzad argued that the Taliban have reason not to push for a military victory and instead pursue a negotiated political settlement.
US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Another Long Goodbye?
May 18, 2021

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Another Long Goodbye?

By Catherine Putz
It’s worth revisiting the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, in light of the United States’ current withdrawal plan.

Afghans Who Helped the US Now Fear Being Left Behind
May 17, 2021

Afghans Who Helped the US Now Fear Being Left Behind

By Rahim Faiez and Ben Fox
As Washington reviews the special immigrant visa process, Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military grow increasingly worried that time is running out.

3-Day Ceasefire Gives Some Respite to Afghans
May 17, 2021

3-Day Ceasefire Gives Some Respite to Afghans

By Franz J. Marty
A temporary truce to mark the end of Ramadan mostly held, allowing Afghans to celebrate in relative peace.

US Sends More Warplanes to Protect Pullout from Afghanistan
May 07, 2021

US Sends More Warplanes to Protect Pullout from Afghanistan

By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor
Military commanders have said that additional forces will flow in temporarily to help with security and logistics for the drawdown.
Afghanistan’s Wildcard Warlords
May 07, 2021

Afghanistan’s Wildcard Warlords

By Waleed Mir
Warlords are a volatile group and with uncertainty looming in Afghanistan, these strongmen may look to protect their own interests first.

US Afghan Envoy Visits Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
May 06, 2021

US Afghan Envoy Visits Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
As the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan begins, some suspect Washington is looking for nearby basing options.
Violence Remains High in Afghanistan as US Withdrawal Begins
May 04, 2021

Violence Remains High in Afghanistan as US Withdrawal Begins

By Catherine Putz
Since the U.S.-Taliban peace deal, Afghan casualties -- both military and civilian -- have soared. That bodes ill for the future.

Western Amnesia and the Trauma of Taliban Rule
April 30, 2021

Western Amnesia and the Trauma of Taliban Rule

By Lauryn Oates
By all available evidence, the Taliban remain a group of militants whose primary driver is the imposition of their extremist ideology.

The Taliban’s Difficult Pledge
April 29, 2021

The Taliban’s Difficult Pledge

By Obaidullah Baheer
Even if it wanted to, could the Taliban ever really cut ties with and oppose al-Qaida?

How Biden’s Attempted Shortcut Undermines Peace in Afghanistan 
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.
US Afghan Envoy Khalilzad Defends Biden Withdrawal Plan 
April 29, 2021

US Afghan Envoy Khalilzad Defends Biden Withdrawal Plan 

By Catherine Putz
In a hearing called by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, Khalilzad reiterated the rationale for the administration’s decision to exit Afghanistan.

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