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‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to US
July 30, 2021

‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to US

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Lee
Subsequent flights are due to bring more of the roughly 700 applicants who are farthest along in the process of getting visas.

Afghanistan 2021 Is Not Afghanistan 1996. That Offers Hope for Peace.
July 30, 2021

Afghanistan 2021 Is Not Afghanistan 1996. That Offers Hope for Peace.

By Mirwais Wakil and Anthony Pahnke
The reality in Afghanistan and the region provides a lot for peacemakers to work with -- if we can look past gloomy predictions.
Oversight After the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
July 29, 2021

Oversight After the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
In its latest quarterly report, SIGAR says the withdrawal complicates its mission, but does not diminish the necessity of oversight as U.S. funds continue to flow.

US Stepping up Airstrikes This Week to Support Afghan Forces
July 29, 2021

US Stepping up Airstrikes This Week to Support Afghan Forces

By Robert Burns
The strikes, which include several conducted last week, indicate stepped up U.S. support after weeks of battlefield gains by the Taliban as U.S. troops complete their withdrawal. 

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?
July 28, 2021

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?

By Catherine Putz
The consensus is that negotiation is the only way out of the conflict for Afghanistan, but that only holds true if the international community is united. It’s not.

Australia Struggles With Moral Obligation to Aid Afghan Partners
July 23, 2021

Australia Struggles With Moral Obligation to Aid Afghan Partners

By Joshua Mcdonald
Afghan interpreters plead for support from the Australian government as the threat from the Taliban increases.

As Afghan War Enters Latest Brutal Phase, Civilians Suffer
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.
Russia to Hold Military Drills Near Afghan Border in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan 
July 21, 2021

Russia to Hold Military Drills Near Afghan Border in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan 

By Catherine Putz
Moscow is also reported to be open to some kind of cooperation with the U.S., though far short of American bases in Central Asia.

US Peace Envoy Visits Islamabad as Pakistan-Afghan Ties Sour
July 20, 2021

US Peace Envoy Visits Islamabad as Pakistan-Afghan Ties Sour

By Kathy Gannon
Zalmay Khalilzad's visit came just hours after Afghanistan withdrew its ambassador from Pakistan.

In Afghanistan, Deja Vu All Over Again
July 17, 2021

In Afghanistan, Deja Vu All Over Again

By Aidai Masylkanova
Just as in 2014, there is a sense of anxiety bordering on panic about the impending U.S. withdrawal.

Russia Cautions Central Asia Against Hosting US Forces
July 14, 2021

Russia Cautions Central Asia Against Hosting US Forces

By Catherine Putz
As the U.S. looks to station over-the-horizon capabilities to address issues in Afghanistan, Central Asia is an obvious locale.
Top US Commander in Afghanistan Relinquishes Post
July 13, 2021

Top US Commander in Afghanistan Relinquishes Post

By Kathy Gannon
Gen. Scott Miller has served as America's top commander in Afghanistan since 2018.

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