Afghanistan

‘Educated girls can heal economies and heal the planet’
Afghan girls selling water at Nadir Khan hilltop in Kabul
Instant Opinion

‘Educated girls can heal economies and heal the planet’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
21 Oct 2021
Ben Roberts-Smith: the soldier accused of killing ‘helpless Afghans’
Ben Roberts-Smith arrives in court in Sydney
Profile

Ben Roberts-Smith: the soldier accused of killing ‘helpless Afghans’

The former special forces corporal is suing newspapers for defamation in case that renews spotlight on alleged military abuses
5 Oct 2021
Why Operation Ark is under investigation
A dog rescued by Nowzad in Kabul
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Why Operation Ark is under investigation

Charity watchdog says it is looking into the financial arrangements of the animal airlift from Afghanistan
23 Sep 2021
Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’
A Taliban fighter stands guard at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
In Depth

Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’

Terror group is recovering after occupation and drone attacks diminished its threat
16 Sep 2021
Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule
A Taliban fighter watches over a protest led by Afghan women in Kabul
In Depth

Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule

Insurgents struggling to stop exodus of highly educated and skilled workers ‘needed to make the country governable’
14 Sep 2021
‘In the war on terror, the terrorists won’
A Taliban fighter walks through central Kabul
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‘In the war on terror, the terrorists won’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
10 Sep 2021
America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?
President Biden
In Brief

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?

‘In his selfish unilateralism’, Biden is no better than Trump, said The Daily Telegraph
10 Sep 2021

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Taliban close to crushing last bastion of resistance in Panjshir Valley
Resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley
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Taliban close to crushing last bastion of resistance in Panjshir Valley

Militant group claims victory but local opposition forces have vowed to fight on
6 Sep 2021
‘After the humiliation of Afghanistan, we see the blame game in Whitehall’
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
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‘After the humiliation of Afghanistan, we see the blame game in Whitehall’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
3 Sep 2021
How did the Afghanistan War start?
US troops in Afghanistan
In Depth

How did the Afghanistan War start?

Invasion by Western forces followed many years of internal conflict
3 Sep 2021
Afghan refugees to be schooled on British ‘values, culture and civic duties’
Afghan refugees at Heathrow
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Afghan refugees to be schooled on British ‘values, culture and civic duties’

Scheme for those fleeing Taliban rule will emulate programmes in Italy, France and Germany
3 Sep 2021
Quiz of The Week: 28 August - 3 September
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 28 August - 3 September

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
3 Sep 2021
The rise of Isis-K, the Islamist terrorist group with ‘merciless’ tactics
Tributes to the victims of the 26 August suicide bombing at Kabul airport, displayed on a street in Mumbai
In Brief

The rise of Isis-K, the Islamist terrorist group with ‘merciless’ tactics

Last week it claimed responsibility for the ‘dramatic assault’ on Kabul airport – an attack that killed up to 170 people
3 Sep 2021
‘The White House should not place new sanctions on the Taliban’
A helicopter flying a Taliban flag above Kandahar
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‘The White House should not place new sanctions on the Taliban’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
2 Sep 2021
Was the US occupation of Afghanistan an inevitable failure?
An Afghanistan flag is seen waving in front of a US flag on 28 August 2021 in Washington, DC
In Depth

Was the US occupation of Afghanistan an inevitable failure?

Bush vowed the US would rebuild the war-torn country. But 20 years and $2trn later, the ‘nation-building folly’ has ended in ‘catastrophe’
2 Sep 2021
Will the fall of Afghanistan create a refugee backlash?
Afghan refugees queue to board a US military plane
Today’s big question

Will the fall of Afghanistan create a refugee backlash?

UK government forced to ‘overhaul system’ as resettlement plans begin to draw criticism
2 Sep 2021
Biden failed a ‘no-fail mission’, official claims
US troops during the evacuation of Kabul airport
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Biden failed a ‘no-fail mission’, official claims

President seeks to cast evacuation as ‘extraordinary success’ as blame mounts over chaotic airlift
2 Sep 2021
Dominic Raab’s reckoning: can foreign secretary hold on to his job?
Dominic Raab
Today’s big question

Dominic Raab’s reckoning: can foreign secretary hold on to his job?

As Raab faces MPs, one senior government source thinks he is ‘toast’
1 Sep 2021
The safest and the most dangerous countries in the world
Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul
In Brief

The safest and the most dangerous countries in the world

Afghanistan named the least peaceful, while Iceland continues to hold top spot as safest country
1 Sep 2021
Does Afghanistan mark the end of the ‘American century’?
Joe Biden departs after giving his closing remarks on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan
In Depth

Does Afghanistan mark the end of the ‘American century’?

Joe Biden describes withdrawal as an end to efforts to ‘remake other countries’
1 Sep 2021
Will the Afghanistan withdrawal hurt Biden in the midterms?
Joe Biden
In Depth

Will the Afghanistan withdrawal hurt Biden in the midterms?

President’s approval ratings have plummeted since the deadly evacuation
1 Sep 2021
‘Cats and dogs were airlifted out of Kabul, not human beings at risk of execution’
Afghans make their way through a flooded street towards Kabul airport
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‘Cats and dogs were airlifted out of Kabul, not human beings at risk of execution’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
31 Aug 2021
Pentagon ‘blames UK’ for Kabul airport suicide attack
People wait to be processed at Kabul airport
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Pentagon ‘blames UK’ for Kabul airport suicide attack

US kept open Abbey Gate to help UK evacuation effort - despite imminent threat of attack
31 Aug 2021
Quiz of The Week: 21-27 August
President Joe Biden pauses while he speaks about the situation in Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House on August 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Quiz of The Week: 21-27 August

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27 Aug 2021
Will the Kabul attack lock Biden into a ‘forever war’ against Isis?
Joe Biden addresses the press following the attacks on Kabul
In Depth

Will the Kabul attack lock Biden into a ‘forever war’ against Isis?

President vows revenge against extremists following airport suicide attack
27 Aug 2021
Does the Kabul catastrophe spell doom for President Biden?
President Joe Biden
Today’s big question

Does the Kabul catastrophe spell doom for President Biden?

The ‘shockingly naive way’ he went about withdrawing US troops certainly reflects badly on him, says The Wall Street Journal
27 Aug 2021
British embassy ‘left details’ of local Afghan staff for Taliban
British embassy in Afghanistan
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British embassy ‘left details’ of local Afghan staff for Taliban

Paperwork identifying employees abandoned by British officials in their retreat
27 Aug 2021
Will Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorists?
Kabul explosions
In Depth

Will Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorists?

Multiple explosions reported near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
26 Aug 2021
‘Kane has found a gentlemen’s agreement is meaningless in the brutal world of football’
Harry Kane
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‘Kane has found a gentlemen’s agreement is meaningless in the brutal world of football’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
26 Aug 2021
The curious case of Carrie and the animal airlift
Carrie Johnson
Behind the scenes

The curious case of Carrie and the animal airlift

Row breaks out over former Marine’s attempt to evacuate cats and dogs
26 Aug 2021
‘No billionaire saviour will rescue our dying planet’
Firefighters battle wildfires in Greece
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‘No billionaire saviour will rescue our dying planet’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
25 Aug 2021
What daily life is like in Afghanistan now
Kabul market
Behind the scenes

What daily life is like in Afghanistan now

Banks are closed, unemployment has ‘spiked visibly’ and working women have been told to stay at home
25 Aug 2021
What does the Taliban stand for?
Taliban fighters enter Kabul on 16 August 2021
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What does the Taliban stand for?

Militants tell women to stay at home as radical overhaul gets underway
25 Aug 2021
What next after Biden rejects evacuation extension?
British troops involved in the evacuation at Kabul airport
Today’s big question

What next after Biden rejects evacuation extension?

UK rushing to airlift more than 4,000 people out of the country
25 Aug 2021
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