Afghanistan

Senior general accuses US of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’
General David Petraeus during a 2010 visit to Kandahar, Afghanistan
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Senior general accuses US of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’

General David Petraeus says Taliban could reinstate ‘medieval Islamist regime’
2 Aug 2021
What does China stand to gain from talks with the Taliban?
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi
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What does China stand to gain from talks with the Taliban?

Beijing blasts US intervention in Afghanistan as officials meet to signal warming ties
29 Jul 2021
Afghanistan civilian casualty figures hit record high
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Afghanistan civilian casualty figures hit record high

Deaths rise 47% year-on-year as Taliban exploits departure of foreign troops
26 Jul 2021
The safest and most dangerous countries in the world
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The safest and most dangerous countries in the world

Afghanistan named the least peaceful, while Iceland holds top spot as safest country once again
21 Jul 2021
Taliban seizes cities as Afghan military collapses
Afghan militia arm themselves to aid the military in the fight against the Taliban
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Taliban seizes cities as Afghan military collapses

More than 1,000 soldiers flee across border as others hand over weapons to insurgents
13 Jul 2021
‘There will be a cost if the west no longer uses troops to overthrow tyrants’
US troops of the 82nd Airborne Division question Afghan men in Kabul, Afghanistan
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‘There will be a cost if the west no longer uses troops to overthrow tyrants’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
24 Jun 2021
US allies fear attacks after Biden sets Afghan withdrawal date
Joe Biden departs after announcing the withdrawal of troops
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US allies fear attacks after Biden sets Afghan withdrawal date

Troops to leave on 11 September, prompting Taliban to declare victory
15 Apr 2021
What Biden’s offer to the Taliban says about his Middle East policy
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What Biden’s offer to the Taliban says about his Middle East policy

Proposed power-sharing deal reveals desire to ‘lighten’ US’s role in region
9 Mar 2021
Elite Australian troops ‘committed war crimes’, says chief
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Elite Australian troops ‘committed war crimes’, says chief

Major-General Adam Findlay said ‘there are guys who criminally did something’
30 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’
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Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 30 June
30 Jun 2020
Behind the Russian plot to pay Taliban for killing US troops
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Behind the Russian plot to pay Taliban for killing US troops

Intelligence sources says British soldiers also targeted in covert operation in Afghanistan
29 Jun 2020
Why is the US cutting $1bn aid to Afghanistan?
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Why is the US cutting $1bn aid to Afghanistan?

US blames rival Afghan leaders for stalling Taliban peace talks
25 Mar 2020
Taliban overtakes Isis as world’s deadliest terror group
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Taliban overtakes Isis as world’s deadliest terror group

New research reveals near doubling of Taliban attacks in single year
11 Mar 2020
Is the US-Taliban peace deal already collapsing?
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Is the US-Taliban peace deal already collapsing?

The pact allows for some limited violence, but the Taliban is testing it with unbridled attacks
5 Mar 2020
Instant Opinion: Pete Buttigieg ‘undone’ by homophobia
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Instant Opinion: Pete Buttigieg ‘undone’ by homophobia

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 2 March
2 Mar 2020
Surge in suicides by UK veterans of Afghan war
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Surge in suicides by UK veterans of Afghan war

Government expresses concern as 14 former soldiers kill themselves in two months
2 Mar 2020
Are the US and Taliban about to end two decades of war?
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 13: U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a press conference as part of NATO Defense Ministers' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on February 13, 2020. (Photo by D
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Are the US and Taliban about to end two decades of war?

Washington has agreed a seven-day reduction of violence with the Taliban that could begin the end of the nearly 19-year war
14 Feb 2020
Bacha bazi: the scandal of Afghanistan’s abused boys
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Bacha bazi: the scandal of Afghanistan’s abused boys

Tradition of ‘boys for play’ facing scrutiny following exposure of paedophile ring operating in schools
29 Jan 2020
Afghan war: what has been accomplished?
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Afghan war: what has been accomplished?

The US is withdrawing 4,000 troops amid troubled peace talks with Taliban
16 Dec 2019
Why is the UK being accused of covering up war crimes?
Taliban Afghanistan Bomb
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Why is the UK being accused of covering up war crimes?

Investigators claim serious crimes were hushed up ‘for political reasons’
18 Nov 2019
Afghanistan election: who will win?
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Afghanistan election: who will win?

The country’s fragile democracy to be put to the test amid stalled peace talks
26 Sep 2019
Instant Opinion: Trump ‘would be funny’ if he weren’t deadly
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Instant Opinion: Trump ‘would be funny’ if he weren’t deadly

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 10 September
10 Sep 2019
US pullout from Afghanistan ‘risks total civil war’
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US pullout from Afghanistan ‘risks total civil war’

Former envoys warn of power vacuum after Taliban launches Kabul bomb attack as Washington pledges to withdraw troops
4 Sep 2019
Taliban peace talks could split terror group
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Taliban peace talks could split terror group

Will thousands of Taliban fighters defect to Isis over US peace demands?
27 Aug 2019
How Afghanistan became most dangerous country in the world
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How Afghanistan became most dangerous country in the world

More bombings on Independence Day after 63 people killed in a suicide bomb attack on Kabul wedding
19 Aug 2019
Almost 71 million displaced: the worst-affected countries
Displaced children at a refugee camp in South Sudan during a UN humanitarian visit in 2018
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Almost 71 million displaced: the worst-affected countries

UN refugee agency says one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as worldwide total hits record high
19 Jun 2019
Taliban peace talks delegation to include women
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Taliban peace talks delegation to include women

Unexpected move follows calls for female representation in discussions aimed at ending 17-year war in Afghanistan
16 Apr 2019
Eight key talking points from Trump’s State of the Union
Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address
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Eight key talking points from Trump’s State of the Union

Illegal immigration, national security and pleas for bipartisanship dominate the delayed speech
6 Feb 2019
Feud intensifies as Donald Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi’s trip
US lawmakers left waiting on a bus after Trump cancels delegation to Afghanistan
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Feud intensifies as Donald Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi’s trip

US president grounds military aircraft, stopping Congressional visit to troops
18 Jan 2019
US and Taliban meeting in Abu Dhabi: what could be achieved?
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US and Taliban meeting in Abu Dhabi: what could be achieved?

Latest attempt to jump-start peace talks comes as Donald Trump looks to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by 2020
17 Dec 2018
Deadly violence mars Afghan election
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Deadly violence mars Afghan election

Parliamentary vote seen as crucial test of democratic progress ahead of next year’s presidential election
22 Oct 2018
Afghanistan security chief shot dead by bodyguard
Afghan general Abdul Raziq has been killed by a bodyguard ahead of elections on Saturday
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Afghanistan security chief shot dead by bodyguard

Attack claimed by Taliban militants ahead of key elections on Saturday
19 Oct 2018
Afghanistan resists offer to outsource Taliban war
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Afghanistan resists offer to outsource Taliban war

President Ashraf Ghani dismisses plans laid out by private military contractor Blackwater
5 Oct 2018
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