Afghanistan

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years
A burqa-clad woman
In Brief

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years

Supreme leader has now announced that all women must cover their faces in public
20 May 2022
How Ben Wallace became a favourite to succeed Boris Johnson
Ben Wallace
Profile

How Ben Wallace became a favourite to succeed Boris Johnson

Defence secretary has benefited from Afghanistan crisis and war in Ukraine
28 Apr 2022
Afghanistan, Florida and Northern Ireland
Taliban fighters
Podcasts

Afghanistan, Florida and Northern Ireland

Can the World Bank set the Taliban straight? Why is Florida saying ‘don’t say gay’? And what can we learn from the last trials of the Troubles?
1 Apr 2022
The Overview podcast: do NGOs help or harm?
Red Cross workers
Podcasts

The Overview podcast: do NGOs help or harm?

Critics have highlighted potentially harmful consequences of humanitarian aid work
2 Mar 2022
Boris Johnson and the Afghan animal airlift
Carrie Johnson
Behind the scenes

Boris Johnson and the Afghan animal airlift

Leaked emails suggest Boris Johnson did approve former marine’s evacuation
27 Jan 2022
Afghanistan aid efforts ‘falling short’ as winter crisis escalates
A child attempts to keep warm following snowfall outside Herat, Afghanistan
In Depth

Afghanistan aid efforts ‘falling short’ as winter crisis escalates

Extreme poverty is forcing parents to sell children and organs to survive
25 Jan 2022
The most striking news photographs of 2021
Jake Angeli storming the Capitol
In pictures

The most striking news photographs of 2021

From the Capitol attack to heartbreaking scenes at Kabul airport
27 Dec 2021

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Afghanistan withdrawal: did the Foreign Office fail in its response?
Dominic Raab leaves Downing Street
In Brief

Afghanistan withdrawal: did the Foreign Office fail in its response?

Testimony of former desk officer said prioritising of applicants was ‘arbitrary and dysfunctional’
16 Dec 2021
The countries that support the Taliban
A Taliban government official attends talks in Moscow in October
In Depth

The countries that support the Taliban

Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan are sizing up the situation after seizure of power in Afghanistan
16 Dec 2021
How Afghanistan is hurtling towards famine and ruin
Afghans at a street market
In Brief

How Afghanistan is hurtling towards famine and ruin

The UN estimates that about 23 million Afghans are facing acute hunger
3 Dec 2021
‘Britain is suffering from an ever-dwindling supply of compassion’
Homeless person's tent in London
Instant Opinion

‘Britain is suffering from an ever-dwindling supply of compassion’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
24 Nov 2021
Starving Afghan families forced to sell their children
Asho (right) was betrothed to a 23-year-old man by her indebted family in Badghis Province
In Depth

Starving Afghan families forced to sell their children

Departure of US forces has triggered one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises
27 Oct 2021
‘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
The latest on . . .

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
Instant Opinion

‘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
Taliban close to crushing last bastion of resistance in Panjshir Valley
Resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley
The latest on . . .

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
Instant Opinion

‘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
The latest on . . .

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
Instant Opinion

‘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
The latest on . . .

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
Instant Opinion

‘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
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