Afghanistan

‘Content warnings mean classics is apologising for its existence’
Plaster casts from the Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology
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‘Content warnings mean classics is apologising for its existence’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
24 Aug 2021
Ahmad Massoud: the face of Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban resistance
Afghans protest under an image of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud in Kabul in 2003
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Ahmad Massoud: the face of Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban resistance

Son of famed anti-Soviet militia leader staging fightback in Panjshir Valley
24 Aug 2021
The reasons Biden is unlikely to extend Afghanistan evacuation
German soldiers waiting to evacuate a group of Afghan civilians
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The reasons Biden is unlikely to extend Afghanistan evacuation

US military advisers urge president to decide on exit plan immediately
24 Aug 2021
‘Tony Blair is ignoring his own starring role in the destruction’
Tony Blair
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‘Tony Blair is ignoring his own starring role in the destruction’

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23 Aug 2021
Boris Johnson faces ‘do-or-die’ moment on Afghanistan crisis: is he up to it?
Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson faces ‘do-or-die’ moment on Afghanistan crisis: is he up to it?

PM expected to put Joe Biden ‘on the spot’ tomorrow to extend deadline for Kabul evacuation
23 Aug 2021
‘Angel investors’ pay to fly Afghans out of Kabul
Kabul airport
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‘Angel investors’ pay to fly Afghans out of Kabul

Team of former special operations soldiers in bid to save 4,650 people over the next eight days
23 Aug 2021
Why the ‘knives are out’ for Dominic Raab
Dominic Raab
Behind the scenes

Why the ‘knives are out’ for Dominic Raab

Phone call to arrange evacuation of Afghan interpreters ‘never took place’
20 Aug 2021
Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ Hazara men
Afghan army cadets dress as Taliban fighters during an exercise
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Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ Hazara men

Amnesty International says killings prove minorities are at risk from Afghanistan rulers
20 Aug 2021
The return of the Taliban
Taliban fighters stand guard outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul
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The return of the Taliban

The Taliban’s swift capture of Kabul has resulted in panicked scenes in the capital
20 Aug 2021
Biden’s retreat: the humiliation of a superpower
Joe Biden
Behind the scenes

Biden’s retreat: the humiliation of a superpower

The chaos in Afghanistan has ‘shredded’ America’s reputation as a global power
20 Aug 2021
Will Afghanistan descend into civil war? The resistance has begun
Afghan government security forces in Panjshir valley
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Will Afghanistan descend into civil war? The resistance has begun

Fighters and politicians in Panjshir valley vow to fight Taliban but will they settle for seat at the table?
19 Aug 2021
The looming refugee crisis
Afghan people sit as they wait to leave Kabul airport
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The looming refugee crisis

Exodus has sparked panic among Western leaders
19 Aug 2021
‘Afghan refugees have no choice – but Britain does’
Kabul airport
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‘Afghan refugees have no choice – but Britain does’

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18 Aug 2021
What are China and Russia planning for Afghanistan?
Taliban press conference
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What are China and Russia planning for Afghanistan?

Beijing and Moscow reach out to the Taliban as Iain Duncan Smith fears West is losing the new Cold War
18 Aug 2021
‘Oppression dress-up’: Lily Cole under fire for burqa Instagram post
Lily Cole posing in a burqa
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‘Oppression dress-up’: Lily Cole under fire for burqa Instagram post

The 33-year-old has been criticised for ‘spitting in the face of Afghan women’
18 Aug 2021
Will Afghanistan define Joe Biden’s presidency?
Joe Biden
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Will Afghanistan define Joe Biden’s presidency?

Veteran diplomat says US president’s credibility is in ‘tatters’
17 Aug 2021
‘Afghanistan is more dangerous for us than it is for the United States’
Joe Biden
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‘Afghanistan is more dangerous for us than it is for the United States’

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16 Aug 2021
‘On Afghanistan, Biden’s credibility is now shot’
Joe Biden
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‘On Afghanistan, Biden’s credibility is now shot’

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13 Aug 2021
Afghanistan on the brink as the Taliban seizes areas at a ‘dizzying’ pace
Afghan security personnel inspect the site near a car bomb explosion
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Afghanistan on the brink as the Taliban seizes areas at a ‘dizzying’ pace

The Taliban made further sweeping gains this week, more than a third of the country’s 34 provincial capitals
12 Aug 2021
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
An Afghan militia member
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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
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
Joe Biden with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a visit in 2011
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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
Australian soldier
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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
US troops in Afghanistan
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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
Taliban
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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?
Taliban peace deal
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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
British army soldier
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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
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