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U.S. troops in Afghanistan had better equipment, training and funding than the Taliban. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Why did a military superpower fail in Afghanistan?

It may be attractive to think that promoting democracy in occupied foreign countries is an appropriate moral and effective path for restoring security and stability. But it’s not accurate.
Forced from their homes by fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces, thousands of families seek refuge in a Kabul park. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Afghans’ lives and livelihoods upended even more as US occupation ends

When the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, Afghans had endured 22 years of war. The Taliban were on the rise. Little has changed after an additional 20 years of war and suffering.
Afghan citizens at a March 2021 rally in Kabul to support peace talks between the Taliban and the government. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule

Burqas and male chaperones for women were features of the Taliban’s extremist rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s. Those policies are now back in some districts controlled by these Islamic militants.
In early 2021, some Taliban fighters surrendered their weapons to support peace talks with the Afghan government. Today the Islamic extremist group is battling government forces to control the country. Xinhua/Emran Waak via Getty Images

Afghanistan after the US withdrawal: The Taliban speak more moderately but their extremist rule hasn’t evolved in 20 years

Two decades have passed since the US invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban’s Islamic extremist regime. Despite efforts to update its image, the group still holds hard-line views.
The people of Afghanistan that the author encountered live very different lives from Americans. Brian Glyn Williams

Faces of those America is leaving behind in Afghanistan

As American troops leave Afghanistan, a scholar of the country’s history and culture reexamines his photos of the nation’s people.
The scene of the April 22 attack. EPA/Heydayatullah Amid

Eyewitness: a deadly bombing in Kabul

An attack on a voter registration killed at least 57 people, and left scores more deciding where to go now.
A Russian plane delivers 10,000 AK-47 rifles to the Afghan National Security Forces. Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Why Russia is back in Afghanistan

Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
President Donald Trump after speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Strikes against Syria: Did Trump need permission from Congress?

Are Trump’s missile strikes against Syria constitutional? An expert on Congress and foreign policy provides a brief history of how the separation of war powers has blurred over time.

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