Analysis & Comment

Opinion | My Toxic Afghan Love Story

Abandoned by the U.S., an Afghan woman secretly recordsvideo diaries while on the run from the Taliban. Abandoned by the U.S., an Afghan woman secretly records video diaries while on the run from the Taliban. Supported by Video by Alexander Stockton, Kirk Semple and Zach Goldbaum Mr. Stockton and Mr. Semple are producers with Opinion Video. […]

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Opinion | What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

The war in Afghanistan wasn’t a failure. It was a massive success — for those who made a fortune off it. Consider the case of Hikmatullah Shadman, who was just a teenager when American Special Forces rolled into Kandahar on the heels of Sept. 11. They hired him as an interpreter, paying him up to […]

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‘We Have to Try’: Lawmakers Rush to Assist in Afghanistan Evacuations.

Frustrated with the Biden administration’s evacuation plans and inundated with requests for help, members of Congress in both parties have thrown themselves into urgent extraction efforts. By Luke Broadwater and Catie Edmondson WASHINGTON — Consumed with trying to help dozens of Afghans escape their country as U.S. troops prepared to withdraw, aides to Representative Michael […]

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Relief, and Worry, for Arrivals From Afghanistan

CHANTILLY, Va. — Thousands of Afghan refugees and Americans have arrived in the Washington region in the past few days, finding shelter and a sense of relief after shuffling from country to country and sometimes fending off violent attacks from the Taliban while fleeing Kabul. At Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, Afghans were processed and […]

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Opinion | A Sudden Downfall in Afghanistan

To the Editor: Re “Afghanistan’s Government Collapses” (nytimes.com, Aug. 15): The startling images of helicopters flying in and out of Kabul, evacuating our embassy diplomats, is a stunning reminder of the last Americans being evacuated off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in April 1975. While I support President Biden’s decision to be […]

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Once in Thrall of ‘the Generals,’ Congress Now Gives the Orders on Military Issues

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton, newly elected and eager to fulfill a central campaign promise, moved in 1993 to end a ban on gay men and women in the military, but he was stymied by senior military officers, who coordinated with a deferential Democratic senator, Sam Nunn of Georgia. More than 15 years later, Mr. […]

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Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

WASHINGTON — The Sept. 11 attacks led American troops into Afghanistan in 2001 for what became a two-decade war. Now President Biden’s decision to withdraw military forces has prompted a central question: Will the threat of terrorism against America re-emerge from Afghanistan? The answer is no, at least not right away. But over the longer […]

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Opinion | Why President Biden Must Withdraw From Afghanistan

President Joe Biden faces a defining foreign policy decision: The United States signed a deal with the Taliban last year in Doha, offering an American commitment to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by May 1, in exchange for a Taliban promise not to allow the country to be used by transnational terrorists. May 1 is barely […]

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Stay or Go? Biden, Long a Critic of Afghan Deployments, Faces a Deadline

WASHINGTON — The previous two presidents of the United States declared they wanted to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan, and they both decided in the end that they could not do it. Now President Biden is facing the same issue, with a deadline less than three months away. The Pentagon, uncertain what the […]

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Opinion | Whose Islam? The New Battle for Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the major warring parties in Afghanistan sit down for peace talks in Doha, Qatar, an old, unresolved debate is emerging as the central question: What should be the role of Islam in Afghanistan? A humid seaside resort on the Persian Gulf, where the delegates are gathered, has become the unlikely venue […]