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Afghans welcome tenuous cease-fire, but many express frustration that a permanent peace seems out of reach

“It’s not enough,” said a former journalist in Kunduz. “Every Afghan wants an end to violence and a permanent cease-fire."
  • May 14, 2021

School bombing heightens fears among Afghanistan’s Hazaras, long a target for militants, amid U.S. exit

The attack killed more than 85 people, mostly students, as class let out Saturday.
  • May 10, 2021

Bombing outside Kabul girls’ school kills at least 50

The bombing, which occurred as school was letting out for the day, also wounded more than 100 people, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The attack is the deadliest to strike the Afghan capital in months.
  • May 9, 2021

Taliban warns of counterattacks as original May 1 deadline for U.S. troop withdrawal passes

There are worries of rising violence in response to President Biden’s plans to extend the U.S. troop pullout until September.
  • May 1, 2021

‘It’s all Taliban country now’: New militant checkpoints on key roadways choke off parts of Afghanistan

The outposts frustrate military resupply efforts, stifle the provision of government services and undercut confidence in the country’s elected officials.
  • Apr 30, 2021

With a sense of betrayal and relief, Afghans eye a future without U.S. troops

For some Afghans, the U.S. invasion created opportunities that would have been unimaginable just years before. But the same forces also ripped communities apart.
  • Apr 16, 2021

Three female polio workers gunned down in Afghanistan

The attacks are the latest in a string of targeted killings sowing unease in government-held towns and cities despite ongoing peace talks.
  • Mar 30, 2021

Kabul’s ban on girls singing in public reversed after social media protest campaign

The ban was issued by Kabul's education directorate last week and almost immediately spurred a #IAmMySong social media protest campaign.
  • Mar 14, 2021

Taliban carrying out campaign of terror in Afghan capital ahead of peace talks next week

Police forces in Kabul have been doubled, with remote bombings and strikes by gunmen occurring almost daily.
  • Jan 1, 2021

Targeted killings of journalists are on the rise across Afghanistan

The deaths of 11, including a TV host, have spurred fears over press freedom.
  • Dec 27, 2020