US-built databases a potential tool of Taliban repression

Over two decades, the United States and its allies spent hundreds of millions of dollars building databases for the Afghan people. The nobly stated goal: Promote law and order and government accountability and modernize a war-ravaged land. But in the Taliban’s lightning seizure of power, most of that digital apparatus — including biometrics for verifying … Read more

Clarissa Ward of CNN Looks Back on the Afghanistan War

Clarissa Ward had four days to catch up on sleep and see her two sons, ages 1 and 3, at her parents’ home in France. Then she was off again, back to work, making her way through Qatar to Pakistan, where she reported from the Afghanistan border. Ward, CNN’s chief international correspondent, was a center-stage … Read more

Taliban and its potential international partners: What’s in it for them?

As the Taliban pushes forward with the troubled process of forming a new set-up to govern Afghanistan, much of the speculation has centred round which countries would be invited to an inauguration ceremony and whether this dispensation will be recognised by the international community. An unnamed Taliban official was cited by Al-Jazeera on Monday as … Read more

A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university for the first time since the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or boards down the middle of the classroom. What happens in universities and schools across the country is being closely watched by foreign … Read more

Britain looking carefully at suicides among Afghan veterans

Britain is investigating whether or not some veterans from the Afghan war have taken their own lives because they are so devastated by the chaotic withdrawal of US-led forces from the country Britain’s armed forces minister said on Monday. The humiliation of the lightning Taliban takeover in Afghanistan after a 20-year war that cost hundreds … Read more

The first Afghan Rhodes scholar saved her father, and wants to do more

Five days after the Taliban captured Kabul, Summia Tora began to fear that her father would never get out of Afghanistan. She had been up almost round the clock, working every angle to get him on an evacuation flight. But without a special immigrant visa, he did not get a call from U.S. officials offering … Read more

Around 1,000 people await Taliban flight clearance from Mazar-i-Sharif

About 1,000 people, including dozens of American citizens and Afghans holding visas to the United States or other countries, remained stuck in Afghanistan for the fifth day Sunday as they awaited clearance from the Taliban for their departure. The holdup reflects the challenges of foreign governments working with the group, which has yet to form … Read more

Afghanistan crisis live updates: Taliban claims Massoud, Amrullah Saleh have escaped to Tajikistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is one of the co-founders of the Taliban. (File Photo/Reuters) Who is Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada, likely to be supreme leader of Afghanistan? Weeks after swiftly seizing control of Afghanistan, the Taliban is soon set to unveil its newly-formed government, which is likely to be helmed by the militant group’s top spiritual … Read more

Panjshir resistance front leader Ahmad Massoud says he is ready to talk with Taliban

The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley north of Kabul said on Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting. Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban … Read more

In Afghan withdrawal, a Biden doctrine surfaces

Written by Helene Cooper, Lara Jakes, Michael D. Shear and Michael Crowley In the chaotic finale of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, a Biden Doctrine is emerging: a foreign policy that avoids the aggressive tactics of forever wars and nation building, while uniting allies against the authoritarianism of rising powers. President Joe Biden began to … Read more