Taliban

Ghulam Faizi

I fought with Canada. Now the government is leaving my family to be killed by the Taliban.

In their words, interpreters Hameed Khan and Ghulam Faizi discuss the harrowing battle to bring their families to safety following the fall of Kabul
Representatives of the Taliban leave Gardermoen Airport after attending meetings in Oslo, Norway, on Jan. 25, 2022 (Javad Parsa/NTB via AP)

How the world is legitimizing the Taliban

Adnan R. Khan: Every political engagement and dollar spent in Afghanistan brings an internationally-sanctioned terrorist organization one step closer to unofficial recognition
Nishan is still in medical school, but few options are open to her after graduation (Photograph by Oriane Zerah)

The world left these Afghan women behind. Now they’re fending for themselves.

Educated in a Canadian-funded school, they became Afghanistan’s best and brightest young women. Today they live in fear, abandoned to the Taliban.
In this picture taken in the late hours on August 22, 2021 British and Canadian soldiers stand guard near a canal as Afghans wait outside the foreign military-controlled part of the airport in Kabul, hoping to flee the country following the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan. (Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images)

The last trip out of Afghanistan: ‘There is no way back. Taliban are outside.’

They had close ties to Canada and were being hunted by the Taliban. Trapped in a dangerous, desperate crowd, the odds were against them.
Canadian soldiers survey defensive positions they will eventually take over from the U.S. 101st Airborne at the airbase in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Feb. 10, 2002 (Kevin Frayer/CP)

Canada’s Afghanistan failure

Stephen Maher: There are ways Canada can help around the world. But we should recognize that we do not make good occupying soldiers and stop trying to do it.
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How to end the endless war in Afghanistan

Afghan human rights leader Dr. Sima Samar talks to Sally Armstrong about the Taliban, the peace process and the fight to save 20 years of progress in her country
Biden visits Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2002, when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images)

America withdraws from Afghanistan, and fails one more time

Adnan R. Khan: The list of America’s unfinished business is long, and bloody. And it is growing longer with the plan to abandon Afghanistan in its time of need.
Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a peace agreement in the Qatari capital Doha on Feb. 29, 2020 (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump surrenders, declares it a victory, and goes home

Scott Gilmore: The Afghanistan ’peace deal’ will see America cut and run. It is the least worst option for the U.S.—and a troubling end for Afghans
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The end of Trump’s Afghan peace fantasy

Adnan R. Khan: Trump seemed to finally grasp what everyone in Afghanistan already knew: The Taliban can’t be trusted and are now intertwined with al Qaeda.
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The next, best hope for Afghanistan

Until his assassination, Ahmad Shah Massoud fought the Taliban in the name of a tolerant, united Afghanistan. Now his son is taking up the struggle.