As Kabul was falling to the Taliban in August, the young Afghan Air Force pilot flew his PC-12 turboprop from Afghanistan to neighboring Tajikistan to escape. Like other Afghan officers who fled in dozens of military aircraft to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the pilot had faith that his American military partnersContinue Reading

A military hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack on Tuesday, according to Taliban officials, with gunfire and explosions echoing throughout the city. The attack targeted the 400-bed Sardar Daud Khan hospital in one of Kabul’s more affluent neighborhoods, where both wounded soldiers who fought for the formerContinue Reading

A young boy drags a suitcase as refugees from Afghanistan arrive at Heathrow Airport The decision to relocate Afghan refugees from Croydon to Watford has sparked political controversy.Crispin Blunt, a member of the Conservative parliament in Reigate, said the Croydon Council was making the evacuation of Afghan refugees “slower andContinue Reading

But the United States took them to military bases in Persian Gulf countries and Europe for scrutiny. At these transit zones, known as “lily pads,” teams drawn from Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center and intelligence agencies interviewed the Afghans and took theirContinue Reading

Moscow welcomes the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan, but does not formally recognize the group. Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, left, shakes hands with Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar, a member of the Afghan Taliban’s political delegation, before negotiations begin. Russia has called on the Taliban to form aContinue Reading

Asma told her family she wanted to be a doctor. They asked her what kind. A children’s doctor? Not just any doctor, Asma told them, pointing an index finger in the air, as she often did to make a point. “I want to be the head doctor.” The death ofContinue Reading