David Loyn

How Muslim are the Taliban?

30 September 2021 6:53 am

I first met Haji Mir, a tribal elder from Helmand, in Herat in western Afghanistan in 2002, not long after…

Punch-up at the palace: why the Taliban is tearing itself apart

21 September 2021 5:28 am

The office of the Afghan president, the Arg, sits in more than 80 acres of parkland, quadruple the size of…

How stable is the Taliban government?

13 September 2021 7:38 am

Some western governments and media have been involved in a collective act of wishful thinking in recent months over the…

The West is being played by the Taliban

6 September 2021 8:37 am

There have been some curious juxtapositions in Afghanistan this week. On the one hand, the under-19 Afghan cricket team was…

Panjshir valley and the last resistance to the Taliban

22 August 2021 6:02 pm

The Panjshir valley, about three hours’ drive north of Kabul, has a mythical hold on the Afghan imagination. It is…