Afghanistan

How will Europe respond to a wave of Afghan refugees?

27 August 2021 11:25 pm

On Tuesday, Franek Sterczewski made a break for the border. Wearing a long trench coat and carrying a blue plastic…

What will happen to those left in Kabul?

26 August 2021 3:43 pm

The Afghan evacuation is feared to be entering its final hours, and with it a new desperation is building among…

Fortress Europe is dreading the Afghan migrant crisis

25 August 2021 6:03 pm

Fortress Europe is pulling up the drawbridge. The takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban is likely to being about a…

Iran is an immediate winner of the Taliban takeover

25 August 2021 5:00 pm

A staple of observing politics is watching rhetoric curdle into reality. Operation Enduring Freedom, thought up and slapped together in…

Pakistan’s masochistic support for the Taliban

24 August 2021 10:10 pm

Taliban flags are already flying in Islamabad. Among those hoisting the white flag of the group is the women’s madrassa…

Joe Biden must go

23 August 2021 8:10 am

Joe Biden is unfit to be President of the United States. It was obvious when he was running for office…

China’s Great Game in Afghanistan

23 August 2021 7:00 am

China greeted America’s chaotic retreat from Afghanistan and the Taliban seizure of power with a mixture of glee and trepidation.…

A childhood in old Kabul

23 August 2021 6:00 am

They say the city you most fondly remember is the one you grew up in. In my case that’s Kabul.…

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…

Defence contractors were the real winners in Afghanistan

22 August 2021 8:00 am

The fall of Kabul, like the fall of Saigon, will be taught in classrooms for decades to come. But the…

Afghanistan and the end of the American hegemony

21 August 2021 4:15 pm

We used to sneer at the way the Russians were chased out of Afghanistan by a ragtag of mujaheddin armed…

Is Theresa May in any position to criticise Boris?

21 August 2021 3:00 pm

When Theresa May told a joke at her own expense at a reception of Tory MPs held to celebrate Boris…

France is nervous about welcoming a wave of Afghan refugees

20 August 2021 5:13 pm

Emmanuel Macron has once more infuriated many in France, but this time it has nothing to do with Covid passports…

Afghanistan will once again become a breeding ground for terror

20 August 2021 6:57 am

‘Bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is degraded in Afghanistan and it’s time to end the forever war’. So…

The Afghan state was dying before the Taliban took over

19 August 2021 8:52 pm

To understand how Afghanistan is going to change in the future, you have to first understand what the ‘Islamic Republic’…

The Taliban’s lightning victory was no surprise

19 August 2021 5:10 pm

As the debacle in Kabul unfolds, in Washington and London the mud slinging about who is to blame is beginning.…

Afghanistan: The error of withdrawal

19 August 2021 4:05 pm

Like many veterans, this last week has been one that has seen me struggle through anger, grief and rage. The…

Harry and Meghan’s glib Afghan statement

19 August 2021 3:48 pm

Finally, some news to cheer us all up on this grim, relentless August. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have…

How did US intelligence get Afghanistan so wrong?

19 August 2021 7:51 am

It may well go down as the understatement of the year. In a quite extraordinary address to the nation after…

Joe Biden’s shabby treatment of the Afghan army

19 August 2021 12:26 am

Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?The President: No, it is not. Q. Why? The President: Because you —…

How the UK failed the army interpreters stranded in Afghanistan

18 August 2021 5:00 pm

We lost. Whatever hope we had that we could help Afghanistan crawl out of its misery has been shattered. The…

For Afghan Christians, the Taliban takeover is a nightmare

18 August 2021 4:00 pm

Christians in Afghanistan have been paralyzed with fear at the news that the Taliban has taken control of the country.…

The Taliban’s win will unleash the next wave of global jihad

18 August 2021 9:03 am

The Taliban retaking Kabul has been inevitable for almost the entirety of the 20 year war, and certainly since Barack…

Pakistan is the true winner from the Afghan debacle

18 August 2021 8:16 am

‘Everyone is getting out – and fast’, the man tells me over a crackling line. He is tired, clearly subdued.…

Western deterrence now looks hollow

17 August 2021 5:50 pm

The efforts of a 20 year war took only a few weeks to overturn: the Taliban has completed its takeover…