Afghanistan

A new world order will emerge from America’s humiliation

17 August 2021 4:41 pm

When America decided to save Afghanistan from the tyranny of the Taliban, it acted on two major beliefs. The first…

Biden risks undermining America’s moral authority

17 August 2021 7:45 am

Joe Biden is facing what will likely be the defining event of his presidency. The gains made in Afghanistan are…

Boris faces a backlash from Tory MPs over Afghanistan

16 August 2021 6:01 pm

After the Taliban took over Kabul and announced victory in Afghanistan, a scramble is underway by diplomats and many Afghans…

The real reason Biden was prepared to let Kabul fall

16 August 2021 5:57 pm

The speed of the Taliban’s advance, culminating in Sunday’s capture of Kabul, has been widely put forward as proof that…

Where is our anger about Afghanistan?

14 August 2021 10:46 am

This is an age of anger. Social media amplifies rage and exaggerates polarisation. Twitter isn’t Britain, but too many people…

Why Biden will not change tack on Afghanistan

13 August 2021 7:57 am

Afghanistan will be a stain on the Biden presidency. His decision to continue with a US withdrawal from the country…

More diplomacy won’t stop the advance of the Taliban

11 August 2021 5:55 am

On 11 August, at Russia’s initiative, an ‘extended troika’ will meet in Doha, Qatar to take stock of the Taliban’s…

The betrayal of Afghanistan

10 August 2021 8:15 am

There is a common misconception that America somehow imposed democracy on Afghanistan. In reality, Afghans welcomed the opportunity to live in…

What we can learn from our mistakes in Afghanistan

7 August 2021 9:00 am

What we got wrong in Afghanistan

What was the point of the war in Afghanistan?

4 August 2021 7:08 am

On 7 October 2001 President George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom – the invasion of Afghanistan. The operation sought…

Letters: The clock is ticking in Afghanistan

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Out of Afghanistan Sir: Boyd Tonkin’s review of Anna Aslanyan’s Dancing on Ropes highlights the post-war abandonment of local Afghan…

George Bush's attack on Joe Biden's Afghan strategy is hard to take

15 July 2021 4:18 pm

The world doesn’t hear a lot from George W. Bush these days. The former president of the United States has…

The Afghan withdrawal will only embolden the West’s enemies

13 July 2021 8:39 am

‘How many thousands more Americans, daughters and sons, were you willing to risk?’ Biden asked critics of the decision to…

The Soviet spectre haunting Afghanistan

10 July 2021 4:15 pm

As US and British forces pull out of Afghanistan, further victims of the ‘grave of empires’, Russia is experiencing a mix…

Leave, convert or perish: The fate of Afghanistan's minorities

10 July 2021 10:11 am

President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th…

Triumph of the Taleban: the unfolding disaster in Afghanistan

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Their patience is paying off

What the withdrawal from Afghanistan says about us

19 April 2021 4:37 pm

When the Secretary General of Nato announced last week that all alliance troops were to be withdrawn from Afghanistan, it…

Has Britain learned from its failures in Afghanistan?

25 March 2021 5:20 am

As the Americans prepare to leave Afghanistan, and in the UK we hold our own Defence Review, should we not…

The British army in the 21st century under scrutiny

20 March 2021 9:00 am

In his history of the Pacific War, Eagle Against the Sun, Ronald Spector described the state of the US army…

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The wars go on

11 November 2020 7:39 am

America’s longest war has just entered its 20th year. The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to overthrow the Taliban…

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Joe Biden’s endless wars

27 October 2020 2:04 am

In just over a week, the Empire hopes to strike back. Joe Biden personifies the foreign policy of endless war…

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Pompeo: Biden will give ‘hundreds of billions of dollars to a theocratic, corrupt regime’

15 September 2020 6:50 am

Washington DC Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that if Joe Biden wins the November elections, an incoming…

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Trump and the troops

29 December 2019 3:34 am

This article is in The Spectator’s January 2020 US edition. Subscribe here. Thanksgiving Day, the most American of holidays, found President Trump…

Neither ‘Mad Dog’ nor ‘Warrior Monk’, General Jim Mattis is a thoughtful strategist

21 December 2019 9:00 am

General Jim Mattis ended his remarkable career as a four-star US marine general, and finally as US secretary of defense.…

In Afghanistan, Trump and the Taleban want the same thing – Americans out

24 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Incoming! Incoming! Incoming!’ As morning alarms go, this one leaves a lot to be desired. Normally I wake up to…