Taleban

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…

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

China is the latest victim of Pakistan's Islamist problem

20 July 2021 12:05 am

Nine Chinese engineers were killed in an explosion near Pakistan’s Dasu hydroelectric dam last Wednesday. The government initially said that their…

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

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…

There were far fewer terror attacks last year. Here’s why

12 January 2019 9:00 am

They don’t like to use the ‘Q’ word in counter-terrorism. It’s a bit like blurting out the name of the…

While we weren't looking, the Taleban surged back in Afghanistan

12 December 2015 9:00 am

So many lives lost, a trillion dollars spent, yet the Taleban is resurgent

Why Liz Kendall isn't close to qualifying as 'Taliban New Labour'

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Toxic virus or Taleban: it’s funny how the mild-mannered Liz Kendall has attracted for her Blairite associations the most violently…

Portrait of the week

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Tom Hayes, aged 35, a former City trader who rigged the Libor rates daily for nearly four years while…

The man feminists seemed to think was worse than the Taleban

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Feature writers aren’t often acclaimed for their courage, but Neil Lyndon deserves a bronze plaque in St Bride’s. Twenty-two years…

Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell’s stance on negotiating with violent extremists is consistently inconsistent and slippery

A world crisis with no world leader

9 August 2014 9:00 am

No one wants to pay the price of speaking for the free world

Welcome to the era of ISIS - and pop-up terror

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away

Ahmed Rashid: The five things that must go right for Afghanistan to prosper

14 December 2013 9:00 am

All bets are off when the US troops pull out

Soldiers aren't social workers, Mr Cameron. Remember that before taking on hopeless wars

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The ghost people, the letter people. The ones we hear about in court but never call by their real name;…

Malala for free schools

9 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s not state education but private education she’s fighting for – so why doesn’t the media admit that?

Malala's voice is defiant — but how much can she change Pakistan? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In 2012 a Taleban gunman, infuriated by Malala Yousafzai’s frequent television appearances insisting that girls had a right to education,…