Afghanistan

A general view of Mes Aynak valley is seen some 25 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2022. Buildings on top are offices of Chinese mining company MCC that won the contract to exploit the world's second-largest copper mine.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan

Beijing signs onto a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from the north of Afghanistan. ​Graeme Smith, a senior consultant for the International Crisis Group, discusses the implications of the agreement with The World's host Carol Hills.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan
A Taliban fighter stands guard as people wait to receive food rations distributed by a South Korean humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2022.

Afghan women say they are ‘dying in slow motion’ after killing of former female MP

Afghan women say they are ‘dying in slow motion’ after killing of former female MP
women and a baby

‘I am living through my worst nightmare’: Women aid workers in Afghanistan react to ban on employment

‘I am living through my worst nightmare’: Women aid workers in Afghanistan react to ban on employment
Afghan women participate in a protest against the university education ban for women, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2022.

Education for women 'is an Afghan value and an Islamic right,' says male professor in solidarity against university ban

Education for women 'is an Afghan value and an Islamic right,' says male professor in solidarity against university ban
Smoke rises from a hotel building after an explosions and gunfire in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2022.

Taliban: Assailants attack hotel in Afghan capital Kabul

Taliban: Assailants attack hotel in Afghan capital Kabul
woman against wall

These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.

About 40 members of a special, all-women Afghan platoon that worked alongside the US military barely made it out of Afghanistan last year. Now, they want to put their training to use even though they remain in a legal limbo. But that hasn’t stopped them learning English and getting an education. 

These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.
woman on bench

Safe and unsilenced: Afghan scholars find refuge at US universities

​​​​​​​As they watched the Taliban take over Kabul, a group of Bay Area universities got together to bring Afghan scholars to the US by funding their residencies.

Safe and unsilenced: Afghan scholars find refuge at US universities
a girl in a classroom

'We are erased': The fight to reopen girls secondary schools in Afghanistan continues

This past week, girls in the province of Paktia in eastern Afghanistan went to the streets to protest. The Taliban had reopened their schools but ordered them shut again. Girls’ education in Afghanistan has become a sensitive topic since the Taliban came to power last year. They have closed down nearly all secondary schools for girls in the country.

'We are erased': The fight to reopen girls secondary schools in Afghanistan continues
Taliban fighters celebrate one year since they seized the Afghan capital, Kabul, in front of the US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Monday marks a year since the Taliban seized the Afghan capital Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country.

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount
Biden at a podium

Top al-Qaeda leader killed with help from on-the-ground intel on his whereabouts, analyst says

President Joe Biden has announced that the US has killed al-Qaeda’s top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan. Zawahiri was on the US' most-wanted list and had a $25 million bounty on his head.

Top al-Qaeda leader killed with help from on-the-ground intel on his whereabouts, analyst says
World renowned US cellist Yo-Yo Ma, center, plays with viola players Marzia Anwari, left, from Afghanistan and Luis Fernandes, bassist Eduardo Santos and cellist Mohammad Sami, right, from Afghanistan, at the Music School of the National Conservatory in L

Afghan musicians in Portugal reimagine their musical futures

Musicians with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music arrived in Portugal in December 2021 with high hopes of working again in their profession. But six months later, the future remains uncertain for them.

Afghan musicians in Portugal reimagine their musical futures
TV anchor Khatereh Ahmadi bows her head while wearing a face covering as she reads the news on TOLOnews, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 22, 2022. 

‘They may not know my face in the future’: Female news anchors anguished by Taliban order to cover head to toe

There is concern that the Taliban may decide to ban female anchors altogether from the newsroom according to their interpretation of Islamic law. 

‘They may not know my face in the future’: Female news anchors anguished by Taliban order to cover head to toe
An Afghan woman waits to receive a food ration distributed by a South Korea humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2022.

Afghan women say Taliban's new rules aim to make them 'disappear from public life'

The Taliban in Afghanistan have announced new rules requiring women to cover their faces when in public. The decree also says that women should only leave home when necessary. This is the latest in a series of restrictions imposed on women since the group came to power last summer.

Afghan women say Taliban's new rules aim to make them 'disappear from public life'
Some of the younger boys of newly arrived Afghan refugees play in their own game at a St. Louis sports facility. The weekly get-together is a chance to exercise and make new friends.

Amid chaos, young Afghan refugees find something familiar in St. Louis — soccer

Dozens of young refugees from Afghanistan gather on Saturday afternoons in St. Louis for something that’s crucial to their successful resettlement in a new land: getting to just be kids.

Amid chaos, young Afghan refugees find something familiar in St. Louis — soccer
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a media statement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 

As Canada prioritizes expedited arrivals for Ukrainians, at-risk Afghans remain trapped abroad

Canada plans to accept unlimited numbers of Ukrainians fleeing the ongoing Russian invasion. Meanwhile, progress remains slow in the resettlement of 40,000 Afghans.

As Canada prioritizes expedited arrivals for Ukrainians, at-risk Afghans remain trapped abroad