Afghanistan war

A US soldier of 2-12 Infantry Task Force Mountain Warrior takes a break during a night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province.

Trump might send thousands more troops to Afghanistan. Here’s what US vets are saying about it.


Veterans tell us what they think of a plan that might increase the US presence in Afghanistan.

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar speaks during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan May 4th, 2017

Notorious Afghan warlord returns to Kabul on May the Fourth

A young Afghan boy runs through a field near Forward Operating Base Fenty, in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, December 17, 2014.

‘Serene’ and ‘beautiful.’ That’s how one Afghan describes where the US dropped ‘the mother of all bombs.’


Uncertainty abounds for Afghan city after Taliban takeover

Jason Torres and Daniel Fienco, "I Was There" participants, line up a shot for their film "What's Really Important"

The grandson of ‘Old Blood and Guts’ makes film, not war

Shabana Basij-Rasikh created the School of Leadership Afghanistan to help other young Afghan women improve their lives.

An Afghan woman’s journey from ‘secret school’ to mentoring a generation of girls


Shabana Basij-Rasikh always wanted to go to school, even if she and her friends had to dodge the Taliban to hold classes. Now, after studying in the US, she’s back in Afghanistan helping other young women get the educations they need to improve their country.

A man dances during celebrations for Afghan New Year, or Newroz, in Kabul on March 21, 2015.

Why an American and an Afghan are optimistic about Afghanistan’s future


Former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy says a new government should give Afghans reasons to be hopeful about their country’s future. And Omar Sharifi, an Afghan graduate student in the US, is on board.

An Afghan soldier inspects the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on December 11, 2014. A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan army personnel, killing six soldiers and wounding 11.

2014 was the bloodiest year of the war in Afghanistan — for Afghans


It’s just a month since the flag came down on US combat operations in Afghanistan. But even with most American troops leaving, the war is far from over. Can Afghanistan stay intact?

The families of former Afghan interpreters Janis Shanwari and Ajmal Faqiri gather for a holiday lunch on Thursday.

Two Afghan interpreters, targeted for helping the US military, finally make it to America


Serving as a local interpreter for the US during the war in Afghanistan was a deeply risky move. It was like putting a target on your head for Taliban fighters. The US promised to help interpreters, but for two of them, the road to their holiday lunch this week reunited in the US was long and complex.

Afghan mother, Rezagul, and daughter who attacked Taliban

An Afghan mother’s revenge attack on the Taliban makes her a national hero


When Rezagul’s son died in a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint, she literally look matters into her own hands. The story of her seven-hour gun battle, in which she killed 25 Taliban fighters, has drawn rare unified praise from conservative and liberal voices in the country.