Osama bin Laden

A young boy is shown with his right hand up to his face shielding the sun with armored military vehicles shown in the distance.

Afghanistan’s arc from 9/11 to today: Once hopeful, now sad

Afghans understood the mission against Osama bin Laden to mean a chance to secure their future — a future as murky on that day as it is today. In those post-2001 months and years, they believed in the power of “the foreigners.”

A small group of soliders are shown wearing military fatigues while one man is taking a US flag down off a flagpole

US report: Taliban will likely curtail Afghan women’s rights

Foreign policy

Dreaming of Osama

Arts, Culture & Media

How 9/11 prompted more young people to enter the military

Global Politics
On May 5, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, residents record video footage of the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a US special operations raid days earlier.

The Pakistani doctor who reportedly helped the CIA find bin Laden is still stuck in prison

An illustration of Osama bin Laden appears on the cover on the new book, "The Audacious Ascetic: What The Bin Laden Tapes Reveal About Al-Qa'ida."

Osama bin Laden left behind 1,500 cassette tapes. A professor in California listened to every one.


The ultimate stash of terrorist mix-tapes were found in Afghanistan. More than a decade later, Flagg Miller has produced a coherent narrative of what they all mean.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 families’ attorney still wants to haul Saudi Arabia into court


The families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks have long wanted to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for funding al-Qaeda, but have been foiled in their efforts. Some think they finally have the smoking gun that links the two — but they still seem to be coming up short.

The World

Seth Rogen, 17 days ago: I hope North Korea won’t screw up ‘Interview’ release


Just day before the Sony hack, Seth Rogen was light and funny at a Harvard preview of the “The Interview.” Now Sony has shelved for the film’s release, a move President Obama said that was a mistake..

The BBC's Mobeen Azhar speaks to Imam Ghazi, leader of the Red Mosque

Go inside a Pakistani madrassa where Osama bin Laden is called a hero


Across Pakistan, an increasingly radical brand of Islamic school or madrassa is gaining influence, spreading a purist form of Islam through its students, many of whom go on to become imams and preachers across the country.

Clean India campaign

Indian politicians exposed cleaning up garbage intentionally left for them

Global Scan

India’s new prime minister wants to clean up his country — and he’s making all of his underlings go along with it. A leader in Delhi, though, may have missed the point. That story and more in today’s Global Scan.