War in Afghanistan

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Prominent Afghan news organization reports on life under Taliban rule from Maryland 


The investigative newspaper Etilaatroz opened a new newsroom in an office building in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

US Special Envoy Rina Amiri addresses the 16th annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards virtual ceremony at the State Department, Monday, March 14, 2022, in Washington. 

US special envoy: Taliban ‘puts women’s right at peril everywhere’

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’

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

The luxurious Rafaelo resort is in stark contrast with the conditions in Afghanistan. At least 2,000 Afghans feel fortunate to stay here but also guilty about those left behind.

Afghans endure indefinite limbo at 5-star hotel in Albania

Afghan women chant during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2021.

‘We have no future’: Afghan women protest Taliban restrictions


The US has ended its war in Afghanistan, the bombs have stopped falling and the Taliban are back in power. But life hasn’t improved for millions of Afghans under the new government.

Some Afghan students were relocated to the American University of Centra Asia in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan, when Kabul fell to the Taliban.

Some Afghan university students find refuge — and hope — in Kyrgyzstan


On a recent morning, students at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, gathered for the school’s annual Afghan culture day. Dressed in traditional clothing representing ethnicities from all over Afghanistan, students performed Afghan dances and recited poetry on a small stage decorated in black, red and green balloons — the colors […]

Color guard retires the colors during a Veterans Day commemoration ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington amid brightly colored trees

‘Everything I am would not be the same without being a veteran,’ says soldier who served in Afghanistan


Matt Farwell, who served in Afghanistan War, says he’s glad that US troops are no longer there, but that he’s horrified at how the withdrawal took place. He discussed his reflections on Veterans Day with The World’s host Marco Werman.

Hundreds of people gather near a US Air Force C-17 transport plane at the perimeter of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2021.

‘I had to burn a lot of my stuff’: Two Afghan women on what they left behind when they fled the Taliban


Thousands of Afghans rushed to leave Afghanistan when the Taliban retook control of the country. Many had to make split-second decisions about what to pack in a small bag or backpack.

Shirin Jaafari reporting from Afghanistan

Behind the story: Shirin Jaafari’s reporting from Herat, Afghanistan, in the summer of 2021

Shirin Jaafari, a reporter at The World since 2015, shares why she was so passionate about returning to Afghanistan and what it took to get her there — and back — safely.