India's Clampdown on Kashmir Threatens Afghanistan Peace Negotiations
Pakistani officials warn Indian military action on the border may derail Taliban–U.S. negotiations in Doha, Qatar.
Afghan Election Season Begins With a Deadly Attack and a U.N. Report That Civilian Casualties Are Down
As peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban proceed, the U.N. notes that more civilians have been killed by airstrikes than insurgent attacks this year.
Back to the Long War: Helmand Province Eight Years Later
Hundreds of Marines lost their lives in Helmand before troop withdrawal. Christopher Jones returned to see what those lives had been lost to achieve.
The Education of an Afghan American Who Ran for Parliament in Kabul
Attaullah Nasib came of age in the United States. When he ran for Afghan Parliament, he learned how difficult re-building a democracy can be.
Peace Talks Between Afghan Officials and the Taliban Postponed Indefinitely
A last-minute cancellation caught Afghan President Ashraf Ghani by surprise.
As the U.S. Declares ISIS Defeated, Here's a Look Back at When the Taliban Was 'Defeated' in 2001
Experts have already warned that the territorial defeat of the self-declared caliphate does not mean that the war is won. Afghanistan offers a warning of how ISIS could resurge.
The Demographics of America's Private Military Contractors
In 2016, one in four American armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a private contractor–most of whom were older, white men.
What Afghan Soldiers Think About U.S. Troop Withdrawal and Taliban Peace Talks
Interviews with members of the Afghan military, from generals to recruits, reveal concern about the future ahead.
What a Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan Would Mean for the U.S. and the Taliban
The American military is closing in an agreement to withdraw its troops in return for the Taliban refusing access to anti-American organizations on its territory.
Taliban Fighters Attacked an Afghan Army Base Manned by Some U.S. Military Personnel Today
The attack is the largest on a U.S.-manned based in Afghanistan in years, and occurred as U.S. and Taliban representatives are negotiating a full U.S. troop withdrawal from the country.
2018 Was the Deadliest Year for Afghan Civilians in Recent Record
On the heels of peace talks between the Taliban and U.S. government, a new U.N. report finds increased violence at the hands of ISIS.
Breaking Down the Complicated Peace Talks Between the U.S. and the Taliban
Negotiations between the two parties are a stark reminder of the challenges in getting an armed movement to embrace the end of violent conflict.
After 17 Years of Fighting Terror, the U.S. Makes a Disastrous Pivot
Despite the ongoing ascension of non-state armed groups in the Middle East, the U.S. military seems to be pivoting to a power competition against Russia and China.
Field Notes: Treating Shrapnel Wounds in Southern Afghanistan
Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: In 2015, after Taliban skirmishes in the town of Sangin, Kharim Ahmad, an Afghan civilian, receives treatment from shrapnel wounds and other injuries at an emergency hospital.
We Will Never Know How Many U.S. Troops Are Abroad
With Special Operations Command personnel making up an increasingly large share of troop levels abroad, the government mandate for wartime transparency becomes less binding.
How the Pentagon Repurposes Civilian Casualties as Anti-Terror Propaganda
The American military has released hundreds of videos showing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The victims are not always the intended targets.
The War in Afghanistan Might Not Be Effective—but, for Some, It's Profitable
For certain companies, there's a logic behind the call for more war: money.
The Week in Photos: From Campaigning in Rwanda to Beach Volleyball in Dubai
A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.
Viewfinder: Sloganeering Against the Islamic State in Herat
Afghan protesters shout against the Islamic State group following a mosque attack that killed 33 people in Herat on August 2nd, 2017.
Facebook, Firecrackers, and War: The Story of Afghanistan’s New Year’s Babies
How were thousands of Afghan refugees all born on January 1st? The answer lies at the intersection of warfare and the digital age.
Beasts of a Nation: Rebuilding the Kabul Zoo in a Time of War
The Kabul Zoo is an oasis of green in a dusty city still lying in rubble. It’s also challenging the international community’s perception of what carrying on with life looks like in a war zone.