Tag: afghanistan

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The Pious Spy

A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection.

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Exile On Charles Street

Hamid Karzai’s older brother owns a restaurant in Baltimore.

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A Thin Line of Defense Against Honor Killings

A women’s shelter in Afghanistan protects its inhabitants from their own families.

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Afghanistan's Team of Rivals

After an election deadlock that held the country hostage for months, two former rivals confront Afghanistan’s patronage and corruption.

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Better Call Ajmal

Critics call it “the radio of pimps and vagina-sellers.” But a popular new call-in show is helping a generation of Afghans navigate a battlefield full of strife and confusion and fear: modern love.

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The Making of a Narco State

Following the money and the opium in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

After 13 years of war, the United States has helped create a nation ruled by drug lords.

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My Terrifying Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord

Inside the stronghold of Commander Pigeon, “collector of lost and exiled men.”

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The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan

Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan.


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The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys

Posing for family survival in a society that values boys over girls.

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Last Tango in Kabul

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn.

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After Karzai

A profile of Afghanistan’s outgoing president.