John Sopko has long been a U.S. government-appointed watchdog for how money was distributed in Afghanistan. He believes there are lessons that apply to aiding Ukraine's fight against Russia.
The end of the Afghan war has left lingering questions about the costs. More than 100,000 Afghans killed. More than 2,400 U.S. service members lost. This is the story of one of those lives.
Scenes of violence in Afghanistan triggered painful memories for Hossein Mahrammi and his family. He says starting a new life in the U.S. wasn't easy but they've embraced the culture and customs here.
Ajmal Achekzai remembers the war in Afghanistan, which brought him back to his birthplace of Kabul. Now that the war is over, he says, "I feel like I failed the Afghan people."
The massive U.S. airlift out of Kabul was a feat of logistics and stamina. But it was also marred by chaos and violence. Somehow, an unlikely coalition formed to try and help get Afghans out.
The U.S. military spent years training Afghan soldiers to fight insurgents. Yet in a matter of days, the Afghan National Army collapsed, and the Taliban captured the country. What went wrong?
The American-installed government of Afghanistan collapsed Sunday as the Taliban completed their offensive across the country and stormed into the capital city of Kabul. The victory brought a somber conclusion to America's longest war, which began in 2001 — and Georgia-based veterans react to the news.
Thousands of Afghans who worked with U.S. forces were promised a U.S. visa in return. With American troops all but gone, it's unclear how the Biden administration will be able to keep that promise.
The CIA and the military depend on each other in war zones like Afghanistan. Now that U.S. forces have pulled out almost entirely, the spy agency will have a harder time keeping tabs on the Taliban.
The U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was created to hold people captured in Afghanistan and the broader war on terror. As the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan, what happens to its detainees?
"Every day, you can see an increase in the Taliban's presence," an Afghan who worked with the U.S. tells NPR. "What am I going to do after September? ... Am I going to even be alive by December?"
As foreign troops withdraw, the Taliban have seized parts of Afghan highways and closed in on cities. One arms dealer in the country says they're even buying heavier weaponry.
An Afghan general is confident his soldiers can defeat Taliban fighters. But the imminent withdrawal of U.S. troops, allied forces, and contractors worry many observers of the war.
A U.S.-backed conference with the Taliban and Afghan government was derailed, raising doubts about progress toward a negotiated settlement to end decades of war in Afghanistan.
Afghans are coming forward to describe past alleged killings by Australian forces, as the Australian government launches investigations into its troops' suspected war crimes in Afghanistan.