As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the longest war in its history, a look at the lives changed, promises made, and ideas shaped by war in Afghanistan.
A Return to the Dark
As Western troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, many women say that progress is already going backwards. These are their stories.
More Stories From This Issue
Interactive Timeline: War in Afghanistan
If you want to understand the U.S. War in Afghanistan, place it in a larger historical context: Afghanistan's 35-year civil war.
Afghanistan’s Illusion of Hope
Despite our best efforts at optimism, Afghanistan is in for a rough ride in the months ahead.
“I heard the screams for medic. This was on Mother's Day.”
U.S. veterans give their firsthand stories of life & war in Afghanistan.
What Democracy Looks Like, According to Three Afghan women
Three Afghan women write about violence and shelter, the Taliban, and getting to vote.
An assortment of the best photos of life in Afghanistan in all its many facets.
Michael Rhoads’ Long Road Home
An injured Marine stuck inside Walter Reed yearns for the action of Afghanistan.
From Flames to Fury
The 2011 burning of a sacred Quran in Florida provoked a deadly, little known, and massively misunderstood maelstrom in Afghanistan.
Whatever happened to Yale’s Taliban Freshman?
In 2006, we first learned of a former Taliban spokesman studying at Yale. Eight years later, we follow up for the rest of the story.