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Afghanistan: The Race to Leave

24 August 2021

As the 31 August withdrawal deadline rapidly approaches, international evacuation efforts at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL) have become a race against time. The airport is currently managed by the US military, which agreed to withdraw all US forces by September in a landmark agreement with the Taliban last year. Without US troops on the ground, other allied forces will be unable to hold the airport or maintain a military presence in the country.

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Better Late than Never

11 October 2018

With less than a fortnight to go until Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, concerns about security have come to a head after the Taliban issued a direct threat to target the long-awaited vote. The Taliban issued a statement on Monday, condemning the elections and outlining plans to violently disrupt and prevent them by targeting the security forces.

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The Long Road to Peace

05 July 2018

The war in Afghanistan, which has been raging on for almost 17 years, looks set to continue after recent reconciliation efforts fell through. After almost a month of hopeful speculation, the Taliban officially rejected the Afghan government’s final offer of peace talks. In June the government launched the process of negotiating deals with the Taliban, which – for a short while - tentatively engaged in the peace efforts.

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Journalists Under Fire

03 May 2018

Afghanistan was ranked the third most dangerous country in the world for journalists by Reporters without Borders in 2017. Within the first four months of 2018, at least 11 journalist deaths have already been confirmed – setting journalists in Afghanistan up for another deadly year. According to figures released by the UN, 14 journalists were killed in conflict-related incidents last year.

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The Taliban Vendetta

24 January 2018

On Saturday evening, at least 22 people were killed when Taliban insurgents stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. While some unconfirmed reports claim the death toll may be much higher – as many as 43 – most observers agree that at least 14 foreign nationals were killed. Nine Ukrainians, one German, one Greek, and one Kazakh citizen were identified among those dead. The US State Department also confirmed that some Americans were killed and wounded, but did not provide exact numbers. Approximately 160 people were rescued from the hotel, including around 40 foreign nationals.

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Afghanistan: Annual Review 2017

10 January 2018

Throughout the last year, SE has recorded a total of 9,752 security incidents across Afghanistan. While incidents occurred nationwide, the majority of incidents took place in the Nangarhar, Helmand, Faryab, Ghazni, Kandahar, Kunduz, Kunar, and Farah provinces. Large parts of the southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces are Taliban strongholds, while the Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in Nangarhar - where the most security incidents were reported in 2017.

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