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The Musa Qala district includes fertile lands along the Musa Qala River, as well as a stretch of the Helmand River between the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, and the strategic Kajaki dam.

Taliban Seizes South Afghan District

Afghan Taliban fighters have seized the administrative headquarters of the Musa Qala district in Helmand Province after a week of heavy fighting, the latest in a series of setbacks for Afghan government security forces in the area. More

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Two U.S. soldiers have been killed by a man wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform in southern Afghanistan. More

Haqqani Brother Added To Terror List

The United States added the brother of the head of the Haqqani Network to its list of "specially designated global terrorists," the State Department said on August 25. More

Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva is among this year's nominees for the Vaclav Havel prize.

Alekseyeva Among Havel Prize Finalists

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) announced on August 25 that human rights activists from Russia, Afghanistan, and the Balkans have been named as the finalists for the 2015 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. More

11 Dead In Herat Gas Explosion

Officials say 11 people have died after a large fire at a natural gas terminal in the western Afghan city of Herat. More

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Audio What Next For The Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan?

In early August, news broke that Usmon Ghazi, the current leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), had pledged the Central Asian militant group's allegiance to Islamic State. In an attempt to shed some light on the IMU's current situation, RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service assembled a panel to discuss this development, Ghazi's leadership of the movement, and what it could mean for the IMU’s future. More

Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

The risk to Tajikistan of Afghan spillover is probably not great, but it is real. Fortunately, China, Russia, and the United States take this threat to Tajikistan very seriously, and their combined efforts arguably make Tajikistan the Central Asian state least likely to experience serious difficulties emanating from Afghanistan. More
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Features & Commentary

The Expatriates Sticking It Out In Afghanistan

Despite the pullout of most international forces in Afghanistan, a handful of foreigners are intent on remaining in the country they now consider home.

With Her Father On Death Row, Afghan Mother Attempts To Put Decade Of Incest, Abuse Behind Her

A young Afghan mother welcomes the death sentence handed down against her own father for years of sexual abuse.

The Day Afghan Music Didn't Die

A deadly attack on Afghan culture only strengthened Ahmad Sarmast's resolve to recover from his injuries and return to Kabul to train a new generation of musicians.

IMU Declares It Is Now Part Of The Islamic State

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is not only allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, it now considers itself part of it.

Kabul Unsympathetic To Mourning Mullah Omar

Kabul isn't mourning the death of its elusive and longtime adversary, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and it is making sure the Afghan people don't either.

Mullah Mansur, The Afghan Taliban's New Leader

The Afghan Taliban has a new leader, one who appears pragmatic and moderate compared to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the near-mythical figure he replaces.

Can A Dead Mullah Omar Kill Taliban Peace Talks?

The Afghan government says Taliban leader Mullah Omar's absence will pave the way toward peace. But skeptics counter that his death could in fact complicate the peace process.

Can The Taliban Survive Mullah Omar's Death?

The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan faces an uncertain future after the announcement by Kabul that its spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been dead for more than two years.
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