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Fazelminallah Qazizai

Fazelminallah Qazizai

Afghanistan Correspondent

Fazelminallah Qazizai is Afghanistan Correspondent at New Lines magazine. an Afghan journalist and co-author of ‘Night Letters: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the Afghan Islamists who Changed the World’. He has worked for international media including the Financial Times, NPR, the New York Times, the New Yorker and Le Monde diplomatique. He has always lived in Afghanistan and is a graduate in Islamic law from Kabul University.

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Reporting on the Taliban Takeover

Reporting on the Taliban Takeover

At around 2 p.m. news spread that the president, Ashraf Ghani, had fled from the palace. Then the Taliban released another statement saying they would now enter Kabul to maintain order and prevent anarchy. After 20 years of war and tens of thousands of lives lost, it was a stunning moment. The insurgents were now the peacekeepers.

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Faith and Vengeance: the Islamic State’s War in Afghanistan

Faith and Vengeance: the Islamic State’s War in Afghanistan

Since its formation in 2015, ISKP has been killing civilians and fighting the Taliban in a wave of violence unlike anything the country has seen before. This is the inside story of the group’s rise, fall and possible rebirth.

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Chris Sands
For Now, Ideology Trumps Pragmatism in Afghanistan

For Now, Ideology Trumps Pragmatism in Afghanistan

Few of us knew exactly why the assembly, or jirga, was being convened, but we knew that it was symbolically important. Interest picked up when news spread that the Taliban’s supreme leader had come to Kabul to speak at the event. No Taliban leader had ever spoken at at a large public meeting in the capital before.

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Earthquake Exposes Afghanistan’s Political Fault Lines

Earthquake Exposes Afghanistan’s Political Fault Lines

The Taliban must prove they can build the country as effectively as they waged war. A deadly earthquake in Afghanistan's southeast has underlined just how difficult that will be.

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In Afghanistan, a Drought Highlights the Climate Crisis

In Afghanistan, a Drought Highlights the Climate Crisis

While decades of war have left their mark on the lake, the worst damage may yet be done by something we Afghans are ill-prepared for: the global climate crisis.

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Afghanistan’s Sufis Are Under Attack

Afghanistan’s Sufis Are Under Attack

Attempts are underway to ignite a sectarian war in Afghanistan. History suggests this will not work

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Afghan Women Deserve to Be Respected

Afghan Women Deserve to Be Respected

The Taliban government should recognize that we all owe a debt to Afghan women and stop unnecessarily interfering in their lives.

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The Taliban Still Depend on Mullah Omar’s Legacy

The Taliban Still Depend on Mullah Omar’s Legacy

Nine years after his death, the founding leader of the Islamist movement continues to exert an unparalleled influence over its members.

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The Afghan War May Not Be Over

The Afghan War May Not Be Over

“Letter from Kabul” is a newsletter in which our contributors provide their own unique glimpses into life on the ground…

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Why the Taliban View Education as a Weapon

Why the Taliban View Education as a Weapon

"Letter from Kabul” is a newsletter in which our contributors provide their own unique glimpses into life on the ground…

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The Failure of Nonviolence in Afghanistan

The Failure of Nonviolence in Afghanistan

“Letter from Kabul” is a newsletter in which our contributors provide their own unique glimpses into life on the ground…

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The Different Meanings of Taliban Rule

The Different Meanings of Taliban Rule

The Taliban’s victory has come to mean different things to different people here. For some Afghans, it has brought peace and freedom. For others, it has led to starvation and fear.

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The Mysterious Public Appearances of the Taliban’s Supreme Leader

The Mysterious Public Appearances of the Taliban’s Supreme Leader

This “Letter from Kabul” is part of a new offering by New Lines. Our contributors provide their own unique glimpses…

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In the Afghan Capital, the Economic Desperation Is Palpable

In the Afghan Capital, the Economic Desperation Is Palpable

Acts of quiet desperation are a feature of daily life here in Kabul this winter. Although they may not grab the headlines like the suicide bombings of the Islamic State group or the latest proclamations of the Taliban, they too are expressions of a certain kind of politics.

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Letter from Kabul: The Brutal Business of a Border Crossing

Letter from Kabul: The Brutal Business of a Border Crossing

We Afghans are used to waiting around because of the incompetence and arrogance of our officials. We are accustomed to being abused and treated as second-class citizens by our own governments. But in all my life I had never seen a hell like this.

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Kabul University’s New Chancellor Promises an Updated Taliban Outlook

Kabul University’s New Chancellor Promises an Updated Taliban Outlook

The new generation of Taliban are a product of their times: more open to the prospect of gradual social change than their forebears, yet politically more militant. Many of them played important roles in a war that killed tens of thousands of Afghans but, as they point out, they too lost friends and family along the way.

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The Drone Unit that Helped the Taliban Win the War

The Drone Unit that Helped the Taliban Win the War

The Taliban’s advances in the north near Tajikistan were a critical part of the story of how Afghanistan fell to the group. Fazelminallah Qazizai speaks to the drone unit that decapitated rival forces and enabled the insurgents rapid advance.

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The Special Units Leading the Taliban’s Fight against the Islamic State

The Special Units Leading the Taliban’s Fight against the Islamic State

The Taliban sensed an opportunity. Eager to win more public support for their insurgency and desperate to prevent the Islamic State from making further inroads into their territory, they decided to escalate the fight against the group.

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The Taliban’s Struggle to Control Kabul

The Taliban’s Struggle to Control Kabul

In the coming weeks, as the Taliban try to form a new government, they will have to find ways to reconcile the competing interests of the different factions they are trying to court to give their rule legitimacy. It remains to be seen, however, if they have the capacity to enforce discipline within their own ranks.

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After America: Inside the Taliban’s New Emirate

After America: Inside the Taliban’s New Emirate

With just under five months to go until U.S. withdrawal, as Afghans brace for postwar uncertainty, an Afghan journalist visits the Taliban's new emirate in Helmand, the land the U.S. failed to tame.

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On the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier, the Danger Is Never Over

On the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier, the Danger Is Never Over

For locals on both sides of the frontier, the distinction between what is local and what is foreign has never been clear. Houses, mosques, farms and even graveyards have one entrance in Afghanistan and the other in Pakistan. People on both sides often belong to the same tribes and have resisted such artificial delimitations.

Laura Cesaretti,
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