Why do so many efforts to stop young people from joining extremist groups fail?
How social media went wild over a fraud's nasty comments, and why America's pretty cool about it.
Afghanistan's president of 13 years exits the stage, and leaves behind him a slew of missed opportunities.
The tiny, gas-rich emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars through obscure funding networks to hard-line Syrian rebels and extremist Salafists, building a foreign policy that punches above its weight. After years of acquiescing -- even taking advantage of its ally's meddling -- Washington may finally be punching back.
In a hillside cemetery in southern Kabul, gravediggers lay unknown militants to rest.
If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.
Dozens of Americans are spending this July 4 as hostages in far-off lands. Washington should do more to get them back.
The Bergdahl controversy shows that the years-long rift between the White House and the Pentagon hasn't been fixed. If anything, the two sides may be further apart than ever before.
The prisoner-swap deal that saved Bowe Bergdahl might have been a bad one, but it was also moral and necessary.
The Taliban swap for Sgt. Bergdahl is just the latest in a long line of occasions when America willingly dealt with bad guys. And like it or not, this is how wars end.
The forgotten history of the Battle of Khaibar offers some alluring hints.
Ever since the CIA used a vaccination ruse in its hunt for OBL, health workers have been combatants in Pakistan's war with the Taliban.
How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan -- and why it might never be used again.
From global-health success story to nightmare: How a worldwide effort to eradicate polio went from Jonas Salk to Islamist terrorist.
The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.
Mike Morell: Putin only understands 'tough'; Stavridis' 10 ideas on crisis; Karzai in the WaPo: angry; The LCS and the fog of (budget) war; and a bit more.
The U.S. won't scuttle Pakistan's peace talks with the Taliban -- so long as no one tries to make peace.
How a triple murder in Karachi left the Taliban not just making headlines, but writing them, too.
As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?