How the Taliban took Afghanistan

The departure of US forces was followed by a rout of Afghan government forces. Now, after 20 years of western intervention, Afghanistan is back under the control of the Taliban It began with a steady trickle of military defeats. First Afghan government control was ceded to the Taliban in provincial

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Gaza’s silent children – in pictures

Batool al-Masri, 14, at her house in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. On 10 May, in a field near their home, Batool carried her cousin Yazan, a toddler, aged two. ‘Twenty-four hours a day she was spoiling him,’ says Batool’s father, Mohammed Atallah al-Masri. Then, an explosion. It’s not clear

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