Midwifery students in Afghanistan / credit: United Nations

A Viable—and Perhaps the Only—Path to Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

Editor's Note: The Taliban victory over the weekend and the evacuation of U.S. nationals cries out for context. That is why Toward Freedom is publishing this article that was submitted prior to the weekend's events. "Women are more mobilized, but they are not a powerful social movement. Afghanistan’s more liberal and left social forces are active underground and are not an organized force. These forces include the educated sections, who do not want extremist groups to drag the country into another proxy war. That proxy war would be between the Taliban, the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, and other militant groups that are no less dangerous than the Taliban or the U.S. government."

View from the Pamir Highway in Afghanistan / credit: EJ Wolfson on UnsplashView from the Pamir Highway in Afghanistan / credit: EJ Wolfson on Unsplash

Biden Acknowledges ‘Over the Horizon’ Air Attacks Planned Against Taliban

On July 2, fleeing questions from reporters about U.S. plans in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden sought refuge behind the July 4 Independence Day holiday. Yet, he obliquely acknowledged that the United States will use some level of “over the horizon” air attacks to prevent the Taliban from taking power, attacks that will include drones and manned aircraft, possibly even B-52s.