Sami Yousafzai

Too Radical for the Taliban

A high-level fighter accuses his fellow militants of going soft—and engineers a schism that could have major consequences for Afghanistan.

Taliban Justice

Frustrated by corrupt and plodding government courts, Afghans are turning to Islamic judges.


An unorthodox play for Afghan hearts and minds.

Ferocious Feroz

Afghanistan's first female rapper refuses to be silenced. 
By Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau

You Say 2012 Was Bad?

More trouble than ever is brewing, not only in Afghanistan but across the border in Pakistan too. Even the Taliban are worried.

America's Next Most Wanted

A year after the Abbottabad raid, al Qaeda's mastermind is still loose. Bin Laden's death has only made the hunt harder.

Al Qaeda on the Ropes

A young jihadist returns to his former unit on the Afghan border and finds only the desperate remnants of bin Laden's once-dreaded organization.

Pakistan Arrests Key Taliban Leader

Appearing to answer U.S. calls for greater toughness against Taliban networks operating on their border, Pakistan this week arrested the son of feared insurgent leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani, according to Taliban and Pakistani government sources.

Iranians' Ties to Afghan Pols Run Deep

'The New York Times' only scratched the surface in last week's report that Iranian officials have delivered bags of cash worth millions of dollars to President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff, Umar Daudzai. Karzai confirmed that story but dismissed concerns about corruption.

Is Ilyas Kashmiri the New Bin Laden?

Ilyas Kashmiri, 46, has the experience, the connections, and a determination to attack the West—including the United States—that make him the most dangerous Qaeda operative to emerge in years.

Taliban Chiefs: No Peace Talks in Progress

Senior Afghan Taliban chiefs flatly deny recent reports that insurgent leaders have sent secret peace feelers to Kabul. "How many times do we have to tell you there's nothing going on?" asks a senior member of the ruling council, the Quetta Shura. The reports, he tells NEWSWEEK, are disinformation aimed at weakening Taliban resolve. "This is just very obvious propaganda," he says, adding that no one of any importance has met with President Hamid Karzai's representatives.

Another 'Jihadistan' in Afghan Province of Kunduz?

Taliban sources in Afghanistan say jihadist allies from Central Asia have started heading home. Though the exodus is being encouraged by relentless American drone attacks against the fighters' back bases in Pakistan's tribal areas, it's not necessarily good news.

Terrorists Appear to Be Planning a Big Attack

Intelligence agencies have stepped up drone attacks in Waziristan, but the Taliban say they're still plotting a big attack on the West. Chatter from satellite terrorist networks in Iraq and Africa suggests they might be right.

How Afghans View the Quran Burnings

Even before any Qurans have been torched, Islamic extremist leaders are fanning the flames of the controversy, taking advantage of a propaganda windfall. Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the U.S. has labeled as a terrorist, issued a statement this week saying the Quran burning is "part of the American war against Muslims."

Inside Al Qaeda

Nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden's network remains a shadowy, little-understood enemy. The truth, as revealed by one of its fighters, is both more and less troubling than we think.

Taliban Using Mosque Controversy to Recruit

Taliban officials know it's sacrilegious to hope a mosque will not be built, but that's exactly what they're wishing for: the success of the fiery campaign to block the proposed Islamic cultural center and prayer room near the site of the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan. "By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor," Taliban operative Zabihullah tells NEWSWEEK. (Like many Afghans, he uses a single name.) "It's providing us with more recruits, donations, and...

Afghans Gone Wild?

Afghans are furious that their embassy in Washington threw a decadent, boozy Western party during Ramadan. Thing is, it didn't. But swift and outraged reaction says volumes about the divisions in Afghan society.