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Kamal Afzali


Kamal Afzali is a staff writer at The New Arab who specialises in Muslim affairs, and has a keen interest in the politics and society of Arabic and Persian-language speaking countries.

Follow him on Twitter: @KNIAfzali

With no drastic changes to their embassy operations, it is believed that Russia, China and Iran will be among the first countries to recognise a Taliban government.

19 August, 2021

In-depth: The New Arab speaks with Haroun Rahimi, a law professor at the American University of Afghanistan, who offers his expert analysis on the new status quo.

18 August, 2021

With little government help for the 17,000 families who now sleep in makeshift tents in Kabul’s park, Wafi T. Latifi, a businessman who owns cafes and shopping centres in the capital, said he has undertaken a campaign to deliver urgent help.

12 August, 2021

The loss of Mazar-i-Sharif would be a signal that Afghanistan's north - the former heartland of the anti-Taliban resistance - has fallen out of government control and into the hands of the insurgents.

11 August, 2021

Analysis: As the Taliban have consolidated sweeping gains across the country, their pressure on eastern Afghanistan - an area otherwise a long-time domain for militant groups - appears minimal. Kamal Afzali explores why this is the case.

29 July, 2021

Prominent Afghan journalists, academics and diplomats have strongly disapproved of the main argument of a Foreign Policy article published on Thursday, seeing it as disingenuous and failing to correspond with a number of facts on the ground.

03 July, 2021

The Russian flight appears to be the first of its kind connecting Israel's Ben Gurion airport with Syria's Latakia governate, a regime stronghold.

28 April, 2021

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women in the country powerfully reclaimed their right to sing.

02 April, 2021

Dr Serena Hussain, who has researched the UK census for over two decades, says it is critical for Muslims to stand up and be counted.

17 March, 2021

The GCC’s chief unannounced visit to Baghdad, where pro-Tehran factions dominate, came amid a report that Saudi Arabia and arch-rival Iran have been in backchannel negotiations for months.

01 February, 2021