Violence in Afghanistan last year was worse than in Syria

  • Afghanistan is the only country in Asia or the Middle East where people are still poorer than those alive in 1950 were
  • Violence between Afghans has soared during Nato’s retreat. In 2018 some 25,000 people were killed in the conflict—the most since at least the early 1990s
  • American negotiators and the Taliban have recently held talks about a peace deal, but the Afghan government has yet to participate formally