In Trump’s Taliban Snub, a Shift of Fortune for Afghanistan’s President

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, appeared increasingly trapped in recent months in a demoralizing swim against the political tides — until President Trump, inadvertently, tossed him a lifeline. Mr. Ghani, in pursuit of a second five-year term, had pushed for presidential elections later this month. But the only game in… Continue reading