As U.S. Leaves, Afghans Express Concern Over Colleges' Fragile Progress

Out of Afghanistan 1

Mikhail Galustov for The Chronicle

Khalid Waziri speaks to new students of English at Kabul U. The instructor is optimistic about the country's future because the Taliban "are not loved by the people," he says.

On a recent spring afternoon, Raihana Ayoubi moved quickly through the tree-lined campus of Kabul University to meet her thesis adviser. The senior walked past the main gate where the security guard languidly clipped his fingernails and past a group of students poring over crib sheets just before their final exams.

Ms. Ayoubi, a 22-year-old English major, is one of many students in Afghanistan who hope to complete their studies before the U.S. military's combat mission in Afghanistan