A man gathers shoes at the entrance to the Blue Mosque in Mazar-e Sharif. Photographs:  John D McHugh

Arriving in Mazar-e Sharif, it would be easy to think the pilot got lost, accidently left Afghanistan, and then landed in a different country altogeth(...)

An Afghan army soldier walks through a poppy field  in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Files/Reuters.

Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country, the United Nations said today, with concern that (...)

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