Authorities in Ghanzi province have appealed to the Afghan government - where new president Ashraf Ghani is in the process of taking over from Hamid Karzai (pictured) - for reinforcements following the attacks but so far none have come. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province near the capital, killing dozens of people in five days of fighti(...)

Afghanistan National Army and US soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a patrol in the Paktia province of Afghanistan. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Taliban insurgents shot six police officers dead at a checkpoint as a suicide bomber killed three civilians at a shopping bazaar in two attacks(...)