Former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Andy Allen: A “huge honour” to join the party’s Assembly team. Photograph: PA

An Afghanistan veteran who lost both legs and was partially blinded in a Taliban bomb has become the latest member of the Stormont Assembly. Andy All(...)

Afghan security officials stand guard on a roadside in Chahar Dara district of Kunduz. Militants attacked the Chahar Dara district and seized most of it, district governor Zulmai Farooqi said. Photograph: Jawed Kargar/EPA

A roadside bomb killed at least 19 Afghan civilians including nine children in a southern province, while Taliban fighters in the north captured a key(...)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch after a suicide attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad on June 1st. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked a police post in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, killing at least 17 policemen. With US forces no long(...)

A map showing the southern province of Helmand (marked in red) in Afghanistan. Map: Google maps

A missile-firing drone killed six people in Afghanistan on Monday including a veteran militant believed to have defected to Islamic State (IS) from th(...)

Relatives and Afghan security officials stand outside the Emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, Afghanistan.  Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA.

Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children.The deputy police c(...)

Marine listening to music before withdrawal from Camp Bastion in Helmand province at the weekend.  The last US  marines unit and British combat troops in Afghanistan have officially ended their operations. Photograph:  Omar Sobhani

Combat operations in the province of Helmand officially ended yesterday for US marines and British troops stationed there, bringing an end to a decade(...)

 A handout image made available by the British defence ministry shows a British (L) and Afghan soldier embracing each other during the handover ceremony of the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck military camp complex in Afghanistan today. Photograph: EPA/MOD

The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations today as they packed up to leave the countr(...)

A British Ministry of Defence photograph of a  Lynx Mk9A helicopter  on operations over Helmand, Afghanistan.

An investigation is under way to determine why a Lynx helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing five British service personnel. (...)

People stand at the damaged area following a suicide bomb attack in Kabul today. Two Afghan military officers and two civilians were killed and 22 others injured, officials said. Photograph: EPA

A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul today, killing four people and wounding up to 22, police said, the latest incident in a worrying(...)

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 (...)