Afghan women pass through a bazaar following the recapture of Kunduz by Afghan security forces. Photograph: Jawed Kargar/EPA

The Taliban said on Tuesday they were pulling back in the city of Kunduz in the north of Afghanistan in order to protect civilians, as fighting contin(...)

Members of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in al-Mallah farms, north of Aleppo, last month. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch was left reeling on Friday after its military chief was killed in an apparent army air strike, adding to confusion over the f(...)

A member of the Afghan security force looks into a car which was destroyed  in a bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Eight civilians including five women were killed when a roadside bomb blew up their vehicle in southern Afghanistan, local officials said today.The U(...)

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. (...)

A military helicopter carrying flood survivors lands at a field in Jawzjan province in  Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters

Five service members were killed when a British helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan today, the Natled coalition forces and the British M(...)

Malaysian defence minister and acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussin, speaks during a media conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today. Photograph: Reuters

Australia and Malaysia vowed today to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and (...)

Habiba Sarobi, centre, former governor of Bamian Province, who is running for vice president, stands for the Afghan National anthem before speaking in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds. At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew u(...)

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Fort Irwin  in Califorinia. Photograph: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System/The New York Times

A US military jury sentenced an American soldier to life in prison without the possibility of parole today for killing 16 Afghan civilians on their fa(...)

Afghan security officials attend a handover ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo/

Following an official announcement by President Hamid Karzai, yesterday Nato forces in Afghanistan officially ‘transitioned’ security responsibilit(...)

Nelofer Pazira in Afghanistan

In her memoir A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan, writer and director Nelofer Pazira recounts her shock the first time someone took her(...)