Afghan special forces preparing to launch a counteroffensive to retake the city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

From the early days of his presidency last year, President Ashraf Ghani knew he faced a national security threat in the northern Afghan province of Ku(...)

Afghan people watch the announcment of the first cabinet of Afghanistan’s national unity government, at a shop in Kabul. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

After weeks of political paralysis, Afghanistan’s new president has fulfilled what many thought should have been his first duty: he has formed a gove(...)

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel arrives  in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

With striking optimism, Chuck Hagel said on his final visit to Afghanistan as US defence secretary that he believes Afghans will successfully put dow(...)

Tribal elders and representatives from the Yahya Khel district pray after a meeting with Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Afghans are being treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of their leaders trying to outdo one another in good governance even as they remain hopelessly d(...)

 An armed memer of the Afghan security mans a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan today  as part of intensified measures in the capital as president-elect Ashraf Ghani is sworn in. Photograph: EPA

Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade today, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the (...)

Afghanistan’s accord

The agreement reached in Afghanistan to appoint Ashraf Ghani as president and his rival Abdullah Abdullah chief executive of the government rounds off(...)

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani dance on the street yesterday in Kabul after he was named president-elect. Photograph: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank economist, was officially declared the new president of Afghanistan yesterday, after three months of political dead(...)

Afghan security officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb blast that targeted an intelligence office in Ghazni, Afghanistan, yesterday.  EPA/Naweed Haqjoo

Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, sent a message to Nato leaders saying they will do their utmost to r(...)

Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Pool via The New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry began a series of meetings in Kabul yesterday in the hopes of finding a way out of a presidential election crisis tha(...)

Abdullah Abdullah (centre) at a Kabul rally yesterday at which supporters urged him to form his own government. Photograph: Diego Ibarra Sanchez/New York Times

The US threatened yesterday to scrap security and financial support to Afghanistan if a deepening crisis over the disputed presidential election en(...)