Afghan vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum. Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

A Taliban ambush on Afghan vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum’s convoy backfired on Friday when the war-hardened leader’s men fought back, killing at (...)

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Photograph: Getty

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledged the group’s allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, in an audio statement posted online, showing t(...)

Women’s rights activists carry the coffin of Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire, during her burial ceremony in Kabul last March. Photograph:  Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A panel of lawyers appointed by Afghanistan’s president to review the murder of Farkhunda, a female Islamic scholar who was killed by a mob of men, p(...)

An Afghan policeman inspects a damaged vehicle at the site of a car bomb blast at the entrance gate to Kabul airport, Afghanistan. Photograph: Muhammad Ismail/Reuters.

A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 16. The explosion came days after a(...)

Afghan forces prepare for battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters

Taliban envoys have been busy over the past month, shuttling from conferences in one world capital to the next, in the biggest rush of activity on the(...)

Suspects stand before a judge during a primary court trial in Kabul earlier this month on charges relating to the mob killing of Farkhunda. Photograph:  Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven Afghan policemen have been jailed for a year for their roles in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi, presiding at Afg(...)

Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Wednesday. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in the bombing close to the presidential palace. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

President Barack Obama has decided to slow down the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 military personnel into next year, nearly(...)

Independent Afghan civil society activist women weep and lie on the grave of Afghan woman Farkhunda. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Hundreds of Afghans have held a protest in Kabul to demand justice for a woman who was killed by a mob outside one of the capital’s most famous mosque(...)

Afghan authorities remove snow from the roads as part of the rescue after an avalanche killed more than 180 people in the Panjshir valley, Afghanistan, 25th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/HEDAYATULLAH AMID

More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on Thursday.Officials wa(...)

Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has worked assiduously to secure Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. Photograph: Christof Stacheandreas Gebert/AFP/Getty Images

After more than a decade of war, formal talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will begin in the coming weeks, the country’s presiden(...)