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(...)

An image grab taken from the Jordanian TV shows flames erupting from a building hit by an airstrike against Islamic State by warplanes of the Jordanian Air Force. Photograph: Jordanian TV/AFP/Getty Images.

Arab leaders have bemoaned what they call a lack of strategy and weapons in the fight against jihadists groups like Islamic State, a security confe(...)

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(...)

 Governor of Helmand Province, Muhammad Naeem Baloch (third from right), visits the location of a rocket attack which hit a house where a wedding was taking place in the Sangin District. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA

Afghanistan assumed full responsibility for security from departing foreign combat troops on Thursday, a day after Afghan army mortar shells killed(...)

US general John Campbell, commander of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force, salutes during the change of mission ceremony in Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission on Sunday, more than 13 years after an international alliance ousted the Talib(...)

Detainees sit in a holding area  at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. File photograph: Reuters/US Department of Defence.

The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country.US officials said the transfer from the detention centre is(...)

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(...)