Wasil Ahmad was paraded in a police uniform to celebrate his bravery after the Taliban siege of Oruzga, Afghanistan, was lifted last year. On Monday, as Wasil walked out of the house to buy vegetables, an armed man on a motorcycle shot him twice in the head and escaped, his uncle said. Photograph: New York Times/social media

The Afghan government declared Wasil Ahmad a hero for leading a militia’s defence against a Taliban siege last year, parading him in front of cameras (...)

 Afghan National Army soldiers inspect buildings after clashes against security forces at Kandahar Airport. Photograph: AFP

The last of 11 Taliban insurgents who infiltrated Kandahar airport was killed late on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after the attack was launched, the(...)

Afghan national army soldiers inspect buildings at Kandahar airport on Wednesday after clashes between security forces and Taliban insurgents. Photograph:  Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images

Dozens of people were killed and wounded in fighting at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar after an overnight attack by Taliban insu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani give a news conference following talks in Berlin. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Afghans heading to Germany in pursuit of better economic circumstances will be sent back to Afg(...)

Protesters carry the coffin of a member of the Hazara community murdered by Islamist militants, in a march through Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Jawad Jalali

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani appealed for calm after angry protesters from the ethnic Hazara minority tried to force their way into his Kabul palace(...)

A video still of men stoning a woman in Ghor province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/AFP/Getty Images

A video has emerged of what appears to be a young Afghan woman, married against her will, stoned to death for trying to elope with another man. In a g(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows the hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is ‘disgusted’ by Afghan government claims justifying a suspected US air strike that kill(...)

Madina, an eight year old who was at the Doctors Without Borders hospital hit by a United States airstrike in Kunduz, is carried into the emergency room of another hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Photograph: New York Times

The lucky ones heard the first explosions and hobbled or were carried by doctors and nurses to one of the hospital bunkers. The less fortunate patient(...)