The  broken window of a damaged Afghan National Army bus at the site of a Taliban suicide bomb attack in Enjil district of Herat in Afghanistan earlier this month. Taliban militants targeted two buses in the mountainous province of Ghor overnight, killing at least 14 people. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses travelling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said today.(...)

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(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results putting his rival ahead. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsib(...)

An Afghan policeman looks at a fire at the site of burning fuel trucks after an overnight attack by the Taliban on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Taliban insurgents set fire today to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for Nato forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, p(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced last week he was withdrawing from the election process, accusing incumbent Hamid Karzai and the country’s chief electoral officer a rival candidate rig the vote. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan’s leadership crisis has deepened after one presidential candidate released audio recordings that he said captured a senior election offici(...)

A policeman at a checkpoint in Bannu, in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, checks identification cards of residents fleeing a military offensive against Pakistani militants in North Waziristan. Photograph: Reuters/Zahid Mohammad

Pakistan launched a “comprehensive operation” yesterday, sending troops, artillery and helicopter gunships against militants in the north Wazirista(...)

 Afghan voters whose fingers were cut by Taliban militants for casting their ballot, receive medical treatment at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Eleven people, including election workers, were killed in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb blew up their bus, the governor of the northern province o(...)

Afghan border policemen cast their ballot at a polling station during presidential elections run-off, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan today. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghans headed back to the polls today for a second round of voting to elect a successor to president Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan’s(...)

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in an image taken from a 2009 video shot during his captivity in Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters

A US soldier released in Afghanistan this weekend after five years in captivity was flown to Germany after a prisoner exchange that has revived hopes(...)

President Barack Obama’s speech at the class of 2014 graduation ceremony in West Point military academy offered further justification for his foreign (...)