Afghan security personnel standing guard on an armoured vehicle at a checkpoint in Ghazni. Photograph:  Rahmatullah Alizadah/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to drive Afghanistan’s Western-backed government from power. The anno(...)

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on New Year’s Day. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack today at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and Afghan officials, in which two people (...)

Afghan special forces arrive for a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Taliban fighters clashed with Afghan government forces near Kunduz airport on Tuesday, a day after the militants seized control of the northern city (...)

A file photograph of former Taliban fighters sitting in their cells in the prison in northern Afghan town of Shibirgan. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters.

Pakistani officials have reportedly released their highest-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner in a bid to kick-start Afghanistan’s struggling peace proce(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Pakistan in 2010 and has since emerged as a figure who Afghanistan and Pakistan believe could help to persuade his former comrades to lay down their weapons and engage in peace talks. Image: Google Maps

Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar tomorrow, the Pakistani foreign ministry said today.The Unite(...)