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(...)

A customer hands a mobile phone to a man operating a phone-charging station in Kabul, Afghanistan. A smooth US exit from Afghanistan will depend on, among other things, Pakistan’s co-operation with the logistical pullout. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

The Taliban has attacked the West’s view that Afghanistan is seeing steady if fragile progress, in an annual statement from its leader that also sough(...)