Afghan security personnel talk as they perpare to launch a counter-offensive to retake the city from Taliban insurgents at the airport in Kunduz on September 30, 2015. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban are widening their offensive in northern Afghanistan after government forces failed to take back Kunduz, the strategic city in the north(...)

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, has called for unity and raised the possibility of peace talks with the government in Kabul in a message released on Tuesday to mark the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid. Photograph: Taliban Handout/Handout via Reuters.

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, has called for unity and raised the possibility of peace talks with the government in Kabul in (...)

Afghan security forces stand guard at the main gate of Paghman district compound after a suicide bomb attack, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The Taliban claim to have resolved a big rift in their leadership, in a move that will likely consolidate the power of their new leader and could lead(...)

An undated handout picture of Mullah Muhammad Akhtar Mansour, the new leader of the Taliban. His appointment has riled many senior figures angry about the implication that Mansour covered up former leader Mullah Omar’s death for more than two years.

A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the (...)

A policeman inspects a passenger at a checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Abdul Malik/Reuters

The Taliban have chosen supreme leader Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that sched(...)

Mullah  Omar:  the elusive leader of the Taliban is believed to be dead. Photograph: The New York Times/FBI

Afghanistan said yesterday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ag(...)

A map showing the southern province of Helmand (marked in red) in Afghanistan. Map: Google maps

A missile-firing drone killed six people in Afghanistan on Monday including a veteran militant believed to have defected to Islamic State (IS) from th(...)

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(...)