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Taliban fighters stand guard along an Afghan road. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty

The Taliban have reportedly hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan. A witness told the Associated Pr(...)

A man  rides past a convoy of Taliban fighters patrolling a street in Kabul. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the I(...)

A roadside vendor selling dry fruits waits for customers at a market area in Kabul. Photograph:  Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Prices of everyday essentials such as flour, cooking oil and fuel have surged. Salaries have stopped being paid. Residents in pursuit of cash queue ou(...)

 Taliban stand guard as Shia  Muslims attend a mourning procession during Ashura in Herat, Afghanistan, on  August 19th. Photograph:  EPA

Four months before seizing Kabul the Taliban put out a propaganda video targeting an unlikely audience: the country’s Shia minority, particularly its (...)

Taliban official Maulvi Shir Ahmad presents the cup after the Herat football premier league final  in Herat on August 20th, eight days after the militant Islamist group took control of the city. Photograph:  Mir Ahmad Firooz Mashoof/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The text message filled Saeed with dread. Widely shared in the civil service department where he works, it said all male staff must wear traditional c(...)

A bread seller on the streets of Kabul on  August 21st. Photograph: Victor J Blue/New York Times

The Americans are all but gone, the Afghan government has collapsed, and the Taliban rule the streets of Kabul now. Overnight, millions of Kabul resid(...)

Amnesty International war crimes investigator Brian Castner shortly before leaving Kabul on August 16th

A war crimes investigator for Amnesty International, who was in Afghanistan when the Taliban took control of Kabul, has warned that the insurgent grou(...)

Taliban fighters on patrol in Kabul on Thursday. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

US soldiers crept out of Bagram Airfield in the dead of night on July 1st. As they departed, they shut off the electricity in the fortified military b(...)

Taliban political office chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (left) meets Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha. Photograph: Qatari ministry of foreign affairs/AFP

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan has shocked Middle Eastern governments fearful of the regional repercussions of this destabilising develop(...)

Taliban fighters  in Kabul on Monday. Photograph: EPA

The Taliban have pledged to create an open and inclusive government after their fighters took control of Kabul, but most observers fear little has cha(...)

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