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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the US in Doha, on Saturday. Photograph: Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

In truth the peace deal signed by the US and the Taliban is more to do with US withdrawal of its 12,000 troops than it has to do with peace in Afghani(...)

Former militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Sunday, a day after  US officials and Taliban representatives signed an agreement. Photograph:  Guhlamulla Habibi/EPA

US president Donald Trump declared that talks with the Taliban were “dead” in September. But after nine halting rounds of negotiations, the US signed (...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said  he won’t release 5,000 prisoners the Taliban say must be freed before intra-Afghan negotiations can begin. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan’s gover(...)

A view of snow on mountains near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan. Photograph: Akhter Gulfam/EPA

Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, leaving at least 43 people dead. Authorities are struggling to clear and reopen m(...)

  A sniffer dog checks election ballot boxes for explosives after they were unloaded from a truck at a warehouse in Kabul on Sunday.  Photograph: Getty Images

Voter turnout in the first round of Afghanistan’s presidential election on Saturday may have been as low as 20 per cent, according to preliminary coun(...)

An Afghan woman poses for a biometric face scan at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kabul. Photograph: EPA

Polls have closed in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid widespread complaints of irregularities and pockets of violence from Taliban insurgents,(...)

 Afghan security officials conduct a search  at a checkpoint as security is  intensified on the eve of the presidential Elections in Herat, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Millions of Afghans are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of(...)

Mourners attend the funeral of victims killed in the US drone strike in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Photograph: EPA

A US drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labour in the fields, off(...)

Afghan security soldiers stand guard at the site of a suicide attack which targeted a gate of one of the ministry of defence’s departments in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

Two attacks by suicide bombers have killed at least 48 people and wounded scores more in Afghanistan in the deadliest single day since a peace agreeme(...)

Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton was a fierce opponent of the plan for the remaining US troops to leave Afghanistan  by the end of the year. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Donald Trump’s abrupt dismissal of John Bolton, his national security adviser, may reflect the near breakdown in personal relations between the two me(...)

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