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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(...)

Afghan army soldiers officially number 300,000  but ‘it’s fair to say that in reality there are far fewer’. File photograph: Getty

Just six weeks ago US president Joe Biden seemed confident that the 300,000 men of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces had the training, e(...)

Taliban fighters stand on a vehicle along the roadside in Kandahar on Friday.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban on Friday captured Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, and began encircling Kabul, prompting Nato allies to convene a meeting in (...)

Internally displaced Afghans from Kunduz province, who fled their homes due to fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, take refuge on Monday in a public park in Kabul.  Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

Taliban militants captured a sixth provincial Afghan capital on Monday, a lawmaker said, after they ousted Afghan security forces from border towns an(...)

Afghans inspect a damaged clinic after air strikes on Lashkar Gah city, capital  of Helmand province, on Sunday. PhotogrPH: Abdul Khaliq/AP

The Taliban continues to gain territory in its violent campaign for control of Afghanistan, stoking strong criticism of the Biden administration’s dec(...)

Afghan security personnel after Taliban shot and killed the media director. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

The Taliban captured an Afghan provincial capital and assassinated the government’s top media officer in Kabul on Friday, dealing twin high-profile b(...)

Former Mujahideen commander  Ismail Khan (centre) talks with supporters in Herat  on Wednesday after security forces and Khan’s armed militia took back control of parts of the city following a battle with Taliban militants. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

The Afghan air force carried out more air strikes against Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, as the insurgent force made additiona(...)

 Afghan forces in Lashkar Gah fighting the Taliban. The Afghan city  is one of three provincial capitals under siege by the Taliban as they stepped up their onslaught against government forces. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

Taliban fighters appeared to be on the brink of overrunning the key Afghan provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, as officials confirmed all but one distr(...)

A Taliban operative holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan. The writing on the flag reads: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official has s(...)

The waiting area at the outpatient ward. Boost hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan, is run by MSF in partnership with the ministry of public health. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

In Ireland, tuberculosis (TB) has almost been eradicated. However, worldwide, with an estimated 10 million new cases and 1.7 million deaths each year (...)

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