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A newspaper stall in Karachi. Pakistan could face blowback for sponsoring and hosting the Afghan Taliban if the Pakistani Taliban revive. Photograph: Shahzaib Akber/EPA

The swift Taliban victory in Afghanistan could have a profound impact on its Central Asian neighbours, the Middle East and Africa where governments ar(...)

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(...)

A US patrol in Afghanistan. The US  will evacuate thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who helped US forces in the country starting in late July. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration announced plans to evacuate Afghan nationals this month who helped the US during the 19-year war, as criticism of the US deci(...)

A Taliban flag (on right)  is raised on the Afghan side of the Pakistani-Afghan border at Chaman, Pakistan on Wednesday. Photograph:  Akhter Gulfam/EPA

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have a(...)

US Marines in 2009 sweep the road for Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) in Garmsir district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Manpreet Romana/ AFP via Getty Images

The definitive closure of Bagram Air Base, the nerve centre of 20 years of American military operations in Afghanistan, marks in a real sense the fina(...)

Afghan policemen  at a checkpoint in Panjwai district of Kandahar province on Sunday, after fierce fighting in the area with Taliban forces. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images

It is not without reason that Afghanistan is known as the “graveyard of empires”. The ancient Greeks, the Mongols, the Mughals, the British, the Sovie(...)

The Shahre Naw neighbourhood in Kabul, Afghanistan. With the Taliban advancing and US troops leaving, President Ashraf Ghani and his aides have become increasingly isolated. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

More than 1,000 Afghan government troops have fled into neighbouring Tajikistan to escape a Taliban advance, amid fears that the withdrawal of wester(...)

Afghan policemen sit on an armoured vehicle at a checkpoint in Panjwai district of Kandahar province on Sunday. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban’s rapid advance through northern Afghanistan continued on Sunday with more than a dozen districts falling to the militants, as Britain ent(...)

 A re-education camp for ethnic Uighur in Hotan, in China’s Xinjiang province. The dossier supports claims that Tajikistan has been involved in a long-term process of deporting its Uighur population across the border into the Xinjiang region in northwest China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

Fresh evidence supporting claims of forced deportation of Uighur Muslims from Tajikistan into neighbouring China has been delivered to the Internation(...)

American soldiers in full gear aboard a C-17 transport bound for Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, earlier in the Afghan campaign. File photograph: New York Times

President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in September is an important and welcome, al(...)

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