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Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow in May. Rahmon is expected to push the Afghan resistance’s case with  Putin in a forthcoming meeting. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

As the international community wrestles over whether to recognise the new Taliban regime in Kabul, one country has quickly made clear where it stands.(...)

A Taliban fighter watches the Twenty20 cricket trial match being played between two Afghan teams “Peace Defenders” and “Peace Heroes” at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium in Kabul last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Afghan women, including the country’s national women’s cricket team, will be banned from playing sport under the new Taliban government, according to (...)

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(...)

Civilians being evacuated by the US miluitary on board a plane at Kabul airport on August 19th. Photograph:  Brandon Cribelar/US Central Command Public Affairs/AFP via Getty Images

Walking down the tarmac of the US military air base about 2am recently, the Afghan woman lunged for a handgun strapped to an American airman’s leg. As(...)

 Taliban Fateh fighters, a “special forces” unit, stand guard along a street in Kabul  as suicide bomb threats hung over the final phase of the US military’s airlift operation from Kabul. Photograph: Aamir Quresh/AFP/via Getty Images

When Taliban troops seized control of the Afghan capital two weeks ago, the invading units made a beeline for two critical targets: the headquarters (...)

No overall authority has been put in charge of daily affairs and Kabul airport remains closed to normal traffic. File photograph: Getty

The Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s failure to fill the security vacuum caused by the collapse of the US-(...)

 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 (...)

The aftermath of an attack  by Isis-K on a girls’ school in Kabul in May of this year in which 68 people were killed and 165 injured. Photograph:  Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The terror group suspected of carrying out Thursday’s bomb attack at Kabul airport took root in eastern Afghanistan in 2015. Prior to the attack fear(...)

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(...)

An Afghan migrant rests on August 15th in Tatvan, on the western shores of Lake Van, eastern Turkey, while waiting for transport by smugglers. He  had crossed the border into Turkey from Iran. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

In the days before the Taliban took Kabul, an Afghan woman was doubled over sobbing on a bench in a bus station in eastern Turkey, her children wailin(...)

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