A Hazara militia member  on patrol in January against Taliban insurgents in Hisa-e-Awali Behsud district of Maidan Wardak Province. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

The slaughter of students, mostly teenagers, at a tutoring centre. The deaths of young athletes in a suicide bombing at a wrestling club. Mothers shot(...)

Members of a Taliban red unit, an elite force, in Laghman Province’s Alingar district in Afghanistan last year. Photograph:  Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The Taliban’s swagger is unmistakable. From the recent bellicose speech of their deputy leader, boasting of “conquests”, to sneering references to the(...)