An Afghan security force member guards  the site of a suicide bomb attack on Monday near the Bagram air base, north of Kabul. Three American service members and a US contractor were killed in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

The Taliban announced the beginning of its spring offensive on Friday, even as the insurgent group said the United Nations had lifted travel bans on 1(...)

Insurgents stormed a checkpoint in northern Baghlan province. Photograph: Google Maps

At least 21 people including 11 police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan, provincial officials said. Insurgents stormed a (...)

An injured man is moved to a stretcher outside a hospital following the suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on  January  27th. Photograph: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

The Taliban drove an ambulance packed with explosives into a crowded Kabul street in Afghanistan on Saturday, setting off an enormous blast that kille(...)

Independent Afghan civil society activist women carry the coffin of Farkhunda on   March 22nd,  2015. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Farkhunda had one chance to escape the mob that wanted to kill her. Two Afghan police officers pulled her onto the roof of a low shed, above the angry(...)

Independent Afghan civil society activist women carry the coffin of Farkhunda. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Farkhunda had one chance to escape the mob that wanted to kill her. Two Afghan police officers pulled her on to the roof of a low shed, above the angr(...)

Afghan special forces preparing to launch a counteroffensive to retake the city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

From the early days of his presidency last year, President Ashraf Ghani knew he faced a national security threat in the northern Afghan province of Ku(...)

Afghan people watch the announcment of the first cabinet of Afghanistan’s national unity government, at a shop in Kabul. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

After weeks of political paralysis, Afghanistan’s new president has fulfilled what many thought should have been his first duty: he has formed a gove(...)

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel arrives  in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

With striking optimism, Chuck Hagel said on his final visit to Afghanistan as US defence secretary that he believes Afghans will successfully put dow(...)

Tribal elders and representatives from the Yahya Khel district pray after a meeting with Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Afghans are being treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of their leaders trying to outdo one another in good governance even as they remain hopelessly d(...)

 An armed memer of the Afghan security mans a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan today  as part of intensified measures in the capital as president-elect Ashraf Ghani is sworn in. Photograph: EPA

Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade today, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the (...)

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