Ahmad Massoud

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Taliban stand guard near the scene of the blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: EPA

A blast killed several civilians at a mosque in Kabul where people were holding prayers for the mother of the Taliban’s spokesperson, officials in the(...)

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.(...)

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid: The Taliban’s delay springs from a longstanding division between Pakistani-loyalist and Afghan-nationalist factions, according to the American Enterprise Institute think tank’s Michael Rubin.  Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty

Last week, a Taliban spokesman told Bloomberg that a consensus had been reached over appointments to a new Afghan government, and that an administrati(...)

Afghan women holding a protest march for their rights under the Taliban rule in Kabul. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty

Taliban fighters violently suppressed a women’s protest on Saturday in Kabul, while 70 miles to the north ex-Afghan army and militia members battled t(...)

The Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces in the Panjshir province. Photograph: Ahmad Sahel Arman/AFP/Getty Images

Taliban and opposition forces battled on Saturday to control the Panjshir valley north of Kabul, the last Afghan province holding out against the Isla(...)

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(...)

A Taliban fighter  walks past shoppers in a Kabul market   a day after the US pulled all its troops out of the country. Photograph:  Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Women can continue to work in government in Afghanistan but are not guaranteed cabinet or other senior positions, a Taliban spokesman has said. Asked(...)

Taliban fighters at the airport in Kabul on Tuesday. Photograph:  Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The Taliban celebrated their victory over the United States on Tuesday, firing guns into the air, parading coffins draped in US and Nato flags and set(...)

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(...)

One of Ireland’s best loved children’s books comes to mind when reading this week’s choice for new fiction. Marita Conlon McKenna’s Under the Hawthorn(...)