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US secrerary of state Antony Blinken with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, in Kabul on Thursday. Photograph:  Sapidar Palace handout/EPA

US secretary of state Antony Blinken flew to Kabul on Thursday in an unannounced visit to show support for the Afghan government a day after Presiden(...)

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(...)

US troops in Kuschamond, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty

As expected, US president Joe Biden has spent much of his first months in office focusing on domestic challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and,(...)

The coffin of an as yet unnamed murdered supreme court judge is  carried in Kabul on Sunday. Photograph: Epa/Hedayatullah Amid

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Ka(...)

Chief of the Australian Defence Force General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Afghanistan inquiry. Photograph: Mick Tasikas/EPA.

Australian special forces were allegedly involved in the murder of 39 civilians in Afghanistan and engaged in “blooding”, where commanders made junior(...)

(L to R) US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Qatar’s minister of foreign affairs Sheikh Mohamad Bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani and Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Qatari foreign minister for terrorism and mediation in the settlement of disputes, attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The Afghanistan peace talks between representatives of the country’s government and the Taliban militant group began in Doha on Saturday. The long-aw(...)

A woman carrying a baby stands among a crowd near a maternity hospital attacked on Tuesday, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

In the wake of a devastating attack in Kabul on Tuesday on a maternity unit that saw gunmen shoot women in labour, new mothers and their newborn babie(...)

Afghan security officials parade a group of suspected militants allegedly accused of planning attacks on government and security forces after their arrest, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks between the Afghan government an(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani will hold his presidential inauguration ceremony on Monday. Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban militant group said peace talks with the Afghan government next week were unlikely to take place because rivals for the presidency were bo(...)

Hospital workers carry an injured person  after an attack in Kabul on Friday in which 27 people were killed. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Islamic State gunmen opened fire at a ceremony in Kabul on Friday, killing at least 32 people in the first major attack in the city since the United (...)

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