Hamid Karzai

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An Afghan man tries to control his donkey loaded with ballot boxes. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Afghanistan holds a presidential election today that is hoped will lead to the first democratic transfer of power in its history. Presid(...)

Habiba Sarobi, centre, former governor of Bamian Province, who is running for vice president, stands for the Afghan National anthem before speaking in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds. At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew u(...)

A spokesman for the president’s office said 19 soldiers were killed in the attack and six are missing. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

The Afghan Taliban killed 19 soldiers in an assault today in a remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were mis(...)

Afghan soldiers  at the Bagram detainee centre, where the 65 prisoners were released yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

The Afghan government has released 65 prisoners who the US says are dangerous fighters with American and Afgh(...)

Bagram Prison, the outskirts of Kabul, being handed over by the US military to the Afghan authorities on March 25th, 2013. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

The Afghan government began releasing prisoners on Thursday despite the objections of the US military, which said they were dangerous insurgent(...)

Jan Kubis, special representative of the secretary-general and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), shows a report during a news conference in Kabul today. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said (...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday. Karzai continues to refuse to sign a long-term security agreement with Washington. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban about reaching a peace agreement without the involvement of(...)

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai greets reporters as he arrives at a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul. Mr Karzai has engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban without the involvement of his American and Western allies, further corroding already strained relations with the United States as they try to reach a peace agreement. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in the hope of persuading them to make peace with his govern(...)

Women wearing traditional burghas walk past the ancient Citadel fortress in Herat. Photographs: John D McHugh

Distorted and discordant music clashed with the torturous squeals of the rickety Ferris wheel as Abdul Zahid helped a rare customer into a gondola. “O(...)

Afghan policemen help an injured man at the site of an explosion in Kabul yesterday in which up to 21 people were killed. Photograph: Reuters.

A Co Derry resident was among 21 people killed when a Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan ca(...)

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