Hamid Karzai

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An Afghan security official  sits next to an young alleged suicide bomber detained by the Afghan police officials in Helmand, Afghanistan. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA

An Afghan girl has told the BBC that she was beaten and forced by her family to try to blow up a border police checkpoint in Helmand province.The girl(...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks to Afghan delegates during the Loya Jirga, a traditional forum dealing with significant decisions affecting the whole country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: EPA

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has reluctantly urged his countrymen to let US forces stay on in the country for another decade, saying that altho(...)

A fireman hoses a road next to a destroyed bus at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul today. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing security for a compound where Afghanistan’s political and tribal elites are due (...)

An Afghan army soldier walks through a poppy field  in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Files/Reuters.

Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country, the United Nations said today, with concern that (...)

A dreadful war

The four United States soldiers killed by a bomb on Sunday in Afghanistan brought the number of US military deaths there since 2001 to 2,146. More tha(...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai  attends a signing ceremony with Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad on Monday. Photograph: Mian Khursheed/Reuters

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has stressed the need for Pakistan’s help in arranging peace talks with the Taliban in a meeting with Pakistani prime mi(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani waves after his swearing-in at the parliament in Tehran yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as Iran’s president yesterday, promising moderation and transparency but urging those who wanted the “right response” from(...)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul. Insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck launched an attack today in an area  used by foreign firms supplying Nato forces. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in an attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in Kabul today, poli(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron  speaks during a news conference with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. Photograph: Leon Neal/pool/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron pledged to work with Pakistan to fight terrorism and try to bring peace to Afghanistan, while also offering to he(...)

Smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Taliban militants attacked key buildings near Afghanistan’s presidential palace and the US CIA headquarters in Kabul, a brazen assault that could dera(...)

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