Omar Mullah

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A Taliban fighter watches the Twenty20 cricket trial match being played between two Afghan teams “Peace Defenders” and “Peace Heroes” at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium in Kabul last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Afghan women, including the country’s national women’s cricket team, will be banned from playing sport under the new Taliban government, according to (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Taliban fighters  in Kabul on Monday. Photograph: EPA

The Taliban have pledged to create an open and inclusive government after their fighters took control of Kabul, but most observers fear little has cha(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar: Reputation of being a potent military leader and a subtle political operator.  Photograph: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban leader freed from a Pakistani jail on the request of the US less than three years ago, has emerged as an undisputed v(...)

People celebrating the  ceasefire  in the Rodat district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.  Photograph: Reuters

A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad yesterday, killing at least 19 people. It was the second attack in as many days tar(...)

Afghan policemen search commuters at a checkpoint in Lashkar Gah, the capital city of Helmand province. Recent weeks have seen the Taliban overrun Kunduz for the second time and threaten Lashkar Gah. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government have restarted secret talks in the Gulf state of Qatar, senior sources within the insurgency (...)

Afghan security personnel talk as they perpare to launch a counter-offensive to retake the city from Taliban insurgents at the airport in Kunduz on September 30, 2015. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban are widening their offensive in northern Afghanistan after government forces failed to take back Kunduz, the strategic city in the north(...)

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, has called for unity and raised the possibility of peace talks with the government in Kabul in a message released on Tuesday to mark the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid. Photograph: Taliban Handout/Handout via Reuters.

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, has called for unity and raised the possibility of peace talks with the government in Kabul in (...)

Afghan security forces stand guard at the main gate of Paghman district compound after a suicide bomb attack, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The Taliban claim to have resolved a big rift in their leadership, in a move that will likely consolidate the power of their new leader and could lead(...)

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