Taliban police patrol the city centre in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, last month. Photograph: Victor J Blue/The New York Times

More than 100 former members of the Afghan security forces in four provinces have been killed or disappeared by the Taliban in the first 2½ months of (...)

 Taliban Fateh fighters, a “special forces” unit, stand guard along a street in Kabul  as suicide bomb threats hung over the final phase of the US military’s airlift operation from Kabul. Photograph: Aamir Quresh/AFP/via Getty Images

When Taliban troops seized control of the Afghan capital two weeks ago, the invading units made a beeline for two critical targets: the headquarters (...)