An Afghan security force member guards  the site of a suicide bomb attack on Monday near the Bagram air base, north of Kabul. Three American service members and a US contractor were killed in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

The Taliban announced the beginning of its spring offensive on Friday, even as the insurgent group said the United Nations had lifted travel bans on 1(...)

 An Afghan man holds the  body of a relative at a hospital in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide blast in a mainly Shia area of Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of ci(...)

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(...)

Afghanistan National Army and US soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a patrol in the Paktia province of Afghanistan. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Taliban insurgents shot six police officers dead at a checkpoint as a suicide bomber killed three civilians at a shopping bazaar in two attacks(...)