A Canadian soldier walks through a checkpoint during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Photograph: EPA/US Marine Corps via DVIDS

European leaders failed to persuade United States president Joe Biden to keep troops at Kabul airport beyond an August 31st deadline at a meeting of t(...)

Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on Friday. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Efforts by the US and Nato to evacuate thousands of Afghans from Kabul airport are being thwarted by mayhem around Taliban checkpoints as a blame game(...)

  A US Air Force plane safely evacuated 640 Afghans from Kabul on Sunday, according to US defense officials. Photograph: Capt Chris Herbert/US Airforce/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban pledged on Tuesday to protect the rights of women within the limits of Islamic law and grant amnesty to its opponents, as they sought to s(...)

Afghan security personnel after Taliban shot and killed the media director. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

The Taliban captured an Afghan provincial capital and assassinated the government’s top media officer in Kabul on Friday, dealing twin high-profile b(...)

A Taliban flag (on right)  is raised on the Afghan side of the Pakistani-Afghan border at Chaman, Pakistan on Wednesday. Photograph:  Akhter Gulfam/EPA

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have a(...)

A woman carrying a baby stands among a crowd near a maternity hospital attacked on Tuesday, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

In the wake of a devastating attack in Kabul on Tuesday on a maternity unit that saw gunmen shoot women in labour, new mothers and their newborn babie(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani will hold his presidential inauguration ceremony on Monday. Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban militant group said peace talks with the Afghan government next week were unlikely to take place because rivals for the presidency were bo(...)

Amrullah Saleh, who is running for vice-president of Afghanistan, at his home in Kabul on Monday. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

Even before he received specific intelligence about an attempt planned on his life, Amrullah Saleh had a feeling they were coming for him soon. So he (...)

Internally displaced Afghans  in Kandahar city on February 9th, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photograph: Photo Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images

The highest-level negotiations yet between US diplomats and the Taliban began in Qatar’s capital on Monday, with the presence of the Afghan insurgents(...)

American soldiers are picked up  in the village of Hazarbuz, Afghanistan, in June 2006. The US and the Taliban have ended six days of some of the most serious Afghan peace negotiations to date. File photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Taliban officials said US negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 mo(...)

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