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Talking to the Taliban

There was an inevitability about the announcement that the US will open talks with the Taliban from the time back in 2009 when US generals began openl(...)

Afghan security officials attend a handover ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo/

Following an official announcement by President Hamid Karzai, yesterday Nato forces in Afghanistan officially ‘transitioned’ security responsibilit(...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai: said negotiations with the US on what American and coalition security forces will remain in the country after 2014 have been put on hold. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghan president Hamid Karzai said today his government would not join US peace talks with the Taliban and halted negotiations with Washington on a tr(...)

Muhammad Naeem (right), a spokesman for the office of the Taliban of Afghanistan speaks during the opening of the Taliban Afghanistan political office in Doha. Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous/Reuters

The United States will meet the Taliban this week for talks aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where the United States and the insurgents have f(...)

A firefighter stands near a burning bus after a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan. Photograph: Naseer Ahmed/Reuters

Militants in a volatile region of western Pakistan bombed a bus carrying women students today and then seized part of the hospital where survivors we(...)

A man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on American trainers working with him in the country’s east today, killing three of them, while an a(...)

 Private  Bradley Manning being escorted from a military court  at Fort Meade, Maryland, yesterday, after his court appearance. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Private Bradley Manning put military secrets into the hands of Osama bin Laden himself, US prosecutors claimed, as the army intelligence analyst went (...)

Nelofer Pazira in Afghanistan

In her memoir A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan, writer and director Nelofer Pazira recounts her shock the first time someone took her(...)

Staff Sgt Robert Bales pictured during an exercise at the National Training Centre in Fort Irwin, California, in August 2011. Photograph: US Department of Defense/Reuters

Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two villages nearby, kil(...)

Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Photograph: British Ministry of Defence

A postmortem on the body of murdered British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, has established the cause of death was “multiple incised wounds”, Scotland (...)

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