Afghanistan

Afghanistan elections: impatient presidential candidates count own votes

Joshua Partlow In this rugged country, where ballots are counted by hand and election results are viewed with suspicion, impatient presidential candidates are not willing to wait for official numbers and have...

Six police killed in suicide bombing, days before Afghanistan election

Afghan police keep watch at the Afghan Ministry of Interior after a suicide bomb attack.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Afghan interior ministry on Wednesday, killing six police officers just three days before the country's presidential election, which the Taliban have vowed to...

Afghanistan alleges foreign hand in attack

Shah Mohammad touches a photo of his slain brother, Sardar Ahmad, at the funeral for the reporter and his family on Sunday.

Kathy Gannon Afghanistan says its spy agency believes a foreign intelligence service – rather than militant groups – was behind the attack on a Kabul hotel that killed nine people, including two children and four...

Nine shot dead in attack on luxury hotel in Afghanistan, Taliban claim responsibility

Executed ... Sardar Ahmad, 40, a Kabul-based staff reporter at the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency poses for a photo at the AFP office in Kabul hours before he, his wife and two of his three children were gunned down by Taliban gunmen in Kabul's Serena Hotel.

Matthew Rosenberg and Azam Ahmed Handguns tucked into their socks, four gunmen slipped inside the luxurious Serena Hotel in Kabul on Thursday night and launched an attack that killed at least nine people, including four foreigners.

Militants attack Kabul election office ahead of Afghanistan poll

Armed response: Afghan police stand guard near the scene of the attack.

Militants launched a gun and suicide attack on an Afghan election commission office in Kabul on Tuesday, police said, less than two weeks before the presidential poll.

Afghanistan's first vice-president dies at 57

Power broker: Mohammed Qasim Fahim (centre) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) in November 2013.

Kevin Sieff Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim, whose political and military career spanned the Soviet War and the US invasion, died on Sunday of an undisclosed illness.

US preparing for full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Barack Obama warns Hamid Karzai

Frustrations: Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US President Barack Obama last year.

Steve Holland The US President has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year.

Captured SAS dog well treated, say Afghanistan insurgents

Held hostage: The dog's captors say they might be open to trading the animal.

Rob Crilly in Islamabad and Zubair Babakarkhail in Kabul The Taliban have not decided what to do with the military dog captured in Afghanistan but they might consider trading it.

Afghanistan releases prisoners despite US objections

The United States have been scathing in their criticism of the releases.

Jawad Sukhanyar The Afghan government has begun releasing prisoners despite the objections of the US military, which said they were dangerous insurgents responsible for killing its soldiers.

Gunman on motorcycle opens fire on local cricket match in Afghanistan, killing five players

A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket players, killing five of them during a game in eastern Laghman province in Afghanistan before he sped away, provincial spokesman...

Taliban will move in as global forces withdraw from Afghanistan, warns report

Afghan security forces

Deborah Snow The Taliban will increase its influence in rural areas of Afghanistan and likely regain ground in the south and east of the country as international forces withdraw, a report warns.

Analysis

After Afghanistan, what can Australia's troops achieve?

Uncertain future: An Afghan police officer prays on a mountain overlooking on Thursday.

Paul McGeough Tony Abbott faces a tough reality check as troops return to the embrace of their loved ones.

Afghanistan goes to the (opinion) polls

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Afghans are only now getting their first taste of a phenomenon that has been upending conventional wisdom in more established democracies for decades: polling

Jihad declared against Afghanistan talent shows

afghan idol

Zubair Babakarkhail Religious hardliners are planning to crack down on the influx of popular new talent shows they say promote Western values.

British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

British Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain is paying a "very high price" in Afghanistan after three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb.

Afghanistan is our Vietnam, admits British Defence Secretary

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - MARCH 09:  Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is shown equipment used for defusing explosives as 12 Mechanized Brigade take part on a pre-deployment exercise at the Ministry of Defence training area at Copehill Down on Salisbury Plain on March 9, 2012 in Wiltshire, England. The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond visited the military facility to meet soldiers from the Brigade who are shortly to deploy to Afghanistan for Operation Herrick 16, and troops from the 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire regiment which lost five of the six men who died this week in the deadliest single attack in Afghanistan since 2001.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Benedict Brogan The long war in Afghanistan has left Britain wary of more major military engagements abroad, much as Vietnam sapped America's will to fight, says British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

Red lines wobble as US exits Afghanistan

In this photograph taken on January 21, 2012, a US soldier walks on the tarmac to board a US helicopter Chinook at the Bagram Airport.

Paul McGeough In 2011, when Hillary Clinton set Washington's terms for talks with the Taliban - renouncing violence, recognising the Afghan constitution and severing all ties with al-Qaeda - she called them ''our...

US probes troops' drug use in Afghanistan

US soldiers

The US Army has investigated 56 soldiers in Afghanistan on suspicion of using or distributing heroin, morphine or other opiates during 2010 and 2011, newly-obtained data shows.

Bazi Dancing - Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan

Bazi Dancing in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

URUZGAN-Bazi Dancing at a gathering of approximately 70 Uruzgan policemen in Charchino district, Afghan men perform the Bazi dance, based on the infamous Bacha Boy dances common during the Taliban...

NATO strike kills 10 children in Afghanistan: officials

Hamid Karzai

A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 children, officials said Sunday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country.