Taliban attack Afghan election HQ in Kabul

Taliban insurgents have attacked the Afghan election commission's heavily-fortified headquarters in Kabul, one week ahead of voting and after a series of bloody attacks in the city.

Taliban attack election commission HQ in Kabul ahead of vote

Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati Taliban insurgents attacked the Independent Election Commission headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, aiming to derail the presidential election.

Taliban gunmen attack luxury Kabul hotel

Afghan security personnel arrive at the Serena Hotel in Kabul after gunfire was heard.

Jessica Donati Security forces have rushed to the luxury Serena Hotel in central Kabul after gunshots were heard at the venue, a high-security location favoured by foreign visitors to the Afghan capital.

Taliban attack office of US-based charity sparking hostage drama in Kabul

An Afghan man who was injured during an attack on a guesthouse by Taliban gunmen leaves the scene of the attack in Kabul.

Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi Kabul: The Taliban attacked the offices of a US-based charity on Friday, a complex assault that comes just over a week before the country’s presidential election.

Taliban sow terror with attack on Kabul's Serena hotel

Sowing terror: A member of Afghanistan's intelligence service displays some of the weapons gunmen carried during an attack on the Serena hotel.

Matthew Rosenberg and Azam Ahmed His handgun drawn, the clean-cut insurgent stood in the restaurant of the Serena Hotel in Kabul, listening to the mother of three as she begged, ‘‘Take my life, but please don’t kill my kids.’’

Journalist gunned down in Kabul

Benjamin Sheppard A gunman has shot dead a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul, a rare daylight murder of an expatriate in a city often hit by Taliban suicide attacks.

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.

Kabul to free prisoners, ignoring US calls

The Afghan government says it will release 88 prisoners seen as posing a security threat by the US, ignoring warnings from Washington ahead of a planned pullout of international forces from the...

Kabul appoints its first female police chief

Rob Crilly Afghanistan has appointed its first female police chief in a move intended to pave the way for more women to rise through the ranks.

Kabul attack: Deadly ambush hints at changing climate for foreigners

Aftermath: Afghan security forces assist an injured man at the site of the attack.

The deadly Taliban attack on a downtown Kabul cafe has underscored a shifting reality as the war winds down: life for international workers may be becoming more dangerous and circumscribed.

Kabul confirms interpreter arrested over torture claims

Afghan torture claims

Afghan officials confirm they have arrested Zakaria Kandahari, whom they have described as an Afghan-American interpreter responsible for torturing and killing civilians while working for a US...

Taliban turns to art criticism in Kabul

Pink balloons in Kabul, Afghanistan

The official Taliban website has published an article criticising an art project in which 10,000 pink balloons were given away for free in Kabul, saying the event encouraged un-Islamic behaviour.

Happy strikes in Kabul

A customer at Afghanistan's first bowling alley, Strikers, in Kabul.

From outside, it is marked only by a simple sign over the door that reads “Strikers.” Beyond the gate, a covered, sandbagged driveway leads well away from the public road – a precaution against...

First high-ranking Chinese visitor to Kabul since 1966

Beijing China's top security official has made a ''surprise'' four-hour visit to Afghanistan, the first time a member of China's highest ruling body has been there since 1966, the official Xinhua News...

Suicide bomb in Kabul claims civilian lives

Chuck Hagel

A large suicide bomb has exploded near the defence ministry in central Kabul during a visit to the Afghan capital by new US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Australian troops ruled out of guarding embassy staff in Kabul

Dylan Welch Australia has awarded a $20 million two-year contract guarding diplomats in Kabul to a private security company owned by a special forces soldier turned British lord and that once hired a former...

Kabul safer than London, says top NATO official

LONDON: NATO's top civilian representative in Afghanistan has claimed that Kabul is safer for children than London, Glasgow or New York.

Iranian millions to buy influence in Kabul

WASHINGTON: The Afghan President's chief of staff, Umar Daudzai, is alleged to be receiving regular cash payments from Iran, which is trying to expand its influence in the Afghan presidential palace.

Insurgent group in talks with Washington, Kabul

US military

Julian Borger and Declan Walsh ISLAMABAD: Both the Afghan and US governments have recently made contact with the most fearsome insurgent group in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network, according to well-placed Pakistani and Arab...

Karzai's brother made $1m from Dubai deal financed by Kabul Bank

Andrew Higgins DUBAI: The brother of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, made nearly $1 million on a Dubai property deal financed with money from the Kabul Bank, according to a person familiar with the transaction...