The decline of Afghanistan's Hindu and Sikh communities

"I am an Afghan first... But if our life is under threat, if our families are faced with risks, we have to leave."


Afghanistan upset over exclusion from security talks

Russia, China and Pakistan meet in Moscow to discuss "growing ISIL threat" in Afghanistan - the third in a series.


US supports probe into Afghan VP over alleged assault

State Department backs Afghanistan's investigation into accusations of torture and sex abuse by Abdul Rashid Dostum.


Canada urges Taliban to free couple held for four years

In an online video, Canadian man and his US wife plead to their governments to secure their release in Afghanistan.

Women's Rights

Gunmen kill five female airport workers in Afghanistan

Women who searched female passengers had received death threats from those who disapproved of them having careers.


Germany deports rejected Afghan asylum seekers

More than 30 arrive back in Kabul as part of EU-Afghan repatriation deal, with thousands more due to be returned.


Afghan returnee girls at risk of early marriage: Report

Survey by Save the Children indicates Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan are also vulnerable to forced labour.


US military chief offers assurances to Afghan leaders

More than 2,200 US troops have been killed and hundreds of billions of dollars spent since the US-led invasion in 2001.


Afghan Taliban hang university student in public

Kabul Polytechnic university student was accused by the group of killing a senior Taliban official.


Russia and Pakistan slowly move towards an embrace

Or, how Russia got a warm-water port without firing a shot.

by Ahmed Rashid


Taliban offer 'security' for copper, gas projects

Armed group behind much of the violence over the past 15 years, frightening off investors despite its vast resources.


Pakistan's new army chief takes command

Qamar Javed Bajwa takes control of army as tensions escalate with arch-rival India and Afghanistan.

Human Rights

A hard winter: Afghan refugees return from Pakistan

Two million more refugees are expected to return to a country mired in violence and braced for a bitter winter.


Dozens dead after suicide strike on Kabul mosque

ISIL claims suicide attack inside Baqir-ul-uloom mosque as Shia Muslims mark Arbaeen period.

Human Rights

US rejects ICC probe into war crimes in Afghanistan

International Criminal Court prosecutors say the US may have tortured at least 88 people at a number of sites.