Asia

Afghan soldiers die in Taliban raid on army base

Assault on Shah Wali Kot base marks third major Taliban attack in one week on the military in Kandahar province.

Deadly Taliban raid hits Kandahar's Shah Wali Kot

NATO

Troop surge in Afghanistan 'like adding wood on fire'

NATO set to discuss sending more soldiers to Afghanistan, but many in Kabul fear such a move could prolong war.

Asia

Clashes in Afghanistan kill police, Taliban fighters

At least 20 officers, dozens of fighters dead in violence sweeping southern Shah Joi district, with many also wounded.

Twenty policemen, dozens of Taliban killed in Shah Joi

Asia

Roadside bomb kills 11 members of Afghan family

No group has so far claimed responsibility but authorities in Logar province blamed the Taliban for the killings.

Roadside bomb kills 11 members of Afghan family

Asia

Afghan forces regain control of Taliban-held district

Security forces in Kunduz province recapture Qala-e-Zal, overrun by Taliban last week as part of their spring offensive.

Forces make gains in Taliban-held area of Kunduz

Afghanistan

Germany not 'first in line' to boost Afghanistan troops

Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments come as NATO considers increased presence in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

Afghanistan

NATO chief, Merkel to discuss Afghan troop increase

NATO's Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the German chancellor to discuss proposal to send more troops to Afghanistan.

NATO chief, Merkel to discuss Afghan troop increase

War & Conflict

US considers 'boosting troop presence' in Afghanistan

Recommendation is made after broad review and comes while NATO asks UK for more troops as well, reports say.

US considers 'boosting troop presence' in Afghanistan

Inside Story

Can the Taliban in Afghanistan be defeated?

The armed group's spring offensive is under way, and it is gaining ground.

Taliban

Afghan Taliban captures key district in Kunduz

Fighters reportedly kill a number of Afghan soldiers in northern province, a week after launching 'spring offensive'.

Taliban captures Qala-e-Zal district in Kunduz province

Asia

Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after 20 years in hiding

Hezb-i-Islami leader calls for peace with Taliban fighters and says the Western-backed government is 'not working'.

Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after 20 years in hiding

Asia

US soldiers return to Afghanistan's Helmand

First batch of nearly 300-strong Marine Corps contingent arrives in southern Afghan province as part of Trump's policy.

US marines return to Taliban stronghold of Helmand

Asia

Hekmatyar urges Taliban to lay down arms

At first public gathering in 20 years, controversial Afghan leader calls on fighters to come to the negotiating table.

Middle East

US officials in Afghanistan suggest Russia arms Taliban

Top US military officials allude to increasing concerns over Moscow's role in Afghanistan.

Taliban

Top Afghan defence officials resign over attack

Army chief and defence minister forced to step down as country mourns loss of 130 lives in Taliban assault on army base.