'Civilians killed in mortar attack' in Afghanistan

Police officials say women and children among victims of incident in Faryab province, where violence is on the rise.

'Mortar attack kills 13 civilians' in Faryab province


Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan

Civilians were released after negotiations between Taliban and tribal elders but an unknown number still held hostage.

Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan


Afghan official: Taliban, ISIL coordinated on attack

Joint operation by armed groups led to 'massacre' of more than 50 civilians in northern province, local official says.

Officials: Taliban, ISIL coordinated Sar-e Pul attack


Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan clash: reports

Local media say more than 40 fighters dead after clashes lasting 12 hours in Gereshk district in Helmand province.

'Taliban fighters killed' in Helmand gun battle


Suicide attack hits NATO convoy in Kandahar

Two US soldiers confirmed dead as suicide bomber rams vehicle filled with explosives into convoy of foreign forces.

Inside Story

Can the US defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Security is worsening as the Taliban continue to wield control on large parts of the South Asian country.


Taliban official: Qatar plays major role in peace talks

Comments come as email leak suggests Emirati FM was disappointed US chose Doha over Abu Dhabi to host group's office.


UAE 'lobbied US officials' to host Taliban office

Leaked emails show Emirati diplomats calling on US to choose Abu Dhabi over Doha for Afghan group's unofficial embassy.


Afghan forces advance, killing '59 Taliban fighters'

Afghan forces recapture Ghor's Taywara district after clashes left 59 Taliban fighters dead and dozens injured.

Afghan forces capture Taywara district from Taliban


At least 26 soldiers dead as Taliban storms Afghan base

Attack on military base in Kandahar also injures 13 troops, defence ministry says, as armed group extends offensive.

Soldiers killed as Taliban storms Kandahar base


Taliban captures two Afghan districts

Taywara and Kohistan were overrun by the Taliban after days of clashes with security forces.

Taliban fighters attack police, capturing two districts


Errant US air raid kills Afghan police

Officials say 16 dead in strike confirmed by US military as having killed 'friendly Afghan forces in a compound'.

US air raid kills Afghan police in Helmand


Afghan police officers killed in Taliban attack

Officials say five attackers were also killed after they stormed a police building in the eastern city of Gardez.

Middle East

Qatar hosted Taliban 'at request of US government'

Qatari FM envoy on counterterrorism says Qatar 'was facilitating talks between the US, Taliban and Afghans'.


Anti-government rally at Kabul bomb site turns deadly

Police fire into the air as stone-throwing protesters demand better security in wake of huge blast that killed dozens.

Protesters clash with police near Kabul bombing site