Fierce fight for Helmand as Afghan Taliban gains ground

District falls to Taliban a day after Helmand's deputy governor warned president of losing the key province.


Political stalemate driving Afghans mad

A hundred days after Ashraf Ghani took office, a cabinet has yet to be formed and many people are growing impatient.

War & Conflict

Is Afghanistan ready for the drawdown?

The Afghan government has little time to prepare itself for the upcoming fighting season.

by Haroun Mir


Afghan leaders seek support at UK conference

London meeting provides platform for President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah to outline their reform plans.


Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghan president

Former finance minister succeeds Hamid Karzai after a three-month standoff over disputed election results.


Profile: Abdullah Abdullah

Former foreign minister agrees to share power with rival Ashraf Ghani who has been sworn in as new president.

War & Conflict

Taliban launch attack in Afghanistan's Paktia

Suicide attack on local government headquarters leaves 12 dead, as Ashraf Ghani is sworn in as new president.


Profile: Ashraf Ghani

Ghani, a career academic and economist and ex-finance minister in Hamid Karzai government, named new Afghan president.


Blast rocks Kabul diplomatic area

Explosion near presidential palace injures one person, a day before inauguration of Afghan president-elect Ashraf Ghani.


Is this the death of democracy in Afghanistan?

The unity deal is widely seen as a setback in the war-battered country's process of democratisation.

by Helena Malikyar


New Afghan president hails election deal

Ashraf Ghani calls power sharing pact with rival Abdullah Abdullah a "big victory" for Afghan nation.


Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan poll

Election commission declares former finance minister winner of presidential poll after months of political stalemate.


Afghan presidential rivals sign unity deal

Power-sharing agreement between rival candidates ends months of crisis after disputed presidential polls in June.