Afghanistan

Rare Eid of 'calm and peace' as Taliban, government truce holds

Afghans express joy as they celebrate end of Ramadan, but fears over ISIL violence simmer.

Rare Eid of 'calm and peace' as Taliban, government truce holds

Pakistan Taliban

Afghanistan: Pakistan Taliban leader killed in attack

Afghan defence ministry says Mullah Fazlullah, leader of Pakistan's Taliban, died in attack in northeastern Kunar.

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah 'killed in drone attack'

Asia

Taliban kill Afghan district governor despite truce

Intense clashes reported between Afghan security forces and the Taliban despite the start of a government ceasefire.

Taliban kill Afghan district governor despite truce

Afghanistan

UN urges Taliban to observe Afghan ceasefire 'in full'

Afghan ceasefire comes after government told security forces to halt operations against the Taliban until June 20.

UNSC urges Taliban to reciprocate government ceasefire 'in full'

Asia

Afghans march hundreds of kilometres for peace

It started as a group of nine men. Now dozens have joined and are walking 700km - from Helmand to Kabul - while fasting to call for an end to decades of devastating war and violence.

Afghanistan

Twelve killed in suicide bombing at Afghan ministry

More than 30 wounded in attack at the entrance of a government building in the west of Kabul, an official said.

Afghanistan: At least twelve killed in Kabul suicide blast

War & Conflict

Afghanistan hit by deadly attacks amid Eid ceasefire

At least 19 people, including 10 Taliban fighters, killed in separate incidents days after ceasefire deal was announced.

Spate of deadly attacks hit Afghanistan amid Eid ceasefire

Opinion

What is behind the Eid ceasefire with the Taliban?

The crisis in Afghanistan is deepening and President Ashraf Ghani needs to engage the Taliban.

Ahmed Rashid

by Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid

Education

Afghanistan: Where has the aid money gone?

Despite billions of dollars being poured into girls' education in Afghanistan, conditions at schools remain rudimentary.

Where's the aid money gone? Afghan girls' struggle for education

Taliban

Afghan Taliban announces Eid ceasefire for first time since 2001

Surprise ceasefire comes after the government told security forces to halt operations against the Taliban until June 20.

Afghan Taliban announces Eid ceasefire for first time since 2001

101 East

Afghanistan: School Scandal

Why are so few Afghan girls in school, despite the international community investing billions into girls' education?

Afghanistan

Afghan president announces ceasefire with Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani tells security forces to cease operations against the armed group until June 20.

Afghan president announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban

Asia

Afghanistan's ceasefire with Taliban: 'Are we safe now?'

As President Ghani announced a temporary ceasefire with Taliban fighters, Afghans fear security will deteriorate.

Afghanistan's ceasefire with Taliban: 'Are we safe now?'

Human Rights

Afghanistan: Who controls what

More than a decade after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the armed group is still active across Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Who controls what

Asia

Kabul religious gathering hit by deadly suicide bombing

Suicide attacker detonated his explosives near a tent where Muslim scholars had gathered to discuss peace efforts.

Kabul religious gathering hit by deadly suicide bombing