Human Rights

'We want freedom': Detained Afghan refugees' plea

More than 150 refugees from Afghanistan have been locked up in a detention centre in Indonesia.


Honey money: Afghanistan's teen bee-businesswoman

For a teenage Afghan woman, Frozan, the honey business is booming and demand is still said to be increasing.


Pakistan calls on Afghan Taliban to join peace talks

Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi urges Taliban to avail the Afghan government's latest offer of direct talks without delay.

Pakistan calls on Afghan Taliban to join peace process


Pakistan PM set for Afghan trip to mend frayed ties

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is set to hold talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul to repair relations.

Pakistan PM Abbasi set to visit Afghanistan to 'reduce mistrust'


Kunduz madrassa attack: Losing the moral high ground

The rising number of civilian casualties erode Afghan government's moral high ground in its fight against the Taliban.

Thomas Ruttig

by Thomas Ruttig

Thomas Ruttig


Victims' kin demand accountability over Afghan air raid

Family members reject defence ministry claims that no civilians were killed in Kunduz attack targeting Taliban fighters.

Victims' relatives demand accountability over Kunduz air raids


Afghan air attack 'kills children' at religious school

Witnesses describe 'devastating' scene after Afghan military raid hits gathering at a madrasa in the northern province.

Afghan air attack 'kills children' at Kunduz religious school


Afghan 'civilians killed' in attack on religious school

Several casualties as religious school in Taliban stronghold attacked by Afghan forces, officials and witnesses say.

Afghanistan: 'Civilians killed' in attack on Kunduz madrassa


Afghans end hunger strike after Ulema intervention

Lashkar Gah residents started the hunger strike in a desperate call for peace between the government and the Taliban.

Afghanistan: Hunger strike ends after Ulema Council intervenes


'Enough of war': Why Afghans are on hunger strike

Dozens of Afghans set up tents demanding an end to the war after a car bomb killed more than 20 in Lashkar Gah.

'Enough of war': Why Afghans are hunger striking in Lashkar Gah

War & Conflict

Taliban 'laughed' at US claims of Russia arming group

Representatives of Russia and the Taliban scoffed at the US allegations during their conversations, says Russian envoy.

Russia, Taliban 'laughed' at US claims of Moscow arming fighters


Tashkent holds peace summit on Afghanistan

The two-day conference in Uzbekistan is part of efforts to encourage the Afghan government and the Taliban to engage in peace talks.


US, UAE 'missed' chance to capture Taliban leader

Akhtar Mansoor visited Dubai to fundraise months before his assassination in 2016, Washington Post reports.

US, UAE missed chance to capture Taliban leader: Post


Afghanistan faces severe clean water shortage

The Hindu Kush mountain range, which has long been Afghanistan's main source of water, is under threat due to the rapid melting of glaciers.


Deadly blast hits Herat mosque

At least one reported dead and several wounded in suicide attack on Shia mosque in PD 7 in western city of Herat.

Afghanistan: Blast hits Shia mosque in Herat