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'

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

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

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

War & Conflict

Taliban reject US commander's statement on dialogue

Taliban 'categorically reject' a statement by a US general about 'off stage' dialogue between Kabul and armed group.

Taliban 'categorically reject' claim of dialogue with Kabul

Inside Story

Will Pakistan flush out armed groups in 'lawless' region?

Pakistan National Assembly votes to merge province on border with Afghanistan with tribal areas.

Asia

Taliban launches attacks in Ghazni, 14 policemen killed

Taliban fighters storm checkpoints in Dih Yak and Jaghatu districts setting off deadly battles with security forces.

Afghanistan: Policemen killed in deadly Taliban attacks in Ghazni

Inside Story

Can the Taliban be defeated?

The group recently resumed its spring offensive, with multiple attacks and bombings.

Can the Taliban be defeated?

Afghanistan

Farah 'getting back to normal' but scars of heavy fighting remain

Hundreds of schools closed in the western Farah province as Taliban attacks continue across the country.

Taliban

Taliban vows to spare those who leave 'enemy ranks'

Armed group says US, foreign allies remain targets and will stop attacking Afghan forces who will leave their ranks.

Taliban pledge not to target army, police who leave 'enemy ranks'

Reporter's Notebook

My week with Trump's top general in Afghanistan

Sue Turton returns to Afghanistan to shadow US General Nicholson as he pursues the Trump administration's new counter-insurgency strategy in the war-torn country.