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Women candidates face 'small-scale war' in Afghan election

12:19am BST

KABUL More female candidates than ever are set to contest Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary election, braving violence and opposition from social conservatives in a campaign seen as a test of the war-torn nation's democratic institutions.

Forced to fight as soldiers and taking casualties, Afghan police demand reforms

17 Sep 2018

GHAZNI, Afghanistan/KABUL Afghanistan's poorly armed and underpaid police are usually on the frontlines against Taliban militants and they lost 90 men defending the strategic city of Ghazni last month, underlining chronic weaknesses that are likely to face further tests.

Rows, resignations underscore Afghanistan's security crisis

02 Sep 2018

KABUL A public row that saw two top security officials trade recriminations live on television has sharply highlighted the divisions undermining Afghanistan's Western-backed government, even as insurgents have stepped up pressure on the battlefield.

Afghanistan's four top security officials resign - government sources

25 Aug 2018

KABUL Afghanistan's ministers of defense and interior, as well as another security chief, quit on Saturday, government sources said, following the resignation of the president's national security adviser earlier in the day.

Afghanistan's four top security officials resign - government sources

25 Aug 2018

KABUL Afghanistan's ministers of defence and interior, as well as another security chief, quit on Saturday, government sources said, following the resignation of the president's national security adviser earlier in the day.

Taliban accepts Russian invitation to talks; Afghan government declines

22 Aug 2018

KABUL The Taliban said on Wednesday it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan, hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend.

Afghan bid to weed out suspect candidates spells more election trouble

22 Aug 2018

KABUL A ban on dozens of Afghan strongmen and lawmakers from running for parliament because of suspected links to illegal armed groups has spurred threats to disrupt a general election already at risk from worsening security.

Taliban reject Afghan ceasefire, kidnap nearly 200 bus passengers

21 Aug 2018

(This August 20 story corrects paragraph 11 to say Taliban commander is based in Afghanistan and not Pakistan.)

Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

20 Aug 2018

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province. | Video

Afghanistan forces beef up defence of flashpoint city

14 Aug 2018

KABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni, where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting. | Video

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