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      Spectators in Kabul

      Afghan spectators in Kabul bet money on the sidelines of a quail fight, a popular sport in Afghanistan. Two birds are placed...

    2. The Exchange

      May 22, 2015

      Will widening Taliban offensive target a major Afghan city?

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    1. May 17, 2015

      Car bomb on EU vehicle kills at least 3 in Afghanistan capital

      KABUL, May 17 — A suicide car bomber rammed an EU vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing...

    2. May 6, 2015

      Pakistan economy enjoys run of good news

      Like many public officials in Pakistan, a country on the frontline of the fight against Taliban militants, central bank...

    3. April 23, 2015

      Former CIA chief fined $100,000 over classified breach

      David Petraeus, the retired general and former Central Intelligence Agency head, has been sentenced to two years of...

    4. April 18, 2015

      Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33

      JALALABAD, Afghanistan, April 18 — A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and...

    5. The Exchange

      April 10, 2015

      The mysterious reappearance of the Taliban's Omar

      The Afghan Taliban posted on their website on April 4 an extraordinary 5,000-word biographical essay about their founder and...

    6. April 6, 2015

      Pakistan’s Shia fear Yemen campaign will fuel violence at home

      As Pakistani ministers visited Riyadh last week to discuss a Saudi request for support in the military campaign in Yemen,...

    7. March 30, 2015

      Extremists kill blogger in Bangladesh

      A Bangladeshi blogger who criticised Islamist extremism was hacked to death on Monday by attackers said by police to be...

    8. March 25, 2015

      Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion

      The US military has laid the charge of desertion against a soldier who was held by the Taliban for five years until his...

    9. March 22, 2015

      Xi snub belies growing China-Pakistan ties

      China’s President Xi Jinping will be conspicuous by his absence from a national military parade in Pakistan on Monday, even...

    10. March 15, 2015

      Taliban kill at least 14 in suicide bombings at Pakistan churches

      At least 14 people were killed and up to 80 wounded in the central Pakistan city of Lahore on Sunday, when two churches were...

    11. The Exchange

      March 12, 2015

      The war against Boko Haram

      Last week Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic...

    12. March 11, 2015

      Raid on MQM raises tensions between Pakistan military and politicians

      A paramilitary force run by the Pakistan army raided the headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement political party in...

    13. The Exchange

      March 6, 2015

      Pakistan ousts Afghans even as it fosters talks with Taliban

      Since December, Pakistan has ousted tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, forcing them to return to Afghanistan with barely...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      February 10, 2015

      Car bomb in Kunduz

      Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police...

    15. January 18, 2015

      Pakistan PM orders increase in petrol supplies amid fuel crisis

      Pakistan’s prime minister ordered emergency measures to increase petrol supplies, as the deepening fuel crisis in the south...

    16. January 13, 2015

      US seeks wider Pakistan push against extremists

      US secretary of state John Kerry on Tuesday praised Pakistan’s military operations against Taliban militants while urging a...

    17. January 6, 2015

      Pakistan lawmakers vote on military courts for terror trials

      Pakistan’s parliament moved to amend the country’s constitution to establish military courts for the trial of insurgents, as...

    18. January 2, 2015

      US pullout of Afghanistan leaves Pakistan on edge

      The end of the US combat missions in Afghanistan this week has left Pakistan fearing an Iraq-style breakdown in security...

    19. The A-List

      December 26, 2014

      Remembering Christmas Day in Afghanistan, 1979

      On the morning of December 25, 1979, I was shopping in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Late the previous night there had been garbled...

    20. December 24, 2014

      Pakistan PM calls for new anti-terror force

      Pakistan’s government on Wednesday proposed giving a more central role to the army in fighting militant groups as Nawaz...

    21. December 22, 2014

      Pakistan court halts militants’ executions

      A Pakistani provincial high court on Monday temporarily halted the hangings of five militants who were sentenced to death...

    22. FT Photo Diary

      December 22, 2014

      Female fighter commandos in Pakistan

      Female Pakistani police commandos take part in an exercise at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber...

    23. December 21, 2014

      Pakistan executes four convicted militants

      Pakistan executed four convicted militants on Sunday, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought to show he was getting tough on...

    24. FT Photo Diary

      December 19, 2014

      Remembering the Peshawar schoolchildren

      Pakistani schoolchildren look out the doorway of their school, before a special class about the victims killed in Tuesday’s...

    25. December 18, 2014

      The school massacre in Pakistan shows Taliban cannot be tamed

      On Tuesday Pakistan suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Even as the blood was being scraped from the floor...

    26. December 16, 2014

      School massacre may awaken silent majority

      Taliban kill more than 100 in Pakistan school Anyone who learns of the scores of schoolchildren murdered by Islamist gunmen...

    27. The A-List

      December 16, 2014

      The motives behind the Taliban's brutal attack on schoolchildren in Peshawar

      Early this morning, reports began to come in of a bomb blast in Peshawar — but there was little unusual about that. The...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      December 16, 2014

      Pakistan Army rescue school children

      Pakistani soldiers transport rescued school children from the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar...

    29. December 14, 2014

      $1tn cost of longest US war hastens retreat from military intervention

      Afghan slideshow The Afghanistan war, the longest overseas conflict in American history, has cost the US taxpayer nearly...

    30. December 14, 2014

      Afghanistan: ‘This is not over yet’

      Afghan slideshow On September 12 2001, Abdul Rashid went to the house of a Kabul friend whose living room had become popular...

    31. The A-List

      December 10, 2014

      Isis' reputation exceeds its reach

      In recent weeks, every major terrorist assault around the world has brought with it questions about the possible involvement...

    32. December 5, 2014

      ‘The Billion Pound Base’, Channel 4

      A town the size of Reading with an infrastructure including an airport the size of Gatwick, a hospital, fast food outlets...

    33. December 5, 2014

      ‘The Good War’, by Jack Fairweather

      For Nato and the west, Afghanistan was supposed to be the “good war”, a label that suggested a clear and noble purpose and...

    34. November 27, 2014

      Kajaki: The True Story – film review

      “Wounded in inaction” is not a phrase you expect to read in a war report. But that is what happened – essentially – to a...

    35. November 27, 2014

      Bomb blast hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul

      Britain has condemned an attack on a UK embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday in which five people died. A British security...

    36. November 23, 2014

      Suicide bomber targets Afghan volleyball game

      Gardez, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber killed 45 people at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, a provincial...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      November 20, 2014

      Green Village guards Kabul

      Marai Shah/AFP/Getty Images Afghan security force keeps watch as they block a road at the site of suicide car bomb at the...

    38. The A-List

      November 17, 2014

      Can China bring peace to south Asia?

      During the past two months, the leaders of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have met with China’s powerful president Xi...

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