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    1. August 2, 2015

      The aftermath of the shadowy life and death of Mullah Omar

      In late 1994 and much of 1995 I would stand outside the Kandahar residence of Mullah Mohammed Omar, leader of the newly...

    2. August 2, 2015

      Afghan peace talks in doubt after Mullah Omar’s death

      The belated admission by the Afghan Taliban of their elusive leader’s death exposed rifts in the Islamist rebel...

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    1. July 29, 2015

      Afghanistan confirms death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar, the fugitive Afghan Taliban leader not seen in public since the overthrow of his Islamist regime in 2001,...

    2. The Exchange

      July 14, 2015

      Peace talks come at critical time for both Afghan president and Taliban

      They have been five years in the making — with the spilling of much blood and a dozen failed peace initiatives — but...

    3. July 8, 2015

      Afghan talks revive flickering hopes for peace

      Afghanistan’s Taliban rebels met representatives of President Ashraf Ghani’s government in their first official round...

    4. June 29, 2015

      InFrontier takes stake in Afghan pharmacy chain

      A British private equity company has taken a stake in an Afghan pharmacy chain in a deal touted as evidence that the...

    5. June 25, 2015

      It will take silky diplomacy to build China’s new road

      Today it is known as the Karakoram Highway, a twisting road carved high into the mountains along which trucks inch...

    6. The Exchange

      June 22, 2015

      Afghan military crisis is more acute than a car bomb

      The devastating suicide attack on the Afghan parliament in central Kabul on Monday morning that killed at least six...

    7. June 22, 2015

      Taliban attacks Afghanistan parliament and makes gains in north

      KABUL — A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday, killing two and wounding at...

    8. June 5, 2015

      Martyrs, flowers and warrior poets

      The Taliban killed two friends of mine, one with a bomb, one with a bullet. I tried to imagine being with them in...

    9. FT Photo Diary

      May 28, 2015

      Spectators in Kabul

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

    10. The Exchange

      May 22, 2015

      Will widening Taliban offensive target a major Afghan city?

      With international focus on the fall of one city — Ramadi in Iraq — to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the...

    11. 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,...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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