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  1. September 30, 2014

    US and Afghanistan sign security deal

    The new government in Afghanistan signed security pacts with both the US and Nato on Tuesday which will allow around 12,000...

  2. September 29, 2014

    Ghani succeeds Karzai as Afghan president

    Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Monday, replacing Hamid Karzai in a ceremony that...

  1. The A-List

    August 18, 2014

    Iraq's new leader will fail without western support

    What is it about political leaders installed by America in third world countries? It seems they never want to leave office....

  2. August 7, 2014

    Taliban’s summer surge threatens Afghanistan’s stability

    As politicians in Kabul wrangle over the result of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election, Taliban forces have used...

  3. July 13, 2014

    Afghan presidential rivals agree to full recount of vote

    Afghanistan has stepped back from an escalating crisis over its disputed election as the two rivals for the presidency...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    July 8, 2014

    Karzai's portrait comes down

    Omar Sobhani/Reuters Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan...

  5. June 14, 2014

    Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test

    KABUL, June 14 – Polls closed in Afghanistan on Saturday after a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President...

  6. April 14, 2014

    Vote count hints at run-off in Afghan presidential poll

    Afghanistan’s presidential election was hardening into a two horse race on Monday, after two of the three former senior...

  7. April 4, 2014

    Discord grows as voters struggle to make their mark in Afghan poll

    Afghanistan prepares to vote Mohammed Reza went to register this week for Afghanistan’s historic presidential election – but...

  8. April 3, 2014

    Afghanistan: Into the unknown

    The spring blossoms beginning to flourish beneath the snow-capped peaks flanking the Panjshir valley in Afghanistan cannot...

  9. April 2, 2014

    US could be big loser from Afghan elections

    After 13 years of war, more than 2,000 casualties and hundreds of billions of dollars, it is not too much of an exaggeration...

  10. FT Photo Diary

    April 1, 2014

    Playing in Herat

    Behrouz Mehri/AFP Afghan children play in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat. Presidential candidates have been...

  11. March 28, 2014

    Taliban gunmen storm guest house in upmarket Kabul

    Militants stormed a guest house in the Afghanistan capital Kabul on Friday, trapping six foreign nationals in an attack...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    March 24, 2014

    'Ballot not Bullet'

    Anja Niedringhaus/AP School children pass a graffiti reading “ballot not bullet” on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern...

  13. March 9, 2014

    Afghan vice-president dies ahead of poll

    KABUL – Afghanistan's vice-president, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, died of natural causes on Sunday, only weeks before the...

  14. FT Photo Diary

    March 4, 2014

    Patrols in Kuchi village

    Scott Olson/Getty SPC Alfredo Vigil II from Woodlake, California with the U.S. Army’s 4th squadron 2d Cavalry Regiment...

  15. The World

    February 26, 2014

    Cut and run in Afghanistan?

    Is America really prepared to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan at the end of the year? Even the European nations...

  16. February 25, 2014

    US prepares for full withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to prepare for a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the...

  17. February 8, 2014

    Afghan civilian deaths rise steeply

    War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan's civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and...

  18. January 19, 2014

    Kabul terror attack demonstrates reach of Afghan war

    A deadly Taliban suicide attack on a restaurant frequented by foreigners in central Kabul has shown that even large cities...

  19. January 18, 2014

    IMF, UN officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    (Reuters) - A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital, killing...

  20. FT Alphaville

    December 4, 2013

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Bullard on the gap between policy makers and academics. - Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell...

  21. November 26, 2013

    Afghanistan seeks new conditions in US security deal

    KABUL/WASHINGTON, November 26 – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the US, the...

  22. November 22, 2013

    US faces fresh roadblock to Afghan exit

    A plan by Pakistani protesters to block Nato’s main supply route for Afghanistan – in protest at continued US drone strikes...

  23. FT Photo Diary

    November 21, 2013

    Gathering of Afghan elders

    Rahmat Gul/AP Members of the Afghan Loya Jirga attend a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai has told a...

  24. The World

    November 20, 2013

    Smart reads November 20, 2013

    By Luisa Frey ♦ Women are leading the revolution in Chile, writes the FT’s Benedict Mander. Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn...

  25. FT Photo Diary

    October 23, 2013

    Former Taliban militants surrender weapons

    Jalil Rezayee/EPA Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under...

  26. October 6, 2013

    Warlords and politicians vie to lead Afghanistan

    Afghanistan presidential election A slew of senior politicians signed up on Sunday as candidates for Afghanistan’s...

  27. August 8, 2013

    Out of sight, out of mind – a rotten way to quit a war

    Whatever happened to the war? You know the one. The west has been fighting it for a decade. The costs run to a trillion...

  28. June 25, 2013

    Taliban attacks Afghan presidential palace

    KABUL, June 25 – Afghan forces put down an early morning attack by Taliban insurgents on the presidential palace and nearby...

  29. June 20, 2013

    US welcomes Qatar’s move to take down Taliban sign

    NEW YORK – The US on Thursday welcomed Qatar’s decision to take down a sign that cast the Taliban’s new office in Doha as a...

  30. June 19, 2013

    Karzai withdrawal from Afghan peace talks leaves tough road ahead

    The latest effort to revive Afghanistan peace talks met an obstacle on Wednesday when the Afghan government said it would no...

  31. June 18, 2013

    Afghanistan to hold talks with Taliban in Qatar

    Afghanistan will hold peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday, a decision the White...

  32. May 22, 2013

    ‘Exhausted’ Karzai insists he will retire

    Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, on Wednesday said he was exhausted and had no intention of flouting the constitution...

  33. beyondbrics

    April 30, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Bolivia court clears Evo Morales’ bid to run for third term * India’s opposition hits out over border dispute with China *...

  34. April 30, 2013

    Karzai admits CIA sent cash to Afghan intelligence agency

    President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that Afghanistan’s intelligence agency had received payments from the US for the past...

  35. March 20, 2013

    US forces to quit Afghanistan’s Wardak

    After weeks of lambasting the US for its wilfulness in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai reached an agreement with...

  36. March 12, 2013

    Afghanistan helicopter crash kills five

    KABUL, March 12 – A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan killed five members of the Nato-led International Security...

  37. March 11, 2013

    Seven killed in Afghan ‘insider attack’

    An Afghan police officer opened fire on Monday on a gathering of Americans and Afghans in eastern Afghanistan, killing at...

  38. March 10, 2013

    Karzai accuses US of Taliban link

    KABUL – Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the US...

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