Abdullah extends lead in Afghan poll

Run-off fears grow as ex-foreign minister looks unlikely to secure 50% of votes

MoD put troops at ‘unnecessary risk’

Commanders ‘complacent’ ahead of 2012 Camp Bastion attack

Vote count in Afghan poll signals run-off

Abdullah and Ghani emerge as presidential favourites

Ghani sports swagger after Afghan poll

Former World Bank official confident

Afghans brave fear of violence to cast their votes

Kabul urged to allow foreign force to stay

Nato commander plays down anxieties on troop pullout

Afghans brave fear of violence to cast their votes

Safety fears keep one in ten polling stations closed in historic presidential election

Afghan voters struggle to make their mark

Failure to cope with enthusiasm adds to poll woes

Afghanistan: Into the unknown

The country is entering a new era but many Afghans fear renewed violence and foreign interference

US could be big loser at Afghan elections

Legitimacy of new government threatened by fraud

Afghans prepare to vote in troubled poll

Michael Peel reports from Afghanistan

Abdullah seeks to tap Afghan poll passion

Former minister angry about alleged fraud in 2009

Taliban gunmen storm Kabul guest house

Attack comes eight days before Afghanistan’s presidential poll

Afghan vice-president dies ahead of poll

Mohammad Qasim Fahim, former warlord, died of natural causes

The Saudis and Pakistan’s shift on Syria

Islamabad’s move to back the rebels will have serious consequences, writes Ahmed Rashid

US prepares for full exit from Afghanistan

Afghan civilian deaths rise steeply

UN report says casualties rose 14 per cent in 2013

The ‘stans’ must unite against jihadism

The west should also work to prevent disaster, writes Ahmed Rashid

Al-Qaeda: on the march

Terror affiliates are active in more countries than ever

Kabul blast shows reach of Afghan war