Fears rise as Afghan boomtowns at risk

Bagram district suffers after Allied investment evaporates

Deranged killers who pose as terrorists

The disturbed and the deluded swell the ranks of the black-clad army, writes Gautam Malkani

Afghan presidential rivals sign unity deal

Power-sharing pact after both candidates claim win

Taliban surge threatens Afghan stability

Local forces under attack from insurgents across the country

US general shot dead in Afghan attack

Major general is most senior US officer killed in 13-year war

Afghan rivals agree to full recount

Kerry brokers agreement between feuding presidential candidates

Afghan election dispute mounts

Abdullah denounces rival’s poll lead as fraudulent

Afghan official quits over poll allegations

Candidate threatening to derail presidential vote

Afghan election candidate calls foul

Former foreign minister claims poll rigged

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Pakistan’s Shia fear rise of Sunni attacks

Threat of Sunni extremism heightens anxiety for Shia

Pakistan launches new Taliban offensive

Campaign follows failed peace initiative

Pakistan military attack militants

Airstrikes kill ‘up to 100’ say intelligence officials

Afghans ignore Taliban threats to vote

Election is test of democratic ambitions

Obama finds peril in Taliban dealings

Sgt Bergdahl’s release highlights messy business of ending a war

Prisoner swap reveals Guantánamo dilemma

Obama’s pledge to close prison is proving politically costly

Republicans attack Taliban prisoner swap

Release of soldier could embolden terrorists, warn critics

Obama visits US troops in Afghanistan

US president’s trip is first in two years

Afghanistan: The Russians are returning

The Russians are boosting the Afghan economy while the people are heading for the polls

Afghan landslide rescue focus on displaced

Wealthy Afghans seek bolt-holes abroad

Turkish property seen as insurance against insecurity