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Soldiers from the US 234th Infantry Division. The Pentagon report suggests that any large-scale withdrawal should be delayed until 2014

US warns mass withdrawal would be a disaster

Any large-scale withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan would help the enemy and undermine gains, according to a confidential US military report. The drawdown should instead, the report says, be avoided until as late as possible before the 2014 deadline for an end of the combat operations. The blunt assessment comes as Barack Obama and David Cameron face intense pressure to bring troops home as quickly as possible from the war.

People flee in fear from the explosion in Kabul yesterday which left scenes of carnage and death, after a suicide bomber targeted a Shia shrine, killing 55 worshippers and injuring 134

New fears of sectarian strife after Kabul blast

Suicide attack at Shia shrine on holy day is blamed on Taliban and Pakistan

Billions in aid must not be squandered, Kabul is told

Afghanistan's international backers confirmed yesterday that they will continue providing support after Western forces pull out in three years time. But there were strong warnings to the Kabul government that the billions of dollars given in aid must not be squandered through corruption and malpractice.

Eye surgeon devoted 30 years to patients in poverty

Tom Little, one of 10 people killed by militants in northern Afghanistan, had spent more than 30 years working in the country, often in harsh and remote areas.

Taliban say they will not be attending Kabul peace talks

Taliban rebels have vowed to boycott a conference called by President Hamid Karzai to try to secure an end to fighting nearly a decade after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Afghan poll delayed due to 'lack of funds'

Western backers support postponement of parliamentary election

UN diplomat accused of plot to discredit Karzai

American denies claim and highlights the West's failure to confront fraud in Afghan elections

Leading article: The Afghan strategy is finally beginning to shift

The West is looking to create the conditions that will allow withdrawal

Karzai inaugurated – but where were the crowds?

Rejoicing is in short supply in the Afghan capital as the President's second term begins

Karzai sworn in as Afghan leader

Veteran Afghan leader Hamid Karzai was sworn in as president today, pledging to fight graft and take control of his country's security before his five-year term ends, after a fraud-marred election left his image in ruins.

Peter Galbraith: The UN is losing credibility by keeping Karzai in power

The election fraud in Afghanistan which has brought President Hamid Karzai back for a second term next week has not only shaken the confidence of Nato governments in the whole project. Its mishandling has also undermined the UN's credibility in that country and may well define Ban Ki-Moon's tenure as UN Secretary-General.

Dominic Lawson: The only options are to double up in Afghanistan or leave

At a risk of sounding callous, the number of casualties is actually small for a war

Brown: We must not walk away from Afghanistan

Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended Britain's military mission in Afghanistan today, insisting "we cannot, must not and will not walk away".

Key events in UK's Afghanistan campaign

This is a timeline of key events in the UK's military involvement in Afghanistan.

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