News Afghan children play cricket on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, near to Alinghar, Laghman where the cricket players were shot by a gunman.

Authorities say the gunman rode on a motorbike and shot the group of men

Critics will argue that the decision to extend the tour will put troops in additional danger

MoD confirms longer tours as troops move towards Afghanistan exit

British troops are going to have their tours in Afghanistan lengthened by half while the exit strategy from the 12-year-old war is underway, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today.

A US helicopter flies over Afghanistan

Nato forces 'kill two children in Afghanistan'

The latest in a string of civilian deaths causing friction with the Afghan leadership

US troops forced out of Afghan province by abuse claims

US special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts will withdraw from a strategic eastern province after complaints that they were involved in human rights abuses.

Afghan policeman kills two US troops in firefight in Wardak province

A police officer opened fire on US and Afghan forces at a police headquarters, leading to a firefight that killed two US troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shoot-out.

Hamid Karzai: The Afghan President announced move amid torture claims

Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has ordered American special forces to leave a province of Afghanistan within two weeks, amid allegations that locals working on behalf of the foreign troops have committed acts of torture.

Hungarian President Janos Ader, second right, looks at guards of honor with Afghan President Hamid Karzai after his arrival at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan

Karzai welcomes Hungarian aid as he waits for the big thaw

President Hamid Karzai extended Hungary's President, Janos Ader, a warm welcome yesterday despite the snow storm that was swirling around Kabul. After meeting the Afghan leader, President Ader offered Hungary's co-operation in a number of fields, including exploiting the war-torn country's vast mineral wealth.

Scores killed in Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack during Eid al-Adha

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan today, killing 36 people and wounding at 23, government and hospital officials said.

Miners hope Afghan law change could spark a modern 'gold rush'

Mineral rich, but war-torn Afghanistan is to reform its mining laws in what operators in the country say could spark a "gold rush" in the country.

Diary: We don't need no free school education, Mr Gibb

Ah free schools, David Cameron said last week, "symbolise everything that is good about the revolution that we are bringing to Britain's schools: choice for parents... free schools work and parents and teachers want more of them. So more is what they are going to get".

David Cameron warns Taliban on UK Afghanistan exit

David Cameron today warned the Taliban not to “wait it out” in Afghanistan until troops withdraw in 2014.

Afghan militants 'beheaded troops' says Pakistan

Militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed 13 Pakistani troops, beheading seven of them, the Pakistani military charged, and the country's outraged new prime minister said he would protest to the Afghan president.

Nato restricts air strikes on homes after 18 civilians die in Afghanistan

US-led forces in Afghanistan say they will be limiting air strikes against houses to self-defence for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and children alongside insurgents.

Eight members of a family killed in Afghan airstrike

An airstrike by the US-led Nato coalition has killed eight members of a family in eastern Afghanistan, local authorities have said.

The French president François Hollande (right) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Hollande visits the French troops he's taking home

The French president François Hollande continued his whirlwind introduction to office yesterday with a snap visit to Afghanistan to defend his early withdrawal of French troops.

Arsala Rahmani, senior peace negotiator and former Taliban leader

Rogue Afghan police officers shoot dead two British troops

Latest fatal attack brings the number of UK military killed in the Afghan conflict to 414

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