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

Taliban to decide soon on talks offer

As President Karzai awaits response, militants launch attack in capital of Helmand

We must turn the tide against Taliban, says Gordon Brown

Nato has to "turn the tide" against the Taliban by next year, Gordon Brown insisted today as he warned of more bloodshed to come.

Karzai forecasts 15-year role for UK

British troops could remain in Afghanistan for at least 15 years to shore up domestic security, the country's president said today.

Karzai under fire for reappointing ex-warlord

President Hamid Karzai's granting of a top military job to an ex-militia chief who has been accused of human rights abuses was a blow to justice and efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban, according to an Afghan rights watchdog.

Six more Western troops die as surge increases casualties

But poll shows rise in Afghans' support for foreign forces and military build-up

No break for Afghan MPs until they agree new cabinet

Karzai forced to act after Afghan parliament rejects two thirds of his nominations

Eight die in Kabul suicide attack

A devastating suicide bomb tore through Kabul's diplomatic quarter yesterday, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on a former vice-president in Hamid Karzai's government.

'Corrupt' Mayor of Kabul sentenced

A court has sentenced the Afghan capital's Mayor, Mir Abdul Ahad Sahebi, above, to four years in jail for corruption and ordered him to return £9,800 of public money which it said he had "wasted" in awarding a contract without following proper procedures.

Hopes raised for extra Afghanistan troops

The deployment of 500 extra British troops to Afghanistan came a step closer today when Gordon Brown declared himself "optimistic" of securing 5,000 reinforcements from other allies.

Corruption investigation targets Afghan ministers

Three Afghan cabinet ministers and 12 former ministers are under investigation for alleged corruption, the attorney-general's office said yesterday, announcing cases that could signal whether the government is serious about fighting graft in its ranks.

Sam Zarifi: If Afghanistan fails, who will pay the price?

Debate about the risks faced by the international community in supporting President Hamid Karzai’s “corrupt” Afghan government regularly omits the people that matter most: Afghans.

Mark Steel: Brown can't even stick to his own nonsense on Afghanistan

As with Iraq, the reasons for staying are sliding slowly into gibberish

Miliband: Taliban must join Afghan parliament

Foreign Secretary tells Nato peace will only come with inclusive administration

Karzai told to talk with the Taliban

The British Government has suggested that the government of Hamid Karzai should talk to the Taliban leadership, the so-called "Quetta Shura", in an attempt to bring insurgents into the political process.

US indecision annoys British Government

British ministers and military chiefs fear that wrangling in the US over the deployment of extra troops risks undermining support for the war in Britain. They are irritated and angry over the delay in obtaining a decision amid signs that President Obama's administration is deeply split over the issue.

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