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Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

Afghanistan set to lose billions in aid as IMF withholds payment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has withheld a $70m payment to the Afghan government after rejecting its plan to overhaul a failed bank at the centre of a $900m corruption scandal.

Blast at Kabul military hospital kills at least six

A powerful blast struck Kabul's main military hospital today, killing at least six people and wounding many others, the Defence Ministry said.

Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan, By John Burke and Simon Norfolk

John Burke's photographs of the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880 were among the first ever taken in Afghanistan.

US troops killed in Kabul airport attack

Eight American troops and a US contractor died after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport — the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners, officials said.

Will the opening of a stunning national park attract foreign tourists to Kabul?

Sue Corfield reports on its rocky progress

Taliban sleeper agent attacks Kabul ministry

An alleged Taliban sleeper agent opened fire inside the defence ministry in Kabul yesterday, killing at least two soldiers before being gunned down, in the third deadly breach of security in Afghanistan in less than a week.

Video: Jolie helps refugees in Kabul

The Hollywood actress visits Kabul in her role as the UN's Goodwill Ambassador.

Rodric Braithwaite: Is the USSR's Vietnam to be ours, too?

Our writer on learning from the Soviets in Afghanistan

The Grand Trunk Road, By Tim Smith and Irna Qureshi

The 1,500-mile-long Grand Trunk Road, which runs from Kabul to Calcutta and links the eastern and western regions of South Asia, is one of the area's oldest, longest and certainly most significant highways.

Afghan elite 'plundered $900m' from leading bank

Business is on brink of collapse after its funds were treated 'like personal accounts'

Bright symbol of renewed hope tarnished by a greedy, corrupt elite

Banks were meant to be the symbol of the new Afghanistan. For the bright-eyed nation-builders, they represented the arrival of capitalism in the Hindu Kush. The emergence of a nascent banking system was seen as one of the finest achievements in the international community's attempts to rebuild Afghanistan after decades of war. The country had a private sector; and it was working.

Suicide bomber kills nine in Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a supermarket two hundred metres from the British ambassador’s residence in Kabul yesterday, killing nine people including a child and four Filipinos, officials and witnesses said.

Eight killed in Kabul supermarket blast

A suicide bomber killed eight people, including five foreigners, inside a high-end grocery store on Friday in the heart of a heavily guarded district of the Afghan capital that's home to many diplomats and Westerners.

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