US soldier is believed to have suffered traumatic brain injury and had problems at home
The massacre of 16 villagers by a US soldier has triggered angry calls for an immediate American exit from Afghanistan as Washington tries to negotiate a long-term presence to keep the country from sliding into chaos again.
Nine children among 16 dead after US serviceman attacks villagers
David Cameron flew into Afghanistan today to pay a pre-Christmas visit to troops - but his plans were left in tatters by bad weather.
President Hamid Karzai buried his brother in a shrine at their ancestral home of Karz yesterday, leading an outpouring of grief for one of the country's most controversial politicians.
Politician was vital to Hamid Karzai's fight against Taliban
What Afghan President's brother said over lunch just eight months before his assassination
A brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and one of the most powerful men in southern Afghanistan was shot dead at his home today, apparently by a senior and highly trusted bodyguard, officials said.
Nato and Afghan security forces trying desperately to round up at least 475 escaped Taliban prisoners who broke out of a Kandahar jail were forced to resort to the most primitive detection methods yesterday: searching for suspects with bare feet.
Remarkable escape from 'high-security' jail in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle packed with explosives has rammed into a car carrying the deputy governor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, killing him and wounding three of his bodyguards.
'Embedding' journalists is now the standard method for reporting conflicts. But, argues Patrick Cockburn, what makes a good story might not be the right story
The final and critical phase of the offensive to clear Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban, began yesterday with hundreds of troops carrying out an air assault on the main insurgent base in the region.
If you believe his critics, Ahmed Wali Karzai is a corrupt gangster who has allowed the Taliban to flourish but remains untouchable because he is the President's brother. But, in a rare interview, he tells Kim Sengupta that his hands are clean
Sophisticated roadside bombs greet troops on first day of fight for control of insurgents' birthplace, writes Kim Sengupta in Malajat
Control of Kandahar is key to withdrawal from Afghanistan. But the coming US offensive there will be a bloody one, writes Kim Sengupta