Afghan officials come under fire as they distribute money to families of the bereaved
Taliban insurgents opened fire on senior officials, including two brothers of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as they were leaving a memorial service at a village mosque for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier.
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.
Although he was dogged by allegations of corruption, Ahmed Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of Afghanistan's president, Hamid, and head of the Kandahar Provincial Council, was the undisputed power broker in the southern region, the homeland of the Taliban and the focus of recent US-led campaigns to turn the tide against the insurgents. Karzai was shot dead by his long-time friend and head of security, Mohammed Sadar, who was himself killed by security forces.
Shadowy, unaccountable forces accused of human rights abuses
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
The West likes to think of the Taliban as brainwashed fanatics, but their wit and guile in combat – and beyond – is not to be dismissed. And an audacious prison break has proved this beyond doubt, argues Patrick Cockburn
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
UK and US hope to repeat success of strategy that turned tide of war in Iraq
As troops step up their attack on the militants' Kandahar heartland, Julius Cavendish meets the ordinary people caught on the frontline
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