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As a photojournalist, Kate Brooks was used to documenting war zones. Then she discovered a new kind of genocide – the killing of Africa’s elephants

Turban bomb kills Kandahar mayor – and leaves Karzai bereft of allies

As Nato prepares to pull out, the Taliban is positioning itself to step into the vacuum

Mayor of Kandahar killed in bomb blast

The mayor of Kandahar has been killed by a suicide bomber, just two weeks after the Afghan president's half-brother was gunned down in the southern Taliban stronghold, officials said today.

Leading article: Afghanistan - still not nearly secure enough

At best, Britain's transfer of responsibility for security in Lashkar Gah heralds the return to Afghan control of other regions and brings the ordered withdrawal of British forces closer. At worst, it was little more than a fig-leaf designed to excuse and cover up the chaos that the withdrawal, as it gathers pace, could leave behind.

CIA trains covert units of Afghans to continue the fight against Taliban

Shadowy, unaccountable forces accused of human rights abuses

Bodyguard who killed Karzai's brother was trusted CIA contact

The bodyguard who assassinated President Hamid Karzai's brother had been working closely with US Special Forces and the CIA before he was recruited by the Taliban, raising fears over the Islamist movement's increasingly sophisticated intelligence apparatus which has managed to threaten the inner circles of power in Afghanistan.

Civilian deaths hit new high as West looks for Afghan exit

More civilians are dying in Afghanistan than at any time during the past decade, a new United Nations report says, as the war spreads to previously safe parts of the country and insurgents increase their use of suicide bombers, child soldiers and homemade bombs. Afghanistan's grim arithmetic for the first six months of the year includes 1,462 civilians killed, 80 per cent of them by insurgent groups, and another 2,144 wounded: a 15 per cent jump on the same period in 2010.

Suicide bomber targets service for Afghan leader's brother

A man hiding explosives in his turban blew himself up inside a mosque where Afghan officials were attending a memorial service for the president's assassinated half brother, killing five people.

Karzai says tearful farewell to brother in Afghanistan

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.

Leading article: The chaos in Afghanistan will continue

The Taliban claimed responsibility yesterday for the death of the half-brother of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, who was shot dead by his own head of security. This was perhaps the most high-profile assassination of the last decade in Afghanistan.

Killing of Afghan President's brother leaves power vacuum

Politician was vital to Hamid Karzai's fight against Taliban

Ahmed Wali Karzai: 'They have tried to kill me nine times already, they've got to do better than this'

What Afghan President's brother said over lunch just eight months before his assassination

Afghan President Karzai's half-brother killed

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.

The (very) secret history of Area 51

Just how covert is the infamous US air base? New files show that even Presidents don't always 'need to know' its activities

Taliban: A law unto themselves

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

Eight dead in Afghan suicide attack

A suicide bomber killed eight people and injured four others in an attack on the governor's office in a north-eastern province of Afghanistan today.

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