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

Foreign workers killed in Kandahar suicide attack

A suicide car bomber struck the compound of a foreign security firm in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar yesterday, killing several foreigners and Afghan guards, officials said.

Rioters vent fury at US after Nato troops kill Afghan civilians on bus

Protesters take to streets in Kandahar after attack kills four and leaves 18 wounded

Afghan killings spark anti-US protests

International troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians today, killing four people, an Afghan official said, setting off anti-American protests in a key southern city where coalition forces hope to rally the public for a coming offensive against the Taliban.

The Kandahar warlord who has presidential protection

In the first in a series of reports from southern Afghanistan, Julius Cavendish investigates Ahmed Wali Karzai – terrorist, and half-brother of the country's leader

Robert Fisk: Glossy new front in battle for hearts and minds

Once it was grainy video footage on websites. Now the Taliban believes its best chance of winning the propaganda war lies in a magazine

Taliban say bombs were deadly warning to Nato

Deadly bomb attacks in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar were a warning to Nato's senior general that the Taliban are ready for a coming offensive in their heartland, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said yesterday.

Taliban kill at least 30 in Kandahar

Suicide bombers target city's newly fortified prison

Four Afghan civilians die in suicide attack

A suicide car bomber targeted Nato forces today outside the major southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killing four civilians, the Interior Ministry said.

Afghan fighting claims third soldier in as many days

The death toll of British service personnel in Afghanistan rose to three in as many days today after a soldier was killed by an explosion.

British airman killed in Afghan blast

An airman taking part in a vehicle-mounted patrol in Afghanistan was killed following an explosion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today.

Julius Cavendish: Home comforts land at Kandahar airfield

Kabul Notebook: The intent, it seems, is to create a surreal slice of Western life

Julius Cavendish: Struggle to destroy the bombers in the fields of Kandahar

Villagers are threatened with beheading if they inform on the Taliban

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Julius Cavendish joins US troops running the gauntlet of Taliban ambushes in Zhari

Suicide attack inflicts worst death toll on CIA in 25 years

Seven agents killed in base bombing while roadside blast kills five Canadians

Afghan attacks kill 8 CIA staff and 5 Canadians

A suicide bomber penetrated a foreign army base in Afghanistan to kill eight US CIA employees yesterday, one of the spy agency's largest death tolls, and a separate attack killed four Canadian troops and a journalist.

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