Patrick Cockburn was one of the first journalists to enter Afghanistan after the September 11 attack in the US, and reported from a rebel-held village north of Kabul. Here, in the second in a series of excerpts from his new book, is his eyewitness description of the country during the war against the Taliban
Since 2001, Patrick Cockburn has provided peerless reporting of the wars that have torn apart the Middle East and created the conditions in which Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have grown and flourished. In the first of a series of excerpts from his new book, he combines eyewitness accounts of the battles for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond with an explanation of what these conflicts have in common – and how they were reported or misreported at the time
Mr Jalal believes he has been targeted with five drone strikes in Waziristan since 2010
US officials hailed the achievement but an Afghan politician warned of the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaeda
'Many of the children's rides were still operating, while there were dead bodies lying all around them'
At least 70 people were killed and 300 wounded in the blast
Leaked EU documents have left some fearing exactly that outcome
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The Taliban want US presence in the country to end before negotiating
Rizwan Haider was convicted in an anti-terrorism court of three charges, including promoting sectarian hatred
Another Taliban militant was injured in the incident
The high-profile attack came as officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China have been pressing for a resumption of the peace process
Two young entrepreneurs have taken a small step that they hope will sow the seeds of a greater change for their country
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Going walkabout in Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and suffered years of torture. Despite the risks his comrades took on rescue missions, he was spirited into Pakistan and only released in a prisoner exchange. And then the questions started. The Army called him a deserter and worse but refused to reveal the conclusions of its preliminary inquiry. Meanwhile, the Serial podcast tried to undermine thetop-brass case.
Ashraf Ghani's trip to appease the men whose support is vital for his campaign against the Taliban threatened by the actions of his head of protocol