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Taliban are rising again in Afghanistan’s North (22.10.2014)

The last time Afghans in the northern province of Kunduz felt so threatened by the Taliban was in 2009, just before President Obama deployed thousands of troops to push the insurgents back from the outskirts of the province’s capital. Now the Taliban are back, but the cavalry will not be coming.

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high (21.10.2014)

Farmers grew 209,000 hectares of opium poppy despite US spending $7.6bn on counter-narcotics efforts since 2001.

Afghan forces arrest Haqqani militant network leaders (16.10.2014)

Two senior leaders of the Haqqani militant network have been captured by Afghan security forces, officials say. The group has been behind many of the co-ordinated gun and bomb attacks on Afghan and Nato forces in recent years.

Afghanistan’s Political Transition – ICG report (16.10.2014)

In its latest report, Afghanistan’s Political Transition, the International Crisis Group examines the politics surrounding the deeply contested 2014 presidential election, analysing threats and opportunities.

Afghanistan and United States sign security deal (01.10.2014)

Afghanistan has signed a long-delayed security deal which will allow some US troops to stay in the country next year, signalling that newly-inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani intends to repair frayed ties with Washington.

Ghani 'seen moving quickly to sign pact on foreign forces' in Afghanistan (23.09.2014)

Afghanistan's next president, Ashraf Ghani, is expected to sign legal documents within 24 hours of taking office next week allowing foreign troops to stay in his country beyond 2014, a senior NATO diplomat said on Tuesday.

Afghan president-elect promises unity after disputed vote (22.09.2014)

Afghanistan's president-elect promised to end political strife and corruption in a speech on Monday, his first since signing a power-sharing agreement with his rival aimed at bringing months of turmoil to a close.

Afghan election talks stall over release of vote results (17.09.2014)

Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday.

Taliban sneak back into Kandahar, dressed as grape farmers (14.09.2014)

Around 400 people die in August after two weeks of fighting as many blame Afghan election gridlock for aiding the insurgency.

UN threatens to cut Afghan aid if staff harassed (13.09.2014)

The warning comes a day after demonstrators gathered outside the UN's Kabul headquarters and accused it of aiding vote-rigging. The rally featured chants of "Death to the UN."