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EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EU)
United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UN-Peacebuilding)
International Security Assistance Force (UN-led)
The number of Afghan civilians killed or injured in the first half of 2013 rose by 23 per cent compared to the same period last year, owing mainly to the increased use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by insurgents, according to a United Nations report released today.
Rudd said Australia was committed to continuing to help the Afghan government after the planned withdrawal of its troops by the end of 2014. Australia has around 1,600 troops in Afghanistan, most of them based in Oruzgan Province.
Tough job ahead for under-resourced Afghan forces (24.07.2013)
Last month, Afghan forces formally took over the lead responsibility to provide security within their own borders. But are they truly ready to do so? According to Abdol Wahed Faramarz, serious doubts remain over whether they are up to the task.
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has welcomed the approval of a law regulating the structure and responsibilities of the country's electoral management bodies, calling it a key step for ensuring credible presidential and provincial council polls next year.
The United States is considering leaving no American troops behind in Afghanistan after the planned 2014 withdrawal date, U.S. officials said on Monday, amid ongoing tensions between the President Barack Obama's administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government.
Taliban shuts Doha HQ over 'broken promises' (09.07.2013)
US says it is confident temporary closure of offices in Qatar will not endanger peace talks.
Afghan army chief: 'Pakistan controls Taliban' (03.07.2013)
Fighting in Afghanistan could be stopped "in weeks" if Pakistan told the Taliban to end the insurgency, the head of the Afghan army has told the BBC. Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi said Pakistan controlled and gave shelter to Taliban leaders, deliberately unleashing fighters on Afghanistan.