Women from the Afghan Army stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan Read more
Local Afghan police cadets take a window seat at their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, on Thursday. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 this year in what would be an astonishing rate of about 22 a day. Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security forces have experienced a steep rise in attacks as the Nato combat mission winds down Read more
Men cool off with water in a street in Herat, western Afghanistan, on Monday, where temperatures hit the 40s Read more
Sayeed Abbas, accused of smuggling people to Australia, waits for his extradition trial to begin in Jakarta. An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected a request that the Afghan national be sent for trial in Australia Read more
Afghan workers make sweets at a traditional ‘jelabi’ (sweet) factory ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Herat on Monday. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. Traditionally, dates are known as the food the prophet Mohammad ate when he broke from his fast Read more
An Afghan policeman on Tuesday talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in the attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in the city. Read more
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An Afghan security force stands guard as an ambulance arrives near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday after Taliban militants targeted the palace and the CIA office.
Afghan local police attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman Province on Monday. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a milestone as US-led troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban. Read more
Afghan girls working at a brick manufacturer with buckets of stones on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
Afghan children play at a government kindergarten on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan, driven by poverty, work on the streets of the war-torn country’s cities and often fall prey to Taliban bombings and other violence, as well as abuse