An Afghan refugee, five-year-old Hamagai Akbar, attends an event on UN World Day of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The UN says the occasion aims to support efforts for ‘poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all’
A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out
A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning Nato supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police.
Afghan women collecting saffron flowers from fields in the Gozara district of Herat. Saffron is prized for its colour, flavour and medicinal properties. It has been indicated as an alternative to opium, and the price and demand for it is increasing.
A young Afghan refugee sits on the side of an alley in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president.
Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “feast of sacrifice”, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, which starts on Monday, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
An Afghan refugee child sits on the roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts more than 1.6m registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency, Thousands of refugees still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.
An Afghan refugee, her burka billowing, holds her daughter as she walks to her home through an alley of a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Women from the Afghan Army stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
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
Men cool off with water in a street in Herat, western Afghanistan, on Monday, where temperatures hit the 40s
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
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
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.
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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.
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
Afghan villagers on Tuesday raise their weapons against the Taliban in Sor Kandaw village in the Dur Baba District of Nangarhar Province. Taliban fighters are being pushed out of some areas in eastern Afghanistan by local militias defending their villages, according to local leaders.