Afghan children play on a swing near a cemetery in Kabul on Wednesday. Civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan rose 23 per cent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said. Read more
An Afghan girl reads the Koran in a madrasa during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Kabul on Wednesday
Afghan vendors unload watermelons from a truck at a fruit market in Kabul on Wednesday during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. 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
Afghan women in Kabul show their voter registration cards for the presidential elections scheduled for April 5 2014. Registration, which began on May 26, will continue until two weeks before election day.
Mya McNeal looks for her mother, US Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan on Wednesday at Fort Stewart, Georgia 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
Pigeons are startled outside Shah-Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. 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.