Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday Read more
An Afghan refugee child drinks water leaking from a public water point on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world
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. Read more
Football fans in Kabul celebrate after Afghanistan beat India 2-0 in the South Asian Football Federation championship final in Kathmandu. It was Afghanistan’s first international football trophy. India, ranked 145th in the world compared with Afghanistan’s 139th, has won the event six times.
Afghan guards of honour carry a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the 12th anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s death in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghans honour the ethnic Tajik rebel leader who was slain by al-Qaeda suicide bombers posing as journalists, two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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
Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday
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
Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul. Afghanistan‘s Mobile Mini Circus for Children would have been heretical under the Taliban, when music was banned by the Islamic fundamentalist movement and girls were forbidden from performing in public and going to school. But today the circus, founded by Danish dance instructor David Mason to teach co-operation and creativity to children scarred by years of war, is one of only a few such projects expanding in the country. Read more
An Afghan National Army soldier walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan. Celebrations to mark the country’s 94th Independence Day from Britain include a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital on Monday