An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his sholder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz. Afghanistan on Tuesday, mobilised reinforcements for a counter-offensive to take back Kunduz, a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being ousted from power in 2001
Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. At least two policemen were wounded in the attack, and five suicide attackers were killed by Afghan forces.
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Pakistani soldiers transport rescued school children from the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar today. Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan
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Afghan security force keeps watch as they block a road at the site of suicide car bomb at the gate of Green Village compound, a large fortified complex where many foreign employees live and work in Kabul. A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days.
Afghan security officials take position outside the building of a local attorney general in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Monday. At least eight people, including the four perpetrators, were killed during a Taliban attack on the office of a local attorney general in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.
A wounded child cries after receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Ghazni province. The Taliban launched attacks on police checkpoints in three districts of Ghazni province on Monday as part of their annual spring offensive.
School children pass a graffiti reading “ballot not bullet” on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. Warlords with a violent past have played a role in influencing Afghan politics since a US-led coalition helped oust the Taliban in 2001. But they are emerging to play an overt political role in next month’s presidential elections as President Hamid Karzai leaves office.
An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report.
Pakistani men clear open sewage paths in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in an attempt to avoid flooding. The men and their families have been displaced from tribal areas because of fighting between the Taliban and the army.
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
Uncles of Pakistani student, Zoubair Latif, 17, who was killed in a suicide bombing, wait at a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to take the body for burial. A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up not far from Pakistan’s military headquarters on Monday, killing more than a dozen people. It came a day after a powerful bomb ripped through a Pakistan army truck in the country’s northern city of Bannu near the Afghan border, killing at least 20 soldiers.
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.
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.
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Men and women on Thursday attend a meeting for new political party Movement for Change in Kabul. Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due next April.
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
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
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.
Afghans protect themselves from dust in Kabul on Friday
A former Taliban fighter looks on during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on Wednesday. About 100,000 foreign combat troops, 68,000 of them from the US, are due to leave by the end of 2014, and NATO formally transferred responsibility for nationwide security to Afghan forces a week ago.