The spate of almost daily unclaimed killings is thought to be largely the work of the Taliban, in what is feared to be in part a chilling new campaign to silence liberal voices.
- by Ben Farmer and Sami Yusafzai
It was once a stop on the hippie trail and inspiration for the Lonely Planet guidebooks. So how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war and terrorism?
- by Maher Mughrabi
Despite warnings that a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would be like the fall of Saigon, Trump's administration is pushing ahead.
- by Jonathan Landay and Idrees Ali
Few rituals bring Mahdi Mohammadi as much comfort as a poem exchanged between friends.
- by Neha Kale
A military prosecutor, a doctor, a journalist and a human rights activist: all murdered within weeks by unknown attackers as peace talks resume.
- by Fahim Abed and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
Peace talks between the Taliban and the government resume on January 5, but the two sides remain stuck on the meaning of terms such as "ceasefire" and "Islamic".
- by David Zucchino and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
The Republican-controlled Senate ignored Donald Trump's protestations and backed a $961 billion defence bill, despite the President wanting the money to go towards his border wall with Mexico.
- by Karoun Demirjian and Mike DeBonis
Since January, 11 Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed. Television reporter Malala Maiwand was one of five killed in the past two months.
- by Sharif Hassan
The questions of responsibility and criminal conduct raised in the Brereton report into Australian special forces in Afghanistan must be tested in a court of law.
- The Herald's View
What wrongdoing might be occurring right now that Australians will never know about, because those who witnessed it remain mute?
- by Kieran Pender