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The Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Omar, apparently died in April 2013.

Taliban Say Mullah Omar Death Covered Up

​The Taliban has admitted that it covered up the death of its leader Mullah Mohammad Omar for more than two years, confirming that he died in 2013 as was first claimed by Afghanistan’s intelligence. More

U.S. Presses Pakistan On Peace Talks

The United States is urging Pakistan to help restart peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents. More

Noor Ali Zadran, a member of a national team, was the first Afghan cricketer to score 50 or a "half-century" against India's team in the 2010 World Cup.

Afghan Cricketer Breaks Scoring Record

Afghan batsman Noor Ali Zadran has broken a national record by scoring 229 at a regional cricket tournament watched by thousands in defiance of the ongoing violence in Afghanistan's volatile eastern regions. More

Afghan Forces Retake Key Southern District

Afghan officials say government forces, backed by NATO air strikes, have regained control of a strategic southern district seized by the Taliban earlier this week. More

Austrian Truck Found To Be Carrying Critically Ill Migrant Children

Three young children have been found in critical condition due to dehydration after police stopped a truck carrying 26 refugees in Austria. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Audio What Next For The Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan?

In early August, news broke that Usmon Ghazi, the current leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), had pledged the Central Asian militant group's allegiance to Islamic State. In an attempt to shed some light on the IMU's current situation, RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service assembled a panel to discuss this development, Ghazi's leadership of the movement, and what it could mean for the IMU’s future. More

Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

The risk to Tajikistan of Afghan spillover is probably not great, but it is real. Fortunately, China, Russia, and the United States take this threat to Tajikistan very seriously, and their combined efforts arguably make Tajikistan the Central Asian state least likely to experience serious difficulties emanating from Afghanistan. More
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Features & Commentary

Photogallery Afghan Refugees Flee -- This Time From Pakistan

Afghan refugees are on the run from the safe haven they sought in Pakistan. Tens of thousands have returned in recent months, amid claims of intimidation, extortion, and arbitrary detentions.

New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

The Expatriates Sticking It Out In Afghanistan

Despite the pullout of most international forces in Afghanistan, a handful of foreigners are intent on remaining in the country they now consider home.

With Her Father On Death Row, Afghan Mother Attempts To Put Decade Of Incest, Abuse Behind Her

A young Afghan mother welcomes the death sentence handed down against her own father for years of sexual abuse.

The Day Afghan Music Didn't Die

A deadly attack on Afghan culture only strengthened Ahmad Sarmast's resolve to recover from his injuries and return to Kabul to train a new generation of musicians.

IMU Declares It Is Now Part Of The Islamic State

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is not only allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, it now considers itself part of it.

Kabul Unsympathetic To Mourning Mullah Omar

Kabul isn't mourning the death of its elusive and longtime adversary, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and it is making sure the Afghan people don't either.

Mullah Mansur, The Afghan Taliban's New Leader

The Afghan Taliban has a new leader, one who appears pragmatic and moderate compared to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the near-mythical figure he replaces.
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