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Kabul Hosts Regional Economic Conference

Representatives of more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations have gathered in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, to discuss the country's future. More

WATCH: An Afghan man and woman both endured 100 lashes in the western province of Ghor after being found guilty of adultery. It was the first time since the end of Taliban rule that such a sentence was supported by provincial authorities. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Afghan Lashes For 'Adultery' Deplored

Amnesty International is condemning as "abhorrent" the public flogging of a man and a woman in Afghanistan for "adultery." More

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Ghani Calls For 'Holy War' On Graft

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for a "holy war" against corruption, which he said is a "cancerous lesion" threatening the survival of the state. More

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

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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

Video Germany Leads Way In Welcoming Refugees

Thousands of refugees arriving by train to their dream destination -- Germany –- are receiving an outpouring of support from German officials and citizens.

'Good Listener, Neat Dresser' -- Taliban Publishes Biography Of New Leader

The Taliban has published a 5,000-word biography of Mullah Akhtar Mansur, its recently named successor to spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

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.
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