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Welcome to Kabul: Here are some brass knuckles

KABUL — With the West focused on Afghanistan’s countryside and military withdrawal, parts of the capital are slipping into lawlessness.

Afghanistan: For ex-Taliban, it's peace or death

KABUL, Afghanistan — Mawlawi Pir Mohammed Rohani is just one of several former Taliban leaders who left the movement behind after the US-led invasion, only to see it flourish without them. Still fond of their old associates and sympathetic toward the insurgency, they find themselves caught in a dangerous limbo. Their only hope lies in practically forgotten peace negotiations.

Afghanistan: Another province goes to the Taliban

PUL-I-ALAM, Afghanistan — The first sign of the Taliban's growing strength in Logar province comes on the main highway, where at regular intervals culverts have been blown up, each one an ideal place to hide a bomb aimed at passing military convoys. But the proof that the insurgents are in the ascendency here can be found among the residents, who are happy to express their admiration for the Taliban.

Afghanistan: Taliban fear grips once peaceful Parwan province

PARWAN, Afghanistan — Not far from the largest US military base in Afghanistan, the Taliban is making major inroads.

Afghanistan: A former US ally says a new conflict looms

KABUL — With the Taliban insurgency raging across much of Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance says old divisions are threatening to plunge the nation deeper into the mire.

Taliban in control at Kabul’s doorstep

KABUL — Situated on the main highway linking Kabul to southern Afghanistan, Maidan Wardak is a strategically vital province in the war against the Taliban. US President Barack Obama sent reinforcements to the area soon after taking office. Now, nearly four years later, it remains the site of an exhausting struggle for control over the gates to the nation’s capital.
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