Afghanistan is the world's number one opium producer. An estimated one in ten of the Afghan population is addicted to drugs. In Kabul, the government has turned a former US military base into a kind of detox center.
The recent bomb attack in Kabul has affected many Iranians, who are showing solidarity with their neighbors on social media. But will this extend to Afghan refugees who are made to feel unwelcome in Iran?
Why are the Afghan Taliban aiming to capture two key cities in the southern Helmand and the northern Kunduz provinces? What is the significance of these areas to the militant Islamist group? DW examines.
Afghan special forces, operating with NATO support, freed scores of prisoners held by the Taliban in southern Helmand province during a nighttime raid. It was the fourth such assault by government forces.
The US will send 300 Marines to train Afghan forces in the embattled Helmand province, adding to nearly 10,000 US troops still in the country. The Taliban claimed most of the opium-making region after NATO withdrawal.
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