Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, wrecked by decades of conflict which led to the rise of the Islamist fundamentalist movement, the Taliban.
Despite the fall of the Taliban after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the security situation remains tense as extremists continue to stage regular attacks.
Government officials and Taliban delegates have met in Doha for an intra-Afghan dialogue. Despite engaging in peace talks with the international community, the Taliban continue to unleash violence in Afghanistan. On Sunday, their latest attack killed at least 14 people in Ghazni.