Victims lie dead and severely wounded at the site of a bomb that had been disguised inside an ambulance and detonated in an area of small businesses and a hospital in central Kabul. 103 were killed and more than 150 wounded by the bomb for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. Kabul, January, 2018.
A man with minor injuries makes his way away from the site of the bombing that the Taliban said had targeted police at a checkpoint and at the nearby Interior Ministry administrative office. Kabul, January, 2018.
Scores lie dead and mutilated in the aftermath of an ambulance bomb. Kabul, January, 2018.
Survivors of a bombing at the opposite end Chicken Street (pictured) run for safety. Kabul, January, 2018.
Four thousand Afghans were applying for passports at the country’s only passport office at the time of this photograph, with queues forming as early as 1AM in the morning. Most were seeking to travel to neighbouring Iran after Tehran eliminated a 200 Euro fee that had previously made the trip prohibitive for many. Kabul, February, 2018.
Spectators depart a buzkashi match in the northern city of Mazar-i Sharif on Nawroz, the Persian New Year. Balkh Province, March, 2018.
Mustafa was helped with motorcycle maintenance by his son Nasir while his daughters Rukia and Giti wore the new dresses they’d bought to celebrate Nawroz, the Persian New Year. Kabul, March, 2018.
Colleagues of Shah Marai, Agence France Presse’s Chief Photographer in Afghanistan who was killed in a suicide bombing that also claimed the lives of nine other journalists, attend his burial in the family village in Guldara District on the afternoon of his death. Marai’s photographer-colleague Wakil Kohsar is pictured at centre. The so-called Islamic State Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the attack which began with the bombing of the National Directorate of Security. When journalists arrived to cover the attack a second bomber detonated his explosives amongst them. Kabul, April, 2018.
On the second day of an overlap in unilateral ceasefires ordered by the Afghan government and Taliban leadership, respectively, for the first time since they were ousted from power in 2001, members of the Taliban and their supporters openly entered Kabul. Leaving their weapons at the gates of the Afghan capital, they were mostly welcomed by crowds of cheering and waving residents, while some looked on warily. Kabul, June, 2018
Two men, presumably Taliban fighters judging by their attire, fly a Taliban flag as they ride through the central roundabout, also adorned by Taliban flags, in Maidan Shah, the provincial capital of Wardak Province. On the third day of an overlap in unilateral ceasefires ordered by the Afghan government and Taliban leadership, respectively, members of the Taliban--many armed--and their supporters in Wardak Province, which neighbours Kabul to the west, gathered in groups, often alongside Afghan government police and soldiers, in displays of unity unheard of in the 17-year-war. Wadak Province, June, 2018.