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This series examines the way the Taliban are governing a country that has modernised and grown more complex over the past two decades
Despite government promises, female workers and students face prohibitions as local fighters impose their own curbs
Career diplomat had negotiated with the Taliban over American pullout from the country
Adnan Sarwar was raised in the UK in the 1980s with an idealised view of Afghanistan. This year he finally went there.
The Islamist movement’s victory has overturned hierarchies and conventions in every area of life
Islamists spread business-friendly message but joblessness is apparent everywhere
Lorries transporting produce stuck at border crossings, exacerbating hard currency shortage
Islamists’ on-the-spot punishments have driven down crime but economic woes are piling up
Islamabad’s aim to re-establish its strategic role in the region could be undermined by support for the Islamist government in Kabul
Female athletes are preparing for the worst despite promises of a more moderate rule
Bewildered and feeling abandoned, thousands who aided US-led mission fear Taliban wrath
As cultural and educational institutions face up to Taliban rule, there are still ways for the west to help
Taliban should be given access to foreign reserves to ease crisis, says foreign minister
Hardline views of new generation run contrary to image leaders of the movement hope to portray
High-level meeting in Dushanbe underlines desire to cement rapprochement in strategic region
Zalmay Khalilzad blames exiled Afghan president for allowing Islamists to march into Kabul
Drought and aftermath of war devastate areas that provided a base for the Islamists’ insurgency
People have turned to ad hoc groups after government departments were overwhelmed by the demands
Fate of broadcaster Tolo News seen as litmus test of whether regime will guarantee basic freedoms
Appointments dash hopes for promise of inclusivity as hardline group secures pivotal jobs in Taliban administration
Qatar reaches deal with Taliban to help with security at Afghanistan airport
The city’s domineering blast walls were a canvas for colourful murals where Afghans could dare to dream
Islamabad worries that militants will spark a refugee crisis and embolden terrorists
US secretary of state says west is ‘concerned’ by composition of caretaker regime following talks
The Islamist group’s new caretaker government includes people put on a sanctions list by the US for terrorism