Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents’ grip in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - Every two months, Mohammaddin visits a tax collector in Chardara district, in northern Afghanistan, and is given receipts to show he has paid his tax and utility bills. The service is professional, he says, though the paperwork he receives does not bear the name of state-owned power company

Afghans vote amid chaos, corruption and Taliban threats

Afghans voted on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations of corruption and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar. With Taliban insurgents controlling large areas of the country, thousands being killed in the fighting and doubts about the success

Taliban kill at least 10 police in central Afghanistan, officials say

At least 10 policemen were killed in clashes with Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said on Sunday, amid fighting to wrest control of arterial highways a day after Taliban fighters blew up bridges. The Taliban set fire to a government building in Wardak's Sayeed Abad district

Suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills seven at election rally

A suicide bomber blew himself up at an election rally in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 25, officials said, warning that the toll was likely to climb. Campaigning for the Oct. 20 parliamentary election began on Friday and security officials have warned