Photo Essays

Afghanistan’s Record Opium Year

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose to a new high of more than 200,000 hectares in 2013, a 36% increase over last year, the United Nations Office on...

Battle in Kandahar

Afghanistan's spring fighting season begins as the Taliban stages a firefight that paralyzes the southern Afghan city of Kandahar

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

More than ever, photography has become the predominant means for us to communicate. An absolutely astounding number of pictures are shared every single day —...

Pakistan’s Struggle for Power

Muhammad Ali is a fixture on the streets of Lyari Town, a notoriously lawless part of Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital. Ali has the Sisyphean task of...

Election Day in Afghanistan

The Afghan people go to vote in a key presidential election marked by a day of sporadic attacks by militants

The Year in Protest 2013

Three years after crowds in Tunisia forced long-time dictator President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali into flight, and kicked off what would later be termed the “Arab...

In the Taliban's Heartland

TIME photographer Majid was lucky to escape with his life when he fell afoul of a Taliban patrol in Kandahar. Although he was beaten and saw his cameras smashed...

R&R at Kandahar Airfield

The airfield tries to re-create the comforts of home for the coalition forces in Afghanistan Photographs by Rodrigo Abd / AP

Dog Fighting in Afghanistan

In the winter months, the brutal sport has made a comeback since the Taliban's ouster. Photographs by Lorenzo Tugnoli

Making Movies in Afghanistan

Ten years into the NATO-led war to oust the Taliban, filmmakers and actors say they still face suicide attacks and bombings for practicing their craft...

Caught in the Crossfire

Afghan civilians and refugees are the unfortunate victims of the war betweenthe U.S. and the Taliban