An occasional series highlighting longer reports and features on Afghanistan which we think are worth a read.

Afghan's civic war - attempts to build local governance from the grass roots up.

U.S hopes Afghan councils will weaken Taliban

Royal Marine's death is 300th in Afghanistan - Guardian

U.S. bolsters Afghan police to secure Kandahar

Mineral wealth in Afghanistan exites officials

Afghanistan : raise, hold or fold?

No change in policy following McCrystal firing

Restrepo : review of documentary movie about Battle Company on the ground in Afghanistan in 2007/8

The men I lost : Retrospective on Korean War - avoid predictability

Is Pakistan seeking expanded influence in Afghanistan?

Reaction to McCrystal sacking

Afghan officials elated by prospects for minerals wealth

Claims that US is funding warlords to protect their convoys