The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a slimmed-down version of an earlier alliance of Islamist parties, has been weakened by factional spats and the not-always happy experience of local power.
French photographer Pierre Borghi returned to France on Sunday, after being released from four months of captivity in Afghanistan last week.
A second French citizen has been freed in Afghanistan just hours after the release of aid worker-turned-photographer, Pierre Borghi.
A Frenchman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan at the end of November has been freed, a spokesman for the French embassy in Kabul said on Monday.
French police are questioning three men deported from Pakistan, accused of going there to train to fight in Afghanistan.
Most foreign troops are due to pull out of Afghanistan next year. Security questions are still high on the agenda but so are pressing social issues.
In Afghanistan, Bagram military prison will be handed over to Afghan authorities today, according to United States defence ministry officials.
Up to 170 Afghans who worked with French soldiers in Afghanistan will start emigrating to France from January under a special visa scheme.
Afghanistan's Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.
There are almost 4,000 Italian troops in Afghanistan.