A battle to decide the fate of Afghanistan’s five million Muslims has pitted two groups of Afghans against each other.
Afghanistan’s Muslim leaders, the Taliban, and the country’s ruling clan, the Haqqani network, have been at loggerheads since 2007.
The Haqqanis, who have a large presence in the country, have accused the Taliban of sponsoring extremism and are seen as supporting the insurgency against the Afghan government.
The conflict has raged for more than a decade.
Afghans have blamed the Taliban for the killings of hundreds of thousands of their compatriots and accused the Haqans of backing the insurgency.
The battle has also pitted a minority of Afghan Christians, the Christian Democratic Party, or Christian Democrats, against an increasingly powerful Muslim minority.