By skipping a Tashkent summit on Afghanistan, the Taliban might have hurt their own cause, observers and participants say.
As Afghan forces press their advantage on the battlefield, Taliban and ISIS militants now are regularly wearing women's clothing in an attempt to escape the fighting.
A photo of Jahantaab Ahmadi, taken as she cradled her baby amid an university entrance exam, has gone viral.
Despite repeated calls to participate in the Afghan-led peace process, the Taliban refused to attend the international conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Following the orders of Tehran, the Taliban have set their sights on disrupting key infrastructure projects in Afghanistan in an effort to keep the country weakened, officials and former Taliban members say.
'Do you accept God and the Koran?' the sit-in organiser asked the Taliban. 'If you accept, then please come and make peace.'
The conference demonstrates international support for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, stakeholders say. The Taliban failed to participate.
Educational opportunities in Pakistan for Afghan students are a sign of strong ties between the two nations, officials say.
Afghan forces have captured a female ISIS militant believed to be from France. She shares the fate of many of the foreign fighters who come to Afghanistan to join the terrorist group.
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development is opening almost 5,000 carpet weaving workshops in nine provinces during the next three months, officials say.
The Taliban has not yet confirmed whether they will attend a high-level conference in the Uzbekistani capital next week.
The blast hit a crowd of teenagers returning from celebrations at the Karte Sakhi shrine to mark the start of spring and the solar new year.
As part of an effort to develop Kunar's economy, officials are considering ways to leverage the medicinal herbs that flourish in the province's forests.
Monday's blasts follow a Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul Saturday that killed two civilians, according to officials.
Business leaders on both sides of the border are looking forward to the opportunities that the re-opening of the checkpoint will bring.
Afghanistan's High Peace Council has authorised religious scholars in Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces to urge Taliban militants in their areas to join the peace process.
Reinforcements are rushing to Farah Province following a string of Taliban attacks.
Silence over Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's peace plan announced late last month indicates the Taliban is pondering its next move, say observers.
A bright future is possible only under the just rule of the Afghan government, members of the popular uprising say.
An intensifying air and ground campaign is 'only going to get worse' for the Taliban, said US Gen. John Nicholson.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting Kabul to discuss reconciliation efforts and other security issues, saying Afghanistan is close to victory.
Militants coming to Afghanistan on behalf of ISIS will find only death at the hands of Afghan and coalition forces, popular uprisings against militants, and resistance even from the Taliban.
Nazia, a 28-year-old in Nangarhar Province, has been teaching other women sewing and embroidery, providing valuable opportunities for work and education.
2 policemen were among the dead and 18 people were wounded, officials said.
Only by working together can Pakistan and Afghanistan counter Iran's mounting aggression and nefarious influence in the region, officials and analysts say.
The terrorists are trying to stifle moderate voices, but even if they kill a prominent leader like Mawlawi Abdul Zahir Haqqani, hundreds and thousands of others will take his place, locals say.
After a deadly terrorist attack in January in Kabul, Afghan officials are working to implement new security measures with a focus on secondary roads leading into the capital.
The Taliban have 'taken the wrong path' if they believe that they can achieve their objectives through war, says HPC Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer to the Taliban was 'a dignified process for reaching a political framework', a US diplomat said.
What differentiates this new training mission from previous ones is the US soldiers' intention of patrolling closer to the conflict's front lines than trainers have done in recent years -- putting them at greater risk.
The Afghan government is planning to provide residents of Uruzgan with job opportunities following the defeat of Taliban militants in the province.
The Afghan government outlined its offer for peace --- which comes without any preconditions -- at the second round of the Kabul Process peace conference
Uncowed by threats from extremist groups and social taboos, Afghan women and youth say they will persevere for 'education, progress and change'.