Taliban officials have been secretly seeking a truce, said Gen. John Nicholson, adding that there is a 'robust dialogue' within the group on the peace process.
Special forces rushed to the scene of the attack and killed the terrorists before they were able to breach any of the ministry's buildings.
National Directorate of Security special forces arrested 17 suspected Taliban and ISIS militants in Jalalabad city and other parts of Nangarhar, officials said.
Male and female models displayed traditional Afghan outfits at a fashion show attended by local residents, artists and civil society activists.
Teenagers recruited by ISIS, whether voluntarily or by force, are being given a second chance at a centre where they participate in sports and learn history, geography and 'morality'.
Tribal elders of Musa Khil District have made education compulsory for girls and asked provincial authorities to provide appropriate school facilities.
Regional officials remain committed to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline despite Iran's numerous attempts to derail the project, either politically or violently.
The terrorist organisation has threatened telecom firms into shutting down service, inflicting misery and inconvenience on residents in three districts.
Explosives, rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and ammunition were also discovered near the site -- part of a major attack planned for the end of Ramadan, security officials said.
So far, 14 members of the movement are walking to the capital to urge the Taliban to make peace and stop killing civilians.
Officials say Iranian forces were involved in the recent fighting, and that the Taliban were armed with sophisticated Iranian-made weapons and explosives.
'Do not sell your votes,' one religious scholar said. 'It is your faith and moral duty to elect a proper representative who serves well.'
Just five years ago, Batikot District, which is situated along the Jalalabad-Torkham highway and is 20 kilometres from Jalalabad city, was considered a Taliban stronghold.
Afghan and coalition forces thwarted a Taliban attack on the provincial capital of Farah, killing and injuring at least 300 militants in the process.
The Taliban attack, the first of a city since the militants' recently announced spring offensive, 'will fail', say Afghan officials.
The Taliban has a responsibility to honour Afghans' yearning for peace, according to a letter purportedly by Taliban shadow chief justice Mawlawi Abdul Hakim.
The three brothers were on track for a bright future until their lives were cut short. Before they could exact revenge on ISIS for killing their father a year earlier, the terrorists struck first, leaving the brothers' family in ruin.
Afghan forces are back in control of one of two districts recently seized by the Taliban -- a sign that any gains made in the Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive' are short-lived and superficial.
The Taliban's declaration of war will not undermine the Afghan government's resolve for peace, officials say.
Only elections will 'free' Afghanistan from war, Afghan officials say, reiterating their calls for the Taliban to take a political rather than violent approach to change.
The government is working to build a dike and a power plant to develop areas of Laghman Province recently cleared of Taliban militants.
The Independent Election Commission, which is overseeing preparations for the vote, hopes to register up to 14 million adults at more than 7,000 polling centres. Militants have repeatedly tried to disrupt the process.
Recent attacks on Afghan journalists and on the voter registration process are 'far from every religious, judicial and international law or regulation'.
Farmers find that roses provide more income than opium poppies do and -- equally as important -- do not fund the Taliban.
The election is a fundamental step to ensuring the future of Afghanistan, local tribal chiefs and ulema said, urging residents in both highly populated and remote areas to register and vote.
Tribal elders and religious scholars negotiated with the Taliban, which had forced some schools to close for years.
Pakistani media workers and organisations have denounced a deadly pair of bombings in Kabul that killed nine Afghan journalists and wounded six others.