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Afghan parliamentary candidates formally kick off election campaigns | Elections
Afghan parliamentary candidates formally kick off election campaigns

The parliamentary vote, scheduled for October 20, is seen as a test run for the 2019 presidential election and a milestone in the development of Afghanistan's democratic processes.

Iran, Russia block peace in Afghanistan, says former Taliban commander | Security
Iran, Russia block peace in Afghanistan, says former Taliban commander

Determined to entangle the United States and its partners in Afghanistan, Russia and Iran have engaged in subversion, including backing the Taliban.

Baghlan residents suffer after Taliban destroy key bridge | Security
Baghlan residents suffer after Taliban destroy key bridge

The Taliban's wanton destruction of infrastructure in Baghlan Province has cut off residents' access to local villages, hospitals and markets.

Afghan 'mullah' on the run after sex tapes surface on social media | Crime Justice
Afghan 'mullah' on the run after sex tapes surface on social media

The 'mullah' is accused of sexually exploiting and raping several women who had gone to him for help, prompting local religious leaders to sentence him to death by stoning.

Afghan government launches campaign to secure upcoming elections | Elections
Afghan government launches campaign to secure upcoming elections

The Defence Ministry is working alongside the Interior Ministry, National Directorate of Security and other security agencies to implement the election security plan.

Iran's continued export ban worsens economic situation in Afghanistan | Business
Iran's continued export ban worsens economic situation in Afghanistan

Iran's ban on exporting more than 100 commodities, including foods and construction materials, has led to increased economic instability and price surges in local markets.

Herat women urge Taliban to lay down their weapons | Security
Herat women urge Taliban to lay down their weapons

More than 200 women participated in a ceremony in Herat to celebrate the International Day of Peace, calling on the Taliban to refrain from killing more innocent Afghans.

US-Afghan security pact serves Afghan interests: officials | Security
US-Afghan security pact serves Afghan interests: officials

Nullifying the pact would benefit Afghanistan's adversaries, including terrorist groups, Iran and Russia, top Afghan government officials and political analysts say.

Afghan refugees in Pakistan welcome promise of citizenship | Refugees
Afghan refugees in Pakistan welcome promise of citizenship

Imran Khan's government has promised to grant citizenship to foreign nationals who were born in Pakistan, including millions of Afghan refugees.

Iran orchestrates another sham celebration of Fatemiyoun 'martyrs' | Security
Iran orchestrates another sham celebration of Fatemiyoun 'martyrs'

The event in Mashhad, Iran, is yet another public acknowledgment of the deadly game Iran is playing with vulnerable and hapless Shia Afghans.

Afghan forces arrest almost 200 militants in 3 months in Nangarhar: officials | Security
Afghan forces arrest almost 200 militants in 3 months in Nangarhar: officials

The crackdown has helped reduce the ability of ISIS and Taliban militants to carry out large-scale attacks in the province, officials and residents say.

Kabul residents welcome government's new security plan for the city | Security
Kabul residents welcome government's new security plan for the city

The plan divides Kabul into four security zones, giving high priority to protecting the predominantly Shia areas of western Kabul from ISIS attacks.

ANDSF shifts gears, takes offensive strategy against militants | Security
ANDSF shifts gears, takes offensive strategy against militants

The new offensive military operations are aimed at pressuring the Taliban to accept peace or face defeat on the battlefield, the Defence Ministry says.

Afghan forces launch operations against ISIS, Taliban militants in Nangarhar | Security
Afghan forces launch operations against ISIS, Taliban militants in Nangarhar

The operations, still ongoing, kicked off against ISIS in Chaparhar District on September 9 and against the Taliban in Bati Kot District on September 13.

Al-Qaeda slams Muslims for doubting its role in September 11 attacks | Terrorism
Al-Qaeda slams Muslims for doubting its role in September 11 attacks

Seventeen years later, al-Qaeda is still focused on its 'victory' in the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, debunking conspiracy theorists -- and proving its loss of relevance.

Iran's smuggling of counterfeit dollars into Herat sparks financial chaos | Crime Justice
Iran's smuggling of counterfeit dollars into Herat sparks financial chaos

Iran is smuggling an estimated 3 million US dollars a day from Afghanistan to Iran, and replacing them with fake currency, crippling financial translations and sparking fears of recession.

ISIS supporters accuse each other of betrayal online | Terrorism
ISIS supporters accuse each other of betrayal online

In one incident, ISIS elements accused a long-time supporter of the group of being a spy and of spreading false news in an attempt to destabilise the group and sow discord among its members.

Aspiring Afghan models march for peace on the streets of Sheberghan | Security
Aspiring Afghan models march for peace on the streets of Sheberghan

Dressed in traditional attire, the group presented a folkloric fashion show, asking insurgent groups to stop fighting and embrace peace.

Coalition air strikes kill 30 Taliban fighters in Ghazni | Security
Coalition air strikes kill 30 Taliban fighters in Ghazni

The air strikes are a prime example of increased US-Afghan co-operation to thwart Taliban's nefarious plans, officials say.

Iran employs coercive tactics to compel Afghans to fight in Syria | Security
Iran employs coercive tactics to compel Afghans to fight in Syria

Iran uses intimidation, financial incentives and empty promises to pressure Afghans refugees, and families of slain fighters are left with next to nothing.

Final push begins in Syria to destroy last remnants of ISIS 'caliphate' | Security
Final push begins in Syria to destroy last remnants of ISIS 'caliphate'

The push against the terrorist group in Syria is expected to drive the final nail into the coffin of the group's dreams of establishing statehood.

Taliban's strategy of conference participation reveals anti-Islamic motivations | Security
Taliban's strategy of conference participation reveals anti-Islamic motivations

By favouring a Moscow-led meeting over three conferences with Islamic scholars, the Taliban have shown that their war in Afghanistan is illegitimate and motivated by outside actors.

Suicide attacks in Nangarhar kill dozens of protesters and schoolchildren | Terrorism
Suicide attacks in Nangarhar kill dozens of protesters and schoolchildren

In one of the attacks, bombs went off in front of two schools for young children in Jalalabad.

Afghan forces kill over 100 militants across the country: officials | Security
Afghan forces kill over 100 militants across the country: officials

Amid increased militant violence, Afghan security forces have killed dozens of Taliban fighters in targeted clearance operations across the country.

Iran's foreign minister issues veiled threats over Afghan water supply | Security
Iran's foreign minister issues veiled threats over Afghan water supply

Continuing Tehran's threatening rhetoric regarding Afghanistan's water resources, Iran's Javad Zarif said his country would use certain 'levers' to gain access to Afghan water.

ISIS claims responsibility for Sunday's suicide bombing in Kabul | Security
ISIS claims responsibility for Sunday's suicide bombing in Kabul

A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of gun-wielding men commemorating the 17th death anniversary of an anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban resistance leader.

UN seeks more international support for Afghan refugee resettlement | Refugees
UN seeks more international support for Afghan refugee resettlement

An UN delegation accompanied by Pakistani film actress Mahira Khan visited Afghan refugees in Pakistan and committed to providing them with education.

Taliban's opportunity for peace dims as war strategy continues to fail | Security
Taliban's opportunity for peace dims as war strategy continues to fail

After almost two decades of fighting, the Taliban has only accomplished causing suffering and destruction in Afghanistan, and its opportunity to work for peace is withering away.

ISIS attack turns Kabul wrestling session into massacre | Terrorism
ISIS attack turns Kabul wrestling session into massacre

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which Afghan officials say killed at least 26 people and wounded 91.

Taliban's control of pistachio trade in western Afghanistan 'alarming' | Security
Taliban's control of pistachio trade in western Afghanistan 'alarming'

Local officials are calling on the Afghan government and security forces to step up patrols in pistachio fields to put profits back in the hands of ordinary Afghans.

Iran seen as long-time harbour for wanted al-Qaeda members | Terrorism
Iran seen as long-time harbour for wanted al-Qaeda members

Iran's relationship with al-Qaeda began during the Osama bin Laden era and continued after his death with the hosting of his family.

In photos: Kabul children shout with joy as circus comes to town | Youth
In photos: Kabul children shout with joy as circus comes to town

The circus aims to bring happiness to Afghan children through education, cultural activities, performances and even a juggling competition.

Haqqani Network founder dead after long illness: Afghan Taliban | Security
Haqqani Network founder dead after long illness: Afghan Taliban

The Afghan Taliban announced Jalaluddin Haqqani's death, but analysts say the news is not likely to have a lasting impact on the terrorist group's operations.

Afghan farmers smell sweet success choosing roses over poppy | Economy
Afghan farmers smell sweet success choosing roses over poppy

Poppy farmers in Nangarhar are switching to the legal, money-making flowers to supply perfumes and essential oil to local and foreign customers.

Young men take to bodybuilding gyms in war-torn Kabul | Youth
Young men take to bodybuilding gyms in war-torn Kabul

Amid heightened Taliban and ISIS attacks, more young men have taken to bodybuilding gyms as a mechanism to cope with stress and loss.

Newsbrief

Afghan forces kill at least 51 Taliban militants in Kunduz and Faryab Ghani visits Ghazni again to review security conditions Afghan forces kill at least 21 Taliban militants in Kapisa Coalition air strikes kill at least 14 ISIS militants in Kunar NDS arrests 9 Taliban suspects in Kabul Ghani orders action against illegal militias in Kunduz and Baghlan NDS seizes 10 roadside bombs in Nangarhar Afghan forces kill 47 Taliban militants in Kandahar Afghan forces kill 67 militants, free 8 prisoners in Maidan Wardak Afghan air strikes kill 46 militants in Farah Taliban and ISIS are two sides of same coin, says Hekmatyar Bus crash kills at least 15 in Farah Afghan special forces kill 18 Taliban militants in Kandahar Coalition air strike kills 4 ISIS militants in Nangarhar Ghani stands with Shia community Afghan forces repel Taliban attack in Kandahar, killing 16 militants Coalition air strikes kill 32 Taliban militants in 3 provinces NDS arrests 26 ISIS suspects in Kabul ahead of Ashura Joint operations kill 47 militants in Khost and Maidan Wardak Pakistan's foreign minister visits Kabul for talks Coalition forces kill 6 ISIS militants in Kunar 'The possibility of peace is at hand': Ghani Balkh residents welcome Helmand peace marchers to Mazar-e-Sharif Afghan forces kill 67 militants in 24 hours: Defence Ministry Vehicle blast in Lashkargah injures at least 3 civilians Air strike kills Taliban spy chief in Paktia and 6 others ISIS claims Nangarhar suicide bombing as death toll rises to 68 NDS seizes explosive-packed truck in Paktika Coalition forces destroy Taliban IED factory in Helmand Mortar attack in Helmand kills 6 members of 1 family Air strike destroys Taliban leader's compound in Faryab, killing 13 At least 6 Taliban militants killed in Baghlan NDS arrests 11 Haqqani Network suspects in Kabul Two blasts target Kabul sports club