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Sharp decline in ISIS foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria | Security
Sharp decline in ISIS foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria

The number of foreign fighters flowing into Iraq and Syria each month has declined to about 100 from a peak of about 1,500 three years ago.

Authorities in Nangarhar reclaim valuable land long held by Taliban | Security
Authorities in Nangarhar reclaim valuable land long held by Taliban

Taliban militants exercised control over an area in Bati Kot District for years, collecting crops and leaving local residents scrambling for a living.

Proposed Moscow conference exposes 'act of betrayal' within Taliban | Security
Proposed Moscow conference exposes 'act of betrayal' within Taliban

The Taliban leadership is acting based on the whims and objectives of the neighbouring countries and hostile regional states, according to a faction within the group.

Taliban infighting over power, leadership continues in Herat | Security
Taliban infighting over power, leadership continues in Herat

Discord between warring Taliban groups has left hundreds of fighters dead in Herat, and also has compelled many to leave the insurgency altogether.

Military operations, clashes with Taliban thwart ISIS expansion in Afghanistan | Security
Military operations, clashes with Taliban thwart ISIS expansion in Afghanistan

Military efforts on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border, in combination with ongoing clashes between the two terrorist groups, have seriously weakened ISIS's ambitions in the region.

Afghan farmers welcome government ban on saffron imports | Economy
Afghan farmers welcome government ban on saffron imports

Afghan saffron has been repeatedly ranked as the world's best, but low-quality saffron smuggled recently from Iran has either been mixed in with Afghan saffron or marketed as such, tainting the reputation of the product.

Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threats, cast votes in historic elections | Elections
Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threats, cast votes in historic elections

Nearly 4 million undeterred Afghans overcame a number of security incidents and problems with voting machines to choose their members of parliament.

Afghans head to polls in key parliamentary election | Elections
Afghans head to polls in key parliamentary election

Nearly 9 million Afghans have registered to vote to decide who will occupy the 249 seats for next Wolesi Jirga.

In photos: Security forces hold military parade in Kunduz ahead of a crucial vote | Elections
In photos: Security forces hold military parade in Kunduz ahead of a crucial vote

The public military display is meant to assure the Afghan public of security preparations ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections, officials say.

Afghan forces prepared to secure parliamentary elections: officials | Elections
Afghan forces prepared to secure parliamentary elections: officials

More than 50,000 security forces have been deployed to ensure voters can exercise their democratic right during Saturday's election.

Ghani reassures people of Kandahar after deadly Taliban attack | Security
Ghani reassures people of Kandahar after deadly Taliban attack

The Afghan president has ordered high ranking security officials and commando forces to deploy to Kandahar immediately following the murder of powerful provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.

Afghan fighters loot civilian homes in Syria, clash with allied militia | Security
Afghan fighters loot civilian homes in Syria, clash with allied militia

The incident underscores the Iranian-backed militia's bullying tactics and the illegality of Afghans fighting in the Syrian civil war.

Afghan troops in Helmand wrap up drills ahead of Saturday elections | Elections
Afghan troops in Helmand wrap up drills ahead of Saturday elections

The month-long exercises are aimed to ensure the security of election sites for the long-delayed parliamentary polls set to take place next Saturday (October 20).

Voters: be prepared for newspaper-sized ballots | Elections
Voters: be prepared for newspaper-sized ballots

Each voter can only choose one candidate, but finding them on Kabul's giant ballot paper, which is roughly the size of a tabloid newspaper, could be time-consuming.

The price of democracy: Afghans willing to risk their lives to vote | Elections
The price of democracy: Afghans willing to risk their lives to vote

'I will either die or vote,' said one man interviewed.

Iranian consulate stonewalls urban development in Herat | Diplomacy
Iranian consulate stonewalls urban development in Herat

The Iranian consulate in Herat has refused to move its walls over the past three years, preventing the widening of the city's central street and causing traffic headaches for residents.

US envoy takes steps towards Afghan peace deal | Diplomacy
US envoy takes steps towards Afghan peace deal

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, to discuss ending the war in Afghanistan through negotiations, officials say.

Kunar women raise their voices for peace, call on militants to lay down arms | Security
Kunar women raise their voices for peace, call on militants to lay down arms

Officials urged the women to speak out against violence in their homes and communities.

Contrary to Taliban falsehoods, democracy does not contradict Islam | Elections
Contrary to Taliban falsehoods, democracy does not contradict Islam

Many observers conclude that the Taliban are averse to the idea of democracy because of their fear of the results, not because of its purported incompatibility with Islam.

Afghans fighting for Iran in Syria to face prosecution at home, officials warn | Crime Justice
Afghans fighting for Iran in Syria to face prosecution at home, officials warn

The warnings refer to Afghans recruited by the Iran-backed Fatemiyoun Division, which fights on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia.

Thousands of Afghans signing up to join security forces | Security
Thousands of Afghans signing up to join security forces

Thousands join the Afghan army every month, while the Afghan police have 20,000 recruits who stand ready to serve, according to officials.

Scores of Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar | Security
Scores of Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar

'We don't want to fight anymore, nor do we want to be used by foreign countries, said one surrendering Taliban commander.

Afghan authorities arrest 12 officials on corruption charges in Torkham | Crime Justice
Afghan authorities arrest 12 officials on corruption charges in Torkham

Afghan officials have accelerated efforts to curb corruption in Torkham, a major border crossing in Nangarhar Province along the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier.

Awaaz Afghanistan toll-free hotline offers information, assistance in 1 call | Human Rights
Awaaz Afghanistan toll-free hotline offers information, assistance in 1 call

Afghans can dial 410 to report humanitarian emergencies, seek assistance or receive critical information on conflict or on natural disasters.

ISIS militants confess to their crimes in Nangarhar | Security
ISIS militants confess to their crimes in Nangarhar

Local officials presented the detainees, along with four Taliban members, to the media at the National Directorate of Security provincial compound in Jalalabad.

Fearing democracy, Taliban call for boycott of parliamentary elections | Security
Fearing democracy, Taliban call for boycott of parliamentary elections

The Taliban's latest statement urging violence against the October 20 parliamentary polls shows the group's true fear of democracy, elections and the popular will.

Afghan forces target Taliban, ISIS in Kunar ahead of elections | Security
Afghan forces target Taliban, ISIS in Kunar ahead of elections

The operations aim to eliminate militants from key districts of Kunar Province and to provide a safe environment for voters in the October 20 parliamentary elections.

Herat peace murals bring hope to war-weary Afghans | Security
Herat peace murals bring hope to war-weary Afghans

Art across the city has reinstated a sense of optimism among local residents and shows the growing desire for peace despite the Taliban's rejection of engagement.

UN-backed effort tries to regulate urban anarchy of Kabul | Society
UN-backed effort tries to regulate urban anarchy of Kabul

The UN-Habitat team is helping to register unregulated houses in Kabul, checking registration documents, finding owners, issuing occupancy certificates and determining safayi.

In photos: Iran's deadly wars leave Afghan children without fathers | Security
In photos: Iran's deadly wars leave Afghan children without fathers

Iran publicly holds staged ceremonies and shamelessly parades the children of Afghans who have died fighting in the Fatemiyoun Division for Iranian interests abroad.

Taliban's closure of health centres in Zabul has left local residents suffering | Health
Taliban's closure of health centres in Zabul has left local residents suffering

Taliban militants closed down some 39 health centres across Zabul Province, depriving more than 65,000 residents of critical health services, provincial officials say.

Russia's rejection of Afghan-led peace process exposes Kremlin's true aims | Security
Russia's rejection of Afghan-led peace process exposes Kremlin's true aims

The Kremlin's efforts to reschedule a failed conference are not meant to establish peace in Afghanistan but rather to promote its own objectives.

Taliban fears exposed as Afghan, Pakistani ulema plan peace conference | Diplomacy
Taliban fears exposed as Afghan, Pakistani ulema plan peace conference

The Taliban are spreading conspiracy theories in an attempt to undermine a meeting of religious scholars aimed at finding a solution to the war in Afghanistan.

Baghlan women deliver message of peace to Taliban | Security
Baghlan women deliver message of peace to Taliban

More than 400 women from various areas of Baghlan Province convened at a peace gathering and jointly called on the Taliban to lay down their arms and join the peace process.

Prisoners freed from Taliban prisons tell their stories | Security
Prisoners freed from Taliban prisons tell their stories

Afghan forces have broken into a number of Taliban prisons in recent months, freeing hundreds of innocent civilians, including women, children and the elderly.

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ISIS bomber kills 7 near Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul Afghan army helicopter crash kills 25 in Farah US general praises Afghan forces for protecting parliamentary elections Suicide bomber kills 1 in Kabul Coalition air strike kills 3 ISIS bomb planters in Nangarhar Taliban cannot win on the battlefield: NATO chief Coalition air strike kills 6 Taliban militants in Nuristan Gen. Raziq's demise won't affect Kandahar security situation: Mattis Kabul police thwart potential rocket attack on Kabul city Taliban bomb kills election candidate in Helmand Security forces seize 1,000 kg of explosives in Laghman Roadside bomb blast kills 4 civilians in Helmand Coalition air strike kills 9 ISIS militants in Nangarhar Taliban mortar attack kills 2 family members in Ghazni Taliban deputy shadow governor for Herat succumbs to wounds 10 Taliban militants killed by own car bomb in Faryab Afghan forces kill 21 Taliban and Haqqani militants in Maidan Wardak Taliban, ISIS the cause of most casualties in Afghan war: United Nations Air strikes kill 22 Taliban militants in Faryab Air strike kills 7 Taliban militants, including commander, in Faryab Roadside bomb kills 2 boys in Faryab Afghan police kill senior Taliban commander in Paktika Taliban infighting leaves at least 16 dead in Herat 16 Taliban militants killed by own explosives in Ghazni Suicide bomber kills 8 at election rally in Helmand, including candidate Air strikes kill 6 ISIS militants, destroy 2 drug labs in Nangarhar Taliban leaders ready for peace talks, says Afghan officials Afghan forces kill 6 Taliban militants in Faryab Coalition air strike kills 6 ISIS militants in Nangarhar Suicide bomber hits election rally in Nangarhar Coalition air strike kills 2 Taliban senior commanders in Kunar Afghan forces kill at least 26 militants in Paktia operation NDS arrests 2 suspected Haqqani Network militants in Kabul Coalition air strikes kill 21 ISIS militants in Nangarhar