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.
Taliban militants exercised control over an area in Bati Kot District for years, collecting crops and leaving local residents scrambling for a living.
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.
Discord between warring Taliban groups has left hundreds of fighters dead in Herat, and also has compelled many to leave the insurgency altogether.
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 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.
Nearly 4 million undeterred Afghans overcame a number of security incidents and problems with voting machines to choose their members of parliament.
Nearly 9 million Afghans have registered to vote to decide who will occupy the 249 seats for next Wolesi Jirga.
The public military display is meant to assure the Afghan public of security preparations ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections, officials say.
More than 50,000 security forces have been deployed to ensure voters can exercise their democratic right during Saturday's election.
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.
The incident underscores the Iranian-backed militia's bullying tactics and the illegality of Afghans fighting in the Syrian civil war.
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).
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.
'I will either die or vote,' said one man interviewed.
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 Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, to discuss ending the war in Afghanistan through negotiations, officials say.
Officials urged the women to speak out against violence in their homes and communities.
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.
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 join the Afghan army every month, while the Afghan police have 20,000 recruits who stand ready to serve, according to officials.
'We don't want to fight anymore, nor do we want to be used by foreign countries, said one surrendering Taliban commander.
Afghan officials have accelerated efforts to curb corruption in Torkham, a major border crossing in Nangarhar Province along the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier.
Afghans can dial 410 to report humanitarian emergencies, seek assistance or receive critical information on conflict or on natural disasters.
Local officials presented the detainees, along with four Taliban members, to the media at the National Directorate of Security provincial compound in Jalalabad.
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.
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.
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.
The UN-Habitat team is helping to register unregulated houses in Kabul, checking registration documents, finding owners, issuing occupancy certificates and determining safayi.
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 militants closed down some 39 health centres across Zabul Province, depriving more than 65,000 residents of critical health services, provincial officials say.
The Kremlin's efforts to reschedule a failed conference are not meant to establish peace in Afghanistan but rather to promote its own objectives.
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.
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.
Afghan forces have broken into a number of Taliban prisons in recent months, freeing hundreds of innocent civilians, including women, children and the elderly.