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Rumours about US support for ISIS in Afghanistan dismissed as foreign ploy | Security
Rumours about US support for ISIS in Afghanistan dismissed as foreign ploy

Neighbouring countries propagate such rumours to create confusion among the Afghan people and to sow distrust among Afghans and their foreign partners, observers say.

New polio cases recorded in Helmand following Taliban anti-vaccination campaign | Health
New polio cases recorded in Helmand following Taliban anti-vaccination campaign

Nineteen cases of the disease have been reported in six provinces since the Taliban forced an end to door-to-door polio vaccination campaigns in May.

Taliban's destruction of bazaar in Baghlan leads to massive financial loss | Security
Taliban's destruction of bazaar in Baghlan leads to massive financial loss

A Taliban attack on November 14 led to the razing of the main bazaar in Burka District and the destruction of more than two dozen shops, leaving many locals desperate.

Officials confirm that presidential election will not be delayed | Elections
Officials confirm that presidential election will not be delayed

The election will occur April 20 as planned, said the country's election commission Tuesday in debunking earlier reports.

Scores of Taliban lay down arms in Nangarhar following crackdown | Security
Scores of Taliban lay down arms in Nangarhar following crackdown

More militants are renouncing violence and joining the peace process as Afghan forces step up operations against the Taliban and ISIS, officials and local residents say.

Iran accused of blowing up mosques to instigate religious war in Afghanistan | Security
Iran accused of blowing up mosques to instigate religious war in Afghanistan

A host of former Afghan officials say Iran is deliberately stoking sectarian tensions in Afghanistan to drive up recruitment in its militias fighting in proxy wars across the region.

More Herat farmers turn to saffron as alternative to poppies | Economy
More Herat farmers turn to saffron as alternative to poppies

The Afghan government is providing incentives for Herat farmers to grow saffron, worth up to $8 per gram, instead of illegal or haram crops such as opium poppies.

Government orders investigation of attack on army mosque in Khost | Terrorism
Government orders investigation of attack on army mosque in Khost

Although ISIS claimed responsibility, President Ashraf Ghani put part of the blame on the Taliban and on sanctuaries of suicide bombers in neighbouring countries.

Tajikistan's new dam project to provide needed electricity to Afghanistan, Pakistan | Energy
Tajikistan's new dam project to provide needed electricity to Afghanistan, Pakistan

The power plant is expected to provide up to 3,600MW -- the equivalent of three nuclear power plants -- when it is completed in a decade.

Afghan farmers fleeing drought face more hardship in camps | Environment
Afghan farmers fleeing drought face more hardship in camps

Almost 2.2 million Afghans have been affected by drought in multiple provinces, which has displaced residents and destroyed crops, livestock and water supplies.

Victims recount 'absolute horror' in Kabul bombing on Prophet's birthday | Terrorism
Victims recount 'absolute horror' in Kabul bombing on Prophet's birthday

A suicide bomb tore through a banquet hall filled with hundreds of religious scholars gathered to mark the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, killing at least 55 people.

Taliban use diversionary tactics to undermine anti-drug operations in Baghlan | Security
Taliban use diversionary tactics to undermine anti-drug operations in Baghlan

The Taliban are trying to keep security forces away from key poppy fields in Baghlan Province because they fear losing the illicit revenue. The government in response is expanding its efforts.

Facing death or arrest, ISIS militants continue to surrender in Nangarhar | Security
Facing death or arrest, ISIS militants continue to surrender in Nangarhar

Former militants say they were disillusioned by promises of an Islamic caliphate and then realised the reality -- that ISIS is killing innocent Afghans at the behest of foreigners.

Alarming number of Afghan youth return from Iran addicted to drugs | Youth
Alarming number of Afghan youth return from Iran addicted to drugs

Afghans who travelled to Iran for work tell harrowing stories about how their employers hooked them on drugs.

Nangarhar farmers, officials pledge to wipe out poppy crops | Security
Nangarhar farmers, officials pledge to wipe out poppy crops

Farmers will be punished if they continue to grow illegal crops and local officials face dismissal if they fail to restrict poppy cultivation in the province, Nangarhar's governor warned.

Iran 'directly involved' in attack on border guards, says Afghan general | Security
Iran 'directly involved' in attack on border guards, says Afghan general

A group of Taliban militants, supported by Iranian intelligence agencies, killed at least 20 border troops and abducted another 20 in Farah Province, according to officials.

Afghans flee 'absolute terror' of Taliban violence in Ghazni Province | Terrorism
Afghans flee 'absolute terror' of Taliban violence in Ghazni Province

Thousands of people abandoned their homes in Hazara-dominated areas in the province the past week, as the Taliban intensified their fighting, killing dozens of innocent civilians.

Taliban division grows as leaders dismiss commanders who shun violence | Security
Taliban division grows as leaders dismiss commanders who shun violence

Taliban leaders in Herat have expelled many of their disenchanted commanders and members who are reluctant to keep fighting.

Afghan forces, Nangarhar residents seek to terminate ISIS remnants | Security
Afghan forces, Nangarhar residents seek to terminate ISIS remnants

Hundreds of popular uprising members are accompanying Afghan forces in joint operations against ISIS, which has long terrorised residents of Nangarhar Province.

Senior officials, generals among those held accountable on corruption charges | Crime Justice
Senior officials, generals among those held accountable on corruption charges

The government has adopted sweeping anti-corruption reforms, enabling the Attorney General's Office to prosecute and imprison dozens of senior officials.

Moscow 'peace conference' highlights Taliban infighting, Russian meddling | Diplomacy
Moscow 'peace conference' highlights Taliban infighting, Russian meddling

A Taliban splinter group deemed the summit 'bogus' while Afghans from all sides rejected Russia's alleged aim to foster peace.

'Generation Positive' class teaches animation skills to girls in Herat | Technology
'Generation Positive' class teaches animation skills to girls in Herat

We want to introduce the culture of Afghanistan to the world through animation, said Sara Barakzai, 24, the founder of the training course.

Taliban militants extort ushr from Kunduz farmers | Terrorism
Taliban militants extort ushr from Kunduz farmers

Through threats of violence and imprisonment, the Taliban militants pressure local farmers to pay ushr and then use the proceeds to fight the Afghan government, locals say.

War shatters glassblowing craft in Afghanistan | Business
War shatters glassblowing craft in Afghanistan

As the craft declines, survival is becoming a growing challenge for the glassblowers in Herat, including Ghulam Sakhi, whose family has been making Herati glass for '200 or 300 years'.

Hundreds of women benefit from vocational training in Kunduz | Women's Rights
Hundreds of women benefit from vocational training in Kunduz

A technical and vocational training centre is helping women in Kunduz Province gain the skills and tools necessary to earn a living and become self-sufficient.

Afghan pilot pens emotional letter to family of slain US soldier | Security
Afghan pilot pens emotional letter to family of slain US soldier

US Army Maj. Brent Taylor 'died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries', said Afghan National Army Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani.

Using drought as excuse, Taliban seek 'humanitarian' aid | Human Rights
Using drought as excuse, Taliban seek 'humanitarian' aid

Asking foreign humanitarian and aid organisations to help support Afghanistan's drought-affected areas is a money-making ploy for the Taliban.

Afghan officials concerned over influx of Iranian drug addicts into Herat | Security
Afghan officials concerned over influx of Iranian drug addicts into Herat

Iran is expelling drug addicts over the border into Afghanistan, raising concerns that some agents among could them be serving an Iranian political, economic or intelligence agenda.

Kunduz residents hold Taliban accountable for destruction of their homes | Elections
Kunduz residents hold Taliban accountable for destruction of their homes

Unable to confront Afghan forces directly, Taliban militants hid in civilians' homes on election day, resulting in the destruction of more than 50 houses and the deaths of residents unable to flee.

Afghanistan earns World Bank's praise for improving business climate | Economy
Afghanistan earns World Bank's praise for improving business climate

Afghanistan moved up 16 places in the World Bank's rankings for ease of doing business.

'Enough with the war': Jawzjan women urge Taliban to make peace | Security
'Enough with the war': Jawzjan women urge Taliban to make peace

Women from Jawzjan Province gathered October 29 in the provincial capital Sheberghan and urged the Taliban to make peace and end the bloodshed in the country.

Newsbrief

Dozens killed in Taliban infighting in Herat Coalition air strike kills 12 militants in Ghazni Taliban car bomb kills at least 10 outside British security company in Kabul Afghan forces kill at least 55 Taliban fighters in Kunduz Afghan forces kill at least 27 Taliban militants in Nangarhar Ghani announces negotiating team for peace talks with Taliban NATO probes Helmand air strike after reports of civilian casualties Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in Ghazni Authorities in Kabul foil bombing plot Taliban ambush kills 22 police in Farah Afghan forces repel Taliban attacks in Faryab, kill 2 militants Afghan commandos kill at least 13 Taliban militants in Kunduz Suicide bomber kills dozens at Kabul religious ceremony Security operation kills at least 14 militants in Balkh Afghan forces kill 51 ISIS militants in Nangarhar US envoy 'cautiously optimistic' for Afghan peace deal Afghan forces clear Malistan District, Ghazni Province, of militants Afghan forces kill at least 23 Taliban militants in Farah Afghan forces to intensify operations against militants Afghan forces push back Taliban attacks in Kunduz, killing 13 militants Air strikes kill 20 militants in Ghazni NDS captures 8 militants in Kabul Afghan forces kill at least 18 Taliban militants in Faryab Taliban infighting leaves 1 commander dead in Sar-e-Pul Taliban peace deal 'when, not if', says Ghani Afghan forces prepare for large-scale offensive in Ghazni Kabul police thwart potential bombing plot Taliban burn down civilian houses in Ghazni US exempts Afghanistan from latest round of Iran sanctions Afghanistan to establish consultative board for peace efforts Herat police thwart 2 bombing plots in province Chances for Afghan peace 'greater now', says NATO chief Senior Taliban member arrested by special police in Kandahar Moscow's Afghan peace conference in limbo Coalition air strike kills 3 Taliban militants in Laghman Taliban military commission chief in Faryab succumbs to wounds 'Taliban realises they cannot win militarily', says NATO commander Coalition air strikes in Ghazni kill 12 Taliban militants