The month-long exercise included training in physical, weapons, tactical and leadership skills as well as computer and English-language courses.
The annual bill the Taliban militants extort from local residents comes down to about 60 million AFN [$800,000], say Kunduz electricity officials.
The death of Mullah Abdul Manan, Taliban's shadow governor for Helmand, has struck a blow to the already divided and militarily weakened militants, officials say.
The ability to carry out nighttime air strikes will allow the air force to more effectively target militant hideouts and support ground forces.
The new strategy has seen an increase in air and ground operations aimed at removing key Taliban officials from the battlefield.
Afghan immigrants are speaking out against the violence committed by Iranian border guards and officials.
The admission of official talks between Iran and the Taliban by a senior official underscores Iran's continuing malign influence in Afghanistan.
The military, ideological and cyber wars being waged against ISIS have greatly impaired the group's media capabilities.
Afghan saffron cultivation is expected to reach 14 tonnes by next year -- three years ahead of schedule, officials say.
Afghanistan will soon begin shipping its products to the European markets, done primarily through its two main ports, Aqina and Turghandi.
Recent peace overtures -- involving the Afghan government, United States, Taliban and other international stakeholders -- have sparked hope among war-weary Afghans.
Iran's financial and military support for the Taliban across Afghanistan is meant to prolong and expand the Afghan war, officials say.
The Afghan government is committed to fighting all illegal armed groups, including warlords, unauthorised armed groups and other violent power brokers, officials say.
The government is preparing for 'a face-to-face meeting' with the Taliban, officials say.
Idrees Syawash, with a small library mounted to the back of his bicycle, plans to ride to every province to spread a message of literacy and education.
By destroying the TV sets, the Taliban are attempting to limit public access to the news and to conceal their rampant crimes.
The militants were beating up truck drivers and extorting millions of afghanis from them daily, according to local authorities.
Residents of Darzab and Qush Tepa districts are returning home after Afghan security forces regained control of the area.
The Taliban take shelter in civilian homes in an attempt to protect themselves from Afghan and international forces, officials and residents say.
Six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation have been suspended as the Attorney General's Office investigates allegations of physical and sexual abuse involving female players.
'We will spread the message of peace among our people from now on and will raise our voices for peace from the pulpit of our mosques,' one imam said.
Afghanistan's first lady's office has mobilised a network of 11,000 women from across the country to share their ideas for peace and engage in talks with the Taliban.
Hundreds of women and women's rights activists united in Kunduz city to call on the Taliban to end the violence and join the peace process.
Residents of areas previously under Taliban control expressed relief following the arrival of government forces.
Efforts are underway to stem the import of inferior Iranian saffron, which President Ashraf Ghani banned October 7.
'Peace is our motive,' said the organiser of the tournament.
Afghan forces, aided by coalition air power, have stepped up operations to beat back the Taliban militants in Farah Province who are terrorising local civilians with Iran's support.
Anyone who provides the Taliban or ISIS with assistance will be punished by local elders, which could include expulsion from their homes and villages.
More girls are enrolling in schools due largely because of the investments made by the Afghan government and its partners in the education sector.
Abdul Manan's death is a major blow to the Taliban in Helmand and other southern provinces, say officials.
US officials displayed a collection of weapons that Iran supplies to militant groups in Afghanistan and across the Middle East, including anti-tank guided missiles provided to the Taliban.