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In photos: female Afghan army officers receive combat training in India | Security
In photos: female Afghan army officers receive combat training in India

The month-long exercise included training in physical, weapons, tactical and leadership skills as well as computer and English-language courses.

Taliban's theft of electricity payments may trigger power cut-offs in Kunduz | Economy
Taliban's theft of electricity payments may trigger power cut-offs in Kunduz

The annual bill the Taliban militants extort from local residents comes down to about 60 million AFN [$800,000], say Kunduz electricity officials.

Taliban suffer broken morale following death of Helmand shadow governor | Security
Taliban suffer broken morale following death of Helmand shadow governor

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.

Afghan Air Force's new night capabilities represent growing threat to militants | Security
Afghan Air Force's new night capabilities represent growing threat to militants

The ability to carry out nighttime air strikes will allow the air force to more effectively target militant hideouts and support ground forces.

Afghan forces kill dozens of Taliban leaders in new strategy | Security
Afghan forces kill dozens of Taliban leaders in new strategy

The new strategy has seen an increase in air and ground operations aimed at removing key Taliban officials from the battlefield.

Viral video of Iranian officer beating Afghan refugees sparks public outrage | Crime Justice
Viral video of Iranian officer beating Afghan refugees sparks public outrage

Afghan immigrants are speaking out against the violence committed by Iranian border guards and officials.

Iran confirms official links with Taliban | Security
Iran confirms official links with Taliban

The admission of official talks between Iran and the Taliban by a senior official underscores Iran's continuing malign influence in Afghanistan.

Once powerful media outlets of ISIS now second-rate | Media
Once powerful media outlets of ISIS now second-rate

The military, ideological and cyber wars being waged against ISIS have greatly impaired the group's media capabilities.

Saffron production set to exceed expectations in Afghanistan | Economy
Saffron production set to exceed expectations in Afghanistan

Afghan saffron cultivation is expected to reach 14 tonnes by next year -- three years ahead of schedule, officials say.

Newly inaugurated Lapis Lazuli Route opens doors for Afghan exports to Europe | Economy
Newly inaugurated Lapis Lazuli Route opens doors for Afghan exports to Europe

Afghanistan will soon begin shipping its products to the European markets, done primarily through its two main ports, Aqina and Turghandi.

Herat residents optimistic as efforts for peace continue | Diplomacy
Herat residents optimistic as efforts for peace continue

Recent peace overtures -- involving the Afghan government, United States, Taliban and other international stakeholders -- have sparked hope among war-weary Afghans.

Taliban arms cache in Ghazni points to Iran's efforts to expand war | Security
Taliban arms cache in Ghazni points to Iran's efforts to expand war

Iran's financial and military support for the Taliban across Afghanistan is meant to prolong and expand the Afghan war, officials say.

Afghans welcome government crackdown on warlords, power brokers | Crime Justice
Afghans welcome government crackdown on warlords, power brokers

The Afghan government is committed to fighting all illegal armed groups, including warlords, unauthorised armed groups and other violent power brokers, officials say.

Afghan government delegation in Abu Dhabi for Taliban peace talks | Diplomacy
Afghan government delegation in Abu Dhabi for Taliban peace talks

The government is preparing for 'a face-to-face meeting' with the Taliban, officials say.

Activist's bike journey spreads message of education across Afghanistan | Education
Activist's bike journey spreads message of education across Afghanistan

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.

Taliban burn residents' TVs in Ghor to hide group's crimes | Security
Taliban burn residents' TVs in Ghor to hide group's crimes

By destroying the TV sets, the Taliban are attempting to limit public access to the news and to conceal their rampant crimes.

Afghan forces move to secure highways against Taliban's 'customs tax' extortion | Security
Afghan forces move to secure highways against Taliban's 'customs tax' extortion

The militants were beating up truck drivers and extorting millions of afghanis from them daily, according to local authorities.

Jawzjan residents recount 3 years of ISIS atrocities | Security
Jawzjan residents recount 3 years of ISIS atrocities

Residents of Darzab and Qush Tepa districts are returning home after Afghan security forces regained control of the area.

Civilians say Taliban use of human shields shows weakness, cruelty | Human Rights
Civilians say Taliban use of human shields shows weakness, cruelty

The Taliban take shelter in civilian homes in an attempt to protect themselves from Afghan and international forces, officials and residents say.

Afghans welcome government probe of sexual abuse in women's football | Crime Justice
Afghans welcome government probe of sexual abuse in women's football

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.

Panjwai District religious scholars vow to spread calls for peace | Security
Panjwai District religious scholars vow to spread calls for peace

'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.

Afghan women playing key role in national efforts for peace | Women's Rights
Afghan women playing key role in national efforts for peace

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.

Kunduz women rally under banner 'Enough with the War!' | Security
Kunduz women rally under banner 'Enough with the War!'

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.

Afghan forces clear Taliban from 70 villages in Balkh Province | Security
Afghan forces clear Taliban from 70 villages in Balkh Province

Residents of areas previously under Taliban control expressed relief following the arrival of government forces.

Herat authorities work to implement ban on Iranian saffron imports | Economy
Herat authorities work to implement ban on Iranian saffron imports

Efforts are underway to stem the import of inferior Iranian saffron, which President Ashraf Ghani banned October 7.

Afghan refugees find inspiration in new Peshawar cricket league | Refugees
Afghan refugees find inspiration in new Peshawar cricket league

'Peace is our motive,' said the organiser of the tournament.

Afghan, coalition forces drive Iran-backed Taliban militants from Farah | Security
Afghan, coalition forces drive Iran-backed Taliban militants from Farah

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.

Nangarhar elders vow expulsion for residents who support militants | Security
Nangarhar elders vow expulsion for residents who support militants

Anyone who provides the Taliban or ISIS with assistance will be punished by local elders, which could include expulsion from their homes and villages.

Public interest in educating girls grows in Parwan Province | Education
Public interest in educating girls grows in Parwan Province

More girls are enrolling in schools due largely because of the investments made by the Afghan government and its partners in the education sector.

Coalition air strike kills Taliban shadow governor in Helmand | Security
Coalition air strike kills Taliban shadow governor in Helmand

Abdul Manan's death is a major blow to the Taliban in Helmand and other southern provinces, say officials.

Iran's disregard for UN resolutions, Afghan people on display | Security
Iran's disregard for UN resolutions, Afghan people on display

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.

Newsbrief

Over 1,000 Taliban killed in coalition air strikes in less than 2 months Coalition air strike in Nangarhar kills ISIS-K spokesman Kabul to send delegation to Jeddah for peace talks with Taliban Premature car bomb blast kills 5 militants in Ghazni Afghan police kill Taliban shadow district governor in Faryab Afghan air strike kills Haqqani Network leader in Paktika Afghan forces kill at least 11 Taliban militants in Helmand NATO commits to continued support of Afghanistan US envoy doubts Afghan Taliban's desire for peace Afghan peace talks were 'productive': US envoy Premature bomb blast kills 4 Taliban militants in Faryab Afghan commandos kill Taliban Red Unit leader in Paktika Joint operation kills 5 ISIS members in Kunar Coalition air strike kills senior Taliban leader in Herat Independent Election Commission wraps up recount in Kabul Joint operation in Kandahar leads to multiple militant casualties NDS kills at least 12 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar Premature bomb blasts lead to Taliban casualties in Laghman, Kunar Coalition air strike kills Taliban executioner in Zabul Coalition air strikes kill 15 militants in 3 provinces Ghani inaugurates Lapis Lazuli Corridor in Herat Coalition air strike kills 20 militants in Farah, including senior Taliban commander Afghan forces kill 251 Taliban militants in month in Helmand: governor Coalition air strike kills 7 ISIS fighters in Nangarhar Afghan Air Force hits Taliban in Uruzgan in 1st nighttime strikes Taliban official on UN sanctions list arrested in Kandahar Police in Uruzgan and Kandahar kill at least 8 Taliban militants Taliban-claimed attack kills at least 12 in Kabul Afghan forces kill Taliban shadow governor for Paktika NDS forces kill local ISIS leader in Nangarhar Leader killed in Taliban infighting in Kunduz Authorities in Kabul and Samangan foil bombing plots Kabul voting results for Wolesi Jirga elections invalidated Joint operations kill at least 72 Taliban militants in Ghazni Faryab operations kill 7 Taliban militants Afghan forces kill 57 Taliban militants in 1 week in Farah Ghazni blast claims life of 4th US soldier Afghan operation kills at least 6 Taliban militants in Kunduz Joint operation kills 13 Taliban in Kapisa Afghan soldier arrested after joining the Taliban Afghan intelligence foils assassination plot in Kabul