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Militants, religious fanatics hamper polio eradication in Pakistan, Afghanistan | Health
Militants, religious fanatics hamper polio eradication in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Government authorities and religious scholars on both sides of the border are working to counter anti-vaccination propaganda and end the preventable disease.

Bilateral cooperation allows Afghan doctors to get helping hand from Pakistan | Health
Bilateral cooperation allows Afghan doctors to get helping hand from Pakistan

Current efforts are part of a series of aid and development projects worth $500 million that started in 2007 under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme.

US sanctions on Fatemiyoun, Zainabiyoun militias target Iran's export of unrest | Security
US sanctions on Fatemiyoun, Zainabiyoun militias target Iran's export of unrest

The new sanctions aim to shut down the illicit networks Iran uses to export terrorism and unrest across the globe, the US Treasury said.

Thousands of Kunduz residents sign petition for peace | Society
Thousands of Kunduz residents sign petition for peace

The petition will be displayed in Kabul in early February to raise awareness among national and international stakeholders that the Afghan people want peace at any cost.

Ghani calls on Taliban to 'enter serious talks' with Kabul | Diplomacy
Ghani calls on Taliban to 'enter serious talks' with Kabul

Intra-Afghan talks are the only solution for peace, said US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

Volunteers collect more than 8,000 books for Jalalabad public library | Education
Volunteers collect more than 8,000 books for Jalalabad public library

The campaign also raised about 100,000 AFN ($1,320) for the library to purchase additional books.

Herat religious scholars, civil activists urge Taliban to stop their 'illegitimate' war | Security
Herat religious scholars, civil activists urge Taliban to stop their 'illegitimate' war

The religious justification the Taliban uses for the war in Afghanistan has no support in the teachings of Islam, religious scholars say.

Abdullah invites investors to Afghanistan during World Economic Forum | Economy
Abdullah invites investors to Afghanistan during World Economic Forum

Afghanistan's natural resources are more precious than gold, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said in Davos, while peace talks between US and Taliban representatives continue in Qatar.

Taliban force women and children out in the cold in Faryab | Security
Taliban force women and children out in the cold in Faryab

The militants have forced nearly 200 families out of their homes into the cold, targetting those whose family members work for the Afghan security forces.

Mastermind of Maidan Wardak attack killed, rest of perpetrators on the run | Security
Mastermind of Maidan Wardak attack killed, rest of perpetrators on the run

Afghan forces responded quickly to the Taliban attack, which comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at bringing the Taliban to the table.

New operations in Laghman prepare groundwork for presidential election | Security
New operations in Laghman prepare groundwork for presidential election

The joint operations have so far killed at least 25 Taliban militants, injured many others, and have cemented government authority over more than 20 villages in Alishang District, Laghman Province.

Nangarhar religious scholars, civil activists urge Taliban to seek peace | Security
Nangarhar religious scholars, civil activists urge Taliban to seek peace

Activists raised concerns about increased regional interference, saying that certain intelligence agencies do not want the Taliban to make peace with the Afghan government.

Afghanistan remains centerpiece of Uzbekistan's foreign policy for 2019 | Diplomacy
Afghanistan remains centerpiece of Uzbekistan's foreign policy for 2019

Conflict resolution and economic development in Afghanistan will be some of the main priorities of Uzbekistan's foreign policy in 2019, the president said.

Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply | Environment
Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply

The capital's population has more than doubled in a generation and is draining its aquifers almost twice as fast as precipitation can recharge them.

Hundreds protest in Taliban heartland demanding end to Afghan war | Security
Hundreds protest in Taliban heartland demanding end to Afghan war

In Kandahar, the southern cradle of the Taliban, and in the eastern cities of Khost and Jalalabad, they marched holding placards saying: No War, We want ceasefire and We want Peace.

Iran's 'training' for Afghan journalists denounced as brainwashing | Media
Iran's 'training' for Afghan journalists denounced as brainwashing

Iran hosts 15-20 local Afghan journalists every year for training courses, a programme that has effectively become a platform for Tehran to increase its influence in Afghanistan, participants say.

Afghan forces eliminate Taliban command centres in Nangarhar | Security
Afghan forces eliminate Taliban command centres in Nangarhar

ANDSF have freed almost 34 villages from the Taliban's grip and are supporting popular uprisings to help maintain long-term security in Ghani Khel District.

Afghan forces clear Taliban from dozens of Farah villages | Security
Afghan forces clear Taliban from dozens of Farah villages

The operations have killed dozens of Taliban members and have cleared more than 30 villages of insurgents.

Al-Qaeda calls for the destruction of ISIS and its 'deviant' caliph al-Baghdadi | Religion
Al-Qaeda calls for the destruction of ISIS and its 'deviant' caliph al-Baghdadi

Al-Qaeda says ISIS members are unable to understand Islamic texts and are bent on carrying out treason and treachery wherever they have influence. The same however could be said of al-Qaeda.

Taliban claim Kabul truck bombing, warn more to follow | Terrorism
Taliban claim Kabul truck bombing, warn more to follow

Afghan officials suggested the latest bombing appeared to be an attempt to derail the burgeoning peace process, vowing that it would not go unanswered.

Afghan forces keep up military pressure on Taliban during winter months | Security
Afghan forces keep up military pressure on Taliban during winter months

In previous years, the intensity of operations against the Taliban faded during the winter, but this year the Afghan government has decided there will be no lull.

Iranians fighting alongside Taliban highlight Tehran's ongoing interference | Security
Iranians fighting alongside Taliban highlight Tehran's ongoing interference

'Iran uses every possible option to maintain its influence in Afghanistan and interfere in our internal matters,' a Kabul observer said.

Afghan peace delegation concludes 4-day visit to Pakistan | Diplomacy
Afghan peace delegation concludes 4-day visit to Pakistan

The delegation expressed Afghanistan's desire to work closely with Pakistan on finding a political solution to peace with the Taliban.

Taliban depriving thousands of Kunduz girls of an education | Education
Taliban depriving thousands of Kunduz girls of an education

Besides denying girls access to schools, the Taliban hire their own teachers, monitor school attendance and provide their own curriculum.

Iran links to Taliban are 'explicit interference' in Afghan affairs: Kabul | Diplomacy
Iran links to Taliban are 'explicit interference' in Afghan affairs: Kabul

Afghan officials have denounced recent statements by the Iranian foreign minister and the ongoing support from Iran to the Taliban.

Record number of Afghan migrants returned home from Iran in 2018 | Refugees
Record number of Afghan migrants returned home from Iran in 2018

Facing economic hardship and abuse in Iran, many Afghan returnees say they will 'never go back'.

US special envoy back in region for Afghan peace talks | Diplomacy
US special envoy back in region for Afghan peace talks

Khalilzad, who met last month with Taliban representatives in Abu Dhabi, will travel to Afghanistan as well as China, India and Pakistan on his latest trip, which will last through January 21.

Iran's dealings with Taliban constitute effort to topple Afghan government | Security
Iran's dealings with Taliban constitute effort to topple Afghan government

The growing ties between Iran and the Taliban represent tacit recognition of a militant group by Tehran, undermining peace efforts and Kabul's negotiating position.

In photos: Gora back on the market | Economy
In photos: Gora back on the market

Nangarhar residents favour the Afghan sweet made from sugar cane over the Pakistani variant.

Taliban omits its own attacks in civilian casualty claims | Security
Taliban omits its own attacks in civilian casualty claims

The Taliban's total number of civilian casualties is about half the number reported by the United Nations and does not include the group's major terrorist attacks on civilian targets.

Nangarhar police praised for return of security | Security
Nangarhar police praised for return of security

Local residents have begun to resume their normal lives after authorities took measures to ensure security.

Taliban are 'tired of fighting' and hope for peace: former militant commander | Security
Taliban are 'tired of fighting' and hope for peace: former militant commander

The Taliban are divided and don't understand the true concept of jihad, said Mawlawi Abdul Haq, a former Taliban military chief in Badakhshan Province.

7,000 Helmand residents received prosthetic limbs last year | Health
7,000 Helmand residents received prosthetic limbs last year

The International Committee of the Red Cross is providing life-changing services free of charge to Afghanistan's victims of war, officials and recipients of prosthetic limbs say.

Afghan children demand peace through drawings, writing | Youth
Afghan children demand peace through drawings, writing

Using their writings and drawings, almost 2,000 schoolchildren gathered in Herat City and shared their dreams for peace and called on the Taliban to end the war.

Afghan mothers gather in Herat to advocate for peace | Tolerance
Afghan mothers gather in Herat to advocate for peace

More than 60 women gathered in Herat city as part of the Peace Mothers initiative, a growing network of women from across the spectrum engaged in advancing the peace process.

Iranian propaganda outlets spread lies around the globe | Analysis
Iranian propaganda outlets spread lies around the globe

Experts have expressed concern over a recent report that reveals Iran's attempts to extend its influence via media outlets.

Newsbrief

NDS special forces kill 11 Taliban militants in Kunduz Balkh religious scholars urge Taliban to negotiate directly with Kabul Afghan forces kill 8 ISIS militants in Nangarhar Afghan special forces rescue 38 from Taliban prison in Helmand Premature explosion kills 4 ISIS members in Kunar Afghan officials launch probe of civilian casualties in Helmand Coalition air strike in Nangarhar kills senior ISIS member Joint operation kills 57 Taliban militants, key leaders in Faryab NDS operatives arrest 3 would-be suicide bombers in Nangarhar Coalition air strikes kill 5 ISIS members in Nangarhar Coalition air strikes kill 6 militants in Nangarhar, Kapisa NDS forces arrest 30 terrorists in Kandahar Afghan operation kills at least 39 Taliban militants in Badghis Taliban, ISIS militants surrender in Nangarhar Joint police operation kills Taliban shadow district governor in Farah Afghan operation kills 7 Taliban militants in Faryab Fight will continue if Taliban chooses to fight, says US special envoy Coalition air strike hits ISIS members in Kunar Car bombing rocks Green Village in Kabul Kabul parliamentary election results announced Air strikes in Baghlan kill 25 Taliban militants, including 3 commanders Afghan night raid kills key Taliban leader in Kabul Taliban attack in Herat kills 5 Afghan air strike kills 6 militants, including Taliban intelligence chief for Faryab Coalition air strike kills 8 ISIS members in Nangarhar Air strike kills 21 militants including key Taliban commander in Balkh Coalition air strike kills 3 ISIS members in Nangarhar Afghan operations kill at least 15 Taliban militants in Kunduz and Takhar 'We are naming 2019 as a year of peace for Afghanistan,' says Ghani envoy NDS arrests 11 militants in Kandahar Key Taliban leader surrenders in Jawzjan Paktika police kill 8 Tailban militants Khost bomb kills 2 civilians Roadside bomb kills 8 civilians in Paktika Afghan forces kill 48 Taliban militants in Kandahar Gold mine collapse kills 30 in Badakhshan Joint operations kill 14 Taliban militants in Faryab Afghan troops kill 71 militants in past 24 hours: Defence Ministry Afghan forces clear Tashkan District, Badakhshan, of Taliban NDS special forces arrest Taliban district shadow governor in Balkh Afghan troops kill at least 11 Taliban militants in Faryab Helmand police kill at least 5 Taliban militants Ghani's peace envoy to visit Pakistan for talks 25 Taliban militants, 2 Iranians killed in Faryab 13 civilians in Ghazni killed by Taliban IEDs in past 10 days