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Afghan women's rights 'absolute red line' in Taliban talks, says Rabbani | Women's Rights
Afghan women's rights 'absolute red line' in Taliban talks, says Rabbani

Germany could host the third session of peace talks, says the Afghan foreign minister.

Reclaimed from militants, Kunar's forests spur woodworking opportunities | Economy
Reclaimed from militants, Kunar's forests spur woodworking opportunities

Local craftspeople are expanding their wares to wooden gifts and home-decor items.

Clashes between Taliban, ISIS displace up to 2,000 families in Kunar | Security
Clashes between Taliban, ISIS displace up to 2,000 families in Kunar

The provincial government is preparing aid for those who fled their homes.

'We couldn't say no': Harsh rules, violent punishments under ISIS rule | Terrorism
'We couldn't say no': Harsh rules, violent punishments under ISIS rule

The fall of ISIS's last remaining territory heralds the end of the living hell it imposed on millions.

Fate awaits captured ISIS fighters in Syria | Terrorism
Fate awaits captured ISIS fighters in Syria

The United States wants countries to repatriate the fighters, while the Kurds want to set up an international tribunal. All the allies want the extremists behind bars.

Herat officials encourage enrolment as students head back to school | Education
Herat officials encourage enrolment as students head back to school

The Afghan government is taking steps to bolster education as opportunities continue to grow, while more and more people are urging the Taliban to stop killing the spirit of eduction.

Taliban murder pregnant woman, unborn child in Sar-e-Pul | Crime Justice
Taliban murder pregnant woman, unborn child in Sar-e-Pul

The woman reportedly criticised the Taliban by calling their war against the government 'illegitimate'.

ISIS loses final territory in Syria, and its so-called 'caliphate' crumbles | Terrorism
ISIS loses final territory in Syria, and its so-called 'caliphate' crumbles

The fall of Baghouz, the last remaining bastion of ISIS, marks the death of its so-called 'caliphate', but the threat of the terrorist group remains.

Zahra Elham becomes 1st woman to win on Afghan Star | Women's Rights
Zahra Elham becomes 1st woman to win on Afghan Star

From 2005 through 2018, all the winners were men.

Armed with copies of the Koran, hundreds of Kunduz residents rally for peace | Security
Armed with copies of the Koran, hundreds of Kunduz residents rally for peace

Weary from decades of war, citizens marched for an end to the conflict between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Afghan youth, alienated from Taliban, refuse to sacrifice freedoms for peace | Security
Afghan youth, alienated from Taliban, refuse to sacrifice freedoms for peace

As Afghanistan's youth population continues to grow, so does discontent with the prospect of the Taliban's return to governing.

Afghans laud new online application system for passports | Science Technology
Afghans laud new online application system for passports

The initiative is expected to boost the number of passports issued from about 2,500 to 10,000 a day.

Doomed ISIS fighters make final stand in Syria | Terrorism
Doomed ISIS fighters make final stand in Syria

Recent gains brought a months-old operation to wipe out the last vestige of ISIS's once-sprawling proto-state closer to its inevitable outcome.

Kunduz sets sights on building 100 new school buildings | Education
Kunduz sets sights on building 100 new school buildings

The move will help improve education in the region as many students have been forced to study in open spaces because of damaged or destroyed facilities.

Women in Herat demand preservation of their achievements | Security
Women in Herat demand preservation of their achievements

Demonstrators demanded the continuation of women's rights and achievements if the Taliban join a future Afghan government.

Taliban face 'eye for an eye' retaliation for soldiers' killings | Security
Taliban face 'eye for an eye' retaliation for soldiers' killings

The Taliban will face harsh retribution for any loss of life among security personnel, Herat Provincial Governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi said.

Iranian TV shows aimed at insulting Afghans stir increasing anger | Media
Iranian TV shows aimed at insulting Afghans stir increasing anger

Iranian television shows often depict insulting racist caricatures of Afghans, portraying them as poor, weak and inferior characters.

New electoral commission leaders reflect women's achievements since Taliban rule | Elections
New electoral commission leaders reflect women's achievements since Taliban rule

Two women will lead Afghanistan's electoral commissions, giving them significant roles in ensuring the transparency and fairness of upcoming elections.

Consultative Loya Jirga to seek national consensus on Taliban peace talks | Security
Consultative Loya Jirga to seek national consensus on Taliban peace talks

The jirga will allow Afghans to determine limits for the government delegation that will negotiate with the Taliban.

Afghan government welcomes 'real strides' in US-Taliban talks | Diplomacy
Afghan government welcomes 'real strides' in US-Taliban talks

'Its clear all sides want to end the war,' said US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

Incoherent Taliban propaganda betrays fractures in group | Media
Incoherent Taliban propaganda betrays fractures in group

Wavering positions and constant walk-backs in Taliban statements undercut the group's message and claims of unity.

Afghans call for curbed water flow to Iran | Economy
Afghans call for curbed water flow to Iran

Afghan officials have repeatedly accused Iran of supporting the Taliban to prevent the construction of dams in the western region of the country.

Playgrounds in Herat provide children a haven from conflict | Youth
Playgrounds in Herat provide children a haven from conflict

Thanks to the efforts of a local businessman, three indoor playgrounds equipped with modern equipment have opened in the city, providing a haven for families seeking refuge.

Taliban rob villagers, torch homes during Sar-e-Pul rampage | Security
Taliban rob villagers, torch homes during Sar-e-Pul rampage

Militants are taking revenge on villagers who co-operated with the government. Security operations are underway to retake the affected areas.

Dying ISIS territory in Syria empties itself of last survivors | Security
Dying ISIS territory in Syria empties itself of last survivors

Tens of thousands of civilians have been trucked out in recent weeks from the jihadists' ever-shrinking territory in Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq.

Suspected ISIS member behind attack on Mazari ceremony arrested | Security
Suspected ISIS member behind attack on Mazari ceremony arrested

The attack on the major political gathering killed three people and wounded 22 others, and aimed to stir up sectarian strife.

Defending women's rights, Afghan trailblazer stares down Taliban representatives | Women's Rights
Defending women's rights, Afghan trailblazer stares down Taliban representatives

Fawzia Koofi, an outgoing MP and women's rights activist, defended her daughter's rights in front of Taliban representatives during a meeting last month in Moscow.

Pakistan to allow Afghan refugees to open bank accounts | Refugees
Pakistan to allow Afghan refugees to open bank accounts

The gesture of goodwill means refugees can have access to safe money-transaction services.

Weary of war and the Taliban, Herat residents sow hope for peace | Security
Weary of war and the Taliban, Herat residents sow hope for peace

Locals united in a call for peace with a tree-planting gesture after years of violence inflicted on the country by militants.

Militants kill at least 16 in suicide attack on Nangarhar construction firm | Security
Militants kill at least 16 in suicide attack on Nangarhar construction firm

All five attackers were killed by security forces, said officials.

Unshackled from Taliban rule, Logar women seek bigger role in government | Women's Rights
Unshackled from Taliban rule, Logar women seek bigger role in government

The provincial government is trying to ensure greater women's participation in education and in government offices.

Doctors treating civilian war victims face daily horrors of conflict | Security
Doctors treating civilian war victims face daily horrors of conflict

The uptick in violence coincides with a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by the 'deliberate targeting of civilians by the Taliban and ISIS.

Afghan women get a taste of empowerment with beekeeping businesses | Women's Rights
Afghan women get a taste of empowerment with beekeeping businesses

More women are starting their own beekeeping farms to produce honey, providing them with business opportunities unavailable to them during the Taliban regime.

In photos: Afghan forces rescue families trapped by flood waters in Kandahar | Environment
In photos: Afghan forces rescue families trapped by flood waters in Kandahar

Afghan security forces have rescued about 400 families.

Afghans applaud soldiers' vows to defend country 'to our last drop of blood' | Security
Afghans applaud soldiers' vows to defend country 'to our last drop of blood'

Afghans throughout the country celebrated Security Forces National Day, honoring the sacrifices made by the nation's defence personnel, who vowed to protect the nation and its people.

Kunduz youth, athletes call on Taliban to stop fighting and accept peace | Security
Kunduz youth, athletes call on Taliban to stop fighting and accept peace

As peace talks continue, children as well as athletes in the province are uniting in their demand for the Taliban to end the war.

US offers up to $1 million reward for information on Hamza bin Laden | Terrorism
US offers up to $1 million reward for information on Hamza bin Laden

His location is unknown, but many speculate he is near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Newsbrief

US Central Command gets new chief Afghan police destroy drug lab in Badakhshan Afghan ambassador set to return to Islamabad after diplomatic row Coalition air strike kills 5 ISIS militants in Nangarhar Afghan forces kill 4 Taliban militants in Baghlan Afghan special forces kill 21 militants in Helmand Pakistan works to calm uproar over Khan's comments on Afghanistan Khalilzad embarks on another tour for Afghan peace Air strike kills 6 Taliban militants, including intelligence chief, in Helmand Afghan forces kill at least 87 ISIS fighters in Nangarhar Coalition forces investigate claims of civilian casualties in Kunduz Special police arrest 4 Taliban militants in Nangarhar Afghan forces kill 2 Taliban fighters in Kunduz, Badakhshan 2 US service members killed in Afghanistan ISIS blasts kill 6 in Kabul during Nawruz celebrations Afghan officials delay presidential elections until September Afghan forces kill 23 militants while repelling Taliban attack in Farah Afghan forces kill 27 Taliban fighters in Kunduz Afghan forces killed 3,800 Taliban in north over past year, says general Kazakhstan, Afghanistan eye enhanced co-operation Afghan forces kill 28 Taliban fighters in Faryab Afghan forces kill 7 Taliban bomb makers in Nangarhar NDS special forces kill 2 leaders of ISIS assassination squad in Nangarhar Afghan police destroy Taliban explosive cache in Kandahar NDS special forces storm Taliban facilities in Nimroz Air strikes kill at least 31 al-Qaeda members in Ghazni Afghan air strikes kill 7 Taliban fighters in Kunduz NDS arrests 3 key Taliban members in Baghlan 'Delusional claim': Kabul rejects new report on Mullah Omar NDS special forces kill mastermind of Jalalabad construction company attack Death toll of attack on Kabul gathering reaches 11 Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, says NATO chief 'No orders to withdraw' from Afghanistan, says top US general Afghan forces kill at least 10 Taliban militants in Kunduz Police arrest senior Haqqani Network commander in Nangarhar NDS special forces kill mastermind of attack on Helmand troops Afghan forces kill 35 ISIS fighters in Nangarhar Afghanistan's election commissions choose 2 women as leaders Afghan air strikes kill 7 militants in Faryab Premature explosion kills 2 militants in Herat Afghan forces kill 20 Taliban militants in foiled attack in Helmand