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Abduction of women in Ghazni signals Taliban's aim of bringing back oppression | Crime Justice
Abduction of women in Ghazni signals Taliban's aim of bringing back oppression

Abductions and other abuses by the Taliban often go unreported to protect women's reputation.

In hiding and defeated, ISIS leader purportedly resurfaces in 1st video in 5 years | Terrorism
In hiding and defeated, ISIS leader purportedly resurfaces in 1st video in 5 years

Observers are denouncing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who fled into hiding as coalition-backed forces wiped out his so-called caliphate and took back its territory in Syria and Iraq.

Land mines take growing toll as Afghan conflict intensifies | Security
Land mines take growing toll as Afghan conflict intensifies

In 2017, more than 150 casualties a month due to land mines occurred.

Thousands gather in Kabul for consultative Loya Jirga on peace | Diplomacy
Thousands gather in Kabul for consultative Loya Jirga on peace

Organisers are billing it as the largest Loya Jirga in modern national history.

Russia, Iran supply new weapons to Taliban in bid to prolong conflict | Analysis
Russia, Iran supply new weapons to Taliban in bid to prolong conflict

The two countries are providing support to militants in hopes that the Taliban will topple the government.

Russia weighs censoring unflattering Afghan war film | Analysis
Russia weighs censoring unflattering Afghan war film

The furor comes as Russia whitewashes a conflict it once openly called a blunder.

Civilians bear brunt of Taliban roadside bombs on Kabul-Kandahar highway | Security
Civilians bear brunt of Taliban roadside bombs on Kabul-Kandahar highway

Residents and businesspeople describe the hardships inflicted by the militants' explosives.

Forced labour of Fatemiyoun members in Iran is 'akin to slavery' | Crime Justice
Forced labour of Fatemiyoun members in Iran is 'akin to slavery'

Recent images showing members of the Afghan militia -- made up mostly of Afghan refugees -- cleaning streets in Iran is further proof of Tehran's false promises to refugees.

Taliban refusal to attend Loya Jirga signals goal of violence, Afghans say | Diplomacy
Taliban refusal to attend Loya Jirga signals goal of violence, Afghans say

Organisers are hopeful that the militants will change their minds and participate in peace discussions.

Taliban faces backlash as ban on humanitarian agencies puts Afghans at risk | Security
Taliban faces backlash as ban on humanitarian agencies puts Afghans at risk

Polio vaccinations and free help to those wounded in conflict are among the services provided by the now banned Red Cross and World Health Organisation.

Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive': an annual propaganda ploy | Security
Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive': an annual propaganda ploy

Every year the Taliban say they will flatten provinces and cities and defeat the government and international forces, but their statements remain just words in the end.

Afghan forces cripple Taliban leadership, capabilities in Helmand | Security
Afghan forces cripple Taliban leadership, capabilities in Helmand

Air strikes have wiped out dozens of Taliban leaders in the province, hamstringing the group's fighters.

Russians discovered fighting alongside Taliban in Bala Murghab | Security
Russians discovered fighting alongside Taliban in Bala Murghab

A Russian doctor was among the dead killed by Afghan forces, while up to five Russian advisors were also present in the area.

'More unnecessary suffering': UN condemns Taliban's spring offensive | Security
'More unnecessary suffering': UN condemns Taliban's spring offensive

The Security Council called on all parties to hold talks for a political settlement.

Shooting for peace: Afghan basketball teams send message urging for war's end | Youth
Shooting for peace: Afghan basketball teams send message urging for war's end

Athletes united in Herat to send a message to the Taliban that peace is the only path forward.

ISIS mocks burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, calling it 'retribution' | Religion
ISIS mocks burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, calling it 'retribution'

The statement is the latest sign of ISIS's disregard for cultural heritage and its spurious interpretation of Islam.

Taliban, ISIS fighters burn down each others' homes in Kunar | Security
Taliban, ISIS fighters burn down each others' homes in Kunar

Fighting between the two insurgent groups is literally pitting brother against brother.

'Thirsty for peace': thousands of Herat residents call on Taliban to end war | Security
'Thirsty for peace': thousands of Herat residents call on Taliban to end war

Militants are unjustly committing violence in the name of Islam, said religious scholars at the rally.

Herat farmers pledge to stop growing poppy crop, cut off Taliban revenue | Security
Herat farmers pledge to stop growing poppy crop, cut off Taliban revenue

Profit earned from the cultivation of those crops -- and eventually from the trafficking of illicit narcotics -- goes directly into the pockets of the Taliban and other terrorists.

Taliban's drug business spurs surge of addicts in Nangarhar | Health
Taliban's drug business spurs surge of addicts in Nangarhar

A lack of local treatment facilities has led the provincial government to transfer addicts to Kabul for treatment.

Propaganda capabilities of ISIS degraded after Kabul social media arrests | Security
Propaganda capabilities of ISIS degraded after Kabul social media arrests

ISIS media wing members used fake social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Telegram to run a propaganda campaign against the Afghan government and to recruit new members.

Afghan forces pave way for development in Lalpur after ending years of Taliban control | Security
Afghan forces pave way for development in Lalpur after ending years of Taliban control

Residents hope that much-needed projects such as new schools and clinics will be launched now that the Taliban have been chased from power.

Afghan army provides students in Herat with much-needed hope, supplies | Education
Afghan army provides students in Herat with much-needed hope, supplies

The donations help out impoverished families and spur students to attend school.

Terror designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guards follows decades of state-sponsored bloodshed | Terrorism
Terror designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guards follows decades of state-sponsored bloodshed

The IRGC is the Iranian government's primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign, say officials.

Taliban face 'deadly consequences' if fight continues, security officials say | Security
Taliban face 'deadly consequences' if fight continues, security officials say

Afghan and coalition forces say they are ready to destroy the militant group if they walk away from peace.

In Syria's Al-Hol camp, the fight against terrorism is far from over | Terrorism
In Syria's Al-Hol camp, the fight against terrorism is far from over

Tensions are rife among women and children of ISIS fighters being held in the refugee camp.

Dozens of disillusioned ISIS and Taliban members surrender in Nangarhar | Security
Dozens of disillusioned ISIS and Taliban members surrender in Nangarhar

The militants laid down their arms after facing fierce government military operations and realising the false aims of their groups' insurgencies.

Afghan troops receive free health services as Taliban abandons wounded fighters | Health
Afghan troops receive free health services as Taliban abandons wounded fighters

Many Afghan soldiers and their families have benefited from health services free of charge, while former Taliban fighters say their leaders offer no such support.

Khamenei's praise of slain Fatemiyoun fighters stirs outrage in Afghanistan | Diplomacy
Khamenei's praise of slain Fatemiyoun fighters stirs outrage in Afghanistan

Manipulating desperate refugees to fight in foreign wars is a human rights violation, Afghan officials say.

In photos: Afghans begin clean up after losing 'everything' in deadly floods | Environment
In photos: Afghans begin clean up after losing 'everything' in deadly floods

At least 35 Afghans were killed by flash flooding in at least 5 provinces.

Taliban's 'merciless' killing of engineer reinforces citizens' enmity toward militants | Crime Justice
Taliban's 'merciless' killing of engineer reinforces citizens' enmity toward militants

The militants continue to show 'backward beliefs' and violate principles of Islam and humanity, citizens say.

Nangarhar to boost jobs for women as enthusiasm for work grows | Women's Rights
Nangarhar to boost jobs for women as enthusiasm for work grows

The provincial government is bolstering recruitment efforts in a bid to spur equal work opportunities.

Kunduz residents flourish in business amid optimism for peace | Economy
Kunduz residents flourish in business amid optimism for peace

Many say the local business environment has improved as fear of war recedes.

Coalition hunts down remaining ISIS fighters in Syria | Security
Coalition hunts down remaining ISIS fighters in Syria

The US-led coalition is conducting 'precision strike support' to help flush out the remaining militants.

Taliban threats deprive Herat residents of nighttime phone service | Security
Taliban threats deprive Herat residents of nighttime phone service

Insurgents, fearful of being tracked by network antennas , are telling operators they will burn down their towers if they provide service at night.

Newsbrief

NDS special forces kill 22 ISIS members in Nangarhar US seeks peace in Afghanistan, not withdrawal, Khalilzad says Afghan forces destroy militant arms cache; 7 ISIS members blow selves up Taliban ambush in Farah kills 9 police officers Afghan special forces kill 5 ISIS sympathisers in Nangarhar Afghan forces free 53 from Taliban prison in Zabul, kill 8 militants Ghani inaugurates new Afghan parliament Joint operation frees 10 civilians from Taliban prison in Ghazni Khalilzad launches yet another international tour for Afghan peace Afghan forces free 24 civilians abducted by ISIS in Nangarhar NDS arrests Taliban shadow district governor of Musa Qala Ghani, Pompeo discuss Afghan peace talks, Taliban spring offensive ISIS claims responsibility for attack at Communications Ministry Premature blast kills 3 Taliban militants inside mosque in Takhar US urges Kabul, Taliban to return to negotiating table as Doha talks postponed Afghan forces arrest fugitive Taliban commander in Farah Afghan forces kill 11 Taliban fighters in Faryab ISIS kills 8 members of Taliban's Red Unit in Nangarhar Unexploded mortar shell kills 7 children in Laghman Afghan forces repel Taliban attack on Tashkan District, killing 6 militants Taliban announce ban on Red Cross, WHO in Afghanistan NDS special forces raid Taliban top commander's hideout in Uruzgan Defence Ministry dismisses Taliban's spring offensive claim as 'mere propaganda' Afghan special forces destroy Taliban weapon depot, prison in Kunduz Coalition air strikes kill 13 militants in Paktika, Ghazni US vows to work for peace despite Taliban's 'cowardly' terrorist act at Bagram Afghan forces kill 99 Taliban militants in Badghis: Defence Ministry Afghan forces push back Taliban from Bala Murghab Khalilzad vows inclusive Afghan peace talks amid trip to Pakistan Afghan government to invite Taliban to attend upcoming consultative Loya Jirga 3 ISIS members arrested in Kunar Coalition air strike kills 5 ISIS fighters in Nangarhar Coalition air strike kills 5 Taliban militants in Helmand Afghan special police kill 7 militants in Helmand Afghan forces kill 4 Taliban militants after ambush on Dostum in Balkh 'The destruction is huge': flash floods kill at least 35 across Afghanistan Khalilzad arrives in Kabul to discuss peace with Afghan officials