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In photos: Afghans demand peace as Ramadan comes to an end | Ramadan
In photos: Afghans demand peace as Ramadan comes to an end

During the holy month security forces have increased their efforts to prevent the Taliban from attacking worshippers and religious rituals.

Teenagers recount brutal Ramadan gang rape by Taliban militants in Faryab | Crime Justice
Teenagers recount brutal Ramadan gang rape by Taliban militants in Faryab

Six Taliban militants broke into a family's home, beat the mother and father, and proceeded to gang rape their two teenage daughters on the first night of the holy month.

Demoralised by the killing of innocents, Taliban fighters surrender in Takhar | Security
Demoralised by the killing of innocents, Taliban fighters surrender in Takhar

The militants also turned in two of their comrades who refused to surrender.

Attacks on Afghan schools soar, depriving children of education: UNICEF | Education
Attacks on Afghan schools soar, depriving children of education: UNICEF

More than 1,000 schools were closed by the end of 2018.

Workers struggle to save minaret of Jam while Taliban murder its defenders | Security
Workers struggle to save minaret of Jam while Taliban murder its defenders

The historical treasure is vulnerable if it faces another flood yet the Taliban have seized the opportunity to attack and kill the guards defending it.

'No mercy': Afghan forces thwart Taliban's 'spring offensive' in western region | Security
'No mercy': Afghan forces thwart Taliban's 'spring offensive' in western region

Ignoring calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan, the Taliban continued their violent campaign against the public.

Moscow, Taliban celebrate 'diplomacy' without Afghan government | Diplomacy
Moscow, Taliban celebrate 'diplomacy' without Afghan government

Moscow celebrated 100 years of diplomacy with Kabul by inviting the Taliban -- designated as a terrorist organisation in Russia -- to a celebration and talks on Afghanistan's future.

'Who is the infidel here?' Afghan security forces ask captured militants | Security
'Who is the infidel here?' Afghan security forces ask captured militants

Afghan forces presented four ISIS would-be suicide bombers and seven Taliban members at a news conference in Jalalabad.

Authorities in Pakistan on alert as ISIS declares it a new 'province' | Security
Authorities in Pakistan on alert as ISIS declares it a new 'province'

ISIS recently has claimed a number of attacks in Pakistan, as its propaganda efforts are focusing more and more on South Asia.

In photos: Afghan army observes Ramadan while ensuring security | Ramadan
In photos: Afghan army observes Ramadan while ensuring security

Soldiers say the 'fight for their people and religion' continues during the holy month.

Aid organisations return to Kunduz, sparking locals' hope for development | Economy
Aid organisations return to Kunduz, sparking locals' hope for development

More than 100 domestic and foreign aid groups left Kunduz after the Taliban briefly held the provincial capital two separate times in 2015 and 2016,

Viral video of dancing amputee shines spotlight on Taliban's stance on Red Cross | Society
Viral video of dancing amputee shines spotlight on Taliban's stance on Red Cross

Ahmad Sayed Rahman captured hearts in Afghanistan after a short video of him effortlessly dancing on his new limb was posted on Twitter.

'A symbol of bravery': Robotics team highlights Afghan girls' achievements | Women's Rights
'A symbol of bravery': Robotics team highlights Afghan girls' achievements

Team members have become 'ambassadors of technology' as they travel around the world and put a spotlight on the achievements of Afghan women since the end of the Taliban regime.

Students resume studies in Haska Mina following ISIS defeat | Education
Students resume studies in Haska Mina following ISIS defeat

Temporary facilities are being used as schools until buildings destroyed by militants can be rebuilt.

Young recruits raise morale, bolster Afghan forces in Herat | Security
Young recruits raise morale, bolster Afghan forces in Herat

New recruits have sworn to annihilate the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

Worry grows as ISIS recruiting focuses on educated youth | Terrorism
Worry grows as ISIS recruiting focuses on educated youth

The recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka underscore how militants are tapping social media and campus discussion groups to prey on students.

Herat rally denounces Taliban for servility to Russian, Iranian regimes | Security
Herat rally denounces Taliban for servility to Russian, Iranian regimes

The militant group's refusal to participate in the consultative Loya Jirga for peace has also stirred Afghans' ire.

Afghan female entrepreneurs refuse to return to 'dark era' of Taliban | Women's Rights
Afghan female entrepreneurs refuse to return to 'dark era' of Taliban

Women are calling on the government to ensure the achievements and freedoms of businesswomen in any peace deal with the Taliban.

Taliban turn girls' schools into military bases in Sar-e-Pul | Education
Taliban turn girls' schools into military bases in Sar-e-Pul

Taliban militants have shuttered 22 girls' schools in Kohistanat and Sancharak districts and threatened educators and students.

Mina Mangal, former journalist turned parliament adviser, killed in Kabul | Crime Justice
Mina Mangal, former journalist turned parliament adviser, killed in Kabul

Women's-rights activists said Mangal had recently written on social media that she felt her life was in danger.

Taliban's destruction of shrine in Ghazni is un-Islamic, religious scholars say | Religion
Taliban's destruction of shrine in Ghazni is un-Islamic, religious scholars say

The militant group continues to show its hostility toward Afghanistan's heritage and culture.

Herat residents outraged as Taliban continue to extort electricity payments | Economy
Herat residents outraged as Taliban continue to extort electricity payments

Officials say they are ready to crack down on Taliban members forcibly collecting payments from residents.

Taliban attacks on mosques in Takhar demonstrate ignorance of Islam | Religion
Taliban attacks on mosques in Takhar demonstrate ignorance of Islam

While the Taliban claim to revere religious sites and scriptures, they continue carry out attacks on mosques, exploiting Afghans' faith and trust in religion.

Aid groups reel as Taliban appear intent on murdering humanitarian workers | Security
Aid groups reel as Taliban appear intent on murdering humanitarian workers

Deteriorating security has seen international groups downgrade their presence, making it even more difficult to deliver crucial help to the country's most vulnerable citizens.

Afghan forces destroy 76 Taliban drug labs in Farah | Security
Afghan forces destroy 76 Taliban drug labs in Farah

Observers say the more drug factories are destroyed, the weaker the Taliban war machine will become.

Execution of civilians by Taliban kangaroo court outrages Afghans | Crime Justice
Execution of civilians by Taliban kangaroo court outrages Afghans

Activists and religious scholars have denounced the Taliban's sham courts and called for justice to be handled by legitimate courts.

Taliban carry out 'senseless' Ramadan attack on Kabul aid group | Security
Taliban carry out 'senseless' Ramadan attack on Kabul aid group

The target ran a civic engagement programme supporting women and other marginalised groups. The Taliban said it was attacked because it promoted the inter-mixing of men and women.

Local Army credited for keeping Taliban in check in western Afghanistan | Security
Local Army credited for keeping Taliban in check in western Afghanistan

Keeping areas secure after they have been cleared of Taliban militants by the Afghan National Army is one of the main goals of the Local Army.

Resurgent Taliban-ISIS clashes in Nangarhar force thousands to flee | Security
Resurgent Taliban-ISIS clashes in Nangarhar force thousands to flee

Skirmishes between the two rival insurgent groups broke out in mid April in the Khogyani and Shirzad districts and have been continuing intermittently since.

Taliban, ISIS fighters surrender in Nangarhar, vow to support government | Security
Taliban, ISIS fighters surrender in Nangarhar, vow to support government

A group of 35 militants handed over their weapons to local authorities in Jalalabad as part of a larger trend of militants giving up in greater numbers.

Afghan forces in Herat stamp out Taliban's extortion of development projects | Security
Afghan forces in Herat stamp out Taliban's extortion of development projects

The Taliban obtain money from developers by threatening to attack or even kill workers on projects unless the developers pay off the militants.

Ghani 'prepared' for ceasefire with Taliban after Loya Jirga calls for truce | Diplomacy
Ghani 'prepared' for ceasefire with Taliban after Loya Jirga calls for truce

Ghani also said he was willing to release 175 Taliban prisoners in a gesture of 'goodwill'.

Drug dealers, Taliban seek to expand illegal narcotics trade in Kunduz | Health
Drug dealers, Taliban seek to expand illegal narcotics trade in Kunduz

The province is financing a number of projects aimed at countering the scourge, including building infrastructure, playgrounds, and health centres, and purchasing tractors for farmers.

Afghans call for cease-fire as Loya Jirga wraps up in Kabul | Diplomacy
Afghans call for cease-fire as Loya Jirga wraps up in Kabul

Huge swathes of Afghan society worry the Taliban will try to undo advances in women's rights, media freedoms and legal protections.

Afghans applaud ease and efficiency of new online passport service | Science Technology
Afghans applaud ease and efficiency of new online passport service

The online system, launched in March, is earning praise for simplifying the process and curbing corruption.

Taliban's destruction of Farah schools shows continued hostility toward girls' education | Security
Taliban's destruction of Farah schools shows continued hostility toward girls' education

The militant group repeatedly targets educational facilities, contrary to its own propaganda.

Newsbrief

Taliban bomber targets American convoy in Kabul, killing 4 civilians Afghan special forces rescue 65 held in Taliban prisons Afghan forces kill 62 Taliban Red Unit members in Maidan Wardak ISIS claims suicide attack near Kabul military academy, killing 6 12 Taliban members killed in clash with Maidan Wardak police Afghanistan and Pakistan to participate in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 NDS seizes 2,500kg of Taliban explosives in Kabul Afghan commandos kill 5 ISIS members in Kunar Paktia police kill 2 Taliban militants, confiscate weapons Afghan forces kill 2 Taliban militants, wound 3 in Balkh Afghan special police kill 7 ISIS fighters in Kunar Afghan forces in Kunduz kill 8 Taliban militants Afghan forces thwart attempted Taliban assault in Ghazni Al-Qaeda seen throughout Afghanistan: Gen. Miller Air strikes kill 10 Taliban militants in Faryab Asian Development Bank grants loan to build solar-power plant in Afghanistan Afghan commandos kill key Taliban commander in Herat 9 Taliban militants killed in Kandahar by Afghan forces Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban militants in Ghazni NDS special forces kill 19 Taliban militants in Helmand US urges Afghan election workers to prepare for September poll 2 Pakistani ISIS members, family members surrender in Nangarhar Final results of October parliamentary elections announced Police thwart attempted suicide bombing in Maidan Wardak 2 premature bomb blasts kill Taliban commander, explosives specialist Jalalabad blasts kill at least 3 Key Taliban commander defects in Faryab Coalition air strike kills 6 Taliban militants in Farah Taliban land mine kills 7 children in Ghazni Air strike kills Taliban shadow district governor in Farah Afghan forces arrest Taliban member suspected of directing Baghlan attack Afghan forces kill Taliban shadow official in charge of kangaroo courts in Ghor US-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'steady but slow' progress Pompeo commends response of security forces following Taliban attack in Kabul Afghan commandos kill 6 Taliban militants in Farah Unidentified gunmen attack ISIS leader in Kunar Taliban Red Unit commander among 4 militants killed in Helmand Coalition air strikes kill 19 Taliban militants in 3 provinces Taliban attack in Baghlan kills at least 13 Ghani calls on Taliban to respect will of Afghans for peace Ghani to visit Pakistan to discuss peace, regional economy Taliban leader arrested with 11 bottles of alcohol in Balkh US ready for 'all sides' to lay down arms, says Khalilzad Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban fighters in Samangan Afghan forces kill senior Haqqani Network leader in Paktia Taliban militants blow up Shams-ul-Arifeen shrine in Ghazni Afghan troops kill 11 Taliban militants in Uruzgan Daudzai urges Taliban to take heed of consultative Loya Jirga Air strike kills Taliban commander, 11 militants in Herat