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Herat residents urge Tehran, Moscow to end Taliban support and spur peace process | Security
Herat residents urge Tehran, Moscow to end Taliban support and spur peace process

Without foreign financial and arms support, the Taliban would not be able to sustain its fight against the government, say Afghans in Herat.

Afghan politicians attend conference in Pakistan to boost co-operation | Security
Afghan politicians attend conference in Pakistan to boost co-operation

A delegation of Afghan politicians met with top Pakistani officials in Murree.

24 members of ISIS, Taliban surrender to Nangarhar security forces | Security
24 members of ISIS, Taliban surrender to Nangarhar security forces

Some of the militants say that their commanders were from foreign countries.

Iran ramps up smuggling of US dollars from Afghanistan | Economy
Iran ramps up smuggling of US dollars from Afghanistan

'Those who smuggle dollars to Iran are the enemies of the Afghan state and people,' said one official.

Handmade drawings vs. satellite imagery: US military pinpoints downed drone's flight | Security
Handmade drawings vs. satellite imagery: US military pinpoints downed drone's flight

The US military provided a precise map that utilised satellite technology to show where the drone had been flying, while the Iranians drew a contrary map by hand.

ISIS recruiting focus on millennial women represents worry for future | Security
ISIS recruiting focus on millennial women represents worry for future

The European Union's police agency says ISIS is targeting women from the millennial generation as it seeks new recruits after the fall of its so-called "caliphate".

Conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak in Afghanistan | Health
Conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak in Afghanistan

Polio immunisation is compulsory in Afghanistan, but distrust of vaccines is rife, especially in areas controlled by the Taliban.

Twitter releases new trove of banned Iranian propaganda | Security
Twitter releases new trove of banned Iranian propaganda

Twitter took down nearly 5,000 accounts associated with or backed by the Iranian regime.

Pro-al-Qaeda media promotes the Taliban amid Afghan peace negotiations | Media
Pro-al-Qaeda media promotes the Taliban amid Afghan peace negotiations

The promotion of the Taliban on Al-Bayan comes when a potential peace deal would require the Taliban to guarantee Afghanistan will never become a safe haven for terror groups.

Afghan forces rescue hundreds of Taliban hostages in illegal detention | Security
Afghan forces rescue hundreds of Taliban hostages in illegal detention

Many of the 'prisoners' freed by Afghan forces over the past few months were brutally mistreated by the Taliban, kept underground underfed and sometimes executed without trial.

US releases more incriminating evidence of Iranian regime's role in tanker attacks | Security
US releases more incriminating evidence of Iranian regime's role in tanker attacks

The US military also announced the deployment of 1,000 troops to the Middle East, while Tehran set a countdown until it breaches a nuclear deal.

Helmand residents praise security forces for security during Ramadan, Eid | Security
Helmand residents praise security forces for security during Ramadan, Eid

Locals say it is their obligation to support Afghan forces in order to prevent terrorist activities.

Suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers represent 'clear threat' to global trade | Security
Suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers represent 'clear threat' to global trade

The world community is coming to terms with the reality that the Iranian regime is trying to disrupt the free flow of commerce through the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Attacked on Eid, Takhar residents unite to chase out Taliban militants | Security
Attacked on Eid, Takhar residents unite to chase out Taliban militants

A number of Taliban militants took advantage of the absence of local residents who had gone to observe Eid prayers to take over a number of villages. A popular uprising chased the militants out.

Major Taliban losses in Ghazni restore sense of normalcy for many residents | Security
Major Taliban losses in Ghazni restore sense of normalcy for many residents

Residents are rejoicing in their newfound freedom after security operations eliminated many top Taliban commanders in Deh Yak and Khwaja Omari districts.

Continuing clashes between ISIS and Taliban plague residents in Nangarhar | Security
Continuing clashes between ISIS and Taliban plague residents in Nangarhar

Both groups have committed 'limitless cruelty' and respected neither holy month of Ramadan nor Eid, said one local resident.

Taliban disrupt telecommunications in Takhar following defeats on battlefield | Security
Taliban disrupt telecommunications in Takhar following defeats on battlefield

The Taliban have shut down telecommunication services from 5pm to 5am in retaliation for being beaten back by Afghan forces in the area.

Fatemiyoun fighters disguised as refugees pose 'grave' threat to Afghanistan | Security
Fatemiyoun fighters disguised as refugees pose 'grave' threat to Afghanistan

The Iranian regime secretly sends a number of Fatemiyoun fighters every day to Herat Province disguised as refugees in a bid to stoke religious conflict in the country.

Afghan saffron farmers enjoy price surge amid ban on imports from Iran | Economy
Afghan saffron farmers enjoy price surge amid ban on imports from Iran

Prices have doubled on national and international markets following a move by President Ghani to ban imports of low-quality Iranian product.

Rural Afghans bear brutal cost of militants' war | Security
Rural Afghans bear brutal cost of militants' war

'We hope that the Taliban comes and makes peace... so that no one gets killed or wounded in this country,' said Shafiqullah, 15.

Taliban's 'Operation al-Fatah' meets stiff resistance in Zabul | Security
Taliban's 'Operation al-Fatah' meets stiff resistance in Zabul

Afghan forces have stymied the Taliban's efforts to control certain districts in the province, and new operations are being planned against the militant group.

The Taliban's endless war is not jihad, Kunar residents say | Religion
The Taliban's endless war is not jihad, Kunar residents say

Participants of a gathering on June 2 released a six-article declaration urging the Taliban to make peace, observe a ceasefire and hold direct talks with the Afghan government.

Iranian-made rocket in Kandahar shows Tehran's continued support of Taliban | Security
Iranian-made rocket in Kandahar shows Tehran's continued support of Taliban

Concerns continue to grow over Tehran and Moscow's support for the Taliban and their bid to derail the peace process.

Taliban leader's rejection of Eid ceasefire draws ire of Afghans | Security
Taliban leader's rejection of Eid ceasefire draws ire of Afghans

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada's message of war has earned him the nickname 'the enemy of peace'.

Iranian bank ordered to leave Afghanistan amid speculation of terrorism financing | Business
Iranian bank ordered to leave Afghanistan amid speculation of terrorism financing

Arian Bank was engaged in illegal activities on behalf of the Iranian regime, including financing the Taliban, say observers.

Taliban detains People's Peace Movement marchers in Helmand | Security
Taliban detains People's Peace Movement marchers in Helmand

About 25 marchers are being held by militants, according to members of the movement.

Surrendered Taliban fighters in Farah vow to defend Afghan forces | Security
Surrendered Taliban fighters in Farah vow to defend Afghan forces

The group brought with them machine guns, mortars, vehicles and ammunition, and pledged to defend and support the Afghan security forces.

Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive' leads to hundreds of civilian casualties | Security
Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive' leads to hundreds of civilian casualties

More than 700 civilians have been killed or wounded over the past two months, while the Taliban claim their annual offensive targets security forces.

ISIS threats loom in Afghanistan months after collapse of so-called 'caliphate' | Terrorism
ISIS threats loom in Afghanistan months after collapse of so-called 'caliphate'

ISIS fighters who waged a bloody campaign in Iraq and Syria are heading to Afghanistan to continue their violent insurgency and help plot attacks against the United States.

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Coalition air strike kills 2 ISIS members in Nangarhar US to begin new round of talks with Taliban this week, Khalilzad says Afghan commandos kill 4 Taliban militants in Faryab Germany, Qatar working on 'inter-Afghan' talks, UN says Iran shoots down US drone in 'unprovoked' attack over international airspace Coalition air strike kills 4 Taliban militants in Farah US seeks comprehensive peace agreement, not withdrawal accord: Khalilzad Afghan special forces destroy Taliban tunnel in Faryab, killing 15 militants Joint Afghan, coalition operation kills 26 Taliban militants in Faryab ISIS roadside bomb kills 10-year old girl in Nangarhar Air strike kills Taliban's shadow district governor in Farah Kabul police arrest Taliban attack organiser Police kill 6 Taliban militants on Kandahar-Uruzgan highway Police kill 8 Taliban militants in Farah Afghan artillery strikes kill 3 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Kunar Afghan special forces kill 16 Taliban fighters in Faryab Suicide bomber in Jalalabad kills 9, including child Faryab police kill 5 Taliban militants, wound 7 Nangarhar government releases 32 former Taliban members from prison Afghan special police kill Taliban shadow district governor in Sar-e-Pul Police kill dozens of Taliban fighters in Zabul while repelling attack Roadside bomb planted by Taliban kills 6 civilians in Kandahar Afghan forces kill 16 Taliban fighters in Sar-e-Pul Afghan forces rescue 47 captives from Taliban prisons in Baghlan, Kunduz Afghan special forces kill 30 elite Taliban fighters in Nangarhar Afghan militants 'deliberately and knowingly' targeted civilians during Ramadan: UN Special forces kill 12 Haqqani Network commanders in Khost Coalition air strike kills 2 Taliban Red Unit commanders Afghan forces kill 15 Taliban militants in Maidan Wardak Afghan forces foiled up to 70 attacks across the country during Eid: Interior Ministry Afghan forces retake Taliban-held district in Ghazni Afghan special forces rescue dozens held in Taliban prison in Faryab Ghani pledges to release almost 900 prisoners in Eid address Special forces rescue 9 captives from Taliban prison in Ghor Ghani says he will visit Islamabad in late June Afghan special forces rescue 9 held in Taliban prison in Ghazni Afghans call for ceasefire during Eid Kabul bus blast kills 4 government employees