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Taliban roadside bomb strikes passenger bus on Kandahar-Herat highway | Terrorism
Taliban roadside bomb strikes passenger bus on Kandahar-Herat highway

The blast killed at least 34 people, mostly women and children, and wounded at least 17, officials said.

Turkmen ISIS militants relocate to Afghanistan after defeat in Syria | Terrorism
Turkmen ISIS militants relocate to Afghanistan after defeat in Syria

Many of the estimated 400 Turkmen militants who fought for ISIS in Syria and Iraq and survived are now in parts of Afghanistan that border Turkmenistan.

Afghan election season kicks off despite deadly Kabul attack | Terrorism
Afghan election season kicks off despite deadly Kabul attack

At least 20 people were killed and 50 others wounded in an attack targeting the Kabul office of President Ashraf Ghani's running mate, Amrullah Saleh.

Hundreds of Kunduz women demand ceasefire ahead of Independence Day | Security
Hundreds of Kunduz women demand ceasefire ahead of Independence Day

Say 'yes' to peace and unite with the government, women urge the Taliban.

Afghanistan, US agree to accelerate peace talks with Taliban | Diplomacy
Afghanistan, US agree to accelerate peace talks with Taliban

'Now is the time to accelerate efforts to reach a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan,' a joint statement said.

Citizen co-operation with police surges following Taliban's threats against media | Security
Citizen co-operation with police surges following Taliban's threats against media

No threat can change the public's intention to co-operate with security forces and report suspicious activity to the 119 Police Call Centre, observers say.

ISIS, Taliban strike Kabul with three separate bombings | Security
ISIS, Taliban strike Kabul with three separate bombings

The violence comes just three days before the official campaign season for the September 28 presidential election begins.

Khan vows to help bring Afghan Taliban to peace talks | Diplomacy
Khan vows to help bring Afghan Taliban to peace talks

Pakistan will no longer follow the 'strategic depth' policy with Afghanistan, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in Washington.

Female Afghan refugees in Pakistan learn skills to become self-reliant | Refugees
Female Afghan refugees in Pakistan learn skills to become self-reliant

The women's handmade jewellery was highlighted at a fashion show in Karachi.

Khalilzad returns to Afghanistan, Qatar for peace negotiations | Diplomacy
Khalilzad returns to Afghanistan, Qatar for peace negotiations

Khalilzad is set to resume talks with the Taliban in Doha.

Herat residents praise bravery and dedication of Afghan forces | Security
Herat residents praise bravery and dedication of Afghan forces

'People should support these heroes because they spill their blood for us,' said one resident.

Afghan forces capture 40 Taliban militants in Kandahar | Security
Afghan forces capture 40 Taliban militants in Kandahar

The arrests come as Afghan forces are stepping up their operations against militants across the province.

Taliban attack Kandahar residents for refusing to abandon homes | Security
Taliban attack Kandahar residents for refusing to abandon homes

Elderly and young civilians were among the victims of the militants' brutality.

Taliban militants indiscriminately hit civilian, security targets | Terrorism
Taliban militants indiscriminately hit civilian, security targets

Taliban attacks on schools and police alike show the group's lack of direction and low regard for human life.

Gulf tensions rise as Iran's Revolutionary Guards seize oil tanker | Security
Gulf tensions rise as Iran's Revolutionary Guards seize oil tanker

The US military also shot down an Iranian drone after it threatened an American naval vessel in the Strait of Hormuz.

Afghans outraged by Taliban attacks victimising children | Terrorism
Afghans outraged by Taliban attacks victimising children

Taliban attacks earlier this month killed and wounded scores of children, causing trauma and suffering that could last a lifetime, say observers.

Afghan refugees in Pakistan rejoice over new bank accounts | Refugees
Afghan refugees in Pakistan rejoice over new bank accounts

A move by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this year to allow Afghan refugees to open bank accounts in Pakistan will help stop illegal money transactions.

Taliban shut down health centres in Maidan Wardak, depriving thousands of care | Security
Taliban shut down health centres in Maidan Wardak, depriving thousands of care

The latest incident follows other Taliban efforts to deny Afghans medical treatment.

Youth from 13 provinces gather in Herat to call on Taliban to stop fighting | Security
Youth from 13 provinces gather in Herat to call on Taliban to stop fighting

Citizens' patience with the long, destructive war has worn out, say young Afghans.

Joint Turkmen-Afghan projects aim to boost Afghan peace and stability | Diplomacy
Joint Turkmen-Afghan projects aim to boost Afghan peace and stability

Turkmenistan hopes to route electricity and natural gas through Afghanistan to promising markets in South Asia, but peace and stability must be established first.

More than 1,500 Afghans in Kandahar call for peace, immediate ceasefire | Security
More than 1,500 Afghans in Kandahar call for peace, immediate ceasefire

The Taliban should end their war on innocent Afghans and negotiate directly with the government, say participants.

Former militant commander in Kunar regrets fighting for foreigners | Security
Former militant commander in Kunar regrets fighting for foreigners

Fourteen former militants surrendered to authorities in Kunar Province, expressing regret for fighting for foreign interests.

War-weary Afghan children find joy, healing in circus training | Health
War-weary Afghan children find joy, healing in circus training

Performing helps young people mentally escape the horror of the violence waged by the Taliban, say psychologists.

Taliban brutality brings despair to residents in Zabul Province | Security
Taliban brutality brings despair to residents in Zabul Province

Militants burned homes, looted shops, and seized locals who support the government in Shah Joy District, leaving many with nothing.

Sputnik banned from global media conference for 'spreading disinformation' | Media
Sputnik banned from global media conference for 'spreading disinformation'

Afghan officials and media observers have said that the Russian media outlet publishes 'news' with no regard for journalistic principles such as integrity and accuracy.

ISIS, Taliban battle for control over talc mines in Nangarhar | Security
ISIS, Taliban battle for control over talc mines in Nangarhar

The rival militant groups aim to sell the mineral to help finance their insurgent activities.

Pedaling for peace: Afghan cyclists deliver message of hope on 4,000km journey | Security
Pedaling for peace: Afghan cyclists deliver message of hope on 4,000km journey

A group of Afghan cyclists recently returned from a 70-day ride through the hills of the newly established Lapis Lazuli Route.

Iranian attack boats attempt to seize British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz | Security
Iranian attack boats attempt to seize British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

The alarming incident comes amid heightened tensions after Iranian forces shot down a US drone over international waters and attacked several other oil tankers.

Taliban assurance of 'women's rights' comes with major caveat | Women's Rights
Taliban assurance of 'women's rights' comes with major caveat

Activists are wondering how the careful wording -- 'assuring women's rights .... within the Islamic framework of Islamic values' -- will be interpreted.

Capture of armed Iranian troops in Farah demonstrates continuing interference | Security
Capture of armed Iranian troops in Farah demonstrates continuing interference

The two armed military personnel were driving a military vehicle far from the Iranian border when they were arrested.

Herat residents disabled by Taliban urge militants to cease terrorist acts | Security
Herat residents disabled by Taliban urge militants to cease terrorist acts

Leaders of the militant outfit should be tried for war crimes, say civil society and victim advocacy groups.

Afghan meeting in Doha ends with 'roadmap for peace' | Diplomacy
Afghan meeting in Doha ends with 'roadmap for peace'

The Taliban agreed to safeguard the security of public institutions but refused calls for a ceasefire.

Tehran admits to breaching nuclear deal amid international unease | Security
Tehran admits to breaching nuclear deal amid international unease

The Iranian regime is getting closer to the enrichment level needed to build a nuclear bomb -- crossing a red line for almost all nations.

Afghan talks in Doha continue into 2nd day | Diplomacy
Afghan talks in Doha continue into 2nd day

About 70 delegates -- comprised of Afghans politicians and the Taliban -- are attending the two-day gathering organised by Germany and Qatar.

Taliban suicide attack wounds 50 children in Ghazni | Terrorism
Taliban suicide attack wounds 50 children in Ghazni

The blast comes less than a week after 50 other children were wounded in another wayward Taliban attack in Kabul that damaged five schools.

Afghan border forces, police block Taliban drug trafficking route in Herat | Security
Afghan border forces, police block Taliban drug trafficking route in Herat

Security forces in Herat Province have arrested 120 suspects accused of drug smuggling over the past three months and seized hundreds of kilogrammes of illegal narcotics.

Taliban's destruction of key bridge cuts off 20 villages in Takhar Province | Security
Taliban's destruction of key bridge cuts off 20 villages in Takhar Province

Afghan security forces have launched an operation to flush out the militants from the area and to end the suffering of civilians.

Tehran ignores world calls to stop uranium enrichment | Security
Tehran ignores world calls to stop uranium enrichment

Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States are just a few of the nations calling for the regime to cease its troubling activity.

Badghis residents suffer as Taliban cuts electricity, telecommunications | Security
Badghis residents suffer as Taliban cuts electricity, telecommunications

'If the Taliban are claiming that they are doing jihad, they can tell me where it says it is allowed in jihad to cut off electricity and create hardships,' said one resident.

Illegal dumping of Iranian chicken products cripples Afghan poultry farmers | Economy
Illegal dumping of Iranian chicken products cripples Afghan poultry farmers

The Afghan government declared the import of poultry products from Iran illegal after an outbreak of avian influenza last year decimated the industry.

Military operations force Taliban leaders into hiding along Pakistan border | Security
Military operations force Taliban leaders into hiding along Pakistan border

Commanders of the insurgent group are seeking refuge along the border with Pakistan, while low-ranking members are left to face intensified attacks daily.

Taliban, Afghan politicians scheduled to talk in Qatar | Diplomacy
Taliban, Afghan politicians scheduled to talk in Qatar

The intra-Afghan talks are a fresh attempt to make political headway in ongoing peace talks.

Students sift through remnants of their schools after deadly Taliban attack | Security
Students sift through remnants of their schools after deadly Taliban attack

Monday's blast damaged five schools, wounded 50 children, and cast doubt on how these students would be able to continue their studies.

Taliban ramps up attack against Afghans amid fresh peace talks | Terrorism
Taliban ramps up attack against Afghans amid fresh peace talks

Taliban militants killed dozens and wounded more than 100 -- including 50 children -- in three separate attacks across Afghanistan in recent days.

ISIS-Taliban clashes spread to Kunar Province | Security
ISIS-Taliban clashes spread to Kunar Province

Fighting between the two groups has raged for months in Nangarhar, and now the violence has spread to Kunar.

Newsbrief

Afghan special forces kill 18 Taliban insurgents in 2 provinces 3 Taliban militants killed by own bombs Afghan, US air strikes kill 23 Taliban militants Afghanistan extradites Tajik ISIS suspect Turkmen aid convoy reaches Afghanistan Taliban claim responsibility for attack that killed Croatian soldier Air strike thwarts suicide truck bombing plot in Ghazni Nangarhar residents kill 9 ISIS members Afghan forces kill 28 Taliban militants in Farah Coalition forces gun down 'enemy insider' in Ghazni Afghan forces kill one of Taliban's 'most dangerous' commanders in Jawzjan Laghman police repel Taliban attack, killing 2 militants Afghan forces kill 13 Taliban militants in Faryab Afghan forces kill 19 Taliban militants in Faryab, including commander Afghan forces kill 19 Taliban militants in Faryab Roadside bomb kills 9 civilians in Kandahar US not 'cutting and running' from Afghanistan, says Khalilzad ISIS suicide bomber strikes Nangarhar wedding Afghan forces kill 16 Taliban militants in Kandahar Ghani calls on Taliban to negotiate with Afghan government Afghan special forces kill 5 Taliban militants in Faryab Afghan joint operations kill 48 Taliban fighters in Logar Police kill senior commander of Taliban Red Unit in Kandahar Afghan commandos kill Taliban shadow district governor in Faryab Coalition air strike kills 3 ISIS members in Nangarhar Afghan operations kill 31 Taliban militants in Maidan Wardak Afghan forces kill almost 400 Taliban militants in 2 weeks of northern operations Taliban claim responsibility for attack on popular uprising in Baghlan Afghan forces kill 20 Taliban fighters in Farah Iran exceeds enriched uranium stockpile limit in violation of nuclear deal