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Improved security at Band-e-Amir triggers surge in Bamiyan Province tourism | Security
Improved security at Band-e-Amir triggers surge in Bamiyan Province tourism

The area, once known as where the Taliban blew up ancient Buddha statues, is now enjoying peace and a flourishing tourism industry.

Female police officers bring improved security to Zabul | Security
Female police officers bring improved security to Zabul

The force assigns women in many instances to search suspicious residences, and this tactic has elevated public trust in police, say officials.

Website gives women platform to amplify concerns about peace process | Women's Rights
Website gives women platform to amplify concerns about peace process

Computer science students at Herat University have developed a website and an application called "Women and Peace" upon which women with internet access can share their views.

Rifts widen within Taliban as faction claims killing of Haibatullah's brother | Security
Rifts widen within Taliban as faction claims killing of Haibatullah's brother

The surge in infighting comes at an inconvenient time for Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. He attempts to portray himself as an all powerful leader, but this killing proves otherwise.

Ghani vows to destroy ISIS after deadly wedding attack in Kabul | Security
Ghani vows to destroy ISIS after deadly wedding attack in Kabul

The Afghan president vowed to eradicate all ISIS 'nests' across the country following a suicide bombing that killed at least 63 and wounded 180.

Bombings mar Independence Day celebrations in Jalalabad | Security
Bombings mar Independence Day celebrations in Jalalabad

The attacks came as the United States and the Taliban appear to be in final negotiations for direct talks between the Afghan government and the militants.

Internally displaced Afghans from western provinces return home as security improves | Security
Internally displaced Afghans from western provinces return home as security improves

Most of those displaced in the western region of Afghanistan left their areas because of Taliban fighting in their villages.

Iranian regime provides 'massive support' for Afghan drug traffickers | Crime Justice
Iranian regime provides 'massive support' for Afghan drug traffickers

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij paramilitary force are heavily involved in drug production and trafficking and are enriching drug traffickers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Darulaman Palace emerges from ruins as 'message of peace' | Security
Darulaman Palace emerges from ruins as 'message of peace'

Reconstruction of the 'Abode of Peace' in Kabul is set to be complete by August 19, the date marking 100 years of Afghan independence from Britain.

Taliban militants surrender upon realising their insurgency 'wasn't legitimate' | Security
Taliban militants surrender upon realising their insurgency 'wasn't legitimate'

'When I realised that our 'jihad' wasn't legitimate, I contacted the NDS,' one of the fifteen militants said in Badakhshan Province last week.

Afghan authorities crack down on terrorist recruiting at universities | Terrorism
Afghan authorities crack down on terrorist recruiting at universities

Two Kabul University professors were among those arrested by the NDS in an operation against an ISIS cell.

Afghan women refuse return to nightmare of Taliban rule | Women's Rights
Afghan women refuse return to nightmare of Taliban rule

Women seen studying or working outside their homes received harsh punishment during the rule of the Taliban.

Taliban leaders lash out at investigation pointing to their secret 'posh life' | Security
Taliban leaders lash out at investigation pointing to their secret 'posh life'

Investigators in Pakistan have revealed that high-ranking members of the Afghan Taliban have secretly been running businesses, reaping huge profits.

Rallies in Nangarhar, Herat urge Taliban to declare immediate cease-fire | Security
Rallies in Nangarhar, Herat urge Taliban to declare immediate cease-fire

Religious scholars and tribal elders are optimistic that momentum will eventually lead to talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Eyeing the 'sweetness of peace', thousands in Herat urge Taliban to stop fighting | Security
Eyeing the 'sweetness of peace', thousands in Herat urge Taliban to stop fighting

Rally attendees expressed optimism that recent negotiations will end the war in Afghanistan.

Taliban behead disabled farmer in Sar-e-Pul who rejected extortion demand | Crime Justice
Taliban behead disabled farmer in Sar-e-Pul who rejected extortion demand

The farmer, who had six children and suffered from physical and mental problems, was shot 22 times then beheaded by Taliban militants for not paying ushr.

'Thirsty for peace': Afghans hope for peace amid Eid preparations | Security
'Thirsty for peace': Afghans hope for peace amid Eid preparations

A much-anticipated Eid greeting from the Taliban's top leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, made no mention of the truce that many Afghans long for.

Taliban's 'cowardly' attack on Khurshid TV employees deemed a war crime | Security
Taliban's 'cowardly' attack on Khurshid TV employees deemed a war crime

The militants had warned media ahead of the bombing not to air advertisements that encourage Afghans to support security forces.

Latest Taliban infighting in Herat leaves 34 militants dead | Security
Latest Taliban infighting in Herat leaves 34 militants dead

More than 600 Taliban members from rival sides have either been killed or wounded since infighting began in Herat more than three years ago.

Taliban militants burn bodies of Afghan soldiers in latest atrocities in Takhar | Security
Taliban militants burn bodies of Afghan soldiers in latest atrocities in Takhar

'God has created all humans as equal, and desecrating the bodies of Muslims is prohibited in Islam,' said one Islamic scholar.

Deadly Taliban bombing hits Kabul police compound | Security
Deadly Taliban bombing hits Kabul police compound

The violence comes as the Taliban talk peace and issue threats at the same time.

Citizens' Charter project brings Herat residents development, prosperity | Economy
Citizens' Charter project brings Herat residents development, prosperity

Paved roads and electricity are some of the infrastructure improvements coming under the development plan.

With Afghan forces in control, Nangarhar residents return to former ISIS stronghold | Security
With Afghan forces in control, Nangarhar residents return to former ISIS stronghold

ISIS leaders once gathered and made decisions at a mosque in Gorgora, where they ordered executions and beheadings. Now the area is back in the hands of locals.

Security forces 'fully prepared' to protect elections against Taliban threats | Security
Security forces 'fully prepared' to protect elections against Taliban threats

The Taliban released a statement warning Afghans to boycott the election, and ordered its members to 'stand against' the planned September vote.

Young Afghans remain wary of Taliban sincerity as peace talks progress | Diplomacy
Young Afghans remain wary of Taliban sincerity as peace talks progress

'We cannot trust the Taliban and their commitments because they were cruel and oppressive in their regime,' one Afghan said.

In photos: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul | Security
In photos: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul

Explosive-sniffing dogs are deployed at checkpoints and government facilities, where they are an important tool in combatting the flow of homemade bombs being smuggled into the city.

Arrest of spy ring in Herat underscores Tehran's malign intentions | Security
Arrest of spy ring in Herat underscores Tehran's malign intentions

News of suspects passing classified information to the Iranian regime follows a July incident in which armed Iranian military personnel illegally entered Afghanistan.

Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden 'dead' | Terrorism
Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden 'dead'

The son of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died sometime within the past two years, confirmed US officials.

Taliban extortion, destruction constitute major drag on economic growth | Economy
Taliban extortion, destruction constitute major drag on economic growth

Despite pledging to protect Afghan interests, Taliban attacks on infrastructure and investment projects threaten to turn back the clock on international trade and development.

Female district governor in Balkh joins front line against Taliban | Security
Female district governor in Balkh joins front line against Taliban

Saleema Mazari, the district governor of Chaharkent District, can often be seen fighting alongside security forces against the Taliban.

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Roadside bomb kills civilian in Nangarhar Afghan special forces arrest 6 Taliban militants in Logar Parwan residents set Taliban stronghold on fire Afghan forces kill 20 Taliban militants in Uruzgan Death toll from Kabul wedding bombing reaches 80 US ready to finalise peace deal, says Khalilzad Afghan special forces arrest 2 ISIS members in Kabul Taliban militants set ablaze girls' school in Kabul Air strike kills Taliban shadow district governor in Logar Special police arrest 5 suspected terrorists in Kabul Afghan forces arrest 5 Taliban militants with 400kg of opium in Farah Afghan forces kill 13 Taliban militants in Logar, Ghazni Afghan forces kill 15 Taliban members in Faryab Helmand police repel Taliban, killing 6 militants Afghan special police arrest key member of Haqqani Network in Kabul Afghan forces destroy Taliban suicide training centre in Logar Afghan government releases 35 Taliban prisoners as gesture of goodwill Coalition air strikes kill 55 Taliban militants in 2 provinces Afghan forces raid 3 ISIS hideouts in Kabul Afghan air strikes kill 31 Taliban militants in Faryab Afghan special forces arrest 4 Taliban fighters in Balkh Kabul bomb targeting TV employees' bus kills 2 Afghans US air strike kills Taliban militants in Ghazni Afghan forces kill Taliban militants from China and Chechnya in Logar IED kills 2 police officers in Kabul Afghan forces kill Taliban leaders in 2 provinces Afghan special forces destroy 3 suicide vest factories in Paktika