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Taliban allows Red Cross to resume operations as militant casualties mount | Security
Taliban allows Red Cross to resume operations as militant casualties mount

The insurgents are in dire need of humanitarian assistance as military pressure on group ramps up, experts say.

Youth call out Taliban at 'peace and ceasefire' cricket tournament | Youth
Youth call out Taliban at 'peace and ceasefire' cricket tournament

Youth from seven southern provinces urged the Taliban at cricket tournament to accept peace and declare a nationwide ceasefire.

Taliban destroys civilian hospital in Zabul, misleads public about target | Security
Taliban destroys civilian hospital in Zabul, misleads public about target

The militants said the target of the car bomb was the National Directorate of Security (NDS) building in Qalat, but the weakened group instead took out a nearby hospital.

Herat prosthetists give war-disabled a new start | Health
Herat prosthetists give war-disabled a new start

The Taliban's long and violent campaign against the government has resulted in the maiming of thousands of civilians.

ISIS increasingly finds Afghanistan an inhospitable 'safe haven' | Security
ISIS increasingly finds Afghanistan an inhospitable 'safe haven'

Observers say Taliban fighters who are thinking of joining ISIS should think twice, as the terrorist group faces increasingly harsh resistance to its presence in Afghanistan.

Military pressure in Badakhshan forces 42 Taliban militants to surrender | Security
Military pressure in Badakhshan forces 42 Taliban militants to surrender

The former fighters said they regret their actions against the government and apologised to the Afghan people.

Herat residents deride Taliban's 'bad faith' in peace talks | Diplomacy
Herat residents deride Taliban's 'bad faith' in peace talks

Many Afghans at a rally in Herat city said the insurgents' true aim in the peace talks was to attain power and reinstate an 'Islamic emirate' that most Afghans reject.

Taliban body count skyrockets as coalition forces ramp up operations | Security
Taliban body count skyrockets as coalition forces ramp up operations

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have been killed in recent action following the group's failure to choose peace instead of war.

Taliban suicide bombings target civilians in public spaces, kill nearly 50 | Elections
Taliban suicide bombings target civilians in public spaces, kill nearly 50

The violent acts show that the militants have no interest in peace, said President Ashraf Ghani.

Questions swirl as weakened Taliban turns to Russia after talks falter | Diplomacy
Questions swirl as weakened Taliban turns to Russia after talks falter

Afghans are wondering what the weakened militant group and its military backer are discussing after the group undermined the peace process by its own actions.

Surrendered Taliban militants to receive plots of land in Laghman | Security
Surrendered Taliban militants to receive plots of land in Laghman

Authorities are offering beleaguered fighters who join the peace process an opportunity to restart their lives.

US expands powers to target terrorist groups and their financial backers | Terrorism
US expands powers to target terrorist groups and their financial backers

The new powers to act against financial institutions come as the Iranian regime flouts international sanctions via a large petroleum shipping network.

Twitter analysis suggests Taliban uses bots, fake accounts to boost followers | Technology
Twitter analysis suggests Taliban uses bots, fake accounts to boost followers

Of the accounts following Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, about 21% have never tweeted, 56% sent 10 tweets or less, and 41% were created in the past seven months.

Destroyed Taliban bomb-making facilities in Ghazni linked to 'world's terrorists' | Security
Destroyed Taliban bomb-making facilities in Ghazni linked to 'world's terrorists'

The militants had taken over shops in Nawa District to make explosives, and locals say the 'world's terrorists' live with the Taliban in the area.

Taliban's military training during negotiations betrays own rhetoric on peace | Security
Taliban's military training during negotiations betrays own rhetoric on peace

The Taliban's propaganda showing the military training of their new recruits is the latest sign that the militants have no intention of making peace despite taking part in negotiations.

Taliban leaders find themselves in weakened position after talks called off | Security
Taliban leaders find themselves in weakened position after talks called off

Instead of choosing a peace deal finally within sight after 18 years, the Taliban decided to use Afghan lives as bargaining chips. Now Taliban leaders are paying for their thirst for violence.

Kunduz residents describe miserable living conditions after Taliban offensive | Security
Kunduz residents describe miserable living conditions after Taliban offensive

Food prices have soared, basic services were cut and many families fled their homes to escape the fighting.

More than 150 Taliban, ISIS fighters renounce violence in Kunar, Badakhshan | Security
More than 150 Taliban, ISIS fighters renounce violence in Kunar, Badakhshan

More fighters are giving up their militancy amid increased military pressure and operations by security forces, and the realisation that what they are doing is not 'jihad'.

'Is this Jihad?' Afghans ask, as Taliban destroys more electricity pylons in Herat | Security
'Is this Jihad?' Afghans ask, as Taliban destroys more electricity pylons in Herat

About 70% of Herat city residents and the entire Herat Industrial Park are affected by the blackout caused by continuing Taliban sabotage.

Civilians rescued from Taliban prisons recount torture, killings | Terrorism
Civilians rescued from Taliban prisons recount torture, killings

Prisoners say they were dragged out of their cells and beaten harshly in front of foreigners who the Taliban apparently were trying to impress.

Taliban kills and injures scores of civilians in another Kabul car bombing | Terrorism
Taliban kills and injures scores of civilians in another Kabul car bombing

The Taliban appear to be ramping up attacks in the capital as the Afghan government and US negotiators work to reach a peace deal.

Taliban threats against Salaam Telecom draw outrage from Afghans | Security
Taliban threats against Salaam Telecom draw outrage from Afghans

There already are reports that Taliban militants forced Baghlan Province residents to swallow their Salaam Telecom SIM cards.

Taliban abduct, beat members of the People's Peace Movement | Security
Taliban abduct, beat members of the People's Peace Movement

Peace activists say that although they have suffered harassment and imprisonment by the Taliban, they will not stop seeking an end to violence in Afghanistan.

Murder spree exposes Taliban's cynical 'peace' negotiation tactics | Security
Murder spree exposes Taliban's cynical 'peace' negotiation tactics

The tactic being employed by the Taliban -- setting off car bombs, invading cities, etc -- exposes how the militant group values power over the well being of common Afghan it claims to represent.

NATO 'fully supports' US peace efforts in Afghanistan | Security
NATO 'fully supports' US peace efforts in Afghanistan

In return for reducing troop numbers, the Taliban would vow to cut ties with al-Qaeda and open negotiations with the Afghan government with the aim of creating an eventual cease-fire.

ISIS media machine showing major signs of breakdown | Media
ISIS media machine showing major signs of breakdown

The group's propaganda effort has stalled amid a shortage of resources and attacks on its communications equipment.

Newsbrief

Afghan special forces kill 6 Taliban militants in Ghazni Pompeo condemns Taliban bombings, calls for 'genuine commitment to peace' Taliban roadside bombs kill 6 civilians in Farah, Ghazni Afghan forces storm ISIS hideout in Kabul, kill 2 militants Taliban car bomb kills 4 in Kabul as US forces escalate attacks on group Afghan forces retake Keran Wa Manjan District, kill dozens of Taliban members Mission in Afghanistan is 'unchanged,' NATO says Afghan forces kill 36 Taliban fighters in Balkh Afghan forces retake 2 districts in Badakhshan from Taliban Afghan forces kill Taliban shadow governor for Badakhshan Afghan forces repel attack on Farah, kill 85 Taliban members Khalilzad returns to Doha for more talks with Taliban Afghan operations kill 33 Taliban militants in Ghazni Afghan air strike kills 7 Taliban militants in Badakhshan Police kill 2 Taliban suicide bombers targeting wedding in Kandahar