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Death awaits Taliban hardliners considering joining ISIS, say Afghan officials | Security
Death awaits Taliban hardliners considering joining ISIS, say Afghan officials

Authorities have intelligence suggesting that hardline Taliban commanders plan to join ISIS if a peace deal is solidified.

UN Security Council warns of 'dispersion' risk of insurgents in Syria | Terrorism
UN Security Council warns of 'dispersion' risk of insurgents in Syria

The unanimous resolution shows the international unity supporting the need to secure ISIS detainees in Syria.

Clashes escalate between Taliban, ISIS in Nangarhar, forcing residents to flee | Security
Clashes escalate between Taliban, ISIS in Nangarhar, forcing residents to flee

Afghan security forces are pounding both groups from the air and on the ground and are providing security and support for displaced residents.

Taliban bomb hits madrassa in Laghman, killing children studying Koran | Terrorism
Taliban bomb hits madrassa in Laghman, killing children studying Koran

The Taliban say they were targeting a police station, but the majority of the victims were children studying at a madrassa nearby.

Taliban execute own fighters in Ghor amid growing internal rifts | Security
Taliban execute own fighters in Ghor amid growing internal rifts

Increasing instances of sham trials and assassinations show that intra-group rivalries and power grabs are intensifying.

Afghan forces clear out Taliban from 45 villages in Takhar | Security
Afghan forces clear out Taliban from 45 villages in Takhar

Afghan forces cleared militants from a number of districts after thwarting an attack a day before the elections.

UN blames Taliban for 85 civilian deaths during election campaign | Security
UN blames Taliban for 85 civilian deaths during election campaign

Despite the casualties, Afghan security forces say election process was a success.

Taliban disagreements seen linked with illegal drug trade | Security
Taliban disagreements seen linked with illegal drug trade

The assassinations of the Taliban supreme leader's brother and other top Taliban leaders have been linked to the money supply chain of the group's illicit drug trade.

Observers commend transparency efforts in Afghan presidential election | Elections
Observers commend transparency efforts in Afghan presidential election

The voting process was much improved from last year's parliamentary elections, officials say.

UN reports 'appalling' violations endured by children in Afghanistan | Youth
UN reports 'appalling' violations endured by children in Afghanistan

The report documented more than 14,000 grave violations against children during the past four years, mainly perpetrated by the Taliban and ISIS.

Afghan forces rescue 11-year-old boy from ISIS captivity | Security
Afghan forces rescue 11-year-old boy from ISIS captivity

National Department of Security forces attacked the ISIS fighters and returned the boy unharmed into the arms of his father.

Killing of al-Qaeda offshoot leader deemed major blow against terrorism | Security
Killing of al-Qaeda offshoot leader deemed major blow against terrorism

Officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that Asim Umar, the head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in an operation on September 23.

Taliban torch ISIS houses in Kunar as cycle of reprisals continues | Security
Taliban torch ISIS houses in Kunar as cycle of reprisals continues

Struggling for power and crippled by Afghan security forces, the two groups continue to fight each other and make life miserable for local residents.

Torture of Afghan teenager in Iran draws anger, condemnation | Human Rights
Torture of Afghan teenager in Iran draws anger, condemnation

The incident follows other violent acts committed against Afghan refugees in Iran, including barring Afghans from attending religious events because they are "sick are filthy".

Officials launch investigation into alleged Taliban gang-rape of 8-year-old girl | Crime Justice
Officials launch investigation into alleged Taliban gang-rape of 8-year-old girl

A group of five Taliban fighters threatened the girl's family if they took her for any medical treatment following the assault, and now she is in critical condition.

Taliban revenge attacks in Baghlan target women and children in mourning | Security
Taliban revenge attacks in Baghlan target women and children in mourning

Responding to successful attacks on their group by a civilian uprising force, Taliban militants raided the home of local leader, killing civilians indiscriminately.

Exhaustive planning by Afghan forces key to 'historic win' on election day | Elections
Exhaustive planning by Afghan forces key to 'historic win' on election day

Afghan security forces delivered on their promise to protect voters on election day amid a swirl of Taliban's promises to disrupt the election.

Victims recall horrific aftermath of Taliban car-bomb attack on Zabul hospital | Security
Victims recall horrific aftermath of Taliban car-bomb attack on Zabul hospital

Although the insurgents claimed they were targeting a National Directorate of Security compound, they opted to hit an easier target: a civilian hospital treating women and children.

Afghan refugees in Pakistan mock 'ridiculous' claim of Taliban support | Diplomacy
Afghan refugees in Pakistan mock 'ridiculous' claim of Taliban support

The Taliban said it was working with Pakistan to improve health and education facilities for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Refugees say such hypocritical statements are a joke.

Hugs and smiles as Taliban leaders meet Pakistani officials | Diplomacy
Hugs and smiles as Taliban leaders meet Pakistani officials

Afghans are increasingly leery of what the Taliban are discussing with foreign powers that historically have not had the Afghan people's interest in mind.

Young Afghans pen 'letters of pain' as war continues | Youth
Young Afghans pen 'letters of pain' as war continues

ArtLords plans to share the contents of the letters -- which call for peace and an end to 'nonsense violence' -- with Afghan officials and the Taliban.

Herat University's peace centre fosters culture of acceptance | Youth
Herat University's peace centre fosters culture of acceptance

Students who have attended the centre's programmes have gone on to resolve disputes at the community and family levels.

Liberated residents of Warduj District recount years of Taliban atrocities | Security
Liberated residents of Warduj District recount years of Taliban atrocities

Inhabitants say the militants slaughtered residents, demolished homes and forced women to marry foreign fighters, among other heinous acts.

Afghan writer defiantly votes despite previous Taliban punishment | Elections
Afghan writer defiantly votes despite previous Taliban punishment

Militants 'cannot kill our morale,' says Afghan writer Reza Khorami. The Taliban cut off two of his fingers after he voted in 2014.

Afghan farmers find aloe vera more profitable than opium poppies | Economy
Afghan farmers find aloe vera more profitable than opium poppies

With higher profits and fewer risks, many farmers are switching their poppy fields over to the cultivation of aloe vera.

Newsbrief

Air strikes kill 32 Taliban, ISIS militants nationwide NATO allies stand firm in Afghanistan, says Stoltenberg Afghan forces kill 12 Taliban fighters in Balkh Explosion injures 19 students at Ghazni University Afghan officials confirm killing of top al-Qaeda leader in Helmand Jalalabad bomb attack kills 10, wounds 27 Kandahar police arrest 11 Taliban militants Sar-e-Pul police kill Taliban commander planning to cut off voters' fingers Afghan special forces rescue 13 captives from Taliban prison in Helmand Afghan forces kill Taliban shadow governor for Obe district Afghan air strike kills 8 Taliban militants in Balkh Afghan forces kill score of al-Qaeda, Taliban members in Helmand Taliban roadside bomb kills 6 family members in Kapisa Join peace process or face continued battlefield losses, Mohib tells Taliban Afghan forces kill Taliban shadow district governor, 7 other militants in Balkh