Archive for

In photos: Afghan army observes Ramadan while ensuring security | Ramadan
In photos: Afghan army observes Ramadan while ensuring security

Soldiers say the 'fight for their people and religion' continues during the holy month.

Aid organisations return to Kunduz, sparking locals' hope for development | Economy
Aid organisations return to Kunduz, sparking locals' hope for development

More than 100 domestic and foreign aid groups left Kunduz after the Taliban briefly held the provincial capital two separate times in 2015 and 2016,

Viral video of dancing amputee shines spotlight on Taliban's stance on Red Cross | Society
Viral video of dancing amputee shines spotlight on Taliban's stance on Red Cross

Ahmad Sayed Rahman captured hearts in Afghanistan after a short video of him effortlessly dancing on his new limb was posted on Twitter.

'A symbol of bravery': Robotics team highlights Afghan girls' achievements | Women's Rights
'A symbol of bravery': Robotics team highlights Afghan girls' achievements

Team members have become 'ambassadors of technology' as they travel around the world and put a spotlight on the achievements of Afghan women since the end of the Taliban regime.

Young recruits raise morale, bolster Afghan forces in Herat | Security
Young recruits raise morale, bolster Afghan forces in Herat

New recruits have sworn to annihilate the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

Students resume studies in Haska Mina following ISIS defeat | Education
Students resume studies in Haska Mina following ISIS defeat

Temporary facilities are being used as schools until buildings destroyed by militants can be rebuilt.

Worry grows as ISIS recruiting focuses on educated youth | Terrorism
Worry grows as ISIS recruiting focuses on educated youth

The recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka underscore how militants are tapping social media and campus discussion groups to prey on students.

Herat rally denounces Taliban for servility to Russian, Iranian regimes | Security
Herat rally denounces Taliban for servility to Russian, Iranian regimes

The militant group's refusal to participate in the consultative Loya Jirga for peace has also stirred Afghans' ire.

Afghan female entrepreneurs refuse to return to 'dark era' of Taliban | Women's Rights
Afghan female entrepreneurs refuse to return to 'dark era' of Taliban

Women are calling on the government to ensure the achievements and freedoms of businesswomen in any peace deal with the Taliban.

Taliban turn girls' schools into military bases in Sar-e-Pul | Education
Taliban turn girls' schools into military bases in Sar-e-Pul

Taliban militants have shuttered 22 girls' schools in Kohistanat and Sancharak districts and threatened educators and students.

Herat residents outraged as Taliban continue to extort electricity payments | Economy
Herat residents outraged as Taliban continue to extort electricity payments

Officials say they are ready to crack down on Taliban members forcibly collecting payments from residents.

Taliban's destruction of shrine in Ghazni is un-Islamic, religious scholars say | Religion
Taliban's destruction of shrine in Ghazni is un-Islamic, religious scholars say

The militant group continues to show its hostility toward Afghanistan's heritage and culture.

Mina Mangal, former journalist turned parliament adviser, killed in Kabul | Crime Justice
Mina Mangal, former journalist turned parliament adviser, killed in Kabul

Women's-rights activists said Mangal had recently written on social media that she felt her life was in danger.

Taliban attacks on mosques in Takhar demonstrate ignorance of Islam | Religion
Taliban attacks on mosques in Takhar demonstrate ignorance of Islam

While the Taliban claim to revere religious sites and scriptures, they continue carry out attacks on mosques, exploiting Afghans' faith and trust in religion.

Aid groups reel as Taliban appear intent on murdering humanitarian workers | Security
Aid groups reel as Taliban appear intent on murdering humanitarian workers

Deteriorating security has seen international groups downgrade their presence, making it even more difficult to deliver crucial help to the country's most vulnerable citizens.

Execution of civilians by Taliban kangaroo court outrages Afghans | Crime Justice
Execution of civilians by Taliban kangaroo court outrages Afghans

Activists and religious scholars have denounced the Taliban's sham courts and called for justice to be handled by legitimate courts.

Afghan forces destroy 76 Taliban drug labs in Farah | Security
Afghan forces destroy 76 Taliban drug labs in Farah

Observers say the more drug factories are destroyed, the weaker the Taliban war machine will become.

Taliban carry out 'senseless' Ramadan attack on Kabul aid group | Security
Taliban carry out 'senseless' Ramadan attack on Kabul aid group

The target ran a civic engagement programme supporting women and other marginalised groups. The Taliban said it was attacked because it promoted the inter-mixing of men and women.

Local Army credited for keeping Taliban in check in western Afghanistan | Security
Local Army credited for keeping Taliban in check in western Afghanistan

Keeping areas secure after they have been cleared of Taliban militants by the Afghan National Army is one of the main goals of the Local Army.

Resurgent Taliban-ISIS clashes in Nangarhar force thousands to flee | Security
Resurgent Taliban-ISIS clashes in Nangarhar force thousands to flee

Skirmishes between the two rival insurgent groups broke out in mid April in the Khogyani and Shirzad districts and have been continuing intermittently since.

Taliban, ISIS fighters surrender in Nangarhar, vow to support government | Security
Taliban, ISIS fighters surrender in Nangarhar, vow to support government

A group of 35 militants handed over their weapons to local authorities in Jalalabad as part of a larger trend of militants giving up in greater numbers.

Afghan forces in Herat stamp out Taliban's extortion of development projects | Security
Afghan forces in Herat stamp out Taliban's extortion of development projects

The Taliban obtain money from developers by threatening to attack or even kill workers on projects unless the developers pay off the militants.

Drug dealers, Taliban seek to expand illegal narcotics trade in Kunduz | Health
Drug dealers, Taliban seek to expand illegal narcotics trade in Kunduz

The province is financing a number of projects aimed at countering the scourge, including building infrastructure, playgrounds, and health centres, and purchasing tractors for farmers.

Ghani 'prepared' for ceasefire with Taliban after Loya Jirga calls for truce | Diplomacy
Ghani 'prepared' for ceasefire with Taliban after Loya Jirga calls for truce

Ghani also said he was willing to release 175 Taliban prisoners in a gesture of 'goodwill'.

Afghans applaud ease and efficiency of new online passport service | Science Technology
Afghans applaud ease and efficiency of new online passport service

The online system, launched in March, is earning praise for simplifying the process and curbing corruption.

Afghans call for cease-fire as Loya Jirga wraps up in Kabul | Diplomacy
Afghans call for cease-fire as Loya Jirga wraps up in Kabul

Huge swathes of Afghan society worry the Taliban will try to undo advances in women's rights, media freedoms and legal protections.

Taliban's destruction of Farah schools shows continued hostility toward girls' education | Security
Taliban's destruction of Farah schools shows continued hostility toward girls' education

The militant group repeatedly targets educational facilities, contrary to its own propaganda.

Newsbrief

Afghan forces kill 2 Taliban militants, wound 3 in Balkh Afghan commandos kill 5 ISIS members in Kunar Paktia police kill 2 Taliban militants, confiscate weapons Al-Qaeda seen throughout Afghanistan: Gen. Miller Afghan special police kill 7 ISIS fighters in Kunar Afghan forces thwart attempted Taliban assault in Ghazni Afghan forces in Kunduz kill 8 Taliban militants Afghan commandos kill key Taliban commander in Herat Asian Development Bank grants loan to build solar-power plant in Afghanistan Air strikes kill 10 Taliban militants in Faryab 9 Taliban militants killed in Kandahar by Afghan forces NDS special forces kill 19 Taliban militants in Helmand Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban militants in Ghazni 2 Pakistani ISIS members, family members surrender in Nangarhar US urges Afghan election workers to prepare for September poll Final results of October parliamentary elections announced Police thwart attempted suicide bombing in Maidan Wardak 2 premature bomb blasts kill Taliban commander, explosives specialist Jalalabad blasts kill at least 3 Coalition air strike kills 6 Taliban militants in Farah Key Taliban commander defects in Faryab Air strike kills Taliban shadow district governor in Farah Afghan forces arrest Taliban member suspected of directing Baghlan attack Taliban land mine kills 7 children in Ghazni Pompeo commends response of security forces following Taliban attack in Kabul Afghan forces kill Taliban shadow official in charge of kangaroo courts in Ghor US-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'steady but slow' progress Unidentified gunmen attack ISIS leader in Kunar Afghan commandos kill 6 Taliban militants in Farah Taliban Red Unit commander among 4 militants killed in Helmand Coalition air strikes kill 19 Taliban militants in 3 provinces Ghani to visit Pakistan to discuss peace, regional economy Taliban attack in Baghlan kills at least 13 Taliban leader arrested with 11 bottles of alcohol in Balkh Ghani calls on Taliban to respect will of Afghans for peace US ready for 'all sides' to lay down arms, says Khalilzad Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban fighters in Samangan Afghan forces kill senior Haqqani Network leader in Paktia Taliban militants blow up Shams-ul-Arifeen shrine in Ghazni Daudzai urges Taliban to take heed of consultative Loya Jirga Afghan troops kill 11 Taliban militants in Uruzgan Air strike kills Taliban commander, 11 militants in Herat