Security

Iran supplies arms, cash to Taliban, says splinter group

Iran has a long history of supplying money and arms to the Taliban, says Mullah Manan Niazi, the deputy leader of a Taliban splinter group led by Mullah Muhammad Rasool.

Airstrike in Kunar province kills 20 ISIS fighters

A coalition airstrike targeted a meeting of ISIS fighters in Sawkai district, and at least one top terrorist commander was among the dead.

Pakistan army frees North American family kidnapped by Afghan Taliban

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by the Taliban while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012, and they appeared in a hostage video in December last year pleading for their release.

Afghan officials point to improved morale among troops

The morale of Afghan forces is now stronger than ever, and armed opposition groups have no choice but to join the peace process, say officials.

'We were deceived', defecting Taliban leader says

At least 14 Taliban members in Jawzjan, Badakhshan and Kunar provinces surrendered to the government and joined the peace process over the past few weeks.

Pakistani pilgrims are being recruited into Iran's mercenary groups

Many Pakistani Shia pilgrims are not coming back from Iran, an intelligence report says, raising concerns they have been recruited to fight in Syria for the Zainebiyoun Brigade.

Kabul to get ring road amid new construction in Wazir Akbar Khan

Expanding the secure zone will bring many benefits, says the Capital Region Independent Development Authority.

Afghanistan plans to train, arm civilians to fight Taliban, ISIS

The Ministry of Defence plans to recruit 20,000 civilians with military experience to prevent insecure areas from falling into the hands of insurgents.

Afghan women embrace greater role in peace process

Calls are growing to expand the number of women working toward ending the decades-long strife.

Afghan military steps up counter-insurgency operations

Afghan military operations have switched emphasis from defensive to offensive, say officials.

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