Officials say Iranian forces were involved in the recent fighting, and that the Taliban were armed with sophisticated Iranian-made weapons and explosives.
Afghan and coalition forces thwarted a Taliban attack on the provincial capital of Farah, killing and injuring at least 300 militants in the process.
Just five years ago, Batikot District, which is situated along the Jalalabad-Torkham highway and is 20 kilometres from Jalalabad city, was considered a Taliban stronghold.
The Taliban attack, the first of a city since the militants' recently announced spring offensive, 'will fail', say Afghan officials.
The Taliban has a responsibility to honour Afghans' yearning for peace, according to a letter purportedly by Taliban shadow chief justice Mawlawi Abdul Hakim.
Afghan forces are back in control of one of two districts recently seized by the Taliban -- a sign that any gains made in the Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive' are short-lived and superficial.
The government is working to build a dike and a power plant to develop areas of Laghman Province recently cleared of Taliban militants.
Iranian plotters have for the second time in three months attempted to use the Taliban to attack the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline -- a project Tehran adamantly opposes.
The Kremlin is backing Tehran's sectarian agenda in an attempt to claw its way back into relevancy in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.
A recent letter by a high-ranking Taliban leader reveals a deepening ideological rift among the group's leadership on joining the peace process and on accepting aid from Russia and Iran.