Public calls for the Taliban to accept the Afghan government's offer for peace talks are increasing.
Iranian special forces are facilitating a six-month training programme for the 'brightest and most able' Taliban fighters in exchange for carrying out the bidding of Tehran.
Kunar provincial officials say they are poised to take advantage of the clashes by launching operations against both sets of militants.
Residents say they will take up arms against the Taliban if they do not accept peace.
Despite mounting pressure from Afghan civilians, religious authorities and the Afghan government, Taliban commanders are resisting the call for peace.
The Afghan public and security forces welcomed the Taliban with 'warm, brotherly hands', persuading many fighters to return to a normal life with their families.
Ongoing military operations to eliminate ISIS strongholds in Achin and Haska Mina districts in May and June have broken the backbone of the terrorist group in the province, local officials say.
The militant group says one thing and does another routinely, but the recent end of the ceasefire unmasked the degree to which it has broken its promises to Afghanistan.
The dead leader's successor, Umar Rehman, will be unable to unite the already divided Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), analysts say.
Despite Taliban leadership vowing to resume hostilities after an unprecedented ceasefire, signs point to rank and file Taliban members wanting to end the conflict.
Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in what security analysts called a 'big loss' to the militants.
The former fighters said they 'no longer want to destroy the country and kill innocent people'.