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

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.

Resurgent Taliban-ISIS clashes in Nangarhar force thousands to flee

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Land mines take growing toll as Afghan conflict intensifies

Land mines take growing toll as Afghan conflict intensifies

In 2017, more than 150 casualties a month due to land mines occurred.

Civilians bear brunt of Taliban roadside bombs on Kabul-Kandahar highway

Civilians bear brunt of Taliban roadside bombs on Kabul-Kandahar highway

Residents and businesspeople describe the hardships inflicted by the militants' explosives.

Taliban faces backlash as ban on humanitarian agencies puts Afghans at risk

Taliban faces backlash as ban on humanitarian agencies puts Afghans at risk

Polio vaccinations and free help to those wounded in conflict are among the services provided by the now banned Red Cross and World Health Organisation.

Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive': an annual propaganda ploy

Taliban's so-called 'spring offensive': an annual propaganda ploy

Every year the Taliban say they will flatten provinces and cities and defeat the government and international forces, but their statements remain just words in the end.

Russians discovered fighting alongside Taliban in Bala Murghab

Russians discovered fighting alongside Taliban in Bala Murghab

A Russian doctor was among the dead killed by Afghan forces, while up to five Russian advisors were also present in the area.

Afghan forces cripple Taliban leadership, capabilities in Helmand

Afghan forces cripple Taliban leadership, capabilities in Helmand

Air strikes have wiped out dozens of Taliban leaders in the province, hamstringing the group's fighters.