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Rumours about US support for ISIS in Afghanistan dismissed as foreign ploy

Rumours about US support for ISIS in Afghanistan dismissed as foreign ploy

Neighbouring countries propagate such rumours to create confusion among the Afghan people and to sow distrust among Afghans and their foreign partners, observers say.

Taliban's destruction of bazaar in Baghlan leads to massive financial loss

Taliban's destruction of bazaar in Baghlan leads to massive financial loss

A Taliban attack on November 14 led to the razing of the main bazaar in Burka District and the destruction of more than two dozen shops, leaving many locals desperate.

Scores of Taliban lay down arms in Nangarhar following crackdown

Scores of Taliban lay down arms in Nangarhar following crackdown

More militants are renouncing violence and joining the peace process as Afghan forces step up operations against the Taliban and ISIS, officials and local residents say.

Iran accused of blowing up mosques to instigate religious war in Afghanistan

Iran accused of blowing up mosques to instigate religious war in Afghanistan

A host of former Afghan officials say Iran is deliberately stoking sectarian tensions in Afghanistan to drive up recruitment in its militias fighting in proxy wars across the region.

Taliban use diversionary tactics to undermine anti-drug operations in Baghlan

Taliban use diversionary tactics to undermine anti-drug operations in Baghlan

The Taliban are trying to keep security forces away from key poppy fields in Baghlan Province because they fear losing the illicit revenue. The government in response is expanding its efforts.

Facing death or arrest, ISIS militants continue to surrender in Nangarhar

Facing death or arrest, ISIS militants continue to surrender in Nangarhar

Former militants say they were disillusioned by promises of an Islamic caliphate and then realised the reality -- that ISIS is killing innocent Afghans at the behest of foreigners.

Nangarhar farmers, officials pledge to wipe out poppy crops

Nangarhar farmers, officials pledge to wipe out poppy crops

Farmers will be punished if they continue to grow illegal crops and local officials face dismissal if they fail to restrict poppy cultivation in the province, Nangarhar's governor warned.

Iran 'directly involved' in attack on border guards, says Afghan general

Iran 'directly involved' in attack on border guards, says Afghan general

A group of Taliban militants, supported by Iranian intelligence agencies, killed at least 20 border troops and abducted another 20 in Farah Province, according to officials.

Taliban division grows as leaders dismiss commanders who shun violence

Taliban division grows as leaders dismiss commanders who shun violence

Taliban leaders in Herat have expelled many of their disenchanted commanders and members who are reluctant to keep fighting.

Afghan forces, Nangarhar residents seek to terminate ISIS remnants

Afghan forces, Nangarhar residents seek to terminate ISIS remnants

Hundreds of popular uprising members are accompanying Afghan forces in joint operations against ISIS, which has long terrorised residents of Nangarhar Province.