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ISIS, Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar

ISIS, Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar

Fifteen militants laid down their weapons, saying that others will follow suit soon.

Opium poppy eradication campaign aims to wipe out Taliban funding sources

Opium poppy eradication campaign aims to wipe out Taliban funding sources

Counter-narcotics personnel are destroying poppy crops throughout Nangarhar Province.

Pummeled on the battlefield, Taliban militants welcome peace in Sar-e-Pul

Pummeled on the battlefield, Taliban militants welcome peace in Sar-e-Pul

Fierce ground and air assaults from Afghan forces and the popular uprising movement in the province forced the Taliban to surrender, local officials say.

Pakistan, Afghanistan calm tensions after border clashes

Pakistan, Afghanistan calm tensions after border clashes

Tribal elders and local officials quickly de-escalated the situation, saying fighting along the border benefits only terrorists.

Nangarhar residents return home to 'graveyard for ISIS'

Nangarhar residents return home to 'graveyard for ISIS'

Afghan forces have confined ISIS to just a small presence in Achin District, enabling 4,000 families to return home, officials say.

Nangarhar residents return home to 'graveyard for ISIS'

Nangarhar residents return home to 'graveyard for ISIS'

Afghan forces have confined ISIS to just a small presence in Achin District, enabling 4,000 families to return home, officials say.

Militants step up attacks 'deliberately targeting' Afghan civilians: UN

Militants step up attacks 'deliberately targeting' Afghan civilians: UN

Civilian casualties from attacks by the Taliban, ISIS and other militants 'deliberately targeting' ordinary Afghans more than doubled in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period last year.

Iran teams up with Taliban in narcotics ring in western Afghanistan

Iran teams up with Taliban in narcotics ring in western Afghanistan

Iran is enabling the Taliban's illegal drug trafficking to help fund the group and create insecurity in western Afghanistan, Afghan security officials and analysts say.

Death of ISIS leader sparks infighting between rival factions in Afghanistan

Death of ISIS leader sparks infighting between rival factions in Afghanistan

The replacement of Qari Hikmatullah with another Uzbek suggests the group is having difficulty replacing its leaders and is being forced to depend on foreign fighters with fluctuating loyalties.

Pressure mounts on Taliban to join Afghan peace process

Pressure mounts on Taliban to join Afghan peace process

The Taliban have abandoned previous red lines on the path to peace after realising they cannot defeat Afghan and coalition forces, observers say.