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'We were deceived', defecting Taliban leader says

'We were deceived', defecting Taliban leader says

At least 14 Taliban members in Jawzjan, Badakhshan and Kunar provinces surrendered to the government and joined the peace process over the past few weeks.

Pakistani pilgrims are being recruited into Iran's mercenary groups

Pakistani pilgrims are being recruited into Iran's mercenary groups

Many Pakistani Shia pilgrims are not coming back from Iran, an intelligence report says, raising concerns they have been recruited to fight in Syria for the Zainebiyoun Brigade.

Kabul to get ring road amid new construction in Wazir Akbar Khan

Kabul to get ring road amid new construction in Wazir Akbar Khan

Expanding the secure zone will bring many benefits, says the Capital Region Independent Development Authority.

Afghanistan plans to train, arm civilians to fight Taliban, ISIS

Afghanistan plans to train, arm civilians to fight Taliban, ISIS

The Ministry of Defence plans to recruit 20,000 civilians with military experience to prevent insecure areas from falling into the hands of insurgents.

Afghan women embrace greater role in peace process

Afghan women embrace greater role in peace process

Calls are growing to expand the number of women working toward ending the decades-long strife.

Afghan military steps up counter-insurgency operations

Afghan military steps up counter-insurgency operations

Afghan military operations have switched emphasis from defensive to offensive, say officials.

Afghan Taliban using Iranian-made weapons, says top official

Afghan Taliban using Iranian-made weapons, says top official

Documents prove Iranian aid to the Taliban, says the chief of general staff for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

Popular uprisings in Nangarhar strive to stamp out ISIS

Popular uprisings in Nangarhar strive to stamp out ISIS

Four ISIS fighters were recently killed and the rest have taken refuge in the mountains following new clashes between militants and popular uprising forces.

In photos: Afghan forces train for upcoming campaign against militants

In photos: Afghan forces train for upcoming campaign against militants

Fresh recruits to Afghanistan's elite special operations forces will soon be on the frontline of the war against a resurgent Taliban.

Former Taliban officials choose peaceful life in southern Afghanistan

Former Taliban officials choose peaceful life in southern Afghanistan

Even a relative of the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar has opted to join the peace process.