An audio tape allegedly from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a last ditch attempt to rally waning morale among ISIS members as losses mount in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Suicide bombers posing as shepherds tried to blow up a Shia mosque, but security forces stopped them 140 metres from their target, officials and eyewitnesses told Salaam Times.
About 258,000 Afghans have been internally displaced since January as a result of conflict, according to the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
A remote controlled bomb struck a mobile phone market, where customers go to download music and videos, killing four and injuring 14.
The attacker detonated the bomb when he was stopped at a security checkpoint outside the crowded stadium.
Some 99% of profits from the illicit drug trade goes to terrorist groups and drug cartels, according to the Afghan Counter Narcotics Ministry.
Iran is directly helping the Taliban in an attempt to destabilise western Afghanistan, Ghor provincial officials told Salaam Times.
Only 400 to 600 ISIS militants are left in Afghanistan, says the Ministry of Defence.
The bodies of 42 civilians, including children, were found shot and beheaded in three mass graves in Mirzawalang, Sar-e-Pul Province, officials said.
The militants beheaded a religious scholar and elders who opposed the group's extremism and banned television 'to keep us ignorant', residents say.
Taliban and ISIS activities disproportionately affect innocent civilians, undermine the country's economy and have nothing to do with Islam, observers say.
'They didn't even spare women or children,' one villager said. 'I buried 10 bodies in one grave.'