Archive for 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August Submit Diplomacy 2020-08-07 Afghans kick off loya jirga to decide fate of 400 Taliban prisoners The start of intra-Afghan peace talks hangs on the release of the prisoners, but President Ashraf Ghani said it is "not possible to release them without consulting the nation". Analysis 2020-08-07 Fractured ISIS-K struggles to keep up appearances in Afghanistan The local branch of the terrorist group, known as ISIS-K, seeks to project strength and unity, but the reality on the ground and on social media suggests otherwise. Security 2020-08-06 Al-Qaeda and Taliban collaborate in Nimroz in breach of peace agreement Some of the complex terrorist attacks the Taliban undertake are hard for them to spearhead, and in reality they are planned by al-Qaeda, said Nimroz Governor Sayed Wali Sultan. Security 2020-08-06 Taliban continue extortion, killing of travellers on highways The Taliban are harassing and killing civilians along highways in northeastern Afghanistan, harming prospects for intra-Afghan peace talks, say drivers who frequent the roads. Security 2020-08-05 'Beautiful and green' Nuristan sees spike in tourism amid improved security The Afghan government in June designated the entire province as a national park to protect the environment and local culture. Security 2020-08-05 Manhunt under way for ISIS escapees of Nangarhar jailbreak Some 270 prisoners, mostly members of ISIS, are on the run after terrorists stormed a prison in Jalalabad on August 2. Over 1,000 escapees have already been arrested. Security 2020-08-04 Tehran foments chaos in Afghanistan with support for rival militant groups Tehran is making deals with opposing militant groups -- the Taliban and Fatemiyoun Division -- to pursue its political, economic and military objectives in Afghanistan. Security 2020-08-04 Taliban blow up animal clinic in Badghis in latest attack on public facilities The violent acts by the militant group are anti-Islamic and unforgivable, residents say. Economy 2020-08-03 Kamal Khan Dam in Nimroz set to plug flow of free water into Iran The Helmand River will be tapped for the benefit of Afghans, not of neighbouring countries. Security 2020-08-03 ISIS desecrates end of Eid with carnage in Jalalabad The attack came amid a ceasefire during Eid, but the government accused the Taliban of violating the ceasefire 38 times over the three days. Media 2020-08-03 Investigation reveals Iran's COVID-19 deaths triple of what officially stated More than 40,000 Iranians have died from coronavirus, not 14,000 as what the regime is projecting, as revealed by leaked documents.