Archive for January February March April May June July August September October November 2016 2017 2018 2019 Submit 2019-11-19 | Protests Revolutionary Guard vows bloody crackdown on protesters in Iran The increasingly violent protests reportedly have hit 100 cities, with three security personnel killed by rioters and 'dozens' of Iranian citizens gunned down in the streets. 2019-11-19 | Security Prisoner swap with Taliban goes through despite militants' shaky promises Two American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) professors and 10 Afghan troops were freed in exchange for three Haqqani Network commanders. 2019-11-19 | Security ISIS admits defeat in Nangarhar as its fighters surrender en masse Members of the group, made up of mostly foreign fighters, said their situation became impossible once they ran out of food and ammunition. 2019-11-18 | Security Helmand officials raise concern over ISIS recruitment drive ISIS is secretly inviting people to join their group, luring many with simple bribes, according to locals. 2019-11-18 | Security Herat farmers denounce the Taliban for forcing them to grow poppies The cultivation, transport, trafficking, sale and use of narcotic drugs is strictly forbidden in Islam, religious scholars say -- yet it remains a pillar in the Taliban's playbook. 2019-11-15 | Security Sherzad District residents welcome security operations against Taliban The joint security forces operations will continue until all Taliban militants are expelled from the district, officials say. 2019-11-15 | Analysis Why does the Taliban deny al-Qaeda's responsibility in the September 11 attacks? One of the key points to any potential agreement is that the Taliban disavow al-Qaeda and promise to never allow Afghan soil to be used as a staging ground for terrorist groups. 2019-11-14 | Security Kunduz residents demand immediate intra-Afghan peace talks The activists sought to send a clear message to the Taliban that the country is fed up with the war. 2019-11-14 | Crime Justice Herat officials detail Taliban's deep links with local crime rings The Taliban are enabling organised and violent crime in order to create insecurity and reap the financial benefits. 2019-11-14 | Security Kunduz police seek woman recruits amid growing female security role The Kuduz Police have a few female officers and are recruiting more to work alongside male colleagues. 2019-11-13 | Security Baghlan families shattered after Taliban use roadside bombs to flee fighting In one incident, a roadside bomb, planted by the Taliban in an attempt to escape security forces, killed eight members of one family on November 4. 2019-11-13 | Terrorism Children among dead in Kabul rush-hour car bombing At least three children were among those killed in a car bombing that allegedly targeted a vehicle belonging to a private Canadian security company. 2019-11-12 | Diplomacy Ghani to release 3 senior Taliban members in apparent swap for hostages The Taliban's freeing of two professors would 'pave the way' for the start of direct talks between the Afghan government and the militant group, Ghani says. 2019-11-12 | Terrorism Afghan officials vow to eliminate ISIS in Nangarhar ISIS has suffered a string of major defeats in recent months, including the collapse of its self-proclaimed 'caliphate' in Syria and the death of the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 2019-11-11 | Technology Bored by male heroes, Afghan girl coders build their own champions In 'Afghan Hero Girl', a popular phone app built by 12 young women, a princess wearing a green veil leaps around a crumbling castle in a quest to defeat a wizard and rescue her family. 2019-11-08 | Economy Former addicts stay clean at Kabul soap factory The factory employs recovering female drug addicts, many of whom face discrimination when seeking help. 2019-11-08 | Security Decimation of ISIS leaders in Afghanistan leaves group with dwindling options Members of ISIS in Afghanistan face stepped-up military operations from both the Afghan forces and the Taliban, leaving them nearly no space to operate and grow. 2019-11-07 | Women's Rights Empowered Afghan women assume leadership roles in Herat government Since the fall of the Taliban, women have been taking advantage of opportunities to showcase their abilities in important decision-making positions. 2019-11-06 | Security Liberated by Afghan forces, Dahna-i-Ghori residents recount years of Taliban atrocities Afghan security forces liberated the district from the Taliban at the end of October, paving the way for residents to return and rebuild. 2019-11-05 | Security Atrocities against civilians in Ghor mount as Taliban kill 2 female doctors So far this year, 78 civilians -- including 10 women and 10 children -- have been killed and 72 injured by the Taliban in Ghor Province. 2019-11-05 | Security Sustained annihilation of Taliban leaders throws group into disarray Many observers say that with the current rate of casualties among Taliban leaders and fighters, peace is the only real option for the militant group. 2019-11-04 | Security Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production The news is the latest publicly admitted violation of Iran's commitments to a 2015 international accord. 2019-11-04 | Media Al-Baghdadi's death reveals major mishaps in ISIS-K messaging efforts ISIS-K posts on Telegram show that the terror group's Khorasan branch was apparently in the dark over Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's recent death. 2019-11-01 | Terrorism ISIS confirms al-Baghdadi's death, names new successor Little is known about new ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, except that he is the group's leading judge and heads the Sharia committee. 2019-11-01 | Health Thousands of Herat children at risk after Taliban hamper polio vaccination drive Officials call efforts by the militant group to block the programme a crime against humanity.