There is rising concern that Mes Aynak, an ancient city carved out of immense peaks in Logar province, could disappear without oversight.
Because of recent ISIS attacks on mosques, schools and public transportation, Afghans celebrate the end of Ramadan with a mix of caution, hope and grief.
Only the elderly and adults with no school-age children are allowed to fast to prevent religion from having 'negative effects on children's minds' , according to a directive from Beijing.
Islamic leaders of all denominations have told Muslims not to attend or participate in the games over China's ongoing oppression, torture and sexual abuse of Muslims in Xinjiang.
In secret trials, Xinjiang courts have convicted wealthy and influential Muslims of 'terrorism' and ordered their assets be sold at auction, further filling Beijing's coffers.
Rank and file members of the Taliban are criticizing their leaders' ties with China over the treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang and the ban of a widely popular and trusted Koran application.
The Quran Majeed app is 'trusted by over 25 million Muslims globally', according to the app's developer. But -- without evidence -- Beijing claimed it contains illegal religious texts.
The only way to save Afghanistan is to stop the bloodshed and to strengthen unity, brotherhood and understanding, Afghan religious scholars and political leaders say.
The effort to build new house of worship across the country stands in stark contrast to the actions of the Taliban, who regularly carry out attacks on mosques and use them for military purposes.
'War is not a solution,' President Ashraf Ghani said in his annual Eid address, urging the Taliban to agree on a permanent ceasefire and a political solution.