US President Donald Trump's surprise visit to Afghanistan was a cutting image of how President Ashraf Ghani's government has become an afterthought.
Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive and President Ashraf Ghani's top opponent, claims victory after first round of voting in presidential poll. But, Ghani's running mate Amrullah Saleh says Ghani had won a clear first-ballot victory.
Civilians voted in presidential elections amid tight security even as insurgents attacked polling centres in a series of blasts and clashes across the country that has left at least five people dead.
The Taliban, who already have unleashed a string of bombings, have in recent days issued repeated warnings they intend to attack polling centres and have told voters to stay away.
A caretaker government staffed by respected officials and ministers should preside over the elections to ensure that Afghanistan doesn't face another crisis ahead of a high stakes election.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan, Abdullah said, "Hopefully tomorrow, or in the coming days there will be a leadership council for reconciliation established."
The founder of the notorious, and now defunct, Blackwater, has been making headlines for trying to privatise the Afghan war. What has gone unreported are his plans as "Trump's advisor" to extract the country's immensely rich mineral wealth.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the Kabul government's offer of peace talks is a "historic opportunity" for Taliban.
Turkey's role in Afghanistan is increasingly expanding and could help facilitate talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. It could also likely succeed where others have failed.
Abdul Karim Khadam, the governor of northern Samangan province, was sacked along with four other provincial governors last week.
Afghan media have reported that Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security wanted the ban to stop the Taliban and other insurgent groups from using encrypted messages.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at Bagram Air Base where he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials to outline the Trump administration's new South Asia policy, says the US State Department.
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