US President Donald Trump says peace talks with Taliban leaders are off and he was still thinking about a troop drawdown from Afghanistan.
The explosion came as a senior US diplomat was visiting Kabul to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a draft peace accord reached with the insurgents that could see thousands of US troops withdrawn from Afghanistan
The spokesman for the Baghlan province police chief Jawed Basharat says gun battles continue on the outskirts of its capital Puli Khumri, a day after insurgent forces stormed the strategic northern city of Kunduz.
As the Taliban nears a peace deal with the US, the increasing presence of Daesh in the country makes the Afghan militant group jittery.
The struggle for peace in Afghanistan is complicated by international powers, as well as conflicts between and within various Afghan factions.
Afghanistan's Independence Day celebrations have been ripped apart by a series of attacks as Afghans face a concerted push from Daesh in the country.
Expectations are high for a deal under which the United States would start withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war that has ground into a stalemate.
Negotiators launch final efforts to sign a peace deal to bring an end the conflict that killed and injured at least 1,500 civilians only in July in Afghanistan.
China's first engaged the Taliban to protect its interests in Afghanistan in the 90s. Decades later, history repeats itself.
Afghanistan government "preparing for direct talks" with the Taliban "in a European country," state minister for peace affairs Abdul Salam Rahimi says.
There is no clarity on who was behind the attack in Logar province's Baraki Barak district with Afghan officials giving conflicting accounts of the air raid on Kuchi nomadic people.
In an exclusive interview with TRT World, President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan can only secure long-lasting peace with a democratic system.
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