Iran has limited influence over the Taliban and little to gain from prolonging the war.
The Taliban is expected to discuss these terms with US negotiators in Doha, two sources said. If such an agreement is reached, it will revive hopes for a long-term solution to the war in Afghanistan.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the provincial police spokesman said the Taliban was behind it.
An escalated conflict between the US and Iran will reverberate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The spokesman of Takhar governor, Jawad Hajri said that the attack targeted a local militia commander who escaped unharmed.
A hasty peace deal that undermined the Afghan government and rewarded the Taliban's arrogant zero-sum game was always doomed for failure. All that can be changed moving forward.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman says that the Taliban singled out 45 old men from a funeral procession carrying the deceased employee's coffin to a graveyard.
A trove of documents released by the Washington Post reveal that senior commanders had little idea who they were fighting, money was misspent, and intelligence was spun to present a flattering picture of what was happening.
Turkish President Erdogan noted the importance of supporting Afghanistan to prevent terrorist organisations from regrouping in Afghanistan.
US President Donald Trump's surprise visit to Afghanistan was a cutting image of how President Ashraf Ghani's government has become an afterthought.
CIA-funded paramilitaries are wreaking havoc in Afghanistan.
The exchange for one American and one Australian imprisoned by the militant group was announced by the Afghan government on November 12 but was delayed when the commanders did not land in Qatar earlier.
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