Isolated attacks take place, reports say, on first day of "violence reduction period" which if observed successfully will lead to US-Taliban deal and a subsequent pullout of US troops after nearly two decades in country.
The apparent insider attack, which took place in Nangarhar province, occurred after a combined US and Afghan force was returning from a "key-leader engagement," Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
It was a mixed bag for Pakistan's prime minister who is always well-received, but unable to convincingly make Pakistan's case.
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.
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.
A UN report said 2,563 civilians were killed and 5,676 were wounded in the first nine months of this year. Insurgents were responsible for 62 percent of the casualties.
The Saudi-Iran feud risks spilling over into Afghanistan as both countries push for greater influence with competing groups in the war-torn country.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met a Taliban delegation visiting Islamabad. Both parties urged the US to resume peace talks after US President Donald Trump halted negotiations with the group last month.
US President Donald Trump renews his willingness to mediate negotiations between India and Pakistan over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, claiming he has "never failed as an arbitrator."
The insurgent group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says Washington will regret abandoning negotiations a day after President Donald Trump said talks with the group were "dead."
A Taliban member familiar with, but not part of, the talks that resumed in Qatar says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met one-on-one with the Taliban's lead negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
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