Afghan and NATO operations against militants, including air strikes and night raids on militant hideouts, apparently resulted in the most casualties since insurgents often hide among civilians.
The start of Afghanistan's election season was marred by deadly violence, just hours after President Ashraf Ghani insisted "peace is coming" to the war-torn nation.
The Taliban has threatened to leave the peace process if the US continues to avoid its demands to withdraw American troops from the country.
Some argue that Afghanistan isn't ready for a US withdrawal but the move allows the country greater independence to forge its own path forward - something it desperately needs.
As Afghanistan grapples with violence and instability, is Amrullah Saleh the man Afghanistan needs?
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