US presence in Afghanistan never put an end to civil strife in the country.
Bodies were still being collected from morgues as the first burials were conducted in the west of Kabul, a day after a series of blasts outside a girls' school left more than 50 dead and nearly 150 wounded.
President Ashraf Ghani offers a share in power to Taliban, provided the militant group "gives up the war" as Afghanistan celebrates Victory Day to mark Mujahideen's overthrowing of Soviet-backed Kabul regime in 1992.
Managing a withdrawal, and its fallout, will be a bigger challenge than the invasion.
US Secretary of State Blinken meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, and other civic figures to discuss plans to withdraw all American troops from the war-torn country.
President Ghani's "Reaching an Endstate" proposal will include, in the first phase, a consensus on a political settlement and an internationally monitored ceasefire, followed by a presidential election and building a constitutional framework.
Insurgent group says its fighters will be "compelled to" fight foreign forces if the US fails to meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw its remaining soldiers from Afghanistan.
Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to the war-torn country amid questions about how long US troops will stay there.
The US Secretary of State’s ultimatum to President Ashraf Ghani underscored a blatant disregard for democracy in Afghanistan.
"We stand ready to discuss holding free, fair and inclusive elections under the auspices of international community," says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the opening of parliament session in Kabul.
Mursal Wahidi, 23, Sadia Sadat, 20, and Shahnaz Raufi, 20, worked for local broadcaster Enikas TV and were gunned down on their way home from work. At least 15 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last six months.
The sooner America’s national security elite accepts that US leverage over the Taliban has eroded, the better its chances of a successful withdrawal - for all parties involved - will be.
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