Multiple explosions and a gunfight in the Afghan capital’s heavily secured Green Zone killed at least eight and wounded 23.
Car bomb blast followed by sporadic gunfire hit Afghanistan's capital near heavily fortified "Green Zone", killed at least three civilians and three attackers, security officials say.
"At this point, they (the Taliban) are demanding that they take the lion's share of power in the next government, given the military situation as they see it," says special US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in bleak assessment of Doha peace process.
Embassies of both countries in Kabul allege Taliban carried revenge murders of dozens of civilians in southern Kandahar province – a charge insurgents deny as "baseless".
Spy agency NDS detains four journalists on propaganda charges after they returned from contested area of Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar province, where authorities accuse Taliban of killing civilians – charges insurgents deny.
While a local peace proposal is ideal, realities on the ground demand that the parties avoid further bloodshed and meet halfway through a political settlement.
Pakistan's military said it had granted asylum to at least 46 Afghan soldiers who crossed the Durand Line into northwestern Pakistan after their military posts in Afghanistan were overrun by Taliban insurgents.
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen in an interview says that his group does not 'believe in the monopoly of power' and that current Afghan government doesn't want reconciliation, but surrendering of Taliban.
Rockets landed near the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha, a live television broadcast showed. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Some 15 foreign missions and a NATO representative in a statement called on the insurgents to halt their offensive for good as a gesture of peace as the group in the past would announce temporary ceasefires before major Muslim festivals.
Silsila Alikhil was abducted for several hours and severely tortured by unknown individuals before being released, Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry said.
Residents of southern Spin Boldak town report heavy fighting between Taliban, which controls the area, and government forces who want to retake key border crossing with Pakistan.
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