Pakistan is attempting a highwire balancing act between a set of contradictory regional actors and in the process is showing how difficult it will be for the government to maintain the momentum.
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, China looks to make Afghanistan a bigger part of its regional ambitions.
Pat Shanahan says he has no orders to reduce the US troop presence, although officials say that is at the top of the Taliban's list of demands in exploratory peace negotiations.
The assaults took place on a series of check posts and sites held by soldiers, police and local militias backing the government
Trend in a new US watchdog report reflect what US military officials call a stalemated war, more than 17 years after US forces invaded following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
While the global allure of Daesh has diminished, it is still a threat to Iraqis and Syrians.
"Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and 'everything' must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive ceasefire," said US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
US Senator Lindsey Graham's statements during his Pakistan visit indicate that the US is looking to cut its losses in Afghanistan.
Afghan defence ministry sources said a suicide car bomber struck a military base, followed by an assault by Taliban militants who opened fire on Afghan forces at the army post in eastern Maidan Wardak province, killing over 100 security personnel.
The war in Afghanistan is drawing closer to a political settlement as the Americans, Afghans and other powers find their way to the negotiating table. Viewed by some as a destabilising force in Afghanistan, is Pakistan now getting what it wants?
The Greek island camp is full of Afghan refugees, who spend their days in what they say is "filth and degradation".
Afghan officials say militants targeted Green Village, in the east of the city where some foreign workers are based, adding at least 10 children were among the wounded.
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