Taliban and Daesh have carried out several deadly attacks in the run-up to Afghanistan's long-delayed vote, which will only be the third parliamentary elections to be held in the country after the US invasion in 2001.
With an estimated 84 percent of the Afghan population under the age of 40, the youth leaders want to expunge the deadwood from the country's parliament and replace it with young blood.
Officials say the fighters set fire to a government building in central Wardak district and killed the district police chief along with nine other policemen on Saturday night.
Erik Prince, a former US Navy SEAL whose sister Betsy De Vos serves as Education Secretary in the Trump administration, has been lobbying officials about his proposal to privatise parts of US military operations in Afghanistan for more than a year.
At least seven people were killed and 25 wounded on Sunday when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated explosives in Kabul while 29 members of the Afghan security forces were killed in clashes in Wardak and Herat provinces.
Jim Mattis' visit to Afghanistan could add momentum to establish a truce with the Taliban after the US defense secretary said he was hopeful about peace talks with the militants.
A suicide bomber struck a wrestling training center in a Shia neighbourhood and then a car bomb went off nearby. The attacks also left 70 others wounded.
US Army General Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in Afghanistan from General John Nicholson, who held the post for more than two years.
Every major stakeholder in Afghanistan is now open to talking to the Taliban. But who exactly is 'the Taliban'?
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's promised 'New Pakistan' is tied, he says, to peace in neighbouring Afghanistan. The odds are against him.
The four reportedly quit over differences with the government on how to handle the deteriorating security situation that has seen attacks from Daesh and the Taliban escalate.
The militants' strikes hit an area around the presidential palace just as president Ashraf Ghani was delivering a speech marking the beginning of Eid al-Adha, a three-day religious festival.
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