The Taliban’s challenge is to root out Daesh's Khorasan wing without sowing the seeds of another long war.
President Joe Biden has doubled down on his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan despite the Taliban's rapid advances, but pledged to send more troops to evacuate civilians and warned the militants not to threaten that mission.
Initial reports put the death toll at 30 people after a car bomb blast targeted Afghan city of Pul-e Alam, the provincial capital of Logar province.
The Taliban claimed they were behind a fatal roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province, that had killed the US soldier. A Taliban spokesman even tweeted a purported photo ID of the slain US soldier, without saying how it was obtained.
There is no clarity on who was behind the attack in Logar province's Baraki Barak district with Afghan officials giving conflicting accounts of the air raid on Kuchi nomadic people.
Kabul police chief Daud Amin says seven attackers were killed by security forces between the first and second security perimeter outside the ministry building. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
The spokesman of Ghazni province's governor says two police checkpoints came under attack by Taliban fighters in the early hours. He said six insurgents were killed and nine others were wounded in the battle, which lasted almost an hour.
The attack came hours after a policeman killed five colleagues in their sleep at an outpost in eastern Nangarhar province.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack in the capital Kabul that killed at least 21, but the Taliban has targeted the court and its staff in the past.
A US air raid targeted Afghan police officers who were combatting the Taliban, the first apparent "friendly fire" incident since US forces were given greater powers to attack militants.
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