Qatar's ambassador to Afghanistan says its technical team was able to repair and reopen Kabul airport to receive humanitarian aid, Al Jazeera reports, as economic crisis looms in Taliban-ruled country.
By decreasing sectarian tensions, a changing Taliban and post-revolution Iran, the two anti-American neighbours, have shown signs of goodwill to each other in recent years.
Meanwhile, the United Nations said it had restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, linking the Pakistani capital Islamabad with Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Mazar as hundreds of Afghan soldiers surrendered to the Taliban isurgent group in nearby Kunduz.
Fighting in Afghanistan's long-running conflict has escalated dramatically since May, when the US-led military coalition began the final stage of a withdrawal set to be completed before the end of the month.
Taliban fighters do not have any organised capacity but have demonstrated they can fire modified rockets from vehicles and create panic, a security official says.
The Pentagon's Central Command said that the United States had officially handed over seven facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defence ahead of the September deadline to complete the pullout.
Attackers ambushed Abdul Rashid Dostum’s convoy on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in Balkh province, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan. Taliban claimed the responsibility.
From increased trade connectivity with Europe to construction of energy pipelines and some room for political optimism - this is some of the progress in Afghanistan that hasn't been making headlines.
Ankara has identified child welfare as one of the areas where it can help the war-ravaged country where four decades of violence have left more than two million children orphaned.
The arrested soldiers served on the army base in northern Afghanistan where Taliban fighters staged a deadly attack last week, killing over 170 recruits.
The number of dead from a Taliban raid on a military base has increased, sources say, even as Afghanistan observed a national day of mourning on Sunday amid anger and calls for resignation of defence and army officials.
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