Key politicians with background of anti-Taliban or anti-Soviet resistance are converging in their areas of influence to mobilise forces for a likely face-off with the marching Taliban. But rights groups fear such militias could become abusive force.
Afghan forces say they have retaken Jalalabad prison after at least 29 people were killed in an hours-long battle following a Daesh-claimed attack on the facility.
The apparent insider attack, which took place in Nangarhar province, occurred after a combined US and Afghan force was returning from a "key-leader engagement," Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
A bomb had been left in a motorcycle that detonated as a minibus of recruits for Afghan security forces passed, Nangarhar officials say. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility so far.
A US drone strike that left more than 30 farmers dead is another untold tragedy that rarely gets covered.
Afghanistan's Independence Day celebrations have been ripped apart by a series of attacks as Afghans face a concerted push from Daesh in the country.
Officials say a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-Kabul militia commander in Nangarhar province, wounding 40.
Afghan officials said Daesh captured six villages controlled by Taliban in Khogyani and Shirzad districts of Afghanistan, and that fighting has not stopped.
In 2017, Islamabad constructed a fence along its more-than 2,600-kilometre border with Afghanistan in a bid to quell terrorism, leading to soaring school dropout rates in the area. Still, some continue to fight for their education.
While the Taliban banned sports like cricket and football in the early years of their rule of Afghanistan, now its fighters enjoy a game of cricket.
A suicide bomber in Afghanistan blew himself on Wednesday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, an official said.
The latest violence comes despite stepped-up efforts by the United States to find a negotiated end to the country’s 17-year war.
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