The best scenario for the Afghan government appears to reestablish a political stalemate with the Taliban, but even that could favour the armed group in the long run.
Fighting has raged across several provinces of Afghanistan, but Taliban insurgents have primarily focused on a campaign across the northern countryside, seizing scores of districts in the past two months.
Afghan villagers say 24 civilians were killed in air strikes on Saturday in northern Kunduz province, contradicting government claims of killing 30 Taliban fighters.
The spokesman of Takhar governor, Jawad Hajri said that the attack targeted a local militia commander who escaped unharmed.
Afghanistan's defence ministry says an “enemy" attack in Balkh province district of Dawlatabad left at least seven soldiers dead and six other security force members wounded. A local official gave a higher death toll.
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.
The Taliban effectively control nearly half of Afghanistan and have continued to launch daily attacks on security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months.
The Greek island camp is full of Afghan refugees, who spend their days in what they say is "filth and degradation".
Officials say Wednesday's three assaults on Afghanistan's security forces left another 23 local law-enforcement personnel wounded.
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.
Turkish officials say their emphasis is on educating girls in Afghanistan as the female literacy rate in the war-torn country stands at a mere 17 percent, according to the UN.
A military official said most of the soldiers killed in the Taliban attack were young recruits.
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