An escalated conflict between the US and Iran will reverberate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A hasty peace deal that undermined the Afghan government and rewarded the Taliban's arrogant zero-sum game was always doomed for failure. All that can be changed moving forward.
US President Donald Trump's surprise visit to Afghanistan was a cutting image of how President Ashraf Ghani's government has become an afterthought.
Pakistan's executive, judiciary and military have found themselves on a collision course, and Imran Khan's government might bear the brunt of the impact.
Taliban representatives said the militant group released three Indian engineers they had held captive. No confirmation from New Delhi and Afghan government as yet.
Does Afghanistan need to reconcile its past?
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's comments come as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day and mourns at least 63 people killed in a bombing in Kabul claimed by a local Daesh-affiliate.
Asked whether Pakistan would release a jailed doctor whose fake immunisation drive helped the US track and kill bin Laden, Prime Minister Imran Khan says, "this is a very emotive issue, because Shakeel Afridi in Pakistan is considered a spy."
In an exclusive interview with TRT World, President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan can only secure long-lasting peace with a democratic system.
US and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the "most productive session" by the top US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad leading the discussions to end the Afghan war.
Both sides will clash in England's Headingley as ties between Islamabad and Kabul remain frosty with both accusing each other of patronising militants.
Officials say another six were wounded in the attack which occurred as cadets were leaving the college, one of Afghanistan's main officer training academies.
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