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.
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.
Afghanistan's national security advisor Hamdullah Mohib, a strong critic of earlier US-Taliban negotiations that excluded his government, said the Taliban no longer operate as a cohesive body and some commanders may have joined Daesh.
Stray cats and dogs were killed and injured when a truck bomb ripped through a fortified compound in Afghanistan's capital in early September. Now Samaritans are trying to find a new home for the surviving animals.
As the Taliban nears a peace deal with the US, the increasing presence of Daesh in the country makes the Afghan militant group jittery.
Afghan and NATO operations against militants, including air strikes and night raids on militant hideouts, apparently resulted in the most casualties since insurgents often hide among civilians.
Sunday's suicide car bomb attack hit the eastern city of Ghazni and targeted an intelligence unit, Ghazni provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori told AFP.
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.
Media is increasingly becoming a target in Afghanistan as the Taliban's campaign for hearts and minds falls short.
Pro-government forces in Afghanistan have killed more civilians than the Taliban in the first months of 2019 as all sides claim they are working actively to prevent civilian deaths.
Abdul Hai Khateby, the spokesman for the governor of Khor province, says seven other pro-government militants were wounded in the attack late Friday, with two of them in critical condition.
There is no better time for peace than now in Afghanistan.
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