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  • Capital: Kabul
  • Major Languages: Dari Persian, Pashto
  • Currency: Afghani
  • Timezone: GMT +4:30

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Afghanistan continues to be an extremely high-risk destination for foreign visitors, with terrorist attacks occurring almost daily throughout the country. In September, 2014 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the country’s new president, succeeding Hamid Karzai. After his inauguration, it was announced that around 10,000 US troops would remain in the country throughout 2015 to continue training the Afghan security forces. In 2016, the US president, Barack Obama, announced that the number of US troops in Afghanistan would be lowered to 8,400 through to 2017. In February, 2017 the Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Haneef Atmar briefed a NATO council on the need for a continued military commitment from US and NATO forces. Meanwhile US General John Nicholson stated that the situation had reached a “stalemate” – as several thousand additional troops would be needed to continue to sufficiently train and advise Afghan troops.

The maintenance of public security continues to be the main challenge for the Afghan government and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), as the Taliban, Islamic State (IS) and other insurgent groups continue to organise large-scale attacks across the country. In July, 2015 the first round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban were held in Pakistan, although these were only opening negotiations and no ceasefire demands have been made. The Afghan government managed to secure a peace deal with Taliban offshoot Hezb-i-Islami in 2016, which saw the group agree to cease hostilities, cut ties to other extremist groups and officially acknowledge the government constitution in exchange for official recognition of the group and the removal of sanctions imposed by the UN and the US. In February, 2017 the Afghan government expressed a willingness to engage in further peace talks with the Taliban.

There remains a high-risk of kidnapping throughout Afghanistan, particularly to foreign nationals – dozens of whom have been abducted since the US-led invasion in 2001. Towards the end of 2012, a pregnant US woman and her Canadian husband were seized by the Taliban in a mountainous region near Kabul. The couple have appeared in several videos asking the US government to help free them and their two children, who were both born in captivity. An Australian NGO worker was also kidnapped in November 2016 after she was held at gunpoint and forcibly removed from her vehicle by suspected militants in the Kabul province. While foreign nationals appear to be abducted for the purpose of demanding large ransoms to fund militant activity, Afghan nationals are often abducted and forced to carry out suicide bombings. In February 2017, 52 Afghan civilians were kidnapped by the Taliban in the Jowzjan province. No ransom demands were issued and it is suspected that the hostages will be forced to carry out involuntary acts of terrorism.

As of January 2017 the Taliban held control of districts in 16 out of 33 provinces in Afghanistan. The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar have been particularly vulnerable to Taliban advances. US officials confirmed in January, 2017 that most areas under Taliban control continue to be rural areas where populations and resources are typically thinly dispersed. Some reports have suggested a slight decrease in territory controlled by government forces; however, Afghan government officials continually avoid clarifying precisely how much territory is outside of government control.  The IS affiliate in Afghanistan - Islamic State in Khorasan Province’s (ISKP) - have been attempting to establish a presence in the eastern province of Nangarhar since 2014/5.  The majority of the groups' fighters are non-Afghan nationals, with a large percentage reported to be from Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).  Their presence is limited outside of Nangarhar, where they are frequently targeted by Afghan and US airstrikes, although ISKP militants have carried out major attacks in other parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul.  ISKP militants have also clashed with Taliban factions in disputed districts.

Criminal activity is widespread across Afghanistan – with organised criminals infiltrating local, regional and national networks, often in collaboration with terrorist organisations. Police and judicial forces are also subject to being undermined by corruption; in some areas, local police are known to trade with the terrorist groups they are meant to be fighting. In Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index, Afghanistan was ranked 169 out of 176 countries ranked – with only Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, North Korea, South Sudan and Somalia receiving lower ratings. Robberies and general street crime is a concern in Kabul, while carjackings and banditry are common in rural areas and usually involve insurgents setting up roadblocks and false checkpoints. IEDs and landmines are also prevalent on remote roads, while most road surfaces are in a poor condition.

Afghanistan has borders with China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. There is a concerning amount of trans-border crime and terrorism operating in and out of Afghanistan. Groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), the Haqqani Network and the TTP have been known to use provinces in Afghanistan as bases to coordinate cross-border terror attacks. In February 2017, the Afghanistan-Pakistan border – also called the Durand Line – was placed under red alert amid an escalated stream of terrorist activity in Pakistan, which was attributed to terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan. Several border crossing points were closed indefinitely and the Pakistani military has since been shelling the eastern provinces of Afghanistan – with the Kunar, Nangarhar and Khost provinces taking the brunt of these attacks.

Afghanistan is located in an area of high seismic activity and earthquakes and tremors are relatively common. Afghanistan experienced approximately 157 earthquakes in 2016 – with the largest one within that period being a 6.6-magnitude earthquake which hit the Ashkasham area, killing four people. In June 2012 two major earthquakes struck in the north of the country, causing a landslide which killed at least 75 people in the town of Sayi Hazara. Back in 1998 more than 4,000 people died in a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in the Takhar and Badakhshan provinces. Avalanches often occur in the northern provinces during the winter. In February 2017, over 70 people died in three avalanches as extreme cold weather and heavy snowfall hit the region. There is also a risk of flooding during certain times of the year; in April 2016 at least 31 people died in rainstorms and flash floods in the northern Badghis, Baghlan, Amangan and Takhar provinces.

News articles

By Global Post

Media worker killed in northern Afghan province

A media worker has been killed following a blast in Faizabad city, capital of Afghanistan's northern province of Badakhshan, authorities said on Friday.

By Consortium for Press Freedom

Afghan journalists condemn colleague's murder

Journalists in several provinces on Saturday strongly condemned the killing of their colleague by unknown gunmen in eastern Nangarhar province and called for the murder to be thoroughly investigated.

By Afghanistan Journalists Center

Local journalist shot dead in Mazar-e-Sharif

Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) is saddened to learn that Khalid Agha Yaqubi, a 27-year-old employee of local radio Lahza in the Northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, was shot dead on Saturday.

By Associated Press

AP photographer killed, reporter wounded

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

By AFP

AFP journalist and family shot dead in Kabul

Shocked colleagues of Sardar Ahmad, the senior reporter in AFP's Kabul bureau, Friday mourned the loss of a charming and talented journalist with a deep, nuanced understanding of Afghanistan's wrenching conflict.

By Reuters

Swedish journalist shot dead in central Kabul

(Reuters) - A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections.

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Alerts for Afghanistan

Forty-five militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 45 militants have been killed in military operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. Air and ground units performed the operations in the Achin, Kot and Haska Mena districts of the province - killing 32 Islamic State (IS) militants. Bakhtar News has reported that the militants were targeted during the planning of terrorist activities. Another 13 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in air raids in the Khogyani district. Large caches of weapons have been seized. no military or civilian casualties were inflicted during the operations.

Seventeen Taliban killed in special operations, Laghman

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed in special operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Laghman province. The operations aimed to clear the Alishing, Alingar and Mehtarlam districts of the province, with particular focus on clearing Taliban influence on the main public highway. Two of the insurgents killed have been identified as Pakistani Taliban commanders. Several insurgents have been wounded although no precise figures have been confirmed. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Nine policemen killed in insider attack, Kunduz

Nine police officers have been killed in an insider attack in the northern Kunduz province. The incident occurred on Wednesday night when one of the policemen opened fire on his fellow officers, killing nine officers before fleeing the scene. Local reports have suggested that the assailant is thought to be connected to the Taliban - who have a history of orchestrating insider attacks within the police forces.

Six Taliban killed in premature explosion, Helmand

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in a premature explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern Helmand province. The insurgents had been planting an anti-vehicle IED along a roadside in the Nad-e Ali district near the provincial capital when the explosive was accidentally detonated prematurely. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the incident according to Khaama News. Taliban groups often use IEDs to target the security forces and civilians.

Taliban takes control of Sangin district, Helmand

The Taliban forces have allegedly taken control of the strategically key Sangin district in the southern Helmand province. According to Khyber News, the Taliban claimed they had taken control of the district on Thursday morning after an overnight attack in which security forces were allegedly forced to retreat due to high casualty figures and low supplies. A member of the provincial council also confirmed the loss of the district in a statement to Xinhua News. Other news reports have stated the Afghan security forces performed airstrikes on their own equipment after retreating from the district. This was done in order to prevent the use of military equipment by the Taliban forces. The Sangin district is considered a key strategic position from which the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, may be more easily approached by Taliban forces and has been at the centre of violent conflict in recent years. No casualty figures have been reported.

Afghan Foreign Minister calls for more US forces in Afghanistan

The Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has called for the deployment of more US troops to Afghanistan following a statement by US General John Nicholson. It was stated by the US General in February that the Afghan forces required the assistance of an additional few thousand US military personnel in order to successfully fight the Islamic State (IS) and Taliban in Afghanistan. The US government has not responded to Rabbani's request.

Four children wounded in mine blast, Uruzgan

At least four children have been wounded in a mine blast in the Uruzgan province. The explosion occurred on Wednesday morning in the Khas district of Uruzgan. A local police official told Bakhtar News that the children had been playing in the area at the time of the explosion. The Taliban are believed to be responsible for the incident, as they have a history of planting mines and improvised explosive devices to target the security forces and innocent civilians.

Seven Taliban killed in border clash, Nuristan

At least seven Pakistani Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in a clash between the insurgents and the border security forces in the Nuristan province. The incident occurred in the Kamdesh district near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The insurgent group allegedly crossed the border and stormed a security forces convoy. The security forces managed to repel the ambush with no casualties.

Twelve Taliban killed in Laghman airstrike

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in an airstrike in the Laghman province. The airstrike occurred on Monday and targeted insurgents in the Gula Ram area of the Kata Sang district near the provincial capital, Mehtarlam city. It remains unclear whether the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces of the foreign forces in Afghanistan. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Three killed in shooting, Takhar

Three suspected militants have been killed in a shooting incident in the northern Takhar province. According to local reports, a local militant commander was targeted and shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Nawabad area of the Khowaja Bahauddin district. The gunmen allegedly stormed the commander's residence, opening fire on those inside. The commander's wife and mother were also killed. 

Twenty-six IS killed in Nangarhar drone strike

At least 26 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The drone strike killed 24 IS militants in the Achin district and another two IS militants in the neighbouring Nazyan district. It remains unclear whether the drone strike was carried out by the Afghan or foreign security forces; however, drone strikes are typically conducted by the foreign forces more so than the Afghan forces. No civilian or military casualties have been reported and no comment has been issued by the IS forces.

Eight killed, 14 wounded in Helmand car bombing

Eight security personnel have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in a suicide car bombing in the southern Helmand province. The incident took place on Monday evening as militants managed to drive an explosive-laden vehicle into a security compound in the Gereshk district, detonating the explosives near a special police unit checkpoint. According to reports, the militant vehicle was allegedly similar to pick-up trucks used by the security forces - thus enabling the suicide bomber to gain access to the checkpoint. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet; however, it is strongly suspected that the Taliban insurgents are behind it, as it is consistent with their history of using vehicular-borne explosives to target the security forces.

Four Taliban killed in US drone strike, Paktika

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces in the Paktika province. The strike targeted the four insurgents as they were travelling in a vehicle in the Laman area of the Barmal district on Monday. One of the militants is believed to be a commander of the Taliban-affiliated al-Qaeda terror network while another is believed to be a commander of the Taliban faction group, Tehrik-i-Taliban.

Nine Taliban killed in clashes with border police in Nuristan

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash between the insurgents and the Afghan border police in north-eastern Nuristan province. According to Bakhtar News, the Taliban group advanced on the security forces from across the border with Pakistan. No civilians or security forces were injured during the clash.

Afghanistan-Pakistan border to re-open

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossing points to re-open following over a month of indefinite closure. The Torkham and Chaman border crossings were closed indefinitely on Thursday 16 February after several large-scale terror attacks in Pakistan - which Pakistan officials believed were being orchestrated by terrorists based in Afghanistan. The closure affected thousands of Pakistani and Afghan nationals, as well as business and trade. According to Al Jazeera, the decision to re-open the border has been made on the understanding that it is in the best interests of the ordinary people.

Two wounded in Taliban attack in Takhar

Two people have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the northern Takhar province. The insurgents allegedly targeted a police patrol in the Khawja Bahawdin district on Monday morning - injuring a director of national security and one of his bodyguards in the gunfight. It's believed some of the insurgents were killed in the crossfire; however, no death figures have been confirmed and the Taliban has not issued a statement regarding the incident. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Thirteen militants killed in airstrike, Paktiya

At least 13 militants have been killed in an airstrike conducted by the foreign forces in the Paktiya province. The airstrikes allegedly targeted a militant hideout in the Nari area of the Dand-e Patan district. A weapons cache was also destroyed in the airstrike and a Pakistani leader of the militant group is also believed to have been among those killed in the attack. No civilians or security forces were harmed during the attack.

Nineteen Taliban killed in Baghlan airstrikes

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes conducted in the Baghlan province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces on Saturday, targeting Taliban positions in the Baghlan-e Markazi district near the provincial capital. No civilian or military casualties were inflicted during the airstrikes.

Sixteen IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 16 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations conducted in the eastern Nangarhar provinces. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces on Saturday and targeted IS hideouts in the Kot district. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

One killed, three wounded in insider attack in Helmand

One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier has been killed and three US soldiers have been wounded in an insider attack at a NATO military base in the southern Helmand province. The ANA soldier was shot down after he opened fire on three US counterparts in a NATO camp in the Washir district on Sunday. Reports have stated that insider attacks have become an increasingly frequent problem within the security forces and as they are often orchestrated by militants who have been planted inside the armed forces; however, no militant groups have claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Ten soldiers killed in Taliban attack, Uruzgan

At least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Uruzgan province. The attack targeted ANA personnel guarding a military base in the Khurma area of the province. No civilians were harmed during the attack and no Taliban casualties have been confirmed.

Fifty-three killed in nationwide operations

At least 53 militants have been killed in nationwide operations overnight. The Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the operations targeted the Helmand, Kandahar, Logar, Nangarhar, and Paktika provinces. At least 20 of the militants killed have been identified at Islamic State loyalists. No official comment has been issued regarding civilian or military casualties.

Sixteen Taliban killed in clearing operations

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in clearing operations within the last 24 hours. The clearing operations were conducted as part of 'Naweed 45' military operations in the Baghlan, Faryab and Kunduz provinces. Bakhtar News has reported that at least Taliban commander is thought to be among those wounded in the operations. A cache of heavy and light weapons has also been destroyed, along with three Taliban motorcycles.

Dozens killed in nationwide counter-terror operations

At least 63 militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in routine counter-terror operations conducted across the country by the Afghan National Security and Defence Forces (ANSDF). The operations were led by the air and artillery units of the ANSDF and they targeted militants in the Baghlan, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, and Wardak provinces. According to Bakhtar News, the Ministry of National Defence also stated that stores of heavy and light weapons along with ammunition were discovered and seized by the security forces.

Two killed in Nangarhar mosque explosion

Two people have been killed in a suicide bombing outside a mosque in Nangarhar. The suicide bomber died from the blast and at least one other person was also killed. The blast seemingly targeted people exiting the mosque in the village of Daronta in the Surkh Rod district. A Taliban-affiliated group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eight killed in militant attack, Baghlan

At least eight people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a militant ambush on the Afghan National Army (ANA) security forces in the northern Baghlan province. The ANA troops were attacked by a group of militants in the Base Mangalha area of the Baghlan-e Markazi district. While the security forces managed to repel the attack, killing seven militants, one ANA soldier was killed and two others were wounded.

Kunduz-Baghlan highway ambushed

The highway connecting the northern Kunduz and Baghlan provinces has allegedly been ambushed by militant overnight. Tolo News has reported that the highway has been closed following a militant ambush on a security forces' convoy which had been performing night time patrol duties at the time of the attack. The security forces were allegedly overwhelmed, losing control of the highway to the militants. It is likely the militants were members of the Taliban - who have been active in the northern regions; however, this has not been confirmed. No casualties have been reported.

One killed, seven wounded in Khost explosion

One person has been killed and seven others have been wounded in an explosion in Khost city. The car bomb explosion allegedly occurred near an army base in the Yaqubi (aka Sabari) district of Khost city. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast and no comment has been made on civilian casualties.

Thirty-one IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 31 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and one has been wounded in military operations in the Nangarhar province. In a report, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. Four IS hideouts in the Achin and Kot districts were targeted. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Ten killed and ten wounded in Kunduz operations

Ten people have been killed and ten others have been wounded in military operations in the Kunduz province. The operations were led by an Afghan ground force with air support. The ground forces stormed a Taliban hideout in the Yatima locality of the Chahar Dara district; however, according to reports, the insurgents escaped into a private residence - which was subsequently struck by an air raid, killing three civilians and wounding seven more. Seven Taliban insurgents were killed and three others were wounded. No military casualties have been reported.

Helmand airstrikes kill 36 Taliban

At least 36 Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in airstrikes conducted in the southern Helmand province. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted the Nad-e Ali district near the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Khaama News has reported that the Afghan Ministry of Defence has confirmed the airstrike and casualty figures and further added that at least two Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed. The airstrike was part of military efforts designed to hinder Taliban attempts to extend their influence throughout key districts in the Helmand province - with a particular Taliban focus on capturing the Lashkar Gah province.

Thirty Taliban killed in clearing operations, Kandahar

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in clearing operations within the last 24 hours in Kandahar. The operations aimed to clear the Nesh district of Taliban presence, A spokesperson for the 2015 Atal Military Corps confirmed the figures in a statement and further added that no civilian or military casualties were incurred. 

Ninety killed in nationwide military operations

At least 90 militants have been killed and 31 others have been wounded in nationwide military operations. The operations were carried out by the air and artillery troops of the Afghan security forces. Militant targets were attacked in the Baghlan, Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Kapisa, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktika, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul provinces. The Ministry of National Defence told Bakhtar News that several supplies of heavy and light weapons were seized by the security forces, along with caches of ammunition.

Eight IS killed in Nangarhar operations

Eight Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the Achin district of Nangarhar. On Tuesday, the Afghan security forces targeted attacks on an IS hideout in the Jawargar village. No military personnel or civilians were wounded in the attack.

Two policemen killed in Kabul shooting

Two policemen have been killed in a shooting in Kabul. On Monday night, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the security officials in police district eight of Kabul city. The police officers had been conducting a search operation at the time of the shooting. Police investigations are underway to identify the perpetrators. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seventeen IS militants killed in US airstrikes, Nangarhar

At least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in US airstrikes conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. The air raid operations consisted of a series of four airstrikes targeting IS positions in Pekh and Mamand Dara areas of the Achin district. The police released a statement confirming the air operations and further stated that several caches of weapons, explosives and ammunition belonging to the IS forces were destroyed. No civilian or military casualties were incurred during the attacks.

Taliban hostage released to Australian embassy in Kabul

A Taliban hostage has been released to the Australian embassy in Kabul. The hostage was a female Australian aid worker who was abducted from Kabul city by the Taliban in November 2016. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the release of the hostage, thanking the Afghan and Australian governments for their support and assistance in negotiating the release of the hostage. It remains unclear on what terms the hostage was released.

Eleven Taliban killed and wounded in military operations, Laghman

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed or wounded in military operations in Kandahar. A Taliban commander - identified as Abdul Wali - has been killed in Afghan military operations in the Kotali area of the Alisheng district and three others were killed or wounded. Three more insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in 'Almas 40' clearing operations in the Alisheng and Alingar districts. The Taliban have allegedly been trying to capture districts in the Laghman, however the Afghan security forces have foiled attempts so far.

Eight killed in military airstrikes, Kandahar

Eight militants have been killed and eight others have been wounded in military airstrikes in the Kandahar province. The airstrikes were carried out in the Nesh district by the Afghan security forces as part of military operations to protect civilians in insecure areas. Ten rounds of mines were also discovered and defused.

Military operations kill 52 IS in Nangarhar

At least 52 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the Nangarhar province. Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out the attacks. The militants were targeted by ANSF air and ground forces in the Achin, Haska Mena and Kot districts of the province. Five weapon depots were also discovered and seized by ANSF troops. No civilian or ANSF casualties have been reported.

Twenty-four Taliban killed in airstrikes, Helmand

At least 24 Taliban insurgents and seven others have been wounded in recent airstrikes in the Helmand province. The airstrikes were carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan and US forces. Taliban hideouts in the Loymand and Bolan areas in the Nad Ali district near the provincial capital district, Lashkar Gah. A military official has allegedly told Pajhwok Afghan News that one of the insurgents killed has been identified as Taliban commander Asmatullah - a Taliban-appointed mayor for Lashkar Gah. Three Taliban gunmen were wounded and four security personnel were wounded.

Ten militants killed in Paktika airstrike

Ten Taliban-affiliated militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in an airstrike in the Paktika province. The Afghan security forces conducted the airstrike on militant positions in the Dara-e Shinki village in the Zirok district. A top commander was allegedly among the militants killed. Two militant vehicles and several rounds of heavy and light weapons were also destroyed. No civilian or military casualties occurred.

Taliban cut off thief's hand and foot, Herat

Taliban insurgents have cut off the hand and foot of an alleged thief in the western Herat province. A Taliban court reportedly found the victim guilty of theft with no evidence and issued the sentence as punishment for the alleged crime. The spokesman for the provincial government confirmed the incident to Pajhwok Afghan News, stating that the government forces have launched a search operation against the Taliban in the mountainous terrain near the Oba district.

Nine insurgents killed in clashes, Faryab

Nine armed Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the north-western Faryab province. A police official told Bakhtar News that the fighting was caused by a Taliban ambush on a military convoy near the border between the Qaysar district and the Ghormach district of the neighbouring Badghis province on Monday. A Taliban commander has allegedly been confirmed to be among those killed in the clashes.

Three US soldiers wounded in explosion, Nangarhar

Three US soldiers have been wounded in an explosion in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The explosion occurred after a US military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) during a NATO-led support mission in Jalalabad. Afghan officials have allegedly stated that while anti-vehicle IEDs are often used to target the security forces by the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS), more often than not, IEDs planted outside of security patrol routes are instead targeting ordinary civilians in order to spread terror. However, most Taliban and IS claims of responsibility for incidents such as this, typically state that the security forces were being targeted. 

Badakhshan avalanche kills eight

Eight people have been killed and four others have been wounded in an avalanche in the northern Badakhshan province. Heavy snowfall caused the avalanche to hit the Shakhya Par village in the Shahr Bozorg district on Monday. Village officials told Tolo News that the heavy snow had fallen continuously since Friday. Rescue efforts are often hindered by the mountainous terrain and are made more difficult with the addition of heavy snowfall. 

Anti-government protest takes place in Kabul

Protests have taken place against the Afghan government in Kabul. Dozens of people gathered on Monday evening to criticise the government's allegedly weak response to security threats in Afghanistan. According to the Afghanistan Times, the demonstrators carried a coffin to symbolise the death of the government should they continue along their weak lines of security and defence policies. Some protesters have called for the resignation and replacement of government officials responsible for the security, defence, intelligence, and justice departments. The protest was largely peaceful with no violence reported.

Twenty-one IS militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

Twenty-one Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and nine others have been wounded in recent military operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the eastern Nangarhar province. The Special Operations unit of the ANA have targeted IS positions in the Kot district within the last 24 hours. No civilians or ANA personnel were harmed and various heavy and light weapons were destroyed.

One civilian killed in Kabul minibus explosion

One female civilian has been killed and 19 others have been wounded after a bus exploded in Kabul city. The minibus had been transporting employees of a large private telecommunications company in the Taimani area when it exploded during rush hour traffic. It remains unclear whether or not the blast was caused by a suicide bomber travelling on foot, or by an anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) planted along the roadside. Bakhtar News has suggested that the incident was a targetted attack.

Three children killed in explosion, Nangarhar

Three children have been killed in a bomb explosion in the eastern Nangarhar province. The children had been playing near a stream in the Khogyani district when they came across a mortar - which exploded when they started playing with it. According to Pahjwok News, the mortar had recently been fired by unknown assailants; however, unexploded ordnance is a frequent occurrence and often kills civilians unintentionally.

Eight Taliban killed in military operation, Paktiya

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in Afghan military operations in the eastern Paktiya province. The security forces targeted insurgent positions in the Goleen, Maharat Khel, and Shah Khel villages of the Zurmat district. Another insurgent was allegedly arrested and several motorcycles were seized by the security forces.

Counter-terror operations kill 26 insurgents

Nationwide counter-terror operations have killed 26 insurgents and wounded 11 others within the last 24 hours. The operations targeted insurgents in the Baghlan, Helmand and Kandahar provinces. According to Tolo News, the Afghan Ministry of Interior confirmed the reports, stating that a cache of weapons - including several firearms, explosives, rocket launchers and rockets - was also seized from the insurgents during the operation.

Dozens of Afghan police freed from Taliban jail in Helmand

At least 32 Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been freed from a Taliban jail in Helmand. The Special Forces of the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted the operation during the night in the Nad-e Ali district. An ANA spokesperson told Khaama News that the ANA troops successfully rescued 32 ALP officers who had been taken hostage and were being held in a Taliban jail. No comment was made on whether or not the Taliban, ALP or ANA forces sustained any casualties.

Nationwide operations kill 31 militants

At least 31 militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in nationwide military operations. The Afghan security forces carried out offensive operations against militants in the Daykundi, Nangarhar, Uruzgan and Wardak provinces over the weekend, killing 31 militants, wounded two others and arresting 12 more. The Xinhua news outlet has reported that the Interior Ministry has confirmed the militant casualties; however, there has been no official comment released regarding military or civilian casualties.

Twenty-eight killed in Nangarhar operations

Twenty-eight people have been killed in military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations were carried out on Saturday evening and were a combination of ground and air attacks on Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants in the Ghani Khel, Kot and Khogyani areas of Nangarhar. Approximately 11 Taliban insurgents, nine IS militants, and eight police officers were killed in the attacks - which reportedly involved US drone strikes according to Khaama News.

IS kidnap and behead three civilians, Nangarhar

Three civilians have been kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. The three victims were abducted by IS forces on Friday evening and beheaded by militants in the Momand Dara area of the Achin district the following day. Pahjwok Afghan News has reported that the victims were thought to be 15, 17 and 25 years of age. 

Khost military airport comes under militant attack

A military airport in the eastern Khost province has come under attack from three armed militants. The incident occurred on Saturday when the three suspects allegedly tried to enter the air base and were apprehended by the foreign security forces which man the airport. According to Tolo News, one assailant was shot down and two remained unaccounted for. Search operations have been launched to identify the two remaining attackers. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eight police officers killed in friendly fire, Zabul

Eight police officers have been killed in a friendly fire incident in the Zabul province. The incident occurred late on Friday night when two police officers turned their guns on their comrades at a police check post in the Shinkai district. According to Tolo News, the attackers fled with a supply of stolen weapons and are suspected to have links to the Taliban. The Taliban have allegedly claimed responsibility for that attack. 

Truck drivers protest at closed border crossing

Truck drivers have been protesting at the closed border crossing point between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Torkham. The border crossing had recently been reopened temporarily to allow stranded Afghan and Pakistani nationals to return to their native countries; however, since the reclosure of the crossing point, truck drivers have become stranded and have started protesting as a result. The truck drivers claim the border closure has brought trade and business to a halt, making it hard for them to earn a living or find lodgings.

Six Taliban killed in airstrike, Kunduz

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the northern Kunduz province. A drone strike was allegedly conducted against a Taliban hideout in the Eisa Khil village of the Chahar Dara district. A Taliban commander, identified as Qari Bismillah, was allegedly among the insurgents killed in the attack. It remains unclear whether the strike was carried out by Afghan or foreign forces.

Sixty-four killed in nationwide operations

At least 64 militants have been killed and 37 others have been wounded in nationwide counter-terror and clearing operations within the last 24 hours. The operations were conducted by the Afghan Air Force and the artillery units of the Afghan National Army and targeting militant positions in the Badghis, Baghlan, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Laghman, Paktiya, Uruzgan, Wardak, and Zabul provinces. The Ministry of Defence reportedly stated that: 28 militants were killed and six others were wounded in Helmand; 19 were killed and 17 were wounded in Baghlan; eight were killed and one was wounded in Paktiya; four were killed and one was wounded in Kandahar; three were killed and nine others were wounded in Ghazni; two were killed and three were wounded in Uruzgan and Kapisa collectively.

Drug factories destroyed in anti-narcotics operations

Five drug factories have been destroyed in anti-narcotics operations carried out by the Afghan military in the Nangarhar province. Two heroin factories were destroyed on Wednesday and a further three narcotics factories were destroyed on Thursday. The Afghan government has launched the operations in a bid to suppress the exploitation of the illegal drug trade as a means by which militant groups fund themselves.

Taliban take control of Kunduz-Takhar highway at night

The Taliban has allegedly started taking control of the Kunduz-Takhar highway at night time once the daytime security patrols vacate the area. According to Pahjwok Afghan News, the security forces have claimed that they haven't had enough personnel to patrol the route during the night. The government patrol forces continue to maintain the security of the highway between 08:00 and 16:00; however, once patrol forces leave, the Taliban have started to appear from hideouts and establish a checkpoint to stop and search civilian vehicles. 

Clearing operations kill 55 IS in Nangarhar

Clearing operations have killed 55 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. Air and ground troops of the Afghan security forces carried out targeted raids in the Achin, Dur Baba, and Roadat districts of the province. Bakhtar News has reported that several IS hideouts and large caches of weapons were also destroyed in the operations. No civilians were harmed in the operations and there have been no military casualties reported.

Seventeen insurgents killed in nationwide operations

Seventeen insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in nationwide military operations conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The operations targeted insurgents in the Helmand, Kandahar, Laghman, Uruzgan, and Wardak provinces. Several caches of weapons were seized and two insurgent motorcycles were also confiscated by the security forces. 

Afghanistan-Pakistan border points closed indefinitely

Border crossing points along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have been closed again following the temporary reopening of two border points. The crossing points were initially closed following a sudden increase in terrorist activity in Pakistan which the Pakistani government attributed to terrorists operating across the border from eastern Afghanistan provinces. According to Khyber News, the Torkham and Chaman crossing points were reopened temporarily to allow stranded citizens to return to their native countries; however, the closure has now been re-implemented indefinitely.

Afghan government files complaint against Pakistan to UN

The Afghan government in Kabul has filed a complaint to the UN regarding the Pakistani government in Islamabad. The complaint states that the Pakistani government has allowed its military to violate Afghanistan's territorial integrity by shelling eastern Afghan provinces bordering with Pakistan. According to Ariana News, the official complaint details almost 1,300 mortars and artillery shells fired over the Nangarhar and Kunar provinces in Afghanistan within the last two months - causing extensive damage and killing dozens of civilians unnecessarily. The complaint also claims that the Pakistani military has been flying unauthorised Pakistani aircraft over Afghani airspace.

Forty insurgents killed in Kandahar airstrikes

Forty insurgents have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar province. The strikes - conducted on Tuesday 07 March - targeted insurgents in the Lam area of the Khakrez district. No civilians or military personnel were harmed in the operation.

US airstrike kills five insurgents in Kunduz

An airstrike conducted by the US forces has killed five Taliban insurgents in the northern Kunduz province. The drone strike allegedly targeted a Taliban bunker in the Daftani locality of the Dasht-e Archi district at around midnight. Two Taliban vehicles were also destroyed in the strike. No civilians were harmed during the attack.

Dozens of Taliban killed in nationwide operations

Approximately 53 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 31 others have been wounded in recent nationwide clearing operations. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Air Force, targeting Taliban positions in the Badghis, Baghlan, Farah, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Laghman, Logar, Takhar, Uruzgan and Wardak provinces. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has issued a statement detailing the location of insurgent casualties: 26 insurgents were killed and six were wounded in Helmand; 18 insurgents were killed in Kandahar; six were killed and 11 were wounded in Farah; one insurgent commander was killed and 11 were wounded in Badghis; two were killed and one was wounded in Kapisa. Overall, five of the insurgents killed have been confirmed as Taliban commanders, and a large cache of weapons was also seized by security forces. No comment has been made on civilian or military casualties.

Afghan security forces kill 37 IS militants in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have killed 37 Islamic State (IS) militants whilst repelling a series of militant attacks on security check posts in the eastern Nangarhar province. The Press Office for the 201 Sylab Army told Bakhtar News that the IS forces attempted to ambush several check posts with the goal of capturing security shells. No information was reported regarding military casualties.

Kabul military hospital under siege from attackers

The Sardar Daud military hospital has come under attack in the centre of Kabul. Two explosions have been reported so far and a gunfight between the attackers and the police has been ongoing since 09:00 local time. A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the southern main entrance gate (near the US embassy) before four gunmen stormed the hospital - at least one was allegedly disguised as doctor. No casualty figures have been confirmed yet; however, the BBC has reported that over 30 people have been killed and more than 50 people may be wounded. Ariana News has more recently reported that 50 people have been killed and 31 people have been wounded. The siege has allegedly been claimed by the Islamic State (IS).

Sixty killed and wounded in nationwide police operations

Nationwide clearing operations carried out by the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have killed 30 militants and wounded 30 others within the last 24 hours. The clearing operations involved ground ANP forces targeting militant hideouts in the Baghlan, Farah, Ghazni, Logar, Nangarhar and Zabul provinces. One militant was also arrested and remains in police custody for questioning. No civilian or ANP casualties have been reported.

Thirty-three killed, 42 wounded in counter-terror operations

Thirty-three people have been killed and another 42 have been wounded in recent counter-terror operations in the western Farah province. The Afghan security forces conducted the operations in the Bala Buluk district of the province - where 32 militants were killed and 41 were wounded. Additionally, one security personnel was killed and another was wounded, and three militants were arrested. Five militant vehicles and several heavy weapons were also destroyed.

Pakistani military resume shelling on Afghanistan

The Pakistani military has resumed shelling on eastern Afghanistan provinces along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. According to Tolo News, the Pakistani military has fired 145 missiles into the eastern Kunar province in the last two days. No casualties have been reported so despite some infrastructure damages. The firing could have negative diplomatic implications for the two countries who have a history of tense relations with each other. Despite the temporary re-opening of two border points and recent efforts to cooperate in counter-terror initiatives - it seems likely that military tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan will continue to rise.

One killed in Kabul explosion

One person is believed to have been killed in an explosion in Kabul. The explosion occurred in the morning near Dar-ul-Aman road in the sixth police district of the capital city, and it thought to have been triggered by a magnetic bomb. Preliminary reports have suggested that the bomb was attached to a government vehicle in the area - indicating the attack was targeting a government or security official. It's possible that several others may have been wounded, although casualty figures are yet to be confirmed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet; however, authorities suspect the Taliban were behind the explosion, as they conducted similar attacks in the same area just last week.

Dozens killed and wounded in Kunduz over the weekend

At least 65 people have been killed and 8 people have been wounded in a series of military operations and clashes in the Kunduz province over the weekend. On Saturday, six police officers were killed in a Taliban attack on a security outpost near the provincial capital - the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack and claim they seized a large cache of weapons. On the same day, 18 Taliban insurgents - including three Taliban commanders - were killed in military airstrikes in the Imam Sahib district. Fifteen insurgents were also killed and three were wounded in a premature bomb explosion as they were planting improvised explosive devices in the same district. An overnight raid on an insurgent bunker in the Chaghar locality killed eight insurgents and wounded five more. Eighteen insurgents were also killed as the Afghan airforce targeted Taliban positions near the Tajikistan border.

Twenty-two killed and 46 wounded in Kandahar clashes

At least 22 people have been killed and 46 others have been wounded in clashes in the southern Kandahar province. On Saturday, 15 Taliban insurgents and six police officers were killed, and 30 insurgents and 13 police officers were wounded after a Taliban group attacked a security checkpoint in the Nesh district, causing intense clashes to break out. Another police officer was killed and three more were wounded in a shooting in the Arghandab district on the same day.

Two killed, one wounded in Taliban attacks, Faryab

Two security personnel have been killed and another has been wounded in Taliban attacks in the Faryab province. One police officer was killed and another was wounded on Saturday when an anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) was attached to their vehicle in the Almar district. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. A local security commander was killed on the same day when Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint.

Fourteen IS hostages released in Nangarhar

Fourteen hostages being held by the Islamic State (IS) have successfully been released after being held for 49 days. The hostages were a group of 12 teachers and two Ministry of Education officials who were abducted by IS militants from Mashar Mullah School in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar. According to the Afghanistan Times, the hostages were released largely due to the efforts of the security forces and tribal elders.

Thirty-five killed in Achin district, Nangarhar

Thirty-five people have been killed and five others have been wounded in Islamic State (IS) attacks in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province. IS forces attacked several security checkpoints in the Abdu Khel, Gerdi, Goshta, and Pandola areas of the Achin district - leading to clashes in which 33 IS militants were killed and five others were wounded. No casualties have been reported from the security forces. Two teenage civilians were also killed when they were beheaded by IS militants in the Achin district.

Twenty-seven killed in counter-terror operations, Laghman

At least 27 people have been killed and 32 others have been wounded in counter-terror operations in the Laghman province. The police forces, military and intelligence services joined efforts to conduct counter-terror operations in the Alisheng and Alingar districts of Laghman. Nine Taliban commanders were identified among 18 insurgents killed in the Alisheng district - where 10 Taliban insurgents were also wounded. Seven insurgents and two members of the security forces were killed in the Alingar district, and 22 others were injured.

Nationwide military operations kill 129 militants over the weekend

Nationwide military operations have killed 129 militants and wounded 77 others over the weekend. The first set of operations were conducted on Saturday and targeted the Baghlan, Farah, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Laghman, Nangarhar, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces - killing 63 and wounding 38 militants. The second set of nationwide operations were carried out on Sunday and targeted the Baghlan, Farah, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Takhar, and Uruzgan provinces - killing 66 militants and wounding 39 others. Eighteen of the militants killed were identified as members of the Islamic State (IS). 

Helmand lawmaker wounded in shooting, Kandahr

A lawmaker of the southern Helmand province has been wounded in a shooting incident in the neighbouring Kandahar province. The lawmaker was targeted in a shooting in the 10th police district of the provincial capital, Kandahar city. Investigators suspect the Taliban to be responsible for the shooting, as they have a history of targeted government officials in such incidents.

Eight civilians killed, 22 wounded in suspected Taliban airstrike, Farah

Eight civilians have been killed and 22 others have been wounded in a suspected airstrike in the Farah province. Four children were among those killed in an explosion which shook the Bala Buluk district of Farah. While some reports have suggested that an improvised explosive device caused the casualties, local reports claim a helicopter performed an airstrike on the area. A local resident, identified only as Salima, told The Associated Press that the Taliban had recently warned residents to leave their homes for safety - suggesting the Taliban were responsible for the blast.

Fifteen killed in militant attacks on border security

At least 15 people have been killed in a series of militant attacks on border security posts in the Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to Al Jazeera, ten suspected Afghani terrorists and six soldiers of the Pakistan Army have been killed in the attacks, which targeted three border security check posts. The attackers allegedly came from the Afghanistan side of the border and the attack was repelled.

Twenty-six IS militants killed in clearing operations, Nangarhar

Clearing operations carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province have killed 26 Islamic State (IS) militants in the last 24 hours. The air and ground troops of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) aimed to clear areas in the Achin, Kot and Roadat districts of IS forces. Several IS hideouts were destroyed, along with at least four large caches of weapons, ammunition and explosives. ANSF troops also defused six rounds of mines throughout the province. No civilians or ANSF casualties occurred in the operations.

Fifteen Taliban killed as military recapture northern districts

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two Afghan security personnel have been wounded in military operations to recapture two districts from the Taliban in the northern provinces of Baghlan and Badghis. Five Taliban insurgents have been killed as Afghan security forces destroyed Taliban hideouts in villages which had been captured by the Taliban forces in the Kandalan valley near the provincial capital Qala-q Naw. The Taliban insurgents allegedly fled the area and the security forces seized a large cache of weapons. Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and two Afghan security personnel have been wounded in operations launched to recapture the Tala wa Barfak district in Baghlan, which was stormed by the Taliban yesterday.

Military operations kill 23 IS militants

At least 23 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations conducted in the Zabul and Nangarhar provinces. The Afghan security forces targeted IS positions in the Zabul province - killing 17 militants in the Malik Khel village of the Arghandab district. Another six IS militants were killed in operations in the Lalpur district of Nangarhar.  A cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed. No civilians were harmed and no military casualties have been reported.

Nationwide military operations kill 149 Taliban militants

At least 149 Taliban militants have been killed and 73 others have been wounded in nationwide operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in eight provinces. According to Pajhwok Afghan News, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that: 47 insurgents were killed and 27 were wounded in Laghman; another 47 were killed and 22 were wounded in Helmand; 34 were killed and 11 were wounded in Logar; eight were killed in Nangarhar; seven were killed in Farah; four were killed in Takhar; two were killed and 13 were wounded in Kapisa and Baghlan collectively. A large cache of four Taliban vehicles, 13 motorcycles, and 20 mines was also destroyed in the Helmand province.

Three soldiers kidnapped by insurgents in Wardak

Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been kidnapped by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province. The ANA soldiers had been travelling by car from the southern Zabul province to Kabul capital city when they were intercepted by insurgents in the Otaly area of the Sayyidabad district of Wardak. No claim of responsibility has been made by the Taliban, however the group has a history of targeting security forces along roads. It remains unknown where the soldiers have been taken.

Dozens of militants killed in eastern operations

At least 24 militants have been killed in military operations carried out in the eastern provinces of Logar and Nangarhar. Sixteen Taliban militants have been killed and eight others have been detained in overnight raid operations in the Charkh district of the Logar province, while a further eight Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike targeting IS forces in the Lal Poor district of Nangarhar. Four Taliban militants have also been detained in the neighbouring Wardak province. 

One killed, six wounded in bomb explosion, Nangarhar

One person has been killed and six others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the eastern Nangarhar province. An anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) was used by militants to target a security forces convoy in the Goshta district of the province. The provincial governor, Ataullah Khogyani, told Bakhta News that among those wounded was the Local Police Commander Abdul Samand - who is thought to have been the target of the explosion. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however police investigators believe the Taliban militants were behind the attack, as they have a history of using anti-vehicle IEDs to target security forces.

Ten Taliban killed in military operation, Kandahar

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in the Kandahar province. The ANA troops performed a counter-terror operation in which ANA ground personnel ambushed Taliban convoys in the Spin Boldak and Panjwai districts - leading to armed clashes. No civilians or ANA personnel were harmed in the clashes.

Four police officers killed in Taliban district capture, Baghlan

Four police officers have been killed and 13 others have been captured by the Taliban as the insurgent group has taken control of the Tala wa Barfak district in the northern Baghlan province. The capture of the district was achieved on Wednesday through a series of back-to-back attacks which started on Tuesday - four insurgents were also killed and two others were wounded, while five police officers were wounded in the initial attacks. The provincial council member, Firuzuddin Aimaq, told EBL News that weak police resistance to Taliban insurgency was to blame for the loss of the district, and furthermore warned that if defensive and offensive strategy against the insurgents doesn't improve the Doshi district and provincial capital will struggle to resist Taliban control. 

Five Taliban hostages freed in Logar

Five hostages of the Taliban have been freed in the Logar province. The hostages - road engineers of Blobal road construction company - had been working on the construction of the Pul Kandahar-Surkhab road when they were kidnapped on Friday 24 February by a Taliban insurgent in the Muhammad Agha district of Logar. The Taliban stated that the engineers were taken because any construction projects in a Taliban-controlled area apparently require Taliban authorisation. The District Governor of Logar told Afghanistan Times that the hostages were released after tribal elders managed to negotiate with the Taliban.

Thirty-five killed in Faryab clashes

At least 35 people have been killed and at least five others have been wounded in clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. A military official, General Janatgul Karokhail commander of the first brigade of 209 Shaheen army corps, told Bakhta News that an Afghan National Army (ANA) supply convoy was attacked by the Taliban in the Qaisar district of Faryab. Karokhail stated that at least 30 Taliban insurgents, five ANA soldiers and an undisclosed number of ANA drivers were killed, while five insurgents were wounded in the attack. The ANA troops managed to repel the attack and no civilians were harmed during the incident.

Twenty Taliban killed in recent Helmand airstrikes

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes conducted in the Helmand province. According to Khaama news outlet, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that an airstrike had targeted the Taliban in the Khanshin district and that a large cache of narcotics was also destroyed.  The MoD did not clarify whether the Afghan security forces of the US forces carried out the airstrikes. The Afghan security forces often accompany airstrikes with ground operations, whereas the US forces typically use unmanned drones to perform targeted strikes.

Russian military to aid defence along Tajik-Afghan border

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed with the Tajik President Emomali Rahmon that the Russian military will aid Tajik military efforts to bolster border security along the Tajik-Afghan border. The agreement has been made on the basis that a stronger defence of the Tajik-Afghan border on the Tajikistan side will provide further safety from terrorism in Afghanistan and will also prevent the utilisation of Tajikistan as a potential access route to Russia's southern borders.

Dozens killed and wounded in Kabul explosions

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded as two explosions have rocked Kabul. The first explosion occurred in the compound of Police District Six and was orchestrated by a suicide car bomber targeting a military school. A gunfight then followed when insurgents entered the compound immediately after the explosion. The second explosion followed shortly after in the eastern Pol-e Charkhi area of Police District 12. Two suicide bombers travelling on foot targeted a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office, potentially wounding as many as five people in the blast. The Afghan security forces gunned down the second attacker who had not yet managed to detonate their explosives. According to Khaama news outlet, Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi - spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health - stated that 22 people have died so far and as many as 120 others have been wounded overall. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for both attacks. 

Four insurgents killed in clearing operations, Takhar

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in the Takhar province. Afghan security forces launched an offensive clearing operation against the Taliban in the Darqab district on Monday evening, ultimately killing four insurgents and gaining 10km of territory. The Mosazai, Babrak, Noorkhel, Yangi Kala, Khwaja Bahauddin and Zara Zhranda areas have reportedly been successfully cleared of insurgents. Taliban groups often thrive in the absence of the security forces, but frequently flee in the face of direct offensive operations. No military casualties have been reported.

Four Taliban killed in military operation, Baghlan

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in a military operation conducted in the northern Baghlan province. The operation was conducted as part of the ongoing Naweed 13 operation against Taliban insurgency in the northern province. Ground troops of the Afghan security forces allegedly targeted Taliban insurgents in the Dand Ghori region on the request of the provincial council members after the area became controlled by the Taliban. No civilian or military casualties occurred in the operation.

Dozens killed and wounded in Nangarhar

At least 31 people have been killed and wounded in several incidents in Nangarhar. Seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and nine others have been wounded in Shaheen 25 operations carried out by the air and ground forces of the Afghan National Directorate Security Forces (ANDSF) targeting IS positions in the Haska Mena and Kot districts. Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and wounded in a US drone strike on a Taliban hideout in the Sangina area of the Chaparhar district - a Taliban commander has been identified among those killed. Two tribal elders were also shot dead in a shooting incident in the provincial capital city, Jalalabad. Unidentified gunmen shot the two victims down in the Majboorabad area. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting. Another eight people - including two children - have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Behsud district after an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a rickshaw in a militant attempt to target police forces in the area.

Twelve policemen killed in Taliban attack, Helmand

Twelve policemen have been killed in an ambush attack on a security check post in the Sra Gudar locality in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The Afghanistan Times has reported that the assailants killed the police guard with silencer guns before entering the check post and killing the rest of the police force. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Seven Taliban killed, four wounded in military operations, Kandahar

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in overnight military operations in the southern Kandahar province. Afghan security forces performed targeted raid operations on Taliban positions in the Zhari, Spin Boldak, Kandahar city and Panjwae districts. No civilians were harmed during the operations, and no military casualties have been reported.

Seven casualties in roadside bombing, Helmand

One policeman has been killed and six others have been wounded - including a prisoner - in a roadside bombing in the southern Helmand province. Taliban insurgents are thought to have used an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to target an Afghan police special forces convoy travelling in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The convoy had reportedly been transporting prisoners to the Kandahar province at the time of the attack. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack, however it has a history of targeting the security forces with IEDs and has a significant presence in the Helmand province which it has long sought to extend to the capital in hopes to control the province.

Five Taliban killed in infighting in Herat

Five Taliban faction insurgents have been killed in infighting between the Taliban and a Taliban-affiliated faction group. Two suicide bombers along with three accomplices allegedly tried to storm a Taliban compound in the western province of Herat - leading to a 30-minute gunfight in which all five faction insurgents were killed by Taliban insurgents. It has not been stated which faction group affiliated with the Taliban the attackers were members of. Infighting between the Taliban and Taliban-affiliated faction groups has increased since the death of the Taliban leader and founder, Mohammad Omar, in 1994.

Taliban infiltrator kills 13 policemen in Helmand

A Taliban insurgent has killed at least 13 policemen after he managed to infiltrate the police forces in the southern Helmand province. According to the BBC, the insurgent posed as a fellow police officer and allowed fellow insurgents into the police station of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah - a strategically key position in controlling the Helmand province, which has been fought for intensely by the Taliban and thoroughly defended by the Afghan security forces.

Fourteen militants killed in northern provinces

Fourteen militants have been killed in the northern provinces of Jowzjan and Kunduz. Eight Taliban militants have been killed in a drone strike conducted by the Afghan security forces in Dashte Archi town of the Jowzjan province. One of the militants killed has been identified as Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, a senior Taliban commander - whose death has also been confirmed by the Taliban. Six more militants have been killed and two security personnel have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Kunduz province. The Taliban have confirmed that at least two of the six militants killed were Taliban members.

Dozens of IS militants killed in clearing operations, Nangarhar

At least 47 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 35 others have been wounded in clearing operations in the Nangarhar province. The operations were carried out as part of the ongoing Shaheen 25 military operations being conducted by the Afghan air and ground forces in the Kot and Haska Mina districts of the province. At least one of the IS militants killed in the operations has been identified as a senior commander. A large cache of weapons was seized by security forces and two anti-vehicle mines were also deactivated. No harm or fatalities incurred to security forces or civilians.

Forty-two hostages freed from IS in Nangarhar

At least 42 hostages of the Islamic State (IS) have been freed in rescue operations carried out by the local security forces in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. The local security officials confirmed that the operation freed 42 civilians who had been abducted by IS militants four months ago in the Pachir Wa Agam district. The IS forces have not commented.

Two children killed in school mortar attack, Laghman

Two school children have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a mortar attack on a school in the eastern Laghman province. A classroom of the Shahid Mawlawi Habib-ur-rehman High School - located in the Basram area of the provincial capital, Mehtar Lam - was struck by a mortar on Saturday morning. A teacher was among those wounded in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, officials believe the Islamic State could be behind the incident, as they have a history of violent attacks in the area.

Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings to reopen

Border crossing points along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border have been scheduled to reopen following a temporary closure enforced by Pakistan over security concerns. The Pakistani military authorities had enforced border closures and issued a red alert along the border amid a wave of increased terror attacks in Pakistan - which were thought to be orchestrated from militant bases in Afghanistan. After a period of intensified military tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which the Pakistani military conducted several large-scale offensive attacks over the Afghanistan border - killing dozens of civilians - the border has been scheduled to reopen and is expected to return to normal operations this week.

Eleven killed in IS ambush attack on Jowzjan mosque

Eleven people have been killed in an Islamic State (IS) ambush attack on a mosque in the northern Jowzjan province. IS militants allegedly ambushed 10 local police officers as they were leaving a mosque - shooting all ten police officers dead on the spot. One of the officer's wives was also shot dead after she heard the attack and rushed to the scene.

Two militants killed in Zabul airstrike

Two militants have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Zabul province. Military officials confirmed the airstrike targeted and killed two al-Qaeda militants in the Arghandab district - one of whom has been identified as a group leader. No civilians or military personnel were harmed during the airstrike.

Twelve Taliban captured in Khost province

Afghan Special Operation Forces have captured at least 12 Taliban insurgents in the eastern Khost province. The specials ops force targeted Taliban hideouts in the provincial capital, Khost city. The Afghan government security forces have increased counter-terror efforts in the eastern provinces following a recent rise in militant activity across the border with Pakistan.

Fourteen IS militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and five others have been wounded in recent military operations conducted in the Nangarhar province by the Afghan security forces. The operations were carried out by air and ground forces in the Gorgori area of Haska Mina and in the Paeen and Balakhel areas of the Kot district of the province. One of the militants killed is believed to be the senior IS commander, Mualvi Naeem.  No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Two soldiers killed, three wounded in car bomb explosion, Helmand

Two Afghanistan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a suicide car bombing in the Helmand province. A suicide bomber allegedly drove at an ANA security post in the Gereshk district and detonated the explosive-laden vehicle in an attempt to target the security forces. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident as of yet, however the Taliban insurgent group maintains a highly active presence in the Helmand province and have a history of targeting the Afghan security forces in violent attacks. No civilians were harmed in the explosion.

Civilians protest against Pakistani cross-border operations

Afghani civilians have gathered in Kabul to protest against Pakistani cross-border counter-terror operations. Civilians have called on the Afghan government to condemn Pakistan's violent actions - which have killed dozens of innocent civilians in the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan. The Pakistani government has recently approved the official extension of military counter-terror operations across borders - threatening further violence in the eastern provinces of Kunar, Khost, and Nangarhar. The protest has been peaceful with minimal impact.

Thirty Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clearing operations which have been conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar province within the last 24 hours. The operations aimed to clear the Zheri district of the presence of Taliban insurgents and restore public security to the area. Five Taliban vehicles and five rounds of mines have been destroyed during the operation. No civilian casualties were reported.

Ten insurgents killed in Kunduz operations

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent military operations in the Kunduz province. The clearing operations were carried out overnight by air and ground forces in the outskirts of Kunduz city. A large cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives was also destroyed. No civilians or military personnel were harmed during the operations.

Eleven Taliban killed in foreign airstrike, Helmand

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes conducted by the foreign forces in the Helmand province. Two Taliban commanders have been identified among those killed in the airstrikes - which targeted Taliban insurgents in the Garemsir district. The Afghan forces are not thought to have taken part in the airstrike, and appear to have decreased offensive operations in Helmand within the last week. No civilians were harmed in the offensive.

Eighteen IS militants killed in clearing operations, Nangarhar

At least 18 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in overnight clearing operations conducted by the Afghan military in Nangarhar. The operations were carried out as part of the ongoing Shaheen 25 clearing operations. Air and ground operations targeted IS positions in the Haska Mina and Nazyan districts. Several caches of weapons, explosives and ammunition were destroyed, and a cache of 31 improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was confiscated by the security forces. It has been alleged that all the militants killed were foreign nationals.

Fourteen killed in Uruzgan clashes

Four Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers and 10 militants have been killed, while fifteen others have been wounded in clashes with a group of militants in the Uruzgan province. The militants allegedly stormed police security posts in the Shah Mansoor area of the provincial capital Trinkot, killing four ALP officers and wounding five more. The police forces then launched retaliatory attacks which killed 10 militants and wounded 10 more. 

Thirty IS militants killed in clearing operations, Nangarhar

At least 30 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and five others have been wounded within the last 24 hours in the continuation of Shaheen 25 clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province. The ongoing operation was launched last year to eradicate the presence of militants in the eastern province. An IS commander, going by the name of 'Hamza', was identified among those killed in the recent operations, which targeted the Haska Mina and Achin districts. A cache of ammunition, explosives, and heavy and light weapons was also seized by the security forces.

Taliban kill two former policemen in Baghlan

Two former Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been shot dead by Taliban insurgents in the northern Baghlan province. The victims were attacked by heavily armed Taliban insurgents in the Khalozai area of the Baghlan-e-Markazi district. Although the Taliban have not claimed responsibility for the attack, they are known to be highly active in the area.

Four civilians wounded in roadside bombing, Farah

Four civilians have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Farah province. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been planted at the roadside in the Shir Surkh area of the Khaki Safid district of the province. The incident happened on Tuesday when an anti-vehicle IED exploded as the civilian vehicle passed by - wounding two children, a woman and a man. Islamic State (IS) and Taliban militants often plant IEDs along roadsides to target security convoys and civilian vehicles.

Four killed, 20 wounded in Paktiya explosion

Four civilians have been killed and at least 20 others have been wounded in an explosion in the Paktiya province. A motorbike laden with explosives was detonated in the Jani Khel district of the eastern province, near the Pakistan border. All casualties have been confirmed as civilians, however some reports have noted that there was a significant police presence in the area at the time of the explosion - suggesting the blast may have been a militant attempt to target security forces. Despite the proximity to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, it's unlikely the attack was a counter-terror operation by Pakistani forces, as the method of attack is inconsistent with the offensive strategy of the Pakistani operations so far. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet. 

Pakistan conducts airstrikes along Afghanistan-Pakistan border

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has conducted airstrikes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in an attempt to target militants operating between the Khost province in Afghanistan and the North Waziristan Agency in Pakistan. The PAF allegedly targeted Jamaat-ul Ahraar and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant hideouts in the Wucha Bibi area near the border in the North Waziristan Agency. Pakistan has recently intensified military operations against terrorism after a series of terror attacks last week - which Pakistani officials claim were orchestrated by militants based in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, leading to a partial border closure and offensive cross-border assaults by the Pakistani military forces. Afghanistan has complained that the counter-terror operations conducted by the Pakistani military have not been entirely accurate - leading to a high civilian death count. No comment has been made as to how many terror suspects were killed in these latest airstrikes.

Seven IS killed, two wounded in clearing operations, Nangarhar

At least seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in clearing operations conducted in the Nangarhar province. The operations were launched by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) with support from Afghan air and artillery forces. The clearing operations targeted IS hideouts in villages in the Kot and Haska Mina districts of the province. No civilians or military personnel were harmed during the operations.

Two children killed in IED explosion, Khost

Two young children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the Khost province. The anti-vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been planted near a road in front of a vegetable market in the provincial capital, Khost city. The anti-vehicle IED was detonated as a private vehicle passed by, however the explosion missed its target – killing the two children instead. The explosion was likely orchestrated by Taliban or Islamic State (IS) militants.

Taliban ambush security forces in Kandahar

Afghan security forces have been ambushed by Taliban insurgents in the Kandahar province. The ambush took place on Sunday evening in the Jangal area of the Spin Boldak district which borders Pakistan. The insurgents allegedly surrounded the security troops before they attacked. In the ensuing fight, one soldier has been killed and 11 others have been wounded, however the insurgent attack was repelled. It remains unknown if the insurgent group sustained any casualties, and the Taliban has not commented on the attack.

One killed, one kidnapped in Faryab

One civilian has been killed and another has been kidnapped in the Faryab province. The victims were attacked in the Ghalai village of the Gurziwan district. It is believed the pair were either related or family friends as they were travelling together – some reports have described them as father and son, however this has not been independently confirmed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seventeen militants killed in airstrikes

Seventeen militants have been killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar and Laghman provinces. Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes in the Nangarhar province, which targeted two IS militants in the Kot district, and two IS militants in the Haska Mina district. Thirteen Taliban insurgents were also killed in airstrikes conducted over the Nawah district of the Laghman province.

Twelve IS militants killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar

At least 12 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by US drones. The strike targeted IS forces in the Bandar area of the Achin district late on Monday evening. Local officials have allegedly reported that all militants killed in the attack have been identified as foreign nationals. No civilian or military personnel casualties occurred during the strike.

One killed in Kabul checkpoint shooting

One person has been killed and another has been wounded in a shooting incident which broke out at a security checkpoint in Kabul. Two people in a car were shot at by police forces after they failed to stop when ordered to do so at a security checkpoint in the Ali Abad area of Police District 3. The driver of the vehicle was killed the passenger was wounded. The shooting led to the relatives of the driver to protest against the police, setting fire to a police vehicle. Security forces in Kabul have been on high alert since an increase in high-impact bombings since the start of 2017.

Afghanistan-Pakistan relations escalate amid cross-border shelling

Afghanistan-Pakistan international relations have escalated recently amid a wave of cross-border shelling from Pakistani forces. The Pakistani armed forces have been firing on eastern Afghanistan provinces in alleged anti-terror operations designed to target Afghani militants who have been organising terror attacks in Pakistan. However, the Pakistani rockets have killed and harmed more civilians than it has militants - leading to civilian protests in the Asadabad area of the Kunar province, in which a Pakistan flag was burnt to demonstrate the civilian anger. The border between the two countries has been put on red alert as major crossing points have been closed indefinitely.

Two policemen killed, two wounded in roadside bombing, Ghazni

Two Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been killed and two others have been wounded in a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in the Ghazni province. An anti-vehicle IED was planted along a roadside in the Baragho area of the Andar district, and was detonated by militants in an attempt to target an ALP ranger vehicle. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two children wounded in Pakistani rocket attacks, Nangarhar

Two children have been wounded in rocket attacks launched by the Pakistani military. The rockets targeted the Rio, Parche and Nazae Khail villages of the Ll Poor district in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan - where Pakistani military officials believe Islamic State (IS) militants are using as a base to coordinate terror attacks in Pakistan. The Afghanistan-Pakistan border has already been partially closed down indefinitely as the Durand Line goes under red alert amid the recently increased stream of terrorist movement between the two countries. 

Dozens of IS hostages freed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 26 hostages of the Islamic State (IS) have been freed in military operations in the Nangarhar province. It was confirmed by the provincial commandment in a police statement on Monday, that the hostages were successfully rescued during Operation Shaheen 25 - many of the hostages had been kidnapped a long time ago. Five IS militants were also killed in the operation, and four more were arrested. A heavy machine was also destroyed. No harm came to any civilians, hostages or the military forces.

Four Taliban killed in overnight clash, Herat

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in an overnight clash with the Afghan security forces in the western Heart province. The incident was confirmed in a statement from the 2017th Zafar Military Corps today - which stated that the Afghan military troops encountered the insurgents in the Chesht-i-Sharif district of the province and engaged in fighting. It has also been confirmed that there were no military casualties.

Eighteen dead in militant clashes, Kunar

At least 18 people have been killed in a clash between militants and the Afghan security forces in the Kunar province. The clash occurred in the Khalkam area of the Chapi Dari district in the eastern Kunar province - where five policemen and 13 militants were killed after militants ambushed a security check post . It is likely the militants were Islamic State (IS) fighters - who have a strong presence in the eastern Kunar province. 

Twelve civilians killed in IED explosion, Paktika

At least 12 civilians have been killed and three others have been wounded as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in the Paktika province. The IED had been planted by militants along a roadside in the Urgan district of the province. The provincial governor, Elias Wahdat, confirmed the incident, stating that the IED was detonated as the civilian vehicle passed by. Wahdat also claimed the IED had been planted by the Taliban - who have a history of planting explosives along roadsides to target the Afghan security forces and civilians - however no group has officially claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Red alert issued along Afghanistan-Pakistan border

A red alert has been issued along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border as further border crossing point closures have come into effect. Further to the closure of the Torkham crossing point in North Waziristan, Pakistan has now closed the Ghulam Khan border crossing - also in North Waziristan - as well as the Chaman border gate in Balochistan. All of these closures have been implemented indefinitely with no scheduled date for re-opening. The high-level security alert has been raised as terrorist attacks in Pakistan have drastically increased recently. Pakistani security officials believe the militant groups responsible for the recent attacks have been operating from across the border in Afghanistan.

Ten civilians killed in grenade attack, Laghman

At least 10 civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in a grenade attack in the eastern Laghman province. Unidentified male assailants allegedly threw two hand grenades at a civilian house in the Muruwatkas area of the Badpakh district on Sunday evening. The victims are thought to have been from the same family, with several women and children among those killed. The wounded have been transferred to a hospital for treatment. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Dozens killed in IS fighting, Nangarhar

At least 18 Afghani soldiers and 25 Islamic State (IS) have been killed in fighting between the IS forces and the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. IS militants allegedly attacked a security post in the Haska Mina district of the province, killing 18 soldiers in the process. Clearing operations were then carried out by the Afghan security forces, with support from foreign forces - killing 25 IS militants throughout the province.

Five policemen killed in Taliban attack, Kunar

Five policemen have been killed and one policeman remains missing after a Taliban attack in the Kunar province. The heavily armed Taliban insurgents allegedly led several coordinated attacks on security checkpoints in the province. While police officers managed to repel the attack, five policemen lost their lives and another remains unaccounted for - possibly kidnapped by the Taliban insurgents. It's believed that the police forces managed to kill several Taliban fighters, however no figure has been confirmed and the Taliban have not commented.

Eleven civilians killed in bomb explosion, Paktika

Eleven civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Paktika province. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeted a civilian vehicle in the Pir Kotai area of the Orgun district. The IED was detonated as a civilian pick-up truck passed by - causing serious bodily harm to those inside the vehicle. It's believed the IED was placed by militants. 

Two civilians killed in Pakistani shelling, Kunar

Two Afghani civilians have been killed in Pakistani shelling in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, which borders Pakistan. The Pakistani military allegedly fired dozens of artillery shells at the Sarkano district from the Pakistani side of the Durand Line. One of the rockets hit a civilian house, killing a woman and her 15-year-old son in the process. It remains unclear is any more civilians were wounded in the shelling. The incident has come after Islamic State (IS) militants conducted a suicide bombing in a Pakistani shrine - killing over 70 people and wounding at least 150 others. The militants were believed to have been operating from eastern Afghanistan provinces which border Pakistan - leading to the indefinite closure of a crossing point along the border by Pakistani forces earlier today.

Border crossing closed after militant attack on Pakistani soldiers

Pakistani officials have closed the Torkham border crossing point along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border which joins the Khyber Agency of Pakistan with the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The closure has been put in place to last indefinitely after a group of suspected militants attacked the Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) from the Afghanistan side of the border. The FC troops managed to repel the attack, although two FC soldiers were wounded during the gunfight.

Five Taliban killed in border police clash, Nuristan

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in clashes with the Afghan border police in the Nuristan province. The group of insurgents allegedly ambushed a border police convoy in the Kamdesh district near the Durand Line. The border police force managed to repel the attack and no casualties have been reported amongst the security forces. The clash comes just one day after nine militants were killed in a similar incident in the same district. 

Couple killed by mob in 'honour killing', Nuristan

A young couple have been killed by a mob in an 'honour killing' in the Nuristan province. A married 18-year-old woman and her extramarital lover were arrested by local police officers after they eloped. The woman's husband gathered a mob of approximately 300 people to demand the police release the couple to the mob. Police officers claim they were outnumbered - with backup unable to reach the region due to snow blocking access routes - and that if they had refused to hand over the couple, they would have been faced with a mass massacre. Although 'honour killings' have been illegalised by the Afghan government, much the Nuristan province is under Taliban control - which promotes an interpretation of Sharia Law which dictates that insult to a man's honour may be met with execution.

Afghan airstrikes target IS in Nangarhar

Eighteen Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in airstrikes led by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province. The airstrikes targeted IS hideouts in the Achin, Haska Mina and Kot districts and were accompanied by ground assistance. Eleven IS militants were killed and nine others were wounded in Haska Mina, while seven IS militants were killed and three others were wounded in Achin and four IS militants were wounded in Kot. Several hideouts and caches of weapons have also been destroyed. No civilian residents or military personnel suffered any injuries or losses during the operations.

A dozen IS militants arrested in Jalalabad

At least a dozen Islamic State (IS) militants have been arrested by the Afghan Special Forces in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The special forces launched search operations across Jalalabad city to target IS hideouts and arrested at least 12 militants. One of the detainees is believed to have been identified as a prominent leader in the IS. 

Two children killed in militant shelling, Laghman

Two children have been killed and two other have been wounded in militant shelling in the Laghman province. Militant groups are believed to have fired a mortar at the residential area of Mehtar Lam in Laghman. The shelling hit a civilian house, killing two children on impact and seriously wounding two more civilians. It's possible the militants targeted the residential area on purpose as a way to use violence against innocent civilians to spread fear.

Three killed, seven wounded in Taliban ambush, Laghman

One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier and two civilians have been killed, and seven others have been wounded in an ambush conducted by Taliban insurgents in the Laghman province. The insurgents ambushed an ANA convoy which had been transporting supplies in the Karpi area of the Alishing district. ANA personnel repelled the ambush, however one soldier was killed and seven other soldiers sustained injuries during the clash. Two civilians were also killed in the fight and the Taliban have claimed these fatalities were caused by ANA firing. It remains unclear if the insurgent group suffered any casualties.

Four wounded in militant attack, Kabul

Four people have been wounded in a militant attack in Kabul. Militants allegedly launched an armed attack against Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel using heavy weapons. The assault took place on Wednesday in the Qasaba area of Kabul City. ANA personnel responded to the attack with artillery fire - leading to a gunfight which lasted for over two hours. One civilian and three ANA soldiers were wounded in the process. No militant casualties have been reported and no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Civilian shot dead by militants, Kandahar

A civilian has been shot dead by militants in the Kandahar province. The shooting took place on Tuesday morning in the Wesh are of the Spin Boldak district. No motive behind the incident has been identified, however it is possible that the militant was a member of the Taliban or Islamic State and either had a personal dispute with the victim or simply intended to terrorise the local community. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Nine Taliban killed in clashes, Nuristan

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in clashes between the insurgents and security forces in the eastern Nuristan province. The insurgent group encountered the security forces near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the Kamdesh district. Three of the Taliban insurgents killed have been confirmed to be Pakistani nationals.

Twenty-six militants killed in joint operations

At least 26 militants have been killed and eight others have been wounded in joint operations which have been conducted in 11 provinces in a nationwide offensive. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA), the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan intelligence bureau. ANA and ANP forces targeted militant positions in volatile provinces, and have confirmed that 22 of the 26 militants killed have been confirmed as Islamic State (IS) militants. Two more militants have also been arrested and a cache of heavy and light weapons and ammunition has been seized.

Ten militants killed in clashes, Sar-e Pul

Ten militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in clashes between militants and the security forces in the Sar-e Pul province. The clashes broke out when an armed group of militants ambushed a convoy of security forces in the Kohistarat district. The security forces managed to repel the attack with no reported casualties. Security troops also discovered and defused four landmines planted along roadsides throughout the province.

IS militants targeted in Nangarhar operations

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and wounded in recent military operations carried out in the Nangarhar province. Operation Shaheen-25 targeted IS positions and hideouts in the Haska Mina and Kot districts of Nangarhar. Local police officers have stated that 22 IS militants were killed, nine others were wounded and two more were arrested. An extremely large cache of weapons, explosives and ammunition was also discovered and seized by the security forces. 

Nationwide military operations kill 50 militants

At least 50 militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in nationwide military operations carried out overnight by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The air and artillery forces of the ANSF targeted militant positions in 13 provinces: Badakhshan, Faryab, Ghazni, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul. Of the 50 militants killed, 18 have been confirmed as Islamic State (IS) militants. Two more militants were also arrested by the ANSF. No military personnel or civilians are reported to have been wounded during the operation.

Taliban abduct 52 civilians in Jowzjan

Taliban insurgents have allegedly abducted 52 civilians and killed five more in the Darzab district of the northern Jowzjan province. The provincial government spokesman, Reza Ghafori, confirmed the incident stating that "a group of armed Taliban rebels seized 52 innocent civilians, including farmers and elders".  A local police official, Karim Yurish, stated that five members of a local armed citizen militia have been killed and another member wounded in the attack - which allegedly saw two security posts overrun by the Taliban. The hostages were allegedly moved collectively to the Qush Tepa district. The Taliban have not commented or claimed responsibility for the abduction yet. The local authorities are investigating the large-scale kidnapping and seek to safely rescue all 52 hostages. The kidnapping comes a week after six workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were killed and two ICRC workers were kidnapped in the Qush Tepa district of the same province after they were ambushed by Islamic State militants.

Two Taliban commanders killed in conflicts, Faryab

Two Taliban commanders have been killed in conflicts in the Faryab province. The Taliban commanders allegedly clashed with Afghan military personnel in the outskirts of the Garzewan district on Tuesday 14 February. An army spokesman has confirmed the incident - further stating that the military troops suffered no casualties in the conflict.

Taliban commander killed in airstrike, Ghazni

A senior Taliban commander has been killed in a recent airstrike in the Ghazni province. The airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security troops in the Zankhan district of the province. The district governor confirmed the death of the Taliban commander - which he stated would progress government efforts to secure the area from Taliban control.

Airstrikes kill 20 militants in Uruzgan

At least 20 militants have been killed in recent airstrikes conducted by the combined forces in the Uruzgan province. The Afghan security forces and the foreign troops carried out a series of joint airstrikes as part of a clearing operation targeting militants in the Tarinkot district of the province. The provincial governor confirmed that at least 43 militants had been killed in the duration of the clearing operations so far - which were launched just a few days ago. No armed militant group has commented on the airstrikes. No civilians or military personnel were harmed during the operations.

Four killed, one wounded in insurgent attack, Badghis

Four people have been killed and another has been wounded in recent clashes between Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces and Taliban insurgents in the Badghis district. Officials have confirmed that an insurgent attack on ALP forces took place in the afternoon on Monday 13 February, in the Bazar Darah Bom area of the Qadis district. Two ALP personnel have been killed and another has been wounded, and two insurgents have also been killed. ALP forces also seized insurgent firearms during the clash.

Civilian kidnapped by Taliban in Laghman

A civilian has reportedly been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Laghman province. Provincial officials confirmed the incident, stating that the victim was captured in the Karpi area of the Alisheng district. It remains unknown where the victim has been taken.

Three Taliban killed in police clash, Kapisa

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in a clash with police forces in the Kapisa province. The incident took place in the Babakhel area of the Tageb district of the province - where the police ambushed the insurgents in a planned operation. At least 27 villages in Tageb have been successfully captured by police forces in efforts to clear the district of the presence of insurgents.

Military operations target IS militants in Nangarhar

At least 16 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been arrested in recent military operations carried out in the Nangarhar province. The Afghan National Defence Security Forces (ANDSF) targeted IS forces in the Haska Mina and Kot districts of the province in overnight operations. Nine IS militants were also arrested. No comment has been made by the IS forces and there have been no reports of civilian or military casualties.

One civilian killed, seven wounded in rocket attack, Kunduz

One civilian has been killed and seven others have been wounded in a Taliban-launched rocket attack in the northern Kunduz province. Taliban insurgents allegedly fired four rocket at the Kotagerd area of the province. It remains unclear if the Taliban continued to use rockets to attempt to target security personnel, or if they intended to spread terror by targeting civilians.

Explosion at bank kills six in Helmand

Six civilians have been killed and 21 others have been wounded following an explosion at a bank in the Lashkar Gah city of the southern Helmand province. A heavy explosion was reported in front of the Kabul Bank building in the city on Saturday 11 February. It is believed the incident was a suicide bombing. however no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

IED explosion at Defence Ministry, Kabul

An explosion has occurred at the Defence Ministry in Kabul. It is believed that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated in the Defence Ministry's compound on Saturday 11 February. The IED is thought to have been a magnetic bomb which was attached to a military vehicle. The IED was then detonated by remote control as the military vehicle entered the compound of the Defence Ministry. The explosion was not large enough to kill or wound anybody, however there is some damage to the vehicle.No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, however it raises concerns regarding the security of Kabul city after a similar incident last week in which the Supreme Court was targeted by a militant suicide bombing which killed 21 people.

Premature IED explosion kills three Taliban, Logar

A Taliban leader and two other Taliban insurgents have been killed in a premature explosion while they were planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Logar province. The three Taliban members had likely been planting the IED in an atempt to target security forces when it was detonated prematurely. The Taliban have also been known to plant IEDs to terrorise local communities by targeting random civilians.

Military airstrikes target Taliban in Helmand

At least 60 Taliban insurgents have been killed following a series of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan military in the Helmand province. The air raids formed the main bulk of a 'large-scale' offensive which took place on Saturday, targeting the Taliban presence in the northern Sangin district of the southern province. Up to eight Taliban leaders are believed to be among the 60 insurgents killed, however the Taliban has not confirmed any figures or commented on the situation. No civilians were harmed during the airstrikes and no military casualties were recorded.

Military operations kill 33 IS militants, Nangarhar

At least 33 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province. The operations were conducted on Sunday by the air and ground forces and primarily targeted IS positions in the Achin, Kot and Roadat districts. Smaller operations were also run throughout the wider areas of the province. IS hideouts, weapons and ammunition were also destroyed during the operation. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Senior official killed in Baghlan

A provincial council member has been killed along with three guards in an attack in Baghlan province.  Alam Jan Mujahid was targeted by unknown gunmen in the Hussainkhel area of Pul-i-Khumri on Thursday afternoon.  No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eleven killed, 10 wounded in military operations, Uruzgan

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed and at least 10 others have been wounded in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. Afghan air and ground forces targeted Taliban positions in the Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan. A Taliban vehicle was also destroyed and several explosive devices were seized from Taliban possession. No military or civilian casualties have been reported amid the operation.

US airstrikes kill 11 IS militants, Nangarhar

Eleven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out by the US military forces in Afghanistan. The drone strikes were conducted as part of a counter-terrorism operation led by US forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Military operations have increased in the province in response to intensified IS efforts in recent months to gain control of the area as an operational base, which would allow them to coordinate more closely with Pakistani counterparts across the border. Two of the IS militants killed have been identified as senior IS commanders.

Four civilians shot dead in Baghlan

Four civilians have been shot dead in the provincial capital of the northern Baghlan province. Unknown gunmen shot down four people on Thursday - including a provincial council member. Four other civilians were also wounded in the incident. Police investigations are underway with the possibility that the attack could be militant-related. Neither the Islamic State or the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the incident, however both groups have a presence in the Baghlan province.

Car bomb explosion wounds three civilians, Logar

A car bomb explosion has wounded three civilians in the Logar province. The vehicle exploded in the Chawk Shuhada area of the Pol-e Alam City district after a magnetic Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was hidden inside the car was detonated. Officials suspect that either Taliban or Islamic State militants were behind the attack.

Three civilians wounded in Taliban attack, Laghman

Three civilians have been wounded in a Taliban insurgent attack in the Laghman province. The insurgents targeted a civilian vehicle - described as a Toyota Corolla - in the Qala Najaran area of the Mehtarlam City district. Investigations believe the incident was an unprovoked insurgent attack designed to terrorise the local community - with no personal motives involved.

Two policemen killed in insurgent attacks, Nangarhar

Two Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been killed in separate insurgent attacks in the Nangarhar province. The first attack took place in the Gandiri area of the Pashiragam district - where Taliban insurgents carried out a heavily armed attack on ALP forces patrolling the area, resulting in the death of one police officer. Another ALP officer was killed in a second attack - which targeted  ALP personnel in Sargardan square of the Bati Kot district. 

Two IS militants killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrikes were conducted by the coalition forces, targeting IS militants in the Pikhi Khor area of the Achin district. It has been confirmed that both militants killed were IS faction group leaders. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Nine militants killed, one wounded in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and another one has been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the coalition forces in the Nangarhar province. The air raid operation targeted IS militants from Pakistan who had been operating in the Narai Obah area of the Deh Bala district. No civilians were harmed in the operation.

ICRC operations suspended following militant attack

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has suspended operations in Afghanistan following the brutal murder of six ICRC workers by suspected militants. A group of eight ICRC workers had been transporting livestock material to villagers in need of help in the northern areas of Afghanistan - where extreme cold weather and heavy snowfall has caused an emergency situation amid avalanches - when they were ambushed by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants. Only six workers were found dead - sparking fears that two of the group have been abducted by IS forces. The head of the ICRC described the incident as the "worst attack against us" in 20 years, and went on to voice concerns that attacks against aide workers could become increasingly normal as the security situation in Afghanistan slowly deteriorates.

One Taliban militant killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

A Taliban militant has been killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Nangarhar province. The ANA forces targeted a Taliban position in the Bahmaro area of the Chaparhar district. No civilians were harmed in the airstrikes. The Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Two children wounded in mortar explosion, Kunar

Two children have been wounded after a mortar round exploded in the Dab Khor area of the Kunar province. The children had been passing by the explosive when it was detonated. It is suspected that the mortar round had been previously planted in the area, and was set off accidentally by the children passing by, rather than by remote control - which would typically indicate a targeted attack. Taliban and Islamic State militants have also been known to plant explosives randomly in efforts to terrorise local communities

Three militants killed in military operation, Kabul

Three Taliban militants have been killed in a joint military operation carried out in the Kabul province within the last 24 hours. The joint operations were led by the Afghan military in the Surobi district of the province. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that a local Taliban leader, known as Rahim Gul, was identified among the three militants killed. It's believed that the other two militants had been under Gul's command. No civilians or military personnel were harmed during the operations.

Three militants arrested in Samangan

Three Taliban militants have been arrested by police forces in the Samangan province. The police confirmed that three armed members of the Taliban insurgent group had been arrested in the Aybak area, and that one of the detainees has been identified as a Taliban commander. All weapons were confiscated from the detainees. The Taliban has not commented on the arrests.

Six ICRC workers killed in Jowzjan

Six International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers have been killed and two more remain missing following a militant attack in the Jowzjan province. The incident occurred in the Qush Tepa area of the northern province. The group of eight was ambushed by armed gunmen - suspected to be Islamic State (IS) militants - and six of them were shot dead. Two of the ICRC group remain unaccounted for - it's likely that they have been kidnapped by the gunmen. Although IS forces have not claimed responsibility for the attack, they have a known presence in the area and local authorities suspect the perpetrators to be IS militants. The Taliban has allegedly issued a statement denying any involvement in the attack.

Suicide bombing kills two civilians, Paktiya

Two civilians have been killed and another has been wounded in a suicide bombing in the Paktiya province. The attack took place in the eastern Dand-i-Patan district bordering Pakistan - where the perpetrator allegedly tried to enter the district headquarters, but was apprehended by police officers. The suspect then detonated his explosives - killing two nearby civilians and wounding one security guard. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

Taliban commander wounded in clashes, Badakhshan

A Taliban commander has been wounded and several others have been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Badakhshan province. The commander has been identified as the Taliban shadow district governor for the Baharak district. Several more Taliban insurgents - operating under the district governor - are believed to have been killed, however the Taliban has not issued a comment to confirm any figures. No military personnel or civilians were harmed in the clash.

One killed, two wounded in clashes, Faryab

One Taliban insurgent has been killed and two others have been wounded in recent clashes with the security forces in the Faryab province. The Afghan security forces clashed with the Taliban group amid operations in the Khawaja Sabz district of Faryab. No civilians were harmed in the clash and no military casualties have been reported.

Two policemen killed in ambush, Nimroz

Two Afghan Border Police (ABP) officers have been killed after they were ambushed by Taliban insurgents in the south-western Nimroz province. The incident occurred on Tuesday 07 February, in the Tahana-e area of the Hajee Jan district of Nimroz - where members of the Taliban insurgent group launched an attack on ABP personnel. Although Nimroz is usually one of the more restive provinces, the Taliban frequently target the security forces with violent attacks throughout the country. 

Afghan government seeks continued US support

The Afghan government has sought to establish a continued commitment from the US government of military support for the next four years. Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Haneef Atmar confirmed that the Afghan government was keen to extract a definite four-year military commitment from the Trump administration to assist the Afghan troops in modernising the structure of the Afghan security forces. Atmar briefed a NATO council on the need for continued US military support in the Afghan government's violent ongoing struggles with Islamic State militants and Taliban insurgents.

Dozens killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 43 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations conducted throughout the Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces have carried out airstrikes and ground attacks against IS militants in the Achin, Kot and Roadat districts. Air forces allegedly targeted IS groups whilst the militants were preoccupied with planning a series of terror attacks in the province to further spread their influence in the area. Five roadside landmines were also discovered and defused by ground troops during the offensive. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Two militants killed and three wounded in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent airstrikes conducted in the Nangarhar province. The airstrike were conducted by the US forces in the Haska Mina district. IS hideouts were targeted in the Charzoi and Nari Obo areas of the district. A cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives was also destroyed during the operation. No civilians were harmed.

Dozens killed and wounded in suicide bomb attack near Supreme Court, Kabul

At least 21 civilians have been killed and 41 others - including two children - have been wounded in a bomb explosion in a car park near the Supreme Court in the ninth police district of Kabul city. Preliminary investigations believe that the explosion attempted to target the Supreme Court compound. A spokesman for the interior ministry stated that a suicide bomber - travelling on foot - targeted employees of the Supreme Court as they were leaving through an employee exit in the nearby car park. Contrary to expectations that the Taliban had been behind the incident, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Casualty figures are expected to rise.

Six militants killed in airstrikes, Helmand

Six Taliban militants have been killed in recent NATO-led coalition airstrikes in the Helmand province. Coalition fighter jets targeted a Taliban bunker in the Kharqo area of the Garmsir district. A local Taliban leader, Najib Ullah, has been identified to be among the six militants killed. A cache of weapons and ammuntion was also destroyed. No civilians were harmed in the airstrikes.

Eleven killed, 12 wounded in airstrikes, Zabul

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out in the southern Zabul province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted Taliban locations within the volatile province. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Taliban have not commented on the strikes.

Three soldiers wounded in roadside bomb explosion, Nangarhar

Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Nangarhar province. An ANA convoy had been conducting a routine patrol in the area when they encountered the hidden explosive in the Beniga area of the Behsud district. One ANA vehicle was destroyed in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, however the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) forces have a significant history of targeting the security forces by planting explosives along roadsides. 

District governor killed in bomb attack, Farah

A district governor in the Farah province has been killed in a bomb attack. The governor of the Khak-e-Safed district, Abdul Khaliq Norzai, has been killed by a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Farah city. The incident occurred as Norzai had been walking home from the mosque in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police investigations have been launched.

Civilian kidnapped by IS militants, Nangarhar

A civilian has reportedly been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants over the weekend in the Nangarhar province. The IS militants allegedly took the victim from the village of Gana in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar. No comment has been made on the incident and no ransom has been demanded. Police investigations are underway.

Ten Taliban killed in joint operations, Helmand

Ten Taliban militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent joint operations led by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Helmand province. The operation was launched by the ANDSF in collaboration with the Afghan air force in the Sangin district of the province. Among those killed was a Taliban commander. The Helmand province has been the focus of intense clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban.

Taliban rocket attack kills three civilians, Laghman

Three civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in rocket attacks launched by the Taliban in the Laghman province. A residential house was struck in the Maidani area just outside of the provincial capital. It has been confirmed that a child and two women were killed in the attack. It appears that the Taliban had targeted the civilian areas in an attempt to terrorise local communities.

Two civilians shot dead by militants in Paktika

Two civilians have been killed in a shooting incident in the Yousef Khel district of the Paktika province. Unknown militants allegedly stormed the house of the victims - a cleric and his wife - and shot them dead. The cleric allegedly joined a peace process in the area several years ago. No group has claimed responsibility for the killings, however the Taliban are known to hold a presence in the area and it is likely that Taliban militants were behind the attack.

Two civilians shot dead in Khost

Two civilians have been found dead will gunshot wounds in the Ismailkhel district of the Khost province. The victims have not been identified yet but it has been confirmed that they are two males, thought to be between 30 - 40 years of age. It has been reported that the two men were killed in another village and were then moved to the area where they were found. No suspects have been detained, however it is likely that Taliban or Islamic State militants were behind the incident - as both groups have a history of random acts of violence against civilians.

Ten killed in avalanche, Badakhshan

At least 10 people have been killed amid an avalanche in the Maimi district of the northern Badakhshan province. Extreme cold weather has brought heavy snowfall in the northern regions - leading to the increased risk of avalanches. Many roads throughout Maimi have been blocked by the snow, hindering rescue efforts. Operations are ongoing to clear the most essential access roads.

Dozens killed in military clashes, Helmand

Dozens of people - including militants, civilians and security personnel - have been killed amid clashes with the military forces in the Helmand province. The clashes occurred after the Taliban forces allegedly launch an offensive assault against the Afghan security forces in the Garmsir district of Helmand. The clashes started on Friday, and the provincial governor stated that within the first 24 hours of the clashes 15 civilians and 65 Taliban militants were killed. The governor's spokesperson then confirmed that by Sunday, the clashes had come to a close, and that 16 more Taliban militants had been killed and 9 militants had been wounded. It was also suggested that the security forces had suffered some casualties, however no figures have been officially confirmed.

Avalanche kills dozens, Nuristan

An avalanche has killed at least 50 people in the Nuristan province. The avalanche occurred in the Hafsi village in the Bargi Matal district. The severe weather conditions have limited air rescue attempts, however ground rescue teams have continued efforts to recover people from the avalanche site. There are fears that the death toll will rise as rescue operations continue.

Eighteen militants killed, three wounded in airstrikes, Helmand

At least 18 Taliban militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out in the Sangi district of the Sangin province. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in collaboration with the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and successfully targeted five Taliban hideouts in the district. It has been confirmed that the son of Taliban commander, Furqani, was among those killed. The Taliban has not commented on the airstrikes. No civilians or military personnel were harmed in the assaults. 

Thirty-six militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

Thirty-six Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the Nangarhar province. The operations have been carried out by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the Achin, Kot and Roadat districts of the province. IS hideouts and caches of weapons were destroyed by ANSF ground troops following the strikes, which were conducted by ANSF air forces. No civilians were injured during the offensive and no military casualties have been reported.

Eight policemen killed in mutiny incident, Faryab

Eight policemen have been killed by a fellow policeman who turned on his comrades in an act of mutiny. The incident occurred at a police checkpost in the Almar district of the Faryab province, when the attacker shot eight other policemen dead. Weapons and ammunition were stolen from the dead bodies before the attacker fled the scene - leading investigators to suspect he had fled to join the Taliban. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Dozens killed and wounded in nationwide clearing operations

At least 28 militants and have been killed and 28 others have been wounded in clearing operations carried out across Afghanistan within the last 24 hours. Many Islamic State (IS) have been identified amongst those killed, and 20 IS militants have been wounded along with 8 Taliban insurgents. The clearing operations were carried out by the air and artillery forces of the Afghan security forces, targeting Taliban and IS forces in the Farah, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Logar, Paktika, Parwan and Nangarhar provinces.

Dozens killed and wounded overnight in Nangarhar

At least 46 people have been killed and 11 others have been wounded overnight in the Nangarhar province. US forces conducted airstrikes in the Achin and Heska Mena districts, targeting Islamic State (IS) hideouts and killing 21 IS militants and leaving 6 militants wounded. Further clashes occurred in the Kot district when IS militants led an attack on a police checkpost in the Khaksar area of the district. The police forces managed to repel the attack, crippling the IS force. At least 25 people have been killed - including 20 IS militants five policemen. A further five policeman were also wounded in the attack. Afghan security forces have escalated offensive operations against the Taliban and IS forces across Afghanistan, in order to better enforce the preservation of law and order.

Two health workers kidnapped by Taliban, Badghis

Two health workers have been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Badghis province. The victims worked for the Public Health Department of Badghis, and had been on their way to visit a clinic when they were stopped and taken by Taliban insurgents in the Qadis district on Wednesday evening. The incident has been confirmed by the Afghan security forces - who state they are investigating the whereabouts of the hostages - however the Taliban has issued no statement.

Twenty-two insurgents killed in airstrikes, Helmand

At least 22 armed Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. The airstrikes targeted several Taliban hideouts in the Nad-e Ali dsitrict - including a Taliban military training centre. Many hideouts were destroyed. No civilian casualties have been reported. The Taliban has not commented on the strikes yet.

Six insurgents arrested in Baghlan

Six Taliban insurgents have been arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Baghlan. The six insurgents were detained by NDS officials in the outskirts of the Khinjan district. The NDS has confirmed that the detainees will face changes of abduction, terrorist activities, and extortion.

Six militants killed near Durand Line, Nuristan

Six Pakistani Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan security forces near the Durand Line in the Nuristan province. The six militants had allegedly crossed the Durand Line and attempted to storm the security forces in the Kamdesh district. In the clashes that followed, the security forces eliminated the militants. The Afghan security forces have not reported any casualties.

Taliban commander killed in military operations, Herat

A Taliban commander has been killed and three other Taliban insurgents have been wounded in a military operation in the Herat province. The Afghan National Army (ANA) has confirmed that ANA troops conducted a targeted conflict in the province, in which the Taliban commander was the main target. No civilians were harmed in the conflict, and no military casualties have been reported. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Four militants killed in airstrikes, Khost

Four militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the NATO-led coalition forces in the Khost province. The drone strikes targeted a vehicle carrying militants of the Taliban-loyalist Haqqani network in the Manji area of the Sabari district. All four targets were successfully neutralised and the vehicle was also destroyed in the operation. No civilians were harmed during the incident.

Three suicide bombers killed in airstrikes, Helmand

Three suicide bombers have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. The airstrikes targeted the militants' hideout in the Nahri Saraj district - where the three terror suspects had allegedly been planning a coordinated triple suicide bombing event in the area. All three suspects were successfully killed and their hideout was destroyed. No civilians were injured during the airstrikes.

Five militants killed, five wounded in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and five others have been wounded in recent airstrikes in the Nangarhar province. The first set of drone strikes targeted IS hideouts in the Haska Mina district, and the second set of drone strikes targeted IS hideouts in the Achin district. Both sets of airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces as part of clearing operations in the Nangarhar province. A senior IS commander has been confirmed to have been among those killed. No civilians were harmed during the airstrikes.

Three police officers wounded in bomb explosion, Kandahar

At least three Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Kandahar province. The blast occurred on Sunday, when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was remotely detonated as the ALP officers approached it in the Arghandab district. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban and Islamic State-loyalist militant groups often plant IEDs along routes frequented by police forces.

Four killed as police ambushed by Taliban, Paktika

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded amid an ambush on police forces in the Paktika province. The ambush occurred on Monday, as Taliban forces attacked an Afghan National Police (ANP) patrol in the Zangi area of the Gomal district. Several weapons and a Taliban were also seized and destroyed during the clashes. No ANP casualties have been reported.

Two civilians wounded in mine explosion, Ghor

Two civilians have been wounded in a landmine explosion in the Ghor province. The accident happened on Monday 30 January, as the two local civilians encountered the planted landmine in the Khwal area of the Pasaband district. The civilians have been transferred to hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however it is likely that the explosive was planted by Taliban insurgents or Islamic State militants - both of whom frequently plant explosives to terrorise local communities or to target Afghan security forces.

One civilian wounded in insurgent attack, Kunar

One civilian has been wounded in an insurgent attack in the Kunar province. The attack happened on Sunday 29 January, and was led by Taliban insurgents targeting Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in the Sterai area of the Nari district. Although no ALP personnel were injured during the attack, one civilian was wounded amidst the fighting. No Taliban casualties have been reported, and no comment has been made on the incident from the Taliban.

Five soldiers wounded in bomb explosion, Paktiya

Five soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Paktiya province. The incident occurred on Monday, when the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was remotely detonated as the ANA soldiers patrolled a routine ranger track in the Zo area of the Zurmat district. Investigations are underway. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, however police believe the Taliban were behind it - as they have a history of using IEDs to target security forces.

Thirty-two militants killed and 40 wounded in insurgent attack, Helmand

At least 32 Taliban militants have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in an ongoing insurgent attack on a military base in the Helmand province. The governor of Helmand confirmed today that the assault began four days ago in the Sangin district. Three Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed throughout the assault. No military casualties have been confirmed and no civilians have been harmed so far. The governor also stated that - amid military operations against the Taliban in the same district - the safety zones around the city of Lashkar Gah would be widened and the city would not fall to the Taliban.

Twenty-five killed and 27 wounded in anti-insurgency operations, Helmand

At least 25 people have been killed and 27 others have been wounded in air and ground operations against Taliban insurgency in the Helmand province. Airstrikes and ground operations carried out by the Afghan security forces targeted Taliban insurgency in the Sangin district of Helmand. One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier and 24 Taliban insurgents have been killed during the violent operations, while 2 ANA soldiers and 25 Taliban insurgents have been wounded. No civilians have been killed or wounded in the clashes. In recent years, Helmand has been significantly affected by violent struggles for territorial control between the Taliban and the Afghan military - which has threatened the safety of civilians in the province.

Thirty-nine militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 39 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent military operations carried out by the Afghan air and ground forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The governor of Nangarhar confirmed that air and ground troops from the Afghan security forces conducted raids in the Roadat and Achin districts of the province. Several IS hideouts and stores of weapons were also destroyed during the military operations. It has been confirmed that no civilian or military casualties occurred during the raids. There is a significant IS presence throughout the Nangarhar province - violent clashes between the militants and the Afghan security forces are frequent.

Dozens of militants killed in airstrikes, Kunduz

At least 30 Taliban militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out in the Kunduz province. Afghan air forces targeted Taliban hideouts in the village of Hajji Nawab. Several hideouts were destroyed in the operation. No civilian casualties have been reported following the airstrikes. The Taliban have not commented on the assault.

Two Taliban militants killed in clashes, Jowzjan

Two Taliban militants have been killed in a clash in the Qush Tepa district of the Jowzjan province. The Police Chief of Jowzjan province stated that the two militants had been killed in clashes with militants of the Daesh-loyalist Qari Hikmat group. However the Taliban has issued a statement claiming that the two slain militants were killed in clashes with Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces. This claim has been denied by ALP officials.

Five militants killed in infighting, Nangarhar

Five militants have been killed in infighting between the Taliban and the Daesh militant groups in the Nangarhar province. The clashes occurred in the Haska Mina district, and according to the district chief, the violence lasted for several days. Two Taliban militants and three Daesh fighters have been confirmed dead, and no civilian casualties have been reported. The Taliban and Daesh groups often interact in the province - usually through trade. However trade disputes can lead to violent infighting between the two Islamic State-loyalist factions.

Senior Islamic State leader killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

A senior Islamic State (IS) leader has been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the foreign forces in Afghanistan. The drone strikes targeted IS leader Shahid Omar in the Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province. Omar had allegedly been in charge of a group of 40 IS militants operating in the Nangerhar province. No civilians have been harmed during the airstrikes.

Female civilian executed by the Taliban, Badakhshan

Taliban militants have executed a female Afghan civilian in the Yamgan district of the Badakhshan province. The woman was executed on Monday night in front of her family in a relative's house. The Taliban allegedly followed the woman and performed the extrajudicial killing on baseless accusations of adultery. The Human Rights Commission in Badakhshan has condemned the execution and called on the Afghan government to deliver justice. The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for the incident, however they are known to carry out random extrajudicial killings and executions to terrorise local communities.

One civilian killed, two wounded in rocket attacks, Helmand

A civilian has been killed and two others have been wounded in a rocket attack on Lashkar Gah city in the Helmand province. City officials confirmed the firing of three rockets by armed insurgents - one of which hit a location next to the Traffic Police department, killing a school student and wounding two other civilians. The other two rockets hit the first precinct of Lashkar Gah, and a location next to Bost airport - neither produced any casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however local officials have blamed the Taliban - who have a history of targeting security authorities and civilians in violent attacks.

Three killed, two wounded in mine blast, Zabul

Three Taliban militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in a mine explosion in the Zabul province. The Security Director of Zabul confirmed the incident, stating that investigations had concluded that the militants had been planting roadside mines in the Arghandab district when one of them prematurely exploded. Taliban militants frequently plant explosives in the Arghandab district to target security forces and civilians.

Nine killed military operations, Kandahar

Nine Taliban militants have been killed during military operations in the southern Kandahar province. The Afghan security troops carried out an assault on a Taliban hideout in the outskirts of the Spin Buldak district of the province, near the Durand Line. Security troops also defused four mines in the province - likely planted by the Taliban to target civilians and strike terror in local communities. There were no civilian or military casualties.

Sixteen militants killed, eight wounded in military clashes, Helmand

At least 16 militants have been killed and eight others have been wounded in clashes between armed militant groups and the Afghan security forces in the volatile Helmand province. The clashes occurred in several villages as Afghan troops attempted to recapture the territory from the insurgents. Control of the areas was successfully regained by the Afghan security forces. Six explosives were also defused by the security forces.

Taliban commander killed in military clashes, Samangan

A Taliban senior commander has been killed and three others have been wounded in recent clashes between Taliban militants and the Afghan security forces in the northern Samangan province. The clashes occurred in Aybak city - the provincial capital of Samangan - after security forces encountered the Taliban group. A Taliban vehicle was also seized following the clashes. No military casualties have been reported.

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide military operations

At least 27 militants have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in nationwide military operations. The operations were carried out by the air and artillery forces of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). ANSF troops targeted armed insurgents in the Farah, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz and Logar provinces. Five insurgent commanders are believed to be among those killed. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Eight wounded in twin explosions, Khost

At least eight people have been wounded in recent twin explosions in the Khost province. Five policemen and three students have been wounded after two explosions occurred within minutes of each other in the southern part of the provincial capital. The first explosion targeted a police vehicle, while the second explosion targeted those coming to the aid of wounded by the first blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven militants killed, eight wounded in nationwide military operations

At least seven Taliban militants have been killed and eight others have been wounded in recent nationwide military operations. The operations were carried out by the air and artillery forces of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The ANSF air and artillery forces targeted suspected Taliban groups and hideouts in the volatile provinces of Farah, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz and Paktika. Heavy and light weapons and ammunition have also been seized by ANSF troops during the operations.

Civilian decapitated by Taliban militants, Logar

A civilian man has been decapitated by Taliban militants in the Logar province. The victim has been identified as Jan Mohammad - a 19-year-old barber - who had been on his way home in Pol-e Alam when armed Taliban militants allegedly intercepted him. Mohammad was discovered with his head and a hand cut off. It appears there was no personal motive behind the attack - it is likely the killing was intended to terrorise the local community. The Taliban have not yet commented on the attack.

Twelve militants killed in nationwide military operations

At least 12 militants have been killed and one other militant has been wounded in nationwide military operations conducted within the last 24 hours. The Afghan National Army carried out the operations in the Farah, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Nangarhar, and Paktika provinces. Suspected militant groups and hideouts were targeted, and two militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been confirmed to be among the 12 militants killed. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Three militants killed, two wounded in roadside explosion, Helmand

Three Taliban militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the southern Helmand province. A Taliban vehicle allegedly hit a planted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Kajaki district on Monday evening. The IED had previously been planted by members of the Taliban. The Taliban frequently use the strategy of planting IEDs to target security forces in the Helmand province - civilians are often the victims of such tactics.

Twenty militants killed, 10 wounded in premature explosion, Zabul

At least 20 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in a premature bomb explosion in the Zabul province. The incident occurred on Sunday night, in the Zhwarzangi area of the Arghandab district. Police officials suspect that the group of militants had been trained new recruits in the facility when the explosion occurred. No civilians are thought to have been affected by the blast. The Zabul province has experienced increasingly violent insurgency in recent years as the Taliban and other IS-loyalist militant groups have attempted to spread their influence.

Suicide bomber targets military compound, Helmand

A suicide bomber has targeted a military compound amid an insurgent offensive in the Helmand province. The suicide bombing was designed to provide a violent distraction to allow a large group of Taliban insurgents to storm the compound in the Sangin district. The Afghan security troops have retaliated with force and the clashes remain ongoing with reinforcement security troops being deployed to the area. Afghan National Army (ANA) officials have estimated that 19 militants have been killed and 24 others have been wounded in the clashes. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the offensive attack, and stated that the military troops are their target. It was announced today that 600 additional ANA troops are being deployed to the Helmand province amidst increasingly violent Taliban insurgency. 

Six militants killed in counter-narcotics operations, Helmand

Six militants have been killed in recent anti-narcotics operations carried out by the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) in the Helmand province. Six armed militants were killed amid CNPA operations in the village of Bando in the Nowzad district of Helmand, as six heroin factories were discovered and destroyed. Approximately one tonne of morphine and 15 tonnes of ammonium chloride were destroyed, along with other drug-making substances. Ninety percent of the world's heroin is supplied from Afghani crops, and the Helmand province accounts for approximately 40 percent of opium production in Afghanistan. It is suspected that many militants use the drug industry to finance terrorist activities.

One killed in militant attack, Nangarhar

One Taliban militant has been killed during a coordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province. Taliban militants allegedly attacked a coordination centre of the Afghan security forces on Sunday evening. The security forces successfully repelled the attack, and one militant was reportedly killed in the clashes. The Taliban and other Islamic State-loyalist militant groups - such as the Daesh fighters - often plan violent attacks on strategic areas or posts held by the security forces in the Nangarhar province.

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide counter-terrorism operations

At least 49 militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in nationwide counter-terrorism operations carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF). The operations were conducted in the Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces. Five militants were also arrested by the ANDSF and a range of heavy and light weapons were also confiscated, including: three rocket launchers, two machine guns, six AK-47 rifles and ammunition. No civilian casualties have been reported. Nationwide counter-terrorism operations continue to be carried out by the Afghan security forces.

Three militants killed, two wounded in premature explosion, Zabul

Three Taliban militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in the premature explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Zabul province on Sunday. One of the militants killed is thought to be Taliban commander, Mawlavi Hamidi - who had been in charge of the Taliban network in the Arghandab district of the province. It is believed the IED has been intended to target security troops. The Taliban and other Islamic State-loyalist militant groups operate frequently in the Zabul province, with aims to expand their influence district-by-district - which leads to frequent insurgency and violence in the province.

Three militants killed, four wounded in airstrikes, Kunduz

Three Taliban militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Kunduz province. ANA troops led the airstrikes in operations designed to target suspected Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant hideouts. Two militants of the IS of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have also been arrested, and weapons have been seized. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Neither the Taliban or ISIS militant groups have commented.

Twelve militants killed in military operation, Zabul

At least 12 Taliban militants have been killed in a military clearing operation conducted in the southern province of Zabul. Operation 'Shafaq-e-Dowom' has been launched in the Arghandab district to clear the area of Taliban insurgency. The Afghan security forces are clearing the district village-by-village as the operation remains ongoing. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Civilians often face significant disruption during such clearing operations, as each village is purged of insurgents.

Ten killed, three wounded in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 10 militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. An airstrike was conducted on Sunday by Afghan security forces in the Bandar area of the Achin district in Nangarhar, which targeted and killed two Daesh militants and five Lakhkar-i-Islam militants. In the same province, a patrol team was attacked by a group of Daesh militants in the Ghalaney area - a clash ensued in which three Daesh fighters were killed and two others were wounded. One member of the patrol team was also wounded in the clash. Throughout recent years, the Islamic State-loyalist Daesh group have maintained a significant presence in the Nangarhar province - leading to frequent violent clashes with the security forces.

Fourteen militants killed in military operations, Helmand

Fourteen Taliban militants have been killed in a military operations in the Helmand province. The Afghan security forces targeted Taliban convoys and hideouts in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand. Two explosives were also seized and destroyed. It's suspected that the Taliban had been planning to carry out explosive civilian attacks in the area. No military or civilian casualties have been reported. 

Thirteen militants killed in military clashes, Kandahar

Thirteen suspected Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with security forces in the Kandahar province. The clashes occurred when a group of armed insurgents attacked a convoy of security troops in the Spin Buldak district of Kandahar. A security official has confirmed the clashes and the deaths of 13 militants. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Three landmines have also been removed from the district, after local civilians assisted security forces in locating mines which had been planted in crowded places by the Taliban. It is believed that the militants had intended to detonate the bombs during a local gathering.

Dozens of militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 33 Daesh-affiliated militants have been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province. Approximately 18 Daesh militants have allegedly been killed in raids carried out in the Roadat district, and a further 15 Deash-loyalist militants have reportedly been killed during airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Achin district. A cache of weapons was discovered and destroyed, along with several militant hideouts. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Parts of Nangarhar are considered Daesh strongholds, and the Afghan military has increased clearing efforts in recent months to gradually reduce their territorial holding.

Two militants killed, four wounded amid clearing operations, Uruzgan

Two Taliban militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in joint clearing operations conducted in the Uruzgan province. The Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP) and intelligence agency personnel carried out the joint operations in the Charchino district of Uruzgan - where ongoing raids are clearing the area of Taliban militants. No military or civilian casualties have been reported. The Charchino district has been increasingly affected by violent clashes between the Taliban and security forces in recent months. 

Five IEDs defused in military operations in eastern provinces

Five Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have been defused amid military operations carried out in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan. Afghan army personnel have discovered five different types of IEDs across the Nangarhar, Kunar and Kapisa provinces within the last 24 hours. All IEDs have been safely recovered and detonated in controlled explosions. The Taliban often plant IEDs along army patrol routes to target the Afghan security forces, however civilians frequently become the victims of these hidden explosives. 

Healthcare centre set ablaze in militant attack, Helmand

A healthcare centre in the Washir district of the Helmand province has been set ablaze by suspected Taliban militants. Two unidentified gunmen have torched a health clinic in the Pulad area of the Washir district. The district governor's spokesman alleged that the clinic had been burnt down by Taliban militants, however a Taliban commander has reportedly stated that it remains unclear who was behind the incident. The clinic had originally been set up under Taliban control six months earlier, and much of the district remains under Taliban control. Six out of the 13 districts of Helmand are heavily dominated by the influence of the Taliban. No casualties have been reported, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Travellers should avoid all travel to the Helmand province, as even districts securely under the control of the Afghan security forces are subjected to violent insurgent attacks.

Dozens of children killed amid extreme winter weather, Jowzjan

At least 27 children have been killed amid an extremely cold winter period. Heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures have caused a freezing cold snap to hit the northern province of Jowzjan. The deaths of the children had allegedly occurred in the last few days, due to blocked access to health centres. Many roads and access paths in the Darzab district were blocked off by snow. Increasing Taliban activity has also allegedly put villagers off travelling along roads to health centres, for fear of being ambushed or harassed. Foreign travellers should avoid all travel to the Jowzjan province amid increasing Taliban insurgency and extreme cold conditions.

One killed, three wounded in suicide bombing attempt, Ghazni

One militant has been killed and three civilians have been wounded in an attempted suicide bombing in the Ghazni province. The militant had been riding on a rickshaw laden with explosives, when the explosives were prematurely detonated in the Kalasabz area in the outskirts of Ghazni city - killing the militant and wounding three civilians who had been nearby at the time. It is believed that the militant had intended to target a security forces convoy in Ghazni city. No group has claimed responsibility for the attempt, however the Taliban have a history of targeting security forces in the Ghazni province. Travellers have been advised to avoid travel to the Ghazni province - which has been increasingly afflicted by Taliban insurgency in recent years.

Sixty militants killed, 80 wounded in clearing operations, Uruzgan

At least 60 Taliban militants have been killed and 80 others have been wounded in recent clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the central Uruzgan province. The operations aimed to clear the area of Taliban militancy in the outskirts of the provincial capital Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan. A number of Taliban commanders are believed to have been killed in the operation, however no precise figure has been confirmed. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Taliban has not yet commented on the recent operation. Travellers should avoid all travel to the Uruzgan province whilst Taliban insurgency continues in the area.

Dozens of militants killed and wounded in nationwide joint operations

At least 37 militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in nationwide joint operations. The operations were a joint effort between the Afghan National Police (ANP), the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The joint forces targeted Daesh-loyalists in the Helmand, Herat, Kapisa, Kunduz, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. Officials from the ANP, ANA and NDS have confirmed that of the 38 militants killed, 36 have been identified as Daesh-loyalists. Two more militants were also arrested during the operations, and have been transferred to the justice system for questioning. ANA troops also stated that a cache of weapons and ammunition was discovered and destroyed. Travellers should avoid the provinces dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Four militants killed, three wounded in military operations, Badakshan

Four Taliban militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Jurm district of the Badakshan province. The security forces stormed Taliban hideouts in the Jurm area after receiving intelligence of Taliban activity in the area. A gunfight occurred between the Taliban militants and the security forces, which caused the militants to flee after four of their outfit were killed and three were wounded. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid all travel to the Badakshan province amidst increasing clashes between the military and insurgents.

Four militants killed, one wounded in suicide bombing, Kunduz

Four Taliban militants have been killed and one Taliban shadow governor has been wounded in a suicide bombing in the Kunduz province. It's believed the attack had been intended to target a Taliban commander - who the Taliban have claimed was not killed. The suicide bomber remains unidentified, and appears to have travelled alone from the Achin district in the Nangarhar province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Travellers should continue to avoid the Kunduz province amidst increasing militancy and insurgency.

Dozens of militants killed and wounded in recent military operations, Zabul

At least 27 Taliban militants have been killed and 22 others have been wounded in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province within the last 24-hours. The operations targeting suspected Taliban militant hideouts in the Arghandab, Khak-e-Afghan, and Shamolzai areas of Zabul. A cache of machine guns was also reportedly discovered and destroyed. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers should continue to avoid the Zabul region amidst the ongoing conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Four militants killed, three wounded in military clashes, Baghlan

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the northern Baghlan province. The clashes occurred on Monday evening, when a group of IS militants ambushed military security checkpoints in the Falul area of the Burka district in Baghlan. The militants, believed to be members of the IS-loyalist Taliban, fled the scene after four of their company were killed by the security forces. No civilian or military casualties have been reported, and the Taliban have not commented on the incident. Baghlan had experienced increasingly violent militancy over the last six year, and travellers should avoid all unnecessary travel to the region.

Dozens of militants killed, 19 wounded in airstrikes, Zabul

At least 31 militants have been killed and 19 others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The airstrikes were conducted as part of operation 'Shafaq-2' - a winter offensive in which the airstrikes targeted suspected militant hideouts in the Khak-i-Afghan district of Zabul. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers should avoid all travel to the Zabul province, which has been heavily dominated by the violent conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Dozens of militants killed and wounded in recent nationwide military operations

Approximately 59 militants have been killed and 38 other have been wounded in recent nationwide military operations carried out within the last 24 hours. The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated on Monday that 45 militants have been killed and 25 others have been wounded in clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz and Uruzgan provinces. The MoD issued another statement on Monday, confirming that 14 more militants have been killed and 13 other have been wounded in joint counter-terrorism operations carried out by the Afghan air force and the artillery units of the Afghan Army in the Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Nangarhar and Uruzgan provinces. Some weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operations. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers should avoid all travel to these provinces.

Two civilians wounded in mine blast, Faryab

Two civilians have been wounded in a mine blast in a suburban bazaar of the Kohistan district in Faryab. An Afghan military official has blamed the Taliban for the incident, as they have a history of planting mines to target civilians and security personnel. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Military and police investigations are underway to identify and arrest those believed to be responsible.

Seven militants killed in military clashes, Sar-e Pul

At least seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent clashes between the IS forces and the Afghan security forces in the Sar-e Pul province. Armed IS militants allegedly attacked Afghan military convoys, leading to a clash in which seven militants died. It's believed that a local IS commander was among those killed. No civilian or military casualties have been reported by the Afghan military officials. Travellers have been advised to avoid all travel to the Sar-e Pul province, along with all other areas dominated by the heavy conflict between the IS and Afghan security forces.

Two military officials kidnapped in Kunduz

Two military officials have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the Kunduz province. The head of the military Primary Court, Asel-u-Din, was kidnapped alongside a colleague along the Kunduz-Khanabad highway on Saturday morning. Police investigations are underway, however no suspects have been identified. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Police suspect Islamic State (IS)-loyalist militant groups could be behind the abduction, as Daesh militant groups and Taliban militant groups both have a significant presence in the Kunduz province. Furthermore, both groups have a history of targeting Afghan security officials. Foreign travellers should also be extremely cautious of the high risk of abduction and violent clashes, and should avoid travel to regions dominated by the conflict between the IS and the Afghan security forces where possible.

Twenty-one militants killed, seven wounded in airstrikes, Zabul

At least 21 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan air force in the Zabul province. IS militant hideouts were targeted in the Dai Chupan Khak district of Zabul on Sunday evening. At least one IS commander is thought to be among those wounded in the airstrikes. The IS militant groups have not commented on the incident as of yet. No civilian or military causalities have been reported. Travellers should avoid all travel to the Zabul province, and all other parts of Afghanistan which have been dominated by the heavy fighting as the conflict between the IS and the Afghan security forces continues.

Dozens killed and wounded in militant attack on police checkpoint, Kandahar

Almost 40 people have been killed and several people have been wounded in a militant attack on a police checkpoint in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. A group of Taliban militants allegedly stormed the checkpoint in the Sarabaghal area of Maiwand in the early hours of the morning, prompting a gun battle in which 16 security personnel and almost two dozen militants were killed. It is also believed that the militant group suffered various injuries, although this has not been confirmed by the Taliban - who have declined to comment on the incident as of yet. All travel to the Kandahar region has been advised against, and all unnecessary travel to the rest of Afghanistan has been discouraged whilst the fighting continues between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces.

Four militants killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the foreign forces in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province. The militant were targeted in airstrikes, which were likely to have been carried out by the US forces - although this has not been confirmed. It is believed that two of the IS militants were Pakistani nationals, while the other two were identified as Tajikistani nationals. The IS forces have not commented on the incident. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travel to the Nangarhar province, and most of Afghanistan, has been strongly advised against.

Two police officers wounded in bomb explosion, Kabul

Two police officers have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Kabul. The bomb was detonated near the Dehbori police post in Kabul, in an attack which seemingly targeted the police forces. Investigations have confirmed the explosive was a magnetic bomb - similar to those used by the Taliban militants in the past. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however the police suspect the Taliban to be behind it due to their history of using explosives to target security forces. No civilian casualties have been reported. Terror attacks targeting Kabul have increased in recent months - travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the capital, as there is a high threat of terrorism.

Dozens of militants arrested in military operations, Khost

At least 31 Haqqani network militants have been arrested in military operations carried out in the south-eastern Khost province. Military intelligence operatives carried out two arrest operations in the province, targeting the Haqqani network. Operatives also seized two motorcycles, three vehicles, five boxes of AK-47 ammunition, six hand grenades, 18 rockets, 36 boxes of machine guns, 50 magnetic bombs and 80 AK-47 rifle magasines. The Haqqani network is affiliated with the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban militant group -  and has often targeted NATO-led coalition security forces as well as the Afghan security forces.

Five militants killed in premature explosion, Sar-e Pol

Five militants have been killed in a premature landmine explosion in the Sar-e Pol province. A Taliban commander and his four sons had been planting the landmine at the roadside when it exploded prematurely, killing all five militants. It is thought that the group ahd been targeting security forces. The Taliban have not commented on the incident. Those in the area should be aware of the increasingly high risk of planted landmines and other explosives along roadsides, designed to target the security forces and civilians.

Six militants killed, four wounded in clashes with security forces, Nangarhar

Six militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in a clash between Islamic State (IS) forces and the Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The IS militants allegedly attacked a security checkpost in the Haska Mina district of Nangarhar late on Tuesday night. In the subsequent gunfight, at least six IS militants were killed and at least four more were wounded. No military casualties have been reported thus far. IS-loyalist militants, often of the Daesh or Taliban groups, frequently carry out attacks on the security forces and civilians in the province. As a result, all travel to Afghanistan has been strongly advised against.

Taliban bomb-making factory discovered, Balkh

A Taliban bomb-making factory has allegedly been discovered in the northern Balkh province. The facility was found by operatives of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), who have confiscated all materials found on site. Almost 400 remote controllers, 25 time bombs, 800 electric capsules, and other bomb-making materials were discovered at the site. Authorities have confirmed that the materials found were being used to make suicide vests, sticky bombs and remote controlled bombs. Investigators believe the Taliban militants were planning to use explosive products made at the factory to carry out terror attacks in the northern parts of the country. All travel to Afghanistan has been strongly advised against whilst the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces continues.

Dozens of miltants killed, 14 wounded in nationwide military operations

At least 37 Taliban militants have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in recent military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces across Afghanistan. The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces confirmed that around 37 militants had been killed, fourteen militants had been wounded and three others had been arrested during the offensive operations within the last 24 hours. Eight key members of the Taliban were reportedly killed in the southern Helmand province, and four key hideouts were destroyed. Security forces also defused six landmine bombs. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. All travel to Afghanistan has been strongly advised against.

Seven civilians killed in roadside bombing, Nangarhar

At least seven civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The vehicle had been on its way from the Pacheer Agam district to a nearby village when it hit the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which had been planted at the side of the road. Three children and a woman - possibly their mother - are thought to be among the seven killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident yet, however police suspect local 'enemies of peace and stability' - otherwise known as the Taliban or Daesh militants, both of which support the Islamic State and have dominant groups stationed in Nangarhar. Both IS-affiliated militant groups also have a history of planting IEDs along roadsides to target civilians and military personnel. All travel to Afghanistan is strongly advised against.

Two killed, two wounded in clashes, Jowzjān

Two people have been killed and two others have been wounded in recent clashes in the Qosh Tapa district of the northern Jowzjān province. The clashes erupted after militants allegedly attacked a security checkpoint in the village of Sherbaig in the Qosh Tapa district. The militants are suspected to have been Taliban members of the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement (UIM). One UIM commander was killed, and two other UIM militants were wounded. A four-year-old child has also reportedly been killed as shelling from the clash hit nearby housing. No casualties from the security forces have been reported.

Twelve killed, 11 wounded in army operations, Kunduz

Twelve militants have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in recent anti-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. Nine militants were also arrested in the operations throughout the province, which took place under the code name 'Pamer 1'. Areas targeted included the Adam Khan Shop, Chabarma, Hazrat Sultan, Khan Abad, and Khwaja Pasta regions of the Kunduz province. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Kunduz region has been severely impacted by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces - all travel to the area has been strongly advised against.

Thirteen teachers kidnapped by Daesh terrorists, Nangarhar

At least 13 teachers have been kidnapped by Daesh terrorists in the Haska Mina area of the eastern Nangarhar province. The Islamic State-loyalist Daesh militants allegedly stormed a local seminary and attempted to force the teachers and students to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr Baghdadi (a so-called 'caliphate'). After the students and teachers refused to pledge allegiance, Daesh militants reportedly burnt down over 50 local houses belonging to those who had refused to pledge, and took 13 seminary teachers hostage. The Nangarhar province is considered a Daesh stronghold and all travel to the area has been strongly advised against.

Ten people killed, four wounded in militant attack, Nangarhar

At least 10 people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a recent militant attack in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar province. A vehicle was allegedly targeted in an explosion near the Afghan-Pakistan border on Sunday. Seven civilians have been confirmed dead, along with three security personnel. Four civilians were also wounded in the explosion and have been transferred to Jalalabad hospital for treatment. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however investigators believe the Taliban militants to be behind the incident, due to their history of using explosives to target civilians and security personnel.

Three militants killed, five arrested in joint operation, Herat

At least three Taliban militants have been killed and five others have been arrested in recent joint operations in the Shindand district  carried out by the Afghan security forces and foreign security forces. The Taliban group's training centre was also destroyed in the operations, which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in coordination with foreign troops. It has not been confirmed, however it is likely that the US troops assisted the Afghan forces in the operation. Unnecessary travel to Afghanistan is strongly advised against whilst fighting continues between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Anti-Pakistan protest outside Pakistan Embassy, Kabul

Hundreds of people have protested outside the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul. Supporters of the former chief of Afghan intelligence, Amrullah Saleh, rallied outside the embassy to protest against Pakistan. Despite recent bombings being claimed by the Taliban, it has been argued that Pakistani groups have been supporting and financing the Taliban groups to assist them in carrying out terror operations in Afghanistan. Those in the area should expect high tensions to continue and should also avoid any large gatherings or demonstrations, as they may become violent.

OSAC issues high risk of threats to security and safety

The American Overseas Security Advisory Council has issued a security reminder of the high risk of threat to security and safety in Afghanistan. The monthly report states that the threat of kidnapping remains high, and violent militant attacks also frequently threaten civilian safety. Individuals, establishments and locations associated with American connections are particularly vulnerable to attack. These places include: US government and military facilities, foreign embassies, commercial entities, non governmental organisation offices, tourist spots, airports and and education centres. Travel to Afghanistan is strongly advised against, as all areas continue to be impacted the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces

Seven policemen killed, seven wounded in militant attack, Zabul

At least seven policemen have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a suspected Taliban attack on security checkpost in the Tawoos area of the Arghandab district of Zabul. The militants allegedly stormed the checkpost in the late evening, exploiting the lack of daylight. The incident follows a similar incident in the same province just two days earlier, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for. The Zabul province should be avoided whilst the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces continues.

Five killed, four wounded in anti-insurgent operations, Kapisa

At least four Taliban militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in ongoing anti-insurgent operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kapisa province. 'Ghybar 7' is a series of ongoing anti-insurgent operations in districts across the north-eastern Kapisa province, which began on Friday 06 January 2017. The operations are allegedly mainly focused on the Tagab district - where areas of insecurity are being cleared of insurgents. One policeman has also been killed and another wounded in a roadside explosion which occurred during the operation in the Tagab district. Thousands of families have been displaced due to the operations - many of whom require medical assistance. It cannot be confirmed that no civilian casualties have occurred during the operations. 

Taliban release video of US and Australian captives

The Taliban militant group have released a video of two captives. In August 2016, US citizen Kevin King and Australian citizen Timothy Weekes were kidnapped by armed Taliban militants from a vehicle outside the American Univeristy of Afghanistan in Kabul. The two victims had both been working as professors at the University. The hostage video allegedly shows the two captives pleading with the American government to arrange a prisoner swap, otherwise they would be killed. The American authorities have declined to confirm the video's authenticity and has condemned the actions of the terrorists.

Seven policemen killed in militant attack, Zabul

At least seven policemen have been killed in a militant attack in the Zabul province. The militants allegedly coordinated an attack on a secuirty checkpoint in the Tawoos area of the Arghandab district in Zabul. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, and have also claimed that 12 policemen were killed as well as one Taliban militant. The Taliban's claims have not yet been independently confirmed. Unnecessary travel to the Zabul province has been strongly advised against whilst the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan state continues.

Four militants killed in US airstrikes, Khost

Four militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out by US drones in the Sabri district of the Khost province. The anti-insurgent operations targeted the militants in a vehicle travelling near Aziz Kala. The four militants were members of the Haqqani terrorist network, with two confirmed to have been commanders. It has been reported that the four militants hailed from four different districts in the Khost province, with each involved in a range of insurgent activity. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Haqqani network have not yet commented on the incident.

Roadside bombing targets police vehicle, Nangarhar

A roadside bombing has targeted a police vehicle in the city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province. No casualties have been reported from the incident, in which an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated near a hotel in an attempt to target an Afghan Border Police vehicle in the Jalalabad city's Police District 1. Another IED was reportedly found in the same area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however police investigators suspect the Taliban to be behind the incident, due to the militant group's history of using IEDs to target police and security forces. Unnecessary travel to the Nangarhar province has been strongly advised against.

UAE diplomats among 11 killed in bombing, Kandahar

At least 11 people have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in a bombing in Kandahar. The incident occurred at the guesthouse of a governor of Kandahar - where the bomb was concealed in a sofa. Five United Arab Emirates (UAE) diplomats were among those killed in the attack, as they visited Afghanistan to work on humanitarian and educational development projects. Another UAE diplomat was among those wounded, along with the Kandahar governor who had been hosting the meeting. The Taliban have denied carrying out the bombing, suggesting instead that the incident was a result of 'internal local rivalry'. Connections with a series of Taliban bombings carried out in Helmand and Kabul on the same day are nevertheless being investigated. Unnecessary travel to the Kandahar province had been strongly advised against.

Coalmine worker killed by kidnappers, Samangan

A coalmine worker has been killed by kidnappers after being abducted in the Dara-i-Saof Bala district of the Samangan province. The victim had been a miner at the Shabashk coalmine, and was killed despite the payment of a 1 million afghani ransom to the kidnappers by the victim's family. The body of the victim was discovered by security forces in the same district the victim was kidnapped from. Those in the area have been advised to exercise caution while the kidnappers remain at large. People have also been advised that - as the recent incident has demonstrated - payment of ransom does not guarentee the hostage's safe return.

Seven killed, six wounded in suicide bombing, Helmand

Seven people have been killed and six others have been wounded in a suicide bombing incident in Lashkar Gah city of the southern Helmand province. The bomber targeted a tribal elder's house, by entering the property and detonating the explosives strapped to his person. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however it is suspected that the Taliban were behind the incident due to their involvement in a suicide bombing in Kabul on the same day.

Forty-five militants killed, 40 wounded in nationwide military operations

At least 45 Taliban militants have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in recent military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. The counter-terrorism operations took place within the last 24 hours in a nationwide spread across 17 provinces. Known militant hideouts were targted in the Badakhshan, Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Sar-e-Pul and Uruzgan provinces. A further 30 militants have been arrested, and approximately 12 Improvised Explosive Devices, various light and heavy weapons, and rounds of ammunition have been seized by the military forces. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Taliban have made no comment on the operations so far. Unnecessary travel to Afghanistan, particularly to regions affected by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces, has been strongly advised against.

Twenty-one killed, 45 wounded in suicide bombing, Kabul

At least 21 people have been killed and 45 others have been wounded following a double suicide bombing near the American University and parliament offices in the Daulaman area of Kabul. Preliminary reports have detailed two explosions int he area - with at least one confirmed suicide bombing, according to witnesses. The second explosion is thought to have been a car bomb in the same area, in a seemingly coordinated attack. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that their target was a mini bus carrying officials from the 5th Directorate of the National Directorate of Security. Final death tolls are yet to be confirmed.

Nineteen militants killed, 10 wounded in military operations, Helmand

Nineteen Taliban militants have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in recent military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces across the Helmand province. Operations took place in the Greshk district - where 14 militants were killed and 10 other were wounded - and the Garamser district - where four militants were killed and a militant-owned vehicle was destroyed. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Taliban has not yet commented on the incidents. Travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the Helmand province whilst military operations against militants of the Islamic State continue.

Six militants, 12 wounded in clearing operations, Badakshan

At least six militants have been killed and 12 others have been owunded in clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Badakshan province. The clearing operations targeted Taliban militant hideouts across the Badakshan province. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. The Taliban has not yet commented on the incident. Unnecessary travel tot he Badakshan province has been advised against whilst the conflict continues between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Four killed, four wounded in militant attack, Zabul

Four security personnel have been killed, and four others have been wounded in a militant attack on security check-posts in the Arghandab district of the southern Zabul province. One Afghan National Army soldier and three police officers were killed, while four other security personnel were wounded. It is believed that Taliban militants were behind the attack. The Taliban were believed to have suffered some casualties of their own, however no figure has been confirmed as the Taliban are yet to comment on the incident. Some Afghani military check-posts have reportedly been captured by the militants, along with various supplies of weapons and ammunition. People should avoid unnecessary travel tot he Zabul province, which has been increasingly affected by the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Thirteen killed in shooting, Baghlan

Thirteen people have been killed in a shooting in the Tala wa Barfak district of the Baghlan province. The victims have been identified as Shiite Muslims who worked in the local mine. All miners weer confirmed member of the local Hazara community. The gunmen reportedly managed to escape unidentified, however police investigators suspect Islamic State-loyalist militants to be behind the attack. Those in the area have been reminded to remain vigilant of the continuing high level of militancy associated with the Islamic State (IS). Travellers have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel to areas of Afghanistan affected by the ongoing conflict between the IS and the Afghan security forces.

Bomb explosion in Kabul

A bomb explosion has been reported in the Pul-i-Sokta area of Kabul capital city. Police official, General Mohammad Humayon Aini, has confirmed the incident took place in the early evening on Thursday 05 January. The explosion was thought to have originated from a magnetic bomb. No casualties have been reported in relation to the incident. No group has commented or claimed responsibility for the attack, however the Taliban militant group are suspected to be behind the incident due to their recent history of targeted bombings in Kabul. Travellers have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel to Kabul.

Ten militants killed in anti-insurgency operation, Kunar

At least 10 militants have been killed in an anti-insurgency operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Kunar province. The operation took place along the Asadabad-Paroon highway in the Kunar province. A convoy of security forces allegedly targeted the militants on the highway - sparking a retaliation attack from the militants against the security forces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported, and no militant groups have commented on the incident as of yet. Most provinces in Afghanistan have a high risk of violence from insurgents and should be avoided where possible.

Two civilians killed, seven wounded in suicide bombing, Faryab

Two civilians have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a suicide bombing incident in a market in the Qeysar district of the Faryab province. A local police commander was among those wounded in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Police investigations are underway. Islamic State-loyalist militants are suspected to be behind the attack due to their history of targeting civilians with suicide bombers. Travellers have been advised to avoid provinces like Faryab which have been violently affected by the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Policewoman killed by militants, Helmand

A policewoman has been killed by militants in the Nawa district of the Helmand province. The policewoman had been visiting family with her husband when Taliban militants attacked and killed her. Details of the attack have not been reported and it is not yet known if the victim was targeted due to her status as a policewoman. Police and security personnel are often targeted by Taliban militants in the Helmand province, however civilians are also occasionally targeted. The pair had been visiting from Lashkar Gah city. All travellers have been reminded to avoid unnecessary travel in provinces that are worst affected by the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security services.

Six militants killed, nine wounded in counter-terrorism operation, Helmand

At least six militants have been killed, and nine others have been wounded in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. The operation targeted the militants on the Helmand-Nimroz highway - who were believed to have been a mix of Taliban militants and members of other Islamic State-loyalist anti-government militant groups. No militant groups have commented on the incident. At least 20 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were discovered to have been planted along the highway by the group of militants. All IEDs discovered were diffused by the security forces, however travellers in the area should be aware that militants frequently target the highway by planting IEDs.

One civilian killed, one wounded in bomb explosion, Jalalabad

At least one civilian has been killed and at least one other has been wounded as an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated in Jalalabad city in the Nangarhar province.  The IED was detonated near the 4th police district in close proximity to a police vehicle - which is thought to have been the target of the attack. Some reports have claimed that more civilians may have been wounded in the incident, however these reports have not been confirmed. No group has commented or claimed responsibility for the attack. Police suspect the Taliban to be behind the incident as it is consistent with their history of using IEDs to target civilians and security personnel. Travelelrs have been advised to avoid all regions affected by the violent fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide counter-terror operations

At least 58 militants have been killed within the last 24 hours in nationwide counter-terrorism operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. The operations were carried out by air and artillery forces in the provinces of Badakhshan, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kapisa, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika and Uruzgan. Of the 58 militants killed, 46 were thought to be Taliban militants, and at least 12 were active members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including two ISIS commanders. Most provinces in Afghanistan are heavily dominated by the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces and should be avoided to these regions.

Eight policemen killed in check-post attack, Helmand

At least eight policemen have been killed in an attack on a security check-post in the city of Lashkar Gah in the southern Helmand province. The assailants managed to escape the scene after the attack and remain unidentified. Police investigators have reportedly described the attack as 'mysterious'. However, other reports claim that Islamic extremists were behind the attack, as militants of the Islamic State have a history of attacking security personnel. The Helmand province should be avoided where possible.

Fifty-three militants killed nationwide in joint clearing operations

At least 53 militants have been killed, 30 have been wounded and six others have been arrested in joint clearing operations carried out nationwide by the Afghan security forces and the Afghan defence forces. The joint operations targeted Taliban commanders and Daesh loyalists in the provinces of Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika, Uruzgan and Takhar. Air and artillery forces assisted the joint operations. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers are reminded to avoid provinces dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Terror suspect killed in premature explosion, Zabul

A terror suspect has been killed by prematurely detonated explosives during a terror attempt. The suspect had attempted to carry out a suicide bombing on a mosque in the Shajoy district of Zabul province, when his explosives were detonated prematurely. Police investigators believe the suspect had planned to target a religious gathering that was scheduled to occur the same day. Whilst no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, investigators believe the method to be consistent with the Taliban's methods of attack. Travellers have been advised to avoid all unnecessary travel to the Zabul province - which has a high risk of violence due to the ongoing conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan state security forces.

One killed, four wounded in roadside bombing, Logar

One police officer has been killed and three others have been wounded in a roadside bombing in eastern Logar province. Among those wounded was a district police commander and three engineers. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, however it is consistent with the Taliban's history of targeting civilians and security personnel with roadside bombs. Travellers have been advised to avoid the Logar province - which has been afflicted by the violent fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan state security forces.

Ten militants killed, two arrested in military operations, Nangarhar

Ten militants have been killed and two others have been arrested in operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Haska Mina district of the eastern Nangarhar province. The two militants who have been arrested have been identified as Islamic State (IS) commanders.  No civilian or military casualties have been reported. People have been advised to vacate and avoid the Nangarhar province whilst violent fighting continues between the IS and the Afghan security forces.

Rockets fired at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul

Rockets have allegedly been fired at Hamid Karzai Intenational Airport in Kabul - reportedly landing near the airport gateway. Eyewitnesses claim that three rockets were fired at the airport and either landed near the gateway and may have hit the building itself. Police officials have declined to confirm or comment on the incident. The Taliban - an Islamic State (IS) loyalist militant group - have a history of targeting buildings of significance in Kabul with rockets. Recently, diplomatic headquarters were targeted in a terror attempt in December 2016. Travellers have been warned to avoid unnecessary travel to Kabul - which has become increasingly affected by the conflict between IS militants and the Afghan state security forces.

Two security personnel kidnapped by Taliban, Herat

Two security forces personnel ahve been kidnapped by Taliban militants in the Chesht-e Sharif district of the western Herat province. An Afghan National Police force officer and an Afghan National Army officer were en route to Herat city when their vehicle was stopped by armed Taliban militants who took them hostage. Authorities do believe the kidnappers had not targeted the security officers, as they had been travelling in a private vehicle. The Afghan security forces have recently launched counter-terrorism offensives in the area, and have advised civilians and travellers to be aware of the high risk of kidnapping and to avoid areas afflicted by conflict.

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide clearing operations

At least 49 Taliban militants have been killed, around 31 have been wounded and 16 others have been arrested in nationwide clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. Operation 'Vtkhar As' targeted known Taliban hideouts in 11 provinces - including the Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Sar-i-Pul, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. Weapons were also seized in some areas. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers have been reminded to avoid travel to these provinces, due to the extremely high risk of danger in areas dominated by the fighting between the Afghan state security forces and the Islamic State.

Four militants killed in clearing operations, Nangahar

Four Taliban militants have been killed in clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. The special forces targeted a known Taliban hideout in the Inzir locality of the Achin district. Reports have confirmed that a notorious Taliban commander was among the four militants killed. A cache of weapons was also destroyed in the clearing operation. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid the Nangarhar province and other areas that are similarly afflicted by the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Sikh community leader shot dead, Kunduz city

Sikh community leader, Lala Del Souz, has been killed in a shooting carried out by unknown gunmen in the Haji Gulistan Kocki Haman area of Kunduz city. Police have detained three suspects in association with the attack. Since Kunduz collapsed to Taliban rule, most Sikh families vacated the area - leaving only three Sikh families remaining in the city. If Del Souz's murderers are not brought to justice, the remaining Sikh families will leave Kunduz. Travellers should avoid the Kunduz area due to high religious tensions and the high risk of violence amid the ongoing fighting between the Islamic State and Afghan security forces.

Three militants killed, seven wounded in US military airstrikes, Nangarhar

Three Taliban militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the US military in the Gandi-Bagh area of the Chaparhar district in the Nangarhar province. The airstrikes were carried out by a US military drone as part of US clearing operations, which were targeting known Taliban hideouts in the Gandi-Bagh area. No civilians casualties have been reported, however people have been advised to avoid the Nangarhar province where possible, due to the high risk of violence as fighting between the Islamic State and military forces continues.

Thirteen civilians wounded in militant attack, Nangarhar

At least 13 civilians have been wounded in a mortar attack, suspected to have been carried out by Taliban militants, in the Bati Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province. Among those wounded are thought to be two women and five children. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, however, the Taliban are suspected to be behind the incident due to their known presence in the area. Travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid the Nangarhar province where possible.

Three civilians wounded in roadside bombing, Kabul

At least three people have been wounded in a roadside bombing in the capital city, Kabul. The bomb was planted underneath a bridge in Kabul, and was detonated in an attempt to target a member of parliament, Fakori Behishti, as his vehicle passed by. Behishti and two others were wounded in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however, investigators believe the Taiwan of be behind the incident, due to their history of using bombs to target civilians, security personnel and high profile individuals. Travellers have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel to the capital city. 

Sixty killed, 18 wounded in nationwide counter-terror operations

At least 60 Taliban militants have been killed, 18 others have been wounded and 11 have been arrested in nationwide counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security service in the Faryab, Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Sar-i-Pul, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. Among those arrested, was a senior Taliban leader, Shaista Mohammad. Mohammad was allegedly arrested in special operations in the village of Qala-e-Ghafar in the Pul-e-Alam City of Logar province. Travellers have been advised to avoid the areas dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Eighteen militants killed, sixteen wounded in nationwide military operations

At least 18 Taliban militants have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in nationwide clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. The operations targeted known Taliban hideouts in the Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand,  Kunduz, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. At least one Taliban commander was killed , one commander was wounded and another notable militant was detained after being found with a vehicle packed with explosives in the Helmand province. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid all provinces afflicted by the conflict between the Islamic State ans the Afghan security forces.

Five militants wounded in premature explosion

At least five Taliban militant leaders have been wounded in a premature explosion as they were planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Duab district of the Nuristan province. The Islamic State-loyalist Taliban group often plant IEDs to randomly target civilians and military personnel. No other casualties have been reported. Travellers are advised to avoid the area where possible.

Nine footballers kidnapped by Taliban, Maidan Wardak

Nine members of an Afghan football team have been kidnapped by members of the Islamic State-loyalist Taliban militant group. The footballers were abducted as they were travelling through the Jalrez district of the Maidan Wardak province. The Taliban have allegedly agreed conditions for the footballers' release - however this has not been confirmed. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Eight killed, four wounded in hostage situation, Kabul

Eight people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a hostage situation in the Kabul home of Mir Wali - a member of the Afghan Parliament. Three gunmen attacked the property, taking 23 people hostage. Security forces engaged in a 10 hour battle with the assailants, which ultimately ended in the deaths of the three gunmen and the release of 18 hostages. While five hostages died, Wali has survived the attack. .

Two civilians killed, three wounded in bomb explosion, Zabul

At least two civilian children have been killed and three others have been wounded in a recent bomb explosion in the Shahr-i-Safa district of southern Zabul province. One of the wounded parties was confirmed to be a woman. It is not known if she is related to either of the children who died. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however Afghani police believe the Taliban militants are behind the explosion as they have a significant history of using Improvised Explosive Devices to carry out attacks on civilians and security personnel. Travellers have been advised to avoid areas affected by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Thirteen militants killed, nine wounded in military operations, Helmand

Thirteen Taliban militants have been killed and nine others have been wounded in recent clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Gereshk, Nadali and Nawa districts of the Helmand province. The operation lasted 24 hours and was carried out simultaneously with another clearing operation in the Lashgar Gah province which kileld 24 Taliban militants. The security forces have seized a cache of heavy and light weapons. Travellers are advised to avoid the Helmand provinces whilst state security operations continue to be carried out against the Taliban insurgency in the area.

Dozens of Taliban militants killed in operations, Kandahar

At least 43 Taliban militants have been killed in clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar province. Militant hideouts were targeted in the Nesh and Ghorak districts of Kandahar province. Eleven motorcyles and a vehicle belonging to the militants were seized and destroyed, and 36 rounds of mines were also seized and defused. Travellers should vacate and avoid the Kandahr province, where the risk of deadly violence remains high whilst the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces continues.

Five security personnel wounded in roadside explosion, Helmand

Five security personnel have been wounded by a roadside bomb in Lashkar Gah city of the Helmand province. The security forces had been visiting the area when their vehicle struck a landmine planted at the roadside. The wounded parties have been transferred to hospital and are said to be in unstable conditions. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however the Islamic State-affiliated Taliban militant group has a significant history of planting explosives to target civilians and security personnel. Travellers have been advised to avoid the Helmand province whilst the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces continues.

Dozens of militants killed and 11 wounded in military operations, Helmand

At least 24 Taliban militants have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Lashkar Gah area of the Helmand province. The Taliban have allegedly claimed to have caused military casualties, however Afghan military officials have not confirmed this claim. No civilian casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid the Helmand province as the risk of violence remains high as the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces continues.

Explosion near police district, Kabul

An explosion has been heard near the seventh police district in Kabul City. Preliminary reports claim an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated in the vicinity of Ar-ul-Aman, near the parliament buildings. It is not yet clear if the attack was intended to target police officers, parliamentarians or civilians. It is also possible the explosion was intended simply to terrorise. The police suspect Taliban militants to be behind the atatck, as they have a history of targeting civilians and security forces using IEDs. No casualties have been reported thus far and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Travellers have been advised to be vigilant in the Kabul province as militancy may increase over the holiday period.

Two killed in hotel murder, Basakhshan

Two suspected drug addicts have been killed in a hotel murder case in the Baharak district of north-eastern Badakhshan province. The two men - known to be drug addicts - were found dead in their hotel room on Tuesday. The incident is being treated as a murder case by the police, with the motive behind the killing undetermined as of yet. It is possible the murder was connected to the victims' drug habits.

Thirty militants killed, dozens wounded in military operations, Uruzgan

At least 30 Taliban militants have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in clearing operations carried out by the Afghan military in the central Uruzgan province. The operations reportedly targeted Taliban hideouts in the Nachin and Kabotar Khan localities of the Tirinkot district over a period of two days. A suicide bomber was confirmed to be among those dead and two Taliban tanks were seized and destroyed by the security forces. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers are advised to avoid the Uruzgan province - which has been afflicted by fighting for control of the area in the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces

Five civilians wounded in bomb explosion, Kunduz

At least five civilians have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Kunduz city, of Kunduz province. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been planted inside a cart - which had been positioned in a crowded area of the city. Among those wounded, were a woman and a child. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however police suspect Islamic State (IS) militants to be behind the incident, due to their history of planting IED's to target civilians and security personnel. Travellers are advised to avoid the Kunduz province, as there is a high risk of violent conflict between the IS forces and the Afghan Security forces.

Red Cross employee kidnapped in Kunduz

A Red Cross employee has been kidnapped in the Kunduz province of Afghanistan. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed the kidnapping of an ICRC employee whilst travelling with a group from Mazar-i-Sharif to Kundiz capital. The group consisted of two Afghan ICRC employees, one foreign ICRC employee and the vehicle driver. It has not yet been confirmed which employee has been kidnapped. The vehicle was allegedly stopped and one of the three ICRC employees was taken. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and no casualties have been reported. Aid workers and other travellers in the area should be extremely cautious of the high risk of kidnap and violence as the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces continues.

Taliban publically execute civilian woman

A civilian woman has been publicly executed by the Taliban near the Maida Qul village in the Ab Kamari district in the north-western Badghis province. The woman was reportedly being punished for divorcing her first husband and marrying a second man. The militants had allegedly not realised the woman had been previously married, until her former husband returned from Iran and made a complaint. The woman was forced to divorce her second husband and face capital punishment by the hands of the militants. The militant group has not commented on the incident as of yet.

Five militants killed in premature explosion, Kunar

Five militants have been killed in a premature bomb explosion, as they were planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Asmar district of Kunar province. The militants have been identified as belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba - a military wing of Pakistani-based militant group Markaz ad-Dawat wal Irshad (MDI). Neither the MDI or the Lashkar-e-Taiba have commented on the IED explosion. No civilian casualties have been reported. Travellers in the area should remain cautious of the high risk of militancy.

Four civilians wounded in bomb explosion, Kunduz

Four civilians have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Kunduz city of Kunduz province. Afghan police believe the Taliban are responsible for the attack, as there is a known Taliban presence in the province, however the Islamic State (IS) loyalist militant group has not claimed responsibility for the incident. The civilians wounded have been confirmed as three men and a woman who had been passing by the planted bomb when it was detonated. Travellers have been advised to avoid the region as IS militants have been known to target civilians.

Three government officials killed, two wounded in shooting, Kabul

Three government officials have been killed and two others have been wounded in a shooting incident at a government building in the Paghman area of the Kabul province. An intelligence official and two National Directorate of Security (NDS) employees were killed when two gunmen opened fire on the government NDS headquarters. Two other NDS employees were wounded in the attack. The suspects managed to flee the scene - government investigations are underway to identify the perpetrators. Travellers have been advised to exercise extreme caution in the Kabul province, and to report any suspicious activity to the local authorities.

Five airport staff killed in shooting, Kandahar

Five people have been killed in a shooting near Kandahar International Airport. The five women had been on their way to work at the airport when they were attacked by gunmen and shot dead. The gunmen managed to escape from the scene and investigations into identifying the assailants are underway. Travellers in the area have been advised to exercise extreme caution and to report any suspicious activity to local authorities or airport security.

Two Taliban killed, one wounded in military operations, Nangarhar

Two Taliban militants have been killed, and another has been wounded in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Chaparhar district in the eastern Nangarhar province. One of the militants killed was a Taliban leader, who was targeted by security personnel. The Taliban have not commented on the incident. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid and vacate any areas afflicted by the fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Six militants killed, seven wounded in anti-insurgent operations

At least six armed Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in anti-insurgent operations carried out by the Afghan security forces across Afghanistan. The operations allegedly targeted IS insurgent activity in the Farah, Faryab, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Nuristan and Urozgan provinces. Travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid regions afflicted by the fighting between the IS forces and the Afghan security forces.

Thirty killed and dozens more wounded in traffic accidents

At least 30 people have been killed and at least 56 others have been wounded in two large traffic accidents in the Farah and Herat provinces. At least 14 people were killed and 43 others were wounded as a civilian bus collided with a fuel tanker on the main highway in the Gulistan district of Farah province. At least 16 more were killed and 13 people were wounded in a separate traffic accident in the Guzara district of western Herat province. Travellers in the provinces have been advised to expect no residual delays from the accidents, however warnings have been issued to anticipate that such accidents often occur due to reckless driving.

Five Taliban killed, six wounded in clashes, Nangarhar

At least five Taliban militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in clashes with the Afghan police forces in the Kaso area of the Surkhrod district in eastern Nangarhar province. The militants alleged attempted to conduct a coordinated attack on a police check-post - prompting a shoot out between the police forces and the Taliban militants. No police or civilian casualties have been reported. Travellers should avoid the area due to the high risk of violent clashes between militant forces and the security forces.

Afghan Vice President facing charges of torture and sexual assault

The Afghan vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, has been accused of torturing and sexually assaulting a political rival. Ahmad Ishchi - Dostum's alleged political competition - has claimed Dostum kidnapped him during a sporting event last month, then proceeded to torture him, before sexually abusing Ishchi with an AK-47 rifle. Dostum, a former warlord, has been accused of human rights abuse in the past. The Afghan attorney general's office announced plans to investigate the accusations over the weekend. 

Sixty-one killed in nationwide anti-insurgent operations

At least 61 Taliban militants have been killed, 24 more have been wounded and 11 others have been arrested in anti-insurgent operations carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces across Afghanistan. The targeted operations were carried out in the Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kunduz, Logar, Maidan-Wardak, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Nuristan, Paktia, Paktika, Urozgan and Zabul provinces. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid regions heavily dominated by fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Nine militants killed, six wounded in military operations, Nuristan

At least nine Taliban militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in anti-insurgent operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Norgeram district of the Nuristan province. The security forces allegedly targeted Taliban militants known to have been directly involved with terrorist activities. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Civilians and travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid the areas which have been afflicted by fighting between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Two militants killed, three wounded in premature bomb explosion, Khost province

Two Taliban militants have been killed and three others have been wounded as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded prematurely. The militant group were attempting to plant the IED along a main road in the Sabari district of eastern Khost province. The IED was accidentally detonated by one of the militant - resulting in the deadly blast. The Islamic State loyalist Taliban group have been planting roadside bombs throughout the province to target security forces, however civilians often encounter the planted IEDs.

Radio station chief killed in Logar province

Radio station chief, Mohammad Nasir Mudaser, has been killed by militants in the Mohammad Agha district of the Logar province. Two masked gunmen allegedly opened fire on Mudaser's car as he drove home from work. The gunmen reportedly pulled Mudaser out of the car to shoot and kill him before fleeing the scene. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet and police investigations are underway. Paygham Mili - the station Mudaser worked at - have expressed their sorrow but have confirmed the station will continue to broadcast. 

IS militants killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

Eight suspected Islamic State militants have been killed in US airstrikes in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The strikes were carried out in the Haska Mina and Achin districts, according to the provincial police.  Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) has established a significant presence in several districts of Nangarhar since late-2015.

Twelve militants killed in military operations, Zabul and Kandahar

At least 12 Taliban militants have been killed and another has been arrested in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Zabul and Kandahar provinces. Operation 'Atal' was launched in the Miwand district of Kandahar, and in the Shahjoy, Shamalzay, Shahr Safa and Mezan districts of Zabul province. Afghan military officials have also confirmed that a cache of weapons, military equipment, ammunition and mines was also seized during the operation. Travellers have been advised to avoid areas heavily afflicted by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

One foreigner killed, one wounded in airport security checkpoint shooting, Kabul

One foreigner has been killed and another has been wounded in an incident at a security checkpoint outside Kabul International Airport. The two foreigners were shot down by police officers of the checkpoint. Security officials confirmed the incident but are yet to confirm the nationalities of the foreigners as investigations are underway. It is thought the incident could be related to the arrival of Afghan warlord, Faryadi Zardad - who was deported from Britain after serving a sentence in jail on torture charges. Zardad's arrival brought scores of supporters to the airport - prompting increased security measures in and around the airport.

Twenty-one Taliban militants killed in airstrikes, Balkh

At least Taliban militants have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Chemtal district of the Balkh province. Reports have claimed the Afghan security forces engaged in a four-hour ground offensive before the air forces carried out the destructive air raid. A large cache of Taliban weapons was also destroyed. No civilian or military casualities have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid areas affected by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Dozens of miltants killed in airstrikes across Afghanistan

At least 27 Taliban militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Farah and Helmand provinces. Airstrikes carried out in the Farah province targeting Taliban hideouts killed 11 militants who were believed to be organising terrorist attacks. Airstrikes carried out in the Helmand province targeted 16 militants in the Greshk district. No civilian casualties have been reported and the Taliban militants have not commented on the incidents. Travellers have been advised to avoid regions dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces - particularly the Helmand province, where airstrikes are frequently carried out.

Two police officers killed in roadside bombing, Kunar

At least two Afghan police officers have been killed in a roadside bombing in the Dangam district in eastern Kunar province. A border police unit commander and his bodyguard had been patrolling the district on foot when the bomb was detonated. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however investigators suspect Taliban militants to be behind the incident, as they have previously targeted the Afghan security forces through roadside bombings and suicide bombers. Travellers have been advised to avoid areas frequently targted by Taliban bombings.

Fourteen militants killed, 11 wounded in airstrikes, Helmand

At least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out over Lashkargah city in southern Helmand province. It remains unknown if the airstrikes were carried out by US or Afghan forces, or if they were a joint operation. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the airstrikes and no military or civilian casualties have been reported. Civilians and travellers have been advised to avoid regions dominated by fighting between the IS militants and security forces

Two civilians killed, six wounded in roadside bombing, Zabul

At least two civilians have been killed and six others have been wounded in a roadside bombing in the Shinkay and Maiwand districts in southern Zabul. A motorcycle and a car struck roadside bombs which were believed to have been planted by Taliban militants, although no group has claimed responsibility for the incidents as of yet. Travellers have been advised to exercise extreme caution if in the Zabul region, avoiding unnecessary travel to regions dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

One militant killed, three wounded in military operations, Parwan

One Taliban militant has been killed and three others have been wounded in recent Afghan military operations carried out in the Shinwari district of Parwan province. Taliban shadow governor, Mawlavi Naeem - a Taliban leader believed to be involved in organising attacks on Afghan military security checkpoints - was shot dead in a targeted military operation last night, and three more Taliban militants were wounded in the aftermath. A large cache of weapons has been seized by the security forces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported. Travellers have been reminded to avoid areas dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan security forces.

Seven militants killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the US military and the Afghan military over a remote region of the Nangarhar province. The airstrikes were part of a joint operation to identify IS hideouts and clear the areas. No civilian causalities have been reported. Civilians and travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid the Nangarhar province where possible, due to high risk of violent fighting between IS forces and military forces.

Nine killed, 14 wounded in Taliban attack, Ghazni

Nine people have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in clashes between the Afghan military and Taliban forces after militants have attacked security checkpoints at  Mohammad Kli and Regrashan in the Muqur district of the Ghazni province. The Taliban forces rushed the checkpoints, opening fire on the soldiers who repelled the attacks. The Taliban were thought to have suffered eight fatalities and twelve casualties, whilst the Afghani military forces are believed to have suffeed one fatality and two casualties. Travellers have been advised to avoid regions, such as Ghazni, which are dominated by the conflict between the Islamic State and the Afghan military.

Thirty-two militants killed and eight wounded in nationwide military operations

Approximately 32 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and eight others have been wounded in nationwide clearing operations across Afghanistan. Military operations targeted  the Badghis, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kanadahar, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika, Urozgan and Zabul provinces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported. Civilians and travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid the regions most heavily dominated by the fighting between the IS forces and the Afghan military.

Eleven militants killed in infighting, Herat

At least 11 Taliban militants have been killed and at least eleven others have been wounded during infighting between two factions of the Islamic State (IS) loyalist Taliban group in western Herat. The clashes reportedly took place between the Mullah Nangyali and the Mullah Samad factions in the western Shindad district of Herat province. The two factions represent commander IS groups within the Taliban regime. Travellers and civilians have been advised to vacate and avoid regions dominated by the IS forces as there is an extremely high risk of violence.

Six militants killed in airstrikes, Kunduz

At least six Taliban militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan air forces on the village of Shinwari in northern Kunduz province. The clearing operation targeted known hideouts used by the Islamic State (IS) loyalists in the village. No civilian casualties have been reported and IS militants have not yet commented on the incident. Travellers have been strongly advised to avoid areas dominated by heavy conflict between IS militants and the Afghan security forces.

Dozens of militants killed in military operations, Helmand

At least 26 Taliban militants have been killed in anti-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Garamser and Sangin districts of Helmand province. Of the 26 Taliban insurgents killed, one has been identified as a Taliban commander and 12 have been identified as Pakistani Taliban militants. The Taliban commander was targeted in an airstrike over the Garamser district, where many landmines were also successfully defused. Local residents and travellers have been advised to, where possible, vacate and avoid the Helmand province due to the heavy conflict between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents.

Five civilians wounded in Taliban attack, Laghman

At least five civilians have reportedly been wounded in clashes between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces following a Taliban attack in the eastern Laghman province. The Islamic State (IS) loyalist Taliban group and the Afghan security forces have not confirmed reports as of yet, however incidents of the sort are common in areas dominated by the conflict between IS militants and the Afghan security forces. Travellers and local residents have been advised to vacate and avoid provinces afflicted by fighting.

Six security officers killed, five wounded in insurgent attacks, Kandahar

At least six security officers have been killed and five others have been wounded in an armed insurgent attacks across the Kandahar province. Insurgent forces killed five police officers and wounded three others in an attack on a newly established security check-post on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, in the Shah Walikot district of Kandahar province. In a separate incident, insurgents killed an Afghan Border Police officer and wounded two others in an attack on a security check-posy in the Bala Zherai areas of the Arghistan district in Kandahar. Travellers have been advised to avoid regions heavily dominated by conflict.

Three killed, nine wounded in militant clashes

Three Taliban militants and nine others have been wounded in clashes in the provinces of Sar-i-Pul and Jwzjan. Two Taliban militants have been killed and five others, including two women, have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the village of Bigsar in the Qoush-Tpa district of the Jwzjan province. Another Taliban militant has been killed and two more have been wounded during infighting in the Halaka village of the Balkhab district in Sur-i-Pul province. The Taliban have not yet commented.

Dozens of militants killed in military operations, Helmand

At least 38 Taliban militants have been killed in air and ground operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Geremsir and Nehr-e-Siraj districts of southern Helmand province. Two Taliban commanders were among those killed and security forces have confirmed that the anti-insurgent operations have also been successful in destroying caches of weapons and ammuntion belonging to the militants. No further casualties have been reported. Travellers have been advised to avoid all but necessary travel to the conflicted area.

Four civilians killed, one wounded in roadside bombing, Paktika

Four civilians have been killed and another has been wounded by a roadside bomb in the district of Khoshamand in eastern Paktika province. The vehicle struck a roadside bomb as the family were on their way to a memorial. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident as of yet, however Afghan police suspect Taliban insurgents to be behind the bombing due to their history of targeting military vehicles using roadside bombs. Civilians in the area have been warned to travel with caution and to report anything suspicious to the security forces.

Dozens killed in military operations across Afghanistan

At least 28 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed, three more have been wounded and eight others have been arrested in anti-insurgent military operations across Afghanistan. The operations focused on known IS hideouts in the Helmand, Logar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. Some small caches of light weapons and ammunition have been seized by the Afghan National Police. No military or civilian casualties have been reported. Local residents and travelelrs have been advised to avoid areas heavily dominated by fighting between the IS and Afghan security forces.

Eight killed, three wounded in Taliban attack, Kandahar

Eight Afghan military personnel have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the Sha Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. The militants approached the checkpoint disguised as policemen when they attacked the post. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, and claim to have seized 24 weapons, ammunition and a vehicle from the security checkpoint. The Kandahar province has become an increasingly focused point of conflict in the fighting between Afghan security forces and the Islamic State militants - travellers are advised not to travel to this region.

Fifty-eight killed, four wounded in militant clashes, Kandahar

Approximately 58 people have been killed and at least four others have been wounded in recent clashes between the Afghan military and Taliban militants in the province of Kandahar. Police have reported that 29 militants and six security forces have been killed in military clashes with the militants when hundreds of Taliban loyalists attempted to capture the Nash district of Kandahar. At least four security officers have been wounded in the attack. Militants have also snuck into village houses and killed 23 civilians, including two women and five children, in a retaliatory attack. Travellers have been advised to avoid travelling to the province of Kandahar, particularly to the Nesh district, as there is an extremely high risk of militant attack.

Nine militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least nine loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Pacheragam district of the eastrn province of Nangarhar. The clearing operation had targeted the nine ISIS militants, known to be involved with destructive terrorist activities. Large parts of Nangarhar has allegedly been cleared of insurgent activity, however many other parts remain dominated by the fighting between ISIS militants and the Afghan security forces. Local residents and travellers have been advised to avoid conflicted areas.

Four civilians killed in shooting, Nangarhar

Four civilians have been killed in a drive by shooting in the Dawlatzai area of the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province. The victims had been on their way from Jalalabad to Chaparhar when they came under attack from gunmen on motorcycles. The assailants, who mananged to flee the scene of the crime, remain unidentified as of yet - investigations are underway. The conflict between the Islamic State and Afghan security forces has made many residential areas of Nangarhar unstable. Local residents and travellers are advised to avoid areas dominated by militant attacks.

Daesh commander killed in military operation, Achin

A Daesh jihadist group commander has been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar. The Daesh commander reportedly lef a group of at least 20 jihadi loyalists. No civilian or military casualties have been reported from the operation. Local residents should be wary of the risk of retaliation attacks from the Daesh militants.

Fifteen militants killed in air strikes, Kandahar

Fifteen Taliban militants have been killed in air strikes from the Afghan air forces in the Nish district of the Kandahar province. Some Taliban group commanders have reportedly been killed in the air raid. The Taliban hideout was targeted as part of military clearing operations in the Kandahar province: a former stronghold for the Taliban. Local residents and travellers have been advised to expect high levels of fighting in the area and to avoid unnecessary travel.

Rockets fired at dipolmatic block, Kabul

Two rockets have been fired at a diplomatic block in Kabul. The rockets have hit an empty building and a road - no casualties have been reported so far. The diplomatic block the rockets had been fired at included the Presidential Palace, the US Embassy, the Afghan Ministry of Defence and an espionage agency. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however police suspect Islamic State militants to be behind the incident - likely attempting to target the US Embassy. City residents and visitors have been advised to be on high alert for further attacks.

Taliban Intelligence Chief arrested, Helmand

Taliban Intelligence Chief Mullah Ataullah has been arrested by police forces in the outskirts of Lashka Gah city in the Helmand province. Reports have confirmed that Ataullah has been detained by public order police whilst he was collecting information for the Taliban. 

Eleven militants killed, three wounded in Afghan air strike, Uruzgan

AT least 11 Taliban militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in an air strike led by the Afghan air forces. Operation 'Shafaq 2' targeted the areas around Haidar, Asyabi, Charchino and Charmgar. No civilian casualties have been reported, however local residents and travellers in the area have been advised to avoid areas dominated by the Afghan state's conflict with the Islamic State.

Sixteen militants killed in Ghazni province

At least 16 Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with the Afghan security forces, between the Ab Band and Muqor districts in the Ghazni province. The Taliban militants reportedly attacked security check posts, prompting a violent clash. Two Taliban local commanders have allegedly been identified as two of the 16 killed. No civilian casualties have been reported, however local residents and travellers in the area have been advised to avoid areas dominated by conflict.

Twelve militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

Up to 12 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been killed in joint military operations in the Changarikhail, Alikhail, and Pacheragam areas of Nangarhar province. Operation 'Shaheen 20' combined the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces, the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police, the Afghan Border Police, the Public Order forces and the National Directorate of Security to clear the areas of ISIS militants. Ammunition and weapons, including 10 Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher, a PK machine gun and two rounds of land mines, were also seized from the ISIS militants. No civilian casualties have been reported, however local residents and travellers in the area have been advised to avoid all areas dominated by fighting between the Afghan secuirty forces and the Islamic State.

Dozens of militants killed, 12 wounded in military operations

Approximately 34 Taliban militants have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in ongoing Afghan military operations. The targeted attacks were part of operation 'Attal', carried out across the provinces of Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan. Operation 'Attal' will allegedly continue until all militants are cleared from the southern region. No civilian casualties have been reported, however travellers are strongly advised to avoid all areas dominated by fighting between the Afghan military and the Islamic State.

Drug trafficker killed in police clash, Andar

A drug trafficker has been killed in clashes with Afghan police in the Andar district in the eastern province of Ghazni. Police operations discovered 375 kilograms of Opium in the man's possession, prompting the drug trafficker to open fire on the police officers. The man was killed in the gunfight and police have seized the illegal drugs. No police or civilian casualties have been reported.

Two executed by the Taliban in Jawzjan

Two people have been executed by Taliban militants in the Aqcha district of the Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan. The two victims, including one woman, were shot dead after the Taliban militants stormed their house. The assailants have fled the scene and have not yet commented on the incident. Some reports have speculated the victims were also militants, however this has not been confirmed. Investigators have not been able to discern the motive behind the attack. People have been advised not to visit the area due to recent rises in seemingly unprovoked militant attacks.

Fifteen killed in militant clashes, Kandahar

Fourteen Taliban militants and one policeman have been killed in clashes in the Nesh district of southern Kandahar province. The Taliban reportedly led a coordinated attack on the district, allegedly capturing three check-posts before meeting resistance from security forces. Both sides are reported to have suffered casualties. The governor's spokesman has confirmed the clashes and deaths, but denies that the Taliban managed to caputure three security check-posts. Residents and travellers in the area have been advised to avoid clashes and where possible vacate areas afflicted by fighting. No civilian casualties were reported.

Eight killed in air strikes, Trinkot

At least eight Taliban militants have been killed in air strikes over the Trinkot area of Uruzgan (a.k.a Orūzgān) province. Reports have confirmed that a Taliban group commander, Hajji Lala, was among those killed in the raid. Afghan military operations targeted the Taliban hiedouts, also destroying two weapon caches on the site. The Taliban terrorist group has yet to comment on the incident. No civilian casualties were reported, however civilians and travellers are reminded to avoid areas afflicted by fighting.

Twenty-one militants killed in military operations, Pacher Agam

At least 21 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the Pacher Agam district of the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The IS militants were targeted in a series air and ground raids as part of ongoing clearing operations in the Nangarhar province. The Afghan military aims to completely clear the province of IS militants and to prevent the group from moving to the Tora Bora area. No civilian casualties have been reported thus far. All civilians are advised to avoid the area completely whilst the conflict between the Afghan state and the IS continues.

Forty-four militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 44 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, including an ISIS leader, have been killed in Afghan military operations. It has been confirmed that the ISIS militants have been killed in joint military operations between the Afghan National Defence and the Afghan Security Forces in the Pacher Agam district of the Nangarhar province. Several weapons and ammunition have also been sized during the joint operations. It has been reported that the ISIS militants have been attempting to take control of the Pacher Agam district. The ISIS terrorist group has not commented on the incident. 

Four policemen killed in Taliban ambush

At least four Afghan border police have been killed in a Taliban ambush in the southern Zabul province. The policemen were ambushed while patrolling a mountainous area on foot. It is unknown for certain whether there were any Taliban casualties.

Thirty-seven killed, six wounded in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 37 militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in miltary operations in the Nangarhar province. At least 30 Islamic States (IS) have been killed and three others have been wounded in operations in the Pacheragam district of the province, while seven IS militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in a US drone strike in the Hakamina district.

Three killed, 17 wounded in bomb explosion, Jalalabad

Three people have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in bomb explosions in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Two bomb explosions killed one police officer and two civilians, as well as wounding 17 others, including three security personnel. Police are currently investigating the incidents in connection with another explosion in the city earlier on in the day, which killed the head of Nangarhar police headquarters' detention centre, Hamid Khan, and one of his children near his family home, and wounded nine others.

One killed, 18 wounded in road accident

One woman has been killed and eighteen others have been wounded in a road accident in western Helmand province. Many of the wounded parties are believed to be in critical conditions. Congested traffic and a general lack of abiding road laws and regulations in Afghanistan contribute toward dangerous roads and deadly accidents. Foreign drivers in Afghanistan are advised to anticipate other drivers driving recklessly. Travellers may experience some traffic disruption in western Helmand due to the accident.

Three militants arrested, Nangarhar

Three loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been detained by Afghan military forces in the Hasak Mina district of eastern Nangarhar province. The Afghan military reportedly carried out the operation before the three ISIS loyalists headed to unknown areas to conduct a series of terrorist attacks. No casualties have been reported.

Extreme cold weather kills 20

At least 20 people have died as northern provinces experience extremely cold weather conditions. The Danzab district of the Jowzjān province, bordering Turkmenistan, has experienced heavy snowfall and relentlessly freezing weather recently due to extreme cold weather conditions in Turkmenistan. It has been reported that the area has no electricity and  no medical services after the Taliban cut off the main road to the area. Helicopters have been loaded with supplies for the area, but cannot take off until the heavy snowfall has cleared.

Two killed, nine wounded in bomb explosions, Jalalabad

Two people have been killed and nine others have been wounded in a bomb explosions in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. One bomb was detonated near the family home of the head of Nangarhar police headquarters' detention centre, Hakim Khan. Khan and one of his children were killed, and six others were wounded. In a separate explosion, three police officers were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack at the moment. 

Four Taliban killed, two wounded in Nangarhar

At least four Taliban militants have been killed, and two others have been wounded in Afghan military operations in Hesarak district of Nangarhar province. The Afghan military confirmed the deaths and stated that a Taliban leader, known as Ghorzang had been among those killed. The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.

Three Pakistani spies arrested, Laghman

Three members of the Pakistani intelligence service have been arrested in Mehtarlam city in the Laghman province of Afghanistan. The three men have been detained under terrorist charges and are accused of planning to plant mines and organise armed assassinations within the city. Pakistan have yet to respond to these claims.

Two militants killed in US airstrike, Achin

At least two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US airstrike over the Pekha area of Achin district. The IS militants were targeted late at night by the US forces. Security officials have confirmed that no civilians were injured during the airstrike.

Four policemen killed in shoot out, Kandahar

Four policemen have been killed and several other have been wounded in a shoot out at a police post in Kandahar City, in the Kandahar province. The gunfight broke out following an internal dispute between the policemen. Insurgent involvement has been ruled out.

Two women kidnapped in Ghor

At least two female teachers have been kidnapped by armed men in the Shahrak district of Ghor province. The women had been teaching at a girls' school in the Shahrak district and were on route to the provincial capital when armed men abducted them and transferred them to an unknown location. Police are investigating the incident.

Car-bomb explosion in Kabul

A car-bomb has exploded in the Lain Shahrak-i-Tilayee area of Kabul. The magnetic explosive device was attached to a black lexus in an attempt to target an unnamed national trader. No casualties have been reported from the explosion and no groups have claimed responsibility for the incident as of yet.

Eight killed, 13 wounded in airstrike, Helmand

At least eight militants have been killed and 13 others have been wounded in an airstrike over Lashkargah city in the Helmand province. The airstrike was conducted as part of Afghani forces clearing operations. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Taliban weapons cache seized

A Taliban weapons cache has been seized by the Afghan forces as part of a clearing operation in the Logar province. The operation uncovered a Taliban hideout in the village of Babous - where machine guns, pistols, anti-vehicle mines, hand grenades, military clothes and a Kalashnikov were stored. Security forces believe the Taliban could have been planning to impersonate Afghan military. No civilians or military casualties have been reported.

One killed, one wounded in magnetic mine blast, Kabul

An explosion killed one person and seriously injured another in the Bagram region of Kabul city. The device, a magnetic mine, was planted inside a governmental car. No group claimed responsibility for the attack and investigations are ongoing.

Two IS militants killed in airstrike, Nangarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) rebels were killed by a targeted US drone airstrike in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. Governor Spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, confirmed that no civilians were injured during the attack.

Sixteen killed in anti-insurgent operations, Sari-pul

At least 16 people were killed and 21 others wounded in anti-insurgent operations carried out by the Afghan military in the Sari-pul province of Afghanistan over the weekend. Of the sixteen dead, 13 were thought to be Taliban militants and three were Afghan militia. Seventeen militants were injured, along with four Afghan military personnel. Governor of Sari-pul province, Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, claimed the operation was successful as the Taliban had retreated out of the area.

Dozens killed in Kabul mosque bombing

At least 27 were killed and 35 wounded in a bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul. The Baqir-ul-Olum mosque, located in the Dar-Ul-Aman area of Kabul, was targeted by a suicide bomber. Many of the injured are believed to have been taken to hospital for treatment, however officials have yet to comment on the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

Fifteen militants killed in Laghman airstrikes

At least 15 militants were killed and five more were wounded by airstrikes in the eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan. The series of airstrikes were carried out over the Alishen and Alingar districts within the Laghman province. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the anti-insurgent operation was successful, however officials did not comment on whether the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan or US military forces.

Eight police officers killed in Taliban attack

At least eight Afghani police officers were killed in a Taliban attack in the Bakwa district of the western province of Farah. The Taliban insurgents reportedly ambushed a police convoy, killing the officers and seizing weaponry and ammunition before police reinforcement arrived and repelled the insurgents. Taliban leader, Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Explosives discovered in car in Wardak

A car has been found full of explosive material by the Afghan police in central Wardak province. The police successfully and safely defused the material in a special operation. The car was en route to its target when it was intercepted and the threat was neutralised by security personnel. 

Scores of militants killed in counter-terror operations

At least 47 militants were killed, 25 others wounded and four arrested in anti-insurgent operations carried out by the Afghan military across the country. Among the dead were two Islamic State commanders. The military operations were designed to suppress opposition and restore stability in vulnerable provinces. Nine motorcycles, 31 types of mines, heavy and light weaponry, ammunitions, and other war equipment were also seized during operations.

Six militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Six militants were killed and two more were wounded in an airstrike by Afghan military forces. Reports claim the targeted militants were Islamic State (IS) sympathisers from the Daesh group. The operation took place in the Pacheragam district of eastern Nangarhar province and was confirmed to have not harmed any civilians.

Afghan government in crisis

The Afghan government reached crisis point today as quarrels divided the executive body of government. The government ministers have been in talks over differences of opinion on procedural workings of the government. In four days, seven government ministers have been impeached, including the Foreign Minister. The Finance Minister narrowly escaped a similar fate when the disagreement was still focused on the processes of under-spending in budgets; however discussions soon became diverted by ethnic politics and opportunism to oust certain ministers.

Four killed, 11 wounded in bomb attack, Kabul

At least four members of the Afghan security forces were killed and 11 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack around the Puli Mohmood Kahn area near the Afghan Defence Ministry compound. Afghan military forces confirmed they are investigating the attack, but have limited details as of yet. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however the military suspect the Taliban to be behind it.

Earthquake detected near Jarm

An earthquake was detected today 40km south of Jarm in the Sare Pol province of Afghanistan. The earthquake occurred at 16:02:56 UTC - it had a magnitude of 5.3 and a depth of 192km. No casualties have been reported yet, however travllers in the area should stay on high alert for further tremors in the next 24 hours and to listen to local news for live updates.

Nine militants killed. 15 wounded in military operations

Nine Taliban militants were killed and 15 others were wounded in military operations in the Sar-e Pol province of Afghanistan. Provincial Governor, Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, confirmed that two Taliban commanders were among the dead.

Landmine kills one in Nangarhar province

One child was killed and two others were wounded by a landmine planted near a school in Chinar village, in the Rodat district of Nangarhar province. The two wounded children were taken to Jalalabad for treatment and were believed to be in stable condition. The children were aged between eight and 10.

Three arrested on suspicion of terrorism

Three Pakistani nationals were arrested by the Afghan Directorate of Security on suspicion of terrorism, in Asadabad City, Kunar province. The three, from the village of Jandul in Bajaur, were detained after they were caught travelling to join the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.  

Four killed in Taliban attack, Bagram

Four people have been killed in a suicide attack on Bagram air base, including two US soldiers and two American contractors. The Pentagon confirmed the deaths over the weekend, with reports stating that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban also attacked the German Embassy last week, in response to an American drone airstrike which killed 30 militants.

Four killed, 120 wounded in explosion, Mazar-i-Sharif

At least four people were killed and 120 were wounded in an explosion outside the German Consukate in Mazar-i-Sharif. A truck full of explosives was confirmed to be the source of the suicide bombing attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, as a response to the US drone airstrikes in the Kunduz province earlier in the week.

US Embassy warns of pending attack in Kabul

The US Embassy issued a high alert warning to US citizens of a pending attack on two locations in Kabul. One location was the Serena Hotel and the other was a guest house in Kabul City. The attack is thought to be carried out by suicide bombers and all US citizens were advised to review their travel plans to avoid the city of Kabul where possible.

Protest to take place in Kabul

The Enlightened Movement (EM) are due to protest in Kabul on 11 November against the death of an Afghan women in Iran. The US Embassy afviced US citizens to avoid travelling in Kabul where possible, to stay aware of surroundings and to remember that demonstartions in Afghanistan have a history of attracting militant response and are therefore likely to result in heavy violence.

Fourteen insurgents killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Eleven Islamic State (IS) and three Taliban militants have been killed in US drone airstrikes near Jalalabad in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Officials confirmed the strikes also destroyed a machine gun and harmed no civilians. A stash of Taliban weapons was also seized. Neither the IS or the Taliban have commented on the US airstrikes as of yet.

Seven civilians killed in explosion, Kandahar

At least seven civilians have been killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the southern province of Kandahar. The Provincial Governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpolwak, confirmed the civilians - three children, two women and two men - were killed after their vehicle struck an IED in the Shawali Kot district of Kandahar. Local officials believe the Taliban insurgents to be behind the attack, as an IED is a weapon frequently used bu the insurgents, however no group has made claim to the attack as of yet.

Millions of Afghan migrants to return to Afghanistan

Approximately 1.5m Afghan migrants will be returned to their home-country, from various countries. The majority of this large figure will come from Iran and Pakistan, with a smaller portion coming from Europe. The International Organisation for Migration worked with multiple UN agencies to re-locate as many Afghan migrants as possible. However many migrants returning to Afghanistan were not officially registered as refugees or asylum seekers - meaning that their return to a country in the height of war against the Taliban and the Islamic State will be tumultuous and unpredictable. 

US warns of terrorist attack

The US Embassy issued a warning of high risk of terrorist attack around the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan to US citizens. Groups are reported to be likely to target westerners at public gatherings and border crossings with Afghanistan. The embassy issued advice to US citizens to avoid large crowds and public transport. The mountainous eastern region of Gorno-Badakhshan was highlighted as a potential site of risk and citizens were warned against camping or biking in the dark there.

Taliban demand removal of US troops from Afghanistan

The Taliban have allegedly demanded the removal of US troops from Afghanistan following news reports of Donald Trump's presidential election victory. The Taliban stated that the Americans should not take away the independence and sovereignty of other nations, and should therefore withdraw all their troops from Afghanistan. US officials are yet to respond.

Limited levels of consular assistance from UK embassy in Afghanistan

The UK embassy is reported to only be able to offer a limited level of consular assistance to travellers in Afghanistan. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued advice to British travellers that the embassy cannot to accept registrations from British nationals, or monitor their safety whilst travelling in Afghanistan. Embassy staff were also reported to be unable to travel to certain parts of the country due to the security situation.

Australian kidnapped in Kabul

An Australian NGO worker has been kidnapped at gunpoint in Qala-i Fatullah, Kabul. The woman worked for the NGO Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR). Kabul City Police state she was taken by the men while with her driver; however, no group has claimed responsibility as of yet. A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the embassy in Kabul was making urgent inquiries into the matter.

Two wounded in bomb blast in Kabul

Two security officers were wounded in a car bomb explosion outside the Education Ministry in Kabul. Police have confirmed a magnetic 'sticky bomb' was hidden under a military truck. The driver and a passenger were wounded when the bomb exploded. Both casualties were taken to hospital, with one victim suffering a serious leg injury. Police say it's likely the bomb was on a timer or remotely controlled.

Senior al-Qaeda leader Farouq al-Qahtani killed in US airstrike

It has now been confirmed that the 23 October US airstrike was intended to target a Senior al-Qaeda leader who few knew to be a senior level leader. The target was successfully terminated in the airstrike operation ran by US military forces. Farouq al-Qahtani was one of few leaders left in charge of the region when many left for Syria.

Roadside bomb kills journalist in Lashkar Gah

Ariana News journalist, Nematullah Zaheer, was killed by a roadside bomb just outside of Lashkar Gah, in the southern province of Helmand. The vehicle was transporting several journalists to the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, when it came under targeted attack. In a bid to avoid the firing the vehicle was advised to go off-road, where it encountered an improvised explosive device. This is the latest journalist to die in Afghanistan, bringing the total count up to 12 for 2016, making 2016 the most dangerous year for journalists in Afghanistan so far.

Policeman wounded by bomb in Kapisa province

One police officer was wounded in a magnetic bomb explosion in a prison in central Kapisa province. The officer was taken to hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.

Ninety-three dead in Aghan military clearing operation

Furhter to news of the deaths of two US soldiers earlier, 26 civilians and 65 Taliban insurgents have been added to the death count in a clearing operation in the Kunduz province. Some of the civilian victims are thought to be families of Taliban members. Among the killed insurgents were two Taliban commanders.

Thirty civilians killed, 25 injured in airstrike

Officials have announced the deaths of 30 Afghan civilians in airstrikes over the Kunduz province. It is thought that the airstrikes were performed bu US forces but this is yet to be confirmed by officials. Twenty-five are reported to be injured and among the dead were women and children. The airstrike was allegedly part of the US alliance with Afghan military in an operation to clear the area of insurgents.

Two US troops killed in clashes with Taliban in Kunduz

Two US soldiers killed and two wounded in clashes with Taliban forces in the Kundux province. The US Military stated that the soldiers were on a 'train, advise, assist' mission with the Afghan forces to 'clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group's operations' when they encountered insurgent resistance. The US soldiers' names have not been released yet as their families are yet to be notified.

Safety of journalists in Afghanistan in question

Eleven journalists have died in Afghanistan so far in 2016 - the highest annual figure yet. In the last 16 years, 60 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan, either in combat, by unknown gunmen or murdered. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) is reported to have threatened to withdraw the vibrant local media Afghanistan has enjoyed since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, unless the Afghan government reviews its culture of impunity toward journalist deaths.

Ninety-seven killed, 18 injured and two arrested in Afghan military operations

Operations to clear insurgents in the Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Paktika, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Badghis, Herat, Farah, Faryab, Baghlan, Kunduz and Helmand provinces have resulted in the death of 79 insurgents, 18 injured and two arrested. Seventeen Afghan military personnel have also been killed in the fighting.

Ninety-five Taliban and Haqqini Network militants killed in Paktika

At least 50 Taliban and Haqqini Network (HN) have been killed in the Wor Mamay district of Paktika province. Among the victims was a prominent HN commander known as 'Wahid' or 'Jamshid'. At least 45 other Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike on Tandi Boza village in the Terwa district. Among the victims was 'Attaullah', the Taliban shadow deputy governor for Paktika province.

Roadside bomb kills seven civilians in Parwan

A roadside bomb has killed seven civilians in Afghanistan's Parwan province. A group of relatives were on their way to a wedding when their car struck the device. The Sayedkhail district was previously thought to be a relatively secure area of Parwan.

Eleven IS loyalists killed in airstrikes

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) loyalists have been killed in airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province.  The strikes were carried out in an attempt to remove the IS presence in the Jangal Shaga and Shaistagar areas of the Achin district. Heavy machinery used by the militants was also destroyed. No local residents were reportedly injured. 

Twenty-one insurgents killed in Faryab operation

At least 21 insurgents have been killed in a military operation carried out by the Afghan air and ground forces in the Faryab province. The operation was intended to clear the Khwaja Sabz Posh district of insurgents after increased activity around the Qeysar areas. There were no civilian or military casualties reported.

Seven killed and four wounded in traffic accident outside of Herat

On 1 November, a vehicle overturned in Farsi District, Herat province, killing seven people and injuring four. Among those killed were women and children. Authorities state the vehicle was on route from Herat to Adraskan when it came off the road. The injured have been taken to hospital and are believed to be in stable conditions.

Operation Shafaq kills 45 militants in Nangarhar, Kabul, Logar and Farah

On 26 October, security operations in Pachera Agam and Achin, Nangarhar province; Sarobi district, Kabul; and in Logar and Farah provinces killed 45 militants, including 19 from the Islamic State (IS). 23 other militants were wounded in the operations, which came as part of the annual Shafaq operation, launched in response to the Taliban's yearly spring offensive. 

Thirty-six civilians killed by Islamic State in Ghor province

On 25 October, Islamic State (IS) militants killed at least 36 civilians in Feroz Koh, Ghor province. It is believed that the victims were rounded up and executed in a reprisal after police killed an IS commander and his son during a security operation. 

Dozens of Taliban militants killed in Jauzjan province

At least 32 Taliban fighters have been killed during a foiled assault on the Faizabad district of Jauzjan province.  "Taliban massive attack on Faizabad district which begun on Saturday has been thwarted and the rebels after suffering huge casualties and leaving 32 dead bodies behind run away," said spokesman for provincial government Reza Ghafori.  Dozens more fighters were wounded in the clashes, while the police chief of neighbouring Manjigak district was also killed.

Explosion in mosque in Herat; no casualties

On 21 October, a bomb exploded inside a mosque in the provincial capital of Herat province. The device detonated during Juma prayers, but no casualties were reported. 

Two killed and five wounded in attack on International troops in Kabul

At approximately 11:00 local time on 19 October, a gunman in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a US service member and US civilian at a military base in Kabul. Several other people were wounded in the attack and the gunman was shot dead by international troops at the scene. 

US drone strikes kill or injure 40 Islamic State militants

On 11 October, US drone strikes killed or wounded 40 Islamic State (IS) militants in Achin district, Nangarhar province. Ghaznawi Orakzai, a senior IS leader, was among those killed. Orakzai is also affiliated with the Hafiz Saeed group and helped found the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group.

At least 14 killed in bomb attack in Balkh province

On 12 October, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated outside a mosque in the Balkh Sharif district of Balkh province, northern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 28 others. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Eyewitnesses have stated that the death toll could be higher than reported by local officials. 

At least 14 killed in attack at Sakhi Shrine in Kabul

On 11 October, at least 14 people were killed in an attack at the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul by an armed gunman. One police officer was killed in the attack, along with 13 civilians and the attacker. 26 others were wounded. The attacker reportedly stormed the Shrine, opening fire indiscriminately before being shot dead by police. Early reports stated that there were three gunmen, but the Afghan police later amended this to a single attacker. 

Eight Afghan security personnel killed in helicopter crash

On 9 October, five crew members and three soldiers from the Afghan military were killed when their helicopter crashed in Baghlan province. The helicopter was attempting to resupply the Qarghan Tapa military base in Dand-e-Ghori district, which has been surrounded by Taliban militants for a week, leaving more than 100 soldiers trapped. All roads to the area have been cut off and the only way to resupply them is from the air. The Afghan defence ministry has blamed a technical fault that "caused the helicopter to catch fire and hit the ground," but the Taliban released a statement claiming to have shot down the helicopter, killing all occupants on impact. 

Taliban launch large-scale assault on Lashkar Gah, Helmand province

On 10 October, Taliban militants launched a large-scale on Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province. At least 14 people were killed in a suicide car bombing, including ten police officers and four civilians. The death toll is likely to rise as authorities attempt to determine how many remain unaccounted for. Taliban militants reportedly entered the city earlier in the day. 

Four wounded in IED strike in Kabul

On 5 October, four people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated next to a government minibus near the Kabul/Dubai Wedding Hall on Darulaman Road, in the Karte-seh area of Kabul city. Emergency personnel were on the scene within minutes and evacuated the wounded to hospital. 

US service member killed in Nangarhar province

On 4 October, a US service member was killed whilst conducting counter-terrorism operations against the Islamic State (IS) with the Afghan military in Nangarhar province. The service member, who's identity and service branch has not been disclosed, was reportedly killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated during a patrol in the Achin district. An investigation has been launched into the incident. 

Afghan forces reestablish control over Kunduz City

On 4 October, Afghan forces retook the city of Kunduz from Taliban forces who had seized large areas of the city on 3 October. Large numbers of Taliban casualties have been reported, but exact figures have not been released. At least one member of the security forces was killed. 

More than one hundred insurgents killed in the past 24 hours

On 4 October, the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MOD) stated that approximately 111 insurgents were killed in security operations in Kandahar, Zabul and Urozgan provinces in the past 24 hours. More than 100 of those insurgents were killed in the city of Trinkot. Weapons and ammunition were seized during the operations.

Taliban seize control of Kunduz city centre

Taliban militants have reportedly seized control of Kunduz city centre after launching an attack from four directions overnight. Local media reports that government and police forces are still resisting the assault as civilians flee the city. Taliban media stated that the main intersection in Kunduz has been overrun by the militants and that attacks are underway on the governor's compound and police headquarters. Witnesses have reported that military equipment has been withdrawn or left to the attackers as officials and troops flee the city. Kabul has announced that it is sending reinforcements and the NATO mission in Afghanistan stated that "US enablers, including air power are in position and prepared to assist Kunduz as needed."

Six Afghan soldiers killed and three wounded in friendly airstrike in Bala Buluk

On 2 October, five Afghan Special Forces commandos and one police officer were killed and three more were wounded by a friendly airstrike in Bala Buluk district, Farah province. It was initially thought that the airstrike was carried out by US forces, but the Afghan Defence Ministry stated that it was carried out by the Afghan army. The strike was called in by military personnel to provide support against insurgent forces but resulted in a friendly fire incident due to errors in the information provided to the pilots. 

Six killed and more than 80 wounded in bomb attack in Jawzjan province

At least six civilians were killed in an explosion in the market square of Darzab district in northern Jawzjan province this morning. An improvised explosive device (IED) on a motorcycle was detonated in the crowd. Reports state that more than 80 people were wounded in the blast, many of whom are in a critical condition. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Taliban launch attack on Kunduz

Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on Kunduz overnight, attacking the city from four sides. Afghan forces have reportedly repelled the attack, which began at midnight local time, pushing the militants out of the main areas of the city. Fighting is continuing on the outskirts, with helicopter gunships targeting Taliban positions. 

Eighteen people, including civilians, killed in US drone strike in Nangarhar

A suspected US drone strike against Islamic State (IS) militants killed 18 people in Nangarhar province. Police reports state that 15 of those killed were militants, but that three civilians were killed in the strike. The strike reportedly targeted a house where those killed had gathered to visit someone who had recently returned from the Hajj pilgrimage. The US military has launched an investigation into the strike and alleged civilian casualties. 

Twelve Afghan soldiers killed in insider attack in Kunduz

As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by two fellow soldiers in an outpost near the city of Kunduz. The attack took place on the night of 26 September, and the two soldiers, suspected to have links to the Taliban, fled the area and joined nearby insurgents. 

Attack repelled from across Afghanistan border

Pakistani security forces have reportedly repelled an attack by militants from across the border inside Afghanistan. Militants attacked areas in the Mohmand Agency and in Bajaur but were pushed back. No more details have been released yet. 

Taliban poised to seize control of Uruzgan Province

Taliban forces are poised to take control of Uruzgan province and are currently battling government forces in Tarin Kot, the provincial capital. They had fought their way to within a few hundred metres of the governor's compound and police headquarters before being pushed back by government forces. Aircraft and helicopters flew over the city, providing air support to troops on the ground and inflicting heavy casualties on the Taliban. Leaders in Uruzgan have retreated to the airport, along with the population of the prison, which Taliban militants have reportedly overrun after overrunning seven checkpoints. 

One person killed and three wounded in IED attack in Kabul

On 8 September, one person was killed and three more wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in 5th Street, Taimani in Kabul. 

Car bomb strikes US-based NGO building in Kabul, killing two

Two people have been killed and six others injured after a car bomb went off near the office of a major US-based humanitarian aid NGO. According to the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, the attack took place on Tuesday, when the terrorist attack hit the facilities of CARE International. The same source stated that the authorities managed to kill three of the attackers. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, that came hours after a Taliban double suicide attack killed 30 people and injured scores near the defence ministry building.

Double suicide attack kills dozens and injury scores in Kabul

A suicide attack claimed by the Taliban resulted in the deaths of at least 24 people and injured 91 others in Kabul. The attack took place near the defence ministry building on Monday, when two blasts were reported in a crowded central area of the capital. The spokesman for the ministry of Health, Mohammad Ismail Kawousi, told Reuters that the death toll is feared to rise. This is feared to be a Taliban response regarding the increased crackdown on the group in recent weeks. Dozens of fighters, including senior commanders, have been killed in a combination of air strikes and ground offensives.

Two police wounded and six militants killed in attack on Charkh compound

At 05:00 on 1 September, a truck bomb was detonated near the compound of the Charkh District Governor. Several militants occupying nearby buildings then opened fire. Two policemen were wounded in the attack, and six militants were killed. A further eight militants were wounded. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Helmand police chief wounded in ambush

A police chief has been wounded after a rocket attack on his convoy after they were caught in an ambush near the provincial capital, Lashkargah. One policeman was killed and another two were wounded. 

Four Taliban-linked commanders killed in airstrikes in Paktia

Afghan officials announced on Tuesday that four senior commanders of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network have been killed in US air strikes in Paktia, eastern Afghanistan. Naqeeb Ahamad Atal, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, told Reuters that over 120 militants were killed during the air strikes in Jani Khil. The Taliban group denied the claims, saying that only eight of its members were killed and that 48 security officers were shot dead. The US air strikes are part of the NATO-led mission in the country to support the Afghan army to reconquer Jani Khil, a main route into Pakistan.

Kidnapped Australian aid worker released

An Australian aid worker has been released four months after she was kidnapped in Jalalabad City, Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. No group, including the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the abduction, and it is thought to have been carried out by local criminals interested in making money, rather than for any ideological purpose. 

Local lawmaker escapes murder attempt in Herat

A local lawmaker was the target of an assassination attempt carried out by suspected Taliban militants in Herat, western Afghanistan. The attack happened as the member of the parliament for the Badghis province was at a shopping mall on Thursday, when two men on a motorcycle opened fire at him. The two men fled the scene as the police launched a manhunt in the surrounding region to capture the assailants. The incident comes weeks after two Afghan soldiers and two civilians were killed in a bomb attack targeting a military checkpoint in Shindand district.

A dozen killed in armed attack at Kabul's American University

At least 12 people have been killed after an armed attack at the American University in Kabul. The incident was reported on Wednesday night when unknown assailants stormed the building, holding its occupants hostage. Among the confirmed casualties are seven students, three police officers and two security guards. Reports state that several explosions and gunfire were heard during the attack. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident comes weeks after two foreign university professors were kidnapped near the school.

Dozens of Taliban militants killed in Nangarhar

A joint operation led by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) killed at least 30 Taliban militants in a series of air strikes and ground offensives in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. The raid took place in Deh Bala district, where several heavy weapons were also seized. Afghan security forces have been launching consecutive operations against Taliban insurgents based in the area. Last week, four Taliban commanders were killed during clashes with security forces in Hesarak district.

Three police officers wounded by IED blast in Parwan province

Three police officers were injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Parwan province, outskirts of Kabul, on Monday. The incident took place as members of a NATO-led Resolute Support mission backed by Afghan forces were targeted during a joint patrol in Qala-e-Nasro area of Bagram district. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, however Taliban insurgents hold a strong presence in the region.

US service member killed in Helmand province

A US service member was killed in Helmand province after his patrol triggered a roadside bomb. The explosion also wounded another American and six Afghan. The US troops were accompanying their Afghan colleagues near Lashkar Gar, the provincial capital, when they came under attack. 

Clashes between Taliban and security forces in Takhar province have left seven dead

On 22 August, security forces repelled Taliban attacks in Khwaja Khar district, Takhar province. Six assailants and one soldier were killed in the fighting. The Taliban reportedly set fire to shops and checkpoints in the area.

Four Taliban commanders killed in Nangarhar province

The Ministry of the Interior today announced that four prominent and leading Taliban commanders were killed in clashes with security forces in Hesarak district, Nangarhar province. The statement did not specify the date the commanders were killed, but it confirmed that they were among the 21 militants killed and 27 injured that were earlier reported. 

AFPAK border checkpoint at Chaman (Balochistan) closed for fifth day

Pakistani authorities today announced that the border checkpoint at Chaman will remain closed for the fifth consecutive day, after negotiations on 21 August failed. The border was closed after a group of Afghan demonstrators attacked the friendship gate and burnt a Pakistani flag on 18 August. Traffic and trade through this border checkpoint has been completely disrupted, and it has not been specified when the border crossing will reopen. 

Afghan troops retake Khanabad district from the Taliban

Afghan troops have retaken the Khanabad district of Kunduz province from the Taliban.  The provincial governor Asadullah Omarkhel made the announcement hours after Taliban fighters had seized the district during a major assault, which had forced government troops to retreat to Kunduz city.  The incident is the latest in a series of territorial battles between the government and militants, coming less than a week after the Taliban captured a district in neighbouring Baghlan province.

Three soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Ghor

Three soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) have been killed and five others injured by a roadside bomb attack in Ghor province, central Afghanistan. A security source confirmed the explosion in the Muderha locality, Pasaband district. This area was, until recently, under Taliban control, before being retaken by the ANA.

One wounded in a bomb blast in Kabul

A bomb reported to have been hidden inside a Toyota vehicle exploded in the Kolola Poshta area of Kabul, with authorities stating that one person, a child, was injured in the blast.

Four abducted civilians killed by Taliban

On 17 August, Afghan authorities announced that they had recovered the bodies of four local civilians who had been abducted by Taliban militants on the Lashkargah-Gerishk highway last week.  "The works of the Taliban are against Islam and my brother and his colleagues were innocent. So why kill them? It's clear that Taliban are working for Pakistan's intelligence (Inter-Services Intelligence - ISI)," said the brother of one of the victims.  Local officials said two of the victims were teenage labourers.

Three Taliban militants killed in Logar province

A security operation in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province resulted in the deaths of three Taliban militants. The operation was launched on 17 August, with security forces aiming to retake control of several checkpoints in the district. They seized weapons, ammunition, hand grenades and a militant vehicle in the operation.

Dozens of Taliban fighters killed in Kunduz province

More than eight Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes with Afghan security forces in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. The incident happened as insurgents attacked government positions in Duhbandi, near Chahar Dara district. Governor of the district, Zulmai Farooqi, told Xinhua news agency that the attackers were repulsed after trying to head to the district's central area. A second attack was also reported at a checkpoint in Khan Abad district, where an unknown number of militants were killed in a fierce gunfight. The occurrence comes weeks after at least 18 Taliban members were shot dead during a raid at a terrorist stronghold in Dasht-e-Archi district.

Four killed by bomb in Herat province

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and two civilians have been killed in a bombing in the Shindand district of Herat province.  Nine others were wounded in the blast, which targeted an ANA checkpoint on Thursday afternoon.  Following the blast suspected Taliban militants fired three rockets at another checkpoint in the area.

Thousands flee Taliban advance in Helmand

Thousands of people are fleeing fighting Helmand province as local officials warn that the Taliban now control 95 percent of the territory.  Many of the civilians are seeking refuge in Lashkar Gah, while Afghan forces have been battling militants in the Nawa district south of the city.  "The security situation in Lashkar Gah is under our control," defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.  Aid agencies are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis in Lashkar Gah, with road closures leading to food shortages.

Thousands forced to flee Helmand amid Taliban offensive

Over 10,000 people were forced to flee their houses due to Taliban offensives in the southern Helmand province. Official sources told EFE that the civilian population of Nadali and Nawa districts fled towards safe areas in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. The constant fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces, usually backed by US airstrikes, has been affecting the local civilian population, which lack humanitarian aid and basic living conditions. Last week nearly 30 police officers were kidnapped by Taliban forces during clashes in Nad Ali district.

Several IS militants killed during operation in Nangarhar

At least a dozen members of the Islamic State (IS) group have been killed and 19 others were injured during a military operation in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. Local sources stated on Monday that the offensive held in the Achin district was part of the Operation 'Qahr', an ongoing campaign against IS militants in the region. The incident comes nearly 10 days after 36 IS militants were killed by the Afghan army in the province.

Two foreign nationals abducted near University in Kabul

Two foreign nationals have been kidnapped by unknown armed men in Kabul. A security official said on Monday that the American and Australian citizens were abducted near the American University of Afghanistan while driving home on Sunday night. A spokesman for the country's Interior Ministry, Sediq Sediqqi, stated that the victims, believed to work as professors of the university, were taken by five armed men wearing Afghan army uniforms. He added that such kidnappings, where the assailants wear national forces outfits, are becoming a common practice.

Several civilians killed by roadside bomb blast in Paktia

Two separate bomb explosions across south-east Afghanistan's Paktia province killed at least ten civilians on Friday. Five members of the same family were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Chamkani district. Hours later, a similar attack also killed another five people on board a tractor in the same area. Provincial governor spokesman Naqib Ahmad Atal accused the Taliban group of being responsible for the attacks.

Police officers killed in explosion near Kabul

At least five police officers, including a police commander, were killed in an explosion near Kabul on Friday. Local officials said that security officers had their vehicle attacked by a improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Khak Jabar district, whilst travelling from Logar province to Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however the practice is commonly used by Taliban militants to target security forces and civilians across Afghanistan.

Provincial official targeted in Langhman bombing

A bomb targeted a provincial official in Langhman province, eastern Afghanistan, on Thursday. Sources confirmed that the vehicle of Tawoss Adel hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mehtarlam city. One bystander died and eight people were also wounded, including Adel. Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, the targeting of government officials is a common practice by the Taliban.

Foreign tourists attacked by Taliban in Herat

A group of foreign tourists have been ambushed by Taliban militants in Herat, south-western Afghanistan. Eight people were injured, including a soldier, when the tourists' vehicle and Afghan army escort was attacked on Thursday. The incident happened as the tourists were travelling from the provinces of Bamiyan and Ghor to Chesht-e-Sharif district. Foreign citizens are often targets of kidnapping and ambushes on the volatile Afghan highways that intersect the insurgent-held areas.

Civilians injured by bomb blast in Asadabad

Ten civilians have been wounded by a bomb blast in Kunar province, north-eastern Afghanistan. Security sources told local news that the incident took place at a market building in Asadabad on Wednesday.  The victims were rushed to the local hospital, where two of them are critically wounded.

District police chief killed in Faryad bombing

A district police chief has been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the north-western province of Faryab.  Lt. Col. Sakhi Dad Usmani died along with his driver when their armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on Monday night.  Four Taliban militants were also reportedly killed in a gunbattle with security forces shortly after the blast.

Taliban capture police officers in Helmand

Taliban militants have captured nearly 30 Afghan police officers in the southern province of Helmand.  Sources told TOLO news that the officers surrendered after the were attacked by three flanks of Taliban fighters in Nad Ali district, 16km from Lashkar Gah.  Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said heavy clashes were ongoing in the area and the security forces had suffered an unknown number of casualties.

Taliban attack foreign compound in Kabul

Taliban militants have attacked a compound housing foreign contractors in the capital, Kabul.  A truck bomb exploded outside the entrance of the North Gate compound in the early hours of Monday morning before gunmen entered the building.  During a gun battle with security forces one police officer and two assailants were killed.  The incident comes just over a week after a twin bombing killed 80 people in the capital. 

Dozens of IS militants killed during operation in Nangarhar

At least 36 Islamic State (IS) Jihadists have been killed in a military operation in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan. Local sources said on Friday that the ongoing offensive, carried out by the Afghan army, took place in the Shongari area of Achin district.  It is also reported that a large amount of weapons were seized during the operation. The offensive comes a week after 35 IS militants and 15 Taliban insurgents were killed by air and ground operations in the region.

Taliban fighters killed in Kunduz clashes

At least 18 Taliban militants were killed and 17 others injured during a police operation in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. The Afghan army's regional spokesman, Nasratullah Jamshidi, said that the operation carried out on Wednesday night targeted insurgent positions in the Dasht-e-Archi district. The incident comes nearly one week after eight Taliban fighters died during an insurgent offensive in Qala-e-Zal.

Six rebels killed in Urozgan

Security forces killed six armed assailants during clashes in Urozgan province, central Afghanistan. The incident happened on Tuesday as armed men stormed a security checkpoint in Char Chino district. In June, Taliban insurgents claimed to have seized control of the district following fierce clashes with security forces, where 35 government soldiers were killed.

Islamic State (IS) leader killed in Afghanistan

A deputy military chief from the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been killed in Afghanistan.  Saad Emarati was among 120 suspected militants killed in the Kot district of Nangarhar province.  Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani the operation was conducted by special forces of the Afghan National Army.  Emarati was a former Taliban commander who originally hailed from the central Logar province.

Twin suicide blast kills 80 in Kabul

At least 80 people have been killed and more than 230 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in the capital, Kabul. The assailants targeted a group of minority Hazara protesters in Deh Mazang on Saturday. The Islamic State (IS) promptly claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the nation on TV, declaring Sunday a day of national mourning.

Multiple jihadists killed during operation in Nangarhar

At least 50 Islamic State (IS) and Taliban militants have been killed during a operation in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan. Official sources reported that 18 other IS members were injured in the Achin district. A spokesperson for Nangarhar's governor confirmed that 35 IS members and 15 Taliban fighters were killed in air and ground operations launched on Wednesday night.

Two children killed by IS members in Nangarahr

Two people were killed after Islamic State (IS) terrorists attacked a residential house in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning. A senior police commander told the local news agency that two children were killed in the attack in Achin district, Nangarahr province. The incident happened one week after a dozen IS members were killed in a US drone attack in Momand Dara village.

Eight Taliban members killed in Kunduz clashes

Clashes between law enforcement agents and the Taliban has led to the death of eight insurgents, including a senior local member, in northern Kunduz province. Afghani army officials stated that the confrontation erupted on Tuesday, when Taliban insurgents stormed Qala-e-Zal and took control of parts of the district. The Taliban maintains a strong presence in the region, and last month the group abducted a 50-passenger bus in the village of Bagh Meeri.

Four civilians shot dead at wedding party in Paktika

Four people have been killed after Taliban militants attacked a wedding party in Sar Hawza, Paktika province. Local official sources said that the attack was triggered by the alleged involvement of the victims with government operations in the region. However, Paktika police chief, Maj Gen Khalilullah Ziayee, confirmed that the civilians had no links with security forces. The incident comes nearly 10 days after a suspected suicide bomber was arrested by intelligence officers in the province's Urgan district.

IS radio station destroyed by drone strike in Nangarahr

A radio station run by the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been destroyed in a US drone strike in Nangarahr province, eastern Afghanistan. In Momand Dara village, security sources told the local media that at least 12 Jihadists were killed and several weapons were destroyed in the strikes. The same radio station was attacked in February, where at least 29 militants were killed in a series of US-led airstrikes.

Suicide bomber arrested in Paktika

A suspected suicide bomber has been arrested by intelligence officers in the Urgun district of Paktika province.  In a statement released on Monday, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Abdul Wali confessed to receiving militant training in South Waziristan, Pakistan.

Scores killed in bomb attack near Kabul

At least 30 people have been killed and 50 others wounded in a twin bombing on the outskirts of Kabul. The attack was carried out by Taliban militants, who targeted an Afghan police convoy transporting graduates from a ceremony in Wardak province. Interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqi said that two blasts were reported and the exact number of deaths is yet to be confirmed. The incident comes nearly 10 days after a suicide bomber killed 14 people in a mini-bus filled with Nepalese security guards in the capital.

Several Taliban insurgents killed in Helmand province

At least 12 Taliban militants have been killed in an airstrike led by the Afghan Air Force in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Among the dead is a senior member of the group, based in the Marjah district. In a statement, Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence said that alongside the casualties, weapons and explosives were also destroyed. The incident comes weeks after an American journalist and his interpreter were killed in an ambush in the same region.

Eight killed in Badakhshan bombing

Eight people have been killed and 18 others wounded in a bomb attack in the north-eastern Badakhshan province.  The blast took place in the Keshm district when an assailant on a motorcycle detonated a device on Monday.  Earlier two bombs exploded in the capital, Kabul, killing 14 Nepalese security guards employed by the Canadian embassy.

Suicide bomb kills 14 in Kabul

At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a minibus in Kabul.  The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the blast, which targeted a group of Nepalese security guards early on Monday morning.  The guards were travelling to the Canadian embassy where they worked when the assailant detonated his device.  In a separate attack an Afghan MP and a five others were wounded in a bombing in the Chel Siton area of the capital.

Suicide bomber killed in Nangarhar province

Afghan security forces have shot dead a suicide bomber in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. General Zarawar Zahid said that the incident happened on Friday in the Kot district, moments before the insurgent aimed to target Afghan National Police forces. No group claimed responsibility for the foiled attack; however the region has witnessed multiple bombings involving Taliban fighters and Islamic State (IS) insurgents. 

Two killed in clashes at Afghan-Pakistan border

An Afghan soldier and a Pakistan army major have been killed in clashes at the Torkham border crossing.  Border forces exchanged fire at around 21:00 on Sunday evening and fighting continued until 05:00 on Monday, with both countries blaming each other for starting the clashes.  Eight Pakistanis and six Afghans were also wounded in the incident.  "We currently have agreed on a ceasefire with Pakistan.  We hope this problem will end through the work by diplomatic addresses," said the Afghan government's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Taliban abduct bus passengers in Kunduz

Taliban gunmen have abducted around 50 bus passengers in the northern province of Kunduz, according to local officials.  The incident occurred in the village of Bagh Meeri, close to Kunduz city, on Wednesday morning.  Last month around 200 people were kidnapped in similar circumstances in the province.  Although the majority have since been released at least 12 were killed and eight others are still being held.

Kabul MP killed in bomb attack

An Afghan member of parliament has been killed in a bomb attack in the capital, Kabul.  Shir Wali Wardak died and 11 people were wounded when the device exploded outside his house.  "It could either have been a bomb on a timer or one that was remotely detonated," said ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.  No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

US journalist and translator killed in Helmand ambush

An American photojournalist and his translator have been killed in an ambush in the southern province of Helmand.  David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were travelling with the Afghan National Army (ANA) when they were hit by rocket fire near the town of Marjah.  US-based National Public Radio said two of their other journalists were travelling with the group, but both survived the attack unharmed.  Mr Tamanna also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer for the Xinhua Anadolu news agencies.

Taliban launch deadly assault on Ghazni court

Taliban gunmen have killed five civilians and a police officer in an attack on a court in Ghazni province.  The interior ministry said four militants - a suicide bomber and three gunmen - carried out the assault in Ghazni city on Wednesday.  According to local reports the assailants were disguised in women's burqas.

Scores killed by Taliban bus attack in Kurduz

At least 16 civilians have been killed after Taliban militants attacked a series of buses in Kurduz province, northern Afghanistan. The attack was carried out on Tuesday when the convoy travelling from Kabul to Takhar and Kunduz was ambushed by several armed insurgents. According to Afghan security forces 35 military personnel disguised as civilians were also kidnapped. Taliban sources confirmed the attack and issued no demands for the release of the hostages.

Afghan police killed in Helmand attacks

At least 50 Afghan police officers have been killed in clashes with Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province.  Provincial police commander Esmatullah Dawlatzai said heavy fighting had been taking place since Sunday, adding that dozens of officers have also been wounded.  More than 20 checkpoints have been attacked in the Nahr-e Saraj, Greshek, and Nad Ali districts, forcing the government to send reinforcements.

Suicide bomb kills 11 in Kabul

At least 11 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The assailant targeted a vehicle carrying court employees during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.  The Taliban, who have just named Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, claimed responsibility for the attack

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader

The Afghan Taliban have appointed Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, following the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike.  Taliban spokesman said that Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Yaqoob have been appointed as new deputy leaders.  Analysts said Akhunzada has a long history with the Taliban, previously serving as Mansour's deputy, and they do not expect the group to change tact significantly.

Five killed by roadside bomb in Kandahar

A roadside bomb killed five people and injured four others in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. The improvised explosive device (IED) hit a mini-bus which was travelling on the road between Daman and Shah Wali Kot districts. Authorities believe the attack was carried out by Taliban militants in an area where the group often target government forces.

Taliban leader killed in US airstrike

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been killed in a US airstrike in Pakistan.  Mansour was travelling in a vehicle near the Afghan border in Balochistan province when he was targeted by a drone.  US Secretary of State John Kerry said Mansour had posed "a continuing, imminent threat to US personnel".  The Taliban have not confirmed the reports.

Taliban kills senior Afghan officer in Kandahar

A senior Afghan army soldier has been killed in an explosion in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. General Abdul Basir Sharwand died during a visit to Afghan army check posts in Shahwali Kot district. The Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. General Sharwand was involved in the training and leadership of Afghan forces and is the third senior officer to be killed in almost four months.

Eleven civilians killed by IED in Baghlan

An improvised explosive device (IED) has killed 11 people from the same family in Baghlan province, northern Afghanistan. The family's vehicle was struck by the blast near Baghlan-e-Markazi district, killing five children, two women and four men.  Three other children were injured and taken to the hospital in critical condition. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Flash floods kill 24 in Sar-e-Pul

Flash floods in the northern Sar-e-Pul province killed at least 24 people and injured 10 others on Thursday. The floods, caused by heavy rain in the Kohistanat district, affected hundreds of houses across the region, while 40 people remain missing. Government agents promptly launched search and rescue operations, however their efforts are undermined by the large Taliban presence in the area. 

Surkh Kotal captured by Taliban insurgents

Taliban insurgents captured Surkh Kotal in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province after fierce fighting with government forces. A local security official confirmed that Afghan forces retreated from the area after they had been under siege for several days. The operation started on Saturday, when at least 28 Taliban fighters were allegedly killed. Despite continuous air and ground operations carried out by government forces, the region has remained under significant insurgent influence since August, 2015.

Hazaras protest over Afghan power project

Thousands of Hazara protesters took to the streets of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Monday to protest against a new power project.  The ethnic minority group are demanding that a 500kV transmission line be changed to route through Bamyan and Wardak provinces, both of which have large Hazara provinces. The government said the changes would cost millions of dollas; however, late on Monday the government issued a decree promising to postpone the project for six months to review the project.

Dozens of Taliban fighters killed in Herat

The Afghan Ministry of Defense reported on Thursday that at least 35 Taliban insurgents were killed during a military operation. The clashes took place in Herat province, western Afghanistan, where besides the fatalities 40 other militants were injured. According to local government sources the insurgent group launched an offensive to take control of the Char Qala and Sangistan areas of Herat.

Taliban finance official arrested by ANP in Nangarhar

An operation carried out by the Afghan National Police (ANP) led to the arrest of a Taliban finance official in Pichegeram district, Nangarhar province. According to the Ministry of Interior, at the time of the arrest the militant was carrying two cheques totaling 40 million Pakistani rupees. The operation comes during ANP efforts to limit the impact of the Taliban's annual spring offensive.

Several thousand kilos of explosives seized in Torkham

Over 9,500 kilos of explosives have been seized by the Afghan National Border Police (ANBP) in the Torkham port, eastern Afghanistan. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, two suspects were arrested onboard a Pakistani truck carrying explosives hidden under fresh fruit.

Ten killed in Nangarhar car bombing

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in a car bombing in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The device exploded near the house of a local tribal leader in the Nazyan district on Tuesday.  No group - including the Taliban or Islamic State (IS) - has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Son of ex-Pakistan PM rescued in Afghanistan

The son of Pakistan's former prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, has been rescued in the Afghan province of Ghazni.  Ali Haider Gilani was freed in a joint US-Afghan military operation on Tuesday, three years after he was kidnapped from the town of Multan in Pakistan's Punjab province.  The Pakistani Taliban have always been suspected of carrying out the attack in 2013.

Fuel tanker crash kills 73 in Ghazni province

At least 73 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded after a fuel tanker and two buses collided in Ghazni province.  The accident happened on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, and the southern city of Kandahar.  “The buses caught fire after the crash and most of the injured people are in a critical condition,” said Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the governor of Ghazni.

Two NATO soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan

Two NATO soldiers have been killed by gunmen in Afghan military uniforms in the southern city of Kandahar.  The deceased, both members of Romania's special forces, were shot died while training police officers on Saturday.  The Taliban have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, while an Afghan police officer has been arrested and is being questioned.

Eight Taliban militans killed in Kunduz

Eight Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Afghan government forces on Thursday. The confrontation took place in two different districts of the northern Kunduz province. According to government sources, five militants were shot dead in Qala-e-Zal and three others in Chardara district. The Afghan government claims that the province has been clear from Taliban influence since October 2015, however some areas of Kunduz remain under insurgent control.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

An Australian aid worker has been kidnapped in the eastern city of Jalalabad.  Katherine Jane Wilson, 60, was seized by men in military uniforms from the office of the NGO Zardozi, where she worked as a director. Eight staff members from Zardozi have been arrested and are being questioned by police in connection with the incident.

Taliban bomb making factory destroyed in Shahwali Kot district

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) destroyed a Taliban bomb making factory in southern Kandahar on Monday. The operation, supported by the Special Operation Forces of the Afghan Army, carried out the airstrike in the Shahwali Kot district. According to the Ministry of Defence, the equipment and explosives stored in the facility have been totally destroyed.

Suicide bomb kills 28 in Kabul

At least 28 people have been killed and more than 329 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The blast targeted a government security agency in the city where a graduation ceremony for new recruits was taking place. Following the explosion gunmen stormed the area, leading to a gun battle with security forces.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after the group announced its annual "spring offensive".  Tuesday's bombing was one of largest to hit Kabul since the US-led invasion against al-Qaeda in 2001.


Afghanistan earthquake kills six in Pakistan

Six people have been killed and five others wounded in north-western Pakistan after Sunday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan.  Around 20 houses were also damaged in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the quake hit near Afghanistan's border with Tajikistan.  Last October a 7.5-magnitude quake in north-eastern Afghanistan killed more than 280 people in Pakistan.

Suicide bomber targets army recruits in Nangarhar

At least 12 army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The assailant detonated the device on a motorcycle next to a bus of army recruits in the Sorkhrot district.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozens of militants killed in government operations

At least 55 suspected insurgents were killed in counter-terrorism raids carried out by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Wednesday. According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the operation involved ground and air forces in several locations across the south-eastern regions of the country. Among the casualties are alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda. The ANSF has been carrying out operations across the country to clear them from Taliban fighters, IS militants and al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

Fifteen dead in Pul-e-Khumri clashes

Clashes between Afghan security forces and the Taliban left 15 people dead on Wednesday. Among the casualties were 13 Taliban militants, one civilian and a police officer. The confrontation happened in Baghlan province, where in January insurgents destroyed the grid that delivers electricity from central Asia, causing nearly a month of power cuts in the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khumri. Taliban insurgents still operate freely in the region, despite the ongoing government offensives to defeat them.

Seven killed in suicide blast in Parwan province

At least seven people have been killed and 26 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Parwan province.  The device exploded near a high school in the Seyagerd district on Monday morning.  Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, the provincial police chief, said the assailant detonated the device on a motorcycle, adding that the victims included women and children.

Rockets fired at Afghan parliament

Rockets have been fired at the Afghan parliament in the capital, Kabul.  Four rockets were launched as senior intelligence officials were due to speak about the security situation in the country.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it had caused heavy casualties.  Afghan officials refuted the claim and said no one was wounded.

Security forces clash with Talbian militants across Afghanistan

At least 25 people have been killed in the latest clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban militants.  Ten soldiers and 15 insurgents died during fighting in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province on Wednesday.  The incident comes a day after 19 Taliban fighters were killed in clashes in the eastern Laghman and Paktika provinces, while operations have also been carried out in the Helmand, Kunar, Kunduz and Parwan provinces.

Five IS militants killed in Nangarhar

At least five militants from the Islamic State (IS) were shot dead while trying to attack an army post on Friday. The Ministry of Defence said that the assailants were killed before they could carry out the attack in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. The incident comes after Afghani security forces concluded a major operation against IS, killing and injuring around 300 insurgents.

Eleven people kidnapped in Sayyad

Eleven ethnic Hazaras were kidnapped by gunmen in north-western Afghanistan on Wednesday. A vehicle heading to Sar-i-Pul was intercepted by Taliban militants on a highway in the district of Sayyad. The attack was claimed by a local Taliban commander, who said they carried it out because of the involvement of the victims in pro-government operations.

Taliban target police HQ in Helmand

Taliban militants have attacked a police headquarters in Helmand province.  At least three police officers and seven militants were killed in the fighting in the town of Gereshk on Wednesday.  "About 10 Taliban fighters launched an attack on our intelligence facility but were repelled by our security forces," said Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand's governor.

IS militants killed in Nangarhar strikes

A group of 15 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The strike targeted a building in the Mamond Dara area of Achin district on Sunday evening.  According to US and Afghan officials there are currently an estimated 3,000 IS fighters in eastern Afghanistan.

Three children killed in IED explosion in Farah

At least three children were killed and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off on Sunday. The device exploded while the children were collecting hay and grazing animals in the Kurji area of Farah city. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however the authorities believe that the device was planted by Taliban militants.

Five police officers killed in Uruzgan attack

Five Afghan police officers have been in an attack on a checkpoint in the central Uruzgan province.  Five militants were also killed in the incident, which happened in the Deh Raud district on Tuesday.  The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide bombers target Indian consulate in Jalalabad

Six suicide bombers have attacked the Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad.  Three people were killed and 19 others wounded in the attack before the assailants were shot dead by security forces.  “The Indian Consulate in Jalalabad has been attacked. All Indians in the mission are safe but one ANP officer was killed during the gunfire,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Suicide bomber kills 11 in Asadabad

At least 11 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in the eastern city of Asadabad.  The assailant detonated the device on a motorcycle near a park, with most of the victims reported to be civilians.  The governor of Kunar province said pro-government militia commander, Haji Khan Jan, was also killed in the blast.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozen killed in Kabul suicide blast

At least 12 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  Two government employees were among the victims of the blast on Saturday afternoon, while eight others were wounded.  The incident came just a few hours after a similar attack in Kunar province killed 11 people.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Landmine kills a child in Logar province

A landmine explosion killed a child and injured three other people in the central region of Logar on Tuesday. The improvised explosive device (IED) was planted on a road in the Charkh district. The town's administrative chief, Khalilullah Kamal, said that the road is used commonly by civilians. No one was been arrested so far.

Islamic State militants targeted in Nangharhar

At least 41 suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters have been killed in military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province.  Afghan officials said the militants were targeted in ground operations and US-airstrikes in the Abdulkhil, Pikhi, Nargasi and Mazdaki areas of Achin district.  "US forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike in the Achin district, Nangarhar province, yesterday," said Col. Michael Lawhorn. "For reasons of operational security, we do not discuss counter-terror operations."

IS suicide bomb killed by Taliban in Nangarhar

The Taliban have shot dead a suspected suicide bomber affiliated with their rivals, the Islamic State (IS), in Nangarhar province.  The bomber planned to assassinate Taliban commander Mullah Naik Mohammad in the village of Pirakhil on Monday, however his explosive device failed to detonate.

Suicide bomb kills 13 near Kabul

At least 13 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack near the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The assailant targeted a police chief in a remote area of Parwan province, around 60km north-west of the capital.  "There are 13 dead, nine civilians and four policemen, as well as 19 injured, 17 of whom are civilians," police chief Mohammed Zaman Mamozai told AFP.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three Afghan soldiers killed in Takhar clashes

At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 10 Taliban militants have been killed in clashes in the northern Takhar province.  Local police said a group of militants, led by commander Mullah Shakir, stormed a military checkpoint in the Khwaja Ghar district in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Fighting was later reported to be underway in the Pul-i-Momin neighbourhood, with ANA troops launching counter-strikes against the Taliban.

Three killed in attack on Swedish-run clinic

Three people have been killed in a raid on a health clinic run by a Swedish NGO in Wardak Province. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) said the Afghan National Army (ANA) appeared to have carried out the attack on its facility in Tangi Saidan.  The clinic staff were detained by the soldiers and beaten," said SCA spokesman Bjorn Lindh. "Then they started to search through the clinic, and took two injured persons and a caretaker out of the clinic... according to the information we have, they were taken to a place nearby and killed."

Fighting kills 45 in Badakhshan and Jauzjan

At least 45 insurgents have been killed and dozens more wounded in the northern provinces of Jauzjan and Badakhshan since Wednesday.  "The security forces launched cleanup operations in Qoshtapa district early Wednesday and so far 21 armed rebels have been killed and three others injured," army spokesman Reza Rezae told Xinhua.  At least one soldier was killed in the operation and two others wounded.  In Badakhshan province heavy fighting has been reported in the Argu, Jarm, Teshkan and Tagab districts.

Police officers killed in Kunduz attack

Five police officers have been killed and three others wounded in an apparent insider attack in the Kunduz province of Afghanistan.  The incident took place at a security checkpoint in the Chahar Sarri area of Khan Abad on Tuesday.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five policemen killed and several injured in Abdul Rauf

Five policemen were killed and six others injured in an attack on Wednesday. The insider attack, carried out by two police officers allegedly affiliated with the Taliban, opened fire on their own colleagues during dinner at a security post in Abdul Rauf. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Army kills 27 militants in eastern Afghanistan

At least 27 suspected militants have been killed in military operations in eastern Afghanistan.  "On Tuesday, based on a tip-off, the Afghan National Army (ANA) air force carried out air raids against militants' position in Gomal district of eastern Paktika province, killing 17 Taliban terrorists and destroying a car bomb in the stricken hideout," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.  Ground troops also killed 10 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in clashes in the neighbouring Nangarhar province.

Afghan soldiers killed in western Afghanistan

Three Afghan soldiers and eight militants were killed in clashes in the western Herat and Farah provinces on Tuesday.  Militants attacked an Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in the Bakhwa district, leading to a gun battle during which three soldiers and three militants were killed.  Later three more militants died in clashes with border police in the Kalata Nazar area of Shindand district.

Suicide bomb kill six in eastern Afghanistan

At least six people have been killed and nine others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Paktika province.  The blast occurred in front of a bakery in a bazaar in Yahya Khil district at around 12:30 local time today, killing six people and injuring nine others," deputy to the provincial government Attaullah Fazli told the Xinhua news agency.  Local sources said the assailant had targeted a military patrol but detonated the device among shoppers, with all of the casualties reported to be civilians.

Three soldiers killed in suicide bomb attack

Three Afghan soldiers have been killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the northern province of Balkh.  The troops were travelling on a bus when a Taliban militant detonated the device in the Dehdadi district on Monday.  Earlier a police officer died in a roadside bomb attack in Logar province.

Taliban on verge of recapturing Sangin district

The Taliban are on the verge of recapturing the district of Sangin in Helmand province, according to an Afghan army commander.  Much of the district is reported to have fallen, with eight Afghan soldiers dead and nine others captured alive during the latest clashes.  "Two other camps are also under threat, if they don't get the support needed, God forbid, they will have the same fate," the anonymous commander told the BBC.

Suicide bomb hits police base in Kabul

At least 10 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The assailant blew themselves up while trying to enter a police building near the Afghan parliament in the west of the city.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan journalist shot dead in Nangarhar

An Afghan journalist was shot dead in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday.  "Mohammad Zubair Khaksar was martyred after unknown gunmen fired four rounds of pistols on his vehicle on road in Surkh Rod district Friday night," said the provincial government on Saturday.  Khaksar, who worked for the government-run Afghanistan National Radio and Television Network, along with acting as a cultural advisor to governor Saleem Khan Kundozi.

Ten police killed in Afghan insider attack

At least 10 police officers have been killed in an attack by a corrupt colleague in the central Uruzgan province on Tuesday. "The policeman who had connections with armed [Taliban] militants first poisoned his comrades and then shot all of them during the night in a checkpoint," said Dost Mohammad Nayab, a spokesman for the governor of Uruzgan. The incident took place in the Chinartu district and the assailant managed to escape from the scene.

IS militants killed in Nangarhar drone strikes

At least 17 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in drone strikes in the eastern Nangarhar province.  Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence confirmed that the strikes had targeted militant positions in the Deh Bala and Achin districts on Sunday.  On Saturday a local IS commander and five insurgents were also killed in a drone strike in the Achin district.

Two female police officers shot in Herat

Two female police officers have been shot by unidentified gunmen in the western city of Herat.  The officers were on their way home in the 3rd sector of the city when they were targeted by gunmen on a motorcycle.  The victims have been moved to the Herat Regional Hospital for treatment.

Suicide blast kills four in Kabul

At least four people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack near the Russian embassy in Kabul.  A further 24 people were wounded in the blast, which appeared to target a vehicle carrying government officials.  No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

Suicide bomb targets tribal elder in Jalalabad

A suicide bomber has killed at least 13 people in an attack on the house of a tribal elder in eastern Afghanistan.  A further 14 people were wounded in the blast at the home of Obaidullah Shinwari in Jalalabad, where family members had gathered to celebrate his brother's release from the Taliban.  The wounded included Shinwari's father, Malik Osman, who was a fierce critic of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Suicide bomb hits Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad

At least 10 people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on the Pakistani consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad.  Following the blast two gunmen barricaded themselves inside a house in the city, leading to a gun battle with Afghan security forces.  Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi said the two militants had been killed and police are now clearing the area.

Militants killed in Afghan army airstrikes

The Afghan army has killed 22 suspected militants in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. "The army gunship helicopters struck positions of Islamic State (IS) affiliated militants in surrounding areas of Achin district on Monday, killing 18 IS fighters and destroying one heavy machinegun," the ministry said in a statement. Meanwhile four Taliban militants were also targeted in the Gereshk district of Helmand province.

One person killed by celebratory gunfire

An Afghan teenager was killed on January 7 by celebratory gunfire following the victory of the national cricket team against Zimbabwe. The death was reported in Helmand province, and 20 people have been arrested. Several other people were hurt across the country from celebratory gunfire.

Two wounded US soldiers have been evacuated from Afghanistan

Two wounded American soldiers were evacuated from southern Afghanistan on 5 January, following a previous failed attempt to evacuate them on 6 January. US Army Colonel Mike Lawhoen confirmed that the two wounded soldiers, along with the body of a third soldier killed in the same engagement, were evacuated from Helmand province. The evacuation was ordered on Tuesday following heavy clashes with Taliban militants near Marjah. However, the evacuation was aborted when the responding helicopters were targeted by heavy ground fire and were unable to land. 

US service member killed in Helmand clashes

One member of the US armed forces has been killed and two others wounded in clashes in the southern Helmand province.  The troops were involved in counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban in the Marjah area when they came under attack. "We are deeply saddened by this loss," US Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said in a statement.

Explosions reported near Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif

Explosions and gunfire have been reported near the Indian consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.  Local officials said militants were in a nearby building after failing to gain access to the consulate compound. "Our clearance operation is going on near the consulate," government spokesman Munir Farhad told the AFP. "Since it is a residential area, we are proceeding very cautiously after overnight fighting, to avoid civilian casualties."

Suicide car bomb targets Kabul airport

One person has been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack near the airport in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  The blast struck early on Monday morning near the airport's military entrance.  The Taliban has claimed responsiblity for the attack.

Earthquake hits northern Afghanistan

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has hit north-eastern Afghanistan, close to the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan.  At least 40 people are reported to have been wounded in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, while a dozen others were injured in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.  The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake's epicentre was around 80km south-east of Fayzabad in Badakshan province.  In October a 7.5-magnitude quake killed some 400 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters make ground in Helmand assault

Taliban fighters have captured the Sangin district in Helmand province following fierce fighting with Afghan security forces.  Mohammad Dawood, the district police commander, said his officers have been surrounded and will be captured unless they receive urgent help from the Afghan government.  More than 90 soldiers have been killed in two days of heavy fighting, while on Sunday Helmand's deputy governor said the entire province could be lost to the Taliban.

Six NATO soldiers killed in Bagram bombing

Six NATO soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in a suicide bomb attack near the Bagram air base in eastern Afghanistan.  Local officials said an assailant on a motorbike targeted a patrol in the village of Bajawryan.  Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and said 19 soldiers had been killed.

Bomb kills four in Kunar province

Four civilians were killed in a bombing in the Shigal district of eastern Kunar province on Sunday.  The blast happened outside a shop in the Aman Kot area at around 16:00 local time.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Spanish embassy in Kabul hit by suicide car bomb

A suicide car bomber and gunmen have attacked a Spanish embassy compound and a guesthouse used by foreigners in the Afghan capital, Kabul. “We are under pressure, but we are OK,” a Spanish official contacted by the Wall Street Journey said. “The situation is still ongoing.”  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks in the Sherpoor area of the city, while officials are yet to confirm any casualties.

Fighting ends at Kandahar airport

At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in the Taliban assault on Kandahar airport, which began on Tuesday.  Local news said the fighting has now ended and the compound had been secured by Afghan security forces.  The assault ended shortly after Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, arrived in Islamabad in Pakistan for regional peace talks. "I strongly reiterate our commitment to lasting and just peace within which all movements that resort to arms convert themselves to political parties and participate in the political process legitimately," he said. "Violence is not the way in a democratic society."

Taliban launch assault on Kandahar airport

Taliban militants have launched a major assault on Kandahar airport in the south of the country.  Gunmen have also targeted nearby residential housing and a joint Afghan-NATO military base at the site.  Samim Khopalwaq, the spokesman for Kandahar's governor, said the militants had encountered heavy resistance from Afghan security forces and clashes are ongoing. "Several insurgents (have) taken up position inside a school and are firing at the airport," he said.

Taliban leader wounded in Quetta gunfight

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, is reported to have been seriously wounded in a gunfight in Pakistan.  Mansour was allegedly meeting other militants - including Mullah Abdullah Sarhadi - in the northern city of Quetta on Tuesday when the shooting erupted.  A Taliban spokesman denied the incident, telling Al Jazeera that "the fight never happened" and "no such meeting took place".

Head of private TV channel shot dead in Kabul

The head of a private TV channel was shot dead in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday evening.  Amanullah Ataee, managing director of the Asia Television Channel, was outside his house in the Kart-e-Naw area of the city when he targeted.  Police have arrested two people in connection with the attack.

US warns of 'imminent' Kabul attack

The US Embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Monday that it has received credible reports of an imminent attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul. "During this period of heightened threat, the US Embassy strongly urges US citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around the city," the statement said. "There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of the planned attack."

Election official escapes suicide attack in Kabul

A senior member of Afghanistan's election commission survived a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday.  Abdul Rahman Rodwal's driver was killed and several bystanders were wounded in the blast in the Shah Shaheed area in the east of the city. “This morning when Rodwal was leaving for work, there was an explosion before he got into his car,” Noor Muhammad Noor, an IEC spokesman told AFP. “Rodwal escaped the attack unharmed.”

Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes

At least 26 Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with security forces across Afghanistan  "Units of police backed by the army have carried out series of operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours. As a result 26 insurgents were killed, 19 were injured and four others were detained," the ministry said in a statement. On Thursday militants wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide bomb attack on a police headquarters near Kandahar, killing one soldier.

Thousands protest against Hazara killings

Around 2,000 people took to the streets of Ghazni on Tuesday to protest against the killing of seven Hazara civilians by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants.  The unrest continued into Wednesday, with thousands of people taking part in a rally in the capital, Kabul, where the bodies of the victims were taken to.  Demonstrators chanted "death to Islamic State" and called on the government to halt the escalating violence against civilians in the country.

Rival Taliban factions battle for power

At least 50 militants have been killed in fighting between two rival Taliban factions in Zabul province.  Police chief Mirwais Noorzai said civilians have fled the area due to the heavy fighting between supporters of faction leader Mullah Mohammad Rasool and the Taliban chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.  The group led by Rasool has been linked with the Islamic State (IS) and militant groups in neighbouring Uzbekistan.  On Sunday IS militants beheaded seven Shia Hazara civilians in Zabul's Khake-e-Afghan district.

Suspected IS militants killed in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have killed 30 suspected militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  District governor Hajji Mohammad Ghalib said troops targeted members of an Islamic State (IS) cell with mortar rounds and airstrikes in the Achin district on Wednesday.  IS have been establishing a significant presence in Afghanistan in recent months and has an estimated 3,000 fighters in Nangarhar.

Eleven suspected militants killed in Nangarhar

At least 11 suspected militants have been killed in military operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The governor of Achin district said that a Taliban vehicle was targeted by a drone strike the Syah Cho area late on Tuesday evening, killing five of the group's fighters.  Governor Haji Ghalib said a further six militants died during a military operation in Abdulkhil on Wednesday morning.

Four police officers killed by IED in Paktia

Four Afghan police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Paktia.  The officers were travelling through the Sayed Karam district when their vehicle hit the device on Wednesday evening.  The Taliban are suspected of planting the bomb, although they are yet to claim responsibility.

Taliban seize earthquke hit district of Darqad

Taliban militants have captured the Darqad district of Takhar province in northern Afghanistan following a two-hour battle with security forces.  Atiq Haideri, the deputy police chief, said Taliban launched a pre-dawn attack on the district at 02:00, leading to an exchange of fire.  Darqad was one of the districts hit by Monday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, which left more than 360 people dead across Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Six wounded in Faryab bombing

At least six people have been wounded after a bomb exploded in the north-western province of Faryab.  The remotely-controlled blast also destroyed three vehicles in the Sanae Square area of Maimana.  Local officials said the device exploded when a police vehicle drove past, suggesting that it was a targeted attack against the security forces.

Massive earthquake hits South Asia

At least 35 people have been killed after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, with strong tremors felt in India and Pakistan. The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was around 50km south-west of the town of Jarm and it struck at 09:09 UTC. Twelve deaths and 50 injuries have been reported at a girl's school in Takhar province, Afghanistan, while at least 29 people have been killed in north-western Pakistan. The death toll is expected to rise in both countries.

Taliban suicide bombers attack police compound in Kandahar

Three suicide bombers have carried out a coordinated attack on a border police compound in Kandahar.  Two officers were killed and two others wounded in the blasts, which struck around 19:00 local time in the Spin Boldak province.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban capture 18 police officers in Faryab province

The Taliban have captured 18 police officers in the northern Faryab province, according to provincial police chief Sayed Aqa.  The officers, including the head of the district police, were captured after two days of clashes in the Ghormach district.  Around 20 soldiers are also reported to have been killed in the recent fighting.

Taliban fighters advance on Helmand

Taliban fighters are making serious advances in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, forcing thousands of civilians to flee.  Heavy fighting has been reported in the Gereshk district, north of Helmand's capital Lashkar Gah. "There is fear among the people in Lashkar Gah, there are lots of rumours the city might fall," said Farhad Dawary, head of the local Civil Societies Union.

Deadly clashes erupt in Maidan Wardak province

An Afghan soldier and five suspected Taliban militants have been killed in clashes in the Maidan Wardak province.  Fighters blocked the Kabul-Ghazni highway in the Syedabad district, leading to clashes with troops.  Militants also opened fire on two public buses, killing two civilians and wounding nine others.

German hostage released in Afghanistan

A German aid worker has been released in Afghanistan, two months after she was kidnapped in Kabul.  The woman, who has not been named, "is good considering the circumstances" and is "very relieved and happy" at being released, said the German development organisation GIZ.  No details of the release have been given by GIZ or Afghan officials.

Border police clash with militants in Helmand

Twenty-two border police officers and 35 militants have been killed in clashes in the Nawzad district of Helmand province.  Afghan officials and the Taliban both reported the fighting in the Kurma Karez area on Wednesday. Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, said: “A delegation has been sent to the area to ascertain casualties and gather details about the incident.”

Two suicide bombers shot dead in Kabul

Two suicide bombers have been killed by Afghan security forces in the capital, Kabul.  The suspects appeared to be preparing to target police officers in the 9th precinct when they were shot dead by members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).  In a statement the NDS said the suicide bombers were members of the Haqqani terrorist network

US airstrike hits MSF hospital in Kunduz

Twelve staff members from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and 10 patients have been killed after US airstrikes hit a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz.  The strikes began at around 02:00 local time on Saturday and lasted for more than an hour, despite MSF staff calling American and Afghan officials during the bombardment. “Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body", said MSF's General Director Christopher Stokes. US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences and launched a "full investigation".

US Hercules aircraft crashes in Jalalabad

Eleven people have been killed after a US Hercules aircraft crashed at Jalalabad airport.  The C-130 - which was carrying six US military service members and five civilians contractors - went down at around midnight on Thursday.  The Taliban claimed to have shot down the plane, however the army said that there were no reports of enemy fire at the time of the crash.

Heavy fighting continues in Kunduz

Heavy fighting is ongoing in and around the northern city of Kunduz as Afghan troops, backed by NATO special forces, attempt to reclaim areas lost to the Taliban.  On Thursday President Ashraf Ghani said the city was successfully retaken in a six-hour assault by the security forces, adding they "were able to foil one of the most significant operations to have taken place in Afghanistan in 14 years".  Despite this claim explosions and heavy gunfire are still being reported in the city, while fighting has also been reported in the Baghlan, Badakshan and Takhar province where the Taliban have captured several districts.

Security forces clash with IS in Nangarhar

At least 30 militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in clashes with Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The governor of Achin district said around 500 militants had attacked multiple security posts before they eventually retreated. "Reinforcements have been deployed to the areas. So far there are no civilian or Afghan security force casualties." claimed Haji Ghalib Mujahid.

Afghan forces fail to retake Kunduz

The Afghan army has failed to retake the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban despite a widespread military offensive.  On Wednesday the Taliban took Bala Hisar, a key strategic hill overlooking the city, leaving just the airport under the army's control.  Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani said in a televised speech that "progress" was being made by the troops, while the Taliban's new leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour said the government should admit defeat.  The fall of Kunduz represents the Taliban's biggest military victory since the US-led invasion in 2001.

Taliban fighters launch Kunduz assault

Taliban fighters have launched a major assault on the northern city of Kunduz.  Militants have targeted the city from three directions and are reported to be in control of several government buildings, hospitals and security posts across the city.  The Taliban have advised the city's residents to stay indoors during the clashes, claiming its fighters would try to keep civilian casualties to a minimum.

NATO soldier killed near Bagram air base

A Georgian soldier has been killed in an attack on NATO forces near the Bagram air base. Another Georgian soldier was wounded in the attack, which was carried out by Taiban militants.  Earlier a joint Afghan-NATO force killed at least 28 militants during operations in the central Uruzgan province.

Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attacks in north

At least 15 Afghan soldiers have been killed in attacks by the Afghan Taliban in northern Afghanistan.  The deputy provincial chief of Zawzjan province said an insider attack at a checkpoint in Qush Tepa district left 10 soldiers dead, while a roadside bombing in Balkh killed five others.  The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the killings, reiterating in a statement that there will be no peace in the country until all foreign troops have left.

US drone strike targets IS-linked militants in Nangarhar

At least five militants affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province.  The strike took place in the Nazyan area, close to the border with Pakistan, on Thursday.  Local Taliban groups said it was the third strike in the area which has targed IS-linked militants.

Four dead in Taliban suicide attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber killed four people, including himself, and injured 41 others after detonating his device in Paghman, at around 10.30 local time (06.00 GMT). Two police officers and one civilian were among those killed. One of the officers was the head of Paghman district's criminal investigation team. Officials report that, due to the nature of the injuries for many of the wounded, the death toll is likely to rise.

Taliban storm Ghazni prison, freeing hundreds

Taliban militants stormed a prison outside of Ghazni, killing at least four policemen and freeing more than 350 prisoners. The Deputy Provincial Governor of Ghazni province, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, said that one militants blew himself up at the prison gates, which allowed other militants to force open jail cells. The attackers were reportedly well organised and were wearing uniforms. Three of the attackers were killed in the attack. Seven other police officers were reportedly injured, and only 80 prisoners are now left inside the prison. It is not immediately clear who the escapees are, or where they have gone. It is possible they had help from Taliban prisoners inside the prison.

IS militants execute Mullah Imam in Nangarhar province

Islamic State loyalists have shot dead a Mullah Imam in eastern Nangarhar province. Local officials report that the incident occurred in Achin district. The motive behind the killing is not yet known. A gun battle reportedly erupted as the IS militants attacked the Imam's house, and preliminary reports suggest that at least one IS fighter was killed, with three others wounded. 

Afghanistan probes poisoning of 600 Herat schoolgirls

Police in Afghanistan are investigating the suspected poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls in Herat province. About 600 students from different schools have been taken to hospital in the past two weeks, complaining of nausea, pain and shortness of breath. It is not clear what caused the symptoms, although officials believe the girls may have inhaled a toxic gas. None of the students have died, and most have been sent home after check-ups and hospital treatment. No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents. 

Seventeen policeman killed in NATO air strike

17 counter-narcotics policemen were killed in an NATO air strike in Sangin district, Helmand province late on Sunday night. Four policemen were also injured in the strike. The circumstances surrounding the air strike are not yet known, and NATO is yet to comment on it. 

Taliban capture key Helmand district of Musa Qala

Taliban fighters have seized control of the strategically-important district headquarters in Helmand province in spite of American air strikes. Musa Qala is the second town in Helmand province to fall to the Taliban in recent weeks. The group also captured Nowzad after intensifying attacks in the region. Three US air strikes around Musa Qala on Saturday reportedly killed up to 40 fighters, but militants regrouped and pushed Afghan ground forces out of the area. 

Two NATO soldiers killed in insider attack

Two NATO soldiers were killed after two people in Afghan military uniforms opened fire on a vehicle at a military base in Helmand province. The attack occurred early on Wednesday morning, and soldiers immediately returned fire, killing the attackers. The nationalities of the two soldiers are not yet known. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide car bomb kills 12 in Kabul

A vehicle-bourne suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy on August 22, exploding outside a private hospital in the Macrorayan neighbourhood of Kabul. At least 12 people were killed, including three American civilian contractors, and another 66 were injured. The bomb shattered the windows of the Shinozada hospital and destroyed several vehicles.

Afghan gas blasts kill 10 children in Herat

A series of explosions at a gas terminal in the western city of Herat has killed ten children and an adult, a hospital official says. Those killed lived in a camp for displaced people, which was next to the gas company compound. A spokesman for Herat Regional Hospital said another 18 people were wounded in the blasts that were felt across the city. It is not clear whether the explosions were an accident or the result of an attack. Four of the wounded were sent to Iran for treatment for 90% burns. Reports state that a powerful explosion had flung a burning truck into the displacement camp.

Roadside bomb kills four in northern Afghanistan

A Taliban-planted IED has killed four people, including two police officers, and injured two more in Kunduz province. "A mine planted by militants on a road in Arbab Khalil village, Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province, was detonated by remote control when a team of police patrol was passing the area, killing four people including two police and two civilians on the spot," governor of Imam Sahib district, Amanudin Qarishi, said. Two more police constables sustained injuries in the blast, the official added.

Attack by Pakistani forces leaves 13 dead and injured in Kunar

Kunar police chief Brigadier General Abdul Habib Sayed Khail said the attack from the Pakistani border targeted Dokalam area of the district at around 15.00 local time on Monday. Pakistani forces attacked Afghan security forces, causing casualties among Afghan soldiers and civilians. Four shops and a hotel were burnt inside the Afghan territory, and Afghan forces retaliated with gunfire. Two Pakistani security posts and their building caught fire in the Afghan retaliation. The clash has now stopped and the situation has returned to normality. Two Afghan policemen were killed and 11 others, including four civilians, were wounded in the border clash.

Taimani attack threat

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning threats to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: "As of mid-August 2015, Afghan Taliban insurgents are planning to carry out an attack against a compound possibly located in the Taimani area of Police District 4 in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. Additionally, the insurgents may be planning attacks against several targets frequented by foreigners, including Hamid Karzai International Airport, vehicle repair and fueling facilities, and a barber shop along the Bagram road. No further information was available regarding the target, timing, or method of any planned attack. The U.S. Embassy is taking these threats seriously and advises U.S. citizens to avoid these areas if possible."

Eighteen Taliban insurgents killed in Baghlan clashes

At least 18 Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with security forces in the past three days in northern Baghlan province. 27 other insurgents were injured in clashes in Dand-e-Ghori area of Pul-e-Khomri, the provincial capital. Provincial Police Chief Adbul Jabar Purdely said that "so far a security soldier has been killed and three others injured. The clashes still continue." Nine people were who were injured in the clashes, including six children and two women, have been transferred to Baghlan hospital.

Afghan house fire kills family of 10

Ten members of a family have died in a house fire in Herat City, Herat province, on Monday. "The initial information showed that the victims were suffocated following a gas leakage at the house overnight. The outflow gas caused a fire later in the early hours of the morning, leaving the victims badly burned," Mohammad Raffiq, spokesman of Herat regional hospital, said. The deaths included four women, three men and three children. According to the rescuers, the fire completely destroyed the house. 

German national kidnapped in Kabul

An Afghan official has reported that a German woman has been kidnapped in Kabul. Gul Agha Rouhani, Kabul's deputy police chief, says the aomen was taken by two gunmen who stopped her car early morning Monday morning. The woman, who has not been identified, is believed to be employed by German government aid agency GIZ. 

Five policemen murdered in Helmand Province

Five policemen have been murdered in Helmand province. A security source has said that the five policemen were first rendered unconscious in their security post before being murdered with a knife. The official said that the incident took place in the Sar Gora area of Lashkar gah city, the capital of Helmand province. The policemen's weapons were also captured by the attackers. 

23 injured in car bombing in eastern Afghanistan

At least 23 people have been wounded by a car bomb in Logar province, officials say.

Fifteen police officers killed in Helmand Province

15 police officers have been killed after insurgents dressed in police uniforms attacked a police post in Musa Qala, Helmand Province, on Tuesday night. 

Afghan police kill five Taliban militants in Baghlan

Baghlan police chief Abdul Jabar Purdely has said that on Wednesday, Afghan security forces killed at least five Taliban militants in heavy clashes. The fighting took place in the Dand-e-Ghori area in Pul-e-Khumri city, Baghlan province, after dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked security outposts. A further 14 Taliban were injured. The police chief said that clashes are still on-going, and that two policemen have been killed and 18 injured during the clashes.

Gunmen kidnap 12 minority Hazaras

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped 12 ethnic minority Hazaras from a car in east Afghanistan, days after suspected Taliban militants and killed four Hazaras in the same province. The passengers were travelling to Ghazni city when the gunmen stopped their car in Jaghuri. 

Kidnappers kill abducted engineers in Ghazni

Officials have found the dead bodies of four engineers who were abducted by armed men from Jaghato District of Ghazni province five days before. The four bodies were found in Gusfandi area of Ghazni city on Tuesday morning. The engineers were reportedly working on a construction project when gunmen abducted them.

Two landmine planters killed by own bomb in Farah

Two militants attempting to plant IEDs in Farah province have been killed when their device exploded. The Taliban militants were planting a landmine on a roadside that exploded on them in Kansak area of Bala Baluk District on this morning. Both insurgents were killed on the spot. 

Large explosion hits Kabul airport entrance

A large explosion has hit the entrance to Kabul airport, killing at least five people and wounding 17 people, including a woman and child. The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Taliban attack kills 29 in Kunduz

At least 29 members of a pro-government militia have been killed in an attack in Kunduz province. Four commanders are said to be among those killed by a Taliban suicide bomber at a gathering on Saturday. The interior ministry described the victims as civilians, but local officials and the Taliban said they were militiamen. 

Afghan Security Forces kill senior IS commander

Afghan security forces killed a senior Islamic State (IS) commander, along with four fighters, during an operation in Helmand Province. There were no casualties among the servicemen involved in the raid on the militant's hideout.

Four suicide bombers killed in Qalat City

Four suicide bombers killed in Qalat city. An official says that the attackers had planned to attack the home of Zabul's deputy police chief. 

At least eight dead in Kabul suicide attack

At least eight people have been killed, and a further 400 injured by a powerful car bomb in Kabul early Friday morning. Police say that the bomb went off in the Shah Shahid area of the city. A security source has said that the target was probably an army compound. Injured people, including children, were rushed to hospital for treatment. Some bodies are feared to be buried in the wreckage and debris. There has been no claim of responsibility for the explosion, but the Taliban are the main suspects.

Two attackers killed in Kandahar city

Militants armed with assault rifles and suicide vests attacked a police checkpoint in Kandahar city, leaving two attackers dead and one policeman injured. Samim Khapalwak, a spokesman for the provincial government, said  that "two attackers equipped with assault rifles and suicide vests attacked a police checkpoint in the 4th police district in Kandahar city at 15:15 local time today, triggering gun battles." One of the attackers was attempting to blow himself up but the police shot him dead; while another continued firing, and was killed after minutes of fire exchange. 

Seventeen killed in Afghan military helicopter crash`

A military helicopter has crashed in southern Zabul province, killing five pilots and 12 soldiers. The cause of the crash is as-of-yet unknown, and the authorities have launched an investigation. 

Afghan police targeted in deadly suicide attack

At least six people, including three police officers, have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan. A lorry filled with explosives was detonated outside a police compound in Puli Alam, the capital of Logar province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. It is the first major attack since the Taliban confirmed the death of Mullah Omar last week. Medical officials say at least 13 people were wounded. In a statement, the Taliban said it had targeted military and paramilitary units. 

Twenty Afghan militants killed in 24 hours

Afghan police, supported by the Afghan military, have killed 20 Taliban militants in a series of counter-terror operations over the last 24 hours. During the operations in Nangarhar, Takhar, Faryab, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya and Helmand provinces, 13 more insurgents sustained injuries. It is not yet known if there were any casualties among the security forces.

Taliban kill pro-government elder and four others

A Taliban raid on a house of a pro-government elder has left him and four members of his family dead. Provincial police chief Mohammad Baqir Masoud said "several armed Taliban insurgents raided the house of pro-government elder Damullah Abdul Karim in Dara-e-Suf district, Samangan province, and killed him along with four of his family members in the wee hours of Monday." Two militants were also killed during the firefight. 

Afghan soldier killed while defusing landmine

A soldier from the Afghan National Army (ANA) has been killed whilst he was attempting to defuse a landmine in Herat province. The incident took place in the 'Borya Baf' area of Pashton Zarghon district. Two other soldiers were also wounded in the explosion. Initial investigations have reported that the landmine was detonated by remote control from a distance. 

Three civilians killed by roadside bomb

Three civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb that struck their car in eastern Ghazni province. The spokesman for the provincial government Shafiq Nang said "the gruesome incident occurred in Andar district this morning, leaving three women dead and injuring another. All the victims belong to the same family." The Taliban have been blamed for organising the bomb, but they have yet to claim responsibility. 

Peace talks on hold

Confirmation of the death of Mullah Omar has led to planned peace talks being postponed. Pakistan's foreign office has said that a planned second round of meetings set for Friday would be delayed at the request of the Taliban leadership. A statement from the foreign ministry said that "Pakistan and other friendly countries of Afghanistan hope that the Taliban leadership will stay engaged in the process of peace talks in order to promote a lasting peace in Afghanistan."

Taliban appoint Mullah Akhtar Mansour leader

The Taliban have appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their leader following the death of Mullah Omar. Mansour was Omar's deputy, and his appointment is likely to divide the militants, as many senior figures within the Taliban opposed his appointment. 

Drone strike kills 20 members of ISIS

Two separate drone strikes in the Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province have killed 20 ISIS-afliated militants. Ahmad Zia Abdulzia, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province has said that no civilians were killed or wounded. 

Taliban leader Mullah Omar reported dead

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is reported to have "died two or three years ago", according to Afghan government and intelligence sources. Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, told the AP news agency that Omar died in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan in 2013. There have been several unconfirmed reports of his death in recent years; however, this announcement is being taken more seriously and a Taliban statement is expected soon.

Taliban seize district HQ in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban have seized the headquarters of the Kohistanat district in Sar-e-pul province after a night of heavy fighting. At least one local police commander and several of his men have been forced to surrender to the Taliban in the district.

Taliban seize Afghan police base after surrender

The Taliban have taken control of a police base in northern Afghanistan and captured more than 100 officers after three days of heavy fighting. The police unit surrendered when they became cut off from reinforcements when roads were destroyed by heavy rain. The officers, their local commander and the head of the local border police were all released following a deal between militants and local police commanders after they handed their weapons over to the Taliban. This occurred in the Wardoj district in Badakshan Province.

Gunmen kill 20 people at Afghan wedding

Gunmen from a rival family have killed at least 20 people and wounded 10 others at a wedding in the Andarab district of Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan. Deaths arising from family disputes are reported almost every month, but casualties in this incident were unusually high.

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike

A senior al-Qaeda commander has been killed in a US airstrike, according to the US Defence Secretary.  Ashton Carter said Abu Khalil al-Sudani was targeted in the strike on 11 July in Paktika province. "The death of al-Sudani will further degrade al-Qaeda operations across the globe," said the Pentagon.  They added that al-Sudani was planning "external" terrorist attacks against the US.

Suicide bomb kills 25 in Faryab province

At least 25 people have been killed and around 40 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the northern province of Faryab.  The blast occurred in a market in the Alamar district and appeared to target the Afghan security forces. "The attack is a clear response to recent military operations by security forces and is aimed at reducing military pressure on Taliban fighters on the frontlines of the battle," said Faryab police spokesman Sayed Massour Yaqoobi.

Eight Afghan soldiers killed in NATO airstrike

At least eight Afghan soldiers have been killed and five others wounded in a NATO airstrike in Logar province.  Army commander Abdul Razaq said the "friendly fire" incident took place in the Baraki Barak district on Monday morning.  He added that an Afghan flag was clearly flying at the checkpoint, which was targeted by two US helicopters.

Suicide bomb kills 33 in Khost province

At least 33 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack near a former CIA military base in the eastern province of Khost.  The assailant detonated the explosives at a checkpoint near Camp Chapman on Sunday evening.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility from the Taliban, who are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Afghan's IS commander killed in drone strike

The leader of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Afghanistan has been killed in a drone strike.  Hafiz Saeed was targeted in the strike in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday evening, according to the Afghan intelligence agency.  More than 30 other suspected militants were also killed in operation carried out by US-led coalition forces.

Islamic State (IS) commander killed in drone strike

A senior Islamic State (IS) commander has been killed in a drone strike in a eastern Afghanistan.  Former Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid pledged allegiance to IS earlier this year.  His death was reported by the National Directorate of Security, who said Shahid was planning "a big war in the region".

Second attack in Afghanistan capital Kabul

Reports say an explosion and gunfire have been heard in an eastern part of the city. Armed men entered a building close to an installation used by Afghanistan's intelligence agency.

Kabul suicide bomb blast hits NATO convoy

A suicide bomber has struck a NATO military convoy on the main road between Kabul's airport and the US embassy. At least seven people have been killed in the explosion that happened at 13.20 local time. 

Taliban ambush in Herat province kills at least 11 soldiers

At least 11 Afghan soldiers are reported to have been killed in an ambush by Taliban militants in Herat province.  The soldiers were travelling in a convoy of trucks in Karukh district and after the attack a number of weapons were stolen. This ambush follows violence in the northern province of Kunduz last week.

Dutch aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

A Dutch female aid worker has been kidnapped near the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The Afghan foreign affairs ministry said that Anja de Beer, who works for the Swiss aid group Helvetas, was abducted by an unknown group on Monday.

Taliban militants attack Afghan parliament

Taliban militants have attacked Afghanistan's parliament in the capital, Kabul, leaving at least two people dead and 40 others wounded.  At least seven assailants were killed in the raid, which started with a large car bomb outside parliament on Monday morning.  The Taliban said they were targeting the country's new defence minister Mohammad Masoom Stanekazi.

Afghan security forces killed in Taliban raid

At least 11 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants in the southern province of Helmand.  Officials said on Thursday that four soldiers and seven police officers died in the raid on government buildings in the Musa Qala district.

Afghan police officers killed in Helmand attack

At least 17 Afghan police officers have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants in Helmand province.  Gunmen stormed a security outpost in the Musa Qala district in the early hours of Saturday morning.  Hundreds of Taliban fighters are reported to have taken part in the attack, which is the latest in the group's summer offensive against security forces.

US civilian killed in Bagram Airfield attack

A US civilian contractor has been killed in an attack at Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield.  The US Department of Defense said 54-year-old Krissie K. Davis died after an "indirect fire attack" on Monday. Kenneth MacNevin, a spokesman for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), says Ms Davis was the first civilian member of the unit killed in Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters beheaded by Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan

The Islamic State (IS) has beheaded at least 10 Taliban militants in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan.  According to reports the Taliban were retreating from government troops when they were ambushed in Nangarhar province.  In April the two militant groups declared war on each other after the Afghan Taliban refused to pledge allegiance to IS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Security forces battle Taliban fighters in Badakhshan

Afghan security forces have been battling Taliban fighters in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan.  The provincial governor, Waliullah Adeeb, said troops had retreated from their positions in the Yamgan District following heavy fighting. "But they now are fighting to take back control of the district," Adeeb said.  "We have enough forces to take the district back and keep it in future."

Suicide bomb kills four in Helmand province

At least four people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the southern Helmand province.  The assailant targeted a police checkpoint in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, on Thursday afternoon.  The local police chief said the bomber detonated his explosive-packed car when he was ordered by the police to halt.

Aid workers killed in northern Balkh province

Nine employees from a Czech aid charity have been killed in an attack by gunmen in the northern province of Balkh.  The charity, People in Need (PIN), said the victims were "killed in their beds while they were sleeping" at a guesthouse in the Zari district. "Those killed include two drivers, two guards and five project staff, which included a woman," said PIN country director Ross Hollister.

Taliban militants attack police HQ in Jalalabad

Taliban militants have stormed a police headquarters in the eastern city of Jalalabad, wounding at least nine police officers.  A Taliban spokesman said they carried out the attack around midnight on Sunday to target an "important meeting". "Our security forces responded quickly. They shot and killed four others, while a fifth attacker has been detained," said provincial police chief Fazal Ahmad Shirzad.

German hostage freed in Afghanistan

A German aid worker has been freed in Afghanistan, more than a month after being kidnapped in Kunduz Province.  The unidentified male was released to the German Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif and is reported to be in good health. “He was rescued in a police operation at 03:00 am early Friday,” Abdul Wadood Wahidi, the spokesman for the Kunduz provincial governor, told the AFP.

Afghan prosecutor shot dead in Takhar province

A prosecutor and his son have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the north-eastern province of Takhar.  Sayed Mohammad, who was the prosecutor for Ashmakash District, was driving to his office when he was targeted.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban claims Kabul guesthouse attack

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on a guesthouse in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The interior ministry said four militants were killed in clashes with security forces in the Wazir Akbar Khar area on Tuesday evening.  No civilian or military casualties were reported.

Taliban militants kills 26 in Helmand assault

At least 19 Afghan police officers and seven soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Taliban in the southern Helmand province. "They destroyed or captured most of our checkpoints and now they have reached our police headquarters,” said Napas Khan, the police chief in the Nawzad district. “They are mostly firing at us from the hills overlooking our compound.” Fighting was also reported in the Sangin and Musa Qala districts of Helmand.

Suicide truck bomb kills five in southern Afghanistan

At least five people have been killed and 73 others wounded by a suicide truck bomb in the southern province of Zabul.  The blast struck the gates of the provincial council's offices in the city of Qalat on Monday. "Around 1,000 kilograms of explosives was used in the attack," said provincial police chief Mirwais Noorzai.

Two police officers shot dead in Herat

Two Afghan police officers have been shot dead by a former Taliban insurgent in the western city of Herat.  According to local police the assailant, who had publicly denounced violence, is believed to have fled and rejoined the Taliban.  Two other officers were wounded in the shooting in the Kushki Kuhna district.

Five killed in Kabul bombing

At least five people have been killed after a massive bomb rocked the centre of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  The suspected suicide bomb blast hit a car park next to the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Mines late on Tuesday afternoon.  The device reportedly exploded as workers were leaving the buildings.

Afghan police jailed over mob killing

Eleven Afghan police officers have been sentenced to one-year in prison for failing to protect the mob killing of a woman in Kabul.  The 28-year-old woman, known as Farkhunda, was beaten to death over a false rumour that she had burned a copy of the Koran. "You are sentenced...for negligence of duty to one year in prison," Judge Safiullah Mojaddidi told those found guilty.

Three dead in Kabul suicide car bombing

At least three people have been killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The blast appeared to targeted a European police training mission vehicle near the city's airport. Aziz Basam, a senior press officer with the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), told the AFP news agency that, "the one killed inside a vehicle was a foreigner who worked for EUPOL". The UK FCO later confirmed that the victim was a British national.

Gunmen storm popular guesthouse in Kabul

Unknown gunmen have stormed a guesthouse popular with foreigners in Kabul.  Fighting is ongoing at the Park Palace guesthouse in Kolola Pushta, which is located next to a UN compound. "Three to four gunmen entered Park Palace guesthouse in the evening. Security forces have been dispatched to the area," a senior security official told the AFP news agency.

Kidnapped Hazaras released in Afghanistan

Nineteen of the 31 Hazaras kidnapped on a bus in February have been released in Afghanistan.  Officials said negotiations were underway to secure the release of the remaining abductees, who are expected to be exchanged for six Uzbek women.  The victims were seized by masked gunmen as they were travelling from Iran to southern Afghanistan.

Security forces battle Taliban across Kunduz province

Afghan security forces have clashed with Taliban militants across Kunduz province, including in the capital Kunduz city. Radio Free Afghanistan reported fighting in the districts of Ali-Abad, Chardara, Imam Sahib, as well as the Gul Tepe area on the north-western side of Kunduz city. The Afghan government claim that foreign jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) are fighting alongside the Taliban.

Afghan police targeted in Taliban attacks

At least 18 Afghan police officers have been killed in attacks by Taliban militants across the north-eastern Badakhshan province. “Enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan attacked police posts in Warduj district of Badakhshan,” the interior ministry said in a statement. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozens feared dead in Badakhshan landslide

At least 52 people are missing and feared dead in a landslide in the north-western province of Badakhshan. Shah Waliullah Adeeb, the provincial governor, said the landslide happened in Khawhan district, near the border with Tajikistan, early on Tuesday. "This is a remote area on the border with Tajikistan and the road to this district remains closed for six months of the year," he said.

Taliban fighters launch assault on Kunduz city

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have attacked police and army checkpoints around Kunduz city in the northern Kunduz province. "The Taliban have surrounded the district and if reinforcements don't arrive... the district will fall to the Taliban," Imamuddin Quraishi, the district governor of Imam Sahib, told AFP. "They are attacking us from three directions. We don't have enough forces to contain them," he added.

Five killed in mortar attack in Laghman province

At least five people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a mortar attack in Afghanistan's Laghman province.  Provincial governor spokesman said the incident took place in the Alingar district, adding that the victims were all members of the same family.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban announce start of spring offensive

The Afghan Taliban has announced that its annual spring offensive will begin on 24 April. In a statement e-mailed to media on April 22, the Taliban said it will "launch the spring operations under the inspirational name of 'Azm' (determination) at 5 a.m. on 24 April 2015." It said the "main targets of these operations" will be "foreign occupiers, especially their permanent military bases...officials of the stooge regime, their military constellations, especially their intelligence, interior ministry, and defense ministry officials."

Kandahar bombing leaves two dead

At least two people have been killed and more than 21 others wounded in a bombing in the southern city of Kandahar.  Local police said the incident took place in the Police District 8 area on Tuesday morning, adding that eight of the wounded were police officers.

US warns of terrorist threat in Police District 2

The US Embassy in Afghanistan said that it has received information that militants plan to conduct an imminent attack on Police District 2 of Kabul City. The U.S. Embassy is taking this threat seriously and is limiting movements throughout Kabul.

Taliban militants kidnap de-miners in Paktia province

The Taliban have kidnapped 19 people working on a land mine clearance project in the south-eastern province of Paktia.  According to the deputy governor of Patkia, Abdul Wali Sahi, the incident happened in the Gardez region.  In a separate attack gunmen wearing police uniforms stormed a station in Helmand province, killing three officers.

Suicide bombing kill 33 in Jalalabad

At least 33 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad.  The assailant detonated the device outside a bank when government and military staff were collecting their salaries.  A group with links to the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 18 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Taliban in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan.  A provincial spokesman said eight of the victims had been beheaded and 10 other soldiers were missing following the attack in Jurm district. "Our rescue operations are continuing to track down and bring back the security forces who went missing in the assault."

Gunmen storm court complex in Mazar-e-Sharif

Gunmen dressed in military uniforms have stormed a court complex in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing at least five people and wounding 25 others. "Our initial information shows that armed men entered the provincial Appeals Court in Mazar-i-Sharif today," Abdul Raziq Qaderi, acting police chief of Balkh province, told the AFP news agency.  A spokesman for the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

NATO soldier during fire fight in eastern Afghanistan

A US soldier has been killed in a "green-on-green" attack in eastern Afghanistan.  An Afghan soldier opened fire on the NATO troops, leading to a fire fight during which the Afghan soldier also died.   The incident happened as a US diplomat left a meeting with the provincial governor in the city of Jalalabad.

Roadside bombs target police in Afghanistan

At least nine people have been killed in two separate roadside bombings, both of which appeared to target Afghanistan's police.  Four officers and two civilians died when a patrol vehicle hit a device in the Qarabagh district near Kabul on Monday.  Later another police vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan province, killing three police officers and wounding two others.  The latest incidents come ahead of the Taliban's expected spring offensive. 

Suicide bomb kills 17 in Khost

At least 17 people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Khost.  The blast happened as a crowd of people protested outside the offices of the provincial governor, Jabar Naemi, to demand his resignation over corruption allegations.  The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack.

Thousands protest in Kabul over mob killing

More than 2,000 people have marched through Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, to demand justice for a woman beaten to death by a mob last week.  Farkhunda, 27, was beaten to death and thrown in the Kabul River after being falsely accused of burning a Koran. The interior ministry said 28 people have been arrested and 13 police officers suspended as part of investigations.

Gunmen launch deadly attack on bus in Wardak province

Gunmen have killed 13 people in an attack on a civilian bus in the Wardak province of Afghanistan.  The provincial governor said the bus was ambushed at 01:00 local time on Monday.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven killed in Helmand suicide blast

At least seven people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern Helmand province.  The assailant detonated a truck packed with explosives outside a residential complex in Lashkar Gah where several senior officials live. "The attack was targeted at a gathering of senior government officials, civil society members and journalists in a hall for a seminar on human trafficking and kidnapping", said Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar.

Car bombing kills seven in Helmand province

At least seven people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern Helmand province.  The device exploded near a police station in the Bolan area of Lashkar Gah city on Tuesday evening. "The attack killed seven civilians and wounded six, including two police. All the civilians were passers-by," said provincial spokesman Omar Zhwak. "The attacker tried to enter the station, but hit a police vehicle outside the station and detonated."

Fresh avalanches hit north-eastern Afghanistan

Around 50 fresh avalanches have been reported in north-eastern Afghanistan in recent days, according to the Afghan Red Crescent Society.  The latest deluge has further hampered rescue efforts after avalanches last week killed at least 286 people.  President Ashraf Ghani, who visited the area over the weekend, has declared three days of mourning for the victims.

Suicide attack targets Turkish embassy car

A suicide car bomb attack has targeted a Turkish embassy car in Kabul, killing one Turkish national and an Afghan civilian.  The assailant rammed the explosive-packed vehicle into the embassy car in the city's diplomatic quarter on Thursday morning.  The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Rescue workers search for avalanche survivors

Afghan search and rescue teams are searching for survivors following a series of deadly avalanches in the north-east of the country.  Officials said at least 187 people had been killed and more than 100 others wounded after the avalanches buried houses across four provinces.  Panjshir province, around 100km north-east of Kabul, has been particularly badly hit.

Gunmen kidnap 30 Hazaras in Afghanistan

Gunmen have kidnapped 30 Shia Hazaras in the southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.  The victims were stopped by a group of men in army uniforms on the road between Herat and Kabul on Monday.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility and no ransom demands have been reported.

Afghan police killed in Taliban suicide attacks

At least 20 Afghan police officers have been killed and eight others wounded in a multiple suicide bomb attack in the east of the country.  The assailants, who were dressed as police, targeted the police headquarters in the city of Pul-i-Alam in Logar province.

Senior militant killed in drone strike

A senior Afghan militant has been killed in a drone strike in Helmand province.  The local police chief said Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently defected from the Taliban to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), died when NATO targeted his convoy in the north of the province.  Five other people are reported to have been killed in the strike, including Rauf's brother-in-law.

Taliban claim deadly Kabul airport strike

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on a military base at Kabul's international airport that killed three US contractors and an Afghan man.  At around 18:40 local time on Thursday a man dressed in an Afghan Security Forces (ANSF) opened fire at the base.  A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the gunman had infiltrated the Afghan security forces and had "opened fire on invaders" before he was "martyred by return fire".

Afghan police killed in Taliban attack

At least 11 police officers have been killed and several others wounded in an attack on a checkpoint in the Andar District of Ghazni province.  According to the deputy provincial governor, Mohammed Ali Ahmed, seven Taliban fighters were also killed in the attack.

Suicide bomb attack targets funeral in eastern Afghanistan

At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan.  Dozens more were wounded in the blast, which occurred at a funeral in Lagman province for victims of an earlier militant attack.  A government spokesman said four police officers were among those killed in the attack.

Wedding party hit by rocket strike

At least 25 people have been killed after a stray rocket hit a wedding party in the southern province of Helmand.  More than 40 others were wounded in the strike, which came amid heavy fighting between Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants in the area.  Many of the dead were reported to be women and children.

Suicide bomb kills police officer in Kabul

An Afghan police officer has been killed and three others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  A spokesman for the provincial police said that the bomber had tried to enter the city with the intention of detonating the device in a crowded area.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the blast.

Suicide bombers storm bank in Helmand province

At least five people have been killed after a group of suicide bombers stormed a bank in the southern province of Helmand.  A spokesman for the provisional governor said the suspected Taliban fighters stormed the Kabul Bank branch in the city of Lashkar Gah on Wednesday.  In a separate incident a bomb attack killed two police officers and wounded five others in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Suicide bomber targets school in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has killed one person and wounded dozens more at a school in Kabul.  The explosion hit a French cultural centre inside a high school in a secure part of the city.  Th incident comes hours after the Taliban carried out a suicide bomb attack outside the capital, killing six Afghan soldiers.

Suicide bomber kills six on Jalalabad highway

At least six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the Jalalabad highway east of Kabul.  The bomber was on foot when he targeted a bus carrying Afghan army troops near the Tarakhail area. "As a result of the attack, six Afghan army staff were martyred and 10 others were wounded", Kabul Crime Branch Unit chief General Farid Afzail told the AFP news agency.

Suicide attack targets funeral in Baghlan province

At least nine people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral in the northern province of Baghlan. "The target was probably a number of high-ranking police officials and provincial council members who were attending the ceremony," said Taj Mohammad Taqwa, the district chief of Burka where the attack took place.

Four police officers killed in Afghan attacks

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in a series of attacks across the country on Friday.  Four officers died and five others were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a checkpoint in the Nawzad district of Helmand province.  Elsewhere a bomb exploded inside a mosque in the province of Nangarhar shortly after Friday prayers, wounding more than 30 worshippers.  A small blast also wounded three people in Mazar-e-Sharif in Khogyani district.

Taliban militants attack Kabul's diplomatic quarter

Taliban militants have carried out a suicide bomb attack in the central diplomatic quarter of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  Gunfire and grenade blasts were also heard around Street Number 15 in the Wazir Akbar Khan area.  The attack comes just hours after the Taliban targeted a UK diplomatic car in another suicide blast, killing five people and wounding dozens more. 

UK convoy hit is Kabul suicide blast

At least five people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in a suicide attack in the capital, Kabul.  The blast appeared to target a vehicle from the UK embassy, which confirmed that a number of its staff were being treated for injuries.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Market bombing kills six in Kunduz province

At least six people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a busy market in the northern province of Kunduz.  The device, which had been fixed to a motorcycle, exploded in the busy Dasht-e Archi district on Monday.

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball tournament in east

At least 45 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball tournament in the east of the country.  The bomber detonated the device among a crowd of spectators in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province.  The Taliban are suspected of being behind the attack. 

Suicide blast kills two at Kabul compound

A suicide car bomb has killed two security guards at a foreign compound in the capital, Kabul.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the east of the city on Tuesday morning.  The victims were both Afghan nationals.

Ten police officers killed in triple bombing

At least 10 Afghan police officers have been killed in a triple bomb attack in the east of the country.  Seven officers died when a suicide bomber targeted the provincial police headquarters in the eastern Logar province, while three others were killed by a bomb planted in a rickshaw in Nangarhar province.  A third bombing was reported near a university in the capital, Kabul, which wounded three people.

Afghan police abducted in Badakhshan

At least 17 Afghan police officers are missing following an attack by Taliban militants in north-eastern Badakhshan province.  The provincial police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai said the Taliban carried out a series of coordinates attacks against police checkpoints over the weekend.  A spokesman for the Taliban claimed that the group had seized a total of 30 people from the Afghan security forces.

Five killed in militant ambush in Nangarhar

Afghan police said that five people have been killed and two others wounded in an ambush by militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The attack took place when the civilians were driving through the Khogyani district early on Friday morning.

Taliban launch deadly attack in Afghanistan

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have carried out two deadly attacks in Afghanistan.  At least four soldiers died in Logar province when militants targeted security posts, while in Ghor province as many as 500 Taliban fighters raided two villages.  The group have recently increased attacks against the Afghan security forces ahead of the withdrawal of the NATO-led ISAF forces at the end of the year.

District chief shot dead in Helmand ambush

A senior government official has been killed along with his security guard in the southern Helmand province.  Anwar Khan, district administrative chief of Nad-e-Ali, was shot dead in an ambush on Tuesday afternoon.  Six police officers were also wounded in the attack, which is believed to have been carried out by the Taliban.

Afghan troops killed in Sar-e-Pul ambush

At least 22 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in an ambush in the northern Sar-e-Pol province.  The troops were travelling in a convoy through the Laghmam valley when they were targeted by Taliban militants.  A further six soldiers were reported missing after the attack.

Taliban militants killed in clashes with security forces

At least 12 Taliban militants were killed in joint military operations conducted by the Afghan national security forces, according to the Ministry of Interior.  Several anti-terrorism operations were carried out in Kabul, Kandahar, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Nimroz provinces.  In a separate incident four Taliban fighter died while they were planting IEDs in the south-eastern Ghazni province.

Five Afghan men executed over gang rape

Five Afghan men have been executed for the gang rape of four women in August.  Officials said the defendants were hanged in the Pul-e-Charkhi prison near the capital, Kabul.  The United Nations and several human rights groups had called on new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the execution, claiming that the convictions were unsafe.

Three killed in Kabul suicide blast

At least three people have been killed and seven others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on an army bus in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing, which is the forth such attack the group have carried out since President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in on Monday.

Seven killed in twin Kabul bombings

At least seven people have been killed and 21 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack on Afghan army vehicles in the capital, Kabul.  The attack comes a day after the government signed security agreements with NATO and the United States which will allow foreign troops to stay in the country until the end of the year.  Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying the security agreements had given insurgents "more morale" to carry on fighting the government.

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghan president

Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, succeeding Hamid Karzai and ending months of political fighting in the country. During a lavish ceremony in Kabul, Mr Ghani said "I am not better than anyone from among you. If I do any good, give me your support. If I go wrong, set me right." As the inauguration was taking place the Taliban carried out two suicide bomb attacks at a government compound in the eastern province of Paktia, killing at least 16 people.

Taliban fighters raid district in Ghazni province

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a district in the province of Ghazni, leaving at least 20 people dead.  Deputy provincial police chief Asadullah Ensafi said government forces had been fighting militants for several days, while Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said additional troops will be sent to the region.

Ashraf Ghani named president of Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani has been named as the new president of Afghanistan by the country's election commission.  The announcement comes after months of political wrangling following the elections in April and June, with both Mr Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah accusing each other of fraud.  The election committee has not announced the total number of votes won by each candidate, despite spending months auditing the results.

Three NATO troops killed in Kabul attack

At least three NATO soldiers have been killed and 16 civilians wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  Government sources said a suspected Taliban militant rammed a suicide car bomb into a military convoy on the airport road near the US embassy on Tuesday morning.

Afghan civilians killed in NATO airstrike

At least 14 Afghan civilians have been killed and 13 others wounded in a NATO airstrike in the eastern province of Kunar.  Afghanistan's outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, has condemned the strike in a statement, saying that US planes were responsible.  NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they're investigating the incident in Narang district.

Presidential candidate rejects vote results

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has threatened to further derail the political process in Afghanistan after he insisted that he won the country's disputed elections.  Abdullah claimed that massive ballot-rigging had denied him victory, saying "we were the winner of the elections, we are the winner of elections based on the real and clean votes of the people. We do not accept fraudulent election results, and we will not accept a fraudulent government for a day."

Taliban truck bombs kill 18 in Ghazni

At least 18 people have been killed and 150 others wounded after two truck bombs exploded in the eastern town on Ghazni on Thursday.  Local officials said that a group of 19 Taliban militants blew up the trucks outside a police compound before opening fire on security personnel. "After a three-hour gun battle, the security forces killed all 19 attackers," Assadullah Ensafi, deputy police chief of Ghazni, told the AFP news agency. 

Taliban targets Afghan intelligence base in Jalalabad

At least six people have been killed and 45 other wounded after Taliban militants attacked an Afghan intelligence building in the eastern city of Jalalabad.  Two attackers detonated suicide car bombs at the gate of the offices before gunmen exchanged fire with security forces.

Seven police officers killed in insider attack

Seven Afghan police officers have been killed in an insider attack at a checkpoint in the south of the country.  A spokesman from the Uruzgan province said the assailant opened fire on his colleagues in the Mehr Abad area of Tirin Kot early on Wednesday morning.

US general killed in Kabul attack

A US major-general has been killed and 15 troops wounded in an attack at a military academy in the capital, Kabul.  A man in an Afghan military uniform opened fire on the group at Camp Qargha before he was shot dead.

President's cousin killed in Kandahar attack

A cousin of President Hamid Karzai has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the southern city of Kandahar.  Hashmat Karzai died while receiving guests at his home in the city to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid.  Local reports said the assailant disguised himself as a guest before detonating explosives hidden in his turban.

Taliban kills 15 in Ghor attack

The Taliban have shot dead 15 civilians in an attack in the central province of Ghor.  The assailants stopped two minibuses carrying members of the Hazara community before ordering them out and shooting them dead.  The civilians had been travelling from a wedding and the victims reportedly included the bride and groom. 

Aid workers killed in Afghanistan attacks

Two Finnish aid workers have been shot dead in the western city of Herat, while a market bombing has killed at least six people in Takhar province.  The local governor of Herat said the two women were travelling by taxi when unknown gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on them.  The attack in Takhar reportedly targeted a police car which survived the blast.

Suicide bomb attack kills four in Kabul

At least four people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the capital, Kabul.  The assailant detonated the device outside a compound that houses foreign advisers to the Afghan government.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three killed in Balochistan bombing

At least three people were killed and 27 others wounded when a bomb exploded in the restive province of Balochistan.  Local police said that militants targeted a security vehicle in the Seerat Chowk area in Khuzdar on Saturday.

Afghan market car bomb kills 89 in Paktika

At least 89 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb at a market in the eastern province of Paktika.  Police said the assailant drove a 4x4 vehicle into the bazaar in Orgun district while people were shopping for the Ramadam festival.  The Taliban claim that they did not carry out the attack.

Suicide blast kills 16 in Parwan province

At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern province of Parwan on Tuesday.  Four NATO soldiers from Czech Republic died in the attack, along with two police officers and 10 civilians.  The blast occurred at a medical clinic near the Bagram Air Base, which had been hit by rocket fire on Sunday.

Taliban militants destroy oil tankers in Kabul

Suspected Taliban militants have destroyed more than 200 oil tankers outside of the capital, Kabul.  The militants fired rockets at the tankers, which were used for supplying fuel for NATO forces in the country.

Suicide bomb blast kills eight in Kabul

At least eight people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The assailant detonated the device next to an Air Force bus near Kabul University in the west of the city.

Thousands march over alleged electoral fraud in Kabul

Thousands of people have marched on the presidential palace in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in support of candidate Abdullah Abdullah's allegation of mass electoral fraud.  Mr Abdullah was contesting a run-off election against the ex-finance minister, Asharaf Ghani, before deciding to pull out last week.  He has accused the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai, over trying to rig the country's elections in favour of his rival.

Taliban mounts Helmand offensive ahead of NATO withdrawal

Taliban militants have been fighting Afghan forces across the southern state of Helmand for several days as part of their annual summer offensive.  At least 100 militants have been killed so far, while 35 civilians and 21 Afghan troops are also reported to have died.  The latest insurgency, involving an estimated 800 Taliban fighters, comes ahead of the withdrawal of most NATO troops from the country by the end of the year.

Suicide bomber targets peace council advisor

A suicide bomb attack has targeted a leading High Peace Council adviser in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing one person and wounding several others.  Mohammed Masoom Stanikzai, who is brokering talks between the government and the Taliban, escaped unhurt.

Five US troops killed in NATO airstrike

Five US troops and one Afghan soldier have been killed accidentally in a NATO airstrike in southern Afghanistan.  The strike in Zabul province is the deadliest incident of friendly fire for NATO since the military operation began in 2001.  The provincial police chief said "we were returning to base, the enemy opened fire and [the US troops] asked for air support. The helicopters made a mistake and targeted their own people." 

Baghlan flooding leaves 80 dead

Flash flooding in the northern province of Baghlan has left at least 81 people dead, while more than 200 others are missing.  Days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides, with the Gazargah-e-Nur district particularly badly hit.  Around 2,000 houses have been destroyed, leaving hundreds of families homeless.

Presidential candidate survives bomb attack

A leading presidential candidate has survived a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  Abdullah Abduallah was leaving an election rally in a convoy of vehicles when two bombs exploded, killing at least six people and wounding several others.  The attack comes ahead of a second round of voting, which takes place on 14 June.

Turkish construction workers killed in suicide blast

Three Turkish construction workers have been killed and one other wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  A spokesman for the provincial governor said the bomber detonated his explosives on a motorbike next to the victim's minibus in the Behsud district.

Suicide bomber kills two soldiers in Kabul attack

At least two soldiers and wounded nine others have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The assailant rode a motorbike up to an army minibus before detonating his explosives at around 1515 local time.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Indian consulate attacked in Herat

Gunmen have attacked the Indian consulate in the western city of Herat, leading to clashes with Afghan security forces.  Four militants, including suicide bombers, stormed the building during the night before engaging Afghan troops in a gunfight which lasted several hours.  All of the assailants were killed during the fighting, while five soldiers were wounded.

Police officers kidnapped in north-eastern Afghanistan

Police in Afghanistan say that 27 officers have been kidnapped by the Taliban in the north-east of the country.  General Fazeluddin Ayar said the officers were hiding in a cave during Taliban attacks in the Yamgan district before they were captured.

Sixteen police officers killed in Afghanistan

At least sixteen police officers have been killed by insurgents in the past 24 hours, according to officials.  Villagers in the southern province of Zabul found eight decapitated officers, who had been seized in the area two weeks ago.  Elsewhere eight officers were killed in several attacks on police checkpoints in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan.

Taliban launches spring offensive with wave of attacks

The Taliban have carried out a series of attacks across Afghanistan as part of their annual 'spring offensive'.  Militants stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalabad, while several police checkpoints were also targeted by gunmen in the area, leaving at least three people dead.  Elsewhere two rockets were fired at Kabul's international airport, although no casualties were reported, while other attacks were reported in Ghazni and Helmand province.

Roadside bomb kills nine in Herat

At least nine people have been killed and two others wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in the western province of Herat on Tuesday evening.  A provincial spokesman confirmed the blast in the Shindand district, saying that all of the victims were members of the same family who were travelling between two remote villages.

Hundreds dead in Hindu-Kush landslide

At least 500 people are thought to have been killed in a landslide in north-eastern Afghanistan.  Days of heavy rain in the region caused a section of mountain to collapse on the village of Hobo Barik in Badakhshan province.  More than 300 houses were buried in the rubble and many people are missing, while continuing rain has raised fears of further landslides.

Suicide bombing kills 12 in Panjshir province

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 35 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in the central province of Panjshir.  The provincial governor said the assailant was trying to enter the Panjshir Valley when he was stopped by security forces at a checkpoint.  A second suspected attacker was also shot dead by police.

Afghan troops repel militants attack near Pakistan border

Afghan troops supported by NATO air forces have repelled a major assault by militants near the border with Pakistan.  More than 300 militants from the Taliban-linked Haqqani network attempted to storm army bases in the Ziruk district of Paktika province.  Around 60 rebel fighters were killed in clashes, according to Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security.

Presidential elections head for June run-off

Afghanistan's presidential elections will go to a second round vote after no candidate reached the 50% needed for an outright win.  Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah received 44.9%, with former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani coming second with 31.5%.  A tentative date of 07 June has been set for the second round.

Deadly flash floods kill 70 in northern Afghanistan

Almost 70 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after flash flooding hit parts of northern Afghanistan.  The Jawzjan, Sar-e-Pul, Faryab and Badghis districts have been the most severely effected by the floods, which came with little or no warning.

Three US doctors shot dead at Kabul hospital

Three American doctors have been shot dead by a security guard at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The attack took place at the Cure Hospital in the west of the city on Thursday morning.  The district police chief, Hafiz Khan, said the assailant was a member of the Afghan Police Protection Force assigned to guard the hospital.

Deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul

An Afghan government deputy minister has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  Ahmad Shah Wahid, the Deputy Minister of Public Works, was on his way to work when four armed men opened fire on his car and abducted him.  Mr Wahid's driver was wounded in the attack.

Afghans vote in landmark elections

More than seven million Afghans turned out to vote in the country's landmark presidential elections over the weekend, despite threats of violence from the Taliban.  Turnout was double that of the 2009 vote, and apart from claims of voting irregularities in some areas the process has been largely praised by election observers.  At least 20 people were killed in violence across the country on Saturday; however there were no attacks in the capital Kabul.  The winner of the vote is not expected for at least a week.

Two AP journalists shot in Afghanistan

Two foreign journalists working for the Associated Press (AP) have been shot by a police officer in eastern Afghanistan.  One of the journalists, Anja Niedringhaus, died in the attack while her colleague, Kathy Gannon, was critically wounded.  The two women were in the town of Khost, close to the border with Pakistan, when a police officer from Tani district opened fire on them.

Suicide bomber kills six police at interior ministry

Six police officers have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated his device outside the interior ministry in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  The assailant attempted to gain access to the building before carrying out the attack at the main gate of the compound.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which comes ahead of Saturday's presidential elections.

Taliban militants attack Kabul election office

Suspected Taliban militants have attacked a local election commission office in the Darul Aman area of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  According to a police spokesman a suicide bomber detonated his device at the gates of the compound before several other militants entered the building.  Two police officers were killed and two others wounded in the attack, while five militants also died.

Nine killed in Kabul hotel attack

At least nine people, including four foreign nationals, have been killed after four gunmen attacked a hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The teenage assailants entered the five-star Serena Hotel, regarded as the most secure in the city, with guns hidden in their socks.  They were later shot dead by security forces.

Police station attack leaves 18 people dead in Jalalabad

At least 18 people have been killed after Taliban fighters attacked a police station in eastern Afghanistan.  A group of seven suicide bombers targeted the station in the city of Jalalabad, sparking a gunfight with local security forces.  The city' police commissioner said that 10 police officers died in the raid, while one civilian and all seven insurgents were also killed.

Swedish journalist shot dead in Kabul

A Swedish journalist has been shot dead in the embassy quarter of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.  The victim was outside a Lebanese restaurant with his driver and translator when two men approached, one of them shooting him at point-blank range with a silenced pistol.  Police chief Colonel Najibullah Samsour said two suspects had been arrested.

Taliban threaten to disrupt Afghanistan elections

The Taliban has warned that it plans to carry out attacks to disrupt next month's presidential elections. "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan encourages all its countrymen to avoid becoming victims of the enemy conspiracies in the upcoming elections process; reject it wholly and do not put yourselves in danger," the group said in a statement.  Voting for Afghanistan's third presidential elections is scheduled to begin on 05 April.

Five Afghan soldiers killed by NATO strike in Logar

Five Afghan soldiers have been killed and eight others wounded in a NATO airstrike in the eastern province of Logar.  A NATO spokesman has apologised for the "unfortunate incident" and promised to investigate the strike, which targeted the Charkh district at around 0330 local time.

Militants killed by their own car bomb

Nine militants and four civilians have been killed after a car bomb exploded prematurely in the eastern province of Logar.  A spokesman for the provincial governor told the AP that the blast occurred near the town Pul-e-Alam and destroyed a nearby civilian house.

Suicide bomb kills nine in Uruzgan province

At least nine people have been killed and almost 40 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the southern province of Uruzgan.  Local security officials said the assailant detonated the device inside the hotel lobby in Tarin Kowt on Tuesday evening.

US prepares to withdraw all troops in 2014

The US president Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that he is preparing to withdraw all US troops from the country by the end of 2014.  A White House spokesman said that the Pentagon was forced to make a contingency plan because Mr Karzai refused to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement.  The US had intended to leave up to 10,000 troops in the country to continue training the Afghan security forces.

Soldiers killed in Taliban attack in Kunar

At least 21 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack at a checkpoint in Kunar province.  Seven other soldiers were kidnapped during the ambush in the remote Ghaziabad district, close to the border with Pakistan.

Suicide bombers target police HQ near Kabul

Three suicide bombers have attacked a police headquarters near the Afghan capital, Kabul.  At least one officer was killed and two others wounded in the raid, which took place in the Sarobi district around 50km east of Kabul.    The main highway between Kabul and Jalalabad was closed during the two-hour attack, which the Taliban have subsequently claimed responsibility for.

Suicide bomber targets foreign guest house in Kabul

A suicide bomber has killed a guard and wounded four civilians in an attack near a guest house used by foreigners in northern Kabul.  According to a police spokesman the bomber was unable to access the guest house, and so he detonated his device at a nearby cultural centre instead.

Afghan girl diagnosed with rare case of polio

A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with polio in Kabul, the first case to be reported in the capital since 2001.  In response to the outbreak the health ministry has ordered an anti-polio vaccination campaign across the city.  The disease has been almost eradicated across the world, with the exception of rural Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern Nigeria.

Roadside bomb kills four in Kandahar

Four police officers have been killed and one other wounded by a roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar.  Police said that the attack occurred in the Spin Boldak district, near the border with Pakistan.

Suicide bomb attack kills four in Kabul

A suicide bomber has killed at least four people and wounded several others in an attack on a Ministry of Defence bus in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  A Taliban spokesman has said that the group carried out the attack in the south-east of the city.

VP candidate survives suicide bomb attack

A vice presidential candidate has survived a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in the city of Herat.  Mohammed Ismail Khan, the former water and energy minister, was in car outside the mosque when the assailant detonated his suicide vest.  The suicide bomber was killed in the blast; however, no other casualties or injuries were reported.

Sixty de-miners briefly abducted in Herat

A group of around 60 civilian de-miners were briefly abducted by unknown gunmen in the western Herat province, before being released a few hours later.  Herat's governor, Faizullah Wahidi, said that the captives were released unconditionally after being seized in the Pashtun Zargun district, where they were preparing to remove anti-tank mines left from the Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

Taliban launch suicide attack on NATO base

One ISAF soldier has been killed and several others wounded after the Taliban launched a series of suicide bomb and gun attacks on a NATO base in Kandahar.  The militants detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the Zhari base before opening fire, causing serious damage to drones and helicopters which were parked on the airstrip. 

Kabul restaurant hit by Taliban attack

At least 21 people have been killed after Taliban militants carried out a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in central Kabul.  Thirteen foreign nationals died in the raid on the Taverna du Liban, a Lebanese restaurant located in the heavily fortified Wazir Akbar Khan area of the city. 

Young Afghan girl wearing suicide vest arrested

Afghan police have arrested a young girl wearing a suicide vest in the southern province of Helmand.  The girl, thought to be around 10-years old, was trying to carry out an attack on border police in the Khanshin district when she was detained.  It has been reported that she is the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, who had forced her to attempt a suicide bomb attack.

NATO troops killed in suicide bomb attack

Three NATO personnel have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul.  A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement released on Twitter.

Suicide car bomb targets NATO convoy outside Kabul airport

A suicide car bomb has exploded near a NATO convoy military outside Kabul airport.  A spokeswoman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the attack, saying ""the vehicle detonated too early and didn't reach the convoy. There were no ISAF casualties."

Bombs kill nine in southern Afghanistan

At least nine people have been killed in three separate bombings across southern Afghanistan.  In Helmand province four people died when a car bomb exploded in the town of Gareshk, while a remotely detonated blast killed two people at a crowded market in Marjah.  Three police officers were also killed and four others wounded by a roadside bomb in the province of Zabul.

Afghanistan plan to reintroduce public stoning

Afghanistan's government is considering reintroducing public stoning as a punishment for adultery, according to a draft of the new penal code.  The punishment, which was last enforced 12-years ago by the Taliban, states that unmarried adulterers should be subject to 100 lashes and married adulterers stoned to death.  The move has been widely condemned by human rights groups and a number of foreign governments, including the UK's international development secretary Justine Greening.

Suicide bomber kills 10 in Kabul attack

At least 10 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a compound in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  Local officials said that the bomber was targeting a military vehicle carrying Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel.  Next week around 3,000 tribal elders are due to meet near the site of the blast to discuss the withdrawal of international combat troops next year.  

Police killed in truck bombing

At least four Afghan police officers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Wardak province.  The officers died when the bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a police base in the Nirkh district.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Wedding party killed by roadside bomb in Ghazni

At least 18 members of a wedding party have been killed in a roadside bomb blast in the eastern state of Ghazni.  Local officials said that the victims, who were nearly all women and children, were travelling on a minibus through the Andar district when the device exploded.

Militants target ISAF convoy outside Kabul

At least six people, all members of the same family, have been killed after Taliban militants carried out a suicide bomb attack on an ISAF convoy outside Kabul.  A car-packed with explosives was driven into the convoy as it left the Green Village compound.  A Taliban spokesman said "our mujahideen targeted a convoy of foreign forces...heavy casualties have been inflicted on the enemy."

Logar governor killed in mosque bombing

The governor of Afghanistan's Logar province has been killed after a bomb exploded inside a mosque during prayers for the Eid al-Adha festival.  Arsala Jamal was delivering a speech at the mosque in Puli Alam when the pre-planted device exploded.  A further 15 people were wounded in the blast.

Four NATO soldiers killed by IED in south

Four American soldiers from the US-led NATO force have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan.  A fifth soldier also reportedly shot dead by an Afghan contractor in a separate incident.

NATO soldier killed in 'green-on-blue' attack

A NATO soldier has been killed in an apparent insider attack in the eastern province of Paktia.  A spokesman for the provincial governor confirmed that a man wearing an Afghan army uniform carried out the shooting at a military base in the Gerda Sarai district.

Taliban kill 11 border guards in south

At least 11 Afghan border guards have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants at checkpoint in the south of the country.  The incident took place in the Shorabak district of Kandahar province, close to the border with Pakistan.

NATO troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

Two Romanian soldiers serving with NATO have been killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan.  The Romanian defence ministry said in a statement that the troops died when they were stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED).

Election official killed in Kunduz province

A senior election official has been shot dead outside his home in the northern city of Kunduz, Kunduz Province.  Amanullah Aman, the head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), was killed by two gunmen on a motorbike earlier this morning.  The Taliban have since claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after candidate nominations for next April's presidential elections opened on Monday. 

Senior female police officer killed in Helmand

Afghanistan's most senior female police officer has been killed after being shot in Helmand province.  Lieutenant Negar was outside here house in Lashkar Gah on Friday when two gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on her.

Roadside bombings kills seven in Ghazni

At least seven people have been killed after the vehicle they were travelling in hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern province of Ghazni.  The provincial governor's spokesman said that a further 17 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred in the Muqur district.

NATO airstrike kills 16 in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned a NATO air strike in the east of the country, which has killed at least 16 people dead.  According to a NATO spokesmen a "precision strike" was carried out in the Watapur district in the eastern Kunar province.

Taliban attack leaves four dead in Wardak province

At least four civilians have been killed after a group of six suicide bombers attacked an Afghan security base in the eastern province of Wardak.  A further 120 people were wounded in the blasts and ensuing fire fight with security personnel at the base in Maidan Shahr.

Militants attack Shia mosque in Kabul

Two gunmen have attacked a Shia mosque in the Dashte Barchi area of Kabul, wounding at least three people.  The men, armed with assault rifles and explosives, were reportedly wearing police uniforms when they carried out the attack.

Taliban launch attack on NATO base

Taliban militants have launched an attack on a NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, leading to lengthy clashes and the closure of a key supply road on the Afghan/Pakistani border.  Three insurgents were reportedly killed in gun battles with US troops, which reportedly lasted three and a half hours.

Kunduz district governor killed in suicide blast

A district governor has been killed in a suicide bomb blast in the northern city of Kunduz.  Sheikh Sadi, governor of Archi district, died along with a bodyguard and five civilians when the device exploded during a memorial service for a tribal elder.

Taliban kill 15 police officers in Farah ambush

At least 15 police officers have been killed and 10 others wounded after Taliban militants ambushed their patrol in the western province of Farah.  Around 40 members of the Afghan National Police squad were patrolling along the region's main highway when they were attacked.

Suicide bomb targets NATO convoy in Helmand

At least four people have been killed and a further 15 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern province of Helmand.  The blast appeared to have been targeting a NATO convoy of foreign troops, which had been travelling on the main road outside a police headquarters in Lashkar Gah.

Taliban attacks kills 12 across Iraq

At least 12 people have been killed in two separate attacks by members of the Taliban.  Six government workers were shot dead in the western province of Herat, while six civilians were killed in the eastern province of Paktia.  Both sets of victims are believed to have been targeted because of their links to the government.

Three US soldiers killed in Paktia province

Three American soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed in an attack by militants in the eastern province of Paktia.  A total of 114 foreign soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year - ahead of the planned withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014.

Flash flooding kills 22 in Kabul province

Flash flooding caused by heavy rain has killed at least 22 people on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The worst of the flooding was reported in the Shakardara and Paghman districts to the north and west of the city.

Graveyard explosion kills 11 in eastern Afghanistan

At least 11 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a graveyard in eastern Afghanistan.  The victims, all women, had gathered to visit the graves of a deceased relative as part of the Muslim festival of Eid.

Four killed in Kandahar market blast

At least four people have been killed and 27 others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern city of Kandahar.  The device, which had been planted in a cart, exploded in the Ganj market area of the city.

Taliban abduct police officers in Zabul province

The Taliban have abducted 12 Afghan local police officers in the southern province of Zabul.  The district police chief told the AFP that the officers had also been poisoned after breaking their fast for Ramadan.

ISAF soldiers killed in roadside bombing

Three members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Wardak province.  In a statement NATO said the troops died when a militant riding a donkey blew himself up next to their convoy.

Insurgents kill Afghan labourers on Logar province

Eight Afghan labourers have been shot dead by insurgents in the eastern province of Logar.  The men were on their way to the US Forward Operating Base Shank military base located near Puli Alam when they were attacked.

Roadside bomb kills 17 in Herat

At least 17 people have been killed by a roadside bomb in the western province of Herat.  The victims, who including women and children, died when their three-wheeled vehicle struck the IED outside a village in the Obe district.

Suicide bomb attack kills 12 at police hall

At least 12 people have been killed, 10 of them police officers, in a suicide bomb attack in the central province of Uruzgan.  The bomber managed to gain access to a police dining hall on the main highway to Kandahar before detonating the device.

Roadside bombings kill nine across Afghanistan

At least nine people have been killed in two separate roadside bombings in Afghanistan.  Four children died when an IED exploded near a water canal in the Safyan area of Lashkar Gah in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday morning. Yesterday five people were killed and two others wounded by an IED in the Pashtun Koh district of Faryab in northern Afghanistan.

Suicide bomb kills seven at NATO compound

At least seven people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a NATO supply compound in the Afghan capital Kabul.  The blast occurred at the gates of the compound, before militants opened fire on a group of security guards.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Presidential compound attacked by Taliban militants

Afghan security forces have fought off an attack by Taliban militants near the presidential compound, in one of the most secure areas of central Kabul.  Police said the clashes began at 0630 local time when a man opened fire at the palace gates.  The defence ministry and the Ariana Hotel, reportedly home to a CIA base, were also targeted in the attack.

ISAF says 33 Taliban militants killed in Urozgan province

Security forces have killed 33 Taliban militants and wounded three others during an operation in the southern province of Urozgan.  The police chief of Charchenou district said that the clashes occurred in the Senakhjou, Sarisena and Ghochak villages.

Deadly blast marks Afghan security handover

At least three killed in Kabul as President Karzai announces handover of security from NATO to Afghan forces.

Afghanistan explosion targets Supreme Court in Kabul

A rush hour suicide bomb attack has killed at least 16 people and injured more than 40 others outside the Supreme Court in Kabul.  A statement has been sent from The Taliban admitting responsibility.

Afghan troops clash with militants at Kabul main airport

Gunmen believed to be Taliban insurgents seized a building near the main airport in Kabul.  In the fire-fight that followed, Afghan security services killed 7 following a battle that lasted several hours.

US troops killed in green on blue attack

Two US soldiers and a US civilian have been killed by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform in eastern Afghanistan.  The apparent 'green on blue' attack occurred in Paktika province, close to the border with Pakistan.

School children killed in suicide bomb attack

At least 13 people, including 10 school children, have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern province of Paktia.  Local police said the intended target of the blast in Samkani district was a passing US military patrol.

Red Cross office targeted in Jalalabad

An Afghan guard has been killed after a bomb exploded outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the eastern city of Jalalabad.  A gun battle between militants and security forces is reportedly ongoing at the compound, according to the provincial governor's spokesman. 

Afghan police shoot dead seven colleagues

Two Afghan police officers have shot dead seven of their colleagues in the southern province of Kandahar.  The two officers, who had recently rejoined the force after defecting to the Taliban, waited for their colleagues to fall asleep before opening fire on them in the Arghistan district. 

Police battle Taliban militants in central Kabul

One police officer has been killed after suspected Taliban militants launched rocket and gun attacks on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kabul.  Five militants were also killed in the clashes, while five civilians and two police officers were wounded.

Roadside bomb blast kills seven police in Herat

At least seven police officers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the western Herat province.  District Police Chief Sher Agha said the blast was so strong that the police officers vehicle was completely destroyed. 

Suicide bomb attack kills 14 in Baghlan province

At least 14 people have been killed after an attacker disguised as a police officer detonated his suicide vest outside the provincial council officers in Pul-e-Khomri, Baghlan province.  Rasul Khan Mohseni, the head of the council and prominent anti-Taliban figure, was among the victims of the attack.

Suicide bombers target foreign military convoy

At least six Afghan civilians have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul.  The intended target appeared to be two foreign military vehicles which were passing at the time of the blast.

Bazaar bomb blast leaves three dead in Helmand

At least three people have been killed and five others wounded after a bomb exploded at a Bazaar in Helmand province.  The device, which had reportedly been planted on a motorcycle, was detonated remotely in the Gamser district. 

Georgian soldiers killed in insurgent attack

Three Georgian soldiers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a base in the southern province of Helmand.  Georgia has the largest non-NATO troop contingent in Afghanistan, with more than 1,500 soldiers currently on active duty in the country.

Car bomb kills 10 in Kandahar

At least 10 people have been killed by a roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar.  The victims, including women and children, were travelling in the Arghistan district when their vehicle hit an IED.

Afghan - Pakistan border clashes

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed along the two countries shared border.  The incident occurred a few days after an Afghan border police guard was killed and two Pakistani troops wounded during violence in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province.

Taliban bomb attack kills eight police outside Kabul

At least eight Afghan police officers have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on a road outside Kabul.  Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed the group carried out the attack.

UK troops killed by roadside bomb in Helmand

Three British soldiers have been killed and six others wounded after their armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Helmand province.  The troops were on a patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district when the device exploded.

Taliban militants kill peace envoy in Helmand province

Taliban fighters have killed a senior peace envoy in the southern province of Helmand.  Malim Shahwali, the chief of Afghanistan's peace council, was travelling to the Gereshk district when militants ambushed his convoy.

Taliban militants capture foreign nationals in eastern Afghanistan

Taliban militants have captured a group of nine foreign nationals after their helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan.  Seven Turkish nationals and two Russians were abducted along with an Afghan national in the Azra district.

Series of attacks across Afghanistan leave 24 dead

At least 24 people have been killed in a series of separate attacks across Afghanistan.  Seven people died in Herat province when a civilian truck hit a roadside bomb, while five people were killed a government convoy hit an IED in Ghazni province.

Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 13 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants in the eastern province of Kunar.  Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, who claimed responsibility for the attack, said 15 Afghan soldiers were killed in the clashes.

Eight killed in Wardak province

At least nine people have been killed and 22 others wounded after a roadside bomb struck a civilian bus in Wardak province.  A spokesman for the provincial governor blamed the Taliban for the attack.

NATO air strike kills children in Kunar province

At least 11 children have been killed in a NATO airstrike in the Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan.  The strike on a village in the Shigal district also claimed the lives of at least six Taliban militants, including two senior commanders.  Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the operation and ordered an investigation into the killings.

NATO air strike kills Afghan police officers

A NATO airstrike has killed four Afghan police officers and two civilians in eastern Afghanistan.  Fazel Ahmad Toolwak, the Deh Yak district chief, said the two civilians were brothers who were being searched by police at a checkpoint. 

Suicide bombers target Afghan courthouse

At least seven people have been killed after suicide bombers dressed as Afghan soldiers attacked a courthouse in the western city of Farah.  More than 70 people were wounded in the blast, many of them civilians. 

Eight killed in militant attack, Baghlan

Eight people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a militant attack on Afghan National Army (ANA) security forces in the northern Baghlan province. One ANA soldier and seven militants have been killed in the attack - which targeted ANA troops in the Base Mangalha area of the Baghlan-e Markazi district. Two ANA soldiers were also wounded.

Afghanistan Data Sheet

Population:
30.4 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam
International dialing code:
+93
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Ambulance 102, Fire 119, Police 119
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Semi-arid steppe climate, extremely cold winters and hot summers
Ohter Major Cities:
Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-e Sharif
Borders:
Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan