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Country profile for Afghanistan

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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. As of May 2017, a total of 13,576 NATO troops were stationed in Afghanistan – 6,941 of these were American soldiers.

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. In April, 2017 the Taliban announced the official launch of their annual Spring Offensive ‘Operation Mansouri’ in a statement which detailed the insurgent group’s military and political plans to defeat and replace the ruling Afghan government.

Terror attacks by militant groups are a frequent occurrence in the war-torn country. In May, 2017 a truck bomb targeted the diplomatic quarters of Kabul city during rush hour – killing approximately 150 people, many of whom were civilians. Neither the Taliban or the IS claimed responsibility for the deadly attack and the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network denied accusations of its involvement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS). As no group could definitely be held responsible for the bombing, public anger has turned toward the Afghan government for perceived failures in securing the capital city from terrorist attack. A movement called ‘Uprising for Change’ has led several protests and sit-in demonstrations in Kabul recently, calling for government resignations. In some cases, protests have turned violent as fatal clashes have broken out between demonstrators and the security forces.

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. Mass abductions are unusual; however, in July 2017, a further 70 civilians were kidnapped by the Taliban in the Kandahar province – indicating the group may have coerced more civilians into joining the insurgency.

As of May 2017, the Taliban were thought to control or heavily influence 45 districts across 13 provinces in Afghanistan. This figure may have increased in July 2017 due to a large push from insurgent groups to capture more territory in contested districts; however, the government are thought to control or heavily influence 243 districts in comparison. 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.  Since 2014/15, the IS affiliate in Afghanistan - Islamic State in Khorasan Province’s (ISKP) - have mainly operated from the eastern province of Nangarhar, where US air force dropped the so-called Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) on a network of IS tunnels in the Achin district in April 2017.  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 has typically been limited outside of Nangarhar, where they are frequently targeted by Afghan and US airstrikes, although IS militants have increasingly carried out major attacks in other parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul. IS militants have also clashed with Taliban factions in disputed districts. In June, 2017 the IS forces clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar – where the IS briefly managed to control the caving complex in the Tora Bora mountains before the government forces recaptured the area.

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 while the Pakistani military fired at the eastern provinces of Afghanistan – with the Kunar, Nangarhar and Khost provinces taking the brunt of these attacks. Military tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have since de-escalated, although cross-border firing may still occur sporadically.

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, Samangan 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

Two police officers killed in Kabul grenade attack

Two police officers have been killed and three Afghan soldiers have been wounded in a grenade attack in Kabul city. Unidentified assailants allegedly threw three hand grenades at a security checkpoint stationed near the Speenghar Hotel in the Dehafghanam area of the first police district. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack - which comes just a few hours after a suicide bombing was prevented by the security forces when the police detained a would-be suicide bomber in the Chahar Asyab district of Kabul. Investigations into the suspects connections are underway.

Badakhshan airstrike kills local Taliban commander

An airstrike in the north-eastern Badakhshan province has killed a local Taliban commander within the last 24 hours. The airstrike reportedly targeted the commander in the Baharak district in an overnight operation. Insurgent activity has increased in the province recently as the Taliban continue to try to spread their influence in the northern regions.

Nine Taliban killed in Herat attack

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in an attack on a district in the Herat province. The insurgents reportedly attacked the Shindand district in an attempt to capture the territory; however, the attack was repelled by the Afghan National Police (ANP). According to reports, the ANP responded to the attack by opening retaliatory fire on the group, forcing the insurgents to retreat after inflicting heavy casualties on the group.

Thirty Taliban killed in Wardak clashes

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in violent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the central Wardak province. According to reports, the insurgents launched a large coordinated attack on the Jaghatu district overnight. A car bomb was reportedly detonated before armed insurgents stormed the district centre, where the Afghan police forces engaged in a series of firefights lasting for several hours. While the attack was ultimately repelled, at least two security personnel were killed in the fighting. The attack comes just one day after around 70 people were killed in two similar Taliban attacks in Gardez, Paktiya, and in the Andar district of Ghazni - which neighbours Wardak.

Six Taliban killed in Kunduz air operations

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in air operations conducted in the northern Kunduz province. The operations were carried out in the Imam Sahib district, which borders Tajikistan and has been the centre of ongoing clashes in recent weeks as the Taliban have been attempting to take control of the district to establish it as an operational base in the northern region. According to Tolo News, the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan Air Forces (AAF) and they targeted several insurgent positions and destroyed a number of weapons supplies.

Three Taliban killed in Helmand operation

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a military operation in the Helmand province. The operation took place near the Nad-e Ali district, where the Afghan security forces apprehended a group of armed insurgents. A firefight broke out and reportedly remains ongoing. The Ministry of Interior has reportedly confirmed the incident and the deaths of three insurgents; however, no further details have been released.

Taliban attack district in Farah

The Taliban have attacked the Shib Koh district in the western province of Farah. A Taliban spokesperson claims that armed insurgents have managed to overrun the district, taking control of the police headquarters and government buildings after the Afghan security forces were forced to retreat. Military vehicles were allegedly set ablaze and all weapons supplies have been stolen by insurgents. According to reports, a spokesperson for the provincial police forces denies the Taliban's claims, stating that the security forces maintain a presence in the district. The provincial governor made no comment on the alleged attack and no official casualty figures have been reported. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least three police officers have been killed. Tensions in the province were allegedly heightened when the Afghan government deployed an additional 200 troops to the area. 

Nangarhar drone strike kills two Taliban commanders

A drone strike carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province has allegedly killed two Taliban commanders. The strike was reportedly conducted by the foreign forces in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar. According to reports, the strike hit a suspected Taliban hideout in the Ghonda area of the district, killing at least two local commanders.

One wounded in Kabul IED blast

A person has been wounded by an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kabul city. The blast occurred on Tuesday morning in the Bene Hesar area in the eighth police district. A magnetic IED was reportedly planted on a vehicle before it detonated, injuring the driver of the car. Police investigations have been launched; however, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack - which came on the same day the security forces prevented a suicide truck bomber from detonating explosives in the city. 

Taliban kill 30 in Ghazni attack

At least 25 police officers and five civilians have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. The attack occurred in the Andar district, where a security compound was targeted by an explosive-laden vehicle. According to reports, an onslaught broke out after the explosion, in which the security forces engaged in a nine-hour firefight, repelling the attack. Around 13 insurgents were killed in the fighting, while at least 15 people were wounded - including 10 police officers. The attack occurred on the same day as a twin suicide car bombing in the neighbouring Paktiya province - where dozens were killed when Taliban insurgents targeted a police training centre in Gardez.

Security forces kill nine Taliban in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have killed at least nine Taliban insurgents in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar. The security forces reportedly launched a small-scale counter-terror operation in the Landi Pachir area of the district after receiving information regarding a possible insurgent presence in the area. A firefight broke out after the security forces encountered a group of armed insurgents. Nine insurgents were killed and several others were wounded.

US drone strike kills 26 near AfPak border

A US drone strike has killed 26 militants along the AfPak border near the Kurram area of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). The first series of drone strikes was conducted overnight, targeting a gathering of Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network militants in a remote tribal area along the Afghan border, near the Jaji Maydan district of the Khost province. At least five militants were killed in the first strike, which was followed by a second strike designed to target those retrieving the dead bodies from the first strike. Overall, at least 26 militants were killed, while another series of drone strikes has since been carried out on another location near the border in the Kurram district. No reports on injuries from the second set of strikes have been confirmed as of yet.

Military operations kill 17 Taliban in Helmand

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations carried out in the southern Helmand province. Air raids and ground operations were conducted in the Gereshk district and the suburbs of provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The operations were launched overnight by the Afghan security forces and several Taliban strongholds were allegedly destroyed.

Eight Taliban killed in Nuristan clash

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Nuristan province. The armed encounter occurred in the provincial capital, Parun, where the insurgents allegedly attempted to launch an attack on the security forces; however, the attack was repelled and at least eight insurgents were killed in the ensuing gunfight. The deceased insurgents are thought to have originated from neighbouring Pakistan.

Dozens killed in Taliban suicide bombing, Paktiya

Around 30 people have been killed and almost 160 others have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Gardez city, Paktiya province. Two explosive-laden vehicles were used to conduct the attack on Tuesday morning, which targeted the provincial police forces' training centre in Gardez. Immediately after the explosions, armed insurgents reportedly stormed the training centre, sparking a gunfight inside the facility in which at least five insurgents were killed. According to the BBC, the provincial police chief, Toryalai Abdyani, was among those killed in the attack. The area around the training centre has been cordoned off and the death toll and casualty figures may rise as operations continue. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Woman killed in Badakhshan mine blast

A woman has been killed and two police officers have been wounded in a mine blast in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. The explosion occurred in the Khash district, where the mine was reportedly planted by Taliban insurgents. The Taliban have not commented on the incident as of yet; however, there has been an increased level of insurgent activity in the province in the last few weeks.

Nine militants killed in Nangarhar clashes

At least nine militants have been killed and another three have been wounded in clashes between Taliban insurgents and Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. The fighting broke out over the weekend in the Wazir Tankai area of the Khogyani district, which neighbours the Pachir Wa Agam district where both groups suffered heavy losses in a series of clashes over the Tora Bora mountainous territory earlier this year. Six Taliban insurgents and three IS militants were killed, while three Taliban insurgents were also wounded. Fighting between the two groups has allegedly continued despite calls for a ceasefire in the area.

Four police officers killed in Taliban attack in Kandahar

Four police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. The attack targeted a police checkpoint in the Maruf district, where the police officers reportedly responded by engaging in a firefight which lasted for several hours. While reports state the police forces managed to repel the attack, the Taliban allegedly killed as many as four police officers. The security forces have claimed that heavy casualties were inflicted on the insurgents; however, no figure has been confirmed. The Taliban have a strong presence in the Maruf district, which borders Pakistan.

Eight IS killed in Kunar clash

Eight Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Kunar province. Tolo News has reported that the Ministry of Interior confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday. The clash reportedly broke out after a group of armed IS militants attacked a number of police checkpoints in a village near the provincial capital, Sayedabad

Twelve Taliban killed in Kunduz operation

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in a military operation in the northern Kunduz province. The operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Gul Tepa area of Kunduz. At least two villages near the area have reportedly been cleared of insurgents and recaptured by the security forces. The operation comes after five more insurgents were reportedly killed in separate air and ground operations in Dasht-e Archi and Gul Tepa. 

Security forces kill five Taliban in Baghlan ambush

The Afghan security forces have killed five Taliban insurgents in an ambush attack in the northern Baghlan province. The attack was orchestrated in the Cheshm-e Shir area of the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khomri, on Monday. A group of insurgents was reportedly travelling from Dand-e Shahab to Dand-e Ghori, when they were intercepted by the security forces. The Baghlan province remains a key strategic area, as it connects the capital, Kabul, with most of the northern provinces. The Taliban have ramped up attacks and operations in the northern region in a bid to establish control over contested areas before the winter season arrives.

Taliban kill five in Herat attack

At least five people have been killed in a suspected Taliban attack in the western province of Herat. The attack occurred over the weekend in the Chah Gardana district. The five deceased personnel have been confirmed as civilians; however, the motive behind the attack remains unclear as investigations move forward. The Taliban have been known to execute civilians as their own form of justice.

US drone strike kills 14 IS in Kunar

A US drone strike has killed as many as 14 Islamic State (IS) militants in the Kunar province over the weekend. The strike was conducted on Sunday, targeting an IS gathering in a suspected hideout in the Chawkay district. It's believed a meeting of IS commanders was targeted and several local senior commanders may have been killed in the strike. The Chawkay district is relatively near the country's border with Pakistan.

Nangarhar bomb blast kills two civilians

A bomb explosion in Nangarhar province has killed two civilians and wounded a third. The blast occurred over the weekend in the Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar. It's believed the bomb was planted by Taliban insurgents - who often plant explosives along roadsides to target the security forces. Civilians are often the victims of such attacks.

Nine Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. The airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Ghani Khel area of the province. The air operation was carried out by the Afghan Air Forces (AAF) and was reportedly part of a larger counter-terrorism offensive in the region.

Government employee killed in Kabul gun attack

A government employee has reportedly been killed in a targeted gun attack in Kabul. Four unidentified gunmen on motorcycles allegedly shot an officer of the Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC). According to reports, the ACJC officer was killed in the eighth police district of Kabul city on Monday. The assailants managed to escape following the attack and no group has claimed responsibility.

Military operation kills 13 Taliban in Uruzgan

A military operation has reportedly killed at least 13 Taliban insurgents in the Uruzgan province. Reports suggest the operation was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Chora district. At least six insurgents were also wounded in the operation - which is ongoing. A military official has allegedly confirmed the casualty figures and stated that no security forces have been wounded in the operation thus far.

Police officer killed, journalist wounded in Baghlan gun attack

A police officer has been killed and an Afghan journalist has been wounded in an armed attack in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports, the incident occurred in the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khumri, where gunmen targeted Shir Mohammad Jahish - the head of local TV channel - near his house. The police were provided security for the Jahish at the time of the attack and a police officer was killed as a result. The attackers managed to escape following the incident and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Six IS killed in Nangarhar operation

Six Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in military operations in Nangarhar. The Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA), and the Afghan Air Forces (AAF) took part in a joint operation in the Gagar and Payeen areas of the Haska Mena district. At least two of the militants killed have been identified as foreign nationals; however, their countries of origin have not been confirmed. 

American family held hostage by Taliban freed in Pakistan

An American-Canadian family who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban have been freed in the Kurram Agency of Pakistan. American citizen Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle were kidnapped around five years ago during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant at the time of the abduction and has since given birth to at least two sons in captivity. According to Dawn News, the Pakistan Army launched a rescue operation based on actionable intelligence shared by the US. The operation aimed to intercept a group of insurgents thought to be transporting the family over the AfPak border in the Kurram Agency. The security forces managed to recover a family of five - two adults matching Coleman's and Boyle's descriptions and three young children. The identities of the hostages have not been officially confirmed and Pakistani officials have stated that they have commenced the repatriation process.

Taliban kidnap tribal elders in Ghazni

Taliban insurgents have reportedly kidnapped two tribal elders in the Ghazni province. The victims were allegedly taken captive in the Khawaja Omari district for refusing to pay the 'Ushur and Zakat' tax (aka Islamic Taxation) enforced by the Taliban. A district official claims the insurgents demanded payment multiple times before they took the tribal elders hostage. The Taliban has not commented on the situation.

Five Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul airstrike

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the northern Sar-e Pul province. One of the deceased insurgents has been identified as a key local Taliban commander known as Mullah Sayed Ahmad. According to reports, the Afghan security forces conducted the airstrike, targeting Taliban positions in the Mirza Olang of the Sayyad district in the early hours of Thursday morning. Just a few weeks ago, the area was brutally attacked by the Taliban and over 30 civilians were killed as dozens more were forced to flee their homes. The Taliban have recently been attempting to spread their influence and establish more operational bases in the northern region.

Taliban insurgents torch telecommunications tower in Nangarhar

Taliban insurgents have allegedly torched a telecommunications tower in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the insurgents set fire to the Mobil Telecommunication Network (MTN) tower in the Hafiz Kotai area of the Bati Kot district. The attack will incur a significant financial cost for MTN and police operations have been launched to identify the insurgents. Unconfirmed reports suggest as many as six insurgents have been detained by the police.

Five Taliban killed in Jowzjan clashes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the northern Jowzjan province. The fighting broke out overnight in the Faizabad district, where a group of armed insurgents reportedly launched an attack on a police checkpoint. The police retaliated, engaging in a four-hour gunfight with the insurgents. As a result, five insurgents were killed and four others were wounded, while at least three security personnel were also wounded.

Five Taliban killed in IED blast

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast occurred in the Dara-e Sangar area of Alingar in the Laghman province, where the insurgents are thought to have been attempting to plant the IED along a roadside in a bid to target the security forces when the IED detonated prematurely. A Taliban commander has reportedly been identified among those killed in the blast.

Local official wounded in Balkh gun attack

The official spokesperson for the provincial governor has been wounded in a gun attack in the Balkh province. The shooting occurred in the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif, where two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike targeted the victim near his home. The victim sustained two gunshot wounds and is currently receiving treatment in hospital. According to reports, the assailants managed to escape following the attack and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for it.

Four Taliban commanders killed in Herat operation

Four Taliban commanders have been killed in a security operation in the western Herat province. The operation was carried out by Afghan commandos in the Gozara district. According to reports, the security forces seized a number of insurgent weapons during the operation. 

Zabul counter-terror operations kill 23 Taliban

Counter-terror operations conducted in the Zabul province have reportedly killed 23 Taliban insurgents within the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Defence allegedly confirmed the operations, stating that at least 23 insurgents have been killed and 28 others have been wounded in operations conducted in the Shajoy and Mizan districts of the province. Several local Taliban leaders and commanders are thought to be among those killed, including the Taliban's deputy shadow district chief.

Security forces kill 13 Taliban in Kandahar

The Afghan security forces have allegedly killed 13 Taliban insurgents in a joint operation in Kandahar. The operation targeted the insurgents in the Zardallo area of the Maiwand district - which borders with Helmand's provincial capital district, Lashkar Gar. The Taliban control a significant proportion of districts in both the Kandahar and Helmand provinces and the main road connecting the neighbouring provinces runs through Maiwand.

Fourteen IS killed in Nangarhar air raids

Air raids conducted in the Nangarhar province have reportedly killed 14 Islamic State (IS) militants. The air raids targeted IS positions in the Achin, Haska Mena, Kot, and Roadat provinces - areas where the IS have a strong presence and have established operational facilities. According to Bakhtar News, the security forces had reason to believe the militants were planning violent attacks at the time of the air raids.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Paktiya air raids

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in air raids in the Paktiya province. The Ministry of Interior has released a statement confirming that 11 insurgents were killed and two were wounded in an air raid conducted by the Afghan Air Forces (AAF) in the Sayed Karam district, while a further four insurgents were killed and three were wounded in another AAF air raid in the Ahmad Abad district. Both air raids targeted Taliban hideouts and several weapons supplies were destroyed in the process. 

Eight Taliban killed in Badakhshan airstrike

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 15 have been wounded in an airstrike in the northern Badakhshan province. The foreign forces reportedly targeted Taliban hideouts in a drone strike carried out overnight in the Raghistan district. The strike hit positions in the Ghol Pala village of Raghistan and destroyed a cache of weapons. According to Tolo News, the drone strike was the first of it's kind to be carried out by the foreign forces in the province for several years. The Taliban have increased insurgent activity in the northern region and many local officials have asked the government to increase the number of airstrikes conducted in the province, as ground operations are limited and have so far failed to have the same effect. As of October 2017, the Wardoj and Yamgan districts of Badakhskan are believed to be under full Taliban control and at least 10 other districts are heavily contested.

Taliban kill five police officers in Kunar

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed at least five Afghan Border Police (ABP) officers in the Kunar province. The attack happening in the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The ABP officers allegedly left their border post in the Kunar province to search for drinking water and food. They were on there way back when they were attacked by a group of armed insurgents. The incident has sparked criticism towards the leadership of the government security forces, as food supplies should be reaching security personnel without trouble. While it's possible the supply line was intercepted by insurgents, it's more likely that the incident is a product of internal corruption. Previous reports suggest that military commanders have sold food supplies and military equipment - including weapons. In extreme cases, it's suspected members of the security forces have traded weapons with insurgent groups.

Four Taliban killed in Faryab airstrike

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in Faryab. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Bilchiragh district. According to Tolo News, the ANA confirmed the incident in a statement, along with another incident in which two Taliban insurgents surrendered their weapons and turned themselves in to the security forces in the Qaisar district of the same province. 

Two ANA soldiers wounded in Taliban attack

At least two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the north-western Faryab province. The attack took place in the Sar Hawoz village of the Pashtun Kot district, where Taliban insurgents reportedly attacked a security checkpoint overnight. Tolo News has reported that unconfirmed reports indicate the checkpoint may have been overrun by the insurgents; however, local officials deny the checkpoint was overrun. 

Six killed in Taliban clash in Farah

Six people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a clash between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the western Farah province. The clash broke out after a group of armed insurgents launched an attack on a security checkpoint in the central area of Farah on Sunday. The security forces reportedly managed to force the insurgents to retreat once government reinforcements arrived. Of the six killed, four were Taliban insurgents and two were security personnel. Another Afghan soldier was also wounded in the fighting, along with two more insurgents.

Eight Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrikes

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in a fresh round of airstrikes in the northern Kunduz province. Bakhtar News has reported that the Afghan Air Force (AAF) allegedly targeted several villages in the Imam Sahib district, which has been the focus of an ongoing counter-terror offensive - 'Operation Pamir-24' - launched by the Afghan security forces last week. It's believed that the Taliban are running several training centres in the district and have managed to capture multiple key areas. According to reports, four Taliban vehicles were destroyed in a raid on Sunday and two insurgents were arrested. On Friday, Tolo News reported that at least 88 insurgents had been killed and 78 others had been wounded in the offensive so far. The figures have likely risen over the weekend as the operation remains ongoing.

Two police officers killed in Taliban attack, Baghlan

At least two police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the northern Baghlan province. The attack occurred on Saturday morning and reportedly targeted a police checkpoint in the Chashme Sher village of the Dahana-i-Ghori district. Tolo News has reported that the incident has been confirmed by the local police - who stated that the insurgents killed two police officers and wounded another before stealing all the weapons on site and escaping.

Five Taliban killed in Paktika ambush

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a Taliban ambush in the Paktika province. Tolo News has reported that a group of armed insurgents launched an attack on an Afghan National Police (ANP) checkpoint in the Wali Was area of the Gyan district. The ANP forces allegedly managed to repel the attack, killing five insurgents before the attackers were forced to retreat. No ANP or civilian casualties have been reported.

ICRC to reduce operations in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has announced that it will be reducing operations in Afghanistan. On Monday, the ICRC released an official statement online, confirming the closure of ICRC offices in Kunduz city and in Maimana, Faryab. The office in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh will also be downsized. The decision - which comes after three decades of continuous operations in Afghanistan - was reportedly made following a distinct increase in militant attacks targeting ICRC staff. Within the last year alone, six ICRC staff have been killed in a militant attack in Jowzjan, while at least three staff members have been abducted by militants in Jowzjan and Kunduz, and an ICRC hospital worker was shot and killed by a patient in Mazar-e Sharif. The head of the delegation for the ICRC in Afghanistan has stated that they are "limiting [their] staff's exposure to risks" and are "not leaving Afghanistan".

Seven Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 11 others have been wounded in an airstrike in the Sar-e Pul province over the weekend. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Saturday night in the Dar-e Ghulf Safied area, where an insurgent position was located and targeted. The AAF had allegedly identified the target as a Taliban training centre.

Three Afghan soldiers wounded in roadside blast

Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been wounded in a roadside blast in the Laghman province. The explosion occurred in the Qila Tak area of the Qarghayi district on Friday morning, when an ANA Ranger pick-up truck triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. At least three ANA soldiers were wounded and the vehicle was also damaged. no claim of responsibility has been made; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) operate in the surrounding areas and often plant IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces.

Security forces kill 52 Taliban in Kunduz operations

The security forces have allegedly killed as many as 52 Taliban insurgents in military operations in the northern Kunduz province. The operation was assisted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF). The AAF conducted several strategic airstrikes to aid the clearing of various villages in the Imam Sahib district - which borders Tajikistan and has become increasingly unstable in recent weeks due to increased insurgent activity. According to reports, at least 52 insurgents were killed - including three local commanders - and a further 41 others were also wounded. No civilian casualties have been reported and the operation remains ongoing.

Two police officers killed in Taliban attack, Ghazni

At least two police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. A group of armed insurgents reportedly launched an overnight attack on a police check post in the Arezo village of the provincial capital, Ghazni city. According to reports, at least two of the insurgents were wounded when the security forces retaliated, forcing the insurgents to retreat.

Taliban insurgent killed in Faryab airstrike

A Taliban insurgent has been killed and as many as six others have been wounded in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan security forces in the north-western Faryab province. The aerial operation hit a group of suspected insurgents in the Ghormach district of Faryab. Over the last few months, the Afghan government forces have increased counter-terror operations in the northern region due to a heightened level of insurgent activity.

Dozens of Afghan forces killed in four-day Uruzgan offensive

Dozens of Afghan forces have been killed in a four-day offensive in Uruzgan. Local officials have confirmed that at least 18 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and six police officers have been killed within the last four days in a large-scale counter-terror offensive in the Chora district. According to Tolo News, almost 30 Taliban insurgents were also killed in the offensive after the security forces cleared several parts of the district which were briefly captured by the insurgents. The areas which fell to the Taliban have reportedly been recaptured.

Afghan forces recapture district in Parwan

The Afghan security forces have recaptured a district in the Parwan province after a group of armed Taliban insurgents overran the area. Insurgents reportedly launched a coordinated attack on the Fandoqestan valley of the Ghorband (Seya Gird) district, taking control of the area and displacing over 2,000 people. At least two civilians were killed in the Taliban attack, and seven others were wounded. According to Tolo News, the Afghan forces launched an air and ground military operation in the early hours of Wednesday morning, forcing the insurgents to flee to the neighbouring Wardak province. No further details have been released and the Taliban has claimed they still control the area.

Counter-terror operation kills 11 Taliban in Kunduz

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in the latest round of counter-terror operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the northern Kunduz province. The ANA carried out the operation as part of a large-scale ongoing offensive against the growing insurgency in the northern region. The insurgents were targeted in the Imam Sahib district - which borders Tajikistan and has experienced an increased level of insurgent activity in recent months.  Two senior Taliban commanders have allegedly been identified among those killed and two other senior leaders are also believed to have been wounded in the operation.

Eleven IS killed in US airstrike in Nangarhar

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces as part of NATO counter-terror operations in the Nangarhar province. Khaama Press has reported that the air operation targeted a suspected militant position in the Achin district - which has grown increasingly unstable in recent months as the IS continue to expand their influence in the area.

Nationwide air raids kill 36 militants

Nationwide air raid operations have killed approximately 36 militants within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP), and National Directorate of Security (NDS) performed joint air operations in at least 18 provinces, including Badakhshan, Badghis, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Ghor, Helmand, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Parwan, Uruzgan, and Wardak. In total, around 36 militants were killed and a further 15 others were wounded. As many as 15 of the fatalities were recorded in the Ghorband (Seya Gird) district of Parwan.

Blast targets police headquarters in Faryab

A bomb explosion has reportedly targeted the provincial police headquarters in the north-western Faryab province. According to reports, the blast occurred on Wednesday morning, near the ammunition depot of the compound. Although no casualties have been reported, further details are yet to be confirmed and it remains unclear who was behind the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast; however, the Taliban are known to operate in the province and often use explosive devices to target the security forces.

Two police officers killed in roadside blast

Two police officers have been killed and another has been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Zabul province. The blast occurred in the Kharan area of the provincial capital, Qalat city, where a police vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. According to Tolo News, no group has claimed responsibility for the IED blast yet; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) frequently use IEDs to target the Afghan security forces.

Taliban ambush pro-government militia in Jowzjan

Taliban insurgents have ambushed a pro-government civilian militia group, known as a 'public uprising', in the northern Jowzjan province. The ambush occurred overnight in the Kham Ab district, where armed insurgents reportedly attacked the armed civilian group during their sleep, killing at least five members. According to Tolo News, the commander of the public uprising was among those killed in the attack - which was reportedly orchestrated with the assistance of a Taliban insider.

Rocket attack on Kabul city foiled

A rocket attack targeting Kabul city has allegedly been foiled by the security forces in Kabul. According to reports, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) launched an intelligence-led operation to intervene the attack, seizing eight Russian-made rockets from Chakari village in the Khak Jabar district overnight. The attempted attack comes just a week after the Taliban claimed responsibility for another rocket attack near Kabul airport.

Three terror suspects arrested in Kabul

At least three suspected terrorists have been arrested in intelligence-led security operations in Kabul. The arrest operation was launched after the National Directorate of Security (NDS) received intelligence indicating the group were planning to conduct terrorist attacks in the capital city. According to reports, the three detainees are believed to be members of the Taliban. The arrests come just a few days after four civilians were killed in a bomb attack targeting a Shia mosque in Kabul.

Air and ground operations kill 48 Taliban

At least 48 Taliban insurgents have been killed in air and ground operations conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The operations were carried out as a part of a large-scale counter-terror offensive, targeting Taliban positions in the northern Kunduz province and the north-western Faryab province. According to reports, at least 31 insurgents were killed and 16 others were wounded in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz, while a further 17 insurgents were killed and 13 others were wounded in the Qaisar district of Faryab. Various caches of weapons and ammunition were also discovered and destroyed.

Taliban commander killed in Kapisa ambush

A key Taliban commander has reportedly been killed in an ambush attack orchestrated by the Afghan security forces. The operation was launched on Monday, targeting the commander in the Badam Bagh area of the Tagab district - which lies close to the provincial border with the neighbouring Kabul province. According to reports, no other casualties were incurred during the attack.

Two killed in IED blast, Faryab

Two people have been killed and several others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the northern province of Faryab. The incident happened in the Khwaja Sabzposh district on Monday morning. Abdullah Masumi, district governor of Khwaja Sabzposh, said the blast hit a clinic where people were gathering for treatment.

Three ANP killed in Takhar checkpoint attack

Three Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed and nine others have been wounded in an attack on a checkpoint in the northern Takhar province. A spokesman for the provincial police said the Taliban carried out the attack in Khwaja Ghar, briefly holding the site before additional security forces were deployed to retake it. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

IS commander killed in US airstrike, Nangarhar

A prominent Islamic State (IS) commander has been killed in a US airstrike in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The militant, identified as Qari Zahid, was targeted in the Achin district late on Sunday. Two other IS militants also died in the strikes.

Ten killed in 'friendly fire' airstrike, Helmand

Ten members of the security forces have been killed and nine others wounded in a 'friendly fire' airstrike in Helmand province. An Afghan Air Force plane mistakenly hit a special militia unit - known as Sangoryan - who were manning a checkpoint in the Gereshk district. A spokesman for the provincial governor confirmed the incident but did not provide further details. According to Reuters, the Sangoryan unit wear civilian clothing to avoid being detected by the Taliban - which has a strong presence in many parts of Helmand.

Four arrested on weapons charges

Four people including two Pakistanis have been arrested on charges of supplying weapons to insurgent groups in eastern Afghanistan. The Nangarhar provincial government said the group were detained during operations in the Momand Dara district over the weekend. It is not clear whether the weapons were being supplied to the Taliban, Islamic State (IS) or other insurgent groups.

IS fighters killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 22 Islamic State (IS) fighters have been killed during operations in the Nazyan and Lalpura districts of Nangarhar province. Afghan Special Forces carried out raids in the Bela area of Lalpura district late on Friday, while US drone strikes targeted IS positions in the Speenzai area of Nazyan. Seven of the deceased were Pakistani nationals, according to a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar.

Suicide bomb targets Shia mosque in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has killed at least five people and wounded around 20 others at a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Two assailants detonated explosive devices at the Hussainya mosque in the Qala-e Fatehullah area of the city on Friday. The incident occurred at the start of Ashura, a sacred Shia holy day which marks the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Husayn ibn Ali, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala. According to Al Jazeera, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack, while the Taliban has denied any connection to the incident. The IS has often threatened Shia Muslims with violent attacks and has a history of targeting the Muslim minority during Ashura. Last year, dozens of Shia Muslims were killed during Ashura in several attacks on religious sites throughout Afghanistan.

Fifteen Taliban killed in NATO airstrike, Helmand

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike conducted by the NATO forces in the southern Helmand province. The airstrike was carried out by the Resolute Support (RS) Mission in Afghanistan and targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Gereshk district over the weekend. The Taliban have a strong presence in the Helmand province and continue to fight the Afghan security forces over contested areas and key strategic territory.

NATO airstrike kills 13 IS in Nangarhar

An airstrike carried out by the NATO forces have killed at least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. A suspected IS position in the Achin district was targeted by NATO's Resolute Support (RS) Mission in Afghanistan, killing 13 IS militants overall. No other casualties have been reported as offensive counter-terror operations are continued in Nangarhar - where the IS have a particularly strong presence.

US airstrikes injures civilians in Kabul

An airstrike carried out by the US forces in Kabul has reportedly injured several civilians after a missile malfunctioned. The incident was confirmed in an official statement released by NATO's Resolute Support (RS) Mission in Afghanistan. According to the BBC, the airstrike was conducted to assist the Afghan security forces in an offensive operation against a group of militants who launched a rocket attack on Kabul Airport yesterday. The rocket attack has been claimed by both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) - neither claim has been verified. Investigations into the attack and the missile malfunction have been launched by RS.

Twelve security personnel killed in Kandahar car bombing

At least 12 security personnel have been killed and four others have been wounded in a car bombing in the southern Kandahar province. The explosion occurred in the Maruf district, where the car bomb targeted the police district headquarters, killing a number of Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan Border Police (ABP), and National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel. The Taliban - which has a strong presence in the province - has claimed responsibility for the attack, further claiming that insurgents managed to overrun the district. According to reports, the Taliban may have controlled the district for a few hours before it was recaptured; however, it remains unclear whether or not the district was overrun.

Ten police officers killed in Taliban attack in Farah

At least 10 police officers have been killed in a massive Taliban attack in the western Farah province. The attack was launched by a group of 300 armed insurgents in the Pusht Rod district, where a security check post has been targeted. According to reports, the insurgents planted dozens of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) throughout the surrounding areas in order to delay reinforcement police units. A provincial councillor has reportedly stated that the attack has been ongoing for at least two days and the check post will be overrun if reinforcements cannot get through soon.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kunduz gunbattle

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in a gunbattle with the Afghan security forces over the weekend. The Taliban reportedly attacked security check posts in the Gul Block and Takhta areas of Dasht-e Archi district, prompting an intense firefight. According to reports, at least one member of the security forces was killed and three other security personnel were wounded. Before the insurgents retreated, it's believed they stole a number of firearms and set a military tank on fire.

Pakistan to close parts of AfPak border

All border crossing points in the Kurram Agency are due to close as the border is sealed as part of planned heightened security measures ahead of the month of Muharram. The Kurram Agency borders the Nangarhar, Paktiya, and Khost provinces of Afghanistan and has multiple crossing points. According to reports, the border will be sealed throughout the duration of Muharram-ul-Haram and additional security measures will be in place in all main towns and cities.

Three militants killed in roadside blast, Kunduz

Three militants have reportedly been killed in a roadside blast int he northern Kunduz province. The militants were allegedly members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network and were planting an improvised explosive device (IED) along a roadside in the Chahar Dara district at the time of the incident. Militant groups often plant IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces; however, the IED was detonated prematurely, killing all three militants.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kunduz air operation

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in an air operation in the Kunduz province. The operation was conducted as part of an ongoing offensive in the region. According to reports, the Afghan Air Force targeted an area in the northern Imam Sahib district - which borders Tajikistan. Military operations in the northern regions have been ramped up in response to an increased level of insurgent activity over the last few months.

Rockets hit near Kabul airport as US defence secretary arrives

Multiple rocket hits have been reported near the airport in Kabul, just hours after the US Defence Secretary James Mattis arrived with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an unannounced visit. According to the BBC, at least five civilians have been wounded after several rockets were fired from an unknown location, landing in an open area in close proximity to Hamid Karzai International Airport. An Afghan special forces unit was conducting a search operation on several houses near the airport at the time of the incident, sparking suspicion they were the intended target of the attack. As a result of the incident, the airport was evacuated and several flights have been diverted, with flights on course from Dubai forced to turn around. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attack, with the Taliban claiming that Mattis' plane was the target of the attack - despite the attack occurring two hours after Mattis had arrived and left the airport.

Five wounded in Kabul explosion

Five people have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Kabul over the weekend. The blast reportedly targeted the foreign security forces in the fifth police district of the capital city. According to Tolo News, five civilians were wounded when a suicide car bomber attempted to target a Danish troops convoy. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have carried out similar attacks in Kabul within the last few months.

Security forces kill senior Taliban member in Samangan

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed a senior Taliban member in the Samangan province during offensive operations over the weekend. According to reports, the security forces targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Daikundi village in the Dara-I-Suf district. The operation was allegedly launched after a group of armed insurgents attacked a security check post in the area.

Local Taliban commander killed in Wardak operation

A local Taliban commander has been killed and three others have been arrested in a security operation conducted in the Wardak province. The operation was carried out in the Nirkh district, where the commander had convened with three accomplices when they were apprehended by the security forces. According to reports, the commander was known to the police for being directly involved in most major insurgent attacks throughout the province recently.

Five Taliban killed in Jowzjan airstrike

Five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the airstrike in a statement. The operation allegedly targeted an insurgent position in the Aqcha district of Jowzjan, killing at least five insurgents and wounding three others. There has been an increase in insurgent activity in the northern provinces over the last few months and the ANA have stepped up offensive operations in response.

Roadside bomb kills three police officers in Herat

Three Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been killed and another officer has been wounded after they were struck by a roadside bomb in the Herat province. The blast occurred on Tuesday morning when an ALP ranger vehicle was travelling through the centre of the Ghoryan district, where the ranger hit a buried improvised explosive device (IED), triggering the blast. According to reports, no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion; however, the Taliban have been known to plant IEDs in the area.

Nine killed in Taliban clash in Laghman

Nine people have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Laghman province. The fighting broke out on Monday in the Alisheng district, where a police officer and eight insurgents were killed, while three police officers and five insurgents were wounded. According to reports, one of the insurgents killed has been identified as Janat Gul - a prominent local Taliban leader believed to be directly involved with planning multiple bomb attacks and civilian executions.

Five IS killed in US drone strike

Five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US-led drone strike in the Nangarhar province. The drone strike targeted militants travelling in a vehicle in the Haska Mena district over the weekend. According to reports, the strike was carried out the same day a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on security check posts in the Hesarak district - sparking a heavy gunfight with the security forces in which two insurgents were killed.

Fifteen killed in IS-Taliban clashes in Jowzjan

Fifteen militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in clashes between the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, the two militant groups have been engaged in an armed fight in the Qosh Tepa district since Saturday, with at least 15 fatalities reported thus far. Local officials have reported that the dead bodies of five Taliban insurgents were burned by IS militants. 

Security operation kills 15 Taliban in Logar

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in a security operation in the Logar province. The operation was launched on Sunday in the Baraki Barak district of the province. According to Tolo News, the security forces were responding to a coordinated insurgent attack on a number of security check posts in the same district. No security personnel were wounded in the assault and the Taliban has not commented on the operation.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Faryab airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a massive military air offensive in the Faryab province. According to reports, the US forces led an air raid in the Khwaja Sabz Posh area of Faryab on Sunday, killing at least 43 Taliban insurgents and wounding as many as 20 others. The air raid was reportedly launched after a convoy of over 300 security personnel were ambushed by armed Taliban insurgents the previous day. Insurgent activity has increased in the northern provinces recently and the convoy had allegedly been deployed from a military base in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh, to various parts of Faryab to defend contested territory from insurgent attack.

Two killed in Taliban attack in Samangan

Two people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the northern Samangan province. The attack targeted a police official in the village of Daikund in the Dara-I-Sauf Paeen district. According to reports, a group of Taliban insurgents launched an armed attack on a local police commander's home on Friday morning. A two-hour clash ensued in which the police commander's father was killed, along with an insurgent, while the police commander and a woman were wounded. Unconfirmed reports suggest the police commander was previously a member of the Taliban but turned himself into the government over a year ago.

Airstrikes kill 11 militants in Helmand

A series of airstrikes have killed 11 militants and wounded six others during air operations in the Helmand forces. Reports have indicated that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the deaths, stating that the aerial operations targeted a suspected militant position in the Nawa-I-Barakzayi district. Of the 11 militants killed, at least eight have allegedly been identified as members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba - an outlawed Pakistan-based militant group with links to the Taliban. The Taliban are known to have several strongholds positioned throughout the Helmand province.

Ghazni district police chief killed in roadside blast

A district police chief for the Jaghatu district in the Ghazni province has been killed in a roadside explosion. The Washington Post has reported that the blast killed Jaghatu's chief of police, Mira Jan, and wounded his bodyguard after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) buried along the roadside. While no group has claimed responsibility for the IED blast, the provincial police chief has allegedly blamed the Taliban - who often target the security forces with such tactics.

Five police officers killed in Taliban attack

Five police officers have been killed and two others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. According to reports, the attack occurred in the Shahjoy district, where a group of armed insurgents stormed as police check post. The Taliban briefly overran the check post; however, five police officers managed to escape, bringing reinforcements back to the scene to retake the check post. Although the post was recaptured, the insurgents allegedly stole a large supply of weapons.

Senior police chief targeted in Kabul gun attack

A senior police chief has been targeted in a gun attack in Kabul. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief, General Mohammad Salim Ehsas, was allegedly ambushed in his vehicle by unidentified armed men in Kabul city. According to reports, Almas managed to escape the attack unharmed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, both the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban have a history of targeting government and security officials in armed attacks.

Taliban attack foiled in Samangan

A Taliban terror plot has been foiled by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Samangan province. The intelligence-led operation allegedly prevented a coordinated insurgent attack near Aybak city. According to reports, it's believed the insurgents had planned to conduct a suicide bombing.The NDS arrested at least four suspected Taliban insurgents - one of whom was found to be in possession of a suicide bombing vest.

Thirteen Taliban killed in air raid operations

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in separate air raid operations carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. Seven insurgents were killed in an airstrike targeting a Taliban hideout in the Sayid Karam district of Paktiya, while another six insurgents were killed and seven others were wounded in another airstrike in the Andar district of Ghazni. According to Bakhtar News, eight anti-vehicle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also discovered and destroyed. Taliban insurgents often plant IEDs along roadsides to target vehicles belonging to the security forces.

Three civilians killed in Faryab shooting

Three civilians - a father and two young children - have been killed and a third child has been wounded in a shooting incident in the Faryab province. The incident occurred in the Jorliq village of the Qaisar district, where several unidentified armed men opened fire on the family in what appears to have been a targeted attack. Pahjwok News has reported that the district police chief claimed the shooters were linked to the district chief - who allegedly tried to displace the family. However; the district chief has denied these allegations and claimed that four police officers had joined the Taliban and were involved in the shooting.

Security forces kill 12 militants in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have killed at least 12 militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. Security operations were carried out in the Kot and Achin districts within the last 24 hours. According to reports, nine of the militants killed have allegedly been identified as Islamic State (IS) militants, while three others are thought to be members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Islam - an outlawed militant group that has been linked to Taliban-affiliated groups in the past.

Two IS militants killed in US drone strike

Two militants with links to the Islamic State (IS) have reportedly been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces in Nangarhar. The strike targeted IS weapons caches in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar. According to Khaama Press, two IS-affiliated militants were killed and two others were wounded in the Manogi area of Haska Mena.

Ten Taliban killed in Kandahar offensive

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a military offensive in the southern Kandahar province. The offensive was launched in the Shah Wali Kot district, targeting suspected Taliban positions in remote areas. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that airstrikes had killed 10 insurgents on the outskirts of the district. A weapons supply was also destroyed in the airstrike and at least one of the deceased insurgents has allegedly been identified as a local Taliban commander. 

Senior Taliban leader killed in Jowzjan

A senior Taliban leader has been killed in a security operation in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, military officials have confirmed the death of a senior Taliban leader in counter-terror operations which were launched in Jowzjan by the Afghan security forces. The suspect has been identified as Aqcha Qari Noorullah - the Taliban's provincial deputy chief and shadow military chief. 

Three abducted government employees found dead in Herat

Three government employees have been found dead after being kidnapped by suspected militants last month. Two of the victims worked in the government customs department, while the third was a government-issued driver. A spokesperson for the provincial governor claimed that the victims were abducted in Herat just under three weeks ago and that officials had been liaising with tribal elders who were negotiating a release with Taliban insurgents. Any talks that may have been underway appear to have failed, as the bodies of the three victims were found near a roadside in the Islam Qala area. Although the Taliban are active in the area and have been known to kidnap government employees, no claim of responsibility has been made.

Four militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Four militants have been killed and one militant has been wounded in an airstrike conducted in various parts of the Nangarhar province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kot district and in the Bandar area of the Achin district. Khaama Press has reported that two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and one was wounded in Kot, while two other militants were killed in Bandar, Achin. The militants killed in Bandar have allegedly been identified as members of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Islam - an outlawed militant group which has had links to Taliban-affiliated militant groups, such as Tehreek-e-Taliban.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Farah operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent joint operations conducted in the western Farah province. On Tuesday, local officials confirmed that the Afghan security forces and the NATO forces had launched joint air and ground operations in the Bala Buluk district. The offensive targeted the Taliban in the Grani, Ganjabad, and Shiwan areas of the district. According to Pahjwok News, at least three regional Taliban commanders have been identified among the 15 insurgents killed. Unconfirmed local reports have claimed there were some civilian casualties; however, this has not been verified by local officials.

US Defence Secretary to send 3,000 troops to Afghanistan

The US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, has confirmed plans to send 3,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. According to Reuters, Mattis stated that most of those 3,000 had either already been deployed or notified of their deployment. The US was previously thought to have around 8,400 troops in Afghanistan; however, just last month, US officials confirmed that the number was closer to 11,000. Mattis' statement comes just a few weeks after it was widely speculated that the US would send 3,500 troops to Afghanistan. 

Clearing operations kill 17 in Jowzjan

At least 17 people have allegedly been killed and 27 others have been wounded in joint clearing operations conducted in the northern Jowzjan province. The Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) led the operations, which were carried out by air and ground troops in the Aqchah district. Taliban hideouts in the Bish Kipa, Jabar Shahir, Qalich Abad, and Surkh villages were targeted and destroyed, clearing the aforementioned areas of insurgents. At least 12 insurgents were killed overall, while 12 others were wounded. As many as five security personnel were also killed and 13 others were wounded, along with two civilians.

Human Rights Watch critiques local militia proposals

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has raised concerns about a reported proposal by the Afghan government to establish local militia groups, similar to that of the Indian Territorial Army - an auxiliary armed defence unit designed to support and assist the armed forces by guarding local areas. The government forces often rely on local security forces to defend small territories reclaimed from insurgents. The grassroots militia approach - allegedly supported by NATO - could replace the current Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces set up in 2010, but will operate externally to the armed forces. The HRW has critiqued the proposal, warning that developing an Afghan Territorial Army by arming untrained militia groups is only a short-term solution and could lead to the abuse of civilians.

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar drone strike

Nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the drone strike was carried out in the Mandara area of the Achin district. The strike targeted a suspected IS position identified by the security forces, killing nine militants and destroying an IS weapons supply. 

Border crossing closed after twin blast

Torkham border crossing has been closed temporarily after seven people were wounded in a twin blast on Friday evening. Six Pakistani security personnel were wounded, along with a civilian after two bomb explosions targeted the crossing point - which connects Afghanistan's Nangarhar province with the Khyber Agency in Pakistan. The incident caused the crossing to close to all traffic as police investigations were launched. Both the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban operate in the surrounding areas; however, neither group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Air operations kill 18 Taliban in Uruzgan

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed in air operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. The air operations were conducted on Saturday and targeted multiple Taliban positions in the Khas district and the Tarinkot district. Two Taliban commanders were allegedly among those killed in the offensive and various insurgents vehicles and weapons caches were also destroyed.

Six Taliban killed in Baghlan attack

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Baghlan province. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Interior, a group of armed insurgents launched an attack targeting a portion of the main road between Baghlan town and Chashma Shir. The insurgent group allegedly aimed to block off the road - which has strategic value as a connective route. The Afghan security forces reportedly managed to repel the attack with no civilian casualties inflicted and no injuries amongst security personnel.

Air raid kills 14 Taliban in Uruzgan

An air raid has killed 14 Taliban insurgents and wounded 11 others in an offensive targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Uruzgan province. The air raid was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Sunday night in the Khas district, where a number of Taliban vehicles and weapons supplies were destroyed.

14 killed in Taliban attack, Ghazni

At least fourteen people have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province over the weekend. The attack was launched by a group of armed insurgents on Saturday night, targeting a police check post in the Rabt area of the Deh Yek district. According to reports, eight police officers and six insurgents were killed during the clash. As many as four police officers were wounded along with an unknown number of insurgents.

Two Taliban killed planting IED in Kapisa

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed whilst planting an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kapisa province. The insurgents had been attempting to plant the IED along a roadside in the Tagab district when the device prematurely exploded - killing two insurgents. Taliban insurgents often plant IEDs along roadsides in attempts to target security convoys.

Car bomb wounds three NATO soldiers in Kandahar

A car bomb has wounded three NATO soldiers in an incident in Kandahar. The blast reportedly targeted a NATO convoy near Kandahar International Airport on Friday. The three soldiers wounded have been identified as Romanian soldiers and have been transferred to a hospital for treatment. No group has claimed the attack; however, the Taliban have a strong presence in the province.

Three killed in Kabul cricket match suicide bombing

At least three people have been killed and six others have been wounded in a suicide bombing which targeted a cricket match in Kabul yesterday. According to Tolo News, the explosion happened on Wednesday afternoon, targeting a security check post near the Kabul International Cricket Stadium during a Shpageeza Cricket League match. While no body inside the ground was hurt, the match was immediately suspended.

Kabul government to announce anti-corruption measures

The government in Kabul has stated that a new anti-corruption strategy will be announced within the next few days. The strategy will aim to reform the security and defence departments of state, targeting corruption inside the government. The Afghan government has been strongly criticised in the past for releasing similar initiatives with little-to-no progress. 

Kidnapped Finnish aid worker released

A Finnish aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul earlier this year, has reportedly been released by her abductors. At the time of her abduction, the woman was working in Kabul on behalf of a Swedish aid organisation. According to Reuters, her release was announced by the Finnish Foreign Ministry in Helsinki; however, no further details have been released. Suspected militants attacked the woman in May 2017, killing her German colleague and Afghan guard before taking her hostage.

Three IS killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar

Three foreign militants with links to the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces. The strike targeted the militants in the Nazyan district of the eastern Nangarhar province. The militants were identified as Pakistani nationals from the Orakzai Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) which borders Afghanistan. There has been an increasing number of foreign IS militants as the group continues to attempt to establish strongholds in Nangarhar.

Two soldiers killed in IED blast, Helmand

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and four others have been wounded in a blast caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. The explosion hit an ANA vehicle along a portion of the Kandahar-Herat highway which passes through the Gereshk district of Helmand. While the blast was strong enough to damage the vehicle, the the road has not been damaged and the highway remains open to traffic.

Child kidnapped in armed attack

A child has been kidnapped and a businessman has been killed in an armed attack in the Khost province. Three businessmen were alleegdly attacked in the Mardi Khel area of Khost city - where it's believed the attackers attempted to kidnap the businessmen. One person was killed in the altercation and the child of one of the bussinemen was abducted. No claim of responsibility has een made thus far and the police have launched pursuit operations.

Two killed in Taliban highway attack

Two people have been killed and three others have been wounded in fighting which broke out after a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police check post along the Baghlan-Samangan A-76 highway. The attack targeted a check post in Baghlan; however, the police forces repelled the attack and the insurgents were forced to retreat after one of them was killed and three others were wounded. At least one police officer was also killed during the attack. A portion of the highway was closed whilst fightng was ongoing but has since been reopened. 

Increased kidnappings lowers private investment

An increase in the number of kidnappings reported this year has reportedly lowered private investment. According to Tolo News, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has released figures suggesting that there has been a 40 percent decrease in private sector investment - a drop which has been influenced by the increasing insecurity in Kabul. The ACCI has claimed that over 30 cases of business professionals being kidnapped have been reported this year.

Four Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and as many as three others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Ghazni province. The fighting broke out when the security forces encountered a group of armed insurgents during a routine patrol in the Qarabagh district. Various insurgent weapons were seized by the government forces.

Three IS militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed during an aerial offensive carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. Airstrikes targeted IS positions in the Achin and Lal Pur districts, destroying a cache of weapons belonging to the militants.

Explosion kills 10 Taliban in Kunduz

An explosion has killed at least 10 Taliban insurgents in the Khanabad district of the northern Kunduz province. The insurgents had allegedly gathered to hold a meeting when the blast occurred - leading the local authorities to suspect the group were planning an explosive attack.

Four killed in Kunduz security operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a security operation over the weekend. The Afghan security forces conducted the operation in the Qala-e Zal district of the northern Kunduz province on Sunday morning. A Taliban hideout in the village of Ghushi - near the Tajikistan border - was targeted during the offensive, with four insurgents killed and two others wounded.

Hundreds protest against US Army leaflet in Kabul

Hundreds of protesters have gathered throughout Kabul to protest against a propaganda leaflet produced by the US forces in Afghanistan which was perceived to be offensive to the Islamic religion. The leaflet combined the image of a dog - 'unclean' in Islam' with a sacred passage from the Quran. The protests have come just a few days after Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack which targeted the foreign forces at Bagram Airfield in Parwan.

Three police officers killed in insider attack

Three Afghan Local Police (ALP) and one civilian have been killed in an insider attack in the Logar province. Over the weekend, an armed ALP officer allegedly turned on his colleagues, opening fire and killing four people in total. The incident occurred in the Paraw area of the Mohammad Agha district. The attacker is believed to have fled to join the Taliban, taking a number of firearms with him.

Five Taliban killed in Wardak drone strike

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed during a drone strike in the Wardak province. The strike was carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend and targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the provincial capital, Maidan-Shahr. Three of the insurgents were allegedly identified as Taliban commanders.

Four IS militants killed in Nangarhar clashes

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in clashes in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Fighting reportedly broke out between IS militants and tribal groups in the Nazyan district of Nangarhar. District officials claimed that four IS militants were killed during the armed clash, while two others were detained. It's believed the two militants are currently being held as hostages by the tribal elders. 

Militant groups release 33 civilian hostages

Militant groups have reportedly released 33 civilian hostages in the northern Jowzjan province. Bakhtar News has reported that the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have collectively released 33 civilians just a day after reports claimed the militant groups had recently kidnapped as many as 35 civilians in the Darzab and Qesh Tepa districts of Jowzjan. The hostage release was reportedly negotiated by local tribal elders on behalf of the government authorities. Both the Taliban and the IS had allegedly set up fake police check posts, falsely detaining civilians on accusations of links to the other militant group.

Four Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in airstrikes in the Logar province. Bakhtar News has reported that the Afghan security forces conducted airstrikes on Monday in the Charkh district. The insurgents were targeted in the Abjosh area of Charkh, where it was discovered they had been storing a cache of explosives. The explosives were destroyed by the security forces, while reports claim one of the deceased insurgents was identified as a local Taliban commander.

Four Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in ongoing security operations in the southern Kandahar province. The operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Maiwand district, through which the main road connecting Kandahar and the neighbouring Helmand province runs. Tolo News has reported that a large cache of explosives was also discovered during the operations and later destroyed by the security forces. 

Three police officers killed in roadside blast, Farah

At least three police officers have sustained injuries after their vehicle triggered a roadside bomb in the western Farah district. The police forces had been on a routine patrol when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside in the Pusht Rod district. While no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, the Taliban frequently operate in the surrounding area and often plant IEDs along roadsides used by the security forces.

Three Taliban killed in Nangarhar drone strike

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the strike was conducted by the foreign forces and allegedly targeted a Taliban hideout in the Lal Pur district. The strike comes just days after two insurgents and three civilians were allegedly killed during another security operation in the same area.

Militant groups kidnap 35 civilians in Jowzjan

Approximately 35 civilians are thought to have been kidnapped by rival militant groups in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) militant groups established separate fake security check posts in the Qesh Tepa and Darzab districts, abducting dozens of civilians by staging fake arrests. Both groups reportedly accused their victims of having links with the other militant group. Military officials have allegedly confirmed reports that both groups were operating similar kidnap operations in the aforementioned districts. It remains unclear whether or not the rival groups collaborated; however, both groups have increased operations to recruit young militants in the northern regions recently.

Three Taliban killed in Kapisa explosion

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed and a Taliban commander has been wounded in an explosion in the Kapisa province. The blast occurred on Sunday in the Tagab district, where a group of Taliban insurgents were allegedly holding a gathering. The explosion was allegedly caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) - sparking suspicions that the insurgents had been manufacturing IEDs and plotting an explosive terror attack. 

Suicide car bombing targets foreign forces

A suicide car bombing has allegedly targeted a foreign forces convoy in Bagram, Parwan. The attack occurred on Monday and at least three civilians are thought to be wounded, alongside an undisclosed number of foreign troops. According to Tolo News, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Foreign ICRC worker shot dead in Balkh hospital

A foreign aid worker has reportedly been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a hospital in the Balkh province. The woman was employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a doctor in a hospital in the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that the deceased ICRC worker was a Spanish national; however, this has not been verified. According to reports, two gunmen have been arrested - one of whom was in a wheelchair and had been receiving treatment from ICRC staff for around 19 years. Another hospital employee is also thought to have been wounded in the shooting. Although the Taliban have been known to operate in surrounding areas, no claim of responsibility has been made.

Celebratory gunfire in Kabul wounds 13

At least 13 people have been wounded by celebratory gunfire in Kabul. Tolo News has reported that as many as 12 suspects have been arrested after firing guns on Sunday evening to celebrate the 16-year anniversary of the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud - a prominent military commander during the resistance against Soviet occupation. Dozens of Massoud's supporters allegedly drove through the capital city, firing indiscriminately. Most of those arrested are thought to have fired their weapons near police check posts in the diplomatic quarter, where there is a ultra-high level of security.

Four terror suspects killed in Logar province

Four terror suspects have been killed in security operations in the Logar province. The operations targeted four suspected members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network on Sunday night. According to reports, the militants are thought to have been directly involved in planning a large truck bombing attack in Kabul which occurred in April 2016 - killing around 64 people and wounding over 300 others. The Taliban initially claimed responsibility for the large-scale attack, which marked the beginning of the 2016 Spring Offensive.

Fifteen killed in Nuristan Taliban attack

At least 15 people have been killed in ongoing clashes in the Nuristan province. The fighting broke out after a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked an area in the Barg-e Matal district of Nuristan. The attack has been described as a large-scale attack which was launched in the early hours of Monday morning. According to Tolo News, 14 insurgents have been killed, along with one Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier. Air support has reportedly been dispatched to assist the ANA in repelling the attack.

Five killed in military operation in Nangarhar

At least five people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a military operation undertaken in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. The Afghan security forces conducted an offensive operation against the Taliban in the Lal Pur district on Saturday night. According to reports, a Taliban hideout in the Beli area of Lal Pur was targeted, killing at least two Taliban insurgents and three civilians. Three others insurgents were also wounded in the operation. 

Five border police killed in IED blast, Farah

Five Afghan Border Police (ABF) police officers have allegedly been killed and two others have been wounded in a blast caused by an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion occurred near in an area near the Afghanistan-Iran border in the Pashmaki region of the western Farah province. An anti-vehicle IED had allegedly been planted along a roadside, where an ABP vehicle triggered the explosive as it passed by. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast.

Three Taliban killed in Wardak airstrike

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as four others have been wounded in an airstrike in the Wardak province. The airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces and targeted Taliban positions in the village of Marko in the Nirkh district. The insurgents were believed to be plotting an attack on the local security forces and were led by a commander who is believed to be among those killed in the airstrike.

Five-year-old hostage rescued in Kabul

A five-year-old boy who had been kidnapped has been rescued by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul. According to reports, the boy was allegedly taken from the Bagrami district in Kabul before being transferred to another province, where his kidnappers reportedly demanded a ransom of $60,000 from the boy's family. The hostage was ultimately rescued in an NDS-led rescue operation in which three suspects were also arrested. It remains unknown whether or not the detainees have any connections to militant groups operating in Afghanistan, such as the Taliban or the Islamic State (IS) - both of which have been known to kidnap civilians.

US to send 3,500 extra troops to Afghanistan

The US is expected to send an additional 3,500 troops to Afghanistan. The scheduled deployment has allegedly been approved by the US Defence Secretary James Mattis - who told reporters on Friday he had signed deployment orders for extra troops to be sent to Afghanistan, though no precise numbers were discussed at the time. According to Tolo News, previous reports have indicated that Mattis supported suggestions from the Pentagon to deploy an additional 3,900 US troops. The US was previously thought to have around 8,400 troops in Afghanistan; however, just last week, US officials confirmed that the number was closer to 11,000.

Eleven killed in anti-IS airstrike in Nangarhar

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike in Nangarhar. The media office of the provincial government issued a statement confirming that the airstrike was conducted in the Haska Mena district and targeted a group of IS militants under the command of IS leader Tariq Afridi. No other casualties have been reported and the IS have not commented on the alleged airstrike.

Five Taliban killed fighting police in Wardak

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and at least three others have been wounded whilst fighting the police forces in the Wardak province. The fighting broke out in the village of Markhana near the town of Maidan in the Nirkh district. Tolo News has reported that a group of armed insurgents allegedly launched an attack on a police check point, prompting retaliatory fire from the police forces. As a result, at least five insurgents were killed - including a Taliban commander.

Police commander killed in Nimroz landmine blast

A highway police commander has allegedly been killed in a landmine blast in the south-western Nimroz province. Another police officer was also wounded in the explosion, which occurred in the Shash Abah area of the Khashrod district. While no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the blast, the local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents to be behind the incident - as they have become increasingly active in the region in recent weeks and often plant landmines and explosives along roadsides to target the security forces.

Four Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrike

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Ghazni province. The Ministry of Interior has reportedly confirmed the AAF operation, which allegedly targeted Taliban positions in the Dih Yak district. Various weapons supplies were also destroyed during the operation.

Suicide bomber targets Bagram airbase

A suicide bomber has allegedly targeted the US airbase in Bagram, Parwan. The bomber allegedly detonated explosives near one of the entrances to the airbase - which is largely used by the foreign forces in Afghanistan. According to Tolo News, a number of people are thought to be wounded, with varying reports of between three to four civilian casualties. Unconfirmed reports have speculated that the attack intended to target the US forces as the attack comes just days after the US forces apologised for distributing an unintentionally offensive propaganda leaflet. The leaflet allegedly offended members of the Muslim faith by combining the image of a dog - perceived to be 'unclean' in Islam - with a sacred passage from the Quran. 

Dozens of Taliban killed in Uruzgan operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in security operations in Uruzgan. Approximately 45 Taliban insurgents are thought to have been killed in a large military offensive targeting an area near the Tarinkot district of the province. Pahjwok News has reported that the provincial police chief confirmed reports of the incident on Wednesday, stating that around 45 insurgents were killed and several others were wounded in an ongoing clearing operation. A Taliban commander is thought to be among those killed in the operation.

Taliban weapons cache seized in Helmand

A large weapons cache belonging to the Taliban has been seized during security operations in the southern Helmand province. The Afghan special forces led an eight-hour operation in the Gereshk district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. According to reports, 14 assault rifles, nine pistols, and three machine guns were discovered, along with a large supply of ammunition. The provincial governor's office did not confirm any casualty figures but claimed the area had been cleared of insurgents.

Six wounded as police open fire on passenger bus

Six civilians have been wounded after the police forces opened fire on a passenger bus during an incident in the western Farah province. The incident occurred on the Farah-Herat highway in the Bala Boluk district, where the driver of the passenger bus allegedly refused to stop for a routine police check at a police check post - leading the police to open fire on the bus. According to reports, the provincial governor's spokesman claimed the police only fired warning shots into the air. Official investigations into the incident have been launched.

Seventeen kidnapped near AfPak border

As many as 17 people have allegedly been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen near the AfPak border in the Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in Pakistan. According to local reports, a group of approximately 18 people - 14 children and four adults - were having a picnic in the Inzaro Nao tourist spot in the Adilkhad hills near Landi Kotal when they were attacked by the gunmen. One of the children reportedly managed to escape, reporting the incident in Landi Kotal. The abductors allegedly came over the border from neighbouring Afghanistan, taking the 17 hostages back across the border - leading local officials to suspect that Taliban insurgents were behind the attack. Landi Kotal is near the Torkham border crossing which links the Khyber Agency to Afghanistan's Nangarhar province - where the Islamic State (IS) mainly operate in Afghanistan. Neither the IS or the Taliban have commented on the incident.

Eleven IS killed in Nangarhar raid

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a recent raid led by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province. The raid targeted IS hideouts in the Kot district, where at least two hideouts were destroyed. Bakhtar News has also reported that various weapons supplies belonging to both the Taliban and the IS have been discovered and seized during operations in the Haska Mena and Kot districts.

Taliban commander among 14 killed in Kunduz

A Taliban commander and 13 other insurgents have been killed in security operations in Kunduz. The group of insurgents was allegedly targeted by the security forces in a suburban area of Kunduz city. According to reports, the Afghan security forces carried out a raid in which a fatal gunfight broke out, leading to the deaths of 14 Taliban insurgents - one of which has reportedly been identified as local Taliban commander Malwavi Adul Ghafoor.

NATO helicopter shoots down two gunmen in Kabul

A NATO helicopter has allegedly shot dead two gunmen in the Qarabagh district of Kabul. According to the Associated Press, the helicopter opened fire after being shot at by unidentified gunmen on the ground. A provincial police chief has allegedly confirmed the incident, claiming that two other gunmen were also wounded. The Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan has reportedly stated that it is aware of the reports and is expected to launch an investigation to determine the facts surrounding incident.

Three soldiers killed in IS attack in Nangarhar

Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have reportedly been killed in an Islamic State (IS) attack in the eastern Nangarhar province. The attack occurred in the Haska Mena district, where IS-affiliated militants allegedly ambushed ANA troops whilst they were celebrating the religious holiday of Eid al-Adha. The IS has a strong presence in parts of the Nangarhar province, where violent militant attacks are frequent.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Kunduz clearing operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed during military clearing operations in the Chardara district of the northern Kunduz province. The operations were launched overnight with air support, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts. As many as 13 other Taliban insurgents were also wounded and around 18 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were seized by the security forces. According to reports, two of the insurgents killed are believed to have been local Taliban commanders.

Abducted ICRC staff members released

Two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have reportedly been released after being abducted by unidentified gunmen in the Jowzjan province earlier this year. A group of eight ICRC staff members were originally attacked by gunmen in February, with six ICRC members being killed while two others were abducted. The ICRC released a statement on Tuesday, confirming the successful and safe return of two unharmed ICRC staff members. Details of the abduction, release and the negotiations involved have not been disclosed. The identity of the kidnappers remains unknown, with the Taliban denying any involvement in the attack at the time of the kidnapping.

Businessman kidnapped and killed in Nimroz

A businessman has reportedly been killed after being abducted by unknown gunmen in the south-western Nimroz province. The victim was allegedly near his workplace in the town of Sistan in the Zaranj district - which borders Iran - when he was apprehended by unidentified gunmen and forcibly abducted on Monday. The local police forces have since confirmed that the victim has been killed by his kidnappers. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and a manhunt has been launched to identify the attackers. 

Thirteen insurgents killed in Kunduz clashes

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes in the Kunduz province over the weekend. On Sunday, the Afghan security forces allegedly conducted operations in the Chardara and Dashte Archi districts, as well as the provincial capital, Kunduz city. The operations successfully cleared several villages of insurgents and destroyed several Taliban hideouts along with various supplies of stolen military equipment.

Twelve militants killed in nationwide security operations

At least 12 militants have been killed in a series of security operations carried out across the country by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. A further 13 militants have also been wounded in the operations which targeted 10 provinces, including Badghis, Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Paktika, Paktiya, and Uruzgan. The operations were conducted by air and ground troops and at least three militant hideouts were destroyed overall.

Taliban commander killed in Badghis gunfight

A Taliban commander has allegedly been killed in a gunfight with the Afghan security forces in the Badghis province over the weekend. The armed clash occurred in the Qarqach area of the Muqar district. The commander - believed to have been a senior local commander - was reportedly shot dead along with another insurgent. The Muqar district borders Turkmenistan and it's suspected the commander may have contributed towards enabling the use of the area as a border crossing point for foreign militants.

Six Taliban killed in Nuristan clash

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a clash with the security forces in the eastern Nuristan province over the weekend. The fighting broke out on Saturday when a group of armed insurgents attacked a military convoy in the Waygal district. The Nuristan province borders Pakistan and insurgent activity has increased around border areas in recent months as militant groups increasingly engage in cross-border operations.

Taliban commander killed in Parwan airstrike

A Taliban commander has allegedly been killed in an airstrike carried out by the foreign forces in the Parwan province over the weekend. The foreign air forces were allegedly supporting a ground operation being conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Ezat Khil area of the Jabal-os-Saraj district on Saturday evening. It's been reported that the Taliban commander has been identified as Mullah Agha Gul and that he was killed alongside another insurgent. Tolo News has reported that while the provincial governor did not confirm reports of a foreign airstrike, he did confirm that at least two Taliban insurgents were killed and three soldiers were wounded in ground operations. 

Security forces to launch counter-terror operation in Kandahar

The Afghan security forces are due to launch a large-scale counter-terror operation in the southern Kandahar province. The operation is expected to be a major offensive attack against the ongoing insurgency from the Taliban - who hold a strong presence in the southern regions. Operations will target the Maiwand and Ghorak districts - which border the Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts of Helmand - where there has been an increased level of Taliban activity. According to Tolo News, it's suspected the Taliban have increased drug-trafficking operations in the area as Helmand is known for its opium-rich land. The security forces aim to clear the districts of insurgents to secure the area and prevent the Taliban establishing strongholds in surrounding areas. Unconfirmed reports have indicated that combat helicopters may be dispatched to carry out airstrikes in the area.

Four Taliban killed in Kunduz IED blast

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in Kunduz after an improvised explosive device (IED) prematurely exploded. The insurgents had allegedly been manufacturing an anti-vehicle IED to be placed along a roadside in Imam Sahib when the device was triggered accidentally - producing a fatal explosion. One of the militants has allegedly been identified as a Pakistani national. Imam Sahib is a district of the northern Kunduz province which borders Tajikistan.

Afghan government calls for peace talks

The Afghan government has called for peace talks as the country celebrates the religious holiday of Eid al-Adha. According to Reuters, the president has reportedly made a public appeal, calling on insurgent groups to lay down arms and engage in peace talks with the government. The president stated that "it is time for the armed opposition of Afghanistan to choose whether they are [...] inspired by this nation, or whether they are tools for disunity, chaos, used by outsiders". The appeal comes the day after the leader of the Taliban released an Eid statement which heavily criticised the Afghan government and claimed the presence of foreign forces was the main obstacle to peace talks - indicating the Taliban has little intention of accepting the president's call to open peace negotiations. Eid al-Adha is the second of two annual Eid festivals and is usually marked with the tradition of sacrificing animals - such as goats, sheep, and cows. 

Taliban leader issues statement ahead of religious festival

The leader of the Taliban, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, has issued a statement ahead of the religious festival of Eid Al-Adha. The statement reiterates calls for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and claims that as much of 50 percent of land in Afghanistan is controlled by the Taliban. This claim contradicts figures released by NATO officials which suggest the Taliban control only 10 percent of Afghanistan, while the Afghan government control 62 percent and the rest remains disputed.

Taliban fire missile at fuel tanker in Parwan

Taliban insurgents have allegedly fired a missile at a fuel tanker in the Parwan province. The fuel tanker was in the provincial capital, Chaharikar city when it was hit and the resulting blaze allegedly caused local officials to close the Parwan-North highway for at least two hours. No casualties have been reported as a result of the incident and it's suspected the firing was orchestrated to inconvenience civilians and local officials.

Dozens killed as security forces target Taliban prison in Herat

Dozens of people have been killed in security operations in Herat after the Afghan security forces targeted a Taliban prison. At least eight Taliban insurgents and 16 civilians have been killed in a military attack on a private Taliban prison in the Bakht Abad area of the Shindand district. According to reports, the Taliban was thought to be holding as many as 20 prisoners at the facility at the time of the attack.

Thirty Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrike

As many as 30 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in an airstrike carried out in the southern province of Kandahar by the NATO Resolute Support (RS) Mission in Afghanistan over the weekend. RS forces reportedly conducted the airstrike on suspected Taliban hideouts in the Sia Sang area of the Shah Wali Kot district - which is located between the Sangin district and the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

Sixteen civilians killed in Herat airstrike

At least 16 civilians - including women and children - have allegedly been killed and seven others have been wounded in an airstrike believed to have been carried out by the foreign forces in Herat on Monday. According to reports, provincial officials in Herat claim the airstrike was carried out in the Zerkoh area, where Taliban insurgents were thought to be hiding. Investigations have reportedly been launched to determine the facts surrounding the incident.

Eleven civilians killed in Logar airstrike

At least 11 civilians have allegedly been killed and a further 16 others were also wounded in an airstrike in the Logar province. According to Tolo News, the incident occurred in a residential area of the provincial capital, Pol-e Alam. Local officials have claimed that the foreign forces conducted the airstrikes whilst targeting Taliban insurgents believed to be hiding in civilian houses. NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan released a statement acknowledging the alleged incident, stating that investigations were underway. 

Militants attack MPs house in Jalalabad

Militants have killed two bodyguards of MP Zahir Qadir in an attack on his house in the first police district of Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The attack was launched on Wednesday morning, as armed militants shot two bodyguards dead outside Qadir's private residence. According to Tolo News, a suicide bomber then detonated explosives outside the property, while a second suicide bomber was shot down attempting to gain entrance to Qadir's house. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, the Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in the Nangarhar province.

District police chief killed in Taliban attack

A district police chief has been killed in a Taliban attack in the south-western Nimroz province over the weekend. The police chief had allegedly been on patrol duty in the Delaram district and was on his way home with his bodyguard when a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked them. The ambush occurred near a fuel station approximately two kilometres outside of the district centre. The police chief's bodyguard was also killed in the attack.

Four killed in armed clash in Kabul

Four people have been killed and at least two others have been wounded in an armed clash in Kabul. The conflict took place in the Taimani area, outside the Afghan Khyber wedding hall. A wedding ceremony had been underway at the time of the attack. According to reports, unidentified gunmen engaged in a brief gunfight with the bodyguards of a government official's son - who had reportedly been attending the wedding ceremony. The Afghan security forces allegedly responded to the incident and contained the area, limiting civilian casualties. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack and the motive also remains unclear.

Five IS killed in clashes with Taliban

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in armed clashes between IS militants and Taliban insurgents in the Badghis province. According to the Bakhtar News, a spokesperson for the provincial governor confirmed that the fighting broke out in the Murghab district - which borders Turkmenistan. The IS militants who were killed have reportedly been identified as foreign nationals. While the IS typically operate from the eastern provinces, they have allegedly been attempting to establish control over disputed territory in other provinces to widen their influence in Afghanistan. 

Security operations in Logar kill three militants

At least three Taliban-affiliated militants have been killed in security operations conducted in the Logar province. The Afghan security forces carried out the operation in the Kharwar area, where it was suspected that members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network were manufacturing explosives. A militant commander was allegedly among those killed in the operation.

Thirteen killed in Helmand car bombing

At least 13 people - soldiers and civilians - have been killed and 18 others have been wounded in a car bombing in the Helmand province over the weekend. According to Reuters, the attack targeted a market in the Nawa district, where a vehicular-borne improvised explosive device was detonated. While the Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack, they have several strongholds throughout the province and often attack contested areas. A series of airstrikes were carried out against the Taliban on Sunday evening, targeted hideouts in Nawa and on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah city. At least 13 Taliban insurgents were killed and seven others were wounded overall.

Four IS killed in IED explosion, Jowzjan

Four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a bomb explosion after an improvised explosive device (IED) was accidentally detonated. The incident occurred on Sunday in the Qosh Tepa area, where the militants had allegedly been attempting to build an IED when it was triggered prematurely. The militants were allegedly Uzbekistani nationals.

Three killed in roadside IED blast in Farah

Three people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the western Farah province. The explosion occurred on Saturday along a roadside in the provincial capital, Farah city. Two police officers and a civilian were killed and two other police officers were wounded. It's suspected the IED was planted along the roadside in a Taliban attempt to target the security forces.

Four wounded in Badghis grenade attack

Four people - three police officers and one child - were wounded in a grenade attack in Qala-i-Naw - the provincial capital of the Badghis province. According to reports, an unidentified motorcyclist threw a hand grenade into the building of the local Department of Women's Affairs on Saturday. The subsequent blast injured four people while the attacker managed to flee. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, the Taliban have been active in the region.

Dozens killed in nationwide security operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in nationwide security operations. According to Bakhtar News, 57 militants were killed and 22 others were wounded in operations carried out across the country on Monday. The operations targeted the Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunar, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktika, Paktiya, and Uruzgan provinces. At least four of the militants killed have been identified as members of the Islamic State (IS).

Taliban execute two IS commanders in Nangarhar

Taliban insurgents have allegedly executed two Islamic State (IS) commanders in the eastern Nangarhar province. The provincial authorities have allegedly confirmed the incident, stating that the IS commanders were initially arrested by the Taliban in the Bati Kot district, where they were accused of killing civilians and Taliban insurgents before being executed. The Taliban have often clashed with the IS, particularly in parts of Nangarhar where both groups wish to control territory.

Laghman airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the Laghman province have reportedly killed at least 14 Taliban insurgents and wounded four others. The airstrike was carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces as part of ongoing counter-terror operations in the area. Two Taliban commanders have allegedly been identified among those killed in the airstrike.

Three killed in Taliban ambush in Jowzjan

At least three people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban ambush in the northern Jowzjan province. According to Tolo News, the Afghan security forces were conducting a security mission in the Aqcha district after receiving intelligence suggesting an increase in insurgent activity in the area. Armed Taliban insurgents ambushed the security forces during their operation, leading to an armed clash in which at least one soldier was wounded. Three insurgents were killed and two others were wounded, while the security forces confiscated a variety of light weapons.

Five killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least five people have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a suicide bombing near the US embassy in Kabul. According to Reuters, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a suicide bomber targeted people outside a Kabul Bank branch in the Massoud Circle area of Kabul. The attack allegedly targeted security personnel collecting their salaries ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday which occurs at the end of the week. Casualty figures are feared to rise.

US-led drone strikes kill 14 IS in Nangarhar

US-led drone strikes have allegedly killed 14 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The drone strikes were reportedly carried out by the foreign forces in the Achin district of Nangarhar - where suspected IS hideouts in the Mamand Dara, Marghay, and Owsatkhana areas were targeted. 

Five killed in Taliban attack on Zabul border post

At least five people have been killed in a Taliban attack on an Afghan border post in the Zabul province. The attack was launched on Tuesday in the Qala-e-Rashida area of the Shamulzayi district, where an Afghan Border Police (ABP) check post was targeted by armed insurgents. According to Tolo News, four ABP officers were killed along with one Taliban insurgent.

Several killed as IS attack Kabul mosque

Several people have been killed and dozens of others have been wounded after Islamic State (IS) militants attacked a Shia mosque in the Qala-e-Najarha area of Kabul. According to the BBC, a suicide bomber targeted the gate to the Imam Zaman mosque - allowing two armed IS militants to storm the mosque, opening fire as worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers. Special forces police officers were dispatched to the scene and launched simultaneous clearing and rescue operations. Along with the three attackers, at least 10 people have been killed and 30 others have been wounded in the attack; however, it's feared the casualty figures may rise. The IS claimed responsibility for the attack through its new outlet, Amaq.

Vehicle bomb wounds one in Kabul

A vehicle bombing has wounded at least one person in Kabul city. The explosion allegedly occurred in the Sarai Shamali area of the city and the Ministry of Interior has reportedly confirmed that a Land Cruiser type vehicle was targeted in the attack. According to Khaama Press, a magnetic bomb was planted on the vehicle and detonated, producing a blast which wounded the driver of the vehicle. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion as of yet; however, both the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban have carried out explosive attacks on vehicles in Kabul recently.

Afghan security forces repel Taliban attack in Baghlan

The Afghan security forces have successfully repelled a Taliban attack in the northern Baghlan province. A group of armed insurgents allegedly launched an attack on a security check post in the Burka district, prompting an armed response from security personnel leading to a two-hour gunfight. The Taliban were eventually pushed back and fled the area after at least one insurgent was killed and another two were wounded in the exchange of fire.

Seven Taliban killed in Faryab airstrike

An airstrike in the Faryab province has allegedly killed seven Taliban insurgents and wounded two others. The airstrike was reportedly carried out by the Afghan air forces in the Khawaja Sabz Posh and Qeysar districts of the province. Various heavy and light weapons were also destroyed in the airstrike, along with a motorbike used by the insurgents.

Airstrikes kill 27 IS in Nangarhar

Airstrikes carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province have allegedly killed dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants. According to Bakhtar News, the air raids targeted suspected IS hideouts in the Achin, Dur Baba, Kot, and Roadat districts. The provincial police department allegedly confirmed the airstrikes, stating that as many as 27 IS-loyalist militants were killed in the raids. 

Twelve Taliban killed in Nuristan clashes

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 17 others have been wounded in two separate clashes in the eastern Nuristan province. According to reports, the Taliban launched an overnight attack on security check posts in the Nurgeram district; however, Afghan National Army (ANA) troops responded, repelling the attack and killing at least eight insurgents and wounding around 15 others. In an another incident, at least four Taliban insurgents were killed and two others were wounded in a clash with the security forces in the Kamdesh district, which borders Pakistan.

Four policemen killed as Taliban seize Ghazni district

At least four policemen have been killed and eight others have been wounded as the Taliban allegedly seize control of the Zana Khan district in Ghazni. The Taliban allegedly launched an overnight attack on police check posts, over powering the police officers and forcing the security personnel to retreat as they took three police officer hostage. Government military forces have allegedly been dispatched to respond to the insurgent attack and retake control of the district.

Five Taliban killed in Laghman military operations

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in two separate military operations in the Laghman province. According to reports, two insurgents were killed in an airstrike in the Haiderkhel Ghrah village of the Mheterlam district. Another three insurgents were killed and two others were wounded in a gunbattle with the Afghan security forces in a ground operation in the Najil Qala area of Alishang district. 

Five Taliban killed in Wardak airstrike

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Wardak province. The airstrike allegedly targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Dahan-e-Sebak village of the Chak district. According to Tolo News, one of the insurgents killed has been identified as the Taliban shadow governor for the district. The Taliban has not commented on the airstrike.

Kunduz operations kill 43 Taliban

Military operations carried out in the Kunduz province have allegedly killed around 43 Taliban insurgents. The operations targeted as many as 70 Taliban positions in the Aqtash and Khanabad districts. According to reports, two insurgents were also arrested while over 60 rounds of mines were destroyed. 

Seven wounded in Kabul grenade attack

At least seven people have been wounded in a grenade attack in Kabul. Unidentified assailants allegedly threw a number of hand grenades at a security check post in the Kote Sangi area overnight. No claim of responsibility has been made as of yet; however, local authorities have launched investigations and are treating the incident as a militant attack. Within the last few months, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have targeted the security forces in explosive attacks in Kabul.

One civilian killed in Parwan gun attack

A civilian has been killed and at least three others have been wounded in a gun attack in the central Parwan province. A group of civilians were travelling towards the provincial capital, Charikar when they were ambushed by unidentified gunmen in the Babarkhel area of the Sayedkhel district. The motive behind the attack remains unknown and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five killed in Taliban suicide bombing, Helmand

At least five people have been killed and as many as 40 others have been wounded in a suicide bombing in the southern Helmand province. According to Tolo News, the bombing targeted a military convoy near the police headquarters in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah city. Two Afghan soldiers and three civilians have been killed in the explosion and several military vehicles have been extensively damaged. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozens killed in security operations in Helmand

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations carried out by the security forces in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the Resolute Support mission conducted an airstrike in the Juarez Yan area of Nawa district, killing approximately 40 Taliban insurgents. The airstrike was allegedly conducting following a series of small-scale insurgent attacks in the district, in which at least one Afghan Border Police (ABP) soldier was wounded. Four other insurgents were also killed - including a local Taliban commander - in the Kajaki district of Helmand, where the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the Afghan security forces targeted Taliban positions in security operations.

Twelve Taliban killed in Ghazni operation

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent military operation in the Ghazni province. Afghan National Army (ANA) troops allegedly led an operation targeting Taliban hideouts in the Zena Khan district where suspected Taliban hideouts were targeted. According to reports, ANA commandos led the operation to relieve the local security forces of the growing pressure of insurgency in the area. No other casualties have been confirmed and the Taliban have not commented on the operation.

Six Taliban killed in clash with IS in Ghor

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in the Ghor province. According to Bakhtar News, the two armed terrorist groups encountered one another near the remains of the ancient Firozkoh city in the Sharak district. No IS casualties have been reported, while the Taliban insurgents have allegedly been identified as local commanders.

Forty-two Taliban killed in Balkh clearing operations

At least 42 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 29 others have been wounded in recent clearing operations in the Chimtal district of the northern Balkh province. The clearing operations came about after the Taliban launched an intense attack in an attempt to capture the district. While it has not been confirmed who controls the district centre, it's believed the Afghan security forces have successfully pushed the insurgents back. According to reports, at least eight insurgents have been detained by the security forces and dozens of Taliban vehicles have also been destroyed.

President Trump rules out US withdrawal from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has officially ruled out the possibility of withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan after releasing a statement yesterday. Trump has announced his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan to "fight and win", explaining that while he originally supported the withdrawal of troops, mistakes made in Iraq have led him to the assessment that a total withdrawal would leave a vacuum for terrorist groups to fill. According to the BBC, Trump's new US strategy will shift from a time-based operation to one based on conditions on the ground - meaning that US military support for the Afghan government will continue as long as joint military commitment and progress are achieved. The Taliban - who released an open letter urging US withdrawal last week - has allegedly responded by saying that Trump's decision will turn Afghanistan into "another graveyard" for the US. Trump stated there would be a crackdown on the provision of 'safe havens' for militants in bordering countries such as Pakistan and confirmed there would be an escalation in military operations against all terrorist groups, including the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State (IS). However, he insinuated that the possibility of peace agreements with the Taliban was not off the table, stating: "someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan". 

Fourteen IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed during separate security operations in Nangarhar. Four IS militants were killed in drone strikes carried out by the US forces on suspected IS positions in the Achin district. Various supplies of weapons and explosives were also destroyed in the strikes. Ten more militants were killed in security operations in the Pachir Wa Agam district, where the Afghan security forces targeted suspected IS hideouts. 

Heavy clashes in Khamyab district, Jowzjan

Heavy clashes have been reported in the Khamyab district of the northern Jowzjan province - which borders Turkmenistan. According to reports, the Afghan security forces have been attempting to repel a violent Taliban attack on the district. As of Monday morning, unconfirmed reports suggest the insurgents have managed to capture the majority of the district, as approximately 17 villages are thought to be under Taliban control. It remains unclear whether or not the district centre has fallen; however, members of a local public uprising - who were supporting the local security forces - have allegedly withdrawn from the centre. It is possible the retreat was orchestrated to preserve strength until government reinforcements arrived. A spokesperson for the Afghan National Army (ANA) claimed that additional forces have been deployed to conduct air operations in the area. No casualty figures have been reported.

Five Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as six others have been wounded after clashes broke out between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the western Farah province. The fighting allegedly broke out overnight on Saturday in the Puza area of the Bakwa district. Security officials claim that four Taliban vehicles were destroyed in the clashes, while no military casualties have been reported. The Taliban has denied claims that insurgent casualties were inflicted by the security forces in Bakwa.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kunduz clashes

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Kunduz province. Fighting allegedly broke out in the Khanabad district over the weekend, where it's suspected the insurgents were attempting to capture contested territory in the Janat Bagh area of the district. At least two of the Taliban fatalities are believed to be Pakistani insurgent commanders. Kunduz - among with other northern provinces - has come under heavy pressure from insurgent attacks in recent months, with the Qala-e Zal district briefly captured by the Taliban just a few months ago.

Ten civilians kidnapped in Ghazni province

At least 10 civilians have allegedly been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Ghazni province. A group of armed civilians reportedly engaged in a crossfire with unknown gunmen in the Qara Bagh district over the weekend. Shooting broke out when the gunmen allegedly opened fire on the armed group of civilians, prompting retaliatory fire. At least four civilians are thought to have been wounded in the firefight while 10 others were abducted. Ghazni has strong tribal and ethnic divisions which have accentuated the state of violence in the province, where the Taliban are also known to operate. While no group has claimed responsibility for the abductions, the police suspect that either rival tribal groups or the Taliban were behind the incident - which came just hours after three police officers and four Taliban insurgents were killed in a Taliban attack on a police check post in the Deh Yak district of the same province. 

Eight Taliban killed in Balkh clearing operation

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in a clearing operation in the northern Balkh province. Operation 'Alburz 12' was launched in the Chimtal district on Saturday and remains ongoing as military officials confirm that at least eight insurgents were killed in fighting on Sunday. According to Tolo News, the Taliban are being forced to retreat from the area and have allegedly fled into the neighbouring Jowzjan province. One of the insurgents wounded is thought to be the Taliban shadow governor for the district. At least two security personnel have also been wounded in the operation so far and unconfirmed reports suggest two members of armed public uprisings have also been killed whilst supporting the government troops.

Suicide bomber killed in Helmand

A suicide bomber has been killed in the Gereshk district of Helmand after attempting to conduct a suicide car bombing. According to reports, the suspect tried to drive an explosive-laden vehicle into the Awpashak area of the district to target the Afghan security forces; however, the security forces allegedly opened fire on the bomber, preventing the attack. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack, the Taliban have a strong presence in the province and have recently carried out a series of violent attacks in the same district.

Three children killed in Zabul missile attack

At least three children have been killed after seven missiles were fired at various parts of Qalat city in Zabul overnight. Local officials have allegedly confirmed the incident, stating that the missiles were fired at around midnight. According to Tolo News, the bodies of three dead children were brought to the local hospital following the attack. The missiles were allegedly fired by Taliban insurgents; however, the insurgent group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozens of IS killed in US airstrikes, Nangarhar

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to Khaama Press, the airstrikes reportedly targeted several IS hideouts in the Makrana area of the Achin district - destroying the buildings along with several caches of heavy and light weapons. News of the airstrike has come just hours after the US army confirmed that a US serviceman was killed fighting the IS forces.

Civilian killed in Nangarhar rocket attack

A civilian has allegedly been killed and five others have been wounded after a rocket was fired at a civilian residential area in Nangarhar. The rocket was reportedly fired by Taliban insurgents during clashes with the security forces in the Fatah Abad area of the Surkh-Rod district. Local officials have claimed that the rocket was intended for the security forces, but strayed off target - hitting a civilian house. No other casualties have been confirmed and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

US soldier killed in joint operations against IS

A US soldier has been killed while several others have been wounded in a joint operation against the Islamic State (IS) in the eastern region of Afghanistan. Reuters have reported that the US army has released a statement confirming the death of a yet unidentified US serviceman. An undisclosed number of wounded US and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have also been evacuated for medical treatment. While the official statement declined to clarify where the joint operations took place, Tolo News has confirmed that the soldier was killed fighting IS forces in the eastern region. The IS have a particularly strong presence in the Nangarhar province and are also known to operate in the neighbouring Kunar province.

Eighteen police officers killed in Taliban attacks

At least 18 police officers have been killed and five others have been wounded in Taliban attacks in the Zabul province. The first attack occurred along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, where a police check post was targeted by Taliban insurgents - leading to a crossfire in which eight police officers were killed and five more were wounded. A further 10 police officers were killed when a similar attack occurred in the Shamlezai district near the Pakistan border, armed insurgents targeted a border check post. The insurgents allegedly stole weapons from both check posts before escaping.

Tagab district cleared of Taliban in Badakhshan

The Afghan security forces have allegedly cleared the Tagab district of Taliban insurgents during recent clearing operations in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. According to Tolo News, the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted a week-long clearing operation in the district, forcing the Taliban to withdraw from the area. While ANA officials confirmed a heavy insurgent death toll, no casualty figures have been confirmed. Various vehicles stolen from the military by the insurgents have been re-seized by ANA troops. The insurgents allegedly retreated to the neighbouring Yamgan district and have an operations base in the nearby Wardoj district. Retaliatory insurgent attacks on the Tagab district are highly probable.

Five Taliban killed in Ghazni operations

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed in separate security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, two insurgents were killed in clashes with the security forces in the Gilan district - one of whom has allegedly been identified as a Taliban shadow district governor. Three more insurgents were also killed in a police operation in the Qarabagh district. The Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces carried out an operation in Qarabagh - further stating that a suspected Taliban intelligence operative is thought to have been among the three killed in the operation. 

Two IS commanders killed in Nangarhar

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) commanders have been killed and at least four others have been wounded in clashes with the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, a group of 20 IS militants led an attack on a number of security check posts and civilian houses in the Haska Mena district. The security forces responded by engaging in an armed clash in which two IS commanders were allegedly killed before the militant group retreated. 

Eighty insurgents killed in ongoing operations in Ghormach, Faryab

Around 80 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 30 others have been wounded so far in ongoing operations in the Ghormach district in Faryab. The Afghan security forces have launched major air and ground operations in an attempt to clear the area after the district was captured by the Taliban over the weekend. Tolo News has reported that as may as four Taliban commanders are thought to be among the 80 insurgents killed. The district has been targeted multiple times by the Taliban since the group fell from power in 2001 and many have blamed the fall of the district on the inadequate level of security provided by the government forces. The provincial authorities have allegedly appealed to government officials to delegate the responsibility of security in the area to the local security forces.

Three aid workers killed in Ghor gun attack

Three aid workers have been killed and two others have been wounded in a gun attack in the Ghor province. The incident occurred near the centre of the provincial capital, Chagcharan, where unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on a group of aid workers in a targeted attack. Reuters has identified the workers as employees of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) - a humanitarian aid organisation which helps poor and vulnerable communities in crisis areas. A CRS spokesperson has confirmed the attack, which was an unprecedented incident for the US-based organisation. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have been increasingly active across the country in recent months. Approximately 12 aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, compared to 15 in 2016.

Taliban claim recapture of Sar-e Pul village

The Taliban has allegedly claimed to have recaptured a village in the Sayyad district of the Sar-e Pul province. According to Tolo News, while military officials have denied Taliban claims, the local police officials in Mirzawalang village have confirmed that the Taliban have taken most areas of the village, forcing the security forces to retreat. If true, this will be the second major attack on the village within a fortnight after Taliban and Islamic State (IS) forces killed over 50 people in a brutal attack last week. The Taliban's recent claim comes just hours after three mass graves were discovered near the village, filled with approximately 42 bodies - the majority of which were civilians and members of a government-supported Public Uprising. The bodies of three children were also found beheaded, indicating they were killed execution-style - a method of killing usually reserved by the Taliban as their unique form of justice. While the Taliban has denied killing civilians - claiming they only killed members of government-supported militia - the IS has allegedly claimed responsibility for filling the graves.

Four killed in suicide bombing in Kunduz

At least four security personnel have been killed and over 20 others have been wounded in a suicide bombing in the northern Kunduz province. According to Tolo News, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack - which targeted a military convoy in the Qaryatem area of the Chahar Dara district shortly before midday on Tuesday. The security forces were alleged to be en route to a military base from which they were scheduled to launch an operation against the insurgents.

Four IS militants killed in Kunar airstrike

As many as four Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in an airstrike in the Kunar province. The air operation was reportedly carried out by the foreign forces in the Darah-e-Pich area of the Chapa Dara district over the weekend. A top level IS commander has allegedly been killed, along with three other senior militants. 

Thirteen killed in Faryab mortar attack

Thirteen people have been killed and three others have been wounded after a mortar attack targeted a civilian village in the Faryab province over the weekend. The mortar strikes hit the village of Tort Atai in the Dawlat Abad district of Faryab, killing 13 civilians when a house was struck. The local police officers have launched investigations into the attack. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, local authorities suspect the Taliban were behind the incident.

Three wounded in Kabul bomb explosion

At least three people have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Kabul city over the weekend. The blast targeted a civilian vehicle in the Deh Afghan area of the first police district of Kabul. According to reports, a magnetic mine was placed on a vehicle, wounding three civilians in the resulting explosion. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have been increasingly active in the capital city.

Two killed in Mazar-e Sharif armed standoff, Balkh

Two people have been killed and three others have been wounded in an armed standoff in Mazar-e Sharif International Airport in the northern Balkh province. The police forces had allegedly been attempting to serve an arrest warrant to a local politician, Asif Mohmand; however, Mohmand's supporters refused to let the police officers arrest the politician, leading to an armed standoff which closed the airport for 10 hours. Mohmand was eventually arrested. According to Tolo News, Mohmand's supporters believe the arrest was not ordered by the police department, but by the provincial governor - Atta Mohammad Noor - who allegedly threatened Mohmand with death after he criticised Noor.

Taliban capture Gormach district, Faryab

The Taliban have allegedly captured the Gormach district in the Faryab province. A group of armed insurgents allegedly targeted police check posts around the district, over running 13 check posts before taking the police headquarters and the district centre. The Afghan security forces claim they have tactically retreated and denied that the district has fallen. According to Long War Journal, the district has fallen to the Taliban twice in the last two years - serving as one of many areas of fighting intended to delegitimise the Afghan government.

Iranian terror suspect arrested in Khashrod, Nimruz

An Iranian national has been arrested by the Afghan security forces on suspicion of being a terrorist. According to reports, the suspect was apprehended in the Khashrod district of the Nimruz province - which borders Iran. It's believed the suspect had been attempting to carry out a suicide bomb attack when he was detained in the midst of a battle between the security forces and the Taliban. Foreign nationals have increasingly been identified as members of Islamist militant groups operating in Afghanistan.

Herat official killed in shooting

A provincial official and his bodyguard have both been killed in a shooting incident in Herat. The Director of the Traffic Department, Ghulaam Dastagir, was killed by two unidentified gunmen in Herat city on Sunday night. According to Tolo News, the gunmen were aboard a motorcycle when they opened fire on Dastagir, fatally wounding their target who later died in hospital. The assailants managed to escape following the incident and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five Taliban killed in infighting, Nangarhar

Five Taliban insurgents - including a Taliban commander - have been killed in a series of infighting in the Nangarhar province. According to Khaama Press, the Taliban commander was assassinated by his own guards in the Khogyani district. Four loyal followers of the commander were also killed in the incident. Local police officials confirmed the incident over the weekend, stating that the killing occurred whilst counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the province.

Special operations launched in Paktiya

The Afghan special forces have launched ongoing counter-operations to re-take the Jani Khel district in Paktiya. The district has been captured by the Taliban twice within the last two weeks - with the Taliban allegedly firing missiles during the last attack. The special forces unit has allegedly advanced to the Resh Pakai Kotal area approximately three kilometres outside of the district centre and plans to clear the district of insurgents within the next few days. According to Tolo News, the security forces have made multiple requests for air support throughout the last fortnight; however, no airstrikes have yet been carried out in the district. An increase in the number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted along roadsides has allegedly hindered the security forces efforts to recapture the district, with both insurgents and military casualties reported but no figures confirmed.

Armed gunmen kill 10 people in Takhar

A group of armed gunmen have killed at least 10 people and wounded a further 20 in an attack in the northern Takhar province. Tolo News has reported that the gunfire broke out in the Chah Aab district, where a group armed attackers allegedly stormed a religious school, opening fire indiscriminately. The district has recently been affected by an ongoing rivalry between two local commanders and some reports have claimed that the gunmen were followers of one of these commanders, Badhir Qanet. However, Qanet has denied any involvement in the attack. It's feared that the death toll may rise as casualty figures are updated.

Thirty Taliban killed in Farah explosions

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed in an explosion in the western Farah province. The blast allegedly occurred in the Bala Bolok district, where - according to reports - two suicide bombing vests accidentally exploded. It's believed that a number of Taliban commanders were among those killed in the premature explosion. While the Taliban have denied the reports, local authorities claim that the insurgents had gathered in the area to plan explosive suicide bombing attacks on security check posts.

Sixteen civilians killed in foreign forces' airstrike in Nangarhar

Sixteen civilians have allegedly been killed in an airstrike believed to be carried out by the foreign forces in the Nangarhar province. The spokesperson for the provincial governor has allegedly confirmed the casualties but has stated that they have not been identified. According to Tolo News, the airstrike hit a civilian vehicle in the Haska Mena district.

Dozens killed in counter-terror operations nationwide

Dozens of militants have been killed in counter-terror operations carried out across Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence has allegedly confirmed that as many as 45 ground operations and 10 airstrikes have been conducted within the last 24 hours, killing as many as 51 militants overall. According to Khaama Press, 26 militants were killed and 24 others were wounded in the Posht-e Rod district of Farah, while a further 18 militants were killed in the Maiwand district of Kandahar. Two militants were killed and five others were wounded during operations in the Andar, Geru and Qarabagh districts of Ghazni, and at least two militants were killed and another was wounded in the Alisheng district of Laghman. Another militant was killed and two others were wounded in Khogyani, Nangarhar, while two militants were killed in the Bala Morghab district of Badghis.

Eight Taliban killed in US drone strike in Laghman

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces in the Laghman province. A spokesperson for the provincial governor was reported by Pahjwok News to have confirmed the strike, stating that the raid was carried out overnight in the Massom area of the Alishang district. Among those killed are thought to be three Taliban commanders. 

Jani Khel district in Paktiya falls to Taliban again

The Jani Khel district in the Paktiya province has allegedly fallen to the Taliban again following the latest round of fighting in the area. Taliban insurgents reportedly launched an aggressive attack on Tuesday, prompting the security forces to request air support as the fighting intensified. No air support was dispatched and by Wednesday evening the security forces retreated from the area. According to reports, the retreat was ordered because the insurgents had begun firing missiles over the district - placing civilians in harm's way. The security forces allegedly withdrew to a position just over a kilometre outside of the district centre and are planning to retake the area again soon. While no official casualty figures have been confirmed, preliminary reports suggest at least two security personnel have been killed and another three have been wounded. The Taliban launched attacks on the district last month when insurgents managed to take the district due to a lack of sufficient security enforcement in the area. The government forces managed to recapture the district on Friday; however, they only managed to hold the area for four days before the insurgents attacked again.

Six Taliban killed in Farah drone strike

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike in the western Farah province. The strike was carried out by the foreign forces and targeted two Taliban vehicles travelling on Pesht Road in Farah. The Taliban has not commented the attack - which has comes as insurgent activity has increased in the province recently.

Seven Taliban killed in Ghazni drone strike

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in a drone strike in the Ghazni province. According to Tolo News, local officials confirmed the drone strike was carried out by the foreign forces in the Gelan district. A Taliban safe house was allegedly targeted and destroyed, along with a number of weapons and vehicles. 

Suicide bombing targets security forces in Kabul

A suicide bombing has wounded a civilian in an attempt to target the security forces in Kabul. According to Tolo News, the suicide bomber was sat in a taxi when they detonated their explosives near a police check post in the Benihesar area of police district eight on Wednesday afternoon. At least one civilian is thought to have been wounded in the attack, while the identity of the bomber remains unknown. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two IS militants killed in premature IED blast

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a premature explosion whilst planting an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kunar province. According to Khaama Press, military officials from the Afghan National Army (ANA) have confirmed the incident, stating that the militants had been in the process of planting the IED along a roadside in the Marwara district when the bomb was accidentally triggered. IS militants often plant anti-vehicle IEDs in attempts to target military convoys and security personnel.

Taliban releases hundreds of hostages following Sar-e Pul attack

Hundreds of hostages have been released by the Taliban following a deadly attack on Sar-e Pul earlier in the week. As many as 235 people have been released after tribal elders managed to negotiate with Taliban commanders on behalf of provincial officials. According to Associated Press, 52 civilians - mostly Hazara and Shia Muslims - were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked Mirzawalang with a group of Islamic State (IS) militants. The BBC has reported that seven security personnel were also killed in the attack, along with an undisclosed number of insurgents. While the Taliban denies killing civilians - claiming they only killed 28 government-supported militia - and working with the IS, local residents have reported seeing both the Taliban and IS flags flying in the village after the fatal attack. Reports from AFP claim that a further 100 people may still be held captive by the Taliban; however, these claims have not been confirmed. The security forces are said to have launched counter-offensive operations with the goal of recapturing the area.

Three senior Taliban insurgents killed in Kunduz clearing operation

Three senior Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and three others have been wounded in a clearing operation in Kunduz. According to Bakhtar News, the operation was allegedly carried out by the Afghan Special Forces within the last 24 hours. The three insurgents killed are believed to have been local Taliban commanders. The Taliban have increased activity in the northern provinces in recent months as the insurgent group continues to push for disputed territory.

Seven Taliban killed in Badghis operations

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 11 others have been wounded in special police operations in the north-western Badghis province. The operation was conducted by Special Police Units in the Kangar village of the Qadis district. No police or civilian casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the operations.

Five Taliban killed in clashes with security forces in Jowzjan

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Jowzjan province. The fighting allegedly broke out after dozens of insurgents attacked the Muradyan village in the Faizabad district of Jowzjan. The attack prompted a response from the security forces, who reportedly engaged in a long battle with the insurgents in the village. According to Tolo News, one of the deceased insurgents has been identified as a Taliban shadow district governor.

Six Taliban killed in Kapisa clashes

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in separate clashes in the Kapisa province. According to Pahjwok News, the first two insurgents were apprehended by the Afghan security forces in the Tagab district, where it's believed the insurgents had been attempting to carry out a suicide bombing on Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel. Four other insurgents were also killed in a clash with the security forces in the same district.

Taliban insurgent killed in Herat clashes

At least one Taliban insurgent has been killed and three others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the western Herat province. A police spokesman allegedly confirmed the clashes, stating that the fighting broke out after a group of Taliban insurgents attacked security guards at a construction site. The Afghan security forces repelled the attack, with no casualties reported.

Four Taliban killed in clashes with IS in Ghor

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and at least three others have been wounded in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in the Ghor province. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a group of IS militants in the Sorakan area on Monday morning; however, in the fighting which followed, the IS forces managed to repel the Taliban insurgents, inflicting numerous casualties. The clashes come just a day after IS forces allegedly declared war on the Taliban in Ghor.

Three soldiers killed in militant ambush, Herat

At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a militant attack in the western Herat province. Armed militants allegedly attacked a military check post in the Shindand district, killing three ANA soldiers and stealing a number of weapons before escaping. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban are thought to have been behind the ambush as they operate widely in the western provinces.

Two IS militants killed in Kunar airstrike

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in an airstrike in the Kunar province. According to Khaama Press, a military spokesperson released a statement claiming that two IS militants were killed in airstrikes in the Chapa Dara district. It's believed one of the militants killed has been identified as a senior leader in charge of IS prisons in the region. It remains unclear whether the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan or foreign air forces.

Forty Taliban killed in Helmand airstrike

As many as 40 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in an airstrike carried out in the Helmand province over the weekend. The airstrike was conducted by the foreign forces in the Gereshk district, where there has been an increase in Taliban attacks recently. Suspected Taliban hideouts in the Kamarband Deh Adam, Parchaw, and Sarband areas were targeted. The Taliban has not commented on the alleged airstrike.

Airstrike kills six militants in Faryab

An airstrike in the Faryab province has killed six militants over the weekend. On Saturday, the government forces targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Rahmat Abad village of the Dawlat Abad district. According to reports, the airstrike was part of the ongoing 'Nawid 3' operation against the Taliban. 

Six militants killed in check post attack, Badakshan

Six militants have been killed and three others have been wounded as Afghan police forces repelled a militant attack on a security check post in the northern Badakhshan province. According to Gulf News, an armed militant group launched an attack on a check post in the Ragh district on Saturday evening. The security forces allegedly managed to repel the attack, suffering no casualties. It's suspected the militants were Taliban insurgents, as Taliban attacks have increased in the northern provinces within recent months.

Two police officers wounded in Kabul explosion

Two police officers have been wounded in an explosion in Kabul city. The blast was caused by a magnetic bomb and allegedly targeted a police ranger vehicle near the Kote Sangi area of the sixth police district of Kabul. The explosion caused the police vehicle to go up in flames - injuring at least two people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have carried out major attacks in Kabul recently.

Fifty civilians killed in Sar-e Pul fighting

At least 50 civilians have been killed amid violent fighting in the Sar-e Pul province. The fighting allegedly broke out on Sunday in the Mirzawalang area of the Sayyad district, where a combination of Taliban and Islamic State (IS) forces stormed the area, engaging in an armed conflict with the government forces and local armed civilian groups called 'Public Uprisings'. The militants allegedly attacked an Afghan Local Police (ALP) check post, overpowering the ALP personnel before entering the village. The provincial governor claimed that at least seven security personnel have been killed in the "barbaric" attack. According to the BBC, the Taliban have denied killing innocent civilians, instead claiming that only 28 armed members of Public Uprisings were killed. The IS has not commented on the incident and it remains unclear whether the two militant groups fought in alliance or not.

Twenty-five killed in Taliban attack, Zabul

Twenty-five people have been killed and two others have been wounded in fighting as a result of a Taliban attack on the Afghan Border Force Police  (BFP) in Zabul. The attack was launched overnight, targeting a BFP outpost near the Durand Line in the Shamulzayi district. According to reports, as many as 15 BFP personnel have been killed and two have been wounded, while 10 Taliban insurgents have also been killed. Two police vehicles were also damaged in the attack. It is likely the insurgents were attempting to illegally cross the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Security forces repel three Taliban attacks in Gereshk, Helmand

The Afghan security forces have repelled three Taliban attacks in the Gereshk district of Helmand within the last 12 hours. According to Tolo News, the series of attacks began on Thursday evening, when armed insurgents attempted to use vehicular-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) to destroy a bridge in the Yakhchal area. The security forces managed to intercept the attack, preventing the insurgents from reaching the bridge as a gun battle broke out. It's suspected the attack intended to inconvenience a pipeline project planned to pass through the area. A number of weapons were recovered from the site and a Taliban vehicle was also destroyed. No precise casualty figures have been released. In the early hours of Friday morning, another Taliban attack targeted a money exchange market in central Gereshk, where an Afghan Commando Unit engaged in a long gunfight, gunning down at least two insurgents. Just a few hours later, a group of armed insurgents allegedly attempted to carry out another VBIED attack on a security belt in the Adam Khan area of Gereshk; however, air and ground troops managed to repel the insurgents. A statement released by the provincial governor's office claimed that as many as 40 insurgents had been killed overall as a result of the clashes. 

Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban car bomb attack, Helmand

Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban car bomb attack in the Gereshk district of Helmand. According to Al Jazeera, the bombing targeted a security check post on Thursday evening. Tolo News has reported that a spokesperson for the provincial governor, stated that at least five Afghan security personnel were killed and an undisclosed number of soldiers were wounded in the attack; however, an unconfirmed report has suggested that as many as 26 security personnel may have been killed or wounded.

NATO soldier killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A NATO soldier has been killed and six others have been wounded in a suicide bombing in the province of Kabul. According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated a bodily-borne improvised explosive device (BBIED) in an attack targeted a NATO convoy on patrol in the Qarabagh district on Thursday evening. A spokesperson for the Resolute Support (RS) Mission in Afghanistan released a statement confirming that an RS soldier had been killed, while five others have been wounded along with an interpreter who has been travelling with the troops at the time of the attack. According to Radio Free Europe, the deceased soldier has been identified as a soldier from the Georgian troops deployed as part of the RS Mission in partnership with NATO. The BBC has reported that three civilians have also been killed and several other civilians may have been wounded in the attack - which has allegedly been claimed by the Taliban. The Associated Press has also reported that the male attacker concealed his explosives in a woman's burqa - a religious garment usually worn by Pashtun women and enforced in public under Taliban rule. The attack is the fourth consecutive significant suicide bombing within four days and comes just one day after the Taliban claimed a similar attack in Kandahar which killed two US soldiers.

Dozens killed in nationwide joint military operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in joint military operations nationwide. According to reports, air and ground forces have conducted various clearing operations targeting the Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Uruzgan, Wardak, and Zabul provinces. As many as 84 militants are thought to have been killed within the last 24 hours - 10 of which have allegedly been identified as members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. Two militants have also been arrested by the security forces.

Nine Taliban insurgents killed in Logar airstrikes

Nine Taliban-affiliated insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Logar province. According to Tolo News, the airstrikes targeted a suspected insurgent hideouts in the Pul-e-Alam, Rustamkhil, Shah Mazar, and Yousufkhil districts. One of the insurgents killed is a suspected trainer of suicide bombers for the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. 

Taliban destroy key bridge in Balkh

Taliban insurgents have allegedly destroyed a key bridge in the northern Balkh province. The insurgents reportedly used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to destroy the bridge connecting the Chamtal and Chahar Bolak districts - a key transportation link for civilians in both districts. According to reports, the destruction of the bridge has sparked public anger as it will negatively impact local residents. It is likely the bridge was destroyed in an attempt to inconvenience the government security forces. The incident comes less than a week after Taliban insurgents allegedly destroyed a water dam in the southern Kandahar province.

Three civilians killed in Kabul IED blast

Three civilians have been killed and a bodyguard has been wounded in a blast caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kabul. According to Tolo News, the explosion occurred on Thursday morning in the Kotal area. The IED was detonated as a security official drove past, leading authorities to suspect the attack was targeting the security official - who survived the explosion while his bodyguard was wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack - which comes just a few days after the Iraqi embassy was targeted in a suicide bombing in Kabul.

Over 100 insurgents killed in nationwide operations

Over 100 insurgents have allegedly been killed in nationwide operations within the last 24 hours. Bakhtar News has reported that at least 103 insurgents have been killed and 36 others have been wounded in joint clearing operations in 15 provinces across the country. The operations were carried out by the security and defence forces in the Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Nangarhar, Paktika, Paktiya, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. 

Two Taliban killed in premature explosion, Kunduz

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in a premature bomb explosion in the Kunduz province. The blast occurred in the Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz, where the insurgents had been transporting a vehicular-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). According to Khaama Press, the VBIED was triggered prematurely - killing two insurgents before they got the bomb to its intended destination. It remains unclear whether the bomb was being transported to be stored or to be used in an immediate attack.

Two soldiers killed in Paktiya explosion

Two Afghan soldiers have been killed and another has been wounded in an explosion in Paktiya. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) soldiers were travelling through the Chawk-e-Ghazni area of Gardez when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. According to Tolo News, the IED blast was followed by a second explosion just moments later, which struck near a truck transporting melons. No casualties were incurred in the second blast.

Two killed in landmine blast, Paktiya

Two people have been killed in a landmine blast in the Paktiya province. The explosion occurred on Wednesday, on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Gardez. A civilian and an official from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were both killed in the explosion. According to reports, a magnetic bomb was planted on a vehicle belonging to the NDS - indicating the blast was likely a militant-orchestrated attack on the security forces.

Six police officers killed in Taliban attack, Helmand

Six police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Helmand province. According to Tolo News, the attack targeted a police check post in the Nawa district. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack - which occurred just a day after scores of security personnel were killed after Taliban insurgents attacked several other security check posts in the Metro, Doraji, and Taleb Aka areas of the same district. The Taliban have a strong presence in the Helmand province and fighting for control of contested areas has intensified in recent weeks.

Suicide bombing targets foreign forces in Kandahar

A suicide bombing has targeted a foreign forces convoy in Kandahar. The attack occurred near the Quick Reaction Force base in the Shor Andam area of the Daman district. According to Tolo News, a US forces convoy was carrying out a routine train, advise, and assist mission near Kandahar airport when a suicide car bomber attacked them on Wednesday morning. A Pentagon spokesperson has confirmed that two US soldiers have been killed and a civilian has been wounded. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast comes just one day after dozens of people were killed and wounded in a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Herat.

Scores killed in Shia mosque bombing, Herat

Scores of people have been killed and wounded in a bombing at a Shia mosque in Herat. Two attackers - a suicide bomber and a gunman - allegedly targeted the mosque during evening prayers. According to Al Jazeera, approximately 300 people are thought to have been in the mosque at the time of the bombing and preliminary reports suggest that at least 29 people have been killed and a further 60 have been wounded. The death toll is expected to rise as many casualties are in critical condition. While no claim of responsibility has been made, the Shia Muslim community is often threatened by militants of the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban have allegedly denied any involvement in the attack. The incident comes just one day after the IS claimed a bomb attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul.

Dozens killed in nationwide clearing operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in clearing operations nationwide. According to Bakhtar News, as many as 97 militants have been killed within the last 24 hours in air and ground operations across 14 provinces. The clearing operations were carried out by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), targeting militant positions in the Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Nangarhar, Paktika, Paktiya, and Uruzgan provinces.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrikes

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the airstrikes targeted Taliban hideouts in the suburbs of Kunduz city and stronghold positions in the Dasht-e-Archi district. Parts of Kunduz have become increasingly insecure in recent months as Taliban insurgents continue to attack strategic positions around the provincial capital. The Afghan security forces have engaged in heavy fighting in the area in response.

Six Taliban killed by gunmen in Nangarhar

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed by gunmen in the eastern Nangarhar province. The incident reportedly occurred in the Khogyani district, where unidentified armed assailants allegedly opened fire on a Taliban commander and five other insurgents. According to reports, the insurgent group operated within Nangarhar and the Taliban commander was thought to have been directly involved in over a dozen terrorist attacks in the province. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting; however, local authorities suspect that Islamic State (IS) militants or armed civilians could be behind the incident.

Main highway to Kabul closed amid fighting

A portion of the main highway connecting Kandahar city to Kabul has been closed due to intense fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. According to Tolo News, the insurgents launched an attack on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in the early hours of Tuesday morning, forcing the security forces to close the highway to traffic as they fought off the insurgent attack. Other reports suggest the fighting has focused on a portion of the highway located in the Wardak province. Dozens of goods vehicles have been forced to return to Kabul until the highway re-opens. 

Seven IS killed in Kunar drone strike

Seven members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group have been killed in a recent drone strike in the Kunar province. According to Sputnik News, the drone strike was carried out by the security forces and targeted an IS hideout in the mountainous Talona area of the Watapur district. An IS commander has allegedly been identified among those killed in the strike.

Dozens killed in Paktika offensive

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed and wounded in a large military offensive in the Paktika province. According to reports, as many as 60 insurgents have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in clearing operations undertaken by the Afghan security forces in the Sarobi district. Various insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons have also been destroyed in the operations. A further six insurgents have also been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Jani Khel district - which was allegedly taken by the Taliban last week.

Taliban blow up water dam in Kandahar

Taliban insurgents have allegedly blown up a water dam in the southern Kandahar province. Khaama Press has reported that the insurgent group planted a series of improvised explosives devices (IEDs) to cause severe structural damage to the dam in the Shorabak district. While no casualties were incurred in the explosion, thousands of acres of agricultural land may be harmed as a consequence if the dam is not rebuilt. Depending on the extent of the damage, reconstructing the dam could be an expensive project which may take months to finish.

Twenty-two killed in Taliban attack on security forces, Ghazni

At least 22 people have allegedly been killed in a Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. A group of armed insurgents allegedly targeted a security check post on Saturday in the Ayeen area of the Qarabagh district. While the security forces reportedly managed to repel the attack - killing 20 Taliban insurgents, at least two security personnel are also thought to have been killed in the fighting.

Teenage IS fighter arrested in Nangarhar

A 16-year-old fighter for the Islamic State (IS) has been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The teenager was apprehended by intelligence operatives during an operation in the Chaparhar district. According to Khaama Press, the militant has confessed to joining the IS six months ago and has also admitted to carrying out militant activities. In separate operations, another young man was arrested attempting to join the IS near Tora Bora, Pachir Wa Agam, and two other IS militants were arrested in Jalalabad city - one of whom was allegedly attempting to smuggle communication devices to the Haska Mena district. 

Twelve Taliban killed in Jowzjan clashes

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in clashes with the Afghan security forces in the northern Jowzjan province. The fighting broke out after a group of armed insurgents ambushed the security forces in the Aqcha district on Saturday night. While the security forces managed to repel the attack, at least one soldier has been killed and another two have been wounded. According to Tolo News, the security forces succeeded in clearing four villages in the nearby area, with fighting still ongoing in parts.

Two civilians killed in roadside IED blast, Zabul

Two civilians have been killed and three others have been critically wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Zabul. According to Tolo News, the explosion occurred on Sunday night in the Shahjoy district, where the IED had been planted along a roadside and was triggered by the passing of the civilian vehicle. While no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, Taliban insurgents frequently plant IEDs along roads and pathways - hoping to hit the Afghan security forces. The Shahjoy district has a direct main highway connecting it to the neighbouring Kandahar province - where the Taliban have a particularly strong presence. 

Suicide bombing targets Iraqi embassy in Kabul

A suicide bombing has targeted the Iraqi embassy in Kabul. A series of explosions occurred outside the embassy building in the Shar-e-Naw area and reports state that gunfire was heard immediately after. According to the BBC, a suicide bomber is thought to have blown himself up at the entrance gate to the embassy compound, enabling three armed accomplices to enter - resulting in an intense four-hour gun battle as clearing operations got underway. While most civilians were evacuated, at least two Afghan embassy employees have been killed and three others - including a police officer have been wounded. The Islamic State (IS) has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident comes just one week after a Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 30 people in a majority Shia Muslim district of Kabul.

Six civilians wounded in roadside explosion, Helmand

Six civilians - including three children - have allegedly been wounded in a roadside landmine explosion in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the blast occurred when a civilian vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. It has not been confirmed precisely where in the province the incident took place; however, the Taliban have a strong presence and widespread influence throughout Helmand and have been known to use anti-vehicle IEDs to target the security forces.

Swedish NGO closes health clinics in Laghman

A Swedish Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), has stated that it has been forced to close 20 health clinics in the Laghman province. The closure has come in response to the worsening security situation in the province as the Taliban step up attacks nationwide. According to Reuters, the SCA had been receiving threats from the Taliban - forcing the NGO to suspend operations in Laghman indefinitely, including shutting down their health management office.

Two militants killed in joint military operations, Paktika

Two militants have been killed in joint US-Afghan military operations in the Paktika province. The operations targeted the militants in a remote part of the mountainous Barmtal district of the Paktika province - an area which borders Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region. According to the Associated Press, two militants were killed and another has been captured. All three militants are believed to have links to the Taliban through al-Qaeda-affiliated groups based in Pakistan. No military casualties have been reported.

Kabul protesters call for government to resign

Protesters in Kabul have gathered to call on the current government to resign. The demonstrations were led by a group called 'Uprising for Change' as dozens of their supporters rallied in the capital city to protest against the government. According to reports, the protesters have accused government officials of seizing power by force and claim that recent security failures in Kabul were caused by weaknesses in the leadership of the Afghan security forces. Several other anti-government protests and sit-ins have been led by the same group within the last two months, with fatal violence breaking out in some cases. The government has previously warned that mass demonstrations represent a high-level target for terror attacks; however, many protesters have dismissed the warning as a tool to suppress public opinion.

Ten Kunduz villages recaptured by Taliban

Ten villages on the outskirts of Kunduz city have allegedly been recaptured by the Taliban following a retreat from the Afghan security forces. Military clearing operations conducted 10 days ago forced the insurgents out of 10 villages which had allegedly been held by the insurgency for the best part of the last four years. However, according to reports, security officials confirmed that military forces had been withdrawn from the villages after inflicting heavy casualties on the Taliban - allowing the insurgents to retake control of the areas. No official reason has been issued for the retreat and local authorities have reportedly criticised the government forces for weak leadership - attributing the heightened insecurity in the region to the lack of coordination within the security forces.

Kidnapped Pakistani diplomats rescued by Afghan forces

Two kidnapped Pakistani diplomats have been rescued by the Afghan forces after being kidnapped in the Nangarhar province. The diplomats are thought to have been kidnapped in Jalalabad by militants in May; however, it remains unclear from where the hostages were rescued or from which militant group. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) are active in the Nangarhar province, although the IS have a particularly strong presence there. Pakistani officials have been informed of the rescue and negotiations are underway to arrange their return to Pakistan.

Afghan forces recapture Taywara district, Ghor

The Afghan security forces have allegedly recaptured the Taywara district in the Ghor province. The district was believed to have been overrun amid intense Taliban attacks over the weekend, along with various other districts throughout the country. Despite a government reluctance to confirm the loss of control over the area, local officials have allegedly stated that the district fell to the Taliban four days ago and was only recaptured in military operations on Thursday morning. According to Tolo News, local reports claimed that the Taliban had killed dozens of doctors and patients before torching the district hospital on Sunday. The Taliban denied these claims but confirmed that they had taken control of the district.

District chief killed in roadside explosion, Farah

A district chief and five others have been killed in a roadside explosion in the western Farah province. The blast occurred on Wednesday in the Dorjoi area of the Shib Koh district. The district chief and his five accomplices had been travelling in a vehicle when an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the IED blast.

Truck bomb attack foiled in Kabul

A truck bombing has been foiled in Kabul by intelligence operatives from the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Khaama News has reported that the NDS released a statement on Wednesday which claimed that a mini-truck packed with 2,500kg of explosives was recently apprehended and seized by NDS personnel in the Chahar Asyab district of Kabul. The truck bomb was allegedly being driven by militants hoping to detonate it in the centre of Kabul city. Neither the Taliban or Islamic State (IS) have commented on the incident and it remains unclear which group was behind the attempt. Just two months ago, a truck bomb killed dozens of civilians near the diplomatic quarter in Kabul.

Fifty insurgents killed in ongoing Baghlan clearing operations

At least 50 Taliban insurgents have been killed and nearly 70 others have been wounded in ongoing clearing operations throughout the Baghlan province. According to Tolo News, the military operation had successfully cleared at least 20 villages in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district as of Tuesday evening. The intense clearing operations were launched eight days ago after the Taliban attacked the district in an attempt to capture key areas. Over 1,000 civilians have been displaced as a result of the fighting, and insurgents have allegedly hidden out in civilian houses as air and ground operations gradually clear the area.

Thirty Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack, Kandahar

As many as 30 Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed and several others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in the Kandahar province. The attack allegedly took place overnight in the Khakrez district, where an Afghan National Security base was violently attacked. According to the Reuters, the casualty figures have been confirmed by a military spokesperson; however, the Taliban have not commented on the incident and the death toll has been disputed. The government forces have experienced a hike in casualty figures in recent years as the Taliban has stepped up attacks across the country - with an estimated 6,785 Afghan security personnel killed in the first 10 months of last year alone. 

Five Taliban commanders killed in Balkh air raid

Five Taliban commanders have allegedly been killed and eight others have been wounded in an air raid carried out in the northern Balkh province last night. According to Bakhtar News, the air attack targeted the insurgents in a Taliban hideout in the Chimtal district - which neighbours the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif. The airstrike was reportedly conducted in response to military intelligence suggesting that the Taliban commanders had gathered insurgents to plan terror attacks in the Alberz district of the same province.

Dozens of insurgents killed in Faryab airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed and wounded in airstrikes conducted in the Qaisar and Kohistan districts of the Faryab province. According to reports, at least 30 insurgents were killed in airstrikes carried out in Kohistan overnight, while a further 16 insurgents were killed and eight others were wounded in air and ground operations in Qaisar. It's speculated that the Kohistan district was captured by the Taliban over the weekend; however, the government has stated that fighting for control of the district is still ongoing.

Taliban attack police posts in Tagab, Badakhshan

Approximately 35 people have been killed after a group of Taliban insurgents attacked Afghan Local Police (ALP) check posts in the Tagab district over the weekend. According to Tolo News, at least 35 ALP and public uprising personnel were killed in the violent fighting. Provincial officials claim the fighting remains ongoing near the district centre, while unconfirmed reports suggest some key areas of the district have fallen to the Taliban.

Taliban capture Jani Khel district, Paktiya

The Taliban have allegedly captured the Jani Khel district in the Paktiya province following several days of heavy fighting. According to Tolo News, the insurgents took control of the district centre on Tuesday morning; however, local officials have disputed this statement, claiming that several military check posts remained under the control of the government forces. A military commander further claimed that at least 11 insurgents had been killed in the fighting so far and a Pakistani national had also been arrested. No military or civilian casualties have been reported and the government has not confirmed the situation. It's suspected that two other districts have fallen to the insurgents in the last few days - Kohistan in Faryab, Taiwara in Ghor.

Twenty-three insurgents killed in Helmand air raid

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 37 others have been wounded in a recent air raid conducted by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand province. The airstrike targeted Taliban hideouts in insecure areas of the Gereshk district. According to Bakhtar News, various vehicles, weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the air attack. Helmand is a particularly volatile province with many key contested areas.

Over 20 insurgents killed in Faryab airstrikes

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in Afghan military airstrikes in the Kohistan district of the Faryab province. Tolo News has reported that at least seven Taliban local commanders are thought to be among those killed in the airstrikes. According to reports, further airstrikes were also carried out across the province, targeting Taliban positions in the Chashma-e Sangin, Iash, Khairabad, Qarugh, and Qudughak areas. The Kohistan district was allegedly captured by the Taliban on Sunday evening and the airstrikes came as government forces continued to battle for control of the area.

Ten Taliban killed in Ghazni gunfight

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in a gunfight in the Ghazni province. Afghan police units have allegedly been conducting a counter-terror operation in the Andar district when the gun battle broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning. According to reports, police officials claim that at least 10 insurgents were killed as the police officers forced the insurgent group to retreat from the area. No civilian or police casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Security forces under Taliban siege in Faryab

Afghan security forces have allegedly come under siege by Taliban insurgents in the Faryab province. At least 60 security personnel - including 30 Afghan Special Forces, 20 Afghan National Army (ANA), and 10 Afghan National Police (ANP) - have been under heavy insurgent attack in the Khair Abad village of the Kohistan district. The village lies just 1.5km from the district's centre and will enable the Taliban to control the entire district if the security forces cannot repel the attack. According to Tolo News, around 130 armed civilians initially assisted the security forces; however, most civilians have since surrendered to the Taliban under the belief the district will soon fall. No casualty figures have been confirmed and no official government statement has been released as it remains unknown whether military reinforcements will be deployed to the area.

Twenty-five IS killed in Nangarhar clearing operations

AT least 25 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and a further 15 militants have been wounded in clearing operations in Nangarhar. The operations were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces in the Haska Mena district on Sunday. According to reports, groups of IS-linked militants were targeted by air and ground units in the Rokhana, Chaharwza, Dand Khana, Maiz, and Miaji Baba areas. The operations occurred shortly after 16 IS militants and eight civilians were killed and eight others were wounded in a NATO-led drone strike in the Mariz Kandaw area.

Twenty-four killed in NATO-led airstrike, Nangarhar

At least 24 people have been killed and as many as eight others have allegedly been wounded in a NATO-led airstrike in Nangarhar. Local reports have claimed that the airstrikes targeted a group of people gathered for a funeral prayer ceremony in the Mariz Kandaw area on Sunday afternoon. At least 16 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed, along with eight civilians. Bill Salvin - a spokesperson for the NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission - confirmed the airstrike took place but stated that the NATO forces were unaware of any civilian presence in the area at the time of the airstrike. Salvin further stated that an inquiry would be formed to launch an official investigation into allegations of civilian casualties.

Taliban kidnaps 70 civilians in Kandahar

Around 70 civilians have been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents over the weekend in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the insurgents carried out a series of attacks on civilian villages throughout the province, abducting at least 70 villagers in total. It's believed that approximately 30 kidnapped villagers were either released or managed to escape, while the bodies of seven others were found near the Kandahar-Tarinkot highway on Sunday. At least 33 hostages are still being held by the Taliban - who have not claimed responsibility for the mass abduction but have a strong presence in Kandahar and control many parts of the province. Taliban insurgents have been known to kidnap civilians before; however, such a large-scale abduction is unusual.

Seventeen Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

As many as 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in counter-terror operations in the Kunduz province. The insurgent group was targeted in an airstrike carried out as part of the counter-terror operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) on Sunday 23 July. The airstrike hit suspected Taliban hideouts in Kunduz city and the Qala-i-Zal and Khanabad districts. According to reports, a prominent local Taliban leader has been identified among those killed in the operation. The Taliban have been increasingly active in the Kunduz province in the last few months, as the group has ramped up efforts to capture vulnerable territory in the area.

Dozens killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul. The explosive attack occurred on Monday in a majority Shi'ite Muslim area of the sixth police district of Kabul, near the private residence of the deputy government chief executive. According to Reuters, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, which allegedly targeted two government buses - killing at least 37 government employees and wounding 40 others. However, official government sources have placed the death toll at 24, while other sources claim that as many as 37 have been killed - including civilians. Over 1,700 civilians have been killed in the ongoing violence in Afghanistan this year, with fatalities from Kabul accounting for at least 20 percent of this figure. The recent suicide bombing had allegedly been planned for at least two months prior to the attack.

ANA repels Taliban attacks in Ghor

The Afghan National Army (ANA) has repelled a coordinated attack by Taliban militants in Ghor province. Dozens of gunmen launched the offensive on Thursday night in the Tiora and Pasaband districts. At least 22 Taliban fighters were killed and eight others were wounded, while four ANA soldiers also died.

Two Afghan militants killed in Ghazni

Two Taliban militants have been killed and three others wounded during clashes in Ghazni city. Provincial police chief Mustafa Mayar said militants attacked a checkpoint in the second police district on Friday, but security forces defended their positions. Two officers suffered minor injuries during the confrontation, while two AK47s were also seized.

Militants killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 24 Islamic State (IS) and two Taliban militants have been killed in clashes and security operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The provincial government said local resident clashed with IS insurgents in the Tangi, Anarkhel and Sulimankhel areas of Khogyani district on Thursday. Elsewhere, the Afghan security forces killed two Taliban suspects during a raid on a hideout in the Momand Dara district.

Taliban launch car bomb attacks in Helmand

Taliban militants have carried out two car bomb attacks in the southern province of Helmand. Humvee armoured vehicle packed with explosives were used in the attack in the Gareshk district. Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and three police officers were wounded in the attacks, which took place early on Thursday. “After the Taliban attacks, the security forces launched air and ground operations in the areas and killed 18 Taliban insurgents,” said provincial governor Omar Zwak.

Four ALP killed in Nangarhar blast

Four Afghan Local Police (ALP) have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Nangarhar province. The officers were travelling through the Sherzad district when the device exploded on Wednesday night.  Elsewhere four Taliban militants were killed in a drone strike in the province's Watpur district.

Police targeted in Logar ambush

Three police officers have been killed and another wounded in an ambush in Logar province.  Suspected Taliban militants targeted the officers in the Do Shekh area of Barak-e-Barak. The assailants also stole a police vehicle during the attack.

Nine killed in Zabul clash

Eight police officers and a soldier have been killed and seven others wounded in clashes with the Taliban in Zabul province. Taliban militants ambushed police checkpoints on Tuesday evening and fighting continued into Wednesday morning.  The assailants also seized a police ranger and weapons during the raid, which occurred in Arghandab.

ANA troops killed by roadside bomb, Faryab

Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in Faryab province.  Mohammad Saleh Saleh, district governor of Almar, said the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Security forces kill Taliban militants in Kandahar

The Afghan National Army (ANA) has killed nine Taliban militants during clashes in Kandahar.  The confrontation took place in the Zheri district, the ANA said in a statement.  Taliban weapons caches were also discovered in Kandahar city, Panjwai and Spenboldak districts.

Two Taliban commanders killed in Nangarhar

Two Taliban commanders have been killed in reported in-fighting in the eastern Nangarhar province. Niamatullah Noorzai, Bati Kot district’s administrative chief, said the incident occurred in the Takee area late on Tuesday.  The cause of the clash has not been confirmed and the Taliban have not made any public statements.

Seven IS militants killed in Nangarhar blast

At least seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an explosion at a house in Nangarhar province. According to reports, the militants were preparing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which accidentally detonated in the Pacher Agam district.

Five police killed in Baghlan attack

Five Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed and six others wounded in an attack in the northern Baghlan province.  Police official Amir Gul Hussainkhil said Taliban fighters launched a three-pronged assault in the Jaded district on Tuesday, but were eventually repelled. Another spokesman, Zabihullah Shuj, said 16 Taliban fighters were killed and 27 others wounded. The fighting has forced the closure of the main road linking Baghlan and neighbouring Kunduz province, while local schools and businesses have closed.

Taliban fighters killed in clearing operation, Faryab

Eleven Taliban militants have been killed in a clearing operation in the northern province of Faryab. Abdul Karim Yorish, provincial security spokesman, said the operation took place in the Qaisar district on Monday.  Three other insurgents were wounded in the fighting, while there were no confirmed civilian or military casualties.

Senior Taliban leader killed in Kunduz airstrike

A senior Taliban leader has been killed in an airstrike in the northern Kunduz province.  Mawlawi Nooruddin, the deputy shadow governor in the province, was targeted in a suburb of Kunduz city late on Monday.  Three other Taliban militants were also killed in the strike, including the group's former governor for Chahardara district, Zabihullah Majroh.

Security forces foil IS plot in Jalalabad

The Afghan security forces have foiled a plot by the Islamic State (IS) group in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The group were planning to launch an attack in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, according to local officials. A suspect was arrested in the Chaparhar district with a PKM machine gun. Meanwhile, the Afghan National Police (ANP) have seized 1,400kg of ammonium nitrate - used in IEDs - from a truck on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway.

Taliban killed in Ghor clashes

At least 13 Taliban militants have been killed during clashes with the security forces in Ghor province. The Provincial Police Chief Spokesman, Mohammad Iqbal Nezami, said the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the early hours of Monday morning but were repelled by troops.  Nine other militants were wounded during the confrontation, which occurred in the Tewoara district.

Police targeted in Logar bombing

An Afghan police officer has been killed and three others wounded after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Logar province. The incident occurred in the Azra district on Sunday.  No group has claimed responsibility for planting the device.

Three border police killed in Herat ambush

Three border police officers have been killed in an ambush in the western province of Herat. The spokesman for the Provincial Governor, Jelani Farhad, said the attack took place in the Ahmad Abad area on Monday morning. The officers were travelling to the Islam Qala Customs office when they were targeted.  The Taliban are suspected of carrying out the attack.

IS clash with Taliban in Jowzjan

Insurgents from the Islamic State (IS) have clashed with Taliban fighters in the Darzab district of Jowjan province.  IS claims to have killed two Taliban militants during the conflict, while official put the death toll at seven. Earlier this month IS beheaded 10 Taliban fighters in the same district.

Two police killed by roadside bomb, Nimroz

Two police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in the south-western Nimroz province.  Omid Baloch, district administrative chief, told reporters that the device exploded in the Chakhansoor district on Monday evening.  He also claimed that the Taliban planted the landmine.

Taliban clash with security forces, Farah

Three civilians have been killed and four others wounded during clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in Farah province.  The fighting took place in the Ganj Abad region of Bala Buluk district on Saturday. Provincial District Governor, Mullah Sayed Mohammad, said the Taliban militants targeted residential houses during the fighting.

Security forces retake Nawa district in Helmand

The Afghan security forces have recaptured the Nawa district in Helmand province from the Taliban.  The provincial governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, made the announcement following days of heavy fighting.  Zwak said the operation has been supported by foreign military airstrikes, adding that 18 Taliban militants and one Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were killed and two Afghan police officers wounded.

Airstrike kills eight in Kunduz

At least eight people were killed and three others wounded in an airstrike in Kunduz province. Ahmad Jaweed Salimm, spokesman of the local commando forces, said the operation was carried out in a suburb of Kunduz city.  The victims are suspected to be members of the Taliban, although there has not been any official confirmation.

Airstrikes target militant groups in Nangarhar

A series of airstrikes have been conducted against the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  According to local officials, seven Taliban militants (including a commander) were killed in the Mashwani area of Bati Kot district.  In a separate strike, nine IS militants were killed and five others wounded in Pacher Agam district.  The IS group is reported to include Pakistani and Uzbek nationals.

Four police killed in Taliban attack, Zabul

Four police officers have been killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the southern Zabul province.  Suspected Taliban gunmen raided the post near Qalat on Saturday morning. Another officer was wounded during the attack, while officials said the assailants abducted two rangers and stole weapons before fleeing the area.

Twenty-five IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 25 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in Nangarhar. According to reports, the IS militants were targeted and killed in ongoing air and ground operations in the Pachir Wa Agam and Chaparhar districts. Local government officials have allegedly confirmed that the operations first targeted a group of six militants in the Mar Khanai area of Pachir Wa Agam, before killing a further 19 militants in the second offensive. At least three Pakistani nationals and two Uzbek nationals have been identified among those killed in the first operation, along with an IS group leader.

Three civilians wounded in Paktiya suicide bombing

Three civilians have been wounded in a suicide bombing in the Paktiya province. According to Tolo News, the incident occurred when police officers apprehended two suspected militants aboard motorcycles in Gardez city, prompting the suicide bombers to prematurely detonate their explosive-laden motorcycles. The resulting blast killed both suicide bombers and wounded three civilian bystanders, while no police casualties have been reported. The intended target of the suicide bombing remains unknown as investigations are launched.

Two militants killed near AfPak border

Two militants have been killed near the AfPak border in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). A group of militants allegedly crossed the border from Afghanistan and attacked the Pakistani security forces on Misthara post, just two kilometres north-west of Jarobi - which is located just south of the Pachir Wa Agam district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, where there is a high level of Islamic State (IS) activity. According to reports, two suspected suicide bombers were killed in the fighting, while at least two Pakistani security personnel were wounded.

Two children killed in Zabul rocket attack

Two children have been killed and two others have been wounded in a Taliban rocket attack in the Zabul province. The rocket struck a house in a civilian area of the Shahjoi district late on Thursday evening. According to Tolo News, the provincial police chief has claimed that the rocket was fired by Taliban insurgents and that the security forces had also killed three insurgents and wounded two others in the same district. 

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

Thirteen Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting broke out in the Spin Boldak district, which borders with Pakistan, and Kandahar city - where insurgents allegedly attacked Afghan National Army (ANA) convoys. The ANA forces responded with gunfire, repelling the insurgent attacks.

Nineteen IS killed in Nangarhar clearing operation

As many as 19 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in ongoing clearing operations in Nangarhar. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the deaths, stating that the clearing operation had targeted the Pachir Wa Agam district within the last 24 hours. At least four senior IS militants are believed to be among those killed, along with an IS recruiter. Pakistani nationals were also identified among the dead. The Pachir Wa Agam district borders with Pakistan's Kurram Valley and has been an area of military interest in recent weeks as IS forces continue to battle for control of key parts of the area - including the Tora Bora cave complex once used by al-Qaeda.

Missile attack on military base at Kandahar airport

A military base at Kandahar airport has been targeted in a missile attack. The attack occurred on Wednesday morning and a unit of Bulgarian armed forces had allegedly been training at the base at the time of the attack; however, it has been confirmed that no casualties were incurred. The military authorities in Kandahar have claimed that the Taliban were behind the attack - as they have a strong presence in the area and have conducted similar attacks on both civilians and military targets in the past.

Fifteen Taliban killed in military operation in Kunar

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in a recent military operation in the Kunar province. The operation was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces, targeting Taliban positions in the Asmar and Shigal districts of the province. A cache of machine guns and ammunition was discovered and seized from the areas and no civilian or ANA casualties have been reported.

Sixteen killed in Taliban attack on police checkpoints, Badghis

At least 16 people have been killed and a further 11 others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the Badghis province. Intense fighting broke out over the weekend after a group of Taliban insurgents launched a series of coordinated attacks on police checkpoints in several villages of the Jawand and Qadis districts. The security forces managed to repel the attack, killing 11 Taliban insurgents and wounding eight others. However, at least five security personnel were also killed in the fighting and a further three were also wounded.

Eleven IS killed in US drone strike in Kunar

Eleven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Kunar province. The airstrike targeted an IS hideout in the Katar Kala area of the Watapur district overnight. According to reports, three IS group commanders are believed to be among the 11 militants killed. The IS network has been steadily growing in recent months, as transnational terrorism has increased. Both the Taliban and the IS have links to Pakistani-based militant groups, with several incidents of IS militants being caught near the AfPak border in Kunar.

Seven Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 11 have been wounded in a clash with the Afghan security forces in Kandahar. The clash broke out on the Kabul-Kandahar highway after a group of insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a military convoy and security checkpoints. According to Tolo News, the Afghan security forces repelled the attack, inflicting seven Taliban fatalities and 11 casualties. Two police officers and two soldiers were also killed in the fighting - which lasted for several hours.

Seven civilians killed in Taliban attack, Farah

Seven civilians have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Farah province. According to Tolo News, a group of Taliban insurgents stopped a passenger bus on the Farah-Herat highway in the Bala Buluk district, forcing at least seven passengers off the bus before shooting them, execution-style. The highway was shut down for several hours as the Afghan military launched a counter-operation in the area, killing at least 10 insurgents and wounding seven others. 

Taliban commander killed in Nangarhar infighting

A Taliban commander has been killed in infighting in Nangarhar. According to provincial officials, an armed clash broke out between two Taliban groups in the Jantian area of the Kot district, leading to the death of a group commander. Further casualties have not been confirmed and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Two children killed in Kandahar roadside bombing

Two civilian children have been killed in a roadside explosion in the southern Kandahar province. The incident occurred in the Kula Khamar area of the Maiwand district, which borders with the volatile Helmand province. The children had allegedly been on their way home when they accidentally triggered a hidden improvised explosive device (IED). Taliban insurgents have a strong presence in the Kandahar province and have previously planted IEDs in the Maiwand district.

Five Taliban killed in NATO airstrike in Kunduz

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in an airstrike carried out by NATO-led coalition forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrike targeted a Taliban hideout in the Janat Bagh area of the Khan Abad district, just east of the provincial capital, Kunduz city. The Taliban are believed to be organising coordinated attacks on the provincial capital - which they have captured twice before in the last two years.

Seven killed in Taliban attack in Laghman

Seven fatalities have been reported following a Taliban attack in the Laghman province. According to reports, a group of Taliban insurgents launched an armed attack on security outposts in the Ali Sheng district, killing two police officers and wounding seven civilians before government reinforcements arrived and repelled the attack. Five insurgents were killed in the two-hour-long clash. 

Six killed in Wardak armed clashes

At least six people have been killed and five others have been wounded in armed clashes between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan police forces in the Wardak province. Five insurgents were killed and three others were wounded in the gun battle which broke out in the Jalrez district on Tuesday morning. A police officer was also killed and two others were wounded, while a Taliban district commander has been identified among the five insurgents killed in the crossfire.

Dozens killed and wounded in northern clearing operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed and wounded in recent clearing operations conducted in the northern Balkh and Jowzjan provinces. According to reports, the Afghan security forces have claimed that 60 insurgents have been killed and over 100 others have been wounded in the fighting. The operations targeted villages in the Faizabad district of Jowzjan and the Chamtal district of Balkh - where a number of civilians were allegedly forced to flee their homes due to the fighting, and are now receiving relief from the government forces. A commander of a public uprising, Sahib Khan, has also claimed that local armed civilian groups were on standby in several villages and were able to assist the government forces in driving the insurgents out of the area. Khan also claimed that insurgents had come from Faryab and Sar-e-Pul to join coordinated attacks on the villages in Jowzjan and Balkh - with the ultimate goal of destabilising security along the main highway between the two provinces.

Taliban commander killed in Kunduz airstrike

A Taliban commander has been identified among eight Taliban insurgents killed in an airstrike conducted in the Kunduz province. The Afghan security forces allegedly carried out the airstrike in the Arsalan area on Sunday night. The Taliban have not commented on the alleged airstrike; however, there has been an increased rate of Taliban activity in the northern provinces in recent months.

Seven militants killed in US drone strike

Seven militants have been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces in the Paktiya province. The strike was conducted on Saturday evening, targeting suspected militants in the Mamozo area of the Zurmat district. It has not yet been confirmed which group the militants belonged to and no group has commented on the drone strike; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have been known to operate in the province.

Nine Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in Kandahar. The fighting occurred on Monday morning in the Spin Boldak district - which borders with the Chaman district of Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency. According to reports, the Afghan National Army engaged in an armed conflict, killing nine insurgents and seizing several weapons. No civilian or military casualties were incurred in the fighting.

Nineteen IS killed in Nangarhar drone strikes

At least 19 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent drone strikes in the Nangarhar province. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces on Monday morning and allegedly targeted IS hideouts in the Achin, Roadat, and Kot districts. No security personnel or civilians were harmed in the strikes.

Five civilians wounded in Helmand mine explosion

Five civilians - including two children - have been wounded in a mine explosion in the southern Helmand province. The provincial authorities claim that the explosive was planted by Taliban insurgents along the main road on the outskirts of the Sangin district - which was captured by the Taliban earlier this year. The Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Eight Taliban killed in Balkh clashes

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the northern Balkh province. The fighting broke out in the Chamtal district as the Afghan security forces conducted missions to recapture lost territory in the area. A number of villages were allegedly cleared of insurgents and various weapons were also seized by the security forces.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Logar joint operations

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a joint military operation in the Logar province. The Afghan security forces targeted the insurgents in a hideout in the Mohammad Agha district in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to reports, a cache of eight improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered in a mosque along with 10 motorcycles belonging to the insurgents. It is likely the group were planning to carry out IED attacks using the motorcycles.

Three killed in Badakhshan floods

Three people have been killed and 20 others have been wounded as floods have hit the northern Badakhshan province. Days of continuous torrential rain have flooded over 500 hectares of agricultural lands and destroyed over 100 houses across the Baharak, Sheghnan, Shekai, and Yemgan districts. The heavy rain is expected to continue for the next few days and will likely hinder search and rescue operations.

Tribal elder killed in Nangarhar explosion

A tribal elder has been killed and four others have been wounded in an explosion in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast occurred on Sunday morning in the Pekha area. The blast allegedly targeted the tribal elder, as explosives were planted on his vehicle - killing him and wounding two of his associates. Two other civilian bystanders were also wounded in the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) frequently use explosives to target individuals - with the IS having a particularly strong presence in the Nangarhar province.

Six civilians wounded as local militias clash in Kunduz

Six civilians have been wounded in fighting between two rival local militia factions in the northern Kunduz province. The clash broke out in the early hours of Friday morning in the Khanabad district, where rival warlords and factional commanders engaged in an armed dispute in which six civilian bystanders were wounded. While some local militias support the Afghan security forces, they often fight amongst themselves, representing a risk to civilians. 

Three civilians killed in landmine blast

Three civilians have been killed and another person has been wounded in a landmine blast in the northern Takhar province. The blast occurred on Friday inside a private residence in the Chah Ab district - which borders with Tajikistan. Investigations have been launched to determine whether the explosion was a militant attack; however, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Clearing operation reopens Kunduz-Baghlan highway

The main highway connecting the northern Kunduz and Baghlan provinces has been reopened following a two-day clearing operation. The operation was launched after reports emerged that armed Taliban insurgents were hiding out in civilian houses nearby, ambushing travellers on the road. The highway was closed for two days whilst the operation was ongoing but has now officially been reopened for traffic. No casualty figures have been confirmed; however, military officials claimed the insurgents suffered heavy casualties.

Four students killed in Faryab fighting

Four students have been killed and another has been wounded after getting caught in violent clashes between the government forces and the Taliban in the Faryab province. The students had been travelling in a vehicle from Balkh to Maimana when they found themselves in the middle of the fighting in Chenarhai Sharaf Beg village in the district of Khwaja Sabz Posh. The Afghan security forces confirmed the loss of civilian lives, stating that two police officers were also wounded and a military tanker was burnt in the clashes.

Taliban kill tribal elder in Logar

A tribal elder has been killed by Taliban insurgents in the Logar province. The insurgents abducted the tribal elder in the Azra district several days ago; however, his body was not found until recently. According to reports, the insurgents had cut off the victim's nose, ears, and hands. While the Taliban group is known to execute people as its own form of justice, such killings usually involve decapitation - indicating that the tribal elder was not executed, but rather assassinated.

Three killed, 17 wounded in Nangarhar militant attacks

Three civilians have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in militant attacks in Nangarhar. The first attack occurred in the Chaparhar district, where unidentified gunmen stormed a mosque in the Karez area, killing three civilians and wounding three more whilst taking three others hostage. The second attack happened in the Ghani Khel province, where 14 people were wounded when militants fired mortars on the Shergar market. Neither the Islamic State (IS) or the Taliban have claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.

Four police officers killed in roadside explosion, Farah

Four police officers have been killed in a roadside explosion after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the Farah province. The IED was planted along the roadside in the Jowin district where a police ranger pick-up truck triggered the blast as it passed by. The Taliban has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack and two Taliban bomb planters have also recently been arrested in the province.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Kunduz operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in air and ground operations in Kunduz. As many as 58 insurgents have been killed and 33 others have been wounded in the Angorbagh and Talawka areas of the province. The Ministry of Defence has claimed that four Taliban commanders and a Taliban shadow district chief were among those killed. 

Five IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

Five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out in the Nangarhar province. The first set of airstrikes struck the Spin Zhari area of the Nazyan district, killing a commander of the IS-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam militant group based in Pakistan. The second set of airstrikes targeted the Mia Baba area in the Haska Mina district, killing four IS militants - three of whom have been identified as foreign nationals.

US soldier killed in Helmand offensive

A US soldier has been killed and two others have been wounded in an offensive in the southern Helmand province. According to the New York Times, Private Kirkpatrick was serving with the first Armoured Division's first Stryker Brigade Combat Team when he was killed by indirect fire - presumably from Taliban insurgents - during a counter-terror mission in the Nawa district. The operation was carried out alongside the Afghan security forces on Monday 03 July; however, the US Army only announced the death on Wednesday 05 July - going against the established norm of releasing a brief statement within 24 hours of the death. 

Fourteen Taliban killed in Paktiya clashes

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in clashes in the Paktiya province. According to Tolo News, the fighting broke out after a group of insurgents attacked an Afghan National Police (ANP) patrol unit in the Dak area of the Zazai Aryoub district. The ANP unit managed to repel the attack; however, one ANP officer was also wounded in the fighting.

Senior police chief killed in Kabul explosion

A senior police chief has been killed and his driver has been wounded in an explosion in Kabul. The blast occurred on Monday evening, targeting the head chief of Parwan's criminal investigation department in the 17th police district of the capital city. A magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly attached to the victim's vehicle, suggesting the incident was a targeted attack on the police. Militant groups often target the security forces and government officials using IEDs.

Six civilians killed in roadside bombing, Farah

Six civilians have been killed and six others have been wounded in a roadside bombing in Farah. An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly planted along the roadside in the Momin Abad area of the Shiba Koh district - which borders with Iran. The IED was detonated as the civilians travelled by in a pickup truck. Some of the victims have been identified as children. The Taliban are suspected of being behind the explosion due to their presence in the province and history of planting IEDs along roadsides.

Three IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Three suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in an airstrike in the Nangarhar province. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Achin district. Two of the three militants killed have been identified as Pakistani nationals. No civilian casualties were incurred during the airstrike.

Rockets strike residential areas in Kabul

Two rockets have struck residential areas in Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing at least two people. According to Associated Press, the first rocket hit a private home in the fifth police district on Wednesday afternoon, killing a woman and a child, while another woman is believed to have been wounded. A second rocket allegedly hit the nearby Neyazbeg area soon after; however, no casualties have been reported. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) have both carried out similar attacks in the capital before.

Five IS killed in Kunar drone strike

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike in the Kunar province. The strike was carried out by the Afghan forces in the Watapur district, where an offshoot militant group of the IS was targeted. Among those killed were two senior members of the militant group, including the group's chief of recruitment and chief of finance.

Joint counter-terror operations to be launched

Joint counter-terror operations are due to be launched along the Durand Line between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Afghan and Pakistani governments have agreed to the joint operations in talks mediated by US Senate delegates in Islamabad and Kabul. US officials will oversee the joint operations, ensuring that cooperation and commitment from both sides.

Three Taliban killed in Wardak shootout

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a shootout in the Wardak province. The security forces had been conducting an overnight operation in the Nirkh district on Saturday when they encountered the insurgents and a shootout ensued. The Ministry of Interior has confirmed that one of the insurgents killed was a Taliban district chief.

Seven civilians killed in landmine explosion, Nangarhar

Seven civilians have been killed and five others have been wounded in a landmine explosion in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast occurred in the Achin district, where an anti-vehicle landmine had been placed along a roadside. While no claim of responsibility for the incident has been made, the Islamic State (IS) militant group have a strong presence in the Nangarhar province and often target vehicles with explosives.

Twenty-nine Taliban surrender to security forces

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have surrendered to the security forces in the Uruzgan and Farah provinces. According to Tolo News, the Ministry of Interior confirmed that 18 insurgents had surrendered to Afghan National Police (ANP) forces following the death fo the commander in Uruzgan, while a further 11 insurgents turned in their weapons to join the peace process in the Farah province.

Four civilians killed in roadside explosion, Farah

Four civilians have been killed and another has been wounded in a roadside explosion in the western Farah province. A civilian vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Pusht Rod district, triggering the blast. While no group has claimed responsibility, the Taliban are thought to be behind the incident, as they operate in the area and often plant anti-vehicle improvised IEDs to target the security forces.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Helmand offensive

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in a major military offensive in the southern Helmand province. On Sunday evening, air and ground operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Nawa district - 42 insurgents were killed and 27 others were wounded. Airstrikes were also carried out in the Nad-e Ali district, killing at least 12 more insurgents in areas near the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Both operations were carried out as part of the ongoing 'Khalid Offensive' to recapture territory lost to the Taliban and eliminate threats to Lashkar Gah.

Twenty IS killed in Nangarhar drone strike

Twenty Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike in the Nangarhar province. The drone strike was carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted IS militants in the Achin district on Sunday evening. At least three of the militants have been identified as Pakistani commanders.

Four civilians killed in roadside bombing

Four civilians have been killed in a roadside bombing in the southern Kandahar province.  Zia Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police, said the incident happened in the Khakrez district in the early hours of Monday morning.  The was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although the Taliban has a strong presence in Helmand.

Taliban ambush pro-government militia, Balkh

The Taliban have killed 13 members of a pro-government militia in the northern Balkh province.  Munir Ahmad Farhad, the spokesman for the Balkh governor, said the attack took place in the Chemtal district.  The militia, which was established by the Interior Ministry, were taking part in a security operation when they were targeted.

IS commanders killed by drone strike, Jowzjan

Five senior Islamic State (IS) commanders have been killed in a drone strike in Jowzjan province.  Local media have identified the leaders as Mullah Abdul Ahad, Qari Muhebullah, Mullah Mahbobullah, Mullah Sadruddin and Faiz Malang.  The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission is suspected of carrying out the strike.

IS militants killed in Nangarhar

At least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in the eastern province of Nangarhar.  The group were shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Khogyani district late on Friday.  It is not yet clear who carried out the attack; with no claim of responsibility from the Taliban or local vigilante groups.

NATO to increase military support in Afghanistan

NATO is expected to increase military support in Afghanistan following a statement from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The plans were announced at a press conference in Brussels, where Stoltenberg confirmed that a yet undetermined number of additional military intelligence and medical support troops will be dispatched to assist Afghan National Army (ANA) special operations units. 

IS militant killed in clashes with Taliban, Nuristan

A militant of the Islamic State (IS) has been killed and three civilians have been wounded in fighting between the IS forces and Taliban insurgents in the Nuristan province. The clashes have been confirmed by the provincial governor, who stated that the fighting broke out near the Wanat Waigal district overnight. Further fighting is expected to take place as an increase in armed Taliban insurgents has been reported near a suspected Taliban hideout. The Nuristan province borders with Pakistan and contains various cross-border routes exploited by IS and Taliban for militants.

Two police officers killed in IED explosion, Farah

Two policemen have been killed and two others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device exploded in the western Farah province. The police officers encountered the anti-vehicle IED in the provincial capital, Farah city. The IED had likely been planted by Taliban insurgents, who have increased operations in the province within recent months, prompting officials to heighten the security threat in the area. The Taliban have not commented or claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two police officers killed in Taliban attack, Badakhshan

Two female police officers have been killed in an armed Taliban attack in the northern Badakhshan province. Taliban insurgents allegedly targeted the two police officers near their home in the Spin Gul village of the Argo district. The insurgents opened fire on the victims as they were returning home, killing both women on the spot. Education and work for females were strictly prohibited under Taliban rule and the insurgent group continues to exercise a repressive approach to women.

Two children wounded in IED explosion, Kandahar

At least two young children have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the Kandahar province. The IED had been placed in the Makwan area of Zharay village, Arghistan district - most likely by Taliban insurgents in efforts to target civilians or security personnel. The Taliban have a strong presence in the southern province, with operational bases in the neighbouring Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

Six Taliban killed in Helmand airstrike

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. According to reports, the Ministry of Defence confirmed the aerial operations, stating that the airstrike targeted Taliban positions in the Musa Qala district north of the Sangin district. A local Taliban leader is believed to have been among those killed.

Twelve killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Twelve militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out in Nangarhar. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the airstrike targeted and destroyed seven suspected militant hideouts in the Achin district. It has not been confirmed whether the militants were members of the Taliban or Islamic State (IS); however, the IS have a particularly strong presence in the Achin district and the wider province.

Two security personnel killed in IED blast, Nimroz

Two security personnel have been killed and another has been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the south-western Nimroz province. The IED had been planted along the side of the national highway connecting Zarang to Delaram. Highway security officials had been travelling in a vehicle on the highway in the Khashrowd district when the blast occurred on Monday. While no group has yet claimed the incident, provincial police officials believe the Taliban are responsible.

Six militants killed in Wardak airstrikes

Six militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes in the Wardak province. The aerial operations targeted two hideouts believed to belong to al-Qaeda militants in the Jaghatu district, which borders the Ghazni province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has confirmed the airstrikes and at least one al-Qaeda commander has been identified among the six militants killed. Various supplies of weapons, explosives and ammunition were also discovered and seized.

Fourteen killed in Taliban attack, Herat

At least 14 people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the western Herat province. The incident occurred in the Chesht-e Sharif district on Saturday night, where a group of insurgents attacked a security checkpoint approximately 13km from the Salma Dam. According to Tolo News, at least 10 security personnel were killed and four others were wounded in the attack. A spokesman for the provincial police chief claimed that four insurgents were also killed in the fighting.

Dozens of militants killed in Jowzjan operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in military operations in the northern Jowzjan province over the weekend. The operations targeted Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants in the Darzab district, killing at least 40 IS militants and 11 Taliban insurgents. An additional 10 IS militants were also wounded and several IS and Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed. 

Taliban demand US withdrawal from Afghanistan

A Taliban statement released ahead of the festival of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan has demanded that the US troops withdraw from Afghanistan. According to Reuters, Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada has called for the removal of US forces to allow peace negotiations to begin. The statement makes promises of peace and constructive international relations on the condition of US withdrawal - thereby putting the US in a difficult position. The Taliban sought to present themselves as a voice of the Afghan people - appealing to the democratic foundations of the US government, whilst harshly criticising the Afghan government as illegitimate. The statement comes just a few days after reports of US intentions to send between 3,000 to 5,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan.

National and local elections to take place in 2018

National and local elections have been scheduled to take place next year. Elections for parliamentarians and district council members will take place on 07 July 2018 - approximately three years later than the original date set. The elections have been long-delayed following the end of the current government's five-year-mandate in 2015. The delay has stemmed from the disputed results of the 2014 presidential election which produced the national unity government led by President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. The unified presidency has been strained from the start, as both leaders - former political rivals - have disagreed on a wide range of issues, including election security and voter registration. 

Dozens of IS killed in Jowzjan operations

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and wounded in security operations in the Jowzjan province. At least 25 IS militants have been killed and a further 30 have been wounded in a series of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Darzab district, where the security forces had recently been engaged in a two-day battle with the IS forces. At least 20 IS militants and 6 security personnel were killed, while 12 IS militants and three security personnel were wounded in the clashes which ended on Tuesday night.

Security forces end 72-hour battle with Taliban in Takhar

The Afghan security forces have ended a 72-hour battle with Taliban insurgents in the northern Takhar province. The Taliban launched attacks on the Darqad district on Monday, capturing a security check post before continuing to launch a series of violent attacks from four separate directions surrounding strategic points in the district. While some parts of the district were briefly seized by the insurgents, the security forces managed to repel the attacks after reinforcements arrived from the neighbouring Kunduz province, pushing the Taliban out from the district. According to Tolo News, at least five insurgents have been killed and another 30 have been wounded. The Darqad district is an island-like territory close to the border with Tajikistan.

Three killed in armed attack on Logar mosque

At least three people have been killed and two others have been wounded in an armed attack on a mosque in Logar. A group of gunmen allegedly stormed a mosque during prayers in the Mohammad Agha district. At least two local council officials are believed to have been killed and unconfirmed reports have also suggested that a tribal elder and former commander of the Hezb-e-Islami militant group was among those killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, it is suspected that the Taliban were behind it.

Taliban release hostage footage

The Taliban have released footage of two American university lectures who were taken hostage by the group in August 2016. The footage allegedly shows the two hostages, Timothy Weeks and Kevin King, begging the authorities to negotiate their release. Their release has reportedly been made conditional on the release of Taliban prisoners from Bagram and Pul-e Charkhi prisons. The precise location of the hostages remains unknown; however, government officials have speculated that the men are being held by militants of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Dozens killed and wounded in Helmand car bomb attack

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in a suicide car bombing outside the New Kabul Bank in Lashkar Gah - the provincial capital of the Helmand province. According to Tolo News, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a vehicle outside the bank at around midday on Thursday, targeting the security forces and civilians. The Associated Press has reported that a spokesman for the provincial governor has stated that at least 29 people have been killed and 60 others have been wounded. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban have a strong presence in the Helmand province and often use suicide bombers at entrance points during attacks.

One wounded in Kabul IED blast

One person has been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in Kabul. The IED was placed in a vehicle in the 15th police district of Kabul. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Taliban insurgents and militants of the Islamic State (IS) often plant IEDs in vehicles to target the security forces and civilians. The incident has occurred amid growing public unrest in Kabul as protesters continue to express dissatisfaction with the government's ability to protect them from militant attacks.

Twenty-seven IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 27 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an overnight military operation in Nangarhar. According to reports, the Afghan ground troops targeted IS militants in the Achin, Kot, and Roadat districts. Weapon caches belonging to the IS forces were also discovered in the Kot and Pachir Wa Agam districts. 

Dozens killed in nationwide operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in nationwide counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. The joint operations killed at least 39 militants overall, targeting key positions in the Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktika, Samangan, Takhar, and Uruzgan provinces. 

Dozens killed in government recapture of Tora Bora, Nangarhar

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and wounded in the recent recapture of the Tora Bora caves in the mountains of Nangarhar by the Afghan security forces. The IS forces allegedly captured the area in the Pachir Wa Agam district last week, after over a week of intense fighting with the Taliban and local armed civilian groups. According to reports, 44 IS militants were killed and 22 others wounded in the recapture of the territory by government forces this week. The provincial governor claimed that the IS forces were largely foreign militants.

Nineteen Taliban killed in northern airstrikes

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the neighbouring northern provinces of Kunduz and Takhar. The strikes targeted Taliban positions in the Dasht-e Archi district in Kunduz and the Khwaja Ghar district in Takhar. Three Taliban-owned vehicles were also destroyed in the aerial attacks.

Three civilians wounded in Taliban infighting, Ghor

Three civilians have been wounded in Taliban infighting in the Ghor province. According to reports, the clash allegedly broke out between two local Taliban commanders in Ferozkhoh city, Allahyar. It remains unknown how the fighting broke out, or how the civilians came to be wounded as a result.

Explosion in Jalalabad City

An explosion has been reported in Jalalabad City in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The explosion allegedly occurred at around midday on Wednesday in the Sheshem Bagh area. No casualties have been reported from the heavy explosion thus far. The incident comes just one day after a judge was killed and three others were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Jalalabad.

Judge killed in Jalalabad explosion

A judge has been killed and at least three others have been wounded in an explosion in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. According to Tolo News, the blast occurred on Tuesday morning near the Eidgah mosque. An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly placed on the judge's vehicle before being remotely detonated. 

Taliban kill eight security guards in Parwan

Taliban insurgents have killed at least eight security guards and wounded two others in the Parwan province. The insurgents attacked the group of security guards as they were on their way to work at Bagram Airfield - a large US military base in Afghanistan. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban capture Paktiya provincial capital police headquarters

Armed Taliban insurgents have allegedly captured the police headquarters in the provincial capital of the Paktiya province. Taliban gunmen allegedly stormed the headquarters in Gardez over the weekend. In the ensuing gunbattle, at least two people were killed and as many as six others were wounded.

Seven US soldiers wounded in Balkh friendly fire incident

Seven US soldiers have been wounded in a friendly fire incident in the Balkh province over the weekend. On Saturday, the US forces were assisting the Afghan security forces at the Camp Shaheen military base in Mazar-e Sharif when an Afghan soldier allegedly opened fire on the US forces. The suspect was likely a Taliban 'insider' and was shot dead by the security forces. According to Reuters, the US military confirmed the incident and - contrary to initial reports that four US soldiers had been killed - stated that there were no US or NATO fatalities.

Six policemen killed in Helmand IED explosion

Six policemen have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Helmand province. The IED had been planted along the Kandahar-Lashkar Gah highway which connects the Helmand province to the neighbouring Kandahar province. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, both provinces have a strong Taliban presence and the highway is a key connective route for the security forces in ongoing counter-insurgency operations.

Protester killed in clashes with security forces, Kabul

A protester has been killed and at least five others have been wounded after violence broke out in Kabul. The clashes broke out after the security forces attempted to disperse protesters in the Shahre Naw area of Kabul. Sit-in demonstrations have been taking place across Kabul to protest against the lack of adequate security provided by the government. The protests initially started after 90 people were killed in a truck bomb attack in Kabul in late May.

Fifteen killed in overnight clashes in Faryab

At least 15 people have been killed and 27 others have been wounded in overnight clashes in Faryab. The clashes occurred in two separate places in the Faryab province over the weekend. In the Shirin Tagab district, two people were killed and five others were wounded when a group of Taliban insurgents attacked a security check post. A further 13 others were killed and 22 more were wounded in clashes between the security forces and the Taliban in the Qeysar district.

Two Pakistani diplomats reported missing in Jalalabad

Two Pakistani diplomats have allegedly been reported missing in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. Government officials in Islamabad have alleged that two diplomats have been missing since leaving Kabul on Friday to travel back to Pakistan via Jalalabad. While the Pakistani officials have not officially accused any group of abducting the diplomats, terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan - including the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) - have targeted diplomats in the past. Three separate joint investigative probes have been launched by Afghan officials to address the disappearances. The IS have a strong presence in the Nangarhar province; however, the Taliban also operate in the area.

US national kidnapped in Kabul

A US national has been kidnapped in the Kart-e-Char area of Kabul over the weekend. The victim was allegedly targeted by kidnappers on his way to work on Sunday. It's believed the victim is an employee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. No group or individuals have claimed responsibility for the abduction; however, two foreign nationals were kidnapped from Kabul in a similar incident in August 2016 and were last seen being held as hostages in video footage released by the Taliban in January 2017.

District chief killed in Nimroz shooting

A district chief has been killed in a shooting incident in the south-western Nimroz province. The chief governor of the Chakhansor district, Aqa Mohammad Fazeli, was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen as he was on his way to work in the provincial capital, Zaranj. The gunmen allegedly opened fire on Fazeli from a motorbike before they fled the scene. No group or individuals have claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban are known to be active in surrounding regions.

Six insurgents killed in Paktika airstrike

Six Taliban-affiliated insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the Paktika province. The aerial operations targeted the insurgents of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in the  Shaikhan area of the central Urgun district. According to Tolo News, the airstrikes were carried out in the early hours of Sunday morning and the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that two Haqqani network commanders have been identified among the six killed.

Eleven IS killed in Nangarhar counter-terror operations

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in counter-terror operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Nangarhar province. ANA air and ground forces have been conducting ongoing counter-terror offensives across the province as part of the Silab Four operation to push back the IS forces in Nangarhar. In the latest offensive, a commander and two key foreign IS supporters were allegedly among the 11 militants killed.

Ten Taliban killed in Faryab clash

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the north-western Faryab province. The insurgent group allegedly encountered the security forces in the Qeysar district on Sunday and engaged in a violent clash in which the Taliban allegedly suffered severe casualties. No other casualties have been reported.

Taliban commader arrested in Sar-e Pul clash

A senior Taliban commander has been arrested in the Sar-e Pul province after a clash broke out between the Taliban and the security forces in the Gozar village of the Sancharak district on Sunday night. The commander was allegedly the head trainer for Taliban suicide bombers. According to Tolo News, another insurgent was killed while four others were also wounded in the three-hour clash. 

Twenty-two IS killed as Afghan forces recapture Tora Bora

Twenty-two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 10 others have been wounded as the Afghan security allegedly recaptured Tora Bora in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar. According to the Washington Post, the acting defence minister, General Tariq Shah Bahrami, has claimed that the Tora Bora caves have been recaptured following a clearing operation over the weekend. The IS claimed to have captured the area just days before, following a week of clashes with the Taliban and local armed civilian groups; however, the Taliban denied that the IS forces had gained control over the caves.

Fire breaks out in Takhar wood market

A fire has broken out in a wood market in the Takhar province. The blaze broke out on Friday afternoon and has spread quickly through a wood market in the provincial capital, Taleqan. Many nearby shops and businesses have also been affected by the fire suffering extensive material damage. Members of the public have called on the government to send military helicopters to assist local efforts to contain the blaze. No casualties have been reported.

Four civilians killed in roadside blast, Laghman

At least four civilians have been killed in a roadside blast after their vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Laghman province. The civilians were labourers who were hit by the IED after their vehicle struck it in the Alingar district. The IED had likely been planted by Taliban insurgents, who often exploit the vulnerability of open roads and key transport routes by planting anti-vehicle IEDs.

IS suicide attack kills six in Kabul mosque

At least six people have been killed in an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing attack in a Kabul mosque. The attack has been claimed by an IS-affiliated Sunni extremist group through the main news outlet of the IS - the Amaq news agency. A suicide bomber allegedly attempted to access the al-Zahra mosque in the Shia-majority Dasht-e Barchi area shortly after the end of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan. The attacker ultimately detonated his explosives in the mosque's kitchen after he was prevented from entering the prayer hall. According to Tolo News, six people - including a police officer and prominent local figure - have been killed and ten others have been wounded.

Taliban shoot soldier's father dead in Sar-e Pul

Taliban insurgents have shot dead the father of an Afghan soldier being held hostage in the Sar-e Pul province. According to Tolo News, the incident occurred in the Kohistanat district where the father of the soldier was on his way home with another relative when they were attacked by the insurgents. The victim's son - an Afghan soldier - has been held hostage by the Taliban for almost two years. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three Taliban killed in premature explosion, Paktika

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a premature explosion in the Paktika province. The insurgents were allegedly planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along a roadside in the Gudal area of the Mata Khan district when one of the IEDs detonated prematurely.

Helmand airstrike kills 43 Taliban

Airstrikes have killed at least 43 Taliban insurgents in the Helmand province. The air operations were carried out overnight by the Afghan air force in the Wahil area of the Marjah district. According to reports, the Ministry of Interior has confirmed the airstrikes, stating that a number of notable Taliban leaders were among those killed. Various weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

IS capture Tora Bora region in Nangarhar

The mountainous Tora Bora region in the Pachir Wa Agam district in Nangarhar has been captured by militants of the Islamic State (IS). The area is a strategically valuable area bordering with Pakistan and offering protective cover in the mountainous terrain. A complex of caves in the Tora Bora region was once utilised by the late al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden - who was cornered in the area by US troops in 2001 before he managed to escape to Pakistan. The area had been dominated by Taliban insurgents until IS forces targeted Taliban positions to re-take the area - leading to a week of violent clashes between the Taliban, IS militants, and local armed civilian groups ('public uprisings'). The capture of Tora Bora has not officially been confirmed as of yet; however, a parliamentarian, Hazrat Ali, stated the IS offensive was prompted by the US dropping the 'mother of all bombs' (MOAB) on IS tunnel networks in the Achin district.

Taliban target rival insurgent faction in Helmand

Taliban insurgents have allegedly targeted a rival Taliban faction in a suicide bomb attack in Helmand. Taliban suicide bombers reportedly targeted rival insurgents at a checkpoint run by a breakaway Taliban faction group in the Gereshk district. According to district officials, the rival insurgents suffered nine fatalities and six casualties. The Taliban have clashed with faction groups in the past - most notably the rival faction led by Mullah Rasoul, who contested the selection of Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the leader of the Taliban following the death of Mullah Mohammed Omar. 

Military operations kill 29 Taliban in Samangan

Military operations in the northern Samangan province have killed at least 29 Taliban insurgents. The Afghan security forces carried out the operations as part of the 'Alberz 6' military offensive, targeted at clearing armed insurgency in insecure areas. The insurgents were killed in the Dara-i-Suf district.

Four killed in Paktika blast

Four people have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a blast in the Jani Khel district of Paktika. The explosion occurred on Wednesday and allegedly targeted a commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP). The explosives were allegedly planted in a motorbike which had been positioned near the ALP commander's house. The ALP forces have been violently clashing with the Taliban insurgents in the area recently. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Six suicide bombers killed in security operations, Farah

Six would-be suicide bombers have been killed in targeted security operations in the western Farah district. The Afghan security forces allegedly targeted the suspected suicide bombers in the suburban Bakwa area of the provincial capital, Farah city. Various weapons and explosives were discovered and confiscated by the security forces.

Dozens killed and wounded in Nangarhar airstrikes

Dozens of militants have been killed and wounded in airstrikes in the Nangarhar province. In total, 38 militants were killed and another 12 militants were wounded when the Afghan security forces performed a series of airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) and Taliban militant positions in the Sparai, Masta Khel, Sholani, and Spin Jomat areas of the central Chaparhar district. Eleven Taliban insurgents and 27 IS militants were killed, while four Taliban and eight IS militants were wounded.

Eight Taliban killed, three wounded in Paktika

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in separate incidents in the Paktika province. Three insurgents were killed and three others were wounded after infighting broke out in the Marzko area of the Sarowzai district. A further three insurgents were killed in a premature explosion while planting a landmine in the Mata Khan district and two more insurgents were killed in clashes with the security forces in the Janikhel district.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrikes

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed in government airstrikes carried out in the northern Kunduz province. The airstrikes were accompanied by ground operations and targeted the ongoing insurgency in the Imam Sahib district near the border with Tajikistan. The district was recently recaptured from the Taliban by the security forces; however, insurgent groups remain active in satellite areas and clearing operations are expected to continue until the province is secured.

Eleven Taliban killed in clashes with civilians, Kapisa

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in a clash with armed civilians in the Kapisa province. The fighting broke out overnight in the Baba Khail village of the Tagab district where Taliban insurgents allegedly attempted to attack members of a local armed civilian group (a 'public uprising'). The targeted civilians retaliated with force, killing 11 insurgents and wounding 14 others. Seven civilians were also wounded; however, no civilian fatalities have been reported. Three Taliban commanders have been identified among those killed in the fighting and the public uprising has confiscated various Taliban weapons.

Dozens killed in Helmand military operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent military operations in Helmand. At least 33 insurgents have been killed and several others have been wounded in an ongoing military offensive targeting Taliban positions in the Marjah district - located between the Garmsir district and the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

Special operations kill 31 Taliban in Kandahar

Thirty-one Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been arrested in special operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The operations targeted Taliban positions in the Naserkali and Dabkali areas of the Khakriz district. 

Taliban chief killed in Helmand airstrike

A Taliban chief has been killed in an airstrike in the Helmand province. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted the Taliban's military commission chief in the central Nad-e Ali district on Sunday. No other casualties have been reported from the operation.

Eight Taliban killed in Helmand airstrike

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the southern Helmand province. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting a suspected Taliban explosives factory in the Nahr-e Saraj district near Lashkar Gah. It's believed the Taliban were using the building to develop and manufacture landmines to be planted along roadsides to target the security forces.

Fourteen killed in Nangarhar clashes

At least 14 people have been killed in clashes in the Nangarhar province. Violent clashes between a local armed civilian group and Islamic State (IS) militants broke out over the weekend in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar. The armed civilian group allegedly stormed a suspected IS hideout, killing 12 IS militants. Two civilians were also killed in the fighting. The mountainous terrain of the district is currently sought after by both the Taliban and IS - leading to violent fighting in the area within the last week.

Security forces recapture Kunduz district

The Afghan security forces have allegedly recaptured the Imam Sahib district in the northern Kunduz province. The district lies in close proximity to the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border and has been the location of violent fighting since Taliban forces took control of key strategic positions over a week ago. It's been estimated that at least 77 Taliban militants have been killed and at least 110 others have been wounded since fighting broke out in the area earlier this month. 

Three policemen killed in friendly fire incident, Helmand

Three Afghan policemen have been killed and two others have been wounded in a friendly fire incident in the southern Helmand province. According to Reuters, the US forces opened 'retaliatory fire' from an aircraft during an operation in the Nad-e Ali district, mistakenly hitting Afghan border police. Investigations are underway.

Three killed in mosque shooting, Paktiya

Three people have been killed and nine others have been wounded in a shooting incident at a mosque in the Paktiya province. On Saturday, a gunman allegedly opened fire on civilians inside a mosque in the centre of Gardez city. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack yet and it remains unclear if the gunman has been detained.

Two suicide bombers arrested in Logar

Two suspected suicide bombers have been detained in the eastern province of Logar.  The pair were stopped by security forces in the Baraki-Barak district before they were able to carry out an attack.  Salim Saleh, spokesman for the Logar governor, said investigations suggested they were linked to the Haqqani network.

US troops killed by Afghan soldier in Achin

Three US special forces soldiers have been killed and another wounded in an attack by an Afghan colleague in eastern Afghanistan.  The group were on a joint operation in the Achin district of Nangarhar on Saturday when the Afghan commando opened fire.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.  “We are aware of an incident in Eastern Afghanistan. We will release more information when appropriate,” said Douglas High, the public affairs officer for Operation Resolute Support, the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Seven Taliban militants killed in Nangarhar

Seven Taliban militants have been killed and five others injured in separate incidents in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. Military sources revealed on Sunday that three militants were killed during clashes with the security forces in Khogyani district, while four others died and five were wounded when an insurgent vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Sherzad. The incident comes days after several militants were killed in clashes between the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) in the mountains area of Nangarhar.

IS training centre discovered in Ghor

A suspected Islamic State (IS) training centre has been uncovered in the Ghor province. It's believed that a group of IS-affiliated militants have been recruiting young men and children and training them in the Dara-e-Murghab area north of the provincial capital. According to Tolo News, video footage has emerged showing the militants pledging allegiance to the IS. The group allegedly seeks to establish the area as an IS stronghold in the western half of the country. Ghor is surrounded by eight other provinces - many which hold valuable strategic territory.

Fifteen IS killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 15 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the Nangarhar province. The operations were part of the ongoing Hamza operations aimed at eliminating the presence of IS militants in the province. The Afghan National Army (ANA) targeted the militants in the Nargiso area of the Achin district.

Sit-in protests continue across Kabul

Demonstrators have continued to conduct sit-in protests across Kabul following the suicide bombing which killed 150 people in late May. The sixth sit-in protest since the attack has seen demonstrators establish camps as they continue to protest for a change in leadership of the government's security departments. The series of protests have been part of the 'Uprising for Change Campaign', which has accused the government of poor security measures and is demanding the dismissal of a senior national security advisor, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, along with several other heads of security. While the sit-ins have mostly been peaceful since five protesters died in violent clashes with the police last week, the potential for further violence remains and general disruption is expected. 

Taliban and IS clash in Nangarhar mountains

At least seven people have been killed in violent fighting between Taliban insurgents and Islamic State (IS) militants in a mountainous area of the Nangarhar province. According to reports, Taliban insurgents and IS militants are fighting for control of the Tora Bora caving complex in the mountains of the Pachir Wa Agam district, which borders the tribal region of Pakistan and neighbours the Khogyani, Chaparhar, and Heska Mena districts of Nangarhar - three districts with a known IS presence. Five IS militants and two civilians have been killed so far and the Taliban have allegedly suffered an undisclosed number of casualties. Many civilians have allegedly fled from the Sulaimankhel area and the Afghan security forces are reportedly on standby to prevent IS forces from advancing. In some villages, it has been reported that armed civilian groups (public uprisings) have assisted local security forces in repelling IS attacks.

Ten IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike in the Nangarhar province. The airstrike - carried out by the foreign forces - targeted IS positions in two areas of the Kot district. It's believed that several foreign nationals were among the IS militants killed. Military operations continue to target IS militants in the province on a frequent basis.

Three Taliban killed in IED explosion, Sar-e Pul

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and another two insurgents have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Sar-e Pul province. The Afghan Ministry of Interior has confirmed the incident, stating that the insurgents were manufacturing IEDs in the Suzma Qala district when one exploded prematurely. One of the insurgents killed has been identified as a local Taliban commander.

Eleven Taliban killed in Farah clash

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the security forces in the western Farah province. The Afghan security forces allegedly targeted a group of suspected Taliban suicide bombers in the suburban area of Farah city. Various weapons caches have also been discovered in the Bala Buluk area.

Taliban infighting breaks out in Nangarhar

At least one Taliban insurgent has been killed and at least two others have been wounded after infighting broke out in the Nangarhar province. Members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network allegedly clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Kot district, with both sides believed to have suffered casualties. While one Haqqani insurgent has been killed and two others have been wounded, it remains unclear precisely how many Taliban insurgents were killed or wounded.

Twenty-three militants killed in northern military operations

At least 23 militants have been killed and a further 26 others have been wounded in military operations conducted in several northern provinces within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces targeted militant positions in the Baghlan, Faryab and Kunduz provinces. Several explosives and weapons were also discovered during the operations, and confiscated by the security forces.

Six Taliban killed in Faryab clash

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed and a number of others have been wounded in a clash in the Faryab province. The insurgents clashed with the Afghan security forces in the Pashtun Kot district after an insurgent group ambushed a police check post. The security forces managed to repel the attack, killing six insurgents. No other casualty figures have been confirmed.

Eleven militants killed in counter-terror operations in Uruzgan

Eleven militants have been killed counter-terror operations in the Uruzgan province. Six militants have been killed in drone strikes conducted by the US forces, which targeted three militant hideouts in the provincial capital, Tarinkot city. Five more militants were also killed in clashes with the Afghan security forces after they were targeted whilst attempting to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) along the Tarinkot highway.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the northern Kunduz province. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Imam Sahib district, where insurgents launched a large-scale offensive to capture the territory over the weekend. The airstrike hit an insurgent hideout, where it is believed the insurgents were preparing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the time of the attack. Nine of the 11 insurgents killed have been identified as Tajikistani nationals. The Imam Sahib district lies near Afghanistan's border with Tajikistan.

Dozens of IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least 59 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out in the Nangarhar province. Approximately 44 IS militants were killed in airstrikes in the Kot district, while a further 15 IS militants were killed in separate airstrikes in the outskirts of the Achin district. A number of the militants are thought to be foreign nationals.

Taliban release six Pakistani hostages

Six Pakistani hostages have been released by the Taliban after being held for seven months. The hostages were kidnapped in Dera Ismail Khan in the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan in November 2016. All six hostages have been identified as Pakistani nationals who worked for a Polish oil and gas company. Government officials have confirmed that the hostages were being held in the Paktika province of Afghanistan - where the unconditional release was negotiated with tribal elders in the neighbouring South Waziristan province in Pakistan.

Three killed in refugee camp blast, Kandahar

Three people have been killed and eight others have been wounded in an explosive attack on a refugee camp in the southern Kandahar province. The blast occurred in the Spin Boldak district on Tuesday, killing three people, including two children. The district lies near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Taliban rocket hits Indian diplomatic compound, Kabul

A rocket has struck a tennis court in the Indian diplomatic compound in Kabul. The rocket - which was allegedly fired by the Taliban - coincided with the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Co-operation meeting between 23 countries, including EU, NATO, and UN member states. No casualties have been reported.

Seven killed in Herat bomb attack

Seven people have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in a bomb attack in Herat. An explosive-laden rickshaw was detonated near the northern gate of the Great Mosque of Herat. The blast appeared to target Sunni Muslims exiting the mosque. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Twenty-three Taliban killed in Wardak airstrikes

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 40 have been wounded in airstrikes in the central Wardak province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Jalriz district of Wardak. Various Taliban weapons and other military-style equipment were also destroyed.

Dozens of IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least 29 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes in Nangarhar within the last 24 hours. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nargosi area of the Kot district. No civilian or military casualties were incurred.

Eleven Taliban killed in military operation, Kapisa

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed in a military operation carried out in the Kapisa province. The Afghan Special Forces unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted the operation in the Khamir Daran area, which lies between the Kohi Safi and Tagab districts. An ANA official has confirmed that a Taliban commander has been identified among those killed in the operation. 

Twenty-two Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in clashes in the Ghazni province. The Afghan security forces first encountered an insurgent group in the Ab Band district, where violent fighting broke out and 10 Taliban insurgents were killed while a further six were wounded. Another clash also broke out in the Qara Bagh district, where 12 insurgents were killed and eight others were wounded.

Six police officers killed in insider attacks

Six police officers have been killed and nine others have been wounded in insider attacks over the weekend. The first incident occurred on Saturday night in the Harjji Arab area of Kandahar city, where two police officers allegedly turned their guns on their colleagues, killing six and wounding five others before being shot down by patrol units whilst attempting to flee. The same night, four more police officers were then wounded in a similar incident in the neighbouring Uruzgan province. It remains unclear if the perpetrators of the second attack managed to flee.

Six militants killed in landmine explosion, Khost

Six militants have been killed in a landmine explosion in the Khost province. The incident occurred on Saturday evening in the Musakhel district. It's believed the militants were members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, including a well-known commander. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has accused a Pakistan-based Haqqani Network group of responsibility for a violent suicide bomb attack in Kabul last week, which killed 90 people. It remains unknown if the militants were in the process of planting the explosive themselves, or came across an explosive planted by another group of militants.

Twenty-two IS killed in military operations, Nangarhar

Twenty-two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. On Saturday, the Afghan security forces targeted the Mohamand Dara and Lata Band areas of the volatile Achin district in Nangarhar. Two IS commanders are believed to be among those killed and at least three IS vehicles were also destroyed.

Twenty-six IS killed in Nangarhar raids

At least 26 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in air and ground raids carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. The raids targeted IS militants in the Achin district, where IS groups are believed to be plotting terrorist activity. At least four Pakistani nationals have been identified among those killed

Hundreds displaced amid ongoing Taliban offensive, Kunduz

Hundreds of civilians have been displaced in the Kunduz province amid an ongoing Taliban offensive. The offensive was launched by the Taliban in the Imam Sahib district on Sunday 04 June and has forced over 1,000 civilians to relocate amid the violent conflict. According to reports, at least 20 civilians have been wounded and a Taliban commander is believed to be among a number of insurgents killed; however, no final casualty figures have been officially confirmed as of yet.

Eighteen killed in Kabul funeral explosion

As many as 18 people have been killed and dozens more have been wounded in an explosion at a funeral in Kabul. Three explosions occurred over the weekend, as people gathered in a cemetery in the Khair Khana area of Kabul for the funeral the son of a government Senator - who was killed in mass rallies in Kabul on Friday. The Taliban have allegedly denied involvement in the attack and no claim of responsibility has been made.

Five protesters killed in clashes with police, Kabul

At least five protesters have been killed after an anti-government demonstration became violent outside the presidential palace in Kabul. Demonstrators gathered outside the palace on Friday morning to express their anger with the failures of the government to provide adequate security against violent terrorism following the suicide truck bombing on Wednesday which killed at least 90 people. The police used tear gas and water cannons against the protesters to disperse the gathering after protesters began climbing compound walls. Gunshots were initially fired into the air and later fired into the crowd as the violence intensified. Unconfirmed casualty reports have suggested that as many as seven people may have been killed in the clashes.

Five Taliban killed in premature explosion, Ghazni

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a premature explosion in the Ghazni province. The insurgents had been planting an anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) along a roadside in the Andar district when the IED prematurely exploded. No others were wounded in the incident.

Police disperse protesters at presidential palace, Kabul

The Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have had to disperse protesters outside the presidential palace in Kabul. The protesters gathered on Friday morning and marched through Zanbaq Square - where a suicide truck bomb killed at least 90 people and wounded at least 400 others earlier this week - to the palace to protest against the city's poor security measures. Demonstrators blame government leaders for failing to implement adequate security measures and have become disillusioned with the government's ability to defeat the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. As protesters called for President Ghani to resign, some began to climb the compound's walls, prompting ANP officers to fire water cannons to disperse the crowd.

Twenty-five insurgents killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province. The overnight operations targeted insurgent positions on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Tarinkot city. Several Taliban vehicles and weapons were also destroyed in the strikes.

Heavy clashes reported in Paktiya

Heavy clashes have been reported between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Paktiya province. According to reports, Taliban insurgents launched coordinated overnight attacks security check posts in the Dand Aw Patan district, which borders the South Waziristan Agency in Pakistan. While the attacks were repelled by the security forces, heavy losses have been reported. No official casualty figures have been confirmed; however, the Taliban have claimed that two insurgents and 12 security personnel were killed. The Taliban often claim an unrealistic version of events, over exaggerating military casualties and under-reporting insurgent casualties. The same announcement also claimed that four security check posts have been captured by the insurgents.

Nine Taliban killed in Helmand operations

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in security operations conducted in the Helmand province within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces targeted insurgents in the Jagrum and Karezak areas of the Garmsir district, killing at least six insurgents and wounding three others. A further three insurgents were killed and four more were wounded in operations in the outskirts of the Sangin district - a strategically key position for the Taliban group.

One killed in suicide car bombing in Jalalabad

One person has been killed and five others have been wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast allegedly occurred along the Jalalabad-Torkham highway near the airport. The highway is a busy main road which links Jalalabad to Peshawar in Pakistan and runs through territory when Islamic State (IS) militants are known to operate.

Dozens of IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 59 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and another 39 IS militants have been wounded in security operations in the Nangarhar province. The Afghan security forces carried out the operations in the Chaparhar district over the weekend. According to reports, three IS militants were also arrested during the operations.

Seven Taliban killed in clashes, Sangin

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in overnight clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Sangin district. The Afghan National Army (ANA) has been conducting targeted overnight raids and air attacks on Taliban strongholds in key strategic areas recently. Sangin was captured by the Taliban forces earlier this year as part of the insurgent group's bid to control the provincial capital and the wider province. The clashes occurred over the weekend, following several raids in the Garmsir district.

Dozens killed and wounded in Taliban attack, Helmand

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack in the Nad-e Ali district of the southern Helmand province. At least 33 people have been killed and a further 25 have been wounded after Taliban insurgents launched offensive attacks on Afghan National Police (ANP) security checkpoints in the Loy Bagh area on Monday. Five ANP personnel and 28 insurgents have been killed, while 12 ANP personnel and 13 insurgents have been wounded.

Senior Taliban militant killed in Logar

A senior Taliban militant has been killed in a police raid in the Logar province. A Police Special Unit performed the raid in the Charkh district, where the targeted Taliban militant was suspected of plotting numerous terror attacks. Incriminating weapons, explosives, and ammunition were also found in the suspect's possession.

Dozens killed in explosive Kabul attack

Dozens of people have been wounded in an explosive attack in Kabul city. A powerful car bomb struck near the German embassy in Zanbaq Square in the diplomatic zone of Kabul. At least 90 people have been killed and as many as 400 others have been wounded. According to the BBC, the explosion occurred at 08:25 local time on Wednesday morning, targeting the area during rush hour. Many of the casualties are thought to be civilians. Neither the Taliban or the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attack and the Taliban has allegedly denied involvement in the attack.

Suicide car bombing kills 18 in Khost

At least 18 people have been killed and six others have been wounded in a suicide car bombing in central Khost city. A car bomb was detonated near a bus terminal in Mujahid square on Sunday. At least two children are thought to be among those wounded. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Civilians clash with IS in Nangarhar

Approximately 21 people have been killed and one civilian has been wounded in clashes between armed civilian groups and Islamic State (IS) militants in Nangarhar. The clashes broke out over the weekend in the Achin district, where at least 15 IS militants and six civilians have been killed.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrikes

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes carried out in the northern Kunduz province. The drone strikes were allegedly conductedby the foreign forces in the Chardara district. As many as three Taliban commanders have allegedly been identified among those killed.

Ten civilians killed in roadside blast, Herat

At least 10 civilians have been killed and another six have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the western Herat province. A civilian vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside in the Adraskan area of Herat. The IED was likely planted by Taliban insurgents.

Twenty-two killed in Taliban attack, Kandahar

At least 22 people have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. Taliban insurgents allegedly stormed an Afghan National Army (ANA) military base in the Zangitan area of the Shah Wali Kot district in the early hours of Friday morning. According to the BBC, the ANA forces managed to repel the attack but as many as 15 ANA soldiers were killed in the three-hour gunfight and 5 more were wounded. At least seven Taliban insurgents were killed and another 15 were wounded in the fighting. The incident is the second fatal insurgent attack on the ANA base within four days.

Thirty-three killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 33 people have bene killed and eight others have been wounded in recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Kandahar province. Taliban insurgents allegedly launched several coordinated attacks on security checkpoints overnight. According to reports, 20 insurgents and 13 soldiers have been killed, while eight soldiers have been wounded in the fighting.

Five killed in car bombing, Helmand

At least five people have been killed and dozens have been wounded in a car bombing in the Helmand province. The car bomb was allegedly planted by Taliban insurgents in the Washir district on Thursday. A security officer is thought to be among those killed in the attack. 

Thirteen soldiers killed in Kandahar clash

At least 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have allegedly been killed and eight others have been wounded in clashes with Taliban insurgents in Kandahar. According to Tolo News, the clashes took place in the Maiwand district on Wednesday night after dozens of insurgents launched an attack on an ANA base. The ANA forces managed to repel the attack with heavy losses. No further casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Rocket attack kills civilian in Kunduz

A rocket attack has killed a civilian and wounded as many as nine others in the northern Kunduz province. According to Tolo News, at least six rockets have been fired on Kunduz city so far, with the first attack hitting on Thursday morning. It's believed the rockets have been fired from the Chardara district and the Band-e-Khanabad area and - although it has not been confirmed who is behind the attacks - it is suspected that Taliban insurgents may be responsible.

Heavy clashes in Badakhshan province

Heavy clashes have been ongoing in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. The Afghan security forces have been fighting with the Taliban in the Tagab district after an insurgent attack was launched in the district. The clashes have been ongoing since Wednesday afternoon. Casualties have been inflicted on both sides; however, no figures have been confirmed as of yet.

Three IS militants killed in US drone strike, Khost

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in US drone strikes in the eastern Khost province within the last 24 hours. The strikes allegedly targeted the village of Gurowek near the Pakistani border in Khost. Both local officials and the IS have allegedly confirmed the incident and no civilian casualties have been reported.

Fourteen IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and a further 19 have been wounded in joint operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP) and public order police forces in the Nangarhar province. The ANA and ANP forces allegedly targeted violent attacks on IS positions in the central Chaparhar district - which neighbours the Jalalabad district. No civilians have been harmed in the operations.

Six Taliban killed in Nuristan clashes

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in Nuristan within the last 24 hours. The insurgents were targeted by the security forces in the Kamdish district near the AfPak border (aka Durand Line). Another group of insurgents allegedly opened fire on the security forces from across the Durand Line during the clash.

Main highway closed amid fighting

A main highway has been closed due to intense fighting between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents. The highway is a key route which connects Baghlan and Mazar-e-Sharif and was closed for approximately 12 hours after Taliban insurgents launched violent attacks on the security check posts along the highway, prompting a long and intense battle. The highway was closed to minimise civilian casualties - no casualty figures have been confirmed as of yet.

Dozens killed in Nangarhar operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in security operations in the Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. According to reports, approximately 26 Islamic State (IS) loyalists have been killed and a further 12 have been wounded in operations in the Kot district, while at least 10 IS militants have been killed in operations in the Haska-Mena district. As many as 15 Taliban insurgents have also been killed in clearing operations in the Khogyani district.

Ten killed in Taliban attack, Ghazni

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in the Ghazni province. As many as 60 Taliban insurgents launched a violent attack on the checkpoint in the Tawd Abad area of Ghazni on Wednesday. While the police forces managed to repel the attack - killing 10 insurgents, at least one police officer was also wounded.

Ten IS militants killed in Nangarhar operations

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent counter-terror operations carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations have targeted the Gawdara and Pekha areas of the volatile Achin district within the last 24 hours. No military or civilian casualties were incurred in the operations.

Thirteen villages cleared in joint operations, Wardak

Joint clearing operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have cleared 13 villages of Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province. The operations focused on Taliban hideouts in villages in the Nerkh district - killing and wounded a total of 14 insurgents overall. Some weapons have also been confiscated by the security forces. 

Five IS militants killed in Nangarhar operations

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and another six have been wounded in military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The counter-terror operations targeted IS militants in the central Chaparhar district of Nangarhar - which neighbours the provincial capital district of Jalalabad.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 53 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province have allegedly killed as many as 53 Taliban insurgents. On Monday, the Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly confirmed that the airstrikes targeted the Shah Mansoori area near the provincial capital, Tarinkot city. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Forty-eight Taliban killed in artillery strikes, Ghazni

At least 48 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 28 others have been wounded in artillery strikes carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Ghazni province. The ANA troops targeted Taliban hideouts throughout the Waghez district in an extensive counter-terror operation within the last 24 hours.  No civilian or ANA casualties have been reported.

Dozens killed in nationwide military operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in nationwide military operations. At least 136 militants have been killed and 119 others have been wounded in military raids carried out in 18 provinces within the last 24 hours. Of those killed, at least four have been identified as Taliban commanders and nine are believed to be Islamic State (IS) militants. Two militants were also arrested during the raids.

Eleven soldiers killed in Taliban attack, Kandahar

At least 11 Afghan soldiers have been killed and nine others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on a military post in Kandahar. A military base in the northern Shal Wali Kot district was briefly overrun by Taliban insurgents before the security forces managed to push them back. The insurgents ultimately fled the scene; however, severe casualties were inflicted on the security forces and various military weapons were stolen by the insurgents as well. 

Six policemen killed in Taliban attack, Helmand

At least six policemen have been killed, three others have been wounded and one policeman has been abducted in a Taliban attack in the Helmand province. A group of Taliban insurgents allegedly launched an armed attack on a police checkpoint in the Sangin district - which was captured by the insurgents earlier this year - killing six and wounding three others before escaping with a police commander as a hostage.

Three civilians killed in Kandahar explosion

At least three civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in an explosion in the southern Kandahar province. The blast struck a group of civilians travelling along a road in the Maiwand district - which borders with the Helmand province. It's believed the explosion originated from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. While no group has claimed responsibility for the IED blast, it is likely that Taliban insurgents are behind the incident.

Dozens killed in Helmand airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in two airstrikes conducted in the Helmand province over the weekend. On Saturday, authorities confirmed that the Afghan National Army (ANA) had carried out two series of airstrikes targeting the Nad-e Ali district, located near the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The strikes allegedly hit the Loy Bagh areas, killing approximately 33 Taliban insurgents overall.

Dozens killed in overnight operations, Ghazni

Dozens of people have been killed in armed operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Ghazni province. The operations were carried out overnight on Saturday in the Dehyak, Waghez, and Zanakhan districts. At least 25 militants were killed, along with two ANA soldiers, while a further dozen militants and four soldiers were wounded.

Two killed, one kidnapped in Kabul attack

Two people have been killed and one has been kidnapped in an armed attack on a guesthouse in Kabul over the weekend. The armed attack took place on Saturday and targeted a guesthouse run by a Swedish non-governmental organisation called 'Operation Mercy'. According to the BBC, a German woman and an Afghan security guard were both killed - at least one of the two was beheaded. A third victim - a Finnish woman - remains unaccounted for and has likely been abducted by the assailants. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack or made a ransom demand. The Taliban have been known to kidnap and behead civilians as an alleged form of justice; however, Taliban beheadings are typically carried out as executions, rather than armed attacks.

Seven IS killed in counter-terror operations, Nangarhar

At least seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. IS hideouts in the Kandi Bagh and Latakpur areas of the central Chaparhar district were targeted in joint ground and air operations.

Twenty police officers killed in Zabul

At least 20 police officers have been killed and another 15 have been wounded in Taliban attacks in the Zabul province. Fighting remains ongoing in the province, where Taliban insurgents ambushed the police forces in the Shahjoy district on Sunday. At least two separate ambushed were carried out on at least four security posts in the Chino and Ghulam Rabat areas. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Five killed in Taliban ambush, Faryab

At least five security personnel have been killed in a Taliban ambush in the north-western Faryab province. The victims have been identified as five members of the local security forces and it's believed their convoy was ambushed by a group of armed Taliban insurgents in the Kohistan district. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Fourteen Taliban killed in counter-terror operations, Nangarhar

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further eight have been wounded in counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations targeted Taliban hideouts in the Achin and Kuz Kunar districts, confiscating several caches of weapons and arresting three suspected Islamic State (IS) loyalists.

Taliban official killed in Kunduz airstrike

The Taliban shadow district governor for the Qala-i-Zal district in Kunduz has been killed in an airstrike. The foreign forces allegedly conducted the airstrike on Sunday night, targeting Taliban hideouts in the district. A total of eight insurgents were killed and four others were wounded in the airstrike. The Qala-i-Zal district has been at the centre of intense fighting between the security forces and the Taliban in the last few weeks.

Roadside blast kills 11 in Logar

At least 11 civilians have been killed and another two have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Logar province. According to Reuters, a group of family members were en route to a wedding when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in the northern region of the Logar province. The IED had been planted along the roadside - most likely by Taliban or Islamic State (IS) militants.

Twenty killed in clearing operations, Kapisa

Twenty people have been killed and 13 others have been wounded in clearing operations by the Afghan National Police (ANP) in the Kapisa province. The operations targeted Taliban hideouts in the Tagab district, killing 15 insurgents and wounding another seven. Five ANP personnel were also killed while another was wounded in the fighting. 

Five police officers killed by comrade, Nangarhar

Five police officers have been killed by one of their comrades in the Ghani Khel area of the Shinwar district of Nangarhar. The incident occurred overnight at a police check post in the Marko Bazaar area, where the attacker opened fire on five fellow police officers whilst they slept. The attacker then fled the scene after stealing several weapons. It's suspected the attacker has fled to join the Islamic State (IS) forces.

Twenty-three Taliban killed in US airstrikes, Helmand

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a series of airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Helmand province. According to reports, the first airstrike targeted a Taliban convoy in the Kharko area of the Garmsir district - killing nine insurgents and destroying two Taliban vehicles. The second set of airstrikes hit Taliban positions in the Omarzo area, killing at least 14 insurgents and wounding eight others. Four Taliban hideouts were also destroyed.

Two children killed in IED explosion, Zabul

Two children have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Zabul province. The IED was allegedly planted along a roadside in a remote area of the province. While no group or individual has claimed responsibility for planting the IED, the Taliban are known to operate in the province and often plant roadside IEDs to target the security forces.

ANA soldier killed in Herat attack

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier has been killed and two others have been wounded in an armed attack in the western Herat province. The ANA vehicle was reportedly ambushed by unidentified attackers. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban operate throughout the province and often target the security forces in fatal attacks.

Two Pakistani nationals detained in Kabul

Two Pakistani nationals have been detained by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul. A Pakistani official - a visa assistant - and his driver were detained by the NDS for three hours - prompting an official note of diplomatic protest from officials in Islamabad. According to reports, Pakistani authorities claimed that the Afghan NDS had detained two Pakistani diplomats - thereby violating the Vienna convention. The official reason for the arrests hasn't been clarified; however, the NDS in Afghanistan is the state department responsible for state security and espionage. Relations between the neighbouring countries have been tense following several months of heightened cross-border terrorist activity.

Four IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike carried out in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the airstrike - which also destroyed an IS vehicle; however, no clarification was offered in regards to whether the airstrike was carried out by Afghan or foreign forces. Both the US and the Afghan forces regularly carry out airstrikes on IS positions in the eastern province.

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide clearing operations

At least 71 armed militants have been killed and 53 others have been wounded in nationwide clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the operations targeted insecure areas where militants are known to operate. At least 18 provinces were targeted in the extensive operations. Several caches of weapons, equipment, and ammunition were confiscated and 10 militants were also detained.

Thirteen civilians kidnapped in Jowzjan

At least 13 civilians have been kidnapped in several incidents throughout the Jowzjan province. According to reports, suspected Taliban insurgents kidnapped around nine civilians from the Chakush and Qara Boian villages in the Aqcha district, while another three people were allegedly abducted by armed kidnappers in the Qush Tepa district and a farmer was allegedly kidnapped by loyalists of the Islamic State (IS) in the Darzab district. The local Taliban commanders have denied any involvement with the abductions.

Twenty-six killed in Kunar clashes

Twenty-six people have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in clashes in the Kunar province. The insurgents clashed with the Afghan security forces after a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in the Chapa Dara district was met with resistance from the security forces. While the attack was repelled, six policemen were killed in the fighting. Around 20 Taliban insurgents were also killed and 12 insurgents were wounded.

IS militants storm TV station in Jalalabad

Four armed Islamic State (IS) militants have stormed an Afghan TV station in Jalalabad city in the eastern Nangarhar province. At least four gunmen launched an attack on the state-run television building, with at least two explosions being reported - prompting concerns that some of the attackers were suicide bombers. According to the Reuters, at least six people have been killed along with the attackers, and as many as 24 others may be wounded. The security forces responded to the incident, and at least 12 TV station employees were evacuated from the building as a gun battle broke out in the area. The IS have claimed responsibility for the attack. It's possible the attack was organised as retaliation against a military operation which destroyed an IS radio station in the same province earlier this month.

Forty-five Taliban killed in ongoing operations, Laghman

At least 45 Taliban insurgents have been killed and over 20 others have been wounded in military operations in the Laghman province. The military offensive was launched with air support as part of ongoing Silab-5 operations - targeting the Alingar, Basram, Katal. Maidani, Noori, Qasaba, and Salim Gar areas. According to reports, several senior Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed in the operations. Dozens of motorcycles, vehicles, and various high-calibre weapons were also destroyed by the security forces.

Twin explosions hit Kandahar

Twin explosions have hit the first police district of Kandahar city in the southern Kandahar province. The blasts occurred on Tuesday evening and allegedly targeted security checkposts in the Chawk-e-Madad area. At least one civilian has been killed, while another 10 civilians have been wounded along with several security personnel. Initial reports suggested that as many as 12 people may be wounded in total.

Forty IS killed in Nangarhar operations

Around 40 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. The operations targeted IS militants in the Achin, Bati Kot, Dur Baba, and Haska Mena districts. Several caches of weapons were also discovered during the operations. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Dozens killed in nationwide clearing operations

At least 51 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in nationwide clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The operations targeted IS positions in approximately 14 provinces throughout the country. A variety of heavy and light weapons, along with ammunition and other equipment, were confiscated by the security forces during the operations.

Security forces recapture central Kunduz district

The Afghan security forces have recaptured a central district in the Kunduz province from Taliban insurgents. The Qala-i-Zal district was taken by insurgents on Saturday 06 May as part of the Taliban's spring offensive goal to expand territory in contested areas - such as the Kunduz province, which has fallen to the Taliban twice since 2014. According to Reuters, at least one insurgent has been killed in the military operations. Many areas surrounding the central districts remain under Taliban control.

Six militants killed in military operations, Kunduz

Six militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in military operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province over the weekend. At least four rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have also been destroyed after they were discovered planted along roadsides throughout the province.

Twenty-two Taliban killed in clashes, Kunar

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed and another five have been wounded in clashes with Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in the Kunar province. The insurgents launched a  series of coordinated attacks on ANA security posts, targeting the Chapa Dara, Marwara, Shegal, and Watapur districts; however, the ANA forces successfully repelled the attacks. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Twelve IS killed in military operations, Nangarhar

Twelve Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in Nangarhar. Air and artillery units conducted the operations in the Achin district over the weekend. Ongoing operations have been targeting IS hideouts and tunnels throughout the Achin district in recent months.

Fifteen insurgents killed in military operations, Laghman

At least 15 armed insurgents have been killed and a further 15 have been wounded in military operations in the Laghman province. The military offensive was carried out as part of the ongoing Silab-5 operations. The security forces targeted insurgents in the Basram, Hakimabad, Katal, Qasaba, and Salimgar areas. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Two government employees killed in rocket attack, Kunar

At least two government employees have been wounded in a rocket attack in the Kunar province. The shelling struck the offices of the provincial communication department in Asadabad. No group has claimed responsibility for the firing; however, the Taliban have a history of conducting similar attacks and often target government or military figures.

Two policemen killed in mine blast, Ghor

Two policemen have been killed in a mine explosion in the Ghor province. According to Bakhtar News, a local police commander confirmed the incident, which occurred in the Doulena district of Ghor on Sunday. An improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted near the Shahjou village in the district - likely by Taliban insurgents, who operate in the western provinces and often use IEDs to target the security forces.

Ten Taliban killed in IED explosion, Kandahar

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the Kandahar province. The blast occurred in the Maiwand district of Kandahar on Saturday - where the insurgents were allegedly attempting to plant anti-vehicle IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces.

Eight Taliban killed in Samangan operations

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in military operations in the Samangan province. The security forces targeted Taliban hideouts in the Ab Khorak area of the Doab district on Saturday. According to reports, at least two senior Taliban officials - a shadow deputy governor and a shadow district governor - were among those killed in the operations.

Twenty-seven militants killed in nationwide operations

At least 27 militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in nationwide operations conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Defence stated that the operations were a joint effort of the Afghan National Army (ANA), the Afghan National Police (ANP), and the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Two Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed. Two insurgents were also arrested. The joint operations saw air and ground forces target 15 provinces.

Four Taliban killed in roadside explosion, Logar

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a roadside explosion in the Logar province. The insurgents were killed whilst they were planting an improvised explosive device (IED) along the roadside in the central Mohammad Agha district of the province. The IED prematurely exploded, killing all insurgents instantly. A Taliban local commander is believed to have been among those killed in the explosion. The Taliban often plant anti-vehicle IEDs in attempts to target government, military or civilian vehicles.

Baghlan roads closed amid clashes

Main roads in the Baghlan province have been closed to traffic amid ongoing clashes between the security forces and the Taliban. The Baghlan-Kabul road and the Baghlan-Kunduz road have both been closed as the security forces continue to battle with Taliban forces in a bid to clear both roads of the insurgency. The clashes broke out over the weekend after insurgents launched an attack on the Baladori village in the Pul-e-Khumri district. While the security forces managed to retake the area, the fighting spread to the highways - where insurgents had established positions. No casualties have been confirmed.

Two government employees killed in car bombing, Kabul

Two government employees have been killed and another two have been wounded in a car bombing in the Makroyan area of Kabul. On Sunday, an improvised explosive device targeted a minibus which had been transporting employees of the city's Water Supply Department. It is suspected that the Taliban or Islamic State are behind the explosion; however, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Car bomb explodes in Kabul

A magnetic car bomb has caused a small explosion in Kabul. The blast occurred in the third police district on Sunday evening, destroying a ranger vehicle belonging to the security forces. No casualties have been reported from the incident. No militant group or individual has claimed responsibility for the explosion yet; however, the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) both use explosives to target vehicles belonging to the security forces.

Four killed in roadside explosion, Paktiya

At least four people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Paktiya province. The explosion occurred on Sunday, in the Zazi Aryub district - where a police vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). Two policemen and two civilians were killed in the explosion, while another two policemen were wounded. It's believed the IED was planted by Taliban insurgents - who often used roadside IEDs to target the security forces.

Five children killed in rocket attack, Laghman

Five children have been killed and another two have been wounded in a suspected Taliban rocket attack in the Laghman province. According to Tolo News, the provincial governor's spokesman claimed that the rockets were launched by Taliban insurgents on Saturday. The rockets struck a village in the provincial capital, Mehtar Lam city. The Taliban has not commented on the incident or claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four IS killed in airstrikes, Nangarhar

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the airstrikes targeted the Achin district of Nangarhar, where at least three IS hideouts were destroyed. Both the Afghan and US forces regularly carry out airstrikes in the area as part of ongoing operations against the IS.

Nineteen killed in Taliban attack, Baghlan

Nineteen people have been killed after a group of Taliban insurgents targeted a market and police check posts in the Burka district. The attack took place on Friday morning and it's suspected that the insurgents entered the province from the neighbouring Kunduz and Takhar provinces in a bid to capture more territory. According to reports, the Afghan security forces managed to repel the attack, killing 15 insurgents while suffering four casualties of their own.

Afghan and Pakistani forces clash in Paktika

The Afghan and Pakistani forces have clashed in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. A three-hour clash took place in the Barmal district, with no reported casualties. According to reports, the Pakistani security forces have been increasingly active near the Durand Line - which separates Paktika from the North Waziristan Agency in Pakistan. Local district officials have claimed that the Pakistani forces have been building installations along the border in the area.

Two Pakistani soldiers wounded in cross-border fire

Two Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) personnel have been wounded in cross-border gunfire in the Kurram Agency - which borders the Khost and Paktiya provinces in Afghanistan. The FC personnel were allegedly constructing a border wall when Afghan troops opened fire, prompting the Pakistani soldiers to return fire. An increase in terrorism and militancy across the border has heightened tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent months - leading to several skirmishes between Afghan and Pakistani military forces.

Security forces regain control in parts of Badakhshan

The Afghan security forces have managed to regain control over parts of the Zebak and Ishakashim districts in the northern Badakhshan province. Clearing operations have been ongoing in the area for almost two weeks; however, according to Tolo News, military officials have confirmed that key strategic positions have been recaptured with the assistance of local civilian armed groups. Peoples' uprisings - as they have become known - are playing an increasingly significant role in assisting military operations and represent an important sentiment of public support for the government forces in the ongoing fight against the Taliban insurgency. The Taliban currently control parts of the Zebak, Warduj, and Yamgan districts.

Seventeen killed in separate incidents, Kandahar

At least seventeen Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in three separate incidents in the Kandahar province. Nine insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded whilst making bombs in the Band-i-Timor area of the Maiwand district after a bomb prematurely exploded. A Taliban commander, identified as 'Zawahari' is believed to be among those killed in the explosion. Another eight insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on police posts in the Ghorak district. The police forces engaged in a heavy gunfight with the insurgents, repelling the attack with no police casualties reported. A civilian has also been wounded in a landmine explosion in the Misrabad area of the Arghandab district - it's suspected the landmine was planted by Taliban insurgents.

Terror plot prevented in Kabul

A terror plot has been prevented by the police forces in Kabul. According to reports, the police managed to detain a suicide bomber during a property raid in the Gulai Hesa Awal area of Khair Khana in the 11th police district of the capital city. The suspect was carrying a suicide vest, along with three hand grenades, a firearm, and a Pakistani passport. No militant group has commented on the arrest or claimed responsibility for the terror plot.

Eleven killed in roadside explosion, Kandahar

At least 11 people have been killed in a roadside explosion in the Kandahar province. The explosion occurred on Tuesday evening in the Khak-e-Chopan area of the Maiwand district, which borders the Helmand province near Lashkar Gah. According to reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as a vehicle - which allegedly belonged to Taliban insurgents - passed by. The use of anti-vehicle IEDs planted along roadsides is a method typically employed by the Taliban insurgents to target the security forces and civilians. It is likely the IED was originally planted by Taliban insurgents.

Fifteen Taliban killed in military offensive, Herat

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a military offensive in the western Herat province. The Afghan security forces targeted Taliban positions and hideouts in the Adraskan district. The Taliban shadow administrative district chief was allegedly among the 15 insurgents killed in the operations.

Two killed in car bomb, Kandahar

Two people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a car bombing in the southern Kandahar province. A civilian and a tribal leader have been killed in the Spin Boldak district after a bomb was planted on a vehicle and detonated. The attack was potentially carried out by Pakistani perpetrators - as the district borders with Chaman in Pakistani, where a number of cross-border firing incidents have resulted in fatalities recently. Taliban insurgents also have a strong influence in the Kandahar province.

Seven civilians killed in roadside explosion, Herat

Seven civilians have been killed in a roadside explosion in the western Herat province. A civilian vehicle struck an improvised explosive device which had been planted by militants along the side of the road in the Adraskan district. The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the police suspects the insurgent group to be behind the explosion due to their presence in the area and frequent planting of IEDs along roadsides in attempts to target the security forces. 

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide clearing operations

Approximately 71 armed militants have been killed, 35 others have been wounded and a further seven have been arrested in clearing operations throughout Afghanistan. The air and artillery units of the Afghan security forces targeted militant hideouts in 17 provinces: Badakhshan, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Sar-e Pul, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Wardak. Many of the same provinces have been targeted by the security forces in various operations within the last week. Various caches of weapons were seized and destroyed during the operations.

Thirteen Taliban killed in military operations, Faryab

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations carried out in the Faryab province within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces targeted Taliban hideouts and convoys in the Qaisar, Almar, and Ghormach districts. According to reports, the Taliban have not commented on the clashes and no military or civilian casualties occurred.

Roadside bomb hits civilian vehicle, Helmand

A roadside bomb has hit a civilian vehicle in the southern Helmand province. The improvised explosive device (IED) killed at least one civilian and wounded four others in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The IED had been planted along the side of the Kandahar-Helmand highway. No claim of responsibility has been made; however, the Taliban often plant anti-vehicle IEDs in attempts to target the security forces and are known to have a strong presence in Helmand.

Taliban leader killed in gunfight with civilians, Nangarhar

A Taliban leader has been killed in a brief gunfight with civilians in the Khogyani district in the Nangarhar province. The Taliban leader has been identified as Waifullah (aka Omar) - the shadow district chief for the Taliban - and was killed in a gunbattle with local residents along with another Taliban insurgent. According to reports, the Afghan security forces arrived shortly after the gunfight broke out to assist the residents in successfully repelling the insurgents. Civilian militias cooperate with the security forces by assisting with security in local areas; however, many see their existence as a sign of government weakness. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. 

Over 100 militants killed in nationwide military operations

Approximately 109 militants have been killed and a further 52 others have been wounded in nationwide military operations. According to reports, the operations aimed to clear areas in the Badakhshan, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Sar-e Pul, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Wardak provinces. Heavy and light weapons were also discovered and confiscated by the security forces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Eight civilians killed in school explosion, Parwan

At least eight civilians have been killed in an explosion which has targeted a Madrasa - an Islamic school - in the Parwan province. An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly planted in a classroom of the religious school and remotely detonated once the classroom filled with students. Approximately seven students are thought to have been killed in the blast. According to reports, a senior religious leader - the provincial chief of the Uleman Council, Abdul Rahim Shah Hanafi - was also killed in the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban are suspected to be responsible. 

Two civilians killed in Taliban attack, Laghman

Two civilians have been killed and another has been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Laghman province. A civilian vehicle was allegedly targeted by a Taliban rocket whilst it was travelling along the Mehtarlam-Alsheng highway. The Taliban often target the security forces along roads and claimed they would minimise civilian casualties in their spring offensive. The insurgent group has not commented or claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four policemen killed in Taliban attack, Helmand

At least four policemen have been killed and another has been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Helmand province. Taliban insurgents allegedly targeted a police checkpoint in the Srah Godar area of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The Taliban has not commented on the attack or claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the Taliban are known to operate throughout the Helmand province - parts of which are considered Taliban strongholds.

Head of Afghan IS killed in Nangarhar

The head of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan has allegedly been killed in military operations conducted in Nangarhar last week. According to the BBC, the US and Afghan officials have confirmed the death of the Afghan IS leader Abdul Hasib - killed in Nangarhar 10 days ago in a military raid. Hasib rose to leadership last year after the former leader was killed in a US drone strike. It is believed that Hasib was responsible for orchestrating the IS attack on a military hospital in Kabul which killed at least 50 people in March. The death has not been confirmed by the IS.

Thirty-seven Taliban killed in clearing operations, Kunduz

Thirty-seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. The clearing operations targeted insurgents in the Qala-e-Zal district with the goal of regaining control over the district after it was captured by the Taliban on Saturday following a 24-hour fight with the security forces. Of 37 insurgents killed, at least five are believed to be Taliban commanders.

Four civilians killed and wounded in roadside explosion, Khost

A civilian has been killed and three others have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Khost province. The explosion occurred on Monday in a suburban area of Khost city - where an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted at the side of the road. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet; however, the Taliban often plant IEDs along roadsides to target vehicles. 

Eighteen Taliban killed in clearing operations, Ghor

Clearing operations in the Ghor province have killed 18 Taliban insurgents. The operations were carried out over the weekend by the Afghan security forces in the Shahrak district of Ghor - where the security forces targeted a Taliban base and allegedly captured it. No military casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Airstrikes kill 55 Taliban in Paktiya

Airstrikes have allegedly killed at least 55 Taliban insurgents in the Paktiya province. The airstrikes were carried out on Monday by the foreign forces and targeted Taliban positions in the Dand Aw Patan and Nari Kotal districts. According to Tolo News, at least 40 insurgents were killed and several others were wounded in the Chenar area of Dand Aw Patan, while another 15 insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in Nari Kotal. At least one insurgent commander is believed to be among those killed.

Twenty-six Taliban killed in military clash, Kunduz

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the insurgents encountered the security forces along the Kunduz-Khanabad highway. One of the insurgents wounded has allegedly been identified as a local Taliban commander. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Nangarhar airstrikes destroy IS radio station, 34 killed

Airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours have destroyed the Islamic State's (IS) radio station in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, 34 IS militants have been killed in the airstrikes - which targeted the radio station and other IS hideouts in the Achin and Nazyan districts. The radio station had been used by the group to spread extremist propaganda and to issue threats against the government and the general public.

Six Taliban killed in US drone strike, Wardak

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in a US drone strike conducted in the Wardak province. According to Tolo News, the drone strike was carried out on Sunday, targeting Taliban hideouts in the provincial capital, Maidan Shahr - which lies close to the provincial border with the neighbouring Kabul province. A spokesman for the provincial governor claimed that Taliban commanders had been identified among those killed; however, no further details have been confirmed.

Military clashes occur at Chaman border

The Afghan and Pakistani military forces have allegedly clashed at the Chaman border - which separates the Afghan Kandahar province and the Pakistani Balochistan province. On Sunday 07 May, the Pakistani forces claimed that at least 50 Afghan soldiers had been killed and another 100 had been wounded in cross-border clashes. The Pakistani forces also stated that at least 12 Pakistani nationals - security personnel and civilians - were killed and another 46 were wounded. The Afghan forces have denied the Pakistani claims, instead stating that only two Afghan soldiers were killed, while seven others were wounded. According to reports, the series of clashes broke out in the area after the Afghan forces opened fire on Pakistani security personnel guarding a Pakistani census team last week.

Civilian killed in Taliban attack, Baghlan

A civilian has been killed and five others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports, a group of Taliban insurgents targeted and attacked a civilian vehicle in the Cashma-e-Sher area of Pul-e-Khumri city. It's believed that the victim of the attack was the head of a transport company called 'Tolo' - who was killed while his family were wounded. Although the Taliban typically target the security forces in such attacks, they also have been known to execute civilians as their form of justice and law-enforcement.

Takhar-Kunduz highway closed due to clashes

The main highway connecting the Takhar and Kunduz provinces has been closed to traffic due to clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. The Taliban have recently launched a series of offensive attacks on police outposts with an end goal of capturing Kunduz city. According to Tolo News, while the security forces have managed to repel the Taliban advances thus far, many in the area fear it is only a matter of time before the Taliban recapture the city. The city has been captured by the Taliban twice in the past two years; however, on both occasions, the security forces managed to recapture the city after a few days. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Seven Taliban killed in clashes, Ghazni

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 10 others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Ghazni province. The clashes allegedly broke out in the Waghez district of Ghazni. According to Pahjwok News, the provincial police chief, Aminullah Amarkhel, claimed that seven insurgents were killed and another 10 were wounded. The Taliban have allegedly confirmed the clashes; however, have claimed that only one insurgent was wounded and the security forces suffered significant casualties. The Taliban typically under report insurgent casualties and exaggerate military casualties.

Three killed in cross-border firing incident

At least three people have been killed and as many as 21 have been wounded in a cross-border firing incident near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Pakistani officials have accused the Afghan security forces of conducting cross-border firing on the Chaman area of Balochistan in Pakistan - which neighbours the Spin Boldak area of the southern Kandahar province in Afghanistan. According to reports, the Afghan security forces fired mortar shells on a Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) security team which had been deployed to guard a consensus team measuring the population in the Chaman area. Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been troubled in recent months by increased cross-border terrorism - which has lead to border closures and declines in relations between the two countries.

Thirteen killed in gunfight, Uruzgan

At least 13 people have been killed in a gunfight between the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Taliban insurgents in the Uruzgan province. Three ANA soldiers and 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed after the clashes broke out in the central area of the province. No civilian casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Seven IS killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar

At least seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The US forces carried out the drone strike in the Gorgoree area of the Haska Mena district, targeting IS hideouts. An IS commander is believed to have been among those killed in the airstrikes. A cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed. No military or civilian casualties were incurred.

Three policemen killed in Taliban attack, Kandahar

At least three Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed and another five have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. The attack targeted ANP positions in the Shalghami area of the Maiwand district - which borders the Helmand province near Helmand's provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Reports suggest that there may be as many as 22 casualties; however, these figures have not been confirmed and no comment on casualties has been made by the insurgent group.

Two suicide bombers killed in Kandahar

At least two suicide bombers have been killed in an incident in Kandahar. Two militants allegedly opened fire on a police checkpoint near a bakery in the central Kandahar city on Wednesday evening. Reports claim the militants were disguised in Burqa and intended to carry out a suicide bomb attack. The police forces returned fire, killing both militants. A civilian child was potentially killed and another civilian was potentially wounded by stray bullets in the crossfire; however, these casualties have not been confirmed.

Taliban insurgent killed in IED blast, Balkh

A Taliban insurgent has been killed in a premature explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the northern Balkh province. The insurgent had been planting the IED along a roadside in the Chimtal district when the device was prematurely detonated. The Taliban insurgents often aim to target the security forces when planting roadside IEDs. 

Thirty-three IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 33 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations targeted IS positions in the Achin, Dur Baba, Haska Mena, and Kot districts. According to reports, the militants targeted were in the process of planning explosive terrorist attacks. Six mines were also defused. No civilian or military casualties occurred.

Four Taliban insurgents killed in security operations, Faryab

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations carried out in the Faryab province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Khan Charbagh district - where a Taliban hideout was targeted and raided. A shadow district governor for the Taliban, Qari Shah Mohammad, has been identified among those killed in the attack.

Airstrike kills 11 Taliban in Takhar

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in an airstrike conducted in the north-eastern Takhar province. The airstrike was carried out by the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA), targeting insurgent positions in the Khwajah Bahauddin district. Amon those killed in the attack was the Taliban shadow district chief, Mawlavi Ansarullah. No ANA or civilian casualties have been reported and the Taliban has not commented on the airstrikes.

IS targets NATO convoy in Kabul

At least eight people have been killed and 25 others wounded in a suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul.  An Afghan government spokesman said all of the victims were civilians, apart from three US service members who were among the wounded.  Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred near a National Defence Security (NDS) checkpoint on Shasha Darak road in Macroyan on Wednesday morning.

Twenty IS killed in ground operations, Nangarhar

At least 20 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in ground operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations have been conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting IS positions in the Momand valley in the Achin district. A large cache of weapons was also destroyed.

Fourteen killed in Taliban attacks in western provinces

At least 14 people have been killed and six others have been wounded in Taliban attacks in two western provinces over the weekend. One insurgent was killed and two policemen were wounded in an insurgent attack in the Bala Boluk district of the Farah province. In Badghis, another five policemen were killed along with eight insurgents and four policemen were wounded in another attack in the Ghormach district - where the Taliban allegedly briefly overran the majority of the district before the security forces repelled the attack and regained lost ground.

Taliban close parts of Baghlan-Kunduz highway

The Taliban have allegedly closed parts of the highway connecting the northern Baghlan and Kunduz provinces. According to reports, the security forces have confirmed that Taliban insurgent groups have partially closed sections of the highway to public traffic after launching a series of insurgent attacks on areas in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district on Saturday. Heavy clashes between the insurgents and the security forces are ongoing. No casualties have been confirmed.

US forces targeted in suicide car bombing, Nangarhar

The US forces have been targeted in a suicide car bombing in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar. The attack - which took place on Monday - failed to incur any casualties; however, the bomber was killed immediately and some minor damage has been caused to the vehicle. 

Eleven Taliban killed in military operations, Helmand

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in Helmand over the weekend. On Saturday, the Afghan security forces targeted a Taliban hideout in the Yakchal area of the Gereshk district, killing four insurgents and destroying one vehicle. On the following day, a further seven insurgents were killed in an airstrike targeting the same area. Four more vehicles - which had been stolen from the Afghan security forces - were destroyed, along with four motorcycles and various weapons. The vehicles destroyed were of the same type used by Taliban insurgents to infiltrate a military base in Balkh last week.

Dozens killed in nationwide operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in nationwide joint military offensive operations over the weekend. At least 130 militants have been killed - 46 of which have been identified as Islamic State (IS) militants -  and 24 others have been wounded and three militants have been arrested. The operations were conducted by the air and artillery troops of the Afghan security forces. Approximately 17 provinces were targeted in the operations: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunar, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Parwan, Paktiya, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul.

Thirty people killed in militant clashes, Nangarhar

At least 30 people have been killed and 14 others have been wounded amid violent clashes between two militant groups in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the fighting broke out between Islamic State (IS) militants and Taliban insurgents in the Chaparhar district in the early hours of Sunday morning. Approximately 21 Taliban insurgents have been killed, along with seven IS militants and two civilians. At least nine militants and five civilians have also been wounded in the fighting.

Twenty-three insurgents killed in Uruzgan airstrike

At least 23 insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the Uruzgan province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted the Sang and Kotwal villages in the provincial capital city district of Trinkot. A large cache of weapons and ammunition was also discovered and destroyed during the offensive. 

Taliban capture Badakhshan district

The Taliban have allegedly managed to capture the Zebak district in the northern Badakhshan province. Reports state that the district fell on Friday morning after a nine-hour battle between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces. Local officials earlier confirmed that the Taliban had launched an attempt to capture the district; however, no further statements have been released as of yet and no casualty figures have been confirmed.

Security operations kill 45 IS militants in Nangarhar

At least 45 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. Airstrikes and clearing operations targeted IS positions in the Achin district, killing approximately 36 IS militants, while a further nine militants were also killed in operations in the neighbouring Haska Mena district. A senior IS commander has been identified among those killed in Achin. Several IS hideouts and tunnel systems used by the IS forces were also destroyed.

Drone strike kills seven near Afghanistan-Pakistan border

At least seven militants have been killed in an alleged drone strike near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to reports, local officials have claimed that drone strikes hit a Tehreek-e-Taliban hideout in the Lawara Mandi area of North Waziristan. However, administration officials have challenged this claim, suggesting the strikes took place over the border, in the Gorwek area of the Khost province in Afghanistan. It's suspected the strike was conducted by the US forces; however, this has not been confirmed.

Taliban announce spring offensive

The Taliban insurgent group has officially announced the launch of its annual spring offensive. The Taliban's annual fighting season has started on Friday 28 April - starting later than it has done in previous years. 'Operation Mansouri' - titled after former leader Akhtar Mahammad Mansour - appears to be a two-sided offensive, which will see Taliban forces launch military operations alongside political operations. The announcement stated that the Taliban aim to establish themselves as a viable alternative government by developing social justice systems, administrative measures, infrastructure, and ruling institutions in Taliban-held areas. No mention of peace talks with the Afghan government were mentioned as the announcement detailed a determined plan to destroy the enemy - which it identifies as the Afghan government and foreign forces. Military operations will continue to target the security forces by using explosive suicide attacks and 'insiders' through conventional and guerilla warfare. According to Reuters, the announcement emphasised promises to minimise civilian casualties and stressed warnings to civilians to avoid military bases and security personnel.

Fifteen civilians wounded in explosion, Nangarhar

At least 15 civilians have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Bati Kot district. The IED was planted on a bicycle in the main square of Nader Shah Kot and was detonated at approximately 10:30 local time on Thursday morning. Anti-government militants have been blamed for the explosion; however, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

Eight IS militants killed in Nangarhar operations

At least eight Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces with aerial assistance in the Pekha area of the Achin district - where military offensive operations against the IS forces increased in recent weeks. Two of the militants killed have been identified as IS leaders. A cache of weapons and ammunition was also discovered and destroyed.

Ten Taliban killed in security operations, Faryab

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Faryab province as a result of security operations. The Afghan security forces targeted two Taliban strongholds in the Qaisar and Ghormach districts. Among those killed were two local Taliban commanders. No harm came to any civilians or military personnel during the clashes.

Two US soldiers killed in raid, Nangarhar

At least two US soldiers have been killed and another has been wounded in clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) during a raid in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to Fox News, the servicemen were killed on Thursday evening when IS militants attacked the security forces during a raid in the Achin district. Approximately 18 IS militants were also killed in the clashes.

Four killed in insurgent attack, Kunduz

At least four insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded after a group of insurgents launched an attack on the security forces in the northern Kunduz province. A spokesman for the provincial police confirmed that the clashes occurred on Tuesday night when insurgents attempted to ambush a security check post but were repelled by the security forces. No details regarding military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Dozens killed and wounded in Taliban infighting, Herat

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 43 others have been wounded in clashes between two Taliban insurgent groups in the Herat province. The clashes took place on Tuesday 25 April in the Khifan area of the Shindand district - where infighting occurred earlier on in the week on Friday. 

Ninety-one militants killed in IS-Taliban clashes, Jowzjan

Approximately 91 militants have been killed and a further 68 militants have been wounded in clashes between militants of the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban in the northern Jowzjan province. According to Khaama Press, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Jowzjan stated that the fighting started in the Darzab district on Tuesday and allegedly remains ongoing. The spokesman further claimed that at least 76 Taliban insurgents and 15 IS militants have been killed so far, while 56 Taliban insurgents and 12 IS militants have been wounded. It remains unclear how the fighting started as neither group has commented on the clashes; however, it is possible the fight originated from a territorial dispute. Violent militancy has recently surged in the northern provinces following the end of the restrictive winter season.

Sixty-two IS militants killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 62 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in Nangarhar. At least 28 IS militants have been killed in air and ground operations carried out in the Asad Khel and Ragha area of the Achin district within the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing 'Hamza' counter-terror operations. A further 34 IS militants have been killed in air and ground operations in the Mahmand and Paykha areas of the same district during joint military operations. No military or civilian casualties have been reported and several caches of weapons and ammunitions were also destroyed in the operations.

Eight policemen killed in Taliban attack, Takhar

At least eight policemen have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the north-eastern Takhar province. The attack happened on Monday and targeted three security checkpoints in the Darqad district. According to Associated Press, the Taliban have now managed to cut off the Darqad and Khuja Bhawedin districts from the government forces - who have since brought in military reinforcements and have launched a counter-attack. Eight Taliban insurgents were also killed in the fighting.

Dozens killed in counter-terror operations nationwide

At least 61 militants have been killed in counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in various provinces across Afghanistan over the weekend. Approximately 35 Taliban insurgents were killed and six others were arrested in clearing operations in the Chahar Dara district of Kunduz - in which the security forces targeted and destroyed Taliban hideouts. A further three Taliban insurgents were killed and five others were arrested in Farah. Clearing operations also targeted Islamic State (IS) hideouts in the Ghor province - killing 10 IS militants. Twenty-three militants were also killed in the Uruzgan province.

Sixty-one IS killed in Nangarhar operations

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in Nangarhar. Approximately 28 IS militants were killed in the Achin and Haska Mena districts on Friday and a further 33 IS militants were killed in the same districts as the operations continued. The operations saw airstrikes and ground operations target IS hideouts. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Explosion near US military base in Khost

An explosion has been reported near a US military base in the Khost province. The Afghan Interior Ministry has confirmed that a car bomb was detonated near the military base at 13:00 local time on Monday. Although no final casualty figures have been officially confirmed, according to Fox News, at least four security guards have been killed and Khaama Press has reported that at least one child has been wounded in the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing yet.

Taliban infighting kills eight in Herat

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed amid infighting in the Herat province. A spokesman for the Governor of Herat confirmed the incident on Sunday, stating that the fighting broke out - over unknown causes - in the Shindand district on Friday. The Taliban have not commented on the infighting.

Dozens killed and wounded in Taliban attack

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in a Taliban attack on an Afghan military base in the northern Balkh province. The attack unfolded on Friday as approximately 10 Taliban insurgents - disguised in Afghan National Army (ANA) uniforms - entered a military base near Mazar-e Sharif. The insurgents allegedly targeted ANA soldiers leaving a mosque and the canteen inside the base. According to Khaama Press, the Ministry of Defence has suggested that at least 135 people have been killed and another 64 people have been wounded; however, no official casualty figures have been confirmed as of yet. According to the BBC, unofficial sources and witnesses have reported that between 136 and 165 people may have been killed in what has been called the Taliban's deadliest attack since it fell from power in 2001. The attack has caused national public outrage and has fuelled public concerns that the Afghan government is not doing enough to repel large-scale Taliban attacks. As a result, two Ministry of Defence officials - including the Afghan Defence Minister - have resigned following the attack.

Thirty-seven IS militants killed in Nangarhar

At least 37 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in ongoing military operations in the Nangarhar province. A military statement has confirmed the deaths on Monday - stating that the operations have been targeting IS forces in the Achin district since Sunday. The operations have so far been carried out by a combination of ground and air forces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported so far.

Ten militants killed in Zabul airstrikes

Ten militants have been killed in the Zabul province after the Afghan security forces conducted a series of airstrikes in the Shahjoi district. The airstrikes were carried out on Sunday and the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that five al-Qaeda and five Taliban insurgents were killed in the operations. A vehicle and several motorcycles were also destroyed in the raids. 

Nine Taliban killed in US airstrike, Kunduz

At least nine Taliban insurgents were killed in a US airstrike in Kunduz over the weekend. The airstrike allegedly targeted a Taliban compound the Archi district of the Kunduz province as part of ongoing operations to reduce the Taliban movement in the area. A Taliban shadow governor for the Takhar province was killed along with eight other insurgents. 

Angoor Adda and Ghulam Khan border crossings re-open

Two crossing points along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have re-opened. On Thursday, the Angoor Adda crossing point connecting the Paktika province of Afghanistan and the South Waziristan area of Pakistan re-opened. The Ghulam Khan border crossing point between the Khost province of Afghanistan and the North Waziristan area of Pakistan also re-opened on Friday. The border crossings were closed indefinitely amid concerns regarding transnational terrorism; however, the decision to re-open them has been made to better facilitate international trade.

Gunbattle follows explosion at Balkh military base

A gunfight erupted after an explosion at a military base in the northern Balkh province. At least eight soldiers have been killed and at least 11 others have been wounded after a suicide bomber attacked the security forces. The base lies near the city of Mazar-e Sharif - the provincial capital of Balkh. The Taliban insurgent group have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Twenty-two Taliban killed in clearing operations, Baghlan

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the northern Baghlan province. The operations targeted Taliban hideouts in the village of Ahmadzaiha in the Dand-e Ghoori district on Thursday night. A provincial Taliban shadow governor was allegedly killed in the operations, along with several other Taliban leaders. 

Four militants killed in Uruzgan airstrike

Four militants have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. The airstrike was conducted using a newly-deployed A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and targeted militant hideouts near Tarinkot city. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a Dshk heavy machine gun was also destroyed in the airstrike.

Three killed in roadside explosion, Badakhshan

Three people have been killed in a roadside explosion in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. Two soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed along with one civilian after an improvised explosive device (IED) - which had been planted at the side of the road in the central Baharak district - was detonated. It remains unknown whether or not the IED was motion-triggered or remote controlled; however, it is likely that the IED had been planted by militants in an attempt to target the security forces.

Two killed in roadside explosion, Zabul

Two people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Zabul province.  A police vehicle travelling in the Shenkai district on Wednesday morning hit an anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted by militants along the roadside. A senior police officer and a bodyguard were killed, while four police officers were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) use IEDs to target the security forces.

Ten insurgents killed in clashes with security forces, Kandahar

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in a clash with the security forces in the Kandahar province. The clashes occurred in the Mianshin district on Tuesday evening after Taliban forces ambushed security posts. According to reports, 13 insurgents were wounded, along with one police officer and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers. The Taliban claim to have taken control of the Sarnavi military base in the district and killed 10 ANA soldiers; however, this has not been confirmed by the security forces.

Five IS fighters killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar

At least five militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The drone strikes targeted IS fighters in the Nazyan district on Wednesday. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Small explosion targets City Park in Kabul

A small explosion has occurred near the City Park in the third police district of Kabul. The incident occurred on Wednesday night near the wall of the City Park. No casualties were incurred and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the explosion as of yet. The explosion comes just days after a similar incident in the first police district.

Dozens killed and wounded in Kandahar

Dozens of militants have been killed and wounded in various incidents throughout Kandahar over the weekend. Three militants were killed and 35 were arrested in two separate raids by the Afghan security forces in the Maiwand ad Takhta Pul districts, while a further eight militants were killed and five others were wounded in the Nesh district. Another two militants were killed and 25 others were arrested in operations in the Maiwand district and four Taliban insurgents were killed in the Safa district. Ten militants were wounded in a weapons depot explosion in Spin Boldak - near the Pakistani border. The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

Five Pakistani IS militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least five Pakistani Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes led by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrikes were conducted at 10:00 local time on Wednesday morning, targeting militants affiliated with the IS in the Taktakani area of the Nazyan district. The militants are believed to be members of the Mawlavi Yahya militant group - an offshoot group of the IS. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Three militants killed in Zabul airstrikes

At least three militants have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Zabul province. It remains unknown whether the airstrikes were carried out by the US air forces, the Afghan security forces, or a combination. The airstrikes targeted militants of the al-Qaeda terrorist network - which is affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) - residing near the Audaki village in the Tarang district.

Six police officers killed in Taliban attack, Zabul

At least six police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. On Tuesday, the Taliban insurgents allegedly ambushed the police forces by attacking a checkpoint in the Shinkay district. On of those killed in the attack has been identified as the Chief of Police for the Zabul province. No Taliban casualties have been reported and no comment has been made by the insurgent group regarding the attack.

Four police personnel killed in Taliban attack, Badghis

Four Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel have been killed and at least three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on the ALP in the Badghis province. The attack targeted an ALP supply convoy en route to outposts in the Qades district when the Taliban group ambushed the police officers. An ALP vehicle was also destroyed in the attack. No Taliban casualties have been reported and no comment has been made regarding the attack by the Taliban group.

Dozens killed in Baghlan airstrikes

At least 50 Taliban insurgents were killed in airstrikes conducted in the Baghlan province last night. The raids started at 23:00 local time on Tuesday evening and lasted until 04:00 Wednesday morning. According to Tolo News, the provincial council stated that over 50 insurgents were killed in the raids - which were carried out by the Afghan air forces with aerial support from US forces. The strikes targeted the Dand-e Ghori and Pul-e Khumre areas and it's suspected that a Taliban shadow governor was among those killed in the strikes.

Sixty-seven killed in recent nationwide counter-terror operations

At least 67 militants have been killed and at least 11 have been wounded in nationwide counter-terror operations conducted within the last 24 hours. The operations targeted militants in the Badghis, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Sar-e Pul, and Uruzgan provinces. According to reports, 12 militants were killed in the Bala Murghab district of Badghis, while nine militants were killed and 11 others were wounded in the Khakriz area of Kandahar and at least 11 militants were killed in Uruzgan.

Eleven killed in roadside explosion, Helmand

At least 11 people have been killed in a roadside explosion in the southern Helmand province. The explosion targeted a vehicle travelling along a road in the Nawa-I-Barakzayi district - next to the Lashkar Gah capital district - on Friday night. The anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted at the roadside - probably by Taliban insurgents - near the Mullah Abbas village. 

One wounded in bomb explosion, Kabul

At least one person has been wounded in a bomb explosion in Kabul. The explosion occurred on Monday morning, in the first police district of the capital. Reports suggest that a magnetic bomb was attached to a government-owned vehicle in a suspected militant attempt to target government officials. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

Nine killed in Taliban-military clashes, Ghazni

At least nine people have been killed in clashes between the Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. The clashes occurred on Saturday in the Andar district. Six Taliban insurgents and three civilians were killed in the fighting. No military casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not issued a comment on the clashes.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the northern Kunduz province. The airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces and targeted the Dasht-e Archi district. Among those killed is thought to be a Taliban shadow governor for the neighbouring north-eastern Takhar province. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. 

Seventeen killed in Sar-e Pul conflicts

At least 17 people have been killed and one person has been wounded in fighting in the Sar-e Pul province over the weekend. At least 13 militants were killed and one security officer was wounded in counter-terror operations in the Sayyad district on Saturday. Three civilians were then killed in Taliban shelling in the same district on Sunday.

Four government officials wounded in roadside bomb explosion, Nangarhar

At least four local government officials have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion. An anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the roadside in the Kot district. The IED had likely been planted by a militant group in an attempt to target government forces and it's probable that the victims - who had been en route to Jani Khail at the time - were targeted specifically. However, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Four militants killed in bomb explosions, Logar

At least four militant have been killed in separate bomb explosions in the Logar province. The first incident occurred in the Pul-e Alam district and happened when two militants were in the process of constructing an explosive weapon. The second explosion occurred in the Qala-e Wazir area when two militants were killed whilst attempting to plant an explosive along the roadside and the device exploded prematurely.

Eighty-seven militants killed in nationwide operations

At least 87 militants have been killed and 42 others have been wounded while five have been arrested in nationwide operations conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. The operations targeted 15 provinces - among those targeted included the Badghis, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Paktika, Paktiya, Sar-e Pul, Uruzgan, and Wardak provinces. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Three civilians killed by roadside bomb, Paktiya

Three civilians have been killed and two others have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Paktiya province. An anti-vehicle improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of a road was triggered by a civilian vehicle. The IED was likely planted by miltants in an attempt to target the security forces; however, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

US drops massive bomb on IS targets, Nangarhar

The US has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on Islamic State (IS) targets in the eastern Nangarhar province.  The Pentagon said the 21,000lb GBU-43 bomb was dropped from a MC-130 at 19:00 local time on Thursday.  Retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona told CNN that the blast in Achin district would “feel like a nuclear weapon to anyone near the area".  At least 90 IS militants were killed in the blast, according to the governor of Achin.

Eleven Taliban killed in Uruzgan operation

Approximately 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in recent operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were carried out by the air and ground units of the Afghan security forces in the Khas district. 

Sixteen Taliban killed in clearing operations, Helmand

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in clearing operations in the southern Helmand province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Thursday in the Aynak area of the Nawa district - just south of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. A Taliban leader is believed to have been among those killed. Approximately 54 landmines have also been discovered during clearing operations in the area.

Eleven IS militants killed in military ambush, Jowzjan

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a military ambush in the Jowzjan province. The security forces launched the attack in the Darzab district. One of the IS militants killed has been identified as a commander, Qari Mohibullah. According to reports, an IS group recently raided and captured the Ilkhani village in the area - prompting the security forces to launch operations to recapture areas controlled by the IS forces.

Ten Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The Afghan security forces launched an attack on a Taliban group which had been attempting to ambush a military convoy in the Spin Boldak district - located near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Two caches of weapons and explosives were also seized by the security forces. No military casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Two soldiers killed in roadside explosion, Zabul

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and two others have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Zabul province. The explosion occurred after an ANA vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) planted along the roadside in the Shenkai district on Tuesday. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five killed in suicide bombing, Kabul

At least five people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a suicide bombing near the Administrative Office of the Presidential Palace in Kabul city. According to preliminary reports, a suicide bomber, travelling on foot, has detonated explosives in an attempt to target government employees in a vehicle in the Pul-e Mahmoud Khan area near the Ministry of Defence and the Presidential Palace. A Reuters witness reported seeing several damaged vehicles in the vicinity. The Islamic State (IS) has allegedly claimed responsibility for the incident.

Dozens of IS militants killed in Nangarhar clearing operations

At least 49 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent clearing operations conducted in the Nangarhar province. The operations were carried out in the Achin district on Tuesday night as part of the ongoing Hamza operations which were recently launched. Airstrikes and ground operations have been conducted as part of the operations. Twelve of the 49 IS militants killed are thought to be foreign nationals.

Eleven Taliban killed in Laghman airstrikes

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and nine others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan Air Force in the Laghman province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence confirmed that the airstrikes were conducted in the Alisheng district on Monday night - killing seven insurgents and wounding two others. Clashes between the security forces and the insurgents also broke out elsewhere in the province on the same night - killing at least four Taliban insurgents and wounding seven others. Both incidents are thought to be part of the Almas 2 clearing operations, which were launched within the last week by the security forces.

Eight Taliban killed in security operations, Nuristan

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in operations led by the security forces in the Nuristan province. According to reports, the security forces targeted the Taliban insurgents in the Barg-e Matal district on Tuesday night. Caches of weapons were also discovered by the security forces. No military casualties have been reported and no civilians were harmed in the operation.

Afghan soldier shot dead in Kabul

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier has been shot dead by un unidentified gunman in Kabul city. The incident took place on Tuesday in the fifth police district. Investigations are underway; however, no suspects or motives have been identified as of yet. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two policemen killed in Taliban attack, Zabul

Two policemen have been killed and a third has been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. The insurgents ambushed the police forces in the Shar-e Safa district of Zabul. Two policemen also remain missing - it's possible they have been abducted by the insurgents, who managed to escape with a police vehicle and several police weapons. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, no comment has been made regarding the status' of the missing police officers.

Sixteen Taliban killed in ongoing military operations

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed and several others have been wounded in ongoing military operations in the northern Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces. The operations were part of the ongoing Khalid operations and targeted Taliban hideouts in the Pashtun Kot district of Faryab and Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul. A local Taliban commander and another Taliban leader are believed to be among those killed in the operations. At least 14 Taliban-owned vehicles were also destroyed. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Thirteen IS killed in Nangarhar clearing operations

At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in clearing operations conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations were carried out on Monday by the air and ground troops of the Afghan security forces with support from foreign air forces - targeting IS positions in the unstable Peshai area of the Achin district. No military or civilian casualties were incurred.

Four children killed in mortar explosion, Kunduz

At least four children have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a mortar explosion in the Kunduz district. The explosion occurred in the Qasab village of the Chahar Dara district, in an area where the children had been playing. The incident occurred just hours after a public demonstration in Kabul campaigned to raise awareness of the dangers of unexploded ordnance and the need for government-led efforts to clear land littered with explosives.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrikes

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further eight others have been wounded in airstrikes in the northern Kunduz province. The strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Saturday night, targeting the Chahar Dara and Dasht-e Archi districts. It's believed that a key Taliban commander was among those killed in the airstrikes.

Twenty-five IS killed in ongoing operations, Nangarhar

Twenty-five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed within the last 24 hours in ongoing security operations being carried out in Nangarhar. The security forces conducted counter-terror operations in the areas in and surrounding the Achin district as part of the ongoing Shaheen 25 operations aimed at clearing the district of IS militants. The latest series of operations were conducted by the air and ground troops. A cache of heavy and light weapons has been confiscated and no civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Nine policemen killed in roadside bomb explosion, Balkh

At least nine policemen have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Balkh province. The incident occurred on Saturday when police forces were moving through the Chishma Lala Zada area of the Chimtal district - a former Taliban stronghold recently recaptured by the security forces. The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for the incident; however, due to the group's active movement in the area, it is likely the bomb was planted by Taliban insurgents.

Two judicial centre employees killed in Kabul shooting

Two judicial centre employees have been killed in a shooting incident in the Charahi Qambar area of western Kabul. The two employees of the Anti-Corruption Justice Centre had allegedly been on their way to work when they were targeted by an unknown gunman in the early hours of Monday morning. Tolo News has confirmed that the police have commenced investigations into the incident; however, no individual or group has claimed responsibility and no suspect has been detained.

Three militants killed in Paktika airstrikes

At least three Taliban-affiliated militants have been killed in an airstrike conducted in the Paktika province. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the deaths, stating that the three militants were killed in air raids targeted the Jani Khel district of Paktika. The militants have been identified as members of a Taliban-affiliated al-Qaeda faction group.

Dozens of militants killed in nationwide operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in nationwide military operations over the weekend. According to Tolo News, 59 militants have been killed, 23 others have been wounded and 18 militants have been arrested. The operations targeted insecure areas of the Balkh, Helmand, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Wardak, and Zabul provinces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Suicide bomber killed in car bombing attempt, Nangarhar

A suicide bomber has been killed in a car bombing attempt in the eastern Nangarhar province. The attacker attempted to use a vehicular-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) to carry out a suicide car bombing in the Marko Bazaar area of the Ghani Khel district on Monday morning. According to reports, the suicide bomber was attempting to target a counter-narcotics team operating in the area; however, the attacker was the only casualty of the bombing. It is likely the perpetrator was affiliated with the Taliban or the Islamic State - both of whom are known have a history of conducting suicide bombings and frequently trade narcotics to fund militant activity.

Nineteen IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 19 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent security operations in Nangarhar. The Afghan security forces have carried out the operations within the last 24 hours and allegedly targeted IS positions in the Achin and Kot districts of Nangarhar province. One IS militants was also wounded and arrested by the security forces, while an IS-owned vehicle and cache of weapons, explosives and ammunition were destroyed.

Eight insurgents killed in drone strike, Kunduz

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike in the Kunduz province. The attack was carried out on Friday by the Afghan security forces and targeted a Taliban facility in the Dasht-e Archi district. At least three of the insurgents killed have been identified as Tajikistani nationals. It's suspected that the insurgents had been planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along roadsides at the time of the attack.

Five Pakistani insurgents killed in border conflict, Nuristan

At least five Pakistani insurgents have been killed in a conflict with the Afghan border security near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the eastern Nuristan province. The altercation occurred after the group of insurgents allegedly crossed the Durand Line and opened fire on a border security patrol in the Kamdesh district - prompting retaliatory fire from the security forces. No security personnel were injured during the gunfight.

Eighteen IS militants killed in military operations, Nangarhar

At least 18 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. Fifteen IS militants have been killed in clearing operations conducted as part of the ongoing Hamza operations in the Achin district. A further three IS militants have been killed in ongoing Shaheen 25 operations in the Ghani Khel area. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Twenty Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. The air raids targeted Taliban positions on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Tarinkot city. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the airstrike took place within the last 24 hours and have further stated that a Taliban-owned explosive-laden vehicle was also destroyed in the operations.

Ten Taliban killed in clearing operation, Herat

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the western Herat province. Operation 'Khalid Number Yek' targeted Taliban hideouts in the Jebran and Shahr-i Abad villages in the Shindand district. A cache of weapons and ammunition was also seized and destroyed during the operation. The Taliban have not commented on the operations, but have claimed that ten security personnel were also killed and wounded in clashes in the same district; however, the insurgent group often exaggerates military casualties.

Taliban suicide attack foiled by security forces, Kabul

A suicide attack targeting a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Kabul has been foiled by the Afghan security forces in counter-terror operations. The security troops performed a property raid in the Dehsabz district of Kabul and discovered incriminating material which showed a clear plan to carry out a suicide bombing on an NGO in Kabul. The private residence belonged to a member of a Taliban-affiliated militant group. Among the evidence found were 15 hand grenades, two fake vehicle registration plates, and a suicide vest - indicating Taliban intentions to conduct vehicular suicide bombings with at least one suicide bomber on foot.

Thirty-one militants killed in clearing operations, Zabul

At least 31 militants have been killed and at least two others have been wounded in clearing operations conducted in the Zabul province by the Afghan security forces. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the operations today, stating that at least 18 suicide bombers are thought to have been among those killed, along with eight foreign militants. The operations targeted the Shahjoi and Shalamzai districts of the Zabul province.

Dozens of IS militants killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 47 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in operations in Nangarhar. Air and ground troops conducted a joint operation in the Achin district on Wednesday, aiming to clear the Abdulkhel, Bezodat, Janjal Shegi, Kandar, and Shadall villages of the presence of IS militants. No official comment was issued regarding military or civilian casualties.

One killed, two wounded in landslide, Badakhshan

One person has been killed and two others have been wounded in a landslide in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. A landslide occurred on a mountainside area of the Khwahan district, hitting eight civilian homes on Wednesday. The cause of the landslide remains unknown; however, such incidents are not uncommon in unstable mountainous terrain.

Thirty-five militants killed in counter-terror operations

At least 35 militants have been killed and 18 others have been wounded in nationwide counter-terror operations within the last 24 hours. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Herat, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. At least 15 of the 35 militants killed have been identified as Islamic State (IS) militants. Three militants were also arrested and three motorcycles were destroyed.

Seven Taliban killed in clearing operations, Herat

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in joint clearing operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. The clearing operations targeted Taliban hideouts on the outskirts of the Shindand district. No military or civilian casualties were incurred during the operations.

Twenty-four Taliban killed in Zabul airstrikes

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military airstrikes in the Zabul province. The air raids targeted a Taliban training centre in the Shawal village of the Shamal Zayee district of Zabul. The training centre facilities were destroyed in the operation. 

Nine IS militants killed in Nangarhar operations

Nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been arrested by the Afghan security forces in operations carried out in the Nangarhar province. IS forces were targeted in the Pakhai area of the Achin district in Nangarhar in ongoing counter-terror operations. A small cache of heavy and light weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation. No civilians or security personnel were harmed during the fighting.

Three Taliban killed in premature explosion, Ghor

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and another four insurgents have been wounded in the premature explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Ghor province. The accident occurred on Monday on the outskirts of the provincial capital when the Taliban insurgents accidentally detonated an IED on a motorcycle. It is presumed the insurgents had been transporting the explosive to either plant along a roadside or use in a suicide bombing.

Seven militants killed in northern clashes

Seven militants have been killed and at least 19 others have been wounded in clashes with the Afghan security forces in the northern Balkh and Kunduz provinces. Both incidents occurred on Monday and have been confirmed in a military statement. Six militants were killed and 18 others were wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Guzar village of the Chimtal district in the Balkh province, while another militant was killed and one more was wounded after a militant attack was repelled by the security forces in the neighbouring Kunduz province.

Ninety-nine militants killed in nationwide operations

At least 99 militants have been killed and 47 others have been wounded in nationwide operations over the weekend. The first set of operations targeted militants in the Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Nangarhar, and Uruzgan provinces - killing 54 militants and wounding 33 others. A further 45 militants were killed and 14 others were wounded in operations targeted the Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Paktika, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces.

Twenty-seven IS militants killed in military raids, Nangarhar

Twenty-seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military raids conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. The raids were carried out on Sunday by the air and ground troops in the Achin district of Nangarhar. No military personnel or civilians were harmed during the offensive. 

Twenty-four Taliban killed in clearing operations, Uruzgan

Twenty-four Taliban insurgents have been killed in clearing operations conducted in the Uruzgan province. The clearings operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces overnight and targeted undisclosed villages in insecure areas of the province. No civilian or military casualties have been reported and no Taliban comment has been made.

Fourteen Taliban killed in military operations, Nuristan

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in the eastern Nuristan province. The Afghan security forces allegedly targeted insurgents plotting attacks against the security forces in the Barmatal district of the province. It's been reported that the insurgents targeted were in possession of several motorcycles.

Four government employees killed in Taliban attack

Four Afghan government employees have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. According to the Associated Press, a deputy provincial director for Paktika was killed along with his driver and two others when Taliban insurgents ambushed the convoy of vehicles as they were en route to the neighbouring Paktika province. There has been media speculation that the victims worked for the provincial intelligence service; however, these reports have not been confirmed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Ten civilians killed in explosion, Helmand

At least 10 civilians have been killed in an explosion near the provincial capital of Helmand. The explosion occurred in the Babaji area - a suburb of Lashkar Gah city. According to Bakhtar News, it is believed that an improvised explosive device (ID) was planted near a residential building in a militant attempt to target and terrorise civilians. No militant group or individual ahs claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet; however, the Taliban hold significant influence in the southern Helmand province and have been advancing on key strategic territory held by the Afghan security forces in recent weeks. The Taliban also have a history of using IEDs to target civilians and the security forces.

Three killed in car bombing, Khost

At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and six school children have been wounded in a suicide car bombing using a vehicular-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). According to reports, the VBIED attack targeted the ANA troops in the northern Domand area. No claim of responsibility has been made by an individual or militant group. 

Ten Taliban killed in Taliban attacks in Takhar

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further nine others have been wounded in clashes between the insurgents and the security forces following Taliban attacks in the Takhar province. According to Tolo News, the insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the Durqad district by conducting a series of attacks from several different surrounding positions. The Afghan security forces were able to repel the attacks, killing 10 insurgents and wounding nine more. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Dozens of militants killed in police operations, Nangarhar

At least 31 militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in police operations in Nangarhar. An Afghan National Police (ANP) unit conducted the operations overnight in the Angora village of the Khogyani district. Two more militants have been arrested and among those killed are believed to be seven al-Qaeda commanders. A large cache of weapons, ammunition and narcotics was also discovered and destroyed. No civilian or ANP casualties have been reported.

Ten killed, twelve wounded in airstrikes, Uruzgan

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 12 others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces overnight. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the airstrikes, stating that the raids targeted Taliban hideouts around the provincial capital, Tarinkot. A motorbike and two vehicles belonging to the insurgent group were also destroyed in the operations.

Six Taliban killed in clashes with police, Badghis

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed and at least two others have been wounded in clashes with the police forces in the Badghis province. The clashes came about after the Taliban insurgent group allegedly launched an attack on a police checkpoint in the Bala Murghab district near the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border on Wednesday night. No casualties have been reported from the security personnel.

Six Taliban killed in Nuristan clashes

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Nuristan provinces. The Afghan border security forces targeted the Taliban group near the Durand Line in the Kamdish district. It's likely the insurgents had been attempting to use the area as an illegal passage between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistani military fire on Kunar province

The Pakistani military forces have allegedly fired over 70 rockets at the eastern Kunar province in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours. The shelling has targeted the Khas Kunar and Sarkano districts; however, no civilian casualties or damages have been reported. The shelling comes just weeks after Afghanistan submitted a formal complaint to the UN regarding 1,266 Pakistani artillery shells fired since January 2017. 

Nineteen killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 19 people have been killed and two others have been wounded in clashes in the Kandahar province. A group of Taliban insurgents encountered the Afghan security forces and engaged in a series of clashes in which 18 Taliban insurgents were killed and one policeman was killed. Two more security personnel were also wounded during the clashes.

Twenty-seven militants killed in security operations, Nangarhar

At least 27 militants have been killed in security operations carried out by the Special Operations Forces in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar. The operations were launched in the Pera Khail area of the district as part of the ongoing Shaheen 25 operations. According to reports, five Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed and seven more militants were captured during the operations.

Five civilians killed in Taliban firing, Takhar

Five civilians have been killed and three others have been wounded under Taliban shelling in the north-eastern Takhar province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Wednesday night and has been confirmed by the local police on Thursday. No further information has been disclosed and no comment has been made by the Taliban.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 13 others have been wounded in clashes in the Ghazni province. According to reports, seven insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in a clash between the insurgents and the security forces in the Safral area of the Giro district, while a further eight insurgents were killed and seven others were wounded in another clash in the Andar district. No military casualties have been confirmed. The Taliban has claimed that four security personnel - along with only one insurgent - were killed in the fighting; however, Taliban casualty reports are rarely reliable and often over or under exaggerate according to the insurgent group's needs.

Eight Taliban killed in military operations

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 12 more have been wounded in two separate military operations. Five insurgents were killed and two others were wounded in the Ghurmach district of the Badghis province during a military attack on a Taliban motorbike convoy. In the neighbouring Faryab province, a further three insurgents were killed and 10 others were wounded in the Almar district when Afghan security forces ambushed a Taliban group.

Forty-five Taliban killed in airstrikes, Helmand

Forty-five Taliban insurgents have been killed and 29 others have been wounded in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. In the past 24 hours, the security forces have bombarded Taliban positions in the Bolan and Spina Kota areas near the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The security forces have intensified counter-terror operations since the Taliban capture of the Sangin province last week.

Twelve Taliban killed in Nuristan conflicts

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed and at least six others have been wounded in conflicts with the Afghan security forces in the Nuristan province. The security forces ambushed the insurgent group whilst they were planting roadside explosives in a suburban area of the provincial capital, Parun city. Two local Taliban commanders were among those killed and three Pakistani insurgents were wounded.

Pakistani military firing on Nangarhar province

The Pakistani military has allegedly been firing upon the eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. The Lalpur, Momand Dara, and Nazyan areas of Nangarhar have reportedly been targeted by Pakistani missiles fired from beyond the Durand Line. Despite the Pakistani military allegedly firing 30 missiles within the last 24 hours, no casualties or damage has been reported.

IS leader killed in militant attacks, Jowzjan

An Islamic State (IS) leader has been killed and an IS fighter has been wounded during a militant attack in the Jowzjan province. The IS militants allegedly attacked a police checkpoint in the Khwaja Ashkara village in the Darzab district of Jowzjan. The security forces managed to repel the attack, killing an IS leader identified as Najibullah. No security personnel were injured during the clash.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Farah operations

At least 47 Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 51 others have been wounded in military operations conducted in the eastern Farah province. Taliban hideouts in the Bala Bulok district have been targeted by the Afghan security forces throughout Wednesday. The operations intend to weaken the Taliban influence before clearing the district - which has served as a favourable location for Taliban hideouts 

Three killed in security raid in Nangarhar

Three people have been killed and 10 others have been arrested in a security raid on a private residence in the Nangarhar province. The security forces performed a property raid on the residence of a senior banker in the Koti Taran area of Khewa. Reports have claimed that the raid aimed to eliminate and detain individuals linked to the Islamic State (IS).

Fifteen Taliban killed in militant attack, Badghis

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and 53 others have been wounded in a militant attack on security outposts in the Badghis province. The insurgents targeted outposts run by the Afghan security forces in the Darwesh, Ganda Ab, and Mohammadiyan villages of the Balamurghab district of Badghis. The security forces managed to repel the attacks and two Taliban commanders are believed to have been among those killed in the fighting. Two security personnel were also wounded in the attack, along with 51 insurgents.

Dozens killed and wounded in Taliban attack, Kandahar

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in a Taliban attack on a military checkpoint in the Kandahar province. The attack took place in the Khakrez district in the early hours of Tuesday morning with both sides suffering casualties. No final casualty figures have been confirmed; however, at least 16 security personnel and 20 Taliban insurgents are thought to have been killed, while at least six security personnel have been wounded - including two policemen who were ambushed by the insurgents on the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway. A Taliban statement claimed that 23 security personnel were killed; however, these claims are often exaggerated and it's notable that no comment was made regarding their own casualties.

Four Taliban killed in Ghazni clash

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. The clash occurred on Monday evening in Kamaludin village in the Gilan district of the province. According to reports, the insurgents attempted to ambush a military checkpoint but were repelled by gunfire from the security forces. No security personnel were injured during the clash.

Twenty-one Taliban killed in airstrikes, Helmand

An estimated 21 Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nahr-e Saraj district of the Helmand province. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the airstrikes targeted Taliban hideouts in Nahr-e Saraj - which separates the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, and the strategic Sangin province which was overrun by Taliban insurgents on Thursday last week. 

Police commander shot dead, Wardak

An Afghan Police commander has been shot dead by an unknown assailant in the Narkh district of the Wardak province. The police officer served under the jurisdiction of Kabul city in the neighbouring Kabul district. While the assailant remains unidentified, it's suspected the Taliban may have played a role in the killing as the commander was involved in a large number of counter-terror operations in the Narkh district.

Seven Taliban killed in NATO airstrikes

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes carried out by NATO forces. The air raids targeted Taliban military training centres in the Guldankhail area of the Zurmat district in the Paktiya province and in the Setichek area of the neighbouring Logar province. A cache of ammunition and military equipment was also destroyed. No civilians or military personnel were harmed during the airstrikes.

Twenty Taliban killed in Helmand operations

Twenty Taliban insurgents have been killed and nine others have been wounded in Helmand operations within the last 24 hours. At least 16 Taliban insurgents were killed and nine others were wounded in airstrikes in the Nad-e Ali district. The air raids were carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted Taliban groups who were allegedly planning attacks on the security forces. A cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the airstrikes. A further four Taliban insurgents were allegedly killed in military operations in the Sangin district - which was taken over by the Taliban last week. The Taliban have not responded to the incidents. No civilians or security personnel were injured or killed.

Ninety killed and wounded in nationwide operations

At least 43 militants have been killed and 47 others have been wounded in nationwide clearing operations. The air and artillery units of the Afghan security forces targeted militants in the provinces of Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, and Paktika. Extensive casualty details have not been released; however, no military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Four killed, one wounded in militant attack, Nangarhar

At least four people have been killed and at least one person has been wounded in a militant attack on a security checkpost in the Nangarhar province. The attack occurred in the Behsud area north of Jalalabad on Saturday evening, near the Najmuddin Akhundzada roundabout. Two civilians and two Afghan soldiers were killed and another soldier was wounded. It has not been confirmed how many militant casualties were inflicted.

Nine killed in Logar attacks

Nine people have been killed and three others have been wounded in two attacks in the Logar province. On Friday, two armed militants attacked a police checkpoint in the Mohammad Agha district of Logar - killing one police officer before they managed to escape. On the same day, eight Taliban militants were killed and three more were wounded in a raid conducted by the security forces in the Charkh district.

Four Taliban killed in infighting, Helmand

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in infighting in the Sangin district of Helmand. Control of the district was seized by Taliban fighters on Thursday last week, as the Afghan security forces retreated to the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The Taliban have not confirmed the infighting incident yet; however, it is likely the altercation occurred as a result of heightened tensions amid Taliban efforts to retain control of the district. 

Four Taliban killed in security operations, Nuristan

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in security operations in the north-eastern Nuristan province. The security forces launched an attack on a group of Taliban insurgents in the Barg-e Matal district of the province, leading to a clash in which four insurgents - including a Pakistani national - were killed and three were wounded. The Nuristan province borders with Pakistan and is frequently used by insurgents as a passage across the border. No security personnel or civilians were injured during the operation.

Seventy-seven militants killed in nationwide operations

At least 77 militants have been killed and nineteen have been wounded in nationwide security operations over the weekend. The Afghan security forces targeted militants in operations conducted in Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, and Paktiya overnight on Friday evening. Twenty-three militants were killed and three were wounded in Faryab, while 22 Islamic State militants were killed and 16 were wounded in Kandahar. A further three militants were killed in the Kunduz province and another four were killed in the Laghman province. Approximately 15 militants were killed collectively in Helmand, Herat, Kapisa, Khost, Logar, Nangarhar, and Paktiya.

Twenty-seven IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least 27 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes conducted in Nangarhar on Saturday evening. The Ministry of Interior issued a statement in which the airstrike was confirmed. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted IS militants in the Chenar Keli, Mullah Badur and Sahiban villages of the Kot district. A cache of heavy and lights rounds of ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

Sixteen Taliban killed in clashes with security forces, Faryab

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed and a dozen others have been wounded in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. The security forces encountered the insurgent groups in the Qeysar and Almar districts of Faryab. No military or civilian casualties were incurred during the clashes. Four mines were also discovered and defused by the security forces. 

Two Taliban commanders killed in clashes, Laghman

Two senior Taliban commanders have been killed and five others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Laghman province. The clashes occurred in the Alisheng district, along the Mehtarlam highway - where a group of insurgents encountered Afghan police forces and Afghan National Army (ANA) troops. One ANA soldier, two policemen and two insurgents were wounded in the conflict.

Nine Taliban killed in Nuristan conflicts

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Nuristan province. The insurgents allegedly launched ambush attacks on security forces' convoys in the Barg-e Matal and Kamdish districts. The security forces managed to repel both attacks. No military casualties have been reported. A weapons cache was also seized by the military.

Three Taliban killed in police clash, Takhar

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a clash with the police forces in the northern Takhar province. The incident took place in the Khwaja Bahawuddin district when Taliban insurgents launched an ambush on a district governor's office. The police officers managed to repel the attack, killing three insurgents and wounding four others; however four policemen were also wounded in the fighting and the office was set ablaze - causing significant damage.

Dozens killed in nationwide security operations

At least 77 militants have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in recent nationwide operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the last 24 hours. According to reports, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that at least 22 Islamic State (IS) militants have been identified among those killed. Twenty-three militants - including seven foreign nationals - were killed and three more were wounded in Pashtonkot, Faryab; twenty-two militants were killed in the Nesh district of Kandahar; another 22 IS militants were killed in Nazyan, Nangarhar; three militants were killed in Kunduz; four militants were killed in Laghman. Three more militants were killed and another 13 were wounded throughout the Farah, Helmand, Herat, Kapisa, Khost, and Logar provinces. No military or civilian casualties have been reported.

Two people kidnapped in Kabul

Two people have been kidnapped in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of the Kabul province. A local businessman's son was kidnapped along with his driver by approximately 10 assailants on Thursday morning. According to Tolo News, the main target was the businessman's son - who resisted abduction and was allegedly beaten and tied up by the kidnappers. The victim's driver was released a few hours later. The victim has allegedly been transported to the Sarobi district of Kabul. The kidnappers are expected to demand a ransom for his release. It remains unknown if the abduction is linked to militant groups.

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 4