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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 militant attacks occurring almost daily throughout the country. 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 small and large-scale attacks across the country. The war in Afghanistan has been ongoing since 2001, when the US invaded Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from power after the 9/11 terror attack in New York. As of November 2020, a total of 11,000 NATO troops are stationed in Afghanistan. Ashraf Ghani has served as the country's president since 2014, winning re-election at the last election in September 2019 with 50.64 percent of the vote. Former US President Donald Trump began engaging in negotiations with the Taliban in 2018, with an aim to bring about an end to the war in Afghanistan. In February 2020, a landmark peace deal agreement was struck between the US and the Taliban which saw Washington agree to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by May 2021 if the Taliban committed to reducing violence and not allowing Afghan territory to be used for terrorist activity. Since then, an increase in violence and a change in US administration under newly elected President Joe Biden has cast uncertainty over the proceedings of peace talks, with both sides accusing the other of violating the February 2020 deal.

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.  The deal was the Afghan government’s first major success in negotiating a peace agreement with an insurgent group. The deal was reached under President Ashraf Ghani’s leadership. Ghani assumed office in 2014 before being re-elected in the long-delayed 2019 presidential election – the results of which were then contested, leading to further delays as a drawn-out investigation process was carried out before Ghani was eventually declared victorious in February 2020. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2024.

Despite limited progress with peace deals in recent years, terror attacks by militant groups remain 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 nor 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 be held responsible for the bombing, public anger turned toward the Afghan government for perceived failures in securing the capital city from terrorist attack. A movement called ‘Uprising for Change’ led to protests and sit-in demonstrations in Kabul, calling for government resignations. In some cases, protests turned violent as fatal clashes broke out between demonstrators and the security forces. Another major terrorist attack occurred in Kabul in January 2018, when 103 people died, and 235 others were injured in a suicide bombing. The attack was allegedly carried out by the Taliban, using an explosive-laden ambulance to target government offices near Sidarat Square. October 2020, a series of deadly terrorist attacks were carried out across Afghanistan, including an IS-claimed suicide bombing which killed at least 30 people and injured another 70 outside an educational centre in Kabul. During the same month, Taliban attacks also killed a collective 67 Afghan security personnel in the Takhar and Nimruz provinces, while car bombings in Ghor and Nangarhar killed 12 and 15 people, respectively. In the following months, two deadly explosions targeted Ghazni city in unclaimed attacks. The first killed 15 civilians in a blast targeted a Quran recitation ceremony. The second explosion occurred when a truck bomb was used in a suicide bombing targeting an army base, killing 21 soldiers. In January 2021, Taliban attacks in Kunduz killed at least three civilians and 12 security personnel.

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, Caitlan Coleman, and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were seized by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network in a mountainous region near Kabul. The couple appeared in several videos asking the US government to help free them and their three children, all born in captivity. Coleman and Boyle were held by the Haqqani Network until 2017, when they were rescued by Pakistani forces in Kurram, Pakistan. An Australian NGO worker, Kerry Jane Wilson, was also kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in April 2016 in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. Wilson was released three months later. While foreign nationals are often 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. In November 2020, a group of 28 civilians were kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Wardak. While 17 of the hostages were released within 24 hours, 11 were held captive for another four days before being freed.

The Taliban are thought to control or heavily influence 75 of the country’s 398 districts - the most since the Taliban fell from power. Afghan government officials continually avoid clarifying precisely how much territory is outside of government control; however, the government are thought to control or heavily influence 133 districts in comparison, while an estimated 187 districts remain contested, leaving three districts unconfirmed. These figures mark a significant increase from previous years, with the Taliban only controlling 45 districts in 2015. The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar have been particularly vulnerable to Taliban advances. US officials have previously claimed that most areas under Taliban control were rural areas where populations and resources are typically thinly dispersed; however, in recent years the Taliban have begun to capture more district centres and urban residential areas.

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. Many IS attacks have targeted the Shia Muslim minority and in October 2020, a suicide bombing by IS militants targeted an education centre in Kabul’s Shia-majority neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, killing 24 students. In November 2020, the IS claimed responsibility for another deadly attack on an educational facility, which saw gunmen target Kabul University, leaving 22 people dead. The same university was also targeted by a bomb attack in 2019 which killed eight people. 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 2020 Corruption Perception Index, Afghanistan was ranked 165 out of 180 countries ranked. Robberies and general street crime remain a concern in Kabul, while car-jackings 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 has experienced several major earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in the Hindu Kush area in January 2018, which killed two people. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake also hit in Ashkasham, killing six people. The deadliest earthquake to occur in the last decade struck in Hindu Kush, killing almost 400 people in October 2015, when a 7.5-magnitude hit. In June 2012, two major earthquakes also struck in the north of the country, causing a landslide which killed at least 75 people in the town of Sayi Hazara. 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 extremely 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. Floods in the Parwan province killed at least 70 people in August 2020, mainly affecting the Charikar district following several days of torrential downpours.

Afghanistan is among a number of countries worldwide which have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By IFJ

Three Afghan women media workers killed in separate attacks

Three female journalists from Enikass TV were shot dead by unknown gunmen in two separate attacks as they attempted to return home from work on March 2. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) strongly condemn the horrendous attack and call for urgent measures to rectify the deplorable safety situation for media workers in the country.

By Reuters

Afghan journalist shot dead in car ambush

An Afghan journalist was shot dead in a car ambush in the central province of Ghor, the fifth media professional to be killed in the country in two months, officials said.

By Reuters

Afghan journalist killed in central Ghazni province

An Afghan journalist was shot dead by unknown assailants in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province on Monday, the fourth to be killed in the war-torn nation in last two months.

By HRW

Afghan journalist Elyas Dayee killed in Helmand

An improvised explosive device attached to the car of Elyas Dayee, a reporter with Azadi Radio, exploded and killed him on November 11, 2020 in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Human Rights Watch said.

By BBC

Former TV presenter Yama Siawash killed

Former television presenter, Yama Siawash, has been killed in a blast in Afghanistan that officials have blamed on militants linked to the Taliban.

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.

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Alerts for Afghanistan

Ceasefire to start at midnight

A three-day ceasefire is due to come into effect in Afghanistan from midnight local time, coinciding with the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr. The Taliban's spokesperson has reportedly stated that there is currently no scope for the ceasefire to continue beyond the three days, despite urgings from the public for the Taliban to agree to a permanent ceasefire. The Afghan government has also ordered the security forces to observe the ceasefire. The respite in fighting comes amid a surge in deadly violence across Afghanistan.

Taliban capture Nerkh, Wardak

The Taliban have reportedly captured the Nerkh district in the Wardak province. The insurgents confirmed news of the district's capture in a statement on Tuesday, stating that the Taliban have taken control of the district - making it the second to fall to the Taliban within a week. The district's capture came just a day before a three-day Eid ceasefire began. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid also claimed that the police headquarters, the intelligence department, and a large army base had been captured, adding many soldiers had also been slain amid fighting. Provincial governor Abdul Rahman Tariq also confirmed the district was in insurgent hands now, saying Afghan troops have tactically retreated. The defence ministry is understood to be launching an offensive to recapture the district.

Targeted shooting kills one in Herat

A targeted shooting incident has reportedly killed one victim in the Herat province. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning in the Islam Qala district, where the victim was allegedly targeted by unidentified gunmen in the Biland Bazaar area. According to local reports, the police have identified the deceased as a local government employee, who worked in the district's customs department. No individual or group has claimed the killing - the motive behind which remains under investigation.

Clashes injure Taliban splinter group deputy leader in Herat

Recent clashes which broke out in the Herat province have reportedly wounded a deputy leader of a Taliban splinter group. Mullah Mannan Niazi, deputy leader of a splinter group led by Mullah Rasul, was allegedly shot and injured during a gunfight with unidentified gunmen in the Guzara district on Tuesday evening. Local officials have not commented on the gunfight yet. Sources indicate the gunmen targeted the area where Niazi lived. Niazi is reported to have been hit in the head and is currently comatose in a regional hospital while he receives treatment. Three of Niazi's men were killed and four others were also wounded in the attack - for which no group has claimed responsibility thus far.

Military operations kill 37 Taliban in Baghlan

Military operations which were recently carried out in the Baghlan province have reportedly killed dozens of Taliban insurgents. Air and ground operations were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 72 hours. The operations apparently targeted known insurgent positions in the Dahana-i-Ghori district, leaving at least 37 Taliban insurgents dead. Among those killed include a number of Pakistani nationals, as well as several Chechen nationals.

Police defuse IED in Kabul

An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly discovered and defused by police in Kabul's Police District 17 on Tuesday morning. According to local reports, the IED was found on Bostan road in the western outskirts of the capital, prompting a police response. A controlled detonation was apparently carried out at the scene, as bomb disposal specialists reportedly deemed the IED too unstable to relocate before defusing. The controlled detonation incurred no casualties. Investigations into the origins of the IED have been launched.

Khost shooting kills two civilians

A recent shooting incident which occurred in the Khost province has allegedly left two civilians dead. The shooting happened at around 10:30 local time on Tuesday morning in the Sabari district, where three victims were reportedly shot at by unidentified gunmen in the Khalbesat area. While two of the victims have been confirmed dead following the attack, the third is reported to have been injured. Local reports have identified the casualty as a civilian minor. No claim of responsibility has been made for the shooting, which appears to have been a targeted attack, although no clear motive has been determined thus far.

Security forces to observe Eid ceasefire

President Ashraf Ghani has confirmed that the government security forces will observe a three-day ceasefire for Eid. The ceasefire was announced by the Taliban to coincide with the Eid holiday period, taking effect from Monday 10 May to Thursday 13 May. Ghani also called on the Taliban to re-engage in stalled peace talks, which were derailed earlier this year after the US announced a revised date for a total withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Government official shot dead in Logar

An Afghan government official has reportedly been shot dead in a recent incident in the province of Logar. Local reports suggest the shooting occurred on Sunday morning along the Kabul-Logar highway, whilst the victim was on his way to work. It's understood the deceased has been identified as Abdul Manan Saeedi - head of the provincial government's economic department. Saeedi was allegedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen in what appears to have been a targeted killing. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Jowzjan airstrike kills 43 Taliban

An airstrike recently carried out in the Jowzjan province has allegedly killed as many as 43 Taliban insurgents. The aerial operation was allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 48 hours, targeted a known insurgent position in the Mingajik district. Local reports indicate 43 fatalities and 14 injuries have been confirmed following the strike. No casualties have been reported amongst the security forces or the civilian population. The strike comes as part of ramped up counter-insurgency operations nationwide in response to increasing violence across Afghanistan.

Parwan roadside blast kills two

A roadside explosion that occurred in the Parwan province has reportedly killed at least two people. The blast allegedly happened on Monday morning in the Pul-e-Matak area of Parwan, where a bus accidentally detonated a roadside explosive as it passed by. It's suspected the bomb had been planted along the roadside by insurgents attempting to target the government security forces. While two deaths have been confirmed, nine others were also injured in the blast.

Eleven killed in Zabul roadside bombing

Eleven fatalities have been reported following a roadside bombing in the Shahr-e-Safa district of Zabul. The blast occurred on Sunday evening in the Muskan Camp area, where a passenger bus seemingly triggered an explosive device as it passed by. It's believed the bomb had most likely been planted along the roadside by suspected militants. According to reports, the roadside blast killed 11 and injured at least 28 others.

Taliban declare Eid ceasefire

A three-day ceasefire has been declared by the Taliban for Eid this coming week. The ceasefire is to last from Monday 10 May until Thursday 13 May. The move has been confirmed by Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem, coming in celebration of the Muslim religious holiday of Eid. The announcement comes after weeks of increasing violence across the country and just days after 68 were killed in a deadly bomb attack outside a school in Kabul. Eid is due to begin on Wednesday or Thursday this week, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Kabul blast death toll rises to 58

The death toll from an explosion in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood in west Kabul has risen to 58 with a further 150 injured, all but seven being young girls. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, and President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban even though the group denied any involvement. “The Taliban, by escalating their illegitimate war and violence, have once again shown that they are not only reluctant to resolve the current crisis peacefully and fundamentally, but by complicating the situation,” Ghani said.

Dozens killed in bombing near Kabul school

At least 25 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in a bombing near a school in the capital, Baghdad. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the device exploded near the Syed Al-Shahda school in the Shia district of Dasht-e-Barchi on Saturday. The Ministry of Education said the majority of the victims were girls who were leaving the school at the time of the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and the Taliban condemned the bombing.

Power cuts reported in Kabul

Power cuts have been reported in Kabul after power pylons were destroyed in an incident on Friday morning. The blackout affected households and businesses in the Kalakan district of Kabul, where reports indicate two power pylons were destroyed and a third was partly damaged near the village of Mirzakhil. The pylons appear to have been maliciously damaged in a targeted attack during the early hours of the morning, with preliminary investigations indicating explosives were used in the attack - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made, although officials suspect Taliban insurgents were likely behind it.

Baghlan operations kill five Taliban

Security operations recently carried out in the Baghlan province have killed five Taliban insurgents. The operations targeted insurgent positions in the Shahr-e-Kohneh area of the Nahrin district, where fighting between the security forces and the insurgents has been reported over the last few days. While five insurgents have been reported dead, another nine others have also been injured and at least one has been detained. Various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.

US warplanes deployed to Afghanistan

US warplanes have been sent to Afghanistan to aid efforts to protest the withdrawal of US and coalition troops from the country. Six B-52 long range bombers and 12 F-18 fighters have been deployed to safeguard troops and civilian contractors, including departing contingents of 2,500 US service members and 16,000 civilian contractors. The bolstering of resources comes in response to increased violence and insurgent activity in Afghanistan in recent months, with the Taliban claiming that, due to a delay in the US withdrawal, they are no longer bound by an agreement no to target international troops. 

Helmand strike kills eight Taliban

An airstrike which was carried out by the security forces in the Helmand province has killed eight insurgents. The strike was conducted in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Thursday, leaving eight Taliban insurgents dead and another three insurgents injured. Three of the deceased have been identified as senior local Taliban commanders. One of the three casualties has also been identified as a Taliban provincial shadow deputy governor.

Security operations kill 131 insurgents

Security operations carried out across nine province have reportedly killed 131 Taliban insurgents nationwide. The counter-insurgency operations allegedly targeted insurgents in the Baghlan, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Logar, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. The operations were all carried out within the last 24 hours, killing a collective total of 131 insurgents, and leaving a further 69 others wounded. Official reports claim as many as 72 explosives were also destroyed, along with large supplies of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 20 Taliban

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent series of airstrikes in the Ghazni province. The aerial operations were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces on a suspected insurgent position located in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Ghazni city. Officials claim the overnight strikes killed 20 insurgents and destroyed a number of strongholds and hideouts, as well as a cache of weapons and ammunition. The Taliban have not commented on the strikes.

Former TV journalist shot dead in Kandahar

A former Afghan TV journalist has reportedly been shot dead by gunmen in the Kandahar province. Nemat Rawan hosted a talk show on Tolo News before joining the government's ministry of finance as a communications specialist last month. Rawan was apparently shot dead by unidentified gunmen in southern Kandahar city on Thursday. The seemingly targeted attack makes him the fifth journalist to be killed so far this year. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban are known to have a presence in the province and have been blamed for a wave of similar assassinations targeting journalists in recent months. Rawan's killing came less than 24 hours after a Taliban spokesman delivered a veiled threat to media workers, warning that those carrying out "biased reporting" would be "held responsible".

Kandahar dam captured by Taliban

A key dam in Kandahar has reportedly been captured by Taliban insurgents. The Dahla Dam - located in the Arghandab district - provides drinking water for the province as well as vital irrigation for famers via a network of canals. The dam's capture comes amid a general uptick in violent Taliban activity as the US forces begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The dam is the country's second-biggest and is now understood to be under Taliban control. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed the seizure of the dam in a statement on Thursday, with local authorities also confirming the dam had been overrun by insurgents after reinforcements failed to arrive for the security forces.

Taliban kill five police officers in Logar

At least five Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent insurgent attack in the Logar province. According to local reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday night, targeting a security outpost located just outside of Pul-e-Alam city, approximately 500 meters from the provincial capital. The security forces and local officials have confirmed the incident. The Taliban has not claimed or commented on the attack.

Taliban attack Ghazni security post

A security post in the Ghazni province has reportedly come under attack from Taliban insurgents. According to recent local reports, the attack was launched on Thursday in the Arzo district, leaving at least six security forces personnel dead while multiple others were also injured. An additional 12 security personnel were also allegedly captured by the insurgents. Local authorities have confirmed the deadly attack, which has yet to be claimed by the Taliban.

Two Baghlan bases fall to Taliban

Two security forces' bases have reportedly fallen to the Taliban in the Baghlan province. Tolo News has reported that the bases fell to the insurgents amid armed clashes in the Baghlan-e-Markzai district sometime within the last 24 hours. Local sources indicate the bases were overrun by the Taliban overnight in the Shahr-e-Kohna area of the district. Police officials confirmed that security force members had been pushed back from the bases. It's believed at least four Taliban deaths have been confirmed, while six others were also allegedly injured in an explosion. No information about casualties amongst the security forces has been reported thus far. The Taliban claims to have taken control of the district, having captured areas of Baghlan's Burka district the night before.

Bomb explosion reported in Kunduz

A suspected bomb explosion has allegedly been reported in Kunduz city. Reports from Tolo News on Twitter indicate the blast occurred on Thursday morning near a provincial communications department building in the provincial capital. At least four casualties have been confirmed following the blast, which allegedly targeted a civilian vehicle. Local officials have confirmed the incident and the casualty figures. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Taluqan shooting kills one

A shooting incident in the northern province of Takhar has reportedly left at least one person dead. The shooting apparently occurred in the provincial capital of Taluqan on Tuesday. Local sources indicate that while one person has been confirmed dead following the fatal shooting, another four people were also injured. The deceased has been identified as a minor. Police are believed to have made one arrest in connection with incident - the motive behind which has yet to be determined as investigations are launched.

Khost IED blast kills one

A blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) has reportedly killed at least one person in the Khost province. Recent reports suggest the IED had been planted on a vehicle near the Lakno Bazaar area on Tuesday evening. The blast occurred at around 17:30 local time, leaving one civilian dead and two others injured. Unconfirmed reports claim casualty figures could be much higher. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack so far.

Taliban capture areas of Baghlan

Taliban insurgents have allegedly captured parts of the Burka district in the Baghlan province. According to reports from Tolo News, the insurgents overrun the district following clashes on Tuesday night. Local officials have now relocated their offices, while the government security forces have carried out a tactical retreat as they prepare to launch operations to recapture the district. The Taliban claims to have taken control of the police headquarters, the district government offices, and several security outposts.

District police chief killed in Paktika blast

A district police chief has allegedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in the Paktika province. Local sources indicate the explosion occurred on Tuesday night, when Juma Shah - police chief for Sar Rawza district - was on his way to the Dewana Baba area in response to a Taliban attack on the security forces. Their vehicle is understood to have hit a roadside bomb. While the police chief was killed in the blast, three of his security guards were also wounded. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly blast.

Fatal blast hits health workers' bus in Kabul

A fatal bomb explosion has reportedly hit a bus in Kabul, leaving one person dead and three others injured. The blast occurred on Wednesday morning in the Kalakan district, along the Kabul-Parwan highway. The bus had been transporting health workers from the Ministry of Public Health to the Panjshir province when it hit a roadside bomb. Local officials have confirmed the incident and casualty figures, although unconfirmed reports claim as many as 10 people were injured in the blast. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly explosion, although it's suspected the bomb had most likely been planted by militants attempting to target government security forces.

Helmand airstrikes kill 25 insurgents

Airstrikes which were recently carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the southern Helmand province have allegedly killed as many as 25 Taliban insurgents. According to the latest reports, ANA officials claim the airstrikes were conducted overnight alongside ground operations, targeting insurgent positions and hideouts in the Nahr-e-Saraj district, as well as in the outskirts of the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. A key local Taliban commander is believed to be among those killed in the strikes.

Paktika IED blast injures six

A recent bomb explosion in the Paktika province has allegedly left at least six people injured. The explosion occurred near a school in the Jani Khel district on Tuesday, leaving six students wounded. The blast is understood to have originated from an improvised explosive device (IED), which local authorities suspect was planted by Taliban insurgents. the Taliban has neither claimed responsibility for, or commented on the incident.

Uruzgan IED blast kills police officer

A suspected bomb explosion has reportedly killed at least one Afghan police officer in the Uruzgan province. According to the latest reports, the incident occurred in the provincial capital of Tarinkot on Tuesday. While one police officer has been reported dead, six other people were also allegedly injured in the blast, including another police officer and five civilians. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far.

Helmand operations kill 22 militants

At least 22 al-Qaeda militants have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports from local sources, the operations were carried out by the Afghan government security forces in an undisclosed part of the province within the last 24 hours. The militants have allegedly been identified as suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

Nine security personnel killed in Baghlan clashes

Clashes which broke out in Baghlan province overnight have reportedly left at least nine Afghan security personnel dead. According to recent reports, the clashes started on Monday night in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district after Taliban insurgents allegedly attacked a security outpost in the Jar Khoshk area. It's claimed a further 16 other security force members have also been taken captive. The Taliban has apparently claimed the attack, which continued into Tuesday morning. Local officials have yet to confirm the incident. 

Herat flash floods kill 22

At least 22 people have been reported dead following recent flooding in the Herat province. The floods occurred on Monday in the Adraskan district, where severe heavy rainfall triggered flash floods, hitting the village of Rokha. Local officials have confirmed 22 fatalities, including several children. Dozens of hectares of land have been destroyed following the floods, which also affected the neighbouring Obe and Karokh districts. 

Ghazni airstrikes kill 16 Taliban

Airstrikes which have been carried out in the province of Ghazni have allegedly left at least 16 Taliban insurgents dead. The airstrikes were apparently conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces within the last 38 hours. The strikes reportedly targeted an identified insurgent position on the outskirts of the provincial capital. While 16 insurgent deaths have been confirmed, several insurgent-owned weapons and ammunitions caches were also destroyed, along with a number of insurgent-owned vehicles.

Seven dead and 14 injured in fuel tanker fires

At least seven people have died and 14 injured after several fuel tankers in northern Kabul caught fire. It was not immediately known if the fire was accidental or intentional, coming at the official start of the final withdrawal of US and NATO troops. The Interior Ministry said one fuel tanker caught alight before the fire then spread to dozens of others parked nearby, causing an electricity outage that left much of the Afghan capital in darkness. 

Suicide truck bomb kills 21 in Logar

At least 21 people have been killed in a suicide truck bomb attack in Logar province. More than 90 others were wounded in the blast, which occurred outside a guesthouse in Pul-e-Alam on Friday. The head of Logar’s provincial council, Hasibullah Stanekzai, said the device exploded as people were breaking their daily Ramadan fast, adding that some of the victims were high school students. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Seven killed in Baghlan attack

At least seven people have been killed in an attack in the northern Baghlan province. Suspected Taliban gunmen raided a house in the Khinjan district on Thursday. All of the victims were relatives of a member of the Afghan security forces. Khinjan district governor Abdul Nasir Rasikh said two militants were also killed in the incident.

Afghan army kills 118 Taliban militants in nationwide operations

The Afghan army has killed at least 118 Taliban militants during security operations conducted across the country. A further 30 insurgents were wounded, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD). The operations took place in Laghman, Ghazni, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Ghor, Balkh, Helmand, and Takhar provinces.

US embassy staff to leave Kabul

US embassy staff have been ordered to leave Kabul as US troops begin to be pulled out from Afghanistan. The order comes two weeks after US President Joe Biden announced US troops would leave the country by September this year. All non-essential staff are now to leave the embassy, with the US citing an increased risk of violence and threats against embassy staff in Kabul. Ross Wilson, the acting US ambassador in Kabul, stated that the order affected a "relatively small number" of employees, with the embassy otherwise remaining operational.

Herat security operation kills nine Taliban

Nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a further 13 others have also been wounded in a recent security operation carried out in the Herat province. The operation was allegedly conducted by the Afghan government security forces in the Pashtun Zarghun district, targeting a suspected insurgent hideout in the Old Bazaar area. Military officials have confirmed the operation and casualty figures, in addition to the destruction of an insurgent-owned supply of weapons and ammunition.

Five Taliban killed in Badakhshan operation

A security operation which was recently carried out in the northern province of Badakhshan has reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least five Taliban insurgents. According to local reports, the operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Kishim district sometime within the last 72 hours. While five insurgents have been confirmed dead, another three are also understood to have been injured in the military operation, which reportedly targeted an identified Taliban position in the Chahar Maghaz Dara area of Kishim.

Paghman gun attack kills one

One person has been killed in a recent gun attack which occurred in the Paghman district of Kabul province. The shooting reportedly happened on Tuesday evening, when the victims were travelling in their vehicle along the Kabul-Ghazni Highway. Local reports claim the victims were travelling as part of an Afghan government convoy, which was stopped by unidentified gunmen near the Arghandeh area of Paghman. The deceased has allegedly been identified as the driver of the head of the National Security Directorate (NDS) in Wardak. While one fatality has been reported, another two people are also understood to have been injured in the attack - which has yet to be confirmed by police.

Taliban drone attack kills three security personnel in Takhar

An alleged drone attack carried out by suspected Taliban insurgents has apparently killed at least three Afghan border security personnel in the northern Takhar province. Local reports claim three border force personnel have been reported dead, while another two have also been wounded following the attack, which allegedly targeted a border checkpoint near the Tajikistan border in the Dasht-e-Qaleh area of the province overnight. Local officials have confirmed the incident, although the military officials have comment, along with the Taliban.

Three security personnel killed in Uruzgan Taliban attack

At least three members of the Afghan security forces have reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Uruzgan province. The attack was apparently carried out by suspected insurgents in the Deh Ravod district, sometime within the last 24 hours. Provincial governor Mohammad Omar Sherzad confirmed the incident, adding that a fourth soldier had also been reported missing. The Taliban has neither commented on, or claimed, the attack. 

Paghman road accident kills seven

A fatal road accident which occurred in the Paghman district of Kabul has killed at least seven people and injured a further 70 others. The multiple-vehicle crash allegedly occurred overnight - the cause has yet to be determined as accident investigations get underway. According to local reports, the incident is not thought to be related to insurgent activity on roads. Most deadly road accidents in Afghanistan are often caused by poor road conditions and reckless driving.

Two soldiers killed in Kandahar

The deaths of two Afghan soldiers have been reported in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent local reports, the soldiers were killed in a shooting incident which apparently occurred on Tuesday afternoon in the Kabul Shah area of the provincial capital, Kandahar city. No other casualties have been reported following the attack - which has yet to be confirmed by military officials. It's believed the gun attack was most likely carried out by suspected Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Six Taliban killed in Takhar airstrike

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and three others have also been injured in a recent airstrike in the northern Takhar province. The strike was reportedly carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as part of ongoing aerial operations targeting insurgent positions in the region. According to reports, the airstrike hit an identified Taliban hideout in the Baharak district, destroying insurgent-owned supplies.

Fighting breaks out in Herat

Heavy fighting has allegedly broken out in the Herat province. Local sources indicate armed clashes have been reported between suspected Taliban insurgents and members of the Afghan security forces in Herat's Shindand district on Tuesday. It's understood the fighting is currently centred in a location approximately three kilometres out from the district centre. While no deaths or injuries have been confirmed thus far, casualties are anticipated on both sides.

Civilians killed in Wardak attacks

Civilian deaths have allegedly been reported amid a mortar attack and an airstrike in the Wardak province. Local officials claim four members of a civilian family were killed and three others were wounded when a mortar hit a residential property in the Sayed Abad district. Separately, at least eight members of another civilian family were also apparently killed in an airstrike in the village of Zorlang in the Jalriz district. The developments come as violence in Afghanistan has noticeably increased following the announcement of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Over 100 Taliban killed in security operations

More than 100 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. The Afghan Defense Ministry claims that as many as 106 insurgents have been killed and 48 others have also been wounded in Afghan forces operations in the last 24 hours. The statement comes as local sources claim violence is on the rise, citing data which suggests 19 civilians security personnel have been killed and 32 others have been wounded in recent security incidents - including Taliban attacks - which were reported across eight provinces within the last 24 hours. Incidents were reported in the Kabul, Herat, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktika, Helmand, Kandahar, and Kunar provinces.

Gunmen kill five in Nangarhar

Five people have reportedly been killed in a recent gun attack in the Nangarhar province. The attack allegedly occurred late on Monday night in the Sada area of the Lal Pur district. According to local reports, a former Taliban member known only as Tafsir has been identified among those killed in the attack. The attack was apparently carried out by unidentified gunmen who opened fire on a guesthouse owned by Tafsir. While five have been confirmed dead, at least three others have also been wounded. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Civilian casualties reported amid Kandahar clashes

Two Afghan civilians have reportedly been injured amid recent fighting in the Kandahar province. Local sources indicate clashes broke out between the Afghan security forces and Pakistani troops across the border at a key border crossing point in Kandahar's Spin Boldak district. According to Tolo News, the fighting took place on Monday morning and lasted for half-an-hour, with the pass eventually being closed following the incident. No military casualties have been reported and local officials have yet to corroborate the incident.

Military clash with militants in Balkh

The Afghan National Army (ANA) have reportedly clashed with suspected militants in the northern Balkh province. The fighting was reported on Monday in the provincial capital district of Balkh city. According to reports, the military engaged in an armed combat with a group of militants, resulting in a number of fatalities - all reported to be suspected militants. No precise death toll has been confirmed yet following the incident but there are thought to be no casualties amongst ANA personnel. It has no been clarified to which outfit the militants belonged to.

Kandahar IED blast kills police officer

A recent bomb blast which occurred in the southern province of Kandahar has allegedly killed at least one Afghan police officer over the weekend. The explosion was reported in the Maiwand district overnight on Sunday, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was seemingly triggered by a security vehicle, which drove past where the IED had been planted along the roadside. It's suspected the IED was planted by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target government security personnel. While one police officer has been confirmed dead, another was also wounded in the blast.

Jalalabad IED blast injures four

At least four people have reportedly been injured following a recent suspected bomb blast in the Nangarhar province. The explosion allegedly occurred in the provincial capital of Jalalabad on Monday morning. The blast is understood to have originated from an improvised explosive device (IED), which was detonated in Police District 1 of Jalalabad city, targeting the Afghan security forces. While security personnel were among those wounded, at least two civilians were also injured in the IED blast. No responsibility has been claimed for the attack thus far.

Rocket targets Kunar governor's office

A rocket has reportedly landed near the office of a provincial governor in Kunar. Local sources claim the rocket was fired on Monday morning, landing in close proximity to the governor's office in the provincial capital of Asadabad. Sixteen casualties have been reported following the incident - further details of which have yet to be confirmed. The rocket attack appears to have been targeted, with the rocket most likely having been fired by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has immediately been made.

Security operations kill 14 insurgents in Kandahar

Security operations which were recently carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province have allegedly killed at least 14 Taliban insurgents over the weekend. The operations were apparently conducted in the Zhari and Panjwai districts on Sunday, where separate insurgent hideouts were allegedly identified and targeted. According to local reports, 14 insurgents have been reported dead following the operation, while a further seven insurgents were also wounded.

Taliban clash with public uprising militia in Logar

A group of armed Taliban insurgents have reportedly clashed with a number of pro-government public uprising militia members in the Logar province. According to recent local reports, the fighting took place in the Mohammad Agha district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's understood as many as seven public uprising members have been confirmed dead following the clash, while another three militia members were also wounded. No casualties have been reported amongst the insurgents.

Bus-truck collision kills 10 in Zabul

A road accident in the Zabul province has reportedly caused the deaths of at least 10 people. Local officials stated that the accident occurred in the Jagdalak area of Qalat city on Thursday evening, when a passenger bus allegedly collided with a trailer truck. While 10 people have been killed, a further 13 others have also been injured, with many of the wounded said to be in critical condition - meaning the death toll from the accident could rise further still. According to officials, all of the victims have been identified as civilians who were travelling for work to the neighbouring province of Helmand. The cause behind the accident remains undetermined; however, such accidents are often attributed to damaged roads and reckless driving.

Insurgent killed in Kunduz operation

A Taliban insurgent has allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the northern Kunduz province. The operation was apparently launched by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 48 hours. Military officials claim the operations targeted a known insurgent position in the Talukeh area of Kunduz, leaving one insurgent dead. No other casualties have been reported and the deceased insurgent has not been publicly identified by security personnel.

Jalalabad IED blast kills one

A recent bomb blast which occurred in the provincial capital city of Jalalabad, Nangarhar, has left at least one person dead. The fatality has been identified as a member of the Afghan security forces, who was critically injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in Jalalabad on Friday afternoon. While one security force member has died, a second has also been reportedly wounded in the blast. The IED had allegedly been planted along the roadside - most likely by insurgent attempting to target security personnel.

Taliban attack security checkpoint in Ghazni

Taliban insurgents have reportedly targeted a security checkpoint in the Ghazni province. Local sources claim a group of armed insurgents targeted the checkpoint in the Arzo district in an overnight attack on Thursday, briefly overrunning the checkpoint. Five Afghan government security personnel have allegedly been killed, while at least four other security forces personnel have also been injured. It's been suggested the checkpoint fell to the insurgents, with local officials confirming the incident.

Two killed in Ghazni blast

Two deaths have been reported following a blast in the Ghazni province. The explosion allegedly occurred in the Nawa district on Friday morning, killing two people, including one police officer. According to local reports, the police officer is understood to have been identified as the district police chief, Rahmatullah Mubariz, while the second fatality is thought to have been his security guard. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the suspected bomb attack, which appears to have been targeted.

Herat airstrike kills seven Taliban

An airstrike which was recently carried out in the Herat province has resulted in the deaths of at least seven Taliban insurgents. According to recent local reports, the strike was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Pashtun Zarghun district in an overnight operation. A local Taliban group commander and a local Taliban shadow district governor - known as Mullah Kamel - are also thought to have been identified among the seven insurgents killed in the airstrike. 

Five abducted in Wardak

At least five people have allegedly been abducted by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province. The kidnapping reportedly happened on Thursday in the Mula Khel area of the Jalriz district. Local sources indicate the victims are believed to have been transported by the insurgents to an unknown location where they are now being held hostage. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made by the Taliban, who have not commented on the alleged abductions.

Police officer killed in Kabul shooting

An Afghan police officer has recently been killed in a shooting incident which allegedly occurred in the capital city of Kabul. The incident was reported on Thursday afternoon, at around 12:35 local time in the Kat-e-Char area of the capital's Police District 3. While one fatality has been confirmed, a second person was also apparently injured in the shooting. Police have launched an investigation; however, no suspects have been identified thus far and no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly attack.

Eight soldiers killed in Balkh clash

At least eight Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent armed clash in the Balkh province. According to recent reports, the fighting broke out in the provincial capital city of Balkh on Wednesday night, when a group of suspected Taliban insurgents allegedly launched an armed overnight attack on a security outpost. Local sources have confirmed the deaths of eight Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, with no other casualties reported.

Taliban attacks kill five in Ghor, Parwan

Five people have been killed and three more have also been wounded in recent Taliban attacks carried out in the Ghor and Parwan provinces. The attacks reportedly occurred on Wednesday evening. The first attack was reported in the Dawlatyar district of Ghor, where four people, including a government employee and three students, were travelling to the Lal Sarjang district when their vehicle was stopped by suspected Taliban insurgents and they were shot dead. In another attack, an Afghan police officer was shot dead and three others were wounded in an insurgent attack on a security outpost in the Bagram district of Parwan.

Five Taliban killed in Herat clashes

At least five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another five also also been wounded amid recent armed clashes which reportedly broke out between insurgents and the government security forces in the Herat province. The fighting was allegedly sparked during security operations being carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Obe (aka Awbeh) district. The operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, leaving five insurgents dead and another five wounded with no casualties reported amongst ANDSF personnel.

Security operation kills 10 Taliban in Ghazni

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. The operations were launched by the Afghan government security forces in the Qarabagh and Ab Band districts sometime within the last 48 hours. According to the latest reports, the security forces targeted identified insurgent positions in the districts, killing at least 10 insurgents and wounding a further 10 others, while various Taliban-owned weapons caches, supplies, and vehicles were also destroyed.

Nine wounded in Kabul car bombing

At least nine people, including security force members, have allegedly been wounded in a recent car bomb attack which occurred in the capital city of Kabul. The blast happened late on Tuesday evening, shortly before 22:00 local time near Shaheed Roundabout in Police District 15 of the capital. The blast allegedly targeted a National Directorate of Security (NDS) convoy which had been passing through the area at the time. According to reports, police have confirmed the blast but have yet to provide further details concerning the incident. No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Twenty-eight civilians rescued from Taliban prison in Helmand

Some 28 civilians have reportedly been rescued from a Taliban prison in an operation led by the Afghan government security forces in the southern province of Helmand. The operation was conducted overnight in the Musa Qala district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's been reported that at least six Taliban insurgents were killed by security personnel during the operation.

Two killed in Kabul gun attack

Two people have reportedly been killed in a recent gun attack in Kabul. The incident allegedly happened on Tuesday morning, in the Arzan Qimat area of the capital's Shahr-e-Naw area, near the high-security green zone where multiple embassies and government offices are based. It's claimed two people, including an Afghan National Army (ANA) officer, where shot dead in an attack which was carried out by unidentified gunmen. Local sources have yet to confirm whether any claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Provincial official wounded in Zabul blast

A provincial official has reportedly been injured following a suspected bomb explosion in the Zabul province. The blast allegedly happened in the city of Qalat on Tuesday. The explosion seemingly targeted the compound of the provincial governor - leaving Ata Jan Haqbayan, the head of the provincial council in Zabul, injured. Haqbayan's condition is reported to be stable following the attack - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual.

Eight police officers killed in Badakhshan

Eight Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in the northern province of Badakhshan. The officers were reportedly killed in a suspected Taliban insurgent attack on a police outpost in the Zebak district in an overnight attack. While eight deaths have been reported, an additional three police officers were also wounded in the incident. Local reports indicate the attack targeted an outpost located in the Sarkohi area in the centre of the district. Unconfirmed sources claim the outpost fell to the insurgent after hours of clashes, but that the outpost was then retaken by the security forces. Taliban casualties have also been reported, although no precise details have been confirmed.

Clashes leave 17 dead in Herat

Violent clashes which have broken out between the security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly left at least 17 people dead in the Herat province. The fighting allegedly broke out in the Ghoryan district during the early hours of Tuesday morning, when a vehicular blast was reported at around 02:00 local time near a police station. The explosion seemingly targeted Ghoryan police headquarters and a pro-government public uprising militia outpost. Following the blast, a gunfight broke out, during which at least 15 suspected Taliban were shot dead and three others were also injured. In addition, two members of the public uprising forces are also understood to have been killed in the car bomb explosion, while four others were also wounded.

Herat security operations kill three Taliban

At least Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Herat province. The operations were reportedly carried out on Monday in the Pashtun Zarghun district, where the security forces targeted suspected insurgent positions in at least four villages, including Deh Mirsad, Deh Moghlan, Gul Mir, and Manzil. While three insurgents have been reported dead, a further five others were also wounded in the operations, which also saw a number of insurgent-owned landmines discovered and destroyed. It's believed the insurgents had intended to plant the landmines along the sides of roads in likely attempts to target security forces vehicles.

Helmand airstrike kills 13 insurgents

A recent airstrike which was carried out in the southern province of Helmand has reportedly killed at least 13 suspected insurgents. The aerial operation was allegedly conducted sometime within the last 24 hours, by Afghan security forces targeting an identified insurgent hideout in the Nahr-e-Saraj district. According to preliminary reports, at least five of the 13 killed are thought to have been members of the al-Qaeda militant group. All five suspected al-Qaeda militants have been identified as Pakistani nationals. The rest of the deceased are thought to have been Taliban insurgents.

Herat car bomb kills three security personnel

Three Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in a recent car bomb attack in the Herat province. The blast reportedly occurred over the weekend in the Zinda Jan area of Herat, where a car bombing targeted a police outpost in what appears to have been a planned insurgent attack. Provincial officials have confirmed the attack and the death toll, stating that no other casualties were immediately reported. No group or individual has issued a claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Local IS leader killed in Nangarhar

A local Islamic State (IS) leader has allegedly been killed in a recent incident in the Nangarhar province. Unconfirmed reports claim a local IS leader - identified only as Hakimullah - was allegedly killed over the weekend in the Kuz Kunar district. It's believed Hakimullah died in an armed incident which occurred overnight on Saturday. No further details have been reported and local officials have yet to confirm the incident.

Taliban kill two in Ghor attack

Taliban insurgents have allegedly killed two people in a recent insurgent attack in the Ghor province. According to recent local reports, the attack was carried out by the insurgents in the Dawlat Yar area on Monday. Both victims have been identified as members of a local pro-government people's uprising militia.

Afghan air force officer killed in Balkh shooting

An Afghan air force officer has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident which occurred in the Balkh province over the weekend. Local sources indicate the shooting happened in the provincial capital city of Mazari Sharif on Sunday afternoon. It's claimed an armed attack was carried out on the officer in the Zaraat Kart area of the city. No suspects have been identified thus far and no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the killing, although local authorities suspect insurgents may be behind the attack.

Helmand airstrike kills three Taliban

A recent airstrike which was carried out in the southern province of Helmand has allegedly killed at least three Taliban insurgents over the weekend. The aerial operation was reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces on Sunday in the Sangin district. While three insurgent deaths have been confirmed, reports indicate a Taliban-owned ammunition depot was also destroyed in the strike.

Police clash with Taliban in Baghlan

A violent armed clash has reportedly broken out in the Baghlan province. According to recent local reports, two police personnel have been reported dead, while another six have also been injured following the fighting, which allegedly broke out in an unspecified part of the province overnight. Provincial police have confirmed the incident and the death toll. In addition to the casualties amongst police personnel, a further six Taliban insurgents were also killed while at least eight others were also injured.

Gunmen kill eight in Nangarhar mosque attack

Eight members of the same family have been killed in an attack at a mosque in the eastern Nangarhar province. Five brothers and three of their cousins died in the shooting, which occurred in Jalalabad on Saturday night. Nangarhar Governor Ziaulhaq Amarkhil said the incident was linked to a dispute over land.

Six Taliban killed in Badakhshan operation

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent operation led by the Afghan security forces in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, the operation was carried out in the Nasi area, where an identified Taliban position was targeted some time within the last 48 hours. While six insurgents were reportedly killed, another four were also injured in the operation.

Taliban threaten US with countermeasures

The Taliban has issued a warning to the US, threatening countermeasures in response to the US administration's decision to aim for a delayed deadline for troop withdrawal, pushing the date back from May to September. In a statement delivered on Thursday, the Taliban said: "This decision is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and non-compliance with its commitments". Former US president, Donald Trump, committed to a 1 May troop withdrawal deadline in the aforementioned agreement; however, newly elected US President Joe Biden asserted that the Taliban had not sufficiently held up their end of the deal, which saw the group agree to reduce violence as part of the peace process.

Kandahar roadside blast kills four civilians

Four civilians have reportedly been killed in a recent roadside explosion in the southern Kandahar province. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Thursday night in the Shah Wali Kot district, where it appears an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road - most likely by Taliban insurgents - was triggered when the victims passed by. Local police have confirmed the incident, which has not been claimed by any group or individual.

Taliban attacks reported in Faryab

Several Taliban attacks have allegedly been reported in the western province of Faryab. Attacks were apparently reported in at least four districts across the province, leading to armed clashes breaking out overnight between insurgents and government security personnel. In total, seven fatalities - including four insurgents and three security personnel - have been confirmed, along with two casualties - both security personnel. Provincial authorities have reportedly confirmed the attacks and casualty figures.

Jalalabad IED blast kills one

A recent bomb explosion which allegedly occurred in the provincial capital of Nangarhar has reportedly left at least one civilian dead. The blast apparently occurred on Wednesday in Police District 1 of Jalalabad city, where one victim has been confirmed dead and as many as nine others have also been wounded following the explosion. It's believed the blast originated from an improvised explosive device (IED), which was remotely detonated. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast by any group or individual.

Ten soldiers killed in Zabul insurgent attack

At least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have reportedly been killed in an ongoing insurgent attack in the Zabul province. According to recent reports, the attack was launched at an ANA base in the Shahjoy district overnight, where a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was allegedly detonated at the base entrance before suspected Taliban insurgents opened fire on ANA personnel, triggering a fatal crossfire. A gun battle is understood to remain ongoing at the site. Neither the Taliban or local officials have commented on the alleged attack.

Taliban whip civilian woman in Herat

A civilian woman has allegedly been publicly lashed by Taliban insurgents in an incident in the Herat province. Footage which has been widely circulated on social media appears to show a number of insurgents surrounding a woman and whipping her over reports she had an affair with a man. It's believed the incident occurred in the Greshk area of the Oba district. The fate of the woman being lashed has yet to be independently confirmed. The incident comes at a time with foreign troops are announcing plans to withdraw from the country as part of the peace process.

NATO troop withdrawal to begin in May

NATO is to begin withdrawal troops from Afghanistan next month, commencing 1 May. NATO Secretary General Jens Stolberg stated that the alliance has decided to start the withdrawal of troops in an "orderly, coordinated, and deliberate" operation. Stolberg called the drawdown - which comes as part of the peace process in Afghanistan - "the start of a new chapter" in NATO's relationship with Afghanistan, following 20 years of NATO troops presence in the country. There are currently around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - the majority from non-US Allies and partner countries.

Gunmen kill police officer in Balkh

Unidentified gunmen have reportedly shot dead an Afghan police officer in the northern province of Balkh. The shooting allegedly occurred in the late hours of Wednesday evening, when the suspects opened fire on the police officer in a seemingly targeted attack in the Marmul district. Provincial authorities have confirmed the attack, as well as the fatality, along with a second casualty - thought to be a bystander who was injured by a stray bullet. No suspects have been identified thus far as investigations and search operations get underway.

Taliban kill seven police officers in Badghis

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed as many as seven Afghan police officers in the Badghis province in an attack which occurred on Wednesday night. Local sources indicate the overnight attack was carried out by a group of armed insurgents in the Muqur district, where the police forces were seemingly targeted in a planned ambush. While seven police personnel have been confirmed dead following the incident, another two were also injured, while two others have been reported missing and are thought to have been captured by the insurgents.

Helmand airstrike kills three insurgents

An airstrike which was recently carried out in the southern Helmand province by the Afghan security forces has reportedly killed at least three Taliban insurgents. The aerial operation was conducted on Tuesday in the Nawa-i-Barakzayi district, where a known Taliban position was allegedly identified and targeted in the strike. While three insurgents have been reported dead, another two are believed to have been injured in the operation.

Three civilians killed in Farah blast

Three Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in the Farah province. According to reports from Tolo News, a car bomb explosion occurred in Police District 1 of Farah city, leaving three civilians dead and 24 others wounded. Provincial governor Taj Mohammad Jahed has confirmed the incident, stating it's feared casualty figures will rise further. The attack comes as Afghans celebrate the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Jahed claims the Taliban are believed to be responsible for the attack, although the insurgent group has yet to comment on the incident.

US troops set to leave Afghanistan by 11 September

US troops are set to be withdrawn completely from Afghanistan by 11 September. US President Joe Biden is to make the announcement on Wednesday, which means the US will miss a May deadline for a pull-out agreed with the Taliban under the Trump administration last year. The new deadline coincides with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the US. Both US and NATO officials stated that the Taliban had so far failed to live up to commitments to reduce violence. The move comes on the premise that a hasty withdrawal would put US forces at risk and was therefore not a viable option. The Taliban have reportedly been warned that if they attack US troops during the pull-out phase, they'll be "met with a forceful response".

Taliban kill 10 soldiers in Balkh

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed as many as 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in a recent attack in the Balkh province. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred in the village of Sar Asyab in the Chimtal province overnight on Monday. While 10 ANA personnel were killed, another three soldiers were also wounded in the attack, which targeted a security outpost. At least five ANA personnel were also taken hostage by the insurgents. The Taliban is understood to have claimed the attack, which local officials have yet to comment on.

Hezb-e-Islami hold protest in Badakhshan

Members of Hezb-e-Islami have staged a protest in the Kishim district of Badakhshan province. The demonstration was organised as one in a series of protests to call for the continuation of Afghan peace talks. Protesters are also calling for an end to corruption within the Afghan government. The protest is understood to have remained peaceful with no violence or clashes reported by local sources, although local officials have yet to confirm event details.

Five killed in Baghlan coal mine collapse

Five deaths have been reported following an accident at a coal mine located in the Baghlan province. The accident happened on Tuesday in the Nahrin area, where local sources indicate a partial collapse occurred at a coal mine, burying at least five workers. Search and rescue operations have since confirmed the fatalities. Further details concerning the incident, including the cause of the collapse, have yet to be determined as investigations into the accident are launched.

Taliban kill five police in Baghlan

At least five Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent insurgent attack in the Baghlan province. According to recent local reports, the attack took place on Monday at a security outpost in the Dahana-i-Ghori area. It's believed the insurgent launched a planned and coordinated overnight attack on the outpost, leaving five police personnel dead and a further four others injured. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police officer killed in Takhar raid

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed during a recent raid carried out in the provincial capital of Takhar. The raid targeted an armed suspected located in Taluqan and was conducted by the police in the late hours of Monday evening. Local reports indicate the suspect resisted arrest and resorted to violence against the police, resulting in the death of one officer. No other casualties have been reported.

Herat IED blast kills three police officers

Three Afghan police officers have been killed following a recent bomb explosion in the provincial capital of Herat. The blast reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) and occurred on Sunday evening in an unspecified area of Herat city. Local news reports indicate the incident has been confirmed by the local authorities, although no group or individual has made a claim of responsibility for the blast thus far. Preliminary investigations suggest the IED was likely planted by insurgents aiming to target the security forces.

Two civilians beheaded in Baghlan

Two Afghan civilians have allegedly been beheaded by suspected insurgents in the Baghlan province. The victims were reportedly captured and later killed in what is thought to have ben a Taliban beheading. Local officials have confirmed reports of the deaths, stating the incident occurred in the Khwaja Alwan area of Pol-e Khomri on Monday. Although no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the killings, local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were behind the incident.

Car bomb blast hits Herat army checkpoint

A car bomb explosion has reportedly targeted an army checkpoint in the Herat province. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Monday morning at a checkpoint in the Shindand district. Following the explosion, a gunfight allegedly broke out between security personnel and suspected Taliban insurgents. No casualties have been confirmed thus far but are thought likely.

One killed in Kabul gun attack

One fatality has been reported following a recent gun attack in Kabul. The attack occurred over the weekend, in the Qala-e-Kashif area of the capital's district 5, where an armed attack was carried out on a vehicle carrying security guards of the deputy head of the Senate's secretariat on Saturday evening. According to reports, the Taliban have been accused of being behind the attack, although the insurgent group has not commented on the incident and no immediate claim of responsibility has been made. The driver of the Senate official was killed, while a security guard was also wounded. Police stated the attack was followed by a brief gunfight between the attackers and police, in which one of the gunmen was also shot dead and a second was allegedly wounded, while two police force members were also injured in the crossfire.

Gunmen kill two in Mazari Sharif

Two people have been shot dead in a recent gun attack in the provincial capital of Mazari Sharif, in Balkh. The attack allegedly took place on Monday morning in Ferdawsi Square, where Mohammad Saleh - a chief physician at 209 Shaheen Corps - and his driver were both shot dead in a seemingly targeted gun attack on the doctor's vehicle in Police District 5. The shooting was carried out by unidentified gunmen, who reportedly managed to escape the area following the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the killings.

Sar-e-Pul IED blast kills three civilians

Three Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Sar-e-Pul province. Recent local reports indicate the blast occurred on Sunday, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered. The explosion reportedly occurred in the Sozma Qala area of the province. No other casualties have been reported in connection with the blast - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual, including the Taliban.

IED blast injures six in Mazari Sharif

A recent bomb blast has reportedly left six Afghan civilians injured in the provincial capital of Mazari Sharif in Balkh. According to recent local reports, the blast occurred on Thursday evening in an unspecified part of the city. It's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted an detonated, resulting in the casualties. While no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion, it's suspected the IED was most likely planted by insurgents attempting to target the government security forces.

Unexploded ordinance found at Kabul airport

Unexploded ordinance was recently found at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The discovery was made on Thursday, shortly before a plane carrying Pakistani parliament speaker Asad Qaiser was due to land at the airport. As a result, Qaiser's plane was diverted and his planned three-day visit to Kabul has been postponed as a precaution. The unexploded ordinance was found under a building near the airport during construction in an unoccupied area away from any active runway. A controlled detonation was carried out to render the device safe and flight operations resumed shortly after. According to initial investigations, the explosive device was believed to have been buried "for quite some time".

Truck drivers block highways

Truck drivers in Afghanistan have continued to block two highways as they protest against the Afghan government's alleged failure to provide adequate compensation. Drivers have been blocking the Herat-Tughondi highway and the Herat-Islam Qala highway as part of a blockade aimed at putting pressure on the national government to review compensation measures for traders and drivers affected by the fire which broke out at the Islam Qala customs facility earlier this year. The fire destroyed hundreds of fuel vehicles and resulted in significant physical and financial losses for hundreds of people.

Counter-insurgency operations kill 37 in Kandahar

At least 37 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent counter-insurgency operations which have been conducted in the southern province of Kandahar. According to the latest reports, the operations were carried out  by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) across three districts over the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions and hideouts in the Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot, and Zhari districts. While 37 insurgent fatalities have been reported, a further six are also said to have been injured and at least three insurgents have allegedly been detained.

Herat clashes leave nine soldiers dead

Violent clashes which have broken out between suspected Taliban insurgents and members of the Afghan security forces have reportedly left at least nine Afghan soldiers dead. The fighting was reported overnight in the Ghoryan and Kohsan districts, where it's understood two security outposts came under attack. Local reports indicate both outposts fell to the insurgents amid the clashes. Neither the Taliban or the local authorities have commented on the attacks. 

Airstrikes kill six Taliban in Wardak

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Wardak province. According to reports, the AAF carried out airstrikes in the Jaghatu district on Thursday as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations targeting Taliban activity in the region. The strikes reportedly hit identified insurgent targets in the Akhtarkhel area of Jaghatu. Unconfirmed reports claim a Taliban shadow district governor is thought to have been among those killed.

Gun attack reported in Herat city

A deadly gun attack has been reported in the provincial capital of Herat city. According to recent reports, the attack occurred on Thursday and left one person dead, while a second victim was also injured. It's claimed the victims were targeted by unidentified gunmen in a seemingly planned attack - the motive behind which has yet to be ascertained as investigations get underway.

Police officer killed in Paghman, Kabul

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in the Paghman district of Kabul province. The incident occurred on Wednesday night in the Kobaki area of the district, when suspected Taliban insurgents apparently launched an attack on a  security outpost. While one police force member has been confirmed dead, another two were also wounded. The security forces have reportedly launched a clearing operation in response to the attack. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the fourth such attack on the security forces in Paghman within a week.

Military operations kill 13 Taliban in Ghor

Thirteen Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another 15 have also been wounded amid recent military operations which were conducted in the Ghor province over the last 24 hours. The operations were apparently carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) overnight in the Taywara district, where ANDSF personnel targeted three villages in clearing operations. Military officials have confirmed the operation and death toll, with no casualties reported amongst ANDSF troops.

Kandahar operations kill 37 Taliban

At least 37 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations being carried out in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces conducted ground operations with air support in the Arghandab and Zhari districts over the weekend, leaving some 37 insurgents dead and a further 28 others wounded. The operations are part of an ongoing counter-0insurgency initiative targeting Taliban activity in the region.

Police officer killed in Kabul gun attack

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed following a gun attack in Kabul province. The attack occurred on Tuesday morning at around 08:50 local time, in the Chawk-e-Arghandi area of the Paghman district. While one police officer was killed, a second was also left wounded. It's claimed unidentified gunmen opened fire on a security force members' vehicle before fleeing the scene. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, which came a day after three security force members were killed in a car bomb attack in the same district.

Jalalabad blast kills two civilians

A bomb blast which occurred in Nangarhar's provincial capital of Jalalabad has left two civilians dead. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning, at around 06:30 local time in Jalalabad's Police District 2. According to recent reports, two civilians have been confirmed dead and another 18 others have also been wounded, including several police officers. The blast allegedly occurred as the security forces were passing by an area, where a landmine had apparently been planted along the roadside. No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Six soldiers killed in Takhar clash

At least six Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent clash with armed insurgents in the northern Takhar province. The altercation was apparently reported in the Ishkamish district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's understood fighting broke out overnight in response to armed insurgents attacking the joint Afghan security forces operating out of a military base in the district. While six soldiers have been reported dead, at least eight insurgents were also killed in the clash.

Security operations kill 17 Taliban in Kunduz

As many as 17 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and a further 15 others have also been wounded in recent security operations which were conducted in the northern Kunduz district. Ground operations and airstrikes were reportedly carried out overnight in the Imam Sahib district, targeting an identified insurgent position near the Tajikistan border. Security officials have confirmed the strikes and the casualty figures, although the Taliban haven't commented thus far.

Four police officers killed in Nangarhar attack

Four police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in Nangarhar province. The troops were at a security outpost when they were targeted in the Ghazi Baba area of Sorkh Rod on Monday night. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eleven members of Afghan security forces killed in Helmand

At least 11 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in Helmand province. Two soldiers died in a car bomb attack in the Nawa district, while nine others were killed when militants targeted an outpost on the Helmand-Kandahar highway on Sunday night. In a separate incident, one security force member died in an explosion in the Qarabagh district north of Kabul on Monday morning, while two explosions in the Pagham district of the capital left four soldiers dead.

Black Hawk helicopter crashes in Helmand

An Afghan Air Force (AAF) Black Hawk helicopter has allegedly crashed in the southern Helmand province. The accident is reported to have occurred in the Nahr-e Saraj district on Wednesday. It's understood the helicopter crashed near the 215 Maiwand Army Corps military base. The crash reportedly killed at least three police force members, including an officer, and left seven other security personnel wounded. The helicopter had taken off from the Gereshk district and crashed whilst attempting to emergency land at the base. Initial reports indicate the accident was caused by a technical issue.

Herat bomb blast hits police post

A recent bomb explosion in the Herat province has hit a police outpost, killing at least two people and injuring a third victim as well. The blast occurred on Thursday morning in an unspecified part of the province. Local officials have confirmed details of the explosion, which they believed was a targeted insurgent attack on the police - most likely carried out by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Gunmen kill police officer in Jalalabad

A female Afghan police officer has allegedly been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a recent shooting incident in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to local sources, the attack was reported on Thursday morning in Jalalabad's Police District 3. It's claimed the police officer was seemingly targeted in the attack, which occurred at around 07:00 local time. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the killing - which comes as the latest in a series of deadly targeted gun attacks in Jalalabad and Kabul.

Taliban kill four security personnel in Herat

Four security personnel have been killed in a recent Taliban insurgent attack in the Herat province. The attack was allegedly carried out overnight in the Shindand district, where a group of armed insurgents are reported to have detonated a car bomb near a National Directorate of Security (NDS) facility. The blast triggered a gunfight between NDS security personnel and the insurgents, leaving four NDS personnel dead and several others injured. Casualties are believed to have been inflicted amongst the insurgents; however, a precise figure hasn't been determined. The Taliban haven't commented on the attack.

Three polio workers gunned down in Jalalabad

Three female polio workers have allegedly been gunned down in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar. Local reports claim the three women were killed by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital on Tuesday. According to a statement from the provincial governor's office, the women are understood to have been shot dead in two separate attacks. No further details have been confirmed thus far and no claim of responsibility has been made for the killings, which come amid a recent string of targeted shootings in Afghanistan.

Head of Takhar's Ulema Council killed in IED blast

The head of the northern Takhar province's Ulema Council, Mawlawi Abdul Samad Mohammadi, has been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast. The explosion occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Taluqan city, when a magnetic IED exploded against his vehicle, killing Mohammadi and injuring three others. No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.

President Ghani supports election at earliest time

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has lent his support behind the country holding an election at the earliest possible time, stating that he would step aside if an election was held. Ghani's latest remarks come during a regional summit in Tajikistan whilst he was outlining his plans for peace in Afghanistan. Ghani has so far resisted proposals for a new transitional government, insisting elections must take place before he will step aside.

IED blast kills two in Balkh

A recent bomb explosion has allegedly killed two people in the Balkh province. The blast apparently occurred on Wednesday in the provincial capital city of Balkh, where an improvised explosive device reportedly detonated, killing two people and injuring 16 others. According to recent reports, local police officials have confirmed the incident and casualty figures, but have not clarified any further details regarding victims. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

ANA operations kill 29 Taliban in Kandahar

As many as 29 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the southern province of Kandahar. The operations reportedly targeted Taliban positions in the Arghandan and Zhari districts, leaving 29 insurgents dead and an additional eight others injured. Military officials have confirmed the casualty figures, claiming various insurgent-owned arms and ammunition supplies were also destroyed by the ANA during the operation. 

Two security personnel killed in Sar-e-Pol

Two members of the Afghans security forces have been killed in a bomb blast in the Sar-e-Pol province. The explosion happened on Wednesday morning in the Sayyad district, where two security personnel from a local army were allegedly killed and two others were also wounded. The bomb had reportedly been planted along a roadside and was triggered when the security forces passed by in a vehicle near the village of Sard Aaba. 

Two killed in Kapisa gun attack

Two people - including a member of the security forces - have been killed in a recent gun attack in the Kapisa province. One member of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) was allegedly killed by unidentified gunmen in the Hese Dowom-e-Kohistan district of Kapisa, who was attacked alongside his cousin on Tuesday night. The attack left both victims dead. Police have launched an investigation into the killings but have yet to make any arrests. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

ANA operations kill 14 insurgents in Kandahar

As many as 14 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid security operations in the Kandahar province. The operations were apparently conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and come as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations targeting Taliban activity across the southern region. According to reports, the ANA forces targeted insurgent positions in the Arghandab and Panjwayi districts within the last 24 hours, killing 14 insurgents and leaving eight others wounded.

Badakhshan airstrike kills five Taliban

Five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern province of Badakhshan. Local reports suggest the strike was conducted in the Nusay district, where the security forces apparently targeted a known insurgent position near the Tajikistan border in an overnight aerial operation. While five insurgent deaths have been reported, another four insurgents are also thought to have been injured in the strike, which also allegedly destroyed a Taliban-owned cache of weapons and ammunition.

Ghazni airstrike destroys Taliban cache

A recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province has reported destroyed a Taliban-owned cache of explosives. Preliminary reports from military officials claim that a large cache of insurgent-owned explosive materials was identified and targeted in the Ab Band district over the last 24 hours. It's estimated the cache contained up to 200 packs of explosives. The Taliban has not commented on the operation - during which no casualties were reported.

ANA kill five Taliban in Balkh

Five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation which was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Balkh province. According to the latest reports, the operation was conducted within the last 24 hours in the Charbolak district, where ANA personnel targeted a group of insurgents near a security checkpoint in the Azlik area. It's believed the insurgents may have been planning an attack on the checkpoint. Unconfirmed reports suggest as many as five ANA personnel were also killed in clashes; however, military officials have not confirmed any casualties amongst the security forces following the operation.

Taliban kill three security personnel in Kapisa

Three members of the Afghan security forces have reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban insurgent attack. The incident was reported in the Nijrab district of the Kapisa province on Monday. It's claimed the security forces were targeted by the insurgents in a planned ambush overnight. Provincial authorities have confirmed the attack and casualty figures. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Kandahar operations kill 29 Taliban

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations kill 29 Taliban insurgents in the southern Kandahar province. Recent counter-insurgency operations carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend apparently targeted identified insurgent positions in the Arghandab and Jiri districts. Overall, some 29 insurgents have been confirmed dead while a further five others are thought to have been injured.

One killed in Paktiya shooting

A person has been shot dead following a gun attack in the Paktiya province. The shooting apparently happened over the weekend in the Gardez area, where police reports indicate a local court prosecutor was seemingly targeted and killed by unidentified armed assailants on Saturday. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made  for the attack, which is the latest in a series of shootings targeting prominent Afghans. the motive behind the killing remains undetermined as police continue to investigate.

Ten police killed in Helmand Taliban attack

Ten Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the province of Helmand. The attack allegedly occurred over the weekend in the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. Reports indicate the attack happened overnight on Friday, when armed insurgents reportedly launched a coordinated armed attack on the police forces. Police officials have confirmed that a police chief from the neighbouring Sangin district was identified among the 10 police officers killed in the attack, which also left five officers injured.

Helmand car bombing leaves two dead

Two people have been killed in a recent car bomb attack in the southern province of Helmand. The attack allegedly occurred in the Gereshk district over the weekend. According to local reports, two security personnel have been confirmed dead while another four people were also injured following the blast on Sunday. The explosion hit in the Maharjir Bazar area of the district, where it targeted the security forces. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

ANA operation kills five Taliban in Kunduz

A security operation carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the northern Kunduz province has reportedly killed five Taliban insurgents. Local reports claim the operation was conducted in the Imam Sahib district, where ANA personnel allegedly targeted a known insurgent hideout, leading to clashes in which five insurgents were killed and three others were wounded. ANA officials have further claimed that two of the deceased are thought to have been members of the Taliban's elite Red Brigade special forces unit.

Badakhshan airstrike kills 12 insurgents

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed in a  recent airstrike in the northern Badakhshan province. According to the latest reports, military officials confirmed that aerial operations conducted in the Nusay district over the last 24 hours left 12 insurgents dead and at least three others injured. It's has also been claimed a large insurgent-owned supply of weapons was also destroyed in the airstrike.

Extortion worsens along Kabul-Kandahar highway

Extortion has reportedly worsened along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, with an increase in the number of extortion-related incidents reported. Multiple drivers have reported incidents of being forced to pay fines or risk being beaten or killed. Reports have emerged of drivers claiming a motorist was shot dead by a police officer on the highway on Wednesday after he refused to give them money. The incident has prompted drivers to block the highway as a form of protest, as they call on the government to take action and to keep drivers safe. Local police officials have denied the allegations, saying the driver was killed as a result of fighting between the security forces and the Taliban.

Kandahar operation kills 12 Taliban

A recent security operation conducted in the southern province of Kandahar has reportedly left at least 12 Taliban insurgents dead. The operation was allegedly carried out in the Maiwand and Arghandab districts over the last 24 hours, targeting identified insurgent positions. While 12 insurgents deaths have been reported by security officials, a further five other insurgents are also believed to have been injured, while a large insurgent-owned cache of explosives has also been destroyed.

Four security personnel killed in Badghis blast

Four members of the security forces have been killed and a fifth has been wounded in a recent roadside bomb explosion in the Badghis province. The blast happened on Wednesday evening in the Ab Kamari district, when a police vehicle was allegedly targeted in a roadside bombing. No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as a military operation remains ongoing in the district.

IS militant detained in Nangarhar

A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly been detained by the security forces in the Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the arrest was carried out in the Achin district on Thursday. The security forces launched an operation to apprehend the suspect after receiving intelligence which indicated the suspect was planning to carry out a militant attack targeting Kabul University. The suspect allegedly has links to international IS networks - specifically to known IS militants based in Iraq and Syria.

ANA operation kills 27 Taliban in Zabul

A recent security operation carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) has reportedly killed as many as 27 Taliban insurgents in the Zabul province. The operation was carried out in the Shinkai and Mezana district sometime within the last 24 hours. Local officials indicate that while the death toll sits at 27 insurgents, a further 18 others were also wounded in the operations. According to reports, the ANA forces were also successful in targeting and destroying a tunnel, which was apparently being used by insurgents to store a large weapons and ammunition cache.

Taliban truck bomb damages Kandahar bridge

A truck bomb has reportedly damaged a bridge in the southern Kandahar province. An explosive-laden truck was detonated by suspected Taliban insurgents on Wednesday afternoon, damaging parts of a bridge in the Sarakar-e-Baghl area of the Arghandab district. No casualties have been reported following the blast, which appears to have been primarily aimed at compromising the infrastructure of the bridge, which apparently served as a key battle line for both the Taliban and the government security forces. The Taliban has yet to comment on the incident. 

Faryab security operations kill 34 insurgents

As many as 34 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent security operations in the Faryab province. According to reports the operations were carried out over the course of Tuesday by the Afghan security forces, targeting insurgent positions in the Qaisar and Khwaja Sabz Posh districts, leaving 34 insurgents dead and a further 14 others injured. In addition to operations in Faryab, a further 32 Taliban insurgents have also apparently been killed in the last 24 hours in separate operations across the Helmand, Kandahar, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Wardak, and Zabul provinces.

Balkh airstrikes kill 16 Taliban

As many as 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 12 others have also been injured amid airstrikes in the Balkh province. The strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Tuesday in the Dawlatabad and Chahar Bolak districts and come as the latest in a series of ongoing military operations targeting insurgents in the area. No other casualties have been reported following the strikes.

Wardak raid kills Taliban commander

A recent raid carried out by the security forces in the Wardak province has reportedly left a local Taliban commander dead. The operations was conducted over the course of Tuesday by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Maidan Shar district, where a known Taliban hideout was allegedly identified and targeted. The Taliban commander has been identified as Qari Mesbah. Security officials confirmed the death and also confirmed the destruction of various arms and weapons supplies.

IS claim attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar

The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar. Two IS-run online media outlets have claimed responsibility for recent attacks which killed "over 30 military men and civilians". Two bomb blasts and two targeted gun attacks which occurred between March 11 - 17 were claimed by the group. The Afghan government has dismissed claims of responsibility by the IS, instead insisting the perpetrators of the attacks were linked to other groups thought to be operating under the umbrella of the Taliban insurgency, despite the Taliban denying any involvement in recent attacks.

Kandahar operations kill 17 insurgents

As many as 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent counter-insurgency operations in the southern Kandahar province. The joint operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in collaboration with the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting Taliban positions in the Arghandab and Zhari districts. While 17 insurgents have been confirmed dead following the joint operations, a further four others are also thought to have been wounded.

Kandahar IED blast injures four civilians

A recent bomb explosion in the city of Kandahar has reportedly left at least four civilians injured. The blast allegedly happened over the weekend in the provincial capital, where an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted on a motorbike in the Kabul Gate area. Preliminary reports suggest the IED was most likely detonated remotely. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion.

Taliban kill police commander in Daykundi

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed a local police commander in the Kajran district of the Daykundi province. The attack allegedly happened on Monday, during the early hours of the morning at around 02:00 local time. It's claimed the insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a police security checkpoint in the Qarahqal area, leaving one police commander dead and a second police officer injured.

Four Taliban killed in Zabul airstrike

Four Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed after they were hit by an airstrike which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The aerial operation was conducted on Monday as part of ongoing counter-insurgency military operations. The strike targeted a suspected insurgent position in the Mizan district, killing four insurgents and destroying an insurgent-owned cache of weapons, explosives, and ammunition.

Deadly blasts reported in Jalalabad

Two explosion have been reported in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar, leaving at least one person dead and a second person injured. The separate blasts allegedly occurred on Sunday morning. Local reports from Tolo News indicate that both victims have been identified as civilians. No claim of responsibility has been made for the suspected bomb blasts, which come amid a wave of similar deadly attacks targeting prominent Afghans across major cities in Afghanistan.

Five Taliban killed in Balkh airstrike

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike conducted in the Balkh province. The strike as carried out in the Chahar Bolak area over the course of Sunday, leaving five insurgents dead and another five injured. According to local officials, security personnel claim to have also destroyed an insurgent-owned cache of weapons and ammunition in the aerial operation.

Seven killed in Kabul incidents

Seven deaths have been reported following a serious of deadly incident which occurred in Kabul over the last 72 hours. While seven people have been killed, three others have also been wounded in various security incidents in the capital. The first occurred on Sunday morning in the Chahar Asiab district, when a vehicle hit a roadside bomb, killing five members of one family. The family had reportedly been on their way to the Lalandar area for a Nawroz celebration. Two of the five deceased have been identified as members of public uprising forces, while a third was identified as an employee of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. A second roadside blast hit in the Bagrami district last night, killing one police officer and leaving a second injured. The two explosions come after, a person was also killed and two others were wounded in an attack by unknown armed assailants in the Qargha lake area of Kabul's Paghman district on Friday.

Charkh district in Logar falls to Taliban

The Charkh district in the province of Logar has reportedly fallen to the Taliban. According to local sources, the security forces are understood to have made a tactical retreat from the district after violent clashes broke out on Sunday night. No casualty figures have been confirmed so far but are thought likely. The Taliban claims to have captured the centre of Charkh district, including the police headquarters and the district governor's compound. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Herat military operation kills four Taliban

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent military operation in the Herat province. The operation was apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Karukh district sometime within the last 24 hours. Military officials claim a local Taliban commander is believed to be among the four insurgents killed in the operation.

Roadside blast kills six security personnel

At least six security personnel have allegedly been killed in a recent roadside bomb explosion in the Herat province. According to recent reports, the blast occurred near a police outpost in the Kushk area on Sunday afternoon, in what appears to have been a targeted explosive attack on the security forces. It's believed a local police commander was among those killed in the attack, for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Police investigate Kabul killing

Police in Kabul have launched an investigation into a high-profile murder case. The victim has been identified as the ex-wife of Sayed Jamal Mubariz - a contestant in reality tv show Afghan Star. According to reports, the victim was killed by an armed assailant with a knife in the west of Kabul earlier this week. Social media users have been strongly condemning the killing, calling on the legal and judicial institutions to investigate Mubariz in connection with his ex-wife's death amid allegations of familial disputes. 

Five soldiers killed in Baghlan clashes

Five Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the Baghlan province. Local sources indicate the fighting broke out in the Cheshmeh-ye Shir district on Friday, when a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a security outpost in the area. The security forces reportedly engaged in armed combat with the insurgents, later confirming the deaths of at least five soldiers, while another five were also wounded. No Taliban  casualties have been reported and the group has not commented on the alleged incident.

Two local officials killed in Kandahar gun attack

Two local officials have been confirmed dead following a gun attack in Kandahar city. The deceased have been identified as a district council member and a local police commander. The pair were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Police District 14 of the provincial capital on Thursday afternoon. The attack allegedly happened at around 13:00 local time in the Khawajak Baba area. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly attack; however, local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents may have been behind the killings.

Six Taliban killed in Laghman airstrikes

Six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes which were carried out in the Laghman province. The strikes were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Alishing district on Thursday, where they targeted an identified Taliban hideout in the Manjan area. According to local reports, six insurgents were reported dead while another two were also injured in the strikes.

Four civilians killed in Kabul bus blast

Four Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent bus explosion in Kabul. The blast occurred at around 07:20 local time on Thursday morning in the Sar-e-Kotal area of Kabul's Police District 17. While four civilians have been confirmed dead, another 14 others have also been wounded. The bus was carrying employees of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology when it was targeted by the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes just days after five civilians were killed in another explosion targeting a bus carrying employees of two government ministries in downtown Kabul on Monday afternoon.

Security vehicle hit by blast in Nangarhar

A government security vehicle has allegedly been hit by a bomb blast in the Nangarhar province. The explosion reportedly occurred on Thursday in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, where a security vehicle was targeted with an explosive device in what appears to have been a planned attack. The blast happened in the city Police District 5, leaving at least two security personnel dead and four others wounded.

Logar ex-district governor killed in Kabul

A former district governor for the Charkh district in Logar has reportedly been killed in what appears to have been a targeted assassination in Kabul. The attack occurred on Wednesday in Police District 8 of the capital city, where former district governor Sayed Wakil Agha was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen who allegedly managed to flee the scene. The killing came the same day as another gun attack on security official Rasoul Khan, which occurred in Kabul's Police District 3. Khan survived the attack with injuries while the attackers fled in a vehicle. The attacks are the latest in a spate of violent shootings and bomb attacks in the capital city.

Army helicopter crash kills nine in Wardak

An army helicopter has reportedly crashed in the Wardak province, killing at least nine people. The incident happened in the Behsud district, during the early hours of Thursday morning, at around 01:30 local time, when an MI-17 helicopter carrying Afghan army special forces personnel, as well as equipment and food, crash landed. Unconfirmed reports claim the helicopter was shot at whilst it was landing and brought down by armed insurgents; however, these reports have yet to be confirmed by officials. The incident remains under investigation.

Helmand airstrikes kill 21 Taliban

At least 21 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a further 14 others have also been wounded following recent airstrike operations in the southern Helmand province. The airstrikes were allegedly conducted within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces, targeting known insurgent positions in the Gereshk, Nad-e Ali, and Sangin districts. Local authorities claim the strikes hit the insurgents without civilian casualties, destroying large insurgent-owned caches of weapons and ammunition as well.

ANA operations kill 10 Taliban in Wardak

Recent security operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) have resulted in the deaths of at least 10 Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province. The ANA operations were carried out on Wednesday in the Nirkh district, where an identified insurgent position was allegedly targeted. While 10 insurgents deaths have been reported, a further seven others were also allegedly wounded and at least three insurgents were arrested by ANA personnel. Various insurgent-owned explosive devices were also destroyed during the operation.

Gunfire heard in Kabul hotel

Reports of gunfire being heard in a hotel in Kabul have emerged on Thursday. Shots were reportedly heard coming from nearby a Jamiat-e-Islami event which was being held in a hotel on Airport Road in the capital. Preliminary reports indicate the event was a rally being hosted by the Atta Mohammad Noor branch of the Jamiat-e-Islami party. No reports concerning possible casualties have been confirmed yet.

Taliban attack kills five security personnel in Nangarhar

At least five Afghan security forces personnel have reportedly been killed after they were allegedly targeted in a Taliban attack in Nangarhar. The attack is reported to have occurred on Tuesday night in the Pachir Wa Agam district, where a local security outpost was apparently hit by armed insurgents in what appears to have been a coordinated planned attack. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly attack; however, local officials suspect Taliban insurgents were responsible.

Kandahar security operations kill 34 Taliban

Security operations carried out in the Kandahar province over the last 24 hours have allegedly killed as many as 34 Taliban insurgents. According to reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan government security forces in the Arghandab, Panjwai, Spin Boldak, and Zhari districts as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations targeting the Taliban in the southern region. While 34 insurgents were allegedly killed, a further nine others were also reportedly wounded and two insurgent strongholds were apparently destroyed, along with various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition supplies. No casualties have been reported amongst government security personnel.

Balkh airstrike kills eight insurgents

At least eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation which was carried out in the Balkh province. The strike was conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position in the Chahar Bolak district. While eight insurgents have been reported dead, another nine were allegedly also injured in the strike.

Would-be suicide bomber detained in Kunduz

A would-be suicide bomber has reportedly been detained in the Kunduz province. It's claimed the suspect surrendered to Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel over the weekend in the Haji Golestan area of Kunduz. It's believed the suspected insurgent had received training from Taliban insurgents to carry out a suicide bomb attack. Further investigations remain ongoing.

Two killed in attack on university bus, Baghlan

Two people have been killed following an armed attack on a university bus in Baghlan. The deceased have been identified as a university student and the driver of the bus, while six others were also wounded in the gun attack, which occurred on Tuesday morning in the outskirts of the provincial capital city, Pul-e-Khumri. Local sources indicate the bus had been transporting about 25 university students and lecturers from Baghlan University. According to reports, local police have attributed the attack to the Taliban; however, the group has allegedly denied any involvement in the attack and no claim of responsibility has immediately been made by another group.

Three soldiers killed in Herat dam attack

Three members of the Afghan security forces have reportedly been killed amid an armed attack on the Pashdan dam in Herat. According to initial reports, the attack occurred during the early hours of Tuesday morning, at around 03:00 local time, when an outpost near the dam was targeted by suspected Taliban insurgents. While three security personnel were killed, another four were also wounded. It's claimed the security forces pursued the attackers in a response operation, killing five suspected attackers in a village in the Pashtun Zarghon district. The attack on the dam's outpost comes a month after 11 dam workers were allegedly abducted by the Taliban last month.

Fifteen civilians injured in Kabul bus blast

Fifteen civilians have been wounded in a blast which occurred on Monday afternoon, hitting a bus in Kabul. According to local reports, the explosion targeted a bus in the Dahan-e-Bagh area at around 15:50 local time. It's believed the bus was carrying employees of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology when it struck a mine. No claim of responsibility has been made for the seemingly targeted attack, which came just a day after five people were killed and 16 others were wounded in two separate passenger bus blasts in the city's Pul-e-Sokhta and Sar-e-Karez areas.

Five killed in Kabul blasts

Five fatalities have been reported following two separate explosions hitting two passenger buses in Kabul on Sunday. The blasts occurred within an hour of each other on Sunday night, killing five and injuring 16 others. The first explosion happened in the Pul-e-Sokhta area of Kabul's Police District 3, while the second blast reportedly occurred in the Sar-e-Karez area of Kabul's Police District 6. Several civilians are among those killed. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for either attack.

Ban on girls singing reversed after social media backlash

A ban on girls singing in public has been reversed following the success of a social media campaign to overturn the ban. The government banned the participation of teenagers in schoolgirl choirs, prompting immediate backlash on social media, with those opposed to the ban criticised the government for allegedly 'Talibanising' the country. Under oppressive Taliban rule, women were barred from participation in almost all parts of society outside their own homes.

Security operations kill 28 Taliban in Kandahar

As many as 28 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations which have been carried out across the Kandahar province over the last 48 hours. According to local reports, the operations have targeted Taliban hideouts in raids led by the Afghan security forces, leaving 28 insurgents killed and a further seven others wounded. Wider counter-insurgency operations remain ongoing throughout the southern region.

Helmand clashes leave 23 Taliban dead

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a further seven others have also been injured in recent security operations which were carried out in the southern province of Helmand over the weekend. The operations targeted insurgents following coordinated Taliban attacks on multiple security checkpoints in the Boshran and Bolan areas of the provincial capital city of Lashkar Gah. Armed clashes allegedly broke out as a result, although no casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Taliban skeptical of interim government

Muhammad Naim, a Taliban spokesman, has expressed scepticism over a proposal by the US for an interim government in Afghanistan. The spokesperson said that the Taliban vision of government relied on a strong central administration capable of implementing an Islamic system of governance. Under the proposal, the national parliament could either be expanded to include Taliban members or suspended until after an election is held.

Car bomb in Herat province kills several

A blast outside a police station in western Afghanistan has left at least eight dead and more than 50 wounded. Within hours of the attack, the United Nations Security Council in New York condemned an “alarming” increase in attacks in Afghanistan targeting civilians. The IS group has claimed responsibility for many of the killings in recent weeks, while the Taliban and the government have blamed each other for trying to sabotage efforts to reach a peace agreement.

Police officer killed in Kapisa gun attack

An Afghan police officer has been killed in a recent gun attack which occurred in the Kapisa province. The shooting allegedly happened on Friday afternoon in the Mahmude Raqi district. Preliminary reports indicate the police officer killed has been identified as the head of the provincial crime investigation department. The victim was apparently targeted by two gunmen near police headquarters. Both of the attackers were shot dead by the security forces following the shooting. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Badghis shooting kills two soldiers

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a recent shooting incident in Qala-e-Naw, in the Badghis province. The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday, when the two security force members were apparently shot at by unidentified armed assailants in the provincial capital. The gunmen reportedly managed to escape the scene following the seemingly targeted killing and no group has issued a claim of responsibility for the attack so far.

Car bomb blast reported in Wardak

A car bomb blast has apparently been reported in the Wardak province. Local sources indicate the explosion occurred early on Friday morning, with witnesses suggesting casualties are likely. Local officials have yet to confirm news of the blast as of yet; however, unconfirmed reports claim at least one Afghan soldiers has been injured in the attack, which was supposedly carried out by two suicide bombers attempting to target a military installation. No claim of responsibility has been made for the incident.

Court official killed in Gardez shooting

A court official has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting in the city of Gardez, Paktiya. The attack happened on Thursday evening, when a prosecutor from a local appellate court was allegedly targeted by unidentified gunmen whilst walking in his village in the outskirts of the provincial capital. The victim has been identified as court prosecutor Mohammad Hasanyar. The motive behind the attack has yet to be determined as police investigations are launched; however, officers suspect the shooting may be among the latest linked to a deadly series of gun attacks targeting prominent Afghans.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Kandahar security operations

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations which were conducted in the southern province of Kandahar over the last 24 hours. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA), targeting suspected Taliban positions in the district of Arghandab and Arghistan. While 16 insurgents have been reported dead, a further nine others have also been wounded. 

IED blast kills one in Dand, Kandahar

One person has reportedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Dand district of the southern Kandahar province. Local sources indicate the blast occurred on Thursday near a public bath in Dand, where an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated, killing one civilian and injured another. The IED had reportedly been attached to a stationary motorbike. Police have confirmed the incident, but no claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion.

Kandahar IED blast kills one civilian

A recent bomb explosion has reportedly killed one civilian in the southern Kandahar province. The blast occurred on Wednesday in the Maiwand district, when an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly hit a vehicle, leaving one person dead and two others wounded. According to local reports, the explosion is believed to have been an attempt to target the police. While the deceased was identified as a civilian, both casualties were confirmed to be police officers. 

Shooting reported outside Iranian embassy, Kabul

A shooting has reportedly occurred outside the Iranian embassy in the capital city of Kabul. According to preliminary reports, the shooting occurred in Police District 9 on Wednesday and has left at least one person injured. The victim is believed to have been shot whilst travelling in an embassy vehicle. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the shooting, which appears to have been targeted - making it the latest in a deadly series of attacks targeting prominent individuals in Kabul.

Almar district in Faryab falls to Taliban

The Almar district in the Faryab province has allegedly fallen to Taliban control. Local reports indicate that armed insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the district centre over the last 24 hours, clashing with the government security forces until they were forced to retreat. Military personnel have yet to confirm news of the developments; however, it's understood that as of Thursday midday, the district is currently under Taliban control after the acting district police chief allegedly defected to the Taliban. Further details have yet to be confirmed. While no fatalities or casualties have been reported thus far, deaths on both sides are expected.

Jalalabad car bombing injures two civilians

Two civilians have reportedly been injured after they were hit by a car bombing in the city of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar. The blast allegedly occurred on Thursday morning, when a vehicle was targeted with an explosive device in the provincial capital. Local authorities have confirmed the incident, which is the latest explosive vehicle attack to target civilians, prominent Afghans, or government employees in the city in recent weeks. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast.

Security operation targets would-be bombers in Faryab

A security operation led by the Afghan security forces has allegedly targeted a number of suspected would-be suicide bombers in the Faryab province. The suspected bombers were reportedly affiliated with the Taliban insurgency and were claimed to be planning suicide bomb attacks targeting a military base in the Almar district. Three insurgents have been killed, while seven others have also been injured following the operation.

Six Taliban killed in Helmand

Six Taliban insurgents have reported been killed in security operations in the Helmand province. The operations against the insurgents were apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Gereshk district sometime within the last 48 hours. While six fatalities have been confirmed by local authorities, a further nine other insurgents were allegedly also injured in the military operations.

Zabul operations kill 35 Taliban

Recent security operations conducted in the Zabul province have allegedly killed as many as 35 Taliban insurgents. A further 19 others have also reportedly been injured, while the security forces also claim to have arrested at least two insurgents. The operations supposedly took place over the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions in the Shahr-i-Safa and Mizan districts of Zabul. Government officials claim various explosive devices were also confiscated during the operations.

Two security forces injured in Jalalabad blast

Two Afghan security personnel have reportedly been injured after an Afghan military vehicle was targeted in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on Wednesday. According to local reports, the blast occurred in the provincial capital, where a landmine targeted a Ranger vehicle and leaving two members of the security forces wounded. Local authorities have confirmed the attack - for which no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Taliban attack security forces in Daykundi

The Afghan security forces have come under attack from suspected Taliban insurgents in the Daykundi province. The attack was reportedly launched on Monday, in the Tamazan area of the province, where a group of armed insurgents targeted a military base on Afghan Wireless Hill in a coordinated attack. It's been reported that as many as five government security personnel have been confirmed dead, while a sixth has also been injured amidst the fighting which broke out. 

Four Taliban killed in Helmand

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports, the operation was carried out overnight by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Sangin district. While four insurgents have been reported dead, another three were also wounded in the operation. No casualties have been reported amongst ANA personnel.

US proposes interim government for Afghanistan

The US administration has proposed that an interim government could run Afghanistan until fresh elections are held and a new constitution is agreed. The suggestion has been put forward as part of a draft peace plan proposed by the US. It also suggests a joint commission should oversee a ceasefire between the government security forces and Taliban insurgents. Under the interim government, the national parliament could either be expanded to include Taliban members or suspended until after the election. The Afghan government and the Taliban are understood to be reviewing the draft, but have both shown resistance to the idea in the past and are therefore likely to reject the proposal.

Herat operations kill 31 insurgents

Security operations which have been carried out in the Herat province over the last 72 hours have reportedly killed a total of 31 Taliban insurgents. The clearing operations have allegedly been targeting identified insurgent positions in the Shindand district. Of the 31 insurgents killed, at least five are thought to have been identified as local Taliban commanders, while a further 16 other insurgents have also been wounded amid the fighting.

Roadside bombing kills district police chief in Ghazni

A roadside bombing has killed a district police chief in the province of Ghazni. According to local reports, the incident occurred on Monday in the Deh Yak district, where it's understood the police chief of the district was killed after triggering an explosive which had been planted along the side of the road. Local police officials have confirmed the deadly blast. Although no claim of responsibility has been made for the blast thus far, it's suspected that Taliban insurgents may have been behind it.

IS deputy killed in Nangarhar raid

A deputy intelligence chief for the Islamic State (IS) has allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to local reports, the security forces launched an overnight raid on a suspected insurgent position in the Ador area of the Khogyani district. No other casualties have been reported following the operation. Various firearms were apparently confiscated from the deceased IS deputy.

Eleven insurgents killed in Herat

Recent security operations conducted in the Herat province have left at least 11 Taliban insurgents dead. The operations were conducted by the Afghans security forces in the Shindand district on Sunday. According to reports, 11 fatalities were reported, along with seven injuries, while as many as 11 explosive devices were also discovered by the security forces throughout the immediate area.

Six Taliban killed in Logar operation

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the Logar province. The operation was apparently carried out in the provincial capital district of Pul-e-Alam by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. Local sources indicate the operation targeted a known Taliban position in the Alozi area of the city on Sunday night. While six deaths were confirmed, various insurgent-owned arms and ammunition were also destroyed in the operation.

Twelve insurgents killed in Faryab airstrike

Twelve Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out in the Faryab province. According to reports, the strike was conducted by the Agghan security forces sometime within the last 48 hours in the Almar district, where at least 12 insurgents were killed.

Kandahar operations kill 34 Taliban

As many as 34 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in security operations recently conducted in the Kandahar province. The operations reportedly targeted several identified insurgent positions in the Arghandab, Panjwai, and Zhari districts within the last 24 hours. In total, an estimated 34 insurgents have been reported dead while a further seven others are also thought to have been wounded. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the southern region.

Balkh clashes leave seven soldiers dead

Clashes which broke out in the Balkh province over the weekend have reportedly left as many as seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers dead. Local reports indicate the fighting took place in the Chimtal district, where the security forces allegedly encountered a group of armed Taliban insurgents during an overnight operation in the Lab-e-Nahr area. While seven ANA soldiers have been confirmed dead, a further four others were also injured amid the clashes.

Gunmen kill one in Kabul shooting

At least one person has been confirmed dead following a shooting in the capital city of Kabul. The shooting occurred on Monday morning in the Company area of Police District 5, where unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on prosecutor Mirwais Samadi. According to reports, it's understood the victim was employed as a prosecutor in the Wardak province. His death is the latest in a string of targeted shootings and car bombings targeting prominent Afghans in the capital and other major cities.

Protest held in Kabul

A protest has been staged in the capital city of Kabul by Hezb-e-Islami supporters. The demonstration was held on Friday morning, when a number of the party's supporters gathered to march in a bid to put further pressure on the government to meet a list of 10 demands issued by the party. Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar warned that if the government ignored the party's demands it would organise further large-scale protests across Afghanistan. The party's demands include an end to targeted assassinations, non-opposition to peace, respect for the Doha agreement, a ceasefire agreement, stop militarisation, prevent looting of funds, and transfer of power to the new government. Hekmatyar has given the government a 10-day deadline.

Roadside bombing kills three police officers in Parwan

Three Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a roadside bombing incident which was reported in the Parwan province. According to local reports, the explosion occurred on Friday in the Jabal Siraj district, where the police officers are understood to have triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) as they passed by. The IED was most likely planted by the side of the road by militants, in an attempt to target the security forces. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Would-be bomber detained in Jalalabad

An alleged would-be bomber has apparently been arrested by the security forces in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. According to local sources, the suspect was detained on Thursday in the provincial capital, where it's claimed the suspect was found in possession of a suicide vest and explosives. Investigations reportedly indicated the suspect planned to carry out a suicide bomb attack targeting a local high school. The would-be suicide bomber remains in the custody of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (ANDS) and is allegedly believed to have links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Kunduz military operation kills eight Taliban

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent army operation in the Kunduz province. According to recent reports, the Afghan security forces conducted the operation in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunduz city on Thursday. The operation targeted the insurgents in the Buz Wandahari area, leaving eight insurgents dead and another four wounded. Unconfirmed reports claim a local Taliban commander was also identified among the deceased.

Factory workers kills in Nangarhar gun attack

Seven factory workers have allegedly been killed after they were targeted in a recent gun attack in the province of Nangarhar. According to reports, the victims were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Surkhrod district in an overnight attack on Wednesday. The police are investigating the incident, but have yet to make any arrests or to determine the motive behind the attack.

Bomb blast kills one in Jalalabad

One person has been killed in a recent bomb blast in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. The explosion occurred on Thursday, when a doctor was apparently targeted in an explosive attack. The doctor reportedly worked at a government hospital. the blast came the same day as another bomb explosion hit the provincial capital. In total, the local authorities have recorded one fatality and two casualties following the two bomb attacks. The attacks are the latest in a series of bombings and shooting targeting prominent Afghans in recent months.

Clashes in Kunduz leave 11 dead

Clashes which recently broke out in the Kunduz province between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban have allegedly left at least 11 people dead. The fighting was reported in the village of Talawka in the provincial capital district on Thursday. Among those killed include five members of the security forces and six Taliban insurgents. A further eight others were also wounded, including three security personnel and five insurgents.

Faryab airstrikes kill 23 insurgents

Airstrikes carried out in the Faryab province have allegedly left as many as 23 Taliban insurgents dead. According to recent reports, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Almar and Qaisar districts sometime within the last 24 hours. The strikes apparently struck identified Taliban hideouts, leaving 23 dead and seven others injured.

Kapisa operations kill 30 militants

Security operations in the Kapisa province have allegedly left at least 20 militants dead. According to sources, the security forces conducted targeted anti-militant raids in the Nijrab district of the province over the course of the last 24 hours. As a result, as many as 27 Taliban insurgents and three Pakistani militants have been reported dead. Among the 27 Taliban insurgents killed are allegedly two local Taliban commanders. 

Kandahar operations kill 24 Taliban

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and nine others have also been wounded amid security operations in the Kandahar province. The operations were recently conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot, and Zhari districts. According to officials, the insurgent positions were targeted by the security forces in coordinated military operations over the last 24 hours. The operations come as part of a wider ongoing counter-insurgency initiative in the southern province.

Herat shootout leaves 13 injured

A shootout which broke out in Herat city has allegedly left at least 13 people injured. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the crossfire has broken out in the Jabriel area of the city on Wednesday afternoon. It's claimed the shootout was triggered by an altercation between the security forces and a local strongman known as Habibullah Ghoryani. Among those wounded include three security personnel.

Scholar shot dead in Kabul

A religious scholar has allegedly been shot dead in Kabul by unidentified gunmen. The victim - a former head of the Ulema council - was apparently targeted by the assailants on Wednesday morning at around 06:00 local time in the Jakshan area of the city's Police District 17. The Afghan National Council of Ulema is made up of Afghanistan's key religious leaders and is widely recognised as the highest religious body in the country. The killing is the latest in a series of gun attacks and bombings targeting prominent Afghans in the capital and other major cities.

Police officer killed in Lashkar Gah blast

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion which occurred in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Helmand. The blast reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED). It's believed the IED was triggered in an attack targeted a police vehicle. While one officer has been confirmed dead, another has also been injured. No immediate claim of responsibility ahs been made for the attack so far.

Kandahar ANA operation kills 20 Taliban

Military operations being carried out in the southern province of Kandahar have reportedly left at least 20 Taliban insurgents dead. The operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the course of Tuesday, targeting Taliban locations in the Arghandab district. While 20 insurgent fatalities have been reported, not other casualties are thought to have been incurred during the operations. The latest operations come amid a continued counter-insurgency offensive in the southern region.

ANA operation kills 22 Taliban in Faryab

A recent security operation carried out in the Faryab province by the Afghan National Army (ANA) has allegedly left 22 Taliban insurgents dead. The operation was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in the Ghormach district, where an insurgent position was reportedly identified and targeted by ANA troops. While 22 insurgents have been reported dead, a further 12 others have also apparently been wounded in the operation.

Three female media workers shot dead in Jalalabad

Three female media workers have reportedly been shot dead in an attack in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. The attack occurred on Tuesday evening in what appears to be the latest deadly shooting in a wave of targeted killings over recent months. The three women worked for a TV station and were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks. A fourth woman was also critically injured. The lead gunman has allegedly been arrested by police and is claimed to have links to the Taliban, although the group has denied any involvement.

Dozens freed from Taliban prison in Herat

Dozens of Taliban prisoners have been freed from a Taliban prison in the Herat province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) Special Forces released 34 people being held by the insurgent group. They were freed during an ANA operation in the Adraskan district on Tuesday. The operation reportedly targeted the Taliban-operated detention facility in the village of Krucha. Among those rescued include 21 security personnel, 12 government employees, and one public uprising member. At least six insurgents were allegedly killed during the operation.

TV journalist killed in Jalalabad armed attack

A TV journalist has reportedly been killed and a second has also been injured in a recent armed attack in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. Recent reports indicate the attack took place on Tuesday in Police District 4 of the provincial capital, where unidentified armed assailants apparently targeted the victims in an attack which has yet to be claimed. The deceased victim has been identified as Mursal Waheedi - an employee of Enikass TV network. The news station has confirmed the incident in a statement. Police investigations remain ongoing. The killing comes amid a series of targeted shootings and car bombing targeting prominent Afghans in recent weeks, including journalists, activists, doctors, judges, and government employees. 

VBIED blast injures three in Nangarhar

Three people have been injured in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the blast occurred on Tuesday in the Ghani Khel district. Unconfirmed preliminary reports indicate the casualties have been identified as a local doctor and his two sons, whose car was apparently blown up in a seemingly targeted attack. The incident is the latest in a string of deadly car bomb attacks and shooting targeting prominent Afghans, including doctors, judges, activists, journalists, government officials, and security personnel.

Zabul airstrike kills nine Taliban

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrikes operation conducted in the Zabul province. The aerial operation was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Shah Joy district on Tuesday, where a Taliban position was identified and targeted. While nine fatalities have been recorded, an additional two other insurgents were also apparently wounded in the strike.

Kapisa operations leave 17 militants dead

Security operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Kapisa province have reportedly left at least 17 militants dead. Among those killed include 13 Taliban insurgents and four al-Qaeda militants. A further 11 militants were also injured in the operation, which was conducted in the Nijrab district on Monday. According to local sources, the four al-Qaeda militants have been identified as Pakistani nationals. The Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Explosion hits Jalalabad gas station

An explosion has been reported at a gas station in Nangarhar's provincial capital. According to initial reports, the blast occurred on Monday, in Police District 7 of Jalalabad city. No casualties have been reported as a result of the explosion - the cause of which has yet to be ascertained as investigations into the explosion are launched. It remains unclear if the blast was an accident or intentional; however, no immediate claim of responsibility has been made.

Herat IED blast kills two security personnel

Two Afghan government security personnel have reportedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Herat province. The blast allegedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which was triggered on Monday morning along the Herat-Islam Qala highway. Local sources have confirmed that two Border Force security personnel died in the blast, while four others were also wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Jowzjan sticky bomb blast kills one

A sticky bomb explosion has killed one person and wounded three others in the Jowzjan province. Local reports claim the blast happened on Monday in the Sheberghan district, where a sticky bomb attached to a vehicle was allegedly detonated in an explosive attack. The deceased has been identified as an Afghan civilian. The local police force has apparently confirmed the incident, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Three Taliban killed in Baghlan military operation

Three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent military operation launched in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports, the operation was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the weekend, targeting a suspected insurgent position in the Nahrin district. One of three deceased insurgents has allegedly been identified as a Taliban deputy of the local insurgent military commission. Four insurgents were also wounded in the operation.

Baghlan clashes kill eight Taliban

Clashes which recently broke out between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Baghlan province have reportedly left at least eight insurgents dead. Local reports indicate the clashes occurred on Monday in the provincial capital of Pule-e-Khomri. While eight insurgents have been killed, at least three others were also wounded in the fighting. It's claimed the clashes were triggered by a Taliban attack targeting security personnel in Police District 2 of the provincial. No casualties have been reported amongst the security forces, who allegedly successfully repelled the attack.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kandahar operation

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation which was carried out in the Kandahar province over the weekend. The operation was allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Arghandab district sometime within the last 48 hours. Security officials have apparently claimed that the insurgents were killed when the security forces targeted a Taliban position, destroying an insurgent-owned weapons cache in the process.

Kandahar VBIED kills four security personnel

Four members of the government security forces have reportedly been killed in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) blast in the Kandahar province. The explosion happened overnight in the Arghandab district, where an explosive-laden vehicle was allegedly used by suspected Taliban insurgents to target a military base in the Joy Lahore area. While the deaths of four security personnel have been confirmed, another six security personnel were also injure in the VBIED attack.

Three killed in Ghor gun attack

Three people have been confirmed dead following a gun attack in the Ghor province. According to local sources, the shooting happened overnight on Thursday, when unidentified gunmen allegedly targeted the victim in a private residential property. The house reportedly belonged to a journalist/activist known as Bismillah Adil, who was recently killed in a separate gun attack last month. The overnight shooting in Ghor has left three dead and five others wounded. The incident is the latest deadly gun attack linked to the death of a prominent Afghan amid a spate of killings targeting journalists, activists, judges, government officials, and medical professionals.

Gunmen kill civilian in Kapisa

An Afghan civilian has allegedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Kapisa province. Local reports have claimed that the incident occurred on Friday morning in the Papadam area of the Hesa Awal Kohistan district, where unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on the victim before fleeing the scene. The victim was confirmed dead at the scene. No claim of responsibility have been made for the seemingly targeted attack and the motive remains unclear, with local authorities pointing the finger at Taliban insurgents.

Nangarhar IED blast kills one

A recent bomb explosion which occurred in the provincial capital of Nangarhar has reportedly left one person dead. According to preliminary reports, the blast occurred on Friday morning in the city of Jalalabad, where an improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly detonated, killing one Afghan civilian. The local police have confirmed the fatal explosion - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made.

Gunmen kill provincial official in Ghazni

Unidentified gunmen have reportedly killed an elected provincial official in Ghazni. The shooting allegedly occurred on Thursday afternoon in Police District 5 of the provincial capital. According to reports, at least one other person was also injured in the attack. The shooting comes amid a spike in violent attacks targeted government officials, journalists, judges, activists, and doctors.

Six killed in Herat car bombing

Six fatalities have been reported following a car bomb attack in the province of Herat. The explosion occurred on Wednesday evening in the Kohsan district, where a security outpost was reportedly targeted in the village of Qudus Abad. The outpost was being manned by members of a local public uprising force - a pro-government armed militia. While six members of the force were killed, another four were also wounded in the attack - for which no claim of responsibility has immediately been made.

Gunmen kill three in Balkh

Three people have been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Balkh province. The incident allegedly occurred on Tuesday night in the Shulgara district, where provincial police have confirmed the deaths of three individuals following the shooting. According to reports, no arrests have been made in connection with the killings so far, as police investigations continue. Unconfirmed reports claim the shootings were carried out by militants and may have been targeted.

Taliban target security outpost in Faryab

Taliban insurgents have targeted a security outpost in a deadly attack on Tuesday. A local commander reportedly confirmed the attack, stating that the insurgents targeted an outpost in the Pashtun Kot district in an overnight attack which left at least one member of the government security forces dead, along with one insurgent. It's believed a second insurgent was also killed in the attack.

Security operations in Kandahar kill 42 insurgents

Ongoing security operations are being carried out against the Taliban insurgency in the southern Kandahar province. In the last 24 hours, it's claimed as many as 42 insurgents have been killed and eight others have also been wounded amid recent operations conducted by the Afghan security forces. The operations allegedly targeted areas in the Arghandab and Panjwai districts.

Civilian killed in Baghlan shooting

An Afghan civilian has allegedly been killed in a recent shooting in the Baghlan province. According to reports, the shooting happened in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district on Tuesday. Preliminary investigations suggest the victim has been identified as a local doctor, Dr Khalil-ur-Rahman Narmgo - head of the surgery ward at the local district hospital. It's claimed Narmgo was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in what appears to have been a targeted attack. Unconfirmed reports claim the shooting may have been linked to Taliban activity.

Taliban kill police officer in Nuristan attack

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Nuristan province. The attack occurred in the Nurgaram district sometime within the last 24 hours. Reports indicate that tribal elders from the area have claimed that a number of armed insurgents launched an attack on a security outpost on Tuesday night, leaving one police officer dead and four others wounded. 

Taliban recruiter detained in Kabul

A suspected Taliban recruiter has allegedly been detained by the government authorities in Kabul. The arrest was reportedly made on Tuesday morning in the capital city's Police District 9. The suspect was apprehended during a planned police operations which was led by the Afghan National Police (ANP). No casualties were inflicted during the ANP operation and further investigations remain ongoing.

Taliban kill nine security personnel in Logar

Taliban insurgents have allegedly killed nine Afghan government security personnel during an attack in the Logar province. The insurgent attack was apparently launched overnight in the Hesarak are of Pul-e-Alam. According to local reports, while nine security personnel have been killed, a tenth security force member was also injured in the attack. The insurgents are reported to have fled from the scene following the incident.

ANA operations kill 10 insurgents in Kandahar

Ongoing security operations being led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the southern  Kandahar province have killed at least 10 Taliban insurgents in the last 24 hours. Recent reports indicate the latest operations were carried out as part of an ongoing offensive against the Taliban insurgency in the region. The operations targeted insurgent locations identified in the Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot, and Zhari districts. While 10 insurgents have been reported dead, an additional insurgent was also allegedly wounded in the operations.

Eight Taliban killed in Helmand airstrike

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the southern province of Helmand. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces conducted the aerial operation overnight on Monday, in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand - just north of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The strike reportedly targeted an identified Taliban position in the Popalzai area of the district - leaving eight insurgents dead. No other casualties have been reported.

Kapisa security operation kills six Taliban

At least six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kapisa province over the weekend. The operation was allegedly conducted on Sunday in the Nijrab district, where a known insurgent position was reportedly identified and targeted by security personnel. While six insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional nine other insurgents are also thought to have been injured in the operation.

Two Taliban insurgents arrested in Kandahar city

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been arrested by the government security forces in the city of Kandahar. According to reports, the arrests were made on Monday in the provincial capital's Police District 12. The two suspects were reportedly detained during a targeted security operation against the insurgents. Various explosives, weapons, and ammunition were discovered at the site and confiscated from the insurgents by security personnel.

Helmand bomb blast kills one

A bomb blast which has occurred in the southern Helmand province has left at least one person dead and as many as 15 others injured. According to reports, the blast was caused by a bomb which had been planted in a popular market place in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The incident has been confirmed by provincial police, who also identified the deceased as a civilian. More civilians were also among those injured in the blast, along with several security force members. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual following the attack.

Kabul IED blast kills two

A recent bomb explosion in Kabul has reportedly killed at least two people. Recent reports suggest the blast occurred on Sunday in the Baraki area of the capital city, near the Baraki intersection and roundabout, where an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered, killing two people and injuring five others, including a woman and two children. It's believed the blast was targeting a police car, killing the driver and a nearby child. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as investigations get underway.

Kandahar operations kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another two insurgents have also been injured in recent security operations in the Kandahar province. The operations were apparently carried out over the weekend by the Afghan National Army (ANA), which targeted suspected Taliban hideouts and positions located in the Arghandab, Mianshin, and Panjwae provinces. Large-scale counter-insurgency operations continue to be carried out in the southern region.

Three separate Kabul explosions kill five, wound two

Three separate explosions in Kabul have killed five people and wounded two others, including two soldiers and two policemen. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the first two explosions took place 15 minutes apart, with the third targeting a police vehicle two hours later. The increasing violence comes amid a stall in peace negotiations held in Qatar between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for some of the attacks but many go unclaimed, leading to government accusations of Taliban involvement.

Helmand IED blast injures one soldier

A recent bomb explosion in the southern Helmand province has left at least one Afghan soldier injured. Local reports indicate the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted on a motorbike in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The explosion occurred on Friday afternoon in the Chuk Latif area of the city, in what appears to have been a targeted attack against a member of the government security forces.

Nine killed in Daykundi militant attack

At least nine people have allegedly been killed in a recent militant attack which was carried out in the Daykundi province. The attack was reportedly launched on Thursday morning in the Pato district, where suspected militants targeted a security checkpost - leading to a fatal clash which left nine dead. It has not been clarified how many of the deceased have been identified as security personnel.

Military free 23 from Taliban prison in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have allegedly freed up to 23 people who were being held in a Taliban prison in the Kunduz province. Reports indicate the prisoners were a mix of government security personnel and Afghan civilians, who had been detained in the facility in Aqtash by Taliban insurgents. The rescue operation was launched by the security forces overnight. No casualties have been reported.

Gunmen kill medical worker in Kabul

Unidentified gunmen have allegedly shot dead a medical worker in Kabul. The shooting reportedly occurred in the capital city's Police District 1 on Thursday morning. It's been claimed the victim was shot dead in a seemingly targeted gun attack near the Jada area. The victim has been identified as an employee of the Amiri Medical Complex. No claim of responsibility has been made for the fatal attack - which is the latest in a series of deadly shootings and bomb attacks targeting medical personnel, judges, journalists, security personnel, and activists in the capital city over the last few weeks.

Fatal blast hits vehicle in Kabul

A fatal bomb explosion has hit a vehicle in the capital city of Kabul. The blast reportedly occurred on Thursday, near Kabul University in Police District 3. Sources indicate that two fatalities have been reported following the explosion. It's believed one of the two victims worked as a professor at the university. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, which comes as the latest in a series of deadly explosions targeting high-profile individuals in the capital.

Zabul airstrikes kill 23 Taliban

Airstrikes which have been carried out in the Zabul province have reportedly killed at least 23 Taliban insurgents. The airstrikes were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Arghandab district on Wednesday, targeting an identified insurgent position. Three local Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed in the strike, while five others were also wounded. A large cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed during the airstrike.

Military operations kill 29 Taliban in Kandahar

Military operations have reportedly killed as many as 29 Taliban insurgents in the southern Kandahar province. The operations allegedly targeted identified Taliban positions in the Arghandab and Maiwand districts and were carried out within the last 24 hours. While 29 insurgents have been reported dead, a further five others are also thought to have been wounded in the operations. 

Two killed in Kandahar shooting

Two people have reportedly been killed by unidentified gunmen in Kandahar city. The shooting allegedly occurred on Wednesday evening at around 18:00 local time in the Hasmat Qala area in the southern outskirts of the provincial capital. According to local reports, one of the victims is believed to have been identified by police as a bodyguard of former president Hamid Karzai. The fatal shooting has been claimed by the Taliban.

Taliban pen open letter to US

The Taliban have penned an open letter to the US administration, urging them to honour the Doha agreement. The deal which was reached under the Trump administration last year committed the US to withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan my May 2021; however, amid the administration change in the US, the new Joe Biden administration are now carrying out a review of whether or not the Taliban have met certain requirements to significantly reduce violence. The letter came a day before NATO ministers are due to meet in Brussels to discuss troop presence in Afghanistan. According to sources, Taliban commanders are understood to be preparing for a ramped up Spring Offensive if the US decides to back out on withdrawing the last of their troops.

IED blast kills five security personnel in Daykundi

A recent bomb blast has reportedly killed at least five Afghan security personnel in the Daykundi province. According to reports, the explosion occurred in the Kajran district on Wednesday morning. It's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted by insurgents in the Tangi Soof Kariz area was triggered by security personnel, leaving five dead and two others injured.

Security personnel killed in Kabul gun attack

Two Afghan security personnel have been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a shooting incident in Kabul on Wednesday. The gun attack reportedly occurred during the morning hours in the Hussain Khail area of Bagrami, located in the eastern outskirts of the capital city. Local reports indicate the police have confirmed the incident and have launched an investigation to track down the suspected perpetrators. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the shooting.

Roadside bomb kills two police officers in Herat

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and another three have also been injured after a roadside bomb exploded in the Herat province. The blast was reported on Wednesday morning in the Lakhshak area of the province, where a police vehicle travelling along the Herat-Islam Qala highway allegedly triggered an explosive device which had been planted along the side of the road. No claim of responsibility has been made for the bomb blast, although local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were likely to blame.

Taliban target police chief's convoy in Bamyan

Taliban insurgents have reportedly targeted the convoy of the Bamyan police chief Zabardast Safi. Sources claim the attack occurred on Tuesday in the Ishpishta area between Kahmard district and the provincial capital Bamyan district. The attack occurred as the convoy was en route to security checkpoints in Kahmard and Saighan and it's believed Safi was the intended target of the attack, which resulted in a brief clash with the security forces - leaving two insurgents dead and a third wounded. Safi was reportedly not harmed in the attack and no other casualties have been reported.

Bomb blast targets government vehicle in Kabul

A recent bomb explosion has reportedly injured at least two people in an incident in Kabul. The blast apparently occurred on Tuesday in the Pul-e-Hasan area of Police District 7, where a vehicle belonging to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation was seemingly targeted in an explosion. Preliminary reports indicate the local police have confirmed the incident and the casualties. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban kill six police in Qalat attack

Six Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded following a Taliban attack in Qalat, Zabul. The attack reportedly occurred on Monday night in the provincial capital city, when a group of armed insurgents launched an attack on a security outpost. While six have been reported dead, and two police officers have been injured, at least three are thought to have been taken hostage by the insurgents. 

Islam Qala border fire death toll rises to 40

The death toll from a large border fire has risen to 40 confirmed fatalities. The fire broke out at the Islam Qala border point along the Afghan-Iran border on Sunday. The blaze was sparked by a small fire which caused several oil tankers to go up in flames and explode at the border crossing customs depot. So far, 40 deaths have been reported , while at least 17 others have been injured. 

NDS employee killed in Kabul gun attack

An employee of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has reportedly been killed after they were targeted in a gun attack in Kabul on Tuesday morning. The shooting allegedly occurred in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of the capital's Police District 13. Preliminary reports indicate the victim was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, who managed to flee the scene following the incident. No suspects have been identified so far as investigations get underway, and no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack - which is the latest in a string of violent attacks targeting government officials, activists, journalists, and judges in Kabul.

Nangarhar raids kill seven IS

Raids carried out in the Nangarhar province have allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least seven Islamic State (IS) militants. Recent reports claim the militants were targeted during an overnight raid in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. The raid was conducted on Sunday evening by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Special Forces in the city's Police District 7. A would-be suicide bomber is thought to have been among those killed in the operation. Various weapons and explosives were also discovered and destroyed during the raid.

Arghistan district centre falls to militants, Kandahar

Arghistan district centre in Kandahar has reportedly fallen to militant forces in the last 24 hours. Unconfirmed reports indicate the district centre fell to armed militants whilst fighting government troops during an attack on Monday. The Afghan security forces have allegedly called for back up air support, with plans to re-capture the area. The reports come as counter-insurgency operations continue to be carried out by the security forces across large parts of the province.

Helmand security operation kills 13 Taliban

A security operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province has killed at least 13 Taliban insurgents. According to recent local reports, the operations were conducted in the Nawa-I-Barakzayi district, where identified Taliban positions were targeted by the Afghan National Army (ANA). While 13 insurgents have been reported dead, an additional 10 others were also injured.

Gun attacks kill four in Jalalabad

Four fatalities have been reported following recent gun attacks in the provincial capital of Nangarhar. The attacks allegedly occurred separately in Jalalabad city on Tuesday morning. The first shooting happened in Police District 2, where one police officer was killed and two others were also wounded when a police car came under fire from unidentified shooters. The second attack was reported a short while later in Police District 4, where three victims were shot dead by unknown gunmen. The victims have been identified as two police officers and a doctor. No claims of responsibility have been made for the seemingly targeted attacks.

Soldiers and civilians freed from Baghlan Taliban prison

At least 25 Afghan government soldiers and up to 17 civilians have reportedly been freed from a Taliban prison in the Baghlan province. The Ministry of Defense has issued a statement claiming the prisoners were freed from a facility in central Baghlan in an overnight operation. It's claimed the prisoners were held for various lengths of time, ranging from 10 days to two years, with some claiming they were tortured by Taliban insurgents during their detention. The Taliban has not commented on the claims, or the apparent rescue.

Insider attack kills six police in Zabul

An insider attack has left six Afghan security personnel dead in the Zabul province. It's been reported that a Taliban insurgent allegedly managed to infiltrate a local police force near the provincial capital of Qalat. According to Tolo News, the attack occurred overnight at a security check post on the Qalat-Kandahar highway, when a police officer seemingly turned on his fellow officers, shooting them dead before fleeing to re-join Taliban ranks.

Security operations kill 19 Taliban in Kandahar

Recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province have killed at least 19 Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted in the Arghandab, Panjwai, and Zhari districts sometime within the last 24 hours. While 19 insurgents fatalities have been reported, a further eight other insurgents were also allegedly wounded in the operations - which were carried out as part of an ongoing counter-insurgency initiative targeting Taliban movements in the province.

Taliban kidnap 11 dam workers in Herat

At least 11 dam workers have reportedly been abducted by Taliban insurgents in the Herat province. Tolo News has reported that 11 workers at the Pashdan Dam in the Karokh district were allegedly kidnapped by insurgents whilst they were working on Sunday. Since then, four of the 11 victims have been released, leaving seven still in Taliban custody. Provincial governor Waheed Qatali has confirmed the incident. The Taliban has not commented on the alleged abduction.

Four soldiers killed in Takhar clashes

At least four soldiers have reportedly been killed in recent armed clashes with allegedly broke out with Taliban insurgents in the northern Takhar province. According to reports, the clashes occurred over the weekend in the Baharak district, leaving four security personnel dead, along with at least five Taliban insurgents. Local reports indicate the fighting broke out overnight, when Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel apparently came under attack.

Tarin Kot IED blast kills police officer

An improvised explosive device (IED) has been detonated in Tarin Kot, Uruzgan - leaving at least one Afghan police officer dead and a second officer wounded. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred on Sunday evening in the provincial capital, when a vehicle was targeted by a magnetic IED. The incident is believed to have been a targeted attack on the police, which was most likely carried out by Taliban insurgents - although no such claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Fire on Iran-Afghanistan border injures 60

A fire at a customs post on the Iran-Afghanistan boarder has injured at least 60 and destroyed up to 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel, according to Afghan officials and Iranian state media. The fire took place at the border town of Islam Qala in western Herat after a fuel tanker exploded. Waheed Qatali, governor of the western province of Herat, said Iranian authorities and NATO-led personnel in Afghanistan had been asked to provide urgent assistance. "For the time being, we can’t even talk about the casualties,” Qatali told The Associated Press (AP).

Four dead and 10 wounded in Afghan blasts

At least four Afghan security force members have been killed and seven severely wounded in blasts in the eastern and southern provinces. Officials add that three civilians were also injured. One explosion targeted a police commander in the Chapa Dara district of eastern Kunar province, and another wounded three civilians in Jalalabad. The explosions come amidst increasing violence between the Taliban and government forces as US brokered peace talks held in Qatar have wavered in recent months.

Five security personnel killed in attack on UN envoy

Five members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a recent attack on an UN convoy in the outskirts of Kabul province. Unidentified gunmen reportedly launched an attack targeted the convoy in the Tang-e Habreshim area of the Surobi district on Friday. The five security personnel who were killed were members of the Afghan Directorate of Protection Service (DPS), which had been escorting the UN vehicles. No UN personnel were injured. The Taliban have denied involvement in the attack. 

Kandahar security operations leave 10 Taliban dead

Recent security operations which have been conducted in the southern Kandahar province have reportedly killed at least 10 Taliban insurgents. According to reports, the operations were carried out by Afghan government security personnel within the last 24 hours, targeting positions in the Arghandab and Maiwand districts. Overall, as many as 10 insurgents deaths have been confirmed, while an estimated seven others were also wounded.

Kapisa IED blast kills one, injures four

A recent bomb explosion in the Kapisa province has left at least one person dead and four others injured. The blast occurred on Friday, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered near the Saiad bridge near the provincial border with neighbouring Parwan. According to reports, no clear claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly explosion and the local police have yet to comment on the incident.

IED blast injures three in Parwan

Three casualties have been reported following a bomb explosion which targeted a vehicle belonging to a former politician in the Parwan province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the blast came from a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted on a vehicle belonging to former MP Zahir Sadat. It's believed Sadat's vehicle was targeted by suspected insurgents. While Sadat survived the attack unharmed, three of his security guards were wounded.

Helmand airstrike kills seven Taliban

At least seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid a recent airstrike which was carried out in the southern Helmand province. The strike was allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces overnight, targeting an insurgent position in the Nawa-I-Barakzayi district. While seven insurgents have been reported dead - including a local Taliban commander, another two were also allegedly injured in the airstrike.

Gunmen attack journalist in Faryab

Unidentified gunmen have reportedly attacked a journalist in the province of Faryab. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the journalist has been injured after being shot at by unknown gunmen near a bazaar in the provincial capital of Maymana on Thursday evening. The journalist has been identified as Qutbuddin Koohi - a reporter for Pajhwok News and head of the Free Journalists' Union.

Hostage rescued in NDS operation

A hostage has been freed from captivity by government security personnel in Kabul, while eight suspected kidnappers have been arrested. The victim was reportedly rescued during an operation led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The operation was carried out in a targeted area of Police District 16, where the hostage was allegedly being held for ransom. 

Helmand security operations kill 27 Taliban

Security operations which have recently been carried out in the southern Helmand province have allegedly left at least 27 Taliban insurgents dead. The operations were reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Garmsir, Nahre Saraj, and Nawa-I-Barakzayi districts, where insurgent hideouts were allegedly targeted and destroyed. Unconfirmed reports claim at least two local Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed.

Two killed in Nangarhar blasts

At least two people have been reported dead after they were caught up in bomb explosions in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blasts occurred on Thursday morning, in the Kama and Behsud districts. The first explosion killed one person and injured a second in the Dargali rea of Kama, where a vehicle was allegedly targeted with an improvised explosive device (IED). The second blast happened when a roadside bomb was triggered in Behsud, killing one and injuring four others.

Logar bomb blasts kill two

Bomb explosions in the Logar province have allegedly killed at least two people. Tolo News has reported that the two blasts reportedly occurred late on Wednesday evening in the Baraki Barak district. While two fatalities have been confirmed, another 18 people have also been wounded in the explosions, including three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers.

Two killed in Kabul car bombing

Two people have been confirmed dead and a third person has been wounded following a car bomb explosion in downtown Kabul. The blast occurred on Wednesday morning, when an explosion reportedly ripped through the rear of an armoured vehicle in what appears to have been a targeted attack. One of the deceased has been identified as a district police chief. Another blast targeting a vehicle also occurred in the same area just minutes earlier, leaving four injured. Later in the day, a third vehicle explosion was also reported in the capital's Police District 2, with no casualties. Another blast also targeted a police vehicle in the Paghman district in the outskirts of Kabul. It's believed the blasts are the latest in a string of attacks targeting prominent Afghans during rush-hour traffic.

IED blast reported in Kabul

A suspected bomb blast has been reported in the capital city of Kabul. The explosion allegedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted on a vehicle - most likely planted by militants. The IED was detonated on Wednesday afternoon near the Serena Hotel in Kabul's Police District 2. A large fire broke out after the explosion, which has since been extinguished. No casualties have been reported.

Gunmen kill tribal elder in Kandahar

A tribal elder has reportedly been killed by unidentified gunmen in the southern Kandahar province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the incident occurred on Wednesday in Police District 15 of the provincial capital, Kandahar city, where unknown gunmen allegedly opened fire on the victim, who has been identified as a tribal elder of the Panjwai district. Two others were also wounded in the shooting.

Insider attack kills nine in Farah

A so-called 'insider attack' has left nine Afghan government security personnel dead in the western Farah province. According to reports, an undercover Taliban insurgent allegedly managed to infiltrate the security forces in the Bala Buluk district, where he then turned on Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during an overnight operation in the Farahrood area. While nine soldiers have been confirmed dead, a further five others were also injured. The suspect apparently managed to flee the scene following the attack and is believed to have fled to re-join insurgent ranks.

Seven Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the Kunduz province. The strike was allegedly conducted on Tuesday in the Qala-I-Zal area, where government forces apparently targeted a known Taliban position. The aerial operation left at least seven insurgents dead and another six injured. 

Hostage killed in Faryab kidnap

A person who was kidnapped and held hostage by a group of three men has reportedly been killed in Faryab. The 23-year-old male victim was found dead in the village of Jamshedi in the Pashtun Kot district on Tuesday. Initial reports have identified the victim as a man who worked as a money exchanger and was kidnapped by the suspects just over two weeks ago. Provincial police have confirmed the abduction and subsequent killing, stating they have made three arrests in connection with the incident.

Taliban kill four police in Badghis attack

Taliban insurgents have allegedly killed at least four police personnel in the Muqur district of Badghis province. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred on Monday night, when a police outpost was reportedly targeted by armed insurgents in a planned attack. While four security personnel have been confirmed dead by provincial authorities, a further three other police officers were also wounded in the attack.

Four government employees killed in Kabul shooting

At least four government employees have been killed in a gun attacks in Kabul. According to reports from Al Jazeera, four employees of the ministry for rural development were allegedly shot dead by gunmen in Kabul's Bagh-e-Daud area on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the capital, another government employee was also wounded when a sticky bomb attached to a vehicle was triggered. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attacks.

Roadside bombing kills five in Herat

Five security personnel have been killed in a recent roadside bombing in Herat. The incident occurred on Tuesda morning along the Herat-Islam Qala highway, where a security vehicle was allegedly targeted by a roadside bomb. The blast left five dead and a sixth person injured. The fatalities have been identified as members of the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) - a government security force.

AAF airstrike kills five Taliban in Kandahar

A recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Kandahar province has left five Taliban insurgents dead. According to recent reports, officials claim the strike was conducted in the Arghandab district, where a Taliban position was targeted and destroyed in overnight operations. No other casualties have been reported as counter-insurgency operations remain ongoing in the region.

Two wounded in Daykundi blast

Two casualties have been reported following a suspected bomb blast in the Daykundi province. The explosion reportedly occurred on Tuesday morning in the Kajran district, where an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly went off near a security checkpoint in the Khak-e-Shur area of the district. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast; however, it's suspected the IED was planted by Taliban insurgents aiming to target the security forces.

Four killed in Balkh clashes

At least four people have been killed in recent clashes with Taliban insurgents in the northern Balkh province. The fighting broke out on Monday in the Chehar Kent district, where a group of Afghan civilians allegedly encountered a number of insurgents attempting to steal livestock from a local resident and tried to stop them. A fatal clash broke out which left four civilians dead and another five injured.

Kandahar clashes leave 21 Taliban dead

At least 21 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes which broke out with the Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar. The fighting was reported in the Arghandab, Dand, and Zhari districts over the course of the weekend. According to officials, the security forces were targeting identified Taliban positions during counter insurgency operations being conducted in the southern region. While 21 insurgents have been reported dead, a further six more have also been injured.

Police officer killed in Kabul IED blast

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in Kabul province. The incident occurred over the weekend in the Hese Awal area, where an improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly used to target a police vehicle as it passed by. According to Tolo News, the IED blast occurred near the local post office. Only one fatality has been reported, with no other injuries.

Kandahar airstrike kills 15 Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the southern Kandahar province has left at least 15 Taliban insurgents dead. The aerial operation was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Panjwai district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was allegedly targeted in an overnight strike. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Clashes reported in Nangarhar

Some 22 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid clashes in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, fighting broke out between suspected Taliban insurgents and the security forces in the Hisarak and Sherzad districts on Sunday, leaving at least 22 insurgents dead and a further 11 injured.

Airstrike kills 14 Taliban in Faryab

An airstrike carried out in the western Faryab province has killed at least 14 Taliban insurgents over the weekend. According to recent reports, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Shirin Tagab district, where a Taliban position was identified and targeted in an overnight attack on Sunday.

Seven Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban position in the Sherzad area of the province in an overnight military operation. While seven fatalities have been confirmed, another 10 insurgents were allegedly injured.

Kandahar operations leave 62 Taliban dead

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar province. The operations were conducted within the last 24 hours and reportedly targeted Taliban locations in the Arghandab, Dand, and Panjwai districts. While as many as 62 insurgents have allegedly been killed, a further 23 have also been injured.

One killed in premature blast, Kandahar

One death has been reported following what's that to have been a premature bomb explosion in the southern Kandahar province. According to local reports, the now deceased had been transporting the explosive on a motorbike along Aino Mena Road in the provincial capital when the blast occurred on Thursday evening. Conflicting reports have claimed several bystanders were also counted among casualties from the incident; however, no other casualties have been confirmed thus far. 

Local security chief killed in Taliban attack

A local district security chief has reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Herat province. The attack allegedly occurred in the Zinda Jan area, near the Ghorian Highway, where government security personnel came under attack by armed Taliban insurgents on Thursday. While the security director of Ghorian district, Noorullah Nazari, has been confirmed dead following the incident, three other security personnel were also injured in the ambush.

Kandahar operations leave 15 Taliban dead

Recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province have reportedly killed at least 15 Taliban insurgents. Ongoing operations are being carried out in the Arghandab and Dand districts, where  the Afghan government security forces are targeting known insurgent positions. While 15 insurgents have been confirmed dead in the last 24 hours, at least three others have also been wounded.

Balkh airstrike kills five insurgents

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the strike targeted an insurgent position identified in the Chahar Bolak district on Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports suggest the deceased are thought to have been local Taliban commanders.

Airstrikes target Taliban in Helmand

Taliban insurgents have been targeted by airstrikes carried out in the Helmand provinces. The strikes were conducted on Wednesday by the Afghan security forces as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the region. According to reports, the airstrikes targeted an identified Taliban position in the Dasht Talkhak area of the Washir district. At least four insurgents have been reported dead following the strike.

Judge killed in Jalalabad

An Afghan judge has been killed in an incident reported in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. Judge Hafizullah was allegedly shot dead in an ambush on Wednesday. According to Al Jazeera, Hafizullah was attacked as he was on his way to work. Hafizullah is the third court official to be killed in a targeted attack within the last month after two female Supreme Court judges were shot dead by armed fighters in Kabul last month. The attacks are the latest in a string of deadly assassinations targeting judges, religious, journalists, activists, and doctors.

Helmand airstrike kills eight insurgents

An airstrike which has been carried out in the southern Helmand province by the Afghan security forces has allegedly left at least eight suspected Taliban insurgents dead. Government officials claim the airstrike was conducted in the Nawa-i-Barakzayi district as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the southern region on Tuesday. An identified insurgent position in the outskirts of the district was apparently targeted overnight, with confirmed casualties. 

Five Taliban killed in Zabul operation

Five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation carried out in the Zabul province. The Afghan security forces allegedly conducted the operation sometime within the last 24 hours in the Shahr-e-Safa area, where they encountered a number of Taliban insurgents. Subsequent clashes which broke reportedly left five insurgents dead and three others injured.

Helmand IED blast injures two civilians

A recent bomb explosion has resulted in the injury of two Afghan civilians in the provincial capital of Helmand. The blast occurred on Wednesday in Lashkar Gah, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated, targeting a vehicle as it passed by. According to preliminary local reports, the magnetic IED hit a civilian vehicle, leaving one adult and one child wounded. Police have responded to the scene, although no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Religious leader shot dead in Kandahar

A local religious leader in Kandahar has reportedly been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in an attack on Wednesday. The shooting happened in Police District 9 of the provincial capital city, where the victim was allegedly killed by unknown assailants near the Muslim Market. The incident appears to have been a targeted killing. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the shooting as the security forces launch investigations.

ANA-Taliban clashes leave six dead in Kandahar

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed after clashes broke out with members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the southern province of Kandahar. The fighting occurred on Tuesday in the Khakrez and Arghandab districts, where intense security operations have been ongoing for several days now.

Four security personnel killed in Uruzgan car bombing

Four Afghan security personnel have been killed in a recent car bomb attack in the Uruzgan province. The incident occurred on Wednesday, during the early hours of the morning, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated near a security outpost in a targeted attack in the provincial capital of Tarin Kot. According to reports from Tolo News, four government security personnel have been killed, and another three have also been wounded.

Kabul IED blast kills two civilians

A suspected bomb blast in Kabul has reportedly killed two civilians. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Tuesday morning in Salim Karwan Plaza of the capital's Police District 4. The explosion allegedly came from a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) which was detonated, killing two people and injuring two others. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the IED blast.

Educational centre set ablaze in Nangarhar

An educational centre and business institute building has reportedly been set on fire by unidentified assailants in the Nangarhar province. The Peace and Freedom Business Institute is located in the Deke area of the Momand Dara district and was allegedly set ablaze by suspected militants overnight. As the building was empty at the time, no casualties have been reported as a result of the attack. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far by any group of individual.

Two Taliban killed in Nangarhar clash

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes in the Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the fighting broke out in the Surkh Rod district on Tuesday, when the police forces were allegedly carrying out clearing operations targeting the village of Khair Abad. While two insurgent have been killed, various arms and weapons were also confiscated from the site of the clash.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Balkh clashes

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and another 20 have also been injured in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Balkh province. The fighting apparently broke out in the Chahar Bolak district on Monday, when Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers engaged in an armed altercation with a group of Taliban insurgents. While 15 insurgents have been reported dead, and 20 others have been wounded, at least two were reportedly arrested by ANA personnel.

ANA strikes kill 25 Taliban in Kandahar

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have also been injured in recent security operations in the Kandahar province. According to recent reports, the operations were carried out sometime within the last 24 hours by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Dand and Arghandab districts, where suspected Taliban positions were allegedly identified and targeted. Armed clashes reportedly broke out; however, no casualties have been reported amongst ANA personnel.

Four police killed in Kunduz Taliban attack

At least four Afghan police officers have been reported dead following a suspected insurgent attack in the northern Kunduz province. According to local reports, the insurgents launched an attack on a police checkpoint in Police District 1 of the provincial capital city on Monday evening. While four police personnel were killed, an additional two others were also injured in the clashes which broke out subsequent to the attack.

Seven Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded during an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Kunduz province. The aerial operation was reportedly conducted on Monday in the Imam Sahib district, which border neighbouring Tajikistan. Two insurgent positions were reportedly identified and targeted in the operation.

Five Taliban killed in Logar clash

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent clash which broke out with the security forces in the Logar province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Pul-e-Alam district on Monday, when a number of armed insurgents reportedly launched an attacked on a security checkpoint. The security forces responded to the attack, leaving five insurgents dead and another four injured.

Kandahar operation kills 36 Taliban fighters

At least 36 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The operation was apparently conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Arghandab district over the course of the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban positions. While 36 insurgents have been reported dead, another five were also wounded.

Taliban claims US peace deal violation

The Taliban has reportedly claimed that the US has violated terms of the peace deal struck last year by allegedly "bombarding civilians" in security operations. The statement from the Taliban comes less than a day after the US accused the Taliban of failing to meet its side of the peace agreement. The Taliban claims the allegations made by the US against the insurgent group are "unfounded" and that is had fully committed to the deal; however, the Pentagon asserted that the group's refusal to meet commitments to reduce violence in Afghanistan has now raised questions over whether the remaining US troops will be withdrawn from the country by May - as agreed under the peace deal. A recent spike in violence in Afghanistan has been seen as evidence of the Taliban violating the deal, while recent US airstrikes have been viewed by the Taliban as a breach on Washington's part.

Uruzgan IED blast kills insurgent

An explosion from a suspected bomb in the Uruzgan province has killed at least one Taliban insurgent. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) and occurred on Thursday afternoon  in Police District 2 of the provincial capital, Tarin Kut. According to reports, while one insurgent has been killed, a second has also been injured. It's believed the IED may have been triggered prematurely by the insurgents as they planned to plant it along a roadside.

Over 50 Taliban killed in Kandahar

More than 50 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent counter-insurgency security operations in the Kandahar province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Dand and Arghandab district sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the security forces targeted Taliban positions, killing as many as 52 insurgents and leaving a further 16 others injured. At least three locations are understood to have been targeted and destroyed, along with various caches of weapons and ammunition.

US asks top negotiator with Taliban to stay on

The Biden administration has asked Zalmay Khalilzad, who brokered a historic peace deal with the Afghan Taliban, to stay on. The top US negotiator has been asked to continue his 'vital work' under President Joe Biden. The request comes as Biden's administration reiterated it was assessing the fine print of the peace deal agreement struck with the Taliban last year, under which the US committed to withdrawing all American troops from Afghanistan by Spring 2021, with the Taliban promising not to allow Afghan territory to be used by for terrorist activity. The Taliban has arguably not halted violent attacks, prompting review of the accord.

Two killed in Jalalabad shooting

Two people have apparently been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the victims were killed by gunmen in the Ganda Chashma area of the provincial capital on Thursday morning. Local officials have confirmed the incident and have a police investigation has been launched. No claim of responsibility has been made and the motive behind the killings remains unclear.

Former military official killed in Ghazni shooting

A former military official has been shot dead by unidentified assailants in Ghazni. The incident occurred on Tuesday in the provincial capital city, where gunmen allegedly opened fire on a retired army colonel outside his private residence. The police have launched investigations; however, no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far and no arrests have been made.

Over 30 Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

More than 30 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent reports, fighting between suspected insurgents and the Afghan security forces has been confirmed in the Arghandab, Dand, and Zhari districts over the last 24 hours. A total of 33 insurgents are thought to have been killed, while at least one has also been wounded.

Police vehicle hit by IED in Parwan

A police vehicle has allegedly been hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Parwan province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, a highway police commander was driving through the Charikar area when his vehicle struck the IED on Wednesday. The IED had been planted along the side of th road - most likely by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target the security forces. No casualties have been reported following the incident.

Civilian killed in Nangarhar IED blast

An Afghan civilian has allegedly been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Spin Ghar district of Nangarhar. The roadside IED blast occurred on Wednesday morning, targeting a police vehicle. While one civilian has been confirmed dead following the incident, a second civilian has also been injured. No claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly blast; however, the police reportedly suspect militants were behind the attack.

Mortar firing injures nine civilians in Badghis

Mortar shelling has reportedly wounded at least nine civilians in the Badghis province. Recent reports from Tolo News on Twitter indicate that nine Afghan civilians were injured in what has been described as a "Taliban mortar attack" in the provincial capital city of Qala-e-Naw. Provincial authorities have allegedly confirmed the incident, which apparently occurred on Tuesday, hitting a civilian residential area.

Bus-trailer collision kills seven in Herat

A collision which occurred between a bus and a trailer in the western Herat province has killed at least seven people, leaving another three people injured. The accident happened during the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 02:00 local time in the Mirdawud area of Guzara district. According to reports, both vehicles were travelling along the Herat-Kandahar highway when they crashed into each other. The precise cause of the crash has yet to be determined as investigations get underway.

Kandahar clashes leave 28 Taliban dead

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Kandahar province. According to reports, the operations were conducted in the Arghandab and Zhari districts, where Taliban positions were allegedly targeted, triggering fatal clashes between members of the security forces and armed insurgents. The death toll from the fighting stands at 28 fatalities, while a further 14 insurgents were also wounded. No casualties have ben reported amongst security personnel and a number of explosive devices were also apparently destroyed by government troops during the operation.

Nine Taliban killed in Balkh airstrike

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike in the Balkh province. The strike was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces on Monday in the Chahar Bolak area, where a suspected insurgent hideout was allegedly identified and targeted as part of ongoing coutner-insurgency security operations. While nine insurgents are thought to have been killed, another four were also wounded in the strike.

Air and ground operations kill 13 Taliban in Helmand

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have also been injured in recent air and ground operations which were conducted in the southern province of Helmand over the last 24 hours. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces on Monday in the Marchi Baba area of the Washir district, where an insurgent position was allegedly identified and targeted.

Ghazni clashes leave 13 Taliban dead

Thirteen suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid fighting in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, clashes broke out in the Qarabagh district sometime over the last 24 hours. It's believed the insurgents clashed with Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel. While 13 fatalities have been reported, an additional nine more insurgents are also thought to have been wounded.

Nangarhar airstrike kills two Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the Nangarhar province has killed at least two Taliban insurgents. According to local media, the airstrikes were conducted on Monday in the Sherzad district, where suspected Taliban positions were allegedly identified and targeted by the Afghan security forces. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the strike.

Badakhshan airstrike kills eight insurgents

An airstrike recently conducted in the northern Badakhshan province has reportedly left at least eight Taliban insurgents dead and an additional 13 others injured. The airstrike was reportedly carried out in the Yawan district sometime within the last 24 hours by the Afghan Air Force (AAF). According to reports, the strikes targeted three identified Taliban hideouts and destroyed them all.

Balkh clashes leave 11 insurgents dead

Clashes in the Balkh province have reportedly broken out between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces. According to recent reports, as many as 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others were also injured in the fighting, which largely took place in the Sholgara district on Sunday.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Nangarhar security operations

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during security operations which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in eastern province of Nangarhar. The counter-insurgency operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Shirzad and Khogyani districts. According to reports, two insurgent hideouts were destroyed during the overnight operations.

Civilian killed in Uruzgan shelling

A civilian has allegedly been killed and another has also been injured amid recent shelling in the Uruzgan province. According to recent reports, the civilians were hit by mortar shelling in the Gizab district on Thursday. Local sources have reported that the mortar shelling is thought to have been carried out by suspected Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

NDS personnel shot dead by Taliban

A member of National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel has reportedly been shot dead by suspected Taliban insurgents in Kapisa. Local reports claim the victim was abducted by Taliban insurgents in the Nijrab district sometime within the last 72 hours. In that time, the insurgents allegedly killed the hostage in a shooting incident in the Pachghan Valley. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban have not commented on the alleged kidnapping and killing.

Two killed in Badakhshan clashes

Two fatalities have been reported following recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Argo district sometime within the last 24 hours. Several villages have allegedly been cleared of Taliban insurgents. Both fatalities have reportedly been identified as suspected insurgents. Another two insurgents were also wounded along with one member of the security forces.

Two Taliban insurgents killed in Laghman IED blast

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed after they accidentally triggered an improvised explosive device (IED). According to reports, the insurgents were thought to have been planning to plant the IED somewhere in the Mehtarlam district - most likely to target the security forces. However, the IED was detonated prematurely in the village of Ali Khil Nowabad, killing two and injuring a third.

Seven Taliban killed in ANA strike, Uruzgan

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and another seven insurgents have also been wounded during a recent counter-insurgency operation carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the ANA strike was conducted on Wednesday in the Gizab district, where a Taliban position was allegedly identified and targeted. Various explosives which were reportedly planted along roadside by the insurgents were also located and successfully defused by ANA security personnel.

Helmand operation frees 27 civilian prisoners

A security operation carried out in the southern Helmand province has successfully freed at least 27 civilian prisoners who were detained by the Taliban. According to reports, the prisoners were released from a facility which was being used as a prison by the Taliban in the Gereshk district. The operation was conducted by the Afghan security forced sometime within the last 24 hours. At least one insurgent has been reported dead after a brief clash broke out. Various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition have also been seized by the security forces.

Two Taliban killed in Sar-e-Pol

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed following an incident which recently occurred in the Sar-e-Pol province. According to local reports, the insurgents were killed during altercations in the villages of Kotarma and Sozma Qala in the Sayyad district during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at around 03:00 local time. While two insurgents have been killed, another two were also injured during the incident. - the precise nature of which has yet to be confirmed by local officials. The Taliban have not commented on the apparent casualties.

Nangarhar IED blasts kill three

Three deaths have been reported following suspected bomb explosions in Nangarhar. The two blasts allegedly came from an improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Khogyani district. Tolo News has reported that the explosions occurred on Wednesday in separate locations in the same district. The local authorities have confirmed both incidents, stating that while three people have been killed, another seven others have also been wounded. 

ANA operations kill 46 Taliban in Kandahar

At least 46 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations which were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the ANA conducted counter-insurgency operations in the Maiwand, Panjwayi, and Zhari district within the last 24 hours. While 46 insurgents have been reported dead, another 14 have also been killed amidst the fighting.

Seven Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The strikes were conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in the Kakrak area of the Surkh Rod district, and in the Momand Valley area of Spin Ghar, where insurgent positions were reportedly identified and targeted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) amid counter-insurgency operations.

Kabul clash leaves one dead

A clash which occurred in the Paghman district of Kabul province has left at least one person dead and another two people injured. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the fighting broke out on Tuesday afternoon on Paghman Road, where a group of people reportedly clashed violently over a dispute. While one death and two casualties have been confirmed, at least three arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

One killed in Helmand shooting

A person has been killed in a shooting incident which occurred in the southern province of Helmand. The fatal shooting reportedly happened on Tuesday in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, where - according to Tolo News - unidentified gunmen are reported to have opened fire on the victim in what appears to have been a targeted attack. The security forces have launched an investigation into the killing - for which no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Five security personnel killed in Nimruz Taliban attack

At least five security personnel have been reported dead while another three have allegedly been captured following a Taliban attack on a security outpost in the Nimruz province. The attack apparently occurred on Monday evening in the Khash Rod district. According to reports from Tolo News, the three soldiers were taken captive as the insurgents fled the scene. Provincial officials have confirmed the incident, while the Taliban have not commented.

Gunmen kill district governor in Helmand

Unidentified gunmen have reportedly shot dead a local district governor in the southern Helmand province. According to reports from Tolo News, the district governor for Washir was killed in a shooting incident which occurred in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, in Police District 1, on Monday evening. Another two people were also injured in the attack, which has not been claimed by any group or individual so far. The local authorities are investigating the killing, which they suspect was s targeted attack and most likely carried out by Taliban insurgents.

Kandahar clashes kill 27 Taliban

At least 27 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have also been injured after clashes broke out in the southern Kandahar province. According to recent reports, fighting broke out between the Afghan National Army (ANA) and suspected insurgents sometime within the last 24 hours in the Arghandab, Maiwand, and Panjwai districts. No casualties have been reported amongst ANA personnel.

Four security personnel killed in Kunduz clashes

At least four Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed following a clash with suspected Taliban insurgents in the northern Kunduz province. According to Tolo News, some 15 Taliban insurgents were also killed amidst the fighting, which broke out in the Dasht-e-Archi and Bagh-e-Sherkat areas overnight on Monday. An additional 12 more insurgents were also wounded. Conflicting reports have disputed casualty figures reported by the security forces, with unconfirmed reports claiming as many as 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel and four public uprising force members were killed and were five were wounded. The Taliban has yet to comment on the clashes.

Seven Taliban insurgents killed in Badghis clashes

Seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Badghis province. The fighting broke out in the Muqur and Qadis districts overnight on Monday. While seven insurgents have been confirmed dead, another five insurgents were also injured in the clashes. No casualties have been reported amongst Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel.

Eight killed in Badakhshan clashes

At least eight fatalities have been reported following recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the northern Badakhshan province. Fighting allegedly broke out in the Jurm district overnight, when insurgents carried out an attack on a security checkpoint. According to preliminary reports, at least five Taliban insurgents and three security personnel have been killed, while eight insurgents and another three security personnel have also been injured. An additional three soldiers were also allegedly captured by insurgents and taken hostage.

Civilian killed in Ghazni blast

A civilian has reportedly been killed and seven soldiers have been wounded following an attempted suicide attack in Ghazni over the weekend. Al Jazeera has reported that the blast occurred on Friday, after government forces shot dead a suspected insurgent inside an explosive-packed vehicle as he tried to carry out a suicide bomb attack targeting the security forces. The provincial governor's spokesperson also stated that Taliban insurgents allegedly attacked security bases surrounding the provincial before being repelled by government air support.

Insider attack kills 12 in Herat

An insider attack has left 12 militiamen dead in the Herat province. According to Al Jazeera, the incident occurred on Friday, when two members of an Afghan militia reportedly opened fire on their comrades before fleeing the scene with the slain militiamen's weapons and ammunition. Police have confirmed that the Afghan government force have retaken control of the area in response to the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban later that same evening. 

Police officer killed in Taliban attack in Herat

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the far-western province of Herat. According to reports from Tolo News, the police officer was killed in a violent clash with suspected Taliban insurgents in the Adraskan district on Sunday. No other casualties have been reported following the altercation and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Thirty Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations which were carried out in the southern province of Kandahar over the weekend. According to reports, the operations targeted insurgents positions in the Zhari and Shah Wali Kot districts, leading to armed clashes which left 30 insurgents dead and four others injured. It's claimed the operations were conducted after the security forces received intelligence regarding planned insurgent attacks targeting military positions in the region.

Two female Supreme Court judges killed in Kabul shooting

Two female Supreme Court judges have been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kabul. The shooting occurred on Sunday morning at around 08:30 local time, when gunmen allegedly opened fore on a vehicle, killing both judges and wounding two others - a third female and the driver. Police investigations have been launched. Preliminary findings indicate the third woman wounded in the attack is an employee of the Ministry of Education. President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attack, saying that such “attacks by the Taliban and other terrorist groups against defenceless people are against Islamic teaching and against the spirit of peace”. No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Magnetic bomb hits government official's vehicle in Kabul

A magnetic bomb has reportedly hit a government official's vehicle in Kabul. The blast allegedly happened in Police District 6 of the capital city on Monday morning. According to reports from Tolo News, a vehicle transporting an official of the Ministry of Telecommunications and IT was hit by a magnetic bomb. No injuries have been reported from the explosion, which comes a day after gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in the capital, killing two female Supreme Court judges and injuring two others.

Ghazni car bomb kills one

A car bombing incident in the Ghazni province has reportedly left at least one person dead and another seven people injured. According to reports from Tolo News, the incident occurred along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, near an Afghan National Army (ANA) base, on Thursday night. It's suspected the blast was carried out by Taliban insurgents and in an attempt to target ANA personnel. Most of the casualties have been identified as government security personnel. It's been claimed that retaliatory airstrikes were carried out on Taliban insurgents following the car bombing, which left eight insurgents dead and a ninth insurgent injured.

Taliban attack kills 15 in Kunduz

Taliban insurgents have reportedly attacked government security personnel in the northern Kunduz province, leaving 15 people dead and 14 others wounded. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred on Thursday evening in the Imam Sahib district, where the insurgents targeted the Orta-Boz security outpost. While three civilians and 12 security personnel have been confirmed dead, an additional two civilians and 12 security force members were also injured in the attack.

Kandahar security operations kill 14 Taliban

Fourteen Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and two others have also been injured amid security operations which were recently carried out by the Afghan security forces against the Taliban in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the operations were launched on Wednesday by the Afghan National Army (ANA), targeting insurgent positions in the Arghandab and Zherai districts. While 14 insurgents deaths and two casualties have been reported, various light and heavy insurgent-owned weapons were also apparently discovered and destroyed during the operation.

Police officer killed in Kandahar shooting

An Afghan police officer has been killed in a recent shooting incident which occurred in Kandahar. According to unconfirmed reports, the incident happened on Thursday in the city's Police District 3, where unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on police personnel, shooting at least one officer dead. Local officials have yet to confirm the incident, for which no claim of responsibility has been made by any group of individual.

Seven Taliban killed in Faryab clash

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed after clashes broke out between insurgents and members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Faryab province. According to reports, the insurgents were apprehended by ANA personnel as they attempted to carry out a car bomb attack in the Qaysar district on Wednesday. It's alleged the insurgents had planned to carry out a suicide car bomb attack, but were prevented from doing so after an ANA attack allegedly intercepted the insurgents, leaving seven dead.

Mine blast kills one in Kandahar

One person has been killed by a mine blast in the Kandahar province. The explosion happened on Thursday morning in the provincial capital, where a magnetic mine was attached to a vehicle and triggered in Police District 13. The deceased has been identified as a taxi driver, whose vehicle was seemingly targeted in the attack. Further investigations remain ongoing. Preliminary reports suggest the local authorities suspect Taliban involvement, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Three IS militants killed in Nangarhar police operation

At least three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a recent police operation conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operation was carried out on Tuesday in Police District 7 in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. According to reports, various arms and ammunition were also confiscated from the site of the clash which broke out with the militants during the operation.

Roadside IED defused in Kabul

An improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of a road in the Kabul province has been successfully defused by Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel after it was discovered in the Paghman district on Tuesday. The IED was reportedly found near a public road and is believed to have been planted by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target government security forces.

ANA vehicle comes under fire in Mazar-e-Sharif

A vehicle belonging to the Afghan National Army (ANA) has come under fire in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in the Balkh province. At least two ANA soldiers have been killed as a result of the shooting, while three others have been injured. Tolo News has reported that the incident occurred on Tuesday morning in the city's Police District 5, where unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Civilian killed by gunmen in Ghazni

A person has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Ghazni city. The fatal shooting happened in the provincial capital's Police District 2 on Tuesday morning at around 08:00 local time near the Hafi Rafi area. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the victim has been identified as an employee of the New Kabul Bank. 

Seven militants killed in Baghlan operations

Seven suspected militants have been killed and another six others have also been wounded in security operations in the Baghlan province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) within the last 24 hours in the Chashma-i-Sher and Zaman Khel areas near the provincial capital of Baghlan. According to reports, the militants are thought to be members of the Taliban insurgency.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Kunduz clashes

Some 14 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and five others have also been wounded following recent reports of clashes between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. Local reports claim the fighting took place in the Shamulzayi area on Monday afternoon. No casualties were reported amongst security personnel and the Taliban have not commented on the alleged incident.

Helmand airstrikes kill 15 insurgents

Airstrikes which have recently been carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the southern province of Helmand have reportedly killed at least 15 Taliban insurgents. The strikes were conducted on Monday in the Nahr-e-Saraj district, targeting Taliban positions. While 15 insurgents have been reported dead, an additional four others were also injured, and hundreds of explosives were also destroyed during the overnight aerial operation.

Eleven Taliban killed in Uruzgan clashes

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and eight others have also been wounded amid recent clashes which broke out between insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Gizab district of Uruzgan. The fighting reportedly took place sometime within the last 48 hours, when members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) encountered armed insurgents in an altercation leading to violent clashes. No casualties have been reported amongst ANA personnel.

Roadside bomb kills three in Kabul

Three fatalities have been reported after a roadside bomb hit the Afghan capital. The blast occurred on Sunday, during morning rush-hour traffic in an eastern part of the capital. Among those killed includes Zia Wadan - a spokesperson for the National Public Protection Force, a security service under the interior ministry deploying guards to international organisations operating out of Afghanistan. The explosion is thought to have been a targeted attack, although no such claim of responsibility ahs been made thus far.

Insurgents kill two in Faryab shooting

Two people have allegedly been killed after being shot at by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Faryab province. The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday afternoon in the Dawlat Abad area, where armed suspects apparently opened fire on a group of people. leaving two dead and six others injured. The suspects managed to flee the scene immediately after the shooting - the motive behind which remains unclear as of yet. Although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, local officials claim Taliban insurgents were responsible. 

Taliban bomb market in Badakhshan

A market has allegedly been bombed in a suspected Taliban attack in the northern Badakhshan province. The incident happened over the weekend in the Raghistan district at around 18:00 local ton Sunday. According to reports, a number of small shops and business in the market have sustained considerable destructive damage due to the blast, while several casualties have also been reported, although a precise number has yet to be confirmed. It's believed the market was hit by mortar fire from the Taliban.

Almost 30 Taliban killed in Farah clashes

Close to 30 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Farah province. The fighting allegedly broke out overnight on Sunday in the Pusht Rod district. According to government officials, at least 29 insurgents have been reported as dead, while a further seven others were also injured in the clashes. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Seventy Taliban killed in Kandahar

Some 70 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province over the weekend. According to reports, the main special operation was conducted by the security forces in the Panjwai area, while  insurgents targets were also hit in the Khak Tappeh, Charkhab and Kandaq districts.

Five security personnel killed in Taliban attack

Five Afghan security personnel have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. The attack occurred in the Imam Sahib district, which borders neighbouring Tajikistan. According to reports, the attack was carried out overnight in the Chehelkapa area near Sher Khan Bandar. While five deaths have been confirmed, another four security personnel were also injured.

Two militants killed in Balkh police operation

Two suspected militants have allegedly been killed following a police operation in the Balkh province. The operation was carried out on Thursday evening in the Marmul district, where police apprehended a group of suspected armed militants in a residential property - thought to belong to an alleged militant leader. While five militants were arrested, others resisted arrest, sparking a violent altercation in which two militants were killed and seven others were wounded.

Two killed in Kabul shooting

Two people have been shot dead in a recent shooting incident in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The incident occurred on Thursday in the Fazil Bek area of Police District 5, when unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on a number of victims, including an Afghan Air Force (AAF) pilot. While two people were killed, a third person was also injured. Police are investigating the incident, which may have been a targeted attack.

Thousands flee fighting in Kandahar

Tens of thousands of families have reportedly fled intense fighting in the Kandahar province. According to reports, an estimated 27,000 families have been displaced by months of violent clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents. Since clashes broke out in October, 17,000 families (approximately 35,000 residents) are thought to have fled the southern province to take refuge in the capital city of Kabul, while a further 10,000 families have left their villages to flee to neighbouring villages or to relatives. While the provincial capital of Kandahar city remains in the control of government forces, several districts have come under almost continuous attack around the outskirts. The ongoing fighting has sparked concern of a potential humanitarian crisis as adverse winter conditions set in.

Khost IED blast kills two

Two people have reportedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Khost province. The blast allegedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which was placed next to a police patrol car before being detonated in the provincial capital city of Khost on Thursday afternoon. The incident appears to have been a targeted attack, although no such claim of responsibility has immediately been made for the blast. While two people have died, a third person - a police officer - has also been injured.

Five civilians killed in Helmand airstrike

At least five Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports, the airstrike was conducted sometime within the last 48 hours, targeting suspected insurgent positions in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah; however, local officials claim five civilians were mistakenly hit and have died as a result. Another five have also allegedly been wounded in the incident.

Protesters gather against Gardez killings

Protesters in the Paktiya province have gathered in Gardez to demonstrate against recent killings. The killings occurred on Tuesday night in the Gharak are of Ahmadabad, where two people were shot dead by security personnel during an anti-narcotics operation. The protesters claim the killings were wrongful due to a case of mistaken identity and that the victims were civilians with no connections to drug-related crime. The demonstration took place outside the district governor's office in Gardez, with protesters briefly blocking a section of the Gardez-Kabul highway.

Car bomb attack kills five security personnel in Uruzgan

Five Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed in a recent car bomb attack in Uruzgan. The explosion occurred overnight in the Tarin kot district, where an explosive-laden vehicle was detonated at a security checkpoint in the Sufian area in what appears to have been a targeted attack planned by the Taliban against the security forces. While five deaths have been confirmed, another five security personnel have also been injured.

Over 50 Taliban killed in Kandahar

More than 50 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Kandahar province. The operations were reportedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions in the Arghandab and Khakrez districts. While 53 insurgents have been reported dead, another 15 others have also been wounded. It's claimed the operation was launched after the security forces received intelligence regarding planned attacks on ANA positions.

Ten security personnel killed in Taliban attacks

Ten Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in recent Taliban attacks in the Kunduz province. The attacks took place over the last 24 hours, targeting Afghan National Army (ANA) posts in the Khanabad district. While at least 10 deaths have been reported, another five security personnel have also allegedly been captured during the attacks and taken hostage by the insurgents. Security operations remain ongoing in the area.

Nangarhar airstrike kills 15 Taliban

An airstrike which was recently carried out in the Nangarhar province has allegedly killed at least 15 Taliban insurgents. According to preliminary reports, the strike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Surkh Rod district sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position. It's claimed the airstrike was carried out as part of an intelligence-led operation, launched in response to reports of planned insurgent attacks on security posts in the area.

Six Taliban killed in Baghlan gunfight

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a gunfight with the security forces in the Baghlan province The crossfire broke out in the provincial capital district of Pol-e Khomri on Monday afternoon, when the security forces were dispatched in response to reports of Taliban insurgents demanding road tax from motorists travelling along the Kabul-Mazar highway. The security forces targeted a Taliban tax collection post stationed near the highway in the Cheshmeh-ye Shir area, triggering a fatal exchange of fire which left six insurgents dead and four others injured. No casualties have been reported amongst government security personnel.

Two insurgents detained in Jalalabad

The Afghan security forces have reportedly arrested two suspected Taliban insurgents in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. According to recent reports, the suspects were apprehended by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) personnel in the Mawlavi Khalis area in Police District 6 of the provincial capital. The Taliban are known to maintain a presence in the eastern province, as do the Islamic State (IS).

Airstrike hits VBIED in Helmand

An airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Forces (AAF) in the Helmand province has reportedly struck a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). It's been reported that the airstrike targeted and destroyed an explosive-laden vehicle in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Tuesday. The vehicle was apparently packed with up to 4,000kg of explosives. No casualties have been reported.

Security forces clash with Taliban in Kandahar

The Afghan security forces have clashed with suspected Taliban insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar. The clashes have reportedly left at least 23 Taliban insurgents dead and a further 10 others have also been injured. According to reports, the fighting largely took place in the Arghandab and Zhari districts over the course of the last 24 hours. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Two soldiers killed in Kapisa clash

Two Afghan security forces personnel have been killed amid a recent clash which reportedly broke out during security operations in the Kapisa province. The deaths were confirmed on Tuesday, hours after a fatal clash broke out with suspected insurgents in the village of Mullah Khalil in the Kohistan district. Elsewhere in the same district, one person was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Kaloteh area in a seemingly unrelated incident, while another person was also shot dead in a similar incident in Saiad. The second of the two shooting victims has been identified as a bodyguard for a provinical council member. Six arrests have been made in connection with the shootings.

Intra-Afghan talks resume in Doha

The second round of intra-Afghan talks are resuming in Doha, Qatar, between the Taliban and Afghan government delegations. The resumption of talks comes after a three-week break. It's expected talks will focus on agreeing the outline to a potential ceasefire between the Taliban insurgents and government troops as a first step towards peace in Afghanistan.

Two soldiers killed in Ghazni checkpoint attack

Two Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent attack at a military checkpoint in Ghazni. According to reports, the attack happened on Tuesday, leaving two soldiers dead and another five injured. It's understood the attack was carried out by a suspected infiltrator amongst the soldiers, who apparently turned on his comrades. The insider attack has been confirmed by officials and continues to be investigated.

Eight police killed in Kandahar insider attack

Eight police officers have reportedly been killed in a recent insider attack in the southern province of Kandahar. According to reports, the attack happened on Sunday in the Arghandab district, where a disguised police officer who had infiltrated the forces allegedly turned his gun on eight other officers. It's believed the infiltrator was affiliated with the Taliban. The police have claimed the suspect was shot dead during the altercation; however, Taliban sources have disputed this, claiming the attacker managed to escape.

Over 30 Taliban killed in security operations

More than 30  Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the Kandahar province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) on Monday, targeting suspected insurgent positions in the Arghandab and Zheria districts. Overall, at least 31 insurgents have been killed and 18 others have been wounded.

Seven Taliban killed in airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The airstrike was conducted in the Bati Kot district sometime within the last 48 hours. According to reports from Tolo News, the aerial operation and death toll were both confirmed provincial authorities.

Two police killed in Nangarhar roadside bombing

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and two others have also been injured in a recent roadside explosion in the Nangarhar province. According to reports on Twitter from Tolo News, the blast occurred on Monday morning in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, in the Chafarhar area of Police District 4, where it's believed the explosion targeted a police vehicles near a vegetable market. No civilian casualties have been reported following the incident - for which no claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Journalist shot dead in Ghor province

An Afghan journalist and human rights activist has been shot dead in the western province of Ghor. Bismillah Adil Aimaq was shot dead on the road near Feroz Koh. Aimaq worked as the head of the local Radio Sada-e-Ghor station and was also a human rights activist in the province. He is the fifth journalist to be killed in the country in the past two months.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrike

An airstrike which has been carried out in the Nangarhar province has reportedly killed as many as 18 Taliban insurgents. According to reports from Tolo News, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Pachir Wa Agam district on sometime within the last 24 hours. The provincial governor's office has confirmed the strike and death toll.

Three killed in Kabul attacks

Three people have been killed in separate attacks in Kabul. The executive director of the non-governmental Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, was shot dead as he headed to work. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying that Rasheed had dedicated himself to improving democracy and transparency in Afghanistan. His driver was also fatally wounded in the attack. A sticky bomb also killed a police officer and wounded two others in the east of the city on Wednesday.

Journalist shot dead in Ghazni

A journalist has been shot dead by unknown men outside his home in the eastern province of Ghazni. Rahmatullah Nikzad, who was the head of the journalists' union in the province, was targeted on Monday night. No group has claimed the murder so far but the Taliban denied responsibility. He is the fifth journalist to be killed in the last two months in the country. 

Five killed in Kabul bombing

At least five people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul. Four of the victims were doctors who died after a magnetic bomb was attached to their vehicle. They were heading to the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of the city when the device exploded. Two others were wounded in the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Deadly blast hits Ghazni

At least 15 civilians have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in a recent bomb blast in Ghazni. Al Jazeera has reported that the explosion occurred on Friday at a religious gathering. It's understood those killed and wounded in the attack were attending a Quran recitation ceremony. The blast apparently came from explosives which had been planted on a motorised rickshaw. Provincial authorities said initial investigations suggested the blast occurred when children gathered around a man who was riding the motorcycle and selling items near the Quran recitation. A number of children are believed to be among the victims. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made.

Two insurgents detained in Ghor

Two Taliban insurgents have been detained in the Ghor province. According to reports, the arrests were made by the Afghan National Army (ANA) during an intelligence-led operation in the provincial capital Chaghcharan district sometime within the last 48 hours. It's claimed the suspects were targeted to prevent them from carrying out planned terrorist activity across the province.

Three killed in Balkh shooting

Two Afghan civilians and one police officer have allegedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Balkh province. According to recent reports, the incident occurred on Thursday in the provincial capital Balkh district. The victims were reportedly shot dead by unidentified assailants during the evening. The suspects managed to flee the scene immediately after the attack. The motive remains under investigation. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Uruzgan security operations kill 12 insurgents

Security operations which have been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province have resulted in the deaths of at least 12 Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports, the insurgents were killed amid clashes in the Deh Ravod district sometime within the last 24 hours. No other casualties have been confirmed, while various insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons were also destroyed in the operation.

Thirteen police officials killed in Taliban attack in Baghlan

At least 13 Afghan police officials have allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack targeting a security checkpoint in the province of Baghlan. The attack allegedly occurred in the Wazirabad area of Pol-e-Khomri city on Wednesday. Another three police officers were also wounded in the overnight attack. The Taliban have not commented on the incident thus far.

Parwan IED blast kills one

At least one person has been killed and a second person has been injured following a bomb blast in Parwan. The explosion occurred in village of Sarsayad in the Bagram area on Wednesday during the early hours of the morning. According to reports, the blast came from a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED). Both victims have been identified as workers for the Kapisa Province Command for Combating Criminal Offenses. Police are still investigating the attack.

Eleven Taliban killed in Wardak clashes

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Wardak province. According to recent reports, the fighting broke out in the Jalrez district sometime within the last 24 hours. While 11 insurgents were killed, no casualties have been reported amongst government security personnel. 

Five security personnel killed in Uruzgan Taliban attack

At least five members of the Afghan security forces have allegedly been killed, while two others have also been injured in a Taliban attack in the Uruzgan province. The attack occurred on Wednesday in the Deh Ravod district and has been confirmed by local authorities. Unconfirmed reports suggest a higher number of casualties may have been inflicted by the insurgents, who reportedly overran the district centre.

Seven Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

Seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes which broke out between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar province. According to reports, the clashes broke out sometime within the last 24 hours in the Arghandab district. The fighting allegedly left seven insurgents dead, while no other casualties have been reported, including amongst government security personnel.

Fatal shooting reported in Kandahar

A fatal shooting incident has been reported in the southern province of Kandahar. According to local reports, a person was shot dead by an unknown armed assailant during the early hours of Tuesday morning near Mashriqi High School in Police District 3 of the provincial capital, Kandahar city. No further details have been confirmed as police investigate the shooting, and no claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual.

Police officer killed in Bagram shooting

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been shot dead in a recent shooting incident in the Bagram district of Kabul province. According to recent reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday morning at around 06:30 local time in the Bot Khak area. The police officer was allegedly targeted by unidentified gunmen who managed to flee the scene immediately after the shooting, which left the police officer dead and a second person injured. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Kabul IED blast kills two

A suspected bomb blast has reportedly killed at least two people and injured two others in Kabul. The explosion allegedly occurred on Tuesday morning at around 10:00 local time in the 4th Makroryan area, where an improvised explosive device (IED) was apparently detonated. It's understood the IED was planted on a vehicle belonging to Deputy Governor of Kabul Mahbubullah Mohibi, who was killed in the attack. According to reports, police believe the incident was a targeted attack on Mohibi, although no such claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid clashes in the Ghazni province. The clashes broke out on Sunday in the Andar district, where the Afghan National Army (ANA) reportedly came under attack during security operations. A fatal gunfight allegedly broke out in response to the attack, leaving around 18 insurgents dead and another 12 injured. No other casualties have been reported.

Three killed in Kabul attacks

Three fatalities have been reported following bomb and gun attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The separate attacks hit in Kabul on Sunday, coming just a day after Islamic State (IS) militant hit the city with a barrage of mortar shells which killed one civilian and wounded a second. It's understood a sticky bomb was attached to an armoured vehicle in northern Kabul on Sunday before being detonated, killing two and wounded another two. An Afghan government prosecutor was also shot dead in eastern Kabul. The victim was reportedly on his way to work when he was attacked in the Kart-e Now neighbourhood. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for Sunday's attacks, although the authorities suspect IS insurgents may be behind them.

Over 50 Taliban insurgents killed in Kandahar

More than 50 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, 51 insurgents were allegedly killed in various incident across Kandahar over the last 48 hours. Casualties have been reported from the Arghandab, Dand, Maiwand, Shah Wali Kot, and Zhari districts, where Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) positions came under attack on Sunday. The attacks were apparently repelled and retaliatory security operations allegedly destroyed four suspected insurgent hideouts.

One killed in Jalalabad armed robbery

A person has reportedly been killed in an armed robbery incident in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. The incident apparently occurred overnight on Thursday near Alai High School in the city's Police District 4. The victim has been identified as Haji Tor - a local textile trader. Tor was allegedly accosted unidentified armed robbers, who stole money from the victim's person before killing him. 

Kandahar clashes kill 38 Taliban

At least 38 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid clashes which recently broke out between the government security forces and insurgent groups in the southern Kandahar province. According to government reports, fighting in the Arghandab and Zhari districts has left 38 insurgents dead and another 12 insurgents wounded over the last 24 hours.

Three insurgents killed in Helmand gunfight

At least three insurgents have reportedly been killed amid a recent gunfight which broke out in the Gereshk district in the southern province of Helmand. The fatal exchange of fire allegedly occurred on Thursday, during the early hours of the morning near the Band-e-Barq area of the district. While three suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed, another two were also injured in the crossfire.

Journalist shot dead in Jalalabad

A female journalist has been shot dead on her way to work in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. Malala Maiwand was targeted by gunmen who opened fire on her vehicle on Thursday, killing both Maiwand and her driver, Mohammad Tahir. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing, which appears to have been a targeted attack. Maiwand's death is the latest in a spate of assassinations targeting journalists, activists, and political figures in Afghanistan. Her mother - also an activist - was also killed in a targeted shooting in 2015.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrike

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar. The strike targeted a suspected Taliban position in the Zhari district, just west of the provincial capital on Wednesday, leaving 12 dead and four others wounded. It's claimed the strike was conducted as part of preventative security operations in response to apparent insurgent plans to launch an armed attack on the government security forces.

Gun attack leaves two dead in Takhar

A gun attack has left two dead in the northern province of Takhar. According to recent reports, the attack happened on Wednesday along the Bangi-Taleqan highway in the Bangi district, when unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on a group of local officials. Among those killed includes the district governor of Bangi. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, which left two dead and two injured.

Five Taliban killed in Faryab attack

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed following an attack on military positions in the Faryab province. According to reports, a number of armed insurgents allegedly led a targeted attack on the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Qaysar district. The attack took place on Thursday and was repelled by the security forces, resulting in a fatal crossfire which left five insurgents dead.

Afghan peace talks delayed

Ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and government representatives which are being hosted in Doha, Qatar, have reportedly been delayed by two days. Both sides were expected to begin "serious talks" on Wednesday after a ground-breaking agreement on procedural rules was reached last week enabling the peace process to move forward. However, Tolo News has reported that the Taliban has asked for two days to discuss the 28-article demand list of the Afghan government's negotiating team. The delay comes after the two sides held three consecutive meetings this week to discuss the agenda of peace negotiations.

Two IS militants detained in Nangarhar

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been arrested in a recent security operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to reports, the arrests were made in the provincial capital of Jalalabad sometime within the last 24 hours. The suspects were allegedly apprehended by government security personnel in the Khyali Qala area of Police District 8 in the city.

Seven police killed in Taliban attack

At least seven Afghan police personnel have allegedly been killed by suspected Taliban insurgents in a recent armed attack in the Balkh province. The incident was reported on Tuesday at around midday in the Chahar Bolak district, where a number of insurgents apparently launched a deadly gun attack on the security forces near the village of Sulaimankhel. No other casualties have been reported and no claim of responsibility has been made.

Taliban attack military base in Ghazni

A Taliban attack has left at least two government security personnel dead and three others injured in the Ghazni province. According to reports from Tolo News, the incident occurred overnight in the Andar district, where suspected Taliban insurgents apparently launched an armed attack on a military base, beginning with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near the base before armed insurgents launched an assault on security personnel - leading to a fatal crossfire.

Four police killed in Kandahar clashes

At least four Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in recent clashes with suspected Taliban insurgents in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting broke out sometime within the last 24 hours in the Arghandab district. While four police personnel have been confirmed dead, another three have also been injured following the clash. 

Five Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the clashes occurred on Monday in the Panjwayi district, where the security forces allegedly encountered a number of suspected insurgents in operations targeting an identified insurgent position. Various insurgent-owned arms and weapons were also destroyed.

Eleven police injured in Kandahar bomb blast

At least 11 police personnel have reportedly been injured following a bomb blast in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports from Tolo News, the explosion happened on Monday morning in the Daman district, where the blast allegedly occurred near the police headquarters building. While 11 casualties have been confirmed following the incident, some damage has also been inflicted on the building. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack so far; however, local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were likely behind it.

Twenty Taliban killed in Uruzgan clashes

Some 20 Taliban insurgents have recently been killed in clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Deh Ravod district of the Uruzgan province. It's been reported that the fighting broke out during security operations against suspected insurgent positions, leaving at least 20 dead and another eight insurgents injured.

Helmand clashes leave four Taliban dead

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have also been injured following a clash with the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports, the clash broke out during a security operation on Sunday in the Nahr-e-Saraj district. Various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed by the security forces during the clash.

One killed in Kabul stabbing

At least one person has allegedly been stabbed to death in an incident in Kabul. According to local reports, the incident happened on Thursday night, when the victim was affronted by unidentified suspects in the Shah Shahid area of Police District 8. The police have launched an investigation; however, no motive has been determined thus far and no arrests have been made in connection with the case.

IS militant killed in Nangarhar

A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reportedly been killed by the Afghan security forces in Nangarhar. According to reports, the suspect was killed during a crossfire with the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the village of Lalma in the Chaparhar district on Thursday. Elsewhere in the same province, another suspected IS militant was also reportedly arrested by security personnel in the Bez Akmalati area of the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

Explosion reported in Paktiya

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the Paktiya province. According to reports, the blast occurred in the city of Gardez on Thursday, leaving at least five people wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion by any group or individual thus far.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Kandahar

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes in the Kandahar province. According to recent reports, as many as 85 insurgents have allegedly been killed in the Zhari, Dand, and Maruf districts, where fighting apparently broke out between the insurgents and government troops. It's claimed the clashes were sparked by several insurgent attacks targeting the security forces. Alongside 85 fatalities, an additional 18 casualties have also been reported.

Afghan-Taliban peace talks agree procedural rules

Negotiators on both sides of the Afghan-Taliban peace talks in Doha, Qatar, have agreed on procedural rules. A statement released on Wednesday read: "The current negotiations between both teams show that there is a willingness among Afghans to reach sustainable peace and both sides are committed to continuing their sincere efforts to reach a sustainable peace in Afghanistan". The issue of outlining rules for the peace process had become a sticking point in recent weeks as talks progressed. The breakthrough has been met with positive international response.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as seven others have also been wounded in recent clashes which broke out in the southern province of Kandahar. According to reports, the fighting broke out overnight amid operations in the Dand and Zhari districts. Local officials claim the operations were conducted in response to recent insurgent attacks targeting the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Blast reported in Kabul's Alauddin Park

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in Alauddin Park in Kabul. According to recent reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the explosion was heard on Tuesday at around 10:00 local time in Police District 6. It's believed an explosive device was detonated. The police have confirmed the incident and stated that no casualties were incurred as a result of the blast.

Taliban release 11 hostages in Wardak

At least 11 Taliban hostages have allegedly been released in the Wardak province. According to reports, the hostages were freed from captivity by the armed group in the Jalrez district on Monday night. It's understood the hostages were part of a 28-member group which was abducted by Taliban insurgents last week. The group were allegedly kidnapped on Wednesday 25 November and at least 17 hostages were released later that same day. The remaining 11 were reportedly held in captivity for an additional four days before being freed. No injuries have been reported amongst the hostages.

Nineteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan operation

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a  recent security operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. The operation was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours, in the Deh Ravod district, where an identified Taliban position was reportedly targeted. While 19 insurgents have been confirmed dead, a further 11 others have also been injured.

Thirty Taliban killed in Laghman clashes

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 17 others have also been injured in recent operations in the Laghman province. It's been claimed that the insurgent casualties were reported on Sunday as a result of clashes between the Taliban and government security forces in the Dawlat Shah district. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least one of the fatalities has been identified as a Taliban district commander in charge of insurgent intelligence. 

Ghazni airstrike kills eight militants

At least eight suspected militants have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike in the Ghazni province. The aerial operation was reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Giro district. According to reports, the strike was carried out sometime within the last 24 hours. Among those killed is believed to be the mastermind behind a recent deadly attack on government troops. it has not been specified to which outfit the militants belonged.

Taliban mortar attack hits soldiers in Badghis

A Taliban mortar attack has reportedly targeted a number of Afghan National Army (NA) personnel in the Badghis province. The incident occurred in the Bala Murghab district on Sunday, where a senior ANA officer was killed and 11 other ANA soldiers were also wounded after they came under mortar fire in an overnight attack. The Taliban are thought to be responsible for the attack.

Suicide bombing kills three in Zabul

Three deaths have been reported following a suicide bomb attack in the Zabul province. The attack occurred on Sunday and targeted the convoy of provincial council chief Attajan Haqbayat, killing at least three people and wounding 12 others, including children. Haqbayat is reported to have survived the attack with only minor injuries. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made. The attack came the same day another suicide bombing killed 31 soldiers and wounded 24 others at a military base in Ghazni

Suicide truck bomb kills 31 soldiers, Ghazni

At least 31 soldiers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern province of Ghazni. A suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into an army base near the city of Ghazni on Sunday. More than 20 soldiers were also wounded in the blast. The Taliban has not denied or confirmed responsibility for the attack.

Five Taliban killed in Logar clash

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed after an armed clash broke out with the Afghan security forces in the Logar province on Thursday. The altercation was reportedly triggered by an insurgent attack on security personnel in the Baraki Barak district, which lead to an exchange of fire. While no casualties have been reported amongst government troops, it's claimed five insurgents were killed in the crossfire. Various arms and ammunition were also seized from the insurgents following the clash.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and some 15 others have also been wounded following clashes between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports from local officials, the fighting took place in the adjacent Zhari and Panjwai districts overnight. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Police commander killed in Uruzgan bomb blast

An Afghan police commander has allegedly been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the Uruzgan province. The blast reportedly occurred on Thursday afternoon, outside the commander's private residence in the provincial capital. According to local reports, the blast came from a roadside bomb which had allegedly been planted by suspected insurgents, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack. 

Suspected militant detained in Jalalabad

A suspected militant has been arrested by the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. The individual was reportedly detained during an operation which was carried out during the early hours of Thursday morning. ANP officials have confirmed that explosives have also been seized from the suspect's possession - indicating potential involvement with planning an explosive militant attack. It has not yet been clarified whether or not the suspect belongs to a militant group, such as the Islamic State (IS) or the Taliban.

Police officer killed in Balkh gun attack

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a recent gun attack in the Balkh province. According to reports, the officer was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Police District 5 of the Mazar-e-Sharif district on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as a local police commander. No claim of responsibility has been made for the targeted shooting.

Explosion reported in Kandahar

An explosion has allegedly been reported in the provincial capital of the Kandahar province. The blast reportedly occurred on Wednesday in the Aino Maina area of Police District 11 in Kandahar city. According to reports from Tolo News, at least six police personnel have been wounded a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden vehicle near a security checkpoint. So far, no claims of responsibility have been made for the attack, although officials suspect the Taliban were behind it.

IED blast reported in Kabul

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the capital province of Kabul. The blast is believed to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED), which went off on Wednesday morning in the Shahrak-e-Amniat area. According to reports from Tolo News, the police have confirmed that a magnetic IED was detonated, injuring at least four people, including two civilians. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast as of yet.

Security forces clash with Taliban in Helmand

The Afghan security forces have clashed with Taliban insurgents during security operations in the southern province of Helmand. The fighting took place in the Nawa-i-Barakzayi and Nahr-e Saraj districts on Tuesday. At least seven insurgents have allegedly been killed and seven others have also been injured amidst the clashes. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Explosions reported near hotel in Bamyan

Two suspected bomb explosions have been reported near a hotel in the Bamyan province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate the blasts were heard in a local market near a hotel in the provincial capital city on Tuesday. Local officials have reportedly confirmed the deaths of at least 17 people in the explosions, while over 50 others have also been wounded. The blast is believed to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED). No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the explosions.

Five Taliban killed in Faryab

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed after an armed clash broke out between insurgents and government security personnel in the Faryab province. The encounter reportedly took place on Monday in the Qaysar district, where a group of insurgents apparently launched an attack on security personnel stationed in the area - leading to a fatal crossfire. At least one of the deceased insurgents is claimed to be a local Taliban commander.

Six Taliban killed in Balkh airstrike

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Balkh province. The strike was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in the Zari district, where a suspected Taliban position was identified and targeted. While six insurgents have been confirmed dead, another four have also been injured.

Universities closed amid Covid surge

Universities across Afghanistan have been ordered to close for  week between Saturday 28 November and 05 December. The temporary closure comes in response to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Government officials confirmed the measure over the weekend. So far, the country has recorded a total of almost 45,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 1,695 fatalities. Over the last 24 hours, figures rose by 282 new cases and eight new deaths.

Three security personnel killed in attack on convoy, Baghlan

Three members of the Afghan security forces have been killed and six others have also been injured in a suspected insurgent attack on a security convoy in the Baghlan province. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred on Sunday in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district. It's believed Taliban insurgents were behind the attack.

Three Taliban detained in Kapisa

Three suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been detained by the security forces in Kapisa. The arrests were made on Sunday in the Mahmud-i-Raqi district, where security personnel apprehended the suspects in the Nawabad area. Various insurgent-owned firearms, weapons, and ammunition were also seized by the security forces, including three rocket-propelled grenades and an anti-vehicle mine.

Gunmen target police in Kapisa

Unidentified gunmen have reportedly targeted national police personnel in the Kapisa province. Two police officers have been injured following a gun attack in the Hesa Duwum Kohistan district on Sunday. According to Tolo News, no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, which the local authorities suspect may have been orchestrated by Taliban insurgents.

Eight killed in Kabul rocket attacks

At least eight people have been killed after 23 rockets hit the Green Zone in Kabul. “Based on initial information eight people were martyred and 31 others were wounded,” said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the interior ministry. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack after the Taliban had denied any involvement.

Anti-Pakistan protest held in Kandahar

An anti-Pakistan protest has been held in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar. According to reports, the demonstration took place at around 12:00 local time on Friday 20 November in the Spin Boldak district, which borders Pakistan. The protest was allegedly organised in response to the recent visit of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan to Kabul.

Helmand IED blast injured four civilians

At least four civilians have been injured in a recent bomb explosion in the southern Helmand province. The blast occurred on Friday morning in the first police district of Lashkar Gah, where an improvised explosive device (IED) reportedly detonated. Tolo News has reported that the IED was allegedly attached to a civilian vehicle. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes with the security forces in the Kandahar province. The fighting reportedly took place on Thursday in the Maiwand and Zherai districts. While 12 insurgents have been confirmed dead, another seven were also wounded in the operations, which were allegedly carried out in response to insurgent activity in the areas.

Nine Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the southern Kandahar province. According to recent reports, the fighting took place over night on Wednesday in the Zharay district, where the Afghan security forces encountered a number of armed insurgents, leading to a crossfire which left nine insurgents dead and three others wounded.

Airstrike kills 21 Taliban in Uruzgan

A recent airstrike carried out in the Uruzgan province has allegedly killed at least 21 Taliban insurgents. It's claimed the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours. According to a government statement, an identified insurgent position was targeted in the Deh Ravod district. The operation was apparently launched in response to insurgent plans to attack military positions in the district.

Pakistani PM arrives in Kabul for first visit

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has arrived in Kabul for his first official visit to Afghanistan. Khan has travelled to Kabul for delegation-level talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on bilateral ties and stalled peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban. Khan will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his adviser on commerce and investment, Razzaq Dawood. The visit comes at a time of heightened engagement between the two neighbours, following numerous Afghan government officials visiting Pakistan, including Afghan peace chief Abdullah Abdullah, speaker of Afghanistan’s lower house of Parliament Rahman Rahmani and Commerce Minister Nisar Ahmad Ghoraini.

Taliban capture Maymay in Badakhshan

The Taliban have allegedly captured the Maymay district in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the centre of the district fell to the insurgents on Wednesday night after coming under siege. Heavy clashes have been reported throughout the district as the government security forces attempt to repel the attack. No details regarding casualty figures have been confirmed yet.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Balkh clashes

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes with the security forces in the Balkh province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Dawlat Abad district over on Wednesday. It's been reported that the clashes were sparked by an insurgent attack on military positions. While 14 insurgent deaths have been reported, another six insurgents are also believed to have been wounded.

Six Taliban killed in Herat clash

At least six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Pashtun Zarghun district on Tuesday. Government officials claim that while six insurgents have been killed, another four have also been injured following the clash. No other casualties have been reported, including amongst military personnel.

US announces large troop withdrawal

The outgoing Trump administration in the US has announced a large troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq. The US aims to pull out 2,500 troops from both countries by mid-January 2021. The announcement comes after NATO officials warned there would be a "high price" for extensive withdrawals at this stage, while senior Republican politicians in the US have also expressed concern in response to the news, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - traditionally a staunch Trump defender - calling the move "a mistake".

Faryab airstrike kills 26 Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the Faryab province has allegedly killed at least 26 Taliban insurgents. The strike was apparently conducted by the government security forces in the Qeysar district sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the airstrike targeted a known Taliban position in the Sar Asiab village. Various amounts of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the operation.

NATO warns against hasty troop withdrawal

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned against a hasty withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, suggesting such a strategy would come at a "high price". Stoltenberg's warning comes amid reports that US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw a significant proportion of US troops over the next few weeks. “We now face a difficult decision. We have been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, and no NATO ally wants to stay any longer than necessary. But at the same time, the price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high,” Stoltenberg said in a statement on Monday. The withdrawal of US troops was part of an agreement the outgoing Trump administration reached with the Taliban in February. In exchange, the Taliban promised to guarantee US security interest; however, since then, the group has carried out numerous attacks on Afghan forces, who are trained by the NATO forces - casting doubt over the extent of the Taliban's commitment to the February agreement.

Car bombing reported in Faryab

A suspected car bomb explosion has been reported in the Faryab province. The blast occurred on Tuesday morning at around 09:45 local time in the Qeysar district. Reports indicate an explosive-laden vehicle was detonated by suspected Taliban insurgents in an attack targeted the Bam market. While no casualties have been reported, approximately 100-or-so market shops have been damaged in the explosion.

Two soldiers killed in Kabul shooting

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have allegedly been killed in a shooting incident in Kabul. The shooting reportedly occurred on Monday in the Kampani area of Police District 5. While two ANA personnel have been reported dead, a third has also been injured. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack - the details of which remain unclear.

IED defused in Kabul

An improvised explosive device (IED) has been defused by army operatives in the Kabul province. According to recent reports, the IED was discovered in the Chahar Asyab area on Monday. The Afghan National Army (ANA) dispatched military personnel who managed to safely defuse and dispose of the explosive.

'Mastermind' of Kabul University attack captured

The security forces in Kabul have allegedly captured a suspect, thought to be the 'mastermind' behind the recent Kabul University attack, in which 22 people were killed when three gunmen attacked the university earlier this month. “The mastermind behind Kabul University attack has been arrested,” Vice President Amrullah Saleh announced on his Facebook page on Saturday. The suspect has been identified as Adil, who was allegedly recruited by the Haqqani Network. It's believed the attack was carried out to "pressure, defame, and make the government look weak".

Two Taliban insurgents killed in Balkh

Two Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in clashes with the Afghan security forces, which broke out in the Balkh province over the weekend. According to reports from local officials, fighting was reported on Sunday in the provincial capital district of Balkh city. The altercation left a total of two suspected insurgents dead. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Suicide car bomb kills three soldiers in Kabul

A suicide car bomb attack has left three Afghan soldiers dead and four others wounded. The explosion occurred on Friday, targeting a government forces' security checkpoint. The blast occurred near the western entrance gate of the Afghan capital. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Security director killed in Kabul gun attack

The security director of the Nejrab district in Kapisa has been killed in a gun attack in the Qarabagh district of Kabul. The shooting happened on Thursday around midday, when unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on a local car shop, killing the victim, along with his son. The police are investigating the incident, which appears to have been a targeted killing. No arrests have been made yet.

Two killed in Nangarhar helicopter crash

Two deaths have been reported following an army helicopter crash in Nangarhar. The accident happened in the Hisarak district on Tuesday night, when an Afghan army MI-17 helicopter crash landed due to technical problems whilst taking off. A police officer is understood to be among those killed, while two others were also wounded in the incident.

Radio Azadi reporter killed in Helmand blast

A reporter who works for Radio Azadi has been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the southern Helmand province. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred in Police District 1 (PD!) of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah city, on Thursday morning. The deceased has been identified as Ilias Daee, who worked for Radio Azadi. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far; however, Lashkar Gah and areas surrounding it have been at the centre of intense clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in recent weeks.

US eyes quick troop withdrawal

The Trump administration in the US is rumoured to be eyeing an early withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Trump had previously promised a full withdrawal by Christmas. According to reports bu Al Jazeera, various high-level officials who have expressed their opposition to withdrawing troops too quickly are concerned that Trump's recent election failure could see him accelerate his plans to try and end the war in Afghanistan, despite continued violence.

Wardak bomb blast kills one

A bomb explosion in the Wardak province has reportedly left at least one person dead in Maidan Shar. The blast allegedly occurred outside the entrance gate to Tabish University campus. While one person - thought to be a student of the private university - has been reported dead, another nine people have also been wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast thus far.

Uruzgan operations leave 23 insurgents dead

As many as 23 Taliban insurgents are reported to have been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Uruzgan province. Military officials have claimed that while 15 insurgents were killed during operations in the Deh Ravod district on Tuesday, an additional eight insurgents were also killed in fighting in the Tarinkot district. Overall, at least 14 insurgents have allegedly been wounded amidst the clashes. No military casualties have been reported.

Four civilians killed in Kandahar rocket attack

A rocket attack has allegedly killed four civilians in the southern province of Kandahar. Unconfirmed reports claim a rocket was launched by suspected Taliban insurgents on Wednesday morning. It's alleged the rocket hit a civilian residential area in the Zherai district, just west of the provincial capital, killing four civilian women. The Taliban have not commented on the alleged rocket attack.

Four security personnel killed in Kabul attacks

Four Afghan security personnel have been killed in two separate attacks in Kabul. The first incident occurred overnight in the Qala-e-Wazir area of the city. It's been reported that unidentified gunmen opened fire on Afghan soldiers late on Tuesday night, leaving two military personnel dead. The second incident occurred in the Lab-e-Jar area of Police District 11, where a bomb blast killed two police officers and injured a third on Wednesday morning. No claims of responsibility have been made for the attacks.

Three killed in Jowzjan mosque shooting

Three fatalities have been reported following a deadly shooting incident at a mosque in Jowzjan. The incident allegedly occurred on Wednesday in the Faizabad district, where local reports claim unidentified gunmen opened fire in a mosque, killing at least three people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, while the authorities respond to the scene.

Pakistani al-Qaeda bomb-maker killed in security operations

A Pakistani al-Qaeda bomb-maker has been confirmed dead by the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The intelligence agency stated on Tuesday that Mohammad Hanif was killed in a security operation in western Afghanistan. Hanif was a close aide to Asim Omar, who headed al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and was killed last year in a joint US-Afghan operation. It's understood Hanif was initially a member of the Taliban and joined al-Qaeda in 2010, but maintained "close relations" with the Afghan Taliban and helped to train insurgents in bomb-making. Two Pakistani women were also detained in the operation that led to Hanif’s killing. News of his death comes just days after security forces killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri - a top al-Qaeda member long-wanted by the US.

Eleven Taliban killed in Parwan clashes

At least eleven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Parwan province. According to reports, the clashes took place in the Ghorband district sometime within the last 24 hours, leaving 11 insurgents dead and five others injured. A range of insurgent-owned arms and ammunition was also seized by the security forces. No other casualties have been reported.

Dozens killed in Uruzgan operations

The government has claimed that dozens of Taliban have been killed in recent security operations in the Uruzgan province. At least 37 insurgents were apparently killed and 20 others have reportedly been injured in operations carried out in the Deh Ravod and Gizab districts within the last 24 hours. It's been claimed that two insurgents positions were identified and targeted.

Four security personnel killed in Faryab car bomb explosion

Four Afghan security personnel have been killed and 12 others have also been injured in a car bomb explosion which occurred in the Faryab province. According to recent reports, the blast occurred near the police headquarters in the Almar district on Monday evening. A gunfight broke out between the security forces and unidentified gunmen immediately after the explosion and continued into the early hours. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far.

Roadside bomb injures two civilians

A roadside bomb in the Pul-e-Charkhi area of Kabul has allegedly left two civilians injured. The blast apparently occurred on Monday morning at around 07:30 local time. Tolo News has reported the incident, which the police are responding to. It's believed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED). No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far.

Eight Taliban killed in Baghlan airstrike

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have also been injured following an aerial operation in the Baghlan province. The airstrike was apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district on Sunday. Tolo News has reported that the strike was carried out after a number of insurgents launched an armed attack on several security outposts in the region.

Former TV presenter killed in Kabul blast

Former Tolo TV news presenter Yama Siawash has been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul. The blast occurred on Saturday, when a bomb attached to the victim's vehicle exploded near his residence. According to Al Jazeera, two other civilians were also killed in the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack thus far, but many prominent figures, including journalists, religious leaders, politicians, and rights activists, have been targeted in similar fatal attacks. The attack has been condemned by the Afghan government.

Four killed in Kandahar car bomb

Four fatalities have been reported following a car bomb explosion in Kandahar province. The blast occurred on Sunday evening in the Maiwand district, where a security post was allegedly targeted. While four people have been killed, another 24 have also been injured, including 11 civilians.

Three killed, 17 wounded in Balkh blasts

Three people have been killed and 17 others have also been wounded in two suspected bomb explosions in Balkh province. The back-to-back explosions occurred on Thursday in the Shulgara district. It's believed the blasts were caused by two bombs which had been placed inside a vehicle and the guesthouse of a well-known anti-Taliban pro-government commander in the district, identified as Nazar Gul. Reports indicate Gul has been identified among those wounded, along with 16 of his armed security personnel, while his son and two of his guests were killed. The Taliban have since claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police officer killed in Kandahar IED blast

An Afghan police officer has been killed following an explosion in Kandahar. The blast occurred on Friday morning in Police District 10 of Kandahar city. It's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted on a police vehicle in an attack targeting police personnel. While one police officer has been killed, three others have also been injured. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Ghazni IED blast injures three

Three civilians have been injured in the Ghazni province following a recent bomb explosion. The blast occurred in the provincial capital of Ghazni city on Friday and is believed to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED). Local officials claim the IED has been planted near a police checkpoint in Police District 3, in an apparent attempt by suspected militants to target security personnel.

Students in Kabul stage rally

Students in Kabul have staged a rally against a recent terrorist attack which targeted Kabul University earlier this week. The attack took place on Monday 02 November, when gunmen stormed the campus and shot dead 22 people. The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The protest held today was mainly attended by students and civil society activists.

Nine Taliban killed in Helmand clashes

Nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes with the security forces in the Helmand province. The fighting reportedly took place on Wednesday in the Nawa-I-Barakzayi district, where a group of insurgents apparently targeted military positions in an overnight attack. It's claimed a local Taliban commander is believed to be among those killed in clashes.

Kandahar airstrike kills 13 Taliban

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike carried out in the southern Kandahar province. The Afghan government reported that the airstrike was carried out in the Panjwayi district on Tuesday. Various amounts of arms and ammunition were also allegedly destroyed during the strike. No other casualties have been reported following the incident.

Civilian death reported in Kunduz IED blast

A civilian death has been reported following a bomb blast in the Kunduz province. The explosion happened on Wednesday in the Khanabad district, leaving one person dead and 21 others injured. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) and occurred whilst the victims were apparently scavenging metal from an abandoned building.

Seven Taliban killed in Zabul clashes

At least seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid clashes with the security forces in the Zabul province. The clashes occurred in the Mizan and Shah Joy districts on Monday. Government officials have confirmed reports of fighting in the areas. While seven insurgents have allegedly been confirmed dead, a further three others were also injured amids the clashes.

Sixteen Taliban killed amid Helmand clashes

As many as 16 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. Fighting took place on Monday in separate clashes reported in the Nahr-e-Saraj and Nawa districts. While 16 insurgent fatalities have been recorded, an additional nine other insurgents are also believed to have been wounded. 

Car bomb blast reported in Kunduz

A suspected car bomb explosion has been reported in the northern Kunduz province. The blast occurred on Tuesday amidst a gun battle near an Afghan military facility in the Imam Sahib district. The local authorities have allegedly confirmed the incident but have reported no casualty figures thus far.

Twelve insurgents killed in Uruzgan

Afghan security personnel have reportedly killed at least 12 Taliban insurgents during recent security operations in Uruzgan. The operation was carried out in the Deh Ravod district on Monday, leaving 12 insurgents dead and five others wounded. The operation follows reports of deadly clashes in the same area over the weekend. No casualties security personnel were reported following the operation. Various arms and ammunition belonging to the insurgents were also confiscated by the security forces.

Herat IED blast kills three police officers

Three Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Herat province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred on Sunday morning and came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which was detonated near a police checkpoint in Herat city. Local officials have confirmed the incident, which left three police officers dead and two others injured. 

Twelve insurgents killed in Uruzgan clash

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent clash in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the clash occurred in the Deh Ravod district sometime within the last 48 hours. It's understood the Afghan security forces engaged in a  crossfire with a number of armed insurgents, leaving 12 dead and three others injured. 

Kabul University gun attack death toll rises to 22

At least 22 deaths have been confirmed following a gun attack on Kabul University on Monday. A further 22 others were also wounded - most of the casualties have been identified as students of the university, who were caught up in attack after multiple gunmen stormed the campus disguised as police officers. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled the campus. It's understood the attack may have been targeting an Iranian book fair due to launch at the campus. The Taliban have denied involvement and condemned the attack. A regional Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gunmen storm Kabul University

Several gunmen have reportedly stormed Kabul University on Monday69.13, forcing students to flee the premises. According to reports, at least six people have been wounded thus far. The security forces are responding to the attack and have cordoned off the campus. The incident comes ahead of the opening of an Iranian book fair. The Taliban has denied involvement in the attack, which started when government officials were due to arrive at the campus for the opening of the fair.

Eight Taliban killed in Helmand airstrikes

According to government claims, at least eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during airstrikes in the Helmand province. The strikes were apparently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations being conducted against the Taliban in the southern province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence claimed the strikes were carried out in the Nawa district in response to planned insurgent attacks on military positions in the same district.

Dozens of insurgents killed amid Kandahar clashes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the southern province of Kandahar. According to reports, at least 81 insurgents are claimed to have died amid the fighting with the security forces, along with 37 others who were also wounded. It's alleged the clashes broke out on Sunday after insurgents launched attacks on military positions in the Arghandab district.

Airstrike reportedly kills 20 insurgents in Badakhshan

An airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern province of Badakhshan has reportedly killed at least 20 Taliban insurgents. Government officials have claimed that the airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the Aftal Bala district of Badakhshan on Thursday, killing 20 insurgents and leaving seven others wounded. It's alleged that the aerial operation was conducted after intelligence was received indicating the group of insurgents was planning to launched armed attacks on military positions in the area.

UN warns al-Qaeda still 'heavily embedded' in Taliban

The UN has warned that, in spite of historic talks held between the Taliban leadership and the US earlier this year, al-Qaeda remains "heavily embedded" within the Taliban in Afghanistan. The agreement signed between the Taliban and the US in February committed the US to withdrawing all US forces by next summer if the Taliban ensured groups including al-Qaeda wouldn't' be able to use Afghan territory to plot international attacks. However, the lead co-ordinator of the UN's Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, and Taliban Monitoring Team, Edmund Fitton-Brown, claims the Taliban has remained allies with al-Qaeda, holding regular high-level talks and exchanging reassurances to honour historic ties. Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is believed to still be based in Afghanistan, along with a number of other senior figures within the group. Afghan intelligence services recently confirmed the death of high-ranking Egyptian al-Qaeda member, Husam Abd al-Rauf, during an operation in the Ghazni province.

Prison riot reported in Herat

A prison riot has reportedly broken out in Herat, leaving at least eight people dead and a further 12 others wounded. The riot was reported on Thursday morning by Tolo News, but is understood to have broke out the prior evening. All of the deceased have been identified as prison inmates, along with most of the wounded. Investigations into how the riot started are underway.

Government reports over 30 insurgent deaths in Helmand

The Afghan government has reported more than 30 deaths of Taliban insurgents amidst ongoing military operations in the southern Helmand province. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, it's claimed dozens of insurgents have been killed over the last 48 hours during clashes with the Afghan National Army (ANA) near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Army operations allegedly took place in Police Districts 4 and 10, which were apparently both cleared of insurgents, enabling displaced families to return. These reports have not been independently confirmed and the Taliban has not commented on the clashes.

IED blast kills three civilians in Zabul

Three Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred on Tuesday afternoon in the Shinkay district. It's understood an improvised explosive device (IED) has been planted along the side of the road - most likely by militants - and was triggered when the civilians passed by. The blast left three dead and five others wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Five Taliban killed in Kapisa airstrike

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kapisa province. According to provisional reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the airstrike was apparently conducted in the Tagab district sometime within the last 24 hours. No other casualties have been reported.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Helmand clash

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent clashes in the southern province of Helmand. The casualty figures have been reported by the Afghan Ministry of Defence. In a statement released on Twitter, ministry officials have claimed that the clashes took place on Monday in the Nawa-i-Barakzayi area of the province, where a number of insurgents reportedly launched an armed attack on a military convoy. The attack was allegedly repelled with no casualties reported amongst security personnel. it has also been claimed that a local Taliban commander is thought to be among those killed in the fighting. Heavy clashes have been ongoing near Helmand's provincial capital in recent weeks, displacing thousands of civilians.

Police officer shot dead in Kandahar

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed following a shooting incident in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent reports, the incident occurred on Sunday morning near the provincial capital district of Kandahar city, where the officer was shot dead by an unidentified assailant. No claim of responsibility has been made for the killing, although local officials suspect Taliban insurgents may have been behind the shooting, as they maintain an active presence in the southern region.

Two attackers killed in Khost car bombing

Two attackers have apparently been killed following a suicide car bomb attack in the Khost province. While both attackers have been confirmed dead, around 25 people have been injured in the explosion, which occurred on Tuesday at a special police unit compound in the provincial capital of Khost city. Among those wounded include at least 10 civilians. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Suicide bomber killed in premature blast, Zabul

A would-be suicide bomber has reportedly been confirmed dead after his explosives detonated prematurely during an attempted suicide bomb attack in Zabul. Tolo News has reported that the incident occurred in the provincial capital city of Qalat on Sunday night. It's believed the bomber has been attempting to target the Afghan security forces in the blast. No other casualties have been reported as a result of the explosion.

IED blast injures three in Kabul

A recent bomb explosion has left three civilians injured in the capital city of Kabul. Reports from Tolo News indicate the blast occurred on Monday morning and came from an improvised explosive device (IED). The IED was apparently triggered in the Haji Nabi area of Police District 6 at around 07:35 local time. It's understood the IED was a magnetic mine which had been planted on a vehicle. No further details of the blast have been reported and no group, including the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Wardak airstrike kills five Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the Wardak province by the US forces has allegedly left at least five Taliban insurgents dead. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the strike was carried out in the Nirkh district on Sunday night. The strike was apparently conducted as part of assistive operations in defence of the Afghan security forces operating in the region. Allegations that the strike has violated an agreement reached between the US and the Taliban earlier this year have allegedly been dismissed by military officials.

Death toll for Kabul education centre bombing rises to 24

The death toll for a bomb attack which targeted an education centre in Kabul over the weekend has risen to at least 24, while dozens more have also been wounded. Saturday's suicide bomb attack occurred outside an education centre in the predominantly Shia Muslim Dasht-e-Barchi area and has since been claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The IS have frequently targeted Shia communities in militant attacks, as they view they Shia practice of Islam as heretical. Many of the casualties from Saturday's attack are believed to have been students, who had been waiting to enter the building at the time of the blast.

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in Ghazni

The Afghan security forces have killed a senior al-Qaeda leader during an operation in Ghazni province. Abu Muhsin al-Masri, who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, was the group's second-in-command and the supreme leader in the Indian subcontinent. He also went by the name Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf and was an Egyptian national. "A federal arrest warrant for Abd-al-Ra'uf was issued in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, on December 27, 2018, after he was charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support and Resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Providing Material Support and Resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; and Conspiracy to Kill United States Nationals," said the FBI.

Suicide bomb attack kills 18 at education centre, Kabul

At least 18 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at an education centre in Kabul. Dozens more were wounded in the blast, which occurred on Saturday afternoon in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of the capital. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the attacker was identified by security guards "after which he detonated his explosives in an alley." There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Nine killed in bomb attack on bus

At least nine civilians have been killed after a bus hit a roadside bomb between Kabul and Ghazni. The device exploded at around 10:30 on Saturday morning, according to Waheedullah Jumazada, spokesman for Ghazni's governor. Four police officers were also wounded in the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Twenty soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 20 Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Nimroz province. Reports from Tolo News claim the attack took place on Thursday evening in the Khash Rod district, where a security outpost came under fire. A gun battle apparently broke out, with high casualty figures reported amongst security personnel. No Taliban casualties have been reported thus far.

Four killed in alleged rocket attacks in Faryab

At least four fatalities have been reported following recent rocket attacks in the Faryab province. Officials from the Ministry of Defence have claimed that the Taliban carried out the attacks in the Shirin Tagab district on Thursday morning. According to reports, the rockets are alleged to have hit civilian residential areas, killing four and injuring 14 others. The Taliban have not responded to the claims.

Two Romanian soldiers injured in Kandahar IED blast

Tolo News has reported that two Romanian soldiers have allegedly been injured in a recent bomb explosion in the southern Kandahar province. NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan released a statement acknowledging the incident which occurred on Wednesday, clarifying that a NATO Ground Defense Area patrol had struck an improvised explosive device (IED), triggering the blast. The IED was most likely planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Six Taliban killed in Balkh clash

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed, along with two Afghan soldiers in the Balkh province. where clashes broke out yesterday. According to reports from Tolo News, the fighting took place in the Chahar Bolak district, where the provincial police have apparently confirmed that a deadly clash broke out between government forces and the Taliban. No further details have been reported.

Airstrikes kill 12 in Takhar

At least 12 fatalities have been reported following a series of airstrikes in the northern Takhar province. According to reports from Tolo News, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Baharak district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's understood that 12 suspected insurgents have been killed and 14 others have also been wounded in the strikes, which allegedly targeted a madrassa in the area.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Helmand clashes

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent clashes between the security forces and the insurgents in the southern Helmand province. Recent reports claim the latest casualties were inflicted sometime within the last 24 hours, after a group of armed insurgents launched an attack on a security checkpoint in the Nawa-I-Barakzayi district, triggering a deadly gun battle which ultimately left 18 insurgents dead and 12 others injured. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel and a number of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also allegedly destroyed during the clashes.

Three police injured in Ghazni car bomb

Three Afghan police personnel have allegedly been injured in a car bomb explosion in the Ghazni province. The blast apparently occurred on Tuesday in the Qarabagh district. Tolo News has reported that the incident has been confirmed by local officials, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far. 

Twelve police killed in Takhar

At least 12 police officials have allegedly been killed amid clashes with Taliban insurgents in the Takhar province on Tuesday. The fighting allegedly broke out when insurgents launched an attack on the security forces in the Baharak district. While 12 fatalities have been confirmed, dozens of security personnel are also understood to have gone missing. According to Tolo News, of some 60 security force members sent to the Baharak area as part of a clearing operation, some 48 have reportedly disappeared with only 12 bodies recovered following the clash. The Taliban has yet to comment on the clashes.

Fifteen killed in stampede near Pakistan consulate

At least 15 people have been killed and over a dozen others have also been injured following a stampede near the Pakistan consulate building in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The stampede broke out in a stadium, where thousands hoping to secure visas had been directed to, to avoid crowds building at the visa centre. According to reports, many of the casualties were inflicted when people were tramples as masses of people tried to exit the stadium all at once. 

Twelve police killed in Nimruz IED blasts

Two bomb explosions in the Nimruz province have allegedly killed as many as 12 police personnel. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the blasts came from two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which were detonated sometime on Tuesday in the Kang district. It's believed a local police chief was among those killed in the explosions. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Fourteen killed in Kunduz violence

At least 14 deaths have been reported following violence in the Kunduz province. According to reports, six Afghan soldiers and eight Taliban insurgents have been confirmed dead after fighting broke out in the Imam Sahib district on Monday. An additional four soldiers were also wounded in the clashes. It's claimed the fighting was triggered by an overnight insurgent attack on a security checkpoint in the Ishmahil Qeshlaq area of the district.

Four Taliban killed in Kunduz attack

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded in a recent attack n the Kunduz province. According to reports, the insurgents had launched an armed attack on a security checkpoint along the Kunduz-Khanabad highway near Charkh Ab, leading to clashes with the security forces which left four insurgents dead and two injured. No security personnel have been injured following the incident.

Two killed in Logar ambush

Two people have been killed after being ambushed by suspected militants in the Logar province. Among those dead includes the district governor of the Zazai Maidan district in the Khost province. A third person was also injured in the attack, which occurred in the Altamur area of Logar on Monday evening. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Nine Taliban killed in Badakhshan clashes

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded, while an additional three insurgents have been arrested amid clashes in the northern Badakhshan province. According to Tolo News, the clashes broke out during separate security operations which were being carried out in the Kishim and Shahri Buzurg districts over the weekend. No casualties have been reported amongst military personnel.

Deadly car bomb kills 12 in Ghor

A car bombing has killed at least 12 civilians and injure over `00 others in the western province of Ghor. The blast occurred on Sunday near the entrance of the provincial police chief's office and other nearby government buildings in the provincial capital of Feroz Koh (aka Chagcharan). According to Al Jazeera, the explosion was so powerful that the sound of it was audible throughout the city. Several government buildings have been destroyed or significantly damaged, including the police chief's office, the women's affairs department, and the provincial office for refugees. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which has come amid an increase in Taliban activity.

Three security personnel injured in Kunduz IED blast

Three security personnel have allegedly been injured in a recent bomb blast in the Kunduz province. According to recent reports, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) inside a National Directorate of Security (NDS) compound in the provincial capital. The IED was reportedly placed on a vehicle used by the deputy head of the provincial NDS office, and was detonated on Sunday, injuring three guards inside the compound.

Paktiya IED blast injured two

An improvised explosive device (IED) has detonated in the Paktiya province, leaving at least two people injured. The blast occurred on Friday afternoon at around 14:00 local time in the Shahrno Bazaar area of the Chamkani district. It's claimed the IED had been planted on a motorbike before it was triggered. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Six killed in Ghor roadside bombing

Six fatalities have been reported following a roadside bombing in the Ghor province. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Friday along a road in Ferozkoh City (aka Chagcharan). Government officials allegedly confirmed the incident to Tolo News, stating that six people have been killed and three others have also been wounded. The bomb is presumed to have been planted along the roadside by suspected insurgents.

Thousands of civilians displaced in Helmand

Thousands of civilians have been displaced amid heavy fighting in the southern Helmand province. Fears have grown over the last week as civilian families continue to flee their homes amid clashes between the government security forces and Taliban insurgents near the strategically important provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. It's currently estimated that somewhere around 35,000 people have been displaced so far, prompting calls from Amnesty International urging both sides to allow civilians "safe passage". Fighting has already taken out power in the city and telecommunication networks have also shut down, while all main exit and entry routes in and out of the city have also been blocked - leaving tens of thousands of people still trapped amid the fighting. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has called on both sides to "take all feasible measures to protect civilians", while aid agencies are reporting that many civilians are now sleeping rough as a result of being forced to flee. The battle over Lashkar Gah is the first major Taliban offensive since historic intra-Afghan peace talks began last month, leading to questions over the Taliban's commitment to the negotiations.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Zabul clashes

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The fighting has been reported in the Qalat district on Thursday, where it's understood the security forces responded to an explosive attack targeting a police base in the Norak area. It's claimed the insurgents detonated an explosive-laden military vehicle, triggering a gunfight between security personnel and armed insurgents which ultimately left 15 insurgents dead and about 20 more wounded.

Six police injured in Zabul suicide attack

At least six police personnel have reportedly been injured in a suicide attack on a security checkpoint in the Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred on Thursday morning in the Shah Joy district, where an unidentified suspect allegedly detonated explosives in an attack targeting the police. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Helicopters carrying wounded troops collide

A collision has been reported between two Afghan army helicopters in the southern Helmand province. The accident occurred in the Nawa district on Wednesday, when two helicopters carrying wounded troops crashed into each other. At least nine fatalities have been reported following the collision. All of the deceased were on board the helicopters. According to reports, the accident was caused by technical issues. The crash happened in an area where intense fighting has been ongoing between the security forces and the Taliban near Lashkar Gah over the course of the last week.

Sixteen security personnel killed in Baghlan attack

At least 16 government security personnel have allegedly been injured in a Taliban attack in the Baghlan province. The attack reportedly occurred on Wednesday in the Gozargah-e Noor district, where a number of security checkpoints were targeted and overrun. Ten other members of the security forces were also injured in the attack, with local sources reporting that clashes remain ongoing near police headquarters.

Twenty insurgents killed in Kandahar clearing operation

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and six others have also been injured amid clearing operations in the southern province of Kandahar. Tolo News has reported that the operations have been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Maiwand district, where insurgent activity has recently been disrupting traffic along the Kandahar-Herat highway. According to reports, the section of the highway which was closed by insurgents has since been successfully re-opened by security personnel.

Three killed in Laghman IED blast

At least three fatalities have been reported, along with seven casualties following a recent bomb explosion in the Laghman province. According to reports, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) near Esmat Square in the provincial capital of Mehtar Lam on Wednesday morning. The identities of the dead and injured have yet to be released, but are presumed to be civilian. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast thus far.

Seven Taliban killed in military operation

At least seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent military operation in the southern province of Helmand. Tolo News has reported that the insurgents were all confirmed dead during a military operation in the Babaji and Shahra-e-Shahr areas of the Nad-e Ali district, which remains ongoing as of Tuesday 13 October. Along with the seven fatalities, an additional six more insurgents were also injured. 

Twenty-three Taliban killed in Helmand clashes

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent fighting in the Helmand province. Tolo news has reported that the fighting has been largely taking place in the outskirts of the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. The Afghan security forces reportedly launched a ground operation overnight to clear the city of insurgents, leading to ongoing clashes which have killed 23 insurgents so far. Security checkpoints are allegedly being set up around the city.

Police officer killed in Kandahar IED blast

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a recent bombing incident in the southern province of Kandahar. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the blast occurred on Tuesday morning in Kandahar city and came from an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion targeted a police patrol in Police District 9 of the provincial capital. While one police officer has been confirmed dead, another has also been injured, along with four civilian passers by. No claim of responsibility has been made for the IED blast; however, it's suspected Taliban insurgents were likely behind the attack.

US air raids target Taliban

Air raids conducted by the US forces have apparently targeted Taliban fighters advancing on a key city in the southern Helmand province. Al Jazeera has reported that the US carried out "targeted strikes in Helmand" to defend Afghan troops amid heavy fighting which broke out when Taliban insurgents attacked several security outposts in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Some 1,500 families have allegedly been displaced by the fighting, which has been ongoing for several days now. The aerial attacks are a rare military intervention by the US since it signed an agreement with the Taliban in February aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. Provincial authorities in Helmand claim the Taliban started coordinated attack across the province last week, which have since intensified in the last few days, with the Taliban destroying several bridges over the main highway.

Ten Taliban killed in Kandahar IED blast

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Loikariz area of the Shah Wali Kot district on Monday, leaving 10 insurgents dead and five others injured. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. It's suspected a separate group of Taliban insurgents had planted the IED with the aim of targeting government security personnel.

Three police officers killed in Takhar militant attack

At least three Afghan police officers have been killed and four others have also been injured in a militant attack in the northern Takhar province. According to reports, the incident occurred in the Khwaja Bahauddin district on Sunday. It's been claimed the militants launched an armed attack on a security checkpoint in the Bandar-e-Yangi Qala area, sparking a gunfight which left three dead and four injured amongst security personnel, along with an unconfirmed number of casualties amongst the militants.

Five civilians killed in Kunduz shelling

At least five Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent shelling incident in Kunduz. The incident occurred in the village of Shorabi in the outskirts of Kunduz city on Monday morning. While five civilian deaths have been recorded, an additional seven civilians were also wounded. 

Two Taliban killed in Nangarhar drone strikes

At least two Taliban insurgents have been killed amid drone strikes in the Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the trikes occurred in the  Achin district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's alleged that the strikes were carried out separately by the Afghan security forces targeting Taliban positions in the district. Both of the deceased insurgents are believed to hail from neighbouring Pakistan.

Taliban kill eight security personnel in Kunduz attack

Eight Afghan government security personnel have allegedly been killed following a suspected Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. The attack reportedly occurred on Thursday evening in the Aliabad district. Tolo News has reported that while eight members of the security forces have been confirmed dead, an additional seven security personnel were also injured in the attack. No Taliban casualties have been reported.

Clashes reported in Balkh province

Violent clashes have allegedly been reported between suspected Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Balkh province. Recent reports suggest the fighting broke out on Thursday evening after insurgents launched an armed attack on security checkpoints along the Mazar-Sheberghan highway in the Alamo Khel area. Casualties have been reported, although no precise figures have been confirmed yet on either side.

Taliban attacks kill three in Helmand

At least three people have died and three others have been wounded in recent Taliban attacks in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the attacks occurred in the Nahr-e-Saraj district, near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Two insurgent attacks were allegedly recorded on Thursday, targeting government security personnel along the main highway.

Six killed in Kunduz Raliban attack

At least six Afghan security personnel have been killed following a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the Kunduz province on Wednesday. The attack took place in the Imam Sahib district overnight, leaving six soldiers dead and another six wounded. It's alleged that the insurgents also took 15 security personnel hostage and stole various military weapons as well as a military vehicle.

Eight Taliban killed in Faryab gunfight

At least eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent gunfight with the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. According to reports, the crossfire broke out on Thursday in the Khwaja Sabz district, near the village of Anabig. It's been reported that the violence was triggered by an overnight insurgent attack targeting a number of security checkpoints in the area. The gun battle allegedly continued into the early hours of the morning before the attack was repelled. While eight insurgents have been killed, a further five others have also been injured.

Two civilians injured in Ghazni fire

Two civilians have been left wounded after a fire broke out at a market in Ghazni city. The blaze apparently broke out on Thursday afternoon and quickly engulfed two shopfronts, as well as several vehicles - all of which have sustained significant fire damaged following the incident. The cause of the fire is thought to be linked to fuel oil, which was being stored in the area.

Planned US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan - stating all American soldiers should be "home by Christmas". The statement comes after the staged withdrawal of troops was agreed between the US and the Taliban in a landmark deal back in February, which saw Trump agree to all foreign forces leaving Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban. The planned withdrawal will see US troop numbers decrease by around 4,000 by November. Beyond that, further and final withdrawals may be conditional on the progress of peace efforts and the security situation in Afghanistan.

Two soldiers killed in Helmand car bomb blast

Two soldiers have allegedly been killed following a car bomb explosion in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred in the Nahr-e-Saraj district sometime within the last 48 hours. It's understood the blast targeted a security checkpoint in an overnight attack. While two military personnel have been confirmed dead, another three soldiers have also been wounded following the incident. The Taliban are presumed to be responsible for the attack.

Laghman district governor killed in roadside blast

The district governor for the Dawlat Shah district in Laghman province has reportedly been killed in a roadside bomb explosion. Sayed Sharif Pacha has been confirmed dead, along with two others, following the blast, which occurred on Wednesday whilst the governor was travelling through the Andakori area of the district. Preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter also indicate that another two people were also injured in the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made for the bombing thus far.

Six killed in Zabul insurgent attack

At least six security personnel have reportedly been killed following a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, the insurgent attack happened on Tuesday in the Shahr-e-Safa district, where a number of armed Taliban insurgents targeted a security checkpoint, leading to violent clashes which left six security force members dead.

Eight police killed in Uruzgan attack

At least eight Afghan police officers have been killed, while four others have also been wounded, following an insurgent attack in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the attack was carried out sometime within the last 48 hours in the Khas Uruzgan district, where suspected Taliban insurgents targeted a police checkpoint. No casualties were reported amongst the insurgents.

Roadside blast kills three civilians in Kapisa

A roadside blast has allegedly killed three Afghan civilians in the province of Kapisa. It's understood a mine had been planted along the side of a road in the Tagab district - most likely by Taliban insurgents targeting government security forces. The mine detonated when the victims passed by on Wednesday morning.

Four security personnel killed in Baghlan shooting

Four security personnel have reportedly been shot dead by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports, the incident occurred in the Cheshmeh-ye Shir district on Tuesday. The insurgents allegedly targeted the soldiers in an armed attack whilst they were en route to the neighbouring Samangan province. 

IED blast injures two in Balkh

A recent bomb blast in the Balkh province has reportedly left at least two Afghan civilians injured. According to recent reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the blast is understood to have originated from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Hairatan district on Wednesday morning. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion. The IED is presumed to have been planted by insurgents.

Three police injured in Baghlan IED blast

At least three Afghan police officers have allegedly been injured following a suspected bomb blast in the Baghlan province. Recent reports indicate the incident occurred on Monday in the Shahr-e Naw area of the Pul-e-Khumri district. It's claimed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had supposedly been planted by suspected insurgents on a police vehicle. No other casualties have been reported following the incident and no claim of responsibility has been made for the IED blast, although police officials suspect Taliban insurgents may have been behind the attack.

Five Taliban killed in Takhar gunfight

At least five Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent gunfight in the northern Takhar province. The gunfight allegedly broke out overnight in the Taluqan district. It's claimed the insurgents launched an attack on government security operations to reopen a section of  the Takhar-Kunduz highway, which runs through the district. The government operation was coordinated after insurgents captured sections of the highway last week, preventing travel along it. While five insurgents have been confirmed dead following the clash, another three were also arrested.

Code of conduct agreed for intra-Afghan talks

A code of conduct has, at long last, been agreed for intra-Afghan peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar. Taliban and Afghan Representatives reportedly reached a final agreement on the code of conduct on Monday. The agreement is the first sign of progress following weeks of discussion. The code of conduct consists of 19 rules, agreed upon by both sides, which are designed to keep the peace talks from collapsing.

Four Taliban killed in Badakhshan clash

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed following a recent clash between the insurgents an the Afghan security forces in the northern province of Badakhshan. According to reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the provincial police have confirmed the deaths, claiming that one of the deceased insurgents has been identified as a local commander, known as Qari Sabar - who is alleged to have been in charge of a Taliban 'Red Unit' operating in the Jurm district of the province. Three of his guards were also killed.

Afghan president arrives in Qatar amid intra-Afghan talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in Qatar as intra-Afghan peace talks continue between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban. The talks are being held in the Qatari capital of Doha, where the Taliban retain a political office. Ghani will hold meetings with Qatari and Afghan leaders, but is not expected to meet with Taliban representatives. It's believed Ghani's visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties with Qatar and to seek their support in getting the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire.

Suicide car bomb targets Laghman governor

A suicide car bomb attack has reportedly targeted the provincial governor of the Laghman province. The blast has allegedly left at least eight dead and dozens more wounded. Al Jazeera has reported that a suicide car bomber is understood to have targeted the convoy of the governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, in the provincial capital of Mehtar Lam on Monday. Four civilians are thought to be among those killed, while at least 30 others are estimated to have also been wounded in the incident. It's feared the death toll could rise further still. The condition of Yarmal following the attack currently remains unknown, although unconfirmed reports claim he survived the explosion with only minor injuries. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) are known to be active in the area.

Car bomb targets government building in Nangarhar

A deadly car bomb explosion has reportedly targeted a government building in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the blast killed at least 15 people and wounded a further 42 others. The explosion occurred on Saturday in the Ghani Khel district, where the entrance of an administrative building, also used for some military facilities, was targeted. A number of armed attackers then attempted to enter the building following the blast, but were killed by security personnel. Among those killed include 13 civilians and two security personnel. At least 38 civilians and four security personnel were also injured. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came as intra-Afghan peace talks continue in Qatar.

Taliban attack kills four in Kapisa

At least four Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Kapisa province. According to reports, the attack occurred in the Tagab district on Sunday. It's understood the victims were targeted whilst travelling in a vehicle through the Isakhail area of the district. Local officials have suggested the civilian vehicle was mistaken by the insurgents as a military vehicle and that the attack had been intended to target the security forces.

Suicide bomb attack injures six civilians

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly left six civilians injured in Khost. The blast allegedly occurred in the provincial capital of Khost city on Wednesday. Tolo News has reported that the local police have confirmed the incident, which left one male suspect dead. The man had apparently been wearing the explosives and appears to have targeted civilians in the suicide attack, although no other deaths have been reported. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Eleven killed in herat highway crash

At least 11 fatalities have been reported following a crash along the highway in Herat. According to reports from Tolo News, the accident occurred along a section of the Heart-Kandahar highway in the Adraskan district on Thursday morning. While 11 deaths have been confirmed, a further six others were also injured in the accident. The cause of the crash remains undetermined as investigations get underway.

Four killed in Helmand car bombing

At least four deaths have been reported following a car bombing in the Helmand province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Wednesday evening near a security outpost in the Nahr-e-Siraj district, where the security forces were allegedly targeted. Preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter indicate that the deceased have been identified as security personnel, while an additional two other members of the security forces have also been injured following the explosion. The Taliban are thought to be behind the bombing, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Taliban attack kills three police in Kunduz

A Taliban attack on a police checkpoint has left at least three Afghan police officers dead in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday at a checkpoint stationed along the Kunduz-Khanabad highway. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate that while three police officers have been confirmed dead following the attack, a fourth officer has also been wounded. No casualties have been reported amongst the insurgents.

Police officer killed in Baghlan attack

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed and two other officers have also been wounded following an insurgent attack in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred in the Farang Wa Gharu area on Tuesday. The insurgents allegedly launched an armed attack on the district police headquarters, leaving one policer dead and two wounded before fleeing the scene. The local authorities have attributed the attack to Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Badakhshan district police chief killed in Taliban attack

The police chief for the Kohistan district in the province of Badakhshan has reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack. According to Tolo News, the attack on Tuesday, when armed Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on police personnel, leaving two police officers and the district police chief dead. It's understood at least four insurgents were also killed amid the fighting. Five insurgents and three more police personnel were also injured. The attack was eventually repelled, with the insurgents forced to retreat.

Kabul calls for new era of bilateral relations with Pakistan

Kabul and Islamabad have called for a new era of bilateral relations, with representatives from both sides reaffirming their commitment to closer ties with an aim to end mistrust between the two neighbours. The news comes as the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, continues his tour of Pakistan amid peace talks with the Taliban. Speaking at an event in Islamabad on Tuesday, Abdullah expressed Afghanistan's appreciation for Pakistan's help in the peace process. The two countries have previously accused each other of providing safe havens for armed groups targeting each others' territory - mainly the Afghan Taliban and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Baghlan airstrike leaves 11 Taliban dead

A recent airstrike operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Baghlan province has reportedly left at least 11 Taliban insurgents dead. The strikes was allegedly conducted in the Khwaja Alwan district sometime within the last 24 hours as part of wider counter-terror operations. It's understood the airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban position - thought to be an operations centre linked to ransom activity.

IED blast kills 11 civilians in Daykundi

A bomb explosion has reportedly killed at least 11 civilians in the Daykundi province. Recent reports indicate the blast occurred on Tuesday morning, at approximately 09:00 local time in the Kajran district. It's suspected an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the roadside by insurgents and was triggered when the civilians passed by. Unconfirmed reports claim as many as 11 fatalities have been reported, along with four more casualties. The local authorities have yet to comment on the alleged incident.

Eight Taliban insurgents killed in Kunduz clash

At least eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and about 12 others have also been wounded in a recent armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the fighting broke out on Monday in the Ali Abad district, where the insurgents allegedly launched an attack on the security forces. The attack was reportedly repelled and a number of explosive devices were also recovered by the security forces. 

Nine killed in Bamyan Taliban ambush

At least nine deaths have been reported following a recent ambush attack by Taliban insurgents in the Bamyan province. According to reports, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Shibar district, where the Afghan security forces were targeted in an armed insurgent attack. While nine security personnel were killed, another two were also wounded and it's believed one was taken hostage by the insurgents. The security forces have since managed to recapture the area.

Twenty soldiers killed in Farah clash

At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have allegedly been killed following a clash with suspected Taliban insurgents in the Bala Buluk district of the Farah province. According to reports, the fighting occurred over the weekend in the Kansack area of the district, near the Herat-Kandahar highway. It's claimed a number of armed Taliban insurgents stormed a security check post in an overnight attack and overran the post. While 20 ANA personnel have been confirmed dead, a further 10 ANA soldiers have been reported missing following the attack and are presumed to have been taken hostage by the insurgents.

Taliban attempt to expand presence in Surobi, Kabul

The Taliban are allegedly attempting to expand their presence in the Surobi district of the Kabul province. Tolo news has reported that security officials in the district confirmed that a new checkpoint was recently established along the route to the Jagdalak area following an increase in Taliban attacks which forced the security forces to close the Kabul-Jalalabad highway last week. The security forces stationed in the area are understood to have requested aerial support to keep insurgent attacks at bay. The district is a key one in the province but remains insecure, with Jagdalak being strategically key in keeping the district.

Eleven men wanted for Kapisa gang rapes

At least 11 men are being sought in connection with the gang rape of two women in Kapisa. The women were allegedly assaulted in the Kohistan district on Friday night, in the village of Jamal Agha, where the women were apparently holidaying away from their home city of Kabul. Of the 11 suspects, at least seven have been arrested, as investigations remain ongoing.

Thirty-five Taliban killed in clashes

As many as 35 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent clashes with the Afghan security forces. According to Tolo News, security officials have claimed that 35 insurgents were killed and 17 others were also wounded over the course of Saturday, when fighting broke out in the Ghazni, Zabul, and Samangan provinces. While six insurgents were killed and five others were wounded in Ghazni's Aab Band district, a further 15 insurgents were killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Zabul's Shar-e-Safa district. An additional 14 insurgent deaths were also reported, along with 12 injuries, in the Dara-e-Sof district of Samangan, where fighting broke out after insurgents attacked police checkpoints. A number of Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed.

Taliban kill five family members in Badakhshan

At least five family members have been killed and a sixth has also been wounded following a Taliban ambush in the northern province of Badakhshan. Tolo News has reported that the family were allegedly ambushed by the insurgents on Thursday. The incident occurred in the village of Patawak in the Daryem district as the family was on their way to drop their children off at the local madrassa. The Taliban have not claimed the attack, while police investigations continue.

Thirteen injured in Massoud Day shooting spree

At least 13 people have been injured following the Massoud Day shooting spree in Kabul. The Ministry of Interior confirmed that a total of 13 people were wounded by stray bullets, including one police officer. The injuries were inflicted after supporters of Ahmad Massoud fired weapons carelessly to mark the 16th anniversary of Massoud's assassination. Dozens of Massoud supporters drove through the streets of Kabul for hours over the weekend, shooting indiscriminately into the air, angering residents. Security officials have since confirmed that 12 or so suspects have been identified and arrested in connection with the incident.

Kapisa district official killed by gunmen

A district official has reportedly been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kapisa. The deceased has been identified as Sekandar Khan, the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) department in the Kohband district of Kapisa province. Khan was allegedly killed in a gun attack on Thursday night, near his house in the provincial capital of Mahmude Raqi. Police reports indicate that at least four suspects have been arrested as investigations go forward. The motive behind the killing has yet to be determined. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Two dead in Baghlan helicopter crash

Two people have died after an Afghan Air Force (AAF) helicopter crashed in the Baghlan province. Tolo News has reported that the accident occurred in the Kaprak area of Pol-e-Khumri city on Thursday. The Ministry of Defense has issued a statement confirming the deaths of two pilots in the crash, which was allegedly caused by technical issues. An investigation into the fatal accident has been launched.

Four IS militants killed in Nangarhar operation

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have apparently been killed in recent security operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter indicate the provincial governor's spokesperson has confirmed the deaths of the four IS militants, following a special operation by the Afghan National Security Forces in an undisclosed part of the Jalalabad district. 

Taliban kill 28 police in Uruzgan

At least 28 Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a series of overnight Taliban attacks across parts of the southern province of Uruzgan. According to reports from Al Jazeera, insurgents launched a wave of armed attacks on security checkpoints. A provincial authority stated that insurgents reportedly offered a total of 28 local and national police officers a chance to surrender, before taking their guns and killing them. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks, but said they were carried out after the police refused to surrender. Unconfirmed reports indicate three police officers managed to escape. The checkpoints have reportedly been recaptured by the security forces following the attacks. The killings come as Taliban and government negotiators continue peace talks in Qatar.

Premature IED blast kills one insurgent in Kapisa

A premature blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) has reportedly killed at least one suspected Taliban insurgent in the Kapisa province. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate the explosion occurred on Wednesday in the Hesa Duwum Kohistan, where it's believed the insurgent had been attempting to plant the IED along the side of a road, when it was triggered accidentally.

Deadly shooting reported in Kabul

A fatal shooting incident has been reported in the capital city of Kabul, leaving at least one person dead and a second person injured. According to reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday in a sports club in the Company area of Police District 5. No arrests have been made following the incident so far, and the motive behind the shooting remains undetermined.

Kabul IED blast injures three

A bomb explosion in the Kabul province has left at least three Afghan civilians wounded. According to provisional reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Dawood Paghman Garden area of the Paghman district. The incident occurred on Wednesday and no claim of responsibility has been made for the blast so far.

Local Taliban leader killed in Raghistan clash

A local Taliban leader has reportedly been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the northern province of Badakhshan. According to reports, the clash occurred sometime within the last 48 hours in the Raghistan district and the deceased has been identified as the provincial Taliban military commission deputy. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban has yet to confirm the death.

Two police killed in Bamyan attack

Two Afghan police officers have apparently been killed and a third has also been injured following an insurgent attack in the Bamyan province. The attack allegedly occurred overnight on Sunday in the Shibar district, where a number of security checkpoints in the village of Baghak were targeted by suspected Taliban insurgents. No casualties have been reported amongst the insurgents following the clashes, which reportedly came to a close after over 12 hours of fighting.

Union head abducted in Balkh

A local head of a union has reportedly been abducted in the Balkh province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate the victim has been identified as Abdul Qayyum - the head of the money exchangers union - who allegedly went missing on Tuesday morning at around 05:00 local time. It's suspected the victim was kidnapped from the Mazar-i-Sharif area. Provincial police have apparently confirmed the incident, stating that unidentified gunmen abducted Qayyum whilst he was on his way to the mosque for morning prayers. The motive behind the kidnapping remains unclear and no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Bloodiest day of fighting reported since peace talks began

Afghanistan's bloodiest day of fighting have allegedly been reported since peace talks began, with at least 57 members of the Afghan security forces and 80 Taliban insurgents killed across the country on Sunday. Dozens more have also been injured amid the overnight clashes, which largely took place in the central province of Uruzgan, where 24 security personnel were killed when insurgents attacked security checkpoints. Violent clashes were also reported in the provinces of Baghlan, Balkh, Helmand, Kapisa, Kunduz, Takhar, and Wardak. The fighting comes as negotiating teams representing the Taliban and the Afghan government continue to meet in the Qatari capital of Doha for intra-Afghan peace talks, although little substantial progress has been made since the talks started on 12 September, with both sides struggling to agree on the terms of the peace process.

Airstrikes kill five Taliban in Sar-e Pol

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed amid airstrikes in the Sar-e Pol province. The strikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Sozma Qala area sometime within the last 24 hours. It's understood the aerial operations were launched in response to a Taliban attack on security checkpoints. While five insurgent fatalities have been confirmed, an additional three insurgents were also apparently injured in the strikes.

Taliban insurgents attack Panjshir security checkpoint

A security checkpoint in the province of Panjshir has reportedly been attacked by a number of armed Taliban insurgents. According to Tolo News, the attack was launched on Monday, targeting a checkpoint in the Darband area of the Anaba district. The attack was successfully repelled by the security forces and at least three insurgents were arrested. No casualties have been reported following the incident.

Eleven civilians killed in twin air raids, Kunduz

At least 11 civilians have reportedly been killed in twin air raids which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the government said that the air raids had targeted Taliban insurgents; however, a local official claims that, while the first strike hit a Taliban position in the Khanabad district, the second strike caused civilian casualties because a number of civilians had gathered at the bomb site during the time between the two strikes being carried out. Unconfirmed witness reports indicate the death toll could be as high as 24. Other reports claim the first strike targeted a residential property belonging to a Taliban fighter, whose home doubled as a check post to check local residents had no connection to the government. The first strike reportedly hit the property, causing an explosion, which set fire to a nearby civilian home, trapping the family inside, prompting rescue efforts by local residents, who were then hit by a second strike.

Three security personnel killed in Taliban attack

At least three Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. The attack reportedly occurred over the weekend, in the Khanabad district, where an unspecified number of armed insurgents launched an attack on several security checkpoints stationed along a public highway near the village of Aks Dawood. A number of Taliban casualties were also inflicted amids the fighting which broke out in response to the attacks.

Taliban kill five, kidnap three in Balkh attack

Taliban insurgents have allegedly killed at least five government security personnel following an armed attacked on a security checkpoint in the Balkh province. Personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has been stationed at the checkpoint at the time of the attack. According to Tolo News, five NDS personnel have been confirmed dead, while three others are understood to have been taken hostage by the insurgents. The attack occurred during the early hours of Monday morning.

Dozens killed in Nangarhar clashes

Dozens of casualties have been reported following overnight clashes in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to Al Jazeera, fighting broke out when Taliban insurgents attacked a number of security checkpoints in the Hisarak and Khogyani districts. At least 11 Afghan security personnel have been killed in Hisarak, along with eight pro-government militia fighters in Khogyani. Local officials have put the estimated Taliban death toll at around 30, although the group has not commented on the alleged clashes.

Taliban attack kills eight in Kapisa

A recent Taliban attack has left at least eight people dead in the Kapisa province. According to recent local reports, the attack occurred in the Tagab district on Monday. Unconfirmed reports suggest a number of police personnel were among those killed including a local police official.

Balkh IED blast injures five

An improvised explosive device (IED) has detonated in the Balkh province, leaving at least give people injured. According to reports from Tolo News, the IED blast occurred over the weekend in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. All of the five casualties are receiving hospital treatment following the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban kill nine security personnel in Takhar

At least nine Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed and four others have also been injured following a recent Taliban attack in the northern Takhar province. Tolo News has reported that clashes broke out in the Dasht-e-Qala district sometime within the last 24 hours, following an insurgent attack on a security checkpoint in the Naw Abad area of the district. No casualties have been reported amongst the insurgents.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Samangan clash

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and five others have also been wounded following violent clashes with the security forces in the Samangan province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Darah-I-Suf district on Friday, following a coordinated insurgent attack on security checkpoints. The security forces responded to the attacks, leading to a crossfire which successfully repelled the insurgents. Counter-insurgency operations remain ongoing throughout the surrounding area.

Police officer killed in Kunar shooting

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in the Kunar province. The shooting allegedly happened on Wednesday night in the Asadabad district, where a police officer who was on traffic duty was fired at by unidentified gunmen in the Charah Sahat area. An investigation has been launched; however, no suspects have been identified thus far and the motive behind the attack has yet to be determined, with police not ruling out insurgency.

Five militants killed in Logar operation

At least five suspected militants have allegedly been killed by the Afghan security forces during an operation in the Logar province. The operation was apparently carried out in the Mohammad Agha district sometime within the last 24 hours. According to government officials, the security forces killed five militants, and recovered a variety of firearms, ammunition, and explosives from the scene as well. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Herat car bomb kills six security personnel

Six Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed after a car bomb was detonated in the Herat province on Wednesday. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred in the Shindand district, where an explosive-laden vehicle reportedly targeted a security checkpoint. Conflicting reports have emerged over precise casualty figures, with unconfirmed reports claiming as many as 10 security personnel were killed and several others were also wounded. The Taliban are thought to be responsible for the attack.

Eight killed in Nangarhar clash

At least eight Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed amid an armed clash with Taliban insurgents in the eastern province of Nangarhar. It's been reported that the fighting broke out when a number of insurgents launched an attack, overrunning several security checkpoints in the Khogyani district on Wednesday. While eight police personnel have died, at least three have allegedly been captured by the insurgents, while four others were also injured. Elsewhere in the province, further casualties amongst the security forces and civilians have also been reported amid Taliban attacks in the Hisarak and Shirzad districts. Overall, up to 20 security personnel and 15 civilians have been killed in clashes during the last 24 hours. No Taliban casualties have been reported.

Two police killed in Herat shooting

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following a shooting incident in the Herat province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday in the village of Tebrian in the Injil district. The officers were allegedly shot at by unidentified gunmen at around 17:00 local time. No arrests have been made for the shootings thus far, as police investigate possible linked to insurgency.

Deadly IED blast reported in Badghis

A deadly explosion has been reported in the Badghis province, which has left at least one person dead and two others injured. According to reports, the deceased has been identified as an Afghan civilian. The blast occurred in the provincial capital of Qala-e-Naw and came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted on a motorbike. No individual or group has claimed the blast thus far.

Two killed in Takhar IED blast

Two Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed in a recent blast from an improvised explosive device (IED). The incident occurred in the northern Takhar province on Wednesday. According to reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the IED is believed to have been planted on a motorbike and was triggered in the Kalafgan city area of the Kalafgan district, leaving two dead and around a dozen others injured. The initial explosion caused several gas cylinders to explode, causing damage to a number of nearby shops. Police are attending the scene. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the blast thus far.

Civilian killed in Nangarhar shooting

An Afghan civilian has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the incident took place sometime within the last 24 hours in the Khogyani district. Preliminary reports from local media indicate the victim has been identified as a lecturer who teaches at Nangarhar University. He was reportedly shot dead by unknown assailants near his house. No suspects have been identified as investigations are launched and the motive behind the attack also remains undetermined as of yet.

IED blast injures three in Baghlan

Three civilians have been injured in a recent roadside bomb blast in the Baghlan province. According to recent local reports, the blast occurred on Tuesday in the Pul-e-Khumri district. It's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the side of the road and was triggered when the civilians passed by. No claim of responsibility has been made for the incident, although insurgent groups are known to use such tactics to target the Afghan security forces.

Balkh residents protest electricity prices

Residents in the district of Mazar-e-Sharif in the Balkh province have reportedly gathered to stage a public demonstration. According to recent reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the rally has been organised locally to protest against increasing electricity prices. The demonstration appears to have remained peaceful thus far.

Security personnel killed in Nangarhar IED blast

A member of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has reportedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports from Tolo news, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which was detonated on Tuesday morning along a roadside as the NDS forces passed by. While one death has been confirmed, three others have also been injured in the incident. No claim of responsibility has been made for the roadside explosion.

Fatal shooting reported in Kabul

A fatal shooting incident has been reported in Kabul, leaving at least one person dead. The shooting occurred on Tuesday morning, during the early hours, in Police District 5 in the Kot-e-Sangi area. Local police officials have confirmed the incident and the fatality. It's understood the victim was fire upon by unidentified gunmen who managed to flee the scene immediately after the shooting took place. Further investigations remain ongoing.

Five soldiers killed in roadside blast

A roadside bomb explosion has killed at least five Afghan soldiers in the Badghis province. According to recent reports, the blast occurred in the Dehistan area of the province's Ab Kamari district over the weekend. No other casualties have been reported following the incident and no claim of responsibility has been made, although local officials suspect the bomb was most likely planted by Taliban insurgents.

Government call for ceasefire amid Taliban talks

The Afghan government has called for a ceasefire with the Taliban as peace talks get underway in Qatar. Abdullah Abdullah, who is leading the government's delegation, called for a humanitarian ceasefire, saying there was "no winner through war". Taliban representatives have made no mention of a ceasefire as of yet. The historic peace talks began on Saturday in Doha.

Date set for intra-Afghan talks

A date has been set for long-awaited intra-Afghan talks to go ahead. The last hurdles to the start of the talks appear to have been resolved, allowing negotiations to go ahead on Saturday. The talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are to be hosted in Doha, Qatar - where the Taliban hold a political office. "The State of Qatar is pleased to announce that the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations will commence in Doha on Saturday the 12th of September 2020," said the Qatari foreign ministry on Thursday. The Taliban has confirmed the talks, stating that it aims to "advance the negotiation process in an appropriate manner and bring about comprehensive peace". A permanent peacefire is expected to be at the top of the agenda, along with a political settlement to end the 19-year conflict.

Wedding ceremony explosion kills four

An explosion which has occurred during a wedding ceremony in Khost province has reportedly killed at least four people. Tolo News has reported that the incident occurred on Thursday evening, when the blast hit a wedding party, leaving four dead and eight others injured. The provincial authorities have confirmed the incident, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far.

Six Afghan soldiers killed in Nangarhar clash

Six Afghan soldiers have reportedly been killed in a recent clash with suspected Taliban insurgents in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the insurgents stormed a number of security checkpoints in the Sherzad district during the early hours of Friday morning, at around 01:30 local time. While six members of the security forces have been confirmed dead, another five were also wounded. No Taliban casualties have been confirmed.

Five killed in Badghis clashes

Recent clashes in the Badghis province have left at least five people dead. The clashes were reported from the Qadis district on Friday. It's understood the fighting was triggered by Taliban insurgents storming security checkpoints in the area. While three insurgents have been confirmed dead, at least one member of the security forces was also killed in the fighting, along with an Afghan civilian.

Security forces clash with Taliban in Kandahar

Six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed, while six others have also been injured, following an armed clash with the Afghan security forces in Kandahar. The violence allegedly occurred on Thursday in the Shah Wali Kot district, where officials have confirmed that deadly fighting broke out after the insurgents launched attacks on Afghan National Security Forces positions. A number of their vehicles, weapons, and ammunitions were also destroyed during the clash.

Police hit by car bomb in Kandahar

At least seven Afghan police officers have been injured after they were hit by a car bomb in the southern province of Kandahar. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred in the Lahori area of the Arghandab district on Thursday. The car bomb apparently detonated prematurely before reaching its target. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

US to announce troop withdrawals

The US President, Donald Trump, is expected to announce further US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Currently, there are 8,600 American soldiers still stationed in Afghanistan. In accordance with the US-Taliban deal struck in February, the US has committed to extracting all foreign troops by next spring. Trump reportedly aims to gradually reduce troop levels over the next two months to less than 5,000 by November. 

Six Taliban killed in clash with security forces

A recent clash between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents has reportedly left at least six insurgents dead and four more injured. According to local officials, the clash occurred on Wednesday in the Herat province, where the security forces allegedly intercepted insurgent movements preparing for an attack on security outposts in the Pashtun Zarghun district. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Helmand clash

Thirteen Taliban insurgents have been killed amid recent armed clashes with government forces in the southern province of Helmand. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Musa Qala area sometime within the last 48 hours. While 13 insurgent deaths have been confirmed by local authorities, no casualties have been reported amongst security personnel. Various arms and ammunition were also seized from the insurgents following the fighting.

Deadly clashes break out in Helmand

Violent clashes have broken out between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the southern province of Helmand, leaving at least five people dead and nine other wounded. Reports indicate that the fighting took place in the Gereshk district on Thursday, where armed clashes broke out after a number of Taliban insurgent launched an attack on security checkpoints. All casualties have been identified as Taliban insurgents, with no security personnel injured amidst the fighting.

Prisoner release issue impedes intra-Afghan talks

Intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are set to be further delayed following continued issues over the final release of prisoners in accordance with a prisoner swap. The exchange was agreed as part of peace talks between the Taliban and the US back in February and has become a sticking point in the peace process due to disputes over the final release of prisoners, which would allow peace talks to get underway. The Taliban claim the Afghan government, despite agreeing in principle to the final swap, has intentionally delayed peace talks by not releasing the last 100 or so Taliban prisoners; however, the government claims it has released all the prisoners on the Taliban list and accused the group of deliberately stalling the talks.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Balkh clashes

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and a fourteenth insurgent has also been injured following violent armed clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan government security forces in the Balkh province. Fighting reportedly broke out in two separate incidents in the Sholgara district sometime within the last 24 hours. In the first incident, six insurgents were killed after they launched an attack on military positions, while a further seven others were also killed and one was injured when the security forces launched an offensive against a Taliban extortion operation being run in the area, leading to further armed clashes.

Nine Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

At least nine Taliban have reportedly been killed following a recent clash with the Afghan armed forces in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the fighting occurred in the Maiwand district, which borders the neighbouring Helmand province. The area has become particularly known for Taliban activity in recent years. The security operation allegedly aimed to destroy a Taliban stronghold, along with an arms and ammunition cache. While nine insurgents were killed, a further six were also wounded.

Deadly bomb attack targets vice president in Kabul

A deadly bomb attack has targeted First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in Kabul, leaving at least 10 dead. The roadside explosion occurred on Wednesday morning, hitting the VP's convoy as he travelled to his office. Both Saleh and his son, who was in the car with him, have survived the attack unharmed. A number of civilians bystanders are thought to be among those killed, while around 15 others were also wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although the Taliban have denied involvement. Saleh previously served as intelligence chief and has been an outspoken Taliban critic and has survived several assassination attempts. It's been speculated the attack may have been motivated by a desire to derail intra-Afghan peace talks between the government and the Taliban, which are due to get underway soon in Qatar.

Security operation kills four Taliban in Kabul

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation in the Kabul province. The insurgents were allegedly targeted by the government security forces during an operation in the Deh Sabz district. The operations was apparently carried out sometime within the last 24 hours in the Tarakhel area of the district. While four insurgents were killed, a further three were also arrested. An unconfirmed number of casualties have also been reported amongst security personnel.

Twenty-five Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the clash occurred in the Loy Karez area of the Shah Wali Kot district on Monday. It's understood the security forces launched a preemptive offensive against the insurgents, which had allegedly been planning to carry out an attack on a number of security checkpoints in the district.

Taliban launch attack in Panjshir

The Taliban have reportedly launched an armed attack in the Ghulghula area of the Abshar district in the province of Panjshir. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate the attack was launched on Tuesday morning. No casualties have been reported thus far, while the provincial authorities have confirmed reported of fighting in the area. 

Taliban insurgent killed in Kabul

A Taliban insurgent has allegedly been killed following a clash with the security forces in the Kabul province. According to recent reports, the clash occurred in the Khaki Jabbar district on Monday and also left two others injured. The clash was triggered by an insurgent attack on military posts in the area. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Police seize two explosive-laden trucks

Police in Afghanistan have seized two trucks full of explosives in the eastern Nangarhar province. At least five arrests have been made in connection with the explosive-laden trucks, which were seized in the Surkh Rod area on Wednesday. According to reports, the trucks are estimated to have contained a collective 2,150kg of explosive material. The police are currently investigating possible links to militant groups.

Three civilians killed in IED blast

Three Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed and a fourth has also been wounded in a suspected bomb blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred on Thursday in the Pachir Wa Agam district, where an improvised explosive device (IED) had apparently been planted along a roadside. The civilians are understood to have triggered the IED as they passed by. While no claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion so far, it's likely the IED was planted by Taliban insurgents aiming to target the security forces.

Suicide bomber targets police in Badakhshan

Four people have been injured following a suicide bombing in the northern Badakhshan province. According to initial reports from Tolo News, the incident occurred in the Warduj district on Wednesday, when a suicide bomber apparently attempted to target the district police commander in an explosive attack. The attacker reportedly detonated their explosives early, killing themselves and wounding four others. The police are attending the scene. No claim of responsibility has been made by any group of individual thus far.

Government release 200 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government has released a further 200 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the freeing of four soldiers being held by the Taliban. The exchange is due to be completed by Thursday 03 September and comes as part of the prisoner swap deal agreed during negotiations between the US and the Taliban back in February. Earlier this week, an additional eight Taliban prisoners were also released from a jail in Kandahar.

Eight dead after boat sinks in Helmand

At least eight people have been confirmed dead after their boat sank in the southern province of Helmand. According to reports from Tolo News, the accident occurred along the Helmand River on Wednesday morning. The victims are understood to have been civilians - predominantly women and children. It's believed they couldn't swim and subsequently drowned after the boat sank. The cause of the accident remains unclear.

Air force helicopter crashes in Takhar

An Afghan Air Force (AAF) has reportedly crashed in the northern Takhar province. The accident apparently occurred on Tuesday, in the Rustaq district of Takhar. Tolo News has reported that the helicopter was being used to transport wounded security personnel. Preliminary investigations have indicated that the crash was likely caused by a technical issue. No injuries have been reported as a result of the accident.

Floods death toll rises to 160

The death toll for recent floods which have been affecting much of northern Afghanistan has risen to 160 over the weekend. At least 13 provinces have been impacted by the floods, which have been triggered by severe heavy downpours. Rescuers continues to search for survivors amidst the rubble, as dozens remain missing. Among the worst-hit areas is the Parwan province, where at least 116 flood-related fatalities have been confirmed and more than 120 have also been injured, while 15 remain unaccounted for.

Clashes leave 13 Taliban dead in Kandahar

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have also been wounded amidst armed clashes with the Afghan government security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting reportedly occurred in the Shah Wali Kot district on Monday and, according to Tolo News, the casualty figures have allegedly been confirmed by government officials. It's believed the clashes broke out after Taliban insurgents attacked a security checkpoint.

Three kidnap victims found dead in Daikundi

The bodies of three kidnap victims have reportedly been found in Daikundi province. A man and two children were allegedly found dead in the Kajran district on Monday. Searches for the trio had been ongoing since they were apparently abducted by Taliban insurgents last week. The Taliban has not commented on the alleged kidnapping or deaths of the three victims.

Three killed in Taliban attack in Paktiya

At least three Afghan soldiers have been killed and five others have also been wounded in a recent Taliban attack in the Paktiya province. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the insurgents carried out a complex attack in the city of Gardez, where a military base was targeted on Tuesday. It's understood that a suicide car bomber detonated explosives near the bases' entrance gate before two gunmen opened fire on public protection forces - a paramilitary-style force funded by the Afghan government. Both attackers were killed in a crossfire with government forces. The Taliban has claimed the attack, which comes after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appointed a 46-member council for peace talks with the Taliban. 

Roadside bomb hits civilians in Kandahar

A roadside bomb has reportedly exploded in the southern Kandahar province, hitting a group of civilians. The blast allegedly occurred on Friday in the Spin Boldak district, where at least 13 civilians are reported to have been killed as a result of the explosion. It's understood the bomb was triggered when the civilian vehicle passed by. Local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents are responsible.

Nangarhar roadside bombing kills two

A roadside bombing has reportedly killed two Afghan civilians in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast allegedly occurred in the Wazor area of the Khogyani district on Thursday, where the group apparently triggered a bomb which had been planted along the side of the road as they passed by. Two civilians, including one minor, have been confirmed dead following the incident. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far, although it's likely the bomb was planted by Taliban insurgents hoping to target the security forces.

Four Taliban killed in Kabul security operation

Four Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have also been arrested in a security operation in the capital province of Kabul. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the Ministry of Interior has confirmed the incident, stating that the Afghan security forces clashed with the insurgents in the Mosahi district on Thursday morning, leaving four insurgents dead while three others were arrested.

Taliban kill five in Parwan

At least five people have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in Parwan province. The deceased have been identified as four civilians and one Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier. According to reports, the Taliban launched an overnight attack on the village of Sayad in the Bagram district on Wednesday, leading to fatal clashes. While five deaths have been confirmed, three more civilians are thought to have been injured, along with a second ANA soldier.

Clashes break out in Farah

Armed clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban have reportedly broken out in the western Farah province. According to reports, the security forces engaged in an armed altercation with insurgents in the village of Gajgeen in the Pusht Rod district on Thursday. It's understood the clashes broke out after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device (IED). No details concerning casualty figures have been released thus far as the fighting remains ongoing.

Ten die amid floods in Kapisa

At least 10 people have died amid floods in the Kapisa province. The deaths were confirmed on Wednesday in the Kohband district, where heavy rain triggered flash floods. While 10 people have died, another 10 have also been wounded. Three more fatalities were also reported amid floods in the neighbouring Panjshir province, while the death toll for floods across northern Afghanistan has risen to 100 confirmed fatalities. Overall, an estimated 122 deaths and 147 injuries have been reported due to floods and landslides across 12 provinces.

Taliban clashes reported in Baghlan

Violent clashes have been reported in the province of Baghlan, where Taliban insurgents have reportedly launched a coordinated attack on the Baghlan Markazi district. According to reports, insurgents stormed several villages in the district on Wednesday, leading to armed clashes with the Afghan security forces and Hezb-e Islami members. Some 30 fatalities have been reported, including 10 security personnel and 10 Hezb-e Islami members, along with at least 12 Taliban insurgents. An additional eight insurgents have also been wounded amidst the fighting.

Three killed in Balkh truck blast

Three fatalities have been reported following a suspected truck suicide bomb attack in the northern Balkh province. Two of the deceased have been identified as Afghan commandos, while the third is thought to have been a civilian. The explosion occurred on Tuesday. An additional 41 others were also wounded, including six commandos and 35 civilians, while dozens of civilian houses were also destroyed or damaged. According to Al Jazeera, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the Balkh attack, claiming "tens" of military personnel were killed.

Female film director shot in Kabul

A female film director has been shot and injured in west Kabul. Forty-four-year-old Saba Sahar, is a famous actor in Afghanistan and was one of the country's first female film directors. It's understood she was shot at on Tuesday as she travelled to work. Reports indicate three gunmen targeted her and opened fire on her in her car. No group has claimed the attack. Sahar's two bodyguards were also hit and injured in the attack.

Parwan floods kill 70

Floods in the province of Parwan have killed at least 70 people, and injured a further 110. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the flash floods have mainly affected the Charikar district, where the flooding is believed to have been triggered by heavy rain. The floods reportedly hit during the early hours of Wednesday morning, following torrential downpours overnight. Relief operations have been launched.

Taliban finalise delegation for intra-Afghan talks

A 20-member delegation for planned intra-Afghan talks has been decided by the Taliban. According to reports, Taliban chief Mullah Akhunzada has hand-picked the negotiating team, which will have the authority to set agendas, decide strategy, and sign agreements with the political leadership of the Afghan government in Kabul. It's hoped the talks will set a road map for post-war Afghanistan, including a permanent ceasefire, rights for women and minorities, and constitutional changes. A date has yet to be set for talks, due to delays in the final release of prisoners after France and Australia officially asked Kabul not to release Taliban prisoners convicted of killing their citizens.

Police officer killed in Kabul roadside bombing

An Afghan police officer has been killed in a recent roadside bombing incident in Kabul. According to reports from Tolo News, the police officer was hit by the blast on Tuesday morning, in an unspecified part of Police District 5, in the capital city. Kabul police headquarters have confirmed the death of an officer in a roadside explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made, although it's suspected militants were behind the attack.

Fourteen killed in Taliban attacks

At least 14 security personnel have been killed in a series of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan. According to Al Jazeera, nine security personnel were killed and one was wounded in a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the northern Takhar province on Saturday, while another four security forces were killed in separate attacks in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. Additionally, three magnetic bomb blasts in the Kabul province left at least one dead and four others injured, including a civilian. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Roadside bomb kills seven in Ghazni

A roadside bombing has killed seven civilians in Ghazni. Al Jazeera has reported that three women, two children, and two men died when their vehicle struck the explosive, which had been buried along the side of the road - most likely by Taliban insurgents hoping to target security forces. The blast occurred in the Jaghatu district and has been confirmed by the local authorities.

Taliban kill three security personnel in Ghazni

Three Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed and another six have also been wounded in a recent Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred in the Deh Yak district overnight. Local officials have confirmed the incident and the casualty figures, while the Taliban have not commented.

Deadly clashes break out in Faryab

Violent clashes have broken out between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the province of Faryab, leaving at least 32 dead. Those killed have been identified as Taliban insurgents, including five local Taliban commanders. A further 17 other insurgents have also been wounded in the clashes, which allegedly took place sometime within the last 24 hours in an unspecified part of the province.

Civilian killed in Kapisa rocket attack

A civilian has reportedly been killed in a recent rocket attack in the Kapisa province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Thursday in the Alasay district, where a rocket allegedly hit a residential property in the Bazaar area, leaving at least one person dead and three others injured. According to Tolo News, local police personnel have reported that the rocket was fired during clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban, although it's unclear which side fired it.

Mortar fire kills three in Kunduz

Three fatalities have been reported after mortar fire was reported in the Kunduz province on Thursday. Initial reports from Tolo News on Twitter suggest the incident occurred in the Dasht-e-Archi district, where a civilian house was hit by a mortar round. Local residents have allegedly claimed that the mortar was fired by the Afghan security forces; however, military officials have neither confirmed nor commented on the incident. Those killed have reportedly been identified as three minors.

Three Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrike operations in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the airstrike was carried out sometime within the last 24 hours by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in support of ground operations in the Shahidi Hassas district. While three insurgents were killed, a fourth is also thought to have been injured.

Five civilians killed roadside blast

At least five Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a roadside explosion in the Ghor province. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred in the Dawlat district on Thursday. The mine had apparently been planted along the roadside and was triggered when the civilians drove past in their vehicle. No claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly blast; however, Taliban insurgents often use such tactics to target government forces and are known to operate in the area.

Taliban clash with public militia in Takhar

Taliban insurgents have reportedly clashed with members of a pro-government public militia in the northern Takhar province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate that clashes broke out overnight in the Khwaja Bahauddin district. At least 14 fatalities have been reported following the fighting, including 13 public militia members and one Afghan border guard. Another two border guards were also injured, along with four more militia members. No Taliban casualties have been confirmed thus far.

Afghan official killed in Kabul car bombing

An Afghan official has reportedly been killed in what appears to have been a targeted bomb attack in Kabul. According to Al Jazeera, a bomb was placed in the car of Abdul Baqi Amin, who was killed when the explosive device was detonated on Wednesday. Amin was a high-ranking Education Ministry employee and had previously been a member of the Afghan delegation which took part in several high-level meetings with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. The attack on Amin is the second attack targeting peace and rights activists in less than a week, after a member of the government's negotiating team, Fawzia Koofi, was wounded in an assassination attempt in the north of Kabul. No claim of responsibility has been made for either attacks, which are suspected to be attempts to derail peace talks. The Taliban has condemned the attack on Amin, saying he was targeted by "the enemies of the Islamic system, prosperity and peace".

Roadside bomb blast kills two in Baghlan

Two security personnel have been killed and 11 others have also been injured in a roadside bomb blast. The explosion happened in the city of Pol-e-Khomri of Baghlan province on Wednesday. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the city. It's suspected the roadside bomb was planted by insurgents in an attempt to target the security forces, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Four Taliban killed in bomb blast, Balkh

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed after explosives were accidentally triggered in the Balkh province. According to reports, a group of insurgents are believed to have been making bombs in the Chahar Bolak district of Balkh when an explosion occurred, leaving four dead and another four injured. The blast occurred on Monday inside a mosque where the insurgents had been manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), in the village of Sikandar Khel.

Rocket attack reported in Kabul

A rocket attack has been reported in Kabul, leaving several people injured. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate at least 14 rockets have been fired from two vehicles in different parts of the city, including eight from Police District 16 and six from Police District 17. Rockets have landed in the Wazir Akbar Khan, Sherpur, first Macroryan, and Shash Darak areas, as well as part of the presidential palace compound in the high-security Green Zone. According to Al Jazeera, at least three fatalities have been confirmed following the attack, including two government employees - thought to members of the presidential honour guard. Another six honour guard members are thought to have been wounded, along with at least 16 others. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attacks so far. The attacks came as President Ghani placed a wreath at the Minaret of Independence to mark Afghanistan's Independence Day.

Deadly clashes reported in Takhar

Violent clashes have been reported in the northern Takhar province between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports, at least seven fatalities have been confirmed following the clashes, which took place on Monday in the Darqad district. It's claimed the fighting was triggered by an armed Taliban attack on security checkpoints during the early hours of the morning. Among those dead include seven Taliban insurgents and two government security personnel.

Afghan negotiator shot by gunmen

An Afghan negotiator and a campaigner has been shot by unidentified gunmen in an unclaimed attack over the weekend. Fawzia Koofi, one of very few women taking part in negotiations with the Taliban, was left injured after she was shot in her right arm whilst travelling with her sister on Friday. They had been returning from a meeting in Parwan province when she was attacked near Kabul. Although the Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack, it's feared the incident could derail peace talks. The US envoy has described the incident as a "cowardly and criminal" attempt to disrupt the peace process in Afghanistan.

Taliban kill three security personnel in Ghor

Three Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack which happened over the weekend in the Ghor province. According to reports from Tolo News, the incident occurred on Sunday night in the Murghab district, where a number of armed Taliban insurgents allegedly targeted the security forces. While three security force members were killed, another two were also wounded.

Military brutality video sparks outrage

A video seemingly showing Afghan government troops desecrating the bodies of Taliban insurgents has sparked public outrage. The authorities have ordered an investigation into the two-minute video, which has gone viral on social media ahead of expected peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban following the president's decision to release the final 400 Taliban prisoners as part of the US-Taliban prisoner swap deal. The clip shows a man in military uniform brutally smashing the heads and faces of at least two dead Taliban fighters with an axe, before standing on their bodies whilst laughing. It's claimed the incident occurred in the Zabul province and that the troops had treated the bodies "barbarically". The issue of corpse desecration has been a recurrent one in the Afghanistan War.

Three soldiers killed in Kapisa clash

Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have reportedly been killed following a clash with suspected Taliban insurgents in the Kapisa province. The clash allegedly occurred overnight in the Tagab district. According to reports from Tolo News, an ANA commander is believed to be among the three soldiers killed in the fighting.

Ten Taliban killed in Badakhshan clash

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the northern Badakhshan province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the clash occurred on Friday in the Kuf Ab area, situated along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel and the Taliban have not commented on the incident thus far.

Two government employees killed in Taliban ambush

Two government employees have reportedly been killed and a third has been injured after they were ambushed by Taliban insurgents in Parwan province. The group were travelling along the Kabul-Parwan highway when they were attacked on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports from Tolo News, the two deceased have been identified as employees of the Ministry of Agriculture. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Twelve killed in Balkh clashes

At least 12 people have been killed in overnight clashes between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Balkh province. Of the 12 fatalities, eight have been identified as Taliban insurgents, while four were security personnel. Another two security force members were also injured amid the fighting, which broke out in the village of Timor-Sarai.

Eight Taliban killed in Zabul clash

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have also been wounded in recent armed clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, government officials confirmed on Thursday that the clashes broke out sometime within the last 24 hours in the Shahjoy district. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel and the Taliban has not commented on the clashes.

Roadside bomb kills police officer in Ghazni

A roadside bomb has killed an Afghan police officer and injured at least four other people in Ghazni. The blast occurred in the provincial capital, Ghazni City, on Thursday morning. According to reports, three of the four casualties are understood to have been civilians who were passing by when the roadside bomb was triggered. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack so far, although it's suspected Taliban insurgents were behind it, as they often plant explosives along roadsides in attempts to target the security forces.

Twenty Taliban killed in clashes

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces. The clashes allegedly took place in the Logar and Paktiya provinces, sometime within the last 24 hours. Local reports have suggested that the fighting broke out during security operations. The insurgents were reportedly killed in an airstrike and ground operations.

Seven fatalities reported in Ghor shelling incident

At least seven fatalities have been reported following a recent shelling incident in the Dawlat Yar district of the Ghor province. According to reports, the incident occurred in the village of Qazi, where it's claimed civilian victims were hit by artillery shelling from the security forces. While seven have been confirmed dead, a further eight others have also been injured.  

Floods kill seven in Paktiya

At least seven fatalities have been reported amid flood-related incidents in the Sayed Karam district of Paktiya. The floods have been caused by recent heavy rainfall in the region. According to reports, the deceased have all been identified as children, who were all from the same family. It's understood their house collapsed under the heavy rain, which has been affecting the area over the last week. In the past four days, at least 14 other houses have also been destroyed across various parts of the district.

Taliban clash with security forces in Zabul

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and an additional three others have also been wounded following armed clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The fighting took place on Tuesday in the Mizan district, where the insurgents had reportedly launched a coordinated attack on security checkpoints - leading to an armed response by the security forces. According to reports, security personnel were successful in repelling the attack and no casualties have been reported amongst the security forces following the incident.

IED blast kills 10 Taliban in Kunduz

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kunduz province. The explosion occurred overnight on Monday when the insurgents had allegedly been attempting to plant the IED along the side of the highway in the Aliabad district. The IED was triggered accidentally and subsequently detonated prematurely, killing the insurgents. Tolo News has reported that a local Taliban commander is believed to be among those killed in the blast.

Nine civilians injured in Taliban firing, Nangarhar

At least nine Afghan civilians have allegedly been injured in Taliban firing in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, suspected Taliban insurgents are purported to have fired mortar shells in the Sherzad district over the weekend, hitting a civilian residential property in the Angar area of the district. The insurgent group has not commented on the incident and has not claimed responsibility for the civilian casualties.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Paktika clashes

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the Paktika province. According to recent reports, the clashes took place between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Sarobi district on Sunday. Police personnel reportedly came across a number of suspected insurgents whilst out on patrol in the district, leading to an armed altercation, which left 15 insurgents dead and six others wounded. Unconfirmed reports suggest that a local Taliban commander has been identified among those killed. Separately, another six insurgents were also arrested during security operations in the Yahya Khel and Sharana districts of the same province.

President agrees Taliban prisoner release

President Ashraf Ghani has agreed to release 400 Taliban prisoners, clearing the way for the resumption of peace talks in Afghanistan. The release of the prisoners was approved on Sunday, at the end of a three-day long Loya Jirga, a traditional Afghan meeting of tribal elders and other stakeholders to decide on major issues. Jirga member Atefa Tayeb stated that the decision had been made "in order to remove the hurdles for the start of peace talks, stopping bloodshed, and for the good of the public". The issue had become a sticking point in the peace process, as the authorities were reluctant to free all the names demanded by the Taliban. Many of the final 400 prisoners released had been accused of serious offences, including around 150 on death row. No date has been set for Intra-Afghan peace talks thus far, but negotiations are expected to get underway next week - most likely in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban maintains a political office.

Three Taliban killed in Zabul clash

Three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed, while seven others have also been wounded amid recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. According to reports, the fighting broke out over the weekend during a security operation targeting a suspected insurgent presence in the Qalat district. Security forces claim an insurgent-owned rocket launcher was also discovered and destroyed.

Residents protest recent killings in Kandahar

Local residents in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province have launched a protest in response to recent cross-border killings. According to Tolo News, hundreds of residents reportedly took part in the demonstration, which was organised after 15 civilians were allegedly killed in firing from the Pakistani forces across the border last week. It's alleged that the cross-border firing incident also wounded a further 80 others.

Two Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

Two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar. The clash occurred sometime within the last 48 hours in the Panjwayi district, where insurgents were allegedly planned to attack the security forces in the Du Ab area, prompting a pre-emptive strike by the military against the insurgents which resulted in a brief crossfire which left two insurgents dead. No other casualties have been reported.

Taliban kill six police officers in Helmand

Six Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a suspected Taliban attack in the southern province of Helmand. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred overnight on Wednesday, when a number of armed insurgents allegedly attacked a security checkpoint in the Nawa district, leading to a brief gunfight in which six police personnel were reportedly killed. Local officials have confirmed the incident but not the casualty figures. The Taliban has not claimed the attack.

Ten Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent armed clashes with Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the clashes occurred on Wednesday in the Gilan and Ghazni districts. Six insurgents were killed and another six were also injured in a clash with security personnel after a military convoy was attacked by insurgents in Gilan, while a further four insurgents were also killed in a separate clash with the Afghan security forces in the Arzo area of the provincial capital.

Eight Taliban killed in Helmand clash

At least eight suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and several others have also been wounded in recent armed clashes with the Afghan security forces, which took place in the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday. Local reports indicate that the security forces launched a pre-emptive attack on the insurgents in the Sangin district insurgents, where it's alleged they had been planning an attack on the security forces. The Taliban have not commented on the clashes thus far.

Twelve killed in Taliban ambush, Baghlan

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed 12 people in an armed attack in Baghlan. The victims were reportedly ambushed by the insurgents whilst travelling along the Baghlan-Samangan highway (AH76). The group were en route from Baghlan to Mazar-e-Sharif when they came under attack in the Cheshmeh-ye Shir area. Reports from Tolo News indicate the victims may have been targeted for suspected links to the Baghlan provincial council. The Taliban has not officially claimed the attack.

Taliban kill local artist in Takhar

A local artist has reportedly been killed by Taliban insurgents in the north-eastern Takhar province. According to reports, the victim was shot dead by armed insurgents in a targeted overnight attack on Tuesday. The insurgents allegedly stormed the victim's house in the village of Izna in the Chah Aab district and murdered him. The motive behind the killing remains unclear, while the Taliban have not commented on the incident so far.

Five insurgents killed in Nuristan clash

At least five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the Nuristan province. According to reports, the fighting broke out near the AfPak border in the Kamdesh district on Tuesday. Senior border police officials have confirmed the clash, which allegedly broke out after a group of insurgents were targeted by the security forces. The attack on the insurgents was reportedly launched to prevent them from carrying out a planned insurgent attack on a military convoy.

IS claim deadly attack on Jalalabad prison

The Afghan security forces have reportedly retaken control over a prison facility in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to Al Jazeera, the security forces claim to have recaptured the prison following a deadly militant attack on the facility. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw gunmen storm the prison - leading to a fatal gunfight between the militants and the security forces which has left around 30 dead, including several of the assailants. Hundreds of prisoners are reported to be on the run, having escaped from the prison during the attack.

Kunar IED blast kills two

Two people have died and three others have also been injured after they were hit by a suspected bomb explosion in the Kunar province. Preliminary reports indicate the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside in the Shigal district of Kunar on Tuesday morning. The victims had been on their way to a wedding ceremony when their vehicle presumably triggered the IED as it passed by. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion; however, Taliban insurgents, who maintain a presence in the area, are known to plant IEDs along roadsides in attempts to target government security personnel.

Three civilians killed in Takhar clashes

At least three civilian deaths have been reported, along with three casualties, following violent clashes between the Taliban and local residents in the north-eastern Takhar province. The fighting allegedly took place in the Taliban-controlled Darul Uloom area of the Khwaja Ghar district on Monday. According to reports, it's understood the clashes unfolded as a result of local residents objecting to Taliban insurgents attempting to transfer a suspected rapist, who was being held by the insurgent group, to Kunduz province. The residents reportedly attacked the Taliban prison facility, prompting insurgents to open fire indiscriminately.

Kandahar IED blast kills four

A recent bomb blast in the southern province of Kandahar has left four people dead and three others injured. It's believed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had allegedly been planted along the roadside in the Spin Boldak district. According to reports, the IED was triggered when a civilian vehicle passed by. It's suspected the IED has been planted by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target the Afghan security forces, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Floods kill 16 in Nangarhar

At least 16 people have died and several others have also been injured after torrential downpours triggered flash floods in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, heavy rain hit the region over the weekend, leading to deadly flooding in the Kaz Kunar area, leaving 16 dead, including 15 children. At least four others were also injured while dozens of houses were left damaged.

Twenty-nine killed in Jalalabad prison attack

At least 21 fatalities have been confirmed following an armed attack on a prison in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports, a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden vehicle into the prison entrance late on Sunday night, before gunmen stormed the facility - leading to a clash between the attackers and Afghan security personnel. The gunfight is understood to have continued overnight, into Monday morning, with at least three attackers shot dead so far. While 29 people have died overall, a further 50 others are thought to be wounded. Among those killed include civilians, prison guards, and Afghan security personnel. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The prison houses 1,500 inmated, of which several hundred are thought to belong to the IS. A group of around 100 prisoners allegedly tried to escape amid the fighting, but most of them have been recaptured.

Nine civilians killed in cross-border rocket attacks

At least nine Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed and 50 others have also been wounded following recent cross-border rocket attacks in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports from Tolo News, the Pakistani security forces are alleged to have fired rocket attacks across the AfPak border, hitting civilian residential areas in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar on Thursday. The Pakistani forces have not commented on the alleged attacks; however, violent cross-border disputes are common along the border region.

Logar car bomb kills 17

A suicide car bomb attack in the Logar province has killed at least 17 people and wounded 21 others. The explosion reportedly happened on a crowded street near the governor's office in Logar, targeting people shopping for the religious festival of Eid al-Adha. The blast came just hours before a three-day ceasefire agreed between the Taliban and the Afghan government was due to start, coinciding with Eid. The Taliban have denied any involvement in the bombing, while the Islamic State (IS) have not yet commented and are presumed to be responsible.

Government and Taliban agree Eid al-Adha ceasefire

The Afghan government has agreed to a ceasefire with the Taliban during Eid al-Adha. The three-day truce will start on Friday and could lead to the start of long-delayed peace talks between the two sides. "To demonstrate the government's commitment to peace, the Islamic Republic will soon complete the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners," said President Ashraf Ghani. "With this action, we look forward to the start of direct negotiations with the Taliban in a week's time."

Two soldiers killed by car bombs, Helmand

Two soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in a twin car bomb attack in Helmand province. The incident happened at a security checkpoint in the Nahr-e-Siraj district on Saturday. “The forces had prior information about the car bombs, so they had made preparations,” said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Taliban open to peace talks next month

The Taliban have reportedly expressed a willingness to engage in further peace talks next month. The talks are conditional on the completion of a prisoner-exchange between the Taliban and the Afghan government, as arranged as part of the US-Taliban peace deal. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen stated that the group was ready to release the remaining Afghan security force prisoners, as long as Kabul freed all Taliban inmates from government prisons as per their list. The prisoner swap has become a sticking point for talks in recent months. The Afghan government is supposed to release up to 5,000 Taliban, while the armed group has promised to free 1,000 Afghan security personnel; however, the government has expressed concern over several names included on the Taliban list, as they are either prominent or highly dangerous insurgents. Furthermore, while the government claims to have release around 4,400 Taliban inmates, the armed group says it has only released 864.

Taliban kill six public militia in Ghazni

A Taliban attack has left six public uprising militia members dead in the Ghazni province. The deceased have all been identified as members of a pro-government armed civilian militia. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred overnight on Thursday 23 July in the Qarabagh district. Local officials have confirmed that at least six militia members were killed and nine others were also injured. It's unclear if any casualties were inflicted amongst Taliban insurgents.

Clashes kill 24 Taliban in Zabul

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have been left dead following clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the clashes took place over the last 24 hours. The security forces allegedly targeted a number of suspected Taliban positions in the Arghandab, Shinkay, and Shah Joy districts. While 24 insurgents were killed, a further 27 others were also wounded.

Ghazni clash leaves nine dead

A clash between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents has left at least nine dead. The clash occurred on Wednesday in the Qarabagh district, where a number of armed insurgents reportedly launched an attack on a security checkpoint in the Sai Kru area. According to reports from Tolo News, the security forces repelled the attack, killing six insurgents, while three security personnel were also killed and another three were injured.

Insurgent killed in premature IED blast, Kabul

A suspected Taliban insurgent has allegedly been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated prematurely in Kabul on Thursday. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred in the Parwan-e-Sewom area of Police District 4. It's believed the suspect had been attempting to plant the IED along the roadside with the intentions of targeting the security forces when the explosive was triggered accidentally.

Kandahar clashes kill 24 Taliban

Twenty-four Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting reportedly took place in the Shah Wali Kot district overnight. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate the security forces launched a counter-terror operation targeting Taliban positions, with air support from the Afghan Air Force (AAF). Most of the casualties were inflicted as a result of the airstrike.

Clashes kill 31 Taliban in Nangarhar

At least 31 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and some 15 others have also been injured in recent clashes with the security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the clashes took place on Wednesday in the Khogyani district, which borders neighbouring Pakistan. Unconfirmed reports claim that at least 13 of the deceased have been identified as Pakistani nationals. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Airstrikes in Herat kill 45

At least 45 deaths have been recorded following recent airstrikes in the Herat province. The strikes were allegedly conducted within the last 24 hours, in the Adraskan district, where local officials have claimed that at least eight civilians were killed, along with dozens of Taliban insurgents. Al Jazeera has reported that the air raids were carried out by the Afghan security forces, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Kham Ziarat area. While eight of the 45 fatalities are alleged to have been civilians, it's unclear how many of the remaining 37 have been identified as insurgents. A further 12 others were also injured. A spokesperson for the American forces in Afghanistan has said they did not take part in Wednesday's airstrikes.

IED blast kills seven in Uruzgan

Seven people have been killed in a recent bomb explosion in the Uruzgan province. The blast occurred on Wednesday morning at around 09:00 local time in the provincial capital of Khas Uruzgan. It's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated as a police convoy passed by en route to the police headquarters. The district police chief is understood to have been among those killed, along with an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander, an Afghan National Army (ANA) commander, two ANA soldiers, and two ALP officers. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far.

Four soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan

At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have allegedly been killed in recent car bombings in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. According to reports, the first bombing occurred on Tuesday evening in Helmand's provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, where suspected Taliban insurgents reportedly detonated a car bomb targeting the ANA's third battalion along Lahskar Gah highway. The second blast occurred overnight in Kandahar, when insurgents allegedly detonated another car bomb on a road connecting the province to neighbouring Helmand. While four ANA soldiers were killed, another six were also wounded.

Kunar airstrike kills six Taliban

An airstrike has killed six Taliban insurgents in the Kunar province. The airstrike was reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Sirkanay district, sometime within the last 48 hours. At least seven mines were also discovered and defused in an adjacent military operation. The Taliban have not commented on the strike thus far.

Taliban kill six police officers in Nimroz

Six Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the south-western Nimroz province. According to recent local reports, the attack occurred on Monday in the Chakhansur area, where a number of armed Taliban insurgents allegedly launched an attack on the district police headquarters. The police responded to the attack, leading to a fatal gunfight in which 12 were killed,  including six police officers and six Taliban insurgents. An additional 18 security personnel have also been injured in the fighting, including the district police chief. At least four insurgents were also injured.

Clashes leave eight Taliban dead in Ghazni

Recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Ghazni province have left at least eight Taliban insurgents dead. The fighting allegedly took place in the provincial capital of Ghazni city on Tuesday. Tolo News has reported that the clashes broke out when the security forces launched a pre-emptive attack on the insurgents, who were believed to be planning an attack on the security forces in the city. While eight insurgents have been killed, two other have also been wounded.

Eight Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrikes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the southern province of Kandahar. The aerial operations were carried out overnight by the Afghan security forces, with support from foreign forces. The operations were apparently in response to an insurgent attack on security checkpoints. According to reports from Tolo News, the airstrikes targeted Taliban positions in the Takht-i-Pul district. The Taliban have not commented on the strikes thus far.

Civilian killed in Baghlan IED blast

An Afghan civilian has allegedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports, the blast occurred on Tuesday in Police District 1 of the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khomri city. It's claimed an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at around 06:00 local time, killing one civilian and injuring another. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion so far.

Taliban insurgent killed in Kabul operation

A Taliban insurgent has been killed in a recent security operation in the Kabul province. The operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Shakar Dara district on Monday. While one insurgent was killed, four others were also arrested. According to reports from Tolo News, the insurgents are believed to have been involved with a number of violent insurgent attacks which have been carried out in the Shakar Dara and Mir Bacha Kot districts of the province.

Fifty insurgents killed in Baghlan clashes

Some 50 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and a further 30 more insurgents have also been wounded following clashes in the Baghlan province which broke out over the weekend. According to reports, the clashes occurred during a counter-insurgency operation being carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Dand-e-Ghori district against a Taliban stronghold. Both ground and air units took part in the overnight operation. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel following the clashes, and the Taliban have not commented on the fighting.

Five killed in Baghlan clash

At least five fatalities have been reported following an armed altercation between two civilian groups in the Baghlan province. The fighting reportedly broke out between two families in the Tala wa Barfak district over the weekend. Five people were killed and six others were also injured in the violence. Local reports claim the clash may have been motivated by a family feud, although this has not been confirmed.

Clash kills 14 Taliban in Balkh

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes in the Balkh province. The clashes reportedly broke out between the Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces over the weekend. According to reports, fighting took place on Sunday in the Mazar-i-Sharif district, where a group of insurgents had launched an armed attack on a number of security checkpoints. While 14 insurgents were killed, a further six were also injured.

Taliban accused US of drone strikes

The Taliban have reportedly accused the US of carrying out drone strikes in 'non-war zones'. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen released a statement on Twitter alleging that the US armed forces had targeted non-war zones in drone strikes which were recently conducted in the Ghazni, Helmand, and Zabul provinces. Tolo News has reported that Shaheen condemned the strikes, describing them as a "violation of the peace agreement". The US has yet to respond to the claims.

Kabul condemns Pakistan cross-border firing

Government officials in Kabul have condemned a recent cross-border firing incident involving neighbouring Pakistan. The incident occurred on Wednesday along the AfPak border in the Kunar province, where at least four civilians were allegedly killed, while nine others were also injured. The Pakistan Army regularly attempts to install border fencing and defence measures in the disputed border area, leading to armed clashes. Two civilian houses were also damaged. According to reports, Kabul has called on Islamabad to refrain from 'unacceptable' artillery attacks and arbitrary installations which could further escalate tensions.

Airstrikes kill five Taliban in Balkh

Airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Balkh province have reportedly left at least five Taliban insurgents dead. The aerial operations were allegedly conducted as part of counter-terror operations led by the government forces in the Chahar Bolak district on Friday. According to Tolo News, a military spokesperson has confirmed the strikes and death toll, while the Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Five security personnel killed in Balkh clashes

At least five security personnel have reportedly been killed in recent clashes in the Balkh province. According to Tolo news, the clashes occurred in the Dawlat Abad district on Wednesday night after suspected Taliban insurgents attacked the centre of the district from several directions. The fighting lasted for over two hours and left five security personnel killed and two more injured. The attack was allegedly repelled when the insurgents withdrew.

Rocket attack hits Ghazni city

A rocket attack has reportedly hit Ghazni city, leaving at least six people injured. The casualties have allegedly been identified as Afghan civilians. At least four rockets are understood to have hit the city in an attack launched on Thursday morning. According to reports, the attack coincides with a visit to the city by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attacks thus far.

Two civilians shot dead in Parwan

Two Afghan civilians have reportedly been shot dead by gunmen in the Parwan province. According to reports from Tolo News, the shooting occurred in the Sayed Khel district during the early hours of Wednesday morning, when a local imam and his brother were on their way to the mosque. The police launched an investigation and have since made two arrests in connection with the killings - the motive behind which has not yet been clarified.

Zabul clash leaves four Taliban dead

Four Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and five others have allegedly been wounded during a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The fighting apparently took place in the Arghandab district, and was triggered by armed insurgents storming a security checkpoint in an overnight attack. According to reports, the security forces successfully repelled the attack. It's unclear if any security personnel were injured in the clash, while a local Taliban commander is believed to be among the four insurgents killed.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 15 Taliban

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 10 more insurgents have also been injured in recent airstrikes, which were carried out in the southern Kandahar province. The strikes were conducted on Wednesday by Afghan security forces in response to an insurgent attack which was launched overnight in the Maiwand district. During the attack, at least three Afghan police personnel were killed and four others were also wounded.

Four Taliban killed in Daykundi clashes

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and five other insurgentss have also been wounded following clashes between the local pro-government militia forces and the Taliban in the Daykundi province. The fighting broke out on Tuesday in the Bala Dasht-e-Sar-e-Tagab area of the Pato district, According to reports, the clashes were triggered by an armed insurgent attack targeting a security checkpoint. The attack was successfully repelled, with one civilian and one militia member injured in the fighting.

Taliban abduct 10 civilians in Sar-e-Pul

A group of 10 civilians have allegedly been abducted by Taliban insurgents in Sar-e-Pul province. Local reports claim the kidnapping took place on Tuesday in the Sancharak area, where the victims had been busy collecting wheat from fields. The district governor has confirmed the abduction; however, no further information regarding the incident has been released thus far. The Taliban have not commented on the incident and no claims of responsibility have been made.

Fatal shooting reported in Faryab

A fatal shooting incident has been reported in the province of Faryab, where at least three people have been killed and three others have also been wounded after unidentified gunmen opened fire on them. The shooting reportedly occurred at a mosque in Maimana city on Monday. Tolo News has reported that a tribal elder is believed to be among those killed in the incident. The motive behind the shooting currently remains unclear but could be related to a tribal dispute. 

US soldier dies in non-combat-related incident

A 24-year-old American soldier has reportedly died in the southern province of Kandahar. It's understood the US army officer died in a non-combat-related incident, although the precise circumstances of the officer's death have not yet been clarified in a public statement as an investigation remains ongoing. According to Tolo News, the US Department of Defence has confirmed that US service member, 1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, died over the weekend.

Surobi blast kills five

At least five people have allegedly been killed after a suspected bomb exploded in the Surobi district of Kabul province. The blast reportedly occurred on Tuesday along a roadside near the village of Jegdalak. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, a civilian vehicle is believed to have triggered an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted along the side of the road. A number of children are understood to be among those killed. The IED had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents to target security personnel, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Eight Taliban killed in Ghazni

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have also been wounded in separate incidents, which both occurred in the Ghazni province. The first incident occurred in the Mangoor Bazar area in the Qarabagh district, where insurgents clashed with the security forces on Monday. The second clash took place in the Khalo Khel area of the same district just hours apart. Overall, eight insurgent fatalities and two casualties were confirmed following both incidents. According to reports, security personnel also discovered explosive materials in the possession of the insurgents, which has since been confiscated.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Badghis clashes

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent clashes between the security forces and the Taliban in the Badghis province. The clashes occurred in the Qala-e-Naw district sometime within the last 48 hours, leaving 16 insurgents dead and another six injured. According to reports, two local Taliban commanders are believed to be among those killed in the fighting. The security forces have also discovered and defused at least eight mines, which are thought to have been planted in populated areas by Taliban insurgents.

Samangan car bomb death toll rises

The death toll from a car bomb attack outside provincial security offices in Samangan has risen to 10 confirmed fatalities. The explosion occurred on Monday outside the National Directorate of Security (NDS) offices in the provincial capital of Aybak. The Afghan security forces responded to the attack and engaged in an hour-long gunbattle with the attackers. Preliminary reports indicated at least 43 casualties had been recorded; however, updated reports from Tolo News on Twitter now suggest at least 10 security personnel have been confirmed dead, along with three attackers, while a further 60 others have been wounded. The death toll could rise further still. Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, stated that the armed group were behind the bombing.

Six killed in Kunduz clashes

Six fatalities have been reported amongst police personnel following recent clashes with Taliban insurgents in the Kunduz province. Two separate clashes took place on Sunday, one in the Imam Sahib district and the other in the Chardara district. At least six police personnel were killed and seven other were injured when insurgents launched an attack on the security forces in the village of Pada Khab in Imam Sahib, while another two police personnel were also injured in another insurgent attack in the Do Band area of Chardara. A number of insurgent casualties are believed to have been inflicted, although no precise numbers have been reported.

Overnight clashes leave eight dead in Parwan

Clashes reportedly broke out overnight in the Parwan province, leaving eight dead and five wounded. The fighting broke out in the Shinwari area shortly before midnight, when a group of armed insurgents launched coordinated attacks on a number of security checkpoints near the villages of Namakab and Ashtarshahr. According to recent reports from Tolo News, four Afghan soldiers and four suspected Taliban insurgents have been identified among those killed, while five more soldiers were also injured and three others are missing.

Blast injures dozens in Samangan

A suspected bomb explosion has reportedly injured dozens of people in the Samangan province. The blast occurred on Monday in Aybak city, where a loud explosion was heard near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate at least 43 people have been taken to hospital for injuries, including three children. Unconfirmed reports suggest the blast came from a suicide car bombing, in a militant attack targeting the NDS compound. It's feared many of the wounded may have sustained fatal injuries. The Afghan security forces have responded to the incident and are understood to have engaged in a gunfight with armed militants. No outfit or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Sixteen killed amid clashes in Daykundi

At least 16 fatalities have been reported following recent armed clashes in the Daykundi province. It's claimed the security forces were attacked by insurgents at the Band-e-Ziarat security outpost in the Pato area, in an overnight attack. According to reports, the insurgents struck during the early hours of Sunday morning, at around 01:00 local time, triggering a deadly gunfight, which left 12 insurgents and four security personnel dead. An additional two other security personnel were also injured in the clash. It's believed the insurgent attack was successfully repelled by the security forces.

Eight Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes. The aerial strikes were were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday. According to reports, the strikes targeted a suspected Taliban position in the village of Ibrahim Khel in the Khogyani district, leaving eight dead and two other injured.

Deadly shooting reported in Parwan

A deadly shooting incident has been reported in the Parwan province. According to local reports, the incident occurred in the Bagram district and left at least one person dead. The victim has apparently been identified as a civilian woman, who is believed to have been shot dead by her step son. The motive behind the killing has yet to be determined, while no arrests have been made thus far.

Military jet crashes in Baghlan

A military jet has reportedly crashed in the Baghlan province. The aircraft is understood to be an A-29 Super Tucano fighter jet, belonging to the Afghan National Army (ANA). It's been reported that the jet crashed in the Dushi district of Baghlan on Thursday. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the accident has been confirmed by the provincial authorities, although no details concerning casualties or the cause of the crash have been disclosed so far. 

Twelve Taliban killed in Paktiya clashes

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid violent armed clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Paktiya province. According to recent reports, the clashes took place near the village of Shah Mohammad in the Zazi district on Thursday. Fighting apparently broke out after the insurgents launched a series of coordinated attacks on a number of security checkpoints during the early hours of the morning. The security forces allegedly repelled the attacks without sustaining any casualties amongst security personnel.

Car bomb explosion reported in Wardak

A car bomb blast has been reported in the Wardak province. The explosion allegedly occurred on Thursday, in the Saydabad district. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, an explosive-laden vehicle  was detonated at a security checkpoint in what's thought to have been a targeted attack. No major damage and no casualties have been reported following the attack and no claim of responsibility has been made for the blast thus far.

Gunmen kill six civilians in Paktika

Six deaths have been reported following a suspected gun attack in the Paktika province. According to local reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a group of six civilians in the Kar Khel area on Wednesday. All of the victims are understood to be related. The motive behind the incident remains unclear, while no claim of responsibility has been made by an group or individuals.

Twenty Taliban killed in Nangarhar clash

Some 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amidst clashes with the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. Recent reports indicate that the clashes broke out on Tuesday in the Zawiyah area of the Khogyani district, which borders neighbouring Pakistan. It's alleged a fatal gunfight was sparked by an insurgent attack on a security checkpoint. The attack was apparently repelled and no casualties have been reported amongst security personnel. The Taliban have not commented on the alleged clash.

IED blast injures police in Kabul

An improvised explosive device (IED) has reportedly left at least one Afghan police officer injured after it detonated in Kabul city on Wednesday morning. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate the blast occurred in Police District 11, where a police vehicle was allegedly targeted, injuring a police officer. Security officials have yet to comment on the incident. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far.

Ghazni IED blast kills three police

Three Afghan police officers have been killed following a suspected bomb explosion in the Ghazni province. The incident reportedly occurred in the Deh Yak district on Wednesday. The blast is thought to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had most likely been planted in the ground by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target the security forces. The insurgent group has not commented on the recent incident.

IED blast kills soldier in Paktiya

A suspected bomb blast has reportedly killed an Afghan army soldier in the province of Paktiya. The blast occurred in the Ahmad Khel area on Tuesday during the early hours of the morning. According to reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the side of the road and was triggered when a military vehicle drove past at around 03:00 local time. One soldier was killed and two others were also injured.

Six police officers killed in IED blasts

Six Afghan police officers have been killed in two recent bomb explosions in the Zabul province. Local reports indicate that both blasts occurred in the Shinkay district on Monday, killing six police officers and injuring two others. It's suspected that, in both incidents, the police officers accidentally triggered improvised explosive devices (IEDs) whilst passing by. The IEDs had most likely been planted along the roadsides by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility have been made for the deadly blasts.

Logar airstrike kills seven Taliban

At least seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out in the Logar province. The airstrike was conducted sometime within the last 48 hours by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Pol-e Alam district, where a number of suspected Taliban hideouts were identified and targeted. While seven insurgents were left dead, an eighth was also injured in the strikes.

Roadside bombing kills three police officers in Herat

A roadside bombing has killed three Afghan police officers and left another three wounded in the province of Herat. The blast occurred on Saturday in the Kohistan district, where a police vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road along the Herat-Islam Qala highway. The IED was most likely planted by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Clash leaves 16 Taliban dead in Laghman

An armed clash in the Laghman province has left at least 16 Taliban insurgents dead. Six more insurgents were also injured following the clash, which occurred overnight on Sunday. Reports indicate the fighting broke out following an overnight attack by the insurgents on the Afghan security forces. The attack was allegedly repelled with no casualties reported amongst security personnel. Unconfirmed reports suggest a local Taliban leader is thought to be among those killed in the clash.

Seven Taliban killed in highway ambush

At least two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and two Afghan security personnel have also been injured following an ambush on the Kabul-Nangarhar highway. According to recent reports, the incident occurred along the highway in the Surobi area of Kabul province on Monday, when the insurgents allegedly attempted to ambush the Afghan security forces, leading to a fatal crossfire. The Taliban has not commented on the alleged incident.

Eleven Taliban killed in Wardak clashes

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed following armed clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Wardak province on Friday. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the fighting broke out when a gunfight was triggered by an insurgent attack on the security forces. The Defense Ministry has reportedly confirmed the attack, which was apparently repelled by the government forces with no casualties reported amongst security personnel.

Baghlan IED blast kills two police officers

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following a suspected bomb explosion in the Baghlan province. The blast allegedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted along a roadside in the Nahrin district. According to Tolo News, it's understood the IED was triggered when a police vehicle passed by on Friday morning. While two police officers have been confirmed dead, another five have also been wounded. The IED was most likely planted by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Six Taliban killed in Herat clash

Six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following an armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. The clash allegedly occurred in the Pashtun Zarghun district on Wednesday during a clearing operation. The security forces had been in the process of clearing the village of Taqcha of insurgents when they were fired upon, triggering a fatal crossfire, which left six insurgents dead and 13 other wounded, including 10 security personnel and three insurgents.

Twelve killed in Nangarhar clashes

At least 12 fatalities have been reported following a deadly clash between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Nangarhar province on Thursday. The clashes allegedly took place in the Khogyani district, which borders neighbouring Pakistan. Among those killed include at least two Afghan border force personnel and 10 suspected insurgents. Meanwhile, an additional nine security personnel were also injured in the skirmish.

Clashes leave 15 Taliban dead in Ghazni

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another 11 insurgents have also been wounded following armed clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. According to recent local reports, the clashes occurred on Thursday in the Noghi and Ashgabat areas. It's believed the fighting was triggered by insurgent attacks on the security forces, which were allegedly repelled with no casualties reported amongst security personnel.

Taliban release 20 security personnel in Baghlan

The Taliban have reportedly released around 20 Afghan security personnel from a Taliban prison in the Baghlan province. According to Tolo News, the Taliban's spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, confirmed the release of 20 members of the Afghan security forces in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday. The release comes as part of an ongoing prisoner exchange agreed with the Afghan government as part of US peace talks with the Taliban.

Civilian killed in Herat clashes

An Afghan civilian has reportedly been killed in recent clashes in the Herat province. Tolo News has reported that the incident occurred on Wednesday in the Pashtun Zarghun district, where fighting apparently broke out between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents. At least one civilian has been confirmed dead, while two more civilians and eight security personnel have also been injured following the clash. No Taliban casualties have been confirmed, and the insurgent group has not commented on the incident thus far.

Nine Taliban killed in Paktika attack

At least nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a clash which broke out with the Afghan security forces in the Paktika province. The fighting broke out in response to armed Taliban insurgents targeting a number of security checkpoints in an overnight attack. According to Tolo News, the attacks were successfully repelled by the security forces, with no casualties reported amongst security personnel.

Four killed amid floods in Parwan

At least four people have died amidst recent flooding in the Parwan province. The deaths were reported after heavy rainfall triggered localised floods in the Shinwari district over the weekend. According to reports from Tolo News, search and rescue efforts have been launched in an effort to safely retrieve the bodies, which are trapped under rubble. Several properties were destroyed, and others severely damaged during the floods.

Clashes leave 17 Taliban dead in Parwan

Overnight fighting has killed at least 17 Taliban insurgents in the Parwan province. According to reports from Tolo News, the clashes broke out overnight after a large group of armed insurgents stormed several security checkpoints in the Kohi Safi district. Provincial police claim the situation has been brought under control and that the attacks were successfully repelled by the security forces and local pro-government militia with no casualties reported amongst security personnel.

Two Taliban killed in Laghman clash

At least two suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have also been wounded following a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the Laghman province. According to reports, the clash occurred on Tuesday in the Mehtar Lam provincial capital district. The fighting apparently broke out in response to Taliban insurgents launching an attack on the security forces in the suburbs of Mehtar Lam city.

Twelve Taliban killed in security operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 15 others have also been wounded in recent security operations. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni and Logar provinces sometime over the last 24 hours. According to reports, the operations targeted suspected insurgent positions in the Qala-e-Elias village near Alam Bridge in Logar, and in the village of Arzavi Kalan, on the outskirts of Ghazni city. 

Taliban execute two civilians in Faryab

Two male Afghan civilians have reportedly been executed by the Taliban in the Faryab province. The incident apparently took place in a Taliban-controlled area of the province. According to reports, two young men were allegedly hanged to death by Taliban insurgents after shaving their beards and in doing so, defying Taliban rules. Both men were reportedly sentenced to death in a Taliban court and then hanged in public.

Sar-e Pul airstrike hit Taliban

A series of airstrikes which were carried out over the weekend hit the Taliban in the Sar-e Pul province. Tolo News has reported that provincial officials reported heavy Taliban casualties following the airstrikes on Saturday. The aerial operations were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces and targeted a suspected Taliban gathering in the Kata Qala village in the Sozma Qala district. A number of Taliban insurgents, including local commanders, are understood to have been killed in the strike; however, no precise casualty figures have been confirmed.

Two rights workers killed in Kabul blast

Two human rights workers have been killed in a suspected bomb blast which occurred in Kabul over the weekend. Reports from Al Jazeera indicate the explosion happened on Saturday morning, when two employees of Afghanistan's human rights body were killed after a homemade sticky bomb was attached to their vehicle and detonated. The attack has not been claimed by an individual or group thus far and came less than a week after two prosecutors and three other employees from the attorney general's office were shot dead by gunmen in an attack on the outskirts of Kabul.

Shelling kills 10 in Helmand

At least 10 fatalities and 15 casualties have been reported after mortar shelling hit an area in the Sangin district of the Helmand province on Monday. It's been reported that the shelling was conducted by the Afghan security forces in response to a recent Taliban attack in the same area; however, unconfirmed reports suggest that local residents claim the deceased have been identified as civilians. The provincial authorities have confirmed the incident but have not commented on the alleged civilian casualties.

Nine Taliban killed in Kabul clash

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 10 others have also been wounded following an armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the Kabul province. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate that the clash occurred in the Paghman district on Friday, when a number of armed insurgents launched an attack on government security checkpoints, triggering a fatal gunfight.

Taliban kidnap seven security personnel in Wardak

At least seven security personnel have reportedly been taken hostage by Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province. The insurgents allegedly attacked the Afghan security forces at a security checkpoint in the Maidan Shahr district on Thursday. According to reports from Tolo News, the insurgents apparently managed to overrun the checkpoint before taken seven members of the government security forces hostage. No casualties have been reported following the incident.

Taliban release 20 security personnel

At least 20 Afghan security personnel have been released by the Taliban in the southern Helmand province. According to Tolo News, the release was announced by Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen on Twitter on Thursday. It's believed the freeing of the security forces comes as part of a prisoner swap agreed between the government and the insurgent group as part of ongoing peace efforts.

Eight Taliban killed in Zabul clashes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a further 10 others have also been wounded following recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The fighting apparently broke out in the Meran and Shahr-e-Safa areas, where eight security checkpoints were attacked by suspected Taliban insurgents. The coordinated insurgent attacks were allegedly carried out overnight, but were repelled by the security forces.

Balkh airstrike kills 25 Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the Balkh province by the Afghan security forces has reportedly killed at least 25 Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the airstrike was conducted overnight in the Balkh district, where a suspected insurgent position near the village of Wazirabad was targeted. Unconfirmed reports from local residents claim that an additional four civilians were also killed in the strike, although the local authorities and security forces have refuted these claims.

Twenty-one killed in Helmand clashes

At least 21 fatalities have been reported following recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the southern Helmand province. According to reports from Tolo News, the clashes occurred in the Kajaki district on Tuesday night, when armed insurgents allegedly launched coordinated attacks on a number of security checkpoints, leading to an exchange of fire. The clashes left at least 17 insurgents and four security personnel dead. No other casualties have been reported.

Eleven Taliban killed in Ghor clashes

Eleven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent armed clashes in the Ghor province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Firozkoh district on Wednesday. The Afghan security forces were allegedly attacked by a group of suspected Taliban insurgents, leading to a firefight which left 11 insurgents dead and several others injured. Among those injured includes two security personnel and an unspecified number of insurgents. A local Taliban commander is thought to have been identified among those killed.

Six civilians killed in Jowzjan mine blast

Six civilians have been killed in a roadside mine blast in the Jowzjan province. According to reports from Tolo News, two children and a woman are thought to be among those killed. The blast occurred along a roadside near the village of Farok Qala in the Mardyan district, when a rickshaw accidentally triggered the explosive as it passed by. The provincial governor's spokesperson, Marouf Azar, has reportedly blamed the Taliban for the fatal blast; however, the insurgent group has neither claimed responsibility or commented on the incident.

Ten soldiers killed in Badghis attack

At least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a recent attack in the Badghis province. The attack reportedly occurred on Tuesday in the Bala Murghab district and is thought to have been carried out by Taliban insurgents. Reports from Tolo News suggest the insurgents launched the attack whilst the security forces were carrying out a security review operation outside their base. While 10 deaths have been confirmed, another five soldiers were also wounded.

Taliban kill four in Logar attack

At least four people have reportedly been killed in a suspected Taliban attack in the Logar province. According to local reports, the attack occurred on Tuesday in the Khushi district near Deh Bala village, where a security checkpoint was targeted by the insurgents. In addition to the four fatalities, three other people were also injured in the attack. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven soldiers killed, six kidnapped in Balkh

At least seven Afghan soldiers have been killed and another six have also been kidnapped following a suspected Taliban attack in the Balkh province. According to recent reports, the soldiers were attacked on Tuesday in the Baba Yusuf village, where armed insurgents apparently stormed a local police station. No details have been released regarding any insurgent casualties; however, it's believed that a local commander has been identified among those killed in the attack.

Female traders protest in Jowzjan

A group of female traders have staged a protest in the northern Jowzjan province. The woman gathered on Monday at the Silk Road Bazaar in Sheberghan to protest over the lack of government support after a fire engulfed the bazaar last week. Dozens of small shops were severely damaged in the fire, along with a number of properties nearby. According to reports, government representatives had promised financial aid to those whose livelihoods were impacted by the fire; however, traders are complaining they have received no such help so far.

Twelve soldiers killed in Kunduz attack

At least 12 Afghan soldiers have reportedly been killed and five others have also been wounded following a suspected Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. The attack was carried out on Monday in the Dasht-e Archi district, where a number of security checkpoints were targeted by armed insurgents. According to reports, a gun battle broke out between the two sides, with the security forces ultimately repelling the insurgent advance. In addition to the security forces' casualties, it's been reported that at least four Taliban insurgents were also killed, while five others were also injured. The Taliban has neither claimed, nor commented on, the incident.

Three killed in Kapisa clash

At least three fatalities have been reported after a clash reportedly broke out between two families in the Kapisa province. According to recent local reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday in the Koh Band district, where police were called to respond to a violent altercation. The deceased have been identified as two men and one woman, who were members of two separate families local to the area. The precise nature and cause of the clash have not yet been determined as investigations get underway, but it's suspected the violence could have been motivated by a familial dispute.

Five killed in Kabul gun attack

At least five people have been confirmed dead following a recent gun attack in Kabul. According to local reports, the shooting occurred in the Deh Sabz district on Monday. It's claimed that the deceased have all been identified as employees of the Bagram Justice and Detention Centre. The victims had allegedly been in a car on their way to work when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle and shot them dead before fleeing the scene. No claim of responsibility has been made for the killings, while the local authorities are investigating the possibility that the shooting was a targeted attack.

UN condemns Afghan healthcare attacks

The UN has issued a statement condemning recent attacks targeting healthcare workers in Afghanistan. The attacks have come amid the global coronavirus pandemic and have targeted key health workers and health facilities, including an attack on a maternity unit at a hospital in Kabul which left 24 dead back in May. According to a UN report into the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, 15 violent incidents targeting health workers or facilities were reported between 11 March and 23 May. Taliban insurgents are thought to be responsible for at least 10 of these attacks, while three have been attributed to the Afghan security forces. Over the last 24 hours, Afghanistan's total number of coronavirus cases has increased by 310 to 29,143, and the death toll has also gone up by 17 - taking the total to 598 confirmed virus-related deaths.

Five killed in Taliban attack in Baghlan

Five fatalities have been reported following a suspected Taliban attack in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Puli Khumri provincial capital district, where a number of armed insurgents allegedly opened fire on a police station. Of the five people killed, at least three have been identified as local police officers, while the other two are thought to have been Taliban insurgents. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban kill 15 security personnel in Takhar

At least 15 militia and police personnel have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the northern Takhar province. According to reports, a group of armed insurgents launched a series of attacks targeting seven security posts in the Chah Aab district, and in the Namakab area - situated between Chal and Farkhar districts. The deceased have been identified as members of a local pro-government militia, along with a number of local police officers. The local authorities have confirmed the incident, but denied that Taliban insurgents had taken control of the security posts. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Helmand bomb blast kills one

A bomb blast which occurred in the southern province of Helmand over the weekend has reportedly killed at least one person, and wounded another. The explosion was reported in the Lashkar Gah capital district on Sunday, when it's believed an explosive device was used in a targeted attack against a local tribal elder and his son. According to reports from Tolo News, tribal elder Hafizullah Khan was left wounded following the blast, while his son was killed. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents may have been behind the incident.

MSF withdraws from Kabul hospital

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has announced that it will withdraw from a hospital in Kabul. MSF announced that is had taken the decision following an attack on a maternity ward at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital last month that killed at least 24 people. "The decision comes with the understanding that while no information has emerged about the perpetrators or motive of the assault, mothers, babies and health staff were its deliberate target and similar attacks may repeat in the future," MSF said, describing its move as "necessary but painful".

Kabul mosque targeted in bomb attack

At least four people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a mosque in Kabul. The device exploded inside the Sher Shah Suri Mosque during Friday prayers, according to the interior ministry. The mosque's prayer leader Mofleh Frotan was among those killed in the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Taliban release eight government soldiers

The Taliban have reportedly freed eight Afghan government soldiers. The soldiers were allegedly released from a Taliban detention facility in an unspecified location in the Zabul province on Wednesday. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, their release was announced on Twitter by the insurgent group's spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen. The release of the soldiers comes just days after the Afghan government released a number of Taliban prisoners in line with the prisoner swap agreement reached as part of the US-Taliban peace deal.

Deadly gun attack reported in Parwan

At least one civilian has reportedly been killed in a deadly gun attack in the Parwan province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the incident took place on Wednesday in the village of Sayadan in the Charikar district. It's alleged that unidentified gunmen visited the office of a tribal elder, where a fatal gunfight broke out, leaving the tribal elder dead. No other casualties have been reported following the incident, which is now under investigation. The motive behind the attack has not yet officially been determined, but it's speculated the incident may have been targeted. No claim of responsibility has been made for the killing thus far.

Protest staged over deaths of Afghan migrants in Iran

A protest has been staged in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar over the recent deaths of three Afghan migrants in a car fire in Iran. Four other migrants were also injured in the incident, which occurred earlier this month, when the Iranian security forces opened fire on a suspicious vehicle after it refused to stop at a checkpoint, causing it to go up in flames. The incident followed another controversial incident last month, involving the alleged torture and killing of a group of 45 Afghan migrants at the Iranian-Afghan border, after Iranian border guards forced them into a river at gunpoint. Both incidents have led to widespread outrage in Afghanistan and have heightened diplomatic tensions between the neighbouring countries. 

Coronavirus death toll rises by 21

The coronavirus death toll in Afghanistan has risen to just over 400 following the latest daily increase in figures. As of Wednesday, the total number of virus-related deaths registered stands at 405, after 21 new fatalities were confirmed over the last 24 hours. According to reports from Tolo News, an additional 683 new cases of infection have also been reported - taking the national tally to 22,142 confirmed coronavirus cases. At least 324 patients have recently recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,013 - leaving 16,724 cases still active, including 19 which are in serious or critical condition.

Miners trapped in Samangan coal mine collapse

At least 15 miners have reportedly been trapped after a coal mine collapsed in the Samangan province. According to reports, the accident occurred on Tuesday morning at around 11:00 local time in the Dara-i-Suf district. Emergency response teams have been dispatched to the site of the collapse at the Shabashak mine, where rescuers are working to free those trapped inside. Air vents have apparently been installed in the affected area and it's hoped all 15 miners will be found alive. It currently remains unclear what may have caused the collapse, but such accidents can occur in old or poorly maintained mines.

Twenty-seven Taliban prisoners released in Herat

A group of 27 Taliban prisoners have reportedly been released by the Afghan government from a detention facility in the western Herat province. Their release comes as part of a prisoner swap, which was agreed under the US-Taliban peace deal. Recent reports from Tolo News claim the release occurred on Monday evening following an order from the Presidential Palace. 

Over 100 Taliban prisoners released in Kabul

More than 100 Taliban prisoners have been released from detention facilities in Kabul. The release of 170 Taliban prisoners was reported on Monday and comes as part of the prisoner swap agreement under the US-Taliban peace deal, which requires the Afghan government to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the Taliban freeing 1,000 government and armed forces personnel. Furthers prisoners are expected to be released over the next few weeks.

Deaths of three Afghan refugees in Iran car fire condemned

The deaths of three Afghan refugees in a car fire in Iran have been widely condemned in Afghanistan. Tensions have flared over the incident after it emerged that the fire was started by Iranian police officers firing gunshots at the vehicle. Four people managed to escape the blaze injured. Iranian officials claim the car was suspected to be carrying drugs and undocumented migrants and failed to stop at a checkpoint, prompting officers to open fire. It's claimed the fire was started by sparks after the refugees continued to drive on the vehicle's wheel rims after their tyres had been shot down. The incident comes barely a month after Iranian border guards allegedly tortured a group of 45 Afghan migrants, forcing them at gunpoint to cross a river, leading to their deaths. Iran denied the allegations at the time; however, the most recent incident has prompted Afghanistan to send a delegation to Iran to support the victims of the car fire and investigate the incident. The incident has triggered widespread outrage amongst Afghan citizens, with many drawing parallels to protests against police brutality in the US following the recent death of African-American George Floyd whilst in police custody.

Security official killed in Taliban ambush

A security official has reportedly been killed and at least two members of the Afghan security forces have been injured following a suspected Taliban attack in the Khost province. According to recent reports, the security forces were ambushed by armed insurgents in the Porshi area of the Sabari district over the weekend. The deceased has been identified as the security director for the Zazi Maidan district, while the two security personnel who were injured are understood to be Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack and the Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Seven Taliban prisoners released in Nangarhar

The Afghan government has released at least seven Taliban prisoners from a detention facility in the eastern Nangarhar province. The insurgents were reportedly freed by the authorities over the weekend as part of ongoing efforts to maintain the prisoner swap agreement between the government and the Taliban. According to Tolo News, the provincial governor, Shah Mahmood Meyakhail  confirmed that the prisoners had been released for the sake of "progress and goodwill in peace talks". 

Roadside blast kills 11 security personnel in Badakhshan

A roadside bomb explosion has killed at least 11 security personnel in the northern Badakhshan province. According to recent reports, the incident occurred over the weekend in the Khash district, where it's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the side of the road by suspected Taliban insurgents. The security vehicle apparently triggered the IED as it drove past during the late hours of Friday evening near the village of Darkhan, resulting in a blast which left 11 police personnel dead.

Taliban attack kills 10 soldiers in Zabul

Recent reports from Tolo News indicate that at least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed following a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. Provincial authorities have confirmed the attack, claiming the security forces were ambushed by a group of armed insurgents as they were carrying out a security assessment of the Zabul-Kandahar highway on Friday morning. The attack occurred near the city of Qalat, with the Taliban also suffering casualties from the clash, although it's unclear how many. The Taliban have not claimed the attack and government security officials have yet to comment on the incident. Unconfirmed reports suggest as many as 15 security personnel may have been killed.

Nine new coronavirus deaths reported

Nine new coronavirus deaths have been registered in Afghanistan - taking the death toll there up to 309 overall. A daily increase of 915 new cases of infection has also been reported, raising the total number of confirmed covid-19 cases up to 18,969. This is Afghanistan's highest daily increase recorded so far and it's feared the country will surpass the 20,000-mark over the weekend as the rate of infection continues to gradually increase.

Farah airstrike kills 16 Taliban

An airstrike has reportedly killed at least 16 Taliban insurgents in the Farah province. The aerial operation was apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces on Thursday, in response to an insurgent attack on a security outpost in the village of Deh Yak, located in the outskirts of the provincial capital city. According to Tolo News, the airstrike has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the provincial police.

Deadly bomb blast reported in Kabul

A deadly bomb explosion has been reported in the capital city of Kabul. The blast allegedly occurred on Thursday in a bazaar in the Qarabagh district, where an explosive device had been placed on a bicycle and was detonated - leaving one civilian dead and two others injured. Preliminary reports from Tolo News suggest the incident has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast, which comes a day after a Kabul mosque was targeted in an explosive attack in the capital city's high-security Green Zone.

Almost 800 new coronavirus cases reported

Almost 800 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Afghanistan over the last 24 hours - taking the national total number of confirmed covid-19 cases to 18,504. As of Thursday 04 June, a daily increase of 787 new cases and six new deaths were reported. The country's covid-19 death toll now stands at 300. Around 1,600 coronavirus patients have already recovered, while over 16,100 are still considered active cases.

Seven civilians killed in Kunduz bomb blast

At least seven civilians have reportedly been killed and six others have also been wounded in a recent roadside bomb blast, which occurred in the northern Kunduz province. The incident apparently happened on Monday evening, when a small truck was hit by a blast in the Khanabad district. Al Jazeera has reported that the truck had been transporting a group of labourers and was travelling through a Taliban-controlled area when the explosion occurred. At least two of the six people who were wounded are reported to be in critical condition.

Two killed in Kabul mosque blast

Two people have been confirmed dead following an explosion in a mosque in the capital city of Kabul. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the blast occurred at around 19:25 local time on Tuesday, when worshippers had gathered for evening prayers at the Wazir Akber Khan Mosque in Kabul's high-security Green Zone. Among the two people killed in the attack included the mosque prayer leader, Mullah Mohammad Ayaz Niazi. Another two people were also wounded. The mosque is located at the main entrance to the Green Zone and can be accessed from both inside and outside the zone. Preliminary reports indicate the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber; however, further investigations have yet to confirm this. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, which follows an Islamic State-claimed bombing which killed a journalist and their driver in central Kabul last Saturday.

Security personnel killed in Badghis shooting

An Afghan security personnel has reportedly been killed following a shooting incident in the Badghis province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter indicate the victim has been identified as a female employee of the National Directorate of Security (NDS). It's believed she was killed in an attack by unknown gunmen on Tuesday. No further details regarding the incident have been released thus far and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Nine killed in Kandahar IED blast

At least nine people have been killed and another five others have also been injured following a suspected bomb blast in the southern Kandahar province. The explosion is thought to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had allegedly been planted along the roadside in the Khoshkroud area in the Arghistan district. Tolo News has reported that the victims are believed to be civilians. It's claimed the civilian vehicle struck the roadside IED at around 10:45 local time on Wednesday morning. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban operate in the area and are known to deploy such tactics with the aim of targeting the Afghan government security forces.

Roadside blast kills four in Paktiya

At least four police personnel have been killed in a roadside explosion in Paktiya. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Chineh area of the Sayed Karam district on Tuesday, and among the four fatalities was the district police chief, while another four police personnel were also injured in the incident. It's believed a mine had been planted along the roadside by insurgents in the hope of targeting the security forces, although no such claim of responsibility has been made for the incident.

IED blast kills three civilians in Sar-e-Pol

Three Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed and four others have also been wounded in a recent roadside explosion in the Sar-e-Pol province. It's believed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted along the side of the Sar-e-Pol-Jowzjan highway. The explosion occurred in the Aqtash area on Tuesday, when a civilian vehicle hit the IED - which is thought to have been planted by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Traffic police chief killed in Kapisa shooting

A traffic police chief has reportedly been shot dead in a shooting incident in Kapisa. The victim has been identified as Sayed Munir, the head of the provincial traffic police department, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Monday morning in Qala-e-Sayed Khan, in Kapisa city. Tolo News has reported that Munir was on his way to the office when he was killed. Shortly after the incident, a small local protest formed to demand an investigation and for suspects be brought to justice. Protesters reportedly lit fires along the street and blocked a road. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack and an investigation has been launched.

Taliban kidnap four demining personnel in Parwan

Four demining personnel have allegedly been abducted by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Parwan province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate that the demining staff were operating as part of a team which had been deployed to the Shinwari district. It's believed Taliban insurgents abducted the demining team on Monday and seized four vehicles. The security forces have reportedly launched an offensive to retrieve the hostages - leading to a four-hour clash with the insurgents. No releases have been reported thus far.

Four civilians killed in Taliban shooting

At least four civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the northern Badakhshan province. Local reports claim that Taliban insurgents attacked them in the village of Do Aab in the Arghanj Khwa district sometime within the last 48 hours, leaving four local residents dead. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban kill two police in Daykundi

Two Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Daykundi province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Monday in the Kijran district of Daykundi, where insurgents launched an armed attack on a security checkpoint. A crossfire broke out, which led to the deaths of at least two police personnel, while the insurgents are also thought to have sustained a number of fatalities and casualties during the attack.

Violent clashes reported in Nangarhar

At least 19 people have died and a further 10 others have also been injured after violent clashes broke out between the security forces and the Taliban in the Nangarhar province. The fighting occurred in the Hisarak district on Sunday and was allegedly triggered by a group of armed insurgents launching an attack on a number of Afghan security checkpoints. Of those killed, at least 16 have been identified as Taliban insurgents, while three security personnel were also killed. Another nine insurgents were also wounded, along with one member of the security forces.

IED blast kills one in Kapisa

A deadly roadside explosion has killed at least one person in the Kapisa province. It's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the Kohistan district in Kapisa on Thursday - killing one person and leaving two others wounded. The incident has been reported by Tolo News, and it's been alleged that the blast targeted the vehicle of the Afghan government's deputy minister of religious affairs, Aminuddin Muzaffari - who has reportedly survived the explosion. The IED was most likely planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Taliban kill 14 security personnel in Paktiya

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed at least 14 Afghan border force personnel in the Paktiya province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the clash occurred in the Dand-e-Patan district on Thursday evening, when a group of armed insurgents launched a violent attack on the Afghan border force33.82, leaving 14 security personnel dead. No other casualties have been reported thus far.

Seven soldiers killed in Taliban attack

A suspected Taliban attack has left at least seven Afghan soldiers dead in the Parwan province. According to local reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday in the Ghorband district of Parwan, where a group of suspected Taliban insurgents allegedly launched an armed attack on a military outpost overnight. While seven soldiers have been confirmed dead, an eighth was also wounded. It's claimed the Taliban also suffered casualties, although further details remain unclear.

IED blast killed three children in Badghis

A recent blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) has killed three civilian children in the Badghis province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the explosion occurred in the Chashma Duzdak area of the Muqur district on Wednesday. It's suspected the IED had been planted by Taliban insurgents attempting to target Afghan security personnel; however, the insurgent group has not yet commented on the incident.

Five killed in Faryab landmine blast

At least five fatalities have been reported following a landmine blast in the Faryab province. According to reports, the explosion occurred in the Pashtun Kot district during the early hours of Tuesday morning. It's believed the landmine exploded inside a residential property belonging to the family of a Taliban insurgent. It's as of yet unclear if the mine detonated prematurely, or if it was planted deliberately. Among those dead include five family members related to a prominent local Taliban commander, known as Mullah Zahir.

Six killed in Laghman land dispute

At least six people have reportedly been killed and four others have also been injured following a land dispute in the eastern Laghman province. According to local reports, an armed clash broke out over the dispute between two groups in an undisclosed part of the province. The dispute was over ownership of a piece of land, but turned violent, leaving six dead and four injured, with both sides taking casualties.

Four killed in Zabul roadside bombing

At least four security personnel have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the Zabul province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday in the Qalat-e Gilzay district, where Afghan National Army (ANA) and police personnel were passing through the area when they accidentally triggered the planted bomb. The blast left three ANA soldiers and one police officer dead. No other casualties have been reported. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the local authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Airstrikes kill 21 Taliban in Jowzjan

Airstrikes which were recently carried out in the northern province of Jowzjan have reportedly killed at least 21 Taliban insurgents. According to Tolo News, the strikes were conducted by the military during an operation targeting insurgent positions in the Mingajik district over the last 24 hours. The strikes apparently hit a group of insurgents which had gathered in a location - supposedly with the intention of planting landmines.

Six insurgents killed in Jowzjan airstrike

Six suspected insurgents have reportedly been killed in an airstrike in the Jowzjan province. The strike was allegedly conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Mangjeek district on Tuesday. According to reports, the air raid targeted a suspected Taliban insurgent position, leaving six insurgents dead and three others injured. A number of insurgent-owned vehicles were also destroyed, along with the hideout.

Nine killed in Taliban clash

At least nine fatalities have been reported following a clash between members of a local militia and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Takhar province. Tolo News has reported that the armed altercation broke out in the Khwaja Bahauddin district on Tuesday, killing nine members of the local public uprising forces - a pro-government militia. Six other members of the militia were also wounded following the clash and it's believed the Taliban also sustained casualties, although further details remain unclear.

Three killed in Khost mosque attack

At least three fatalities have been reported following an apparent gun attack on a mosque in the Khost province. The attack reportedly occurred on Tuesday in the Sabari district overnight. The mosque is located in the village of Gurchk and it's claimed a number of unidentified gunmen opened fire in an attack targeting the building, leaving three dead and a fourth person injured. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Protests unfold over Taliban mosque attack in Parwan

A group of residents in Parwan's provincial capital district of Charikar have gathered to protest against a recent Taliban attack on a local mosque. Reports from Tolo News indicate the protest occurred on Wednesday, with participants gathering outside the provincial governor's office in central Charikar. Local residents are claiming that at least seven civilians were killed and 12 others were also wounded in  an insurgent attack on the mosque the day before and are demanding action from the local authorities.

Fifteen Taliban surrender in Baghlan

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly surrendered and joined the reconciliation process in the province of Baghlan. According to reports, the group of insurgents handed themselves in to the authorities in the Tala Wa Barfak district on Wednesday. The leader of the small insurgent group apparently made an appeal to other insurgents to follow suit and surrender. The news comes as the government continues an ongoing reconciliation process, which encourages Taliban insurgents to disarm and hand themselves over.

Military operation kills five Taliban in Balkh

Five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded during a recent military operation in the Balkh province. Local reports indicate the operation was carried out over the weekend by the Afghan security forces and targeted a suspected Taliban hideout, located in the village of Jar Khoshk in the Kishindih district. No other casualties have been reported following the operation.

Eleven Taliban killed in military operations

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and nine others have also been wounded in recent military operations. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted on Tuesday in the provinces of Ghazni, Paktika, and Wardak, where a number of suspected Taliban positions were targeted. In Ghazni, two insurgents were killed and three were injured in the Nani area. Another two insurgents were also killed in the Wazikhwa district of Paktika, along with three others who were also injured. Meanwhile, at least seven insurgents were killed and three more were wounded during an operation in Wardak's Saydabad district.

Police officer killed in Herat attack

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed following an attack in the Herat province. The attack occurred on Tuesday morning in the south of Herat city, where three attackers reportedly launched an armed attack on a police checkpoint, leading to a clash with police officers. According to Tolo News, a police spokesperson confirmed the attack, which left one police officer and two attackers dead, while the third attacker was injured but managed to escape. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kunduz attack

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have also been injured after clashing with the Afghan security forces during a recent insurgent attack in the Kunduz province. The attack took place on Monday night in the provincial capital of Kunduz city. According to reports from Tolo News, the security forces successfully repelled the attack with air support.

Eight Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

An airstrike which was recently carried out in the Kunduz province has reportedly killed at least eight Taliban insurgents. The strike was conducted by the Afghan security forces during the early hours of Sunday morning in the Dasht-e-Archi district, where a Taliban position was targeted and destroyed. According to reports, eight fatalities have been confirmed and two other insurgents are also thought to have been injured in the strike.

Eleven killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 11 fatalities have been reported following two separate clashes in the Jaghatu district of Ghazni province. The first incident occurred on Monday, when suspected Taliban insurgents reportedly clashed with police and civilians, leaving at least three civilians and two police personnel dead. The second incident occurred during a clearing operation conducted by the Afghan security forces in the same district. The operation targeted Taliban insurgents and killed at least six while leaving two other insurgents injured.

Covid-19 total rises to 7,072

Afghanistan's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 7,072 following a daily increase of just over 400. Over the last 24 hours, at least 408 new cases of infection have been diagnosed. Reports from Tolo News show the latest figures were released by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Monday. The death toll currently stands at around 170.

Six Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed following an armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the clash occurred in the Shah Wali Kot district on Monday, where a number of suspected Taliban insurgents engaged in a fight with Afghan police. The clash left six insurgents dead and five other injured. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel. A total of 16 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were confiscated from the insurgents, along with an insurgent-owned motorbike.

Explosive-laden truck hit by airstrikes in Faryab

An explosive-laden truck has reportedly been destroyed after it was hit by airstrikes in the Faryab province. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Pashtun Kot district sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the strike successfully targeted and hit an identified a Taliban-owned Humvee vehicle which had been filled with explosives in the village of Makhshi Khasht. Intelligence reports received by the ANDSF indicated the vehicle was to be detonated in the provincial capital of Maymana city.

Floods cause disruption in Kabul

Recent flooding has caused disruption in Police District 9 of the capital city of Kabul. Damage has been caused to a number of residential properties, as well as infrastructure, including roads. Travel disruption should be expected throughout the area and in surrounding areas, including the airport.

Premature IED blast kills two insurgents in Paktiya

A premature bomb explosion has killed two suspected Taliban insurgents in the province of Paktiya. The blast occurred in the Zazi Aryob district on Thursday and is believed to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED), which was being planted along the roadside by the insurgents when it went off accidentally. Two insurgents were killed in the blast, and a third was left injured. 

Thirteen Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes in the Ghazni province. The clashes allegedly broke out between the insurgents and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) during security operations in the Qarabagh district on Thursday evening. No casualties have been reported amongst ANDSF personnel.

Coronavirus death toll rises by 17

The country's coronavirus death toll has reportedly risen to 153 following a daily increase of 17 new virus-related deaths on Friday. An additional 414 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed covid-19 cases to 6,053.

Violent clashes reported in Badakhshan

Violent clashes have been reported in the northern Badakhshan province, with preliminary reports suggesting as many as 13 people may have been killed. The fighting broke out on Thursday between the government security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Dara-e-Menjan area of the Darayim district. At least one Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier is thought to be among those killed, along with 12 insurgents. Another two ANA soldiers have also been wounded, as have at least six Taliban insurgents. Elsewhere in the province, the government forces have reportedly recaptured 11 villages from the Taliban during operations in the neighbouring Tashkan district. No casualties were reported.

Four killed in Laghman clashes

At least four deaths have been reported following a clash between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Laghman province. According to recent reports, three insurgents and one Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier have been killed, while another soldier was also wounded. The clashes occurred in the Kunjaki area o the Alisheng district on Wednesday.

Eight killed in Kunduz clashes

At least eight fatalities have been reported following clashes in the Kunduz province. According to preliminary reports, fighting broke out between Afghan government security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Khan Abad district on Wednesday. As a result, three police officers and five suspected insurgents were killed in the fighting. No further casualties have been reported and the nature of how the fight broke out has not yet been clarified.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 136

The death toll for the coronavirus outbreak in Afghanistan has risen to 136 after four new virus-related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. An additional 413 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed - taking the national total number of confirmed coronavirus cases over 5,600.

Seven killed amid clashes in Takhar

At least seven fatalities have been reported and another seven people have also been wounded amid clashes which have been reported in the Takhar province. According to recent reports, the clashes broke out between the police and the insurgents in the village of Nawabad in the Dasht-e Qaleh district during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fighting was triggered by an insurgent attack targeting a local police checkpoint. Among those killed include four police personnel and three suspected Taliban insurgents, while at least five police personnel were also injured, along with two insurgents.

Airstrikes in Balkh kill 22 Taliban

Airstrikes which have been carried out in the Balkh province have reportedly killed at least 22 Taliban insurgents and injured another 14 more. The strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Wednesday. A suspected Taliban position was targeted in the Chahal Bolak district, leaving five insurgents dead and a sixth injured. A second airstrike targeted a Taliban location in the provincial capital district, killing at least 17 more insurgents and wounding around 13 others.

Death toll from Kabul maternity ward attack rises to 24

The death toll from a militant attack on a maternity ward in a hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul has risen to 24 confirmed fatalities. The attack took place in the Dasht-e-Barchi district yesterday and was carried out by three armed suspects dressed in police uniforms. Mothers, newborn babies, and nurses were among those killed, while another 16 people were also injured. The Taliban denied involvement and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, which occurred the same day as an IS-claimed bombing at a funeral in Nangarhar killed at least 26 people. In response to the attacks, President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban and other groups, including the Islamic State (IS). The move has prompted criticism from the Taliban, which had recently agreed to stop large-scale attacks as part of a peace deal with the US.

Attempted suicide bombing foiled in Kapisa

An attempted suicide bomb attack has reportedly been foiled in the province of Kapisa. Local reports claim a would-be suicide bomber and two accomplices attempted to attack a police checkpoint in the Tagab district on Tuesday evening. The police officers repelled the attack and neutralised the attackers before they could reach the checkpoint. The would-be suicide bomber was killed and the two other attackers were wounded. No security personnel were injured in the attack, which has not been claimed.

Taliban release 36 prisoners in Faryab

The Taliban have released 36 military prisoners in the province of Faryab. The group of detainees were freed by the insurgents on Tuesday from a Taliban-run facility in an undisclosed part of the province. The release has come as part of the US-Taliban peace deal agreement, which resulted in a prisoner exchange between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which recently suspended the release of Taliban prisoners held in government facilities until the Taliban released a total of 200 prisoners in exchange.

Two insurgents killed in Kandahar clash

At least two insurgents have reportedly been killed following a clash with the Afghan National Police (ANP) in the southern Kandahar province. According to local reports, the clash occurred on Tuesday in the Tora Bora area of District 12 in the provincial capital of Kandahar city. Both insurgents are thought to be members of the Taliban, although the group has not yet commented on the incident. No casualties were reported amongst ANP personnel.

Ghazni district police chief killed in IED blast

A district police chief has reportedly been killed following a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Ghazni province. The IED had allegedly been planted along the roadside - most likely by Taliban insurgents, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack. The police chief served the province's Rashidan district and is the fourth local high-ranking police official to be killed in a month.

Doctors protest in Takhar

Doctors have launched a protest in the northern province of Takhar to protest against the local authorities over unpaid wages. Dozens of doctors have taken part in the demonstration, which took place in Taleqan on Tuesday. According to reports, doctors are claiming that they haven't been paid their wages, and have had to work in increasingly poor working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic, without the appropriate medical equipment. The demonstration comes a week after doctors closed health centres in the province as a form of protest.

IS regional leader detained in Kabul

The regional leader of the Islamic State (IS) for South Asia and the Far East has reportedly been arrested by the security forces in Kabul. Zia ul-Haq (aka Sheikh Omar Khorasani) has apparently been detained with two other senior IS leaders - thought to be his spokesman Saheeb and chief of intelligence Abu Ali. The arrests were made during an operation which was conducted after a tip-off was received from four recently arrested senior IS members. Last year, it was reported that Khorasani may have been replaced by the IS; however, this was never confirmed.

Taliban kill four civilians in Paktika

At least four civilians have allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded in a recent Taliban attack in the Paktika province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Monday evening in the Zarghun Shar (aka Khair Kot) district, where it's believed a group of armed insurgents opened fire on a number of civilians. Three tribal elders are thought to be among those killed, along with a minor who has not been identified.

Bomb blast targets Nangarhar funeral

A bomb explosion has targeted a funeral in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast hit a funeral procession in the Khewa district on Tuesday. The funeral was for a local police commander and it's believed the event was targeted by militants. Preliminary reports indicate the death toll could be as high as 24. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the Taliban have denied involvement and the security forces allegedly suspect Islamic State (IS) militants may have been behind the attack, as they retain a strong presence in the province and have carried out similar attacks in recent years.

Taliban attack public militia in Ghor

Taliban insurgents have reportedly attacked members of a public militia in the Ghor province. According to Tolo News, at least four members of the local public uprising forces have been killed in a violent armed attack by Taliban insurgents in the outskirts of the provincial capital city, Chagcharan (aka Firuzkoh). No casualties were reported amongst the insurgents. Public uprisings are local-level pro-government militia groups which have been formed by local residents to defend a particular area or region against insurgency.

Gunmen attack hospital in Kabul

A hospital in Kabul has reportedly been targeted in a gun attack. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the attack occurred on Tuesday in the Dasht-e Barchi area of Kabul's Police District 13. At least 14 civilians are thought to have been killed, including two babies and 11 mothers and nurses, while 15 others have also been wounded. As many as 100 civilians have reportedly been rescued from the scene of the attack. Witnesses at the scene have reportedly heard two explosions as well as gunfire. It's been suggested there could be as many as three attackers, dressed in police uniforms, and it's believed they could also be targeting a guest house attached to the maternity ward of the hospital, where foreign staff members live. Foreign troops arrived at the scene to respond to the incident, which the Taliban have denied any involvement in. The attackers have since been killed by security personnel.

Four killed in Jowzjan clashes

Four fatalities have been reported following violent clashes in the northern Jowzjan province. The fighting broke out on Monday in the Aqcha district where the Taliban apparently attempted to attack a number of security checkpoints - leading to armed clashes which have left three suspected Taliban insurgents and one security personnel dead. Five other insurgents were also wounded, along with another member of the security forces. It's claimed one of the three Taliban fatalities is believed to have been a local Taliban comander.

Taliban release 53 prisoners in Badghis and Faryab

The Taliban have released 53 government prisoners in the provinces of Badghis and Faryab. The prisoners have been released from the Taliban prisons over the course of Sunday and Monday. The Taliban have released a statement via their spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, saying that all released prisoners were provided with clothes and AFN 5,000 (around $65) for transportation purposes. The release by the Taliban comes shortly after the Afghan government announced they were temporarily suspending the release of Taliban prisoners in response to a lack of reciprocation on the Taliban's part. The two sides had been engaged in prisoner swap negotiations earlier this year, until the Taliban called them off, describing the efforts as 'fruitless'. Despite this, the Afghan government said it remained committed to the exchange and went ahead with several prisoner releases before temporarily suspending the programme. An Afghan National Security Council spokesperson has since stated that the programme will not be resumed until the Taliban have released a total of 200 security force members.

Protest held outside Iranian Consulate in Herat

A protest has been held outside the Iranian Consulate in the western city of Herat. The demonstration took place on Monday afternoon and was organised by local residents following an incident involving Afghan migrants at the Iranian border earlier this month. It's claimed the Iranian border guards tortured a group of Afghan migrants and forced them into the Harirud River along the border, with many who couldn't swim ultimately drowning.

Almost 300 new covid-19 cases reported

Almost 300 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Afghanistan, along with two new virus-related fatalities. The total number of confirmed cases has now risen to 4,687 following a daily increase of 285, while the death toll has gone up to 122. The latest figures come amid unconfirmed reports of a shortage of virus testing kits in the Paktiya province.

Six killed in food aid protest

At least six people have died after protest broke out over food aid distribution in Ghor province. The violent unrest occurred in the provincial capital of Firozkoh, where people had gathered to complain about the perceived failure of the local authorities in helping the poor amidst the coronavirus pandemic. According to reports, the security forces were forced to intervene when gunmen in the crowd attacked a government office, leading to violent clashes which left two police officers and four civilians dead. At least ten police officers and nine civilians were also injured. Human rights group Amnesty International has called for an independent and effective investigation in the incidents, claiming the "use of unnecessary and excessive force" had led to the deaths of four civilians.

Taliban kill six security personnel in Laghman

The Taliban have reportedly killed at least six Afghan security personnel during an insurgent attack in the Laghman province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the attack took place in the Alisheng district overnight. Wile six security personnel were killed, at least five others were also left wounded. 

Fifteen Taliban killed in clash with security forces

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the southern provinces of Afghanistan. The clash occurred along the road connecting the neighbouring Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces, where a group of Taliban insurgents allegedly attacked the security forces. The ambush occurred on Wednesday and targeted a military convoy, triggering a crossfire. The security forces repelled the attack, leaving 15 insurgents dead. No casualties have been reported amongst government security personnel and the Taliban has not commented on the incident. Various arms and weapons and been confiscated following the clash.

Ten Taliban killed in Badakhshan clash

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have also been injured following a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, the clash occurred on Wednesday in the Kuran wa Munjab district, where the security forces had been carrying out clearing operations in seven villages. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Five IS killed in Kabul raid

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in a recent raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in Kabul. The raid was conducted sometime within the last 48 hours in the Shakardara area of the Kabul province, near the village of Kockchin-e-Payeen. According to reports, a crossfire broke out which left five IS militants dead along with two security personnel, while six other security personnel were also injured. A number of arrests were also made.

Over 50 Taliban prisoners released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison

Some 52 Taliban prisoners have been released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul. The inmates were released as part of the government's prisoner swap plans as agreed with the Taliban, although the Taliban has yet to release any groups of prisoners thus far, having dismissed prisoner exchange talks with the government as 'fruitless' last month.

Security personnel killed in Helmand shooting

A member of the Afghan security forces has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the southern Helmand province. The shooting allegedly occurred on Wednesday near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The deceased has been identified as a security officer. The attack has not been claimed by an individual or militant group thus far, although officials suspect the Taliban may have been involved, as they maintain a strong presence in the southern region.

Three Taliban killed in Takhar security operation

At least three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have been injured in a recent security operation in the Takhar province. The incident operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces on Monday and targeted suspected insurgents along the Takhar-Kunduz highway. According to reports, a local Taliban commander, known as Mawlavi Zmari, is thought to be among those killed in the operation.

Covid-19 death toll increases by five

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Afghanistan has risen by five, after new covid-19 deaths were registered over the last 24 hours. The total number of fatalities associated with the outbreak there now stands at 95. Meanwhile, an additional 330 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed - raising the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 3,224.

Fifteen killed in Taliban attack

At least 15 people have died and 21 have been wounded following a suspected Taliban attack in the Farah province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred in the Pur Chaman district over the weekend, when a group of armed insurgents launched a coordinated armed attack on a security checkpoint. At least 12 insurgents and three security personnel are thought to have been killed, while 11 insurgents and 10 security personnel were also injured.

Thirty Taliban killed in Zabul airstrikes

At least 30 suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent series of airstrikes in the Zabul province. The strikes were carried out sometime in the past 24 hours as part of a security operation alongside ground strikes, targeting a suspected Taliban position in an undisclosed part of the province. According to Tolo News, at least 30 insurgents were killed and several others were also wounded.

Two IS detained in Nangarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, both suspects have been identified as Pakistani nationals. They were apparently detained during a security operation in the Behsud district on Sunday night.

Investigations launched into reports of Iran guards torturing migrants

The Afghan authorities have launched an investigation into reports of Iranian border guards torturing and drowning Afghan migrants in a river. According to reports, the migrants were caught by the guards trying to enter Iran illegally from the western province of Herat over the weekend. The migrants were apparently beaten up and forced to jump into the Harirud river, with some of them dying as a result. The incident allegedly took place on Afghan territory and it's believed dozens of migrants were abused and at least seven are thought to have died, with more still missing. A search party has been dispatched to the area to retrieve the bodies. Iran has denied the allegations, while Herat's provincial governor, Sayed Wahid Qatali, has threatened to "settle accounts" over the incident in a tweet to Iranian officials.

Twenty injured in Paktika hand grenade blast

At least 20 civilians have reportedly been injured following a hand grenade blast in the Paktika province. The incident allegedly occurred sometime within the last 24 hours in the Zarghun Shar (aka Khair Kot) district, where an explosion was reported outside a mosque in the village of Mohammad Hassan. It remains unclear who was behind the attack, as no claim of responsibility has been made and the Taliban have denied involvement.

Two Taliban killed in Paktiya clash

Two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the Paktiya province. Recent reports indicate the altercation occurred in the Ghareza area of the Gardez district, where a group of insurgents allegedly attacked the security forces. Two insurgents were left dead, while three others were also injured. A Taliban commander is believed to be among those killed in the fighting.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have reportedly died following a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar province. According to reports, the clash occurred on Tuesday in the Shah Wali Kot district, where insurgents allegedly launched an armed attack on a security post - triggering an armed altercation which resulted in the deaths of 13 insurgents. No other casualties have been reported, while a variety of arms and weapons were recovered from the scene.

Eight killed in Zabul clashes

At least eight people have been killed and six others have been wounded in a recent armed clashes between suspected Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The altercations reportedly happened on Monday in the Shah Joy and Shahr Safa districts. All fatalities have been identified as suspected insurgents.

Police kill four Taliban in Kandahar

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and a fifth insurgent has been injured following a clash with the Afghan police in the southern province of Kandahar. Local reports suggest the clash occurred on Monday in the Zharai area, where a group of armed insurgents allegedly attacked a security checkpoint near the village of Mirazar, prompting an armed response from the police. It's understood the attack was successfully repelled with no casualties amongst police personnel.

Two Taliban killed in premature IED blast

Two Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a premature bomb blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern Kandahar province. The vlast apparently occurred on Tuesday in the Morghan Qichi area of the Daman district. According to recent reports, it's believed the insurgents had been attempting to plant the IED along the roadside when it was triggered accidentally, leaving both insurgents dead.

Ghazni protest turns violent

A number of casualties have been reported following violent unrest in the Ghazni province. Tolo News has reported that the protest occurred on Monday in the Jaghori district, where a group of local residents had gathered to protest against the police. The demonstration allegedly turned violent, and residents claim that a civilian was killed and nine others were wounded. The local police claim only five people were wounded amidst the violence and that no fatalities have been reported.

Two killed in Faryab insurgent attack

Two people have died in an insurgent attack in the Faryab province. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate the attack happened during the late hours of Monday evening in the Almar district, where a number of suspected Taliban insurgents launched a targeted violent attack on a former commander of the Afghan forces. The commander was reportedly killed, along with a member of his family. No other casualties have been reported thus far.

Fifteen killed in Kunduz clashes

At least 15 people have been killed and six others have also been wounded following recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Kunduz province. The fighting reportedly broke out over the weekend in the districts of Chahardara and Imam Sahib, where the clash was triggered by an armed attack, when Taliban insurgents stormed a number of security checkpoints. Ten insurgents and five security personnel have been identified among the dead, while at least five insurgents and one security personnel were also wounded.

Dozens of Taliban prisoners released by government

At least 58 Taliban prisoners have been released from jail by the Afghan government. The latest batch of prisoners released takes the total to 550 across 18 provinces. The releases are set to continue across other prisons to eventually free a total of 1,500 prisoners. The move comes as part of the government's efforts to advance peace talks in Afghanistan. The Taliban had initially agreed to a prisoner swap, but later ended talks with the Afghan government, calling them 'fruitless'. 

Four killed in Nangarhar mine blast

At least four people have reportedly been killed in a recent mine blast in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The explosion allegedly occurred in the Khogyani district, where a group of civilians accidentally triggered a roadside mine along the Ghazni-Jaghato road. Four were killed and eight others were also wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Herat clashes leave 38 dead

Recent clashes in the Herat province between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly left as many as 38 dead. According to recent local reports, the fighting broke out in the Koshk-e Kohneh district within the last 24 hours, when Taliban insurgents stormed a number of Afghan National Police (ANP) security checkpoints, triggering a deadly clash. Of the 38 fatalities, 36 have been identified as Taliban insurgents, while two are believed to be security personnel. An additional 30 others have also been wounded.

Security forces kill five Taliban in Zabul

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the Zabul province. The operation was reportedly carried out sometime within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces, targeting suspected insurgents. While five insurgents were killed, at least four others were also wounded. The security forces have seized 10 motorbikes, two radio stations and a range of light and heavy weapons.

Police defuse two roadside IEDs in Ghazni

The police in Ghazni have successfully defused two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Muqur district of the province. According to recent reports, the IEDs were discovered by the security forces near the village of Nawikhoni, where it's suspected that Taliban insurgents had planted them along the roadside in an attempt to target the Afghan security forces.

IED blast injures five in Khost

At least five people have been injured in a recent roadside blast in the Khost province. According to reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered when a number of vehicles passed by. Unconfirmed reports claim that the vehicles were part of a convoy belonging to provincial governor Haleem Fedai, who allegedly escaped the incident unharmed. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Two Taliban killed in Kunar mine blast

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a mine blast in the Kunar province. According to recent reports, the explosion occurred in the  Alishing district, where it's believed the insurgents had been planting landmines along roadsides throughout the area in an attempt to target the security forces, when one of the mines prematurely exploded.

President Ghani placed in self-quarantine

President Ashraf Ghani has been placed under self-quarantine following reports of confirmed covid-19 cases in the presidential palace. As many as 40 cases are thought to have been diagnosed amongst people in the palace and, according to reports, the decision to place Ghani under quarantine has been made as a preventative measure. As of Monday, Afghanistan has reported over 1,000 cases of coronavirus, including 33 deaths.

Two Taliban killed in Baghlan attack

At least two Taliban insurgents have died and four others have also been injured in an alleged insurgent attack in the Baghlan province, north of Kabul. According to reports, the insurgents launched an armed attack on the Afghan security forces in the Dand-e-Ghori district on Monday, triggering a violent clash which resulted in a number of Taliban casualties. The attack was apparently repelled and no casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

One killed in Taliban attack in Kapisa

A person has been confirmed dead following a suspected insurgent attack in the Kapisa province. According to local reports, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Tagab district, where suspected Taliban insurgents allegedly fired mortar rounds on a civilian residential area. At least one death has been confirmed, along with three other casualties. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the incident.

Six Taliban killed in Wardak clash

At least six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed, and four others have also been injured following a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Wardak province. The fighting took place in the Nerkh district over the weekend and was triggered by armed insurgents launching a violent attack on a number of security posts in the area. According to reports, the security forces were successful in repelling the attack. Alongside the casualties, at least three insurgents were also arrested.

Two suspected militants detained in Kabul

Two suspected militants have reportedly been detained by the Afghan security forces in the capital city of Kabul. The arrests took place on Monday in Police District 17, where the security forces had been carrying out an overnight operation. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, both suspects are believed to have links with the Islamic State (IS).

Coronavirus cases rise to 906

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Afghanistan has now risen to at least 906 after another 66 people tested positive for the covid-19 virus over the last 24 hours. No new deaths have been recorded and the national death toll still stands at 30. At least 99 coronavirus patients are understood to have made full recoveries in Afghanistan.

Three drug criminals detained in Nangarhar

At least three suspected drug smugglers have reportedly been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The arrests took place during an operation which was carried out on Wednesday in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. The suspects were detained when raids were conducted on undisclosed locations in Police Districts 1 and 9. Overall, the security forces confiscated a total haul of 13kg of narcotics.

Six Taliban killed in Ghazni clash

At least six Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the clash broke out after armed insurgents stormed police checkpoints in the Gilan, Khwaja Omri, and Zana Khan districts. While six insurgents were killed, at least another 12 were also injured. No casualties have been reported amongst the security forces.

Taliban attack leaves one dead in Laghman

At least one person has been left dead following an alleged Taliban attack in the Laghman province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday morning in the Qarghayi district, where a group of youths had been playing cricket when suspected Taliban insurgents apparently opened fire on the group. A number of the victims were transported to a local hospital, where one person passed away and three others have received treatment for injuries.

Covid-19 total rises to 784 confirmed cases

The number of confirmed covid-19 cases in Afghanistan has now risen to 784 after 70 new coronavirus cases were reported over the last 24 hours. Of the 70 new cases, 31 were from Kabul, 22 were from Herat, three came from Kandahar, and another three also came from Ghazni. Between one to two cases were also reported each from Wardak, Kunar, Nangarhar, Faryab, Uruzgan, Nimruz, and Baghlan. Two new deaths have also been confirmed, taking the death toll in Afghanistan to 25.

Police detain five armed robbers in Herat

The police have detained at least five armed robbers in the province of Herat during two separate raids, which were both carried out on Wednesday morning. According to recent local reports, the suspects were apprehended during response operations in Police District 3 of the provincial capital, Herat, and in the Injil district.

Violence in Badghis leaves 12 insurgents dead

Recent violence in the Badghis province has left at least 12 suspected insurgents dead and 17 others wounded. According to recent reports, separate incidents have been reported across the province over the last 24 hours. The security forces responded to reports of Taliban activity along the Qads-Qala-e Naw highway on Tuesday, where they encountered a number of armed insurgents and engaged in a crossfire, which left seven dead and 11 wounded. In a separate incident, five suspected insurgents were killed and six others were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated prematurely.

Security forces defuse 16 IEDs across seven provinces

The Afghan security forces have reportedly discovered and defused at least 16 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during recent security operations across seven provinces. According to reports, search operations were conducted in the Badakhshan, Faryab, Ghor, Herat, Paktiya, Sar-e-Pul, and Zabul provinces. It's believed the IEDs had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents hoping to target the security forces in explosive roadside attacks.

Government to release 100 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government reportedly plans to release 100 Taliban prisoners today from Bagram prison. According to provisional reports from Tolo News, the release will not include 15 'high-value' prisoners which the Taliban demanded be released in the first batch as part of the prisoner exchange. The Taliban recently called off prisoner swap talks with the Afghan government, calling them 'fruitless'; however, it's hoped the release of the prisoners could reignite talks.

Taliban clash with security forces in Badakhshan

Taliban insurgents have reportedly clashed with Afghan security forces in the northern Badakhshan province, leaving at least eight killed and 16 others injured. The fighting took place in the Warduj district on Monday, where the insurgents allegedly launched an armed attack on the security forces. Five insurgents and three soldiers have been identified among those killed in the altercation. 

Taliban break off prisoner exchange talks

The Taliban have reportedly broken off prisoner exchange talks with the Afghan government following alleged delays. A Taliban spokesperson stated the group would not take part in "fruitless meetings", claiming that the release of their prisoners was being "delayed under one pretext or another". The exchange had been part of a provisional peace deal reached between the Taliban and the US earlier this year; however, if the prisoner swap fails to go ahead, it's feared all progress in peace talks will be derailed and the suspension of prisoner exchange talks could lead to an escalation in violence. An Afghan government spokesperson said they would continue their work on the prisoner release plan and asked the Taliban not to sabotage the process. 

Doctor dies from coronavirus in Afghanistan

A doctor on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus in Afghanistan has reportedly died after contracting the disease. The doctor had been working in a private hospital in Kabul. Following his death, some 20 other colleagues will now undergo testing for the virus. Afghanistan has reported at least 367 cases of Covid-19, including 10 deaths, with the province of herat thought to be the worst affected area.

Government hold prisoner swap talks with Taliban

The Afghan government are reportedly holding talks in Kabul with three Taliban representatives regarding a prisoner swap. The government had already reached a provisional prisoner exchange agreement as part of the Taliban's peace deal with the US. The three-person Taliban delegation arrived in Kabul to oversee the exchange, which will see 5,000 prisoners released in exchange for 1,000 government personnel and troops held by the Taliban. Talks are underway to fine tune the details of the swap. such as identification and transportation. The talks come just a day after eight civilians were allegedly killed in a mine blast in Helmand.

Eight civilians killed in Helmand landmine blast

At least eight civilians have apparently been killed and two others have also been injured following a landmine blast in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred on Wednesday in the Nahr-e-Saraj district. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far; however, Taliban insurgents are known to operate in the region and regularly deploy such tactics of planting explosives along roadsides in attempts to target the security forces.

Two suspects detained on kidnap charges in Kabul

Two suspected kidnappers have been detained in the capital city of Kabul. The arrests were made on Tuesday in Police District 10, where it's alleged they had been holding an Afghan Air Force pilot hostage. According to reports, the pair had originally abducted the pilot from Police District 3 - sparking a search operation led by the authorities. The motive behind the kidnapping currently remains unclear.

Six soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least six Afgan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Zabul province. According to reports, the soldiers were targeted in a coordinated armed attack, carried out by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Arghandab district of Zabul, sometime withn the last 48 hours.

Two Taliban killed in Logar clash

At least two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and severn others have also been injured following a violent clash with the Afghan security forces in the Logar province. According to recent reports, the authorities have confirmed the casualty figrues and that the clash occurred in the Baraki Barak district sometime within the last 48 hours.

Security forces clash with Taliban in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have apparently clashed with suspected Taliban insurgents in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the altercation occurred in the Imam Sahib district, where a group of armed insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in the Nawabad area on Wednesday. The clash left at least seven insurgents and five security personnel dead, while another three security personnel were also injured and six others have been reported missing - most likely taken hostage.

Militants storm Sikh temple in Kabul

A group of armed militants have stormed a Sikh temple in central Kabul, sparking a clash with the Afghan security forces. It's alleged that gunmen and suicide bomber attacked the temple in the Shorbazar area on Wednesday morning as 150 people were worshipping inside. Casualty figures currently remain unclear as fighting continues; however, preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate as many as 25 deaths have been reported, along with a number of casualties. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far; however, the Taliban have denied involvement and the authorities suspect the Islamic State (IS) could be behind it, as the group has a history of targeting the Sikh religious minority in deadly attacks.

Four Taliban killed in Badghis blast

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and a fifth suspected insurgent has also been injured following an apparent bomb blast in the Badghis province. The explosion occurred on Tuesday and is presumed to have been an accidental premature blast from an insurgent-owned vehicle carrying explosives through the Badghis area. It's suspected the explosives were to be used in a planned attack targeting the Afghan security forces.

Four Taliban killed in Herat raid

At least four suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have also been injured following an alleged raid in the Herat province. According to recent reports, the Afghan security forces launched a raid in the provincial capital district of Herat over the weekend, targeting suspected insurgent hideouts. It's claimed that a local Taliban commander is thought to be among those dead.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kandahar security raids

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a series of recent raids in the southern Kandahar province. The raids were apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces overnight in the Khakriz and Maiwand districts, leaving 12 suspected insurgents dead and 14 others injured. The Taliban have not commented on the alleged incident.

Dozens killed in Zabul insider attack

At least 25 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in a recent insider attack in the Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, the attack occurred in the early hours of Friday morning, when armed assailants targeted a security checkpost in the Nowruz district. At least six police officers are claimed to have broken ranks during the attack, opening fire on their colleagues as they joined the attackers. No claim of responsibility has yet been made for the attack.

Taliban attack leaves 26 dead in Ghor

At least 26 people have been killed following a Taliban attack in the Ghor province. The incident occurred on Sunday in the Sharak area of Ghor, where the insurgents allegedly launched an armed attack on a military outpost. According to reports, at least 11 Afghan soldiers and 15 Taliban insurgents have been identified among those dead.

Taliban attack security checkpoints in Helmand

Taliban insurgents have allegedly attacked a number of security checkpoints in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the attacks occurred in the Sangin district over the weekend. Fighting broke out between Afghan security personnel and insurgents, leading to the attacks being repelled. Three insurgents were killed and two others were left injured, while various insurgent-owned weapons were also seized.

Afghan-Taliban prisoner swap agreed

A prisoner swap between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been agreed. President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree on Wednesday to free some 1,500 Taliban insurgents over 15 days as part of peace efforts. All released prisoners will be required to provide a written guarantee "not to return to the battlefield". In exchange, the Taliban will hand over 1,000 government troops being held by the group. If peace talks continue to progress, the government has pledged to free 500 Taliban prisoners every two weeks until a total of 5,000 have been released.

US begins withdrawing troops

The US has begun to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in line with a peace deal recently struck with the Taliban. According to the deal, the US is to reduce its troops from 12,000 to 8,600 over 135 days of signing the agreement. The first phase of the American withdrawal comes just days after the Taliban called for de-escalation following a US airstrike in response to a Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in Helmand.

Rival presidents plan inaugurations

Rival presidents, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have both claimed victory following the presidential election, and both plan to hold inauguration ceremonies on Monday afternoon. Abdullah has reportedly extended an offer to postpone his inauguration, but only if Ghani does the same - which Ghani refuses to do, indicating both ceremonies will go ahead. Elections were held in Afghanistan last September but the Electoral Commission only announced the winner, Ghani, last month. Abdullah has accused the government of fraud and vowed to form his own parallel government.

Violent attack hits Kabul ceremony

A suspected gun and rocket attack has reportedly targeted a ceremony in Kabul. According to preliminary reports from Al Jazeera, at least 18 people have been wounded in the attack, which occurred at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, an ethnic Hazari leader who was killed in 1995 after being taken prisoner by the Taliban. Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah was in attendance at the ceremony but is understood to have escaped unharmed. The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack. Casualty figures are likely to rise.

US airstrike hits Helmand province

The US forces have launched an airstrike in the southern Helmand province. The strike is the first aerial attack the US has carried out on the Taliban since a peace deal was signed over the weekend. The airstrike was carried out on Wednesday in response to Taliban insurgents attacking Afghan forces and it came just hours after US President Donald Trump claimed to have had a "very good talk" with a Taliban leader. A US spokesperson said the US is still committed to peace but described the attack as a 'defensive strike' to disrupt an attack on an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) checkpoint. It remains unclear if there were any casualties; however, the Taliban has since issued a statement calling for de-escalation.

Taliban attack soldiers in Kunduz

At least 16 Afghan soldiers have apparently been killed and 10 others have also been taken hostage in the Kunduz province. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the Imam Sahib district, which borders neighbouring Tajikistan. According to local reports, no insurgent casualties have been reported. The incident comes after the Taliban announced they were ending the temporary reduction in violence, which was agreed as part of peace talks with the US.

Nineteen Taliban killed in Kandahar attacks

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent attacks in the Kandahar province. According to recent reports, the attacks occurred sometime within the last 24 hours in five different districts across the province, leaving 19 insurgents dead and 14 others wounded. It's understood the casualties came about as a result of insurgent attacks.

Fourteen killed in Uruzgan clash

At least 14 deaths have been reported following a clash between police officers and Taliban insurgents in the Uruzgan province. The altercation allegedly occurred on Wednesday in the Tarinkot district, where six Afghan National Police (ANP) officers were killed and eight more ANP officers were also wounded. Eight Taliban insurgents were also confirmed dead following the incident, while at least four others are thought to have been injured. The clash comes amid dozens of other incidents across more than 16 provinces, which have collectively left eight security personnel, eight militants, and six civilians dead. Fighting recently resumed in Afghanistan after the Taliban ended a partial truce with government troops shortly after a peace deal was agreed with the US. The clashes have cast doubt over peace talks scheduled for next week, although US President Donald Trump suggested talks were still expected to go ahead.

Three killed in Khost blast

At least three people have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Khost province. The blast occurred on Monday afternoon in the Nadir Shah Kot district, where an explosive-laden motorbike was detonated during a football match. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast comes shortly after the Taliban said it was resuming offensive operations against the Afghan security forces following the agreed seven-day 'reduction in violence' which preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgent group and the US.

Border with Pakistan closed over coronavirus fears

The land border between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been closed as a preventative measure over coronavirus fears. Pakistan announced the seven-day closure of the Chaman border crossing on Sunday morning, stating that the measure came "to prevent the spread of coronavirus", and that during the closure, "necessary measures will be taken to safeguard the health of the people of both countries". One case has been confirmed in Afghanistan, while four have been confirmed in Pakistan.

US and Taliban sign deal to end Afghan war

The US and the Taliban have reportedly signed an agreement to end the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan. The deal is aimed at paving the way towards peace and will see the US and its Nato allies withdraw foreign troops within 14 months if the Taliban uphold their end of the deal: to stop attacks and prevent al-Qaeda from operating in Taliban territory. Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are due to follow.



Kabul IED blast injures six

A recent explosion has reportedly injured at least six people in the Kabul province. The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday evening at around 18:20 local time, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Sar-e Kariz area. The IED blast left six casualties but no fatalities. No claim of responsibility for the incident has been made yet.

IED blast kills seven Taliban in Balkh

An improvised explosive device (IED) has allegedly detonated in the Balkh province, killing at least seven Taliban insurgents. The blast reportedly occurred on Wednesday in the Dawlatabad district near the village of Yolbodi. No other casualties have been reported, including civilians. While the Taliban has not yet commented on the incident, local reports indicate an insurgent vehicle accidentally triggered an IED that had been planted along the roadside. Taliban insurgents are known to use such tactics to target the security forces.

Kunar airstrikes kill four IS

At least four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the Kunar province. According to reports, the airstrikes were carried out in an undisclosed part of the province, where a suspected IS hideout was targeted and destroyed. The strikes were apparently conducted by the US forces. In a statement, US officials confirmed ongoing operations to eliminate IS militant activity in Afghanistan while honouring a temporary agreement made with the Taliban to reduce violence.

Roadside mine blast injures three in Helmand

At least three people have been wounded following a suspected roadside mine explosion in the southern province of Helmand. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday in the Nad-e Ali district, where a number of women had been walking in the area when they are thought to have accidentally triggered a mine as they passed by. It's believed the mine had been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents aiming to target the security forces.

Three killed in Balkh Taliban attack

Three fatalities have been reported following a suspected Taliban attack in the northern Balkh province. The incident occurred in the Chahar Kint district on Monday, where pro-government forces apparently came under attack from armed insurgents. While three security personnel were killed, another eight were also left injured. The attackers fled the scene and no claim of responsibility has been made for the incident thus far, althought the local authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

First coronavirus case confirmed

The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in Afghanistan on Monday. The patient is said to be in a stable condition and is being kept in isolation. Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz stated that an emergency has been decared in the Herat province, which borders Iran - where there has been a sudden surge in deadly cases. “We strongly suggest all Afghans to avoid unnecessary travel to Iran, physical contacts and congregations,” Feroz said.

Taliban agree to reduce violence for one week

The Taliban have allegedly agreed with the Afghan government to reduce violence for a seven-day period, starting Saturday 22 February. Recent reports from Reuters claim that Afghan officials have indicated the reduction in violence will commence from midnight (19:30 GMT). The news of the agreement comes after the Taliban reportedly said it is fully committed to implementing a peace deal with the US.

Twelve IS killed in Kapisa

Twelve suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Kapisa province. According to recent reports, at least six IS militants were killed during an operation by the Afghan Special Forces in the Nejrab district, while an additional six IS militants were also killed in an airstrike carried out in the same district. A small cache of weapons belonging to the militants was also destroyed. 

Twelve militants killed in Nangarhar clash

Twelve militants have been killed amidst a clash in the Muhmand Dara district of Nangarhar. According to reports, at least nine Taliban insurgents have been confirmed dead, along with three Pakistani militants. The clash allegedly occurred on Wednesday morning in the Ghoraki area of the district. The provincial governor's office has confirmed the incident and the casualties.

Kunar air raid kills four IS

An air raid which has been carried out by the Afghan security forces has apparently killed at least four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Kunar province. According to reports, the raid targeted a militant position in the Tangai area of the Chawkay district, where four suspects were killed. No other casualties have been reported amongst the security forces or civilian population.

Nangarhar blast kills three

A possible bomb explosion in the province of Nangarhar has left at least three people dead and another two injured. The blast allegedly occurred on Thursday at a sports club in Polic District 7 of the provincial capital, Jalalabad. According to preliminary reports, the provincial governor's office has confirmed the incident, although no further details have been released yet. The securtiy forces are thought to have responded to the scene.

Court official shot dead in Herat

A court official has been shot dead in an incident in the province of Herat. The shooting reportedly occurred on Monday in the Injil district, where the head of a primary court was shot dead in the village of Shaidee. The perpetrators allegedly managed to flee the scene and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, while the polcie have launched an ongoing investigation into the killing. No arrests have been made thus far and the motive remains undetermined.

Herat drone strike kills 11 civilians

Local residents in the Kashk-e-Kohna district of Herat have claimed that a recent drone strike has killed at least 11 civilians. It's alleged that the strike was carried out on Monday, killing eight children and three adults. On Tuesday, local residents reportedly took the bodies of the deceased to the provincial governor's office to protest the strike. According to Tolo News, the MP for Herat, Massouda Karokhi, has confirmed the incident and the fatalities. It has not been clarified who conducted the strike.

Six IS killed in Kunar operations

At least six suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Kunar province.Two airstrikes and a raid were reportedly carried out by the Afghan Special Forces, targeting suspected militant positions in the districts of Suki and Tarang. According to reports, four IS militants were killed in an airstrike in Suki, while a fifth IS militant was killed in a second airstrike in Tarang. Another IS militant was also killed in a raid operation in Tarang, and a weapons cache was also destroyed.

President Ashraf Ghani secures second term in official election results

President Ashraf Ghani has secured his second five-year term in office after Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final official results from the September 2019 presidental election. Ghani is said to have obtained 50.64 percent of the vote, while Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah came second place with 39.52 percent. In distant third place came notorious former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar with 3.85 percent. The election saw a recorde low turnour and results were delayed several months after election officials launched a ballot recount; however, by scraping a majority, Ghani avoids a second-round runoff vote.

Kunduz blast kills one

An explosion in the Kunduz province has reportedly left at least one person dead and approximately nine others injured. The blast apparently occurred on Tuesday in the provincial capital of Kunnduz city, where a mortar bomb allegedly hit a civilian residential property. The deceased has been identified as a child, while the other casualties include adult and child family members. The local authorities are said to be investigating the incident, while no claim of responisbility has been made for the explosion.

Landmine wounds six in Badghis

At least six Afghan civilians have allegedly been injured in a landmine blast in the Badghis province. According to local reports, the explosion occurred on Monday in the Muqur district, where a civilian vehicle accidentally triggered a landmine whilst passing by. It's suspected the landmine had been planted at the side of the road by Taliban insurgents, as they are known to often plant roadside mines in attempts to target the Afghan security forces. No claim of responsibility has been made for the incident thus far.

Seven Taliban killed in Takhar airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have also been wounded in a recent airstrike operation which was carried out over the weekend in the northern Takhar province. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces carried out the operation in the Baharak area, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted and destroyed. It's claimed that two local senior Taliban insurgents are thought to have been among those killed in the strike.

Nine homeless drug users shot dead in Kabul

Nine homeless drug users have apparently been shot dead in the capital city of Kabul by unidentified gunmen. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the gunmen shot the victims dead whilst they were sleeping in an open area near Kabul's Qargha mountain over the weekend. As the world's biggest producer of opium, Afghanistan has a chronic drug abuse problem, with an estimated 2.5m drug users - many of whom are homeless and have become an issue in some communities in Kabul. The motive behind the killings near Qargha mountain has not yet been confirmed as police continue to investigate the incident.

Six Taliban killed in Herat airstrike

At least six suspected Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. The airstrike was reported conducted on Thursday in the Golran district, where an identified Taliban target was hit in the Band-e Safid area. Unconfirmed reports claim a local Taliban commander may have been among those killed in the aerial operation.

Four killed in Daykundi avalanche

Four people have died and a fifth person has also been injured following an avalanche in the Daykundi province. The avalanche occurred in the mountainous Mir-Amur district, where heavy snowfall triggered a the avalanche, burying a residential property in the village of Hessar. The latest incident comes just days after another two people were killed in a separate avalanche in the same district. It's believed as many as 21 fatalities have been reported in snow-related incidents across the province over the last week.

Balkh airstrike kills four Taliban

An airstrike operation which has been conducted in the northern Balkh province has reportedly left at least four Taliban insurgents dead. The operation was allegedly carried out on Friday by the Afghan security forces in the Chimtal district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was apparently targeted in the village of Jurmala. According to local reports, the authorities claim that a member of the Taliban's military commission is thought to have been amongst those killed in the strike.

US soldier dies at Bagram Airfield

An American soldier is reported to have died at Bagram Airfield in the Parwan province. The US soldier is the seventh US service member to die in Afghanistan so far this year, but is thought to have been killed in a non-combat incident earlier this week. No precise details regarding the incident or how the American service member died have been released thus far. The soldier has also not yet been publicly identified. The death comes as the US continues to explore the option of peace talks with the Taliban.

Helmand airstrikes kill seven Taliban

At least seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes in the southern Helmand province. The airstrikes were apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces on Tuesday in the Nahr-e-Saraj district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was allegedly targeted and destroyed. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has supposedly confirmed the aerial operation, stating that no other casualties were reported as a result of the strikes. The Taliban have not commented on the operation.

Laghman operation kills two Taliban

A security operation in the Laghman province has reportedly killed at least two Taliban insurgents. The operation was allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Alingar district sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions. While two fatalities have been confirmed, it's also believed another four insurgents were also wounded in the operation. No other casualties have been reported.

Reports of progress in US-Taliban talks

There have been reports of progress in US-Taliban talks. President Ashraf Ghani stated on Wednesday that he had been informed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that "notable progress" had been made during recent talks which remain ongoing between the US and the Taliban. According to reports, the insurgent group has proposed bringing about a 'significant and enduring reduction in violence', as the US aim to strike a deal to withdraw its troops from the war-torn country.

Security operation kills six Taliban in Laghman

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a security operation in the Laghman province. The operations was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours. It's understood that a suspected Taliban position was targeted in the operation, which was conducted in the Alisheng district. No other casualties have been reported as a result of the operation.

Three Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrikes

Airstrikes which have recently been carried out in the southern Kandahar province have left at least three Taliban insurgents dead. According to local reports, the insurgents were targeted in the Maiwand distirct, where the Taliban are known to have a strong presence and which borders the neighbouring Helmand province. The strikes hit identified targets in the villages of Band Timur and Qala Shamir, kiling three insurgents and destroying a weapons and ammunition cache.

Several killed in Kabul suicide attack

Several people have been killed in a suicide attack in the capital city of Kabul. The attack appears to have targeted the government-run Marshal Fahim Military Academy on Tuesday morning. Preliminary reports suggested that at least six people had been killed, including two civilians and four military personnel, along with 12 others who were injured, including five civilians. Government officials claimed there were only five fatalities. It's believed the attacker was on foot when he targeted a vehicle near a security checkpoint as it entered the military academy. There has been no imemdiate claim of responsibility. 

Avalanche kills two in Daykundi

A recent avalanche has reportedly led to the deaths of at least two people in the central Daykundi province. According to local reports, the avalanche occurred on Tuesday in the Mir-Amur district of Daykundi, leaving two dead and at least five others injured. It's believed the avalanche was most likely triggered by recent heavy snowfall and adverse wintry conditions in the mountainous area.

Seven Taliban killed in Helmand clearing operation

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clearing operation by the Afghan security forces in the southern province of Helmand. According to reports, the operation was conducted in the Nahr-e-Saraj district on Monday as part of wider counter-terror military initatives. While seven fatalities have been confirmed, at least three other insurgents have also been wounded, while a large cache of weapons and explosives was also discovered and confiscated by the security forces.

Kunar security operation kills 19 IS militants

A security operation in the Kunar province has reportedly killed at least 19 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants. The operation was apparently carried out in the Sawkai district sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, at least seven of the 19 fatalities have allegedly been identified as foreign nationals, thought to be associtated with the IS.

Eight Taliban killed in Jowzjan airstrike

At least eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have also been wounded in an airstrike operation in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, the airstrike was carried out in the Milmalilk village in the Faizabad district on Sunday by the Afghan security forces. An insurgent-owned weapons cache was also destroyed in the airstrike, along with two insurgent-owned vehicles.

Five Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted in the Surkh Rod district during aerial operations on Saturday. The strikes targeted positions in the Gardi-Turghar area and were carried out by the Afghan security forces, as confirmed by the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Two US soldiers killed in Nangarhar 'insider attack'

Two US soldiers have apparently been killed in an 'insider attack' in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The attack occurred on Sunday in the Sherzad district, where an Afghan service member reportedly opened fire on the combined US and Afghan forces with a machine gun, leaving two US soldiers dead and six others wounded. The deceased have been identified as 28-year-old Sgt Javier Jaguar Gutierrez and 28-year-old Sgt Antonio Rey Rodriguez. Unconfirmed reports suggest the shooter was not a Taliban infiltrator, but an Afghan soldier who opened fire after arguing with the American soldiers.

Police officer killed in Khost roadside bombing

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a roadside bombing in the Khost province. The incident occurred over the weekend in the provincial capital of Khost city, near a mechanical institute. Two others were also wounded in the blast, which is believed to have been a targeted bomb attack ny militants, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill 11 Taliban

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. The airstrikes were apparently confirmed by the Afghan government, which claimed in a statement on Monday that 11 insurgents were killed in strikes in the Sherzad district, where suspected Taliban hideouts in the villages of Mullayan and Zabet Zahir were targeted.

Airstrikes kill 11 Taliban in Nangarhar

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes, which were carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours. The strikes targeted a Taliban hideout in the Achin district. No other casualties were reported.

Murder suspect killed in Samangan police operation

A murder suspect has been killed during a police operation, while a second suspect has been detained. The suspect was shot dead by police in the Hazrati Sultan district during an operation which was launched after the suspect reprotedly gunned down a youth the previous day. It's claimed the altercation was motivated by an argument between the suspect and the youth, which escalated into a violent clash. The second suspect who was arrested is thought to have been connected to the incident.

Four civilians killed in Faryab mortar attack

At least four Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed in a recent mortar attack in the western Faryab province. According to reports, the attack occurred in the Qeysar district on Thursday near the Bes Keppe village, where local residents claim the shelling killed four civiliand and also wounded a fifth. It's suspected that Taliban insurgents are responsible for the attack, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

US citizen kidnapped in Khost

A US citizen has allegedly been kidnapped in the Khost province. According to reports from Reuters, a 57-year-old American contractor is believed to have been abducted sometime last week. The US State Department has not officially commented on the incident; however, it's believed a splinter group of the Taliban may have involved in the kidnapping of the US citizen - who as of yet, has not been publicly identified.

Balkh airstrikes kill three Taliban

Three Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent airstrikes in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted in the Chimtal district in operations carried out by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours. The airstrikes allegedly targeted a suspected Taliban position in the village of Nawkhar. It's claimed that at least one of the three insurgents killed has been identified as a Taliban district commander.

Thirteen children die from pneumonia in Badakhshan

At least 13 children have reportedly died from a pneumonia-like illness in the northern province of Badakhshan. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, local officials have confirmed that the deaths were recorded in the Yemgan (Gurwan) district over the past three days. The unidentified illness has sparked some concern amongst local residents that the deaths could be related to the ongoing novel coronavirus (2019-nVoC) outbreak which has spread from China. A very small land border is shared with China in the far-western reaches of Badakhshan province; however, the central Yemgan district is some distance away from this border and local authorities have stated that there is currently no reason to suspect the illness is the same strain of coronavirus, despite some similar pneumonia-like symptoms.

Ten Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrikes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to recent reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan Air Forces in the Shorabak district sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions. Government officials have confirmed the operations and death toll, claiming that no other casualties were reported. The Taliban has not commented on the alleged airstrikes.

Two police officers killed in Helmand

At least two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following a suspected bomb attack in the southern Helmand province. Recent reports claim the blast occurred in the Gerehsk district on Wednesday. It's alleged that a vehicle exploded in what appears to have been a targeted vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack, which left two police officers dead and at least four others also wounded. The attack has not been claimed thus far; however, the Taliban are thought to be behind the attack.

Two civilians killed in Farah mortar shelling

Two Afghan civilians have apparently been killed in recent mortar firing in the western Farah province. According to reprots, the incident occurred on Wednesday morning in the Qala-e-Kah and Shamalgah areas, where civilians were hit by rounds of mortat shelling. At least two fatalities have been reported, while 10 others were also wounded in the firing. No claim of responsibility has been made for the shelling.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 13 Taliban

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another has also been wounded during operations in the Ghazni province. Airstrikes were allegedly carried out sometime within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Deh Yak district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted and destroyed. No other casualties have been reported following the operation, while various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

Three Taliban killed in Helmand operation

At least three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the southern Helmand province. The operation allegedly targeted a suspected Taliban position in the Nahr-e-Saraj area of the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. According to reports, the operation and casualties figures have been confirmed by government authorities, who also claim that at least two insurgents were also arrested during the operation.

Two killed in Kabul blast

Two fatalities have been reported and a third person has allegedly been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion in the capital city of Kabul. According to preliminary reports on Twitter from Tolo News, the blast occurred in the Fazl Bek area of Police District 5 on Friday afternoon. Police are responding to the scene, where it's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) may have been planted in a cart before being detonated. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, which was most likely orchestrated by militants.

Kunduz airstrike kills eight

An airstrike which was recently carried out in the Kunduz province has allegedly killed at least eight people. According to reports from Tolo News, at least three of the eight fatalities are thought to be Taliban insurgents, while the identities of the remaining five are unconfirmed. The airstrike was apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Imam Sahib district sometime within the last 24 hours, although conflicting reports from US sources suggest the airstrike may have been carried out in the Dasht-e-Archi district. The airstrike is thought to have targeted a suspected Taliban position as part of wider counter-terror operations. 

Pakistan closes main border crossing following mortar fire

The main border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan has reportedly been closed following an alleged incident of mortar fire. The Torkham border crossing is situated at the top of the Khyber Pass and is the main trade link between the two countries with thousands of vehicles passing through every week. The crossing was shut on the Pakistani side on Wednesday after mortar bombs allegedly landed in Pakistani territory from across the border, causing damage to a number of vehicles. Afghan officials have denied that Afghan forces had fired into Pakistan, suggesting instead that the Pakistani forces had the fired the mortar bombs as a ruse in order to justify shutting the crossing. Recent reports indicate the border has since been re-opened following a 10-hour closure.

Five Taliban killed in Uruzgan

At least five Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent security operations in the province of Uruzgan. According to reports, three insurgents were killed and two others were wounded in the Deh Rahwod district on Tuesday, when a clash allegedly broke out between the Afghan security forces and a group of Taliban insurgents. It's claimed the insurgents launched an armed attack on the security forces, triggered retaliatory gunfire which led to a fatal crossfire. Elsewhere in the province, two insurgents were also killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Forces in the provincial capital district.

Taliban clash with security forces in Ghazni

The Taliban have reportedly clashed with the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province, where a US military plane came down yesterday. The plane crashed in Taliban territory in the Deh Yak district and insurgents have reportedly repelled advances made by the Afghan forces to reach the crash site. The cause behind the crash remains undetermined although the US military has disputed reports claiming it was shot down by enemy fire. It's believed the crash was most likely deadly; however, no casualties have been confirmed thus far due to difficulties in reaching the wreckage.

US military confirms plane crashed in Ghazni

The US military has confirmed that one of its planes crashed in the Ghazni province on Monday, but disputed the claim that the aircraft has been brought down by enemy fire. The plane crashed in Taliban territory in the Deh Yak district, prompting speculation it had been shot down by insurgents. "While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire," US military spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett said in a statement. No information has been given regarding casualties thus far.

Taliban attack police checkpoint in Baghlan

At least 11 fatalities have been reported following a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in the Baghlan province. The attack was apparently carried out by armed insurgents on Monday evening in the Khawja Alwan area near the Baghlan-Samangan highway in the Pul-e-Khomri district of Baghlan, where a police checkpoint was targeted. All the fatalities have been identified as police personnel, while several others were also wounded in the ensuing clash. The Taliban are also believed to have suffered casualties, although no figures have been confirmed thus far.

Government air raids kill seven in Balkh

At least seven fatalities have been reported following a government air raid in the northern Balkh province. According to Al Jazeera, the air raids were conducted in an undisclosed location in the province, killing seven civilians and triggering protests from local residents. It's claimed that the deceased were all members of one family, including three children, who has sat down to eat dinner when they were hit in the deadly attack on Sunday. The Afghan government has promised to send a fact-finding mission to investigate the reports of civilian deaths.

Plane crash reported in Ghazni province

A potentially deadly plane crash has been reported in the Ghazni province, where authorities say a plane is thought to have come down in Taliban territory in the Deh Yak district. Initial reports claimed the aircraft was a commercial passenger plane; however, Afghan airline Ariana has denied that the aircraft was one of its plane, as both of its flight services operated today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to Delhi have been confirmed safe. The Afghan aviation authorities have also claimed that no civilian planes had crashed, while Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told the BBC his group had not yet located the aircraft. There remains no information about the possible casualties or the cause of the crash. Unconfirmed reports have claimed the plane was on fire as it went down and that it may have belonged to the US Air Force.

Six killed in Badakhshan Taliban attack

Six fatalities have been reported following a recent Taliban attack in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, four Taliban insurgents and two Afghan security personnel were among those killed and three insurgents were also injured after an armed clash broke out at a police checkpoint which was attacked by insurgents in the Pul-e-Sangani area of the Warduj district. The police allegedly returned fire after a group of insurgents attacked during the early hours, forcing the insurgents to flee.

Taliban attack police checkpoints in Uruzgan

Taliban insurgents have reportedly attacked a number of police checkpoints in the Uruzgan province, leaving at least six people killed, including five Afghan security personnel and one suspected insurgent. According to local officials, the Taliban launched two separate attacks on security checkpoints overnight in the Chinartoy district of the province. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack on commented on the incident thus far.

Half a million displaced in 2019

Half a million people were allegedly displaced in Afghanistan throughout the course of 2019. A report by Al Jazeera claims that some 500,000 Afghans, mostly children, were forced out of their homes in the last year, with conflict, poverty, and natural disasters highlighted as major causes. Furthermore, it's been suggested that there may have been an increase in displaced men being pushed into the ranks of armed groups out of desperation due to poor conditions, which the local authorities - especially in more rural areas - have allegedly struggled to respond to.

Three soldiers injured in AfPak border clash

Three Afghan soldiers have apparently been wounded following an armed clash along the AfPak border in the Kunar province. The clash occurred on Monday in the disputed Nava Pas area near Kunar's Sarkani district, where it's alleged that the Pakistani security forces engaged in an exchange of fire with the Afghan security forces, leaving two Afghan soldiers injured. No casualties have been reported amongst the Pakistani forces. The mountainous contested area borders Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and had only recently been re-opened by the security forces two months ago, having been closed for several years.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrikes

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent series of airstrikes in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) are thought to have carried out the strikes in the Gilan district and the Nawa district sometime within the last 48 hours. The airstrike apparently targeted suspected Taliban positions, leaving 11 insurgents dead in Gilan's Nabroi area, and a further four others dead in Nawa's Dand village. Government officials have confirmed the military operations and the death toll.

Four killed in Kabul axe attack

Four people have reportedly been murdered in an axe attack in the capital city of Kabul. The incident allegedly occurred on Sunday evening in the Jangalak area of Kabul, where four family members were targeted in a what appears to have been a planned attack. The victims have been identified as family members of an Afghan government employee; however, the motive behind the attack remains unclear as murder investigations go forward. No claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly attack thus far.

Taliban kidnap police in Zabul

At least 16 Afghan police officers have allegedly been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents following an attack on police headquarters in Zabul province. Local reports indicate insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the building over the weekend, torching the police headquarters in the Arghandab district and taking 16 members of the Afghan police force with them after they surrendered to the insurgents. A search and rescue operation has been launched by the security forces in response to the attack.

Insurgents killed by troops in Nuristan clash

Six Taliban militants were killed by the Afghan security forces during clashes in Nuristan province on Friday night. The fighting erupted in the Wantwaigal district while the insurgents were trying to ambush a passenger bus. The Selab army corps said no civilians were wounded in the attack.

Clearing operation conducted in Faryab

A clearing operation has been conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province, leaving at least one fatality and one casualty - both thought to be Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports, government officials have confirmed the operation, which was carried out in the Qaisar district sometime within the last 48 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position. No other casualties have been reported and the Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Five killed in Zabul blast

Five employees of an Afghan power company have been killed and a sixth has been wounded in a suspected bomb blast in the Zabul province. The blast hit employees of the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) power company in the Zeyarat area of the Shahr-e-Safa district, where it's believed the victims' vehicle passed by a roadside mine, accidentally triggering it. According to Tolo News, no claim of responsibility has been made for the blast. 

Taliban offer US temporary ceasefire

The Taliban have reportedly offered the US a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan. The document given by the Taliban to the US envoy supposedly outlines a plan for a ceasefire to last between seven and 10 days. The offer is seen as a crucial first step towards an eventual peace deal which would allow the US to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and bring about an end to the 18-year war. Should the US side accept the offer, peace talks between the US and the Taliban are expected to resume.

Ghazni operation kills three Taliban

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have also been injured amid a recent security operation in the Ghazni province. The raid was conducted on Thursday in the Muqur district, where the Afghan security forces targeted a suspected Taliban position in the village of Shamshay. No other casualties, including security personnel or civilians, have been reported. A cache of weapons and ammunition was also discovered and confiscated.

Roadside mine blast kills child in Farah

A roadside mine explosion has reportedly killed a child in the western Farah province. According to reports, the child was hit by the blast in the Pusht-e-Koh district on Thursday. It's believed the roadside mine was accidentally triggered by a small group of civilians as they passed by, leaving one child dead and two other people wounded. The local authorities suspect the mine was planted by Taliban insurgents, who are known to operate in the area and use such tactics; however, no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Ghazni airstrikes kill five Taliban

At least five Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent airstrike operations conducted in the Ghazni province. The strikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Gelan district of Ghazni on Wednesday. Two villages were targeted, Khairuddin and Jah-Nan, where suspected Taliban hideouts were located. Several insurgent-owned vehicles were also destroyed in the airstrikes. No other casualties have been reported.

Helmand operation leaves two Taliban dead

A military operation in the southern province of Helmand has reportedly killed at least two suspected Taliban insurgents and wounded a third. The operation was apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last  24 hours. On Wednesday, government officials allegedly confirmed that two Taliban insurgents were killed and one was injured following a security operation in the Sangin district of Helmand.

Helmand IED blast kills three police officers

Three Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the southern Helmand province. The blast occurred over the weekend in Police District 1 in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. According to recent reports from Tolo News, it's believed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had most likely been planted in the area by Taliban insurgents, seeking to target the Afghan security forces. However, no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Landmine blast kills three civilians in Baghlan

Three Afghan civilians have apparently been killed in a recent landmine blast in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports, the three civilians had just been released from being held by Taliban insurgents in an undisclosed location when they accidentally triggered a landmine which had presumably been buried by the insurgents. No further details regarding the incident have been made available thus far, other than that the victims are thought to have hailed from the Wardak province.

Bomb blasts reported in Balkh

A number of suspected bomb blasts have allegedly been reported in the Balkh province, leaving at least two people dead. At least two explosions were heard shortly after one another in Police District 9 of the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif, on Tuesday. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate that two fatalities and eight casualties have been reported so far. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blasts.

Deadly clash reported in Logar

A deadly clash has been reported in the Logar province between the Afghan security forces and a number of suspected armed criminals. According to reports, three armed suspects were shot dead following an altercation in the Mohammad Agha area of Logar on Monday. The security forces apparently engaged in an exchange of fire with the suspects after it was reported that they had been targeting civilians on the Kabul-Logar highway and stealing from them.

Roadside bomb kills two US service members

A roadside bomb has reportedly killed two US service members over the weekend in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent reports from Al Jazeera, the blast occurred on Saturday in the Dand district of Kandahar, where an armoured vehicle carrying US service members apparently hit a roadside bomb. The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission have released a statement confirming the incident and the fatalities. It's believed the bomb was an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted by Taliban insurgents. The Taliban have allegedly claimed responsibility for the deadly blast.

Kunduz airstrike kills local Taliban commander

An airstrike which has been carried out in the Kunduz province has reportedly killed a local Taliban commander. According to reports from Tolo News, a prominent Taliban leader in the north-east, who has been identified only as Muhibullah, was killed in a targeted airstrike whilst he was driving a vehicle in the Imam Sahib district, near the Tajikistan border. Muhibullah is thought to have been a citizen of neighbouring Pakistan. Government officials have confirmed the strike although no further details have been given yet. The Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Two police killed in insider attack, Uruzgan

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in an insider attack in the Uruzgan province. According to local reports, the attack occurred on Monday in the provincial capital district of Tarinkot, where two police officers were apparently gunned down by a fellow officer. A local police official has allegedly confirmed the incident and stated that a security team had been dispatched tot he site to launch investigations and a search operation for the suspect, who is thought to have fled and possibly joined the Taliban.

Airstrike targets Taliban in Farah

An airstrike which has been carried out in the Farah province has reportedly left at least one Taliban insurgent dead and another injured. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted on Thursday and apparently targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Ship Koh area of the province. It's believed the aerial operation destroyed the hideout, along with at least one insurgent-owned vehicle.

Three Taliban killed in Wardak airstrike

At least three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a fourth insurgent has also been injured during a recent airstrike which was apparently carried out by the Afghan government security forces in the Wardak province. The airstrike allegedly hit a targeted location in the Chaki district, thought to be a suspected Taliban hideout location. Government officials have confirmed the casualty figures and the strike, which was conducted as part of wider counter-terror operations.

Kandahar airstrikes kill nine Taliban

At least nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during airstrikes in the southern Kandahar provinces. The aerial strikes were allegedly conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in the Khakrez district and were carried out by the Afghan security forces as part of wider counter-terror operations targeting insurgents in the southern region. According to reports, the strikes hit a number of insurgent positions in the villages of Aslam Kalay  and Hotak Kalay.

Helmand operation kills six Taliban

A security operation in the southern Helmand province has allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least six Taliban insurgents. Government officials claim that the insurgents were targeted and killed in a counter-terror operation which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Sangin district on Friday. The operation apparently hit a suspected Taliban position located in the Balwazi area of the district.

Three killed in Samangan highway crash

At least three people have reportedly died and three others have also been wounded in a fatal accident along the Samangan-Balkh highway. The accident allegedly occurred on Thursday evening along a portion of the highway in the northern Samangan province. Precise details regarding the location and nature of the crash have not yet been disclosed. It's understood the emergency services responded to the scene and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause. 

Deadly drone strike reported in Herat

A deadly drone strike has apparently been reported in the Shindad district of Herat province. According to reports from Al Jazeera, a US strike targeting Taliban commander Mullah Nangyalay has resulted in the the deaths of civilians. While Nangyalay was killed in the attack, local officials also claim that more than 60 civilians were also killed or wounded. The Afghan government has reportedly launched an investigation into reports of civilian casualties.

Military operation kills six Taliban in Kunduz

A recent military operation which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Kunduz province has reportedly left at least six Taliban insurgents dead. The operation was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours and targeted suspected insurgent positions in the provincial capital district. While six insurgents were allegedly killed, a further five others were also injured in the operation.

Helmand security operations kill five Taliban

At least five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Garmsir and Sangin districts of Helmand, where two suspected Taliban hideouts were targeted. The operation left at least three insurgents dead following airstrikes in the Shir Ali village in Garsmir, while an addition two more insurgents were also killed during a raid in Sangin, where five others were also injured.

Army helicopter crashes in Paktiya

A military helicopter has reportedly crashed in the Paktiya province, leaving at least 10 people injured. According to preliminary reports on Twitter, the accident happened on Wednesday, when an Afghan National Army (ANA) Mi-17 helicopter crashed while trying to make an emergency landing after encountering technical issues. The incident comes just hours after another helicopter crashed in the Farah province, killing both pilots on board.

Airstrikes kill two Taliban in Herat

Two Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the Herat province. According to recent reports, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours and apparently targeted Taliban positions in  the Chishti Sharif district. Two suspected terrorists were allegedly killed, while an insurgent-owned motorbike was also destroyed, along with a cache of explosives.

Civilian killed in Balkh IED blast

An Afghan civilian has reportedly been killed in a recent improvised explosive device (IED) blast. According to reports from Tolo News, a local offical said the explosion occurred in police district 10 of the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif city. A magnetic IED which was allegedly attached to a vehicle was detonated and killed a civilian during rush hour. Three other civilians were also wounded in the blast. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion.

Two Taliban killed in Nimruz clearing operation

Two Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a clearing operation in the Nimruz province. According to reports, the operations was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khashrod district, where suspected Taliban positions were targeted in air and ground strikes. Ground forces also confiscated at least two insurgent-owned vehicles.

Clearing operations kill five Taliban in Farah

At least five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a sixth insurgent has also been injured following clearing operations in the Farah province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces carried out the operations in the Qala-e-Kah district, where suspected insurgent hideouts in the Dasta-Gul village were targeted. Approximately 19 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and two insurgent-owned vehicles were also destroyed in the operation.

Dozens of Taliban surrender in Ghor

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly surrendered to the security forces in the Ghor province. According to government reports, at least 69 insurgents turned themselves in to the Afghan authorities in the Shahrak district within the last 24 hours. It's believed a local Taliban commander may be among the 69 insurgents. The mass surrender allegedly comes after a security operation was recently led in the area by the Afghan Special Forces.

Security operations kill four Taliban in Faryab

At least four suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed following security operations in the Faryab province. According to reports, the operations were conducted sometime within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces. The operations apparently targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Qaysar and Pashtun Kot districts, where officials claim at least four insurgents were killed and two others were also injured.

Five killed in Kunduz clashes

At least five fatalities have been reported following a clash between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the northern Kunduz province. According to reports, four insurgents and one police officer have been identified among the dead, while another police officer was also wounded in the clash. Fighting allegedly broke out in the provincial capital city over the weekend after s number of insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in the Angor Bagh area of the city. A cleanup operation has been launched in the area in response to the attack.

Eight Taliban killed in Kunduz

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and three Afghan police personnel have also been injured in a clash in Kunduz. The clash broke out after Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police checkpoint in the Qahwa Khana area on Friday. According to local reports, the attack was carried out during the early hours of the morning; however, the police forces managed to repel the attack, leaving eight insurgents dead.

Radio employee found dead in Helmand

A local radio employee has reportedly been found dead in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah city in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports, the body of Safar Muhammad, a part-time technician at Samoun Radio, was discovered in the Safiyan area of Lashkar Gah on Thursday morning. It's believed he had been out the night before and was likely killed during the late hours of Wednesday evening. No claim of responsibility has been made for the killing thus far. Police have launched a murder investigations but have not released any details regarding possible leads.

Taliban attacks kill 26 security forces

As many as 26 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in a recent wave of Taliban attacks. According to Al Jazeera, the attacks targeted the security forces in the northern region, hitting security checkpoints in at least three northern provinces, including Kunduz, Balkh, and Takhar. Ten security personnel were killed and four others were wounded in an attack on a police checkpoint in Kunduz's Dasht-e Archi district, while a further nine police officers were also killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Balkh. Seven more Afghan security personnel were also killed in a gunfight with Taliban insurgents in the Darqad district of Takhar, where at least 10 insurgents were also killed.

Kunduz clearing operations kill 27 Taliban

At least 27 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in clearing operations in the northern Kunduz province. Local reports indicate that the operations were launched by the Afghan security forces along the Kunduz-Khanabad highway. It's believed three senior Taliban commanders may have been among those killed. Some 30 landmines were also allegedly discovered and defused during the operations.

Twenty-five Taliban killed in Kandahar operation

At least 25 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have also been wounded in a security operation in the southern Kandahar province. According to recent reports, the operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Maiwand district sometime within the last 24 hours. Officials claim that at least three insurgent-owned vehicles were also found and confiscated, while two suspected insurgent hideouts were also destroyed.

Thirty Taliban killed in Paktika clearing operation

Some 30 or so Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Paktika province. The operations were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 48 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Barmal district. Government officials have alleged that at least two local Taliban commanders were thought to be among those killed in ground operations.

Police allegedly kill three protesting civilians in Uruzgan

Three protesting civilians have allegedly been killed by the police forces in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the police opened fire on protesters during a demonstration in the centre of the Gizab district on Thursday. It's believed the group had been protesting against orders to leave their homes and re-locate. The police had apparently ordered local residents from the nearby Saeedano village to temporarily evacuate their homes until Friday morning after they were accused of providing sanctuary for Taliban insurgents.

Three Taliban killed in Paktika airstrike

At least three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed following a recent airstrike operation, which was carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Paktika province. According to recent local reports, the airstrike was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours and targeted a suspected Taliban position in the Barmal district. The air raid was apparently part of a larger counter-terror offensive targeting Taliban positions across a number of provinces, including Balkh, Paktika, and Zabul.

Zabul blast kills two soldiers

A suspected bomb blast in the Zabul province has left two Afghan soldiers dead. According to reports, the explosion is thought to have been a roadside bombing, which occurred in the Mezan district, where the soldiers allegedly triggered the explosive whilst passing by. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast, although Taliban insurgents often plant roadside bombs to target the security forces.

Two Taliban killed in Helmand

Two Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in security operations in the southern province of Helmand. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched an operation in the Nad-e Ali district sometime within the last 24 hours as part of a wider counter-terror offensive, targeting Taliban positions across three provinces. It's believed two insurgents were apprehended and killed during the operation, wile a cache of insurgent-owned weapons was also discovered and destroyed.

IED blast reported in Kabul

A suspected bomb blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) has been reported in the capital city of Kabul. The explosion apparently occurred in Police District 5 on Thursday morning. The local authorities have so far confirmed the death of at least one person, while another two people were also wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast thus far.

Blast hits government office in Takhar

A suspected bomb blast has hit a government office in the northern Takhar province. The explosion occurred on Monday in the Khwaja Ghar district, leaving at least one person dead and four others wounded - all local government employees. According to recent reports, it's believed an explosive device was planted in a government office, leading to the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast, while a police investigation gets underway.

Roadside bombing kills three civilians in Jowzjan

A roadside bombing incident has allegedly left three Afghan civilians dead in the northern province of Jowzjan. It's claimed that an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along a roadside in the Qush Tepa district was accidentally activated when the victims passed by, triggering a deadly blast. No claim of responsibility has been made for the bombing; however, Taliban insurgents are known to frequently plant IEDs along roadsides in attempts to target the security forces and have an active presence in the province.

Kandahar operations leave 24 Taliban dead

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations which were carried out in the Shah Wali Kot district of the southern Kandahar province within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the operations were led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) as part of clearing operations targeting Taliban positions throughout the province.

Nationwide security operations kill 13 Taliban

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and three others have also been injured in recent nationwide security operations carried out by the Afghan Special Forces. Reports indicate that air and ground operations were conducted in the Balkh, Ghazni, and Nangarhar provinces over the last 48 hours, targeting insurgent positions in Balkh's provincial capital district, Ghazni's Ab Band district, and in the Rodat and Khogyani districts of Nangarhar. Several caches of weapons were also destroyed.

Bomb blast wounds 23 in Balkh

A bomb explosion has injured at least 23 people in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the blast occurred in Mazar-e Sharif on Tuesday and is thought to have been caused by a bicycle bomb on Alakozy Avenue. At least one civilian child and three civilian women have been identified among those injured, along with at least six Afghan police officers. Three casualties are said to be in critical condition. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Ten civilians killed in roadside bombing, Khost

Ten Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed in a roadside bombing incident in the Khost province. According to reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday when their vehicle accidentally triggered a roadside bomb in the Tere Zayi district. Preliminary incident reports from the police indicate five men, two women, and three children were killed, all from one family. it's believed they had been on their way to a funeral in the Logar province.

Police kill five Taliban in Faryab clash

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent clash with Afghan police officers in the Faryab province. According to reports, the altercation occurred on Tuesday in the Dawlat Abad area. The authorities claim the clash was triggered by suspected insurgents firing a mortar shell and injuring four civilians, prompting police intervention. While five insurgents were killed, another three were also wounded. It's believed a Taliban explosives expert may have been among those killed.

Three police killed in suspected insurgent attack in Herat

Three police personnel have been killed in a suspected insurgent attack in the provincial capital city of Herat province. According to Tolo News, the police were attacked, leading to a fatal crossfire with a number of suspected insurgents in Police District 10 of Herat city on Sunday night. Three police officers were shot dead during the gunfight, along with two of the armed attackers, while several others were also injured. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although the local authorities suspect the Taliban may have been responsible.

Three Taliban killed in Uruzgan security operation

At least three Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and five others have also been arrested in a security operation led by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to local reports, 12 civilians who were being held hostage were freed from a Taliban prison in the Shahidi Hassas district of the province. During the operation, the security forces exchanged fire with armed insurgents, leading to the deaths of three insurgents. No other casualties have been reported. Large amounts of narcotics were also found during the operation, and an insurgent-owned motorbike was also seized.

Nine killed in suspected insider attack in Ghazni

Nine Afghan militiamen have apparently been killed in what's thought to have been an insider attack in Ghazni. According to reports, it's believed a member of the armed militia opened fire on his fellow militiamen whilst manning a checkpoint in the Qarabagh district during the early hours of Saturday morning. However, the Taliban claim the incident was not an insider attack and was instead a coordinated insurgent attack on the checkpoint, leaving more than two dozen militiamen dead. The Taliban often exaggerate their claims, particularly death tolls. Investigations into the incident have been launched by the Defence Ministry.

Five wounded in suicide blast near US airbase

At least five people have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack near a US airbase in Bagram, north of Kabul. Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, said a medical base that was under construction was badly damaged by the blast. Local reports suggest a US military convoy was the target of the blast, although no American service personnel were wounded.

Ten police officers killed in Kunduz

At least 10 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in a clash with Taliban insurgents in the Kunduz province. Tolo News has reported that clash allegedly occurred in the villages of Joi Begum and Kyrgyz in the Imam Sahib district, where two police checkpoints were apparently attacked by insurgents. Three Taliban insurgents are also killed in the ensuing gunfight which broke out. The provincial authorities have confirmed a clash took place but have given no casualty figures, while the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Three Taliban killed in Kunduz operations

Three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Kunduz province. The Afghan security forces reportedly conducted a series of air and ground operations against the Taliban in the Chahar Dara district, sometime within the last 24 hours. Local reports indicate that two suspected Taliban positions were targeted in an airstrike and several villages were also cleared by ground security forces. While three insurgents have been confirmed dead, another four were also detained by security personnel. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized during the security operations.

Security forces kill eight Taliban in Zabul clash

At least eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed by the Afghan security forces during a recent clash in the Zabul province. According to reports, the clash occurred in the suburbs of Qalat city, where a group of Taliban insurgents were ambushed whilst transferring a cache of weapons to another group of insurgents. No other casualties have been reported following the incident. It's also claimed that eight mines were discovered and confiscated during operations throughout the province.

Taliban insurgent killed in Helmand operation

A Taliban insurgent has apparently been killed and two others have also been arrested during a security operation in the southern Helmand province. Reports indicate that the insurgents were apprehended by the Afghan security forces during an operation in the Nahr-e-Saraj district, which was carried out sometime within the last 48 hours. Various weapons, explosives, and other items were also seized from the insurgents.

Six aid workers killed in Jalalabad attack

Six aid workers have been killed in an armed attack in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports, unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle transporting Dr Tetsu Nakamura, head of Peace Japan Medical Services, and his Afghan entourage in Police District 1 on Wednesday morning. While a passenger and Nakamura's Afghan bodyguards and driver were found dead at the scene, Nakamura himself was found critically injured and later died at hospital. The police have launched an investigation to identify the attackers, who fled the scene immediately after the attack. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far. The incident is the second attack targeting aid workers in Afghanistan within two weeks.

Seven Taliban killed in clashes with police

Seven Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and 10 others have also been injured following clashes with the Afghan police forces in the Zabul province. Fighting reportedly broke out during security operations in the Atghar, Arghandab, and Shah Joy districts on Tuesday. The death toll has allegedly been confirmed by the government authorities and no other casualties have been reported as a result of the clashes. The Taliban have not commented on the casualty figures or the clashes.

Five Taliban killed in Zabul clash

At least five Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a clash with the Afghan police in the Zabul province. The armed clash reportedly broke out during police operations in the Qalat district over the weekend, leaving five insurgents dead and four others injured. No other casualties have been reported following the incident, which the Taliban has not commented on.

Six killed in Khost drone strike

At least six people have allegedly been killed in a recent US drone strike in the Khost province. Tolo News has reported that the provincial council has claimed that six civilians were killed after a drone targeted a civilian residential village in the Alisher district. The US forces have confirmed that a drone strike was carried out in the province on Saturday; however, it allegedly targeted three suspected Taliban insurgents in the Terazai district.A US military spokeperson said they “are aware of the allegations of civilian casualties” and that they are “working with local authorities to determine the veracity of these claims“.

Nine killed in Faryab clash

At least nine people have been killed in a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan police in the Faryab province. According to reports, the fighting broke out in the Bilcheragh district on Monday. Of the nine fatalities, seven are thought to be Taliban insurgents, while two have been identified as police officers from the Afghan National Police (ANP). Additionally, six others were also wounded in the clash, including five Taliban insurgents and one ANP officer.

Two security personnel killed in Kabul attack

Two security personnel have allegedly been killed in an attack in Kabul. According to Tolo News, a security vehicle thought to belong to the National Directorate of Security (NDS) was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Pul-e-Charkhi area of Police District 9 in Kabul. The incident happened in the Yakatoot area of Pul-e-Charkhi on Monday, when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle, killing two security personnel and wounding three others before fleeing the scene. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police investigations remain ongoing.

US President says Taliban talks resumed

US President Donald Trump has said that Taliban talks have been resumed, making the announcement during a surprise trip to Afghanistan. The unannounced trip is Trump's first to the country since becoming president and was apparently arranged for him to visit the US troops on Thanksgiving. The visit comes a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul, which had raised hopes that peace talks might be revived. "The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them and we are saying it has to be a ceasefire and they didn't want to do a ceasefire and now they do want to do a ceasefire, I believe. It will probably work out that way," said Trump on Friday. Talks stalled earlier this year amid rumours both sides were close to a deal, with Trump describing the talks as 'dead' in September after a US soldier was killed in a Taliban attack.

Car bomb blast kills 13 civilians in Sar-e Pul

A premature car bomb explosion has reportedly killed 13 civilians in the Sar-e Pul province. According to reports, the car bomb went off early by accident in a residential area in the Sayyad district, where it damaged 10 civilian houses and left 13 dead. It's been reported that the Afghan security forces were in the process of intercepting the car bomb on its way to the provincial capital and managed to identify and prevent the vehicle from making its way there; however, the vehicle was then prematurely detonated while armed clashes allegedly broke out between the security forces and suspected members of the Taliban along the highway. No claim of responsibility has been made, but the authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Seventeen Taliban killed in Takhar clash

At least 17 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent armed clash in the northern Takhar province. The clash reportedly occurred overnight on Thursday in the Darqad district, where the Afghan security forces had launched an operation to foil a Taliban attack in the Qara Tepa area. A gunfight allegedly broke out, leaving 17 insurgents and one Afghan security official dead, while 12 others were also wounded, including six insurgents and six security personnel.

Three Taliban killed in Faryab

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed during security operations in the Faryab province. According to local reports, the operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours and targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the village of Mir Abad, located in the Qaramqol district of Faryab. Along with three fatalities, local authorities also indicated that a fourth insurgent was also injured.

Security operation kills five Taliban in Laghman

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation in the Laghman province. According to reports, the insurgents were killed during a raid led by the Afghan security forces in the Alisheng district on Wednesday. The raid was apparently carried out as part of wider counter-terror operations against the Taliban. A cache of weapons was also destroyed in the raid.

Taliban militants killed in Special Forces operations

At least 26 people have been killed in Special Forces operations in three separate provinces. Officials said 12 militants died during a raid in Kunduz city in northern Kunduz province. Eleven others were killed in the Alingar district of Laghman, while three others died in the Alisheng district. A weapons cache was destroyed in a separate raid in the Sayyid Karam district of Paktiya.

Deadly grenade attack reported in Kabul

A deadly grenade attack has been reported in the capital city of Kabul over the weekend. The blast allegedly occurred on Sunday, when a hand grenade was apparently thrown into a UN vehicle in what's thought to have been a targeted attack, leaving one person dead and five others injured. According to reports, the deceased and two of the five casualties have been identified as UN personnel. A UN statement indicated that the two UN personnel who were injured were an Afghan national and an international colleague. It's presumed the other three casualties were civilians, although this has not been confirmed. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Taliban kill eight security personnel in Daikundi

At least eight Afghan security personnel have apparently been killed in a Taliban attack in the Daikundi province. The attack was reportedly carried out by a number of armed insurgents over the weekend, targeting a security check post in the Kajran district. According to reports, local officials have stated that the attack took in the cover of night, during the early hours of the morning, with fighting lasting for several hours. As many as four other security personnel were also injured in the attack, while Taliban casualties remain unconfirmed.

Violent clashes reported in Kunduz

Violent armed clashes have allegedly been reported in the northern Kunduz province over the weekend. According to reports, at least 12 fatalities have been confirmed and a further 10 others have also been injured. Fighting reportedly broke out between a group of armed Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Dasht-e Archi district on Saturday, leading to an overnight clash which lasted through to the following morning. Among those killed include 10 Taliban insurgents and two Afghan security personnel, while seven other insurgents were also injured, along with three security personnel. It's claimed that a local Taliban commander is thought to be among the 10 insurgents killed.

Taliban insurgent killed in Logar raid

A Taliban insurgent has reportedly been killed during a recent raid conducted in the Logar province. The raid was allegedly carried out as part of wider counter-terror operations led by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 48 hours. According to local reports, the raid targeted a suspected Taliban position in the Charkh district. A crossfire apparently broke out between the insurgent and security personnel, leading to the insurgent's demise. No other casualties have been reported, while the Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Three Taliban killed in Jowzjan clashes

Three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed while an Afghan soldier has also been wounded in recent clashes in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, the fighting took place in the Darya Khana area of the Darzab district and in the Charshangho area of the Manjeek district sometime within the last 24 hours. Afghan military officials reportedly confirmed the clashes and the casualty figures, while the Taliban has not commented regarding either clash so far.

Nine people killed in violent clash in Nangarhar

At least nine people have allegedly been killed after a violent clash broke out between two groups of local residents in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, an argument between two families reportedly escalated and broke out into violence fighting on Thursday, with gunfire exchanged. As a result of the clash, nine fatalities and four casualties have been reported. It remains unclear precisely what triggered the altercation as investigations into the incident are launched.

Four Taliban killed in Wardak security operations

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and six others have also been wounded during recent security operations in the Wardak province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces clashed with armed insurgents in the Ibahim Khel and Kashmiryan areas of Wardak during a security operation on Tuesday. Military officials confirmed the casualty figures in a statement, in which they also said that two additional Taliban insurgents were also wounded in another clash in the Zurmat district of the Paktia province, while four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also defused in the neighbouring Ghazni province.

Fatal blast reported in Khost

A fatal blast has been reported in the Khost province, leaving at least one person dead a further four others injured. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Tuesday, when a vehicle le seemingly exploded in traffic in Khost. It's believed a bomb was planted on the car of the victim in what appears to have been a targeted attack; however, the identity of the victim remains unclear, while other reports suggest the blast came from a landmine which had been planted along the roadside and as triggered by passing vehicles. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion thus far.

Taliban attack security forces in Kunduz

The Taliban have attacked the Afghan security forces in the northern Kunduz province, leaving at least 13 soldiers dead. The attack has taken place in the Imam Sahib district, which border neighbouring country Tajikistan. Tolo News has reported that the overnight attack was launched by armed Taliban insurgents on Tuesday, targeting a military base in the village of Arbabkhel. Along with 13 fatalities, at least five other soldiers were also injured in the attack, which has been claimed by the Taliban.

Two US servicemen die in Logar helicopter crash

Two US servicemen have allegedly died in a helicopter crash in the Logar province. The accident reportedly occurred on Wednesday morning, during the early hours, when the helicopter came down in an unspecified part of the province. According to recent reports, the US military released a statement regarding the incident: "The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire". The accident comes amid news that the US is considering contingency plans to scale back the US military presence in Afghanistan.

US and Australian hostages freed in Taliban prisoner swap

Australian Timothy Weeks and American Kevin King have both been released after being held hostage by the Taliban. The professors were originally kidnapped outside the American University of Kabul campus back in 2016, but were freed on Tuesday in exchange for three imprisoned senior militants. The prisoner swap took place in Qatar and was apparently aimed at restarting peace talks with the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani described the decision to make the swap as "tough, but important". The swap had been intended to take place last week but fell through for reason which still remain unclear. One of the militants freed is the brother of the leader of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network and is a deputy leader of the Taliban. A 48-hour ceasefire was allegedly observed prior to the swap, which culminated in the professors being flown away in a US helicopter. The condition of both men still remains unclear. In a statement, the Taliban said the swap had been "a step forward in good-will and confidence building measures that can aid the peace process" and announced they had also released 10 captured Afghan National Security Force members.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the Kunduz province. The airstrike was carried out sometime within the last 24 hours in the Qarluq area of the Archi district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was reportedly targeted and destroyed. According to unconfirmed reports, a local Taliban commander is thought to have been among those killed in the airstrike. 

Ten Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrike operations in the Logar province. According to recent reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces as part of clearing operations in the Pul-e Alam, Charkh, and Baraki Barak districts. As many as nine insurgents were killed in the villages of Baburi, Ahangaran, and Alaf Khan in Baraki Barak, while an additional insurgent was also killed during airstrike operations in Charkh and Pul-e Alam, where a cache of weapons was also destroyed.

Twenty militants killed in counter-terror operations

At least 20 suspected militants have been killed in recent counter-terror operations across four provinces. Airstrikes were carried out within the last 48 hours by the Afghan security forces and are thought to have left 20 Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants dead. At least nine Taliban insurgents were killed in the Paktia and Logar provinces, while another three Taliban insurgents were also killed in the southern Helmand province. As many as eight IS militants were also killed in airstrikes in the Achin and Haska Mena (Deh Bala) districts of Nangarhar.

Two IS killed in Nagarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the militants were killed during a raid carried out by the Afghan security forces on a suspected IS hideout in the Bati Kot district. The operation was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours, leaving two IS militants dead. No other casualties have been reported, while an IS-owned cache of weapons was also destroyed. Another cache of weapons thought to belong to the IS was also destroyed in operations in the Achin district.

Taliban set fire to shops in Jowzjan

The Taliban have allegedly set fire to a number of shops in the northern Jowzjan province, leaving at least 10 civilians injured. According to local reports, armed insurgents attacked the shops in the Darzab district, setting fire to the buildings whilst people were still inside. Local officials claim ten civilians are being treated in hospital for serious burns after escaping the fires.The Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Two prosecutors killed in suspected Taliban attack

Two prosecutors have apparently been killed and two others were also injured in a suspected Taliban attack near Kabul over the weekend. The incident occurred near Bagram Airbase north of Kabul, where the victims were en route to the airbase when they were attacked by armed suspects on Saturday. The victims had allegedly been scheduled to visit a nearby government prison facility, where a number of Taliban insurgents were being held, including Anas Haqqani - brother of the current leader of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. According to reports, the authorities believed the attackers were Taliban insurgents, although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack. Along with two other Taliban insurgents, Anas Haqqani was due to be part of a prisoner exchange between the Taliban and the Afghan government which fell through last week. It remains unclear why the exchange fell through, although the Taliban claim the three prisoners were never freed and failed to show up at the agreed exchange site. The Afghan government has provided no explanation, instead confirming that the three prisoners are still in government custody, while an American and an Australian national remain in Taliban hands.

Four IS surrender in Nangarhar

Four Islamic State (IS) militants are allegedly among the latest to surrender to the government authorities in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, in recent weeks there have reportedly been a number of IS groups handing themselves and their weapons over to the police. On Thursday it was apparently confirmed that four IS militants handed themselves in to the authorities in the Achin district, along with a number of family members, including 13 women and 22 children.

Takhar police chief killed in Taliban ambush

A district police chief in the northern Takhar province has reportedly been killed in a Taliban ambush. According to Tolo News, three bodyguards of the police chief were also killed in the attack, which occurred along the Takhar-Baghlan highway on Friday morning. It's believed that Mohammad Afzal, police chief of Takhar's Warsaj district, was the intended target of the attack. Afzal had reportedly been en route to Kabul at the time of the attack. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack; however, no further details surrounding the incident have been confirmed.

Six Taliban killed in southern airstrikes

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. At least four insurgents were killed during an airstrike in the Maiwand district of Kandahar, where a small cache of weapons was also destroyed. Another two insurgents were also killed in another airstrike in the neighbouring Helmand province, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted in the Nahr-e Saraj district. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces sometime within the last 24 hours as part of a larger counter-terror operation, with four more Taliban insurgent detained during a raid in Herat province.

Four Taliban arrested in Herat

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been detained in the Herat province. The arrests were allegedly made during security operations which were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the Special Forces targeted a suspected insurgent hideout in a raid in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat.  The raid was carried out as part of a joint counter-terror operation with airstrikes also targeting Taliban positions in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, leaving six dead overall.

Two government officials killed in Taliban attack

Two government officials have allegedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, the victims have been identified as 27-year-old Sebghatullah Samim and 28-year-old Waisullah Hamidi - both of whom worked for the Afghan Ministry of Interior. The killings took place in the village of Iskan in the Jurm district, where the two men had travelled home from Kabul to visit family. The pair were apparently dragged from their homes by Taliban insurgents on Wednesday evening, before being shot dead in front of villagers.

Five Taliban killed in Baghlan

At least five suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations, which have been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Baghlan province. The operations were reportedly conducted within the last 24 hours in the Dand Ghori (aka Dahana-i-Ghori) district, where a suspected Taliban position was apparently targeted. Government sources have claimed that as many as five insurgents have been killed and three others have also been injured. No other casualties have been reported, while the Taliban hasn't commented on the operations.

Ten IS militants surrender in Nangarhar

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly surrendered themselves to the authorities in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the militants handed themselves in to the Afghan security forces in the Achin province, along with 111 family members of fellow IS militants. The militants also handed over weapons to the security forces and currently remain in custody. It's likely the militants will be entered into a rehabilitation programme run by the Afghan government and law enforcement. Counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the province.

Eleven Taliban killed in Helmand security operations

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations which have been carried out in the southern province of Helmand. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 48 hours. According to reports, airstrikes and raids targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Marjah and Nehr-e-Saraj districts of Helmand, leaving 11 insurgents dead. No other casualties have been reported as a result of the operations, while the Taliban have not commented on the operations.

Nine Taliban killed in Faryab

At least nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the Faryab province. According to reports, the insurgents were killed during operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Andkhoy district. It's alleged that a shadow Taliban judge and a local Taliban commander were among those killed in the operation, along with two foreign insurgents - thought to have hailed from Uzbekistan.

Raid kills 22 Taliban in Sar-e Pul

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a raid launched by the Afghan security forces in the Sar-e Pul province. According to reports, the raid was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Sayyad district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's believed two local Taliban commanders were among the 22 killed, while an additional seven others were also wounded. The raid was apparently conducted as part of the ongoing Shaheen-216 operations.

Two Taliban killed in Farah raid

Two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent raid in the Farah province. The raid was carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Qala-i-Kah area within the last 24 hours. An insurgent-owned cache of firearms and weapons was also destroyed during the operation. The raid was conducted as part of a wider counter-terror operation which targeted insurgent positions in the Baghlan, Helmand, Farah, and Kunduz provinces. Overall, four insurgents have been killed and two others have been arrested.

Twelve killed in Kabul car blast

At least 12 people have been killed and 20 others have also been wounded following a car bomb explosion in the capital city of Kabul. The blast reportedly occurred on Wednesday morning in Police District 15, in the Qasaba area. According to Tolo News, at least three children are thought to be among those killed in the explosion. It's believed the target of the blast was a vehicle owned by foreign security company GardaWorld. At least four GardaWorld security guards were injured in the blast. Several other vehicles in the area were also damaged in the explosion. The blast was located near a government counter-narcotics office and several foreign NGOs. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Taliban prisoner swap announced

A prisoner swap has been announced between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Three high-ranking Taliban prisoners are set to be released in exchange for two hostages held by the group, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks - both lecturers at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped in 2016. Anas Haqqani - a leading figure in the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network - is expected to be among the tree insurgents freed. It's unclear when or how the prisoner exchange will take place. While the swap has been announced by President Ashraf Ghani, there has been no comment from the Taliban, which has long refused to negotiate with the Taliban government.

Four Afghan soldiers killed in US airstrike

Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have reportedly been killed and sic others have also been wounded in an US airstrike in the Logar province. The soldiers were killed in friendly fire by mistake during operations on Monday night, when an ANA outpost came under attack from armed Taliban insurgents. According to reports from Tolo News, the US forces carried out the airstrike in response to the Taliban attack in the Bazar-e-Zekher area of Pul-e Alam. A joint investigation has allegedly been launched and remains ongoing.

Airstrikes kill 11 Taliban insurgents

At least 11Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in airstrikes conducted in the Paktia and Logar provinces. According to reports, the aerial operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, as part of a wider counter-terror initiative. The first airstrike hit two separate positions in the Jaji and Ahmad Khel districts of Paktia, leaving four insurgents dead, while the another seven insurgents were also killed in an airstrike in Logar's Pol-e Alam district.

Four militants killed in Paktia IED blast

Four suspected militants have allegedly been killed in an accidental blast from an improvised explosive device (IED). Local reports indicate the explosion occurred in the Chamkani area of the Paktia province over the weekend. It has not been specified to which militant group the four suspects belonged to; however, the authorities have identified them as foreign nationals, thought to be of Pakistani origin - suggesting they may have been affiliated with the Taliban. The militants died when the IED they were planting along a roadside prematurely detonated.

Dozens of militants surrender in Nangarhar

Dozens of militants have allegedly handed themselves in to the authorities in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, at least 36 suspected militants have surrendered, including 32 Islamic State (IS) militants and an additional four Taliban insurgents. Government representatives said in a statement on Monday that those who turned themselves in will join the "government-initiated peace and reconciliation process". Various firearms were also surrendered to the National Directorate of Security. The militants reportedly came from the Achin, Haska Mena, Khogyani, and Sherzad districts.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Paktika

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and two others have also been arrested during security operations in the Paktika province. According to recent reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. Air and ground operations reportedly targeted a number of suspected Taliban hideouts across various districts, including the Mata Khan, Sharan, and Zurmat districts. At least two insurgent-owned weapons caches were also destroyed in the operations.

Police officer killed in Kandahar car bombing

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a car bombing in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the blast occurred over the weekend in the Shah Wali Kot district, where a car bomb allegedly exploded near a military camp during the early hours of Saturday morning. The explosion left one police officer dead and at least three others wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's likely the Taliban were behind it.

Helmand airstrike kills five Taliban

At least five Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in an aerial operation in the southern Helmand province. Local reports claim the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. The airstrike was reportedly part of a wider counter-insurgency operation across three provinces within the last 24 hours, collectively killing at least 33 Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill 22 militants

At least 22 militants have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to reports, aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected militants positions in the Haska Mena and Sherzad districts. As many as 11 Islamic State (IS) militants were allegedly killed in the first airstrike in Haska Mena, while an additional 11 Taliban insurgents were also killed in the second airstrike, which was carried out in Sherzad, where a suspected car bomb was also destroyed. Both the Taliban and the IS maintain a presence in the region.

IED blast reported in Kapisa

A blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) has apparently been reported in the Kapisa province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the explosion happened in the Nijrab district on Friday, leaving at least one fatality and two other injured. The casualties are thought to be civilians, although further details regarding the incident are yet to be confirmed. No claim of responsibility has been made yet, but the local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were likely behind the blast, as they often plant IEDs in attempts to hit the security forces.

Taliban killed in Wardak raid

A Taliban insurgents has apparently been killed, while three other insurgents have been arrested during a raid carried out in the Wardak province. The operations was conducted by the Afghan Special Forces on Thursday in the Saydabad district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was allegedly targeted. According to recent reports, a cache of insurgent-owned weapons was also destroyed in the raid. 

Three Taliban killed in Helmand

At least three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent counter-insurgency operations carried out in the southern Helmand province by the Afghan security forces. According to local reports, the operations were conducted in the Nahr-e Saraj district, where a suspected Talivan position was targeted on Thursday. Three insurgent fatalities have been confirmed following the operations, while six other insurgents were also arrested. 

Four judges killed in Logar ambush

Four Afghan judges have reportedly been killed in an ambush in the Logar province. The judges had been travelling to Kabul from the Paktiya province when they were attacked by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Mohammad Agha district of Logar on Thursday afternoon. According to reports from Tolo News, unidentified gunmen targeted the vehicle in the Baqi Abad area of the district as the judges were returning home from a holiday. The police believe Taliban insurgents were behind the attack, although the Taliban has not commented on the incident and no claim of responsibility has been made. 

Four IS arrested in Nangarhar

At least four suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) have reportedly been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. Local reports indicate the suspected IS militants were detained in the Achin district on Wednesday. It’s claimed that the four male militants had been attempting to evade the security forces and were trying to find a way out of the province by disguising themselves as women.

Security operations kill dozens of Taliban in Uruzgan

Security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces have allegedly killed dozens of Taliban insurgents in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the Afghan authorities have claimed that as many as 50 insurgents were killed in a series of air and ground strikes in the Gizab district. The operations were reportedly carried out sometime within the last 24 hours. The Taliban hasn't commented on the operation or confirmed a death toll. No other casualties have been reported.

Seven killed in Balkh clashes

At least seven fatalities have been reported following violent clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the northern Balkh province. Fighting reportedly broke out in the Chahar Bolak district during the early hours of Wednesday morning, when a large group of armed Taliban insurgents allegedly launched an attack on the district centre. Local reports claim the district police chief is thought to be among those killed, along with six insurgents. At least three security personnel have also been wounded, along with four insurgents.

Civilian killed in Baghlan shooting

An Afghan civilian has allegedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Baghlan province. The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Aziz Ahmad Pajshiri, a former professor of Kabul University. According to reports, he was shot dead whilst travelling along the Baghlan-Kunduz highway on Wednesday. The police are investigating the attack and suspect Taliban insurgents were likely behind the killing, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Soldier killed in Kapisa blast

An Afghan soldier has reportedly been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the Kapisa province. The blast occurred on Tuesday in a market area in the Alasay district, where what's thought to have been a roadside mine was accidentally triggered. One soldier has been confirmed dead, while at least 12 others, including 10 civilians, were also injured in the explosion. It's suspected that the bomb was most likely planted by Taliban insurgents, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Soldier killed in Khost roadside blast

An Afghan soldier has allegedly been killed and at least three others have also been wounded in a suspected roadside explosion in the Khost province. The blast reportedly occurred on Tuesday in the Sabzi Mandawi area, where it's been claimed by local reports that a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered as the security forces passed by. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban, which claimed as many as four soldiers were killed and another three were also wounded. Taliban insurgents regularly plant IEDs along roadsides in the hope of hitting the security forces.

Two Taliban killed in Kabul

At least two Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in two separate security operations in the Kabul province. According to recent local reports, the operations were both conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a number of suspected insurgents in the Paghman district. Two insurgents were apparently shot dead after resisting arrest, whilst a third suspect was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting Taliban insurgents.

Security operations kill 29 Taliban in Balkh

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have been killed and an additional 10 others have also been wounded in fighting between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban amid security operations in the Balkh province. According to reports, clashes have been reported in the Chahar Bolak, Kishindih, and Zari districts, where Taliban positions were allegedly targeted. One member of the security forces was also killed in the fighting, while at least three local Taliban leaders are thought to be among the 29 insurgents killed.

Nationwide airstrikes kill 17 Taliban

Nationwide airstrikes have reportedly killed at least 17 Taliban insurgents within the last 48 hours. Reports indicate that airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Baghlan, Paktiya, and Zabul provinces. Nine insurgents were killed in Baghlan's Pol-e Khomri district, six were killed in the Jaji district (aka Aryob Zazi) of Paktiya, and another two insurgents were also killed in the Tarnek Wa Jaldak district of Zabul.

Ten killed in Taliban clash in Badakhshan

Ten fatalities have been reported and at least eight others have also been injured following a clash between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the northern Badakhshan province. The fighting took place over the weekend in the Nusay district, where a large number of armed insurgents reportedly ambushed a security convoy. Recent reports indicate that as many as five Afghan security personnel were killed, along with five Taliban insurgents. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack but did not comment on casualty figures.

Baghlan airstrike kills nine Taliban

At least nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrike operations in the Baghlan province. According to reports, the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Pol-e Khomri district within the last 24 hours. It's believed a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted and destroyed. The Taliban haven't commented on the airstrike thus far.

Nine children killed in Takhaar roadside bombing

As many as nine children have allegedly been killed in a roadside bombing incident in the northern Takhar province. The bombing reportedly occurred over the weekend in the Darqad district, where a bus transporting children to school accidentally triggered an explosive device which had been planted along the roadside. Reports indicate that at least one girl and eight boys have been confirmed dead following the blast. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although the local authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Three IS militants killed in Nangarhar

At least three Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. Recent reports suggest the militants were killed during a counter-terror operation which was carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Achin district. The operation was launched alongside another Special Forces raid in the Parwan province, where at least one Taliban insurgent was arrested and various bomb-making material were also destroyed.

Baghlan airstrike kills 13 Taliban

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike operation in the Baghlan province. According to local reports, the aerial operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces as part of a wider counter-insurgency operation against the Taliban. The airstrike reportedly targeted a suspected insurgent position in the Pol-e Khomri district.

Three Taliban killed in Wardak

At least three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and four others have also been arrested during recent security operations carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Saydabad district of the Wardak province. The operations were reportedly conducted within the last 48 hours and apparently targeted a suspected Taliban hideout on the outskirts of Saydabad. No other casualties have been reported, while a cache of insurgent-owned weapons was also destroyed during the raid.

Vehicle explosion reported in Jowzjan

A vehicle explosion has been reported in the northern province of Jowzjan. According to reports, an explosive-laden vehicle accidentally exploded prematurely in the Mardyan district on Thursday, killing at least 17 people, including 15 Taliban insurgents and two civilians. Another 14 people were also wounded in the blast, which occurred in the village of Bazarak Jangal Aregh. It's believed the insurgents had been transporting a number of roadside bombs among other explosive materials. 

Security operations kill 33 Taliban

At least 33 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have also been arrested in recent security operations. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces apparently launched counter-insurgency operations in the Daykundi and Wardak provinces. As many as 30 insurgents were killed and one insurgent was arrested during a raid in the Gizab district of Daykundi. Another three insurgents were also killed in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak, where four others were also arrested. Two caches of weapons were also destroyed during the operations.

Security forces detain 29 drug traffickers

At least 29 suspected drug traffickers have reportedly been arrested by the Afghan security forces. According to reports, the arrests were all made during a six-day operation which was carried out by the authorities across several provinces between Thursday 24 October and Wednesday 30 October. The operation was reportedly launched in connection with 20 drug-related cases which were already under investigation, involving the transportation and possession of narcotics.

Bomb blast reported in Kandahar

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the southern province of Kandahar. At least seven civilians have allegedly been injured in the blast, which is thought to have occurred in the Spin Boldak district, which borders Pakistan in the south of the province. According to reports, the explosion was first reported at around 13:11 local time on Wednesday, when an explosive-laden motorbike was detonated outside a hotel near a market. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the local authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Seven militants killed in Nangarhar

At least seven suspected militants have reported been killed in separate security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, at least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in the Deh Bala (Haska Mena) district during an operation conducted within the last 24 hours. Additionally, two Taliban insurgents have also been confirmed dead following a raid in the Mohmand Dara district. No other casualties have been reported.

Taliban kill five and kidnap eight soldiers in Kunduz

At least five Afghan soldiers have reportedly been killed and eight others have been abducted by the Taliban following a violent attack in the Kunduz province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the attack was launched overnight in the Khan Abad district, where armed insurgents targeted a number of security checkpoints. Military officials have allegedly confirmed the attack and are launching a response operation to rescue the captured soldiers.

Fifty-two Taliban killed in nationwide airstrikes

At least 52 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in nationwide airstrike operations. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across five provinces, including the Zabul, Kandahar, Daykundi, Ghazni, and Paktia provinces. According to reports, 30 insurgents were killed in the Shinkai district of Zabul, while a further 12 insurgents were killed in Kandahar's Spin Boldak district. Six more insurgents were also killed in the Gizab district of Daykundi and another three insurgents were killed in Aab Band, Ghazni. Another airstrike also left an insurgent dead in Paktia's Gardez district.

Airstrikes kill 25 across six provinces

At least 25 suspected militants have allegedly been killed in recent airstrike operations across six provinces. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces on Monday. According to reports, twelve Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in the Haska Mena and Achin districts of Nangarhar, while six Taliban insurgents were killed in an airstrike in Faryab. Another five Taliban insurgents were also killed in Helmand's Lashkar Gah and Nahr-e Saraj districts. Two more insurgents were also killed in the Ghazni and Paktiya provinces.

Two killed in Nangarhar blast

At least two fatalities have been confirmed after an explosion was reported in the eastern Nangarhar province on Monday. According to reports, two construction workers have been killed and five others have also been wounded in a suspected bomb blast in the Bati Kot district. The explosion reportedly occurred at a school construction site in the Metrano area. No claim of responsibility has yet been made for the attack. Both the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban maintain a presence in the province.

Three Afghan women killed in Pakistani shelling

Three Afghan civilian women have allegedly been killed by Pakistani shelling over the weekend. According to Tolo News, three women were killed and four others were also wounded, including two children, in firing from Pakistani troops in the Nari district of Kunar on Sunday. The shelling reportedly began at around 15:00 local time on Sunday afternoon and continued until 19:00, before resuming again at 08:00 the following morning. A number of missile are said to have hit civilian areas. Reinforcements have been deployed to the area, while MPs condemned the attacks and called for an immediate stop.

Clashes kill 14 Taliban in Jowzjan

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, the insurgents were killed after fighting broke out with Afghan National Police (ANP) officers in the Murdian district on Sunday. It's unclear how the violence broke out; however, it's believed the Taliban shadow district governor for Qarqin has been confirmed dead following the clashes. A further eight insurgents were also wounded in the fighting.

US forces kill over 80 Taliban

More than 80 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in security operations. The insurgents were reportedly killed in air raids by Afghan and US forces in the Kandahar and Faryab provinces over the weekend. The operations came as the US envoy arrived in Afghanistan following the collapse of peace talks. It's believed as many as 53 Taliban were killed and 11 others were wounded in Afghan air raids in Faryab's Pashtun Kot district, while a further 33 insurgents were killed and another eight were wounded in US air raids, carried out in the Maruf and Shah Wali Kot districts of Kandahar.

Preliminary election results delayed

Preliminary results from the presidential elections which took place last month are to be delayed until 14 November. The release of the results has been postponed after the original date scheduled for their release was missed over a week ago. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has issued an apology for the delay, stating that the importance of the outcome means they cannot sacrifice transparency for speed. A long delay is expected to stoke political uncertainty and allegations of election fraud.

Police chief killed in Kabul gun attack

The police chief for Badghis province has allegedly been killed in what's thought to have been a targeted gun attack in Kabul city. According to reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire on police chief Sharifullah Chamtoo, in the Ade Ghazni area in Police District 5, at around 12:45 local time on Thursday. Chamtoo had allegedly been on vacation in Kabul and was not on duty at the time of the attack. No claim of responsibility has been made for the killing.

Two would-be suicide bombers killed in Balkh airstrike

Two would-be suicide bombers have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation carried out in the northern Balkh province. Local reports indicate that the aerial operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Chahar Bolak district sometime within the last 48 hours. It's believed a suspected Taliban position in the village of Sheikh Tash was targeted in the airstrike, leaving two insurgents dead, and an explosive-laden vehicle destroyed.

Suspected militant killed by Kabul police

A suspected militant has allegedly been killed by the police in the capital city of Kabul. According to reports, the militant was apparently killed in during a police raid, which was carried out on an undisclosed location in police district 17 on the north-western outskirts of the city on Thursday. One suspect was reportedly killed in an armed altercation after resisting arrest. Various firearms, fighting equipment and a militant-owned vehicle were also seized by the police during the raid. It remains unclear which group the militant belonged to.

Taliban rocket attack reported in Helmand

Five US Marines have possibly been injured following a rocket attack which was carried out by the Taliban on Tuesday. According to reports, the rocket his a military base in the provincial capital of Helmand, Lashkar Gah, where the American Marines have a small base at the Lashkar Gah airfield. The Taliban has claimed the attack, further claiming that more than 60 'missiles' had been fired at the base and that 'tens' of American and Afghan security personnel had been injured. Government officials said only several rockets were fired and that those injured were all in a stable condition.

Two suspected kidnappers killed in Kandahar security operation

Two suspected kidnappers have allegedly been killed by the Afghan security forces during a recent security operation in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, he operation was conducted within the last 48 hours and was launched with the intention of apprehending and arresting the suspects; however, the suspects allegedly resisted arrest and fighting broke out, leading to a fatal crossfire in which two suspects were killed. It's claimed the suspects had abducted a person recently, sparking the operation. The victim is thought to have been killed by the suspects prior to the security operation. The identities of the suspects and the victim have not been released, although it's likely the suspects were linked to the Taliban insurgent group, which maintains a strong presence in the province.

Eight Taliban killed in Balkh

At least eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in the northern Balkh province. The insurgents were apparently killed during recent fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. It's claimed the insurgents launched an attack on a security post in the Palaspush area of the province, leading to a gunfight breaking out. The security forces reportedly managed to repel the attack, leaving eight insurgents dead and another two injured.

Two Taliban killed in Farah

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the western Farah province. The operations were reportedly conducted sometime within the last 48 hours in the provincial capital district. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces targeted a suspected Taliban hideout, leaving two insurgents dead and a cache of weapons destroyed.

Suicide bombing foiled in Balkh

An attempted suicide bomb attack has allegedly been foiled in the Balkh province. Recent reports indicate that the Afghan security forces were successful in intercepting a planned suicide bombing in the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif on Tuesday. At least four suspected Taliban insurgents were detained during a counter-terror raid in the Ferdawsi Square area of the city. It's alleged that the four insurgents had plotted to target the director of Mazar-i-Sharif University.

Sar-e Pol airstrikes kill five Taliban

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Sar-e Pol province. According to reports, the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the provincial capital district as part of a wider counter-insurgency operation, with similar strikes also conducted in the Zabul, Helmand, Paktia, and Baghlan provinces. The airstrikes have been confirmed by military officials, who claimed that an insurgent-owned cache of weapons was also destroyed in Sar-e Pol. 

Four Taliban killed in Zabul airstrike

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed following an airstrike operation in the Zabul province. Recent reports from Tolo News on Twitter indicate the airstrike was conducted within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Shahr-e Safa area, where a suspected Taliban position was identified and targeted in an overnight aerial operation. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has apparently confirmed the airstrike and the casualty figures in a statement released on Wednesday.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Takhar airstrikes

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of airstrikes in the northern Takhar province. The aerial operations were reportedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Darqad district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was allegedly targeted. According to reports, at least three more insurgents were also injured in the air raids, which were conducted on Monday afternoon. The Darqad district is located in the northern-most reaches of the Takhar province, situated along the Tajik-Afghan border.The airstrikes have been confirmed in an army statement; however, the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Local IS leader surrenders in Nangarhar

A local Islamic State (IS) leader has reportedly surrendered to the Afghan authorities in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the suspect has been described as a senior IS leader, who handed himself over to the police in the Bati Kot district on Tuesday, along with handing over various weapons, including a firearm and at least two grenades. It's claimed the suspect - identified as Fraidoon (alias Neman Al-Bajuri) had been in charge of the IS' educational programme operated in the province.

Ghazni airstrikes kill four Taliban

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another two insurgents have also been wounded in recent airstrike operations in the Ghazni province. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) within the last 24 hours in the Ab Band district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted and destroyed. According to reports, the aerial operation and the casualty figures were confirmed by government officials on Tuesday.

Taliban kill 17 police officers in Kunduz

At least 17 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and several others have also been wounded in a Taliban attack in the northern Kunduz province. The attack allegedly took place in the Ali Abad district overnight, when a large group of armed insurgents stormed a security outpost. According to reports, the police base commander is thought to be among those killed in the attack. The Taliban has claimed that their insurgents overran the police base and as many as 20 police officers were killed in the attack. The Kunduz province is seen as strategically valuable as its connected to much of northern Afghanistan, as well as the capital, Kabul, and neighbouring country, Tajikistan.

Security operation kills eight Taliban in Ghazni

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have also been injured in a recent security operation conducted in the Ghazni province. The operation was apparently carried out by the Afghan Special Forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position in the Musa Khel district, near Giru. Local reports claim as many as six insurgent-owned motorbikes were also destroyed in the raid.

Nine Taliban die from poisoning in Ghazni

A group of nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly died from poisoning in the province of Ghazni. Local officials claim the bodies of nine insurgents were found in their compound in the Andar district on Tuesday, with preliminary investigations suggesting that unknown individuals may have deliberately poisoned the group late on Monday night. The Taliban has reportedly not commented on the deaths.

Special Forces operation kills four Taliban in Logar

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a Special Forces operation in the Logar province. The overnight operation was allegedly launched on Sunday evening in the Kharwar district as part of a wider counter-insurgency initiative. According to local reports, the operation was led by the Afghan Special Forces alongside operations which were also carried out in the Ghazni and Kandahar provinces.

Two foreign Taliban supporters detained in Kunduz

Two foreign Taliban supporters have allegedly been detained in the Kunduz province. According to recent reports, a Pakistani couple were arrested by the Afghan security forces in the Dasht-e Archi district, where it's claimed the couple had been providing healthcare to wounded Taliban insurgents. The pair were supposedly detained during a clearing operation carried out by the Afghan forces, during which 12 Taliban insurgents were also killed and another 10 insurgents were wounded.

Heavy clashes reported in Uruzgan

Heavy fighting has been reported in the Uruzgan province between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents. Tolo News has reported that clashes first broke out in the Gizab district two days ago, and that the fighting has been continuous since Saturday. The fighting is underway approximately five kilometres from the district governor's compound and the police headquarters. Preliminary casualty reports indicate that as many as 20 Afghan security personnel have been killed, including seven army commandos, eight soldiers, and five police officers. Around 18 Taliban insurgents have also been killed, while 22 insurgents have been wounded.

Three killed in Wardak car bombing

At least three fatalities have been reported following a suspected car bomb attack in the Wardak province. The blast allegedly occurred on Sunday in the Maidan Shahr district, where three Afghan police officers were reportedly killed after an explosive device was detonated in what appears to have been a targeted attack on a vehicle. According to Tolo News, the car was being used by the provincial governor of Wardak and two of his security guards were also wounded in the attack. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Six kidnapped by Taliban in Logar

At least six people have allegedly been kidnapped by the Taliban in the Logar province. The victims have been identified as members of the People's Peace Movement (PPM) and they were reportedly targeted by Taliban insurgents over the weekend. According to reports from Tolo News, the insurgents launched the attack on Saturday morning in the Shahrak area of the provincial capital, Pul-e-Alam, where the PPM were staging a peace gathering. No claim of responsibility has been made for the abductions and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Explosions reported in Nangarhar

Two suspected bomb explosions have allegedly been reported in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, two blasts occurred in  a mosque in the Jaw Dara area of the Haska Mena (Deh Bala) district. The BBC has reported that the explosions targeted mosque-goers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 people and wounding dozens of others, although casualty figures could rise further still as the emergency services and armed forces respond to the scene. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Government employee killed in Kabul rocket attack

An Afghan government employee has reportedly been killed in a rocket attack in the Kabul province. Tolo News has reported that the victim has been identified as Zinat Zabe, who worked for the Ministry of Finance. Zabe's family have claimed that he was on his way home from work in the Arghani area of Kabul's Paghman district when a number of unidentified gunmen allegedly attacked him, hauling him into their vehicle before they supposedly shot him with a rocket. The family have claimed the attack was carried out by Taliban insurgents, although the Taliban denies any involvement. Investigations into the incident remain ongoing.

Two police officers killed in Herat gun attack

Two Afghan police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent gun attack in the provincial capital of Herat. According to reports, the attack took place on Thursday morning in the village of Hawade in Police District 6. It's alleged that the police officers were fired upon by unidentified armed suspects in what's thought to have been a targeted attack. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far; however, the Taliban are known to have a presence in the province and have a history of targeting the Afghan security forces in deadly attacks.

Six police killed in Nuristan clash

At least six local police officers have been killed and two others have been injured in a clash between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in the Nuristan province. According to local reports, the fighting supposedly broke out in the Norgram area on Thursday. It's believed the Taliban may have launched an attack on the village, to which the ALP officers responded, leading to an armed fight. The Taliban have allegedly confirmed the incident but disputed the casualty figures, claiming that nine ALP officers were killed.

Twelve Taliban killed in Logar clearing operation

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during a recent clearing operation in the Logar province. Local reports indicate that the operations was carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position in the Charkh district. The operation has been confirmed by the Afghan Ministry of Interior on Thursday. At least five explosive devices were allegedly discovered and destroyed during the operation.

Taliban commander killed in Takhar

A Taliban commander has reportedly been killed in a security operation in the northern Takhar province. According to recent reports, the Afghan National Police (ANP) launched an ambush operation in the provincial capital of Taleqan, where they targeted the Taliban commander, known as Zaid, in the Kunjak Saraisang region. Zaid is thought to be the commander of a group of around 70 insurgents operating throughout the region. No other casualties have been reported as a result of the operation.

IED blast injures five in Kabul

At least five people have allegedly been wounded in a recent explosion in the capital city of Kabul. The suspected bomb explosion is thought to have come from an improvised explosive device (IED). According to recent reports from Pajhwok News on Twitter, the Kabul police have confirmed five civilian casualties as a result of an IED blast, which occurred in Police District 1 in the Old City area of the capital city, just south of the river on Wednesday evening.

Seven killed in Balkh helicopter crash

At least seven fatalities have been reported following a helicopter crash in the Balkh province. It's been reported that the crash occurred on Tuesday in the Mazar-i-Sharif district, where Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were travelling in a military helicopter when it came down in the Durrah-i-Hairratan area at around 17:00 local time. The fatal crash has been confirmed by ANA officials, who confirmed in a statement, that - while investigations into the cause of the accident remain ongoing - the crash was not the result of an enemy attack.

Security operations kill five Taliban in Ghazni

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched an operation in the Muqur district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted and destroyed, leaving three insurgents dead and a cache of weapons destroyed. Another counter-insurgency operation was also conducted in the Deh Yak district, where the security forces killed two Taliban insurgents. No other casualties have been reported.

Two civilians killed in Badakhshan airstrike

Two civilians have allegedly been killed in an airstrike, which was carried out in the northern Badakhshan province. Tolo News has reported that the aerial operation took place on Sunday afternoon and was purportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces, although the Ministry of Defence has not yet commented on it. Local officials have claimed that the airstrike hit the village of Zohr in the Warduj district, leaving two civilians dead and six others injured. The operation was supposedly carried out in an attempt to target a local Taliban commander known as Attaullah. Conflicting unconfirmed reports from local residents claim as many as 15 civilians were killed and a further 15 were also wounded; however, these reports have not been verified.

Two soldiers killed in Laghman bomb blast

Two Afghan soldiers have been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the Laghman province. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Alisheng district, where two Afghan soldiers were caught in the explosion on Wednesday morning at around 06:00 local time. At least 26 others were also wounded in the blast. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far, although it's suspected that the Taliban were likely behind it.

Farah airstrike kills four Taliban

An airstrike in the western Farah province has reportedly killed at least four Taliban insurgents. Reports indicate the airstrike was carried out over the weekend in the Bala Buluk district, where a suspected Taliban positions was allegedly identified and targeted in the Urfabad village. Unconfirmed reports have claimed that a local Taliban shadow chief for the Khaki Safed area was supposedly among the four insurgents killed in the airstrike.

Ten Taliban killed in Helmand

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in the southern Helmand province. The insurgents were killed in military operations which were carried out over the weekend in the Nahri Saraj area. The counter-insurgency operations reportedly targeted a suspected Taliban hideout, leaving 10 dead and nine others injured. In addition to that, two Taliban bomb-making workshops were also destroyed in operations, where insurgents were allegedly manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines, with almost 60 such devices defused by security personnel.

Taliban shadow district chief killed in Farah airstrike

A Taliban shadow district chief has reportedly been killed in an airstrike operation over the weekend. According to local reports, the strike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Farah Rod area of the province. The aerial operation was confirmed by government officials in a statement, which also confirmed the death of a local Taliban leader, along with a suspected drug trafficker, who is thought to have been working with the the Taliban in the region.

Two killed in gun attack in Ghor

Two people have been killed and two others have also been wounded in a gun attack in the Ghor province. The attack reportedly took place on Sunday in the provincial capital of Chagharan (aka Firuzkoh). According to reports, the victims was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Bahari area. It's claimed that a local prosecutor was among those killed in the shooting, prompting suspicions the incident was likely a targeted attack. The incident came just a day after another local official - the governor of Jaghatu district - was also killed in a similar attack. No claim of responsibility have been made thus far; however it's possible the Taliban were behind the attacks.

Wardak airstrikes kill four Taliban

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Wardak province. According to reports, the airstrikes were allegedly carried out in the Maidan Shahr and Chak-e Wardak districts over the weekend. The aerial operations were confirmed by the government officials in a statement on Monday and were reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces. No other casualties have been reported as a result of the operation.

Airstrikes kill 21 militants across Afghanistan

At least 21 militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes which were carried out across Afghanistan. According to reports, aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend in the Gul Tipa district, where a Taliban hideout was targeted and at least seven Taliban insurgents were killed. Airstrikes were also carried out in the Giro district of Ghazni, killing eight Taliban insurgents and wounding several others. Another airstrike was also conducted in the Pachir Wa Afam district of the eastern Nangarhar province, where an Islamic State (IS) hideout was hit, leaving at least six IS militants dead.

US drone strikes kill six IS in Nangarhar

A recent series of drone strikes carried out by the US forces in the eastern Nangarhar province has killed at least six suspected Islamic State (IS) militants. According to reports from Pajhwok News, the strikes were conducted within the last 24 hours in the Pachir Wa Agam district, where a suspected IS hideout was allegedly targeted. The operation was confirmed by provincial governor spokesperson and no other casualties have been reported as a result on the airstrike.

Zabul airstrike leaves six Taliban dead

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out in the Ghazni province within the last 24 hours. According to recent reports, the aerial operations was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence in a statement on Friday, indicating the strike had been conducted by the Afghan security forces. The operation reportedly targeted a suspected insurgent position in the Shah Joy district. No other casualties have been reported.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 16 Taliban

Airstrikes have left at least 16 Taliban insurgents dead in the province of Ghazni. The aerial operations were carried out by the Afghan National Defence Security Forces (ANDSF) within the last 24 hours as part of a wider counter-insurgency operation. According to reports, the airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the Giro district. A Taliban-owned vehicle was also destroyed in the strike.

Police officer killed in Helmand blast

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded in a roadside explosion in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Gereshk district on Wednesday. It's suspected that an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents and was detonated when the police car came into close proximity. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Taliban disrupt power supply in Kabul

Taliban insurgents have allegedly disrupted the power supply in Kabul after targeting a major power pylon in the Parwan province. Insurgents reportedly used explosives to blow up the pylon, located in the Salang district of Parwan, on Wednesday. As a result, power cuts were experienced across Kabul and in a number of other surrounding provinces. Work to repair the pylon and restore power is already underway. This is the second time in recent weeks that the Taliban has destroyed a power pylon to cut power supply to Kabul, having carried out similar attacks on pylons in Baghlan and Kunduz last month.

UN calls deadly US strikes on Afghan drug labs 'unlawful'

The UN has called the deadly US strikes on Afghan drug labs which left at least 30 civilians killed 'unlawful'. The airstrikes were carried out back in May on  alleged Taliban drug labs, hitting more than 60 alleged drug production sites in the Farah and Nimroz provinces. The operations left 30 civilians dead, including children, with the UN claiming to have additional unverified reports of a further 30 deaths linked to the strikes. According to reports, the US claimed it had targeted Taliban-run methamphetamine labs which helped fund the insurgent group; however, the UN has stated that drug labs and associated workers cannot lawfully be designated as targets. The UN report stipulated that the sites were not exclusively run by the Taliban but also by ordinary criminal networks as well - making them illegitimate targets for military strikes. The US has allegedly denied that the strikes caused any civilian casualties, insisting that 'precision' strikes were carried out on verified Taliban drug labs.

Airstrikes kill 25 militants across Afghanistan

At least 25 suspected militants have allegedly been killed in recent airstrike operations carried out across Afghanistan. According to reports, the aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours across six provinces, including Zabul, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Farah, Wardak, and Helmand. Eleven Taliban insurgents were allegedly killed in Zabul's Now Bahar district, while another four Taliban insurgents were also killed in the Aab Band district of Ghazni. Two more Taliban were killed in the Marjah district of Helmand, along with another two insurgents in Farah's Khak-e Safid district, where a cache of weapons was also destroyed. Meanwhile, six Islamic State (IS) militants were also killed in another airstrike, which was carried out in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

Police investigator killed in Kabul attack

A police investigator has reportedly been killed, and six other police officers have also been wounded in an attack in the Qarabagh district of Kabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that a member of the Criminal Investigation Department was shot dead on Monday evening at around 22:00 local time. It's alleged that unidentified gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of police investigator Abdul Khabir while he drove along the Kabul-Parwan highway. Upon responding to the shooting, six other police officers were also wounded while investigating the scene, as an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. Government officials have claimed the Taliban was responsible for the attack, although no such claim of responsibility has yet been made.

Twenty students injured in Ghazni University blast

At least 20 university students have been injured following a suspected bomb blast at Ghazni University's campus in the provincial capital of Ghazni. The explosion occurred inside the university on Tuesday morning during a lecture. The campus is located in Police District 3 of Ghazni city, where it's believed 15 female students and five male students were injured in the blast. According to Tolo News, no group, including the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the explosion thus far.

Ten killed in Jalalabad blast

At least 10 fatalities have been reported, including that of a child, while some 27 others have also been wounded following an explosion in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast occurred on Monday in Police District 3, where it's believed a minibus belonging to an Afghan National Army (ANA) recruitment centre was targeted by militants using an explosive-laden rickshaw. According to Tolo News, many of those injured in the blast are said to be in critical condition. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) militant groups maintain a presence in the province.

Security forces rescue 13 civilians in Helmand

At least 13 civilians have reportedly been rescued from insurgent violence in the southern Helmand province. It's alleged that the Afghan Special Forces led an operation to safely retrieve the civilians from a Taliban prison in the Nahr-e-Saraj area, just north of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The raid was conducted overnight in the village of Din Mohammad, where a Taliban-run facility thought to be used for detaining civilians. No casualties have been reported as a result of the operation.

Police officer killed in armed robbery

An Afghan police officer has been killed in an armed robbery in the province of Parwan. Local reports indicate the incident occurred over the weekend in the village of Eshq Abad in the Jabal Saraj district. The police officer was reportedly shot dead after the police patrol came across a group of armed robbers whilst out on patrol at night. It's believed the other police officers opened fire in response, killing at least one suspect, while the others managed to flee the scene.

Clashes reported in Kunduz

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid armed clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Kunduz province. Fighting reportedly broke out in the Qala-e-Zal district over the weekend, after a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the security forces. Local officials have claimed that at least three Afghan security personnel were also killed in the attack.

Three civilians killed in Ghazni shooting

Three civilians have allegedly been killed and six others have been wounded in an apparent shooting incident in the Ghazni province. It's claimed the Taliban opened fire on the civilians in the Jaghatoo area on Tuesday. According to reports, the local government authorities have issued a statement alleging that the Taliban opened fire on civilian homes and vehicles in the Imam Raza, Shash Gor, and Shohda areas along the Dara-e Qayaq route. The statement also claimed that two Afghan security personnel were also injured after arriving in the area to respond to the shootings.

Security operations kill six Taliban in Ghazni

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. The counter-insurgency operations were reportedly conducted in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Arzo and Qarabagh areas, located in the outskirts of Ghazni city, where suspected Taliban positions and hideouts were targeted. According to reports, three of the six fatalities have been identified as foreign nationals, although their country of origin was not specified. Clearing operations will continue in the area.

Five IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrike was carried out as part of NATO-led operations in the Khogyani district within the last 24 hours. A large cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

Herat airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

Airstrike operations in the Herat province have allegedly killed at least 14 Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports, the first set of airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Chisht district on Tuesday. At least six Taliban insurgents were killed in the airstrikes, which were followed up by another round of overnight aerial operations in the Farsi district, leaving a further eight insurgents dead.

Taliban send delegation to Pakistan

A high-level Taliban delegation has been sent to Pakistan for talks to resurrect the stalled peace deal. According to reports, the head of the Taliban's political office in Doha, Abdul Ghani Baradar, is leading the delegation in discussions with Pakistani officials. The visit comes after US President Donald Trump described the peace deal as 'dead' last month after a US service member was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan. Pakistan has allegedly said its goal is to persuade the Taliban leadership to hold talks with Kabul if a deal with the US is reached. The Afghan government has been considerably sidelined in peace talks over the past year, largely due to the Taliban's apparent refusal to negotiate with Kabul.

IED blast kills six in Kapisa

At least six people have been killed and two others have also been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kapisa province. Tolo News has reported that the explosion occurred in the Baies Khail village of the Najrab district on Tuesday. Two children and four women were killed in the blast, while another woman and a man were also injured. It's believed the IED had been planted in farmlands by Taliban insurgents and that the civilians accidentally triggered the blast when they passed by. Taliban insurgents are known to plant IEDs along roadsides in attempts to target government security forces, but often mistakenly hit civilians. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the incident, claiming the civilians were killed by the Afghan security forces, without offering any further explanation or evidence to support their claim.

Police under siege in Jowzjan

The police are allegedly under siege from the Taliban in the northern province of Jowzjan. According to Tolo News, around 30 police officers and armed civilians are being held under siege by the Taliban in the Darzab district. It's claimed the situation has been ongoing for the past two days and that the district governor and district police chief are among those being held. The provincial governor has confirmed that the district capital is now under Taliban control, with the Afghan security pushed back to the district bazaar. No government reinforcements have yet arrived in the area to assist the security forces. The local authorities have re-issued an appeal for military support, fearing more civilians and police officers may be captured by the Taliban if no reinforcements arrive soon.

Taliban attack police in Balkh

At least 11 Afghan police officers have been killed or wounded in a Taliban attack in the northern Balkh province. According to reports from Tolo News, the attack took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Shor Tepa district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on the district police headquarters. It's believed the Taliban also suffered casualties, although no precise casualty figures have been released yet. Government reinforcement have allegedly arrived to support the police in repelling the attack.

Security forces repel Taliban attack in Takhar

The Afghan security forces have reportedly repelled a Taliban attack in the north-eastern Takhar province. According to reports from Tolo News, security reinforcements recently arrived in the Taleqan district to push back Taliban insurgents after they launched an armed attack in the provincial capital city of Taluqan on Sunday night. It's alleged that over the last few days the Taliban have been attacking areas around Taleqan in a bid to disrupt the election which took place over the weekend. A spokesperson for the provincial governor stated that the security forces have retaken control of the police headquarters, and that at least 36 Taliban insurgents were allegedly been killed in airstrikes carried out within the last 24 hours.

Sixteen injured in Kandahar bomb blast

At least 16 people have been injured in a bomb blast in the southern Kandahar province. The explosion occurred over the weekend as voters prepared to cast their ballots in the presidential election. The attack targeted a polling station in the provincial capital of Kandahar city. According to reports, the bomb went off about two hours after the polling stations opened. Several other small explosions were reported across the country as voting got underway, with around 20 attacks recorded, hitting major cities such as Jalalabad and Kabul, as well as Kandahar. No major large-scale attacks were reported however, with the security forces claiming to have killed at least 28 insurgents during security operations which were carried out over Friday and Saturday.

Election results to be announced in three weeks

Results from the presidential election which was held over the weekend in Afghanistan are due to be announced by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan in three weeks. The turnout for the vote was widely reported to be low, with many voters deterred by security concerns after the Taliban issued threats following the break down of peace talks with the US in the lead up to the election. At least four people were killed and 80 others were wounded in bomb and mortar attacks on voting centres over the weekend, despite heightened security measures at polling stations. The two main presidential candidates are the incumbent, President Ashraf Ghani, and chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, who has shared power in the coalition government since 2014. The election had already been postponed twice, and if the candidates do not accept the results, it could trigger a political crisis.

Police officer killed in Nangarhar IED blast

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the explosion occurred in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, where an IED was detonated in what's thought to have been a targeted attack. Another police officer was also injured in the incident. The attack has since been claimed by entities affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which maintains a presence in the province.

Twelve Taliban killed in Samangan airstrike

At least 12 suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 10 others have also been wounded in a recent airstrike carried out in the Samangan province. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Dara-I-Suf district on Thursday evening. The aerial operation was allegedly launched in response to reports that Taliban insurgents had launched an attack to take control of the district centre.

Three civilians killed in Kunar rocket firings

Three Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in rocket firings in the Kunar province. According to recent reports, at least 180 rockets were supposedly fired across the AfPak border into Kunar by the Pakistani forces. It's alleged that the rockets fell on civilian areas in the Shaltan district on Thursday. The three victims have reportedly been identified as youths, although their precise ages have not been specified and further details surrounding the incident remain vague.

US embassy in Kabul condemns Taliban campaign to disrupt election

The US embassy in Kabul has issued a series of statements condemning the Taliban's violent campaign to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. The first of three statements published via the US Embassy in Kabul's Twitter account stated that it is every citizens right to safe participation in the Afghan elections. The second statement strongly condemned Taliban threats against schools and polling stations during the election, calling the insurgent group's lack of respect for the will of the people unacceptable. The third statement praised the Afghan security forces, along with several government departments, for their service to the country. The Taliban has recently escalated violent attacks and threatened people against voting in tomorrow's election.

Special Forces kill 10 Taliban in Kunduz

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent operation led by the Afghan Special Forces in the province of Kunduz. According to recent reports, military officials said on Wednesday that the operation targeted a group of suspected Taliban insurgents in the Chahar Dara area of Kunduz. Along with inflicting 10 fatalities, a large cache of weapons was also destroyed during the operation.

Security operations kill five Taliban in Wardak

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have also been arrested during security operations in the Wardak province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Nerkh district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted and raided. The operation comes amid a recent escalation in fighting ahead of the presidential election, which is due to be held in Afghanistan this weekend.

Eight Taliban killed in security operations

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and a ninth insurgent has also been arrested in recent security operations, which have been carried out by the Afghan Special Forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, eight insurgents were killed during a Special Forces operation in the Bala Buluk district of Farah, while another insurgent was also arrested during a raid in the Qarah Bagha district of Ghazni, where a cache of weapons was also destroyed.

Explosion reported outside presidential office in Kandahar

A blast has been reported outside a presidential office in the southern province of Kandahar. Local reports indicate that at least three people have been killed in the explosion, while a further seven others have also been wounded. The blast allegedly occurred overnight outside President Ashraf Ghani's office in the provincial capital city of Kandahar. The attack has not yet been claimed, but the authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were behind it as it comes amid a spate of similar attacks in the lead up to the presidential election.

Helmand operations kill 22 militants

Security operations led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the southern Helmand province have allegedly left some 22 suspected militants dead. According to recent reports, six suspected al Qaeda militants and 16 Taliban insurgents were killed during the operation, while a further 14 Taliban insurgents have also been arrested. It's believed a large cache of weapons and ammunition was also discovered and seized during the operation.

Three US troops wounded in insider attack

Three US soldiers have been wounded in an insider attack in the southern Kandahar province. "The attacker was killed by return fire from Resolute Support forces," said US military spokesman in Afghanistan, Army Col. Sonny Leggett. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack but said that three troops had been killed. Seventeen US service members have been killed in Afghanistan in 2019, including two in another insider attack in Uruzgan in July.

Seven Taliban killed in Faryab security operations

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed amid security operations in the Faryab province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the Afghan Ministry of Defence has claimed that seven insurgents were killed during operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. It's alleged that a local Taliban commander was also among those killed in the operation. There has been no comment by the Taliban.

Taliban threatens attacks to keep voters away

The Taliban has threatened to carry out violent attacks to keep voters away from polls ahead of the general election in Afghanistan. According to Al Jazeera, the Taliban has warned voters of more attacks as presidential elections loom, while the government has promised extra security at polls. As a result, it's believed many voters living in Taliban-controlled areas will stay away from the ballot amid fears of reprisals from the Taliban should they vote. The Taliban has recently stepped up its campaign to disrupt the election following a breakdown in peace talks with the US.

Helmand airstrike kills 40 civilians

At least 40 civilians have allegedly been killed and 18 others have been wounded in a recent airstrike operation, which was carried out within the last 24 hours in the southern Helmand province. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the airstrike which was conducted in the Musa Qala district, where the Afghan forces raided a house that the officials claimed was being used by the Taliban to train suicide bombers, but hit an adjacent wedding venue, where civilians were attending a wedding party. The incident comes just days after 30 civilians were killed in another airstrike in Nangarhar.

Roadside bomb kills two civilians in Kandahar

Two Afghan civilians have been confirmed dead and at least five others have also been injured in a roadside bombing incident, which occurred in the southern Kandahar province over the weekend. The blast reportedly happened in the Spin Boldak district, which borders neighbouring Pakistan. The fatalities have been confirmed by an Afghan official, who suggested the bomb had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target the security forces, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Counter-terror operations kill 24 Taliban in Farah

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed by the Afghan Special Forces during A counter-terror operation which was carried out in the western province of Farah within the last 48 hours. According to reports, the security forces targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Anar Darah district of Farah on Tuesday, where they allegedly killed 24 insurgents and destroyed a large cache of weapons and ammunition.

Truck bomb hits outside Zabul hospital

A truck bombing has occurred outside a hospital in the southern province of Zabul. According to reports, at least 10 people have been killed following the blast, although the death toll is likely to rise as the head of the provincial council said he thought as many as 20 people have been killed, with almost 100 injured. The attack occurred on Thursday morning, when a truck packed with explosives was detonated outside a hospital in Qalat city. Many of the victims were doctors and patients. The Taliban have claimed the attack, but said they were targeting government intelligence offices, next to the hospital. The attack comes just days after two major suicide bomb attacks in Parwan and Kabul collectively left at least 48 people dead. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban.

Drone strike kills dozens in Nangarhar

A drone strike which has been carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province has allegedly killed dozens in the Khogyani district. According to preliminary reports from Reuters, Afghan government officials suggested that at least 30 civilians have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in the airstrike, which was carried out by the Afghan security forces with US air support. The strike supposedly targeted Islamic State (IS) hideouts but accidentally hit farmers in a nearby pine nut field. The Afghan Defence Ministry confirmed the strike but declined to share any further details, while the US forces have not commented.

Landmine kills police officer in Helmand

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed and three others have been injured after a landmine exploded in the southern Helmand province. The blast occurred within the last 24 hours in the Washir district, where it's believed the police officers had been on patrol when their vehicle drove past a landmine buried at the side of the road, triggering the explosion. Although no claim of responsibility has been made, Taliban insurgents often plant explosives along roadsides in the hopes of hitting security personnel.

Suicide attack reported in Jalalabad

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in the city of Jalalabad, in the eastern Nangarhar province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter suggest at least 10 people have been injured and have been transported to hospitals for treatment, while gunmen are though to still be fighting the security forces at the scene. A spokesperson for the provincial governor has allegedly confirmed the attack, which has supposedly targeted a government building used by the Electronic National Identity Cards Department (e-NIC) in Police District 3 (PD3). No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Taliban tell US the door to talks is open

The Taliban have reportedly released a message to US President Donald Trump, telling him that their "doors are open" should the US want to resume peace talks. Taliban negotiators insisted that the possibility of dialogue will remain on the table, with chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai stating that negotiation was "the only way for peace in Afghanistan" during an interview with the BBC. The message from the Taliban come a week after Trump declared peace talks 'dead'. The two sides are thought to have come close to a withdrawal deal earlier this month shortly before talks broke down following a deadly Taliban attack on Kabul on 06 September, which killed a US soldiers along with 11 others. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned recent Taliban attacks, saying the group "must begin to demonstrate a genuine commitment to peace". Just yesterday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for two deadly suicide bomb attacks in Kabul and Parwan, which collectively killed at least 46 people.

Security operation leaves 22 Taliban dead in Ghazni

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces in the provincial capital district, where a number of raids were carried out on suspected Taliban hideouts. Along with the 22 confirmed fatalities, a further three insurgents were also arrested, while a large cache of weapons was also destroyed.

Suicide bomb attack reported in Kabul

A bomb blast has been reported in the Afghan capital city of Kabul, leaving at least 22 people dead and 38 others wounded. According to Reuters, the blast occurred on Tuesday in the city centre near Massoud Square, where it's thought an explosive-laden motorbike was blown up. Tolo News has reported that the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the explosion was a suicide bombing and that it was detonated close to one of the Ministry of Defence's buildings in Police District 9 (PD9). The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred shortly after another Taliban-claimed bomb attack in Parwan, which targeted a presidential campaign rally, leaving at least 24 people killed and 31 others wounded.

Suicide bomber targets presidential campaign rally in Parwan

A presidential campaign rally in the Parwan province has been targeted in a suicide bomb attack, leaving at least 24 people dead. A suicide bomber on a motorbike reportedly detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at a security checkpoint on Tuesday at around midday, as President Ghani was preparing to speak at a campaign rally in the city of Charikar, Parwan. According to the BBC, 26 fatalities have been confirmed, while more than 30 others have also been wounded. The death toll could rise further still. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast yet, although the authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

IED blast kills police officer in Baghlan

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Baghlan province. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Tuesday morning in the Shahsad Koti area of the city of Pol-e Khomri. The victim has been identified as Mohammad Ibrahim - a finance officer for the Baghlan police force. Ibrahim was allegedly on his way to work when an IED was supposedly stuck to his vehicle and detonated. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan

An American soldier has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan on Monday, raising the total number of US service member deaths to 17. The fatality is the second US soldier to be killed in Afghanistan within the last fortnight. According to Tolo News, NATO's Resolute Support mission released a statement confirming the death, stating that the US service member was 'killed in action'. No further details were given and the soldier has yet to be publicly identified.

Two Taliban shadow governors killed in Paktika

Two suspected Taliban shadow governors have allegedly been killed during security operations in the Paktika province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces carried out a ground and air operation in the province over the course of the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban positions. Reports from the Afghan Defence Ministry claim as many as 85 Taliban insurgents were killed overall, while the Taliban - often known to downplay their casualty figures - has claimed that only seven insurgents were killed and 11 others were wounded. 

IED blast kills one in Ghazni

At least one person has been killed and five others have been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Ghazni province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the provincial police have released a statement, confirming that the explosion occurred on Monday in Ghazni, hitting a group of university students. The IED was apparently magnetic, and may have been affixed to a bicycle or a vehicle. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast, although the local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents may have been behind it.

Roadside bomb kills five in Farah

At least five people have been killed in a recent roadside bomb explosion in the western Farah province of Afghanistan. The blast allegedly happened on Sunday near the provincial capital of Farah city, where a civilian vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, Taliban insurgents are known to be active in the region and have a history of planting roadside bombs in attempts to target government security forces.

Taliban sabotage power supply across 11 provinces

The Taliban have allegedly managed to severely disrupt power supply across 11 provinces by sabotaging electricity pylons in Baghlan. The insurgents reportedly targeted a key major power station operated by state-run power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, in the village of Balak Mirzad Tal on Sunday. According to reports, insurgents used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to damage three key power pylons, cutting power supply to Kabul provinces and several other in the South and South-east. Pylons were also destroyed in the Kunduz province in a similar attack earlier that same day, although with less impact. Technicians have been dispatched to reconnect power transmission lines.

Raid leaves eight Taliban dead in Logar

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded during a raid which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Logar province over the weekend. Local reports indicate the raid took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted by the security forces. It's believed eight insurgents were killed, three were wounded, and one Taliban supporter was also arrested, while a large cache of weapons and ammunition was seized.

Airstrike kills 19 Taliban in Faryab

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 12 others have also been wounded in a recent airstrike operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the western Faryab province. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted over the weekend, targeting a suspected Taliban training camp in the Dara-e Shakh area of the Gurziwan district. It's alleged that two Taliban trainers were also killed in the attack, including one Pakistani national who has been identified as Mustar Hanzala. Two key local Taliban commanders were also thought to be among the 12 wounded.

Al-Qaeda leader urges militants to target Western interests

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Islamic militants to target Western interests in violent attacks. According to Al Jazeera, al-Zawahiri issued a statement on Wednesday 11 September, appealing to Muslims to attack US, European, Israeli, and Russian military targets. The comments were made during a speech given on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, carried out by al-Qaeda, which killed nearly 3,000 people in the US. Al-Zawahiri allegedly described the 9/11 attacks as unacceptable because civilians were harmed, instead urging militants to focus attacks on foreign military bases inside their own countries. It's believed al-Zawahiri remains in hiding somewhere in the AfPak border region.

Four killed Kabul blast

At least four security personnel have been killed and three others have also been wounded after an explosion occurred in Kabul. The blast occurred on Thursday near a Special Forces base in the south of Kabul. According to reports from Tolo News, it's believed a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in an attack targeting the security forces. The Taliban has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two Taliban killed in Faryab operation

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have also been wounded following an encounter with the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. The insurgents reportedly clashed with the security forces during a counter-terror security operation which was being carried out int he Khwaja Sabz Posh district on Wednesday. One of the two insurgents killed is thought to have been a local Taliban commander.

Nine Taliban killed in Farah

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and three others have been wounded in recent operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Farah province. According to reports, provincial police officials confirmed that the Afghan Air Force killed at least six insurgents during an airstrike which targeted a Taliban hideout in the Pusht Rod district, while a further three insurgents were also wounded. Meanwhile, Afghan security personnel allegedly repelled a Taliban attacked in the Shiwan village in the same district, killing three more insurgents, including a local Taliban commander. 

Seven civilians killed in Wardak airstrike

At least seven civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike in the Wardak province. Reports from Tolo News claim that a civilian vehicle was hit by an airstrike in the Burhani Khel area of Saydabad in Wardak. The incident has triggered protests by local residents, who are calling on the Afghan government to launch an investigation into the airstrike, which was allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces. 

Heightened security measures ahead of election

Heightened security measures have been installed throughout key parts of Afghanistan ahead of the upcoming election. The strengthened security measures have been enforced after election material arrived in Afghanistan for the presidential vote, which is due to be held in just over two weeks, on 28 September. The Afghan security forces have been given tasked with escorting election material safely through Afghanistan to provincial capitals and other major towns and cities. It's believed the material will likely be targeted in violent insurgent attacks following the recent collapse of the US-Taliban peace talks.

Afghan forces recapture district in Badakhshan

The Afghan security forces have reportedly recaptured a district in the northern Badakhshan province from  he Taliban. According to reports, the Kiran Wa Marjan district was recaptured by the security forces with the cooperation of local residents, who launched a public uprising against the Taliban. Clashes between the Taliban and the security forces, joined by armed members of the public uprising, reportedly inflicted heavy casualties on the insurgents, with a number allegedly surrendering to the Afghan forces.

Rocket explosion reported in Kabul

A rocket explosion has been reported in the capital city of Kabul, with a large explosion heard near the US embassy shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The US embassy is located in the high-security diplomatic area of Kabul, called the Green Zone, where it's alleged the rocket hit a part of the US embassy compound. The blast occurred just minutes into the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and is thought to be the first major attack in the Afghan capital since US President Donald Trump called off US-Taliban peace talks. Trump called the US-Taliban talks 'dead' after two car bombs killed several people last week, including two members of an international NATO mission - prompting the Taliban to pledge to continue fighting against the US forces. The talks were called off shortly after a draft deal was agreed, which would have led to a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. No casualties have been reported following the explosion.

Balkh security operations kill 36 Taliban

At least 36 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and some 13 others have been wounded following a series of counter-terror security operations in the Balkh province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. According to reports, the operations targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Chimtal, Siya Aab, and Sholgara districts. A suspected Taliban compound with a number of insurgent-owned vehicles was also allegedly destroyed in the operation.

US cancels peace talks with Taliban

US President Donald Trump has cancelled peace talks with the Taliban militant group. A meeting was due to take place at Camp David on Sunday but Trump said he scrapped the plans after the Taliban admitted to killing a US soldier. Under the proposed deal, the US would withdraw 5,400 troops over the next five months in return for guarantees that the Taliban would prevent Afghanistan being used as a base for terrorism. "When the Taliban tried to gain negotiating advantage by conducting terror attacks inside of the country, President Trump made the right decision to say that’s not going to work,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Taliban launch attack in Farah province

The Taliban have reportedly launched a coordinated attack in Afghanistan's western Farah province. According to Reuters, Taliban insurgents launched a major attack in the province on Friday, targeting the provincial capital, Farah city. Insurgents allegedly set an Afghan army recruitment centre on fire near the city, while a fight to take over the prison remains ongoing. It's believed the Taliban have taken control of several positions in civilian areas, including a school, although the city centre is said to still be under government control. There have been no immediate reports of casualties amongst either the Afghan forces or the Taliban; however, casualty figures are expected to be high. The attack is the latest in a surge of violent insurgent attacks across Afghanistan recently. 

Human rights commission chief killed by Taliban in Ghor

The head of a regional human rights commission has allegedly been killed in a suspected Taliban insurgent attack in the Ghor province. The victim has been identified as Abdul Samad Amiri, who was reportedly beheaded by Taliban insurgents, execution style, on Thursday. It's believed the killing took place in the Hazarajat area of Ghor, where his body was discovered later that same morning along the highway which links the province to the capital city of Kabul.

Taliban car bomb hits Kabul

A suicide car bombing has been reported in Kabul, near the US embassy area in police district nine. The Afghan Interior Ministry has said that least 10 people have been killed and dozens more have been wounded. According to Al Jazeera, the blast occurred in Thursady in Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area next to the Green Zone and home to a number of important complexes, including the National Directorate of Security (NDS). A car bomb allegedly exploded on the main road and the police have since sealed off the area while the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. A Taliban spokesperson claimed that at least 20 people have been killed in the attack, although these figures were rejected by the Afghan government.

Badakhshan airstrikes kill 40 Taliban

At least 40 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a series of airstrikes which have been carried out in the northern Badakhshan province within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Jurm district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted and destroyed. The counter-insurgency aerial operation was reportedly launched in response to increased insurgent activity in the region.

US-Taliban deal could see 5,400 US troops withdraw

Peace talks between the US and the Taliban insurgent group in Afghanistan remain ongoing, with the latest developments indicating that a deal could see some 5,400 American troops withdraw from the country. The withdrawal could take place within 20 weeks as part of a deal 'in principle' with the Taliban. US envoy and top negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad revealed details of the potential deal during a TV interview on Tuesday; however, final approval still lies with US President Donald Trump. During the interview, a suicide car bombing hit Kabul, killing at least 16 civilians and wounding 119 others. The attack was claimed by the Taliban and is the third such attack in as many days, raising concern a peace deal may have limited success in ending the violence in Afghanistan.

Roadside bomb kills eight civilians in Balkh

A roadside bomb in the northern Balkh province has killed at least eight civilians. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Khalachi area of the Chimtal district on Tuesday morning. It's believed a civilian vehicle triggered a roadside bomb as it passed by, which had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents. It has since been confirmed that all civilians inside the vehicle were killed in the explosion.

Suicide car bomb attack reported in Paktiya

A suicide car bomb attack has been reported in the Paktiya province. The incident allegedly occurred near a hospital in the provincial capital city of Gardez. According to reports, no casualties have been reported as a result of the explosion, although it's believed at least one suicide bomber was likely killed in the attack. It remains unclear if the hospital was the intended target of the attack or not, as local authorities speculate the bomb may have been triggered prematurely. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's suspected the Taliban were behind it.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrike

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 13 others have also been wounded in recent airstrike operations which have been carried out by the foreign forces in the southern province of Kandahar. According to local reports, the aerial operations were allegedly conducted within the last 24 hours in the Shah Wali Kot district, where suspected Taliban positions were targeted and destroyed.

Suicide car bombing reported in Kabul

A suicide car bomb attack has been reported in the Afghan capital city of Kabul. According to recent reports from Al Jazeera, an explosive-laden vehicle was detonated near Green Village in the ninth police district of Kabul on Monday night. At least 16 fatalities have been confirmed while more than 100 others have been wounded. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming a coordinated attack with a suicide bomber and gunmen was underway. Green Village is a large compound which houses aid agencies and other international organisations. Gunfire was heard in the aftermath of the blast, along with a secondary explosion - thought to be a nearby petrol station catching fire. The Afghan security forces are said to be responding to the attack.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 13 Taliban

At least 13 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 26 others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The aerial operations were conducted over the weekend in the Khakrez district, where suspected Taliban positions and hideouts were targeted. According to reports, the counter-insurgency operation was launched after the security forces received intelligence which suggested that Taliban insurgents were planning to attack a number of police check points in the area.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Faryab airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Faryab province. According to recent reports, multiple airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Gurziwan district of Faryab over the weekend. The airstrikes targeted two suspected Taliban compounds, leaving some 47 Taliban insurgents dead and wounding at least five others. Both compounds were destroyed, along with a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Taliban storm Kunduz city

The Taliban have stormed Kunduz city, the provincial capital of the northern Kunduz province and a key strategic city. According to reports, Taliban insurgents launched the attack on Saturday, sparking a major armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the area. Airstrikes have been carried out by the Afghan forces on insurgent positions, slowing their advance after they stormed the city from four different directions in a coordinated attack. At least three civilians and dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed amidst the fighting so far, while a further 10 people were also killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting the police forces. Casualty figures are expected to rise further still as fighting continues. The attack comes amid ongoing peace talks between the US and the Taliban. The city has been captured by the Taliban twice in the last four years. The longest the Taliban has managed to hold the city is two weeks.

Large-scale military operations launched in Badakhshan

Large-scale military operations have reportedly been launched in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan. The Afghan security forces allegedly launched the clearing operations in three districts of the province in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to reports, the operations will aim to clear the Kuran Wa Munjan, Warduj, and Yumgan districts of Taliban insurgents believed to be active in the region. "The army, police, local police and public uprising forces are involved in the operations,” said provincial governor Zakaria Sawda, adding that “the Afghan Air Force will also support the operations.”

Six released from Taliban prison in Ghazni

At least six people have been released from a Taliban prison in the central Ghazni province. According to reports from Tolo News, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the release of six civilians from a Taliban prison during a special operation which was conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Giro district. At least one Taliban insurgent was also arrested during a weapon and a weapons cache was also destroyed. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least one of the six civilians released was a student.

Four Taliban killed in Kabul operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed during a recent security operation in Kabul province. The operation was led by the Afghan Special Forces in the Paghman district. According to reports, the security forces targeted a suspected Taliban location, destroying a small cache of weapons and leaving four insurgents dead. The Taliban has not commented on the fatalities.

US to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has reportedly stated that 8,600 US troops will remain in Afghanistan. According to Reuters, Trump said while the number of US troops in Afghanistan had been reduced to 8,600, the US would maintain a force in the country even if a deal was reached with the Taliban to end the 18-year war. The Taliban have repeatedly called for the US to withdraw completely from the country.

Two police officers killed in Kandahar

Two female police officers have allegedly been killed in a gun attack in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday in Police District 1 of Kandahar city, where the two victims were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen. Unconfirmed reports indicate the incident was likely a targeted assassination of the two police officers. Local officials have accused the Taliban - which has a strong presence in the province - of being behind the attack, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Fourteen killed in Taliban attack

At least 14 people have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Herat province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred on Tuesday evening in the Kushk district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly launched a coordinated attack on a security checkpoint. The checkpoint was being manned by members of a pro-government militia - 14 of whom were killed, along with seven others who were also wounded.

Taliban plan to target telecommunications company

The Taliban have allegedly warned that they intend to target a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. Reports indicate the Taliban warned that employees, sites, and subscribers of Salaam Telecommunications Company will be targeted. The warning was made in a statement recently issued by the Taliban which also accused the company of serving as an intelligence hub, collecting information and sharing it with the Afghan government and American forces.

Four injured in Jalalabad bomb blast

At least four people have been injured following a bomb blast in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports, the blast occurred over the weekend, on Sunday, near the Pakistani consulate. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) maintain a presence in the eastern province, which borders Pakistan.

Security operations kill 25 Taliban in Balkh

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Asya Khan and Asyab Gorg villages, located in the Chimtal district, where an estimated 24 suspected Taliban insurgents were killed. Another insurgent was also killed and at least one was wounded during operations in the Sabzikar village in the Chahar Bolak district.

Fifteen Taliban arrested in Kandahar oeprations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been arrested during recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the insurgents were detained by the Afghan National Police (ANP) during raids which were conducted across various locations within the province. A number of suspected Taliban hideouts were targeted, with two expert bomb-makers thought to be among the 15 insurgents arrested. The Taliban has a long history of maintaining a strong presence in Kandahar, with the province previously seen as the Taliban's home and stronghold region. 

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two US service members have reportedly been killed in Afghanistan. The soldiers' deaths were confirmed by NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, which released a statement on Wednesday. It's believed both soldiers were killed earlier that same day, although no specific details have been provided, including location or how they were killed. Unconfirmed reports suggest the soldiers were killed during a Special Forces operation in the Faryab province, where they most likely died in a firefight. The identities of the deceased soldiers are being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin are notified. The deaths raise the total number of US service members killed in Afghanistan so far this year to 14.

Death toll rises from Kabul wedding suicide attack

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack which target a wedding ceremony in Kabul over the weekend has reportedly risen to 80 confirmed fatalities. The initial death toll following the attack on Saturday night was 63; however, since then a number of casualties have passed away in hospital. More than 160 others have been wounded in the blast, with many still in critical condition - sparking fears the death toll could continue to rise further still. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Twenty Taliban killed in Uruzgan security operations

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clearing operations launched by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to recent reports, suspected insurgents positions in the Charchino district were targeted on Tuesday. A military spokesperson has confirmed that 20 insurgents have been killed and several others have been injured so far, while the operations remain ongoing.

Four Taliban killed in Takhar clash

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed following recent clashes in the northern Takhar province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched a counter-insurgency operation in the Darqad district after receiving a tip-off relating to insurgent activity in the area. A group of insurgents were apprehended near the outskirts of the district on Tuesday morning, leading to an armed clash in which four insurgents were killed and two others were also wounded and arrested by the security forces. It's believed one of those killed in the operation was a local Taliban leader, identified as Mohammad Omar.

Five Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes which have been conducted in the Logar province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Azra district on Sunday evening. Reports indicate a Taliban district chief may have been among those killed in the aerial operation. The Taliban district chief has been identified as Mawlawi Mohammad Allah, while another one of the deceased insurgents was identified as Mawlawi Amanullah - an insurgent who was released from a government prison recently and rejoined the Taliban.

Bomb attacks hit Jalalabad, Nangarhar

A series of explosions have occurred in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of the eastern Nangarhar province. More than 30 people have been wounded in Monday's bomb attacks, which took place as the country marked its 100th anniversary of its independence from British rule. Al Jazeera has reported that six blasts occurred across the city, targeting Independence Day events, leaving at least 34 casualties. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attacks; however, the authorities suspect the Islamic State (IS) may be behind them, as they follow an IS-claimed bomb attack on a wedding in Kabul which killed 63 people over the weekend.

Twelve civilians killed in roadside bombing

A roadside bomb attack has killed at least 12 civilians in the northern Balkh province. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred in the Dawlat Abad district on Sunday morning. A group of civilians were allegedly travelling in a vehicle to Mazar-e-Sharif city when a roadside bomb went off in Barbar village. The bomb was triggered when the vehicle passed by. Two children and seven women are among those killed in the blast. Local officials claim the bomb had been planted by the Taliban.

Suicide bombing kills 63 at Kabul wedding

At least 63 people have been killed and more than 180 people have been wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a wedding ceremony in Kabul on Saturday evening. The blast occurred in the west of the capital city, in an area mostly populated by Shia Muslims. The attack has since been claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has a history of targeting Shia Muslims. According to the BBC, an IS statement claimed that an IS militant blew himself up at a "large gathering" while "a parked explosives-laden vehicle" was detonated when the emergency services arrived.

Airstrikes leave 15 Taliban dead

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent series of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces. The aerial operations were launched within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected insurgent positions in a number of provinces, including Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, and Wardak. According to reports, at least 10 Taliban insurgents were killed in airstrikes conducted in Faryab's Gurziwan district, while an additional two insurgents were also killed in an airstrike in the Nawa district of Ghazni. Another airstrike left two insurgents dead in Helmand's Kajaki district. Meanwhile, one Taliban insurgent was killed and a small weapons cache was also destroyed in an airstrike in the Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak.

Security operations kill six Taliban in Uruzgan

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and around 10 others have also been wounded during counter-insurgency security operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were launched by the Afghan Special Forces in the provincial capital of Tarinkot within the last 24 hours. According to reports, military officials confirmed the operation on Wednesday, stating that at least three insurgents were also arrested during the raid. Meanwhile, another seven insurgents were arrested during a separate raid in the same district.

Eleven Taliban killed in Paktiya security operation

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in security operations in the Paktiya province. The operations were launched by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Zurmat district of Paktiya. According to local reports, it's believed that two local Taliban commanders were amongst the 11 insurgents killed. A large weapons and ammunition cache was also discovered and seized by security personnel.

Logar airstrikes kill 34 Taliban

At least 34 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded in a recent series of airstrikes in the central Logar province. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. According to reports, suspected insurgent positions were targeted in the Baraki Barak, Charkh, and Pol-e Alam districts.

Ghazni airstrike kills four Taliban

An airstrike has killed at least four Taliban insurgents in the central Ghazni province. The aerial operation was allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Gelan district in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to reports, the airstrike targeted a suspected insurgent vehicle, killing four insurgents and destroying a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Security operations kill 26 Taliban in Ghazni

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the US forces conducted airstrikes in the Muqur and Gilan districts within the last 24 hours, leaving 25 insurgents dead. A Humvee armoured personnel carrier was also destroyed in the aerial operation, along with five motorbikes. Another insurgent was allegedly killed and three others were also wounded during clashes with the security forces in the Aab Band and Khwaja Omari districts of Ghazni. 

Nangarhar drone strike kills seven Taliban

At least seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a drone strike which was carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. Local reports indicate the strike was conducted by the foreign forces in the Sherzad district. The aerial operation was launched following various reports of insurgent activity in the Shipana, Gandomak, and Surdag areas of the district. Two insurgent vehicles, five motorbikes, and a weapons cache were also destroyed in the strike.

Two IS killed as security forces raid militant hideouts in Kabul

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed during security operations after the Afghan security forces performed a series of raids on two suspected IS hideouts in Kabul. According to reports, three security personnel were also killed after a gunfight broke out. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) stated that the operations were conducted on Tuesday night in two different parts of Kabul: the Bagrami district of police district eight and the 'Guard' area in police district 15, near the US forces' counter-narcotics base. A large quantity of explosives was seized by the security forces during the raids.

Blast hits Kabul police station

A large explosion has occurred outside a police station in Kabul. Reports indicate that at least 14 people have been killed and nearly 150 others have been injured following the blast, which occurred at around 09:00 local time on Wednesday morning in western Kabul. Most of the casualties were civilians. Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi claimed that a car bomb went off when the vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint outside the station. The Taliban has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack, alleging a much bigger truck bomb was used. Unconfirmed reports have claimed the gunfire could be heard in the area following the explosion.

IED blast reported in Kabul

At least five deaths have been confirmed following a suspected bomb explosion in Kabul. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the capital city's 11th police district on Tuesday afternoon. Tolo News has reported that the explosion occurred in Parwan Bostan Circle of the Khairkhana area at approximately 16:00 local time, leaving five dead and seven others injured. The IED was allegedly planted on a bicycle, with the explosion supposedly targeting a vehicle used by the Interior Ministry's Counter-Narcotics Department, which was passing through the area at the time. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban denounce Afghan presidential election

The Taliban have released a statement denouncing the upcoming Afghan presidential election as a sham. According to reports, the Taliban claimed that their fighters would do everything they could to disrupt the election, urging people to avoid rallies which may be targeted. The election is due to be held on 28 September and there will be a high risk of violent terrorist attacks at all election-related demonstrations, especially in the capital city.

Four killed in Herat bomb blast

At least four people have been killed and around 30 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion which occurred in Herat last night. The blast occurred in the provincial capital, Herat city, at around 19:00 local time on Monday evening, when people were preparing for evening prayers. According to reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been attached to a parked motorbike was detonated, killing at least four civilians. The motorbike was positioned at the side of a road in the Hajji Abbass neighbourhood. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

District governor killed in Herat roadside bombing

The district governor of the Zinda Jan district of the Herat province has reportedly been killed in a recent roadside bombing. According to Tolo News, the blast occurred over the weekend in the Zinda Jan district, where district governor Shukrullah Shakir was allegedly amongst three people killed when their vehicle went past a roadside bomb, triggering an explosion. The bomb had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Taliban kill seven police officers in Kandahar

At least seven Afghan police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports from Tolo News, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Shah Wali Kot district. It's believed a police officer turned on his comrades in an insider attack. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack calling the suspect their 'infiltrator', while the suspect is said to have fled the area following the incident.

Eight police officers killed in Taliban attack

At least eight Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following a Taliban attack in the Daykundi province. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred overnight, in the earl hours of Friday morning. The insurgents allegedly targeted a number of police check posts in the Tapa-e-Ziarat area of the Pato district. Eight police officers have been confirmed dead and at least 10 others have also been wounded in the attack, while reports indicate the Taliban also suffered heavy losses. Two check posts were allegedly overrun briefly before the security forces retook them; however, clashes remain ongoing in parts of the district.

Nineteen militants killed in Logar security operation

At least 19 suspected militants have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Logar province. According to Tolo News, the operation was carried out in the Charkh district by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. Of the 19 killed, at least 17 are thought to be affiliated to al-Qaeda, including four Afghan nationals and 12 from Russia's Chechen Republic. Operations were conducted in the Pengram and Zaid Lala areas of the district, targeting suspected militant hideouts. It's believed a key militant commander was also among those killed.

Balkh airstrikes kill nine Taliban

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and another eight have also been wounded in airstrikes carried out in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Chahar Bolak and Chimtal districts, where suspected Taliban hideouts in two villages were targeted. It's believed at least one of the insurgents killed was a local Taliban commander, identified as Qari Mehdi.

Two police officers killed in Kabul blast

Two Afghan police officers have been killed, while at least three others have also been wounded in a suspected bomb explosion in Kabul. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning, at approximately 04:30 local time. The explosion targeted a police check post in the Panjsad-Family area of Police District 15. Unconfirmed reports suggest two civilians may have also been injured in the blast. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security operations leave 56 Taliban dead in Baghlan

At least 56 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Baghlan province within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the Afghan security forces had launched a series of counter-terror operations targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the Qurgan Tepa area, located in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khomri. The operations were launched following a number of Taliban attacks on security checkpoints in the same area on Tuesday morning. Local officials have claimed that 56 insurgents have been confirmed dead, including seven Taliban group commanders, while more than 30 others have also been injured.

Pentagon identifies two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has identified two US soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. The soldiers have been identified as Brandon Kay Kreisher, 20, and Spc Michael Isaiah Nance, 24. The pair were allegedly killed on Monday in what has been described as a "combat-related incident". Both soldiers were assigned to the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and were based in Tarin Kowt - the provincial capital of the Uruzgan province - where reports suggest an Afghan soldier shot and killed them.

Taliban capture district in Zabul

The Taliban have allegedly managed to capture a district in the Zabul province. According to reports, the Mizan district has been under siege from Taliban insurgents for over a year, reportedly seizing the district centre on Tuesday. The Zabul province sits along the AfPak border, and is considered strategically valuable due to its geographic positioning providing cross-border access between Afghanistan and Pakistan for militant groups, such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Dozens killed in Farah bus bombing

Dozens of civilians have allegedly been killed after a passenger bus was hit by a roadside bomb in the western Farah province. The bus had been travelling along the Kandahar-Herat highway when it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside by suspected Taliban insurgents. According to Al Jazeera, at least 32 people have been killed and a further 17 others have been wounded. The provincial authorities have claimed that the Taliban are responsible for the bombing, although no claim of responsibility has been made and the insurgent group haven't commented on the incident.

Forty Taliban killed in Parwan security operation

At least 40 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Parwan province. The security forces reportedly targeted the insurgents in the Ghorband district on Monday, carrying out a raid on an identified Taliban position. According to reports, an additional 13 insurgents have also been arrested during the same raid, while a weapons cache has also been destroyed.

Airstrikes kill 12 Taliban in Kandahar and Zabul

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations which were carried out over the weekend in the Kandahar and Zabul provinces. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces as part of wider counter-terror initiatives in the southern region. One airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the Shorabak district of Kandahar, while the second airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in Zabul's Shah Joy district.

Twenty killed in Kabul office attack

At least 20 people have been killed and some 50 others have been injured in an attack on a vice-presidential candidate's office in Kabul. The attack targeted the office building of Green Trend - a social, grassroots and anti-corruption organisation headed by vice-presidential election candidate Amrullah Saleh - on Sunday morning. According to the BBC, a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives near the office building, before several armed militants stormed the office and remained for about six hours before they were killed by the security forces. Some 150 civilians were rescued from the building during the attack, which coincided with the first day of campaigning for upcoming presidential elections. Saleh - who was slightly injured in the attack - is the running mate of President Ashraf Ghani. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Presidential security guard killed in Kabul

A presidential security guard has allegedly been killed in an attack in Kabul. The victim was reportedly killed in a violent attack in the Karta-e-Naw area on the eighth police district on Wednesday evening. According to reports, to suspects or motive has been identified thus far, although it's believed the incident may have been a targeted killing.

Three bomb attacks hit Kabul

At least 15 people have reportedly been killed as three bomb attacks hit the capital city of Kabul. Reuters has reported that eight employees of the ministry of mines and petroleum have been killed and 27 others have been wounded in a bomb attack on their bus on Thursday morning. A magnetic bomb had reportedly been stuck to the bus. Just minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up a few metres away, killing another seen people and wounding another 20. A third blast allegedly occurred when a car was blown up by suspected militants. The authorities have warned that the death toll is likely to rise. The Taliban has apparently claimed responsibility for the car bomb.

Croatian soldier killed in Kabul suicide blast

A Croatian soldier has been killed and two others have been injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Kabul. The soldiers were allegedly en route to Kabul airport when a suicide bomber on a motorbike slammed into one of their vehicles, detonating his explosives. One of the soldiers, Josip Briski, reportedly suffered serious head injuries in the blast and later died in a military hospital operated by the US forces at Bagram airfield. Reuters has reported that the attack has been claimed by the Taliban. The attack came as US officials prepare for an eighth round of peace talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar this week.

Four police officers killed in Taliban attack in Farah

At least four Afghan police officers have been killed after they were attacked by a group of armed Taliban insurgents in the western province of Farah. The attack reportedly occurred on Tuesday night in the Darabad area, where the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint, sparking a fatal gunfight in which four police officers were shot dead, along with two insurgents. Another two police officers were also wounded in the crossfire. According to reports, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police commander killed in Gardez car bombing

An Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers has reportedly been killed in a recent car bomb attack in Gardez, Paktiya. The bombing occurred over the weekend in the provincial capital city of Gardez. The police officer has been identified as an ALP commander who had been based in the Zurmat district. According to reports, nine others were also wounded in the explosion, including a number of children. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although the police suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Ten militants killed in Nangarhar drone strike

At least 10 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. The drone strike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Khogyani district as part of an overnight counter-terror offensive. According to reports, it's claimed that one of the 10 militants killed as been identified by the Indian intelligence services as Huzaifa al-Bakistani - a Pakistani national and thought to have been the social media recruiter for the IS in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. 

Taliban capture district in Badakhshan

The Taliban have reportedly captured a district in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, Taliban insurgents have overrun the Kuran wa Munjan district as of Monday 22 July. At least two Afghan soldiers have been killed and four others have been wounded during an armed clash with the insurgents before the security forces retreated. It's been reported that a number of pro-government militia members are trapped in a mosque in the district centre, sparking fears they may be killed or taken hostage without military back-up.

Airstrike kills 28 Taliban in Faryab

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out in the Faryab province. According to reports from Khaama Press, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting a large gathering of suspected Taliban insurgents in the Bilcheragh district. The Taliban has reportedly not commented on the airstrike.

Police officer killed in Nangarhar mine blast

An Afghan police has allegedly been killed and two others have been injured in a mine blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the explosion occurred in the Chaparhar district of the province, where the mine had been planted by suspected insurgents. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have a presence in the Nangarhar province.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 24 Taliban

A series of airstrike which were carried out over the weekend have reportedly killed at least 24 Taliban insurgents over the weekend. According to recent reports, the airstrikes were carried out in the Uruzgan province by the Afghan security forces. The strikes targeted a suspected insurgent hideout in the Khas Uruzgan district, leaving 24 insurgents dead and wounding a further 17 others. A weapons and ammunition cache was also destroyed during the airstrike.

Eight killed in Kabul University blast

At lest eight people have been killed and around 33 people have been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion near Kabul University. The blast occurred on Friday morning near the university's south entrance. According to Al Jazeera, it remains unclear if the blast came from an explosive-laden vehicle or a suicide bomber. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Twenty security personnel killed in Taliban ambush

At least 20 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in a Taliban ambush in the province of Badghis. Al Jazeera has reported that the attack occurred on Wednesday in the Ab Kamari district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents allegedly ambushed the Afghan Special Forces, killing at least 20 commandos before fleeing the scene. The province has become a Taliban hot spot in recent years, with Wednesday's attack coming just days after four Afghan security personnel were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel in the Qala-e-Naw district.

Car bomb hits police HQ in Kandahar

A car bomb explosion has hit the police headquarters in the provincial capital of the southern Kandahar province. According to Al Jazeera, attackers detonated an explosive-laden vehicle outside one of the gates to the compound whilst trying to enter through a second gate simultaneously. The attackers allegedly targeted the counter-narcotics wing of the police HQ, opening fire on security personnel immediately after the explosion. the area has been cordoned off as the police respond tot he attack. No claim of responsibility has been made; however, it's believed the Taliban are behind it due to their strong presence in the province. No casualty figures have been reported thus far.

Heightened threat to Western interests in Kabul

The UK FCO has issued a travel warning over the heightened threat to Western interests in Kabul. According to the FCO's website, multiple threats are made by militant groups on a daily basis, identifying a variety of targets, including the Afghan security forces and Western interests operating in the diplomatic 'Green Zone' of the capital city. There has been a strong 'anti-Western' trend in recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, most notably the large-scale attack on the Intercontinental Hotel last year, which killed 42 people.

Taliban forces Swedish health committee to close health centres in Wardak

Health centres operated by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) have been closed in the Wardak province. Reports indicate that the SCA was forced to close dozens of its centres by the Taliban, after allegedly failing to provide safety for civilians. The closures come after four civilians were killed during an overnight raid by Afghan forces at a SCA centre last week. According to Reuters, 42 of 77 health centres have been forcibly closed in Wardak, with more than 5,700 patients affected.

Five killed in Nangarhar roof collapse

At least five people have been killed and a sixth person has been injured after a roof collapsed in the province of Nangarhar. A woman and four children have been confirmed dead, while another woman was also wounded when the roof of their house gave way on Tuesday evening. The accident occurred in the Barpchir village in the Pachir Wa Agam district. It's believed the house was an old building and that the roof collapse was linked to the property's age. Older buildings are often more vulnerable to natural disasters and certain weather conditions - such as heavy rain or snow - can easily trigger collapses.

Nine civilians killed in Kandahar IED blast

Nine Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed and some 18 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the southern Kandahar province. The blast  reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Darzab area of the Khakrez district. It's been reported that the IED had been planted on the underside of a truck and then remotely detonated - the target of the attack remains unclear. According to Tolo News, no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were behind the incident, as they have a long history of maintaining a strong presence in the Kandahar province.

Radio station closes over Taliban threat

An Afghan radio station in Ghazni has reportedly closed following numerous threats made by the Taliban towards it. The private radio station, Samaa, shut down on Monday after a suspected Taliban commander who objected to women working as presenters threatened the station. Out of 13 employees at Samaa, three were female presenters. According to Reuters, written warnings had been sent to the radio station and threats had also been called in, telling the station to stop employing women. The station's director Ramez Azimi also claimed that Taliban insurgents went to his house to issue a threat in person. The Taliban denies that any threats were made against Samaa radio station.

Security operations kill 18 Taliban

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 16 others have been wounded in security operations carried out over the weekend. According to reports, the operations were conducted in the Khost and Paktiya province within the last 48 hours. Suspected Taliban positions in the Musa Khel district of Khost were targeted, leaving 16 insurgents killed and 13 others wounded. Another two insurgents were also killed and three others were wounded in operations in the Zurmat district of Paktiya.

US soldier killed in Faryab identified

An American soldier who was killed during a combat operation in the Faryab province has been identified as decorated special forces company Sergeant Major James G 'Ryan' Sartor, hailing from Teague, Texas. According to reports from Reuters, Sartor, 40, died on Saturday from wounds sustained from enemy fire. No further details of the incident have been released. Unconfirmed reports claim the foreign forces had been carrying out counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban in Faryab.

Four militants killed in IED blast, Kunar

Four foreign militants have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated prematurely in the eastern Kunar province. The IED blast occurred in the Khas Kunar district, killing at least four Pakistani militants and wounding three others. All seven casualties are believed to have been members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group.

Wedding hit by suicide bombing in Nangarhar

A wedding ceremony has been targeted by a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Nangarhar province. At least six people have been killed and more than 14 others have been wounded in the blast, which occurred on Friday morning in the Pachir Wa Agam district. According to Tolo News, the suicide bomber is thought to have been a teenager. It's believed the now deceased father of the groom was the primary target of the attack, as he was the leader of a pro-government public uprising force. So-called public uprisings are locally organised armed civilian groups which have been formed with the intention of aiding government military campaigns against terrorism and insurgency. The Taliban has denied involvement in the attack.

Seven Taliban killed in Helmand operation

At least seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a security operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. Local reports indicate the operation was launched as a response to a recent insurgent attack which targeted a security post in the Pul-e Seyah area. Seven insurgents have been confirmed dead, while a further eight others were also wounded in the offensive.

Kandahar raid leaves four Taliban dead

A raid which has been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province has reportedly left four Taliban insurgents dead. According to reports, the raid was conducted in the Maiwand district and at least four insurgents were killed while a further three others were also injured. The operation was carried out as part of a wider counter-terror initiative targeting Taliban positions in key areas in the southern region.

Special Forces kill seven Taliban in Faryab

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and an eighth has been arrested in security operations carried out in the Faryab province. The operations were led by the Afghan Special Forces in the Pashtun Kot district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. Seven insurgent deaths have been confirmed and a small weapons cache was also discovered and destroyed.

Taliban clash with security forces in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have clashed with Taliban insurgents in an armed altercation in the Kunduz province, which has so far killed at least 14 people, including four security personnel and 10 insurgents. The fighting broke out on Wednesday morning in the Iman Sahib district, where the clash is the latest in a series of violent Taliban attacks in the district. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked security personnel defending the district centre on Wednesday morning; however, the security forces have allegedly managed to resist the attack, repelling the insurgents.

Baghlan airstrikes kill seven civilians

At least seven civilians have reportedly been killed following a series of airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports from Reuters, government defence officials have confirmed that airstrikes were carried out on insurgent positions in the Kutob Phel area of the provincial capital Pul-e Khomri, but have not confirmed any civilian casualties and have said that an investigation into the claim has been launched. Local residents reportedly protested on the main road through the provincial capital after the airstrike, with pickup trucks allegedly transporting the remains of those killed to be buried.

Three Taliban killed in Jowzjan highway clash

Three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have been wounded following an armed clash with the police in the northern Jowzjan province. According to incident reports released by government officials, the Afghan National Police (ANP) were engaged in a crossfire along the main highway connecting Jowzjan to the neighbouring province of Sar-e Pul on Tuesday morning. Among the five wounded include three Taliban insurgents and two ANP officers.

Faryab airstrike kills 10 Taliban

An airstrike in the Faryab province has reportedly killed at least 10 Taliban insurgents. The aerial operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. Government defence officials have confirmed the airstrike, claiming 10 insurgents have been killed after a suspected Taliban position in the Belcheragh district was targeted. the airstrike was carried out as part of wider counter-terror operations tackling insurgency in the region.

Twenty soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 20 Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the northern Kunduz province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred in the Imam Sahib district, located near the border with neighbouring Tajikistan. Taliban insurgents apparently stormed a number of outposts manned by the Afghan security forces on Monday evening, leaving 20 Afghan servicemen dead, with heavy fighting in the district ongoing. Taliban casualties have also been reported, although no precise number has been given.

Five Taliban killed in Uruzgan raid

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan district over the weekend. Reports indicate the raid was conducted in the Khas Uruzgan district, where a number of suspected insurgent hideouts were targeted. Five insurgents have been confirmed dead and two others have also been wounded as a result of the operation, while various weapons and ammunition were also discovered and destroyed.

Seven Taliban killed in Wardak

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed during security operations in the Wardak province. The insurgents were allegedly targeted in a raid in the Nerkh district over the weekend. According to reports, one of the insurgents killed is believed to have been a Taliban shadow district chief, while the six other insurgents killed are thought to have been his security guards. Various weapons and ammunition were also discovered during the raid and destroyed by the security forces.

Security operations kill 10 Taliban in Logar

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Logar province. According to reports, military officials released a statement on Monday morning claiming that 10 insurgents had been killed in counter-terror operations targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the Baraki Barak district. The operations were carried out alongside similar raids in the Badghis and Herat provinces, which left an additional 17 Taliban insurgents dead over the weekend.

Fourteen killed in Ghazni car bombing

At least 14 fatalities have been reported following a suicide car bombing in the Ghazni province. The attack occurred in the provincial capital of Ghazni city on Sunday, leaving eight security personnel and six civilians dead, while nearly 200 others were also wounded, including dozens of children from a nearby school. According to Al Jazeera, Afghan officials have claimed the bomb attack targeted personnel from the country's main intelligence unit, the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nangarhar operations kills two IS militants

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in security operations in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces coordinated the operation, targeted two suspected IS militants in the Haska Mena district on Thursday. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Four civilians killed in Taliban attack

At least four civilians have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the Faryab province. According to reports from Tolo News, the provincial police have confirmed the incident, stating that the civilians were killed when rockets fired by the Taliban landed near their houses in a residential area of the Khwaja Sabz Posh district on Friday morning. Four civilian fatalities have been confirmed while some 36 others have also been wounded in the attack, which remains unclaimed.

Six Taliban killed in Logar airstrike

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Logar province. According to local reports, the airstrike was conducted in the Pul-e-Alam district within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected insurgent position. Six fatalities have been confirmed and no civilians were harmed in the operation.

US airstrikes kill 28 Taliban

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent round of airstrikes in the Ghazni and Wardak provinces. According to reports, the aerial operations were led by the US forces, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Andar district of Ghazni, and the Maidan Shar, Jalrez, and Nerkh districts in Wardak. The airstrikes left 28  insurgents dead and also destroyed a vehicle belonging to the insurgents.

Security operations kill nine IS in Kunar

At least nine Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Kunar province. The operations were led by the Afghan Special Forces against the IS in the Watapur district within the last 24 hours. Nine IS militants have been confirmed dead while a small weapons cache belonging to the IS was also destroyed.

Mortar hits cricket pitch in Paktiya

Two young cricketeers have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded after a cricket pitch was hit by mortar fire in the Paktiya province. Two school teams were apparently playing each other in a cricket match when they were struck by suspected Taliban fire. According to reports, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were both confirmed dead at the scene, while the umpire and one of the spectators were also injured. It's claimed the insurgents fired a number of rockets from a nearby mountain in the AfPak border region, with one hitting the cricket pitch while two others landed near a border police base and a school with no casualties.

Two Taliban killed in Nangarhar blast

Two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in what's thought to have been a premature bomb explosion in the Nangarhar province. The blast occurred on Tuesday in the Bati Kot district, where two insurgents were allegedly attempting to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) along the side of a road when it was accidentally detonated prematurely. Taliban insurgents regularly plant roadside IEDs to target the security forces.

Taliban militants killed in Paktia operation

At least 31 Taliban militants have been killed and 13 others wounded in operations conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Paktia province. The army seized artillery shells and weapons following the clashes in the Ahmad Aba district. Meanwhile, 17 police officers and a soldier died when Taliban militants targeted a security base near the Machalgho dam, also in Paktia province.

Senior Taliban militant killed in Logar airstrike

A senior Taliban militant was killed alongside three foreign fighters in an airstrike in Logar province on Friday. The Ministry of Defence said Mawlavi Shams-ur-Rehman - the shadow spy chief of Taliban for Ghazni, Logar, Khost, Paktiya and Kabul - was targeted in the Charkh district.

Taliban militants kill 25 in Baglan

At least 25 people have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants in Baglan province. Gunmen targeted a group of village guards in the Nahreyin district on Friday. A further eight guards were wounded in the attack, according to Baglan Province Shura Deputy Muhammad Hanif Kohgedai.

Ten killed in Kabul bombing

At least 10 people have been killed and 68 others wounded in a bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The device exploded near the ministry of defence during rush hour on Monday morning. "Gunmen have entered a building and they are clashing with the Afghan forces after the powerful blast," said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack via the group's spokesman, Zabuhullah Mujahid.

Six Taliban militants killed by Afghan Special Forces

Six Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan special forces during raids in Wardak and Balkh provinces. Five fighters died in an exchange in the Chak-e Wardak district, while one other was killed in the Chimtal district of Balkh. Elsewhere, four suspected militants were arrested in the Baraki Barak district of Logar.

Seven Taliban militants killed in Helmand

At least seven Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan Special Forces in Helmand province. Troops also destroyed 24 IEDs and seized other explosives during the operation in Sangin district. The Taliban has not commented on the reports.

Taliban militants killed in Uruzgan operation

At least seven Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan Special Forces in Uruzgan province. A further seven Taliban fighters were arrested by troops in the Chorah district. Weapons and ammunition were also recovered during the raids. A later operation resulted in the death of 11 militants in the Gezab district.

Military retakes key district from the Taliban, Faryab

The Afghan military has retaken a key district from the Taliban in Faryab province. The Ministry of Defense said troops seized Bulcheragh on Tuesday morning, almost a year after it fell into the hands of the Taliban. The militant group has not responded to the claims.

Four police officers killed in checkpoint attack

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected Taliban militants in Herat province. "Taliban launched a coordinated attack on a police checkpoint in Guzara district of Herat province early Saturday morning, killing four policemen and injuring another," the Guzara district police chief told Xinhua. A police vehicle was also damaged in the attack.

Special Forces kill 14 Taliban fighters in Ghazni

The Afghan Special Forces have killed 14 Taliban militants during operations in Ghazni province. The raids were carried out in the Deh Yak district on Friday. The Taliban has not commented on the reports.

Airstrikes kill six Taliban militants in Farah

At least six Taliban militants have been killed in airstrikes in Farah province. Five others were wounded in the operation, which targeted a militant compound in the Posht-e-Rod district. The Afghan military said Taliban commander Syed Shafiq was among the dead.

Six Taliban killed in Farah security operations

Six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed by the Afghan security forces during counter-terror operations in the western Farah province. The security operations have been carried out within the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions in the Bala Boluk district. Two insurgents were reportedly killed during a ground operation in Bala Boluk, along with four others who were killed in an airstrike. According to reports, the operations weer carried out alongside a raid in the Nimroz province which saw two insurgents arrested.

Bombing reported in Jalalabad

A suspected bombing has been reported in provincial capital Jalalabad in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to preliminary report from Pajhwok News, the blast was reported on Thursday and has allegedly left one person dead and wounded a further 14 others. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far and it remains unclear what the intended target of the bombing was. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) are active throughout the province.

Twelve Taliban killed in security operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted across three provinces within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces carried out counter-terror operations in the Logar, Wardak, and Uruzgan provinces. According to reports, 11 insurgents have been killed in airstrikes conducted near the provincial capital area of Uruzgan, while another insurgent was also killed in an airstrike targeted the Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak. Two insurgents were also arrested during security operations in the Kharwar district of Logar.

Five IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted in the Khogyani and the Pashir Wa Agam districts on Wednesday, targeting suspected IS positions. Three militants were reportedly killed in Pachir Wa Agam, while two more were killed in the neighbouring Khogyani district. Both airstrikes were carried out as part of wider counter-terror operations in the eastern region.

Ten Taliban killed in Takhar clearing operation

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a clearing operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Takhar province. According to reports, the operation was conducted in the Ashkmash district within the last 24 hours. A number of local Taliban commanders are alleged to be among those killed in the operation. Various weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operation.

Ten Taliban killed in Zabul airstrikes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 17 others have been injured following a round of airstrikes in the Zabul province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in a number of districts, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts. At least three hideouts were targeted and destroyed in the Mezan, Shahjou, and Shinkai districts.

Faryab security operation kills 15 Taliban

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have been killed following a security operation in the Faryab province. The operation was launched in the Khwaja Sabz district within the last 24 hours, leaving 15 insurgents killed and another 13 wounded. Local reports claim a Taliban shadow district chief was allegedly among those killed in the operation. An estimated 30 roadside mines were also discovered and defused throughout the area.

Police clash with Taliban in Paktika

At least four people have been killed and six others have been injured after the police clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Paktika province. According to reports, the fighting broke out on Wednesday, when a group of armed insurgents ambushed a police convoy in the Yahya Kheyl area. Although the attack was repelled, a local police commander was killed, along with three insurgents, while three police officers and three insurgents were also injured in the gunfight which broke out. 

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghor security operation

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 13 others have been wounded in a security operation in the Ghor province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched the joint operation on Tuesday, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in several villages in the Dolina district. At least two Taliban commanders are said to among those killed, while a further six insurgents were also arrested during the operation.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes which have been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the airstrikes were carried out in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Tarink Kot, targeting suspected insurgent hideouts. The airstrikes were conducted as part of wider counter-terror aerial operations in the region.

Kandahar operations kill 55 Taliban

At least 55 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent counter-terror operations undertaken by the Afghan security forces across the southern province of Kandahar. The operations were conducted throughout the last three days, targeting insurgent positions in the Arghistan, Maiwand, Mianshin, Shah Wali Kot, and Takhta Pul districts. According to reports, a large proportion of the insurgents who were killed have been identified as foreign nationals.

Civilian killed in Nangarhar IED attack

A civilian has reportedly been killed and another has also been injured after they were caught up in a suspected bomb attack in the Nangarhar province. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which the authorities believe had been planted along the roadside in the Achin district by Islamic State (IS) militants, although no claim has been made for the attack. According to local reports, a 10-year-old girl was killed and a woman was injured.

Faryab airstrikes kill 30 Taliban

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations carried out in the Faryab province. According to local reports, the airstrike was conducted in the Gurziwan district of Faryab on Monday. The aerial operation was led by the Afghan Air Force, leaving 30 insurgents dead. The Taliban have reportedly not commented on the airstrike.

Seven Taliban killed in Takhar operations

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out in the northern Takhar province. Airstrikes were apparently conducted as part of the counter-terror operation, with an insurgent position targeted in the Ish Kamish district on Monday. According to reports, seven insurgents were left dead, while two others were also injured.

Six Taliban killed in Kandahar

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to state police reports, the Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted a counter-terror operation in the Shah Wali Kot district within the last 24 hours, leaving six insurgents dead. Two civilians were allegedly also freed from Taliban captivity during the operation. No other casualties have been reported.

Twelve Taliban killed in Zabul operations

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed in separate security operations in the Zabul province. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Shah Joy and the Shinkay districts over the weekend. According to reports, airstrikes left 11 insurgents dead in Shah Joy, while another insurgent was also killed in another airstrike in Shinkay. Two insurgents were also detained during the operations.

Dozens of insurgents killed in Zabul operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during security operations carried out int he Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, at least 53 Taliban insurgents have been confirmed dead, including a Taliban deputy governor. The operations were conducted within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Day Chopan district of Zabul. The operation was allegedly carried out in response to a coordinate insurgent attack on a number of security checkpoints in the same district earlier this week. At least six security personnel were also killed in the fighting.

US drone strike kills six civilians in Farah

Six civilians have allegedly been killed in a US drone strike in the Farah province. According to unconfirmed reports, the strike was carried out in the Bala Boluk district, with local residents claiming they came under fire in the early hours of the morning. The US forces have not commented on the strike nor has the Afghan government confirmed any civilian casualties in the area.

Three militants killed in Kunar operation

Three suspected militants have reportedly been killed during a security operation in the Kunar province. The militants were thought to be members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. The operations were reportedly carried out in the Asmar district, where a suspected militant compound was targeted. Three militants have been confirmed dead and another five were apparently wounded.

Suicide bombing reported in Jalalabad

A suicide bomb attack has been reported from Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, at least nine fatalities have been reported and 12 others have been wounded in the blast, which allegedly targeted the police forces in the provincial capital's sixth police district on Thursday. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban attack security forces in Herat

The Taliban have suffered numerous casualties after launching an attack on the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. According to reports, at least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been injured after the Afghan National Police (ANP) repelled an armed insurgent attack in the Obe (aka Awbeh) district on Wednesday. At least two ANP officers were also killed in the clash, while a further eight others were also wounded.

Helmand airstrikes kill 11 Taliban

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed and several others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out int he southern Helmand province. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces as part of a wider counter-terror initiative in the southern region. Taliban positions and hideouts in the Nad-e Ali and Marja distrcts were targeted in the airstrikes.

Taliban inmates released from Nangarhar prison

A number of Taliban inmates have been released from a government prison in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent local reports, 32 Taliban insurgents who were serving time in the prison have been set free in accordance with a presidential decree. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered the release of 887 Taliban inmates from prisons on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr. Many civilians have expressed concern over the high likelihood of released insurgents returning to fight for the Taliban; however, government officials claim the inmates who were released went through a selective security screening process.

Four Taliban killed in Herat operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in a security operation in the Herat province. The Afghan security forces carried out the operation in the Chisht-e Sharif district of Herat. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces also destroyed five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the area. The operation was part of a wider counter-terror initiative also targeting the Taliban in the Kapisa and Wardak provinces.

Security operations kill 16 Taliban in Faryab

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and three others have been wounded during security operations which were carried out in the Faryab province within the last 24 hours. The operations were led by the Afghan Special Forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Pashtun Kot district, where a de-mining exercise was also carried out by military personnel along key roads. A cache of insurgent weapons was also discovered and confiscated.

Imam killed in Nangarhar shooting

An Afghan Imam has reportedly been confirmed dead after he was shot at in an incident outside a mosque in the eastern Nangarhar province. The victim was allegedly targeted by an unidentified gunman as he left the mosque in the Kala Tak area of the Kuz Kunar district on Wednesday morning. No claim of responsibility has been made for what appears to have been a targeted attack. Both the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban maintain a presence in the province.

IED blast kills six civilians in Kandahar

At least six civilians have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the southern Kandahar province. The IED exploded on Tuesday in the Dand district, leaving six civilians dead. The blast occurred near a road when the victims accidentally triggered it whilst passing by. It's claimed the IED had been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents attempting to target the Afghan and foreign security forces.

Ten Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid recent fighting in the Farah province. According to reports, clashes broke out in the village of Rigi near the provincial capital on Monday. A group of insurgents allegedly attacked an Afghan security forces checkpoint, sparking a gunfight in which four insurgents were killed and three others were injured. Meanwhile, in the village of Shor Abad, another six insurgents were killed and four others were also injured during a clash with Afghan police officers.

Ten Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in Sar-e Pul. A joint operation between the Afghan military and the Afghan National Defence forces was conducted in the provincial capital on Monday. According to preliminary reports, a prominent local Taliban commander was among those killed.

US airstrikes kill 11 Taliban in Patikiya

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been injured in a round of airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Paktiya province. According to reports, the US forces conducted the airstrikes in operations supporting the Afghan forces in the Zurmat district. A heavy machine gun and an insurgent vehicle were also destroyed in the airstrike. The airstrikes were carried out alongside counter-terror operations in the Wardak province, which killed a further three insurgents.

Taliban kill 14 militia personnel in Ghor

Fourteen members of a militia group have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Ghor province. The attack took place over the weekend, when a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked a number of checkpoint which were being manned by members of a pro-government militia. No further details have been released thus far as counter-insurgency operations remains ongoing in the province.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Nangarhar operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, some 52 insurgents have been killed by the Afghan and foreign security forces in a raid over the weekend. The operations targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Sherzad district. Nine insurgents were allegedly killed in a US airstrike, while a special forces raid also left 43 insurgents dead, while a large cache of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.

Twelve Haqqani insurgents killed in Khost

Twelve Haqqani Network insurgents have reportedly been killed in security operations in the Khost province. According to Tolo News, at least 12 Haqqani commanders were killed in an operation by the Afghan security forces in the Sabari district of Khost. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) led the operation after receiving intelligence regarding insurgent activity in the area. Another insurgent was also wounded and three others wee arrested during the operation, while various weapons and explosives weer also seized.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan operations

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations conducted in the Uruzgan province. Over the weekend, the Afghan security forces allegedly conducted a series of airstrikes in the vicinity of the provincial capital, Tarinkot. According to reports, the operation targeted an insurgent drugs facility, killing 16 insurgents and destroying 13kg or narcotics. A suspected insurgent was also arrested by the security forces.

Dozens of Taliban attacks foiled during Eid

The government has announced that dozens of Taliban attacks have been foiled during the Islamic religious holiday of Eid. According to the Afghan Ministry of Interior, 35 Taliban attacks have been intercepted and foiled in security operations throughout the last week, including a car bombing plot targeting the capital city.

Security forces reclaim territory in Ghazni

The Afghan security forces have reportedly reclaimed territory from the Taliban in the Ghazni province. Recent reports indicate the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces have taken back control of the Khwaja Omari valley in the Jaghatu district, which fell to the Taliban last year. 

Security operations kill 15 Taliban in Wardak

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during security operations conducted in the Wardak province within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces launched the operation in the Nerkh district after receiving intelligence regarding Taliban activity in the area. Two insurgents were arrested by the security forces, while a weapons cache was also destroyed.

Dozens rescued from Taliban prison in Faryab

Dozens of people have been rescued from a Taliban prison in the Faryab province. An estimated 83 hostages have been rescued on Thursday in an operation led by the Afghan security forces. The facility was reportedly located in a remote part of the Qaysar district. At least three Taliban insurgents who were guarding the prison have been killed while another three insurgents were arrested by the security forces.

Civilian killed in militant attack in Nangarhar

A civilian has reportedly been killed and four others have been injured in a suspected militant attack in the eastern Nangerhar province. According to reports from Tolo News, a mortar attack occurred in the Achin district on Wednesday night, hitting a civilian residential area - leaving a woman dead and her four children injured. It's believed the mortar was fired by Islamic State (IS) militants, although the attack has not been claimed.

Three Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least three Taliban insurgents have been confirmed dead and nine others have been wounded after a round of airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. Local reports indicate the airstrikes were carried out alongside aerial operations in the neighbouring Kandahar province, which left two insurgents dead.

Kandahar airstrikes kill two Taliban

Two Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and at least three others have also been wounded during recent airstrike operations carried out in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Wednesday, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Shah Wail Kot district. The airstrikes were carried out alongside operations in the neighbouring Uruzgan province.

Nine police officers freed from Taliban prison in Ghor

Nine Afghan police officers have been successfully freed from a Taliban prison in the Ghor province during a security operation which was launched on Tuesday. Tolo News has reported that the provincial governor of Ghor confirmed that nine Afghan Local Police (ALP) were released, five Taliban insurgents were killed and a sixth insurgent was arrested during the operation, led by the Commando Forces.

Eight Taliban killed in Khost operation

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation in the Khost province. Within the last 24 hours, the Afghan security forces have reportedly conducted airstrikes in the Sabari district, leaving eight insurgents dead. The operation was carried out as part of a wider counter-terror initiative alongside raids in the Paktika province.

Paktika operation kills five Taliban

A security operation carried out in the Paktika province has reportedly left five Taliban insurgents dead. The Afghan Special Forces allegedly launched the operation in the Gomal district on Tuesday, conducting a series of airstrikes on a Taliban position. A insurgent vehicle was also destroyed in the operation.

Two killed in Baghlan blast

Two people have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in a suspected bomb explosion in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted on a vehicle in Baghlan city. The IED was remote-controlled and was reportedly detonated as a police officer passed by on a motorbike. Two civilians have been confirmed dead, while the intended target of the attack was unharmed in the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban kill nine police officers in Baghlan

At least nine Afghan police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the Baghlan province. The attack occurred over the weekend in the provincial capital Pul-e Khomri district. Taliban insurgents reportedly stormed a police camp in the Baghi Shamal area in an overnight attack, sparking a series of armed clashes and gunfights. A number of insurgents were also killed and wounded as the security forces repelled the attack; however, no official death toll has been confirmed.

Taliban commander killed in security operation

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed a Taliban commander thought to have been responsible for the planning of a deadly insurgent attack on a police checkpoint in Kabul. The commander has been identified as Qari Shafiq, who was allegedly behind an insurgent attack on the police in the Doghabad area of Kabul last month, which left three police officers dead and wounded six others. According to reports, Shafiq was killed in a security operation which was carried out in an undisclosed location four days ago.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrike

An airstrike carried out in the Ghazni province has killed 16 Taliban insurgents. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Muqur district. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted in response to a recent Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the area.

Uruzgan operations kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent counter-terror operations in the Uruzgan province. The airstrikes were carried out on Monday by the Afghan Special Forces in the Chora district, where a Taliban hideout was targeted and destroyed, killing 12 insurgents. The raid was part of a larger counter-terror initiative, with airstrikes also killing five Taliban insurgents in the Zabul province.

Explosion reported in Kabul

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in Kabul, with at least five fatalities confirmed. The blast reportedly targeted a government employee bus on Darul Aman road. According to Tolo News, the vehicle was transporting employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. It's believed the blast came from a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED). At least 10 others have been wounded in the attack, which remains unclaimed thus far. The blast comes a day after four other small explosions were reported in the the capital city.

Twelve insurgents killed in Khost airstrikes

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khost province. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend, targeting a Taliban position in the Sabari area. Twelve insurgents have been confirmed dead and an insurgent vehicle was also destroyed.

Security operation kills nine Taliban in Ghazni

At least nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Ghazni province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the raid targeted a Taliban position in the Giro district. At least two insurgents were also detained during the raid, which was carried out as part of a wider counter-terror operation.

Four killed in Kabul car bombing

At least four people have allegedly been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Friday. According to reports, four Afghan civilians were killed, while four US soldiers were injured. The blast occurred on Friday morning, when an explosive-laden vehicle rammed a US military convoy travelling along Jalalabad road in eastern Kabul. The Taliban has claimed the attack, identifying the "invading" foreign forces as the target.

Nangarhar clashes kill six militants

At least six suspected militants have been killed and two others have been wounded following clashes between the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the fighting occurred in the Khogyani district, where the IS are thought to have launched an attack on Taliban insurgents on Thursday. Five Taliban insurgents have been identified among those killed, along with one IS militant, while two more Taliban insurgents were also wounded.

Dozens freed from Taliban prison

Dozens of people have been freed from a Taliban prison in the southern Helmand province. Some 33 prisoners were released on Friday during a military operation in the Sangin district. According to reports, at least one civilian was among those released, with the vast majority thought to be government security personnel, including soldiers and police officers who were taken captive by the Taliban.

Suicide attack hits Kabul military academy

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly hit a military training academy in Kabul. The explosion occurred outside the Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim Military Academy in the capital city's fifth police district on Thursday. Preliminary reports indicate at least six fatalities have been reported and 16 others have been wounded. The bomber allegedly travelled on foot and had been stopped by security guards when he detonated an improvised explosive device (IED). It's believed the attacker tried to time the attack to coincide with students leaving classes early for Ramadan. The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed the attack, but gave an inflated death toll of 50.

Ten soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a recent attack led by Taliban insurgents in the Badghis district. The attack took place on Thursday in the Bala Murghab district, where Taliban insurgents are said to have captured strategic parts of the district, including the police headquarters. It remains unclear if the district centre has been taken over as the security forces retreat. Ten soldiers have been confirmed dead while a further 11 have also been wounded.

Eighteen killed in Taliban attack

At least 18 security personnel have been killed after they were attacked by Taliban insurgents in the Ghor province. The attack occurred on Wednesday and reportedly targeted a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Minaret of Jam - a fragile tower located in the Shahrak district. A number of security checkpoints have allegedly been seized and access to the site has been restricted. Recent reports indicate the security forces have retreated from the minaret to prevent fighting damaging the site, as the tower was listed as vulnerable to collapse in 2014.

Large cache of explosives seized in Kabul

A large cache of explosives has been seized in Kabul during counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. According to reports, nearly 1,000kg of explosives were found at an undisclosed location in the outskirts of capital Kabul within the last 48 hours. The cache is thought to be linked to militant activity, although it has not been clarified to which group the explosives belonged to.

Taliban kill 18 security personnel in Ghor

At least 18 Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed and seven others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the Ghor province. According to reports, insurgents targeted a number of security checkpoints near Feroz Koh, resulting a long gunfight on Monday evening. Afghan police officers and pro-government militia members were among those killed in the attack - which remains unclaimed.

Sixteen killed in military raid in Nangarhar

Some 16 people have reportedly been killed during a military raid on a suspected Taliban hideout in the eastern Nangarhar province. The raid was carried out over the weekend as part of an overnight offensive in the Sherzad district. Reports indicate that while 10 of the fatalities have been identified as Taliban insurgents, at least six are thought to have been civilians, who were mistakenly targeted and killed by the Afghan security forces during the raid. An official investigation has been launched.

Taliban kill 10 soldiers in Farah

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers in the Farah province. According to recent reports, the attack took place over the weekend, on Sunday, when a group of armed Taliban insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in Farah. The attack came as reports confirmed that four police officers had also been killed in a similar attack in the Sar-e Pul province.

Family killed in Kabul attack

An Afghan family have been killed in an armed attack in Kabul over the weekend. Seven members of a family - two men, three woman and two children - were killed in the house in the Karte Sakhi area of Kabul by unidentified attackers on Sunday evening. According to Tolo News, the adults were shot dead while the children were smothered with pillows. Two males have escaped the attack with injuries. The attackers managed to escape before the police arrived. The incident is thought to have been a targeted attack, although the motive remains unclear as investigations go forward.

Two killed in Farah drone strike

Two people have allegedly been killed in a drone strike in the western Farah province. According to reports, the drone strike hit a facility used by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the Shib Koh district on Thursday. The facility was used by the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, which provides civilians with aid in war-torn areas. The two fatalities are yet to be identified.

Bomb explosion reported in Kabul mosque

A bomb explosion has reportedly hit a mosque in Kabul. The blast occurred during Friday prayers in the Paktia Kot area. Preliminary reports from Reuters indicate at least one person has been killed and 16 others have been injured. The deceased has been identified as senior Islamic preacher, Mawlawi Rayhan, a supporter of the Western-backed Afghan government. The attack has not yet been claimed by any militant group; however, some have speculated Taliban involvement.

Four killed in Kabul police operation

At least four suspected criminals have been killed and four others suspects have been arrested following a police operation in Kabul on Thursday. The police reportedly launched the operation in the Paghman area after receiving reports of criminal activity relating to recent murders and robberies in the area. According to reports, among those killed is said to be the head of the criminal group responsible for organising violent crime in the city. Three other criminal associates were also killed in the police raid.

Five IS killed in Kunar

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed following security operations in the Kunar province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Nurgal district within the last 24 hours. According to reports, coalition forces targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Tetak area of Nurgal, leaving five IS militants dead.

One killed in Herat flash floods

A person has been confirmed dead, while two others remain missing after flash floods hit part of the Herat province on Wednesday. According to reports, the floods were caused by recent heavy rainfall, which has hit the western region over the last 48 hours. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing.

Seventeen Taliban killed in airstrike operations

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of airstrike operations carried out within the last 48 hours. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted in the Helmand, Khost, and Nangarhar provinces, where they targeted suspected Taliban positions. Nine insurgents were left dead following airstrikes in the Kajaki and Sangin districts of Helmand, while a further three insurgents were also killed in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar. An additional five insurgents were also confirmed dead following airstrikes in the Sabari district of Khost.

Three Taliban killed in Balkh operations

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in security operations carried out in the Balkh province. The operations were launched with the aim of clearing a number of villages from the presence of Taliban insurgents. According to reports, the security forces conducted clearing operations in the Arghandab, Naghara Kol, Salarzai, Talwa, and Wazirabad areas.

Three killed in Ghazni bombing

Three people have been killed and as many as 15 others have been wounded following a suspected bomb attack in the Ghazni province. The blast occurred near what used to be the Provincial Reconstruction Team base, where a vehicle was ordered to stop at a police security checkpoint. According to reports, the vehicle was laden with explosives, which were detonated when the police opened fire on the vehicle after the driver refused to stop. At least two police officers are among those killed. Unconfirmed reports indicate the vehicle was driven by Taliban insurgents.

Helmand airstrikes kill five civilians

Airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province have reportedly killed at least five civilians and wounded 10 others. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend in the Nahre Saraj district, where a suspected Taliban position was allegedly targeted in the Zanbali village. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate that, although the area was under Taliban control, the airstrike mistakenly hit a civilian property. It has not been clarified whether the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan or foreign forces. An investigation into the incident is said to be underway.

Six militants arrested in Kabul

Six suspected militants have been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the Kabul province. The arrests were made during a targeted counter-terror operation led by the Afghan Special Forces in the Sarobi district on Wednesday. According to reports, the raid was carried out in response to two separate militant attacks targeted the police forces in Kabul city over the weekend, killing at least three police officers and wounding three others.

Helmand operation leaves 19 Taliban dead

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a security operation carried out in the southern Helmand province. The operation was led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Gereshk district within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the NDS launched the operation after receiving intelligence regarding a suspected Taliban position in the area, including a site used for making bombs.

Nangarhar operations kills four IS

At least four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed following security operations in the eastern Nanagrhar province. The Afghan security forces carried out the operations overnight in the Chaparhar district, where an IS position was targeted. A large weapons cache was reportedly destroyed in the operations, and a number of weapons were also seized by the security forces.

Faryab airstrikes kill 13 Taliban

Some 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded following a series of airstrikes in the north-westerrn Faryab province. Reports indicate the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces as part of wider counter-terror operations targeting the Taliban insurgency in the region. Taliban positions in the Dawlat Abad and Kohistan districts were targeted.

Nine Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been arrested during recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Shah Wali Kot district, where a suspected bomb-making facility was targeted and destroyed. The location was reportedly used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to be used by the Taliban.

Nine killed in Takhar clashes

A number of casualties have been reported following a clash between an armed group and local residents in the northern Takhar province. The fighting reportedly broke out in the village of Kazar in the Rustaq district, where members of an armed militant group allegedly clashed with villagers. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, although unconfirmed reports indicate it's likely the armed group were Taliban insurgents. The clash left nine people dead and seven others wounded.

IED blast kills two police officers in Helmand

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and another two have been wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the southern Helmand province. The explosion occurred in the Washir district over the weekend, where a roadside IED was triggered when police passed by. No group has claimed the attack, although the Taliban are thought to have been behind it.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrikes

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed following recent airstrikes in the Ghazni province. The airstrikes were carried out over the weekend in the Deh Yak district and the Andar district, where a number of suspected insurgent positions were targeted. At least 14 insurgents were killed in the Deh Yak district, while a further four insurgents were also killed in Andar.

Four police officers killed in Kabul attack

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in a suspected militant attack on a police security checkpoint in the outskirts of the capital city, Kabul. The attack occurred on Thursday near the Pul-e Charkhi area. According to Tolo News, an unspecified number of unidentified gunmen opened fire on the checkpoint before fleeing the scene. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Local IS leader killed in Nangarhar drone strike

A prominent local Islamic State (IS) leader has been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. At least seven other IS militants were also killed in the drone strike, which was conducted in the Khogyani district. The IS leader has been identified as Abu Zar - claimed to be one of the most notorious leaders of the IS.

Friendly fire kills 17 police officers in Helmand

At least 17 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed by friendly fire in the southern Helmand province. Al Jazeera has reported that foreign air forces were responding to support an armed clash which was underway between the Taliban and the Afghan police forces just outside of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. An airstrike was allegedly carried out by NATO Resolute Support mission air forces, targeting a what was thought to be an insurgent position near the Nahr-e-Seraj area of the Helmand-Kandahar highway. The air raid mistakenly killed 17 police officers and wounded 14 more. The provincial governor, Mohammad Yasin, stated that the airstrike will be investigated, while no official statement has been released by NATO thus far.

Twenty Taliban killed in airstrikes

Some 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces. The aerial operations were carried out along the Ghazni-Paktiya highway as part of the wider Khalid-3 counter-terror operations against the Taliban. According to reports, Taliban positions were targeted in the Arzoo and Shaliz areas in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

Taliban attack leaves 10 soldiers dead in Zabul

Ten Afghan soldiers have been left dead following a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. According to Al Jazeera, Taliban insurgents attacked two military checkpoints in the Shamulzayi district on Thursday, killing 10 soldiers and wounding four others. Local officials have reported that the security forces have since retreated from the checkpoints, with plans to recapture them within the next few days.

Kandahar airstrike kills 37 Taliban

Some 37 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent airstrikes in the southern Kandahar province. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the fatalities were a result of counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The airstrike allegedly targeted several insurgent hideouts in undisclosed locations throughout the province, leaving 37 insurgents killed and another 12 wounded.

IED blast kills 15 militants in Paktiya

A suspected bomb explosion has reportedly killed at least 15 militants in the Paktiya province. According to local reports, a cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was detonated prematurely in the Dand Wa Patan area, killing 15 suspected militants of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. At least 10 other militants were also wounded in the explosion.

Taliban commander killed in Balkh operation

A local Taliban commander has reportedly been killed during security operations in the Balkh province. The joint operations were carried out in the Boka and Mugholha area of Balkh on Wednesday, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts. According to reports, one Taliban commander has been confirmed dead, while another insurgent was also arrested.

Local Taliban commander killed in Laghman

A local Taliban commander in the Alisheng district of the Laghman province has been reported dead. The deceased has allegedly been identified as Mawlavi Gul Mohammad (aka Sheikh Sahib) - a prominent Taliban in charge of recruiting insurgents. According to reports, the Taliban leader was shot dead by one of his own security guards in the Ghaziabad area of the district on Tuesday. The security guard allegedly handed himself over to the Afghan security forces.

Taliban insurgent killed in IED blast

A Taliban insurgent has reportedly been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the Logar province. The blast occurred in the Kharwar district on Wednesday. It's believed the insurgent had been transporting an improvised explosive device (IED) when it exploded prematurely. The IED was liekly planned to be used in a suicide bomb attack.

Four killed in Paktiya clashes

At least four fatalities have been reported following violent clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Paktiya province. According to reports, one Afghan police officer and three Taliban insurgents have been killed, while another two police personnel have been wounded. It remains unclear precisely what sparked the armed altercation; however, unconfirmed reports indicate the police may have come under insurgent attack.

US airstrike kills six Taliban in Herat

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Herat province. The airstrikes were reportedly conducted on Monday in the Shindand district, where a Taliban hideout was targeted. Local reports indicate a Taliban shadow district chief was among those killed in the airstrike.

Clashes reported in Kabul prison

Violent clashes have been reported between prison guards and prisoners at a Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul. According to reports, at least four prisoners have been killed and some 13 other shave been injured in riots. A further 20 prison guards have also been injured in the commotion. It's believed the clashes broke out when the guards started carrying out searches and a group of inmates attempting to prevent them from doing so.

Farah security operations kill 16 Taliban

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 21 others have been wounded during security operations in the Farah province. According to reports, the operations were carried out in the Pusht Rod district within the last 24 hours as part of wider counter-terror operations targeting insurgency in the western provinces.

Eight Taliban killed in Ghazni raid

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and a ninth has been arrested following a raid in the Ghazni province. The raid was carried out by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position int he Andar district. According to reports, the group of insurgents were thought to have been involved in a number of high-profile attacks.

Three killed in Nangarhar IED blasts

At least three fatalities have been confirmed and 20 other people have been wounded following a series of suspected bomb explosions in the eastern Nangarhar province on Monday evening. According to Tolo News, at least four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated in the provincial capital of Jalalabad near Talashi Square in police district one. No claim of responsibility has been made for the IED blasts, although the security forces suspect Islamist militants were behind the attacks.

Political adviser shot dead in Kabul

A political adviser and former prominent TV presenter, Mina Mangal, has been shot dead at close range in Kabul. The shooting occurred on Saturday morning, when Mangal was on her way to work in the Afghan parliament's cultural affairs commission. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, although the police are following a line of inquiry which suggests a family dispute could have motivated her murderers. Mangal had recently received death threats, but also separated from her husband two years ago, citing domestic violence. Mangal's murder has sparked outcry amongst the Afghan public, focusing attention on the issue of violence against women in Afghanistan. No suspects have been identified as police investigations continue.

Taliban kill seven security personnel in Sar-e Pul

At least seven Afghan security personnel have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Sar-e Pul province. the attack was launched within the last 24 hours, targeting a number of security checkpoints near the provincial capital, Sar-e Pul city. According to local reports, seven security personnel have been killed, two others have been taken hostage, while another five have been wounded following the attack. At least four Taliban insurgents were also killed after a gunfight broke out.

Kandahar airstrike kills 21

At least 21 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and one has been wounded following a round of airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. The airstrike was conducted in the Khakrez district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted. According to reports, no civilians were harmed in the operation.

Taliban attack security forces in Badghis

Two security checkpoints have been attacked by Taliban insurgents in the northern Badghis province. According to reports, at least 15 soldiers have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in the attacks, which targeted two out posts in the Bala Murghab district - which borders neighbouring Turkmenistan. No Taliban casualties have been reported.

Farah operations kill seven insurgents

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded following recent security operations conducted in the western Farah province. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected insurgent base int eh outskirts of the provincial capital city of Farah.

Landmine blast kills four children in Faryab

A landmine explosion has killed at least four children in the Faryab province. At least five others were also wounded in the blast which occurred in near a road commonly used by the Afghan security forces on Thursday. Roadside bombs are often planted by the Taliban in attempts to target the security forces; however, civilians can mistakenly be targeted instead. The Taliban has not commented in the incident.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Herat operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Herat province. Local reports indicate the operations were carried out within the last 48 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Farsi district. A number of armed clashes allegedly broke out between the Taliban and the security forces, leaving 15 insurgents dead and another eight wounded.

Faryab airstrikes kill 33 Taliban

At least 33 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded following recent airstrikes in the western Faryab province. According to local reports, the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Andkhoy district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted.

Taliban attack US aid group in Kabul

The Taliban have attacked a US aid group in Kabul, killing at least five people and wounding some 24 others. According to the BBC, the attack came on Wednesday, with a suicide car bomb being set off outside the offices of Counterpoint International. Armed insurgents then stormed the offices following the explosion, resulting in a stand-off with the Afghan security forces. All five attackers have been killed and at least 200 workers were evacuated from the building in the Shar-e-Naw area. The Taliban has claimed the attack, stating that the non-governmental organisation was targeted for its alleged involvement in "harmful Western activities". The attack comes amid the sixth round of peace talks between US and Taliban representatives in Qatar.

US soldier killed in non-combat incident in Nangarhar

An American soldier has reportedly been killed in a non-combat incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the death has been confirmed by the US forces in Afghanistan in a statement which clarified that the currently unnamed soldier died from wounds sustained in a non-combat incident. No other details have been released. It's believed the incident in question is under investigation.

Explosions reported in Kabul

Two explosions have been reported in Kabul, near government and NGO buildings in the Shar-e-Naw area. The blasts occurred on Wednesday morning, followed by unconfirmed reports of gunfire. According to reports, casualties are deemed likely as the security forces respond to the suspected suicide bomb attack. The attack comes less than a month after government building in Kabul was attacked, killing more than a dozen people. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Baghlan raid

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed at least 13 Taliban insurgents during a raid in the Baghlan province The operation was carried out on Monday in the provincial capital of Pul-e Khumri, where police headquarters were attacked by suspected Taliban insurgents the previous day. Local officials have not confirmed that the raid operation has been linked to the attack on the police.

Nineteen Taliban killed in airstrikes

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes over the weekend. According to reports, airstrikes were carried out in the Wardak, Ghazni, and Paktiya provinces. At east five insurgents were killed in the Syedabad district of Wardak, while another three were killed in Qarabagh, Ghazni. A further 11 insurgents weer also killed in an airstrike in the Zurmat district of Paktiya.

Taliban attack police in Baghlan

The Taliban have allegedly launched an attack on the Afghan police in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Sunday, with at least 13 fatalities confirmed and dozens more wounded. A suicide bomber reportedly drove an explosive-laden vehicle at the police headquarters in the provincial capital, Pul-e Khumri city. Armed clashes then broke out between the security forces and the insurgents. 

Airstrikes kill nine Taliban in Badghis

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Badghis province. Local reports indicate the strikes were carried out in the Qadis district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. It's estimated that at least eight other insurgents were also wounded in the aerial operation, which was conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours.

Nangarhar raid kills 22 IS

At least 22 Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in a recent raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar. The raid was led by the Afghan Special Forces, targeting suspected IS hideouts following reports of increased militant activity in the area. Two weapons caches have also been destroyed in the operations. No other casualties have been reported.

Three kidnappers arrested in Kabul

Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested in the capital city, Kabul. The suspects were detained by the police during a security operation in the eighth police district within the last 24 hours. According to reports, an underage hostage was also freed by the security forces during the operation. The victim had been abducted in the Joy Sheer area several months ago, having been held captive since then. The operation was launched in response to reports of an increase in kidnap-for-ransom activity in the capital.

Eight Taliban killed in Faryab clashes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 13 others have been wounded amidst fighting in the Faryab province. Clashes broke out between the Afghan security forces and the insurgents in the Shirin Tagab district. According to reports, two of the eight fatalities are thought to have been local Taliban commanders. No casualties from the security forces have been reported.

Eleven killed in Herat airstrike

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. The aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position in the Chishti Sharif district. No other casualties have been reported. 

Fifteen Taliban killed in security operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and seven others have been wounded following security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted within the last 24 hours. Eleven insurgents were killed in the Alizai Kali and Deh Joi Barekzai districts in Uruzgan, where two hideouts were destroyed. Two insurgents were also killed and four others were wounded in the Maiwand district, Kandahar, while another two insurgents were killed and three were wounded in the Shahjoy district of Zabul. At least seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered and defused during the operations, which came as part of the wider Khalid-98 offensive against the Taliban insurgency.

Seven Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrikes

Airstrikes carried out in the Ghazni province have reportedly killed at least seven suspected Taliban insurgents. A further 12 other insurgents are also thought to have been wounded in the aerial operation, which was conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend as part of a wider counter-terror imitative in the region. The airstrikes targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Andar and Giro districts. 

Security operations kill eight in Ghor

At least eight suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded during security operations carried out in the Ghor province by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the security forces targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Dolaina area, where ground attacks were supported by airstrikes.

Badghis airstrikes kill 23 Taliban

Almost two dozen Taliban insurgents have been killed following airstrikes in the Badghis province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ab Kamari district within the last 24 hours. According to preliminary reports, at least 23 fatalities have been confirmed, including several local Taliban commanders and the Taliban's shadow district chief.

Two killed in Jalalabad shooting

Two people have been killed following a shooting incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. The incident occurred on Monday morning in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, where unidentified gunmen opened fire on a traffic police officer, killing him alongside one other before fleeing the scene. No other casualties have been reported and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Eight Taliban killed, 53 hostages freed in Zabul

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 53 hostages have been freed following a rescue operation led by the Afghan security forces in Zabul. The operation was carried out within the last 24 hours and reportedly targeted a Taliban prison in the Daychopan area. Four Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos and four Afghan police officers were among those rescued during the operation.

Five Taliban fighters killed in Nangarhar attack

Five Taliban fighters have been killed and four others abducted in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Afghan military officials said the fighting took place in the Dotesar and Zawa areas of Khogyani district. Neither the Taliban or IS have commented on the reports.

Four IS killed, 24 hostages freed in Nangarhar operation

Four Islamic State (IS) terrorists have reportedly been killed and 24 hostages have been freed during a security operation in the Nangarhar province. The rescue operation was led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Chapahar district, where a suspected IS hideout was targeted. The operation was launched after 24 civilians were allegedly taken hostage by suspected IS militants on Monday.

Major explosive attack foiled in Kandahar

A large cache of explosives have been seized in Kandahar city, foiling what the security forces suspect was to be a major bomb attack. According to reports, the Afghan security forces successfully intercepted approximately 1.5 tonnes of explosives hidden in food bags during a security operation on Tuesday. It has not been specified where in the provincial capital the explosives were seized and no militant group has officially been linked to the incident, although Taliban maintain a strong presence in the southern province.

Military operations kill 35 in Wardak

At least 35 suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 11 others have been wounded following military operations in the Wardak province. The air and ground operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 48 hours, targeting Taliban positions in the Chak district. No other casualties have been reported.

Dozens of insurgents killed in Zabul airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Zabul province. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend by the Afghan security forces, targeting the Nawbahar district in Zabul. At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed, including four Pakistani national and three would-be suicide bombers. The airstrikes hit a suspected insurgent hideout in the Koh-e Saifal area.

Seven killed in Kabul attack

At least seven deaths have been reported following an attack on the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture in central Kabul. The attack occurred over the weekend, when an explosion was heard, followed by sporadic gunfire on Saturday morning. Four civilians and three Afghan police officers have been identified as the seven fatalities, while eight other civilians were also wounded. The attack was carried out by four attackers and came a day after peace talks were suspended between the Taliban and Afghan and US representatives. Some 2,000 people were trapped inside the 18-storey government building before they were freed several hours later. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack, while the Islamic State (IS) has not claimed responsibility.

Security forces kill 11 Taliban in Faryab

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations led by the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) launched a counter-attack against the Taliban following an insurgent attack in the Dawlatabad district. Some 21 insurgents were also injured in the operation, while at least two local Taliban commanders have allegedly been identified among those killed.

IED blast hits Helmand market

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the southern Helmand province. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had allegedly been planted on a civilian vehicle before being remotely detonated by suspected insurgents near a market place in the Gereshk district. Although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, the security forces suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Four police killed in insider attack

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in an insider attack in the Farah province. The attack occurred at a security checkpoint near the provincial capital on Monday. According to local reports, one of the police officers guarding the checkpoint turned on his own colleagues and opened fire, killing four other police officers before fleeing the scene to join the Taliban.

Ghazni operations kill 21 Taliban

At least 21 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in recent security operations carried out in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted by ground troops throughout the last 24 hours. The operations were led by the Afghan security forces, with the aim of clearing villages of Taliban insurgents. At least 21 villages were allegedly recaptured from Taliban control.

Taliban attack security forces in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have repelled a major Taliban attack in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. The insurgents reportedly launched the attack on Friday night in the Shirzad district, leading to heavy clashes between the security forces and the Taliban. It's claimed as many as 27 insurgents have been killed in the fighting, along with at least two security personnel. Some 32 insurgents and eight security personnel were also injured in the clash.

Seven children killed in Laghman blast

At least seven children have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a suspected bomb explosion in the Laghman province. The blast occurred in the provincial capital of Mihtarlam on Sunday. According to local reports, it's believed a group of children accidentally triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst they were playing. The IED had allegedly been fired by Taliban insurgents at a nearby security post but missed its target and failed to detonate. 

Three killed in Khost wedding shooting

At least three people have been killed and some 13 others have been wounded after a shooting broke out during a wedding ceremony in the Khost province. The incident occurred in the Tani district on Sunday after an argument turned violent during a wedding ceremony, leading to an armed altercation in which three people were shot dead. An investigation has been launched and remains ongoing.

Clashes reported in Badakshan

Clashes between the Taliban and the security forces have been reported in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, at least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 11 others have been wounded during fighting which broke out during a government security operation in the Jurm district over the weekend. Four of the insurgents killed have reportedly been identified as foreign nationals. Some casualties have also been reported amongst the security forces, although no figures have been confirmed.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. The aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected insurgent positions throughout the province. According to reports, at least 40 insurgents were killed and 12 others were injured in a round of air raids in an undisclosed location, while a further dozen insurgents were also killed and two others were injured in an airstrike carried out in the outskirts of Kunduz city. There have been unconfirmed reports of casualties among local civilians and the government security forces.

Taliban forces ICRC and WHO to suspend relief work

The Taliban have reportedly forced the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to suspend relief work. According to reports, the Taliban released a statement on Friday announcing the withdrawal of security guarantees for ICRC and WHO staff in Taliban-controlled areas. It's alleged that the security agreements were compromised by "suspicious activity" from relief workers during vaccination campaigns. No further explanation has been offered from the Taliban. The ICRC have confirmed they have had to suspend operations and have entered negotiations with the Taliban, while the WHO has not yet released an official response.

Taliban announce spring offensive

The Taliban have announced their spring offensive, naming it 'Operation Fath', meaning 'victory' in Arabic. The announcement comes amid continued peace talks, with the Taliban due to meet US and Afghan representatives later this month. In a statement, the Taliban claimed the offensive's aim would be to eradicate occupation and cleanse the Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption - presumable in reference to the presence of 14,000 US troops as part of NATO's Resolute Support mission. According to Al Jazeera, the Afghan government declared their own spring offensive last month, named 'Operation Khalid', prompting the Taliban to claim justification in pushing a new offensive this year, despite ongoing peace talks. The announcement of the Taliban spring offensive used to signify the start of the fighting season in Afghanistan; however, in recent years, fighting has continued year-round, making the announcement more symbolic, with some criticising it as terrorist propaganda.

Fifteen killed in Kunduz clash

At least 15 people have been killed and some 16 others have been wounded in a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan police in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the clash broke out on Thursday in the Chahar Darreh district, where a security checkpoint came under attack by armed insurgents. Among those killed include eight Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and seven Taliban insurgents. A further 10 ALP were also wounded along with six insurgents.

Two injured in Kandahar helicopter crash

Two people have been wounded after a helicopter crashed at Kandahar airport on Wednesday morning. Tolo News has reported that the accident occurred in the early hours of the morning, when an MD-530 helicopter crash landed, leaving two pilots wounded. It's believed both pilots were members of the Afghan security forces.

Three US soldiers killed by roadside bomb

Three US soldiers have reportedly been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. According to the BBC, the blast occurred near the Bagram air base, approximately 50km (31 miles) north of the capital Kabul. Three other NATO service members were also wounded in the explosion. The recent incident raises the total number of US military personnel to have died in Afghanistan this year to seven. 

Logar airstrike kills four Taliban

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Logar province. The aerial operations were reportedly conducted by the Afghan government security forces on Sunday, targeting Taliban positions. According to unconfirmed reports, a local Taliban leader, identified as Mullah Amin Gul, was apparently among the four killed in the airstrikes.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Badghis

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent fighting in the Badghis province. Clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban have been ongoing in the Bala Murghab district since the Taliban launched an attack on the security forces last week. Recent reports indicate more than 50 insurgents have been killed or wounded in the latest airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force and coalition forces. It's estimated that around 33 insurgents have been killed and 22 others have been wounded.

Police officer killed in Jalalabad IED attack

An Afghan police officer has been killed and seven others have been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast occurred on Monday morning and likely came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted at the scene in an apparent attempt by Taliban insurgents to target a police van. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack yet.

Eight Taliban insurgents killed in Balkh airstrikes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Balkh province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted in the Chimtal district within the last 48 hours. The aerial operation was allegedly launched to target a suspected Taliban hideout. A local Taliban commander was allegedly among those killed in the airstrikes.

Taliban storm Badghis district

The Bala Murghab district in the Badghis province has reportedly been stormed by the Taliban. The attack was first launched on Wednesday night, with fighting lasting throughout the next 48 hours. According to Reuters, at least 36 security personnel have been killed and several security checkpoints have been captured by the insurgents, while an estimated 30 insurgents have also been killed in the fighting. As of Friday morning, clashes in the area are said to remain ongoing as the security forces await reinforcements.

Taliban attack security forces in Badghis

Taliban insurgents have attacked the Afghan security forces in the Badghis province, killing at least 20 security personnel. The attack occurred overnight at a security compound in the Bala Murghab district, where some 600 security personnel are stationed. Although the attack was repelled, the security forces suffered heavy casualties. A number of Taliban casualties were also inflicted, although no confirmed insurgent casualty figures have been reported thus far.

Thirteen militants killed in Paktika

Some 13 Haqqani Network militants have allegedly been killed in security operations in the Paktika province. Reports from Khaama Press indicate the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the remote Nika district, where an airstrike targeted a suspected hideout belonging to Haqqani militants in the Okhi area.

Six IS online recruiters arrested in Kabul

Six alleged recruiters for the Islamic State (IS) have been arrested by the Afghan security forces in recent operations conducted in the capital city of Kabul. Reuters has reported that the six suspects were thought to be online recruiters for the IS, using hundreds of fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among others social media sites, to target potential recruits.

Dozens of Taliban killed in nationwide operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in nationwide security operations carried out within the last 24 hours. Operations were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces in the Farah, Faryab, Paktika, and Paktiya provinces, killing an estimated total of 36 Taliban insurgents, while a further 23 others were wounded and five more were arrested. Accoridng to reports, some 22 insurgents were killed and 23 others were wounded in Farah, while five insurgents were killed and five more were arrested in Qaisar, Faryab. Another five insurgents were also killed in Paktika, along with four confirmed fatalities in the neighbouring Paktiya province.

Security operations in Badakhshan kill 10 Taliban

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 3 others have been wounded in recent security operations in the northern Badakhshan province on Wednesday. According to reports, the operations were led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Arghanj-Khwa district, where the security forces were working to clear a number of villages from the presence of the insurgents.

Uruzgan airstrike kills nine Taliban

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and a tenth insurgent has been wounded in a recent airstrike carried out in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted by NATO's Resolute Support mission alongside the Afghan security forces. The airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the provincial capital of Tarinkot as part of wider counter-terror operations.

Kunar operations kill 13 IS militants

At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent security operations in the Kunar province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) led the operation against separate pockets of IS militants and Taliban insurgents - both of whom were active in the Chapa Dara district. Some 55 Taliban insurgents are said to have surrendered to the ANA forces, while at least 13 IS militants were killed in an airstrike.

Taliban kill eight police officers in Balkh

At least eight Afghan police officers and six others have been wounded have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Balkh province. According to reports, the police officers were attacked by armed insurgents in the Sholgara district on Tuesday, leading to a brief firefight. An unknown number of Taliban casualties were also inflicted, although no figures have been confirmed.

Helmand airstrike kills five Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the southern Helmand province has reportedly killed at least five Taliban insurgents. The airstrike was allegedly part of a joint-operation led by the foreign forces targeting insurgent positions in the Musa Qala district. Reports claim a local Taliban commander was among those killed in the airstrike, while a six insurgent was also wounded.

Military operation kills 14 Taliban in Badakhshan

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent military operation carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the northern Badakhshan province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the ANA launched the attack against the Taliban in the Arghanj Khwa district on Monday, allegedly taking back control of the district after it fell to the Taliban last week.

Ten Taliban killed in Baghlan

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Baghlan province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Bagh-e-Shamal area. It's believed at least one of the insurgents killed was a local Taliban commander.

Security operations kill 15 militants in Nangarhar

At least 15 Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. Reports indicate the Afghan security forces carried out cleaning operations in the Khogyani district on Sunday, targeting suspected IS hideouts in the Zerotangi area. No other casualties have been reported.

Eight killed in Kandahar clash

Eight people have been killed amid clashes between the Afghan security forces and armed Taliban insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent reports, the fighting took place over the weekend in the Taimor area of the Maiwand district, which borders the neighbouring Helmand province. At least five insurgents and three Afghan police officers were killed, while three more insurgents and another police officer were also wounded.

Five security personnel killed in Taliban attack

Five security personnel have been killed following a recent attack by Taliban insurgents in the Sar-e Pul province. According to reports, the Taliban stormed two checkpoints in the northern province in an overnight attack on Sunday, sparking a gunbattle with the security forces in the Sozma Qala district. It's claimed at least six Afghan soldiers were also captured by the insurgents before they fled.

Flash floods kill 32

At least 32 people have been killed in recent flash floods in Afghanistan. Heavy rain has caused flooding in at least seven provinces, with the worst reported in the Badghis, Faryab, and Herat provinces. Widespread damage is feared, as thousands of houses have been destroyed by the floods, along with agricultural land and farms. Humanitarian workers have struggled to reach isolated areas due to poor infrastructure, meaning the death toll could rise further still. According to the BBC, thousands of families have been displaced by floods, forced to live in makeshift shelters.

Helmand raid kills eight Taliban

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent raid carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. According to reports, the security forces targeted a suspected hideouts in the Nahr-e-Saraj district as part of a wider counter-terror offensive in the southern region. 

Five police officers killed in Zabul

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed five Afghan police officers in the Zabul province. The insurgents allegedly attacked the police forces in the Shinkay district on Thursday. A brief gunfight broke out, in which five police officers were killed before the insurgents fled. The Taliban has claimed the attack.

Taliban kill nine police in Ghazni

Nine police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the police officers were ambushed by Taliban insurgents at a number checkpoints on Thursday, leading to various gunfights in which at least nine Afghan police officers were killed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks, although it remains unclear if they suffered any casualties.

Ten killed in Helmand clashes

Ten people have been killed in recent clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, a firefight broke out during counter-terror operations in the Gereshk district, where the insurgents allegedly fired a mortar, killing at least seven civilians. At least three insurgents are thought to have died in the clashes as well.

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least nine Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed and three others have been wounded during recent airstrikes in the Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces carried out two rounds of airstrikes in the Achin and Haska Mena districts of the province within the last 24 hours. Five IS militants were killed and one was wounded in Achin, while another four were killed and two more were wounded in Haska Mena.

Nationwide security operations kill 29 Taliban

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent nationwide security operations. At least one insurgent was also wounded while a further seven others were arrested during the operations, which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar, and Uruzgan provinces within the last 48 hours. Operations targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts of Helmand, the Sherzad district of Nangarhar, and in the provincial capitals of Kandahar and Uruzgan.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill three IS militants

Airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province have reportedly killed at least three suspected Islamic State (IS) militants. The airstrike targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Haska Mena district as part of a wider counter-terror offensive in the region. According to reports, various firearms, light weapons, and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrike.

Twelve killed in Kabul airstrike

At least 12 people - seven Taliban insurgents and five civilians - have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike carried out in the Sarobi district of Kabul within the last 24 hour. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the US forces had launched a counter-terror operation against the Taliban in the area, bringing in aerial reinforcements after armed insurgents were positively identified. NATO's Resolute Support mission has commented on the incident, stating that four women and a child were unfortunately killed in the raid, along with a Taliban shadow district governor and six insurgents. It's possible the civilians were family members of Taliban insurgents.

Six wounded in Jalalabad blast

At least six people have been wounded following a suspected bomb blast in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports, an improvised explosive device was allegedly detonated in Jalalabad city near a health clinic on Monday morning. Three women and three children were injured in the attack - which hasn't bee claimed by any militant group thus far.

Helmand airstrikes kill 21 civilians

At least 21 civilians have been killed and five others were wounded in a series of recent airstrikes carried out by the foreign forces in the southern Helmand province over the weekend. According to Al Jazeera, senior local officials from Helmand have claimed that 13 civilians were killed during one air raid in the Sangin district, while another eight were killed in a second raid. Heavy fighting is said to still be ongoing between NATO-backed forces and the Taliban. 

Four killed in Helmand twin blasts

At least four people have been killed and some 30 others have been wounded following a twin bomb explosion in the southern Hemland province over the weekend. According to reports, two bombs were detonated at a public ceremony in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Saturday. The ceremony was being held to celebrate Farmer's Day, with some 1,000 people in attendance.

Three killed in Kunar landslide

Three people have been killed and five others have been wounded after a landslide hit the Kunar province. Reports indicate the landslide hit a residential property on Friday, trapping a number of people and killing three children. It's believed the landslide was caused by adverse weather conditions as heavy rainfall has been affecting the region recently.

IS claim Kabul bomb attacks

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for three recent bomb attacks in Kabul. Three bomb explosions occurred during Nowruz celebrations on Thursday, targeted Shia Muslims in the Karte-Ye-Sakhi district. The BBC has reported that at least six people were killed and 23 others were wounded in the attacks.

Five Taliban killed in Samangan

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and seven others have been wounded in recent security operations against the Taliban in the Samangan province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted in the Dareh Sufi district during a counter-terror offensive carried out by the Afghan security forces.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 15 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the Ghazni province have reportedly killed as many as 15 Taliban insurgents. A further 20 others have also been wounded in the strikes, which were conducted by the Afghan Air Forces within the last 24 hours. The airstrikes reportedly targeted a number of suspected Taliban hideouts in the Ab Band, Andar, Gero, and Qarabagh districts.

Explosions reported in Kabul

Multiple explosions have been reported in the capital city of Kabul, where it's believed Persian New Year celebrations were targeted. According to Al Jazeera, the explosions occurred in the Karte-Ye-Sakhi district near Kabul University and the Shia Karte Sakhi shrine, where Afghans gather annually to mark the holiday of Nowruz. At least six people have been killed and some 23 others have been wounded in the explosions. The police have stated that the blasts were caused by three remote-controlled explosive devices, with a fourth device allegedly defused by the security forces. The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack. Last year, Islamic State (IS) militants killed 33 people in an attack targeting crowds celebrating Nowruz at a shrine.

Taliban release 58 soldiers in Badghis

Some 58 Afghan soldiers who were being held captive by the Taliban have allegedly been released in the Badghis province. Recent reports suggest the released soldiers were members of the Afghan National Army (ANA), having been captured by the Taliban in the Bala Murghab district. It's claimed the soldiers were captured after they attempted to cross into neighbouring Turkmenistan after coming under attack from the Taliban. 

Ten killed in Herat floods

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed amidst recent floods in the western Herat province. According to local reports, heavy rain affecting the region during the last 24 hours has led to widespread flash floods, with deaths reported in the Ghoryan, Koh Zor, Rubat Sangi, Zinda Jan districts, as well as the provincial capital of Herat city. 

Two police officers killed in Baghlan IED blast

Two Afghan police officers have been killed in a suspected bomb blast in the Baghlan province. According to local reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the provincial capital of Pol-e Khomri on Monday evening, killing two police officers and wounding two others. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's likely the Taliban were behind it.

Taliban attack security forces in Faryab

The Taliban have attacked the Afghan security forces over the weekend, allegedly killing as many as 22 security personnel in the Faryab province. According to reports, the insurgents launched overnight attacks targeting various police and military checkpoints in the Qaysar district. At least 22 security personnel have been confirmed dead while a further 20 others were also wounded in the fighting.

High terror threat during Afghan New Year

The US embassy in Kabul has issued a warning over the heightened threat of terrorism during the Afghan New Year on Thursday 21 March. An alert was issued on Monday to all US citizens, warning of potential attacks during the holiday period which could target foreign interests. Despite recent peace talks, there remains a strong anti-US sentiment amongst the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Security forces kill 11 Taliban in Kunduz

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Kunduz province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Charah Darah district. Various explosive devices and weapons were allegedly destroyed in the operation.

Taliban capture 50 border police in Badghis

At least 50 Afghan border police personnel have reportedly been captured by the Taliban in the western Badghis province. Reuters has reported that the Afghan security forces allegedly surrendered to the Taliban following a fight for control of the Bala Murghab district. It's claimed that some 100 Afghan border security personnel tried to seek refuge across the border in Turkmenistan but were turned back. While 50 police officers surrendered, it's believed about 50 others continue to fight the Taliban as they wait for air and ground reinforcements. No casualties have been confirmed thus far.

Five Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and some nine others have been wounded following a series of violent armed clashes in the Farah province over the weekend. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces clashed with the insurgents in the Qeysar and Khwaja Sabzposh districts during security operations. Various weapons and ammunition were seized from the insurgents following the fighting.

Taliban militants killed in airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban militants have been killed in government airstrikes across Afghanistan. Seven fighters died in the Chimtal district of Balkh; 15 in Uruzgan province' nine in Helmand and six in Sangin. Weapons, explosives and large quantities of narcotics were also recovered by ground forces.

Killing of six-year-old girl sparks outrage

The kidnapping and killing of a six-year-old girl in Kabul has sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan. The victim, identified by the interior ministry as Mahsa, was seized in the 11th police district on Sunday. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $300k but killed the girl when no payment was received. Two men in their 20s have since been arrested and have reportedly confessed to the crime, prompting Afghans to call for severe punishment for the pair. President Ashraf Ghani expressed his sadness and ordered a judicial investigation into the attack.

Journalist wounded by IED in Helmand

An Afghan journalist has been wounded after by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand province. Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi was on his way to work in the Kart-e-Lagan area of Lashkagar when the device exploded. Local reports said the bomb had been attached to his car. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban kill 13 ANA troops in Badghis attack

Taliban militants have killed at least 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the western Badghis province. Jamshid Shahabi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said a further 12 troops are missing following the exchange in the Bala Murghab district. He said more than 40 Taliban fighters also died in the exchange, which took place near the Iranian border.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

Some 14 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province by the Afghan security forces. The airstrikes reportedly targeted a suspected insurgent hideout in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Tarinkot. Khaama Press has reported that the airstrikes were conducted as part of a wider counter-terror offensive, with other operations targeting Taliban positions in the Nangarhar, Laghman, and Ghazni provinces.

Sixteen killed in Nangarhar gun attack

At least 16 construction workers have been killed and nine others have been wounded following a gun attack on a construction site in Behsod, Nangarhar. According to reports from Tolo News, two suicide bombers and three gunmen attacked construction company, EBE, in the early hours of Friday morning. The Afghan security forces responded to the attack, killing three attackers in a seven-hour gunfight, while the other two died when their explosives were detonated. An explosive-laden vehicle was allegedly found during a search operation. The company had been working on a construction project at the nearby Jalalabad airport. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the authorities suspected Islamic State (IS) militants were behind it.

Nangarhar raids kill 11 Taliban

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed by the Afghan security forces in recent raids conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted by the special forces in the Gandomak area earlier this week during wider counter-terror operations also targeting Taliban insurgents in the Laghman, Ghazni, and Uruzgan provinces. Approximately 400 pounds of hashish was also discovered and destroyed during the raid.

Kabul bomb attack death toll rises

The death toll from a recent bomb attack in Kabul has risen to 11 confirmed fatalities. Tolo News has reported that preliminary investigations have accused the Taliban of being behind the attack, which targeted a gathering of Afghan politicians and hundreds of Shia Muslim supporters during a ceremony in the Musala-e-Mazari compound in police district 13, in west Kabul yesterday, killing 11 people and wounding some 95 others. However, the Islamic State (IS) has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security forces kill 27 Taliban in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed at least 27 Taliban insurgents during security operations carried out by the special forces in the Kunduz province. According to Tolo News, the operation was in response to a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the Imam Sahib district. At least 16 insurgents were also wounded in the operation. The security forces claim to have retaken control of the checkpoint.

Explosions reported in Kabul

A series of explosions have been reported in the Afghan capital of Kabul city. According to Al Jazeera, multiple explosions targeted a political gathering of the Shia Muslim minority in Kabul on Thursday, leaving many casualties. A government official has allegedly stated that rockets were fired from a residential property in police district 18. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far. Ambulances are attending the scene, with latest reports from Tolo News indicating at least three people have been killed and 19 others have been wounded. A number of former and current government officials are said to have been attending the ceremony in the Musala-e-Mazari area, which was being held to commemorate the anniversary of a Shia political leader's death.

Three killed in Nangarhar shooting

Three people have been killed following a shooting incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire on civilians in the village of Es Nari in the Khewa area of Kuz Kunar on Tuesday night. A local resident, a guard, and a school teacher were identified as the three fatalities. A police investigation has been launched, while no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the authorities suspect Islamist militants to be behind the shooting.

Two Taliban killed in Uruzgan

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the provincial capital of Tarinkot. Deadly counter-terror operations have been ongoing in the region throughout the last week and are expected to continue.

Suicide bombing near Jalalabad airport

A suicide bombing has occurred near the airport in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. A suspected militant blew himself up near the office of a construction company a short distance from the city's airport on Wednesday, killing at least 16 civilians. According to Al Jazeera, another bomber and three gunmen accompanied the suicide bomber, and have also been confirmed dead as clearance operations remain ongoing in response to the attack. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's likely the Islamic State (IS) were behind it. Casualty figures may still rise.

Security operations kill six Taliban in Jowzjan

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Jowzjan province. The operations were conducted in the Faizabad district within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions. No other casualties have been reported and counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the area.

High risk of kidnap

A warning has been issued by the US state department for travel over a continued high risk of kidnap in Afghanistan. US citizens are deemed at a particularly high risk in Kabul due to anti-American attitudes within parts of Afghanistan, especially amongst Islamic terrorist groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS). 

Taliban kill eight police officers in Balkh

Eight Afghan police officers have been killed and six others have been wounded following a clash in the northern Balkh province with the Taliban. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked the police officers in the Dawlat Abad district on Tuesday morning, triggering a fatal gunfight.

Taliban capture two civilians in Ghor

Two civilians have reportedly been captured and taken hostage by Taliban insurgents in the Ghor province. Local reports indicate the civilians were abducted on Sunday whilst travelling through the Takht Valley area. Negotiations have been launched between local tribal elders and the Taliban to secure the safe release of both hostages.

Uruzgan airstrike kills eight Taliban

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to local reports, the airstrikes were conducted on Satuday, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the provincial capital Tarinkot.

Eighteen killed in Sar-e Pul clashes

Violent clashes in the Sar-e Pul province have reportedly led to the deaths of 18 people over the weekend. At least 11 Afghan security personnel and seven Taliban insurgents have been killed after a gunfight took place between the security forces and the Taliban in the Sangcharak district. The crossfire broke out as a result of the Taliban attacking a security convoy which was passing through the area.

Taliban kill 10 in Kunduz

At least 10 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed and seven others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. The insurgents reportedly ambushed the security forces on Sunday, targeting a security checkpoint in the Qarghan Tapa area of the Imam Sahib district. A deadly gunfight broke out, in which 10 security personnel were killed. It's believed at least seven others were wounded and another seven were allegedly taken hostage by the Taliban.

Twenty killed in Kandahar floods

Severe flooding in the southern Kandahar province has killed at least 20 people, with a further 10 reported missing. Heavy rainfall hit the region over the weekend, along with the Farah and Herat provinces. According to reports, it's been estimated by the UN that up to 2,000 residential properties have been affected by the floods, with widespread damage recorded.

Taliban attack Helmand military base

An Afghan National Army (ANA) military base has been attacked by Taliban insurgents in the southern Helmand province over the weekend. A large group of armed insurgents reportedly targeted a strategic military base, with a suicide bomber attacking the base before Taliban gunmen opened fire, sparking deadly gunfight. At least 23 ANA personnel have been confirmed dead, along with at least 12 insurgents. It remains unclear precisely where the attack took place in the province, while counter-terror operations have been launched following the attack.

Taliban kill three police officers in Herat

Three Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and a fourth has been wounded following a Taliban attack on the police in Herat. The insurgents allegedly targeted a police vehicle travelling through the Ter Pol area of the Kohsan district on Thursday. 

Security operations kill 28 Taliban in Zabul

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The operation was conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban locations in the Arghandab district. Counter-terror operations remain ongoing throughout the region.

Taliban attack Helmand military base

A group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly attacked an Afghan National Army (ANA) military base in the southern Helmand province, sparking a fatal gunfight in which nine