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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. In recent years, the maintenance of public security in response to insurgent attacks from the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) has been the main challenge for the Afghan government and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Over the course of the last 12 months, the Taliban have increasingly escalated violent attacks on the security forces, culminating in an unprecedented nationwide offensive in mid-2021 which saw the insurgents advance on Kabul, seizing the capital on Sunday 15 August. Multiple embassies have extracted or significantly reduced staff, with all foreign citizens advised to leave the country immediately. US- led evacuations out of the capital stopped on 30 August 2021. On Thursday 26 August, a suicide bombing occurred outside Kabul airport’s Abbey Gate entrance, resulting in more than 180 deaths - including 13 US service members - and more than 150 casualties. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K). In the days following the attack, the US forces launched an airstrike against three suspected IS-K members in Nangarhar, while a drone strike was also conducted against a suspected IS-K suicide bomber in a vehicle in Kabul. A family of 10 were allegedly killed collaterally in the drone strike. On 7 September 2021, the Taliban announced their new government - headed by Mohammad Hasan Akhund. The cabinet is dominated be senior Taliban figures and includes no women. The head of the Haqqani militant group, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has been named as the interior minister, while Mullah Yaqoob, the son of the Taliban's founder Mullah Omar, is the defence minister, and Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar is the deputy leader.

The war in Afghanistan began in 2001 when the US invaded Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from power after the 9/11 terror attack in New York. In November 2020, a total of 11,000 NATO troops were stationed in Afghanistan - this number has now been significantly reduced as foreign forces began to be pulled out in 2021. 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. On Sunday 16 August 2021, Ghani's civilian government collapsed when the Taliban entered Kabul - prompting Ghani to flee the country. The Taliban's advance has widely been linked to the group exploiting the power vacuum left behind by the US troops withdrawal. 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. Following a change in US administration, current US President Joe Biden re-committed the US forces to a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 2021, despite increasing concerns over violence and instability. In the weeks following the staged withdrawal of the US forces, the Taliban launched their large-scale campaign to advance their territory - leading to widespread heavy fighting across much of Afghanistan. Heavy fighting was initially reported in Herat, Helmand, and Kandahar before clashes spread to the northern provinces. Over the course of a week in early August, the Taliban seized a staggering 18 provincial capitals, including the strategically key cities of Kunduz and Ghazni, before making their move on the capital.

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. 

Despite limited progress with peace deals in recent years, terror attacks by militant groups have remained 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.

At the beginning of 2021, the Taliban were thought to control or heavily influence 75 of the country’s 398 districts. Over the course of eight months, the Taliban ramped up efforts to capture more districts, and by early August controlled 242 district centres - the most since the Taliban fell from power in 2001. In contrast, the Taliban only controlled 45 districts in 2015. The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar have long been particularly vulnerable to Taliban advances; however, the Taliban's recent advance saw it gain significantly in the northern region before eventually taking the capital.

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 CPJ

Afghan TV anchor Mina Khairi killed in car bomb attack

Afghan authorities should launch a thorough and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Mina Khairi, determine if she was targeted for her work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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.

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Alerts for Afghanistan

Deadly blast hits Kandahar mosque

A fatal explosion has hit a Shia mosque in the southern city of Kandahar. The blast occurred on Friday during prayers at Iman Bargah mosque, killing at least 16 people and injuring 32 more. Witness reports indicate three explosions were heard. Casualty figures are expected to rise. The cause of the explosion has yet to be confirmed but a suicide bombing is suspected. The incident comes a week after a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Kunduz killed 50 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS). No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast in Kandahar so far. 

PIA suspends flights to Kabul

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has confirmed a move to suspend all flights to Kabul in neighbouring Afghanistan. The airline announced the suspension on Thursday, citing interference by Taliban authorities in Afghanistan. Reports indicate the alleged interference includes the intimidation of airline staff by Taliban members in Kabul, as well as arbitrary changes to rules making flights operations more difficult.

Taliban police chief killed in Kunar bombing

A Taliban police chief has reportedly been killed in a bomb attack in the Kunar province. At least 11 people have also been wounded in the bombing, which comes just days after the Gozar-e Sayed Abad mosque suicide bombing in Kunduz. According to reports, the bomb in Kunar targeted a vehicle carrying the Taliban police chief for the Shigal district. Local Taliban officials have yet to disclose further details of the incident. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Russian presidents warns of Afghan extremist threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of extremist threats from Afghanistan in a virtual meeting with international heads of intelligence. "A number of international terrorist groups affiliated with ISIS continue to operate in the country," Putin said, “Militants with combat experience from Iraq and Syria are actively assembling there.” Putin suggested Russia and other countries should monitor the situation along the Afghan border and be prepared to dispel regional extremist threats.

Taliban warns sanctions impact refugee wave

The Taliban-led interim government in Afghanistan has issued a warning to the international community that enforcing sanctions on their government risks worsening the current refugee exodus out of the country. The Taliban warned the US and the EU that sanctions would trigger a wave of refugees and would undermine efforts to stabilise the country following the takeover of the Taliban in August. Acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi reportedly told Western diplomats at talks in Qatar that "weakening the Afghan government is not in the interest of anyone because its negative effects will directly affect the world in (the) security sector and economic migration from the country".

Girls call for schools to reopen

Girls in Kabul have been calling for schools and education facilities to be reopened for them. Both students and teachers have joined calls for the reopening of closed schools, expressing their concerns that a long pause could severely impact the educational system. It has been nearly two months since schools across the country were initially closed for girls following the Taliban takeover in August, although schools in three northern provinces - Balkh, Kunduz and Sar-i-Pul - have remained open.

World leaders pledge to avert economic crisis in Afghanistan

World leaders have pledged to avert a economic catastrophe in Afghanistan. The pledge comes as members of the G20 group have held a virtual summit and as the UN urged world leaders to inject billions of dollars into the Afghan economy. The aid is expected to be provided via independent international organisations and not directly to the ruling Taliban-led government.

UN slams 'broken' Taliban pledges

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has criticised the Taliban's 'broken' promises to Afghan women and girls, whilst also repeating calls for the international community to rally to inject cash and financial aid into the country as it faces economic collapse and a humanitarian disaster which would impact the whole world. “I strongly appeal to the Taliban to keep their promises to women and girls and fulfil their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” stated Guterres on Monday.

Women rally for political inclusion

Female activists have rallied over the weekend to call for the political and social inclusion of women. Activists gathered on Sunday to call for clarification over the role of women in the new government, threatening to continue to protest until their demands are met. Protesters also called on the Taliban-led interim government to reopen girls' schools and to take measures to provide security and rights of the people.

US conclude first talks with Taliban

The US has concluded the first talks to be held with the Taliban following the withdrawal of US troops. The talks were held in Doha, Qatar, and focused on containing the threat of extremist groups, as well as evacuations and the country's increasing need for urgent international humanitarian aid. US officials described the talks as "candid and professional", but insisted the meeting was not recognition of the Taliban. Meanwhile, the Taliban has exited the talks claiming the US agreed to begin providing humanitarian aid, although the US has yet to formally confirm this.

US embassy issues alert for Serena Hotel

The US embassy in Afghanistan has issued an alert for the Serena Hotel in Kabul. The alert was issued in Sunday 10 October advising US citizens to avoid travelling to the hotel and surrounding area due to unspecified security threats. The alert advised any US citizens at or near the hotel to leave immediately.

Kandahar airport reopens for international flights

Kandahar airport has reportedly reopened for international flights. As of Thursday  7 October, the Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport (KDH) has resumed international flight services and operations. The re-opening follows a two-month closure which started when the Taliban swept to power in a lightning offensive in August.

Suicide bombing hits Kunduz mosque

A suicide bomb attack has occurred at mosque in Kunduz. The mosque has been identified as one used by the minority Shia Muslim community in the Khanabad district. The attack apparently took place during Friday prayers. At least 50 people have allegedly been killed so far, although it's feared this figure could still rise. Unconfirmed reports have indicated as many as 100 people have been killed or wounded. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack yet, although the Islamic State (IS) are suspected of involvement, due to the group's history of targeting Shia communities.

Russia invites Taliban to Moscow conference

Russia has reportedly asked members of the Taliban-led interim government in Afghanistan to attend international talks on Afghanistan being hosted in Moscow later this month. The move comes after Moscow hosted an international conference on Afghanistan in March which was attended by a Taliban delegation. The latest conference is due to take place on 20 October and will follow an extraordinary G20 meeting on Afghanistan being held in Rome on 12 October, aimed at helping Afghanistan avoid a humanitarian disaster following the Taliban takeover.

UN appoint special rapporteur to Afghanistan

The UN has appointed a special rapporteur to monitor rights in Afghanistan. The rapporteur will be responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in the country following the takeover of the Taliban in August. The move comes amid growing international concern over the erosion of civil rights under the Taliban regime.

Uzbek foreign minister on working visit to Afghanistan

Uzbekistan's foreign minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov, has arrived in Afghanistan to pay a working visit to the country. Kamilov is heading a government delegation and has met with Afghanistan's interim deputy PM, as well as various ministers. Both sides are understood to have discussed the current situation in the country, including cooperation issues and efforts to provide humanitarian aid.

Religious school hit by blast in Khost

A religious school has apparently been hit by a suspected bomb explosion in the Khost province. According to unconfirmed reports, the blast occurred on Wednesday evening in the central area of the provincial capital, Khost City. Reports of the explosion apparently claim the blast happened shortly after 20:00 local time, leaving at least one person dead and an additional 14 others wounded. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the alleged attack.

Taliban hang two robbers in Herat

The Taliban have allegedly hanged two suspected robbers in the Herat province. Local sources claim the suspected criminals were apprehended by Taliban members over the weekend before being publicly hanged on Monday in the Obe district. The Taliban has yet to respond to the reports - neither confirming or denying claims relating to the alleged hangings.

Religious scholar killed in Laghman

A religious scholar has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Laghman. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening in the Qarghayi district of the province, when the victim was apparently targeted by unidentified gunmen in the Chahar Bagh area. Unconfirmed reports claim the individual was killed in what appears to have been a targeted attack - the motive behind which has yet to be verified.

UK envoy hold talks with Taliban

The UK Prime Minister's envoy has held talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Senior civil servant Simon Gass met Deputy Prime Ministers Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi on Tuesday. The two sides reportedly discussed Afghanistan's deepening economic and humanitarian crises, as well as the prevalent issue of terrorism, among other subjects.

Taliban patrols return to streets of Kabul

Taliban patrols have returned to the streets of Kabul. Reports indicate patrols of Taliban fighters in military garb are increasingly present in the capital. The increase in Taliban street patrols come after the group returned to power in August and as such, have resumed responsibility for policing. Checkpoints have also been established since the Taliban came to power. News of increasing Taliban patrols comes amid reports the group plan to resume executions and amputations as criminal punishment.

Former UK embassy driver beaten in Kabul

A former employee of the British embassy in Kabul has reportedly been badly beaten in what appears to have been a targeted attack. The man worked as a driver for the embassy and is reportedly on of 150 embassy staff who applied for evacuation to the UK. It's claimed he was beaten up by five armed men at his home, in an attack thought to be linked to his 11 years working with UK diplomats in Afghanistan. The attackers allegedly claimed the man was suspected of still working for an international organisation, before threatening to kill him and his family. Having previously been the subject of Taliban threats, the victim suspects the attackers were affiliated with the Taliban.

Taliban Political Deputy Prime Minister appointed

The Taliban has appointed Maulvi Abdul Kabir as the Political Deputy Prime Minister. The latest appointment has been announced alongside a series of other appointment, including Abdul Majeed Akhand as the acting head of the ministry of martyrs and the disabled. Some 36 other high-ranking posts were also confirmed by the Taliban-led caretaker government.

Passport office closure continues

The closure of the passport office in Kabul continues to act as an obstacle for those seeking to leave the country under Taliban rule. Queues of people have gathered outside the office, despite the closure. The Taliban have failed to deliver on promises to re-open the department and resume operations - leading to increasing complaints. The Taliban's interior ministry officials have reiterated statements that the passport department will soon resume its activities. 

Provincial health centres closed

Provincial health centres reportedly remain closed throughout much of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover in August. Officials at state-owned hospitals claim access to health care has significantly declined - forcing many to travel to Kabul for medical treatment, causing severe crowding at hospitals in the capital. Shortages of medicine and professional staff are also presenting major challenges. International organisations have been warning that the country's healthcare system is at high risk of collapse without urgent international aid.

Thirteen Hazara killed by Taliban

Taliban members have allegedly killed at least 13 members of the Hazara ethnic group, including 11 former government forces, in the Daykundi province. Human rights group Amnesty International has claimed the murders took place shortly after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August. It's claimed a group of 300 Taliban fighters allegedly entered the Khadir district, killing 11 former Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) members, including nine who were executed after surrendering. A 17-year-old civilian is also claimed to be have been among the 13 ethnic Hazaras killed, along with a male civilian in his 20s.

IS hideout targeted by Taliban

A suspected Islamic State (IS) hideout as reportedly been targeted by members of the Taliban in an operation in Kabul. Taliban officials have confirmed that an IS hideout was eliminated in an operation by Taliban forces on Sunday, located in Kabul's District 17. All IS members at the site were allegedly killed, although a precise number has yet to be confirmed. Local sources claim 10members of an IS-affiliated family have been killed.

Four Taliban injured in Parwan raids

Four members of the Taliban have allegedly been injured amid recent raids on suspected Islamic State (IS) hideouts in the Charikar area of Parwan province. According to recent local reports, the raids were conducted over the weekend, during Taliban operations targeting suspected IS movement and activity in the area. Several were allegedly detained by the Taliban, while an unconfirmed number of suspected IS militants were also killed.

Bomb kills two outside Kabul mosque

At least two people have been killed after a bomb exploded outside a mosque in Kabul. Three others were wounded in the blast, which occurred at the Eid Gah Mosque on Sunday. People were attending a memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Kunar roadside bombing injures two Taliban

Two Taliban members have allegedly been injured in a roadside bombing incident which occurred in the Asadabad district of Kunar. The blast apparently happened on Wednesday morning at around 09:30 local time. Unconfirmed reports have suggested the explosive was planted along the roadside in an apparent attempt to target a provincial official in charge of local mining and petroleum projects.

Uruzgan armed robbery injures two

An armed robbery incident in the Uruzgan province has apparently left at least two people injured. The attack reportedly occurred in the Deh Rawood district on Wednesday, at around midday. Both victims were allegedly stabbed by knife-wielding robbers who supposedly managed to flee the scene of the crime following the incident. 

Seven killed in Baghlan gun attack

Seven people have reportedly been killed and another four have also been wounded in a recent gun attack which allegedly occurred in the Baghlan province on Wednesday. The shooting apparently occurred in the Andarab district, in the village of Deh-e Yak, where unidentified gunmen purportedly broke into a local doctor's house and killed him and his family. The attack allegedly took place late on Thursday evening, at around 22:30 local time. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made. 

Taliban disperse female protesters in Kabul

The Taliban have allegedly dispersed a group of female protesters during a demonstration in Kabul. Taliban members allegedly forced protesters to leave the demonstration site in eastern Kabul by firing gunshots into the air. The protest was being held on Wednesday to demand the right for girls to return to secondary schools. Unconfirmed reports claim at least one foreign journalist has been injured amid the protest, having allegedly been hit with a rifle by a Taliban member.

Taliban warn of consequences over US airspace violations

The Taliban has warned of 'consequences' over alleged US airspace violations. The group claims the US has violated the withdrawal agreement by continuing to fly drones over Afghan airspace. In a statement released on Twitter on Wednesday, the Taliban claimed the “US has violated all international rights and laws as well as its commitments made to the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, with the operation of these drones in Afghanistan”. The US has yet to respond to the claims, which threaten to deteriorate relations.

Taliban member shot and injured in Lashkar Gah incident

A member of the Taliban has allegedly been shot at and injured in an incident in the provincial capital of Helmand. The shooting reportedly occurred on Monday, in Lashkar Gah city. It's claimed the Taliban soldier was injured after being shot at by unidentified shooters. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual.

Three Taliban guards killed in Kunar

Three members of the Taliban have allegedly been killed in a recent incident in the Kunar province. The incident occurred in the Chawkay area of the province on Monday, when three Taliban guards were reportedly found dead, having allegedly been attacked by unidentified assailants targeting the Taliban checkpoint. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the alleged attack by any group, including the Islamic State (IS).

Female judges targeted by Taliban members

Reports have emerged of female judges who convicted Taliban members for violent crimes being targeted by released criminals. At least 220 former female judges are thought to be in hiding across the country, with many claiming to have received multiple death threats from previously convicted Taliban members. Their former homes have also allegedly been visited by members of the Taliban, and their neighbours interrogated. The Taliban leadership has denied reports, reiterating its promise of general amnesty.

Banking system on brink of collapse

Afghanistan's banking system is feared to be on the brink of collapse, as the country's financial industry faces a worsening crisis following the Taliban takeover last month. Reports suggest panicked customers are queueing to withdraw money from the banks - forcing many banks to limit services provided. Since the Taliban takeover, the West has frozen international funds, including assets with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - resulting in worsening an already struggling economy which had been heavily dependent on financial aid.

Taliban kill child linked to resistance forces in Takhar

A young child has allegedly been killed by members of the Taliban for suspected links to resistance forces in the north-eastern province of Takhar. According to local sources, the child was executed because his father was suspected of being a member of an anti-Taliban resistance force

Gunfight reported in Ghazni

Reports have emerged of a brief firefight which occurred in the provincial capital of Ghazni. Unconfirmed reports claim the clash happened on Sunday and lasted for half an hour, resulting in the death of one alleged kidnapper, while two others were apparently detained. It's claimed the clash occurred between the alleged kidnappers and the "forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" - thought to mean Taliban members. Details of the alleged incident have not been independently verified.

Italy rules out recognising Taliban government

Italy's government has ruled out recognising a Taliban government in Afghanistan. Italy's Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio stated that the Taliban-led government will not be recognised, but that Afghans should start receiving financial support which was frozen after the group seized power in a lightning offensive last month. Di Maio warned other foreign governments that a financial collapse in Afghanistan would significantly heighten the risk of a worsening humanitarian crisis, resulting in a massive, uncontrollable, flow of migrants - which in turn could destabilise European countries.

Four killed in Ghor incident

The deaths of at least four people have been reported following an incident in the Ghor province. The incident allegedly occurred on Sunday, in the provincial capital of Chagcharan (aka Feroz Koh). Local sources claim militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) are suspected to be connected to the incident; however, the IS have issued no immediate claim of responsibility for the killings so far. Further details have yet to be reported.

Taliban displays bodies of kidnappers in Herat

The Taliban has displayed the bodies of four alleged kidnappers in the eastern city of Herat. One of the bodies was hung from a crane near Mostofiat Square on Saturday. Taliban officials said the four were killed by police while they attempted to carry out a kidnapping. “The aim of this action is to alert all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander told the AP news agency.

Protest held in Khost

A protest has reportedly been staged in the south-eastern provincial capital of Khost to call for the unfreezing of monetary assets. According to recent local reports, the demonstration was held on Thursday in support of the Taliban-led government. Hundreds of people are estimated to have attended and taken part in the protest, which called on international financial organisations and world powers to unfreeze the country's assets abroad. The protest comes as the country faces a worsening economic crisis following the Taliban takeover last month.

Taliban to bring back executions

The Taliban are reportedly expected to bring back executions, as one of the group's founder members confirms plans to carry out  executions and amputations of hands as forms of criminal punishment in line with the group's hard-line interpretation of Islamic law. Mullah Nooruddin Turbai reportedly dismissed public outrage with the Taliban's past executions, which previously would take place in front of large crowds, and warned against international intervention. Under the new Tailban rule, however, executions and amputations will reportedly take place in private.

Four killed for suspected IS links in Nangarhar

Four people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) have allegedly been killed in the eastern province of Nangarhar. It's claimed the four executions were carried out due to the individuals' suspected connections to the IS and recent bomb attacks in the province. The killings reportedly occurred in the provincial capital of Jalalabad on Thursday. Another two people are also thought to have been detained.

Reports of divisions within Taliban leadership

Reports have emerged of strained divisions within the Taliban leadership, raising questions over the level of unity within the Taliban-led government. The latest reports come after news of a major clash was reported at the presidential palace last week, between the political leaders of the Taliban and Haqqani supporters. It's feared if the disharmony within the leadership grows it will mean further instability and uncertainty for the Afghan people.

Amnesty International warns of deteriorating human rights

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International have warned of deteriorating human rights under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Amnesty were joined by the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organisation Against Torture in expressing concerns that - contrary to the Taliban's stated commitment to a more tolerant approach to government - the country's Taliban-led interim leadership has already taken steps to dismantle human rights gains from the last two decades 

Kabul shooting kills one, injures two

A shooting incident which has been reported in the capital city of Kabul has allegedly left at least one victim dead and another two injured on Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports claim the deceased has been identified as a six-year-old child, who was allegedly gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Police District 12 of the city. The child's father is thought to be among those wounded. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

WHO warns health system close to collapse

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Afghanistan's health system is close to collapsing amid a worsening economic crisis following the Taliban's takeover last month. The statement from WHO officials came on Wednesday, warning of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe as the country's health system is apparently on the brink of collapse due to a local of donor funding. Urgent action has been advised, including immediate donations and financial support.

Pakistan criticises girls school ban

Pakistan has criticised a ban on women accessing education in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as un-Islamic. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan stated women should be able to assert their rights in Afghanistan, calling for the new leadership under the Taliban-led government to be more inclusive and to respect human rights. The comments came as Khan laid out conditions that would need to be met for Pakistan to formally recognise the new Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Reports of doctor kidnapped in Mazar-i Sharif

Reports have emerged of a doctor having been abducted in the provincial capital of the northern Balkh province. A family has allegedly claimed that their father - a prominent local doctor - has recently been kidnapped by unidentified individuals in Mazar-i Sharif city. The claims have yet to be verified and the unconfirmed reports did not specify whether or not a ransom demand has been issued. The Taliban have not issued any comment on the alleged kidnapping so far.

Three killed in Jalalabad attack

At least three people have allegedly been killed following a recent armed attack in the provincial capital of Nangarhar. The attack reportedly occurred on Wednesday in an unspecified area of Jalalabad city, leaving three fatalities. Unconfirmed witness reports claim two of the three deaths have been identified as Taliban members, while the third is thought to have been a civilian. Further details have yet to be reported.

New interim ministers announced

The Taliban has announced new members of its interim government, including multiple ministers and deputy ministers of major departments. Among the more notable appointments include: Qalandar Ebad as acting minister of public health, with Abdulbari Omar and Mohammad Hassan Ghiasi as deputies; Haji Nooruddin Azizi as acting minister of commerce and Haji Mohammad Bashir and Haji Mohammand Azim Sultanzada as deputies; Mullah Mohammad Ibrahim as deputy minister of interior affairs for security; Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir as deputy minister of defence. Other roles announced include deputies for disaster management, utilities, borders and tribal affairs, refugee and repatriation affairs, higher education, and nuclear energy, as well as the acting head of the National Olympic Committee.

Taliban deny al-Qaeda presence

The deputy minister for the Taliban's culture and information ministry has denied reports of an al-Qaeda presence in the country following the Taliban's takeover last month. Zabihullah Mujahid stated that no al-Qaeda members had been permitted entry to the country by Taliban members. Mujahid's comments come after the US warned of al-Qaeda movement in Afghanistan - leading to concerns the group might be mobilising and could be in a position to threaten the US within two years from now.

Taliban ask to speak at UN General Assembly

The Taliban have reportedly asked to speak at the UN General Assembly in New York this week. The request will be considered by a UN committee but is unlikely to to be granted before the end of the assembly's current session. The Taliban have nominated their Doha-based spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, as their UN ambassador; however, the previous government's ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, remains set to address leaders at the assembly on Monday. 

Taliban name all-male deputy ministers

The Taliban has named its deputy ministers as part of the interim cabinet. As with the cabinet, all of the appointees announced on Tuesday are men. Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the latest additions included members of ethnic minorities, including Hazaras, adding that women might be appointed later. The Taliban has been under pressure from the international community to form an inclusive government and to protect the rights of women and minority groups.

Kabul airport to reopen for international commercial flights

Aviation authorities in Afghanistan have confirmed plans to reopen Kabul airport for international commercial flights. The capital's Hamid Karzai International Airport is set to resume international commercial flight operations from Monday 20 September. The re-opening of the airport comes after control of it was handed over to the Taliban following the US and foreign forces withdrawal at the end of last month. 

Abducted businessman killed

A businessman who was allegedly abducted by armed men earlier this month has apparently been killed by his captors. Zainulabuddin was reportedly kidnapped just over two weeks ago in the Quwai Markaz area of Kabul by a group of five armed men in military uniforms, who purportedly took him from his workplace claiming to be on official business for the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Later, the kidnappers then reportedly demanded money from Zainulabuddin's family, who then contacted security officials. Zainulabuddin's body was allegedly found behind the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul over the weekend.

Women protesting demand schooling

Women protesting in Kabul have demanded that the Taliban-led government reinstitute the ministry of women and allow girls' secondary schools to reopen. The latest demonstration led by women's rights and civil activists has taken place on Sunday outside the former women's affairs ministry building - recently replaced by the ministry of virtue and vice - in response to education restrictions against women and girls after the education ministry announced only male students and teachers should report to school. The protesters have called for the caretaker government to represent female interests. A movement called 'Wave of Change',  led by Fawzia Koofi, has threated to launch civil protests unless the government revises its exclusion of women.

Child killed in Nangarhar blast

A child has reportedly been killed while two others have been wounded following an explosion in Nangarhar province. Recent reports indicate the blast hit a Taliban forces vehicle on Monday, killing the child and injuring two others on Monday. Among those injured is thought to be a Taliban member. The blast occurred in Police District 5 of Jalalabad City. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast. The attack follows a blast in Kabul on Saturday which injured two people, and two more explosions targeting a Taliban vehicle in Nangarhar on Saturday, injuring around 20 people. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks in Nangarhar, claiming 35 Taliban members were killed and wounded.

Three killed in Gardez clashes

Three people have allegedly been killed and a fourth person has also been injured amid recent clashes which reportedly broke out in Gardez. The fighting apparently occurred over the weekend, when a land dispute escalated violently on Saturday. It's understood the clashes took places between two families who had been in a disagreement over property. The three fatalities have been identified as three brothers from the same family.

Crowds grow outside Kabul passport office

Crowds have reportedly grown outside the passport office in Kabul as a large number of people continue to gather at the door of the department. Those crowding the office are allegedly claiming they need to travel to receive medical care. The growing crowds have raised concerns of potential unrest developing at the site. Abdul Khaleq Mohammadi, the deputy of the Passport Department, said the office will possibly start work next week, once associated government offices and organisations are reopened.

Taliban's Baradar denies rumours of his death

The former head of the Taliban's political office in Doha has denied rumours of his death. The top Taliban leader and newly-appointed deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has appeared in a state broadcast interview on Wednesday revealing he had been travelling from Kabul in recent days and had - until then - been unable to reject news of his death amid reports of an internal split and clash at the presidential palace. “The news about our internal conflict the media are reporting is also not true. We have compassion among ourselves, more than a family. We assure the Afghan nation, Mujahideen, elders, and youth do not worry", said Baradar - whose supporters are purported to have clashed with those of Sirajuddin Haqqani.

Robbers pose as Taliban in Kabul

Armed robbers have reportedly been posing as Taliban members in Kabul. A recent incident occurred in which local residents complained they were robbed by a group of armed men claiming to be Taliban members as they entered the house by force before separating the occupants into different rooms and taking all their cash and jewellery. The Taliban has denied involvement in the incident, reiterating previous statements that they will not go into people's houses in accordance with a general amnesty announced last month. Nevertheless, reports have surfaced of property searches, targeting those who worked for the previous government or the foreign forces.

Journalists hindered by Taliban government

Journalists in Afghanistan have reportedly been hindered by the Taliban government, due to restrictions and a lack of government sources. Complaints have emerged that journalists have faced increasing restrictions and limitations to reporting, including being fear of being beaten by Taliban members. Reports have have also claimed requests to official sources go unanswered due to a lack of media workers in government offices. The Taliban has apparently admitted to problems in verifying information and says a framework in which the media can continue working and receive information is eing worked on.

Foreign minister urges international engagement

Acting foreign minister, Amir Muttaqi, has urged the international community to engage with the new Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. Muttaqi has also called on countries to resume critical aid to Afghanistan, where the economic crisis has worsened after international support was severed following the Taliban takeover last month. Since the Taliban took control of the capital, the US Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Funs (IMF), and the World Bank have all cut off access to funds. Meanwhile, more than $1bn of aid was recently pledged for Afghanistan at a UN donor conference.

Blast reported in Kunduz City

An explosion has allegedly been reported in Kunduz City. The blast has apparently killed at least one person, while at least three others are also thought to have been wounded in the suspected bomb explosion. Unconfirmed reports suggest the deceased has been identified as an Afghan civilian. Further details regarding the nature of the blast and where it occurred within the city have yet to be reported.

Reports of mass grave in Takhar

Reports have surfaced in Afghanistan of a mass grave being discovered in part of the north-eastern Takhar province. According to local sources, the grave was found in the Bangi district of Takhar earlier this week. Identities of those in the grave have yet to be confirmed and no precise number on how many bodies have been found has been reported. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Clashes reported at presidential palace

Clashes have reportedly broken out at the presidential palace in Kabul. Local sources claim a major row has broken out between Taliban leaders after supporters of two rival factions - those of Deputy PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and those of Sirajuddin Haqqani - allegedly became involved in an argument over who had contributed the most to the Taliban's victory and how power was divided up in the new cabinet. The Taliban have denied reports of fighting, also dismissing claims Baradar had been killed or injured in a clash.

Anti-Taliban protest held in Kandahar

An anti-Taliban protest has apparently been held in Kandahar. Local sources claim the demonstration took place on Tuesday and was prompted by the Taliban allegedly evicted hundreds of families from their homes. Reports suggest some 3,000 families were asked to vacate a residential military colony in Kandahar. The protest was held outside a local governor's residence.

Foreign commercial jet lands in Kabul

A Pakistani International Airlines flight is the first foreign commercial jet to land in Kabul since the Taliban took over control of the airport. The plane was carrying a handful of passengers when it landed at Kabul airport on Monday. although it remains unclear if the flight was classified as a regular commercial flight or a special commercial charter. The airline is understood to be keen to resume regular commercial services between the two capitals. The arrival of the flight comes as Kabul airport employees - including women - have reportedly returned to work.

Civilians killed in resistance stronghold

Reports have emerged of up to 20 civilians being killed in the resistance stronghold of Panjshir Valley amid recent fighting between the Taliban and resistance forces. Communications remain cut off in the valley, meaning the deaths and circumstances behind them have yet to be independently verified; however, video evidence of Taliban killings has allegedly surfaced from the area. There have reportedly been other indications of up to 20 similar killings taking place, despite Taliban promises not to carry out reprisal or revenge attacks.

Ex intelligence chief killed in Uruzgan shooting

A former district-level intelligence chief has reportedly been shot dead in an incident in Tarinkot, Uruzgan. Local reports claim the deceased was killed in what appeared to be a targeted shooting on Monday 13 September. The victim worked as the intelligence director for Gizab district under the former US-backed civilian government, which was ousted by the Taliban last month. It has yet to be confirmed whether the Taliban were involved in the killing.

Power company worker killed in Faryab

A power company workers has reportedly been shot dead in an incident in Faryab. The killing occurred over the weekend, on Sunday, in the Maimana area of the province. According to local reports, the employee worked for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) utility company. It's understood the victim - who has yet to be publicly identified - was gunned down by unknown assailants.

Taliban clash with kidnappers in Balkh

The Taliban claim to have clashed with a group of kidnappers during an incident in Balkh. The incident apparently occurred over the weekend, in Mazar-e-Sharif on Sunday night. According to reports, from Tolo News, Zabihullah Nourani - the head of the Taliban's information and culture department in Balkh - claimed two kidnappers were killed and five others were also wounded in clashes between the Taliban and the kidnappers. A Taliban fighter was also purportedly injured in the altercation.

Qatar foreign minister visits Afghanistan

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has arrived in Afghanistan for a first high-level visit. Al Thani is the highest-level foreign official to visit Afghanistan since the Taliban took power last month - meeting acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund in Kabul on Sunday, as well as former President Hamid Karzai and the head of the National Reconciliation Council, Abdullah Abdullah. 

Reports of medical supply shortages

Reports have been emerging of medical supply shortages in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover last month. It's claimed state-owned hospitals have run out of essential medicines and equipment - forcing some patients to buy their own medicine from pharmacies. Local sources have also complained of a rise in prices of medicine, making it unaffordable for many in serious need. Hospital administrators have apparently blamed the lack of budget in the health sector for the shortages.

Female activists claims brutal assault

A female activist in Kandahar has made allegations of assault against the Taliban, claiming fighters entered her house and beat some of her family members on Saturday night. Fahima Rahmati - a civil society activist and head of the Heela charity - claims to have received death threats. The claims come after a man alleged his wife was recently killed in a Taliban shooting in Kabul. Human rights monitoring groups have called on the Taliban to investigate both incidents.

UN condemns Taliban crackdown

The UN has condemned a brutal crackdown on protests by the Taliban. A spokesperson for the Un High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that they "call on the Taliban to immediately cease the use of force towards, and the arbitrary detention of, those exercising their right to peaceful assembly and the journalists covering the protests". The UN has condemned the "increasingly violent response" to dissent after four people allegedly died during protests. Demonstrations have been taking place across Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban last month. Reports have surfaced of the Taliban using batons, whips, and live ammunition against protesters.

Taliban announce new rules for female students

The Taliban's Education Ministry has announced a series of major policy changes, including new rules for female students. On Sunday, Taliban officials confirmed that mixed gender classes were banned and that subjects contrasting with Islam's Sharia will be dropped. Women will be allowed to study, but not alongside men - Afghan universities will be segregated by gender, and a new dress code will also be enforced. 

NYT investigation claims US strike killed aid worker and family in Kabul

The New York Times has reported that a US drone strike in Kabul last month killed an aid worker and his family. The Pentagon said it carried out a strike on a suspected Islamic State (IS) militant a day before the US withdrew its forces from the country. Ezmarai Ahmadi was an electrical engineer for the US-based lobbying group Nutrition and Education International and had applied for a resettlement visa in the US. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the US Central Command “continues to assess” the raid but said the US works hard to avoid civilian casualties.

Panjshir residents complain of blocked supply routes

Local residents in Panjshir Valley have complained of increasing community-level concerns over disrupted supply routes in and out of the province, where anti-Taliban resistance forces have been holding out against the Taliban following the fall of the capital last month. Although the Taliban claims to have captured the region, resistance groups state they are still in strategic positions. It's been reported that road closures still remain in place, while telecommunications and power lines are also still cut off - leading to fears of a mounting humanitarian crisis in the valley if current conditions continue. The Taliban has said it will reconnect the power and that efforts to help displaced and affected people in the region will be launched soon. The Taliban also denied reports of massacres and torture.

Ousted president apologises for fleeing

Ousted president Ashraf Ghani has issued a public apology for fleeing the country when the Taliban captured the capital last month. The former president fled Afghanistan to take refuge in the UAE, but stated that leaving the capital had been a difficult decision, adding he was sorry he "could not make it end differently". Ghani claimed he hadn't intended to abandon his people but that it had been his only option to avoid widespread violence. He also denied allegations he had fled with a large sum of money.

Taliban close accounts of former government officials

The Taliban have reportedly closed the bank accounts of former government officials who have fled the country following the Taliban takeover. Officials from Afghanistan Central Bank have yet to comment on the issue; however, a member of the Taliban Cultural Commission stated on Thursday: “Accounts of some officials from the previous government--most of whom fled the country--have been closed".

UN warns of risk of economic collapse

The UN has warned of the risk of total social and economic collapse in Afghanistan. Special envoy Deborah Lyons urged the UN Security Council to release the country's assets which have been frozen overseas, despite concerns over the Taliban government. The country's $10bn in frozen assets are considered key leverage for the international community. The UN Development Programme has also voiced concerns that 97 percent of the Afghan population may fall below the poverty line unless the country's political and economic crises are addressed.

First foreign flight leaves Kabul after US exit

The first flight transporting foreign nationals to leave Kabul since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has departed from the capital's airport. The flight flew dozens of international passengers, with 113 people on board in total, from Kabul to Doha in Qatar. The Qatar Airways charter flight landed in Doha on Thursday and a second flight is also due to depart Kabul on Friday. Western countries have thanked Qatar for facilitating the flight, called it the result of "careful and hard diplomacy and engagement", with a "business-like and professional" Taliban.

Reports of four police killed in Kandahar

Reports have emerged of four former police officers being killed by Taliban fighters in the southern Kandahar province. The unconfirmed reports claim the Taliban killed four former members of the local police force in Kandahar city on Wednesday. The Taliban has issued a statement acknowledging the claims but denying any involvement.

Taliban call on ex-officials to return

The Taliban have called on ex-officials to return to work, reiterating its earlier promise of amnesty for anyone who worked alongside the US and the former government. New acting prime minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund stated the Taliban would "guarantee their security and safety". He also said that the caretaker government would guarantee the security of diplomats, embassies, and humanitarian relief institutions.

Man claims abuse by Taliban

A man in Kabul has made claims of having been abused and detained by Taliban insurgents. The claims have been made by Abdul Ahad, wo alleged the Taliban attacked his house in police district 17 of the capital to search for weapons on Monday 6 September. Ahad - whose son was a former police officer -says he surrendered his government weapon and vehicle before being beaten and imprisoned. The Taliban have denied the claims.

Taliban allow charter evacuation flights from Kabul

The Taliban have reportedly agreed to allow some 200 US civilians and third country nationals to be evacuated out of the country on charter flights from Kabul airport. Unconfirmed repots suggest US officials have confirmed the news, with flights expected to depart from the airport as early as Thursday 9 September. The development comes as the country's national flag carrier, Ariana Afghan Airlines prepares to resume international flights next week.

Protest held in Faizabad

A protest has been staged in Faizabad, Badakhshan, against the Taliban regime which came to power last month after ousting the US-backed civilian government. The demonstration was held on Wednesday in support of resistance forces which have been fighting the Taliban in the Panjshir Valley. The protest took place alongside a women's rights demonstration as well, which called on the Taliban to respect female rights.

Taliban enforce restrictions on protests

The Taliban has introduced restrictions on protests in a controversial move. The restrictions significantly limit the scope for demonstration in the country, requiring would-be protesters to seek approval from the Ministry of Justice at least 24 hours before protesting. All slogans and chants, as well as other details, including purpose, location, and start time, must also be shared with the Taliban government before the protest will be allowed to take place. The restrictions have widely been interpreted as a way for the Taliban to justify harsh armed response to unauthorised demonstrations following recent gatherings by female rights activists in Kabul.

China offers over $30m in emergency aid

More than $30m in emergency aid has reportedly been offered to Afghanistan by China. Beijing has apparently promised $31m in aid, including grain, winter supplies, medicines, and three million Covid-19 vaccines as it urges the Taliban to cut ties with what it called "extreme forces". News of the offer was confirmed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting with foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbouring countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The Taliban recently claimed that China will be its "main partner" in rebuilding the country.

Resistance warns against recognising Taliban

Anti-Taliban resistance forces have warned the international community against recognising a Taliban government. The National Resistance Front (NRF) stated it views the inclusion of two high-ranking militants on UN and FBI blacklists in the all-male caretaker cabinet as "a clear sign of the group's enmity with the Afghan people". The NRF has urged countries not to recognise the "illegal" government. The US and the EU have expressed concern that the inclusion of certain individuals in the Taliban cabinet falls short of its promises of an inclusive and more tolerant government. The Taliban claim to have recently defeated the NRF in Panjshir, although NRF leaders have disputed this.

Taliban announce interim government

The Taliban have announced a new interim government. The caretaker government will be led by Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, while co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader and Sirajuddin Haqqani has been appointed acting interior minister. Haqqani is head of the Haqqani Network militant group and remains on the FBI's wanted list. The announcement of the acting cabinet is a key step in the formation of a Taliban government. Other appointments include Mullah Yaqoob as acting defence minister, and Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi as a second deputy


Aid groups warn of humanitarian crisis

International aid groups have warned on an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, calling for global funding initiatives in a bid to support vital NGOs and health centres across the country. Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) saying the country’s vulnerable healthcare system faces a “potential collapse” following the Taliban takeover. The UN has also appealed for almost $200m in extra funding for life-saving aid in the country.

Journalist killed in Panjshir

A well-known journalist has allegedly been killed amid fighting in Panjshir. Fahim Dashti - a journalist and spokesperson for the National Resistance Front (NRF) - was allegedly killed on Monday night. The NRF claim he died after being targeted by Pakistan Air Force drones during clashes with the Taliban in the Anaba district. The Taliban has denied Dashti was killed by Pakistani air forces, alleging he was instead killed as a result of internal conflict between NRF commanders.

Tolo News cameraman detained at Kabul protest

A cameraman working for Tolo News has allegedly been detained and had his camera confiscated by the Taliban after covering women's rights and anti-Pakistan protests in Kabul. The broadcaster claimed their cameraman, Wahid Ahmadi, was arrested and held by the Taliban for nearly three hours, while other journalists were allegedly prevented from filming at the rally - which culminating in members of the Taliban firing gunshots to disperse crowds on Tuesday. The demonstrations come a day after anti-Taliban resistance leaders called for a national uprising.

Taliban claim to have taken Panjshir

The Taliban have claimed to have taken all of Panjshir, declaring victory over the final region to remain outside their rule. Videos were posted online by the Taliban on Monday, showing fighters raising their flag there; however, resistance fighters have continued to reject Taliban claims, saying resistance forces are still present in fighting positions, while their leader, Ahmad Massoud, calls for a "national uprising" against the Taliban.

Shots fired amid protest in Kabul

Taliban fighters have allegedly fired gun shots in a bid to disperse protesters in Kabul. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the incident occurred on Tuesday, when hundreds of people had apparently gathered in an unspecified part of the capital for an anti-Pakistan protest. The protesters were reportedly chanting slogans against Pakistan, prompting the Taliban to intervene by firing gunshots into the air. There have been no immediate reports of any casualties so far following the incident.

Taliban shoot dead police woman in Ghor

Taliban insurgents have been accused of killing a female police officer in the Ghor province. According to recent reports, the incident took place over the weekend, in the victim's home in Firozkoh (aka Chagcharan). It's claimed the woman - who was allegedly eight months pregnant at the time - was shot dead in front of relatives. The killing comes amid a series of similar reports of reprisal killings as well as escalating repression of women by the Taliban. The Taliban have denied involvement in the police officer's death.

Multiple flights stranded at Mazar-i-Sharif

Multiple chartered evacuation flights have allegedly become stranded at Mazar-i-Sharif airport amid reports of an alleged dispute between airline carriers and the Taliban. It's claimed as many as six planes are waiting to take off from the airport, with up to 1,000 passengers between them. Claims that the planes are full of Afghan nationals without visas or documents have been disputed by NGOs and US lawmakers - who claim dozens of American nationals are aboard some flights - the departure of which, they believe is being deliberately held up by the Taliban as leverage.

Pakistan ISI chief visits Kabul

The head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lt Gen Faiz Hamid, has arrived in Kabul for talks with the Taliban. Hamid's visit comes with an aim to resolving the growing issue of Afghans crowding AfPak border crossings. Hamid reportedly stated that Pakistan is also willing to provide technical support to restart operations at Kabul airport. Hamid is the first high-ranking international official to visit Afghanistan and meet with the Taliban - sparking concern in the international community Pakistan will recognise and legitimise a Taliban government. 

Taliban claim capture of Panjshir

The Taliban claim to have captured the Panjshir province, where the remaining anti-Taliban resistance forces had been holding out. According to reports, the Taliban alleged that "all districts" have been captured after talks on Saturday bore no results. Fighting reportedly continues in the provincial centre. The National Resistance Front (NRF) has rejected the Taliban's claim, saying they have retaken Paryan district and were present in "strategic positions" across the valley. Both sides claim to have the upper hand amid fighting. On Monday, the NRF acknowledged considerable battlefield losses and called for a ceasefire, proposing a Taliban withdrawal in exchange to the NRF refraining from military action.

Taliban use tear gas to disperse women's rights protest

The Taliban used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse a protest by women's rights activists in Kabul on Saturday. The group were attempting to walk to the presidential palace when they were confronted. The protesters were calling on the Taliban to allow women to work and to be included in the new government. "Together with a group of our colleagues, we wanted to go near the former government offices for a protest. But before we got there, the Taliban hit women with electric tasers, and they used tear gas against women. They also hit women on the head with a gun magazine, and the women became bloody," one of the protesters told Reuters.

Fighting continues in Panjshir Valley

Fresh fighting has been reported between the Taliban and resistance forces in the Panjshir Valley. One of the leaders of the resistance, Amrullah Saleh, denied reports that the Taliban had captured the area as "baseless" but admitted that conditions were challenging after gunmen surrounded the valley. At least 17 people were killed and dozens more wounded in celebratory gunfire in Kabul and Nangarhar after the Taliban claimed victory over Panjshir, which is the only part of the country not controlled by the armed group.

Kabul airport reopens for aid flights

Kabul airport has reopened for aid flights and will soon be able to accept international civilian flights, according to Qatar's ambassador to Afghanistan. A technical team from Doha arrived last week and carried out work to repair the runway. Ariana Afghan Airlines has also resumed some flights from the capital to Herat, Mazar-i Sharif and Kandahar.

Women's rights protest held in Kabul

Women's rights activists have reportedly been staged a demonstration in Kabul. Women have been pictured protesting outside the presidential palace to call on the Taliban to ensure a more tolerant approach is taken towards women's rights under a Taliban-led government. The protests come as the UN has highlighted credible reports of recent abuses by the Taliban, including restrictions on women. The reports come after the Taliban advised women to stay at home for their own safety, warning some Taliban members had yet to receive training on how to "deal with women".

UN reports indicate low levels of Afghan migrants fleeing land borders

A report from the UN has indicated that current levels of Afghan migrants successfully fleeing via land borders to neighbouring countries remain comparatively low. According to the UN refugee agency report, the flow of Afghans crossing into Pakistan and Iran has remained 'small' over the last few days - largely due to tight border controls on either side. Many of those who have crossed over are likely to claim asylum. Last week, it was estimated that up to 500,000 Afghans could flee the country by the end of the year.

UAE flight lands in Kabul

A flight from the UAE is has reportedly landed at Kabul airport, carrying senior UAE officials who are set to meet with Taliban leaders. The flight is the first international flight to arrive in the country since the Taliban took over control of Kabul airport on 31 August. The arrival of the flight comes after news of domestic Afghan airlines being given a green light from the Taliban and national aviation authorities to resume domestic flights from Friday.

Women protest against Taliban in Herat

Groups of women in the city of Herat have reportedly taken to the streets to protest against the Taliban over their right to work. Dozens of Afghan women have been taking part in demonstrations to demand their rights to employment and education be protected. The Taliban has issued reassurance they will allow women to work and pursue education; however, protesters are complaining of mixed messages after Taliban representatives advised women working for the government to stay at home to ensure their safety until a Taliban-approved system for women in the workplace had been established. Despite this message, the Taliban called on female workers at the Ministry of Health to return to work last week.

Taliban close to forming new government

The Taliban are close to forming a new government, with an announcement from the new administration set to be made on Friday. Sources close tot he Taliban indicate Mullah Baradar - the head of the Taliban's political office - is set to lead the new government. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob - son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar - and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai are expected to also take senior positions in the government. The formation of the new government comes amid intense international scrutiny for an 'inclusive' government and for the Taliban to keep promises to rule with greater tolerance.

Humanitarian flight operations to resume

Humanitarian flight operations are set to resume in Afghanistan from Friday 3 September. The UN has allegedly restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, linking Pakistan's capital with Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar. Ariana Afghan Airlines has also issued a statement confirming plans to restart domestic routes from Friday. Kabul airport remains closed for the time being but is widely expected to re-open within the next few days, with technical assistance from Qatar.

Panjshir clashes intensify

Fighting in the Panjshir Valley has reportedly intensified as resistance forces continue to hold out against the Taliban. The Taliban claim to have taken some territory, inflicting "heavy" losses on the National Resistance Front (NRF), which in turn claimed to still have control over all valley entrances and that some 350 Taliban fighters have died and a number have been captured amid recent clashes. The NRF allege to be fighting the Taliban on two fronts, with fighting having intensified in recent days after negotiations broke down. 

Protest held in Herat

A protest has reportedly been staged in Herat city on Thursday. The protesters apparently gathered to demonstrate against strict Taliban rule. It's understood dozens of people took part in the protest - including a number of womens' rights activists. Government employees and university students are also reported to have participated in the demonstration, which called for on the Taliban to honour promises for a less strict enforcement of radical Sharia law and to form an inclusive government, with positions for women.

Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing temporarily closed amid security threats

The Spin Boldak-Chaman AfPak border crossing has reportedly been closed temporarily by Pakistan over alleged security threats. The crossing in the second-largest commercial border point between the two countries after Torkham crossing. The border crossing point was apparently shut on Thursday, for an unspecified amount of time, due to fears surrounding increased instability and insecurity at the crossing as thousands of Afghan rush the Afghan side in a bid to flee Taliban rule. The crossing links Afghanistan' Spin Boldak in Kandahar to Pakistan's border town of Chaman.

Taliban claim 34 resistance deaths in Panjshir clashes

The Taliban claim to have killed as many as 34 resistance force fighters amid heavy fighting in the Panjshir Valley. According to recent reports, the clashes have been ongoing for several consecutive days, with the Taliban allegedly launching a military-style offensive in the region following a break down in talks on Wednesday. It's claimed the Taliban have captured at least 11 checkpoints in the outskirts of Panjshir over the last 24 hours.

Fatalities reported amid Panjshir clashes

Several fatalities have allegedly been reported amid ongoing violence in the Panjshir Valley. Clashes have been ongoing in the area between the Taliban and the resistance forces for a number of consecutive days now as talks broke down earlier this week. Recent claims from the resistance forces purport to have killed at least 13 Taliban insurgents in the Chikrinow area. This claim has yet to be independently verified and has not been confirmed by the Taliban, which claims to have resistance forces surrounded.

Taliban clash with resistance forces after failed talks

Fighting reportedly remains ongoing between the Taliban and resistance forces led by Ahmad Massoud in the Panjshir province following the recent break down of talks. Tolo News has reported that Taliban leaders claim clashes have been ongoing since Tuesday, with both sides reporting casualties - details of which remain unkown. Much of the fighting has allegedly been taking place in the Nasaji-Gulbahar area, just outside the Panjshir Valley. Resistance fighters claim to have pushed the Taliban back. The Taliban have denied attacking resistance forces, claiming their fighters only responded to being attacked. Taliban official Amir Khan Muttaqi confirmed talks broke down on Wednesday but stated the Taliban was still seeking a peaceful resolution.

Qatar team lands at Kabul airport

A technical team from Qatar landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Wednesday to discuss resuming commercial operations. A source told the AFP that the Taliban was in talks with Qatar and Turkey to assist it with the running of the airport. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his concern about the Taliban's insistence that no foreign troops would be allowed in the country. “How can we give security to you (the Taliban)? How can we explain to the world if blood is shed again when you take over security?" said Erdogan.

Seven Taliban fighters killed in Panjshir clashes

At least seven Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes with resistance forces in the Panjshir Valley. A spokesman for the National Resistance Forces said the fighting took place at the western entrance to the valley on Monday night. "Last night, the Taliban attacked Panjshir, but were defeated with seven dead and several wounded," said Bismillah Mohammadi, a member of the resistance movement. The area is the only part of Afghanistan that has held out against the Taliban, which now controls the rest of the country.

Hazaras flee to Pakistan fearing Taliban attacks

Tens of thousands of Hazara Shias have been fleeing across the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan in recent days. Many of those who have fled fearing persecution by the Taliban have travelled to Quetta in Balochistan. According to reports traffickers have been charging between $75 and $500 to smuggle them across the border. Pakistani officials said Afghan citizens who enter the country are only allowed to come within the boundaries of Chaman and Qila Abdullah, and anyone leaving these areas will be sent back to Afghanistan.

Final US flight leaves Kabul

The final US flight has left Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL) in Kabul, according to reports. A Taliban spokesman said the group was fully in control of the airport, while a notice to airmen (NOTAM) has been issued which states: "No air traffic control or airport services are available [at the airport]". Celebratory gunfire has been reported in the capital following news of the US departure.

Rockets fired at Kabul airport

Five rockets were fired toward the airport in Kabul on Monday morning. US officials said an anti-missile system intercepted the rockets before they reached the airport. There were no immediate reports of casualties and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two Pakistani soldiers killed at Afghan border

Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed at the Afghan border. In a statement, the Pakistani army said the soldiers were shot dead in the Bajaur district, adding that two or three attackers were killed in retaliatory fire. The statement condemned “the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan and expects that existing and future set-up in Afghanistan will not allow such activities against Pakistan.” This is the first attack at the border since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan 10 days ago.

Explosion reported near Kabul airport

A targeted strike by the US on a suspected Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) suicide bomber has taken place in Kabul, although officials warn that an attack on Kabul airport in the next 24-36 hours is 'highly likely.' “Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” spokesperson Bill Urban said. The strike comes at 300 US citizens are yet to be evacuated as the remaining international forces rush to complete evacuations by the August 31 deadline. 

Final UK evacuation flight leaves Kabul

The final UK flight for civilian evacuations has left Kabul airport. The UK Ministry of Defence said the remaining flights out will carry military and diplomatic personnel. More than 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK, but Gen Sir Nick Carter said it was "heartbreaking" that they had not been able to rescue more. Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the US has started to withdraw its troops from the airport ahead of the 31 August deadline.

US drone strike targets ISKP planner in Nangarhar

A US drone strike has targeted a "planner" of the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) in the eastern province of Nangarhar. “Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” a US military statement said late on Friday. The operation in the Qala-e-Naghrak district was conducted in response to the suicide bomb attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday that killed 190 people, which was claimed by ISKP. NATO and the US have warned that there is a high risk of further attacks.

Turkey holds first talks with Taliban

Turkey has reportedly held first talks with the Taliban in Kabul. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that discussions are under way as Turkey considers a request from the Taliban to provide technical assistance in running Kabul airport following the withdrawal of US forces. The discussion held at a military facility at Kabul airport, where the Turkish embassy is temporarily stationed. The talks reportedly lasted three and a half hours, with the possibility for further talks to be held. Turkish troops have previously been responsible for the airport's security in recent years. Ankara is understood to still be assessing the Taliban request.

UK enters final stage of Kabul evacuations

The UK has confirmed it has entered the final stages of it Kabul evacuation, stating that no more people will be called to the airport to leave, after processing facilities at the Baron Hotel had been closed, following yesterday's attack. "It is with deep regret that not everyone has been able to be evacuated during this process," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said. Some 13,146 people have been evacuated from Kabul by the UK under Operation Pitting, which commenced on 13 August, including nearly 8,000 Afghans eligible under the UK's relocation scheme for those who worked for the UK government and other vulnerable individuals, as well as 4,000 British passport holders. Others evacuated include embassy staff and nationals from partner nations.

US to complete evacuations at Kabul

US President Joe Biden has stated that the US airlift from Kabul will remain ongoing despite a twin suicide bombing by the Islamic State (IS) targeting airport gates on Thursday, killing 90 and injuring more than 150 others. Biden vowed to complete the evacuation mission, saying "we will not be deterred by terrorists". So far, more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the capital fell to the Taliban on 15 August. 

Kabul airport death toll rises to 90

The death toll from the twin suicide bombing which hit Kabul airport yesterday has now risen to 90 confirmed dead, including 13 US military service personnel. More than 150 others have also been wounded in the attack, which has since been claimed by the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), a regional affiliate of the IS. Evacuation efforts remain ongoing at the airport for now, although US authorities have warned of a continued high risk of further attacks.

Reports of third blast heard in Kabul

Reports have surfaced of a third explosion being heard in Kabul, just hours after two Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing killed at least 60 people and injured another 140 at Kabul airport's Abbey Gate. AFP staff have have reportedly confirmed hearing a third blast, although the precise cause of the third explosion has yet to be established. Unconfirmed reports suggest the latest blast may be linked to controlled explosions by US and foreign forces on the military side of the airport near the North Gate, where troops have allegedly been destroying equipment ahead of staged withdrawals. The US authorities have warned that there remains a very high risk threat of further attacks.

Kabul airport bombings death toll rises

The death toll from two suicide bomb explosions which occurred at Kabul airport on Thursday evening has now risen to at least 60 confirmed deaths, while some 140 others have reportedly been wounded. The bombs targeted the Abbey Gate area - where US troops are stationed helping to process evacuees. Twelve US service members - 11 Marines and a Navy Medic - have been identified among those killed. The blasts came the same day several countries ended evacuation efforts and just hours after warnings of an imminent attack by the Islamic State (IS). The IS has since claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Taliban claim 13 killed in Kabul bombing

A Taliban official has allegedly issued a statement confirming the deaths of at least 13 people following a suspected suicide bomb attack and gunfire at Kabul airport's Abbey Gate on Thursday. Hospitals in the area have confirmed receiving multiple casualties from the blast. Several women and children are believed to be among those dead, while a number of Taliban guards were allegedly also wounded. Witness accounts claim two attackers were involved in the attack, while unconfirmed reports suggest the Turkish defence ministry has reported a second blast. No claim of responsibility has been made so far, but the Islamic State (IS) are widely thought to be responsible. Taliban sources allegedly believe the US were destroying equipment at the time, but have acknowledged the high IS threat.

Explosion reported at Kabul airport

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported at Kabul airport. Preliminary reports suggest the blast occurred near the airport's Abbey Gate entrance, which is located on on the south-eastern perimeter of the airport compound and is where British troops have been stationed in recent days. The gate was recently closed amid warnings of a terrorist threat by the Islamic State (IS). Unconfirmed reports suggest the explosion occurred in the vicinity of the nearby Baron Hotel, where foreign nationals have been staying - mainly British citizens. The US military has confirmed the blast came from a suicide bomber but have yet to confirm any casualty figures, although many are feared wounded. There have also been reported of gunfire on the ground. No claim of responsibility has immediately been made for the explosion.

Taliban reportedly assault journalists in Kabul

Tolo News has reported on an alleged incident involving a broadcaster journalist and cameraman in Kabul. It's claimed the Tolo News journalist and his cameraman were injured after being assaulted by Taliban insurgents during a confrontation in the capital on Wednesday. According to reports, the pair had been reporting on the situation near Haji Yaqub Square when the insurgents approached them.

Taliban request aid from Turkey

The Taliban are reported to have requested assistance from Turkey in the running of Kabul airport. It's understood the Taliban requested technical help from Turkey to aid airport operations following the scheduled departure of foreign forces from the airport by 31 August. Despite the request, the Taliban still insists that all Turkish military forces be withdrawn fully by the deadline. The conditional request would present a hazardous job for Turkey, as the absence of Turkish troops would significantly compromise safety guarantees for any prospective mission.

Terror attack warning issued for Kabul airport

A terror attack warning has been issued for Kabul airport, after a number of nations have voiced concerns over a high threat of terrorist attack by Islamic State (IS) militants. Australia, the UK, and the US have all issued alerts to their citizens, advising them not to travel to the airport. Those already outside the airport compound have been advised to leave the area immediately.  The US State Department told those waiting at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, and North Gate entrances to leave immediately, while the UK asked people to "move away to a safe location and await further advice". No further information on the security threat has been given at this stage.

Poland halts evacuation flights

Poland has halted evacuation flight operations out of Kabul airport. The development comes after the US confirmed their intention to withdraw the remaining US troops from Kabul by 31 August. No further Polish evacuation flights will operate after Wednesday 25 August, due to increasing safety concerns. The decision to halt flights was reached following consultation with both the US and the UK.

US fears risk of IS attack at Kabul airport

The US administration has expressed concerns over the increasing risk of an imminent militant attack targeting Kabul airport by the Islamic State (IS). The US has warned of security threats outside the gates of the airport, asking only those who have specifically been told by a US government representative to make the journey to do so. No further details concerning a possible IS attack have been released, while US defence officials said they were monitoring developments and looking at alternative routes to the airport. The IS has not issued a public threat targeting the airport.

UN ambassador calls for Taliban monitoring

Afghan ambassador to the UN, Ghulam Isaczai, has called for continued international monitoring of the Taliban. Isaczai urged the international community to observe how the Taliban rule - to monitor the group's action, not their words - before offering any concessions. Isaczai argued that, due to a deficient of trust in the Taliban, international recognition is one of the few areas of leverage the global community has.

World Bank halts aid after Taliban takeover

The World Bank has halted aid and funding for projects in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover, citing concerns over how the Taliban's capture of the country will impact Afghanistan's development prospects - particularly for women. The World Bank also confirmed all Kabul-based staff and their families had been safely evacuated to neighbouring Pakistan. The announcement from the World Bank comes just days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) also suspended funding to Afghanistan due to the "lack of clarity within the international community" over recognising a government in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has also frozen the US-held assets of Afghanistan's central bank.

US to complete Afghan pullout by 31 August

US President Joe Biden has confirmed that the US is on course to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the 31 August deadline. Biden made the statement during a G7 leaders' summit, during which he told other world leaders that the completion of the US mission in Afghanistan by 31 August "depends on continued coordination with the Taliban, including continued access for evacuees to the airport". His comments come just hours after the Taliban announced they would no longer ensure Afghans trying to flee the country safe passage to the airport. While the statement from the US marks a huge blow for other allied forces in Afghanistan hoping for an extension, the US is understood to be drawing up contingency plans to adjust the timeline should that become necessary. The current recommendation from the Pentagon reflect increasing concerns about growing insecurity at the airport - particularly potential suicide bombings by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Taliban no longer allowing Afghan access to Kabul airport

The Taliban are reportedly no longer allowed Afghan safe passage to Kabul airport to leave the country. The group's spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, made the announcement on Tuesday, advising Afghans against going to the airport and trying to board evacuation flights. Mujahid called on foreign countries to stop encouraging Afghans to leave, adding Afghan nationals should return to their homes, jobs, and normal life, as there is "no danger" to them. The development amid recent claims from the UN of the Taliban carrying out executions.

Kazakh students stranded in Kabul

Afghan citizens who had been attending universities in Kazakhstan under a cooperation agreement are now reportedly stuck in Kabul. Unable to return to Kazakhstan after spending the summer months in Afghanistan, the students are reportedly worried about their futures - particularly female students who fear retribution by the Taliban, which restricts women's rights to access education. Thousands have been trying to cross borders to neighbouring and nearby countries, including Kazakhstan - which is considered the safest of the Central Asia countries for Afghan refugees.

French evacuations to end on 26 August

French evacuations out of Kabul airport are set to end by Thursday 26 August if the US sticks to the 31 August withdrawal deadline. Unless the US military extends evacuation efforts past this deadline, other allied forces will be unable to continue to operate rescue flights and will be forced to also withdraw from the country. France has joined international calls, urging the US to reconsider its planned withdrawal.

Taliban blocking supplies to Baghlan

The Taliban are reported to be blocking food and fuel supplies into parts of the Baghlan province. It's claimed the insurgents have been preventing supplies from entering Andarab, and have also kidnapped several children and elderly civilians to use as human shields. Thousands of local residents are believed to have fled the area, escaping into remote mountainous regions.

US aims to complete evacuations by deadline

The US aims to complete evacuations from Kabul by the 31 August withdrawal deadline. The Pentagon stated it was not currently in a position to seek an extension of the evacuation period, despite increased pressure from the UK, France, and Germany to keep troops in Afghanistan past the deadline. The Taliban have stated that any such action would be interpreted as a violation of the agreed deal with the US. Tens of thousands have been evacuate so far; however, huge crowds still remain at Kabul airport as people attempt to flee a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden is expected to reach a final decision on whether to extend the timeline for withdrawal within the next 24 hours.

Anti-Taliban resistance claim gains in Panjshir

The anti-Taliban resistance movement has claimed gains in two districts in northern Panjshir province. The group of fighters have called themselves "Resistance 2" and claim to have retaken the Banu and Salah districts after allegedly killing dozens of Taliban insurgents amid heavy fighting. The claim comes after resistance fighters purportedly retook Pul-e-Hisar district over the weekend. Panjshir is the last remaining province which has yet to fall to the Taliban; however, the Taliban claims to have surrounded the region as resistance groups engage with Taliban leaders in negotiations. 

Taliban refuse to extend evacuation deadline

The Taliban have refused to extend the 31 August deadline for current evacuation missions from Kabul. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen stated the 31 August date was a red line and that any extension would be considered a violation of the Doha agreement. The development comes as UK PM Boris Johnson is expected to urge the US to delay the withdrawal of remaining US forces and keep troops stationed at Kabul airport past the deadline at Tuesday's virtual G7 meeting. France has also joined calls for a delayed US withdrawal. Without US troops on the ground at the airport, other allied forces would be unable to maintain a presence.

Badghis police chief killed by Taliban

A police chief has apparently been killed by Taliban insurgents in the northern Badghis province. It's claimed the insurgents executed police chief Haji Mullah Achakzai in Badghis after seizing the province last week. Local sources suggest the police chief was briefly detained by Taliban fighters before being killed.

Taliban political office meet with former president

The Taliban's political office leaders have reportedly met with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai in Kabul over the weekend. Karzai met the Taliban leaders alongside chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday. Among those in attendance at the meeting include Taliban political office members Maulawi Shahabuddin Delawari Delawar, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Khairullah Khairkhwa, and Abdul Rahman Feda. The meeting was held at Abdullah's house in Kabul, with both sides reportedly exchanging views on recent security and political developments with a mind to reaching an inclusive political settlement for the country. News of the meeting comes as the Taliban prepare to form a new government after taking over the capital last week.

Anti-Taliban forces call for 'sincere' negotiations

Anti-Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley region have called on the Taliban to enter into 'sincere' negotiations. A spokesperson for the anti-Taliban National Resistance Front of Afghanistan stated the group intends to "pursue peace and negotiations before any sort of war and conflict starts", but also confirmed that thousands of resistance fighters had gathered in the region under Ahmad Massoud - son of notorious anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. The group warned they are "ready for the resistance" if the Taliban failed to enter into "sincere" talks.

Deadly gunfight reported at Kabul airport

A deadly gunfight has allegedly been reported at Kabul airport, leaving one Afghan security guard dead. The exchange of fire apparently broke out on Monday morning between unknown gunmen and Afghan forces at the north gate of the airport. Three others were also injured in the clash, which also involved German and US forces. The altercation was reported by the German military, which stated no German troops were injured.

US ramps up evacuation efforts

The US troops at Kabul airport have ramped up evacuation efforts and have reportedly expanded the perimeter around the site as thousands continue to queue at airport gates a week after the Taliban's lightning offensive saw insurgents take the capital. So far, nearly 28,000 people have been flown out of the airport on US flights over the past week. The escalation of evacuation efforts comes as US President Joe Biden faces increasing pressure to extend a deadline for evacuations beyond 31 August. At least 20 people have died so far amid chaotic scenes outside Kabul airport over the last eight days, with many being crushed to death amid growing crowds.

India evacuates stranded citizens from Afghanistan

Indian evacuations of stranded citizens in Afghanistan remain ongoing. The situation in Kabul remains fluid following the Taliban's takeover of the country last week, as foreign evacuation efforts continue from Kabul airport. India has successfully extracted almost 400 people so far, with the latest flight from Kabul evacuating 168 people to Delhi on Sunday. Among those onboard the flight included 24 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus - two of whom were MPs in Afghanistan's now-fallen government. Meanwhile, US troops are said to be ramping up evacuation efforts and are believed to expanding the perimeter around the airport as many thousands of Afghans continue to queue at the gates in a bid to flee Taliban rule.

Taliban movement reported near Panjshir

Significant Taliban movement has been reported by local sources near Panjshir. It's understood the Taliban are moving a contingent of representatives to the area in an apparent bid to resolve tensions there peacefully. The Panjshir Valley has long been known as a anti-Taliban bastion and has seen numerous anti-Taliban demonstrations take place in the days since the Taliban took the capital earlier this month. Taliban representatives are rumoured to meet with prominent anti-Taliban leaders and claim to have surrounded resistance forces. As of Monday 23 August, no reports of fighting or casualties have emerged so far.

Taliban deploy fighters to Panjshir

The Taliban has deployed fighters to the Panjshir Valley to end an armed resistance against the group. Hundreds of fighters were dispatched on Sunday after local leaders refused to recognise Taliban rule. The province is a stronghold of the Northern Alliance fighters who joined with the US against the Taliban in 2001 and is currently led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of a prominent Alliance commander. “We confronted the Soviet Union, and we will be able to confront the Taliban,” Massoud told reporters.

Seven killed in Kabul airport stampede

Seven deaths have been reported following a stampede outside Kabul airport on Sunday. The stampede occurred as thousands of people continue to crowd the airport in a bid to gain entrance to the airport compound, which is currently controlled by the US military forces. Thousands of foreign nationals and Afghan citizens have been attempting to flee the country following the Taliban takeover. It's believed as many as 20 deaths have been reported at the airport since the Taliban took the capital last Sunday.

US warns people not to travel to airport

The US has warned its citizens not to travel to Kabul airport due to "potential security threats". Tens of thousands of people are crowded outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport and there have been reports that several people were killed and injured in the crush. “Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport, we are advising US citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a US government representative to do so,” the advisory said.

Foreign evacuations for eligible Afghans only

Foreign embassies and organisations have reiterated that evacuation flights can only allow Afghan citizens who are eligible to leave the country or have worked with foreign forces on board. Thousands of Afghans have been flocking to Kabul airport to attempt to flee after the Taliban took over Kabul last weekend, with many not having documents to prove they have worked with foreign forces or NGOs. The latest comes amid reports of Taliban insurgents mistreating Afghans attempting to get into the airport.

Taliban governance may include council of ministers

The Taliban has released a statement indicating a Taliban-led governing structure may include a council of minister. The council would theoretically answer to a council head, who will govern under the authority of the Taliban's top leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada. According to preliminary reports, the council head could effectively act as a president for the nation.

Taliban ramp up door-to-door searches

The Taliban have allegedly ramped up efforts to identify those who worked for the previous Afghan government or NATO forces. A UN reports has warned the insurgents are believed to have stepped up door-to-door searches in a bid to find targets and threaten their relatives. The reports come despite a general amnesty and repeated reassurances from the Taliban that the groups was not seeking to exact revenge on those with links to the government or foreign entities. Many fear the Taliban may be rounding up so-called "collaborators" for mass executions. Meanwhile, foreign powers continue efforts to evacuate their nationals from Kabul airport - where more than 18,000 people have been extracted over the last five days - with plans to double evacuation efforts over the weekend.

Reports emerge of Taliban targeting Hazara minority

Reports have emerged of Taliban fighters allegedly targeting members of the Hazara ethnic minority. It's claimed the Taliban "massacred" and tortured several Hazara men in an unspecified part of the Ghazni province. The claims have been made by human rights group Amnesty International, which alleges the killings took place in early July, calling the incident a "horrifying indicator" of Taliban rule. The Taliban have made a concerted effort to portray a softer, more restrained, image since taking over the Afghan capital on Sunday.

Taliban ramp up for US collaborators

The Taliban have reportedly escalated efforts to hunt down those who collaborated with the US and NATO troops. Reports from the UN indicate reliable intelligence has been received suggested the Taliban are arresting or threatening relatives of target individuals unless they hand themselves over to the Taliban. Those being targeted include military and police personnel, including investigative units. It's been reported that the Taliban have been screening individuals while allowing some foreign personnel to be evacuated from Kabul airport. The Taliban are also believed to be recruiting new informer networks which will collaborate with a new Taliban regime.

Protests trigger night time curfew

A night time curfew has allegedly been imposed by the Taliban in the city of Khost in response to continued protests there. It's been reported that the move comes after anti-Taliban demonstrations were held in the city over the last two days, coinciding with the country's Independence Day, with protesters flying pro-government flags. The curfew is a direct response to the unrest; however, further details, including how long the curfew will be in effect, have not been confirmed.

Taliban declares Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

The Taliban has reportedly declared the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan after seizing power earlier this week. The declaration comes on Thursday 19 August, on the 102nd anniversary of the country's independence. Afghans have also been holding flag-waving protests against the Taliban in several cities to mark Independence Day in Afghanistan.

Demonstrations reported in several citites

Demonstrations against the Taliban have been reported in several cities across Afghanistan on Thursday. Protesters have reportedly been waving the tricolour Afghan flag - associated with the recently ousted government - and removing black and white Taliban flags. Flag waving demonstrations have been reported in the cities of Asadabad, Jalalabad, Kabul, and Khost so far. In some cases the Taliban have responded to the protests with gunfire.

Panjshir hospitals report rise in admissions

Hospitals in the Panjshir Valley have a reported a rise in the number of patients being admitted. According to local sources, the number of wounded people arriving at emergency health facilities in Panjshir have increased, with 37 patients received over the last 24 hours. Of these, only five who were in critical condition were admitted, as the emergency hospital has been forced to restrict admission to those with serious trauma or life-threatening injuries.

Forty casualties reported at Kabul airport

Some 40 casualties have allegedly been reported amid the ongoing chaos at Kabul airport. While the Taliban recently confirmed the deaths of at least 12 people, local reports indicate as many as 40 people have either been killed or seriously injured from either shootings, stampedes, or falling from aircraft, since Monday. Meanwhile, others remain unaccounted for after attempting to make their way to the airport and are reportedly feared missing by families. The Taliban are now preventing Afghan nationals from accessing the airport, as insurgents control the roads around the airport compound.

Pakistan fences off border crossings

Pakistan has reportedly fenced off it's side of the AfPak border to stop Afghans from illegally fleeing into the country following the Taliban's capture of Kabul last weekend. Pakistan has been fencing off border areas for months, but has recently ramped up efforts, asserting it can't afford to take more Afghan refugees. Last week saw hundreds of refugees attempt to cross the border at the Torkham border point, which was sealed off completely by Pakistan on Sunday. Since then, the major crossing point has been re-opened only for commerce, with strict border checks in place to only allow a trickle of traders to cross from the Afghan side.

Taliban suppress protests in Jalalabad

Taliban insurgents have reportedly responded to recent anti-Taliban protests in Jalalabad city, suppressing demonstrations. It's claimed Taliban insurgents put a stop to a demonstration on Wednesday by opening fire on the protesters. Unconfirmed reports indicate several people are believed to have been shot dead. Similar anti-Taliban demonstrations have also been reported in several other cities since the Taliban seized power on Sunday.

Kabul airport death toll rises to 12

The death toll so far amid continued chaos at Kabul airport has risen to 12 confirmed fatalities since Sunday. The figure has been reported by a Taliban official, who claimed the deaths were mostly caused by gunshots or stampedes. The Taliban have reportedly urged crowds at airport gates to return homes if not eligible for travel. Thousands of people have been crowding the airport for the last few days as they desperately attempt to flee the country. The airport remains under US control; however, the surrounding roads are guarded by the Taliban, where witnesses have reported seeing armed insurgents preventing people with documents from accessing the airport compound.

Government offices reopening in Herat

Some government offices in Herat are reopening, just days after the Taliban took control of the city. It's understood a number of government offices resumed activities on Tuesday, without the presence of female employees. Taliban officials in Herat are urging all government employees in the province to return to work.  

One killed amid clashes in Jalalabad

The death of one person has been reported amid clashes in the city of Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The death allegedly occurred amid anti-Taliban protests on Wednesday. According to local reports, the individual - who has not yet been identified - was shot dead after Taliban insurgents opened fire in response to local residents attempting to raise the national flag of Afghanistan in a square in the city.

Shots fired outside Kabul airport

Gunfire shots have been reported outside Kabul airport on Wednesday. Local sources suggest shots were fired as crowds waited to get into the airport, where chaotic conditions continue to be reported as countries worldwide rush to evacuate their citizens and Afghan colleagues. Unconfirmed reports claim several people have been wounded near the north gate, where the Taliban are allegedly preventing people from entering the airport. The reports come despite recent assurances from the Taliban that people would be granted safe passage to the airport. Over the last few hours, French, Dutch, German, and Czech planes have all departed from the airport.

Reports of anti-Taliban protests emerge

Reports have been emerging of anti-Taliban protests being held in several cities across Afghanistan. Demonstrations against the Taliban have been reported in Jalalabad, Kunar, and Khost so far, with demonstrators waving the Afghan national flag - a symbol which is being widely interpreted as being in favour of the government which was recently ousted. Meanwhile in the Panjshir Valley, reports suggest a pro-government "resistance army" has been flying flags of the former Northern Alliance in defiance of the Taliban.

Haqqani commander meets former PM

Militant commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network, Anas Haqqani, has reportedly met with former Prime Minister Hamid Karzai in Kabul. Local media has suggested the meeting has taken place on Wednesday, with the previous government's peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah, also in attendance. Details of what was discussed in the meeting remain unclear; however, news of it has had a negative response amongst the Afghan public. The Haqqani Network oversees the Taliban's financial and military assets along the AfPak border. It's one of the most influential militant groups in the region and is designated as a terrorist organisation by the US, having been responsible for some of the most violent attacks against the Afghan forces in recent years. Haqqani himself was sentenced to death in 2016 but later released in 2019 in a prisoner exchange.

Taliban flags replaced during protest

Taliban flags have apparently been replaced amid demonstrations in Jalalabad on Wednesday. According to local reports, people in the area were filmed marching in support of the old Afghan flag, before gunshot were fired nearby to disperse the crowds. It's claimed the protesters replaced a Taliban flag with the Afghan flag as crowds of people cheered. The black, red, and green tricolour flag used by the protesters is widely seen to represent the ousted government, while the Taliban has typically used the white flag with the black Shahada (statement of faith) on it. 

Taliban destroy statue in Bamyan

The Taliban have reportedly destroyed a statue in the provincial capital city of Bamyan. According to unconfirmed reports, Taliban fighters destroyed a statue of deceased militia leader Abdul Ali Mazari on Tuesday. No casualties have been reported following the incident. Bamyan is where the Taliban famously destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan statues in 2001, when the country was last under Taliban.

Australia evacuate 26 from Kabul

Australia has evacuated 26 people from Afghanistan on its first flight out of Kabul since the Taliban took the city at the weekend. Among those evacuated include various Australian citizens, Afghans with approved visas, and one foreign official. The plane - capable of carrying 128 people - was only at a fifth of its total capacity when it took off. Further evacuation flights are due be operated.

Taliban promises safe travel to Kabul airport

The Taliban has reportedly promised that civilians will be allowed to travel safely to Kabul airport, where thousands are still struggling to get on flights out of the country. According to reports, US officials are understood to be in contact with Taliban commanders to ensure flights at Kabul airport remain safe from attack, and that those looking to leave have safe passage. The reassurance comes amid reports of Afghans being beaten or harassed by Taliban fighters as they attempt to make their way to the airport.

Taliban's exiled political leaders return to Afghanistan

Various exiled Taliban leaders are making their return to Afghanistan following the group's capture of Kabul earlier this week. The Taliban's political leader Millah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other key senior Taliban leaders have returned to the country on Tuesday, travelling from Qatar to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar - the Taliban's spiritual birthplace and stronghold. Their return to Afghanistan comes after the Taliban gave their first press conference on Tuesday, during which, the Taliban insisted women will enjoy rights according to sharia law.

Dutch Kabul evacuation efforts fail

Dutch efforts to evacuate people from Kabul have reportedly failed, after continued chaos at the airport reportedly made it impossible for those eligible for the flight to board the plane. The Netherlands reportedly aims to evacuate 1,000 local embassy workers, translators, and their families out of the country; however, the plane was only on the ground at the airport for half an hour and many were unable to get into the airport. The failed evacuation attempt comes after a German plane left the airport carrying only seven people on Tuesday, as thousands continue to desperately board planes.

Thousands flee across AfPak border

Thousands of Afghans have reportedly fled from the Taliban across the land border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Spin Boldak/Chaman border crossing was reopened by the Taliban on Tuesday, allowing safe passage to Afghans carrying valid Afghan identity documents or proof of being a registered Afghan refugee resident in Pakistan. It's understood thousands of Afghans have taken the opportunity to leave the country, including many in need of medical attention.

Western nations step up evacuations

Western nations have stepped up evacuations from Afghanistan amid continued reports of chaos at Kabul airport following the Taliban's capture of the capital last weekend. Planes carrying hundreds of evacuees from Kabul have arrived in the UK and Germany, while the US has said its military flights have evacuated 3,200 people from Kabul so far, including 1,100 on Tuesday alone. Meanwhile, thousands of Afghans have reportedly entered neighbouring Pakistan via land border crossings.

Ousted VP claims to be caretaker leader

Ousted Vice-President Amrullah Saleh has claimed to be Afghanistan's new caretaker president. Saleh's claim comes after former leader Ashraf Ghani fled the country into exile following the fall of the capital to the Taliban on Sunday. Saleh has stated that he remains in the country and has refused to surrender to the Taliban, calling on Afghans to "join the resistance" in a defiant message. Saleh was previously the director of the country's intelligence agency and claims to be in contact with other leading figures in Kabul to secure support and consensus. Saleh's comments come as the Afghan Taliban prepare to hold their first news conference.

Luxembourg send evacuation plane to Kabul

Luxembourg are sending an evacuation plane to Kabul in a joint move with Belgium to extract citizens and allies. According to reports, as many as four Luxembourg citizens and two Luxembourg residents are known to still be in Afghanistan. The news comes after the Netherlands also confirmed plans to send a second military plane to Afghanistan to help evacuate people, including at least 40 local Afghan staff from the Dutch embassy and their families, along with translators and other Afghans whose lives may be under threat from Taliban insurgents due to their work for the Netherlands or non-governmental organisations.

Taliban issue reassurances to population

The Taliban leadership has allegedly attempted to issue reassurances to the Afghan population. Local sources claim the Taliban leadership aims to distance the group from accusations of atrocities, war crimes, and human rights abuses in a bid to install itself as a legitimate government. The news comes as Taliban leaders continue to negotiate with Kabul's political leadership with the aim to arrange a peaceful transfer of power. Meanwhile a general amnesty has also been declared, as the Taliban urge government employees - many of whom consider themselves Taliban targets - to return to work.

German military plane flies seven out of Kabul

A German military plane has flown just seven people out of Kabul, where thousands are still desperately trying to board planes out of the city. According to reports, the German defence ministry had earlier said that the A400M plane couldn't land due to the large number of people on the runway - forcing the plant to fly to Uzbekistan to refuel. However, it has since been reported that - due to the chaotic situation at the airport - the plane only took those it was due to carry who had managed to get there, and no others. It's claimed the plane had initially been supposed to carry 57 embassy staff and 88 other German nationals. A second German evacuation flight has since landed at Kabul airport on Tuesday evening, which is expected to take more passengers.

Facebook bans Taliban-related content

Facebook has confirmed a move to ban all Taliban-related content from its platforms. The company considers the group a terrorist organisation and has put together a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to the group - which had, for years, used social media to spread its messages. The policy applies to all of Facebook's platforms, including its flagship social media network, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp.

Taliban issues decree prohibiting house visits

The Taliban has issued a decree prohibiting people from entering anyone else's house. The decree is particularly aimed at those in the capital city of Kabul. The move comes after unconfirmed reports of Taliban fighters entering the homes of people in the capital. The Taliban has also issued a general amnesty and urged government employees to return to work, including the Mayor of Kabul and the acting Minister of Public Health.

Indian officials evacuated from Kabul

A military flight carrying 120 Indian officials have taken off from Kabul for Gujarat, India. India’s foreign ministry stated the country was evacuating its ambassador and other Indian staff from Kabul after the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban on Sunday. Another Indian military aircraft is also understood to have evacuated a further 40 Indian diplomats and other staff on Monday. The Indian government also announced a new electronic visa that would fast-track applications from Afghans fleeing the Taliban, who may seek refuge in India.

Pakistan to operate evacuation flights out of Kabul

Pakistan is set to run evacuation flights out of Kabul for Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan. The special flights will be operated by Pakistan International Airlines, with the sole intention of returning Pakistani nationals from Afghanistan due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation there, following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. No mention has been made of whether the flights will also evacuate any Afghan nationals - many of whom are attempting to flee the country as refugees.

Taliban offer amnesty for government officials

The Taliban have announced that they will offer a general amnesty for government officials, urging them to return to work. "A general amnesty has been declared for all... so you should start your routine life with full confidence", said a statement from the Taliban. The development comes after the Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan over, stating they will wait for the final withdrawal of all foreign troops before creating a new governance structure. Senior Taliban leader Amir Khan Muttaqi is understood to be engaged in negotiations with political leaders of Kabul, including former President Hamid Karzai. The talks are reportedly aimed at transferring power peacefully to an "inclusive Afghan government".

Evacuation flights resume at Kabul

Evacuation flights have resumed from Kabul airport following a brief suspension in all flights yesterday. No commercial flights have been operated since the Taliban seized the capital on Sunday, but the US military have secured the perimeter around the airport and have been running evacuation flights amid increasingly chaotic scenes. The decision to halt flights was taken after huge crowds ran alongside aircraft as they took off, with several deaths reported after people tried to cling onto the side of a US Air Force plane. A Western security official has now confirmed that US troops have cleared flights evacuating diplomats and civilians for take off again after clearing the tarmac and runway of crowds. The resumption of flights comes as US President Joe Biden has defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. 

Former President in contact with Taliban

Former President Hamid Karzai is understood to be in contact with the Taliban, just a day after the insurgent group seized the capital city. Karzai is understood to have opened a dialogue with Taliban leaders with a view to bringing peace to the country. Karzai was Afghanistan's leader from 2001-2014 and is apparently part of a three-member council working to transfer power to the Taliban peacefully. The council also consists of the leader of the Hezb-e Islami party, Gulbuddin Jekmatyar, and the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation and former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah. The development comes as Uzbekistan's defence ministry claims to have shot down an Afghan military jet after it crossed their border.

New Zealand troops deployed to assist evacuations

New Zealand's government has launched efforts to assist evacuations in Afghanistan. Troops are to be deployed, with a contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) troops and aircraft. The aim is for the troops to assist in the evacuation and repatriation of New Zealand nationals. Afghan nationals who have previously assisted NZDF personnel will also be assisted in their evacuation efforts. The development comes after the Taliban seized the capital on Sunday, leading to the collapse of the civilian government.

All commercial flights suspended at Kabul airport

All commercial flights have now been suspended at Kabul airport. The move has been confirmed by airport authorities on Monday, in a statement urging the public not to crowd the airport, where large crowds have gathered in a bid to flee the country after the Taliban seized Kabul on Sunday. Thousands have overwhelmed the airport hoping to board commercial flights, prompting US forces to fire warning shots to control the crowd. At least five casualties have been reported amid the chaos so far. Evacuation efforts facilitated by the US forces continue to operate.

Fatalities reported at Kabul airport

Fatalities have allegedly been reported amidst the chaos at Kabul airport. Preliminary reports indicate that at least five people have died whilst trying to get onboard evacuation flights at the airport, which has currently been secured by the US military after the Taliban took the capital yesterday. Thousands of people have joined crowds at the airport in a bid to flee the country. It's understood the deaths were incurred at a passenger terminal on Monday.

Chaos reported at Kabul airport as thousands flee

Chaotic scenes have been reported at Kabul airport as thousands of people attempt to flee the country following the capital's fall to the Taliban. Reports of US flights prioritising diplomatic staff have further enflames tensions, leading to more chaos and confusion, as US troops fired warning shots into the air on Monday in a bid to control growing crowds at the airport. US troops have secured a  perimeter and are currently in charge of the airport, where commercial flights have mostly been suspended - leaving hundreds stranded. The Taliban seized the capital yesterday, with no resistance from the Afghan forces. No clashes were reported as President Ashraf Ghani's civilian government collapsed on Sunday, prompting Ghani to flee the country, reportedly to Uzbekistan. More than 60 countries have issued a joint statement calling on the Taliban to allow people to leave.

President Ghani leaves country as Taliban enter Kabul

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country as the Taliban entered central Kabul. “The former Afghan president has left the nation,” said the country’s top peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah. Foreign countries are continuing their efforts to evacuate staff from the capital, although commercial flights have been suspended from the city's only airport. Meanwhile, the Taliban said its fighters entered the city after police abandoned their checkpoints. According to reports they have also taken over the presidential palace.

Taliban surround Kabul with government expected to fall

The Taliban have surrounded Kabul and are currently in negotiations with government officials for a transfer of power. The group said its fighters have been instructed to refrain from violence and offer safe passage for anyone wishing to leave the city. “Until the completion of the transition process, the responsibility for the security of Kabul is with the other side (the Afghan government)" a Taliban spokesperson said in a tweet. The group's leader, Mullah Baradar, travelled to the capital for talks on Sunday. Earlier the Taliban captured the eastern city of Jalalabad from government forces. Evacuations are ongoing from the city's airport, although commercial flights were halted due to military operations at Kabul airport on Sunday afternoon.

Taliban make more gains, including Mazar-i-Sharif

The Taliban captured more territory from the Afghan army on Saturday, including the key northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The security forces reportedly fled to the Uzbekistan border, according to Afzal Hadid, head of the Balkh provincial council said. The armed group now control all key cities in the north of the country and have made further gains near the capital Kabul, which continues to see a huge influx of internally displaced people. Taliban advances in Logar province has seen the militants reached the edge of the capital's Char Asyab district, 10km from the city.

Afghan commander captured by Taliban in Herat

An Afghan commander has reportedly been captured by Taliban insurgents following the fall of Herat City in the country's west. Prominent local commander and former mujahideen leader Ismail Khan was allegedly handed over with the provincial governor and security officials as part of an agreement with the Taliban. Khan was one of the highest profile commanders fighters for the Afghan government and his capture has since been confirmed by Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid. Confirmation of his capture comes as the Taliban captures their 18th provincial capital on Friday - seizing Qalat, Tarinkot, Pul-e Alam, and Feroz Koh.

Taliban enter Logar provincial capital

The Taliban has allegedly entered the provincial capital of Logar province as heavy fighting is reported on Friday. According to the latest reports, clashes in the outskirts of Mihtarlam City have since spread to central areas within the city. Logar borders Kabul province and the Taliban's advance has sparked further concern over the security of the national capital. The developments comes as Taliban captured four major provincial capitals over the last 24 hours. NGOs have expressed concerns over civilian casualties, while international governments fear the country is on the brink of a full-blown civil war. Both the US and the UK have deployed troops to assist evacuation efforts.

Logar airstrikes kill 21 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the Logar province have allegedly killed at least 21 Taliban insurgents. The strikes were conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Friday morning, targeting Taliban positions in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Pol-e Alam. At least one Taliban-owned vehicle and various arms and ammunition supplies have also been destroyed in the operation.

Over 50 Taliban killed in Nangarhar AAF strikes

More than 50 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The strikes were apparently conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours in the districts of Achin and Shirzad, where multiple suspected insurgent positions were reportedly identified and targeted. Sources claim the AAF strikes left 52 Taliban insurgents dead and another 11 injured.

German embassy advises citizens to leave Afghanistan

The Germany embassy in Kabul has issued urgent advise to all German citizens currently in Afghanistan to leave the country immediately. The advice comes amid escalating violence and insecurity throughout the country as the Taliban continue to advance at an unprecedented rate amid heavy fighting with the government forces. The insurgents have captured vast swathes of territory over the last week. The message from the Germany embassy also stated that capacities for consular assistance will be extremely limited for any German nationals staying in Afghanistan

Seven Taliban killed in Laghman operation

Seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed while six others have also reportedly been wounded in a recent military operation in the Laghman province. The operations was apparently carried out by Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Mihtarlam, on Thursday, targeting suspected insurgent positions and hideouts. Various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition supplies were also reportedly destroyed in the operation.

Balkh airstrikes kill 38 Taliban

Airstrikes in the Balkh province have reportedly killed as many as 38 Taliban insurgents. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Chimtal district sometime within the last 24 hours. Military sources have claimed, that while 38 insurgents were killed, as many as 18 more were also injured in the aerial operations.

Police chief killed in Kunar clash

A police chief in Kunar has allegedly been killed amid ongoing clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan government security forces. Local sources claim the police chief was killed during fighting in the Asmar district on Thursday evening. The police chief has been identified as Shoaib Sapai - chief of police for Asmar district. Local officials appear to have confirmed Sapai's death.

Canadian forces to evacuate embassy in Kabul

The Canadian special forces are allegedly being deployed to the Canadian embassy building in Kabul to evacuate and close the consulate. The plan to evacuate the embassy comes amid increased instability and insecurity in the country, as the Taliban continue to make major territorial gains as they advance on Kabul.

Taliban capture three more capitals as clashes continue

Three more provincial capitals have allegedly been captured by the Taliban over the last 12 hours. Following the capture of Herat, the centres of Kandahar, Helmand, and Badghis province have also reportedly fallen to the insurgents. Reports indicate that most parts of these cities have now fallen to the Taliban, although some government forces and local officials claim to still be stationed in some areas. Meanwhile, there are reports of ongoing clashes have heavy fighting between government forces and the Taliban in the centres of Ghor and Zabul provinces. The capture of the latest cities brings the Taliban closer to advancing on Kabul, with the insurgents now thought to control at least 14 out of the countries 34 provinces - including the strategic Kunduz and Ghazni cities.

Herat under Taliban control

Afghanistan's third-largest city, Herat, is now under Taliban control. Local footage has been released showing the Taliban flag flying over the city's police headquarters. The capture follows the earlier fall of Ghazni to the armed group, while heavy fighting is ongoing in the southern city of Kandahar. Meanwhile, the UK government has sent 600 troops to help its embassy staff and other British nationals leave the country. The US is also sending additional troops to Kabul to evacuate embassy staff.

Military push back Taliban attacks in Herat and Badghis

The Afghan military has reportedly pushed back multiple Taliban attacks in the Herat and Badghis provinces. Local officials claim six Taliban attacks were repelled on Wednesday night in Herat City, with similar overnight attacks also pushed back in Badghis' Qala-e-Naw. In Herat, it's estimated at least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed and dozens more were also wounded, while in Qala-e-Naw, as many as 60 insurgents - including four commanders - have allegedly been killed amid clashes, while 50 others were also wounded. Fighting reportedly remains ongoing in some parts of the outskirts of Qala-e-Naw.

Army chief replaced amid nationwide clashes

The Afghan government has replaced the army chief as heavy fighting and clashes with the Taliban continue nationwide. The removal of the country's army chief, General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, comes as the Taliban captured their tenth provincial capital within the space of a week. Ahmadzai had only been in the post for two months. His successor will face the mammoth task of escalating violence and increasing instability as the Taliban continue their offensive.

Taliban take 10th provincial capital

The Taliban has taken its tenth provincial capital after the strategically important Ghazni city fell to insurgents on Thursday. The city is the tenth capital to fall to the Taliban in less than a week. Taking Ghazni will increase the Taliban's ability to launch a coordinated attack on Kabul, giving the group access to the major Kabul-Kandahar highway - linking militant strongholds in the south to the capital. Almost a third of the country is now estimated to be under Taliban control as the group continues to seize new territories at an unprecedented pace.

Balkh airstrikes kill 18 Taliban

Eighteen Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another four have also been wounded following recent airstrikes in the northern Balkh province. The aerial operations were apparently conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the AAF strikes targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Dihdadi and Chimtal districts. Various amounts of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

Over 20 insurgents killed in Herat operations

More than 20 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent military operations in Herat. The latest operations have apparently been conducted in the outskirts of Herat city, where the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban, with the support of public uprising forces. While 21 insurgent deaths have been reported, a further 12 other insurgents were also injured in the operation.

Lashkar Gah clashes leave 45 insurgents dead

Recent fighting in the Lashkar Gah district and in the outskirts of the provincial capital city has reportedly left as many as 45 Taliban insurgents dead. Government military officials claimed 45 insurgents have been killed and 22 others have also been injured in recent operations targeting insurgent positions throughout the area, as well as in the neighbouring Nahri Saraj district. It's claimed the operations were conducted within the last 24 hours and also destroyed various insurgent-owned vehicles - including one which had allegedly been laden with explosives.

Clashes reported in Herat

Violent clashes have allegedly been reported between the Taliban and government security forces in the provincial capital of Herat city. Recent reports indicate the fighting has  been taking place in the city's Police Districts 6 and 11, where Taliban insurgents apparently launched coordinated armed attacks from multiple directions overnight. The latest reports suggest the security forces have managed to repel the attacks so far; however, casualties are thought likely on both sides.

Fifteen insurgents killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in Ghazni City. The fighting was apparently reported sometime within the last 24 hours in the provincial capital. Local officials claim the clashes broke out between the Taliban and the government security forces leaving 15 insurgents dead. No further casualty figures have been reported so far.

Khost mortar attack kills two

Two fatalities have been reported following a recent mortar attack in the Khost province. According to recent local reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday near Khost city. The mortar rounds are alleged to have been fired by suspected Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made. Among those killed include two minors, while another four were also injured.

Logar tribal elder abducted and killed in Taliban attack

A tribal elder has allegedly been abducted and killed by suspected Taliban insurgents in an attack in the Logar province. The abduction reportedly occurred on Wednesday morning in the provincial capital district of Mohammad Agha. Local sources claim the tribal elder who was targeted in the deadly attack has been identified as Malik Mohabbat. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, local authorities suspect the Taliban were responsible.

Taliban capture Kunduz Airport

The Taliban have allegedly captured Kunduz Airport following clashes with the security forces on Wednesday. The capture of the airport came after the security forces allegedly surrendered to the Taliban, while others were forced to retreat. The Taliban spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, tweeted that the group had taken control of the airport and claimed that several government soldiers had joined the Taliban's ranks. 

Eight Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. The strikes were apparently carried out in the Sherzad district. While eight Taliban insurgents have been confirmed and two others were also injured. 

Taliban capture ninth provincial capital

The Taliban have now captured their ninth provincial capital within the space of a week. The city of Faizabad in Badakhshan apparently fell to the insurgents late on Tuesday. Zabihullah Attiq, a local lawmaker, told news reports that security forces had retreated from the city after several days of heavy clashes. Other cities to fall to the insurgents recently include Pul-e-Khumri and Farah.

Kandahar airstrikes leave 25 insurgents dead

Some 25 Taliban have been killed amid recent airstrikes in the southern provincial capital of Kandahar City. The airstrikes were allegedly carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Tuesday as part of wider ongoing counter-insurgency operations amid continued heavy fighting nationwide. While 25 insurgent fatalities have been confirmed, an additional 13 others were also wounded.

Helmand operations kill 42 insurgents

Some 42 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent security operations in the southern province of Helmand. The operations are among the latest to be carried out by the Afghan security forces in the region as heavy fighting with the Taliban continues. According to local reports, the military operations targeted insurgent positions in the outskirts of Lashkar Gah on Tuesday, killing 42 insurgents and wounding six others.

Casualties reported amid Taliban attack in Faryab

Casualties have allegedly been reported amid a recent Taliban attack in the Faryab province. According to local sources, the insurgents launched a coordinated armed attack on an undisclosed location in the provincial capital district of Maymana. The attack was reportedly carried out on Tuesday and resulted in multiple casualties, although precise figures have yet to be confirmed.

Taliban capture Farah City

The Taliban have reportedly captured Farah City - the provincial capital of Farah province. According to preliminary reports, the city fell to the insurgents amid fighting on Tuesday. It's understood that both the provincial police headquarters and the provincial governor's residence have been overrun by the Taliban following clashes with the government security forces.

Heavy fighting reported near Mazari Sharif

Heavy fighting has been reported between the government security forces and the Taliban near the capital of Balkh province. Clashes have recently escalated in areas around Mazari Sharif, with Taliban advances triggering panic amongst local residents as they flee the city. The Taliban have made considerable territorial gains across the northern regions throughout the last week, capturing six regional capitals since Friday.

Kapisa airstrike kills 11 Taliban

An airstrike which was recently carried out in the province of Kapisa has allegedly left at least 11 Taliban insurgents dead. The airstrike was reportedly conducted by the US forces in the Nijrab district on Tuesday. Local sources claim the aerial operation targeted suspected insurgent positions in the Tap-e-Ahmad Bek area of the district during the morning hours.

Taliban reject calls for ceasefire

The Taliban have rejected international calls for a ceasefire amid worsening heavy fighting in Afghanistan, as the government security forces continue to battle a massive Taliban advance for more territory. At least six regional capitals have fallen to the Taliban since Friday, with Kunduz city being their biggest strategic gain this year. Heavy fighting has also been reported in Pol-e-Khumri and Mazar-e-Sharif.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Logar operations

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another three insurgents have also been injured amid recent security operations in the Logar province. The overnight operations have been carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 48 hours in the Mohammad Agha district and in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Pol-e Alam. A Taliban-owned cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

AAF strikes kill 47 Taliban in Kandahar

Airstrikes carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the southern Kandahar province have reportedly killed as many as 47 Taliban insurgents in the last 24 hours. The strikes were conducted on Monday in areas surrounding the provincial capital city, and in the Dand, Takhtah Pul, and Zhari districts, where Taliban positions and hideouts were allegedly identified and targeted. While 47 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional 25 others were also wounded in the overnight strikes.

Samangan provincial capital falls to Taliban

Samangan's provincial capital of Aybak has reportedly fallen to the Taliban. The city is the fourth provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in recent days, after the insurgency took Kunduz City, Taloqan, and Sar-e-Pul over the last 48 hours, and the sixth provincial capital to fall the Taliban since last week, when both Sheberghan, and Zaranj were seized. The residents of Aybak have accused the central government of negligence, while local officials have claimed the security forces retreated from the city without fighting. 

Heavy fighting reported in northern provinces

Heavy fighting between government troops and Taliban insurgents have allegedly been reported in the northern provinces of Balkh and Takhar. Reports indicate ongoing clashes have been taking place in the provinces since Sunday night. So far, the security forces are understood to have retaken control of the Worsaj and Farkhar districts in Takhar, with assistance from public uprising forces. Meanwhile, in Balkh, heavy clashes are underway in the Dehdadi district, with fighting reported near the provincial capital of Mazar-e-Sharif, as well as the Pul-e-Imam Bukhari area. The latest clashes come after the Taliban seized three northern provincial capitals over the weekend - Kunduz city, Sar-e-Pol, and Taloqan - with Kunduz being a particularly important strategic gain for the insurgents. The Taliban have now captured five regional capitals since Friday.

Logar operation kills two Taliban

At least two Taliban insurgents have been killed and a third has been injured in a recent security operation in the Logar province. The operation was apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours, in the Baraki Barak district of Logar. The operations comes amid wider counter-insurgency operations in response to a heightened Taliban offensive nationwide.

Clashes reported in Panjshir

Violent armed clashes have allegedly been reported between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Panjshir province. The fighting is reported to have broken out in the Abshar area sometime within the last 48 hours. Unconfirmed reports claim several insurgent fatalities have been inflicted amidst the fighting, while at least two suspected insurgents have apparently been arrested by the security forces. The Taliban has acknowledged reports of the clash, but disputed casualty figures, claiming 12 government security personnel were killed instead.

Baghlan mortar attacks kill one civilian

An Afghan civilian has allegedly been killed while five others have also been wounded in recent mortar attacks in the Baghlan province. The attacks were apparently carried out by suspected Taliban insurgents in Pul-e-Khumri over the weekend. It's claimed the insurgents fired multiple rounds of mortar at the Band-e-Dowom and Bolakha areas in overnight attacks. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Herat hospital targeted by armed robbers

A hospital in Herat City has reportedly been targeted by armed robbers over the weekend. The incident allegedly occurred on Sunday at a Covid-19 facility at Shidaei Hospital on Khaja Ali Movafaq Road. According to local sources, the armed robbers are purported to have stolen various personal belongings from hospital patients and staff members before fleeing the scene. 

Journalist kidnapped in Helmand

A journalist has reportedly been kidnapped by the Taliban in the southern Helmand province. Officials claim Taliban insurgents have seized local journalist Nematullah Hemat - taking him from his home in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Sunday. The Taliban have seemingly denied involvement in the abduction - which comes as the latest in a long series of attacks targeting media personnel.

Radio station head killed in Kabul

A radio station head has allegedly been killed in a recent attack in Kabul province. The attack is reported to have occurred on Sunday in an unspecified part of the Deh Sabz district. Sources claim two people were killed in a suspected insurgent attack, including the head of Paktiya Ghag radio, Toofan Omar. It's believed the killing was most likely a targeted attack on Omeri. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual thus far; however, officials in Kabul believe the Taliban were behind the attack.

US embassy urges citizens to leave Afghanistan

The US embassy in Kabul has urged all American citizens to leave Afghanistan amid worsening instability and insecurity in the country. An alert issued by the embassy warns that the consulate's abilities to assist US citizens are extremely limited, even in Kabul, due to reduced embassy staffing and security concerns. The warning comes as the Taliban have ramped up attacks on populated urban areas in recent weeks, leading to widespread fighting and heavy casualties.

Farah airstrikes kill dozens of Taliban

More than 60 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes in the Farah province. The airstrikes have allegedly been conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Pusht Rod district within the last 24 hours, targeting identified insurgent positions. In total, at least 65 insurgent deaths have been reported by military sources following the aerial operations.

More northern cities fall to Taliban advance

Following the earlier capture of Kunduz, Taliban militants are now reportedly in control of the northern cities of Sar-e-Pul and Taloqan. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, a provincial council member of Sar-e-Pul province, told Reuters that the Taliban has taken government buildings in the northern provincial capital and forced officials to flee to a nearby military base. Meanwhile, local residents in Taloqan told the AFP that the security forces and officials retreated after the federal government failed to provide assistance. On Saturday the group captured Jawzjan capital Sheberghan, a day after they also seized Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz.

Taliban capture Kunduz provincial capital

Taliban forces have captured the provincial capital of Kunduz province. A Taliban statement announced the capture of the police headquarters, the governor’s compound and the prison. “Only the army base and the airport is with ANDSF [Afghan security forces] from where they are resisting the Taliban,” said Amrudddin Wali, a member of Kunduz provincial assembly. Health officials report that 14 bodies and 30 injured people have been taken to hospital.

Seventeen insurgents killed in Herat operations

Seventeen Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent military operations in the outskirts of Herat city. Military officials claim the operation were conducted over the course of Saturday, targeting identified insurgent positions in areas surrounding the provincial capital city - which has been under assault from the Taliban for almost two weeks. While 17 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional 19 others were also injured in the operations.

Taliban capture Jawzjan provincial capital

Taliban forces have reportedly captured the provincial capital of Jawzjan, Sheberghan city, the second regional capital to fall in the past 24 hours. Karim Jawzjani, MP for Jawzjan province in the lower house of the national parliament, reported that the provincial capital had been lost to the Taliban, adding that only the Army Regiment is now under the control of the security forces. The Taliban also claimed early Friday afternoon control of the city of Zaranj, capital of the south-western province of Nimroz. 

Afghan air force pilot killed in Kabul blast

An Afghan air force pilot has allegedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in Kabul. The explosion occurred on Saturday, when a sticky bomb which had been attached to pilot Hamidullah Azimi's car was detonated. Five civilians were also injured in the explosion. The targeted bomb attack has since been claimed by the Taliban, which has reportedly launched a campaign to target and assassinate US-trained Afghan pilots. In a statement, the Taliban claimed to have killed at least seven Afghan pilots before Saturday's killing.

Taliban capture Nimroz provincial capital

The Taliban have reportedly captured the provincial capital of Nimroz. Zaranj city is understood to be the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban amid a recent surge in heavy fighting across the country as the Taliban battle to gain more territory. Local sources claim insurgents seized control of the city on Friday afternoon. Zaranj is a major trading hub near the Iranian border and it's fall to the Taliban comes as a major blow to government forces, which have been under huge pressure to push back Taliban advances on other provincial capitals over the last week, including Herat , Lashkar Gah, and Kandahar. Unconfirmed reports suggest the Taliban were able to capture the city due to a lack of government reinforcements. 

Government head of media killed in Kabul gun attack

The Afghan government's head of media and information has reportedly been killed in a gun attack in Kabul. Reports from Tolo News indicate the shooting occurred on Friday, on Darulaman Road, where Dawa Khan Menapal was allegedly shot dead in a seemingly targeted attack by Taliban gunmen. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killing, which came just days after the insurgent group warned it would target senior administration officials in retaliation for increased airstrikes.

Nine Taliban killed in Paktiya operations

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and another six insurgents have also been wounded amid military operations in the Paktiya province. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Sayed Karam district on Thursday. Various explosive devices which had been planted along roadsides throughout the area were also defused by military personnel. The Taliban are known to plant roadside bombs along public roads in attempts to target the security forces.

Over 90 insurgents killed in Helmand

More than 90 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent military operations in the Helmand province. The security forces have been conducting counter-insurgency operations near Lashkar Gah, with local officials reporting 94 insurgent deaths over the last 24 hours. A further 16 insurgents are also thought to have been wounded. Heavy fighting has been ongoing in the region for ten consecutive days now.

Balkh AAF airstrike kills 27 insurgents

An airstrike which was recently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the northern Balkh province has reportedly killed at least 27 Taliban insurgents. The strike was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in the Chimtal district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was allegedly targeted and destroyed. While 27 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional eight other insurgents were also wounded in the strike. An insurgent-owned cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed.

Security operations kill 25 insurgents in Herat

Security operations which have recently been carried out in the western province of Herat have reportedly killed as many as 35 Taliban insurgents. Local sources claim the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces overnight in the Injil and Guzara districts, leaving at least 35 insurgents dead and a further 27 others wounded.

Kandahar airstrike kills 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent airstrike operation which was conducted in the southern province of Kandahar. The aerial operation was carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Thursday, targeting Taliban positions in the Zhari district. In total twelve insurgent deaths have been reported with no additional casualties, while various amounts of Taliban-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the strike.

Taliban attacks on Herat pushed back

Taliban attacks targeting the provincial capital city of Herat have reportedly been pushed back. At least seven insurgent attacks have allegedly been pushed back by the security forces in the police districts 2, 3, 10, and 11. The news comes after a police chief for district 10 was reportedly killed amid clashes on Wednesday night. There have been no reports of civilian casualties so far. Fighting in Herat has been ongoing now for nine consecutive days.

Major military operation launched in Lashkar Gah, Helmand

A major military operation has been launched by the Afghan security forces in the southern province of Helmand. The operation has been launched in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Clearance operations were commenced in the city on Wednesday night, with military officials advising civilians to evacuate Taliban-controlled areas in a bid to prevent civilian casualties. It's believed insurgents are using civilian homes as fighting positions. Thursday marks the ninth consecutive day of fighting in the city, with thousands of families already displaced.

AAF strikes kill 34 insurgents in Sar-e-Pol

Recent airstrikes which have been carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the province of Sar-e-Pol have apparently led to the deaths of at least 34 Taliban insurgents. The aerial strikes were reportedly conducted by AAF personnel near the provincial capital of Sar-e-Pol city on Thursday. Military officials have confirmed the strikes, and casualty figures, stating that while 34 insurgents have been reported dead, an additional 14 others are also believed to have been injured.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 16 Taliban

Some 16 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent airstrikes in the Kandahar province. The airstrikes were reportedly conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Thursday, targeting insurgent positions in the Dand district, and in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Kandahar city. While 16 insurgents have been reported dead, another 10 were also apparently injured in the strikes.

Zabul operations kill 60 Taliban insurgents

At least 60 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and a further 11 others have also been wounded in recent security operations in the province of Zabul. The operations were allegedly conducted in the outskirts of the Qalat district of Zabul sometime within the last 24 hours. According to recent reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF). While as many as 60 insurgent fatalities have been reported, an additional 11 more casualties have also been confirmed. Various insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons have also been seized.

Five Taliban killed in Helmand clearing operation

Five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent clearing operation which was conducted in the southern province of Helmand. The overnight operation was carried out by the special forces within the last 24 hours, targeting Taliban positions in the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, where heavy fighting has been taking place for the last week. A large supply of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition was also reportedly destroyed.

Takhar police chief killed in insurgent attack

A district police chief has reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the north-eastern province of Takhar. Local media has reported heavy fighting near the provincial capital of Taloqan city within the last 24 hours, where it's alleged that an insurgent attack occurred at a security checkpoint in the Bulk Orte Baz area. Among those killed includes the police chief of the Baharak district.

Faryab operation kills 13 Taliban

Thirteen Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation in the Faryab province. According to recent reports, the operation was conducted in the Andkhoy district within the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions. Military officials have confirmed the operation, including details surrounding casualty figures. While 13 insurgents were allegedly killed, an additional seven others were also reportedly injured.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 50 insurgents

As many as 50 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent airstrikes which have been carried out in the Ghazni province. The airstrikes were reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces on Wednesday morning. Local sources claim the strikes targeted suspected insurgent positions in the Andar district, leaving dozens of insurgents dead.

Helmand airstrikes kill dozens

Airstrikes which have been carried out by the Afghan and US forces in the southern province of Helmand have reportedly killed dozens of Taliban insurgents over the last 24 hours. It's claimed as many as 53 Taliban insurgents have been killed, while a further 16 others have also reportedly been injured amid the strikes, which were allegedly conducted overnight in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The aerial operations comes amid a worsening battle between the insurgents and the government forces for control of the city.

Protests held against Taliban attacks

Protests have been held by civilians and residents in Afghanistan against continued Taliban attacks amid a surge in heavy fighting across the country as the Taliban push to gain more territory in urban areas. In Kabul, local residents took to rooftops to chant 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Greatest) on Tuesday night. The phrase has become a cry of defiance for anti-Taliban protesters. Residents in Herat city also staged a similar protest against the Taliban on Monday evening.

Eight killed in attack on defence minister's home

Eight people have been killed and 20 others have been injured after militants launched an attack on the home of Afghan defence minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi. The attack occurred on Tuesday evening, when gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots at Mohammadi's home near Kabul's heavily fortified Green Zone. Mohammadi was reportedly not at home when the attacked took place and his family were safely evacuated while the security forces responded to the attack, which has since been claimed by the Taliban. All four attackers have reportedly been killed. Just hours after the attack, Kabul residents staged a protest in defiance of Taliban attacks.

Kabul blast injures two civilians

An explosion which occurred in the capital city of Kabul has reportedly injured at least two Afghan civilians. The blast apparently happened on Wednesday morning in Kabul's Police District 10, near an Afghan government defence facility. Initial reports suggest the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED). Police have yet to confirm details of the incident - for which there has been no immediate claim of responsibility by any group or individual. The blast comes hours after another blast targeted the home of the Afghan defence minister on Tuesday night.

Helmand police chief injured amid clashes

A police chief in Helmand has reportedly been injured amid ongoing clashes between the government security forces and the Taliban. Heavy fighting has been taking place throughout much of the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah over the past week, with the insurgents slowly gaining ground of the city. On Wednesday it was confirmed fighting had reached the provincial police headquarters compound, where police chief Mohammad Khalid Wardak has allegedly been wounded during armed clashes.

Rockets land near Herat Airport

Two rockets have apparently landed near Herat International Airport in the far-western province of Herat, where heavy fighting continues around the provincial capital. Clashes between the Taliban and the security forces have ben ongoing in areas surrounding the city for almost a week as the Taliban seek to gain more strategic territory. According to reports, two rockets landed near the runway of the airport on Tuesday. The rockets were allegedly fired as a plane en route from Kabul was about to land - forcing the aircraft to abort landing and turn back.

Lashkar Gah residents evacuated amid clashes

Residents and civilians have reportedly been urged to evacuate the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in the southern Helmand province. Afghan military generals have called on residents to leave the city as soon as possible ahead of a major army operation as heavy fighting continues. The Taliban are reported to have captured most of the city, despite frequent airstrikes by the US and Afghan forces.

Heavy fighting continues outside Lashkar Gah

Heavy fighting between the Taliban and the government security forces has continued outside Helmand's provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Intense clashes have been ongoing around the provincial capital for almost a week as concerns grow that the city could fall to the insurgents. The city would be the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban, while government forces continue to battle the Taliban in two other key provincial capitals in Herat and Kandahar. So far, the Taliban are understood to have seized a TV station in Lashkar Gah, while thousands of residents have fled the area. The UN estimates that at least 40 civilians have died in the past day.

Taliban accused of massacre in border town

The Taliban have been accused of massacring civilians in the border area of Spin Boldak in the southern Kandahar province. The Taliban seized the border crossing town amid heavy clashes last month, leading to accusations from the US and the UK of war crimes in the recently captured area. In statements released on Monday, the US and UK embassies claimed the Taliban had "massacred dozens of civilians in revenge killings". the Taliban has dismissed the accusations as baseless.

Ten Taliban killed in Nuristan operation

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another 15 have also been injured in a recent security operation in the Nuristan province. The operation was apparently conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Nurgam area of the province. The operation was carried out sometime within the last 24 hours as part of an ongoing counter-insurgency military offensive in the region.

Kandahar clashes kill five civilians

Five Afghan civilians have apparently been killed amid recent clashes in the southern province of Kandahar. The deaths were reported on Tuesday, following heavy fighting and clashes between the Taliban and government security forces in areas surrounding the provincial capital of Kandahar City. While five civilian deaths have been confirmed, another 42 are also alleged to have been wounded. It's believed the casualties were inflicted sometimes within the last 48 hours.

Protest march held in Herat

A protest march has been staged in the city of Herat, in the far-western Herat province. According to recent reports, the demonstration was held on Monday 2 August in the provincial capital. The protest was apparently organised by local residents and Afghan citizens in support of the Afghan government security forces, which continue to battle the Taliban in areas surrounding the provincial capital district as the insurgents attack key cities across the country.

Helmand airstrike kills seven Taliban

An airstrike which has been carried out in the southern Helmand province has apparently left at least seven Taliban dead. The aerial operation was reportedly conducted by the government security forces on Tuesday morning, targeting an identified Taliban position in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah - where heavy fighting has been taking place over the last few days.

Thirty-five Taliban killed in Kandahar

At least 35 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the southern province of Kandahahr. According to recent reports, the operation has been conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) sometime within the last 48 hours, targeting insurgent positions in the Takhta Pul area of the province. The operation comes as part of wider counter-insurgency military initiatives in the region, which has seen heavy fighting intensify in recent weeks.

President blames US exit for insecurity

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has attributed worsening instability in the country to the recent withdrawal of US forces. Ghani blamed the deteriorating security situation on an 'abrupt' US exit. The comments were made on Monday, as Ghani presented his government's national security plan before Parliament - stating his plan could help being the situation under control within six months. Following the address, both houses of parliament expressed their full support for Ghani's security plan.

Helmand district police chief killed in Taliban clashes

A district police chief in the Helmand province has reportedly been killed amid recent fighting with the Taliban. Local reports have identified the deceased as the acting police chief for Nawzad district, Matiullah Popal. It's claimed Popal was killed whilst fighting Taliban insurgents in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Monday morning. Heavy fighting has been reported in areas around the city for several days now, as the Taliban continue to ramp up efforts to seize more key territory.

Nine Taliban killed in Samangan airstrike

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and a tenth insurgent has also been injured following a recent airstrike which was reportedly conducted in the Samangan province. The strike was apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces on Monday morning in the Dara-i-Suf district, where numerous insurgent positions were allegedly identified and targeted.

Herat clashes kill dozens

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid ongoing operations and heavy fighting in the Herat province. According to reports, clashes have been reported across various districts, including Chishti Sharif, Enjil, and Guzara - as well as in areas around the provincial capital district of Herat City. The Taliban's battle to gain more ground in Herat comes as insurgents also continue to attack key parts of Helmand and Kandahar.

Floods death toll tops 100

The death toll amid floods in Afghanistan has now topped 100, while dozens more are still missing. The floods occurred last week in the eastern province of Nuristan, where the total number of confirmed fatalities has now risen to at least 113. A further 110 others still remain unaccounted for and at least 34 people have also been wounded as rescue operations continue in the Kamdesh district. The flooding was triggered by heavy rainfall and has caused significant damage to nearby land and housing. A major access bridge in the district has been destroyed and more than 170 houses have either been destroyed or severely damaged - affecting an estimated 300 families.

Seven Taliban killed in Helmand operations

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and another seven have also been injured following recent clashes in the southern Helmand province. The casualties were allegedly inflicted during a recent security operation, conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Lashkar Gah district. The latest clashes come as heavy fighting between the Taliban and government forces in the southern region continues for the third consecutive day.

Kandahar airport hit by rocket fire

Kandahar airport has been hit by rocket fire as fighting between government troops and Taliban militants continue in the city. Flights were suspended at the airport on Sunday morning after three Taliban rockets struck early on Sunday morning. “Kandahar airport was targeted by us because the enemy were using it as a centre to conduct air strikes against us,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, told Reuters. Work is underway to repair damage to the runway before flights can resume.

Taliban launch major assault on key cities

The Taliban has launched a major offensive on the key cities of Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. On Friday a security guard was killed when a UN compound in Herat came under attack. “This attack against the United Nations is deplorable and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” said Deborah Lyons, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. Militants had also advanced close to the governor's office in Lashkar Gah on Saturday, while in Kandahar local officials said the fighting was the heaviest in 20 years. Yesterday the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said more than 230 civilians have been injured in Kandahar since mid-July.

Helmand AAF strikes kill 65 insurgents

Recent air force strikes in the Helmand province have apparently killed as many as 65 Taliban insurgents. It's claimed the operations were conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting Taliban positions throughout the outskirts of the provincial capital district. While 65 insurgent deaths have been reported, a further 22 other insurgents are also alleged to have been injured. Military officials have reportedly identified two Pakistani nationals among those killed, who are suspected to have links to the al-Qaeda militant group.

Civilians claim Taliban destroyed homes in Balkh

Civilians in the Balkh province have reportedly claimed that Taliban insurgents destroyed homes amid heavy fighting. The reports have emerged from the Kaldar district, which was recently captured by insurgents before being retaken by the security forces. Civilians have alleged that the Taliban torched their homes and used local residents as human shields during recent clashes. Various livestock and other belongings were apparently also lost. Some of the heaviest fighting reportedly took place in the village of Tazarigh, just eight kilometres from the district centre.

Five civilians killed in Zabul mortar attack

Five Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent mortar attack in the Zabul province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Thursday evening in the city of Qalat, where three civilian children and two civilian women were allegedly killed after a mortar landed on civilian homes. At least 12 civilians were also wounded in the incident, which came amid clashes between the government forces and the Taliban in the outskirts of the city. Local police officials have reportedly blamed the Taliban - which have yet to comment on the alleged mortar attack.

Herat airstrikes kill 13 Taliban

Airstrikes which have recently been carried out in the Herat province have allegedly killed as many as 13 Taliban insurgents. The strikes were reportedly conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF), targeting insurgent positions in the Ghoryan district of Herat on Thursday. While 13 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional 22 others are also thought to have been wounded in the aerial operations.

Faryab operations kill 23 Taliban

Recent operations in the Faryab province have reportedly led to the deaths of at least 23 Taliban insurgents. The security operations were allegedly conducted by government troops in the Pashtun Kot and Maimana districts within the last 24 hours. While 23 insurgents have been killed. another three were also injured in the operations.

Seventeen Taliban killed in Paktiya operations

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent security operations in Paktiya. The operations were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Sayid Karam district within the last 48 hours. The operations targeted known insurgent positions, killing 17 insurgents and wounding a further 11 others as well. Various arms, ammunition, and insurgent-owned equipment were also destroyed.

Clearing operations kill 30 insurgents in Zabul

Thirty Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clearing operations in the Zabul province. The operations have reportedly been conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Qalat district sometime within the last 24 hours. While 30 insurgents have been reported dead, an additional 20 others are also believed to have been wounded in the operations. Various insurgent-owned vehicles and a cache of weapons have also been seized by the security forces.

Helmand operations leaves 46 Taliban dead

Some 46 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another 35 others have also been wounded amid recent security operations in the Helmand province. The operations were apparently conducted over the course of Wednesday in the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. Reports indicate the operations were mainly carried out by members of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), with aerial support from the Afghan Air Force (AAF). A local Taliban commander is alleged to have been among those killed in the operations.

One insurgent killed in Kunar clashes

One Taliban insurgent has been killed and five others have also been injured amid recent clashes in the Kunar province. The fighting was reported on Wednesday in the Chapa Dara district of the province, where the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces apparently clashed with a number of Taliban insurgents. According to reports, a local Taliban commander has allegedly been identified as the insurgent who was killed.

UN envoy warns Taliban of isolation if no progress in talks

UN envoy Deborah Lyons issued a warning to the Taliban whilst addressing the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) during a meeting at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, advising the group it faces international isolation is there continues to be no progress in peace talks. "If there is no movement at the negotiating table, and instead human rights abuses and worse still atrocities occur in districts they control, the Taliban will not be seen as a viable partner for the international community," said Lyons. The news comes as the Taliban continue to capture more territory across the country amid heavy fighting in the wake of the US forces being pulled out.

Six Taliban killed in Paktika clashes

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Paktika province. While six insurgent deaths have been reported, another eight were also allegedly injured in the fighting. The clashes are understood to have taken place in the Jani Khel district on Tuesday.

Lashkar Gah airstrikes kill 19 Taliban

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another 10 have also been injured in recent airstrikes in the Helmand province. The strikes were apparently conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) over the course of Tuesday, targeting insurgent positions in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. It's claimed that the Taliban's shadow district governor for Helmand's Sangin district, Mullah Abdul Ahad, has been identified among those injured in the strikes.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Helmand operation

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and wounded in a recent military operation in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, officials have reported at least 93 insurgent deaths as well as an additional 57 casualties following counter-insurgency operations targeting the Taliban in the Nad-e Ali district. The operations were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 48 hours. The Taliban have not commented on the reports.

Zabul AAF strikes kill 26 Taliban

Recent airstrikes in the Zabul province have reportedly killed as many as 26 Taliban insurgents. The airstrikes were apparently conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Shah Joy district sometime within the last 24 hours. The AAF claim to have targeted known insurgent positions, leaving 26 insurgents dead and at least 21 others injured. It's alleged that a high-level Taliban official, Abdul Rahman, is also believed to have been among those injured.

IS militant detained in Nangarhar

An Islamic State (IS) militant has allegedly been detained in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to local reports, the arrest was made by the Afghan security forces in the provincial capital city of Jalalabad during an overnight operation on Monday. It's understood the suspect was apprehended in a targeted operation in the Daman area of the city.

Civilian killed in mortar fire, Logar

An Afghan civilian has apparently been killed by mortar fire in the Logar province. It's claimed the Taliban fired a mortar at a populated residential area of Logar on Tuesday, resulting in one civilian fatality, while at least two other civilians were also injured in the incident. The Taliban have not responded to the claims.

Power line cut amid fighting in Baghlan

A main power line has reportedly been cut amid heavy clashes in Baghlan. Fighting has been taking place in the Kelagai Zindan area of the province over the last 24 hours. It's understood the Taliban have been clashing with the government forces. While no casualties have been reported so far, power supply to nearby and surrounding areas, including parts of Kabul, has been affected by the cut power line.

Taliban attacks repelled in Kapisa

Taliban attacks have reportedly been pushed by in the Nijrab district of Kapisa province. The attacks were allegedly repelled by the Afghan security forces and members of the public uprising forces during the early hours of Tuesday morning. While two civilian deaths have been reported amid the clashes, at least four members of the public uprising forces were also killed. The fighting largely took place in the Dara-e-Farokh Shah and Dara-e-Kalan areas of the district.

Soldiers flee Taliban border attack

Afghan soldiers have allegedly fled a Taliban attack on a border post in the Nuristan province. Pakistani military officials have reported that a total of 46 members of the Afghan forces, including five officers, crossed the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Sunday night amid heavy fighting to seek refuge near the Pakistani town of Chitral in the border province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It's claimed the soldiers fled after their border post was overrun by Taliban insurgents. The troops have reportedly been provided with food and shelter, although Afghan authorities have apparently denied that their troops have crossed into Pakistani territory.

US restricts commercial flights over Afghanistan

The US has restricted commercial and civilian flights over Afghan airspace due to increased instability and insecurity in the country. All US civilian flights must now fly above 26,000 feet in the Kabul Flight Information Region due to the heightened risk of the deployment of missiles and rockets amid a recent surge in heavy fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces. Flights operating in and out of Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport are exempt whilst taking off and landing.

Seven Taliban insurgents killed in Paktiya operation

At least seven Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent security operation in the Paktiya province. According to local reports, the operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 48 hours in the Ahmad Aba area of the Gardez district. While seven insurgents have been reported dead, another seven were also injured in the operation. Two Pakistani nationals were allegedly identified among those killed.

Takhar AAF airstrikes kill 28 Taliban

Airstrikes which have recently been conducted in the northern province of Takhar have apparently killed as many as 28 Taliban insurgents. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) during the early hours of Monday morning, targeting identified Taliban position in the outskirts of the provincial capital city of Taloqan. A large cache of weapons was also reportedly destroyed during the strike.

Journalists detained in Kandahar

Four journalists have allegedly been detained by the Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar. It's claimed the journalists were detained on Monday after visiting Taliban-held areas of the province. According to reports, the journalists were returning from parts of the Spin Boldak border district, which was captured by the Taliban amid heavy fighting earlier this month.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes which were carried out in the Logar province. According to reports, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan government security forces on Monday morning in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Pul-e-Alam. Military officials have apparently confirmed details of the aerial operation, stating that while 16 insurgent deaths were incurred, an additional 12 more insurgents are also believed to have been injured.

Over 40 killed in Ghazni Taliban attack

Reports have emerged of over 40 people having been killed by the Taliban in an attack in the province of Ghazni. Residents of Ghazni's Malistan district claim Taliban insurgents shot and killed 43 civilians and security force personnel during an attack on the district earlier this month. Similar reports have emerged from else well as well, lending credibility to the as-of-yet unverified claims. It's alleged the insurgents committed war crimes by killing civilians who weren't involved in the fighting. The Taliban has rejected the claims, despite figures indicating thousands being displaced from the district over the last 10 days - when the attack is alleged to have occurred.

Forty insurgents killed in Paktiya operations

Some 40 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent security operations in the Paktiya province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Sayid Karam district on Sunday. The operations apparently targeted insurgent hideouts, killing 40 insurgents and wounding another 12, while a cache of Taliban-owned weapons and various vehicles used by the insurgents were also destroyed.

US general pledges more air support

Additional air support for the Afghan Forces has been promised by US General Kenneth McKenzie. According to reports, the general met with President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday, when they discussed the national security plan with the acting defence minister. Following the meeting McKenzie confirmed the US will continue to carry out airstrikes to support the government troops facing Taliban attacks over the coming weeks. The news comes after the Pentagon announced last week that the US troops withdrawal will complete by the end of August.

Increased insecurity in Parwan linked to illegal armed groups

Increased instability in the province of Parwan has been linked tot he activity of illegal armed groups. A National Directorate of Security (NDS) operation was recently launched in the village of Rabat in response to concerns raised by local residents regarding insecurity in the area linked to the presence of such groups. Ten fatalities were reported during the NDS-led operation, including a former bodyguard of presidential adviser Almas Zahid.

UN warn civilian casualties at record levels

The UN has warned that civilian casualties are thought to have hit a record-high in Afghanistan amid a recent surge in violence and heavy fighting between the Taliban and government forces. It's estimated that over the last six-month period, civilian casualties have increased by 47 percent from the same period last year. The period from January-April 2021 saw 2,791 civilian casualties (876 killed and 1,915 injured), while the number of civilian casualties during May and June - 783 killed and 1,609 wounded - is the highest for those months since the UN began its systematic documentation in 2009. The latest figures have further fuelled concerns that without significant de-escalation, Afghanistan is on course to record its highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a year.

Samangan airstrike kills 11 Taliban

Airstrikes which were recently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) have reportedly killed at least 11 Taliban insurgents in the Samangan province. The AAF conducted the strikes sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting identified insurgent positions in the Ghaznigak area of the Hazrati Sultan district. While 11 insurgents were allegedly killed, another seven were also injured in the strikes.

Five Taliban killed by mine blast

Five Taliban fighters have been killed and a commander, Mufti Ismael, injured in a mine blast in Shirin Tagab, Faryab province on Sunday. The blast occured while Ismael was on route to a commanders' meeting in Shirin Tagab. The Taliban have seized control of all seven districts of Faryab province, threatening the provincial capital Maymana. The group is yet to comment on the incident.

Government imposes night curfew amid Taliban offensive

Afghanistan's government has imposed a night-time curfew in an attempt to curb the Taliban offensive across the country. The interior ministry said the new 22:00-04:00 measures will be enforced in all provinces except for Kabul, Panjshir and Nangarhar. Heavy fighting has been reported outside the key strategic city of Kandahar this week and the Taliban is estimated to control around half of Afghanistan.

Eight insurgents killed in Helmand strikes

Eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 16 others have also been reported injured amid an aerial operation in the southern Helmand province. The airstrike was apparently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Thursday in the Marjah district. Various insurgent-owned vehicles, arms, and ammunition were reportedly destroyed in the strike.

AAF airstrikes kill 28 Taliban in Logar

Airstrikes recently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Logar province have apparently killed as many as 28 Taliban insurgents. The strikes were reportedly conducted by the AAF on Friday, targeting the Zarghon Shahr area of the Mohammad Agha district. It's stated the strikes targeted insurgent positions and weapons caches.

Six Taliban killed in Ghazni operations

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operation in the Ghazni province. The operations have been carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the provincial capital, Ghazni city. It's claimed the Afghan forces launched a counter-insurgency operation during the early hours of Friday morning, targeting identified Taliban positions in Police District 2 of Ghazni City. In total, six insurgents have been reported dead, along with seven others who were also wounded.

Tajikistan deploys 230,000 troops to Afghan border

More than 200,000 Tajiki troops are to be relocated to the Afghan border. Reports indicate Tajikistan plans to move a total of 230,000 military personnel to the 900km-stretch of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border to reinforce border controls and security throughout the border region. The move comes in response to increased instability and insecurity in neighbouring parts of Afghanistan, where Taliban advances and heavy fighting has forced thousands of civilians to flee across the border.

Clashes reported in Karukh, Herat

Heavy fighting has been reported in the Karukh area of Herat province between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban. Clashes apparently broke out on Friday morning, when the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched a clearing operation with support from local public uprising forces. According to reports, numerous casualties have been reported amongst Taliban insurgents following the clashes, which allegedly saw the government forces regain control over Karukh.

Ten Taliban killed in Kunduz operation

Ten Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during an operation in the Kunduz province. The operation was allegedly carried out on Thursday night in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Kunduz City. While 10 insurgents have been killed, an additional nine others were also allegedly injured. According to local sources, the overnight operations were led by an Afghan army special forces unit.

Ten Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

Ten Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another two have also reportedly been wounded in recent airstrikes which were carried out in the Logar province. The strikes were apparently conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on Wednesday. The AAF have confirmed the aerial operations, stating they targeted identified insurgent locations in the Mohammad Agha district.

Nangarhar rocket attack kills five

At least five people have reportedly been killed and two others have also been injured in a recent rocket attack in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The attack allegedly happened on Wednesday in the Spin Ghar district, where the rocket apparently struck civilian developments in the Red Belt area. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, government officials have suggested the Taliban are likely to blame.

Helmand security operations kill seven insurgents

Seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent security operations in the southern Helmand province. The operations have allegedly been carried out by the Afghan government forces within the last 24 hours, targeting Taliban positions in the Lashkar Gah and Garmsir districts. Officials have confirmed the death toll of seven, adding that at least 13 other insurgents were also wounded in the operations.

US general accuses Taliban of cutting off population centres

Top US general Mark Milley has accused the Taliban of seeking to cut off Afghan population centres. The comment comes after the Taliban vowed not to attack provincial capitals earlier this month, but have since encircled at least 17 provincial capitals - fuelling further uncertainty over the security situation in the country as the US forces continue their planned withdrawal. Milley claimed the Taliban have gained "strategic momentum" amid their push to capture more territory, and are now estimated to control about half of the Afghan countryside, as they drive to cut off population centres from the Afghan government. Government forces are said to be consolidating their positions to protect population centres, with fighting expected to escalate over the next few weeks following Eid.

Ten Taliban killed in Jowzjan clashes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent clashes with the Afghan government security forces in the northern province of Jowzjan. According to recent local reports, the fighting broke allegedly out in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Sheberghan, on Wednesday. While 10 insurgents have been reported dead, a further four others were also injured amid the clashes. 

Nangarhar IED blast kills six

Six people have died and a seventh person has also been injured in a recent bomb explosion in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The blast occurred on Wednesday in the Khogyani district, where it's suspected an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Chamtal area. Local reports have identified the victims as tribal elders. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban attack kills four soldiers in Kunar

Four Afghan soldiers have allegedly died in a recent Taliban attack in the Kunar province. The attack occurred in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar on Tuesday. Reports indicate that fighting erupted overnight, when the insurgents launched a coordinated attack in a bid to seize control of the district. While four fatalities have been confirmed amongst security personnel, no casualties have been reported amongst the insurgents.

Two shot dead in Bamyan incident

Two people have reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Bamyan province. The shooting allegedly occurred overnight in the Yakawlang area of the province, where unidentified suspects apparently opened fire at the victims outside a residential property in the village of Baghlakudeh-e-Sorkh. While two deaths have been confirmed, a third victim was also injured in the shooting - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

President criticises Taliban over surge in violence

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has criticised the Taliban over a recent surge in violence despite calls for peace. Ghani accused the Taliban of having no will for peace, before claiming he has prepared an "urgent practical plan" for improving the security situation and peace prospects in Afghanistan based on the Taliban's alleged lack of commitment to the peace process. The comments come after an unfruitful peace meeting between Afghan delegation and Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar, and after 15 diplomatic missions in Afghanistan issued a joint call for the Taliban to observe an Eid ceasefire.

US to evacuate 2,500 Afghans

The US is to begin evacuating some 2,500 Afghans who assisted the US forces in Afghanistan. The group are to be relocated to Fort Lee military base in the US state of Virginia, where they will await the completion of a special visa process. The news comes as the US forces continue to withdraw from Afghanistan in line with a peace agreement with the Taliban. The US pull-out is due to be completed by the end of August, with a small force of several hundreds troops remaining to protect the US embassy in Kabul.

Rockets land near presidential complex

Rockets have landed near the presidential complex during Eid prayers. There have been no reports of injuries so far. The rockets were reportedly fired at around 08:00 local time and were heard across the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the palace and multiple embassies. At least three rockets landed in the capital with all three hitting different parts. It is not immediately clear who was behind the attack, which has coincided with a sweeping Taliban offensive across the country and comes just a day after 15 diplomatic missions and NATO urged the Taliban to halt offensives in the interest of peace.

Afghan envoy recalled from Pakistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has recalled the Afghan envoy and other Afghan diplomats from Pakistan. The decision comes in response to the kidnapping and torturing of Silsila Alikhil - daughter of the Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, Najibullah Alikhil. Twenty-six-year-old Silsila Alikhil was abducted and tortured before being released in Islamabad over the weekend. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the interior ministry to hunt down the perpetrators within 48 hours. Afghan officials have indicated the kidnappers must be brought to justice before the safety of Afghan diplomats could be secured in Pakistan. The decision to recall the envoy came just hours after a rally was held outside the Pakistani embassy in Kabul over the incident on Sunday, with protesters calling on the Afghan government to take action.

Foreign missions issue joint call for ceasefire

Foreign missions in Kabul have issued a joint call for a Taliban ceasefire. Some 15 diplomatic missions and the NATO representative in Kabul have called for an "urgent end" to Taliban offensives - just hours after a peace meeting between Afghan government delegates and Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar, failed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire. The joint statement has been supported by Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the EU, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

Aerial operations kill 21 insurgents in Sar-e-Pol

Airstrikes have been carried out in the Sar-e-Pol province, leaving some 21 suspected Taliban insurgents dead. The aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) within the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions along the Sar-e-Pol-Jowzjan highway, as well as in the outskirts of the provincial capital. The AAF have confirmed the strikes, stating a total of 21 insurgents were reported dead, while a further seven others were also injured.

Twenty Taliban killed in Faryab airstrike

An airstrike which was recently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) has reportedly left at least 20 Taliban insurgents dead. The strike was allegedly conducted by the AAF over the weekend in the Pashtun Kot district. Officials have confirmed the airstrike and death toll, adding that a further six suspected insurgents were also wounded in the operation, which targeted several Taliban hideouts in the area.

Security forces retake Dara-I-Suf, Samangan

The Afghan government security forces have reportedly retaken the Dara-i-Suf district from the Taliban in the Samangan province. Local sources are reporting that the district was allegedly liberated from the Taliban during the early hours of Monday morning. It's claimed the security forces launched a ground operation to retake control of the district, with support from local public uprising forces.

AAF strikes kill 11 in Takhar

An Afghan Air Force (AAF) strike has been carried out in the northern province of Takhar. The AAF airstrike was reportedly conducted over the weekend, targeting identified Taliban positions near Nahre Chaman, in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Taleqan. Eleven insurgent deaths have been reported following the strike, along with at least seven insurgent casualties. In addition, two Taliban-owned vehicles and a supply of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the aerial operation.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Helmand

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have recently been killed in a security operation which was carried out by the Afghan government troops in the southern Helmand province over the weekend. The operation was reportedly conducted on Sunday in the outskirts of Helmand's provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. While 15 insurgents have been reported dead following the operation, another three were also injured.

Five Taliban killed in Nangarhar operation

Five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation which was conducted in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces and targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Dur Baba district on Sunday. In total, five insurgents deaths have been confirmed, along with at least eight further injuries, while an insurgent-owned cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed.

Iran-Afghanistan border to remain closed for five days

The three border gates of Milk, Mahiroud, and Dogharoon between Iran and Afghanistan will remain closed from Monday to Friday due to Eid Al-Adha, the spokesman for the Customs Administration of Iran said on Saturday. Mahiroud and Dogharoon were previously closed due to the Afghan conflict, re-opening to trade only last week until Saturday. From next Saturday, according to the customs spokesperson, trade will resume.

Taliban voice support for political settlement

Taliban supreme commander Haibatullah Akhunzada has said in a statement that he favours a political settlement to the conflict with the Afghan government. The announcement comes as the respective parties, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [Taliban] and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan [government], partake in negotiations in Doha. Al Jazeera reported that “throughout the first day of talks everything was being discussed on the table," but as of yet nothing concrete is to be seen. 

Kapisa deputy governor killed amid clashes

The deputy governor of Kapisa, Aziz-ur-Rahman Tawab, has reportedly been killed amid violent clashes in the Kapisa province. The deputy governor apparently died on Friday during armed clashes between Taliban insurgents and government security forces in the Aghania Valley of the Nijrab district. Provincial police have allegedly confirmed the death, adding that at least five members of a local public uprising force were also wounded in the clashes. The fighting comes as the Taliban has reportedly captured the Tagab and Ala Sai districts in Kapisa.

AAF claim Pakistan air force deterred strikes on Taliban

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has claimed that the Pakistani air force actively warned and deterred Afghan forces from carrying out airstrikes on Taliban targets near the AfPak border in Kandahar. First Vice President Amrullah Saleh claimed in a Tweet on Thursday that “Pakistan air force has issued an official warning to the Afghan Army and Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force”. Taliban insurgents are reported to have seized control of the Afghan side of the border crossing in the area, prompting Pakistani border forces to seal the crossing. However, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disputed Afghanistan's version of events, instead claiming they has responded positively to the AAF's right to act within its own territory and only carried out necessary measures to safeguard Pakistani troops and population.

Over 200 prisoners relocated from Kandahar

More than 200 prisoners have reportedly been relocated from the southern Kandahar province amid increase instability and insecurity in the region. The decision to relocate 240 inmates to Kabul comes after a series of Taliban attacks targeted the central prison. Local sources claim some of the detainees have protested the move. The latest developments come amid unconfirmed reports that the Taliban have recently taken control of the strategic district of Arghandab in Kandahar.

Clashes reported in Jowzjan

Violent clashes have been reported in the northern province of Jowzjan as heavy fighting continues between the government security forces and Taliban insurgents. The clashes allegedly broke out in the outskirts of Sheberghan city on Friday, when insurgents apparently launched coordinated attacks on the provincial capital city. No casualties have been confirmed so far but are thought likely.

AAF strikes kill 20 insurgents in Badakhshan

Recent airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the northern province of Badakhshan have allegedly left as many as 20 Taliban insurgents dead and a further 20 others injured. The AAF strikes were reportedly conducted sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting an identified Taliban position in the Shuhada area of the Baharak district. Provincial officials have confirmed the death toll and claimed a large amount of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed

Taliban clash with security forces in Bamyan

Heavy fighting between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government security forces has been reported in the Saighan district of Bamyan province. According to reports, clashes broke out on Friday as the two sides battle for control over the district. The government forces are alleged to have regained control over the area with the support of pro-government public uprising forces; however, heavy casualties have been reported. No precise casualty figures have been confirmed thus far.

Helmand clearing operations kill 32 Taliban

Clearing operations which have been carried out in the southern province of Helmand have reportedly killed at least 32 Taliban insurgents. The operations were conducted within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces, targeting insurgent positions in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. While 32 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional 10 other insurgents were also allegedly wounded.

Indian journalist killed amid Kandahar clashes

An Indian journalist has allegedly been killed amid violent clashes in the southern Kandahar province. Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was reportedly hit by a stray bullet amid fighting between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Spin Boldak district on Friday. The Taliban are widely reported to have captured parts of the district, including seizing control of the border crossing with Pakistan. The security forces have disputed this claim, despite the Pakistani side sealing the border.

Qala-e-Naw clashes end after mediation

Clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Qala-e-Naw area of Badghis have stopped following mediation. “With the mediation of the tribal elders, from 13:00 local time a ceasefire has been in place", said provincial governor Hesamuddin Shams on Thursday afternoon. Shams confirmed that Taliban insurgents have now left the outskirts of the city and that the security forces have successfully brought the situation under control. Over 1,000 families are believed to have been displaced amid the recent fighting in Qala-e-Naw over the last few days, moving to other parts of Badghis or to the western Herat province.

Hundreds flee Taliban clashes to Tajikistan

Hundreds of Afghans have allegedly fled to neighbouring Tajikistan to escape heavy fighting as Taliban insurgents continue to advance on contested territory across the northern region. According to reports, Tajik border guard claim some 300 refugees have fled from the Taliban, including more than 170 children. So far, the refugees have been allowed to enter Tajikistan, where they are being accommodated in two sites based in the mountainous Murghab region.

Badakhshan operations kill 10 Taliban

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and another 13 others have also been wounded amid recent security operations in the northern Badakhshan province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan government security forces in near Faizabad on Wednesday. Military officials have confirmed the operations and the death toll, claiming insurgent positions along the Faizabad-Baharak highway were targeted and destroyed. Pro-government public uprising militia forces are also understood to have assisted ground operations. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least two of the 10 insurgents killed have been identified as Chechen nationals.

Taliban propose temporary ceasefire

The Taliban have reportedly proposed a temporary ceasefire in exchange for a prisoner release. An Afghan government negotiator has allegedly relayed the details of the proposed ceasefire and prisoner exchange, which appears to promise a three-month observation of a temporary truce in fighting in return for the release of 7,000 Taliban inmates currently being held in government prisons. The Taliban are also requesting the removal of the group from the UN blacklist.

Badghis operations leave four Taliban dead

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another three insurgents have also been wounded following recent security operations in the Badghis province. The operations were carried out as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations led by the Afghan security forces. The latest operations in Badghis were conducted in the Qala-i-Naw district over the last 24 hours.

Laghman mortar strikes kills five

At least five fatalities have been reported along with 12 casualties following recent mortar strikes in the Laghman province. According to local reports, the strikes occurred in the Alingar district on Wednesday. All five fatalities have been identified as civilians. It's claimed the deaths were incurred when mortar fire hit civilian residential areas near the village of Khalilabad. It's believed the mortar fire came from Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Military operations in Balkh kill five Taliban

Five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent military operation which was carried out in the Balkh province over the last 24 hours. The operation was conducted by the Afghan National Defence Forces (ANDSF) on Wednesday in the Dihdadi district of Balkh, where a number of identified insurgent positions were allegedly targeted and destroyed. The operation resulted in the deaths of at least five insurgents while a further seven others were also wounded.

Three Taliban killed in Baghlan operation

Three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a military operation in the province of Baghlan. According to recent reports, the Afghan security forces conducted recent operations in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khumri city - leaving three insurgents dead while another two were also injured in the operations. The Taliban have not commented on the casualty figures.

UN decries human rights abuses

The UN has decried "serious human rights abuses" in Afghanistan. The international body expressed its increasing concern over the number of rights abuses and violations being reported by communities which have been affected by the ongoing military offensive across the country. “The reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity”, said the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), adding that “those who carry out any such acts must be held accountable". The UNAMA also reiterated calls for peace talks to be re-invigorated and for all parties to announce an Eid ceasefire.

Kandahar military operation kills eight insurgents

Eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent military operation in the southern Kandahar province. The operation was apparently conducted by the security forces within the last 24 hours. Military officials have confirmed the operation, stating insurgent positions in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kandahar city were identified and targeted. Eight fatalities have been confirmed, with no other casualties reported.

Jowzjan airstrike kills four Taliban

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern province of Jowzjan. The airstrike was reportedly conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting Taliban positions in the Afghan Tappeh area. While four insurgent deaths have been confirmed, an additional three other insurgents were also allegedly wounded in the strikes.

Taliban capture Spin Boldak, Kandahar

Taliban insurgents have reportedly captured the Spin Boldak district in Kandahar during an overnight attack. Reports indicate the district fell to the Taliban within the last 24 hours, with insurgents allegedly seizing control of the Afghan side of the Bab-e-Dosti border crossing with neighbouring Pakistan. The development has prompted the Pakistani side to strengthen border security measures. According to local sources, the Pakistani border security forces have ordered a complete closure of the Chaman border crossing. Afghan officials have reportedly denied that the key border post has fallen.

AAF airstrikes kill 29 insurgents in Jowzjan

Airstrikes recently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) have allegedly killed as many as 29 Taliban insurgents across the northern province of Jowzjan. The AAF claims to have conducted the aerial operations over the course of the last 24 hours, targeting Taliban positions along sections of the Jowzjan-Sar-e-Pol highway, where traffic has been disrupted by a Taliban presence in recent weeks. Three local Taliban commanders are alleged to have been identified among those killed in the operation, although the Taliban has not confirmed the fatalities.

Kabul blast kills four

A recent bomb explosion which occurred in the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday has allegedly led to the deaths of at least four people. Preliminary reports indicate the blast happened in the Jad-e-Maiwand area of Kabul's Police District 1. While four fatalities have been reported, an additional five others were also injured. The victims' identities have yet to be confirmed and no immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban launch attacks in Badakhshan

More than 30 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes in the northern Badakhshan province after insurgents launched attacked in the Kuran Wa Munjab area. The fighting was reported on Monday, following Taliban attacks targeting military positions. According to reports, at least 32 insurgent deaths have been confirmed, while a further 14 others were also injured. The security forces are understood to have successfully repelled the attack, with the assistance of local armed public uprising forces.

Top US general in Afghanistan relinquishes command

The top US general in Afghanistan, General Austin "Scott" Miller, has relinquished command during an official ceremony in Kabul. The moment marks a symbolic gesture as the US continues to withdraw its forces from the country. General Kenneth Mackenzie will assume authority from Miller. The handing over comes as increasing violence in the country raises concerns over the outlook of a peaceful political settlement, with the Taliban gaining significant swathes of strategic territory amid heavy clashes with government troops. The group are currently estimated to control more than a third of Afghanistan's 421 districts, as the government regroups to retakes strategic areas and defend cities against Taliban advances.

Taliban intensify attacks on Ghazni

The Taliban have reportedly been intensifying their attacks on the provincial capital of Ghazni city. The developments come just days after a Taliban spokesperson claimed the insurgent group was committed to sparing provincial capitals in their push to gain more territory amid heavy fighting with the government security forces. Reports also indicate their have been continued insurgent attacks on Kandahar city, while two more districts in Bamyan and Helmand have reportedly fallen to the Taliban over the last 24 hours.

Kandahar operations kill 23 Taliban

Some 23 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent security operations in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent reports, the operations have been carried out over the last 24 hours in the Dand and Arghandab districts, as well as in the provincial capital district of Kandahar city. Military officials claim that as many as 23 insurgents have been killed and a further 12 others were also allegedly wounded in the offensive.

Takhar airstrikes kill seven insurgents

Seven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and an eighth has also been injured amid airstrikes in the northern Takhar province. Local reports indicate the aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours in the Taloqan area, where military officials confirmed Taliban positions were identified and targeted in the outskirts of the provincial capital. No other casualties have been reported.

Four insurgents killed in Sayid Karam, Paktiya

Four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another seven others have also been wounded in recent military operations which were conducted in the Paktiya province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) over the weekend in the Sayid Karam area of Paktiya. Various arms and ammunition, as well as two insurgent-owned vehicles, were also destroyed in the operation.

Two districts in Ghor fall to Taliban

Two district in the Ghor province have reportedly fallen to the Taliban as heavy fighting continues across much of the country. It's been reported that the Taiwara and Pasaband districts were captured by the insurgents over the weekend. The latest developments come amid a resurgence in heavy fighting nationwide as the Taliban continue to fight contested territories. No casualties have been confirmed in Taiwara or Pasaband but are thought likely.

Nimruz operations kill 20 Taliban

Recent aerial operations in the Nimruz province have reportedly killed as many as 20 Taliban insurgents. Officials claim the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Delaram area of the province sometime within the last 24 hours. The AAF strikes allegedly targeted a known insurgent positions, killing at least 20 insurgents and injuring a further 35 others. A Taliban-owned cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

Kapisa airstrike kills six Taliban

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent aerial operation which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kapisa province over the weekend. The airstrike was conducted on Sunday in the Tagab district, where a suspected Taliban position was allegedly identified and targeted by the security forces. While six insurgents were reported killed, another five were also wounded in the operation.

Helmand airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed, and another two insurgents have also been injured, following recent airstrike operations in the southern province of Helmand. Reports indicate the strikes were carried out within the last 24 hours in the Garmsir district as part of wider ongoing counter-insurgency operations target the Taliban across the region.

Helmand roadside blast kills three civilians

Three Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed in a recent roadside bombing in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Monday morning in the Bolan area of Lahkar Gah's Police District 3, where a civilian vehicle struck a roadside mine at around 08:00 local time. While three civilian fatalities have been confirmed, an additional six other civilians were also wounded in the blast. The victims have been identified as members of one family, including several women and children. Local officials have yet to comment on the blast - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made, although authorities reportedly suspect the bomb was planted by Taliban insurgents hoping to target government security forces.

Kandahar AAF strike kills 23 Taliban

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid a recent airstrike in the southern province of Kandahar. The strike was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Takhteh Pol district on Friday morning. According to recent reports, the AAF targeted identified Taliban positions, leavning 23 insurgents dead and destroying a large cache of weapons.

Taliban to spare provincial capitals

The Taliban have reportedly said they will not attack provincial capitals. The statement was delivered by a Taliban delegation in Moscow on Friday and comes amid a steep rise in heavy fighting as the Taliban continue to capture more ground. Taliban negotiator Shahabuddin Delawar claimed the group will not attack cities, in a bid to prevent bloodshed; however, fighting in the outskirts of Kandahar, Qala-e-Naw, ad Badghis remain ongoing. Delawar suggested the recent increase in Taliban attacks was in part motivated by the government's alleged failure to address demands for the release of Taliban prisoners. The insurgent group claims to have 85 percent of Afghan soil under their control.

Taliban extend influence in Sarobi, Kabul

The Taliban are reported to have significantly extended their reach in the Sarobi district of Kabul province over the last 24 hours. It's now estimated that as many as 70 out of 130 villages in the district are under Taliban control follow recent advances made by the insurgents as the government troops continue to retreat maid heavy fighting. Local officials claim militants associated with Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and other groups are understood to be involved in clashes. As well as Sarobi, four other district in the province are thought to be under threat as the security situation continues to deteriorate rapidly.

Three killed in Khost roadside bombing

Three fatalities have been reported following a recent roadside bomb explosion in the Khost province. The blast occurred on Friday near the village of Zardari, where a group of children accidentally triggered the explosive whilst playing along a roadside. While the deaths of three children have been reported, a fourth child was also injured. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly blast, but it's presumed the bombw as planted by insurgents aiming to target government forces.

Clashes reported in Kandahar

Clashes have allegedly been reported in the southern province of Kandahar. Fighting apparently broke out between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Mir Bazar area of Police District 7 in Kandahar city on Friday. It's claimed the insurgents captured several security checkpoints as part of a coordinated attack targeting the provincial prison. The security forces have countered the attack, with the prison complex thought to still be under the control of government forces, although updated reports suggest the insurgents have recently entered the city centre. Casualties are thought likely but have yet to be confirmed.

Torghundi border town falls to Taliban

The border town of Torghundi in the western province of Herat has allegedly fallen to the Taliban within the last 24 hours. The town borders neighbouring Turkmenistan, serving as one of two major trade gateways between the two countries. The Taliban claim to have captured the border town, along with the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran - also in Herat.

Taliban capture key border crossing

The Taliban has reportedly captured a key border crossing area along the Afghan-Iranian border. According to reports, security officials have indicated that insurgents seized control of the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, located in the western Herat province, forcing Afghan security and customs officials to flee across the border. Iranian media has also reported that Afghan soldiers had recently entered Iranian territory via the crossing to escape the Taliban, although Afghan officials have denied reports and insisted the border crossing remains under the control of government forces. There have been no confirmed reports of casualties. In the last week, the Taliban have overrun areas bordering five countries, including Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Pakistan.

AAF airstrike kills eight Taliban in Jowzjan

An airstrike which was recently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Jowzjan province has apparently killed eight Taliban insurgents. The strike was reportedly conducted by the AAF on Wednesday. An identified insurgent position was allegedly targeted by the AAF near the Jowzjan-Sar-e Pol highway. Eight insurgent fatalities have been confirmed by officials, who claim two insurgent-owned motorbikes and several weapons were also destroyed in the strike.

Ten 'black fungus' cases reported

Ten cases of the so-called 'black fungus' infection have allegedly been reported in Afghanistan. The country's health ministry stated that the cases were reported from at least five provinces and all involved Covid-19 patients. The viral infection has increasingly become a concern for Covid-19 patients in recent months, after hundreds of cases emerged in India earlier this year. Medicine for the disease is considered scarce in Afghanistan, meaning it has the potential to spread quickly if the outbreak isn't contained quickly.

Ten 'black fungus' cases reported

Ten cases of the so-called 'black fungus' infection have allegedly been reported in Afghanistan. The country's health ministry stated that the cases were reported from at least five provinces and all involved Covid-19 patients. The viral infection has increasingly become a concern for Covid-19 patients in recent months, after hundreds of cases emerged in India earlier this year. Medicine for the disease is considered scarce in Afghanistan, meaning it has the potential to spread quickly if the outbreak isn't contained quickly.

Six police killed in Taliban attack in Paghman

Six police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in Kabul's Paghman district. The fatalities were incurred during heavy clashes which broke out between the security forces and the Taliban in the Qala-e-Haidar Khan village, were insurgents allegedly attempted to set a police checkpoint on fire during the early hours of Wednesday morning. It's been reported various military equipment and weapons were also stolen by the Taliban after they killed the police officers, before additional security forces arrived. The insurgents managed to flee the scene and a clearance operation has since been launched in the area.

Army driving out Taliban in Qala-e-Naw

The Afghan National Army (ANA) are understood to be driving out Taliban insurgents from Qala-e-Naw city in the Badghis province. Afghan troops are reported to have recaptured government buildings amid heavy fighting in the city after the insurgents launched an attack on Wednesday. Dozens of insurgents have allegedly been killed amid ground operations and airstrikes, with unconfirmed reports claiming the insurgent death toll is as high as 69. Before the insurgents were pushed back, they are understood to have freed some 400 prisoners from the city's prison, including 100 of their own fighters. The Taliban's attack on the city comes as they continue to challenge the government for control over contested districts and is the first to target a provincial capital since the US forces began to withdraw.

Nimruz AAF strike kills five Taliban

At least five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another four insurgents have also been injured in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Nimruz province. The strikes were conducted in the Delaram area on Wednesday as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations. At least three insurgent-owned vehicles and a weapons cache were also destroyed in the operation.

Clearing operations kill 13 insurgents, Paktika

Recent clearing operations have reportedly killed as many as 13 suspected Taliban insurgents in the Paktika province. The operations targeted insurgent positions in the Surobi district over the course of the last 24 hours. While 13 insurgent fatalities have been confirmed, an additional seven insurgents were also injured in the clearing operations, which were conducted by the Afghan security forces.

Eight Taliban killed in Helmand airstrike

Eight Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out in the southern province of Helmand. The strike was conducted by the security forces in the Lashkar Gah district sometime within the last 24 hours, leaving eight insurgents dead and another two injured. Various insurgent-owned arms and ammunition supplies were also destroyed in the operation.

Helmand airstrike kills six Taliban

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and another three have also been injured in recent airstrikes which were conducted in the southern province of Helmand. The aerial operations reportedly targeted insurgent hideouts in the Marjah district of Helmand. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours as part of wider ongoing counter-insurgency operations.

Ten Taliban detained in Wardak

Ten suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been arrested by the security forces in the province of Wardak. Police reports claim the group were detained on Tuesday in Maidan Wardak for allegedly planting explosive landmines along the side of a public road. It's believed the suspects are members of the Taliban insurgency and were planting roadside bombs with the intention of targeting government forces.

Balkh operation kills 21 Taliban

A military operation in the Balkh province has allegedly killed at least 21 Taliban insurgents. The operations was apparently conducted within the last 24 hours in the Charkint district, where ground troops targeted insurgent positions with aerial support. While 21 insurgent deaths have been recorded, an additional 12 other insurgents were also reportedly injured in the operation. 

German consulate closes in Balkh

The German consulate general has closed in Mazar-i-Sharif in the northern province of Balkh. German diplomatic staff have confirmed the closure, stating the country's consular presence in the city was formally closed on Tuesday. The decision to close the consulate came as part of the ongoing withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan and comes amid a surge in Taliban activity in the northern region as more districts fall to the group.

Taliban target Qala-e-Naw in Badghis

The Taliban have launched an attack targeting the Qala-e-Naw district in Badghis province. The move on the district has been reported as of Wednesday morning and comes amid a big push from the Taliban to capture more contested areas throughout the northern region as foreign troops continue to be withdrawn from the country. No reports of fighting or casualties have emerged thus far. Recently, vulnerable Afghan troops have been retreating from districts to avoid deadly clashes.

Helmand operation leaves six Taliban killed

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Helmand province. The operations were conducted by the security forces in the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah on Tuesday. According to local sources, the government forces targeted the Taliban in Police District 9 of the provincial capital, leaving six insurgents dead and a further four others injured.

Security forces push back Taliban attack in Samangan

The Afghan security forces have allegedly pushed back a Taliban attack in the Samangan province. According to reports from Tolo News, the Taliban attacked the district of Hazrati Sultan on Monday evening but were pushed back by government troops. Provincial officials have confirmed the clashes, stating the fighting lasted for several hours overnight, leaving eight insurgents dead. The Taliban has disputed reports of  their advances being pushed back, instead claiming to have captured the district - which is home to a section of a key highway connecting Kabul and the northern province of Balkh.

Balkh airstrike kills 14 Taliban

An airstrike in the Balkh province has killed at least 14 Taliban insurgents and wounded another nine. The aerial strike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Dawlatabad district on Monday. The airstrike targeted an identified Taliban position as part of wider security operations in the region. Numerous insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons caches were also destroyed in the strike.

Taliban to present Afghan peace plan

The Taliban are expected to present a written Afghan peace plan next month. The insurgent group reportedly aim to present the peace proposal to the Afghan government, as Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid says talks are "expected to enter an important stage".  The news comes as the Taliban continue to make major territorial gains as foreign forces withdraw from the country. The recent spike in violence and vulnerability of the Afghan security forces amid the pull out of international forces have raised doubts over the stability of the US-backed peace negotiations going forward.

Airstrikes kill 35 insurgents in Laghman

Some 35 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent aerial operations in the Laghman province. The airstrikes were led by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as part of continuing counter-insurgency operations in the Alishing district. Local sources claim the AAF conducted the strikes in response to intelligence linking insurgent activity in the area to plans to carry out a potentially deadly insurgent attack on the district centre. The Taliban have been advancing on multiple district centres in recent weeks with the aim of capturing as much territory as possible to expand their area of control.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Paktika operations

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have reportedly died following recent counter-terror operations in the Paktika province. The insurgents were killed in the Jani Khel and the Terwa districts over the course of Sunday in operations conducted by the Afghan security forces. In total, 13 insurgents deaths have been reported, along with an additional eight casualties, while various explosive devices were also destroyed by the security forces.

Logar airstrikes kill 26 Taliban

Airstrikes which were recently conducted in the Logar province by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) have allegedly killed as many as 26 Taliban insurgents. The AAF carried out the strikes in the Khoshi and Puli Alam districts sometime within the last 24 hours. While 26 insurgent fatalities have been reported, various insurgent-owned arms and ammunition stores were also destroyed in the strikes.

AAF airstrikes kill 15 Taliban in Nangarhar

Airstrikes which were recently carried out in the Nangarhar province have reportedly killed at least 15 Taliban insurgents. The strikes were conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Hisarak district sometime within the last 72 hours. While 15 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional eight other insurgents were also injured in the strikes.

Police kill two armed robbers in Herat

Two armed robbers have reportedly been killed by police in the city of Herat. The incident happened at Mehri High School on Mehri Road in Police District 5 of the provincial capital city on Sunday. According to local reports, the police responded to the scene to foil the attempted armed robbery; however, when the suspects resisted arrest, officers were prompted to open fire on them.

Local official killed in Kandahar blast

A local provincial official has allegedly been killed in a recent bomb blast in the southern province of Kandahar. The explosion reportedly occurred on Sunday afternoon, shortly after 14:00 local time, when police were called to respond to reports of a magnetic car bomb attack in Police District 14 of the provincial capital city. The deceased has been identified as Mansur Ahmad - assistant to the provincial governor. It's believed the attack was targeted, although the motive has yet to be confirmed. No immediately claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Herat

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and an additional seven other insurgents have also been injured amid recent military operations in Herat. The operations were apparently carried out over the weekend in the Ghoryan district. Local officials have confirmed the counter-insurgency operation targeted an identified Taliban position in Ghoryan on Sunday, leading to clashes which left 15 dead and seven injured. No casualties have ben reported amongst security personnel, while the Taliban have yet to comment.

Herat operations kill eight Taliban

Eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and some six others have also been injured following recent security operations in the Herat province, The operations were apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting identified insurgent positions in the Pashtun Zarghun and Kushki Kohna districts. Military officials have confirmed the death toll, with no other casualties being reported.

Taliban seize districts in Badakhshan and Kandahar

The Taliban have reportedly seized key districts in the northern Badakhshan and southern Kandahar provinces over the weekend. According to reports, the Taliban have captured several districts from fleeing Afghan forces - several hundred of whom were allegedly forced to flee across the northern border into Tajikistan. It's estimated that the Taliban now controls up to a third of Afghan territory as the insurgency continues to advance on key contested areas.

Taliban insists all foreign troops must leave by deadline

The Taliban has issued a statement insisting all foreign troops must leave Afghanistan by the deadline laid out by US President Joe Biden earlier this year. Biden set a new deadline of 11 September; however, as the Afghan government forces prepare to take charge of security alone, concerns over increasing violence and instability continue to grow, casting doubt over the deadline. Recent reports have suggested a 1,000-strong contingent of mostly US troops could remain on the ground in Afghanistan to protect diplomatic missions and Kabul's international airport. In response, the Taliban has warned that any foreign troops left in Afghanistan after 11 September will be at risk, as the group stated that seizing Kabul militarily was "not Taliban policy" and that the group would not pose any threat to diplomats or NGOs.

Taliban seizes more districts across Afghanistan

Taliban fighters have seized more districts across Afghanistan. Around 300 soldiers were forced to flee across the border into Tajikistan after the Taliban advanced on their positions in Badakhshan province. “Guided by the principles of humanism and good neighbourliness,” the Tajik authorities granted permission to the troops to cross. Militants also captured the Panjwai district in Kandahar province on Sunday, just days after US and NATO forces left the Bagram airbase near Kabul. The group is estimated to control around a third of all 421 districts in the country.

US forces leave Bagram airbase

The US forces have left Bagram airbase in Afghanistan after 20 years. The withdrawal comes as the last 2,500-3,500 US troops are being pulled out of Afghanistan. Bagram airbase has served as the epicentre for US operations amid the war in Afghanistan. The airbase was handed over to the Afghan government forces in its entirety on Friday, with an official handing over ceremony due to take place on Saturday.

Helmand operations kill 11 Taliban

Recent military operations in the southern Helmand province have allegedly killed as many as 11 Taliban insurgents. An additional 10 others insurgents were also reportedly injured during the operations, which targeted Taliban positions in the Nad-e Ali and Nawa-i-Barakzayi districts over the course of the last 24 hours. The operations received aerial support from the Afghan Air Force (AAF). Airstrikes reportedly destroyed various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition supplies.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Herat operation

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent security operations in the Herat province. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours in the Ghoryan district, where violent fighting has recently been reported between the security forces and Taliban insurgents. The ground operations were assisted by aerial support from the Afghan Air Force (AAF), targeting identified insurgent positions. While 18 insurgents have been reported dead, an additional eight others were also injured.

Eight killed in Badakhshan Taliban attacks

Eight people have allegedly been killed following recent Taliban attacks in the northern Badakhshan province. The attacks were apparently carried out in parts of the Fayzabad area on Thursday evening. The fatalities are believed to be government security personnel and members of pro-government public uprising forces. Unconfirmed reports have disputed the casualty figures, claiming as many as 20 fatalities have been reported.

Taliban attack kills three in Baghlan

A recent Taliban attack in the northern Baghlan province has reportedly left at least three people dead. The attack reportedly occurred on Thursday night in the Khost wa Fireng district, where a group of armed insurgents allegedly ambushed the victims. Among those killed includes the head of Pul-e-Charkhi Prison's education department, Mohayuddin Paikan Haidari.

Nine killed in Herat clashes

Eight Taliban insurgents and one member of the armed forces have been killed amid recent clashes in the Herat province. The fighting reportedly broke out in the Ghoryan district overnight, after the security forces were dispatched in an operation during which they successfully managed to foil an attempted car bomb attack. The insurgents allegedly engaged with security personnel in a crossfire, which ultimately left nine dead while 13 others were also wounded, including 10 insurgents and three Afghan soldiers.

Balkh airstrikes kill 33 Taliban

Airstrikes which were recently carried out in the Balkh province by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) have reportedly killed at least 33 Taliban insurgents in the last 24 hours. The airstrikes were conducted on Wednesday in the Shortepa and Kaldar areas. Military sources claim 33 insurgent fatalities were reported, along with 19 injuries as well. An insurgent-owned cache of ammunition and weapons was also targeted and destroyed.

Kandahar operations kill 27 Taliban

At least 27 Taliban insurgents have been killed and another six people have been wounded in recent security operations in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent local reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Dand, Nesh, Shah Wali Kot, and Zherai districts, where identified insurgents positions were allegedly targeted on Wednesday. In addition, various insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons were also destroyed.

Taliban destroy Paktika bridge

A key access bridge has reportedly been destroyed by the Taliban in the Paktika province. The bridge provided passage across a river, connecting the Argon district to the rest of the province. No fighting or clashes have been reported amid the incident and there have been no mention of any casualties incurred. The Taliban have yet to confirm the incident, but are known to target key infrastructure and roads as part of a strategy to undermine the Afghan government.

Over 100 civilians casualties reported in Baghlan

More than 100 Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed and wounded amid recent clashes in the Baghlan province. According to health officials in Baghlan, 85 civilian injuries and 21 deaths have been recorded following recent fighting between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban. The figures come as the Taliban have launched renewed efforts to seize control of Pul-e-Khumri city. Although the security forces allegedly managed to repel the attacks, civilians claimed to have been caught up in the fighting. 

German troops withdraw from Afghanistan

The last German troops have finished withdrawing from Afghanistan. The departure of German soldiers from Afghan soil comes as part of NATO's planned troops withdrawal following nearly 20 years of deployment in the country. German defence officials confirmed that the last German soldiers had been successfully and safely withdrawn on Tuesday evening and are now en route back to Germany via Tbilisi, Georgia.

Taliban launch attack on Ghazni

Taliban fighters have allegedly launched an attack on Ghazni, leading to clashes with the government forces. It's claimed the insurgents have reportedly used explosives in an attempt to seize the city, targeting the highway linking the capital Kabul with the southern province of Kandahar. The attack comes as the Taliban has recently ramped up its offensive against the government, while foreign troops continue to prepare to withdraw. Casualties are thought likely but have yet to be confirmed.

US commander warns of possible civil war

A top US commander has warned of the high-risk of a civil war breaking out in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US forces completes. The warning comes amid heightened concerns over the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan following a recent surge in fighting. The Taliban has seized swathes of territory since the US began withdrawing troops last month. The UN also recently expressed concerns over possible "dire scenarios" as the insurgents continue to capture more districts. It's believed the Taliban have taken more than 50 out of Afghanistan's 370 districts since May - leading to accusations that the Taliban have failed to reduce violence in line with an agreement made with the US. 

Wardak operations kill 10 Taliban

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed amid recent security operations in the Wardak province. The operations were conducted across the Chak area, as well as in the outskirts of Maidan Shar, sometime within the last 24 hours. Various insurgent-owned supplies of arms and ammunition were allegedly discovered and destroyed. While 10 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional 12 other insurgents were also reportedly injured in the operations.

Six Taliban killed amid Nangarhar clashes

Armed clashes which recently broke out in the Nangarhar province amid a security operation have allegedly led to the deaths of at least six Taliban insurgents. Sources claim as many as six insurgents have been killed while three others have also been injured after the Afghan security forces clashed with insurgents during operations in the Hisarak district on Monday. 

Taliban attack Balkh border checkpoint

Taliban insurgents have reportedly launched an armed attack on a border security checkpoint in the northern Balkh province. According to recent reports, the attack was carried out over the weekend on a checkpoint stationed in the Chukchuk area of Kaldar, along the Afghan-Tajik border. It's claimed a number of Afghan security personnel fled the attack, crossing the border into Tajikistan for refuge. No details regarding possible casualty figures following the clash have been confirmed.

Baghlan operations kill 22 Taliban

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and as many as 14 others have also been injured following recent security operations which have been carried out in the Baghlan province over the last 24 hours. According to local reports, the operations were led by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), with aerial assistance provided by the Afghan Air Force (AAF). The operations targeted identified insurgent positions along the Kela Gai-Dushi highway in the Dushi district, overnight on Monday.

Military retake two districts in Faryab

Two districts in the Faryab province which were recently captured by the Taliban have allegedly been retaken by the Afghan security forces during clearing operations on Monday. It's been reported that government troops were successful in retaking control of the Pashtun Kot and Khan Chaharbagh districts and have also made considerable advances in operations to retake Khwaja Omari in the Ghazni province, as well as the Shinwari district in Parwan. Advances have also reportedly been made in Kunduz and Takhar, although four additional districts are believed to have fallen to the Taliban in two provinces in the last 48 hours.

Nine Taliban killed in Laghman clearing operation

Nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and up to 15 others have also been injured during a recent clearing operation in the Laghman province. The operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Alingar district, where insurgent positions have been targeted over the last 24 hours. A large cache of insurgent-owned arms and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

Two IS militants detained in Nangarhar

Two suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group have allegedly been detained by the Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to recent local reports, the arrests were made during an operation led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Behsud district, as well as in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. Both arrests were made during the last 24 hours.

Gunmen attack police vehicle in Paghman

Unidentified gunmen have reportedly launched an attack on a police vehicle in the Paghman district of Kabul province. The attack took place in the Arghandi area of Paghman on Tuesday morning. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least two security personnel have been killed and a third person has been injured, while the police vehicle was left completely destroyed. The attackers allegedly managed to flee the scene immediately after the attack - for which no group, including the Taliban, has issued a claim of responsibility so far. 

Thousands flee Kunduz clashes

Around 5,000 families have fled their homes in the northern city of Kunduz following clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban. Fighting has intensified in recent days after the Taliban launched a major offensive across the north of the country. Insurgents have captured several districts surrounding Kunduz along with a border crossing with Tajikistan. “People fleeing Kunduz have been forced to take a circuitous route through Samangan province to Mazar-e-Sharif, about 110km (68 miles) away to the southwest," a local journalist told Al-Jazeera.

Balkh airstrike kills six Taliban insurgents

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the northern Balkh province. The operation was allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Shortepa area of the province on Thursday. It's claimed a local Taliban shadow district governor has been identified among those killed in the attack. The Taliban has not confirmed details of the incident.

Six Taliban insurgents killed in Kapisa operations

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have also been wounded following recent military operations in the Kapisa province. According to reports, the operations were conducted by government security forces in the Tagab district over the course of the last 24 hours. Officials have confirmed the operation as well as the subsequent death toll, although the Taliban have not commented on the alleged figures and no casualties have been reported amongst Afghan security personnel.

Bomb blast reported in Badghis

A bomb explosion has been reported in the Badghis province Preliminary reports indicate that at least one person has been killed in the roadside blast, which occurred on Thursday in the Muqur district. It's suspected the bomb had been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents intending to target government security forces, although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far. While one person has died, another person was also injured in the blast.

Logar airstrikes kill 20 Taliban

Some 20 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes which were conducted in the Logar province. The aerial operations were apparently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Azra district sometime within the last 24 hours. It's been reported that the AAF strikes targeted insurgent positions, killing at least 20 and injuring a further seven others, while an insurgent-owned supply of ammunition and weapons was also destroyed.

AAF airstrike kills 15 Taliban

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed following a recent airstrike which was carried out in the northern Kunduz province by Afghan Air Force (AAF) personnel. The aerial operations were conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in an unspecified part of the province, where several Taliban positions were allegedly identified and targeted. A large cache of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the airstrike.

Six Taliban killed in Laghman

Six Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed, while a further eight others have also been injured following recent military operations in the Laghman province. The operations were reportedly conducted on Wednesday by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) as part of wider counter-insurgency operations. According to reports, a number of identified Taliban positions in the Baad Pakh area were targeted and destroyed.

Nangarhar tribal elders warn families against aiding insurgents

District tribal elders have allegedly issued warnings to families in the Spinghar district of Nangarhar, to warn against providing aid or shelter to Taliban insurgents. Residents have apparently been advised they could risk forced evacuation from their homes if found to be supporting the insurgent group. The development comes as the Taliban continue to seek to expand their influence across Afghanistan.

Helmand military operations kill six Taliban

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent military operations in the Helmand province. The operations were reportedly conducted by the security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting numerous Taliban positions throughout the province, including in the Garmsir, Lashkar Gah, Nad Ali, Nahr-e-Saraj, and Nawa districts. Among the six insurgents killed are thought to be five local Taliban commanders, while an additional seven other insurgents were also injured.

Armed civilian resistance clashes with Taliban in Khost

An armed civilian resistance has reportedly clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Khost province. According to recent reports, local residents in the Tanai area of Khost took up arms against the insurgents to form a pro-government people's uprising militia to support the security forces amid clashes on Wednesday. No casualties have been confirmed following the clash, but are expected.

Taliban seize Khash district in Badakhshan

Taliban insurgents have allegedly seized control of the Khash district centre in the northern province of Badakhshan. The Taliban reportedly managed to gain control of the district centre during the early hours of Wednesday morning following overnight clashes with the Afghan security forces. Provincial officials have confirmed the latest development, claiming the government forces were forced to retreat from the district centre at around 03:00 local time, when they allegedly withdrew to the Jurm district. No details of casualties have been reported so far.

Five killed in Maiwand car bombing

At least five deaths have been reported following a car bomb explosion in the Maiwand district of Kandahar. The blast allegedly occurred on Tuesday night in the Kushk Nakhod area of the district, which is currently under Taliban control. According to local reports, the blast left five people dead and at least 20 others injured. The Taliban haven't claimed responsibility for the explosion but are presumed to be responsible.

Two districts recaptured in northern provinces

The Afghan security forces have allegedly recaptured two districts in the northern provinces of Kunduz and Balkh. Both districts are understood to have recently fallen to the Taliban amid heavy fighting. The Taliban have ramped up efforts to seize contested areas across the northern region in recent weeks. In the last 24 hours, it's been reported that as many as 13 district centres have fallen to the insurgents - taking the total number of district centres taken by the Taliban in the past two months to 70. 

Local Taliban commander killed in Balkh

A local top Taliban commander has apparently been killed along with three other insurgents in the northern province of Balkh. The commander has been identified as Maulvi Baryali - his death has been reported by government and military officials as of Tuesday morning. Baryali was allegedly killed during a military operation in an unspecified part of the province. The Taliban has not commented on his death.

AAF strikes kill eight Taliban in Kandahar

Eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the southern province of Kandahar. The AAF strike was carried out overnight in the Maiwand district, where an identified insurgent position was targeted. According to local sources, the airstrike was conducted just hours before insurgents laid siege to the district centre. Unconfirmed reports indicate the Taliban have claimed control of the district centre, although local officials have yet to confirm developments.

Taliban seize border area in Kunduz

Taliban insurgents have reportedly seized an area along the Afghan-Tajik border in the northern Kunduz province. Recent reports indicate insurgents have captured the Sher Khan Bandar border area, as well as the Char Dara district as of Tuesday morning. Local officials have yet to confirm news of the developments and no casualties have been reported so far. The latest captures come as the Taliban continue to seek to expand their areas of control amid heavy fighting in contested areas in recent weeks.

Samangan airstrikes kill 19 Taliban

Nineteen Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a series of airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Samangan province on Tuesday. The strikes were allegedly conducted by the government forces in response to a planned Taliban attack on a security outpost in the Feroz Nakhchir distrct. The airstrikes were part of a pre-emptive security operation foiling the attack. Provincial police have confirmed the airstrikes and death toll, although the Taliban have yet to comment.

Eight Taliban killed in Balkh airstrikes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes which were carried out in the northern Balkh province over the last 24hours. The strikes were apparently conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAAF) in the Sholgara and Kishindih districts, where identified insurgent positions were reportedly targeted and destroyed. The AAF strikes killed at least eight insurgents, including five local senior Taliban commanders, while four others were also injured.

Security forces retake Takhar districts

The Afghan security forces have retaken two districts in the northern Takhar province. The Bangi and Khwaja Ghar districts were successfully recaptured during an overnight operation with air support. Pro-government public uprising militias are also understood to have assisted on the ground efforts to retake the districts during the clearing operations. The Taliban allegedly escaped from the districts after suffering heavy casualties. Two villages in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Taluqan city were also allegedly cleared of insurgents.

Nine Taliban killed in Kandahar operation

Nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent military operation which was conducted in the southern province of Kandahar over the weekend. The operation was apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Panjwayi district on Sunday. Military officials claim as many as nine insurgents have been confirmed dead, while a further five others were allegedly also injured.

Uruzgan operations kill 43 Taliban

More than 40 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent military operations in the Uruzgan province. Officials claim as many as 43 insurgents have been killed, while a further 28 others have also been wounded following operations conducted in the Chora and Khas-Uruzgan districts over the weekend. The operations reportedly targeted numerous Taliban hideouts, destroying multiple insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons supplies.

Troops kill dozens of insurgents in Kunduz operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Kunduz province. The operations were conducted within the last 24 hours by government troops, targeting insurgents in the Imam Sahib district as well as in the provincial capital district centre of Kunduz City. A total of 37 insurgents deaths and 16 casualties have been reported following the operations. At least seven local Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed.

Taliban seize districts in Baghlan

The Taliban have apparently gained control over two more district centres in the Baghlan province. It's been reported that insurgents have now seized the centres of the Doshi and Jilga districts following violent clashes with government troops over the weekend. Local officials have confirmed the capture of both districts, although military officials have yet to comment on the latest developments.

Military operation in Logar kills 18 insurgents

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent military operation in the Logar province. The operation was apparently conducted by the government security forces in the Kharwar district on Sunday. Some 18 insurgents have been reported dead, while another 11 were also injured. It's understood ground troops were supported by aerial assistance during the operation. Various insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons supplies were also destroyed.

Helmand operations kill 36 Taliban

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent military operations in the southern Helmand province. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting identified insurgent positions in the Lashkar Gah, Nahr-e-Saraj, and Nawa-i-Barakzayi districts. While 36 insurgents have been reported, an additional 23 others have also been wounded. No casualties have been reported amongst the security forces.

Kabul shooting kills three

Three deaths have been reported following a recent shooting incident in the capital city of Kabul. The incident allegedly occurred on Friday in the Dehmazang area of west Kabul, in Police District 3. According to local media, the three victims were shot dead by unidentified armed assailants aboard a motorcycle. The suspects managed to flee the scene immediately after the attack, with police having made no arrests in connection with the killings so far.

Soldier killed in Kabul attack

A member of the Afghan National Army (ANA) security forces has reportedly been killed in an armed attack in the Qala-e-Kashif area of Kabul. The ANA officer was allegedly shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Police District 5 in the western outskirts of the capital on Friday. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the soldier's death so far, while the military and police have launched joint investigations into what appears to have been a targeted gun attack.

MPs question suitability of security chiefs

Lawmakers in Afghanistan have brought into question the suitability of numerous officials appointed in positions as either permanent or interim security chiefs. MPs asserted that, due to increasing uncertainty and insecurity amid ramped up insurgent attacks nationwide, more suitable permanent appointments should be made in cases where chief security roles have been filled by a caretaker for several months - such as that of Minister of Interior. Meanwhile, a temporary vacuum has emerged in the role of defence minister, with the incumbent having been abroad for a prolonged period of time. “The fate of the acting minister of interior remains uncertain, the deputy minister of interior for security is not there, there is no defence minister here, there are lots of problems, all these have an impact on the war,” said MP Mir Afghan Safai. MPs also criticised recent reshufflings in the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Taliban attack police HQ in Herat

Taliban insurgents have reportedly targeted police headquarters in the Zinda Jan district of the Herat province. According to recent reports, at least one security personnel has been killed and three others have also been injured, while around 20 insurgents have also been confirmed dead and eight more have been injured following the incident. The attack allegedly took place on Thursday, during the early hours of the morning, resulting in a five-hour-long gunfight, with the insurgents ultimately repulsed.

Nangarhar clearing operations kill 23 Taliban

Clearing operations which were recently carried out in the eastern province of Nangarhar have allegedly left at least 23 Taliban insurgents dead. The operations were reportedly conducted with the last 48 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Pachir Wa Agam district. It's understood that, while 23 insurgents have been killed, an additional 17 others have also been wounded following the operations. Military officials have also claimed that at least two prominent local Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed in the operation.

Taliban close key routes in Paktiya

The Taliban have allegedly closed key road routes throughout parts of the Paktiya province. According to reports from Tolo News, groups of insurgents have closed off large sections of road, preventing the public from being able to travel home. The routes have reportedly been cut off in a bid to exert pressure on supply routes used by the Afghan security forces. Routes targeted include a number of key highways connecting the centre of the province to the Zurmat and Zazai Aryoub districts. Residents are calling on the government to take swift action to re-open the routes. Military officials have indicated a joint clearing operation is due to be launched in the area.

Over 20 security personnel killed in Faryab clashes

More than 20 security personnel have reportedly been killed amid clashes in the Faryab province. According to reports, at least 23 Afghan Army special unit commandos have been killed and six police officers have also been wounded after fighting broke out amid a clearing operation in the Dawlat Abad district. The centre of the district fell to the Taliban last week following heavy clashes, with the security forces retreating to the Qaramqol district.

AAF airstrikes kill 26 Taliban

Some 26 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 13 others have also been wounded in recent airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the northern region of Afghanistan. The AAF strikes reportedly targeted insurgents along highways across parts of Jowzjan and Sar-e-Pol over the course of the last 24 hours. According to reports, at least two insurgent hideouts and multiple insurgent-owned vehicles have been destroyed, along with various supplies of arms and ammunition.

Security forces clash with Taliban in Wardak

The Afghan security forces have reportedly clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province. The fighting has apparently taken place in the Saydabad district, in the Tangi Dara area. Sources claim a local senior Taliban member known as Mushfiq has also been identified among those killed in the fighting. Further details around casualty figures have yet to be confirmed.

VBIED destroyed in Balkh

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) has reportedly been destroyed in the Balkh province. An explosive-laden vehicle was reportedly intercepted by the security forces on Wednesday ahead of reaching its intended target - the district police headquarters in Dawlatabad. The security forces responded to the incident overnight, foiling the attempted VBIED attack on police HQ - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made, although officials suspect Taliban insurgents were likely behind it.

Uruzgan clearing operation kills 17 Taliban

A clearing operation which was recently carried out in the Uruzgan province has allegedly killed as many as 17 Taliban insurgents over the last 24 hours. The operation was reportedly conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), with aerial assistance from the Afghan Air Force (AAF). The security forces targeted an identified Taliban hideout in the Chora district, killing 17 insurgents and wounded 24 others, while various supplies of arms and ammunition were also destroyed in the operation.

Kandahar operations kill six Taliban

Security operations recently carried out in the Kandahar province have allegedly killed six Taliban insurgents. An additional 10 other insurgents have apparently also been injured in the operations, which were reportedly conducted by the government security forces in the Nesh district sometime within the last 48 hours. Military sources have claimed various Taliban-owned explosive materials and devices were also discovered and destroyed during the counter-insurgency operations.

Taliban capture security checkpoints in Wardak

Several security checkpoints have allegedly fallen to the Taliban in the province of Wardak. Recent local reports indicate that the security checkpoints were overrun by armed insurgents during a coordinated planned attack in the Sayedabad district. No details regarding casualties have been confirmed so far. The development comes as the Taliban have captured a number of district centres across Afghanistan amid violent fighting in recent weeks.

Security forces retake Khanabad district centre, Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have reportedly retaken the centre of Khanabad district after it fell to the Taliban on Tuesday. According to reports from Tolo News, the security forces re-took control of the district centre on Wednesday morning following a clearing operation which was launched overnight. The centre of the district has switched hands several times over the last few days amid close fighting. Military officials claim as many as 31 Taliban insurgents have been killed so far, including a local Taliban commander identified as Qari Hashem - thought to have been leading the war in the district. At least five civilians are reported to have been killed amid fighting in the last few days, while 20 others were also wounded.

Taliban attack Bamyan security posts

Taliban insurgents have reportedly launched a deadly attack on several security posts in the Bamyan province. The attacks apparently took place overnight in the Kahmard district. It's understood insurgents attacked posts in the Ashpashteh area of the district at around 02:00 local time on Wednesday morning. At least five security personnel have allegedly been killed, while a sixth was also wounded in the attack.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Nangarhar clearing operations

Some 13 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clearing operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Khogyani district on Tuesday. Military officials claim the overnight operations targeted insurgent presence in identified areas, leaving 13 insurgents dead and seven others injured.

Uruzgan operation kills 26 Taliban

A security operation which was recently conducted in the Uruzgan province has apparently killed as many as 26 Taliban insurgents. The operation was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a Taliban hideout in the Chora district. While 26 insurgents have been killed, an additional 28 others have also allegedly been wounded. An insurgent-owned cache of weapons and ammunition has also been destroyed by the security forces.

Kunduz clearing operations kill 20 Taliban

Clearing operations which have recently been carried out in the Khanabad district of the Kunduz province have apparently killed as many as 20 Taliban insurgents. According to reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions in Khanabad. While 20 insurgent deaths have been reported, an additional 10 other insurgents were also allegedly killed in the operations. Military officials have also claimed that at least one local Taliban commander is believed to have been among those killed.

Taliban capture Gosfandi, Sar-e Pol

The Taliban have allegedly captured the Gosfandi district in the Sar-e Pol province. The district allegedly fell to the insurgents overnight after government troops withdrew from the district centre. Local sources have allegedly confirmed the fall of the district, although government officials have yet to comment. The development comes as several districts across the country have fallen to the Taliban in recent weeks.

Security forces raid Taliban hideouts in Helmand

The Afghan government security forces have reportedly carried out a series of raids targeting Taliban hideouts in the southern province of Helmand. The raids were apparently conducted during the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Nad Ali and Nahr-e-Saraj districts. Provincial police have confirmed the operations, stating as many as 18 insurgents have been reported dead, while a further nine others were also allegedly injured. Various explosive devices were also discovered and diffused during the raids.

Six Taliban killed in Helmand blast

Six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded following what is believed to have been a premature bomb explosion in the southern province of Helmand. The blast was reported on Tuesday in the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. According to local sources, it's understood the insurgents had been planting an explosive device along a roadside in the Sor Godar area when it detonated prematurely. Military officials have confirmed the incident, while the Taliban have yet to comment. 

Four polio workers killed in Nangarhar shootings

Four polio workers have reportedly been shot dead, while three more were also wounded in three separate shooting incidents which occurred on Tuesday in the Nangarhar province. The shootings occurred in Jalalabad city and are the latest in a series of attacks against health workers. The attacks came on the second day of operations, forcing another suspension of polio vaccinations after three female polio vaccination workers were killed in a similar attack in Jalalabad earlier this year.

Police clash with Taliban in Paktika

Some 22 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed amid recent clashes with the police in the Paktika province. Reports indicate the fighting took place in Jani Khel sometime within the last 24 hours. Officials claim as many as 22 insurgent deaths have been confirmed, along with 11 others who were also wounded. No casualties have been reported amongst the security personnel.

Nangarhar operation kills 33 insurgents

At least 33 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in a recent security operation carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the eastern Nangarhar provinces. The ANDSF reportedly launched the night-time operations over the weekend, targeting Taliban positions in the districts of Achin and Spinghar. While 33 insurgents have been reported dead, another 22 were also allegedly injured, while various insurgent-owned caches of weapons and ammunition have also been destroyed.

Kart-e-Naw blast injures one in Kabul

One person has been injured following a suspected bomb explosion in Kabul's Kart-e-Naw area (aka Sayed Noor Mohammad Shah Maina) in Police District 8. According to reports, the blast occurred on Sunday evening and appeared to target a vehicle. It's currently unclear if the person injured has any connection to the vehicle targeted in the attack. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack by any group or individual.

Faryab operations kill 25 insurgents

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed in recent security operations in the Faryab province. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted over the weekend in the Shirin Tagab district, where a Taliban position was apparently identified and targeted. While 25 insurgents are alleged to have been killed, a further eight other insurgents were also apparently injured in the operation. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Taliban capture Khanabad, Kunduz

The Taliban have allegedly captured the Khanabad district in the Kunduz province over the weekend. The district reportedly fell to the insurgents overnight, following an eight-hour long gunfight with government troops. No casualties have been reported so far but are thought likely on both sides. The military have yet to officially comment on the development. The fall of the district comes after several other districts have also been captured by Taliban insurgents in recent weeks. Updated reports indicate the security forces have successfully reclaimed the district.

Local athlete killed in Herat shooting

A prominent local athlete has reportedly been shot dead in an incident in Herat City. The victim has been identified as Nadir Shah Amiri, an athlete and head of Herat's badminton team. Amiri was apparently killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the city overnight. Police have confirmed the incident and Amiri's death. No suspects have been identified and the motive behind the killing remains unclear as investigations get underway.

Seven dead in two minivan bombings

Separate bombings involving two minivans has left seven dead in Kabul. The attacks took place two kilometers apart in west Kabul in neighbourhoods occupied primarily by the Shiite minority Hazara ethnic group, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Ahmad Zia Zia said. As of yet, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Islamic State group has carried out similar bombings in the area, including four attacks on four minivans in early June that killed at least 18 people. 

Four Taliban killed in Laghman security operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent security operation which was conducted in the Laghman province on Thursday. The operation was apparently led by the Afghan National Defence an Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Alingar district, where an identified insurgent positions was targeted and destroyed. Unconfirmed reports claim a local Taliban commander may have been among those killed in the operation.

AAF airstrikes kill 13 Taliban in Faryab

As many as 13 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes in the province of Faryab. The aerial operations were reportedly carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected insurgent positions in the Qaysar district. While 13 insurgents have been confirmed dead, an additional eight others have also been wounded in the strikes, which also destroyed various caches of insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition.

Kabul shooting kills five

Five people have allegedly been shot dead in a recent shooting incident in Kabul's Police District 8. According to local reports, the incident occurred on Thursday evening in the Kart-e-Naw area, where the victims were apparently shot at by unidentified gunmen. While five deaths have been confirmed, another four victims have also been injured. No suspects have been identified in connection with the incident - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made.

Gunmen kill government employee in Kabul

A government employee has allegedly been killed in a shooting incident which occurred recently in the Kabul province. The incident reportedly happened on Thursday near the Qarabagh district, where an employee of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health was apparently targeted by unidentified gunmen whilst travelling along the Kabul-Parwan highway. No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made following the shooting - for which no immediate claim of responsibility has been made.

Journalist killed amid fighting in Logar

An Afghan journalist has allegedly been killed after being hit collaterally amid fighting between the Afghan security forces and suspected Taliban insurgents in the Logar province. According to local reports, the incident occurred on Wednesday in the village of Kulangar in the district of Pul-e-Alam, where local journalist Hafizullah Haqparast was working in his garden when he was shot dead during a crossfire. Investigations remain ongoing as to whether Haqparast was hit by gunfire from the insurgents or the security forces.

Twenty insurgents killed in Ghazni operations

Twenty Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations which were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the operations were carried out in the Ab Band and Qarabagh district over the course of the last 48 hours, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts. Two local Taliban commanders were allegedly identified among the 20 insurgents killed, while another 25 were also injured.

Baghlan car bomb attack kills six security personnel

Six security personnel have allegedly been killed and more than 10 others have also been wounded in a recent car bomb attack in the province of Baghlan. The attack reportedly occurred during the early hours of Thursday morning at around 02:00 local time in the Bagh-e-Shamal area of Pul-e-Khumri. The car bomb targeted an area near a military base. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban seize district in Badghis

Taliban insurgents have allegedly seized control of the Jawand district in Badghis. According to reports, the district fell to the insurgents on Tuesday after the government security forces withdrew from the district whilst performing a tactical retreat. It's alleged the Taliban have now seized control of the district governor's office, as well as district police headquarters.

Helicopter crashes in Wardak

An Afghan forces helicopter has reportedly crashed whilst attempting to land at a base in the Wardak province. The crash-landing occurred on Wednesday and killed three security force members, while a fourth was also injured. The MI-17 helicopter crash landed in the Jaghato district after being dispatched to transfer wounded security personnel. The Taliban have claimed insurgents shot the helicopter down. 

Ten de-miners killed in Baghlan gun attack

Ten de-miners have been killed in a gun attack in Baghlan. The incident occurred in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district on Tuesday night, killing at least 10 de-mining personnel from the HALO Trust, while another 16 were also wounded. The gunmen attacked the trust's office in what appears to have been a targeted attack. So far, no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack. While officials have blamed the Taliban, the insurgent groups has denied any involvement.

Ten Taliban killed in Nangarhar operations

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The overnight operations were conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) within the last 48 hours, targeting Taliban hideouts in the Achin and Khogyani districts. While 10 insurgents have been killed, an additional five others have also been injured.

Helmand operations kill six Taliban

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the southern province of Helmand. According to local reports, the military operations were conducted in the Nawa-i-Barakzayi and Kajaki district over the course of the last 24 hours. Several insurgent positions were reportedly targeted, resulting in the deaths of six insurgents while another four were also injured.

Protesters clash with security forces in Badakhshan

Protesters in Badakhshan have allegedly clashed with the security forces in the provincial capital of Faizabad. According to recent reports from Tolo News on Twitter, local health officials indicate the violent clashes have killed at least three protesters, while more than 24 others have allegedly been injured. The demonstration was being held by local residents to protest against rising insecurity, as well as electricity and water shortages. It's claimed clashes broke out when protesters began attacking the provincial governor's compound and threw stones and sticks at security personnel.

Taliban seize Dawlat Abad, Faryab

Taliban insurgents have reportedly seized the district centre in Dawlat Abad, in the Faryab province. Local officials reported the capture of the district centre on Monday evening, stating that the district had fallen to the insurgents after the Afghan government security forces withdrew from the area whilst performing a tactical retreat following armed clashes.

Baghlan operation kills 13 Taliban

A military operation which has been carried out in the Baghlan province within the last 24 hours has reportedly left at least 13 Taliban insurgents dead. According to local reports, the operations targeted a suspected insurgent hideout in the Dahana Ghori on Monday as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the region. While 13 insurgent deaths have been confirmed, an additional nine other insurgents were also injured in the operation.

Five Taliban killed in Farah operation

Five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent security operation in the Farah province. The operation was reportedly conducted by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the outskirts of the provincial capital over the weekend, killing five insurgents and wounding nine others. No ANDSF personnel have been injured following the operation.

Taliban capture Sharak district centre, Ghor

The centre of Ghor's Shahrak district has reportedly fallen to the Taliban. The provincial governor confirmed the developments on Monday, stating that the district centre had been captured by the insurgents after government security forces evacuated all government offices in a bid to prevent civilian casualties amid fighting. The falling of the district centre comes after 10 security force members were killed in a Taliban car bomb attack on a security outpost in the district on Saturday night. Four security personnel were also captured by the insurgents.

Military operations kill 26 insurgents in Uruzgan

Twenty-six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and a further 12 others have allegedly been wounded in recent military operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were apparently conducted by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours in the Gizab district, where five insurgent hideouts were identified and targeted. Military officials have confirmed the casualty figures and the destructions of various insurgent-owned arms and ammunition supplies.

Zabul operations ill 60 Taliban

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations which were carried out in the Zabul province over the weekend. The operations were allegedly conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Shah Joy and Shinkai districts, where numerous insurgent positions were targeted. According to reports, a total of 60 insurgents were killed in the operations, while a further 33 others were also wounded.

Fourteen killed, 37 taken hostage in northern Afghanistan

Hostilities with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan has resulted in 14 deaths and 37 hostages, the TOLO News outlet reported, citing a local source. The source reported that the Taliban attacked a police station in Qaisar district in Faryab province and that 30 more troops were under siege and would be taken hostage without the deployment of reinforcements. Local authorities have yet to comment on the incident. 

Gunmen kill one in Kabul

One person has been shot dead in an incident in Kabul. The victim was allegedly killed by unidentified gunmen in an attack on Friday. According to initial reports, the shooting occurred in the Khwaja Bughra area of Police District 15. The deceased has been identified by his relatives as Jamil Qaderi - a local shopkeeper. The motive behind the attack has yet to be determined as police investigations are launched.

Four killed in vehicle blast, Kabul

Four people have been killed and five others have also been wounded in a recent bomb explosion which hit a vehicle in Kabul's Police District 5 on Thursday. According to reports, the incident occurred on Thursday evening in the Kot-e-Sangi area. The deadly blast was the second fatal explosion to hit Kabul yesterday, coming just hours after four civilians were killed and four more were wounded in another blast in the Chahar Qala area of Police District 6. No claim of responsibility has been made for either blast.

Military operations kill 15 insurgents in Kabul

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed while an additional eight others have also been wounded amid recent military operations in the Kabul province. The operations were apparently conducted within the last 24 hours in the Shahjoy area of Kabul and were carried out by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Officials stated that ANDSF personnel were dispatched to an identified Taliban hideout as part of counter-insurgency operations. The hideout has allegedly been destroyed, along with various insurgent-owned vehicles and a supply of weapons and ammunition.

Three Taliban killed in Uruzgan operation

Three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and at least two others have also been wounded amid a recent security operation in the Uruzgan province. The operation was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Chora district sometime within the last 48 hours. According to officials, the military operation targeted an identified Taliban position in Chora as part of an ongoing counter-insurgency initiative in the region. No other casualties have been reported.

Clashes reported in Herat

Clashes have been reported across three districts of Herat, leaving at least four soldiers killed. Provincial officials have confirmed the clashes, stating the fighting broke out as a result of multiple Taliban attacks on security outposts in Adraskan, Farsi, and Gulran overnight. Among those killed in the attacks includes the acting police chief for Farsi district. At least four more soldiers were also wounded and three others were allegedly captured by insurgents at a police outpost in Adraskan, which briefly fell to the insurgents. As many as 21 insurgents were also killed in the fighting.

Taliban retain control of key Kandahar dam fuels unrest

Unrest amongst farmers has increased as the Taliban have retained control of a key dam in Kandahar, which was first seized by the insurgent group last month. The Dahla Dam is a main source of irrigation water for surrounding areas, with land in the Arghandab, Daman, Dand, Maiwand, Panjwai, Shah Wali Kot, and Zhari districts dependent on the dam for water. The Taliban's control of the dam has led to a disruption in water flow to these areas, impacting local farmers and residents and fuelling complaints over the ongoing situation. The Taliban claims it will allow irrigation experts to regulate water distribution at the dam; however, the Afghan government plans to clear the area from Taliban control. 

Kabul IED blast kills four

Four people have been killed and another four people have also been injured following a recent bomb explosion in Kabul. The blast reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which was detonated in a seemingly targeted attack on Thursday. The explosion targeted a private vehicle in the Char Qala Road area, Police District 6. No individual or gram has claimed the attack so far as investigations get underway.

Five soldiers killed in Nangarhar Taliban attack

Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have reportedly been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Nangarhar province. The attack allegedly took place in the Haska Mena (aka Deh Bala), Pachir Wa Agam, and Surkh Rod districts sometime within the last 48 hours. According to reports, three ANA outposts were targeted and captured by the insurgents during the attack. While five ANA deaths have been confirmed, another 18 soldiers were also injured and at least 13 ANA personnel have allegedly been captured. No details regarding Taliban casualties have been reported thus far.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill 17 Taliban

Airstrikes which have been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province have reportedly left at least 17 Taliban insurgents dead. The operations were conducted with ground support in the Khogyani district on Thursday. The strikes targeted insurgent positions, leaving 17 insurgents dead, including at least eight who have been identified as Pakistani nationals. No other casualties have been reported, including military or civilian.

Religious scholar shot dead in Herat

A religious scholar has reportedly been shot dead in a gun attack in the province of Herat. According to recent local reports, the deceased has been identified as the deputy head of the religious scholars' council in the west zone. It's claimed the victim was shot and killed by unknown assailants in the Injil district on Thursday. The incident appears to have been a targeted shooting, although a motive has yet to be determined and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Four civilians injured in Khost IED blast

At least four civilians have reportedly been injured following a recent bomb explosion in the Khost province. The blast allegedly occurred on Wednesday in Police District 2 of the provincial capital, Khost City. According to reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted on a motorbike and was detonated as a security forces convoy passed by, in what appears to have been a targeted attack. The IED blast missed its intended target however, hitting a civilian vehicle instead. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Border security personnel killed in Kabul shooting

A member of the Afghan border security police forces has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Kabul. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Halim Rahimi - a head of the border police department. It's understood Rahimi was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Police District 8 of the capital on Wednesday morning. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting thus far as investigations into the killing get underway.

Eleven Taliban killed in Balkh operation

Eleven Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 13 others have also been wounded during a military operation in the Balkh province. According to recent reports, the operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Dawlat Abad district. The operation was conducted overnight, targeting an identified Taliban position. A large insurgent-owned cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed.

Three blasts hit Kabul

Three bomb blasts have reportedly hit the capital city of Kabul. The first two bomb exploded in quick succession in separate locations of a west Kabul neighbourhood late on Tuesday, killing 10 and wounding dozens of others. A third blast also hit an electric grid station in north Kabul, causing significant damage and power cuts across parts of the capital. The initial two bombings targeting minivans in mostly ethnic Hazara communities, with the first blast occurring near the home of prominent Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq and a Shia mosque. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings, although Islamic State (IS) militants have previously been known to target minority Shia Muslims and claimed several attacks on Kabul power stations last month.

Eight killed in Badakhshan crash

Eight fatalities have been reported following a deadly road accident in the northern province of Badakhshan. According to recent local reports, the accident happened on Wednesday morning in the Mahmai district, where a vehicle allegedly veered off the road and crashed into a river. All eight occupants of the vehicle were killed in the crash - the cause of which has yet to be confirmed, although preliminary investigations suggest the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Blast reported in Jalalabad

A suspected bomb explosion has allegedly been reported in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. The blast is believed to have occurred shortly after midday, taking place in the Bargeno area of the city, in what appears to have been an attempt to target security personnel as a security forces convoy passed by. Two civilians have been killed and 10 others have also been wounded 

Tribal leader killed in Ghazni shooting

A tribal leader has apparently been killed in a recent shooting incident which took place in Ghazni. The shooting occurred within the last 24 hours in the provincial capital city, where local reports indicate a local tribal elder known as Mohammad Azim was targeted and shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Provincial authorities have confirmed the incident, which appears to have been a targeted attack, although no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made so far. 

Four killed in Charikar blast

Four fatalities have been reported following a deadly explosion which occurred in Charikar, Parwan. The blast happened on Tuesday in the city of Charikar, where it's believed the explosion targeted National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel. According to reports, the bomb hit a vehicle transporting NDS personnel, leaving four dead and four others injured. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Parwan bus blast injures two

A bus explosion has wounded two civilians in the Parwan province. The blast occurred on Tuesday morning near Ghorband. According to local reports, the explosion happened whilst the bus was en route from Ghorband to Kabul, travelling along the Ghorband-Charikar highway. It's believed the bus triggered a roadside bomb as it passed by. The explosive device had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Four killed in Taliban car bomb attack, Baghlan

Four security force members have reportedly been killed in a recent car bomb attack by the Taliban in Baghlan province. The attack targeted the police headquarters in Baghlan-e-Markazi on Monday evening, taking place around 18:30 local time. According to reports, a vehicle loaded with explosives was detonated near the police headquarters before a gunfight broke out. While four deaths have been confirmed, several police officers were also wounded in the attack, including a district police chief. Some civilian properties were also allegedly damaged during the attack, which has been claimed by the Taliban.

Six dead as Taliban shell hits Afghan wedding

Officials have reported the deaths of six people resulting from a Taliban mortar bomb that hit a wedding in Kapisa province. The shell was reportedly aimed at an army checkpoint. The insurgents have denied responsibility and have instead blamed government forces.

Teachers killed by IED in Parwan

Three teachers have been killed and 15 other people wounded after the bus they were travelling in hit an IED in Parwan province. Staff from Al-Biruni university were travelling near Charikar when the device exploded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

AAF airstrikes kill 16 Taliban in Laghman

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and another two have also been wounded after being struck by airstrikes in the Laghman province. The aerial operations were carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Mehtarlam. A number of insurgent positions were identified and targeted, with various weapons and ammunition caches also destroyed in the strike. 

Seven civilians killed in Faryab mortar shelling

At least seven civilians have allegedly been killed while nine others have also been injured following a recent shelling incident in the Faryab province. According to local reports, it's claimed the victims were hit by mortar shelling in the Qaisar district, where the mortar fire allegedly hit a market area on Wednesday evening. The shelling is thought to have been fired by Taliban insurgents, although no such claim of responsibility has been made.

Three injured in Nangarhar blast

At least three people have been injured in a recent bomb explosion which occurred in the Nangarhar province. The blast allegedly happened in the Behsud district on Thursday, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was apparently detonated during the morning hours. According to reports, the explosion occurred in the Daman area of the district. Among those injured included the district governor of Kama. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast.

Gunmen kill civilian in Bagrami

An Afghan civilian has reportedly been killed while two other victims were also injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the Bagrami area on the outskirts of Kabul. According to reports, Kabul police have confirmed the incident, stating that the gunmen are understood to have opened fire on the victims in a seemingly targeted attack on Tuesday afternoon, before fleeing from the scene. Investigations into the possible motive behind the attack remain ongoing.

Over 60 Taliban prisoners freed in Baghlan

More than 60 Taliban prisoners have been freed by the security forces during an operation in the Baghlan province. Afghan commanders have reportedly freed 62 people, including 36 security force members, who were being held in a Taliban prison in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district. The prisoners were being held captive in a Taliban-run detention facility in the village of Nawrozak. Four Taliban insurgents were also killed in the operation, which came just days after 41 others were freed by the security forces from a Taliban prison in Herat.

Taliban destroy Nangarhar bridge

A bridge in the Nangarhar province has reportedly been blown up by Taliban insurgents. Reports of the bridge's destruction emerged on Wednesday morning in the Surkh Rod district, where it's alleged insurgents detonated explosives in a bid to compromise the structural integrity of the bridge, which is located along the Kabul-Jalalabad road in the Bawali area. It's claimed the attack on the bridge was carried out overnight. Such attacks carried out by insurgents typically aim to serve as a way to undermine the Afghan government and impede local authorities. Traffic disruption has been reported throughout the area as a result.

Jowzjan airstrikes target Taliban bases

Airstrikes which have recently been carried out in the northern Jowzjan province have targeted Taliban bases in the Aqcha district, leaving 35 insurgents dead and 16 injured. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces sometime within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the aerial operations identified Taliban positions in the Kalabaf area of the district, destroying several Taliban bases and weapons caches.

Three police injured in Parwan shooting

Three police officers have allegedly been injured following a shooting incident which was reported in the Parwan province on Wednesday morning. Local reports indicate the incident has been confirmed by Kapisa provincial police, which stated that three officers were wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the Sar-e-Sayad area of Parwan. The attack apparently occurred whilst the officers were en route to the neighbouring province of Kapisa. Among those injured includes the Kapisa chief police recruiter.

Soldiers targeted in Taliban ambush, Badghis

A group of Afghan government soldiers have reportedly been ambushed in a deadly attack by suspected Taliban insurgents in the Badghis province. The attack allegedly occurred on Wednesday in the Laman area of Badghis, where the government troops were ambushed whilst travelling along the Herat-Qala-e-Naw highway. Following the incident, five soldiers have apparently been confirmed dead. No other casualties have been reported and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Faryab protests continue

Protests have continued in Faryab, where demonstrators have continued to protest against the appointment of a new provincial governor. The demonstrations have now entered their second week, as protesters continue to gather in the provincial capital of Maimana, as well as in other towns. Among those taking part in the ongoing protests include armed supporters of the Dostum-led Junbish-e-Mili Afghanistan party. Amid the unrest, the local government made the decision to appoint the acting deputy governor as the acting governor until a new favourable new governor could be appointed; however, protests have persevered despite this.

Pakistani soldier killed in Helmand raid

A Pakistani soldier has reportedly been killed in a recent raid which was conducted in the southern province of Helmand. According to local reports, the raid was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khanashin area of Helmand, where an insurgent hideout was reportedly targeted. The soldier's death was confirmed on Tuesday after he passed away in a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.

Security forces kill seven Taliban in Herat

Seven Taliban have reportedly been killed while dozens of Taliban prisoners have also been rescued by the security forces in the Herat province. According to local reports, the security forces launched an operation in an undisclosed part of the province, where security personnel briefly engaged in an armed altercation with armed insurgents, which left seven identified Taliban members dead. In total, 41 people who were being held by the Taliban have been freed following the operation. 

Australian embassy to close in Kabul

The Australian embassy in Kabul is due to close in a few days as international troops are withdrawn from the country. The embassy will close on Friday 28 May, with officials clarifying their expectations that the measure will be temporary, with plans to resume a permanent presence in Kabul "once circumstances permit". Instead, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will visit Afghanistan from other residential posts in the region.

Six injured in Qarabagh blasts

Six people have been injured in two explosions which have recently occurred in the Qarabagh district of the Kabul province. The back-to-back blasts were reported on Tuesday morning at around 08:00 local time, occurring in the same area near the village of Logariha within minutes of each other. The first explosion came from a roadside bomb, while the nature of the second blast has yet to be confirmed. According to reports, three civilians and three soldiers were injured in the blasts. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 24 Taliban

Airstrikes which have been carried out in the southern province of Kandahar have allegedly killed as many as 24 Taliban insurgents. The aerial operations were reportedly conducted sometime within the last 24 hours, targeting known insurgent positions in the Panjwai and Shah Wali Kot districts. While 24 insurgents have been killed, an additional three others have also been wounded in the operations. Two Taliban strongholds have apparently been destroyed, including weapons and ammunition caches.

Two NDS personnel killed in Logar

Two employees of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) have allegedly been shot dead in the Logar province. According to local reports, the two NDS personnel were killed by an unidentified gunman in an attack which took place on Sunday morning at around 11:00 local time in the Mohammad Agha district. The attacker appears to have been targeting the security personnel; however, the shooting has not been claimed by any group or individual so far.

Taliban attacks repelled in Badakhshan

Multiple Taliban attacks have reportedly been repelled by the Afghan security forces across the northern province of Badakhshan. The attacks were all carried out over the weekend, during the course of which, local authorities reported at least six separate attacks which were successfully repelled by the government security forces. Attacks were reported in the Drayim, Jurm, Khash, Raghistan, Warduj, and Yaftal-e-Payan areas of the province. No details regarding possible casualties have been confirmed.

Eight Taliban captives freed in Baghlan

The security forces have reportedly freed eight security force members who were being held captive by the Taliban in Baghlan. The operation was launched in the village of Amarkhil in Baghlan-e-Jadid on Sunday night. The captives were freed from a Taliban prison facility during the operation, which also saw two security force members killed and a third wounded. The Taliban has not responded to the incident so far.

Taliban kidnap nine civilians in Ghazni

The Taliban have allegedly abducted nine civilians from the Jaghori-Qarabagh Road in Ghazni. The kidnapping was reported over the weekend and has been confirmed by provincial authorities. It's understood the civilians were captured by insurgents whilst travelling along the highway near the Sangi Masha area on Saturday 22 May. The Taliban has yet to comment on the alleged abduction.

Security operations kill 50 Taliban

At least 50 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid recent security operations in the Laghman province. According to the latest reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Mehtarlam and Alingar district sometime within the last 24 hours. While 50 insurgent deaths have been reported, a further 60 others were also apparently injured in the overnight operations as well. The clearing operations reportedly targeted identified insurgent positions and left no civilian casualties.

Three Taliban killed in Qaisar operation

Three Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed a recent security operation, which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Qaisar district of Faryab. The operation was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours, with the aim of intercepting a would-be suicide bomber. According to local reports, a female insurgent was suspected to be planning to detonate explosives in a suicide bomb attack targeting the police headquarters in Qaisar. The would-be suicide bomber is understood to be among the three insurgents killed.

Seven wounded in Badakhshan blast

At least seven people have been wounded after a bomb exploded in the northern province of Badakhshan on Saturday. "The blast took place at 01:35 p.m. local time today in Faizabad city, injuring seven persons including provincial council member Munira Alamyar," said provincial government spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Herat clashes leave four Taliban dead

Clashes which have recently broken out between the security forces and armed insurgents in the Herat province have reportedly killed at least four Taliban insurgents. the fighting was reported in the Shindand district of Herat on Thursday. Local sources claim the deceased insurgents have been identified as a number of Taliban insurgents who were known to have been recently released from prison.

Jalrez district centre falls to Taliban

The centre of the Jalrez district in Wardak has reportedly fallen to the Taliban. Local officials have confirmed that the district governor's compound and the police headquarters have both been overrun by the insurgents following heavy attacks over the last three days. Several government forces personnel have allegedly been captured, while at least seven security force members have been killed. The Taliban claim to be in control of the entire district. Military officials have reportedly launched an operation to clear the district of insurgents, claiming at least 10 insurgents have recently been killed in an airstrike as operations remain ongoing. Jalrez is the second district in the province to fall to the Taliban within two weeks.

Ghazni IED blast kills two civilians

Two Afghan civilians have apparently been killed in a recent bomb blast in the Ghazni province. The explosion reportedly occurred on Thursday in the Nawur area, leaving two civilians dead and a third civilian injured. Local sources claim the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents attempting to target government security forces - although no such claim of responsibility has been made by the group.

Five police killed in Zabul clashes

Five police officers have allegedly been killed in recent armed clashes with the Taliban which broke out in the Zabul province on Thursday. According to local reports, the fighting broke out at a police station in an unspecified part of the province. While five police personnel have been confirmed dead following the incident, at least seven Taliban insurgents were allegedly also killed in the clashes - which the Taliban have yet to comment on.

Herat shooting kills one police officer

A police officer has been reported dead following a fatal shooting incident which occurred in the Herat province on Thursday evening. According to local reports, the shooting happened in the Jibril area, in Police District 13, where officers were engaged in an altercation with members of a local militia. It's claimed the militia members opened fire first, leading to the death of one police officer. No arrests have been made so far and search operations continue. The incident comes a day after another police officer was also shot dead in the provincial capital.

Eleven militants killed in Helmand airstrike

Eleven militants, including five suspected al-Qaeda members and six Taliban insurgents, have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike operation which was carried out in the Helmand province. The airstrike was conducted in the Garmsir district by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 24 hours. AAF officials have confirmed the strike and death toll; however, the Taliban has disputed that any al-Qaeda affiliates or Taliban insurgents were killed.

Faryab protests remain ongoing

Protests continue to be reported in Faryab, where Wednesday marked the fifth consecutive day of demonstrations. The protesters are rallying against the appointment of a new provincial governor. Yesterday, reports claimed that demonstrators had blocked the doors of at least five government offices, including the Faryab education department, the provincial municipality office, the department of women's affairs, the department of labour, and the department of public works. A plane due to land in Maymana was also forced to divert after allegedly receiving a threat from protesters who had seemingly occupied the control tower. The protests have led to severe widespread disruption throughout the province.

Two soldiers killed in Zabul Taliban attack

Two Afghan security force members have allegedly been killed and three others have also been injured following a recent Taliban attack in the Zabul province. The armed attack reportedly occurred overnight on Wednesday in the provincial capital district of Qalat. Local sources indicate a senior military office was among those killed in the insurgent attack. The Taliban has not commented on the incident and not confirmed any casualties.

Jowzjan blast kills one

One person has been killed in a recent suspected bomb explosion which occurred in the northern Jowzjan province. The blast was reported in the provincial capital of Sheberghan, where it's claimed a bomb exploded in the Kart-e-Nawai area on Thursday. Unconfirmed reports have suggested the deceased individual has been identified as an employee of the provincial prosecutor's office, prompting speculation the attack was targeted. No other casualties were reported in the incident, which has yet to be claimed by any group or individual. Police investigations are underway.

Security operations kill dozens in Baghlan

Recent security operations which have been carried out in the Baghlan province over the last 48 hours have allegedly killed dozens of Taliban insurgents. As many as 48 insurgents have been reported dead, while 57 others have also been injured amid military operations in the Pol-e-Khomri district. Military officials have confirmed the figures, stating several insurgent-owned facilities were also targeted and destroyed, along with multiple weapons and ammunition caches.

Ten Taliban killed in Logar clashes

Ten Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Logar province. The fighting apparently broke out in the Mohammad Agha district during a military operation targeting identified Taliban positions, leaving 10 insurgents dead and another two wounded. A local Taliban commander is also alleged to be among those killed. Various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the operation.

Military retreat from Dawlat Shah, Laghman

The Afghan government security forces have performed a tactical retreat from the Dawlat Shah district in Laghman. Provincial officials have confirmed the retreat, stating the decision was prompted by continued drawn-out Taliban attacks surrounding the area over the last few months, coupled with the mounting pressure of restricted access to medical treatment for wounded soldiers. The centre of the district is now understood to be under Taliban influence. 

Helmand roadside bombing kills nine civilians

Nine Afghan civilians have apparently been killed in a recent roadside bomb blast which occurred in the Helmand province on Thursday morning. The explosion was reported in the Bushran area of Lashkar Gah's Police District 10, where it's believed a civilian vehicle accidentally triggered the explosive - which had been planted along the side of the road - as it passed by. Nine fatalities have been confirmed, including women and children, while two more children were also injured in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast so far, although local officials suspect the bomb was most likely planted by Taliban insurgents.

Ghor IED blast kills four civilians

Four civilians have reportedly been killed following a recent bomb explosion in the Ghor province. According to recent reports, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which was apparently detonated in the village of Barak Khana in the Feroz Koh district on Wednesday evening. While four civilian fatalities have been confirmed, a fifth civilian was also injured in the explosion. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the IED blast; however, local officials have indicated they believe Taliban insurgents were likely behind the incident.

Farah operation kills seven Taliban

Seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent military operation which was conducted in the Farah province. The operation was apparently carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Bala Boluk district on Tuesday morning. Military officials claim the operation left seven insurgents dead and at least three others wounded. Various insurgent-owned vehicles and supplies were allegedly also destroyed.

Police officer killed in Herat shooting

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Herat province. The incident apparently occurred in Police District 5 of the provincial capital, Herat City, on Wednesday. Local sources indicate the attacker has also been shot dead in an armed response from the police. The shooting allegedly took place outside a residential property owned by a suspected member of the Jamiat-e-Islami militant group. 

Taliban attack Kunduz security outposts

Taliban insurgents have launched an attack on several security outposts in the Kunduz province. The attacks were allegedly launched on Tuesday, targeting outposts in the Dasht-e-Archi district. Local reports indicate armed clashes broke out between the insurgents and the security forces in response to the attacks. In total, three Taliban casualties have been reported after the security forces repelled the insurgents. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel and the Taliban has not commented on the alleged attacks.

AAF airstrike kills 26 Taliban in Zabul

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Zabul province. The strike was carried out sometime within the last 24 hours in the Shah Joy district, targeting an identified Taliban position in the Chino area. According to reports, while 26 insurgents have been confirmed dead, another 14 insurgents have also been wounded following the operation, which also destroyed various insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition supplies.

Nangarhar operation kills three Taliban

A security operation which was recently conducted in the Nangarhar province has reportedly killed at least three Taliban insurgents. The operation was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Chaparhar area on Tuesday. According to reports, ANA personnel targeted an identified Taliban hideout, leaving three insurgents dead and four others injured. A local Taliban commander is also believed to be among those killed in the operation.

Nineteen killed in armed clashes

Nineteen fatalities have been reported after armed clashes broke out between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the provinces of Kunduz and Kandahar. Two soldiers and three insurgents have allegedly been killed in the Chahar Dara district of Kunduz on Wednesday when insurgents launched an attack on a military patrol. Another soldier and one other insurgent were also both wounded in the incident. Meanwhile in Kandahar's Zhari district, 14 insurgents have been killed and four others have also been injured during an Afghan forces clean-up operation.

Taliban attacks reported in Herat

Several Taliban attacks have been reported in the Herat province. According to local sources, a bridge has been destroyed by insurgents in the Obe district in an attack on Tuesday. Provincial governor Waheed Qatali has indicated the incident is thought to be linked to other insurgent attacks in the province, including an insurgent attack which targeted the Afghan security forces in Obe shortly after the bridge was destroyed. No casualties have been reported and the Taliban has yet to comment on the attacks.

Baghlan clashes leave 25 Taliban dead

Twenty-five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent clashes with the security forces in the Baghlan province. Local reports indicate the clashes were reported in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district, where the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) have recently launched counter-insurgency operations in response to increased insurgent activity in the area. While 25 insurgents have been killed, an additional 10 others have also been wounded. A local senior Taliban commander is alleged to have been among those killed in the clashes.

Faryab airstrike kills 19 Taliban

An airstrike which was recently carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province has reportedly killed as many as 19 Taliban insurgents. The aerial operations was conducted sometime within the last 24 hours in the Pashtun Kot district as part of a counter-insurgency military initiative. While 19 insurgents have been reported dead, another 15 are also understood to have been injured in the strike. It's believed two Taliban shadow district governors have also been identified among those killed, while a local Taliban commander is thought to be among those wounded.

Operations launched to retake captured districts

The Afghan security forces have reportedly launched operations to retake three districts which were recently captured by the Taliban. The operation comes after a three-day Eid ceasefire comes to an end. The Afghan Defence Ministry has stated that troops will be deployed to affected areas in strengthened numbers. The three identified districts to be targeted include Charkh in Logar, Burka in Baghlan, and Nirkh in Wardak - all of which were overrun by the Taliban in recent weeks.

Taliban clash with security forces in Badakhshan

Clashes have allegedly been reported between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Badakhshan province. According to local reports, the fighting has occurred in the Tashkan district, where Taliban insurgents apparently launched an armed attack on the security forces on Monday night. Provincial officials have confirmed the insurgent attack and subsequent clashes, stating that the security forces are understood to have successfully pushed back the insurgent advance. While no casualties have been reported amongst security personnel, several casualties are believed to have been inflicted on the insurgents, although precise numbers and details remain unconfirmed.

Nangarhar roadside blast kills one

A roadside explosion which occurred in the eastern province of Nangarhar has reportedly killed at least one person. The blast reportedly occurred on Sunday evening at around 17:00 local time in the Barikab area of the Bati Kot district. According to reports, one person was killed and a second person was also injured in the explosion, which apparently happened along the Jalalabad-Torkham highway. It's believed the victims' vehicle triggered the roadside bomb as it passed by. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly blast thus far.

Protests continue in Faryab

Residents in Faryab have continued to protest over the recent appointment of a new provincial governor. Protesters staged a large rally in Faryab over the weekend, preventing newly-appointed provincial governor Mohammad Daud Laghmani from landing in the city of Maimana, where he was expected to assume office on Saturday. The demonstrations are being led by the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan (aka Junbish-e-Islami). On Monday, The group's leader, former vice president Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, threatened to continue protests alongside local residents, until their demands are met.

Herat IED blast kills three insurgents

A premature bomb explosion in the Herat province has reportedly killed three suspected Taliban insurgents. The blast happened on Monday in the Adraskan district, where officials have confirmed three insurgents were seemingly killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated accidentally. The incident occurred along the Herat-Kandahar highway, where it's suspected the insurgents had likely been transporting the IED to plant as a roadside bomb in an attempt to target government security personnel.

Logar mortar shell kills three civilians

A mortar shell has reportedly hit a residential area in the Logar province, killing at least three Afghan civilians. The incident allegedly occurred on Monday, when reports claim a private residential property in an unspecified part of the province was hit by a mortar in what is presumed to have been an unclaimed insurgent attack. While three civilian fatalities have been reported, another six civilians are also thought to have been injured in the incident.

ANA clash with government bodyguards in Herat

Public outrage has been sparked in Herat following a recent clash between Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and bodyguards for the Minister of Interior Hayatullah Hayat. The clash occurred on Friday, leaving three ANA soldiers wounded in what local officials described as an attack on the ANA by Hayat's guards. The clash allegedly broke out following an argument between the bodyguards and ANA soldiers at a governmental guesthouse. Military officials have condemned the attack as "shameful" and have demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Baghlan airstrikes kill 25 insurgents

Airstrikes which were recently carried out in the Baghlan province have reportedly killed as many as 25 Taliban insurgents. According to recent local reports, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Sunday in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district, where multiple Taliban hideouts were allegedly identified and targeted. While 25 insurgent fatalities have been reported, an additional 31 other insurgents were also apparently injured in the strikes, which also destroyed insurgent-owned weapons and ammunition caches.

Fighting erupts after Taliban ceasefire ends

Fighting erupted on Sunday after the government's three-day ceasefire with the Taliban ended. Clashes were reported on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. The Afghan Defence Ministry said the Taliban violated the ceasefire in 21 provinces during the three days of Eid, adding that 21 civilians were killed and 33 others wounded. A Taliban spokesman claimed that the Afghan army broke the ceasefire. “They (Afghan forces) started the operation … do not put the blame on us,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AFP. Islamic State (IS) militants also destroyed several electrical grid stations over the weekend, causing blackouts in Kabul.

Blast reported at Kabul mosque

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported at a mosque in Kabul. The blast allegedly occurred during Friday prayers at the Haji Bakhshi mosque in the Qale Muradbek area of Kabul's Shakar Dara district. Preliminary reports have indicated at least 12 people have been killed while 15 others have also been wounded in the explosion. Police have confirmed the imam of the mosque has been identified among those killed. It's understood the bomb had been placed inside the mosque before being detonated. No immediate claim has been made for the blast, which comes amid a three-day ceasefire which is being observed by the Taliban and the government security forces.

Seven killed in Kandahar landmine blasts

Two separate landmine explosions have killed a total of seven people in the Kandahar province over the last 24 hours. The blasts occurred in the Panjwai and Maiwand districts, killing seven civilians and wounding three others. It's understood the roadside mine in Panjwai was triggered when a taxi driver transporting civilians drove by the landmine, which had allegedly been planted by Taliban insurgents in a likely attempt to target government security forces. Both districts are known for insurgent activity and have been targeted in security operations by the Afghan security forces in recent weeks.

Kunduz blast kills two

An explosion which recently occurred in the northern Kunduz province has reportedly killed at least two Afghan civilians. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Thursday morning in the Chahar Dara district at around 11:00 local time. It's understood the explosion was triggered by a group of civilians accidentally triggering a landmine as they passed by. While two fatalities have been confirmed following the blast, at least 14 others have also been injured.

Zabul airstrike kills 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike in the Zabul province. The aerial operation was apparently carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) sometime within the last 48 hours, prior to the three-day Eid ceasefire coming into effect. The airstrike targeted identified insurgent positions in the Arghandab district, leaving 12 insurgents dead and another six injured.

Kandahar operations kill 21 Taliban

Twenty-one Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Kandahar province. The operations were conducted on Tuesday, prior to the three-day ceasefire which has been declared by the Taliban for Eid, and is also being observed by the government security forces. Local reports indicate 21 insurgent deaths and 12 casualties were confirmed following the operation, which targeted insurgent positions in the Maiwand and Panjwai districts.

Blast at Kabul power station causes outage

A blast which occurred at a power station in the Kalkan area of Kabul has led to localised power outages. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at a power station near the Amir Habibullah Kalkani school. The explosion is believed to have been the result of armed clashes which were also reported at the site, with unconfirmed sources claiming additional blasts and gunfire were heard in the area, although no casualties have been reported. 

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, Kabul. 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