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Country profile for Afghanistan

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

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Afghanistan continues to be an extremely high-risk destination for foreign visitors, with terrorist attacks occurring almost daily throughout the country. The maintenance of public security continues to be the main challenge for the Afghan government and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), as the Taliban, Islamic State (IS) and other insurgent groups continue to organise large-scale attacks across the country. The war in Afghanistan has been ongoing since 2001, when the US invaded Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from power after the 9/11 terror attack in New York. As of March 2019, a total of 17,000 NATO troops are stationed in Afghanistan. Ashraf Ghani has served as the country's president since 2014, with the next presidential election scheduled for September 2019. 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. Just weeks before the September election, US President Donald Trump announced that peace talks with the Taliban had failed, despite reports that a draft agreement had been agreed, which would have seen the first 5,000 US troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Trump stated that the decision to cancel peace talks was reached after a US service member was killed in a Taliban attack in Kabul.

The Afghan government managed to secure a peace deal with Taliban offshoot Hezb-i-Islami in 2016, which saw the group agree to cease hostilities, cut ties to other extremist groups and officially acknowledge the government constitution in exchange for official recognition of the group and the removal of sanctions imposed by the UN and the US. In February, 2017 the Afghan government expressed a willingness to engage in further peace talks with the Taliban. However, the Taliban has refused to engage with Afghan government representatives in peace talks, and have continued to announce annual 'Spring Offensives', which typically detail the insurgent group’s military and political plans to defeat and replace the ruling Afghan government.

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

There remains a high-risk of kidnapping throughout Afghanistan, particularly to foreign nationals – dozens of whom have been abducted since the US-led invasion in 2001. Towards the end of 2012, a pregnant US woman and her Canadian husband were seized by the Taliban in a mountainous region near Kabul. The couple have appeared in several videos asking the US government to help free them and their two children, who were both born in captivity. An Australian NGO worker was also kidnapped in November 2016 after she was held at gunpoint and forcibly removed from her vehicle by suspected militants in the Kabul province. While foreign nationals appear to be abducted for the purpose of demanding large ransoms to fund militant activity, Afghan nationals are often abducted and forced to carry out suicide bombings. In February 2017, 52 Afghan civilians were kidnapped by the Taliban in the Jowzjan province. No ransom demands were issued and it is suspected that the hostages will be forced to carry out involuntary acts of terrorism. Mass abductions are unusual; however, in July 2017, a further 70 civilians were kidnapped by the Taliban in the Kandahar province – indicating the group may have coerced more civilians into joining the insurgency.

As of September 2019, the Taliban are thought to control or heavily influence 64 districts across 20 provinces in Afghanistan - thought to be the most since the Taliban fell from power. Afghan government officials continually avoid clarifying precisely how much territory is outside of government control; however, the government are thought to control or heavily influence 136 districts in comparison, while an estimated 195 districts remain contested. These figures mark a significant increase from previous years, with the Taliban only controlling 45 districts across 13 provinces just two years prior. The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar have been particularly vulnerable to Taliban advances. In January 2017, US officials claimed that most areas under Taliban control were rural areas where populations and resources are typically thinly dispersed; however, in recent years the Taliban have begun to capture more district centres. Since 2014/15, the IS affiliate in Afghanistan - Islamic State in Khorasan Province’s (ISKP) - have mainly operated from the eastern province of Nangarhar, where US air force dropped the so-called Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) on a network of IS tunnels in the Achin district in April 2017.  The majority of the groups' fighters are non-Afghan nationals, with a large percentage reported to be from Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Their presence has typically been limited outside of Nangarhar, where they are frequently targeted by Afghan and US airstrikes, although IS militants have increasingly carried out major attacks in other parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul. IS militants have also clashed with Taliban factions in disputed districts. In June, 2017 the IS forces clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar – where the IS briefly managed to control the caving complex in the Tora Bora mountains before the government forces recaptured the area.

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

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

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

News articles

By Global Post

Media worker killed in northern Afghan province

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

By Consortium for Press Freedom

Afghan journalists condemn colleague's murder

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

By Afghanistan Journalists Center

Local journalist shot dead in Mazar-e-Sharif

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

By Associated Press

AP photographer killed, reporter wounded

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

By AFP

AFP journalist and family shot dead in Kabul

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

By Reuters

Swedish journalist shot dead in central Kabul

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

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Alerts for Afghanistan

Taliban shadow district chief killed in Farah airstrike

A Taliban shadow district chief has reportedly been killed in an airstrike operation over the weekend. According to local reports, the strike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Farah Rod area of the province. The aerial operation was confirmed by government officials in a statement, which also confirmed the death of a local Taliban leader, along with a suspected drug trafficker, who is thought to have been working with the the Taliban in the region.

Two killed in gun attack in Ghor

Two people have been killed and two others have also been wounded in a gun attack in the Ghor province. The attack reportedly took place on Sunday in the provincial capital of Chagharan (aka Firuzkoh). According to reports, the victims was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Bahari area. It's claimed that a local prosecutor was among those killed in the shooting, prompting suspicions the incident was likely a targeted attack. The incident came just a day after another local official - the governor of Jaghatu district - was also killed in a similar attack. No claim of responsibility have been made thus far; however it's possible the Taliban were behind the attacks.

Wardak airstrikes kill four Taliban

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Wardak province. According to reports, the airstrikes were allegedly carried out in the Maidan Shahr and Chak-e Wardak districts over the weekend. The aerial operations were confirmed by the government officials in a statement on Monday and were reportedly conducted by the Afghan security forces. No other casualties have been reported as a result of the operation.

Airstrikes kill 21 militants across Afghanistan

At least 21 militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes which were carried out across Afghanistan. According to reports, aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend in the Gul Tipa district, where a Taliban hideout was targeted and at least seven Taliban insurgents were killed. Airstrikes were also carried out in the Giro district of Ghazni, killing eight Taliban insurgents and wounding several others. Another airstrike was also conducted in the Pachir Wa Afam district of the eastern Nangarhar province, where an Islamic State (IS) hideout was hit, leaving at least six IS militants dead.

US drone strikes kill six IS in Nangarhar

A recent series of drone strikes carried out by the US forces in the eastern Nangarhar province has killed at least six suspected Islamic State (IS) militants. According to reports from Pajhwok News, the strikes were conducted within the last 24 hours in the Pachir Wa Agam district, where a suspected IS hideout was allegedly targeted. The operation was confirmed by provincial governor spokesperson and no other casualties have been reported as a result on the airstrike.

Zabul airstrike leaves six Taliban dead

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike which was carried out in the Ghazni province within the last 24 hours. According to recent reports, the aerial operations was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence in a statement on Friday, indicating the strike had been conducted by the Afghan security forces. The operation reportedly targeted a suspected insurgent position in the Shah Joy district. No other casualties have been reported.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 16 Taliban

Airstrikes have left at least 16 Taliban insurgents dead in the province of Ghazni. The aerial operations were carried out by the Afghan National Defence Security Forces (ANDSF) within the last 24 hours as part of a wider counter-insurgency operation. According to reports, the airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the Giro district. A Taliban-owned vehicle was also destroyed in the strike.

Police officer killed in Helmand blast

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded in a roadside explosion in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Gereshk district on Wednesday. It's suspected that an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents and was detonated when the police car came into close proximity. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Taliban disrupt power supply in Kabul

Taliban insurgents have allegedly disrupted the power supply in Kabul after targeting a major power pylon in the Parwan province. Insurgents reportedly used explosives to blow up the pylon, located in the Salang district of Parwan, on Wednesday. As a result, power cuts were experienced across Kabul and in a number of other surrounding provinces. Work to repair the pylon and restore power is already underway. This is the second time in recent weeks that the Taliban has destroyed a power pylon to cut power supply to Kabul, having carried out similar attacks on pylons in Baghlan and Kunduz last month.

UN calls deadly US strikes on Afghan drug labs 'unlawful'

The UN has called the deadly US strikes on Afghan drug labs which left at least 30 civilians killed 'unlawful'. The airstrikes were carried out back in May on  alleged Taliban drug labs, hitting more than 60 alleged drug production sites in the Farah and Nimroz provinces. The operations left 30 civilians dead, including children, with the UN claiming to have additional unverified reports of a further 30 deaths linked to the strikes. According to reports, the US claimed it had targeted Taliban-run methamphetamine labs which helped fund the insurgent group; however, the UN has stated that drug labs and associated workers cannot lawfully be designated as targets. The UN report stipulated that the sites were not exclusively run by the Taliban but also by ordinary criminal networks as well - making them illegitimate targets for military strikes. The US has allegedly denied that the strikes caused any civilian casualties, insisting that 'precision' strikes were carried out on verified Taliban drug labs.

Airstrikes kill 25 militants across Afghanistan

At least 25 suspected militants have allegedly been killed in recent airstrike operations carried out across Afghanistan. According to reports, the aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours across six provinces, including Zabul, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Farah, Wardak, and Helmand. Eleven Taliban insurgents were allegedly killed in Zabul's Now Bahar district, while another four Taliban insurgents were also killed in the Aab Band district of Ghazni. Two more Taliban were killed in the Marjah district of Helmand, along with another two insurgents in Farah's Khak-e Safid district, where a cache of weapons was also destroyed. Meanwhile, six Islamic State (IS) militants were also killed in another airstrike, which was carried out in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

Police investigator killed in Kabul attack

A police investigator has reportedly been killed, and six other police officers have also been wounded in an attack in the Qarabagh district of Kabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that a member of the Criminal Investigation Department was shot dead on Monday evening at around 22:00 local time. It's alleged that unidentified gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of police investigator Abdul Khabir while he drove along the Kabul-Parwan highway. Upon responding to the shooting, six other police officers were also wounded while investigating the scene, as an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. Government officials have claimed the Taliban was responsible for the attack, although no such claim of responsibility has yet been made.

Twenty students injured in Ghazni University blast

At least 20 university students have been injured following a suspected bomb blast at Ghazni University's campus in the provincial capital of Ghazni. The explosion occurred inside the university on Tuesday morning during a lecture. The campus is located in Police District 3 of Ghazni city, where it's believed 15 female students and five male students were injured in the blast. According to Tolo News, no group, including the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the explosion thus far.

Ten killed in Jalalabad blast

At least 10 fatalities have been reported, including that of a child, while some 27 others have also been wounded following an explosion in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast occurred on Monday in Police District 3, where it's believed a minibus belonging to an Afghan National Army (ANA) recruitment centre was targeted by militants using an explosive-laden rickshaw. According to Tolo News, many of those injured in the blast are said to be in critical condition. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) militant groups maintain a presence in the province.

Security forces rescue 13 civilians in Helmand

At least 13 civilians have reportedly been rescued from insurgent violence in the southern Helmand province. It's alleged that the Afghan Special Forces led an operation to safely retrieve the civilians from a Taliban prison in the Nahr-e-Saraj area, just north of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The raid was conducted overnight in the village of Din Mohammad, where a Taliban-run facility thought to be used for detaining civilians. No casualties have been reported as a result of the operation.

Police officer killed in armed robbery

An Afghan police officer has been killed in an armed robbery in the province of Parwan. Local reports indicate the incident occurred over the weekend in the village of Eshq Abad in the Jabal Saraj district. The police officer was reportedly shot dead after the police patrol came across a group of armed robbers whilst out on patrol at night. It's believed the other police officers opened fire in response, killing at least one suspect, while the others managed to flee the scene.

Clashes reported in Kunduz

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid armed clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Kunduz province. Fighting reportedly broke out in the Qala-e-Zal district over the weekend, after a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the security forces. Local officials have claimed that at least three Afghan security personnel were also killed in the attack.

Three civilians killed in Ghazni shooting

Three civilians have allegedly been killed and six others have been wounded in an apparent shooting incident in the Ghazni province. It's claimed the Taliban opened fire on the civilians in the Jaghatoo area on Tuesday. According to reports, the local government authorities have issued a statement alleging that the Taliban opened fire on civilian homes and vehicles in the Imam Raza, Shash Gor, and Shohda areas along the Dara-e Qayaq route. The statement also claimed that two Afghan security personnel were also injured after arriving in the area to respond to the shootings.

Security operations kill six Taliban in Ghazni

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. The counter-insurgency operations were reportedly conducted in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Arzo and Qarabagh areas, located in the outskirts of Ghazni city, where suspected Taliban positions and hideouts were targeted. According to reports, three of the six fatalities have been identified as foreign nationals, although their country of origin was not specified. Clearing operations will continue in the area.

Five IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrike was carried out as part of NATO-led operations in the Khogyani district within the last 24 hours. A large cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

Herat airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

Airstrike operations in the Herat province have allegedly killed at least 14 Taliban insurgents. According to recent reports, the first set of airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Chisht district on Tuesday. At least six Taliban insurgents were killed in the airstrikes, which were followed up by another round of overnight aerial operations in the Farsi district, leaving a further eight insurgents dead.

Taliban send delegation to Pakistan

A high-level Taliban delegation has been sent to Pakistan for talks to resurrect the stalled peace deal. According to reports, the head of the Taliban's political office in Doha, Abdul Ghani Baradar, is leading the delegation in discussions with Pakistani officials. The visit comes after US President Donald Trump described the peace deal as 'dead' last month after a US service member was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan. Pakistan has allegedly said its goal is to persuade the Taliban leadership to hold talks with Kabul if a deal with the US is reached. The Afghan government has been considerably sidelined in peace talks over the past year, largely due to the Taliban's apparent refusal to negotiate with Kabul.

IED blast kills six in Kapisa

At least six people have been killed and two others have also been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kapisa province. Tolo News has reported that the explosion occurred in the Baies Khail village of the Najrab district on Tuesday. Two children and four women were killed in the blast, while another woman and a man were also injured. It's believed the IED had been planted in farmlands by Taliban insurgents and that the civilians accidentally triggered the blast when they passed by. Taliban insurgents are known to plant IEDs along roadsides in attempts to target government security forces, but often mistakenly hit civilians. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the incident, claiming the civilians were killed by the Afghan security forces, without offering any further explanation or evidence to support their claim.

Police under siege in Jowzjan

The police are allegedly under siege from the Taliban in the northern province of Jowzjan. According to Tolo News, around 30 police officers and armed civilians are being held under siege by the Taliban in the Darzab district. It's claimed the situation has been ongoing for the past two days and that the district governor and district police chief are among those being held. The provincial governor has confirmed that the district capital is now under Taliban control, with the Afghan security pushed back to the district bazaar. No government reinforcements have yet arrived in the area to assist the security forces. The local authorities have re-issued an appeal for military support, fearing more civilians and police officers may be captured by the Taliban if no reinforcements arrive soon.

Taliban attack police in Balkh

At least 11 Afghan police officers have been killed or wounded in a Taliban attack in the northern Balkh province. According to reports from Tolo News, the attack took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Shor Tepa district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on the district police headquarters. It's believed the Taliban also suffered casualties, although no precise casualty figures have been released yet. Government reinforcement have allegedly arrived to support the police in repelling the attack.

Security forces repel Taliban attack in Takhar

The Afghan security forces have reportedly repelled a Taliban attack in the north-eastern Takhar province. According to reports from Tolo News, security reinforcements recently arrived in the Taleqan district to push back Taliban insurgents after they launched an armed attack in the provincial capital city of Taluqan on Sunday night. It's alleged that over the last few days the Taliban have been attacking areas around Taleqan in a bid to disrupt the election which took place over the weekend. A spokesperson for the provincial governor stated that the security forces have retaken control of the police headquarters, and that at least 36 Taliban insurgents were allegedly been killed in airstrikes carried out within the last 24 hours.

Sixteen injured in Kandahar bomb blast

At least 16 people have been injured in a bomb blast in the southern Kandahar province. The explosion occurred over the weekend as voters prepared to cast their ballots in the presidential election. The attack targeted a polling station in the provincial capital of Kandahar city. According to reports, the bomb went off about two hours after the polling stations opened. Several other small explosions were reported across the country as voting got underway, with around 20 attacks recorded, hitting major cities such as Jalalabad and Kabul, as well as Kandahar. No major large-scale attacks were reported however, with the security forces claiming to have killed at least 28 insurgents during security operations which were carried out over Friday and Saturday.

Election results to be announced in three weeks

Results from the presidential election which was held over the weekend in Afghanistan are due to be announced by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan in three weeks. The turnout for the vote was widely reported to be low, with many voters deterred by security concerns after the Taliban issued threats following the break down of peace talks with the US in the lead up to the election. At least four people were killed and 80 others were wounded in bomb and mortar attacks on voting centres over the weekend, despite heightened security measures at polling stations. The two main presidential candidates are the incumbent, President Ashraf Ghani, and chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, who has shared power in the coalition government since 2014. The election had already been postponed twice, and if the candidates do not accept the results, it could trigger a political crisis.

Police officer killed in Nangarhar IED blast

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the explosion occurred in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, where an IED was detonated in what's thought to have been a targeted attack. Another police officer was also injured in the incident. The attack has since been claimed by entities affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which maintains a presence in the province.

Twelve Taliban killed in Samangan airstrike

At least 12 suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 10 others have also been wounded in a recent airstrike carried out in the Samangan province. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Dara-I-Suf district on Thursday evening. The aerial operation was allegedly launched in response to reports that Taliban insurgents had launched an attack to take control of the district centre.

Three civilians killed in Kunar rocket firings

Three Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in rocket firings in the Kunar province. According to recent reports, at least 180 rockets were supposedly fired across the AfPak border into Kunar by the Pakistani forces. It's alleged that the rockets fell on civilian areas in the Shaltan district on Thursday. The three victims have reportedly been identified as youths, although their precise ages have not been specified and further details surrounding the incident remain vague.

US embassy in Kabul condemns Taliban campaign to disrupt election

The US embassy in Kabul has issued a series of statements condemning the Taliban's violent campaign to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. The first of three statements published via the US Embassy in Kabul's Twitter account stated that it is every citizens right to safe participation in the Afghan elections. The second statement strongly condemned Taliban threats against schools and polling stations during the election, calling the insurgent group's lack of respect for the will of the people unacceptable. The third statement praised the Afghan security forces, along with several government departments, for their service to the country. The Taliban has recently escalated violent attacks and threatened people against voting in tomorrow's election.

Special Forces kill 10 Taliban in Kunduz

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent operation led by the Afghan Special Forces in the province of Kunduz. According to recent reports, military officials said on Wednesday that the operation targeted a group of suspected Taliban insurgents in the Chahar Dara area of Kunduz. Along with inflicting 10 fatalities, a large cache of weapons was also destroyed during the operation.

Security operations kill five Taliban in Wardak

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have also been arrested during security operations in the Wardak province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Nerkh district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted and raided. The operation comes amid a recent escalation in fighting ahead of the presidential election, which is due to be held in Afghanistan this weekend.

Eight Taliban killed in security operations

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and a ninth insurgent has also been arrested in recent security operations, which have been carried out by the Afghan Special Forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, eight insurgents were killed during a Special Forces operation in the Bala Buluk district of Farah, while another insurgent was also arrested during a raid in the Qarah Bagha district of Ghazni, where a cache of weapons was also destroyed.

Explosion reported outside presidential office in Kandahar

A blast has been reported outside a presidential office in the southern province of Kandahar. Local reports indicate that at least three people have been killed in the explosion, while a further seven others have also been wounded. The blast allegedly occurred overnight outside President Ashraf Ghani's office in the provincial capital city of Kandahar. The attack has not yet been claimed, but the authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were behind it as it comes amid a spate of similar attacks in the lead up to the presidential election.

Helmand operations kill 22 militants

Security operations led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the southern Helmand province have allegedly left some 22 suspected militants dead. According to recent reports, six suspected al Qaeda militants and 16 Taliban insurgents were killed during the operation, while a further 14 Taliban insurgents have also been arrested. It's believed a large cache of weapons and ammunition was also discovered and seized during the operation.

Three US troops wounded in insider attack

Three US soldiers have been wounded in an insider attack in the southern Kandahar province. "The attacker was killed by return fire from Resolute Support forces," said US military spokesman in Afghanistan, Army Col. Sonny Leggett. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack but said that three troops had been killed. Seventeen US service members have been killed in Afghanistan in 2019, including two in another insider attack in Uruzgan in July.

Seven Taliban killed in Faryab security operations

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed amid security operations in the Faryab province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the Afghan Ministry of Defence has claimed that seven insurgents were killed during operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. It's alleged that a local Taliban commander was also among those killed in the operation. There has been no comment by the Taliban.

Taliban threatens attacks to keep voters away

The Taliban has threatened to carry out violent attacks to keep voters away from polls ahead of the general election in Afghanistan. According to Al Jazeera, the Taliban has warned voters of more attacks as presidential elections loom, while the government has promised extra security at polls. As a result, it's believed many voters living in Taliban-controlled areas will stay away from the ballot amid fears of reprisals from the Taliban should they vote. The Taliban has recently stepped up its campaign to disrupt the election following a breakdown in peace talks with the US.

Helmand airstrike kills 40 civilians

At least 40 civilians have allegedly been killed and 18 others have been wounded in a recent airstrike operation, which was carried out within the last 24 hours in the southern Helmand province. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the airstrike which was conducted in the Musa Qala district, where the Afghan forces raided a house that the officials claimed was being used by the Taliban to train suicide bombers, but hit an adjacent wedding venue, where civilians were attending a wedding party. The incident comes just days after 30 civilians were killed in another airstrike in Nangarhar.

Roadside bomb kills two civilians in Kandahar

Two Afghan civilians have been confirmed dead and at least five others have also been injured in a roadside bombing incident, which occurred in the southern Kandahar province over the weekend. The blast reportedly happened in the Spin Boldak district, which borders neighbouring Pakistan. The fatalities have been confirmed by an Afghan official, who suggested the bomb had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents in an attempt to target the security forces, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Counter-terror operations kill 24 Taliban in Farah

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed by the Afghan Special Forces during A counter-terror operation which was carried out in the western province of Farah within the last 48 hours. According to reports, the security forces targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Anar Darah district of Farah on Tuesday, where they allegedly killed 24 insurgents and destroyed a large cache of weapons and ammunition.

Truck bomb hits outside Zabul hospital

A truck bombing has occurred outside a hospital in the southern province of Zabul. According to reports, at least 10 people have been killed following the blast, although the death toll is likely to rise as the head of the provincial council said he thought as many as 20 people have been killed, with almost 100 injured. The attack occurred on Thursday morning, when a truck packed with explosives was detonated outside a hospital in Qalat city. Many of the victims were doctors and patients. The Taliban have claimed the attack, but said they were targeting government intelligence offices, next to the hospital. The attack comes just days after two major suicide bomb attacks in Parwan and Kabul collectively left at least 48 people dead. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban.

Drone strike kills dozens in Nangarhar

A drone strike which has been carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province has allegedly killed dozens in the Khogyani district. According to preliminary reports from Reuters, Afghan government officials suggested that at least 30 civilians have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in the airstrike, which was carried out by the Afghan security forces with US air support. The strike supposedly targeted Islamic State (IS) hideouts but accidentally hit farmers in a nearby pine nut field. The Afghan Defence Ministry confirmed the strike but declined to share any further details, while the US forces have not commented.

Landmine kills police officer in Helmand

An Afghan police officer has allegedly been killed and three others have been injured after a landmine exploded in the southern Helmand province. The blast occurred within the last 24 hours in the Washir district, where it's believed the police officers had been on patrol when their vehicle drove past a landmine buried at the side of the road, triggering the explosion. Although no claim of responsibility has been made, Taliban insurgents often plant explosives along roadsides in the hopes of hitting security personnel.

Suicide attack reported in Jalalabad

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in the city of Jalalabad, in the eastern Nangarhar province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter suggest at least 10 people have been injured and have been transported to hospitals for treatment, while gunmen are though to still be fighting the security forces at the scene. A spokesperson for the provincial governor has allegedly confirmed the attack, which has supposedly targeted a government building used by the Electronic National Identity Cards Department (e-NIC) in Police District 3 (PD3). No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Taliban tell US the door to talks is open

The Taliban have reportedly released a message to US President Donald Trump, telling him that their "doors are open" should the US want to resume peace talks. Taliban negotiators insisted that the possibility of dialogue will remain on the table, with chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai stating that negotiation was "the only way for peace in Afghanistan" during an interview with the BBC. The message from the Taliban come a week after Trump declared peace talks 'dead'. The two sides are thought to have come close to a withdrawal deal earlier this month shortly before talks broke down following a deadly Taliban attack on Kabul on 06 September, which killed a US soldiers along with 11 others. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned recent Taliban attacks, saying the group "must begin to demonstrate a genuine commitment to peace". Just yesterday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for two deadly suicide bomb attacks in Kabul and Parwan, which collectively killed at least 46 people.

Security operation leaves 22 Taliban dead in Ghazni

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the operations were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces in the provincial capital district, where a number of raids were carried out on suspected Taliban hideouts. Along with the 22 confirmed fatalities, a further three insurgents were also arrested, while a large cache of weapons was also destroyed.

Suicide bomb attack reported in Kabul

A bomb blast has been reported in the Afghan capital city of Kabul, leaving at least 22 people dead and 38 others wounded. According to Reuters, the blast occurred on Tuesday in the city centre near Massoud Square, where it's thought an explosive-laden motorbike was blown up. Tolo News has reported that the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the explosion was a suicide bombing and that it was detonated close to one of the Ministry of Defence's buildings in Police District 9 (PD9). The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred shortly after another Taliban-claimed bomb attack in Parwan, which targeted a presidential campaign rally, leaving at least 24 people killed and 31 others wounded.

Suicide bomber targets presidential campaign rally in Parwan

A presidential campaign rally in the Parwan province has been targeted in a suicide bomb attack, leaving at least 24 people dead. A suicide bomber on a motorbike reportedly detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at a security checkpoint on Tuesday at around midday, as President Ghani was preparing to speak at a campaign rally in the city of Charikar, Parwan. According to the BBC, 26 fatalities have been confirmed, while more than 30 others have also been wounded. The death toll could rise further still. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast yet, although the authorities suspect the Taliban were behind it.

IED blast kills police officer in Baghlan

An Afghan police officer has reportedly been killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Baghlan province. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Tuesday morning in the Shahsad Koti area of the city of Pol-e Khomri. The victim has been identified as Mohammad Ibrahim - a finance officer for the Baghlan police force. Ibrahim was allegedly on his way to work when an IED was supposedly stuck to his vehicle and detonated. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan

An American soldier has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan on Monday, raising the total number of US service member deaths to 17. The fatality is the second US soldier to be killed in Afghanistan within the last fortnight. According to Tolo News, NATO's Resolute Support mission released a statement confirming the death, stating that the US service member was 'killed in action'. No further details were given and the soldier has yet to be publicly identified.

Two Taliban shadow governors killed in Paktika

Two suspected Taliban shadow governors have allegedly been killed during security operations in the Paktika province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces carried out a ground and air operation in the province over the course of the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban positions. Reports from the Afghan Defence Ministry claim as many as 85 Taliban insurgents were killed overall, while the Taliban - often known to downplay their casualty figures - has claimed that only seven insurgents were killed and 11 others were wounded. 

IED blast kills one in Ghazni

At least one person has been killed and five others have been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Ghazni province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, the provincial police have released a statement, confirming that the explosion occurred on Monday in Ghazni, hitting a group of university students. The IED was apparently magnetic, and may have been affixed to a bicycle or a vehicle. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast, although the local authorities suspect Taliban insurgents may have been behind it.

Roadside bomb kills five in Farah

At least five people have been killed in a recent roadside bomb explosion in the western Farah province of Afghanistan. The blast allegedly happened on Sunday near the provincial capital of Farah city, where a civilian vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, Taliban insurgents are known to be active in the region and have a history of planting roadside bombs in attempts to target government security forces.

Taliban sabotage power supply across 11 provinces

The Taliban have allegedly managed to severely disrupt power supply across 11 provinces by sabotaging electricity pylons in Baghlan. The insurgents reportedly targeted a key major power station operated by state-run power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, in the village of Balak Mirzad Tal on Sunday. According to reports, insurgents used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to damage three key power pylons, cutting power supply to Kabul provinces and several other in the South and South-east. Pylons were also destroyed in the Kunduz province in a similar attack earlier that same day, although with less impact. Technicians have been dispatched to reconnect power transmission lines.

Raid leaves eight Taliban dead in Logar

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded during a raid which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Logar province over the weekend. Local reports indicate the raid took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted by the security forces. It's believed eight insurgents were killed, three were wounded, and one Taliban supporter was also arrested, while a large cache of weapons and ammunition was seized.

Airstrike kills 19 Taliban in Faryab

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 12 others have also been wounded in a recent airstrike operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the western Faryab province. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted over the weekend, targeting a suspected Taliban training camp in the Dara-e Shakh area of the Gurziwan district. It's alleged that two Taliban trainers were also killed in the attack, including one Pakistani national who has been identified as Mustar Hanzala. Two key local Taliban commanders were also thought to be among the 12 wounded.

Al-Qaeda leader urges militants to target Western interests

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Islamic militants to target Western interests in violent attacks. According to Al Jazeera, al-Zawahiri issued a statement on Wednesday 11 September, appealing to Muslims to attack US, European, Israeli, and Russian military targets. The comments were made during a speech given on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, carried out by al-Qaeda, which killed nearly 3,000 people in the US. Al-Zawahiri allegedly described the 9/11 attacks as unacceptable because civilians were harmed, instead urging militants to focus attacks on foreign military bases inside their own countries. It's believed al-Zawahiri remains in hiding somewhere in the AfPak border region.

Four killed Kabul blast

At least four security personnel have been killed and three others have also been wounded after an explosion occurred in Kabul. The blast occurred on Thursday near a Special Forces base in the south of Kabul. According to reports from Tolo News, it's believed a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in an attack targeting the security forces. The Taliban has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two Taliban killed in Faryab operation

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have also been wounded following an encounter with the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. The insurgents reportedly clashed with the security forces during a counter-terror security operation which was being carried out int he Khwaja Sabz Posh district on Wednesday. One of the two insurgents killed is thought to have been a local Taliban commander.

Nine Taliban killed in Farah

At least nine Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and three others have been wounded in recent operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Farah province. According to reports, provincial police officials confirmed that the Afghan Air Force killed at least six insurgents during an airstrike which targeted a Taliban hideout in the Pusht Rod district, while a further three insurgents were also wounded. Meanwhile, Afghan security personnel allegedly repelled a Taliban attacked in the Shiwan village in the same district, killing three more insurgents, including a local Taliban commander. 

Seven civilians killed in Wardak airstrike

At least seven civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike in the Wardak province. Reports from Tolo News claim that a civilian vehicle was hit by an airstrike in the Burhani Khel area of Saydabad in Wardak. The incident has triggered protests by local residents, who are calling on the Afghan government to launch an investigation into the airstrike, which was allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces. 

Heightened security measures ahead of election

Heightened security measures have been installed throughout key parts of Afghanistan ahead of the upcoming election. The strengthened security measures have been enforced after election material arrived in Afghanistan for the presidential vote, which is due to be held in just over two weeks, on 28 September. The Afghan security forces have been given tasked with escorting election material safely through Afghanistan to provincial capitals and other major towns and cities. It's believed the material will likely be targeted in violent insurgent attacks following the recent collapse of the US-Taliban peace talks.

Afghan forces recapture district in Badakhshan

The Afghan security forces have reportedly recaptured a district in the northern Badakhshan province from  he Taliban. According to reports, the Kiran Wa Marjan district was recaptured by the security forces with the cooperation of local residents, who launched a public uprising against the Taliban. Clashes between the Taliban and the security forces, joined by armed members of the public uprising, reportedly inflicted heavy casualties on the insurgents, with a number allegedly surrendering to the Afghan forces.

Rocket explosion reported in Kabul

A rocket explosion has been reported in the capital city of Kabul, with a large explosion heard near the US embassy shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The US embassy is located in the high-security diplomatic area of Kabul, called the Green Zone, where it's alleged the rocket hit a part of the US embassy compound. The blast occurred just minutes into the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and is thought to be the first major attack in the Afghan capital since US President Donald Trump called off US-Taliban peace talks. Trump called the US-Taliban talks 'dead' after two car bombs killed several people last week, including two members of an international NATO mission - prompting the Taliban to pledge to continue fighting against the US forces. The talks were called off shortly after a draft deal was agreed, which would have led to a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. No casualties have been reported following the explosion.

Balkh security operations kill 36 Taliban

At least 36 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and some 13 others have been wounded following a series of counter-terror security operations in the Balkh province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. According to reports, the operations targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Chimtal, Siya Aab, and Sholgara districts. A suspected Taliban compound with a number of insurgent-owned vehicles was also allegedly destroyed in the operation.

US cancels peace talks with Taliban

US President Donald Trump has cancelled peace talks with the Taliban militant group. A meeting was due to take place at Camp David on Sunday but Trump said he scrapped the plans after the Taliban admitted to killing a US soldier. Under the proposed deal, the US would withdraw 5,400 troops over the next five months in return for guarantees that the Taliban would prevent Afghanistan being used as a base for terrorism. "When the Taliban tried to gain negotiating advantage by conducting terror attacks inside of the country, President Trump made the right decision to say that’s not going to work,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Taliban launch attack in Farah province

The Taliban have reportedly launched a coordinated attack in Afghanistan's western Farah province. According to Reuters, Taliban insurgents launched a major attack in the province on Friday, targeting the provincial capital, Farah city. Insurgents allegedly set an Afghan army recruitment centre on fire near the city, while a fight to take over the prison remains ongoing. It's believed the Taliban have taken control of several positions in civilian areas, including a school, although the city centre is said to still be under government control. There have been no immediate reports of casualties amongst either the Afghan forces or the Taliban; however, casualty figures are expected to be high. The attack is the latest in a surge of violent insurgent attacks across Afghanistan recently. 

Human rights commission chief killed by Taliban in Ghor

The head of a regional human rights commission has allegedly been killed in a suspected Taliban insurgent attack in the Ghor province. The victim has been identified as Abdul Samad Amiri, who was reportedly beheaded by Taliban insurgents, execution style, on Thursday. It's believed the killing took place in the Hazarajat area of Ghor, where his body was discovered later that same morning along the highway which links the province to the capital city of Kabul.

Taliban car bomb hits Kabul

A suicide car bombing has been reported in Kabul, near the US embassy area in police district nine. The Afghan Interior Ministry has said that least 10 people have been killed and dozens more have been wounded. According to Al Jazeera, the blast occurred in Thursady in Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area next to the Green Zone and home to a number of important complexes, including the National Directorate of Security (NDS). A car bomb allegedly exploded on the main road and the police have since sealed off the area while the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. A Taliban spokesperson claimed that at least 20 people have been killed in the attack, although these figures were rejected by the Afghan government.

Badakhshan airstrikes kill 40 Taliban

At least 40 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a series of airstrikes which have been carried out in the northern Badakhshan province within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the strikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Jurm district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted and destroyed. The counter-insurgency aerial operation was reportedly launched in response to increased insurgent activity in the region.

US-Taliban deal could see 5,400 US troops withdraw

Peace talks between the US and the Taliban insurgent group in Afghanistan remain ongoing, with the latest developments indicating that a deal could see some 5,400 American troops withdraw from the country. The withdrawal could take place within 20 weeks as part of a deal 'in principle' with the Taliban. US envoy and top negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad revealed details of the potential deal during a TV interview on Tuesday; however, final approval still lies with US President Donald Trump. During the interview, a suicide car bombing hit Kabul, killing at least 16 civilians and wounding 119 others. The attack was claimed by the Taliban and is the third such attack in as many days, raising concern a peace deal may have limited success in ending the violence in Afghanistan.

Roadside bomb kills eight civilians in Balkh

A roadside bomb in the northern Balkh province has killed at least eight civilians. According to reports, the blast occurred in the Khalachi area of the Chimtal district on Tuesday morning. It's believed a civilian vehicle triggered a roadside bomb as it passed by, which had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents. It has since been confirmed that all civilians inside the vehicle were killed in the explosion.

Suicide car bomb attack reported in Paktiya

A suicide car bomb attack has been reported in the Paktiya province. The incident allegedly occurred near a hospital in the provincial capital city of Gardez. According to reports, no casualties have been reported as a result of the explosion, although it's believed at least one suicide bomber was likely killed in the attack. It remains unclear if the hospital was the intended target of the attack or not, as local authorities speculate the bomb may have been triggered prematurely. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's suspected the Taliban were behind it.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrike

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 13 others have also been wounded in recent airstrike operations which have been carried out by the foreign forces in the southern province of Kandahar. According to local reports, the aerial operations were allegedly conducted within the last 24 hours in the Shah Wali Kot district, where suspected Taliban positions were targeted and destroyed.

Suicide car bombing reported in Kabul

A suicide car bomb attack has been reported in the Afghan capital city of Kabul. According to recent reports from Al Jazeera, an explosive-laden vehicle was detonated near Green Village in the ninth police district of Kabul on Monday night. At least 16 fatalities have been confirmed while more than 100 others have been wounded. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming a coordinated attack with a suicide bomber and gunmen was underway. Green Village is a large compound which houses aid agencies and other international organisations. Gunfire was heard in the aftermath of the blast, along with a secondary explosion - thought to be a nearby petrol station catching fire. The Afghan security forces are said to be responding to the attack.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 13 Taliban

At least 13 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 26 others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The aerial operations were conducted over the weekend in the Khakrez district, where suspected Taliban positions and hideouts were targeted. According to reports, the counter-insurgency operation was launched after the security forces received intelligence which suggested that Taliban insurgents were planning to attack a number of police check points in the area.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Faryab airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Faryab province. According to recent reports, multiple airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Gurziwan district of Faryab over the weekend. The airstrikes targeted two suspected Taliban compounds, leaving some 47 Taliban insurgents dead and wounding at least five others. Both compounds were destroyed, along with a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Taliban storm Kunduz city

The Taliban have stormed Kunduz city, the provincial capital of the northern Kunduz province and a key strategic city. According to reports, Taliban insurgents launched the attack on Saturday, sparking a major armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the area. Airstrikes have been carried out by the Afghan forces on insurgent positions, slowing their advance after they stormed the city from four different directions in a coordinated attack. At least three civilians and dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed amidst the fighting so far, while a further 10 people were also killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting the police forces. Casualty figures are expected to rise further still as fighting continues. The attack comes amid ongoing peace talks between the US and the Taliban. The city has been captured by the Taliban twice in the last four years. The longest the Taliban has managed to hold the city is two weeks.

Large-scale military operations launched in Badakhshan

Large-scale military operations have reportedly been launched in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan. The Afghan security forces allegedly launched the clearing operations in three districts of the province in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to reports, the operations will aim to clear the Kuran Wa Munjan, Warduj, and Yumgan districts of Taliban insurgents believed to be active in the region. "The army, police, local police and public uprising forces are involved in the operations,” said provincial governor Zakaria Sawda, adding that “the Afghan Air Force will also support the operations.”

Six released from Taliban prison in Ghazni

At least six people have been released from a Taliban prison in the central Ghazni province. According to reports from Tolo News, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the release of six civilians from a Taliban prison during a special operation which was conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Giro district. At least one Taliban insurgent was also arrested during a weapon and a weapons cache was also destroyed. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least one of the six civilians released was a student.

Four Taliban killed in Kabul operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed during a recent security operation in Kabul province. The operation was led by the Afghan Special Forces in the Paghman district. According to reports, the security forces targeted a suspected Taliban location, destroying a small cache of weapons and leaving four insurgents dead. The Taliban has not commented on the fatalities.

US to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has reportedly stated that 8,600 US troops will remain in Afghanistan. According to Reuters, Trump said while the number of US troops in Afghanistan had been reduced to 8,600, the US would maintain a force in the country even if a deal was reached with the Taliban to end the 18-year war. The Taliban have repeatedly called for the US to withdraw completely from the country.

Two police officers killed in Kandahar

Two female police officers have allegedly been killed in a gun attack in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Wednesday in Police District 1 of Kandahar city, where the two victims were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen. Unconfirmed reports indicate the incident was likely a targeted assassination of the two police officers. Local officials have accused the Taliban - which has a strong presence in the province - of being behind the attack, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Fourteen killed in Taliban attack

At least 14 people have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Herat province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred on Tuesday evening in the Kushk district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly launched a coordinated attack on a security checkpoint. The checkpoint was being manned by members of a pro-government militia - 14 of whom were killed, along with seven others who were also wounded.

Taliban plan to target telecommunications company

The Taliban have allegedly warned that they intend to target a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. Reports indicate the Taliban warned that employees, sites, and subscribers of Salaam Telecommunications Company will be targeted. The warning was made in a statement recently issued by the Taliban which also accused the company of serving as an intelligence hub, collecting information and sharing it with the Afghan government and American forces.

Four injured in Jalalabad bomb blast

At least four people have been injured following a bomb blast in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports, the blast occurred over the weekend, on Sunday, near the Pakistani consulate. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) maintain a presence in the eastern province, which borders Pakistan.

Security operations kill 25 Taliban in Balkh

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Asya Khan and Asyab Gorg villages, located in the Chimtal district, where an estimated 24 suspected Taliban insurgents were killed. Another insurgent was also killed and at least one was wounded during operations in the Sabzikar village in the Chahar Bolak district.

Fifteen Taliban arrested in Kandahar oeprations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been arrested during recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the insurgents were detained by the Afghan National Police (ANP) during raids which were conducted across various locations within the province. A number of suspected Taliban hideouts were targeted, with two expert bomb-makers thought to be among the 15 insurgents arrested. The Taliban has a long history of maintaining a strong presence in Kandahar, with the province previously seen as the Taliban's home and stronghold region. 

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two US service members have reportedly been killed in Afghanistan. The soldiers' deaths were confirmed by NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, which released a statement on Wednesday. It's believed both soldiers were killed earlier that same day, although no specific details have been provided, including location or how they were killed. Unconfirmed reports suggest the soldiers were killed during a Special Forces operation in the Faryab province, where they most likely died in a firefight. The identities of the deceased soldiers are being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin are notified. The deaths raise the total number of US service members killed in Afghanistan so far this year to 14.

Death toll rises from Kabul wedding suicide attack

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack which target a wedding ceremony in Kabul over the weekend has reportedly risen to 80 confirmed fatalities. The initial death toll following the attack on Saturday night was 63; however, since then a number of casualties have passed away in hospital. More than 160 others have been wounded in the blast, with many still in critical condition - sparking fears the death toll could continue to rise further still. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Twenty Taliban killed in Uruzgan security operations

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clearing operations launched by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to recent reports, suspected insurgents positions in the Charchino district were targeted on Tuesday. A military spokesperson has confirmed that 20 insurgents have been killed and several others have been injured so far, while the operations remain ongoing.

Four Taliban killed in Takhar clash

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed following recent clashes in the northern Takhar province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched a counter-insurgency operation in the Darqad district after receiving a tip-off relating to insurgent activity in the area. A group of insurgents were apprehended near the outskirts of the district on Tuesday morning, leading to an armed clash in which four insurgents were killed and two others were also wounded and arrested by the security forces. It's believed one of those killed in the operation was a local Taliban leader, identified as Mohammad Omar.

Five Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes which have been conducted in the Logar province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Azra district on Sunday evening. Reports indicate a Taliban district chief may have been among those killed in the aerial operation. The Taliban district chief has been identified as Mawlawi Mohammad Allah, while another one of the deceased insurgents was identified as Mawlawi Amanullah - an insurgent who was released from a government prison recently and rejoined the Taliban.

Bomb attacks hit Jalalabad, Nangarhar

A series of explosions have occurred in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of the eastern Nangarhar province. More than 30 people have been wounded in Monday's bomb attacks, which took place as the country marked its 100th anniversary of its independence from British rule. Al Jazeera has reported that six blasts occurred across the city, targeting Independence Day events, leaving at least 34 casualties. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attacks; however, the authorities suspect the Islamic State (IS) may be behind them, as they follow an IS-claimed bomb attack on a wedding in Kabul which killed 63 people over the weekend.

Twelve civilians killed in roadside bombing

A roadside bomb attack has killed at least 12 civilians in the northern Balkh province. According to reports from Tolo News, the blast occurred in the Dawlat Abad district on Sunday morning. A group of civilians were allegedly travelling in a vehicle to Mazar-e-Sharif city when a roadside bomb went off in Barbar village. The bomb was triggered when the vehicle passed by. Two children and seven women are among those killed in the blast. Local officials claim the bomb had been planted by the Taliban.

Suicide bombing kills 63 at Kabul wedding

At least 63 people have been killed and more than 180 people have been wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a wedding ceremony in Kabul on Saturday evening. The blast occurred in the west of the capital city, in an area mostly populated by Shia Muslims. The attack has since been claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has a history of targeting Shia Muslims. According to the BBC, an IS statement claimed that an IS militant blew himself up at a "large gathering" while "a parked explosives-laden vehicle" was detonated when the emergency services arrived.

Airstrikes leave 15 Taliban dead

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent series of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces. The aerial operations were launched within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected insurgent positions in a number of provinces, including Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, and Wardak. According to reports, at least 10 Taliban insurgents were killed in airstrikes conducted in Faryab's Gurziwan district, while an additional two insurgents were also killed in an airstrike in the Nawa district of Ghazni. Another airstrike left two insurgents dead in Helmand's Kajaki district. Meanwhile, one Taliban insurgent was killed and a small weapons cache was also destroyed in an airstrike in the Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak.

Security operations kill six Taliban in Uruzgan

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and around 10 others have also been wounded during counter-insurgency security operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were launched by the Afghan Special Forces in the provincial capital of Tarinkot within the last 24 hours. According to reports, military officials confirmed the operation on Wednesday, stating that at least three insurgents were also arrested during the raid. Meanwhile, another seven insurgents were arrested during a separate raid in the same district.

Eleven Taliban killed in Paktiya security operation

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in security operations in the Paktiya province. The operations were launched by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Zurmat district of Paktiya. According to local reports, it's believed that two local Taliban commanders were amongst the 11 insurgents killed. A large weapons and ammunition cache was also discovered and seized by security personnel.

Logar airstrikes kill 34 Taliban

At least 34 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded in a recent series of airstrikes in the central Logar province. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. According to reports, suspected insurgent positions were targeted in the Baraki Barak, Charkh, and Pol-e Alam districts.

Ghazni airstrike kills four Taliban

An airstrike has killed at least four Taliban insurgents in the central Ghazni province. The aerial operation was allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Gelan district in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to reports, the airstrike targeted a suspected insurgent vehicle, killing four insurgents and destroying a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Security operations kill 26 Taliban in Ghazni

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the US forces conducted airstrikes in the Muqur and Gilan districts within the last 24 hours, leaving 25 insurgents dead. A Humvee armoured personnel carrier was also destroyed in the aerial operation, along with five motorbikes. Another insurgent was allegedly killed and three others were also wounded during clashes with the security forces in the Aab Band and Khwaja Omari districts of Ghazni. 

Nangarhar drone strike kills seven Taliban

At least seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a drone strike which was carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. Local reports indicate the strike was conducted by the foreign forces in the Sherzad district. The aerial operation was launched following various reports of insurgent activity in the Shipana, Gandomak, and Surdag areas of the district. Two insurgent vehicles, five motorbikes, and a weapons cache were also destroyed in the strike.

Two IS killed as security forces raid militant hideouts in Kabul

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed during security operations after the Afghan security forces performed a series of raids on two suspected IS hideouts in Kabul. According to reports, three security personnel were also killed after a gunfight broke out. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) stated that the operations were conducted on Tuesday night in two different parts of Kabul: the Bagrami district of police district eight and the 'Guard' area in police district 15, near the US forces' counter-narcotics base. A large quantity of explosives was seized by the security forces during the raids.

Blast hits Kabul police station

A large explosion has occurred outside a police station in Kabul. Reports indicate that at least 14 people have been killed and nearly 150 others have been injured following the blast, which occurred at around 09:00 local time on Wednesday morning in western Kabul. Most of the casualties were civilians. Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi claimed that a car bomb went off when the vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint outside the station. The Taliban has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack, alleging a much bigger truck bomb was used. Unconfirmed reports have claimed the gunfire could be heard in the area following the explosion.

IED blast reported in Kabul

At least five deaths have been confirmed following a suspected bomb explosion in Kabul. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the capital city's 11th police district on Tuesday afternoon. Tolo News has reported that the explosion occurred in Parwan Bostan Circle of the Khairkhana area at approximately 16:00 local time, leaving five dead and seven others injured. The IED was allegedly planted on a bicycle, with the explosion supposedly targeting a vehicle used by the Interior Ministry's Counter-Narcotics Department, which was passing through the area at the time. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban denounce Afghan presidential election

The Taliban have released a statement denouncing the upcoming Afghan presidential election as a sham. According to reports, the Taliban claimed that their fighters would do everything they could to disrupt the election, urging people to avoid rallies which may be targeted. The election is due to be held on 28 September and there will be a high risk of violent terrorist attacks at all election-related demonstrations, especially in the capital city.

Four killed in Herat bomb blast

At least four people have been killed and around 30 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion which occurred in Herat last night. The blast occurred in the provincial capital, Herat city, at around 19:00 local time on Monday evening, when people were preparing for evening prayers. According to reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been attached to a parked motorbike was detonated, killing at least four civilians. The motorbike was positioned at the side of a road in the Hajji Abbass neighbourhood. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

District governor killed in Herat roadside bombing

The district governor of the Zinda Jan district of the Herat province has reportedly been killed in a recent roadside bombing. According to Tolo News, the blast occurred over the weekend in the Zinda Jan district, where district governor Shukrullah Shakir was allegedly amongst three people killed when their vehicle went past a roadside bomb, triggering an explosion. The bomb had most likely been planted by Taliban insurgents, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Taliban kill seven police officers in Kandahar

At least seven Afghan police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports from Tolo News, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Shah Wali Kot district. It's believed a police officer turned on his comrades in an insider attack. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack calling the suspect their 'infiltrator', while the suspect is said to have fled the area following the incident.

Eight police officers killed in Taliban attack

At least eight Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following a Taliban attack in the Daykundi province. Tolo News has reported that the attack occurred overnight, in the earl hours of Friday morning. The insurgents allegedly targeted a number of police check posts in the Tapa-e-Ziarat area of the Pato district. Eight police officers have been confirmed dead and at least 10 others have also been wounded in the attack, while reports indicate the Taliban also suffered heavy losses. Two check posts were allegedly overrun briefly before the security forces retook them; however, clashes remain ongoing in parts of the district.

Nineteen militants killed in Logar security operation

At least 19 suspected militants have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Logar province. According to Tolo News, the operation was carried out in the Charkh district by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. Of the 19 killed, at least 17 are thought to be affiliated to al-Qaeda, including four Afghan nationals and 12 from Russia's Chechen Republic. Operations were conducted in the Pengram and Zaid Lala areas of the district, targeting suspected militant hideouts. It's believed a key militant commander was also among those killed.

Balkh airstrikes kill nine Taliban

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and another eight have also been wounded in airstrikes carried out in the northern Balkh province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Chahar Bolak and Chimtal districts, where suspected Taliban hideouts in two villages were targeted. It's believed at least one of the insurgents killed was a local Taliban commander, identified as Qari Mehdi.

Two police officers killed in Kabul blast

Two Afghan police officers have been killed, while at least three others have also been wounded in a suspected bomb explosion in Kabul. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning, at approximately 04:30 local time. The explosion targeted a police check post in the Panjsad-Family area of Police District 15. Unconfirmed reports suggest two civilians may have also been injured in the blast. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security operations leave 56 Taliban dead in Baghlan

At least 56 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Baghlan province within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the Afghan security forces had launched a series of counter-terror operations targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the Qurgan Tepa area, located in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khomri. The operations were launched following a number of Taliban attacks on security checkpoints in the same area on Tuesday morning. Local officials have claimed that 56 insurgents have been confirmed dead, including seven Taliban group commanders, while more than 30 others have also been injured.

Pentagon identifies two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has identified two US soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. The soldiers have been identified as Brandon Kay Kreisher, 20, and Spc Michael Isaiah Nance, 24. The pair were allegedly killed on Monday in what has been described as a "combat-related incident". Both soldiers were assigned to the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and were based in Tarin Kowt - the provincial capital of the Uruzgan province - where reports suggest an Afghan soldier shot and killed them.

Taliban capture district in Zabul

The Taliban have allegedly managed to capture a district in the Zabul province. According to reports, the Mizan district has been under siege from Taliban insurgents for over a year, reportedly seizing the district centre on Tuesday. The Zabul province sits along the AfPak border, and is considered strategically valuable due to its geographic positioning providing cross-border access between Afghanistan and Pakistan for militant groups, such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Dozens killed in Farah bus bombing

Dozens of civilians have allegedly been killed after a passenger bus was hit by a roadside bomb in the western Farah province. The bus had been travelling along the Kandahar-Herat highway when it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside by suspected Taliban insurgents. According to Al Jazeera, at least 32 people have been killed and a further 17 others have been wounded. The provincial authorities have claimed that the Taliban are responsible for the bombing, although no claim of responsibility has been made and the insurgent group haven't commented on the incident.

Forty Taliban killed in Parwan security operation

At least 40 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Parwan province. The security forces reportedly targeted the insurgents in the Ghorband district on Monday, carrying out a raid on an identified Taliban position. According to reports, an additional 13 insurgents have also been arrested during the same raid, while a weapons cache has also been destroyed.

Airstrikes kill 12 Taliban in Kandahar and Zabul

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations which were carried out over the weekend in the Kandahar and Zabul provinces. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces as part of wider counter-terror initiatives in the southern region. One airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the Shorabak district of Kandahar, while the second airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in Zabul's Shah Joy district.

Twenty killed in Kabul office attack

At least 20 people have been killed and some 50 others have been injured in an attack on a vice-presidential candidate's office in Kabul. The attack targeted the office building of Green Trend - a social, grassroots and anti-corruption organisation headed by vice-presidential election candidate Amrullah Saleh - on Sunday morning. According to the BBC, a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives near the office building, before several armed militants stormed the office and remained for about six hours before they were killed by the security forces. Some 150 civilians were rescued from the building during the attack, which coincided with the first day of campaigning for upcoming presidential elections. Saleh - who was slightly injured in the attack - is the running mate of President Ashraf Ghani. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Presidential security guard killed in Kabul

A presidential security guard has allegedly been killed in an attack in Kabul. The victim was reportedly killed in a violent attack in the Karta-e-Naw area on the eighth police district on Wednesday evening. According to reports, to suspects or motive has been identified thus far, although it's believed the incident may have been a targeted killing.

Three bomb attacks hit Kabul

At least 15 people have reportedly been killed as three bomb attacks hit the capital city of Kabul. Reuters has reported that eight employees of the ministry of mines and petroleum have been killed and 27 others have been wounded in a bomb attack on their bus on Thursday morning. A magnetic bomb had reportedly been stuck to the bus. Just minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up a few metres away, killing another seen people and wounding another 20. A third blast allegedly occurred when a car was blown up by suspected militants. The authorities have warned that the death toll is likely to rise. The Taliban has apparently claimed responsibility for the car bomb.

Croatian soldier killed in Kabul suicide blast

A Croatian soldier has been killed and two others have been injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Kabul. The soldiers were allegedly en route to Kabul airport when a suicide bomber on a motorbike slammed into one of their vehicles, detonating his explosives. One of the soldiers, Josip Briski, reportedly suffered serious head injuries in the blast and later died in a military hospital operated by the US forces at Bagram airfield. Reuters has reported that the attack has been claimed by the Taliban. The attack came as US officials prepare for an eighth round of peace talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar this week.

Four police officers killed in Taliban attack in Farah

At least four Afghan police officers have been killed after they were attacked by a group of armed Taliban insurgents in the western province of Farah. The attack reportedly occurred on Tuesday night in the Darabad area, where the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint, sparking a fatal gunfight in which four police officers were shot dead, along with two insurgents. Another two police officers were also wounded in the crossfire. According to reports, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police commander killed in Gardez car bombing

An Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers has reportedly been killed in a recent car bomb attack in Gardez, Paktiya. The bombing occurred over the weekend in the provincial capital city of Gardez. The police officer has been identified as an ALP commander who had been based in the Zurmat district. According to reports, nine others were also wounded in the explosion, including a number of children. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although the police suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Ten militants killed in Nangarhar drone strike

At least 10 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. The drone strike was conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Khogyani district as part of an overnight counter-terror offensive. According to reports, it's claimed that one of the 10 militants killed as been identified by the Indian intelligence services as Huzaifa al-Bakistani - a Pakistani national and thought to have been the social media recruiter for the IS in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. 

Taliban capture district in Badakhshan

The Taliban have reportedly captured a district in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, Taliban insurgents have overrun the Kuran wa Munjan district as of Monday 22 July. At least two Afghan soldiers have been killed and four others have been wounded during an armed clash with the insurgents before the security forces retreated. It's been reported that a number of pro-government militia members are trapped in a mosque in the district centre, sparking fears they may be killed or taken hostage without military back-up.

Airstrike kills 28 Taliban in Faryab

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out in the Faryab province. According to reports from Khaama Press, the airstrike was conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting a large gathering of suspected Taliban insurgents in the Bilcheragh district. The Taliban has reportedly not commented on the airstrike.

Police officer killed in Nangarhar mine blast

An Afghan police has allegedly been killed and two others have been injured in a mine blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the explosion occurred in the Chaparhar district of the province, where the mine had been planted by suspected insurgents. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) have a presence in the Nangarhar province.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 24 Taliban

A series of airstrike which were carried out over the weekend have reportedly killed at least 24 Taliban insurgents over the weekend. According to recent reports, the airstrikes were carried out in the Uruzgan province by the Afghan security forces. The strikes targeted a suspected insurgent hideout in the Khas Uruzgan district, leaving 24 insurgents dead and wounding a further 17 others. A weapons and ammunition cache was also destroyed during the airstrike.

Eight killed in Kabul University blast

At lest eight people have been killed and around 33 people have been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion near Kabul University. The blast occurred on Friday morning near the university's south entrance. According to Al Jazeera, it remains unclear if the blast came from an explosive-laden vehicle or a suicide bomber. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Twenty security personnel killed in Taliban ambush

At least 20 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in a Taliban ambush in the province of Badghis. Al Jazeera has reported that the attack occurred on Wednesday in the Ab Kamari district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents allegedly ambushed the Afghan Special Forces, killing at least 20 commandos before fleeing the scene. The province has become a Taliban hot spot in recent years, with Wednesday's attack coming just days after four Afghan security personnel were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel in the Qala-e-Naw district.

Car bomb hits police HQ in Kandahar

A car bomb explosion has hit the police headquarters in the provincial capital of the southern Kandahar province. According to Al Jazeera, attackers detonated an explosive-laden vehicle outside one of the gates to the compound whilst trying to enter through a second gate simultaneously. The attackers allegedly targeted the counter-narcotics wing of the police HQ, opening fire on security personnel immediately after the explosion. the area has been cordoned off as the police respond tot he attack. No claim of responsibility has been made; however, it's believed the Taliban are behind it due to their strong presence in the province. No casualty figures have been reported thus far.

Heightened threat to Western interests in Kabul

The UK FCO has issued a travel warning over the heightened threat to Western interests in Kabul. According to the FCO's website, multiple threats are made by militant groups on a daily basis, identifying a variety of targets, including the Afghan security forces and Western interests operating in the diplomatic 'Green Zone' of the capital city. There has been a strong 'anti-Western' trend in recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, most notably the large-scale attack on the Intercontinental Hotel last year, which killed 42 people.

Taliban forces Swedish health committee to close health centres in Wardak

Health centres operated by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) have been closed in the Wardak province. Reports indicate that the SCA was forced to close dozens of its centres by the Taliban, after allegedly failing to provide safety for civilians. The closures come after four civilians were killed during an overnight raid by Afghan forces at a SCA centre last week. According to Reuters, 42 of 77 health centres have been forcibly closed in Wardak, with more than 5,700 patients affected.

Five killed in Nangarhar roof collapse

At least five people have been killed and a sixth person has been injured after a roof collapsed in the province of Nangarhar. A woman and four children have been confirmed dead, while another woman was also wounded when the roof of their house gave way on Tuesday evening. The accident occurred in the Barpchir village in the Pachir Wa Agam district. It's believed the house was an old building and that the roof collapse was linked to the property's age. Older buildings are often more vulnerable to natural disasters and certain weather conditions - such as heavy rain or snow - can easily trigger collapses.

Nine civilians killed in Kandahar IED blast

Nine Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed and some 18 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the southern Kandahar province. The blast  reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Darzab area of the Khakrez district. It's been reported that the IED had been planted on the underside of a truck and then remotely detonated - the target of the attack remains unclear. According to Tolo News, no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the authorities suspect Taliban insurgents were behind the incident, as they have a long history of maintaining a strong presence in the Kandahar province.

Radio station closes over Taliban threat

An Afghan radio station in Ghazni has reportedly closed following numerous threats made by the Taliban towards it. The private radio station, Samaa, shut down on Monday after a suspected Taliban commander who objected to women working as presenters threatened the station. Out of 13 employees at Samaa, three were female presenters. According to Reuters, written warnings had been sent to the radio station and threats had also been called in, telling the station to stop employing women. The station's director Ramez Azimi also claimed that Taliban insurgents went to his house to issue a threat in person. The Taliban denies that any threats were made against Samaa radio station.

Security operations kill 18 Taliban

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 16 others have been wounded in security operations carried out over the weekend. According to reports, the operations were conducted in the Khost and Paktiya province within the last 48 hours. Suspected Taliban positions in the Musa Khel district of Khost were targeted, leaving 16 insurgents killed and 13 others wounded. Another two insurgents were also killed and three others were wounded in operations in the Zurmat district of Paktiya.

US soldier killed in Faryab identified

An American soldier who was killed during a combat operation in the Faryab province has been identified as decorated special forces company Sergeant Major James G 'Ryan' Sartor, hailing from Teague, Texas. According to reports from Reuters, Sartor, 40, died on Saturday from wounds sustained from enemy fire. No further details of the incident have been released. Unconfirmed reports claim the foreign forces had been carrying out counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban in Faryab.

Four militants killed in IED blast, Kunar

Four foreign militants have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated prematurely in the eastern Kunar province. The IED blast occurred in the Khas Kunar district, killing at least four Pakistani militants and wounding three others. All seven casualties are believed to have been members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group.

Wedding hit by suicide bombing in Nangarhar

A wedding ceremony has been targeted by a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Nangarhar province. At least six people have been killed and more than 14 others have been wounded in the blast, which occurred on Friday morning in the Pachir Wa Agam district. According to Tolo News, the suicide bomber is thought to have been a teenager. It's believed the now deceased father of the groom was the primary target of the attack, as he was the leader of a pro-government public uprising force. So-called public uprisings are locally organised armed civilian groups which have been formed with the intention of aiding government military campaigns against terrorism and insurgency. The Taliban has denied involvement in the attack.

Seven Taliban killed in Helmand operation

At least seven Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a security operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. Local reports indicate the operation was launched as a response to a recent insurgent attack which targeted a security post in the Pul-e Seyah area. Seven insurgents have been confirmed dead, while a further eight others were also wounded in the offensive.

Kandahar raid leaves four Taliban dead

A raid which has been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province has reportedly left four Taliban insurgents dead. According to reports, the raid was conducted in the Maiwand district and at least four insurgents were killed while a further three others were also injured. The operation was carried out as part of a wider counter-terror initiative targeting Taliban positions in key areas in the southern region.

Special Forces kill seven Taliban in Faryab

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and an eighth has been arrested in security operations carried out in the Faryab province. The operations were led by the Afghan Special Forces in the Pashtun Kot district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. Seven insurgent deaths have been confirmed and a small weapons cache was also discovered and destroyed.

Taliban clash with security forces in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have clashed with Taliban insurgents in an armed altercation in the Kunduz province, which has so far killed at least 14 people, including four security personnel and 10 insurgents. The fighting broke out on Wednesday morning in the Iman Sahib district, where the clash is the latest in a series of violent Taliban attacks in the district. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked security personnel defending the district centre on Wednesday morning; however, the security forces have allegedly managed to resist the attack, repelling the insurgents.

Baghlan airstrikes kill seven civilians

At least seven civilians have reportedly been killed following a series of airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports from Reuters, government defence officials have confirmed that airstrikes were carried out on insurgent positions in the Kutob Phel area of the provincial capital Pul-e Khomri, but have not confirmed any civilian casualties and have said that an investigation into the claim has been launched. Local residents reportedly protested on the main road through the provincial capital after the airstrike, with pickup trucks allegedly transporting the remains of those killed to be buried.

Three Taliban killed in Jowzjan highway clash

Three Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and five others have been wounded following an armed clash with the police in the northern Jowzjan province. According to incident reports released by government officials, the Afghan National Police (ANP) were engaged in a crossfire along the main highway connecting Jowzjan to the neighbouring province of Sar-e Pul on Tuesday morning. Among the five wounded include three Taliban insurgents and two ANP officers.

Faryab airstrike kills 10 Taliban

An airstrike in the Faryab province has reportedly killed at least 10 Taliban insurgents. The aerial operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. Government defence officials have confirmed the airstrike, claiming 10 insurgents have been killed after a suspected Taliban position in the Belcheragh district was targeted. the airstrike was carried out as part of wider counter-terror operations tackling insurgency in the region.

Twenty soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 20 Afghan soldiers have allegedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the northern Kunduz province. According to recent reports, the attack occurred in the Imam Sahib district, located near the border with neighbouring Tajikistan. Taliban insurgents apparently stormed a number of outposts manned by the Afghan security forces on Monday evening, leaving 20 Afghan servicemen dead, with heavy fighting in the district ongoing. Taliban casualties have also been reported, although no precise number has been given.

Five Taliban killed in Uruzgan raid

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan district over the weekend. Reports indicate the raid was conducted in the Khas Uruzgan district, where a number of suspected insurgent hideouts were targeted. Five insurgents have been confirmed dead and two others have also been wounded as a result of the operation, while various weapons and ammunition were also discovered and destroyed.

Seven Taliban killed in Wardak

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed during security operations in the Wardak province. The insurgents were allegedly targeted in a raid in the Nerkh district over the weekend. According to reports, one of the insurgents killed is believed to have been a Taliban shadow district chief, while the six other insurgents killed are thought to have been his security guards. Various weapons and ammunition were also discovered during the raid and destroyed by the security forces.

Security operations kill 10 Taliban in Logar

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Logar province. According to reports, military officials released a statement on Monday morning claiming that 10 insurgents had been killed in counter-terror operations targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the Baraki Barak district. The operations were carried out alongside similar raids in the Badghis and Herat provinces, which left an additional 17 Taliban insurgents dead over the weekend.

Fourteen killed in Ghazni car bombing

At least 14 fatalities have been reported following a suicide car bombing in the Ghazni province. The attack occurred in the provincial capital of Ghazni city on Sunday, leaving eight security personnel and six civilians dead, while nearly 200 others were also wounded, including dozens of children from a nearby school. According to Al Jazeera, Afghan officials have claimed the bomb attack targeted personnel from the country's main intelligence unit, the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nangarhar operations kills two IS militants

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in security operations in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces coordinated the operation, targeted two suspected IS militants in the Haska Mena district on Thursday. No civilian or military casualties have been reported.

Four civilians killed in Taliban attack

At least four civilians have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the Faryab province. According to reports from Tolo News, the provincial police have confirmed the incident, stating that the civilians were killed when rockets fired by the Taliban landed near their houses in a residential area of the Khwaja Sabz Posh district on Friday morning. Four civilian fatalities have been confirmed while some 36 others have also been wounded in the attack, which remains unclaimed.

Six Taliban killed in Logar airstrike

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Logar province. According to local reports, the airstrike was conducted in the Pul-e-Alam district within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected insurgent position. Six fatalities have been confirmed and no civilians were harmed in the operation.

US airstrikes kill 28 Taliban

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent round of airstrikes in the Ghazni and Wardak provinces. According to reports, the aerial operations were led by the US forces, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Andar district of Ghazni, and the Maidan Shar, Jalrez, and Nerkh districts in Wardak. The airstrikes left 28  insurgents dead and also destroyed a vehicle belonging to the insurgents.

Security operations kill nine IS in Kunar

At least nine Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Kunar province. The operations were led by the Afghan Special Forces against the IS in the Watapur district within the last 24 hours. Nine IS militants have been confirmed dead while a small weapons cache belonging to the IS was also destroyed.

Mortar hits cricket pitch in Paktiya

Two young cricketeers have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded after a cricket pitch was hit by mortar fire in the Paktiya province. Two school teams were apparently playing each other in a cricket match when they were struck by suspected Taliban fire. According to reports, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were both confirmed dead at the scene, while the umpire and one of the spectators were also injured. It's claimed the insurgents fired a number of rockets from a nearby mountain in the AfPak border region, with one hitting the cricket pitch while two others landed near a border police base and a school with no casualties.

Two Taliban killed in Nangarhar blast

Two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in what's thought to have been a premature bomb explosion in the Nangarhar province. The blast occurred on Tuesday in the Bati Kot district, where two insurgents were allegedly attempting to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) along the side of a road when it was accidentally detonated prematurely. Taliban insurgents regularly plant roadside IEDs to target the security forces.

Taliban militants killed in Paktia operation

At least 31 Taliban militants have been killed and 13 others wounded in operations conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Paktia province. The army seized artillery shells and weapons following the clashes in the Ahmad Aba district. Meanwhile, 17 police officers and a soldier died when Taliban militants targeted a security base near the Machalgho dam, also in Paktia province.

Senior Taliban militant killed in Logar airstrike

A senior Taliban militant was killed alongside three foreign fighters in an airstrike in Logar province on Friday. The Ministry of Defence said Mawlavi Shams-ur-Rehman - the shadow spy chief of Taliban for Ghazni, Logar, Khost, Paktiya and Kabul - was targeted in the Charkh district.

Taliban militants kill 25 in Baglan

At least 25 people have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants in Baglan province. Gunmen targeted a group of village guards in the Nahreyin district on Friday. A further eight guards were wounded in the attack, according to Baglan Province Shura Deputy Muhammad Hanif Kohgedai.

Ten killed in Kabul bombing

At least 10 people have been killed and 68 others wounded in a bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The device exploded near the ministry of defence during rush hour on Monday morning. "Gunmen have entered a building and they are clashing with the Afghan forces after the powerful blast," said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack via the group's spokesman, Zabuhullah Mujahid.

Six Taliban militants killed by Afghan Special Forces

Six Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan special forces during raids in Wardak and Balkh provinces. Five fighters died in an exchange in the Chak-e Wardak district, while one other was killed in the Chimtal district of Balkh. Elsewhere, four suspected militants were arrested in the Baraki Barak district of Logar.

Seven Taliban militants killed in Helmand

At least seven Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan Special Forces in Helmand province. Troops also destroyed 24 IEDs and seized other explosives during the operation in Sangin district. The Taliban has not commented on the reports.

Taliban militants killed in Uruzgan operation

At least seven Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan Special Forces in Uruzgan province. A further seven Taliban fighters were arrested by troops in the Chorah district. Weapons and ammunition were also recovered during the raids. A later operation resulted in the death of 11 militants in the Gezab district.

Military retakes key district from the Taliban, Faryab

The Afghan military has retaken a key district from the Taliban in Faryab province. The Ministry of Defense said troops seized Bulcheragh on Tuesday morning, almost a year after it fell into the hands of the Taliban. The militant group has not responded to the claims.

Four police officers killed in checkpoint attack

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected Taliban militants in Herat province. "Taliban launched a coordinated attack on a police checkpoint in Guzara district of Herat province early Saturday morning, killing four policemen and injuring another," the Guzara district police chief told Xinhua. A police vehicle was also damaged in the attack.

Special Forces kill 14 Taliban fighters in Ghazni

The Afghan Special Forces have killed 14 Taliban militants during operations in Ghazni province. The raids were carried out in the Deh Yak district on Friday. The Taliban has not commented on the reports.

Airstrikes kill six Taliban militants in Farah

At least six Taliban militants have been killed in airstrikes in Farah province. Five others were wounded in the operation, which targeted a militant compound in the Posht-e-Rod district. The Afghan military said Taliban commander Syed Shafiq was among the dead.

Six Taliban killed in Farah security operations

Six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed by the Afghan security forces during counter-terror operations in the western Farah province. The security operations have been carried out within the last 24 hours, targeting insurgent positions in the Bala Boluk district. Two insurgents were reportedly killed during a ground operation in Bala Boluk, along with four others who were killed in an airstrike. According to reports, the operations weer carried out alongside a raid in the Nimroz province which saw two insurgents arrested.

Bombing reported in Jalalabad

A suspected bombing has been reported in provincial capital Jalalabad in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to preliminary report from Pajhwok News, the blast was reported on Thursday and has allegedly left one person dead and wounded a further 14 others. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far and it remains unclear what the intended target of the bombing was. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) are active throughout the province.

Twelve Taliban killed in security operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted across three provinces within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces carried out counter-terror operations in the Logar, Wardak, and Uruzgan provinces. According to reports, 11 insurgents have been killed in airstrikes conducted near the provincial capital area of Uruzgan, while another insurgent was also killed in an airstrike targeted the Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak. Two insurgents were also arrested during security operations in the Kharwar district of Logar.

Five IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted in the Khogyani and the Pashir Wa Agam districts on Wednesday, targeting suspected IS positions. Three militants were reportedly killed in Pachir Wa Agam, while two more were killed in the neighbouring Khogyani district. Both airstrikes were carried out as part of wider counter-terror operations in the eastern region.

Ten Taliban killed in Takhar clearing operation

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a clearing operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Takhar province. According to reports, the operation was conducted in the Ashkmash district within the last 24 hours. A number of local Taliban commanders are alleged to be among those killed in the operation. Various weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operation.

Ten Taliban killed in Zabul airstrikes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 17 others have been injured following a round of airstrikes in the Zabul province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in a number of districts, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts. At least three hideouts were targeted and destroyed in the Mezan, Shahjou, and Shinkai districts.

Faryab security operation kills 15 Taliban

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have been killed following a security operation in the Faryab province. The operation was launched in the Khwaja Sabz district within the last 24 hours, leaving 15 insurgents killed and another 13 wounded. Local reports claim a Taliban shadow district chief was allegedly among those killed in the operation. An estimated 30 roadside mines were also discovered and defused throughout the area.

Police clash with Taliban in Paktika

At least four people have been killed and six others have been injured after the police clashed with Taliban insurgents in the Paktika province. According to reports, the fighting broke out on Wednesday, when a group of armed insurgents ambushed a police convoy in the Yahya Kheyl area. Although the attack was repelled, a local police commander was killed, along with three insurgents, while three police officers and three insurgents were also injured in the gunfight which broke out. 

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghor security operation

Fifteen Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 13 others have been wounded in a security operation in the Ghor province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched the joint operation on Tuesday, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in several villages in the Dolina district. At least two Taliban commanders are said to among those killed, while a further six insurgents were also arrested during the operation.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes which have been carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the airstrikes were carried out in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Tarink Kot, targeting suspected insurgent hideouts. The airstrikes were conducted as part of wider counter-terror aerial operations in the region.

Kandahar operations kill 55 Taliban

At least 55 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent counter-terror operations undertaken by the Afghan security forces across the southern province of Kandahar. The operations were conducted throughout the last three days, targeting insurgent positions in the Arghistan, Maiwand, Mianshin, Shah Wali Kot, and Takhta Pul districts. According to reports, a large proportion of the insurgents who were killed have been identified as foreign nationals.

Civilian killed in Nangarhar IED attack

A civilian has reportedly been killed and another has also been injured after they were caught up in a suspected bomb attack in the Nangarhar province. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which the authorities believe had been planted along the roadside in the Achin district by Islamic State (IS) militants, although no claim has been made for the attack. According to local reports, a 10-year-old girl was killed and a woman was injured.

Faryab airstrikes kill 30 Taliban

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations carried out in the Faryab province. According to local reports, the airstrike was conducted in the Gurziwan district of Faryab on Monday. The aerial operation was led by the Afghan Air Force, leaving 30 insurgents dead. The Taliban have reportedly not commented on the airstrike.

Seven Taliban killed in Takhar operations

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out in the northern Takhar province. Airstrikes were apparently conducted as part of the counter-terror operation, with an insurgent position targeted in the Ish Kamish district on Monday. According to reports, seven insurgents were left dead, while two others were also injured.

Six Taliban killed in Kandahar

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to state police reports, the Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted a counter-terror operation in the Shah Wali Kot district within the last 24 hours, leaving six insurgents dead. Two civilians were allegedly also freed from Taliban captivity during the operation. No other casualties have been reported.

Twelve Taliban killed in Zabul operations

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed in separate security operations in the Zabul province. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Shah Joy and the Shinkay districts over the weekend. According to reports, airstrikes left 11 insurgents dead in Shah Joy, while another insurgent was also killed in another airstrike in Shinkay. Two insurgents were also detained during the operations.

Dozens of insurgents killed in Zabul operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during security operations carried out int he Zabul province. According to reports from Tolo News, at least 53 Taliban insurgents have been confirmed dead, including a Taliban deputy governor. The operations were conducted within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Day Chopan district of Zabul. The operation was allegedly carried out in response to a coordinate insurgent attack on a number of security checkpoints in the same district earlier this week. At least six security personnel were also killed in the fighting.

US drone strike kills six civilians in Farah

Six civilians have allegedly been killed in a US drone strike in the Farah province. According to unconfirmed reports, the strike was carried out in the Bala Boluk district, with local residents claiming they came under fire in the early hours of the morning. The US forces have not commented on the strike nor has the Afghan government confirmed any civilian casualties in the area.

Three militants killed in Kunar operation

Three suspected militants have reportedly been killed during a security operation in the Kunar province. The militants were thought to be members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. The operations were reportedly carried out in the Asmar district, where a suspected militant compound was targeted. Three militants have been confirmed dead and another five were apparently wounded.

Suicide bombing reported in Jalalabad

A suicide bomb attack has been reported from Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News on Twitter, at least nine fatalities have been reported and 12 others have been wounded in the blast, which allegedly targeted the police forces in the provincial capital's sixth police district on Thursday. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban attack security forces in Herat

The Taliban have suffered numerous casualties after launching an attack on the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. According to reports, at least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been injured after the Afghan National Police (ANP) repelled an armed insurgent attack in the Obe (aka Awbeh) district on Wednesday. At least two ANP officers were also killed in the clash, while a further eight others were also wounded.

Helmand airstrikes kill 11 Taliban

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed and several others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out int he southern Helmand province. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces as part of a wider counter-terror initiative in the southern region. Taliban positions and hideouts in the Nad-e Ali and Marja distrcts were targeted in the airstrikes.

Taliban inmates released from Nangarhar prison

A number of Taliban inmates have been released from a government prison in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent local reports, 32 Taliban insurgents who were serving time in the prison have been set free in accordance with a presidential decree. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered the release of 887 Taliban inmates from prisons on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr. Many civilians have expressed concern over the high likelihood of released insurgents returning to fight for the Taliban; however, government officials claim the inmates who were released went through a selective security screening process.

Four Taliban killed in Herat operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in a security operation in the Herat province. The Afghan security forces carried out the operation in the Chisht-e Sharif district of Herat. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces also destroyed five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the area. The operation was part of a wider counter-terror initiative also targeting the Taliban in the Kapisa and Wardak provinces.

Security operations kill 16 Taliban in Faryab

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and three others have been wounded during security operations which were carried out in the Faryab province within the last 24 hours. The operations were led by the Afghan Special Forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Pashtun Kot district, where a de-mining exercise was also carried out by military personnel along key roads. A cache of insurgent weapons was also discovered and confiscated.

Imam killed in Nangarhar shooting

An Afghan Imam has reportedly been confirmed dead after he was shot at in an incident outside a mosque in the eastern Nangarhar province. The victim was allegedly targeted by an unidentified gunman as he left the mosque in the Kala Tak area of the Kuz Kunar district on Wednesday morning. No claim of responsibility has been made for what appears to have been a targeted attack. Both the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban maintain a presence in the province.

IED blast kills six civilians in Kandahar

At least six civilians have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the southern Kandahar province. The IED exploded on Tuesday in the Dand district, leaving six civilians dead. The blast occurred near a road when the victims accidentally triggered it whilst passing by. It's claimed the IED had been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents attempting to target the Afghan and foreign security forces.

Ten Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed amid recent fighting in the Farah province. According to reports, clashes broke out in the village of Rigi near the provincial capital on Monday. A group of insurgents allegedly attacked an Afghan security forces checkpoint, sparking a gunfight in which four insurgents were killed and three others were injured. Meanwhile, in the village of Shor Abad, another six insurgents were killed and four others were also injured during a clash with Afghan police officers.

Ten Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in Sar-e Pul. A joint operation between the Afghan military and the Afghan National Defence forces was conducted in the provincial capital on Monday. According to preliminary reports, a prominent local Taliban commander was among those killed.

US airstrikes kill 11 Taliban in Patikiya

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been injured in a round of airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Paktiya province. According to reports, the US forces conducted the airstrikes in operations supporting the Afghan forces in the Zurmat district. A heavy machine gun and an insurgent vehicle were also destroyed in the airstrike. The airstrikes were carried out alongside counter-terror operations in the Wardak province, which killed a further three insurgents.

Taliban kill 14 militia personnel in Ghor

Fourteen members of a militia group have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Ghor province. The attack took place over the weekend, when a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked a number of checkpoint which were being manned by members of a pro-government militia. No further details have been released thus far as counter-insurgency operations remains ongoing in the province.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Nangarhar operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations carried out in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, some 52 insurgents have been killed by the Afghan and foreign security forces in a raid over the weekend. The operations targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Sherzad district. Nine insurgents were allegedly killed in a US airstrike, while a special forces raid also left 43 insurgents dead, while a large cache of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.

Twelve Haqqani insurgents killed in Khost

Twelve Haqqani Network insurgents have reportedly been killed in security operations in the Khost province. According to Tolo News, at least 12 Haqqani commanders were killed in an operation by the Afghan security forces in the Sabari district of Khost. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) led the operation after receiving intelligence regarding insurgent activity in the area. Another insurgent was also wounded and three others wee arrested during the operation, while various weapons and explosives weer also seized.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan operations

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations conducted in the Uruzgan province. Over the weekend, the Afghan security forces allegedly conducted a series of airstrikes in the vicinity of the provincial capital, Tarinkot. According to reports, the operation targeted an insurgent drugs facility, killing 16 insurgents and destroying 13kg or narcotics. A suspected insurgent was also arrested by the security forces.

Dozens of Taliban attacks foiled during Eid

The government has announced that dozens of Taliban attacks have been foiled during the Islamic religious holiday of Eid. According to the Afghan Ministry of Interior, 35 Taliban attacks have been intercepted and foiled in security operations throughout the last week, including a car bombing plot targeting the capital city.

Security forces reclaim territory in Ghazni

The Afghan security forces have reportedly reclaimed territory from the Taliban in the Ghazni province. Recent reports indicate the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces have taken back control of the Khwaja Omari valley in the Jaghatu district, which fell to the Taliban last year. 

Security operations kill 15 Taliban in Wardak

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during security operations conducted in the Wardak province within the last 24 hours. The Afghan security forces launched the operation in the Nerkh district after receiving intelligence regarding Taliban activity in the area. Two insurgents were arrested by the security forces, while a weapons cache was also destroyed.

Dozens rescued from Taliban prison in Faryab

Dozens of people have been rescued from a Taliban prison in the Faryab province. An estimated 83 hostages have been rescued on Thursday in an operation led by the Afghan security forces. The facility was reportedly located in a remote part of the Qaysar district. At least three Taliban insurgents who were guarding the prison have been killed while another three insurgents were arrested by the security forces.

Civilian killed in militant attack in Nangarhar

A civilian has reportedly been killed and four others have been injured in a suspected militant attack in the eastern Nangerhar province. According to reports from Tolo News, a mortar attack occurred in the Achin district on Wednesday night, hitting a civilian residential area - leaving a woman dead and her four children injured. It's believed the mortar was fired by Islamic State (IS) militants, although the attack has not been claimed.

Three Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least three Taliban insurgents have been confirmed dead and nine others have been wounded after a round of airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. Local reports indicate the airstrikes were carried out alongside aerial operations in the neighbouring Kandahar province, which left two insurgents dead.

Kandahar airstrikes kill two Taliban

Two Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and at least three others have also been wounded during recent airstrike operations carried out in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Wednesday, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Shah Wail Kot district. The airstrikes were carried out alongside operations in the neighbouring Uruzgan province.

Nine police officers freed from Taliban prison in Ghor

Nine Afghan police officers have been successfully freed from a Taliban prison in the Ghor province during a security operation which was launched on Tuesday. Tolo News has reported that the provincial governor of Ghor confirmed that nine Afghan Local Police (ALP) were released, five Taliban insurgents were killed and a sixth insurgent was arrested during the operation, led by the Commando Forces.

Eight Taliban killed in Khost operation

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation in the Khost province. Within the last 24 hours, the Afghan security forces have reportedly conducted airstrikes in the Sabari district, leaving eight insurgents dead. The operation was carried out as part of a wider counter-terror initiative alongside raids in the Paktika province.

Paktika operation kills five Taliban

A security operation carried out in the Paktika province has reportedly left five Taliban insurgents dead. The Afghan Special Forces allegedly launched the operation in the Gomal district on Tuesday, conducting a series of airstrikes on a Taliban position. A insurgent vehicle was also destroyed in the operation.

Two killed in Baghlan blast

Two people have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in a suspected bomb explosion in the Baghlan province. According to recent reports from Tolo News, the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted on a vehicle in Baghlan city. The IED was remote-controlled and was reportedly detonated as a police officer passed by on a motorbike. Two civilians have been confirmed dead, while the intended target of the attack was unharmed in the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban kill nine police officers in Baghlan

At least nine Afghan police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the Baghlan province. The attack occurred over the weekend in the provincial capital Pul-e Khomri district. Taliban insurgents reportedly stormed a police camp in the Baghi Shamal area in an overnight attack, sparking a series of armed clashes and gunfights. A number of insurgents were also killed and wounded as the security forces repelled the attack; however, no official death toll has been confirmed.

Taliban commander killed in security operation

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed a Taliban commander thought to have been responsible for the planning of a deadly insurgent attack on a police checkpoint in Kabul. The commander has been identified as Qari Shafiq, who was allegedly behind an insurgent attack on the police in the Doghabad area of Kabul last month, which left three police officers dead and wounded six others. According to reports, Shafiq was killed in a security operation which was carried out in an undisclosed location four days ago.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrike

An airstrike carried out in the Ghazni province has killed 16 Taliban insurgents. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Muqur district. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted in response to a recent Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the area.

Uruzgan operations kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent counter-terror operations in the Uruzgan province. The airstrikes were carried out on Monday by the Afghan Special Forces in the Chora district, where a Taliban hideout was targeted and destroyed, killing 12 insurgents. The raid was part of a larger counter-terror initiative, with airstrikes also killing five Taliban insurgents in the Zabul province.

Explosion reported in Kabul

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in Kabul, with at least five fatalities confirmed. The blast reportedly targeted a government employee bus on Darul Aman road. According to Tolo News, the vehicle was transporting employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. It's believed the blast came from a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED). At least 10 others have been wounded in the attack, which remains unclaimed thus far. The blast comes a day after four other small explosions were reported in the the capital city.

Twelve insurgents killed in Khost airstrikes

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrike operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khost province. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend, targeting a Taliban position in the Sabari area. Twelve insurgents have been confirmed dead and an insurgent vehicle was also destroyed.

Security operation kills nine Taliban in Ghazni

At least nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Ghazni province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the raid targeted a Taliban position in the Giro district. At least two insurgents were also detained during the raid, which was carried out as part of a wider counter-terror operation.

Four killed in Kabul car bombing

At least four people have allegedly been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Friday. According to reports, four Afghan civilians were killed, while four US soldiers were injured. The blast occurred on Friday morning, when an explosive-laden vehicle rammed a US military convoy travelling along Jalalabad road in eastern Kabul. The Taliban has claimed the attack, identifying the "invading" foreign forces as the target.

Nangarhar clashes kill six militants

At least six suspected militants have been killed and two others have been wounded following clashes between the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the fighting occurred in the Khogyani district, where the IS are thought to have launched an attack on Taliban insurgents on Thursday. Five Taliban insurgents have been identified among those killed, along with one IS militant, while two more Taliban insurgents were also wounded.

Dozens freed from Taliban prison

Dozens of people have been freed from a Taliban prison in the southern Helmand province. Some 33 prisoners were released on Friday during a military operation in the Sangin district. According to reports, at least one civilian was among those released, with the vast majority thought to be government security personnel, including soldiers and police officers who were taken captive by the Taliban.

Suicide attack hits Kabul military academy

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly hit a military training academy in Kabul. The explosion occurred outside the Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim Military Academy in the capital city's fifth police district on Thursday. Preliminary reports indicate at least six fatalities have been reported and 16 others have been wounded. The bomber allegedly travelled on foot and had been stopped by security guards when he detonated an improvised explosive device (IED). It's believed the attacker tried to time the attack to coincide with students leaving classes early for Ramadan. The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed the attack, but gave an inflated death toll of 50.

Ten soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a recent attack led by Taliban insurgents in the Badghis district. The attack took place on Thursday in the Bala Murghab district, where Taliban insurgents are said to have captured strategic parts of the district, including the police headquarters. It remains unclear if the district centre has been taken over as the security forces retreat. Ten soldiers have been confirmed dead while a further 11 have also been wounded.

Eighteen killed in Taliban attack

At least 18 security personnel have been killed after they were attacked by Taliban insurgents in the Ghor province. The attack occurred on Wednesday and reportedly targeted a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Minaret of Jam - a fragile tower located in the Shahrak district. A number of security checkpoints have allegedly been seized and access to the site has been restricted. Recent reports indicate the security forces have retreated from the minaret to prevent fighting damaging the site, as the tower was listed as vulnerable to collapse in 2014.

Large cache of explosives seized in Kabul

A large cache of explosives has been seized in Kabul during counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces. According to reports, nearly 1,000kg of explosives were found at an undisclosed location in the outskirts of capital Kabul within the last 48 hours. The cache is thought to be linked to militant activity, although it has not been clarified to which group the explosives belonged to.

Taliban kill 18 security personnel in Ghor

At least 18 Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed and seven others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the Ghor province. According to reports, insurgents targeted a number of security checkpoints near Feroz Koh, resulting a long gunfight on Monday evening. Afghan police officers and pro-government militia members were among those killed in the attack - which remains unclaimed.

Sixteen killed in military raid in Nangarhar

Some 16 people have reportedly been killed during a military raid on a suspected Taliban hideout in the eastern Nangarhar province. The raid was carried out over the weekend as part of an overnight offensive in the Sherzad district. Reports indicate that while 10 of the fatalities have been identified as Taliban insurgents, at least six are thought to have been civilians, who were mistakenly targeted and killed by the Afghan security forces during the raid. An official investigation has been launched.

Taliban kill 10 soldiers in Farah

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers in the Farah province. According to recent reports, the attack took place over the weekend, on Sunday, when a group of armed Taliban insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in Farah. The attack came as reports confirmed that four police officers had also been killed in a similar attack in the Sar-e Pul province.

Family killed in Kabul attack

An Afghan family have been killed in an armed attack in Kabul over the weekend. Seven members of a family - two men, three woman and two children - were killed in the house in the Karte Sakhi area of Kabul by unidentified attackers on Sunday evening. According to Tolo News, the adults were shot dead while the children were smothered with pillows. Two males have escaped the attack with injuries. The attackers managed to escape before the police arrived. The incident is thought to have been a targeted attack, although the motive remains unclear as investigations go forward.

Two killed in Farah drone strike

Two people have allegedly been killed in a drone strike in the western Farah province. According to reports, the drone strike hit a facility used by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the Shib Koh district on Thursday. The facility was used by the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, which provides civilians with aid in war-torn areas. The two fatalities are yet to be identified.

Bomb explosion reported in Kabul mosque

A bomb explosion has reportedly hit a mosque in Kabul. The blast occurred during Friday prayers in the Paktia Kot area. Preliminary reports from Reuters indicate at least one person has been killed and 16 others have been injured. The deceased has been identified as senior Islamic preacher, Mawlawi Rayhan, a supporter of the Western-backed Afghan government. The attack has not yet been claimed by any militant group; however, some have speculated Taliban involvement.

Four killed in Kabul police operation

At least four suspected criminals have been killed and four others suspects have been arrested following a police operation in Kabul on Thursday. The police reportedly launched the operation in the Paghman area after receiving reports of criminal activity relating to recent murders and robberies in the area. According to reports, among those killed is said to be the head of the criminal group responsible for organising violent crime in the city. Three other criminal associates were also killed in the police raid.

Five IS killed in Kunar

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed following security operations in the Kunar province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Nurgal district within the last 24 hours. According to reports, coalition forces targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Tetak area of Nurgal, leaving five IS militants dead.

One killed in Herat flash floods

A person has been confirmed dead, while two others remain missing after flash floods hit part of the Herat province on Wednesday. According to reports, the floods were caused by recent heavy rainfall, which has hit the western region over the last 48 hours. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing.

Seventeen Taliban killed in airstrike operations

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of airstrike operations carried out within the last 48 hours. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted in the Helmand, Khost, and Nangarhar provinces, where they targeted suspected Taliban positions. Nine insurgents were left dead following airstrikes in the Kajaki and Sangin districts of Helmand, while a further three insurgents were also killed in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar. An additional five insurgents were also confirmed dead following airstrikes in the Sabari district of Khost.

Three Taliban killed in Balkh operations

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in security operations carried out in the Balkh province. The operations were launched with the aim of clearing a number of villages from the presence of Taliban insurgents. According to reports, the security forces conducted clearing operations in the Arghandab, Naghara Kol, Salarzai, Talwa, and Wazirabad areas.

Three killed in Ghazni bombing

Three people have been killed and as many as 15 others have been wounded following a suspected bomb attack in the Ghazni province. The blast occurred near what used to be the Provincial Reconstruction Team base, where a vehicle was ordered to stop at a police security checkpoint. According to reports, the vehicle was laden with explosives, which were detonated when the police opened fire on the vehicle after the driver refused to stop. At least two police officers are among those killed. Unconfirmed reports indicate the vehicle was driven by Taliban insurgents.

Helmand airstrikes kill five civilians

Airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province have reportedly killed at least five civilians and wounded 10 others. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend in the Nahre Saraj district, where a suspected Taliban position was allegedly targeted in the Zanbali village. Recent reports from Tolo News indicate that, although the area was under Taliban control, the airstrike mistakenly hit a civilian property. It has not been clarified whether the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan or foreign forces. An investigation into the incident is said to be underway.

Six militants arrested in Kabul

Six suspected militants have been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the Kabul province. The arrests were made during a targeted counter-terror operation led by the Afghan Special Forces in the Sarobi district on Wednesday. According to reports, the raid was carried out in response to two separate militant attacks targeted the police forces in Kabul city over the weekend, killing at least three police officers and wounding three others.

Helmand operation leaves 19 Taliban dead

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a security operation carried out in the southern Helmand province. The operation was led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Gereshk district within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the NDS launched the operation after receiving intelligence regarding a suspected Taliban position in the area, including a site used for making bombs.

Nangarhar operations kills four IS

At least four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed following security operations in the eastern Nanagrhar province. The Afghan security forces carried out the operations overnight in the Chaparhar district, where an IS position was targeted. A large weapons cache was reportedly destroyed in the operations, and a number of weapons were also seized by the security forces.

Faryab airstrikes kill 13 Taliban

Some 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded following a series of airstrikes in the north-westerrn Faryab province. Reports indicate the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces as part of wider counter-terror operations targeting the Taliban insurgency in the region. Taliban positions in the Dawlat Abad and Kohistan districts were targeted.

Nine Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been arrested during recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Shah Wali Kot district, where a suspected bomb-making facility was targeted and destroyed. The location was reportedly used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to be used by the Taliban.

Nine killed in Takhar clashes

A number of casualties have been reported following a clash between an armed group and local residents in the northern Takhar province. The fighting reportedly broke out in the village of Kazar in the Rustaq district, where members of an armed militant group allegedly clashed with villagers. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, although unconfirmed reports indicate it's likely the armed group were Taliban insurgents. The clash left nine people dead and seven others wounded.

IED blast kills two police officers in Helmand

Two Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and another two have been wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the southern Helmand province. The explosion occurred in the Washir district over the weekend, where a roadside IED was triggered when police passed by. No group has claimed the attack, although the Taliban are thought to have been behind it.

Eighteen Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrikes

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed following recent airstrikes in the Ghazni province. The airstrikes were carried out over the weekend in the Deh Yak district and the Andar district, where a number of suspected insurgent positions were targeted. At least 14 insurgents were killed in the Deh Yak district, while a further four insurgents were also killed in Andar.

Four police officers killed in Kabul attack

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in a suspected militant attack on a police security checkpoint in the outskirts of the capital city, Kabul. The attack occurred on Thursday near the Pul-e Charkhi area. According to Tolo News, an unspecified number of unidentified gunmen opened fire on the checkpoint before fleeing the scene. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Local IS leader killed in Nangarhar drone strike

A prominent local Islamic State (IS) leader has been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. At least seven other IS militants were also killed in the drone strike, which was conducted in the Khogyani district. The IS leader has been identified as Abu Zar - claimed to be one of the most notorious leaders of the IS.

Friendly fire kills 17 police officers in Helmand

At least 17 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed by friendly fire in the southern Helmand province. Al Jazeera has reported that foreign air forces were responding to support an armed clash which was underway between the Taliban and the Afghan police forces just outside of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. An airstrike was allegedly carried out by NATO Resolute Support mission air forces, targeting a what was thought to be an insurgent position near the Nahr-e-Seraj area of the Helmand-Kandahar highway. The air raid mistakenly killed 17 police officers and wounded 14 more. The provincial governor, Mohammad Yasin, stated that the airstrike will be investigated, while no official statement has been released by NATO thus far.

Twenty Taliban killed in airstrikes

Some 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces. The aerial operations were carried out along the Ghazni-Paktiya highway as part of the wider Khalid-3 counter-terror operations against the Taliban. According to reports, Taliban positions were targeted in the Arzoo and Shaliz areas in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

Taliban attack leaves 10 soldiers dead in Zabul

Ten Afghan soldiers have been left dead following a Taliban attack in the Zabul province. According to Al Jazeera, Taliban insurgents attacked two military checkpoints in the Shamulzayi district on Thursday, killing 10 soldiers and wounding four others. Local officials have reported that the security forces have since retreated from the checkpoints, with plans to recapture them within the next few days.

Kandahar airstrike kills 37 Taliban

Some 37 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent airstrikes in the southern Kandahar province. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the fatalities were a result of counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. The airstrike allegedly targeted several insurgent hideouts in undisclosed locations throughout the province, leaving 37 insurgents killed and another 12 wounded.

IED blast kills 15 militants in Paktiya

A suspected bomb explosion has reportedly killed at least 15 militants in the Paktiya province. According to local reports, a cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was detonated prematurely in the Dand Wa Patan area, killing 15 suspected militants of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. At least 10 other militants were also wounded in the explosion.

Taliban commander killed in Balkh operation

A local Taliban commander has reportedly been killed during security operations in the Balkh province. The joint operations were carried out in the Boka and Mugholha area of Balkh on Wednesday, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts. According to reports, one Taliban commander has been confirmed dead, while another insurgent was also arrested.

Local Taliban commander killed in Laghman

A local Taliban commander in the Alisheng district of the Laghman province has been reported dead. The deceased has allegedly been identified as Mawlavi Gul Mohammad (aka Sheikh Sahib) - a prominent Taliban in charge of recruiting insurgents. According to reports, the Taliban leader was shot dead by one of his own security guards in the Ghaziabad area of the district on Tuesday. The security guard allegedly handed himself over to the Afghan security forces.

Taliban insurgent killed in IED blast

A Taliban insurgent has reportedly been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the Logar province. The blast occurred in the Kharwar district on Wednesday. It's believed the insurgent had been transporting an improvised explosive device (IED) when it exploded prematurely. The IED was liekly planned to be used in a suicide bomb attack.

Four killed in Paktiya clashes

At least four fatalities have been reported following violent clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Paktiya province. According to reports, one Afghan police officer and three Taliban insurgents have been killed, while another two police personnel have been wounded. It remains unclear precisely what sparked the armed altercation; however, unconfirmed reports indicate the police may have come under insurgent attack.

US airstrike kills six Taliban in Herat

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Herat province. The airstrikes were reportedly conducted on Monday in the Shindand district, where a Taliban hideout was targeted. Local reports indicate a Taliban shadow district chief was among those killed in the airstrike.

Clashes reported in Kabul prison

Violent clashes have been reported between prison guards and prisoners at a Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul. According to reports, at least four prisoners have been killed and some 13 other shave been injured in riots. A further 20 prison guards have also been injured in the commotion. It's believed the clashes broke out when the guards started carrying out searches and a group of inmates attempting to prevent them from doing so.

Farah security operations kill 16 Taliban

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 21 others have been wounded during security operations in the Farah province. According to reports, the operations were carried out in the Pusht Rod district within the last 24 hours as part of wider counter-terror operations targeting insurgency in the western provinces.

Eight Taliban killed in Ghazni raid

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and a ninth has been arrested following a raid in the Ghazni province. The raid was carried out by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position int he Andar district. According to reports, the group of insurgents were thought to have been involved in a number of high-profile attacks.

Three killed in Nangarhar IED blasts

At least three fatalities have been confirmed and 20 other people have been wounded following a series of suspected bomb explosions in the eastern Nangarhar province on Monday evening. According to Tolo News, at least four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated in the provincial capital of Jalalabad near Talashi Square in police district one. No claim of responsibility has been made for the IED blasts, although the security forces suspect Islamist militants were behind the attacks.

Political adviser shot dead in Kabul

A political adviser and former prominent TV presenter, Mina Mangal, has been shot dead at close range in Kabul. The shooting occurred on Saturday morning, when Mangal was on her way to work in the Afghan parliament's cultural affairs commission. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, although the police are following a line of inquiry which suggests a family dispute could have motivated her murderers. Mangal had recently received death threats, but also separated from her husband two years ago, citing domestic violence. Mangal's murder has sparked outcry amongst the Afghan public, focusing attention on the issue of violence against women in Afghanistan. No suspects have been identified as police investigations continue.

Taliban kill seven security personnel in Sar-e Pul

At least seven Afghan security personnel have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Sar-e Pul province. the attack was launched within the last 24 hours, targeting a number of security checkpoints near the provincial capital, Sar-e Pul city. According to local reports, seven security personnel have been killed, two others have been taken hostage, while another five have been wounded following the attack. At least four Taliban insurgents were also killed after a gunfight broke out.

Kandahar airstrike kills 21

At least 21 suspected Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and one has been wounded following a round of airstrikes which were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend. The airstrike was conducted in the Khakrez district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted. According to reports, no civilians were harmed in the operation.

Taliban attack security forces in Badghis

Two security checkpoints have been attacked by Taliban insurgents in the northern Badghis province. According to reports, at least 15 soldiers have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in the attacks, which targeted two out posts in the Bala Murghab district - which borders neighbouring Turkmenistan. No Taliban casualties have been reported.

Farah operations kill seven insurgents

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded following recent security operations conducted in the western Farah province. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected insurgent base int eh outskirts of the provincial capital city of Farah.

Landmine blast kills four children in Faryab

A landmine explosion has killed at least four children in the Faryab province. At least five others were also wounded in the blast which occurred in near a road commonly used by the Afghan security forces on Thursday. Roadside bombs are often planted by the Taliban in attempts to target the security forces; however, civilians can mistakenly be targeted instead. The Taliban has not commented in the incident.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Herat operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations conducted in the Herat province. Local reports indicate the operations were carried out within the last 48 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Farsi district. A number of armed clashes allegedly broke out between the Taliban and the security forces, leaving 15 insurgents dead and another eight wounded.

Faryab airstrikes kill 33 Taliban

At least 33 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded following recent airstrikes in the western Faryab province. According to local reports, the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Andkhoy district, where a suspected Taliban position was targeted.

Taliban attack US aid group in Kabul

The Taliban have attacked a US aid group in Kabul, killing at least five people and wounding some 24 others. According to the BBC, the attack came on Wednesday, with a suicide car bomb being set off outside the offices of Counterpoint International. Armed insurgents then stormed the offices following the explosion, resulting in a stand-off with the Afghan security forces. All five attackers have been killed and at least 200 workers were evacuated from the building in the Shar-e-Naw area. The Taliban has claimed the attack, stating that the non-governmental organisation was targeted for its alleged involvement in "harmful Western activities". The attack comes amid the sixth round of peace talks between US and Taliban representatives in Qatar.

US soldier killed in non-combat incident in Nangarhar

An American soldier has reportedly been killed in a non-combat incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to recent reports, the death has been confirmed by the US forces in Afghanistan in a statement which clarified that the currently unnamed soldier died from wounds sustained in a non-combat incident. No other details have been released. It's believed the incident in question is under investigation.

Explosions reported in Kabul

Two explosions have been reported in Kabul, near government and NGO buildings in the Shar-e-Naw area. The blasts occurred on Wednesday morning, followed by unconfirmed reports of gunfire. According to reports, casualties are deemed likely as the security forces respond to the suspected suicide bomb attack. The attack comes less than a month after government building in Kabul was attacked, killing more than a dozen people. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Baghlan raid

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed at least 13 Taliban insurgents during a raid in the Baghlan province The operation was carried out on Monday in the provincial capital of Pul-e Khumri, where police headquarters were attacked by suspected Taliban insurgents the previous day. Local officials have not confirmed that the raid operation has been linked to the attack on the police.

Nineteen Taliban killed in airstrikes

At least 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes over the weekend. According to reports, airstrikes were carried out in the Wardak, Ghazni, and Paktiya provinces. At east five insurgents were killed in the Syedabad district of Wardak, while another three were killed in Qarabagh, Ghazni. A further 11 insurgents weer also killed in an airstrike in the Zurmat district of Paktiya.

Taliban attack police in Baghlan

The Taliban have allegedly launched an attack on the Afghan police in the northern Baghlan province. According to reports, the attack occurred on Sunday, with at least 13 fatalities confirmed and dozens more wounded. A suicide bomber reportedly drove an explosive-laden vehicle at the police headquarters in the provincial capital, Pul-e Khumri city. Armed clashes then broke out between the security forces and the insurgents. 

Airstrikes kill nine Taliban in Badghis

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes in the Badghis province. Local reports indicate the strikes were carried out in the Qadis district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. It's estimated that at least eight other insurgents were also wounded in the aerial operation, which was conducted by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours.

Nangarhar raid kills 22 IS

At least 22 Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in a recent raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar. The raid was led by the Afghan Special Forces, targeting suspected IS hideouts following reports of increased militant activity in the area. Two weapons caches have also been destroyed in the operations. No other casualties have been reported.

Three kidnappers arrested in Kabul

Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested in the capital city, Kabul. The suspects were detained by the police during a security operation in the eighth police district within the last 24 hours. According to reports, an underage hostage was also freed by the security forces during the operation. The victim had been abducted in the Joy Sheer area several months ago, having been held captive since then. The operation was launched in response to reports of an increase in kidnap-for-ransom activity in the capital.

Eight Taliban killed in Faryab clashes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 13 others have been wounded amidst fighting in the Faryab province. Clashes broke out between the Afghan security forces and the insurgents in the Shirin Tagab district. According to reports, two of the eight fatalities are thought to have been local Taliban commanders. No casualties from the security forces have been reported.

Eleven killed in Herat airstrike

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Herat province. The aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban position in the Chishti Sharif district. No other casualties have been reported. 

Fifteen Taliban killed in security operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and seven others have been wounded following security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. According to recent reports, the operations were conducted within the last 24 hours. Eleven insurgents were killed in the Alizai Kali and Deh Joi Barekzai districts in Uruzgan, where two hideouts were destroyed. Two insurgents were also killed and four others were wounded in the Maiwand district, Kandahar, while another two insurgents were killed and three were wounded in the Shahjoy district of Zabul. At least seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered and defused during the operations, which came as part of the wider Khalid-98 offensive against the Taliban insurgency.

Seven Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrikes

Airstrikes carried out in the Ghazni province have reportedly killed at least seven suspected Taliban insurgents. A further 12 other insurgents are also thought to have been wounded in the aerial operation, which was conducted by the Afghan security forces over the weekend as part of a wider counter-terror imitative in the region. The airstrikes targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Andar and Giro districts. 

Security operations kill eight in Ghor

At least eight suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded during security operations carried out in the Ghor province by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the security forces targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Dolaina area, where ground attacks were supported by airstrikes.

Badghis airstrikes kill 23 Taliban

Almost two dozen Taliban insurgents have been killed following airstrikes in the Badghis province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ab Kamari district within the last 24 hours. According to preliminary reports, at least 23 fatalities have been confirmed, including several local Taliban commanders and the Taliban's shadow district chief.

Two killed in Jalalabad shooting

Two people have been killed following a shooting incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. The incident occurred on Monday morning in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, where unidentified gunmen opened fire on a traffic police officer, killing him alongside one other before fleeing the scene. No other casualties have been reported and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Eight Taliban killed, 53 hostages freed in Zabul

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 53 hostages have been freed following a rescue operation led by the Afghan security forces in Zabul. The operation was carried out within the last 24 hours and reportedly targeted a Taliban prison in the Daychopan area. Four Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos and four Afghan police officers were among those rescued during the operation.

Five Taliban fighters killed in Nangarhar attack

Five Taliban fighters have been killed and four others abducted in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Afghan military officials said the fighting took place in the Dotesar and Zawa areas of Khogyani district. Neither the Taliban or IS have commented on the reports.

Four IS killed, 24 hostages freed in Nangarhar operation

Four Islamic State (IS) terrorists have reportedly been killed and 24 hostages have been freed during a security operation in the Nangarhar province. The rescue operation was led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Chapahar district, where a suspected IS hideout was targeted. The operation was launched after 24 civilians were allegedly taken hostage by suspected IS militants on Monday.

Major explosive attack foiled in Kandahar

A large cache of explosives have been seized in Kandahar city, foiling what the security forces suspect was to be a major bomb attack. According to reports, the Afghan security forces successfully intercepted approximately 1.5 tonnes of explosives hidden in food bags during a security operation on Tuesday. It has not been specified where in the provincial capital the explosives were seized and no militant group has officially been linked to the incident, although Taliban maintain a strong presence in the southern province.

Military operations kill 35 in Wardak

At least 35 suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and a further 11 others have been wounded following military operations in the Wardak province. The air and ground operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 48 hours, targeting Taliban positions in the Chak district. No other casualties have been reported.

Dozens of insurgents killed in Zabul airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Zabul province. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend by the Afghan security forces, targeting the Nawbahar district in Zabul. At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed, including four Pakistani national and three would-be suicide bombers. The airstrikes hit a suspected insurgent hideout in the Koh-e Saifal area.

Seven killed in Kabul attack

At least seven deaths have been reported following an attack on the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture in central Kabul. The attack occurred over the weekend, when an explosion was heard, followed by sporadic gunfire on Saturday morning. Four civilians and three Afghan police officers have been identified as the seven fatalities, while eight other civilians were also wounded. The attack was carried out by four attackers and came a day after peace talks were suspended between the Taliban and Afghan and US representatives. Some 2,000 people were trapped inside the 18-storey government building before they were freed several hours later. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack, while the Islamic State (IS) has not claimed responsibility.

Security forces kill 11 Taliban in Faryab

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations led by the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) launched a counter-attack against the Taliban following an insurgent attack in the Dawlatabad district. Some 21 insurgents were also injured in the operation, while at least two local Taliban commanders have allegedly been identified among those killed.

IED blast hits Helmand market

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the southern Helmand province. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had allegedly been planted on a civilian vehicle before being remotely detonated by suspected insurgents near a market place in the Gereshk district. Although no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, the security forces suspect the Taliban were behind it.

Four police killed in insider attack

Four Afghan police officers have been killed in an insider attack in the Farah province. The attack occurred at a security checkpoint near the provincial capital on Monday. According to local reports, one of the police officers guarding the checkpoint turned on his own colleagues and opened fire, killing four other police officers before fleeing the scene to join the Taliban.

Ghazni operations kill 21 Taliban

At least 21 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in recent security operations carried out in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted by ground troops throughout the last 24 hours. The operations were led by the Afghan security forces, with the aim of clearing villages of Taliban insurgents. At least 21 villages were allegedly recaptured from Taliban control.

Taliban attack security forces in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have repelled a major Taliban attack in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. The insurgents reportedly launched the attack on Friday night in the Shirzad district, leading to heavy clashes between the security forces and the Taliban. It's claimed as many as 27 insurgents have been killed in the fighting, along with at least two security personnel. Some 32 insurgents and eight security personnel were also injured in the clash.

Seven children killed in Laghman blast

At least seven children have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a suspected bomb explosion in the Laghman province. The blast occurred in the provincial capital of Mihtarlam on Sunday. According to local reports, it's believed a group of children accidentally triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst they were playing. The IED had allegedly been fired by Taliban insurgents at a nearby security post but missed its target and failed to detonate. 

Three killed in Khost wedding shooting

At least three people have been killed and some 13 others have been wounded after a shooting broke out during a wedding ceremony in the Khost province. The incident occurred in the Tani district on Sunday after an argument turned violent during a wedding ceremony, leading to an armed altercation in which three people were shot dead. An investigation has been launched and remains ongoing.

Clashes reported in Badakshan

Clashes between the Taliban and the security forces have been reported in the northern Badakhshan province. According to reports, at least 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 11 others have been wounded during fighting which broke out during a government security operation in the Jurm district over the weekend. Four of the insurgents killed have reportedly been identified as foreign nationals. Some casualties have also been reported amongst the security forces, although no figures have been confirmed.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. The aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected insurgent positions throughout the province. According to reports, at least 40 insurgents were killed and 12 others were injured in a round of air raids in an undisclosed location, while a further dozen insurgents were also killed and two others were injured in an airstrike carried out in the outskirts of Kunduz city. There have been unconfirmed reports of casualties among local civilians and the government security forces.

Taliban forces ICRC and WHO to suspend relief work

The Taliban have reportedly forced the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to suspend relief work. According to reports, the Taliban released a statement on Friday announcing the withdrawal of security guarantees for ICRC and WHO staff in Taliban-controlled areas. It's alleged that the security agreements were compromised by "suspicious activity" from relief workers during vaccination campaigns. No further explanation has been offered from the Taliban. The ICRC have confirmed they have had to suspend operations and have entered negotiations with the Taliban, while the WHO has not yet released an official response.

Taliban announce spring offensive

The Taliban have announced their spring offensive, naming it 'Operation Fath', meaning 'victory' in Arabic. The announcement comes amid continued peace talks, with the Taliban due to meet US and Afghan representatives later this month. In a statement, the Taliban claimed the offensive's aim would be to eradicate occupation and cleanse the Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption - presumable in reference to the presence of 14,000 US troops as part of NATO's Resolute Support mission. According to Al Jazeera, the Afghan government declared their own spring offensive last month, named 'Operation Khalid', prompting the Taliban to claim justification in pushing a new offensive this year, despite ongoing peace talks. The announcement of the Taliban spring offensive used to signify the start of the fighting season in Afghanistan; however, in recent years, fighting has continued year-round, making the announcement more symbolic, with some criticising it as terrorist propaganda.

Fifteen killed in Kunduz clash

At least 15 people have been killed and some 16 others have been wounded in a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan police in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the clash broke out on Thursday in the Chahar Darreh district, where a security checkpoint came under attack by armed insurgents. Among those killed include eight Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and seven Taliban insurgents. A further 10 ALP were also wounded along with six insurgents.

Two injured in Kandahar helicopter crash

Two people have been wounded after a helicopter crashed at Kandahar airport on Wednesday morning. Tolo News has reported that the accident occurred in the early hours of the morning, when an MD-530 helicopter crash landed, leaving two pilots wounded. It's believed both pilots were members of the Afghan security forces.

Three US soldiers killed by roadside bomb

Three US soldiers have reportedly been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. According to the BBC, the blast occurred near the Bagram air base, approximately 50km (31 miles) north of the capital Kabul. Three other NATO service members were also wounded in the explosion. The recent incident raises the total number of US military personnel to have died in Afghanistan this year to seven. 

Logar airstrike kills four Taliban

At least four Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Logar province. The aerial operations were reportedly conducted by the Afghan government security forces on Sunday, targeting Taliban positions. According to unconfirmed reports, a local Taliban leader, identified as Mullah Amin Gul, was apparently among the four killed in the airstrikes.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Badghis

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed amid recent fighting in the Badghis province. Clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban have been ongoing in the Bala Murghab district since the Taliban launched an attack on the security forces last week. Recent reports indicate more than 50 insurgents have been killed or wounded in the latest airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force and coalition forces. It's estimated that around 33 insurgents have been killed and 22 others have been wounded.

Police officer killed in Jalalabad IED attack

An Afghan police officer has been killed and seven others have been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast occurred on Monday morning and likely came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted at the scene in an apparent attempt by Taliban insurgents to target a police van. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack yet.

Eight Taliban insurgents killed in Balkh airstrikes

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Balkh province. According to reports, the airstrikes were conducted in the Chimtal district within the last 48 hours. The aerial operation was allegedly launched to target a suspected Taliban hideout. A local Taliban commander was allegedly among those killed in the airstrikes.

Taliban storm Badghis district

The Bala Murghab district in the Badghis province has reportedly been stormed by the Taliban. The attack was first launched on Wednesday night, with fighting lasting throughout the next 48 hours. According to Reuters, at least 36 security personnel have been killed and several security checkpoints have been captured by the insurgents, while an estimated 30 insurgents have also been killed in the fighting. As of Friday morning, clashes in the area are said to remain ongoing as the security forces await reinforcements.

Taliban attack security forces in Badghis

Taliban insurgents have attacked the Afghan security forces in the Badghis province, killing at least 20 security personnel. The attack occurred overnight at a security compound in the Bala Murghab district, where some 600 security personnel are stationed. Although the attack was repelled, the security forces suffered heavy casualties. A number of Taliban casualties were also inflicted, although no confirmed insurgent casualty figures have been reported thus far.

Thirteen militants killed in Paktika

Some 13 Haqqani Network militants have allegedly been killed in security operations in the Paktika province. Reports from Khaama Press indicate the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the remote Nika district, where an airstrike targeted a suspected hideout belonging to Haqqani militants in the Okhi area.

Six IS online recruiters arrested in Kabul

Six alleged recruiters for the Islamic State (IS) have been arrested by the Afghan security forces in recent operations conducted in the capital city of Kabul. Reuters has reported that the six suspects were thought to be online recruiters for the IS, using hundreds of fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among others social media sites, to target potential recruits.

Dozens of Taliban killed in nationwide operations

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in nationwide security operations carried out within the last 24 hours. Operations were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces in the Farah, Faryab, Paktika, and Paktiya provinces, killing an estimated total of 36 Taliban insurgents, while a further 23 others were wounded and five more were arrested. Accoridng to reports, some 22 insurgents were killed and 23 others were wounded in Farah, while five insurgents were killed and five more were arrested in Qaisar, Faryab. Another five insurgents were also killed in Paktika, along with four confirmed fatalities in the neighbouring Paktiya province.

Security operations in Badakhshan kill 10 Taliban

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 3 others have been wounded in recent security operations in the northern Badakhshan province on Wednesday. According to reports, the operations were led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Arghanj-Khwa district, where the security forces were working to clear a number of villages from the presence of the insurgents.

Uruzgan airstrike kills nine Taliban

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and a tenth insurgent has been wounded in a recent airstrike carried out in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the airstrike was conducted by NATO's Resolute Support mission alongside the Afghan security forces. The airstrike targeted a Taliban position in the provincial capital of Tarinkot as part of wider counter-terror operations.

Kunar operations kill 13 IS militants

At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent security operations in the Kunar province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) led the operation against separate pockets of IS militants and Taliban insurgents - both of whom were active in the Chapa Dara district. Some 55 Taliban insurgents are said to have surrendered to the ANA forces, while at least 13 IS militants were killed in an airstrike.

Taliban kill eight police officers in Balkh

At least eight Afghan police officers and six others have been wounded have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the Balkh province. According to reports, the police officers were attacked by armed insurgents in the Sholgara district on Tuesday, leading to a brief firefight. An unknown number of Taliban casualties were also inflicted, although no figures have been confirmed.

Helmand airstrike kills five Taliban

An airstrike carried out in the southern Helmand province has reportedly killed at least five Taliban insurgents. The airstrike was allegedly part of a joint-operation led by the foreign forces targeting insurgent positions in the Musa Qala district. Reports claim a local Taliban commander was among those killed in the airstrike, while a six insurgent was also wounded.

Military operation kills 14 Taliban in Badakhshan

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent military operation carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the northern Badakhshan province. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the ANA launched the attack against the Taliban in the Arghanj Khwa district on Monday, allegedly taking back control of the district after it fell to the Taliban last week.

Ten Taliban killed in Baghlan

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Baghlan province. According to reports, the operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Bagh-e-Shamal area. It's believed at least one of the insurgents killed was a local Taliban commander.

Security operations kill 15 militants in Nangarhar

At least 15 Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. Reports indicate the Afghan security forces carried out cleaning operations in the Khogyani district on Sunday, targeting suspected IS hideouts in the Zerotangi area. No other casualties have been reported.

Eight killed in Kandahar clash

Eight people have been killed amid clashes between the Afghan security forces and armed Taliban insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar. According to recent reports, the fighting took place over the weekend in the Taimor area of the Maiwand district, which borders the neighbouring Helmand province. At least five insurgents and three Afghan police officers were killed, while three more insurgents and another police officer were also wounded.

Five security personnel killed in Taliban attack

Five security personnel have been killed following a recent attack by Taliban insurgents in the Sar-e Pul province. According to reports, the Taliban stormed two checkpoints in the northern province in an overnight attack on Sunday, sparking a gunbattle with the security forces in the Sozma Qala district. It's claimed at least six Afghan soldiers were also captured by the insurgents before they fled.

Flash floods kill 32

At least 32 people have been killed in recent flash floods in Afghanistan. Heavy rain has caused flooding in at least seven provinces, with the worst reported in the Badghis, Faryab, and Herat provinces. Widespread damage is feared, as thousands of houses have been destroyed by the floods, along with agricultural land and farms. Humanitarian workers have struggled to reach isolated areas due to poor infrastructure, meaning the death toll could rise further still. According to the BBC, thousands of families have been displaced by floods, forced to live in makeshift shelters.

Helmand raid kills eight Taliban

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent raid carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. According to reports, the security forces targeted a suspected hideouts in the Nahr-e-Saraj district as part of a wider counter-terror offensive in the southern region. 

Five police officers killed in Zabul

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed five Afghan police officers in the Zabul province. The insurgents allegedly attacked the police forces in the Shinkay district on Thursday. A brief gunfight broke out, in which five police officers were killed before the insurgents fled. The Taliban has claimed the attack.

Taliban kill nine police in Ghazni

Nine police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the police officers were ambushed by Taliban insurgents at a number checkpoints on Thursday, leading to various gunfights in which at least nine Afghan police officers were killed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks, although it remains unclear if they suffered any casualties.

Ten killed in Helmand clashes

Ten people have been killed in recent clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, a firefight broke out during counter-terror operations in the Gereshk district, where the insurgents allegedly fired a mortar, killing at least seven civilians. At least three insurgents are thought to have died in the clashes as well.

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least nine Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed and three others have been wounded during recent airstrikes in the Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces carried out two rounds of airstrikes in the Achin and Haska Mena districts of the province within the last 24 hours. Five IS militants were killed and one was wounded in Achin, while another four were killed and two more were wounded in Haska Mena.

Nationwide security operations kill 29 Taliban

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent nationwide security operations. At least one insurgent was also wounded while a further seven others were arrested during the operations, which were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar, and Uruzgan provinces within the last 48 hours. Operations targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts of Helmand, the Sherzad district of Nangarhar, and in the provincial capitals of Kandahar and Uruzgan.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill three IS militants

Airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province have reportedly killed at least three suspected Islamic State (IS) militants. The airstrike targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Haska Mena district as part of a wider counter-terror offensive in the region. According to reports, various firearms, light weapons, and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrike.

Twelve killed in Kabul airstrike

At least 12 people - seven Taliban insurgents and five civilians - have allegedly been killed in a recent airstrike carried out in the Sarobi district of Kabul within the last 24 hour. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the US forces had launched a counter-terror operation against the Taliban in the area, bringing in aerial reinforcements after armed insurgents were positively identified. NATO's Resolute Support mission has commented on the incident, stating that four women and a child were unfortunately killed in the raid, along with a Taliban shadow district governor and six insurgents. It's possible the civilians were family members of Taliban insurgents.

Six wounded in Jalalabad blast

At least six people have been wounded following a suspected bomb blast in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to reports, an improvised explosive device was allegedly detonated in Jalalabad city near a health clinic on Monday morning. Three women and three children were injured in the attack - which hasn't bee claimed by any militant group thus far.

Helmand airstrikes kill 21 civilians

At least 21 civilians have been killed and five others were wounded in a series of recent airstrikes carried out by the foreign forces in the southern Helmand province over the weekend. According to Al Jazeera, senior local officials from Helmand have claimed that 13 civilians were killed during one air raid in the Sangin district, while another eight were killed in a second raid. Heavy fighting is said to still be ongoing between NATO-backed forces and the Taliban. 

Four killed in Helmand twin blasts

At least four people have been killed and some 30 others have been wounded following a twin bomb explosion in the southern Hemland province over the weekend. According to reports, two bombs were detonated at a public ceremony in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Saturday. The ceremony was being held to celebrate Farmer's Day, with some 1,000 people in attendance.

Three killed in Kunar landslide

Three people have been killed and five others have been wounded after a landslide hit the Kunar province. Reports indicate the landslide hit a residential property on Friday, trapping a number of people and killing three children. It's believed the landslide was caused by adverse weather conditions as heavy rainfall has been affecting the region recently.

IS claim Kabul bomb attacks

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for three recent bomb attacks in Kabul. Three bomb explosions occurred during Nowruz celebrations on Thursday, targeted Shia Muslims in the Karte-Ye-Sakhi district. The BBC has reported that at least six people were killed and 23 others were wounded in the attacks.

Five Taliban killed in Samangan

At least five Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and seven others have been wounded in recent security operations against the Taliban in the Samangan province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted in the Dareh Sufi district during a counter-terror offensive carried out by the Afghan security forces.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 15 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the Ghazni province have reportedly killed as many as 15 Taliban insurgents. A further 20 others have also been wounded in the strikes, which were conducted by the Afghan Air Forces within the last 24 hours. The airstrikes reportedly targeted a number of suspected Taliban hideouts in the Ab Band, Andar, Gero, and Qarabagh districts.

Explosions reported in Kabul

Multiple explosions have been reported in the capital city of Kabul, where it's believed Persian New Year celebrations were targeted. According to Al Jazeera, the explosions occurred in the Karte-Ye-Sakhi district near Kabul University and the Shia Karte Sakhi shrine, where Afghans gather annually to mark the holiday of Nowruz. At least six people have been killed and some 23 others have been wounded in the explosions. The police have stated that the blasts were caused by three remote-controlled explosive devices, with a fourth device allegedly defused by the security forces. The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack. Last year, Islamic State (IS) militants killed 33 people in an attack targeting crowds celebrating Nowruz at a shrine.

Taliban release 58 soldiers in Badghis

Some 58 Afghan soldiers who were being held captive by the Taliban have allegedly been released in the Badghis province. Recent reports suggest the released soldiers were members of the Afghan National Army (ANA), having been captured by the Taliban in the Bala Murghab district. It's claimed the soldiers were captured after they attempted to cross into neighbouring Turkmenistan after coming under attack from the Taliban. 

Ten killed in Herat floods

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed amidst recent floods in the western Herat province. According to local reports, heavy rain affecting the region during the last 24 hours has led to widespread flash floods, with deaths reported in the Ghoryan, Koh Zor, Rubat Sangi, Zinda Jan districts, as well as the provincial capital of Herat city. 

Two police officers killed in Baghlan IED blast

Two Afghan police officers have been killed in a suspected bomb blast in the Baghlan province. According to local reports, an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the provincial capital of Pol-e Khomri on Monday evening, killing two police officers and wounding two others. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's likely the Taliban were behind it.

Taliban attack security forces in Faryab

The Taliban have attacked the Afghan security forces over the weekend, allegedly killing as many as 22 security personnel in the Faryab province. According to reports, the insurgents launched overnight attacks targeting various police and military checkpoints in the Qaysar district. At least 22 security personnel have been confirmed dead while a further 20 others were also wounded in the fighting.

High terror threat during Afghan New Year

The US embassy in Kabul has issued a warning over the heightened threat of terrorism during the Afghan New Year on Thursday 21 March. An alert was issued on Monday to all US citizens, warning of potential attacks during the holiday period which could target foreign interests. Despite recent peace talks, there remains a strong anti-US sentiment amongst the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Security forces kill 11 Taliban in Kunduz

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Kunduz province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces over the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Charah Darah district. Various explosive devices and weapons were allegedly destroyed in the operation.

Taliban capture 50 border police in Badghis

At least 50 Afghan border police personnel have reportedly been captured by the Taliban in the western Badghis province. Reuters has reported that the Afghan security forces allegedly surrendered to the Taliban following a fight for control of the Bala Murghab district. It's claimed that some 100 Afghan border security personnel tried to seek refuge across the border in Turkmenistan but were turned back. While 50 police officers surrendered, it's believed about 50 others continue to fight the Taliban as they wait for air and ground reinforcements. No casualties have been confirmed thus far.

Five Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and some nine others have been wounded following a series of violent armed clashes in the Farah province over the weekend. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces clashed with the insurgents in the Qeysar and Khwaja Sabzposh districts during security operations. Various weapons and ammunition were seized from the insurgents following the fighting.

Taliban militants killed in airstrikes

Dozens of Taliban militants have been killed in government airstrikes across Afghanistan. Seven fighters died in the Chimtal district of Balkh; 15 in Uruzgan province' nine in Helmand and six in Sangin. Weapons, explosives and large quantities of narcotics were also recovered by ground forces.

Killing of six-year-old girl sparks outrage

The kidnapping and killing of a six-year-old girl in Kabul has sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan. The victim, identified by the interior ministry as Mahsa, was seized in the 11th police district on Sunday. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $300k but killed the girl when no payment was received. Two men in their 20s have since been arrested and have reportedly confessed to the crime, prompting Afghans to call for severe punishment for the pair. President Ashraf Ghani expressed his sadness and ordered a judicial investigation into the attack.

Journalist wounded by IED in Helmand

An Afghan journalist has been wounded after by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand province. Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi was on his way to work in the Kart-e-Lagan area of Lashkagar when the device exploded. Local reports said the bomb had been attached to his car. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban kill 13 ANA troops in Badghis attack

Taliban militants have killed at least 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the western Badghis province. Jamshid Shahabi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said a further 12 troops are missing following the exchange in the Bala Murghab district. He said more than 40 Taliban fighters also died in the exchange, which took place near the Iranian border.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

Some 14 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province by the Afghan security forces. The airstrikes reportedly targeted a suspected insurgent hideout in the outskirts of the provincial capital, Tarinkot. Khaama Press has reported that the airstrikes were conducted as part of a wider counter-terror offensive, with other operations targeting Taliban positions in the Nangarhar, Laghman, and Ghazni provinces.

Sixteen killed in Nangarhar gun attack

At least 16 construction workers have been killed and nine others have been wounded following a gun attack on a construction site in Behsod, Nangarhar. According to reports from Tolo News, two suicide bombers and three gunmen attacked construction company, EBE, in the early hours of Friday morning. The Afghan security forces responded to the attack, killing three attackers in a seven-hour gunfight, while the other two died when their explosives were detonated. An explosive-laden vehicle was allegedly found during a search operation. The company had been working on a construction project at the nearby Jalalabad airport. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the authorities suspected Islamic State (IS) militants were behind it.

Nangarhar raids kill 11 Taliban

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed by the Afghan security forces in recent raids conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted by the special forces in the Gandomak area earlier this week during wider counter-terror operations also targeting Taliban insurgents in the Laghman, Ghazni, and Uruzgan provinces. Approximately 400 pounds of hashish was also discovered and destroyed during the raid.

Kabul bomb attack death toll rises

The death toll from a recent bomb attack in Kabul has risen to 11 confirmed fatalities. Tolo News has reported that preliminary investigations have accused the Taliban of being behind the attack, which targeted a gathering of Afghan politicians and hundreds of Shia Muslim supporters during a ceremony in the Musala-e-Mazari compound in police district 13, in west Kabul yesterday, killing 11 people and wounding some 95 others. However, the Islamic State (IS) has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security forces kill 27 Taliban in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed at least 27 Taliban insurgents during security operations carried out by the special forces in the Kunduz province. According to Tolo News, the operation was in response to a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the Imam Sahib district. At least 16 insurgents were also wounded in the operation. The security forces claim to have retaken control of the checkpoint.

Explosions reported in Kabul

A series of explosions have been reported in the Afghan capital of Kabul city. According to Al Jazeera, multiple explosions targeted a political gathering of the Shia Muslim minority in Kabul on Thursday, leaving many casualties. A government official has allegedly stated that rockets were fired from a residential property in police district 18. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far. Ambulances are attending the scene, with latest reports from Tolo News indicating at least three people have been killed and 19 others have been wounded. A number of former and current government officials are said to have been attending the ceremony in the Musala-e-Mazari area, which was being held to commemorate the anniversary of a Shia political leader's death.

Three killed in Nangarhar shooting

Three people have been killed following a shooting incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire on civilians in the village of Es Nari in the Khewa area of Kuz Kunar on Tuesday night. A local resident, a guard, and a school teacher were identified as the three fatalities. A police investigation has been launched, while no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, although the authorities suspect Islamist militants to be behind the shooting.

Two Taliban killed in Uruzgan

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were carried out within the last 24 hours by the Afghan security forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the provincial capital of Tarinkot. Deadly counter-terror operations have been ongoing in the region throughout the last week and are expected to continue.

Suicide bombing near Jalalabad airport

A suicide bombing has occurred near the airport in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. A suspected militant blew himself up near the office of a construction company a short distance from the city's airport on Wednesday, killing at least 16 civilians. According to Al Jazeera, another bomber and three gunmen accompanied the suicide bomber, and have also been confirmed dead as clearance operations remain ongoing in response to the attack. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although it's likely the Islamic State (IS) were behind it. Casualty figures may still rise.

Security operations kill six Taliban in Jowzjan

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Jowzjan province. The operations were conducted in the Faizabad district within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions. No other casualties have been reported and counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the area.

High risk of kidnap

A warning has been issued by the US state department for travel over a continued high risk of kidnap in Afghanistan. US citizens are deemed at a particularly high risk in Kabul due to anti-American attitudes within parts of Afghanistan, especially amongst Islamic terrorist groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS). 

Taliban kill eight police officers in Balkh

Eight Afghan police officers have been killed and six others have been wounded following a clash in the northern Balkh province with the Taliban. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked the police officers in the Dawlat Abad district on Tuesday morning, triggering a fatal gunfight.

Taliban capture two civilians in Ghor

Two civilians have reportedly been captured and taken hostage by Taliban insurgents in the Ghor province. Local reports indicate the civilians were abducted on Sunday whilst travelling through the Takht Valley area. Negotiations have been launched between local tribal elders and the Taliban to secure the safe release of both hostages.

Uruzgan airstrike kills eight Taliban

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Uruzgan province. According to local reports, the airstrikes were conducted on Satuday, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the provincial capital Tarinkot.

Eighteen killed in Sar-e Pul clashes

Violent clashes in the Sar-e Pul province have reportedly led to the deaths of 18 people over the weekend. At least 11 Afghan security personnel and seven Taliban insurgents have been killed after a gunfight took place between the security forces and the Taliban in the Sangcharak district. The crossfire broke out as a result of the Taliban attacking a security convoy which was passing through the area.

Taliban kill 10 in Kunduz

At least 10 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed and seven others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. The insurgents reportedly ambushed the security forces on Sunday, targeting a security checkpoint in the Qarghan Tapa area of the Imam Sahib district. A deadly gunfight broke out, in which 10 security personnel were killed. It's believed at least seven others were wounded and another seven were allegedly taken hostage by the Taliban.

Twenty killed in Kandahar floods

Severe flooding in the southern Kandahar province has killed at least 20 people, with a further 10 reported missing. Heavy rainfall hit the region over the weekend, along with the Farah and Herat provinces. According to reports, it's been estimated by the UN that up to 2,000 residential properties have been affected by the floods, with widespread damage recorded.

Taliban attack Helmand military base

An Afghan National Army (ANA) military base has been attacked by Taliban insurgents in the southern Helmand province over the weekend. A large group of armed insurgents reportedly targeted a strategic military base, with a suicide bomber attacking the base before Taliban gunmen opened fire, sparking deadly gunfight. At least 23 ANA personnel have been confirmed dead, along with at least 12 insurgents. It remains unclear precisely where the attack took place in the province, while counter-terror operations have been launched following the attack.

Taliban kill three police officers in Herat

Three Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and a fourth has been wounded following a Taliban attack on the police in Herat. The insurgents allegedly targeted a police vehicle travelling through the Ter Pol area of the Kohsan district on Thursday. 

Security operations kill 28 Taliban in Zabul

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The operation was conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban locations in the Arghandab district. Counter-terror operations remain ongoing throughout the region.

Taliban attack Helmand military base

A group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly attacked an Afghan National Army (ANA) military base in the southern Helmand province, sparking a fatal gunfight in which nine insurgents have been killed. Three of the insurgents killed have allegedly been identified as would-be suicide bombers; however, they were shot dead before they detonated their explosives. The clash occurred in the early hours of Friday morning in an unspecified location within the province.

Security operations kill 16 Taliban in Balkh

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 18 others have been wounded in a security operation in the northern Balkh province. The operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Chimtal and Sholgara districts. According to reports, eight insurgents have been killed ad five others have been wounded in airstrikes in Chimtal, while another eight insurgents have been killed, including a local Taliban commander, and a further 13 have been wounded in the Tawa village of Sholgara.

Two IS militants arrested in Nangarhar

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been arrested in the eastern Nangarhar province. Security personnel from the Afghan government's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), reportedly arrested two would-be suicide bomber in the Haska Mena district on Wednesday morning. It's alleged the pair had planned to travel to Kabul to carry out suicide bomb attacks.

Ghazni operations kill 18 Taliban

Recent security operations conducted in the Ghazni province have resulted in the deaths of at least 18 Taliban insurgents. According to reports, the Afghan security forces carried out a series of ground operations, assisted by airstrikes in the Deh Yak, Rashidan, and Qarabagh districts within the last 24 hours. It's believed at least four insurgents were also arrested during the operations.

Taliban attack army post in Faryab

Six people have been killed following a Taliban attack on an Afghan National Army (ANA) check post in an unspecified part of the Faryab province. Local reports indicate at least two ANA personnel have been killed, along with four insurgents. A further two other ANA soldiers and four Taliban insurgents were also wounded in the gunfight which broke out as a result of the attack. 

Six Taliban killed in Balkh operation

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed during an operation in the Balkh province. The Afghan security forces launched an operation in the Chimtal district within the last 24 hours to free a number of police personnel being held captive by the Taliban in the Koh Alburz area of the district. According to reports, at least 10 police officers were released from the Taliban prison during the operation.

Two Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul

At least two Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others - including two senior commanders - have been wounded in security operations in the Sar-e Pul province. Recent reports indicate the operations were launched in the Sangcharak district to clear several villages of insurgents over the weekend. The Taliban's shadow district chief was allegedly among those injured, along with another  local Taliban chief.

Eight Taliban killed in Ghazni operation

Eight Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and six others have been arrested during recent military operations conducted in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the operations were carried out over the weekend by the Afghan security forces, with air and ground forces targeting suspected insurgent positions in the Qarabagh district.

US-Taliban talks underway in Qatar

Talks between Taliban leaders and a US special envoy are underway in Doha, Qatar. Preliminary reports indicate the talks have led to the promise of a deal being struck, involving the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in exchange for assurances from the Taliban not to allow the country to become an international hotspot for Islamist militant groups. The US team is led by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, while the Taliban delegation is headed by one of the group's co-founders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The draft agreement has sparked hoped for the end of the 17-year war, although the Taliban have continued to refuse to talk with the Afghan government until a firm date for a US withdrawal has been agreed.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded following recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces targeted various suspected and known Taliban hideouts in the Khakriz, Maiwand, and Nesh districts within the last 24 hours.

Security forces kill 24 Taliban insurgents

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent nationwide security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. According to reports, two dozen insurgents were killed and four others have been wounded in operations targeting insurgent positions in the Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar, and Uruzgan provinces. An explosives factory was also allegedly destroyed in the Kandahar province, along with a Taliban hideout in the Uruzgan province,

Two Taliban killed in Kapisa raid

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed during a raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Kapisa province. According to reports, the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation within the last 24 hours in the Tagab district, where a Taliban prison was targeted and destroyed. Two Taliban fatalities were also confirmed by the security forces.

Protests against civilian casualties in US airstrikes

Protests have been taking place in the eastern Kunar province against a rise in civilian casualties as a result of US airstrikes. Increased military operations in Afghanistan have reportedly seen a rise in the number of civilians killed or wounded, with at least 10 civilians allegedly being killed following a US airstrike conducted earlier this month. According to reports, several hundred Afghan citizens joined the protest on Wednesday. A report released by the UN last October supports claims there has been an increase in civilian casualties, estimating casualty figures have risen by at least 39 percent during the first nine months of 2018, in comparison with the same period from the previous year.

Six civilians killed in Laghman roadside bombing

At least six Afghan civilians have allegedly been killed in a roadside bombing incident in the Laghman province. According to reports from Radio Free Europe, the civilians were travelling in a vehicle in the Qarghyi district when the bomb went off on Tuesday. No claim of responsibility has been made for the explosion; however, it's likely Taliban insurgents were behind the roadside bombing, as they are known to be active in the region and frequently plant explosive devices along roadsides to target the security forces.

Security operations kill 23 Taliban in Kandahar

At least 23 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and 10 others have been wounded in recent security operations launched by the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. According to Bakhtar News, the operation was reportedly carried out overnight during the last 24 hours, targeting six suspected Taliban hideouts in the Maiwand district, which borders the neighbouring Helmand province.

Peace rally held in Kunar

A large peace rally has been held by residents in the Kunar province. According to Tolo News, the rally was reportedly organised by the People's Peace Movement activist group, who have been calling on the Afghan government and the Taliban to agree a ceasefire to pave the way for sustainable peace on the ground. The group has led prominent marches and sit-in protests in recent years, amassing a strong following. Although the majority of demonstrations organised by the group remain peaceful, violence has broken out in the past and they can be disruptive.

Two Taliban killed in Kandahar IED blast

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a premature explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern Kandahar province. According to local reports, the two insurgents were allegedly planting the IED in a graveyard in the Arghandab district, where the IED was triggered accidentally, killing both insurgents. The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Explosive-laden truck seized in Nangarhar

A truck full of explosives has reportedly been seized by the security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the truck was seized by operatives of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) along the Torkham-Jalalabad highway in the Rodat district. The truck had allegedly come from Pakistan and has been linked to terrorist activity. Three suspected terrorists have also been detained.

Six police killed in Balkh Taliban attack

At least six Afghan police personnel have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the northern Balkh province. According to reports from Pajhwok News, a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a security checkpoint guarding a gas supply pipeline in the Sar Asyab area of the Chimtal district on Saturday evening. A local police commander was allegedly among those killed in the two-hour gunfight. An unknown number of Taliban casualties were also inflicted.

Taliban clash with security forces in Faryab

Some 20 people have been killed and 12 others have been wounded amid clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Faryab province. According to reports, the fighting broke out on Sunday evening in village of Arkalik in the Qaysar district, where at least 17 Taliban insurgents and three Afghan soldiers have been confirmed dead. It's believed a further eight insurgents and four soldiers have also been wounded. 

One killed in Kabul IED blast

A person has been confirmed dead following a suspected bomb blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the capital city of Kabul. According to Tolo News, the police have stated that a magnetic IED was reportedly placed under the driver's seat in the car on Sunday night in the Panshir Wat area of Kabul's police district 11. It's thought the IED was remotely detonated, killing the victim, who has been identified as a local resident and pharmacy owner. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far and the motive behind the attack remains unclear.

Three civilians killed in roadside bombing

At least three civilians have reportedly been killed in a roadside bombing incident in the southern Kandahar province. According to local reports, the explosion occurred on Sunday along a roadside in an unnamed district. A child was reportedly among the three killed in the blast. Local government officials have reportedly blamed the incident on the Taliban - who maintain a strong presence in the southern region.

Taliban-US talks in Pakistan postponed

Talks between the Taliban and US officials have reportedly been postponed. The Taliban released a statement on Sunday confirming the last-minute cancellation, as the talks were due to be held in Islamabad on Monday 18 February. According to reports, the Taliban claimed they had been prepared and ready for talks; however, most of their negotiators remained on the US and UN blacklists. The Afghan government had opposed Pakistan's invitation to the Taliban delegation, as it violates international law and travel bans against those on UN blacklists.

Flash flood kills seven in Farah

A flash floods has killed at least seven people and forced hundreds of families to evacuate in the province of Farah. According to reports, the floods were caused by heavy rain and snow amid wintry conditions which have been affecting the region recently. At least 80 residential properties have been badly damaged by the flooding in the Anzeer area of the Pusht-e Koh district, where an estimated 800 families have been displaced. The Anar Dara district has also been badly affected, as has the Khak-i-Safid district along with the provincial capital of Farah city.

Taliban to hold talks with US in Pakistan

The Taliban have allegedly announced intentions to hold talks with US representatives in Pakistan. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid announced that the talks had been scheduled to take place on Monday 18 February in Islamabad. A meeting between Taliban leaders and Pakistani officials, including Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, may also take place.

Four Taliban killed in premature IED blast

A premature bomb explosion has reportedly killed at least four Taliban insurgents in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the insurgents were allegedly planting an improvised explosive device (IED) along a road in the Zawi area of the Khogyani district on Tuesday when the IED was triggered accidentally. Four insurgents were killed and three others were wounded.

Heavy snow and rain causes disruption in Herat

Heavy snow and rain has caused widespread disruption in the Herat province. Flights in and out of Herat airport have been cancelled, while many road closures have been enforced due to dangerous driving conditions. So far, the Herat-Islam Qala, Herat-Torghondi, and the Herat-Kandahar highway have all been closed, as avalanches, snow drifts, and floods leave some motorists stranded. According to Tolo News, at least five fatalities have been reported so far and seven others have been wounded in weather-related incidents across the province.

Large-scale operation concluded in Kandahar

A large-scale military operation has reportedly been concluded in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces have concluded operations in the Arghistan district after spending a week clearing areas of insurgent presence. The Taliban allegedly suffered heavy casualties and an improvised explosive device (IED) factory was also destroyed. Unconfirmed reports indicate as many as 20 insurgents may have been killed.

Taliban announce delegation for peace talks

The Taliban have announced a 14-member delegation to negotiate on the group's behalf in peace talks with the US special envoy. Negotiations are due to launch later this month in Afghanistan. The Taliban delegation will be headed by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai - thought to be one of the group's top negotiator. Others in the negotiating party include Anas Haqqani - the jailed brother of the leader of the Haqqani Network, a powerful Taliban faction. Haqqani's participation in talks is reliant on the Afghan government arranging his temporary release from the Kabul prison where he's currently being held. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) stated no decision had been made regarding his release.

Taliban release two foreign pilots

Two Moldovan pilots have allegedly been released by the Taliban after being held in captivity for three-and-a-half years. Reports from Radio Free Europe indicate Moldovan President Igor Dodon has received confirmation of the two hostages' release and is due to fly to Moscow next week, where they are currently secured in a hotel, to personally greet the two pilots and return them to Chisinau. The pair were allegedly captured by the Taliban in November 2015, when their Russian-made MI-17 helicopter crash-landed in the northern Faryab province during a UN-assisted mission. A third Moldovan crew member who was also aboard the helicopter was reportedly killed. It's believed the pair were released on Saturday 09 February following months of negotiations, which were assisted by the Russian authorities on the request of Dodon.

Three civilians killed in Takhar shelling

At least three civilians have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in a recent shelling in the northern Takhar province. The family home was allegedly hit by a mortar shell in the Dasht-i-Qala district on Monday night. According to reports, the local authorities have claimed the mortar shells were fired by Taliban insurgents operating from a suspected hideout nearby. 

US secretary of defence arrives in Kabul

The acting US secretary of defence, Pat Shanahan, has arrived in Kabul for an unannounced visit. According to reports from Tolo News, Shanahan is due to meet with Afghan officials and US military commanders. The visit comes amid a push for progress in peace negotiations with the Taliban. While the Taliban has continue to object to the Afghan government's involvement and the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, Shanahan allegedly told reporters on Monday that he had received no orders regarding a withdrawal of troops and that the involvements of the Afghan government in discussions remained important. Shanahan stated that the aim of the trip was to gauge the situation on the ground from commanders and to then brief the US president.

Ghazni operations kill 18 Taliban

At least 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations carried out in the Ghazni province. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces conducted air and ground operations in the Ab Band, Qara Bagh, and Ghazni city districts. The operations were allegedly supported by the foreign forces. A local Taliban leader is said to have been among the 18 insurgents killed, while a further eight other insurgents were also wounded.

Ten Taliban arrested in Faryab

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been arrested in recent security operations in the Faryab province. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted during a raid led by the government intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The raid was carried out in the Khawaja Sabz Posh district, where NDS personnel detained at least 10 insurgents, including a local Taliban commander.

Security forces kill 11 Taliban

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in recent security operations. The Afghan security forces carried out various operations across a number of provinces within the last 24 hours. In the Khost province, two Taliban insurgents were killed in the Sabri district, while a further five insurgents were killed and five others were wounded in the Arghistan district of Kandahar. Meanwhile, in the Kunduz province, four insurgents were killed and five prisoners of the Taliban were freed during a security operation in the Charhar Sara district.

Two senior Taliban killed in Nangarhar raid

Two local senior Taliban leaders have reportedly been killed during a recent raid carried out by the security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to Khaama Press, the Afghan security forces conducted the raid in the Khogyani district, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout. The two Taliban leaders were said to be in charge of weapons and recruitment.

Six police killed in Nimroz

At least six Afghan police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Nimroz province. The attack occurred in the provincial capital of Zarang on Thursday. According to local reports, a number of armed insurgents targeted a security checkpoint along the Zaranj-Delaram highway. Six police officers were killed and eight others were wounded in the resulting gunfight. It's thought the Taliban also suffered casualties, although the number remains unknown.

Six killed in Laghman crash

At least six people have been killed following a traffic accident in the Laghman province. The crash occurred on Thursday along a stretch of the Kabul-Jalalabad highway running through the Qarghayi district of Laghman, where two vehicles collided due to reckless driving. According to reports, three children are said to have been among those killed, while four others were also wounded in the accident.

Security operations carried out in Kandahar and Zabul

Security operations have been carried out in the Kandahar and Zabul provinces, resulting in heavy Taliban casualties. According to reports, at least 43 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 22 others have been wounded throughout the last week. Taliban safe havens and hideouts were targeted in tactical raids and clearing operations across various parts of both provinces. An ongoing operation to re-open the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway remains underway after it was closed due to Taliban activity.

Ten police killed in Baghlan attack

Ten Afghan police officers have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the northern Baghlan province. The attack was launched overnight targeting a police checkpoint in the village of Hassan Tal in the Baghlan-e Markazi district. According to Tolo News, 10 local police officers were killed in the clash, including a local police commander. Four Taliban insurgents were also killed in the fighting, while five others were wounded.

Taliban kill 28 security personnel in Kunduz

At least 28 Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed in a major Taliban attack in the northern Kunduz province. Local reports indicate a group of armed insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in the Telawaki area of Kunduz city, leading to clash with the Afghan National Army (ANA) and local police officers. At least 25 ANA soldiers and three police officers were killed in the attack, while some 20 others were wounded. No Taliban casualties have been reported, although a Taliban spokesperson claimed 30 security personnel were killed in the clash.

Five militants killed in Nangarhar

At least five militants have been killed in recent security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces conducted aerial operations over the weekend, targeting suspected militant hideouts in the Khogyani district. Three Taliban insurgents and two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in two separate airstrikes.

Six militants killed in Afghan airstrikes

Airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in several provinces have killed at least six militants over the weekend. Three Islamic State (IS) militants were allegedly killed during an airstrike in the Khogyani district of the Nangarhar province. At least one Taliban insurgent was also killed in aerial operations in Tarinkot, Uruzgan, while a two more Taliban insurgent was killed in an airstrike in the Nahr-e Saraj district of the southern Helmand province.

Twelve Taliban killed in Farah operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 13 others have been wounded in recent counter-terror operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the western Farah province. The operations were conducted over the weekend in the Pusht-e Koh and Khaki Safed districts. According to reports, some eight other insurgents were also arrested during the operations, while a key local Taliban commander was allegedly among those killed. 

Two militants killed in Zabul

Two militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Zabul province. The offensive was described as a joint operation led by the Afghan military, targeting militants believed to be operating in the Arghandab district.

Eleven Taliban killed in Herat

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded following a series of military operations in the Herat province. Local reports indicate the operations were carried out by the Afghan army within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the Pashtun Zarghun district.

Security operations kill 24 in Kandahar

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and six others have been wounded in recent security operations in the southern province of Kandahar. According to local reports, the insurgents were targeted in joint air and ground operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Maiwand and Shah Wali Kot districts.

Helmand operations kill 25 Taliban

At least 25 Taliban insurgents have apparently been killed and four others have been arrested by the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. The security operations were carried out in the Gereshk, Nahri Saraj, and Sangin districts of the province within the last 24 hours. Air and ground troops took part in the operations, which targeted suspected Taliban positions.

Airports at high risk of terrorist attack

Afghan airports are said to be at a particularly high risk of being targeted in terrorist attacks. The US state travel department has issued a travel warning over the continued threat faced by major international airports in Afghanistan, including in Kabul and Jalalabad. The warning also identifies schools, universities, private residential compounds, and foreign interests as other high-risk targets.

Security operation kills 11 Taliban in Kunduz

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have been wounded in a recent security operation launched against the Taliban in the Kunduz province. The operation was led by the Afghan government's intelligence agency and targeted a Taliban compound in the Khanabad district. Three weapons caches belonging to the Taliban were also destroyed in the operation.

Five wounded in Paktika bombing

At least five people have reportedly been wounded following a bombing in the Paktika province. The explosion occurred in the provincial capital of Sharan city on Tuesday. According to local reports, an explosive-laden motorbike was detonated remotely by unknown perpetrators. It's suspected the incident was a militant attack targeting the pubic; however, no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Nationwide security operations kill 18 militants

At least 18 militants have been killed in recent security operations carried out nationwide. The Afghan security forces have conducted a number of counter-terror initiatives in the Balkh, Faryab, Helmand, and Kunar provinces. According to reports, eight Taliban insurgents were killed in Faryab airstrikes, while a further four were killed in a clearing operation in Sangin, Helmand. Four other Taliban insurgents were also killed in Balkh, and two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed during a raid in the Darah-e Pesh district of Kunar.

Taliban kill six police officers in Balkh attack

At least six Afghan police officers have been killed following a Taliban attack in the northern Balkh province. The insurgents reportedly targeted two police checkpoints in the Sholgara district in a heavily armed attack on Tuesday. Three other police officers were also wounded while another remains unaccounted for. 

Taliban commander killed in Kunar

A Taliban commander has been killed in a recent security operation in the Kunar province. Local reports claim the insurgent commander has been identified as Najmuddin and that he was killed alongside two other insurgents while a fourth insurgent was arrested. The raid was conducted on Monday night, targeting an insurgent position in the Lichlam area.

Farah airstrikes kill two Taliban insurgents

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes in the Farah province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) as part of ongoing counter-terror operations targeting insurgent positions in the region. The two insurgents were thought to be making bombs and oother improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for the Taliban and were killed in the Bala Buluk district on Monday evening.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 17 Taliban

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 11 others have been wounded during airstrikes carried out in the southern Kandahar province over the weekend. The airstrikes were conducted as part of a 48-hour counter-terror operation, targeting a suspected Taliban training compound in the Spin Buldak district, which borders Pakistan.

Army free Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government army has reportedly freed a large number of prisoners from a Taliban prison in the Ghazni province. Reports indicate the operation was led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Ghat Kali village of the Ab Band district, where 38 people were freed from a Taliban-run prison overnight. At least nine Taliban insurgents were also killed in the operation, while three weapons depots and two prison buildings were destroyed.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 22

Recent airstrikes in the Ghazni province have reportedly killed at least 22 suspected Taliban insurgents. The airstrikes were carried out alongside counter-terror operations conducted by the Afghan security forces in Ghazni. Insurgent hideouts and positions were targeted in the Andar, Qarabagh, and Muqur districts, where various clashes also broke out between the insurgents and the security forces. Overall, at least 20 insurgents were killed and four others were wounded.

Six Taliban killed in security operations

At least six Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in security operations carried out over the weekend. According to reports, the insurgents were killed in separate operations in the Ghazni, Herat, and Wardak provinces. Two insurgents were killed in an airstrike in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni, while three insurgents were killed in clearing operations int he Zerkoh district of Herat. A sixth insurgent was also killed during a raid in the Chaki Wardak district of Wardak.

IS commander killed in Nangarhar drone strike

An Islamic State (IS) commander has reportedly been killed in a recent drone strike carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, Qari Naqibullah was a key member of the local IS leadership and was directly involved in planning various violent militant attacks in the region. Naqibullah was killed in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Aghez area of the Chaparhar district on Thursday night.

Helmand airstrike kills 16 civilians

At least 16 civilians have allegedly been killed in an airstrike in the southern Helmand province. Tolo News has reported that there have been unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties following an airstrike carried out by the Afghan forces in the Sangin district - a strategically key area fought over between the Taliban and the government forces. A Taliban spokesperson allegedly claimed 13 civilians had been killed in an airstrike targeting Taliban hideouts. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has addressed the reports in a statement, saying a team will be assigned to investigating the alleged deaths, which could have occurred during a large-scale military operation which has been ongoing in the area for the past three days.

Deathtoll rises in Wardak Taliban attack

The death toll has risen following a Taliban attack on a military checkpoint in the Wardak province. According to the BBC, at least 43 people have been killed and 54 others have been wounded after insurgents rammed the checkpoint with an explosive-laden vehicle before detonating it. Conflicting reports have claimed much higher casualty figures, with some reporting as many as 100 people have been killed; however, these have not been confirmed. The Taliban has claimed the attack.

Girls' school set ablaze in Farah

A girls' school has been set on fire in a suspected arson attack in the western province of Farah. Tolo News has reported that a group of unidentified men torched the school on Sunday night. Some 1,000 girls attend the school, located in the centre of Farah, although police have confirmed the school was empty at the time of the fire. Some of the buildings were significantly damaged in the attack, which remains unclaimed.

Twelve killed in Wardak car bomb attack

At least 12 security personnel have been killed and 28 others have been wounded following a car bomb attack which targeted a military base in the Wardak province over the weekend. According to Reuters, two gunmen stormed the compound shortly after the bomb explosion, while a second vehicle packed with explosives was discovered and defused. Both gunmen were shot dead by the security forces in response tot he attack - which has since been claimed by the Taliban.

Nangarhar official killed in attack

A local official in the Nangarhar province has been killed in an attack. According to reports, the public health officer for the Sherzad district, Dr. Sardar Wali, was shot dead by unknown gunmen late on Thursday evening. It remains unclear who was behind the attack, as no claim of responsibility has been made. While the Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in the province, the Taliban are also active in the region and have recently escalated violent attacks on Afghan government interests following a car bomb attack in Kabul earlier this week which killed five people.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Nangarhar raid

Some 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent raid in the eastern Nangarhar province. The raid was launched as part of an intelligence-led counter-terror operation targeting Taliban insurgents in the Hisarak district. According to reports, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) suspected the insurgents of planning a coordinated violent attack on the Afghan security forces. At least three of the 13 insurgents killed are thought to have been local Taliban commanders.

Security operations kill 28 Taliban in Kandahar

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Maiwand and Nesh districts within in the last 24 hours. According to reports, the ground forces were supported by airstrikes, targeting suspected insurgent hideouts.

Security forces kill 39 Taliban in Badghis

At least 39 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during recent security operations in the Badghis province. According to Tolo News, the Afghan security forces carried out clearing operations in the Qala-e Naw district, killing at least 39 insurgents and destroyed dozens of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It's believed the insurgents were operating from a number of hideouts and safe havens in the area.

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar operation

Nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed during a security operation in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, three local IS commanders and six IS militants were among those killed a raid which was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Muhmand Dara area of the Achin district.

Seven Taliban killed in Faryab

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in a security operation carried out in the Faryab province. The Afghan security forces conducted the operation, targeting a position in the village of Adam Qala in the Gurziwan (Bilcharagh) district. According to reports, one of the seven insurgents killed is thought to have been a local Taliban commander, identified as Abu Talha.

Car bomb blast hits Kabul

At least five people have been killed and more than 110 wounded in a car bomb blast in Kabul. The explosion occurred in the ninth police district of the capital city, near the high-security Green Village compound on Jalalabad Road. According to Reuters, most of the victims are thought to be civilians. The security forces have responded to the incident and have cordoned off the surrounding area as a search operation for the perpetrators is launched. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Journalist kidnapped and killed in Farah

A journalist has been confirmed dead after he was kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Farah province. According to reports, part-time radio journalist Javid Noori was reportedly forced off a bus and abducted by insurgents last week, before being killed shortly after. His body was returned to his family three days after his abduction. In a statement from the Taliban, it's claimed Noori was killed because, as well as working for a local radio station, he was also an employee of the US-backed Afghan government. Afghanistan continues to be one of the deadliest countries for journalists, with an estimated 15 deaths recorded last year.

Security operations kill 27 militants

At least 27 militants have been killed during security operations carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours. According to local reports, two airstrikes have been carried out in the Baghlan province, killing 11 Taliban insurgents, while a clearing operations carried out in the Achin district of Nangarhar has reportedly killed at least five Islamic State (IS) militants and destroyed a weapons cache. A further 11 Taliban insurgents were also killed in security operations targeting suspected hideouts in the Pakika, Uruzgan, and Kandahar provinces.

Key Taliban insurgent killed in Kabul raid

A key Taliban insurgent has reportedly been killed in an overnight raid carried out by the Afghan security forces in Kabul. According to Tolo News, the raid was conducted in the Sabzrang village of the Qarabagh district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. The insurgent has been identified as Mullah Husain, and was reportedly directly involved in a number of violent armed attacks targeting the security forces in Kabul.

Eleven Taliban detained in Kandahar

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been arrested by the security forces during a military operation in the southern Kandahar province. Tolo News has reported that a group of 11 insurgents were detained during the intelligence-l;ed operation which was carried out earlier this week. It's believed the insurgents arrested had been directly involved in recent attacks targeting the security forces in the Maiwand, Shah Wali Kot, and Zhari districts, as well as the provincial capital of Kandahar city - where it's alleged two of the insurgents detained were planning a suicide bomb attack.

Four pro-government fighters killed in Jawzjan

Four pro-government fighters have been killed by the Taliban in the north-western Jawzjan province. Five others were wounded in the ambush, which took place at a checkpoint in the Sehtoot area of Faizabad district early on Thursday morning. Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the attack in a statement.

Six security personnel killed in Balkh clashes

Six Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed in recent clashes between the security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Balkh province. Tolo News has reported that the fighting broke out in the Chahar Bolak district overnight, near the village of Temorak. Three Special Police Force personnel were allegedly among those killed, along with three local police officers. At least seven other local police officers are also said to have been taken hostage by the Taliban, and three armoured vehicles were set on fire by the insurgents.

Taliban call off peace talks with US

The Taliban have reportedly called off peace talks with the US over supposed agenda differences. According to Reuters, the talks with US officials were due to start tomorrow in Qatar, lasting two days, but it was confirmed on Tuesday that the talks had been called off. It's believed the agenda disagreements were over the involvement of Afghan officials, a possible ceasefire, and a proposed prisoner exchange. The Taliban officials reportedly strongly objected to the involvement of Afghan government officials, describing them as "puppets". The talks would have been the fourth round with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad,

Bomb attack reported in Khost

A vehicular bomb attack has been reported in the Khost province. Preliminary reports indicate at least two people have been confirmed dead, while as many as 25 others have been wounded. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was allegedly detonated near a market in the provincial capital of Khost city on Tuesday. It's believed the explosives were planted on a motorbike which was parked up near the market area. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Taliban kill two police officers in Baghlan

At least two Afghan police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Baghlan province. The security forces were allegedly targeted in an ambush carried out by a group of armed insurgents in the Kilagay area of the Dushti district on Monday. A senior-level police officer is said to have been among the two killed.

Thirty killed in gold mine collapse

At least 30 miners have been killed and seven others have been wounded after a gold mine collapsed in the northern Badakhshan province on Sunday. According to the BBC, the incident occurred at a illegal mine shaft in the Kohistan district. Local villagers had reportedly dug a 60-metre-deep makeshift shaft in a river bed to dig for gold illegally. At least 13 people have been rescued so far while search and rescue operations remain ongoing.

Airstrikes kill 31 Taliban in Faryab

At least 31 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following a series of airstrikes in the Faryab province. The Afghan security forces allegedly carried out the airstrikes in the Almar and Qurghan districts as part of a counter-insurgency offensive. It's believed a Taliban shadow district governor was amongst those killed in the attack, along with a local Taliban commander. At least one insurgent hideout was destroyed, while four insurgents were wounded.

Helmand airstrikes kill 16 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province have reportedly killed as many as 16 Taliban insurgents. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces over the weekend. Suspected Taliban hideouts were allegedly targeted in the Kajaki, Marjah, and Nahar Saraj districts. At least 16 insurgent fatalities have been confirmed by the authorities, while a weapons and ammunition supply was also destroyed, along with at least one Taliban hideout.

Police officers wounded in Uruzgan airstrike

At least six Afghan police officers have allegedly been injured following an airstrike operation in the Uruzgan province. Unconfirmed reports from local media indicate the airstrike was supposedly carried out by the foreign forces on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Tarinkot. The foreign forces in Afghanistan have not commented on the alleged incident and have not confirmed the casualties or that any aerial operations were being conducted in the area at the time.

Six Taliban killed in Kapisa raid

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed after the Afghan security forces carried out a raid in the Kapisa province. The raid reportedly targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Dadezo area of the Tagab district on Thursday night. According to preliminary reports, at least one of the six insurgents killed is thought to have been a local Taliban commander.

Three killed in Kabul gas station fire

A least three people have been killed and some 44 others have been wounded after a fire broke out at a gas station in Kabul. Tolo News has reported that the blaze broke out overnight at a gas station in Abul Haq Square in police district nine. The fire quickly spread to other nearby buildings, forcing fire fighting crews to escalate their response as they tackled the blaze. Six of those wounded are thought to be in critical condition. It remains unclear what may have caused the fire as investigations continue.

Taliban attack police in Baghlan

At least eight Afghan police officers have been killed and two others have been wounded following a Taliban attack on the security forces in the Baghlan province. According to reports, a group of armed insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in an overnight attack, sparking clashes with the security forces in which several insurgents were allegedly killed. Fighting remains ongoing in the area.

Taliban attack police in Sar-e Pul

At least 23 Afghan police officers have been killed and 25 others have been wounded following a Taliban attack in the northern province of Sar-e Pul. According to Al Jazeera, a series of attacks took place over Monday and Tuesday in the Sayyad district. It's been reported that a high-ranking provincial official from the Afghan spy agency was amongst those killed, along with a local police commander and an army commander. The Taliban have claimed the attack.

Police targeted in Taliban attacks, Sar-e-Pul

At least 23 police officers have been killed and dozens more wounded in a series of attacks by Taliban militants in Sar-e-Pul province. Gunmen targeted checkpoints in the Sayyad district on Monday, according to officials. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousof Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement.

Gunmen attack government building in Kabul

At least 43 people have been killed and some 25 others have been wounded after gunmen stormed a government building in Kabul on Monday. According to the BBC, a suicide car bomb went off near the entrance to the Ministry of Public Works near Mecroryan Awal Square, before gunmen stormed the building. Hundreds of employees were reportedly trapped inside the building while the Afghan security forces responded to the attack. More than 350 employees were eventually freed and af last three attackers have been shot dead. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

US to halve US troop deployement

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to withdraw around 7,000 troops from the country, around half of the country's military deployment. The announcement came a day after Trump vowed to pull troops out of Syria. Both decisions coincided with the resignation of the US defence secretary, Jim Mattis, who was reportedly opposed to the president's strategy. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also criticised the move, stating: "The conditions in Afghanistan – at the present moment – make American troop withdrawals a high-risk strategy." More than 2,000 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan since troops were deployed back in 2001.

Police commander killed by Taliban, Baghlan

A local police commander has been killed by Taliban militants in the northern Baghlan province. Saleem Kochi was targeted in the Dahna Ghori along with a bodyguard on Thursday. Militants fired an RPG at his house in the Hussainkhail area of Pul-e-Khomri city.

Seven troops killed in Taliban clashes

Seven Afghan soldiers have been killed by Taliban militants in the north-western Jawzjan province. Fighting erupted in the Mangoti area of Shebrghan on Friday night and continued until the early hours of Saturday. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed that a number of soldiers were also captured in the exchange.

Twenty civilians killed in Afghan airstrike

At least 20 Afghan civilians have been killed in an airstrike in the eastern province of Kunar. The strikes were reportedly targeting Taliban commander Sharif Mawiya. A spokeswoman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission denied that civilians died in the strike but admitted some were wounded. "The Taliban continue to use civilians as shields and barricade themselves inside compounds while engaging the Afghan forces," said Debra Richardson of Resolute Support.

Taliban set for talks with US

The Taliban is set to hold talks with US officials in the UAE. Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives will also be present at the meeting, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Last month the US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar to discuss ways to end the conflict in Afghanistan, which has been ongoing for 17 years.

Taliban official killed in Zabul drone strike

A Taliban official has been killed along with five other insurgents in a drone strike in the Zabul province. According to reports, the drone strike was conducted in the Kajer Khel area of the Shahjoy district on Thursday 13 December. The strike targeted the Taliban official, who has only been identified as Haroon. It's alleged Haroon was responsible for planning suicide bomb attacks within the province.

Military to withdraw from Shib Koh in Farah

The Afghan security forces are reportedly due to withdraw from the Shib Koh district in the Farah province. According to reports, the military have been forced to retreat from the district, which has come under siege from the Taliban, after reinforcements and supplies failed to arrive. The district has reprotdly been under insurgent attack for several months, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides.

Two Taliban killed in Helmand airstrikes

At least two Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan military in the Gereshk district as part of ongoing counter-terror operations in the southern region. The Taliban are known to maintain a strong presence in the province and regularly target the security forces in violent attacks.

Ten killed in Nangarhar military operations

At least 10 suspected insurgents have reportedly been killed and an eleventh has been wounded in recent security operations conducted by the Afghan military in the Nangarhar province. The aerial operations were led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and carried out within the last 24 hours. Reports indicate the operations aimed to clear a number of locations of the presence of insurgents in the Chaparhar and Surkh Rod districts.

Ghazni clearing operations kill 30 Taliban

Some 30 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and around 22 others have been wounded in recent clearing operations conducted in the Ghazni province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Waghaz district, as well as in the provincial capital of Ghazni city.

Eight Taliban killed in Faryab

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 11 others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Faryab province. According to local reports, the Afghan security forces carried out the counter-insurgency operations in the Almar district of Faryab within the last 24 hours. The recent operations were allegedly conducted in response to heightened insurgent activity in the region.

The Taliban killed in Farah operations

At least three suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded during military operations in the western Farah province. Local reports suggest the insurgents were killed in aerial strikes carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the provincial capital region in response to recent insurgent activity in the area.

Suicide attack targets Afghan intelligence service in Kabul

At least four people have been killed after a suicide bomb attack targeted the National Directorate for Security (NDS) government intelligence agency. According to Reuters, four members of the NDS have been confirmed dead, while six others have been wounded in the attack, which occurred just outside of the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday. Unconfirmed reports indicate the blast targeted an operational team.

Taliban kill eight soldiers in Farah

At least eight Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier have reportedly been killed by Taliban insurgents during an armed attack in the Farah province over the weekend. According to reports, the Taliban attacked a military base in the Aab Khurma area of the Bala Buluk district in an overnight attack. While three insurgents were allegedly killed and four others were also wounded in the attack, at least 10 ANA soldiers have allegedly been taken hostage by the insurgents.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Ghazni

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 15 others have been arrested in the Ghazni province. The insurgents were killed in the Dehyak district during a clearing operation which was carried out over the weekend. The Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted an airstrike as part of the operation, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout.

Soldiers killed in Taliban attack, Herat

At least 14 soldiers have been killed and 21 others abducted in a Taliban attack in the western Herat province. Najibullah Mohebi, a member of Herat Provincial Council, said gunmen stormed two army outposts in the Shindand district late on Thursday. Additional troops were deployed to the area and the militants were repelled after more than six hours of heavy fighting. The Taliban has since released a video of the captive soldiers.

Farah airstrike kills eight Taliban

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a recent airstrike in the western province of Farah. Tolo News has reported that the foreign security forces carried out the drone strike, targeting a suspected insurgent location in the village of Shewan in the Bala Bulok district. The aerial operation was reportedly confirmed by the provincial police.

Eight Taliban killed in Faryab raids

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed - including a local Taliban commander - and 10 others have been wounded in recent raids in the Fayab province. It's been reported that the raids were part of a joint counter-terror operation carried out by the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Andkhoy and Qarghan districts of Faryab. The Afghan Air Force (AAF) also provided aerial assistance during the raids.

Fifteen insurgents killed in Helmand

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched counter-terror operations in the Gereshk and Nad-e Ali districts within the last 24 hours. Artillery operations targeted suspected insurgent positions in the aforementioned areas. Various weapons and ammunition supplies were also destroyed in the operations.

Nine insurgents killed in Zabul clearing operations

At least nine suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and around a dozen others have been wounded in recent clearing operations conducted in the Zabul province. According to local reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) carried out targeted clearing operations in the Shah Joy district within the last 24 hours. No other casualties have been reported and security operations remain ongoing in the area.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Ghazni

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in the Ghazni province amid security operations. Approximately 42 suspected Taliban insurgents were killed and some 22 others were also wounded over the weekend. A combination of air and ground operations were carried out by the Afghan and foreign forces in the Andar, Deh Yak, Qarabagh, and Giru districts.

Thirteen killed in Sar-e Pul clashes

At least 13 people have been killed in armed clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Sar-e Pul province. According to Pajhwok News, seven Taliban insurgents and five security personnel have been confirmed dead following the clashes, which took place in the Sayyad district on Monday night. It's alleged the violence was sparked by the insurgents storming the district late at night, targeting several security checkpoints and triggering a six-hour gunfight. The district's police chief is also said to be among those killed in the clashes.

Thirty Taliban killed in Ghazni operations

At least 30 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and several others were wounded in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces were conducting clearing operations in the Rasana area of the Jaghori district when they encountered armed insurgents. Several villages have allegedly been recaptured followed armed clashes.

Arrests made following armed stand-off in Kabul

At least 19 arrests have been made following a 20-hour armed stand-off in the Shahr-e-Naw area of Kabul city. The situation broke out yesterday when the police tried to evict a property, but were met with resistance by an armed suspect identified as Tamim Shansab. Tolo News has reported that the Interior Ministry confirmed Shansab's arrest, along with 18 of his associates. A police officer was killed and at least six others were killed in the stand-off. 

Police officer killed in Kabul clashes

A police officer has been confirmed dead after clashes broke out in the Shahr-e-Naw area of Kabul city. Tolo News has reported that the clashes broke out between the police and an armed suspect on Monday afternoon. At least six other police officers and a journalist have also been wounded in the violence, which reportedly remains ongoing. It's claimed the police were attempting to serve a court order to evacuate a house in the area; however, the residents refused to cooperate, leading to armed clashes. Other residents in the area have reported hearing sporadic gunfire for several hours as the clashes continue.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kapisa

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out in the Kapisa province. According to local reports, the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Tagab district over the weekend. A suspected Taliban position was reportedly targeted and destroyed.

Key Taliban commander killed in US airstrike

A key Taliban commander has reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike carried out by the US forces in Afghanistan. The operations took place over the weekend, targeting a location in the Nawzad district on Saturday night. According to the BBC, the commander in question has been identified as Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund - thought to be a provincial Taliban governor and military chief. No other casualties have been reported thus far.

Bomb attack reported in Kabul

A bomb attack has been reported in the capital city of Kabul. According to Al Jazeera, the bombing occurred in the ninth police district, near a compound in an industrial area where British security company, G4S, is based. Gunfire has also been reported in the area as the security forces respond to the incident. Preliminary reports indicate the explosion may have been a car bomb. Latest reports from the BBC indicate at least 10 people have been killed and 19 others have been wounded. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five Taliban killed in Zabul raids

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in recent raids in the Zabul province. The raids were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Shahjoy district in an overnight offensive, which was carried out alongside an airstrike in the neighbouring Uruzgan province, where six more insurgents were killed in Tarinkot. According to reports, the insurgents were suspected to be planning a terrorist attack in the area. No casualties amongst the security forces or civilians have been reported.

Airstrike kills civilians in Helmand

An airstrike has reportedly killed a number of civilians in the southern Helmand province. According to Tolo News, the provincial governor's office has claimed that the airstrike targeted Taliban insurgents in the Garmsir district. Although a number of insurgents were allegedly killed, it's claimed at least 20 civilians were killed and wounded. Further details have not been confirmed as investigations are launched.

Three US service members killed in IED blast

Three US service members have reportedly been killed and three others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered in the Ghazni province. The blast occurred near the provincial capital, Ghazni city. According to Reuters, NATO's Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan confirmed the fatalities in a statement on Tuesday. It's believed an armoured vehicle carrying the service members hit the IED, which had been planted along the roadside in the Shahbaz area just outside the city. 

Uruzgan operation kill 29 Taliban

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a joint security operation in the Uruzgan province. According to local reports, two Taliban commanders are thought to have been amongst those killed in the attack, which took place in the Deh Rahwod district. The operation was led by the Afghan police and armed forces, based on intelligence from the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Taliban abduct 25 civilians in Balkh

At least 25 civilians have reportedly been abducted by Taliban insurgents in the Balkh province. Tolo News has reported that the abduction occurred around the Kushinda district, where a group of people were travelling from Balkhab in Sar-e Pul to Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh. It's believed the insurgents held up the vehicle and kidnapped 25 passengers, but later released a number of women. No further details have been confirmed and the Taliban have not officially commented on the incident.

Six militants killed in Balkh raid

At least six militants have been killed and 10 others have been wounded during a raid in the northern Balkh province. According to Khaama Press, the Afghan security forces carried out the raid in the Chahar Bolak district as part of the ongoing Nawid-25 Operation against militants in the northern region. The raid reportedly targeted suspected militant hideouts in two villages of the district.

IS spokesperson killed in Nangarhar

A spokesperson for the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly been killed during security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The individual has been identified as Sharafat Shafaq - a spokesperson for ISIS-Khurusan. Shafaq was killed in operations carried out by the Afghan Special Forces in the Haska Mena district last week.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Kunduz security operation

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent security operation in the northern Kunduz province. The operation was launched by the Afghan Special Forces in the Dasht-e Archi district last week as part of a wider counter-insurgency offensive. According to reports, it was confirmed over the weekend that as many as 41 insurgents were killed and seven others were wounded during the operation.

Eight Taliban killed in airstrikes

Eight Taliban insurgents and two children have been killed in recent airstrikes in the neighbouring Laghman and Kapisa provinces. Pajhwok News has reported that the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces on Sunday in the Alishing district of Laghman and in the Tagab district of Kapisa. Taliban hideouts were targeted in both areas. A Taliban commander was allegedly among those killed, while a weapons and ammunition cache was also destroyed. It's alleged that two children were also killed in the airstrikes, although this remains unconfirmed.

Taliban kill 22 police officers in Farah ambush

At least 22 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed and five others have been wounded following a Taliban ambush in the western Farah province. The attack occurred in the Lash wa Juwayan district, where a security convoy was allegedly ambushed by armed insurgents on Monday morning. The final death toll has not been confirmed, and could rise further still.

Explosion hits mosque in Khost

An explosion has hit a mosque in the Khost province. According to the BBC, at least 10 fatalities have been confirmed thus far, while some 15 others have been wounded. The blast occurred at a mosque inside an Afghan army base in the Mandozai district, where soldiers had gathered for Friday prayers. Unconfirmed reports indicate the death toll may rise, with some reporting that as many as 26 have been killed and more than 50 have been wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack so far.

Two Taliban killed in Helmand

Two Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have also been wounded following military operations in the southern province of Helmand. According to reports, the Afghan security forces conducted military operations in the Sangin district within the last 24 hours. The operations were allegedly launched in response to insurgent activity in the area. No other casualties have been reported.

Taliban insurgent killed in Kandahar

A suspected Taliban insurgent has been killed during military operations in the southern Kandahar province. The operation was launched by the Afghan security forces in the Shah Wali Kot district in response to recent insurgent activity in the region. No other casualties were reported but counter-insurgency operations remain ongoing.

Farah airstrikes kill nine Taliban

Recent airstrikes in the western Farah province have reportedly killed at least nine Taliban insurgents. The aerial operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Pusht Rod district, where a suspected insurgent location was targeted. A cache of weapons and ammunition, a Taliban-owned vehicle, and five motorbikes were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

Kunduz airstrikes kill 13 insurgents

Airstrikes conducted in the Kunduz province have reportedly killed at least 13 suspected Taliban insurgents. The Afghan security forces carried out the security operations in the Dasht-e Archi district within the last 24 hours, targeting two suspected Taliban fighting positions. At least seven other insurgents were also wounded, while a cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was also destroyed.

Military operations kill 21 IS in Nangarhar

At least 21 Islamic State (IS) militants have apparently been killed in recent military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The Afghan security forces reportedly carried out clearing operations alongside airstrikes in the Haska Mena district, targeting a number of suspected IS positions. Several weapons and ammunition caches were destroyed, along with two militant-owned motorbikes.

Suicide bombing reported in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in Kabul. Preliminary reports from the BBC indicate as many as 40 people have been killed and a further 60 others have been wounded. A suicide bomber allegedly targeted a  religious gathering at Uranus Wedding Hall on Airport Road in police district 15. The security forces have responded to the incident. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Helmand airstrikes kill 18 Taliban

A series of airstrikes in the southern Helmand province have reportedly killed at least 18 Taliban insurgents and wounded a further three. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces on Monday as part of ongoing counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban - who maintain a strong presence in the southern region. The airstrikes targeted insurgent positions in the Gereshk, Nahar Saraj, and Sangin districts, where two hideouts were destroyed.

Civilian killed in cross-border firing

An Afghan civilian has reportedly been killed following cross-border firing in the Kunar province. The firing occurred near the AfPak border in the Dangam and Sikrani districts, where unconfirmed reports indicate the Pakistani military allegedly fired a number of rockets across the border over the weekend. Although the rocket attacks were supposedly targeting pockets of insurgency, civilians in the area have also been displaced.

Two civilians killed in Ghazni mortar attack

Two civilians - both members of the same family - have been killed and two others have been wounded after a mortar hit their house in Ghazni. The incident occurred over the weekend, but was only confirmed by the local authorities on Monday morning. Pajhwok News has reported that the mortar shell hit a residential property in the Rasani area of the Gilan district, killing a woman and her son, while the father and a second son were both seriously wounded. It's alleged the mortar had been fired from the Angori area of the Jaghori district. Local residents believe the mortar was fired in an attempt to target the Taliban; however, this has not been confirmed and officials are still investigating the incident.

Clearing operation kills 31 Taliban in Ghazni

At least 31 suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and some 15 others have been wounded in recent clearing operations in the Ghazni province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the weekend, in the Malistan district. Suspected Taliban positions were targeted and a number of weapons and ammunition supplies were also destroyed.

Uruzgan operations kill five Taliban

At least five suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have bee wounded following recent military operations in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) launched the ground operations in the Deh Rahwod district and parts of the the provincial capital, Tarinkot. The offensive was alleged;y conducted in response to insurgent activity.

No deal after US-Taliban meeting

No deal has been made following a three-day meeting between the Taliban leadership and a US special envoy for Afghanistan. The meeting had been arranged to help negotiate peace deal to end the war; however, no agreement was reached. According to Reuters, the Taliban met with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at their headquarters in Qatar for preliminary talks and that an April 2019 deadline for the end of the war set by US diplomats had not been accepted by the Taliban. 

Military operations kill 39 IS in Nangarhar

At least 39 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent military operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The Afghan security forces carried out clearing operations over the weekend, targeting suspected IS positions and hideouts in the Pachir Wa Agam district. The ground troops were reportedly assisted by aerial operations.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kunduz

At least 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. The fighting broke out in the Qala-i-Zal district, after a number of security checkpoints were attacked by armed insurgents on Thursday night. According to reports, 13 insurgents were killed and 16 others were wounded. It's thought that several local Taliban commanders may have been among those killed.

Kidnapped Pakistani police officer found dead in Nangarhar

A Pakistani police officer who had been kidnapped by suspected militants in Pakistan has reportedly been found dead in the Nangarhar province of neighbouring Afghanistan. Local reports indicate the high-ranking police officer was originally abducted by unidentified assailants in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad in late October. On Wednesday, the officer was found dead in the Dur Baba district of Nangarhar. It's believed the police officer had been held captive for up to two weeks before being killed. No claim of responsibility has been made, but the authorities suspect Islamic State (IS) militants were behind the attack.

Taliban kill 30 security personnel in Farah

At least 30 security personnel have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Farah province. According to Reuters, a large group of armed Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on the Afghan security forces in Farah in a bid to weaken the government's control in the area. Additional security forces have been deployed to the area; however, the Taliban are expected to continue to target the security forces in violent large-scale attacks whilst peace talks remain ongoing.

Six Taliban killed in Farah

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in military operations in the Farah province. The operations were reportedly conducted near the provincial capital district. The Afghan security forces have been carrying out routine counter-terror operations in the region in response to a growing Taliban presence.

Eight militants detained in counter-terror operation

Eight suspected militants have been detained by the Afghan security forces during a counter-terror operation in Kabul. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) led the operation, arresting eight suspects with links to the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban. At least three of the detainees have been identified as foreign nationals from neighbouring Pakistan and Tajikistan, as well as Turkey. It's alleged the suspects were plotting violent terrorist attacks in the capital city.

Twenty-four Taliban killed in Faryab airstrikes

At least 24 Taliban insurgents have been killed in the Faryab province following a series of recent airstrikes. The aerial operations were carried out in the Qeysar district by the Afghan military, targeting suspected insurgent hideouts. A further 19 insurgents were also wounded in the operation. Intensive counter-terror security operations remain ongoing in the area.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 21 Taliban

A recent round of airstrikes have apparently killed at least 21 Taliban insurgents in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, the airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, killing 21 suspected insurgents and wounding some 16 others in the Nachin and Chapa Khak area of the provincial capital, Tarin Kot. Various weapons and ammunition supplies were also destroyed in the operation.

Four civilians wounded in highway clash

Four civilians have been wounded following a clash on the highway between Balkh's provincial capital of Mazar-e-Sharif and Shirberghan city in the neighbouring Jowzjan province. According to reports, Taliban insurgents ambushed a number of civilian vehicles along the highway on Tuesday. Police officials from the Balkh province claim insurgents opened fire on a passenger bus travelling along the highway, injuring four passengers on board. Earlier that morning, it's also believed another group of insurgents attacked two fuel tankers - setting one on fire before seizing the second.

Airstrikes kill four in Ghor

At least four suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in a recent round of airstrikes conducted in the Ghor province. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected insurgent position in the Charsada district. A government-issued statement allegedly confirmed the operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces.

Military operations kill 15 insurgents in Farah

Fifteen suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 30 others have been wounded following military operations in the western Farah province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces conducted clearing operations in the Posht Rod and Gulistan districts, along with the Bagha-e-Pol area in the provincial capital of Farah city. Two insurgent-owned vehicles were also destroyed in the operations.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghazni operations

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) carried out military operations in the Muqur district on Tuesday in response to reports of insurgent activity in the area.

Three Taliban killed in premature bomb blast

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed after a bomb prematurely exploded. The insurgents were reportedly planting an improvised explosive device (IED) along the roadside in the Jaldak area of Zabul when the IED went off accidentally. Insurgents regularly plant IEDs to target the security forces, although civilians are often caught up in explosions as well.

Suicide bombing reported in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in the capital city of Kabul. At least six fatalities have been confirmed thus far, while around 20 others have been wounded. The blast occurred on Monday morning near Pashtunistan Square, where hundreds of protesters had gathered after marching to the Presidential Palace to protest against inadequate security measures amidst the continued high risk of militant attack across the country. According to Tolo News, the suicide bomber was on foot and detonated the explosives after being spotted by the police near a checkpoint guarding the area.

Taliban attend landmark Russian peace talks

Taliban insurgents have attended landmark peace talks in Russia. It was reported over the weekend, that a group of Taliban representatives attended an international meeting hosted by Russia in Moscow, which aimed to kick-start peace talks following decades of war in Afghanistan. According to the BBC, it's the first time Taliban insurgents have been in attendance at official peace talks, which were also attended by around 12 other countries, including China, Pakistan, Iran, India, and other Central Asian states. The US is said to have had observer status. Members of Afghanistan's High Peace Council - a body overseeing peace efforts but does not represent the Afghan government, which was not in attendance at the Moscow talks in any official manner. The Taliban allegedly reiterated its position that it would only hold direct talks with the US - not Kabul; while Russia has upheld the meeting as a triumph of Russian diplomacy. No immediate results are expected from the Moscow talks.

Three IS killed in Ghazni airstrikes

At least three suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a round of airstrikes in the Ghazni province. The Afghan National Army (ANA) reportedly carried out the airstrikes in the Qarabagh district on Monday, targeting an IS hideout in the region, where the IS are known to be active. No other casualties have been reported.

Taliban attack security forces in Takhar

At least 17 security personnel have been killed following a Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in the northern Takhar province. The attack took place over the weekend, in the Khwaja Ghar district. The insurgents reportedly targeted a military outpost, killing at least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, along with seven police officers.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Baghlan operation

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and 19 others have been wounded following a joint operation in the northern Baghlan province. The operation was conducted by the Afghan security forces alongside the foreign forces in the Dand-e-Ghori district. The offensive lasted for four days and involved air and ground support. According to Tolo News, several villages were cleared of insurgents during the operation and Taliban-owned weapons were also seized.

Twenty soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 20 Afghan soldiers have reportedly been killed following a Taliban attack in the western Farah province. According to reports, the insurgents launched an armed attacked on a military post in the Pusht Koh district on Tuesday evening. An unconfirmed number of soldiers remain unaccounted for - it remains unclear whether or not these soldiers have been abducted or killed. A statement from the Taliban confirmed they were responsible for the attack, but claimed as many as 30 soldiers were killed; however, the Taliban often exaggerate casualties in their statements.

Airstrikes carried out in Helmand

A series of airstrikes have recently been carried out in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the local authorities have confirmed that airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan military in the Nad-e Ali district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted. At least three insurgents were reportedly killed in the operation.

Protesters clash with police in Kabul

A group of protesters have reportedly clashed with the police in the capital city of Kabul. The altercation occurred in the Bagrami district on Tuesday, where the protesters had gathered for a demonstration. It remains unclear what the protest was for. Violence broke out when the police responded to the area and tried to disperse the crowd. At least six people have been wounded.

Laghman airstrikes kill five Taliban

At least five suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes in the Laghman province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence has allegedly confirmed the airstrikes, indicating they took place within the last 24 hours. A Taliban fighting position in the Alisheng district was reportedly targeted. Five insurgents have been confirmed dead, while a sixth has also been wounded.

Five Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. The aerial operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Achin district, along with the neighbouring Haska Mena district - both of which border Pakistan.

US service member killed in Kabul insider attack

A US service member has reportedly been killed following an alleged insider attack in Kabul over the weekend. On Saturday, Tolo News reported that a US service member was killed and a second was wounded after an insider who was posing as a member of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces opened fire. Resolute Support apparently confirmed the incident, claiming the attacker was shot dead by the Afghan security forces.

Taliban capture Uruzgan military base

The Taliban have allegedly managed to capture a military base in the Uruzgan province. According to reports, a joint police-military base in the Nawa area was overrun by insurgents on Sunday. Some 25 security personnel were stationed at the base; however, a large group of armed insurgents reportedly managed to overwhelm the security forces. It remains unclear how many casualties were inflicted amongst the police and Afghan military.

Helmand airstrikes kill 19 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province have reportedly killed at least 19 Taliban insurgents. The aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Gereshk and Nad-e Ali districts, along with the provincial capital district of Lashkar Gah. At least four suspected Taliban positions were targeted, killing 19 insurgents and wounding one more.

Taliban attack security forces in Ghazni

At least 13 security personnel have been killed following a Taliban ambush in the Ghazni province. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents attacked a security check point which was manned by the Afghan National Army (ANA) along side Afghan police officers. Thirteen fatalities have been confirmed, including ANA soldiers and police personnel. No other casualties have been reported.

Two IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have apparently been killed following recent airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrikes targeted a suspected IS position and were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Pachir Wa Agam district within the last 24 hours. No other casualties have been reported.

Twenty Taliban killed in Jowzjan clash

At least 20 Taliban have been killed following a clash with the Afghan police forces in the northern Jowzjan province. The altercation occurred in the Jardoq area over the weekend. According to local reports, a large group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly led coordinated attacks on a number of police check points in the area. The police retaliated by opening fire, leading to a gunfight in which at least 20 insurgents were killed. No other casualties have been reported.

Kabul police checkpoint targeted in grenade attack

A police checkpoint in Kabul has reportedly been targeted in a grenade attack. The checkpoint is located in the fifth police district of Kabul, in the Sarak Qala-e-Jawad area near Spin Kalay Square. According to preliminary reports, a number of unidentified attackers threw at least three hand grenades at the checkpoint on Wednesday evening. At least two police officers were wounded in the attack, which hasn't been claimed thus far.

Military operations kill four Taliban in Jowzjan

At least four suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following military operations in the northern Jowzjan province. The Afghan security forces allegedly conducted clearing operations in the Fayzabad district, killing four insurgents and wounding three others. The Taliban are known to have a presence in the region and the security forces have been conducting regular counter-terror operations against them.

Suicide bombing targets Kabul prison

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly targeted a prison in Kabul. At least seven fatalities have been reported so far, and a further eight others are thought to have been wounded. According to reports, the incident occurred on Wednesday in the entrance to the prison compound, located in the Pul-e-Charkhi area. The bomber allegedly targeted a bus carrying prison employees as it entered the facility. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far; however, similar attacks have typically been claimed by the Islamic State (IS).

Nangarhar airstrikes kill two insurgents

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The aerial operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Pachir Wa Agam district - which borders Pakistan and has a long history of Taliban insurgency. No other casualties have been reported.

Military helicopter crashes in Farah

Dozens have reportedly been killed after a military helicopter crashed in the western Farah province on Wednesday morning. The accident occurred in the Anar Dara district where two helicopters were travelling to Herat when bad weather allegedly caused one to lose control and crash into a mountain peak. According to Al Jazeera, all 25 passengers in the helicopter - thought to be senior military officials - were killed in the crash. Contrary to official military statements, the Taliban has reportedly claimed that insurgents shot down the helicopter.

Bomb blast reported in Helmand

A bomb blast has been reported in the southern Helmand province. The explosion occurred in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on Tuesday evening. Preliminary reports claim at least six people have been wounded in the incident, including four civilians and two police officers. It's thought the explosion may have been a targeted attack against the police forces, carried out by the Taliban.

Five Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrikes

At least five Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and three others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province. The airstrikes were conducted in the Khas Urozgan district by the Afghan military within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the airstrikes targeted four insurgent hideouts in the district.

Three Taliban killed in Zabul operations

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed and a fourth has been wounded in recent security operations in the Zabul province. The operations were launched by the Afghan security forces in the Naw Bahar district, targeting suspected Taliban positions. Government officials have reportedly confirmed the operations as part of a wider ongoing counter-terror offensive against the Taliban.

Airstrikes kill 29 Taliban in Ghazni

A recent round of airstrikes have reportedly killed as many as 29 Taliban insurgents in the Ghazni province. According to reports, three insurgents were also wounded, while two motorbikes were destroyed along with weapons and ammunition supplies. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces and allegedly targeted Taliban positions in the Qarabagh and Malistan districts.

Two Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

Airstrikes carried out in the Logar province have reportedly killed at least two Taliban insurgents. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) within the last 24 hours. A suspected Taliban hideout in the Mohammad Agha district was allegedly targeted, killing two insurgents and destroying an insurgent-owned vehicle.

Four Taliban killed in Ghazni

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations in Ghazni. The operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Andar district, where an airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban hideout. Four insurgents were killed and two insurgent-owned vehicles were destroyed.

Suicide bombing targets election commission in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has been reported outside the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul. The explosion was reported on Monday morning after a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a vehicle outside the office. According to reports, at least six casualties have been reported thus far - thought to be four IEC employees and two police officers. Unconfirmed reports suggest the casualty figure may rise, with some claiming two fatalities were inflicted. Reuters has reported that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nangarhar security operations kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) launched an intelligence-led counter-terror operation in the Pachir Agam district - home to strategically valuable mountainous terrain along the AfPak border. The operation was carried out by the Afghan special forces, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout. The Taliban's shadow district governor is believed to be among those killed in the operation.

Airstrikes kill 28 Taliban in Kandahar

A recent series of airstrikes in the southern Kandahar province have killed at least 28 Taliban insurgents over the weekend. Aerial operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Shah Wali Kot district, targeting a number of suspected Taliban hideouts. Eighteen insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded. Another round of airstrikes were carried in the Maiwand district alongside operations in the neighbouring Zabul province. At least 10 insurgents were killed.

Taliban leader freed by Pakistan

An Afghan Taliban leader has reportedly been freed by the authorities in Pakistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, once second-in-command under Mullah Omar, was reportedly detained in Karachi eight years ago. According to the BBC, Baradar played a key role in coordinating the Taliban's military operations and it's believed he was released with the intention of reviving peace talks with the Afghan government and the US. It's believed Taliban officials met with a senior US diplomat last July in Qatar, shortly before peace talks soured ahead.

Fourteen civilians killed in Nangarhar

At least 14 civilians have reportedly been killed during security operations in Nangarhar. According to Pajhwok News, local residents claim the fatalities - which included several children - were the result of an operation carried out by the special forces in the Rodat district on Tuesday night. Groups of angry residents have reportedly flocked to the Jalalabad-Torkham border crossing along the AfPak border to hold a protest rally - forcing the crossing to close to all traffic for several hours. The local authorities have allegedly claimed the raid targeted an Islamic State (IS) militant along with family-members - killing 11 and arresting six other - while other local reports claim as many as 16 civilians were killed. 

Airstrikes kill four in Uruzgan

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province. The aerial operation was led by the Afghan security forces, targeting suspected insurgent positions in the provincial capital district of Tarinkot. A weapons and ammunition supply was also destroyed in the airstrikes, along with a cache of around 20 explosives devices.

US drone strike kills Taliban in Nuristan

A drone strike conducted by the US forces has reportedly been carried out in the eastern Nuristan province, killing at least six Taliban insurgents. According to Khaama Press, the aerial operation took place in the Nur Geram area of the province, targeting a suspected insurgent hideout in the Ganda Labok area.

Taliban kidnap teachers in Ghazni

A large group of teachers and education department staff have reportedly been kidnapped by the Taliban in Ghazni. Pajhwok News has reported that as many as 125 people have been abducted by Taliban insurgents in the Giro district after refusing to pay a portion of their salary to the Taliban. The Taliban are known to have taxed civilian residents in some parts of the country in the past, often resorting to violence if the so-called taxes aren't paid. Unconfirmed reports claim the victims have since been released.

Journalist killed in Kandahar attack

A 64-year-old Afghan journalist has been confirmed dead following the Taliban armed attack on a governor's compound in the southern Kandahar province last week. Two senior Afghan officials were also killed in the insider attack - during which, an insurgent posing as a guard opened fire on the victims inside the governor's office. Reports Without Borders (RSF) stated that Mohammad Salim Inghar was officially identified in the days after the attack, making him the 38th journalist/media workers to be killed in militant attacks in the country since the start of 2016.

Czech soldier killed in Herat

A Czech soldier from NATO's Resolute Support (RS) mission has reportedly been killed while two others were wounded in Herat. According to Reuters, the Czech Defence Ministry confirmed the death on Monday, while RS headquarters in Kabul indicated Taliban insurgents had attacked a NATO vehicle in the Shindand district of Herat. The Taliban has a strong presence in the region and has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Military airstrikes carried out in Baghlan

A series of military airstrikes have reportedly been carried out in the Baghlan province. It's alleged that NATO's Resolute Support (RS) mission conducted the aerial operation in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district, targeting a Taliban position. Bakhtar News and the Afghanistan Times have both reported that at least nine insurgents have been killed; however, other reports indicate the death toll may be as high as 30. 

Military operations kill 14 in Nuristan

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent military operations in the Nuristan province. The operations were reportedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Nurgaram area. According to reports, the ANA forces targeted a suspected Taliban position in the area, killing 14 insurgents before seizing a weapons and ammunition cache.

Two killed in mortar attack in Kunduz

Two people have been killed and around 40 others wounded in a mortar strike in Kunduz province. One mortar round hit the Qasani mosque in Kunduz City during the attack on Saturday. The Independent Election Commission head for Kunduz, Rassoul Omar, said Taliban fighters also attacked a polling station in the city, killing one election worker.

Taliban shadow governor killed in Wardak

The Taliban's shadow governor Maidan Wardak province has been killed by the Afghan security forces. The ANDSF said the militant was killed along with three other Taliban fighters in the Chak district. In a separate operation, 12 militants were killed and 14 others wounded during operations in the Bakawal area near Ghazni.

Torkham border crossing closure

The Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been temporarily closed amid security concerns surrounding Afghanistan's parliamentary elections due to take place tomorrow. The crossing, which connects Afghanistan's Nangarhar province to Pakistan's Khyber Agency, will remain closed to all vehicular and foot traffic until the early hours of Sunday morning, having been closed on Thursday. The closure comes as a security measure following a spate of deadly militant attacks targeting election candidates and other high-profile figures.

Kandahar elections postponed

The parliamentary elections in the southern Kandahar province have been postponed. The elections were due to take place with the rest of the country tomorrow; however, they are now scheduled for Saturday 27 October. The week-long delay was decided after an Afghan general and government intelligence service head were killed in a targeted insider attack, claimed by the Taliban. Tolo News indicates the residents of Kandahar, along side the Independent Elections Commission, support the last-minute delay.

Two killed in Taliban insider attack

At least two high-profile Afghan officials have been killed following an insider attack in Kandahar. According to the BBC, provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq was killed in the attack, along with the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) intelligence service. The gunmen was posing as a bodyguard when he opened fire on the group as they left a meeting in the provincial governor's compound. The governor was wounded in the attack, along with two US citizens, while US commander General Scott Miller managed to escape unharmed. NATO has confirmed the casualties, and the Taliban has claimed the attack, referring to Gen Raziq as a "brutal police chief". Violent attacks on high-profile figures have escalated in recent weeks in the lead-up to Saturday's election.

Seven election candidates disqualified

Seven election candidates have been disqualified from running the upcoming Afghan elections. The Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) confirmed the disqualifications on Thursday. According to Tolo News, the candidates were disqualified on a variety of grounds which made them ineligible. Some allegedly had undisclosed criminal records, while one had Iranian citizenship. Two of the candidates were from Herat, and the rest were from the Wardak, Farah, Kunduz, Ghor, and Balkh provinces. The election is due to take place in two days, on Saturday 20 October.

NATO convoy targeted in suicide bombing

A NATO convoy has reportedly been targeted in a suicide bomb attack in Parwan province. According to reports, a suicide bomber on foot detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst NATO forces passed by in Shinzai area of the Bagram district during a Resolute Support patrol mission. The attack occurred near a major US military base and the Taliban have claimed the bomber was targeting the US forces. NATO have confirmed that at least three NATO service members were wounded in the attack. Unconfirmed reports suggest two civilians may have been killed as well, and three others were also wounded.

Airstrikes kill five in Uruzgan

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the Uruzgan province. Local reports indicate the airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan government security forces in the Khaz Uruzgan district within the last 24 hours. The airstrikes targeted at least four suspected Taliban hideouts, killing five insurgents and wounding two others. Various explosives, weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the operation.

Military operation kills four insurgents in Samangan

At least four suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded in a military operation in the Samangan province. The operation was allegedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Dara-i-Suf district as a response attack following a recent insurgent attack in the same area.

Fourteen workers kidnapped in Laghman

At least 14 workers of an electricity company have reportedly been kidnapped in the Laghman province. The group consisted of electricity workers and engineers who were working on fixing disconnected power lines which link the province to Jalalabad in neighbouring Nangarhar. According to reports, the workers were abducted by unidentified gunmen. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far; however, the authorities suspect the Taliban may have been behind the incident. Tribal elders have begun efforts to coordinate a negotiated release and to get the power lines fixed.

Five police officers killed in Nimroz attack

At least five police officers have been killed in a suspected Taliban attack in the Nimroz province. Local reports indicate a group of armed insurgents launched an overnight attack on the Afghan border police forces in the Kang district, which borders Iran. The insurgents allegedly attacked a security checkpoint in the Karkai area of Kang, killing five border police officers and wounding another during a two-hour clash.

Election candidate killed in bomb blast

A parliamentary election candidate has reportedly been killed in a bomb explosion in the southern Helmand province. The blast occurred on Wednesday in MP Abdul Jabar Qahraman's campaign office in Lashkar Gah. According to Reuters, a bomb had been planted underneath an office chair, in an attack which has been claimed by the Taliban, calling Qahraman a 'renowned communist'. Three men who were sitting in Qahraman's office at the time were also killed in the explosion, while seven others were wounded. The police have arrested three suspects in connection with the attack. Qahraman is the tenth election candidate to be killed in the last two months.

Eight soldiers killed in Farah insurgent attack

At least eight Afghan soldiers have been killed and eight others have been wounded in clashes following an insurgent attack in the western Farah province. The attack targeted an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in the Khatiwan area on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Farah city. According to reports, the overnight attack was carried out by Taliban insurgents. It's believed the Taliban also suffered casualties, although no figures have been confirmed.

Kunduz airstrikes kill six insurgents

Six suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded in airstrikes in the Kunduz province. The airstrikes weer carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) within the last 24 hours, targeting two suspected Taliban fighting positions in the Qala-i-Zal district, which borders Tajikistan. No other casualties have been reported, although some insurgent-owned weapons, including explosive devices, were also destroyed during the operation.

Airstrikes kill eight Taliban in Laghman

A recent series of airstrikes have reportedly killed at least eight Taliban insurgents in the Laghman province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting a suspected Taliban hideout in the Alisheng district. A ninth insurgent was also wounded during the aerial operation. No other casualties were reported.

Seven security personnel killed in Taliban attack

Seven security personnel have been killed and five others have been wounded in a suspected Taliban attack in the Samangan province. Al Jazeera has reported that a group of armed insurgents attacked a number of security checkpoints in the southern region of the Dara-e-Suf district on Monday evening. A deputy provincial police chief was reportedly amongst those killed in the attack.

Military operations kill 17 in Ghazni

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in recent military operations carried out in the Ghazni province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in response to insurgent attacks in the Ab Band district. The government confirmed the operation in a statement, indicating as many as 10 other insurgents were also wounded.

Security operation kills 17 Taliban in Jowzjan

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent security operation in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, the Afghan National Army (ANA) special forces launched a targeted counter-terror operation in the Qarqin district - which borders Tajikistan - over the weekend. The operation and fatality figure have reportedly been confirmed by the Afghan government.

Three militants killed in Khost airstrikes

At least three suspected militants have been killed and a fourth has been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Khost province. According to reports, the airstrikes targeted suspected a militant position in the Gurbuz district. It's believed the militants were members of teh Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network.

Security forces clash with Taliban in Zabul

The Afghan security forces have clashed with the Taliban in the Zabul province over the weekend. The security forces reportedly killed some 19 insurgents and wounded 12 others during an operation targeting suspected insurgent hideouts in the Mizan and Shinkay districts. The operation was reportedly launched in response to a Taliban attack in the Mizan district, in which the district police chief was killed by insurgents.

Taliban kill 21 in Farah attacks

At least 21 security personnel have been killed after Taliban insurgents attacked them in the Farah province over the weekend. According to local reports, a large group of armed insurgents attacked two security checkpoints in the Pusht Rod district. It's believed another 11 security personnel were also captured by the Taliban, while military weapons were also stolen.

Dozens killed in Paktika offensive

https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2018/10/13/73-militants-4-policemen-killed-paktika-battleDozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during a large-scale military offensive in the Paktika province. According to reports, at least 73 Taliban insurgents were killed, along with four police officers, during the air and ground attacks launched by the Afghan security forces in the Khoshamand district on Saturday. The district had recently been overrun by the Taliban following a series of insurgent attacks, and the offensive was carried out to force the insurgents out and to regain control of the district. Local police personnel have claimed the Taliban have been successfully repelled; however, the Taliban spokesperson claimed the district is still under Taliban control.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Ghazni operations

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations in the Ghazni province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the Andar, Deh Yak, and Muqur districts of Ghazni. According to reports, at least 12 others insurgents were also wounded.

Gunmen attack election candidate's office in Paktiya

A gun attack has allegedly been reported on an election candidate's office in Paktiya. Preliminary reports, indicate a group of unidentified gunmen have targeted the campaign office of a candidate standing in the upcoming parliamentary elections for the Paktiya province. At least one casualty has been reported thus far - believed to be a security guard who was injured in the shooting.

Taliban clash with security forces in Kunduz

The Afghan security forces have reportedly clashed with the Taliban in the northern Kunduz province. According to preliminary reports, the fighting broke out on Thursday morning. As many as 14 security personnel are thought to have been killed in the clash so far, along with at least seven Taliban insurgents.

Five insurgents killed in Zabul operations

At least five suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in military operations in the Zabul province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan military in the Shah Joy district, where soldiers aimed to clear identified insurgent areas. No other casualties have been reported.

Military operations kill eight insurgents in Herat

At least eight suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed during military operations conducted in the Herat province. A government statement confirmed the clearing operations had been carried out in the Adraskan district by the Afghan National Army (ANA) within the last 24 hours. Along with the eight fatalities, the ANA forces also destroyed two insurgent-owned vehicles.

Helmand airstrikes kill 27 Taliban

At least 27 Taliban insurgents have been killed and some 13 others have been wounded in a recent round of airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province. According to Tolo News, the airstrikes were carried out in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand overnight, targeting at least two suspected Taliban hideouts in separate parts of the district. The Taliban have a widespread presence throughout the province and are thought to be behind a recent suicide bomb attack on an election campaign event in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, in which a parliamentary candidate was killed along with seven others.

Eight Taliban killed in Uruzgan

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded following recent military operations in the Uruzgan province. According to a statement released by the Afghan Ministry of Defence, the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted clearing operations in the provincial capital district of Tarin Kot.

Nine Taliban killed in Farah

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in military operations in the Farah province. According to reports, the Afghan Ministry of Defence, the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted clearing operations in the Pusht Rod district, where a suspected insurgent hideout was targeted.

Explosion targets election rally in Helmand

At least eight fatalities have been confirmed and seven other people have been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion at an election campaign rally event in the southern Helmand province. The incident happened in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, outside a campaign office. Preliminary reports indicate the parliamentary election candidate is amongst those killed in the attack - which was most likely carried out by Taliban insurgents. The Taliban have a strong presence in the Helmand province and recently issued a direct threat against election events.

Security operations carried out in southern provinces

Security operations have been conducted by the Afghan military in the southern provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, and Uruzgan. According to reports, the operations targeted Taliban insurgents across various parts of the provinces, including Shah Joy and Qalat city in Zabul, Tarin Kot in Uruzgan, and Maiwand in Kandahar. Overall, at least 28 insurgents were killed and seven others were wounded, while various weapons and ammunition supplies were also destroyed.

Taliban kill 12 security personnel in Jowzjan

At least 12 security personnel have been killed by Taliban insurgents in the northern province of Jowzjan. According to Radio Free Europe, the armed insurgents attacked the security forces in the Qesh Tepa district, leading to a crossfire in which 12 security personnel were killed and another 10 were injured. Provincial officials claim that at least 30 insurgents were also killed in the fighting which broke out, along with 19 other insurgents who were wounded.

Security forces kill 40 insurgents in Ghazni

The Afghan security forces have allegedly killed as many as 40 insurgents during military operations in the Ghazni province. Within the last 24 hours, the Afghan National Army (ANA) reportedly conducted clearing operations in the Andar, Dehyak, Ghazni city, and Qarabagh districts of the province. At least 40 insurgents were allegedly killed and some 36 others were wounded. Although not specified, it's likely the insurgents were members of the Taliban, which is known to have a presence in the region.

Taliban threaten to target upcoming elections

The Taliban has reportedly threatened to target the upcoming elections. The insurgent group has allegedly issued threats against the parliamentary and district council elections. Security measures have already been heightened across most provinces due to the high risk of terrorist attack.The general election is due to take place on Saturday 20 October and the security forces will be on high alert throughout the election period. Along with election campaign events, governmental and foreign institutions are also considered to be at a particularly high risk of being targeted.

Four IS killed in Nangarhar drone strikes

At least four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent drone strikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. Local reports claim the Afghan security forces carried out the strikes in the Khogyani district, where two suspected IS training facilities were targeted and destroyed in the Machine Dara area. No other casualties have been reported and the provincial government claimed that no civilians were harmed in the operation.

Thirty insurgents killed in military operations

Some 30 suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent military operations in the neighbouring Ghazni, Paktiya, and Paktika provinces. According to reports, three insurgents were killed and a fourth was wounded in clearing operations in Waza Khawah, Paktika, while a further four insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in the Zarmat district of Paktiya. Clearing operations were also launched in the Andar and Muqur districts of Ghazni, where 23 insurgents were killed and 14 others were wounded. Various weapons and ammunition supplies and insurgent-owned vehicles were also destroyed.

Taliban attack police in Wardak

At least 10 Afghan police officers have been killed following a Taliban attack in the Wardak province. Reuters has reported that the police officers were killed in clashes with Taliban insurgents in the Sayad Abad district over the weekend. The clashes came amid a security operation to re-take control over key highways a day after insurgents allegedly blew up bridges in the area. A government building was set on fire, while insurgents killed the district police chief along with nine other police officers.

Heightened security measures ahead of election

Heightened security measures have been put in place across Afghanistan ahead of this month's election. All major voting hubs will be closely guarded by security personnel due to a high risk of militant attacks targeting election events. The election is scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 October.

Four Taliban killed in Herat

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed during military operations in the Herat province. Local reports indicate the Afghan security forces launched clearing operations in the village of Awkal in the Shindand district. As many as 60 landmines were also discovered and defused during the operation.

IED blast reported in Kandahar

A bomb explosion has been reported in the southern province of Kandahar. According to local reports, the incident occurred on Thursday in the Zherai area of Kandahar, where a civilian family were hit by a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED). Preliminary reports indicate that at least two people were killed and some 26 others were wounded in the explosion.

US service member killed in Afghanistan

A US service member has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan. According to Reuters, NATO military headquarters confirmed the death in a statement on Thursday. The service member, who was assigned to NATO's Resolute Support training and advisory mission, has not been publicly identified. It has not been stated how the fatality occurred, although the incident is said to be under investigation. The death is the sixth US service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year.

Elections to take place in October

Parliamentary elections are due to take place later this month. The elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 October in all of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, except Ghazni. Almost 2,700 parliamentary candidates will take part in the elections and some candidates have been targeted by militants in recent weeks. A suicide bombing recently targeted a campaign rally in Nangarhar. There will continue to be a high risk of militant attacks throughout the election period, as well as civil unrest and political tension. Advisories have been issued warnings people to avoid large demonstrations which could become violent and to be aware of the heightened risk of attack at public gatherings and election events.

Seven militants killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least seven militants have been killed in recent airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. Within the last 24 hours, the Afghan military reportedly carried out a series of airstrikes in the Achin district, followed by another round of airstrikes in the Khogyani district. Although it was not specified to which group the militants belonged to, it's likely they were Islamic State (IS) militants, as the IS has a strong presence throughout large parts of Nangarhar.

Seven Taliban killed in Helmand

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the Afghan government confirmed that the Afghan National Army (ANA) had coordinated the strikes to target suspected Taliban positions in the Nad-e Ali and Garmsir districts of Helmand. At least seven insurgents were killed and two others were wounded.

Five Taliban killed in Zabul operations

At least five suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed following recent military operations in the Zabul province. According to official reports, the Afghan security forces conducted clearing operations in the Shahjoy district, killing at least five insurgents within the last 24 hours. At least four other insurgents were also wounded in the operations.

IED blast reported at Nangarhar cricket ground

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported from a cricket ground in the eastern Nangarhar province. Preliminary reports from Tolo News indicate the blast occurred at a cricket ground in Mashwani village of the Bati Kot district. At least seven children have reportedly been wounded so far. It's believed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED). Local officials have allegedly confirmed the incident; however, no claim of responsibility has been made.

Explosion reported in Nangarhar

An explosion has been reported in the Nangarhar province. Preliminary reports indicate a suicide bomb attack occurred in the Kama district on Tuesday afternoon. According to the BBC, at least 13 people have been killed and more than 30 others have been wounded in what is thought to have been a targeted suicide bomb attack on a parliamentary election campaign rally. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far, although the Islamic State (IS) is known for having a strong presence in the Nangarhar province.

Airstrikes kill 26 militants in Paktiya

At least 26 suspected militants have reportedly been killed and at least three others have been wounded in a recent round of airstrikes conducted as a part of ongoing security operations in the Paktiya province. The aerial operations were carried out in the Zurmat district by the Afghan security forces. According to reports, at least two militant-owned vehicles were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

Twelve Taliban killed in western security operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in security operations in the western Badghis and Farah provinces. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted in a series of clearing operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Bala Murghab district of Badghis and the provincial capital of Farah province. Governmental authorities have confirmed both operations, stating that no other casualties were reported, although three insurgent-pwned motorbikes were also destroyed.

Security operations kill 31 Taliban in Kunduz

At least 31 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in security operations in the northern Kunduz province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces targeted suspected Taliban positions in the Chahar Darreh district of Kunduz. A large cache of explosive weapons were allegedly discovered during the operation, which the security forces reportedly seized and destroyed.

IED blast kills five militants in Ghazni

At least five suspected militants have been killed and a sixth militant has been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Ghazni province. According to reports, it's believed the militants had planned to plant the IED along a roadside in the Andar district when the bomb was detonated prematurely by accident. Militants often plant IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces.

Twenty Taliban killed in Helmand airstrikes

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent series of airstrikes in the southern Helmand province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Nad-e Ali and the Nawzad districts, where suspected Taliban hideouts were targeted. Taliban insurgents were also targeted in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

Security operations kill 17 militants in Nangarhar

At least 17 militants have been killed in recent security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, some 15 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in airstrikes carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Khogyani district on Sunday, while another two militants were killed in a second airstrikes in the same district within 24 hours. Both aerial operations have been confirmed by the Afghan Ministry of Defence.

Two police officers killed in Kandahar insider attack

At least two police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a suspected insider attack in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, a member of the Afghanistan National Police (ANP) turned on his colleagues, opening fire on ANP officers at a checkpoint in the Arghistan district in what's believed to be an insider attack. The suspect reportedly managed to escape following the clash, while the authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. The suspect was most likely affiliated with the Taliban, which operates widely throughout the Kandahar province.

Protesters march in Kunduz

Protesters have gathered to march in Kunduz to demonstrate against recent airstrikes being carried out by the security forces in the province. According to reports, local residents claim that the airstrikes killed at least 24 civilians within a period of five days. The security forces frequently carry out aerial operations against militants operating in the region; however, no recent reports of civilian casualties have been confirmed by the government. Protesters reportedly carried the bodies of several dead civilians who were allegedly killed in recent airstrikes.

Militants fire rockets in Ghazni

Suspected militants have reportedly fired rockets in the provincial capital of Ghazni shortly after President Ashraf Ghani arrived in the city. The president had arrived for a visit to review the security situation in the province. According to reports, three rockets were fired on the city, with two landing near the provincial government compound. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack and no casualties have been reproted.

Security forces kill 17 insurgents in operations

At least 17 suspected Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and some 11 others have been wounded during a recent round of security operations in the northern-western provinces of Balkh and Jowzjan. According to reports, seven insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in clearing operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Dawlat Abad district of Balkh, while 10 more insurgents were killed and another six were wounded in further clearing operations in the Fayzabad district of the neighbouring Jowzjan province.

Eighteen militants killed in military operations

At least 18 militants have been killed in recent military operations in the eastern Kunar province and the neighbouring Laghman province. Within the last 24 hours, the Afghan Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Afghan National Army (ANA) had targeted suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Kunar, killing at least 14 IS militants in airstrikes carried out in the Sokay and Dara-Pech districts. Meanwhile, a further four suspected militants were killed and six others were wounded in clearing operations conducted by the ANA forces in the Alingar district of Laghman. 

Parliamentary candidate killed in Kandahar

A parliamentary candidate has reportedly been killed in the provincial capital of the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, Naser Mubariz was allegedly killed on Wednesday morning, in what is believed to have been a pre-meditated targeted attack in the second police district of Kandahar city. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far, as police investigations are launched. The possibility of the involvement of the Taliban - who have an active presence in the region - has not been ruled out.

Nine insurgents killed in Kunduz operations

At least nine suspected insurgents have been killed and nine others have been wounded in separate security operations in the northern Kunduz province within the last 24 hours. Six suspected Taliban insurgents were killed and four others were wounded in the Chahar Dara district during a series of clearing operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA). A further three insurgents were also killed and five others were wounded in airstrikes, also conducted by the ANA forces, in the Dasht-e Archi district.

Four militants killed in military operations

At least four militants have been killed in recent military operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (QANA) in the neighbouring Khost and Paktiya provinces. According to reports, the ANA conducted artillery strikes in the Nadir Shah Not district of Khost, killing two suspected militants and wounding at least three others. Airstrikes were also carried out by the ANA in the Zurmat district of Paktiya, where two militants were killed and their motorbike was also destroyed.

Four militants killed in Ghazni

At least four suspected militants have reportedly been killed during clearing operations carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. The deaths were confirmed by the Afghan Ministry of Defence in a statement. The operations were allegedly conducted in the Andar district within the last 24 hours. At least two other suspected militants were also arrested by security personnel during the operation.

Counter-terror operation launched in Kunar

A large counter-terror operation has been launched against the Islamic State (IS) in the Kunar province. The operation was launched by the Afghan security forces over the weekend and aims to target IS militants believed to be operating in the Watapur district. Unconfirmed reports indicate a high-profile fugitive IS leader known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be among the group of militants operating in the area. 

Police officer killed in Balkh province

A police officer has been killed and four others wounded by a landmine in Balkh province. The officers were travelling in the Shurtiba area when the roadside device exploded. The wounded were transported to hospital and are reported to be in a stable condition. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Fifteen killed in Farah bus crash

At least 15 people have been killed and some 35 others have been wounded following a bus crash in the western Farah province. According to reports, the accident occurred in the Bakwa district on Friday morning, when a passenger bus collided with a truck on the Kabul-Herat highway. Although many vehicle accidents are caused by explosives planted along roadsides, the incident is being treated as a traffic accident, with the authorities suggesting that poor road conditions and reckless driving have contributed towards a recent hike in the number of traffic accidents along the highway.

US drone strike kills four IS in Nangarhar

At least four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces in the eastern Nangarhar. According to local reports, the airstrike was carried out in the Haska Mena district on Thursday. The drone reportedly fired missiles at an IS hideout in the Gurgorai area of the district. Various weapons were also destroyed in the airstrike.

Bomb blast reported in Jalalabad

A suspected bomb blast has been reported in Jalalabad City in Nangarhar. Preliminary reports indicate reports of the explosion first emerged on Thursday morning, in shop near the Chaparhar bus stand in the fourth police district of Jalalabad. The fire broke out immediately after the blast, which was intensified by a gas cylinder which was inside the shop at the time of the incident. At least four civilians have allegedly been wounded in the attack, which remains unclaimed.

Twenty killed in Kandahar clashes

At least 20 people have been killed in clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. Fighting reportedly broke out in the Shorabak district on Wednesday, when Afghan border guards were attacked by armed insurgents. According to reports, the the security forces managed to repel the attack, killing at least 16 Taliban insurgents. Four border guards were also killed and five others were wounded in the altercation.

Seven killed in Uruzgan mortar attack

At least seven people have been killed in a mortar attack in the Uruzgan province. The incident reportedly occurred in the Abrudi area of the provincial capital, Tarinkot city, where a residential house was hit by a mortar. According to reports, at least seven family members have been confirmed dead and an eighth person has been wounded since the mortar landed on the house on Tuesday evening. It remains unclear who was responsible for the attack; however, the security forces suspects militants were behind it.

Six Taliban killed in Farah

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent security operations in the Farah province. The operations were carried out by Afghan National Army (ANA) ground forces, targeting a suspected insurgent hideout in the Anar Dara district over the weekend. According to reports, a brief gunfight broke out in which six insurgents died and nine were wounded. No other casualties have been reported.

Northern airstrikes kill 22 militants

Airstrikes carried out in the northern provinces of Jowzjan and Kunduz have reportedly killed at least 22 militants. The aerial operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Qarqin district of Jowzjan and the Qala-i-Zal district of Kunduz. At least seven militants were killed and five others were wounded in Qala-i-Zal, while 15 militants were killed in Qarqin. The Ministry of Defence confirmed both airstrikes; however, it remains unclear which militant group the suspects belonged to.

Thirty militants killed in Wardak airstrike

Some 30 suspected militants have been killed in a recent airstrike in the Wardak province. The Afghan Ministry of Defence confirmed the airstrike and its fatalities in a press release statement. The counter-terror operation was allegedly carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA), targeting a suspected militant hideout in the Jalrez district. Various weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrike. It was not specified whether the militants were members of the Taliban or the Islamic State (IS).

Nine police officers in Balkh insider attack

At least nine Afghan police officers have been killed in a suspected insider attack in the Balkh province. According to reports, a fatal crossfire broke out when a police officer opened fire on his colleagues at a checkpoint in Balkh. It's believed the suspect was a member of the Taliban insurgent group.

Taliban kill 17 security personnel in Farah

At least 17 Afghan security personnel have been killed in a coordinated Taliban attack in the Farah province. According to recent reports from the Associated Press, armed insurgents attacked several checkpoints around the provincial capital, killing at least 10 Afghan police officers at a checkpoint in the Pusht Rod district and killing seven others during another attack in Bala Buluk. At least three more police officers were also abducted by the insurgents. In another attack in Bala Buluk, six police officers allegedly surrendered to the Taliban following an intense gunfight. Other attacks have been reproted, although no other casualties have been confirmed.

Taliban capture checkpoints in Balkh

The Taliban reportedly managed to capture two security checkpoints in the Balkh province over the weekend. According to reports, a group of armed insurgents stormed two security posts in the Chahar Bolak area, briefly overrunning the checkpoints. Unconfirmed reports also indicate the insurgents may have managed to capture some parts of the district. No casualties have been reported.

Six killed in Taliban attack, Samangan

Six members of a local security force have been killed in an ambush in Samangan province. Taliban militants launched the raid late on Thursday, leading to a gunbattle which lasted for several hours. Reinforcements were sent to repulse the attack, according to Abdul Munir Rahimi, spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Security forces launch nationwide counter-insurgent raids

At least 67 insurgents have been killed in counter-insurgency operations across Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the Afghan Air Force (AAF) carried out raids on Thursday in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Logar, Kandahar, Badghis, Faryab, Baghlan, Balkh and Helmand provinces. “In the last 24 hours, ANDSF launched 12 joint offensive and clearing preplanned operations and the Commando forces did 114 special tasks and the AAF did 12 strikes on insurgents strongholds in different parts of the country. As a result of these operations, 67 insurgents have been killed,” read the statement.

Civilian wounded in Helmand suicide blast

A civilian has been wounded following a suicide bombing in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the blast occurred on Thursday in the Kandahar Ada area of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack; however, the Taliban have a strong presence in the southern province and have been known to carry out violent attacks in the region.

US strikes kill 30 Taliban in Ghazni

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent strikes carried out by the US forces in the Ghazni province. A press release from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan confirmed the operation, stating that two kinetic strikes were carried out against the Taliban in the Nawah district, killing at least 30 insurgents. The compounds targeted were known to be associated with a Taliban commander and were likely being used as a hideout or a rendezvous point for the Taliban.

Fifteen IS killed in Nangarhar

Fifteen suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in recent military operations in the Nangarhar province. The Afghan Special Forces reportedly targeted IS hideouts in the Achin, Haska Mena, Khogyani, and Kot districts in overnight air and ground operations. According to reports, several hideouts were destroyed, along with various equipment and weapon supplies.

Taliban attack security checkpoint in Herat

A group of armed Taliban insurgents have reportedly attacked a security checkpoint in the Herat province, leading to a fatal gunbattle. According to reports, 19 people have been killed in the fighting which broke out between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. At least nine security personnel have been killed and six others have been wounded, while 10 insurgents were also killed and some five more were wounded. Although the Taliban has not explicitly claimed responsibility for the attack, it's likely they were behind the attack as the group has been increasingly active in the region in the last few months.

Thirty-five Taliban killed in Paktiya operation

At least 35 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed and more than 50 others have been wounded in a military operation carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Paktiya province. According to reports, the operation targeted suspected Taliban insurgents in the Zurmat district and the provincial capital of Gardez city. The local authorities have allegedly identified some of the deceased insurgents as Pakistani nationals. Security operations in the area remain ongoing.

Suicide bombing targets protesters in Nangarhar

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly targeted protesters in the Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar. According to Tolo News, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a protest taking place along the Jalalabad-Torkham highway. The protesters had gathered to call for the dismissal of the police chief in the Achin district, Bilal Pacha. Preliminary reports from Reuters indicate at least 22 fatalities have been confirmed, while around 23 others have been wounded.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Helmand

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of military operations in the southern Helmand province. The operations allegedly targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Gereshk district and a bomb-making factory used by the Taliban in the Nad-e Ali district. At least three insurgents were killed when the bomb-making factory was destroyed, while 13 others were killed during airstrikes throughout various parts of Nad-e Ali and Gereshk.

Seven killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A suicide bomber has reportedly killed at least seven people and wounded around 25 others in the Taimani area of Kabul over the weekend. The attacker allegedly rode a motorbike and detonated explosives near a procession commemorating the death of former anti-Soviet mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud. According to Reuters, the Afghan police stated that the attack came just hours after another suicide bomber was shot dead by police officers in the capital city. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Taliban attack military in Kunduz

The Taliban have apparently attacked the Afghan military forces in the northern Kunduz province. At least 25 security personnel have reportedly been killed and some 18 others have been wounded after groups of armed insurgents launched coordinated attacks on military outposts in the Dasht-e-Archi district. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Preliminary reports indicate as many as 10 insurgents may have been killed in gunfights.

Twelve Taliban killed in Badghis clash

Twelve Taliban insurgents have been killed following a clash in the Badghis province with the Afghan police forces. The altercation occurred on Sunday, when a group of armed insurgents attacked a police security checkpoint in the Ab-Kamari district. A gunfight reportedly broke out, in which 12 insurgents were allegedly killed and some 16 others were wounded. The police reportedly managed to repel the attack.

Taliban overrun Khamyab in Jowzjan

The Taliban have allegedly overrun the Khamyab district in the northern Jowzjan province following a heavy gunbattle. According to reports, the district was overrun by insurgents in the early hours of Monday morning. Local provincial officials reportedly confirmed the clash, stating that a gunfight broke out between the Taliban and Afghan security forces; however, the Taliban gained control of the area. Preliminary reports indicate at least eight security personnel have been killed and three others have been wounded.

Ten IS killed in Nangarhar

Ten suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces targeted two suspected IS operation centres in the Nazyan district over the weekend. Both targets were destroyed and at least 10 militants were killed.

Roadside bomb blast kills four civilians in Wardak

At least four civilians have been killed in a roadside bombing in the Wardak province. The incident occurred last night in the Narkh district, where a civilian vehicle allegedly triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) as it passed by in the Khanhan Khel area of the district. The IED had been planted along the side the of the road by Taliban insurgents hoping to target the security forces. According to reports, several insurgents attended the funeral, where an argument broke out with civilians; however, the Taliban claim they had advised people not to travel on the road overnight.

Twin blast reported in Kabul

A twin bomb explosion has been reported in the capital city of Kabul. Reports of the first blast emerged on Wednesday afternoon, with preliminary reports indicating the police were responding to a suspected suicide bomb attack at a wrestling club in the Dasht-e-Barchi district - a predominantly Shia Muslim area. A second bomber in a car then targeted the emergency services and journalists responding to the first explosion. According to reports, at least 26 fatalities have been confirmed and dozens of others have been wounded thus far; however, casualty figures may rise. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, although the Islamic State (IS) have carried out similar attacks targeting the Shia community in the same area.

Eleven militants arrested in Kabul

At least 11 suspected militants have reportedly been arrested in Kabul during counter-terror operations. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) stated on Wednesday that 11 members of the Haqqani Network were arrested during intelligence-led arrest operations in the fifth and twelve police districts of the capital city, and the Bagrami and Paghman districts of the wider Kabul province. According to Tolo News, the suspects have been involved in a number of terrorist activities, including planting mines and planning assassinations of government officials.

Taliban abduct four civilians in Kandahar

Four civilians have reportedly been abducted by Taliban insurgents in the southern Kandahar province. According to reports, the insurgents ambushed a vehicle in the Maiwand district on Tuesday, kidnapping four civilian passengers before fleeing the scene. The Maiwand district has a main road which connects the provincial capital of Kandahar to the neighbouring province of Helmand. No further details regarding the incident have been confirmed thus far and it remains unclear where the insurgents may have taken the captives.

Eleven Taliban killed in Baghlan clash

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Baghlan province. The clash occurred in the Nahrin district, where a group of insurgents allegedly targeted the district bazaar in an overnight attack. The security forces reportedly responded to the attack, killing 11 insurgents and wounding around 16 others. According to Pajhwok News, some security personnel were also wounded in the fighting, while unconfirmed reports claim at least five civilians were injured and a local member of an armed public uprising militia group assisting the government forces was also killed.

US service member killed in insider attack

An American service member has reportedly been killed in an insider attack. According to Tolo News, Resolute Support confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday. At least one other US service member was also wounded in the attack, which occurred in eastern Afghanistan. No further details have been released thus far. A total of six US service members have now been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

Taliban clash with security forces in Paktiya

At least 25 people have been killed following violent clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in Paktiya. The fighting broke out in the Janikhel district, where insurgents reportedly attacked a number of security checkpoints in the area. According to Tolo News, at least 21 insurgents were killed during the clash, along with four security personnel, while six security personnel and dozens of insurgents were wounded. The Taliban has allegedly claimed that the district centre fell to the Taliban during the fighting; however, the district governor's office has rejected these claims, insisting that the attack was repelled.

Haqqani Network founder confirmed dead

The founder of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been confirmed dead by the Afghan Taliban. According to the BBC, the militant leader had reportedly been ill for several years and his son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is believed to have taken over control of the group in 2001. Despite having handed over his leadership role to his son, Jalaluddin remained a key militant figure and is thought to have had close ties to the Taliban and al-Qaeda top leadership circles. The Haqqani Network has been blamed for some of the deadliest militant attacks in Afghanistan, including the 2017 Kabul truck bombing which killed more than 150 people.

IED blast wounds two in Nangarhar

At least two people have been wounded following an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the Nangarhar province. The explosion occurred over the weekend in the Dur Baba district. According to reports, it's believed the IED was planted along the roadside by militants in an attempt to target the local district governor and chief of police - both of whom suffered minor injuries. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nine Taliban killed in Ghazni

Nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the Afghan security forces launched counter-attack operations in the Andar and Zankhan districts, after parts of the provincial capital was occupied by the Taliban for four days earlier this month. At least nine insurgents were killed and six others were wounded.

Airstrikes kill eight militants in Kunar

At least eight militants have reportedly been killed in a series of airstrikes in the Kunar province. The aerial operations were allegedly carried out by the US forces in the Watapur and Sawakai districts over the weekend. Local reports indicate that four of the eight militants killed have been identified as Islamic State (IS) militants, while the other four are thought to be members of al-Qaeda.

Taliban block peace activists in Baghlan

The Taliban have reportedly blocked a convoy of peace activists from passing through Taliban-controlled areas in the Baghlan province. The group had split from the main group to visit Kunduz; however, the Taliban has blocked them upon their return to rejoin the main group in Baghlan before heading to Mazar-e-Sharif in the Balkh province. According to Tolo News, the Taliban told the group they could not continue through the province due to security issues. The convoy members have reportedly called on the Taliban to allow them to continue their journey.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 21 militants

Airstrikes in the Ghazni province have reportedly killed at least 21 militants and wounded 10 others. Local reports indicate the airstrikes were carried out in the Nawa and Khogyani districts by the Afghan security forces. Approximately nine improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also allegedly discovered and defused during security operations in the region.

Military helicopter crashes in Balkh

A military helicopter has reportedly crashed in the northern Balkh province. The crash happened at an Afghan military airbase on Sunday morning in the Dehdadi district, where the helicopter was due to transport ammunition to Faryab. The helicopter, which belonged to a foreign company, allegedly exploded after crashing - which is thought to have been caused by a technical failure. According to reports, four public order police officers, four army soldiers, and two national police officers were on board the helicopter at the time of the accident. At least three people, including a foreign pilot and two army soldiers, have died, while four others have been wounded.

Four Taliban killed in Parwan airstrike

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike during a failed attack on Bagram airbase in Parwan over the weekend. Khaama Press has reported that the insurgents were allegedly attempting to carry out a rocket attack on the airbase, targeting the foreign forces which operate there. However, the insurgents were hit by an airstrike carried out by the US forces in the Nasrow Kala area, located south-west of the airbase.

US airstrike kills 30 militants in Paktiya

At least 30 militants have been killed and some 22 others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Paktiya province. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend, targeting suspected hideouts in the Zargul area of the Syedabad district. According to Khaama Press, the foreign forces have not specified which group the militants belonged to; however, the Taliban are known to have a presence in the Paktiya area.

Airport security commander killed in Farah

An airport security commander has reportedly been killed in Farah city. The victim has been identified as Colonel Agha Gul, security commander of Farah Airport, and he was reportedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Thursday afternoon. The attackers managed to flee the scene immediately afterwards and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to reports, the police believe the incident was a targeted attack carried out by militants.

Four IS-linked militants detained in Kabul

Four militants thought to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) have reportedly been detained during counter-terror operations in Kabul. The intelligence-led arrest operation targeted a group of four taxi drivers in the Qargha area who had allegedly been ferrying other IS militants across the capital city and transporting weapons and ammunition supplies. Four magnetic improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also seized during the operation, along with 10kg of explosive material, a suicide vest, and ammunition. It's believed the suspects may have been responsible for planning a number of violent attacks in Kabul city.

Explosion reported in Herat

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the provincial capital of the Herat province. Preliminary reports indicate a bomb explosion may have targeted a military official in Herat city. At least one fatality and six casualties have been reported, while the Afghan security forces are currently responding to the incident. No claim of responsibility has been made for the incident thus far. Meanwhile, local reports indicate the Taliban are responsible for recent power cuts in Herat after a pylon was sabotaged by suspected insurgents in the Rabat Sangi district.

Ghazni security operations target Taliban

A series of airstrikes and ground operations have been carried out in the Ghazni province, where at least 28 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed. According to reports, some 18 insurgents were killed in airstrikes in the Andar and Qarabagh districts, while seven others were killed in ground operations in the Loya and Kochnai areas and at least three insurgents were killed in artillery strikes. Eight insurgents were also wounded during the operations. 

Kapisa airstrike kills Taliban shadow district governor

An airstrike carried out in the Kapisa province has reportedly killed the Taliban's shadow district governor for the region, Qari Yousuf. The airstrike was conducted by the foreign forces and targeted Yousuf's position in the Alasay district. According to Tolo News, Yousuf was confirmed dead, along with at least two other Taliban insurgents, while a woman was also wounded.

Two killed in Ghazni roadside blast

At least two people have been killed and a third person has been wounded after a roadside bomb blast occurred in the Ghazni province. The explosion allegedly occurred on Wednesday morning in the Arzo area, just 10km south of the provincial capital, Ghazni city. According to reports, the victims were identified as civilians who had been travelling to Ghazni city in a car when their vehicle accidentally triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road - most likely by militants, although no claim of responsibility has been made.

IS commander killed in Nangarhar airstrike

The commander of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan has reportedly been killed, along with 10 other IS militants, in an airstrike carried out in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed the death of Abu Sayed Orakzai (aka Sad Arhabi) during an airstrike which targeted two IS strongholds in the Khogyani district over the weekend. It has not been clarified whether the airstrike was carried out by Afghan or foreign forces. Orakzai is said to be the third leader of the IS in Afghanistan to be killed in just over two years.

Taliban attack military convoy in Faryab

An Afghan National Army (ANA) convoy was reportedly attacked by armed Taliban insurgents in the Faryab province on Monday. The insurgents allegedly ambushed the 380-member convoy in the Chaharshanba and Chehilgaz areas of the Ghormach district. According to Pajhwok News, violent clashes broke out, with the military calling in aerial reinforcement. At least 73 insurgents are thought to have been killed and some 30 others have been wounded. ANA officials also confirmed at least four fatalities and seven casualties amongst the security forces. 

Two security personnel killed in Kabul shooting

Two Afghan Air Force personnel have reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Kabul city. According to reports, two unidentified gunmen opened fire on the security forces in the Khwajah Boghra area in the city's 15th police district. The attackers allegedly managed to escape immediately after the attack. An investigation has been launched into the incident, while no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Russia postpones peace talks with Taliban

The Russian authorities have reportedly postponed peace talks with the Taliban. The multilateral talks were originally due to take place in Moscow on Tuesday 04 September; however, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made an announcement on Monday confirming that Russia had agreed to postponing the arranged talks.

Eight Taliban killed in Takhar clash

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed following a clash with the foreign border security forces in the Takhar province over the weekend. The fighting occurred in the Darqad district, where clashes reportedly broke out between Tajik border guards and suspected Taliban smugglers. According to reports, at least two Tajik security personnel were also killed in the clash.

Militant killed in Nangarhar security raid

A suspected Islamic State (IS) militant has been killed amid a raid carried out by the security forces in Nangarhar. The operation took place overnight on Wednesday, targeting an IS hideout in the Kandi Bagha area of the Chaparhar district. Khaama Press has reported that at least two other militants were arrested and six others were also rounded up for suspected links with the militant group. Several explosives and AK-47 rifles were also seized from the site.

Ten killed after military vehicle collides with civilian truck

At least 10 people - mostly civilians - have been killed and another person has been wounded after a military vehicle collided with a civilian truck in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, the crash occurred in the Migrar Bazar area of the Gereshk district. Investigations into the incident have been launched and remain ongoing; however, it still remains unclear what may have caused the crash.

Military storm Taliban hideout in Faryab

The Afghan security forces have allegedly stormed a Taliban hideout in the Faryab province. Khaama Press has reported that the hideout in the Khwajah Sabz Posh district was being used by Taliban insurgents as a headquarters. At least 10 insurgents were reportedly killed and various weapons and ammunition were also confiscated.

Heightened security measures in Kabul

Heightened security measures have been put in place throughout the capital city of Kabul following a violent attack on the diplomatic quarter earlier this week. During an address given by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, a group of gunmen opened fire on parts of the high-security green zone, including the presidential palace. Five attackers surrendered and four attackers were killed when the security forces responded to the attack, while several victims were wounded. Strengthened security may cause travel delays between certain parts of the city due to additional security checks.

Taliban free hostages in Kandahar

A group of 31 construction workers who were kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Kandahar have reportedly been released. The group were originally abducted with at least 13 others around two months ago along the Shorabak-Spin Boldak highway. While 13 hostages were released a few weeks ago, it has been confirmed that the rest of the group being held hostage have now been released and appear to be in good health. According to Pajhwok News, the release was negotiated by tribal elders, who received the hostages in the Shorabak district last night.

Militants attack Kabul's diplomatic area

The high-security diplomatic area in Kabul has reportedly come under attack from militants. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had been speaking on live television to celebrate Eid al-Adha when explosions were heard near the presidential palace. According to the BBC, it's believed militants fired mortars at the diplomatic quarter from a building in the capital. A military helicopter has allegedly fired on the militants' suspected hideout near the Id Gah mosque, while ground troops secured the area. It remains unclear which militant group is behind the attack, which comes after the Taliban rejected the government's recent ceasefire offer. All the attackers have been killed; however, at least four people have been wounded in the attack, including two security personnel.

Eid ceasefire announced

The Afghan government has reportedly announced a ceasefire with the Taliban to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. The announcement was made on Sunday by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who stated that the ceasefire was conditional and was provisionally set to last for up to three months, until the Prophet Mohammed's birthday on Wednesday 21 November. According to Reuters, the ceasefire officially comes into effect on Monday 20 August and will continue "as long as the Taliban preserves and respects it".

Five police officers killed in Baghlan clash

At least five Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following a clash with suspected Taliban insurgents in the Baghlan province. According to Pajhwok News, the insurgents allegedly attacked an Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoint in the Surkh Kotal area of the Pul-e Khomri provincial capital district on Saturday. Unconfirmed reports indicate as many as seven police officers may have been killed, while two others have also been injured.

Taliban kidnap bus passengers in Kunduz

Around 150 people have been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents following an ambush on three public passenger buses near Kunduz. According to the BBC, the attack comes after recent clashes between the Afghan security forces and the insurgents in the area. The government had offered a conditional ceasefire to come into effect on Monday; however, the insurgents have yet to respond to the offer. Most of the hostages have since been freed after being taken to an 'undisclosed location', although some 21 are still being held.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Farah

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in the western Farah province. Pahjwok News has reported that military operations have reportedly been ongoing in the Bala Baluk district, targeting suspected insurgents hideouts in the Safarak, Sajwi, Shewan, and Todank areas. As many as 65 insurgents have allegedly been killed, while some 40 others have been wounded. However, unconfirmed reports indicate local residents have claimed that the military operations also killed 16 civilians and many houses had also been destroyed.

Vehicle explosion reported in Kabul

A vehicle explosion has been reported in the fifth police district of Kabul city. Local reports claim the blast came from a suspected car bomb in the Kompani market area. At least one man has been wounded and his car has been severely damaged from the blast. The police are investigating the incident but have not confirmed the precise cause of the explosion yet.

Gunmen attack Kabul intelligence centre

A group of unidentified gunmen have reportedly attacked an intelligence service centre in Kabul. The attack was first reported on Thursday morning at a training centre overseen by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Qala-e-Wazir area of the capital city. According to Al Jazeera, the local police are working on evacuating those still inside the building. It's believed the gunmen opened fire on the building from a nearby construction site. There have also been unconfirmed reports of an explosion. Updated reports indicate at least three gunmen have been shot dead as the six-hour gunfight comes to an end.

Four police officers killed in Kandahar blast

At least four Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in a vehicle explosion in Kandahar. The blast occurred in the Aino Maina area of the provincial capital, where a suspected car bomb attack appears to have targeted the police forces. According to reports, at least three other police officers were also wounded in the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far; however, the Taliban have a strong presence on the province.

Four killed in roadside blast

At least four people have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion. The blast occurred in the Shahjoy district of the Zabul province. Preliminary reports indicate at least two other people were also wounded in the incident. It's believed a civilian vehicle accidentally triggered an explosive device planted along the roadside. Militant groups often plant bombs along roads used by the security forces in the hopes of targeting them; however, civilians are often hit instead. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast.

Suicide bomb attack hits Kabul school

A major suicide bomb attack has reportedly hit a private school in Kabul. The blast occurred on Wednesday at Mawoud school in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in the eighteenth police district of Kabul, where there is a large Shia community. The BBC has reported that at least 48 people have been killed while a further 67 others have been wounded. A suicide bomber on foot allegedly detonated the explosives during class hours. The security forces have cordoned off the area and a large emergency services presence has been reported at the scene. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack, while no claim of responsibility has been made thus far. It's likely the Islamic State (IS) was behind the attack, as they have been known to target Shia communities in violent attacks and have also issued direct threats in the past.

Taliban withdraws protection for ICRC

The Taliban has announced that it will no longer grant the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) protection in Afghanistan. ICRC staff working in Afghanistan will no longer be allowed safe passage in conflict-torn areas. According to reports, the Taliban accused the ICRC of failing to meet obligations to help Taliban prisoners jailed in Kabul, holding the ICRC responsible for the poor state of health of Taliban prisoners held in Pul-e-Charkhi jail. The ICRC - supposed to be a neutral humanitarian group - monitors detention conditions and provides medical to all prisoners of war. However, the ICRC's operational movements in Afghanistan were restricted after seven ICRC staff were killed in militant attacks last year.

Taliban attack Baghlan military base

The Taliban have reportedly launched a large-scale attack on a military base in the Baghlan province, killing dozens of Afghan soldiers. Tolo News has reported that at least 45 Afghan security personnel have been killed after insurgents stormed the base in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district in an overnight attack. The Taliban have launched several high-fatality large-scale attacks recently targeting Afghan security bases.

Taliban attack Faryab army base

Taliban insurgents have reportedly launched an attack on an Afghan military base in the Faryab province. The attack occurred at the Chenayeeha base in the Ghormach district, where it's believed the Taliban have seized control of the immediate area. According to reports, at least 10 soldiers have been killed and a further 40 have been taken hostage. It's suspected the attack may have been retaliation for a recent military offensive launched against the Taliban.

Explosion reported in Kabul

A suspected bomb explosion has allegedly been reported in Kabul. The blast occurred in the ninth police district, in the Pul-e-Cahrkhi area near the Independent Election Commission (IEC) offices on Monday afternoon. Tolo News has reported that the Kabul police have confirmed that an on-foot suicide bomber detonated explosives near a demonstration which was taking place on Jalalabad Road. At least one police officer has allegedly been killed, while another has been wounded.

Ghazni battle enters fourth day

A massive battle between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban has entered its fourth consecutive day as reinforcements are called to the provincial capital of the Ghazni province. According to reports, the insurgents launched an assault on Ghazni city last week, prompting the security forces to launch counter-attack initiatives. Unconfirmed reports suggest the foreign forces may be lending aerial and ground assistance. Telecommunications have reportedly been shut down while an estimated 100 soldiers and police have been killed and dozens of others have been wounded. Fifteen civilian deaths have also been reported, along with 400 casualties.

Former government official killed in Kabul

A former Afghan government official has reportedly been killed in a gun attack in Kabul. The former general of the Ministry of Interior, Zalmay Wardak, was allegedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen during the early hours of Friday morning in the Karte Parwan area of the capital city. A police investigation has been launched into the shooting. No suspects have been identified yet and the motive behind the attack also remains unclear, although it's suspected the shooting was politically motivated.

Dozens killed in Ghazni clashes

Dozens of people have been killed after clashes broke out in the provincial capital of Ghazni city. According to reports, the Taliban launched a coordinated attack on the city in the early hours of Friday morning, sparking an armed response from the Afghan security forces. Although the insurgents have been repelled from the city centre, sporadic clashes continue to be reported in outlying areas. The fighting also led to the closure of the main highway connecting Ghazni to the capital city of Kabul. According to the BBC, the precise number of casualties remains unclear; however, it's believed as many as 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed, along with at least one Afghan soldier. The Taliban has claimed that dozens of Afghan security personnel had also been killed in the overnight attacks.

Two killed in Herat explosion

At least two people have been killed in a suspected bomb explosion in the Herat province. The blast was reported on Thursday evening in the first police district of the provincial capital, Herat city. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, the local police have confirmed at least two fatalities and 10 casualties. The cause of the explosion remains unclear and no claim of responsibility has been made.

Security forces open fire on Laghman protesters

The Afghan security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters in Mehtarlam City - the provincial capital of the Laghman province. According to local reports, crowds of protesters gathered after an argument broke out between a provincial councillor and a local resident. The police allegedly opened fire to disperse the crowds; however, at least one person has been killed and five other have been wounded.

Eight civilians killed in roadside blast

At least eight civilians have been killed and six others have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the northern Balkh province. The blast occurred in the Sholgara district, where it's suspected a group of militants planted an improvised explosive device (IED) along the roadside in an attempt to target the security forces. The police confirmed the incident on Wednesday; however, no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Clashes reported in Logar province

Heavy clashes have been reported in the Logar province, where it's believed the Afghan security forces have engaged in an armed battle with Taliban insurgents. The fighting allegedly broke out on Monday night in the Azra district. According to Tolo News, the Taliban carried out a coordinated attack on a number of security check points, killing at least 10 security personnel before reinforcements arrived. It's also been claimed that the foreign forces carried out an airstrike in the same area, allegedly killing another seven security personnel and wounding two others; however, local officials have disputed these claims. 

Two soldiers killed in suspected bomb blast

Two Afghan soldiers have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded in an explosion in Kabul province. The suspected bomb blast occurred on Monday evening in the Khwaja Lakan area of the Paghman district of the capital region. No civilians were injured in the explosion. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far, although the security forces suspect militants were behind the attack.

Helmand airstrike kills 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike attack in the southern Helmand province. The aerial operation was carried out on a target in the Gereshk district on Saturday. According to reports, a Taliban shadow district military commission chief was among those killed in the attack, along with 11 other insurgents.

Three killed in premature IED explosion

At least two family members of a Taliban commander have reportedly been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was prematurely triggered. The incident occurred in the Garmsir district of the southern Helmand province, where it's believed the Taliban commander had been building IEDs in his family home when one was accidentally detonated. According to reports, two family members were killed, along with the Taliban commander, while 11 others - four women and seven children - were wounded.

Suicide bomber kills three NATO soldiers

Three NATO personnel have reportedly been killed by a suicide bomber in the Parwan province. According to reports, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which allegedly targeted the NATO forces whilst they were carrying out a foot patrol on Sunday. Those killed have been identified as soldiers from the Czech Republic, while an American soldier and two Afghan soldiers were also wounded.

Eleven Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrike

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the Uruzgan province. The airstrike was carried over the weekend out by the government security forces in the Cahnato district. Air reinforcements were reportedly called to the area after an armed clash broke out between insurgents and the security forces. According to Tolo News, three Afghan security personnel were also killed, while four others were wounded. 

Suicide bombing hit Shia mosque in Paktiya

A suicide bomber has reportedly targeted the Sahib-ul-Zaman Shia mosque in provincial capital Gardez, Paktiya. According to preliminary reports from Tolo News, at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers, before detonating an explosive vest. At least 30 people have been killed and some 40 others have been wounded; however, casualty figures may rise as the situation remains ongoing. The government security forces are working to secure the area. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Three foreign nationals killed in Kabul shooting

At least three foreign nationals have reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Kabul. The incident was first reported on Thursday morning, with Tolo News reporting that the victims were allegedly kidnapped in the ninth police district earlier this morning. Their bodies were reportedly found with fatal gunshot wounds in the Mussahi district. The victims have been identified as one Indian, one Malaysian, and one Macedonian national. The gunmen have not been identified and no claim of responsibility has been yet as police investigations go forward.

Explosion kills child in Herat

A young child has reportedly been killed after a mortar shell exploded in the Herat province. According to reports, at least three other people were also wounded in the blast, which occurred on Wednesday in the Dashti Nizan area of the Pashtun Zarghun district. The child was allegedly playing in the area where the explosion happened. It's suspected the child triggered a mortar shell which had been planted by militants in an attempt to target the security forces.

IS leader surrenders in Jowzjan

An Islamic State (IS) leader has reportedly surrendered to the government security forces in the Jowzjan province. According to Tolo News, the leader - who has been identified as IS military chief Mawlawi Habiburrahman - handed himself over to the security forces in the Darzab district, along with around 150 other IS militants. More than 10 of those who handed themselves in were foreign nationals thought to be from neighbouring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Presidential elections to take place

Presidential elections are due to take place in Afghanistan next year. The Independent Election Commission confirmed in an announcement today, that the election has been scheduled to take place on 20 April 2019. Social tensions are expected to be heightened during the run-up and throughout the election period. 

Gunmen attack government building in Nangarhar

A group of gunmen have reportedly attacked a government building in the Nangarhar province. Reports of an explosion have surfaced as columns of black smoke rise above the Department of Migration and Refugees in the third police district of the provincial capital, Jalalabad, where gunmen allegedly stormed the building. It's believed a suicide bomber may have targeted an entrance to the compound. The government security forces have responded to the attack and are alleged to have rescued a number of employees. At least nine fatalities have been confirmed while some 14 others have been wounded. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack.

Militants kidnap 22 civilians in Paktiya

Some 22 civilians have reportedly been kidnapped by a group of armed militants in the Paktiya province. The attack occurred along the Kabul-Gardez highway near the Teeri Kandaw area on Monday. It has not been confirmed which group was behind the abduction and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Eight killed in roadside bombing

At least eight people have been killed and some 40 others have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the western Farah province. The incident occurred overnight in the Totang area near Farah city. It's been reported that a passenger bus was travelling along the Kandahar-Herat highway when it triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted at the roadside - most likely by militants attempting to target government security forces.

Thirteen IS killed in Nangarhar

An estimated 13 Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in a series of airstrikes and operations in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. A suspected IS hideout was allegedly targeted by a US airstrike in the Awghaz area of the Haska Mena district, killing at least seven IS militants. A further five other militants weer also killed in airstrikes in the neighbouring Achin and Nazyan provinces. Another militant, thought to be an expert bomb maker, was also killed in operations in the Ghani Khel area.

Militants attack Khost checkpoint

A group of armed militants have attacked a security checkpoint in the Khost province. The attack was reported over the weekend in the Pul-e Sunboli area near the provincial capital, Khost city. According to local reports, two police officers have been killed and a third has been wounded in the attack, which has not been claimed by either the IS or the Taliban.

Militants attack midwife training centre

A group of militants have reportedly attacked a midwife training centre in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The attack took place over the weekend, in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. According to the BBC, the attackers set off explosive devices and fired guns at the building, killing two security guards and wounding at least eight others before the Afghan security forces engaged in a six-hour gunfight, eventually managed to repel the attack. While the Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack, no claim of responsibility has been made thus far. The Islamic State (IS) have a strong presence in the province and have claimed other similar attacks.

Taliban attack Zabul checkpoint

At least six Afghan security personnel have been killed following a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the Zabul province. The attack occurred over the weekend along the Kabul-Kandahar highway in the Qalat area. No other casualties have been reported.

Five Taliban killed in Kunduz

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Kunduz province. The explosion occurred on Sunday in the Dasht Archi district, where a group of Taliban insurgents triggered the IED as they were passing by. It's believed the IED was originally planted by Taliban insurgents with the intention of targeting the security forces.

New political party formed

A new political party has been formed in Afghanistan. The formation of the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan was announced by political leaders on Thursday. The party will be led by the chief of Jamiat Islami, Ata Mohammad Noor, and his deputy chief, Mohammad Mohaqiq, alongside Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum - who recently returned to Afghanistan from a self-imposed exile. The coalition party aims to tackle poverty, ethnic divisions, and instability.

Suicide bombing reported in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in Kabul. The blast allegedly occurred in the fifth police district, targeting a National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces convoy which was passing through the Bagh-e Doud area at the time. According to preliminary reports, at least five fatalities have been confirmed, while four others have been wounded. The Taliban is said to have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shop bomb blast reported in Faryab

A suspected bomb blast has been reported in the Faryab province. According to reports, an explosion occurred inside a shop in the provincial capital of Maymana, injuring at least eight civilians. It's believed a woman left a bag carrying an explosive device inside the shop. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Twelve Taliban killed in Kapisa operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in the Kapisa province. The Afghan security forces reportedly launched counter-terror operations in the province on Tuesday, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts throughout the province. According to reports, a Taliban shadow governor and a Taliban district chief were both killed in the operations.

Rocket attack reported in Kabul

A rocket attack has been reported in Kabul. At least seven people have been wounded in the attack, which is believed to be ongoing in the Afshar area of the capital city. According to preliminary reports, the attack has targeted the National Police Academy, although residential areas have allegedly been hit as well. Local residents have been evacuated, while the security forces have advised others to avoid the area and to find shelter.

AfPak border crossings temporarily close

Two border crossing points over the AfPak border are due to be closed ahead of the upcoming Pakistani general election. The Chaman and Kharlachi border crossings will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 25 July until Wednesday 25 July as part of heightened security measures installed for the duration of the election period. The Torkham border crossing is expected to remain open to traffic as usual.

Militants targeted in Kunar operation

Seven suspected militants have reportedly been killed or wounded during a security operation launched by the Afghan security forces in the Kunar province. The operation was allegedly launched in the Nari district over the weekend, targeting a group of militants thought to be associated wot the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group. No further details regarding casualty figures have been confirmed thus far.

US airstrikes kills four IS in Nangarhar

At least four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent airstrikes carried out over the weekend by the US forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to Khaama Press, the airstrikes were conducted in the Bagh Dara area of Achin district, where three IS militants were killed, and in the Spin Zhai area of the neighbouring Nazyan district, where a fourth militant was killed. 

Kabul airport blast kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed and a further 60 have been wounded following a bomb attack at Kabul airport. The suicide bombing occurred on Sunday shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum had returned from a self-imposed exile. Although General Dostum was not hurt in the attack, it's possible he was the intended target, as the explosion occurred in an area he had recently passed through. According to the BBC, the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Of the 14 people killed, nine have been identified as security personnel and traffic officers. 

IED blast kills two in Kabul

At least two children have been killed following a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kabul. The explosion reportedly occurred on Sunday, in the Khair Khana area of the capital city. A third child was also wounded in the blast, which was likely caused by an IED planted by militants. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban kill eight police in Ghazni

At least eight police officers have been killed and seven others have been wounded following a series of Taliban attacks in the Ghazni province. According to reports, armed Taliban insurgents targeted a number of security compounds and police check points in the Qarabagh district in a coordinated overnight attack. Reinforcement security forces were sent to the district; however, they were allegedly ambushed by the Taliban using roadside bombs.

IS kidnap 12 in Kunar

Islamic State (IS)-linked militants have reportedly kidnapped a group of 12 workers in the Kunar province. The workers are employees of the explosive ordnance disposal company, Arya, and were allegedly ambushed whilst they were working in the Dara-e Pech valley in the Nangalam district. The IS has not issued an official comment on the abduction; however, an strong presence in the neighbouring Nangarhar province has led to an increase in IS activity in Kunar.

Senior army officer killed in Kabul

A senior army officer has reportedly been shot dead in Kabul by unidentified gunmen, in what appears to have been a targeted attack. Khaama Press has reported that the officer was attacked on his way to work in the fifth police district near the Company area. It's believed the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Twenty Taliban killed in bombing

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a bombing incident in the Sar-e Pul province. The attack was allegedly carried out by a suicide bomber thought to be associated with the Islamic State (IS). The explosion was reported from a remote part of the Sayyad district, where the bomber targeted a meeting between local Taliban officials. The IS and the Taliban often clash in violent encounters, often with high casualty figures.

Militants clash with civilians in Khost

At least 13 fatalities have been confirmed following a skirmish near the AfPak border on Sunday. Khaama Press has reported that a group of armed militants clashed with local civilians in the Zazai Maidan district of the Khost province. As many as 10 militants have reportedly been killed, along with three Afghan civilians. It's been claimed the fighting broke out after the militants launched a coordinated attack on the district.

Police foil Kabul suicide bombing

An attempted suicide bomb attack has reportedly been foiled by police in Kabul. Tolo News reported that the suicide bomber has allegedly planned to target a public demonstration taking place in Shahre Naw park; however, the security forces managed to intervene before the bomber reached his target. The bomber was wearing an explosive vest, which he detonated upon being approached by the police, causing an explosion. No casualties were inflicted by the blast.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Badakhshan

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 16 others have been wounded following clashes with the government security forces in the northern Badakhshan province. The Afghan security forces were allegedly targeted by a group of armed Taliban insurgents in the Zebak district over the weekend. The insurgents reportedly stormed a government security checkpoint, sparking a fierce gunfight in which 14 insurgents were killed before the Taliban retreated.

Suicide blast reported in Kabul

A suicide bombing has been reported in Kabul. Reports from Reuters indicate as many as seven people have been killed, while more than 15 others have been wounded. The attack was conducted near a government ministry, targeting civil servants as they left work on Sunday. The suicide bomber reportedly detonated an explosive vest outside the gate to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development compound. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed the attack.

Taliban kill 20 soldiers in Farah

At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have reportedly been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Farah province. According to local reports, the insurgents attacked a group of ANA personnel in the Bala Buluk district, where a four-hour gunfight broke out. It remains unclear how many Taliban insurgents were injured during the fight.

Two soldiers killed in Paktiya operation

Two soldiers - one American and one Afghan - have reportedly been killed in an operation in the Paktiya province. Reports claim the soldiers sustained fatal injuries during a combat operation in the province, while several others were also wounded. The American soldier is the second US service member to be killed in operations within a week, and the fourth to be reported this year. The identity of the deceased US soldier has not been released yet, pending notification of family members.

Protesters block Samangan highway

The main highway running through the Samangan province has reportedly been blocked by protesters. Significant travel disruption has been caused by the demonstration blocking the highway, which connects Mazar-e Sharif in the northern Balkh province to the capital city, Kabul. According to reports, protesters gathered to protest the exiling of the Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum. Demonstrations and protests have escalated in the lead-up to the long-awaited general election which is due to take place later this year, in October.

Landslide kills 10 in Panjshir

A landslide has reportedly killed at least 10 people in the Panjshir province. The incident occurred after a natural dam collapsed, causing severe flooding and landslides in the Khenj district (aka Hisayi Awal). According to reports, some 300 residential properties have been either destroyed or severely damaged by the landslide - which hit the village of Peshghor last night. The government has deployed two emergency rescue helicopters to the area.

Thirty killed in Taliban-IS clashes

Some 30 militants have been killed after the Taliban clashed with the Islamic State (IS) in the northern Jowzjan province. The fighting broke out on Thursday in the Darzab district, where the two militant groups allegedly fought for control of the district centre. According to reports, at least 14 IS militants have been killed, along with 16 Taliban insurgents. Around 25 others have been wounded so far in the ongoing clash.

Gunmen storm government facility in Jalalabad

A group of gunmen have reportedly stormed a government facility in the provincial capital of Nangarhar. A Ministry of Education building was attacked by suspected militants on Wednesday morning in Jalalabad. Several people were allegedly taken hostage by the militants while the security forces launched a response operation, taking control of the building and forcing the attackers to retreat. Preliminary reports indicate as many as 10 people may have been killed, while another 10 have been wounded.

Suicide bombing kills 10 in Jalalabad

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly killed at least 10 people in the Nangarhar province. The explosion occurred in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, where the bombing seemingly targeted security personnel in the sixth police district. According to reports, eight civilians have been killed, along with two security personnel, while four others have also been wounded. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

US soldier killed in friendly fire

A US soldier has been killed and at least two others have been wounded in a friendly fire incident in the Uruzgan province. The incident occurred over the weekend, in the provincial capital of Tarinkot. According to Al Jazeera, the foreign forces were fired upon by Afghan soldiers in what is known as a 'green-on-blue' attack. The last such attack before recent events was reported almost a year ago, in August 2017. NATO has confirmed that an investigation into the apparent insider attack has been launched, while the Taliban released their own statement describing the attacker as an 'Afghan patriot'.

Twin blasts hit Ghazni

Twin explosions have been reported in the Ghazni province, with reports indicating as many as three children have been killed and seven others have been wounded. The blasts occurred in the Gelan district, where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were allegedly planted along the roadside by suspected militants. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack - which was likely intended to target Afghan security personnel.

Seven wounded in Faryab protest

Seven people have been wounded after the security forces opened fire on protesters in Faryab province. Hundreds of people gathered outside the NDS office in the city of Maimana on Wednesday. Some of the protesters tried to storm the building and set fire to parts of the provincial governor's compound. Unrest was sparked when local police commander Nizamuddin Qaisari was arrested on Monday. “He has been arrested and transferred to the capital (Kabul). Now, we should wait and see what the legal and judicial institutions will decide about him,” the Defense Ministry’s spokesman Mohammad Radmanish told TOLO.

Six police killed in Sarobi shooting

Six Afghan police officers have been killed and four others wounded in a gunfight in Kabul province. Taliban militants attacked checkpoints in the Sarobi district of the capital early on Wednesday morning. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said militants stole weapons from the officers following the assault.

Five IS militants killed in Nangarhar strike

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. An official said the strike took place in the Haska Mena district on Friday. One of the group is reported to be a Pakistani commander, while a cache of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the strike.

Taliban militants killed by own explosives

Three Taliban militants have been killed and two others wounded when their own explosives detonated in Maidan Wardak. The incident occurred in the Jalrez district when the militants hit a roadside bomb. The Taliban often plant explosive devices to target the Afghan security forces.

Nineteen killed in Jalalabad suicide attack

At least 19 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Most of the victims were from the minority Sikh population and included Awtar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate in parliamentary elections next October. The group was travelling to meet President Ashraf Ghani when they were attacked. Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Taliban kill Kabul police commander

A senior special forces police commander, Azizullah Karwan, has reportedly been killed by the Taliban in a targeted attack in the capital city, Kabul. According to reports, Karwan was shot dead whilst picnicking with his family on Thursday evening. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and are believed to have targeted Karwan because of his involvement in leading dozens of counter-terror operations against the Taliban.

Taliban kill 16 security personnel in Takhar

At least 16 Afghan security personnel have been killed in an overnight Taliban attack in the northern Takhar province. The insurgents allegedly attacked the Afghan security forces at three military check points in a coordinated attack in the Chah-e Ab district. According to reports, the Taliban have developed a constant presence in some of the surrounding districts.

Eight killed in Logar bomb blast

Eight people have reportedly been killed and four others have been wounded in a suspected bomb blast in the Logar province. The explosion was reported on Thursday afternoon during a peace rally taking place in the centre of the Charkh district. Tolo News has reported that the blast occurred shortly after midday and allegedly targeted a peace convoy which had gathered in the area. The precise cause of the explosion remains unclear and no claim of responsibility has been made.

Seven Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrike

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the Ghazni province. The airstrike was reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Jamal Qala, Kajir, and Muradi areas of the Andar district. According to Khaama Press, at least nine other insurgents were also wounded during the airstrike.

Twenty-two Taliban killed in Ghazni

At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent series of clashes between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. The Afghan forces reportedly carried out a number of counter-terror operations in various parts of the province overnight. According to local reports, the operations targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Andar Jaghatu, Gilan, and Nawa districts. 

Former official arrested on terror charges

A former local government official has been arrested on terrorism charges in the western Farah province. The ex-district chief of the Pur Chaman district, Mohammad Daud Mubariz, was reportedly detained on Wednesday during an operation launched by the Special Forces. According to reports, Mubariz was arrested along with 10 of his comrades for alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

Kabul-Kandahar highway closed due to fighting

The Kabul-Kandahar highway has reportedly been closed due to a clash between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. Tolo News has reported that the fighting broke out on Tuesday afternoon in the Wardak province, which the highway passes through. The main road was allegedly closed to traffic following a Taliban attack on the government forces, leading to a gunfight. Vehicles have been stopped in both directions as the clash remains ongoing. A government operation is currently underway to reopen the highway.

Suicide bombing kills eight in Kunar

A suicide bomb attack has killed at least eight people and wounded four others in the Kunar province. The attack happened on Monday evening, in the Chawkay district. Tolo News has reported that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police check point, killing eight people - including at least two civilians. No further details have been confirmed as of yet and no claim of responsibility has been made.

US airstrike kills 11 in Nuristan

A drone strike has reportedly killed at least 11 people in the Nuristan province. Reports claim the the US forces carried out the aerial attack in the Waygal district, where six civilians and five Taliban insurgents were allegedly killed. The US has not issued an official comment on the incident and has not confirmed whether or not US forces were involved in the strike.

Taliban rejects calls for peace talks

The Taliban has reportedly rejected all calls for peace talks, as the group confirmed their position on Monday evening. The Taliban issued a statement describing the efforts for reconciliation an 'American conspiracy' to strengthen the alleged occupation of Afghanistan by the US. According to reports, the statement was issued in direct response to the Helmand peace march organised by activists supporting peace talks.

One killed in Kabul police clash

At least one suspected criminal has been killed in a clash with the police in Kabul. The shootout occurred in the 15th police district of the capital city, where an attempted robbery was allegedly underway when the police arrived. The suspects reportedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the police, sparking a fatal crossfire in which one suspect was killed and two others were wounded. Two police officers were also wounded in the gunfight.

Taliban abduct security guards and engineers in Kandahar

The Taliban has reportedly abducted 20 security guards and 13 engineers int he southern Kandahar province. Reuters has reported that the Taliban attacked a road construction company compound in the late hours of Thursday evening in the Spin Boldak district which border Pakistan. At least four Afghan security personnel have allegedly been killed attempting to rescue the hostages. The attack comes just days after the Taliban ended a three-day ceasefire for Eid.

Taliban kill 16 police in Badghis

Some 16 Afghan police officers have been killed along with two civilians in the Badghis province. According to Reuters, the Taliban attacked a number of security checkpoints in Badghis on Thursday evening. It's believed the insurgents gained control over at least two checkpoints and ambushed reinforcements as they arrived. A bomb was allegedly placed on the body of a soldier and was detonated as back-up officers attempted to retrieve the bodies. 

Dozens killed in counter-terror operations

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent counter-terror operations. As many as 23 IS militants have been killed in military operations conducted in the Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. According to reports, two suspected militant hideouts were targeted in the Suki district of Kunar and in the Achin and Khogyani district of Nangarhar. Both targets were destroyed.

Taliban to travel freely in Kandahar

The government are reportedly allowing the Taliban to freely travel throughout Kandahar province. The only condition which has been enforced is that insurgents will not be allowed to carry weapons. According to Pajhwok News, the Taliban will be permitted to travel to Kandahar city and other districts without weapons. The agreement comes after the Taliban ended a three-day ceasefire during Eid, sparking hope of renewed peace talks. The Kandahar province has long been seen as the de facto home of the Taliban, as they have a strong presence and historic roots in the southern region.

Taliban attack security forces in Badghis

The Taliban have launched their first attack targeting the Afghan security forces following the temporary ceasefire over Eid. A number of Taliban insurgents reportedly attacked an Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in the western Badghis province. According to the BBC, some officials have claimed that as many as 30 Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack. While the Taliban ended their three-day ceasefire on Sunday night, the government extended their's a further 10 days, although soldiers were ordered to defend themselves if attacked.

Two civilians killed in Kandahar car bombing

A car bomb attack in Kandahar has killed at least two civilians and wounded four others. The attack took place on Tuesday night, targeting the A75 main road between the provincial capital, Kandahar city, and the Spin Boldak district, which borders Pakistan. According to reports, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban are known to have a strong presence in the southern province.

Afghan President open to peace talks with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has stated that he is open to peace talks with the Taliban and is ready to meet with the group's leaders with no set preconditions. According to Tolo News, if the Taliban agrees to the government's current 10-day ceasefire extension then peace talks could discuss the possibility of a one-year ceasefire.

IS kill 36 in Nangarhar bombing

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack which killed 36 people in Nangarhar over the weekend. According to reports, the blast occurred in Ghazi Aminullah Khan during an Eid celebration being attended by the Afghan security forces, Taliban insurgents, and civilians amid the three-day ceasefire. The bomb was allegedly planted in a car belonging to one of the Taliban insurgents. The BBC reported that 36 people had been killed and scores more were wounded.

Suicide bombing kills 18 in Nangarhar

A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 18 people and wounded a further 45 others over the weekend. The attack happened in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, on Sunday afternoon, where the attacker reportedly targeted a governor's residential compound in police district one. According to Tolo News, no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack - which came during a three-day ceasefire with the Taliban.

Taliban refuse ceasefire extension

The Taliban have turned down an invitation to extend the three-day ceasefire on Sunday. The original ceasefire was agreed to coincide with the Eid festival and came to an official end last night when the Taliban confirmed that it intended to take up arms again. The BBC has reported that the government will continue with a unilateral ceasefire for another 10 days, although the security forces are allowed to defend themselves if attacked. During the three-day ceasefire, pictures surfaced of Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers embracing each other as a sign of temporary peace.

President seeks longer ceasefire with Taliban

The Afghan president has reportedly called for a longer ceasefire with the Taliban in an address to the nation today marking the end of Ramadan. A three-day Taliban ceasefire is due to start today, meaning the Taliban will suspend all offensive attacks on the Afghan security forces. The Taliban leadership has allegedly demanded one-to-one talks with the US before negotiating a longer ceasefire with the Afghan government. The US is unlikely to grant the Taliban an audience, as it could be seen as negotiating with terrorists.

US airstrikes kill TTP leader in Kunar

A US airstrike has been conducted in the Kunar province, targeting a militant group believed to be operating across the AfPak border. Reuters has reported that the strike was aimed at senior militant thought to be the head of the Pakistan Taliban militant group. The senior militant in question is alleged to be Mullah Fazlullah - the chief of the TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan) - a group linked but not directly affiliated with the Taliban. The Afghan authorities have reportedly confirmed the death of Fazlullah, along with four other TTP militants.

One killed in Jalalabad blast

At least one child has been killed and seven others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast was first reported in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when it was claimed a bomb has exploded outside a shop. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far; however, the Islamic State (IS) have a strong presence in the province.

Security warning issued for Eid

A security warning has been issued by the US travel department over the heightened risk of militant attack during the religious holiday of Eid. The alert advises foreign citizens to exercise caution in public markets, religious sites, banks, and other areas where people are known to congregate for celebrations. The US government also raised concerns over the high risk of militants targeting foreign nationals.

Taliban attack district in Faryab

The Taliban have attacked the Kohistan district in Faryab, killing at least nine people - including eight security guards and the district governor. Reuters has reported that a provincial spokesperson confirmed the death of the district governor. The police headquarters have also been set on fire as other reports claim the Taliban have taken control of the district centre. The attack comes in the middle of an eight-day government ceasefire, and just three days before a three-day Taliban ceasefire comes into effect.

Taliban kill three soldiers in Sar-e Pul

Three Afghan soldiers have reportedly been killed and five others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Sar-e Pul province. The insurgents allegedly launched the attack on Monday evening, targeting military checkpoints in the village of Qaflatoon. The insurgents are said to have fled from the scene once back-up security forces arrived.

Car bomb kills 15 in Ghazni

A car bombing has reportedly killed at least five Afghan police officers and 10 Taliban insurgents in the Ghazni province. The attack targeted a district office in the Moqor district, killing 15 and wounding a further 26 people. According to reports, a gunfight broke out after the blast and remains ongoing, meaning casualty figures are likely to rise.

Seventeen soldiers killed in Taliban attack

As many as 17 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Herat province over the weekend. The attack targeted several ANA checkpoints in the  Azizabad area. At least one ANA soldier was also wounded, while eight insurgents were killed and another 13 were wounded.

IED blast wounds 12 civilians

At least 12 civilians have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Nangarhar. The blast occurred on Monday morning at a market in the Chaparhar district which borders the provincial capital district. The explosion has not been claimed by any militant group thus far; however, the Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in the region and is suspected to be behind the attack.

Suicide bomber targets government building in Kabul

A suicide bomber has reportedly targeted a government ministry building in Kabul. Reports from the BBC, indicate that at least 12 civilians have been killed and approximately 31 others have been wounded in the blast, which occurred near the compound of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in the Darulaman area of Kabul city on Monday morning. The attack allegedly targeted workers as they were leaving the building to head home early for Ramadan. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide bombing hits Nangarhar

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast occurred near the regional education department on Monday morning. The police have responded to the scene, where it appears at least four attackers have been killed in a gunfight. As many as 10 people are thought to have been wounded in the attack - which hasn't been claimed as of yet.

Taliban kill 15 security personnel in Kunduz

At least 15 Afghan security personnel have reportedly been killed by Taliban insurgents in the Kunduz province. According to reports, the insurgents attacked a number of security checkpoints in the Qala-e-Zal district of the province. At least 10 Afghan soldiers and five Afghan police officers were killed in the attack, which came after the Taliban agreed to a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government, to take place later this month.

Taliban kill 25 police officers in Kandahar

At least 25 Afghan police officers have been killed and approximately 10 others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. The attack was launched by Taliban insurgents over the weekend, targeting several security checkpoints in the Shah Walikot district. The police responded with retaliatory fire, sparking an hour-long gunfight in which the security forces suffered severe casualties.

Taliban agree three-day ceasefire

The Taliban have agreed a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government. The agreement comes a few days after the government ordered a unilateral ceasefire. The ceasefire is due to coincide with the holiday of Eid-al-Fitr later this month - during which the Taliban said it would suspend all offensive attacks against the Afghan government forces. According to the BBC, this does not include foreign military forces. No exact date has been given; however, it''s expected to take place after the end of Ramadan on Friday 15 June.

Nine killed in Herat gun attack

At least nine people have been killed and two others have been wounded after unidentified gunmen stormed a mosque in Herat. The attack was carried out in the Kalai Mahmud village in the Shindand district on Friday - a day generally dedicated to worship in the Islamic faith. The police have launched search operations following the attack, which hasn't been claimed by any militant group.

Ten Taliban killed in Nangarhar

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent operation in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operation was coming to an end ahead of a ceasefire planned by the Afghan government. According to Reuters, the Afghan security forces were completing an operation and will now stick to the ceasefire - which the Taliban have yet to respond to.

Nangarhar suicide bombing kills three

A suicide bombing in Nangarhar has reportedly killed at least three people and wounded five others in the provincial capital, Jalalabad. The attack reportedly targeted the residence of a member of the Afghan parliament, Feridon Momand. While Momand was not at the property at the time of the explosion, at least three fatalities have been confirmed. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack - which the police suspect was orchestrated by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Four killed in Khost mosque gun attack

At least four people have been killed and three others have been wounded after a gunman opened fire on worshippers in a mosque in the Khost province. According to reports, the suspect opened fire on the unsuspecting victims as they prayed in the a mosque in the Mando Zayi area on Wednesday. A police investigation has been launched into the attack.

Afghan President announces ceasefire with Taliban

The Afghan president has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban. According to Al Jazeera, the announcement was made on Thursday morning in a televised address. The president stated that the ceasefire will remain in place until Wednesday 20 June and that fighting against other militant groups, such as the Islamic State (IS). "This ceasefire is an opportunity for Taliban to introspect that their violent campaign is not winning them hearts and minds but further alienating", said President Ashraf Ghani.

Two killed in Baghlan bomb attack

At least two people have been killed in a recent bomb attack in the Baghlan province. The blast was reported on Wednesday in the provincial capital, Pol-e Khomri, where the attack allegedly targeted a voter registration centre. Two others have also been wounded in the explosion - which the police suspect was carried out by militants, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Counter-narcotics operation arrests 33 nationwide

As many as 33 suspected drug criminals have been arrested in a nationwide counter-narcotics operation. The operations targeted several provinces, including the capital city, Kabul. Almost 15,000kg of narcotics were seized overall, with a large amount of heroin confiscated from suspected drug traffickers in Kabul airport - where it's believed the suspects were attempting to transport the drugs to India.

Four killed in Wardak airstrikes

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in airstrikes carried out by the US forces in the Wardak province. The airstrikes were conducted overnight, targeting suspected insurgent hideouts in the Alsang and Badam areas of the Nerkh district. At least one of the four insurgents killed is believed to have been a local Taliban commander.

Roadside bomb kills three children

Three Afghan children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the Nangarhar province. According to Tolo News, the children were killed in the Haska Mena district, where it's believed militants of the Islamic State (IS) group laid the bomb in an attempt to target the security forces.

Roadside bomb kills archaeologist in Kabul

An Afghan archaeologist has been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul. The blast occurred at the weekend, along a road in the Bingo Has At area of the capital city. At least three other people were also wounded in the explosion.  

Nationwide security operations kill 45 militants

Security operations carried out by the Afghan military have reportedly killed as many as 45 militants across the country within the last 48 hours. The operations were allegedly conducted over the weekend in at least 10 provinces, including Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Nangarhar, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Wardak. At least 17 militants were also wounded. 

Kandahar mine blast wounds two police officers

A mine blast in the southern Kandahar province has wounded at least two Afghan police officers. The blast occurred in the fourth police district of the provincial capital city. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion; however, the Taliban have a strong presence in the region.

Suicide bombing reported in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has been reported in Kabul. According to preliminary reports, at least 14 people have been killed and 17 others have been wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a group of religious clerics leaving the Polytechnic University in the Bagh-e Bala area of the capital city. Casualty figures are expected to rise as the emergency services respond to the scene. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

IED blast kills three in Nangarhar

At least three people have been killed after they were caught in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in the Nangarhar province. The blast occurred on Monday morning in the Haska Mena district, where it's believed Islamic State (IS) militants planted the IED along a main highway.

Dozens killed in nationwide military operations

Dozens of militants have been killed in military operations conducted by the Afghan security forces across several provinces nationwide. The operations were carried out over the weekend, targeting the Baghlam, Badakhshan, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Takhar, and Uruzgan provinces. At least 38 militants were killed and a further 33 were wounded.

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar

At least nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Haska Mena district - where an IS position was targeted.

Taliban commander killed in clashes

A local Taliban commander has reportedly been killed in a recent series of clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in the Kapisa province. The fighting broke out in the Alasay district, where at least one civilian bystander was killed and two others were wounded in the crossfire.

Drone strike kills 17 IS in Nangarhar

 At least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in a drone strike in the Nangarhar province. The strike was carried out by the Afghan security forces on Wednesday, targeting the Deh Bala district, where it's believed the militants were operating from several hideouts throughout the district.

Security operations kill 24 militants

At least 24 militants have been killed in security operations in the northern Badakhshan province. The operations were reportedly conducted by the Afghan Commando forces, targeting suspected militant hideouts located in several villages in the Kohistan and Raghistan districts.

Taliban in talks with Afghan government

The Taliban are allegedly in talks with the Afghan government to negotiate a ceasefire. The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, has reportedly confirmed the news, in a statement saying that the talks also involved foreign governments and international organisations. According to the BBC, the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, made an open invitation to the Taliban earlier this year to engage in peace talks. While the Taliban didn't respond at the time, it's believed they have no chosen to take up the offer. The news comes shortly after the US claimed as many as 50 Taliban casualties had been inflicted in Helmand.

Scores of Taliban prisoners freed in Helmand

Over 100 Taliban prisoners have allegedly been freed by the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, 103 prisoners - the majority of which were civilians - were rescued from a prison in the Kajaki district during an operation on Thursday monring. At least four insurgents were shot dead by the security forces.

Ten militants killed in Laghman operations

At least 10 militants have been killed in security operations in the Laghman province. The operations targeted a suspected militant hideout located on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Mehtarlam city. According to reports, a large cache of weapons belonging to the militants was also discovered during the operation and confiscated by the Afghan security forces.

Taliban capture district in Takhar

The Taliban have reportedly captured the district of Dasht-e Qaleh in the Takhar province. Local reports claim the insurgents took control of the district centre in an armed offensive launched on Wednesday. At least local 10 civilian militia members were allegedly captured by the insurgents, while five Afghan security personnel were killed and four others were wounded.

Logar suicide bombing kills three police officers

A suicide bomb attack has killed at least three police officers and wounded eight civilians in the Logar province. According to reports, a small explosive-laden truck was pulled up near a police building in Pul-e Alam shortly before it exploded. Two other suicide bombers allegedly tried to attack the security forces; however, the police killed the attackers before they managed to detonates their vests.

Seventeen IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

An airstrike has killed at least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrikes targeted IS hideouts in the Haska Mena district, where it's believed at least two local TS commanders were among those killed in the aerial operation.

Three police officers wounded in suicide bomb attack

At least three police officers have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Kapisa province. The bomber allegedly detonated an explosive vest near a police checkpoint in the Nijrab district on Tuesday morning. Three other militants then opened fire on the police officers, leading to a gunfight in which three police officers and three militants were wounded.

Explosion reported in Kabul

An explosion has been reported in Kabul near the Afghan government's Interior Ministry compound. Gunfire was also heard shortly after the blast, sparking fears of a terrorist attack. According to Reuters, police officials inside the compound believe the incident is a militant attack on the ministry. At least one Afghan soldier and eight militants have been killed, while five security personnel have been wounded. It's suspected the militants used a stolen diplomatic SUV to gain entrance into the compound. No claim of responsibility has been confirmed thus far; however, the authorities believe a militant group linked to the Islamic State (IS) may have been behind the attack.

Fifty Taliban killed in US strike

US officials have claimed that as many as 50 Taliban leaders have been killed in a rocket strike in the southern Helmand province. According to Reuters, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was used to launch a rocket attack against a suspected Taliban position in the Musa Qala district last week. The target was thought to be a rendezvous point for high-level Taliban meetings. 

Two soldiers killed in car bomb attack

A car bomb attack has reportedly killed two Afghan soldiers in the southern Helmand province. The attack allegedly occurred on Sunday in the Nad-e Ali district, just south of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far; however, the Taliban are suspected to be behind it.

US drone strike kills three Taliban

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike conducted by the US forces in Nangarhar. The strike was carried in the Sararoad area of the province, in which a suspected insurgent hideout was located. According to reports, a weapons cache was also destroyed in the strike.

Thirty IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least 30 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a series of air and ground operations carried out by the Afghan security forces across Nangarhar on Monday. Bakhtar News has reported that the strikes targeted IS hideouts in the Achin, Ghanikhel, Kot, and Roadat districts. Various weapons supplies were also destroyed in the operations.

Nine civilians killed in counter-terror operations

At least nine civilians have reportedly been killed and eight others have been wounded after they were caught in counter-terror operations in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the victims were killed by the Afghan security forces during an overnight raid targeting a suspected militant position in the Chaparhar district. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill 19 IS militants

Airstrikes have killed at least 19 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the airstrikes were carried out in the Haska Mena district of  Nangarhar on Sunday. At least two IS commanders were thought to be among those killed in the air raid, which had reportedly targeted a suspected IS hideout where the group had allegedly been meeting to plan an attack.

Four civilians killed in Wardak blast

At least four civilians have been killed after being caught in a roadside bomb blast in the Wardak province. The explosion occurred on Thursday evening along a road in the Tangi Dara area of the Sayedabad district. Two others were also wounded in the blast - which has not been claimed thus far. It's likely the Taliban planted the roadside bomb in a bid to target the security forces.

Two killed in Balkh gun attack

At least two people have been killed in a gun attack in the northern Balkh province. The unidentified gunmen reportedly ambushed a police convoy transporting prisoners in the provincial capital Mazar-e Sharif district. At least two people were killed and seven prison inmates were abducted. It remains unclear who was behind the attack.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghazni

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Ghazni province. The Afghan security forces allegedly launched operations in the Deh Yak district following a recent spate of insurgent attacks in the area. According to reports, a cache of grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was discovered, along with a rocket launcher.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan clashes

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed, along with eight police personnel after a clash broke out in the Chora district of the Uruzgan province. The Taliban had allegedly launched an attack on the area, with the aim of capturing the district centre; however, the security forces are said to have repelled the attack.

Three wounded in Kabul IED blast

Three people have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in Kabul yesterday. A civilian and two police officers were wounded, when a sticky magnetic bomb was attached to a police vehicle by suspected militants. It's thought the IED was either set on a timer or detonated remotely. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Six killed in Kandahar clash

At least six people have been killed and two police personnel have been wounded in a clash between Afghan border police and Taliban insurgents in Kandahar. According to reports, four insurgents and two police officers were killed after fighting broke out int eh Spin Boldak district, which borders Pakistan. The insurgents allegedly attempted to storm a police checkpoint in the Rabat area on Wednesday evening, sparking an armed police response.

Nangarhar air raids kill 35 IS militants

Airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nangarhar province have killed at least 35 Islamic State (IS) militants. According to Bakhtar News, the strikes were conducted as part of an overnight operation targeting suspected IS strongholds in several undisclosed parts of the province - where the IS have a widespread presence.

Balkh clashes kill 11 Taliban

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 13 others have been wounded in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Chamtal district. The fighting broke out on Tuesday evening, when the security forces reportedly launched an air and ground counter-insurgency operation in the area.

Dozens killed in nationwide offesnsive

Dozens of suspected militants have been killed in a nationwide offensive launched by the Afghan security forces. At least 96 militants were allegedly killed, while 39 others were wounded and 29 were arrested. The operations targeted militant positions in approximately 14 provinces, including Baghlan, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Jowzjan, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Paktika, Samangan, Uruzgan, and Zabul. According to reports, at least one regional Taliban commander was among those killed.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in Farah. The Afghan security forces reportedly responded to a Taliban attack on the outskirts of the provincial capital city, where a group of armed insurgents allegedly tried to storm the security forces. Two local Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed.

Nuristan clashes kill six Taliban

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Nuristan province. The security forces allegedly encountered the insurgents during an overnight operation in the Kamdish district, which borders Pakistan. At least four explosive devices were also discovered and defused in the same area - it's likely they were planted by the insurgents.

Farah airstrikes kill four Taliban

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent airstrike in the western Farah province. The strikes were carried out by the Afghan security forces, targeting a suspected Taliban position in the Pusht Rod district. According to reports, a local Taliban commander is thought to be among those killed in the attack.

Car bombing hits Kandahar

A car bombing has been reported from Kandahar city. According to Khaama Press, the explosion occurred when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden vehicle in the fourth police district of the provincial capital on Tuesday. At least two fatalities have been confirmed by the local authorities, along with 25 casualties, while unconfirmed reports claim as many as nine people may have been killed and 30 others have been wounded.

Taliban kill 14 police in Ghazni

At least 14 police officers have been killed in the Ghazni province after Taliban insurgents ambushed a number of police checkpoints overnight. The coordinated attack targeted checkpoints in the Deh Yak, Jaghatu, Ajristan, and Qarabagh districts. No further casualties have been confirmed and it remains unclear whether or not the attacks were repelled.

Taliban to target intelligence and military in Kabul

The Taliban are likely to target the Afghan government intelligence and military services in Kabul. The warning comes after the insurgent group advised civilians to avoid military facilities and checkpoints to minimise civilian casualties in Taliban attacks on the government. No further details have been confirmed; however, the Taliban outlined their intention to increase attacks targeting the intelligence services and security forces in their Spring Offensive announced last month. Extreme caution should be taken when visiting high-risk locations in Kabul - these include government buildings, religious sites, touristic areas, and hotels frequented with foreign guests.

Airstrikes kill four Taliban in Zabul

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in airstrikes conducted in the Zabul province. The airstrikes were carried out over the weekend by the Afghan security forces. Suspected Taliban positions were targeted in the Shahjoy and Shinkay districts - no other casualties were reported.

Seven militants killed in Kandahar clashes

Seven militants have reportedly been killed and four others have been wounded in clashes with the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting took place over the weekend, in the Shorabak district. While it hasn't been confirmed which group the militants belonged to, the Taliban have a strong presence in the province.

Eight killed in Jalalabad stadium bombing

At least eight people have been killed and some 45 others have been wounded in a coordinated bomb attack at a cricket stadium in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The attack occurred on Friday night in the first police district, where three bomb explosions were reported inside the stadium shortly before midnight. According to reports, the Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack, while the Islamic State (IS) continues to have a strong presence in the province.

Nine Haqqani militants killed in Paktika airstrikes

Airstrikes in the Paktika province have reportedly killed nine Haqqani Network militants over the weekend. The strikes were carried out in the Sar Hawza district, where it's though the militants had a hideout. No further casualties were reported.

Five workers killed in Kandahar gun attack

Gunmen have reportedly killed five pipeline workers in the Kandahar province. The workers were allegedly working on the TAPI gas pipeline project when they were attacked in the southern province on Monday. It remains unclear precisely where the workers were attacked; however, it's thought they were tasked with surveying and de-mining the area. Unconfirmed reports suggest they encountered a group of armed Taliban insurgents.

Security operations kill 20 militants

At least 20 militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Ghazni and Paktika provinces. The Afghan security forces reportedly launched operations in the Andar district of Ghazni, where four militants were killed and three were wounded, on Sunday. US airstrikes were also carried out in the Chaharbaran district of the neighbouring Paktika province, killing 16 militants.

US airstrike kills two IS in Nangarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in an airstrike conducted by the US forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The airstrike reportedly targeted the Haska Mena district in an overnight raid. No other casualties have been reported, while heavy weaponry belonging to the militants was destroyed.

Nine killed in Taliban clash

Nine civilian militia members have been killed in a clash with the Taliban in Faryab. According to Pajhwok News, the militia members encountered the insurgents in the Shirin Tagab district of Faryab, where an armed clash broke out, resulting in the deaths of nine militia members. The militia was an armed civilian group (often called 'public uprisings') formed in support of the government's fight against the Taliban.

Faryab clashes kill 23 Taliban

Clashes in the Khwaja Sabz district of the Faryab province have erupted in the last 24 hours, with reports claiming as many as 23 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 18 others have been wounded. It remains unclear precisely how the clashes between the insurgents and the security forces broke out; however, large groups of armed insurgents have launched aggressive deadly attacks in other provinces recently.

Al-Qaeda commander killed in Nangarhar

An al-Qaeda commander has reportedly been killed during a counter-terror operation in the Sherzad district of the Nangarhar province. According to Tolo News, the US forces have confirmed the deaths of Hazrat Abbas - a senior al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) leader - and his bodyguard during US operations last month. Abbas is thought to have controlled militant groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan - where he was also a Tehrik-e-Taliban commander.

Paktika airstrikes kill 11 Taliban

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in airstrikes conducted in the Paktika province. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Afghan security forces in the village of Lalum in the Gumal district on Monday. Reports claim the strikes targeted a Taliban training camp, destroying the compound along with a large cache of weapons.

Scores killed in Farah clashes

Scores of people have been killed in the recent clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces Farah's provincial capital. Tolo News has reported that as many as 2,000 Taliban insurgents have attacked the city over the last few days, with some 300 insurgents having been killed already. At least five civilians and 25 security personnel have been killed, including 15 Afghan soldiers and 10 police officers. Recent reports from the area indicate the insurgents have been pushed back as the security forces escalate their offensive.

Taliban kidnaps five civilians in Ghazni

At least five civilians have been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Ghazni province. The victims were allegedly targeted along the Kandahar-Kabul highway in the Gelan district on Tuesday. Search and rescue operations have been launched; however, no comment has been made by the Taliban at this stage and it remains unclear where the hostages were taken.

Dozens killed in flash floods

Flash floods have killed at least 34 people in the Baghlan and Samangan provinces. The floods have been caused by heavy rain over the last week and have caused serious damage to property, crops, and livestock. Reuters reported that approximately 900 houses have been damages, while hundreds of cattle have been killed. Relief efforts are due to be launched in the affected areas; however, it's feared that pockets of militant groups may hinder government aid operations.

Ten Taliban killed in Kunduz clashes

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent clash with the Afghan security forces in the Kunduz province. The fighting took place in the Dasht-e-Archi district, where a group of armed insurgents attacked a local government headquarters building, sparking a fierce gunfight. Along with the 10 insurgents killed, at least six Afghan security personnel were also killed in the clash.

Uruzgan clashes kill 14 Taliban

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Uruzgan province. Pajhwok News has reported that the fighting broke out in the Chora district when the insurgents ambushed a number of security checkpoints. Four security personnel were also killed and six more were wounded during the gunbattle.

Taliban attack Farah city

Farah city has reportedly come under attack from Taliban insurgents, with up to 30 security personnel killed or wounded. Several groups of armed insurgents allegedly conducted coordinated attacks on a number of security checkpoints around the city. Local officials claim a gunfight remains ongoing, with further casualties likely.

IED blast wounds one in Kabul

A person has been injured after being caught in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kabul. Preliminary reports suggest the explosion happened in Ferdawsi park, in the Third Macrorayan area of the capital city. A police investigation has been launched into the incident. It remains unclear why the IED was in the park, as no claim of responsibility has been made.

IS kill eight civilians in Jalalabad car bombing

Eight civilians have been killed and 42 others have been wounded following a car bomb attack in Jalalabad on Sunday. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack - which occurred near the Financial Directorate of Jalalabad. According to Al Jazeera, four gunmen stormed the directorate building immediately after the explosion, sparking a five-hour gunfight with the security forces in which the attackers were shot dead.

Twenty Taliban killed in Faryab operations

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent military operations in the Faryab province. The Afghan security forces allegedly launched operations targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Gurziwan district over the weekend. As many as 12 other insurgents were wounded and a large cache of weapons and ammunition was also seized and confiscated.

Seventy missing security personnel rescued in Baghlan

At least 70 security personnel who went missing in the Baghlan province have reportedly been rescued in an overnight operation launched by the Afghan security forces. Approximately 100 security personnel were initially thought to have been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents following an armed attack on the Tala Wa Barfak district capital earlier this week. Reports have indicated that the district fell to the Taliban, while the security forces retreated, with many fleeing to nearby mountains to avoid being killed by the insurgents. Some 30 others still remain unaccounted for.

Taliban kill over 30 police officers in Farah

More than 30 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed in violent Taliban attacks in Farah. Reuters has reported that the insurgents stormed a police base in an overnight ambush in the Bala Buluk district, killing at least 23 police personnel and wounding three others. In a separate attack, 11 more police officers were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked Afghan police in Farah city.

Dozens killed in Kandahar border clashes

Dozens of people have reportedly been killed in border clashes in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting broke out in the Ghorak and Rigestan districts last night when armed Taliban insurgents ambushed police border checkpoints in a coordinated attack. Approximately 35 insurgents have been killed and 52 others have been wounded, while at least five security personnel have also been killed and seven more were injured.

Security personnel missing after Baghlan district falls to Taliban

Around 100 security personnel have been reported missing just days after the Tala Wa Barfak district in Baghlan fell to the Taliban. Reports state the district police chief and district administrative chief of are thought to be among those missing. Approximately 11 security personnel and three civilians were killed in the fighting before the district was captured earlier this week. Local government representatives have reportedly asked for military support from the Afghan government in Kabul.

Taliban attack Faryab police base

A Taliban attack has targeted a police base in Faryab. The attack was launched on Monday and has so far killed or wounded at least 25 police officers. According to the BBC, as many as 31 police officers have been kidnapped by the insurgents. Attackers were allegedly armed with machine guns and heavy artillery. 

Earthquake hits Afghanistan-Tajikistan border

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred near the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. The epicentre of the earthquake was located in the Ishkashim area of Afghanistan's north-eastern Badakhshan province. According to data recorded by the USGS, the earthquake occurred at 10:41 UTC, at a depth of 111.9km. Tremors were felt in parts of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, with reports of buildings shaking in the Afghan capital of Kabul. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Four civilians killed in Taliban clashes

At least four civilians have been killed and 18 others have been wounded after local residents clashed with Taliban insurgents in Bati Kot, Nangarhar. The fighting broke out on Tuesday evening, when insurgents allegedly attempted to take a youth hostage. It remains unclear whether or not any civilians were abducted following the clashes.

Fourteen killed in Ghor clashes

At least 14 people have been killed in clashes between the security forces and the Taliban in the Ghor province. Ten Taliban insurgents and four Afghan soldiers were killed after the conflict broke out in the Shahrak district on Tuesday evening. Reports indicate the fighting was sparked by a Taliban ambush on the district. The insurgents were reportedly pushed back, with the security forces repelling the attack.

Explosions and gunfire heard in Kabul

At least three explosions have been heard and reports of gunfire have surfaced in Kabul. Tolo News has reported that the first explosion occurred in the Dasht-e-Barchi area near a police headquarters building in police district 13. Two more explosions were then heard near a police compound in the Shahr-e-Naw area in police district 10. Gunfire followed the explosions in both areas, sparking an intense gunfight between suspected Islamic State (IS) militants and the security forces. According to the New York Times, at least seven people have been killed and 17 others have been wounded. Officials believe at least seven attackers are involved in the attacks, including two suicide bombers. While the National Directorate of Security initially suspected the Haqqani network of being behind the attacks, the IS has since claimed responsibility for the bomb attack in Dasht-e-Barchi.

Taliban take key district in Baghlan

The Taliban have allegedly taken over a key district in the northern Baghlan province. Tolo News has reported that the district governor for Tala Wa Barfak, Ismail Barfaki, confirmed that the Taliban had launched a violent attack on the district, with fighting still ongoing on the outskirts. The insurgents have reportedly shut off all road routes into the centre of the district, with unconfirmed reports claiming the entire district has fallen to the Taliban. The Taliban has also claimed the capture of the district. The Tala Wa Barfak district is strategically important as it neighbours the Parwan and Bamyan provinces. 

Security forces kill 19 Taliban in Nangarhar

The security forces have reportedly killed at least 19 Taliban insurgents in raids in the Nangarhar province. The Special Forces unit from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were conducting raids int eh Momand Dara district of Nangarhar, targeting Taliban compounds in the Beli area. According to reports, at least seven of the 19 insurgents killed were Pakistani nationals, while eight others were also arrested.

Seven Indian engineers abducted in Baghlan

Seven Indian engineers have reportedly been kidnapped in the Baghlan province, along with their Afghan driver. The abduction occurred on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Pul-e Khumri, on Sunday. According to the BBC, unidentified gunmen forced their vehicle to stop before abducting the victims. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the provincial governor, Abdul Hai Nemati, reportedly told reporters he believed the Taliban were behind the abductions.

Five IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

Five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a recent airstrike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrike was reportedly carried out by the US forces in the Haska Mena district over the weekend. No other casualties were reported, while various weapons supplies were also destroyed.

Mosque bomb attack kills 14 in Khost

A bomb attack at a mosque in Khost has reportedly killed at least 14 people and wounded a further 33 others over the weekend. According to reports, the blast occurred on Sunday at a mosque being used as a voter registration centre. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack, while the Taliban have reportedly denied any involvement.

Seven civilians killed in Faryab bombing

At least seven civilians have been killed and another was wounded in a roadside bombing in Faryab. The blast occurred in the Almar district on Sunday. It's believed the civilian vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside by militants.

Eight killed in Nangarhar clash

Eight people have been killed and four others have been wounded after a fight broke out between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar. The clash occurred in the Shinwaro Kala area of the district, where armed insurgents allegedly attacked a number of security checkpoints, sparking an armed retaliation from the security forces. Of those killed, six were insurgents and two were civilians. A further three insurgents were also wounded in the fighting, along with another civilian.

Badakhshan operations kill 29 Taliban

At least 29 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent operations in the northern Badakhshan province. The security operations targeted villages in the Tashkan and the Kohistan areas of the province, killing 29 insurgents and wounding 32 others. It's thought that three of the insurgents killed were local Taliban leaders.

High risk of terrorist attack in Kabul

The US embassy has issued a travel advice update for Afghanistan warning foreign travellers of a high risk of terrorist attack in the capital city of Kabul. Locations associated with foreign interests are at a particularly high risk, with the Kabul Serena Hotel singled out as a potential terrorist target. Banks, markets, and other civilian sites may also be vulnerable. Foreign travellers are advised to maintain a low profile, stay alert and aware of their surroundings, always carry a charged mobile phone, and inform a trusted individual of travel plans. In the event of an attack, monitor local news for updates and follow the advice of the local authorities - contact the embassy if necessary.

Two Taliban killed in IED blast

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the Baghlan province. The IED was reportedly triggered accidentally whilst the insurgents were planting it along a roadside in the Imam Qatiba area of Baghlan. Taliban insurgents are known for targeting the security forces with roadside IEDs, especially along routes regularly used by military and police vehicles.

Six Taliban killed in Nangarhar operation

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been arrested in a security operation in the Nangarhar province. The operation was reportedly carried out by the Afghan special forces in the Khogyani district overnight. The raid targeted a suspected Taliban hideout, killing six insurgents.

Thirty Taliban killed in Kapisa clashes

Some 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed in armed clashes with the security forces in the Kapisa province. Reports claim a group of Afghan police officers encountered a Taliban hideout in the Ahmadzai area of the Tagab district, leading to a gunfight with armed insurgents. The hideout was allegedly destroyed and several insurgents were also wounded.

Four militants killed in Badakhshan airstrikes

At least four militants have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded after airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the northern Badakhshan province. The airstrikes targeted suspected militant positions in the Tashkan district, where at least two militant hideouts were allegedly destroyed in the operations.

US soldier killed in combat operation

A US soldier has reportedly been killed in a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan. The US and Afghanistan forces released a joint statement on Tuesday and the Pentagon has allegedly confirmed the death. Preliminary reports suggest another US service member was also wounded and several Afghan security personnel were also killed in the operation. The deceased soldier has not been publicly identified and is the first US service member to die in combat in Afghanistan since January.

Taliban kidnap 13 in Jowzjan

At least 13 people have been abducted by Taliban insurgents in the Jowzjan province. Over the weekend, one police officer was killed and two others were abducted, along with 11 civilians in the Khamyab district - which borders Turkmenistan. Reports indicate the Taliban have control of most the village where the abduction occurred, with the police forces controlling only 10 percent of the area.

Local official wounded in Nangarhar IED blast

A local official has been wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast occurred in the Kama district on Tuesday morning, injuring provincial council member Eftikhar Mohammad. According to Tolo News, the IED had been planted along a roadside and was triggered when Mohammad's vehicle passed by. No claim of responsibility has been made for the incident.

Journalists at high risk of terror attack

Journalists are at an extremely high risk of being targeted in terrorist attacks following a series of fatal attacks in the last few days. The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly threatened further attacks in a statement on the group's radio station based in the Nangarhar province. The threat comes just a day after at least 10 journalists were killed in a twin bomb attack in Kabul, and another BBC journalist was also killed in a targeted attack.

Ghazni operations kill 16 militants

At least 16 militants have been killed, along with two civilians and an Afghan soldier in a security operation in the Ghazni province. Nine other militants were also wounded, as was another soldier. The operations targeted the Ander, Deh Yak, Gelan, and Qarabagh districts. 

Bomb blast kills three in Nangarhar

A bomb blast has reportedly killed at least three people and wounded a further eight in the Nangarhar province. Reports state that an unexploded mortar bomb -supposedly fired by Taliban insurgents - was triggered in the Surkh Rod district. 

Journalist killed in Khost

A BBC Pashto journalist has reportedly been killed in a targeted attack on Khost city. Ahmad Shah was allegedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike on Monday. The attackers managed to escape the scene and no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

IED blast kills 11 civilians in Kandahar

At least 11 civilians have been killed and 11 others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the southern Kandahar province. The blast reportedly targeted a religious school as a foreign military convoy passed by in the Daman district. At least five Romanian military personnel were also killed in the attack.

Six killed in Helmand car bomb

At least six people have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a car bomb attack in the southern Helmand province. The attack occurred on Saturday in the Nad-e Ali district, where an explosive-laden vehicle was detonated near a military convoy. The Taliban are thought to be behind the attack.

US drone strike kills 15 militants

At least 15 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a recent drone strike in the Nangarhar province. The strike was carried out by the US forces over the weekend in the Haska Mine district, targeting suspected IS positions in remote areas near the AfPak border. 

Nine police officers killed in Kandahar gunfight

At least nine police officers have been killed and 10 others have been wounded after a gunfight with Taliban insurgents broke out in the Badakhshan province. The clash allegedly occurred over the weekend in the Tashkan area, where a group of armed insurgents launched a coordinated attack on several police checkpoints. 

Kabul twin blasts kills 25

At least 25 people have been killed and 45 others have been wounded in twin bomb attacks in Kabul. According to the BBC, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed attack - which occurred on Monday morning in the Shashdarak district. The first blast was carried out by a suicide bomber on a motorbike, while the second occurred just 15 minutes later - supposedly targeting a group of journalists which had gathered after the initial explosion. Among those killed were at least four police officers and eight journalists, including a prominent AFP photographer.

Six militants killed in Nangarhar drone strikes

Six militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent drone strikes in the Nangarhar province. Strikes were conducted by the security forces in the Bati Kot district overnight killed three Taliban insurgents and wounded another, while a second round of strikes also targeted Islamic State (IS) militants in the Achin district, killing three IS militants and wounding two more.

Nine police officers killed in Faryab

At least nine police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Faryab province. The overnight attack was reportedly launched by insurgents in the Almar district, targeting several security checkpoints in the Chaghatak village. As many as 11 insurgents were also killed in the clashes, while eight more were also wounded.

Security operations kill 24 Taliban

Security operations have killed at least 24 Taliban insurgents and wounded 36 others in the northern Balkh province. The Afghan security forces launched a counter-terror operation on Thursday, targeting suspected insurgent positions in the Charbolak district near the outskirts of the provincial capital, Balkh city.

Thirteen soldiers killed in Kunduz clashes

At least 13 Afghan soldiers have been killed and nine others have been wounded following a series of violent clashes with Taliban insurgents in the Kunduz province. The fighting reportedly broke out in the Qarloq area of the Dasht-e-Archi district, where a group of armed insurgents ambushed a security checkpoint.

US airstrike kills Taliban commander in Paktiya

An airstrike conducted by the US forces has reportedly killed a Taliban commander in the Paktiya province. The airstrike targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Zazi district, where a senior Taliban commander was allegedly killed. No other casualties were reported, indicating the commander was alone when the airstrike was carried out.

Gunmen kill journalist in Kandahar

A journalist has been shot dead by gunmen in Kandahar city. The unidentified assailants were riding a motorbike when they opened fire on TV journalist, Abdul Manan Arghand in the Yarana Market area of police district nine. Arghand was reportedly driving his car when he was attacked. Tolo News has reported that claim of responsibility has been made for the killing thus far.

Taliban announces Spring Offensive

The Taliban have officially announced the start of their Spring Offensive. This year's offensive is said to be a direct response to new US strategic policy in Afghanistan. The insurgent group has long stood firmly against the military presence of the US in Afghanistan - often claiming it stands in the way of peace talks. The offensive has been called Al-Khandaq and its main aim appears to be to target areas which it claims are controlled by the foreign forces.

Four pro-government fighters killed in roadside bombing

Four members of a pro-government public uprising have been killed by a roadside bomb in the Faryab province. The armed group were on their way to provide back-up or a government security checkpoint under attack from militants in the Almar district when their vehicle triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road. Pajhwok News has reported that on of the four fighters killed has been identified as a former commander of the Hezb-i-Jamiat Islami Afghanistan.

Twenty militants killed in Nangarhar operations

As many as 20 militants have been killed in security operations in the Nangarhar province. Within the last 24 hours, approximately 18 Taliban insurgents and two al-Qaeda militants have been killed in separate parts of the province. According to Khaama Press, special operations were launched in the Khogyani district, killing 18 Taliban in the Zawi area and arresting three others. Meanwhile, two al-Qaeda militants were also killed in airstrikes conducted in the Gadi Khel area of the neighbouring Sherzad district.

Eleven militants killed in Kunar clashes

At least 11 militants have been killed after clashing with the Afghan security forces in the Kunar province. The security forces had reportedly launched counter-terror operations in the area, targeting more than one suspected militant hideout. No other casualties have been reported.

Six Taliban killed in Laghman

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in an armed conflict in the Laghman province. The clash occurred in the Alingar district, where the police targeted suspected insurgents. According to reports, several explosive devices were also discovered and destroyed by the security forces.

Taliban kill two police officers in Badghis

Two police officers have been killed and six others have been kidnapped in a Taliban attack in Badghis. The insurgents allegedly ambushed a police checkpoint in the Qadis district on Tuesday morning. The attack was ultimately repelled; however, rescue operations have been launched to safely retrieve the six hostages.

Taliban kidnap four people in Herat

At least four people have been abducted by Taliban insurgents in Herat. The victims were reportedly targeted in the Dareh Takht area of the Chesht-e-Sharif district. Tribal elders have allegedly begun to negotiate the hostages' release with the Taliban on behalf of the local government.

IS behead three men in Nangarhar

Three men have been beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in the Nangarhar state. The victims - thought to be brothers - were allegedly captured on Sunday evening in the Chaparhar district. The militants reportedly accused them of supporting the government security forces, beheading them as punishment.

Six killed in Baghlan roadside bomb attack

Six civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded following a roadside bomb attack in the Baghlan province. The incident occurred in the Khawja Alwan area of the provincial capital district, Pul-e-Khumri. The bomb was reportedly triggered as a vehicle passed by. No claim of responsibility has been made; however, militants often plant such bomb in attempts to target the security forces.

Six killed in militant infighting

At least six militants have been killed in a recent spate of infighting in the Kapisa province. The fighting reportedly broke out in the Alasai district, where two groups of militants clashed over a disagreement. It has not been confirmed which group the militants belonged to.

Kabul suicide bombing kills over 50

A suicide bombing in Kabul has killed at least 57 people and wounded around 119 others over the weekend. The blast occurred on Sunday in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul, where a voter registration centre was targeted. According to the BBC, 21 women and five children were among those killed. The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State (IS). As legislative elections get underway later this year, further such incidents are increasingly likely occur as militant groups seek to unsettle the government.

Two killed at Jalalabad voter registration centre

Two people have allegedly been shot dead at a voter registration centre in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday, when an unidentified gunmen opened fire on the victims. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack as police investigations continue.

Nine militants killed in Baghlan bomb blast

Nine suspected militants have reportedly been killed after a bomb exploded prematurely in the Baghlan province. According to reports, five other militants were also wounded in the explosion, which happened near the Wardaka area. The security forces believe the militants were in the process of manufacturing explosive devices when one malfunctioned.

Four Taliban killed in Nangarhar

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been arrested in security raids in Nangarhar. The overnight raids were launched as part of an ongoing security operation in the Khogyani district, where a suspected Taliban hideout was targeted in the Wazir area. A local Taliban commander is thought to be among those killed. 

Five Taliban hostages released

Five hostages being held by the Taliban have been released after being kidnapped just two days ago in the Ghor province. Among those kidnapped were two police officers and three members of staff from the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) in Afghanistan. Local reports have not disclosed how the hostages' release came about, but tribal elders often negotiate with Taliban commanders on behalf of the local authorities to arrange such releases.

Eleven Taliban killed in Kapisa operations

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Kapisa province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Nijrab district within the last 24 hours. Three local senior Taliban insurgents were thought to be among those killed int he operation. Three security personnel were also killed and 10 others were wounded.

Two killed in Kandahar bomb blast

Two people have reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded after a bomb blast occurred in the provincial capital of Kandahar. The blast appeared to target the security forces, killing a commander from the Afghan Border Force Quick Reaction Forces. While no claim of responsibility has been made the local authorities have assumed the Taliban were behind the attack, as they have a strong presence int he province.

IS execute civilian child in Jowzjan

A 12-year-old civilian has reportedly been executed by Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern Jowzjan province. Pajhwok News has reported that the child was abducted by militants in the Darzab district a month earlier for supplying police personnel with food. It's believed the child's brother-in-law was a police officer. The execution was allegedly ordered in a kangaroo court a month after his abduction.

Six civilians killed, two kidnapped in Taliban attack

At least six civilians have been killed and two others may have been kidnapped following a Taliban attack in the Ghor province. The attack occurred on Tuesday morning along the Ghor-Herat highway, where a group of armed insurgents reportedly made a minibus pullover in the Bara Khana area of Feroz Koh city. The insurgents then shot six ethnic Hazara Muslims dead and took two others hostage. 

One militant killed in Nangarhar drone strike

At least one Islamic State (IS) militant has been killed in a drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The strike reportedly targeted an IS hideout in the Nazyan district in overnight counter-terror operations. No other casualties have been reported.

Joint airstrikes kill 37 Taliban in Farah

At least 37 Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in joint airstrikes carried out in the Farah province. The airstrikes were reportedly conducted by the Afghan and US forces. According to Khaama Press, the joint operation targeted suspected insurgent positions on the outskirts of Farah city. The airstrike was allegedly carried out in response to a Taliban attack targeting security checkpoints, 

Four police officers killed in Ghazni militant attack

At least four police officers have been killed in a militant attack in Ghazni. Five others were also wounded in the attack, which occurred in the Jaghatu district. According to reports, a group of armed militants launched a coordinated attack on police checkpoints in the area, opening fire first on the personnel manning the checkpoint before targeting reinforcements with roadside bombs.

Seven Taliban killed in Herat clash

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed, along with two other armed individuals after a violent clash broke out in the Herat province. The fighting broke out in the Chishti Sharif district, where an armed group clashed with the insurgents over a land dispute. It's thought that the group were a number of local residents who were angry with the Taliban's growing presence in areas surrounding their remote territory.

Civilian killed in border clash

An Afghan civilian has reportedly been killed while three others have been wounded in a recent border clash in the Khost province. Reports claim that a group of civilian residents clashed with the Pakistani military along the Durand Line in the Zazi Maidan district. Afghan residents have complained in the past that Pakistani troops have encroached on Afghan territory along certain parts of the border, leading to violent clashes.

Nationwide operations kill 47 militants

At least 47 militants have been killed and 40 others have been wounded in alleged counter-terror operations conducted nationwide over the weekend. Government representatives claimed that the militants were targeted in the Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Jowzjan, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kapiza, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul. 

Security operations kill 31 IS in Jowzjan

At least 31 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in recent security operations in the Jowzjan province. The clearing operations were carried out by Afghan air and ground units in the Darzab district over the weekend. The operation sought to clear five villages in the district, where the IS have been growing their presence.

Eight Taliban killed in Nangarhar

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in security operations in the Nangarhar province. The operations were led by the Afghan special forces and targeted a suspected Taliban compound in the Mai Sahib area of the Hiserak district - which borders Pakistan. No casualties were reported amongst the security personnel, while four insurgents were reportedly arrested.

Taliban kill 10 security personnel in Herat

At least 10 security personnel have been killed and four others were wounded in a recent Taliban attack in the Herat province. The insurgents reportedly targeted the security forces in the Larzanak area of the Shindand district on Thursday night. According to Reuters, one police officer and nine Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed.

Two IS killed in Kunar

At least two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and two others have been wounded after a bomb prematurely exploded in the Chapar Dara area of Kunar. It's believed the militants were planting an improvised explosive device (IED) along a roadside when the IED was triggered accidentally.

Ghazni airstrikes kill 38 Taliban

Airstrikes in the Ghazni province have killed at least 38 Taliban insurgents and wounded approximately 30 others. According to reports, the Afghan security forces conducted the airstrikes in the Khwaja Omari district - which was allegedly over run by insurgents in a violent attack earlier this week. 

Taliban storm district in Ghazni

The Taliban have reportedly stormed the Khawaja Omari district in the Ghazni province. Reuters has reported that the district was temporarily seized on Thursday, with over a dozen people killed by the insurgents - including 12 security personnel and the district governor, Ali Dost Shams. The Taliban claimed that as many as 20 police officers were killed. The latest casualty figures estimate that between 45 to 50 insurgents were killed. The insurgents allegedly attacked the district compound and security checkpoints, setting fire to the district head quarters before retreating when government back-up arrived.

Helmand clearing operations kill 10 Taliban

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 10 more have been wounded in recent clearing operations in the southern Helmand province. According to reports, a clash broke out between when the security forces encountered a group of armed insurgents in the Nad-e Ali district.

Seven Taliban killed in Ghazni

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in clashes between the Taliban and the security forces in Ghazni. The fighting broke out in the Ab Band district overnight. A number of weapons and ammunition have been seized from the site of the clash.

Eight IS killed in clearing operation

Eight Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in Jowzjan. The militants were killed in armed clashes which broke out with the Afghan security forces during a clearing operation int he Darzab district; According to reports, a French national has been identified among those killed.

Bomb blast wounds three in Ghor

At least three people have been wounded after a bomb blast occurred in the Ghor province. The explosion happened in the Band Bayen area on Wednesday morning. It's thought that one of the casualties - the provincial director of agriculture - may have been targeted in the attack. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Civilian killed in cross-border firing

A civilian has reportedly been killed in cross-border firing along the Durand Line. Afghan reports have claimed that the Pakistani forces fired across the border into the Kunar province over 400 times within the last 24 hours. At least seven other civilians were also wounded.

One militant killed in IED blast

A suspected militant has been killed and three others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the Paktiya province. The blast occurred in the Zazi district, where it's assumed the militants were attempting to plant the IED along a roadside when it exploded prematurely.

Five Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul clashes

Clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban have killed five insurgents and wounded eight other in Sar-e Pul. The clashes reportedly broke out following coordinated Taliban attacks on two security checkpoints. While the security forces repelled the attacks, at least three security personnel were also killed.

Herat clashes kill 15 Taliban

Clashes between the Taliban and the Afgha security forces have broken out in Herat, killing at least 15 insurgents and two security personnel. Reports indicate the fighting broke out in the Chesht-e-Sharif district, where a group of insurgents were allegedly plotting a series of attacks targeting a nearby dam. At least eight insurgents and four security personnel were also wounded in the clashes.

Security operation kills six Taliban in Uruzgan

Six Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in a security operation in the Uruzgan province. The counter-terror operation was launched by the Afghan security forces in the Khas Uruzgan district, where a suspected insurgent hideout was targeted. A local Taliban shadow deputy governor was allegedly among those killed.

Five Taliban killed in Faryab operations

Five Taliban insurgents have bee killed and seven others have been wounded in security operations in the Faryab province. The number of police officers allegedly clashed with a group of armed insurgents whilst on duty in Faryab. At least one police officer was killed and two other were also wounded.

Six Taliban killed in Zabul

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in an armed encounter with the Afghan security forces in the Zabul province. The clash reportedly occurred on Tuesday morning in the Shahr-i-Safa district of Zabul. No other casualties were reported.

Bomb attack hits Herat mosque

A fatal bomb attack has targeted a mosque in the Shindand district of Herat. According to reports, several explosive devices were attached to a rickshaw positioned near the mosque entrance. The explosives were then detonated when children emerged from the building. At least six people have been killed - including four children - while seven others have been wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far and casualty figures may rise.

Senior IS leader killed in northern Afghanistan

A senior Islamic State (IS) leader has reportedly been killed in a US airstrike in the northern region of Afghanistan. Qari Hikmatullah (aka Qari Hekmat) was the senior leader of the IS Khurasan enclave in northern Afghanistan. According to the Washington Post, US military officials reported that Hikmatullah was killed alongside his bodyguard in the Bal Chiragh district of Faryab, while local reports claimed he was killed just over the provincial border in the Darzab district of Jowzjan - where the IS have a growing presence.

Three police officers killed in Faryab

Three Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed in the north-western Faryab province. Tolo News has reported that the fatalities occurred in two separate incidents. One ANP officer was killed and another was wounded in a clash with Taliban insurgents on the highway in the Qaramqol district, while two more ANP officers were killed and another was wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the same district.

Nationwide operations kill 66 militants

As many as 66 militants have allegedly been killed in recent nationwide operations across Afghanistan. Bakhtar News has reported that the operations were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting militant positions in the Badghis, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Khost, Nangarhar, Sar-e Pul, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. Approximately 57 militants were also wounded and two were arrested.

US airstrike kills four IS in Nangarhar

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike conducted by the US Air Force in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrike hit a location in the Achin district, where the IS have a strong presence. Drones were used to carry out the attack - which was part of an ongoing joint counter-terror operation by the US and Afghan forces.

Three Taliban killed in Uruzgan

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations in the Uruzgan province. Reports claim the Afghan security forces conducted shelling in the Tarinkot area, targeting a group of insurgents thought to be planting roadside bombs throughout the area. Insurgents often plant explosives along roadsides frequently used by the security forces.

Two soldiers killed in Sar-e-Pul Taliban attack

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in Sar-e-Pul. A group of armed insurgents reportedly attacked an ANA outpost on Friday, killing two soldiers before escaping. Unconfirmed reports indicate an ANA vehicle may have also been stolen by the insurgents.

Four Taliban killed in Nangarhar

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been arrested in the Nangarhar province. According to the Khaama Press, the insurgents were killed in an intelligence-led security operation in the Bati Kot district.

Six militants killed in Kunduz operation

At least six militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in an operation in Kunduz. The operation was launched in the Hodkhel, Joy-e-Khuna, and Zard Kamar areas of Kunduz, where several suspected militant hideouts were raided by the security forces.

Four IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike conducted in the Nangarhar province. Khaama Press has reported that the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces supporting ground operations in the Haska Mena district of the province. The operation targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Payin area of Haska Mena.

Two IS killed in Nangarhar

Two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a security operation in Nangarhar. According to reports, the operation targeted IS militants in the Chaparhar district, where it's believed the militants were planning a car bomb attack in Jalalabad. 

Clashes reported in Jowzjan

Violent clashes have been reported between the Afghan security forces and the Islamic State (IS) in the northern Jowzjan province. The fighting allegedly took place in the Darzab district, where the IS have an increasingly large presence. No casualties have been reported; however, further clashes are likely to occur.

Three wounded in Kabul blast

Three people have been wounded after a bomb blast hit Kabul. A remote-controlled roadside bomb was reportedly detonated near the Defence Ministry building in Milli Square, where a group of Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were passing by at the time. According to Radio Free Europe, two ANA soldiers were among those wounded. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Twenty-five militants killed in Afghan operations

At least 25 militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in recent clearing operations in Afghanistan. Tolo News has reported that, within the last 24 hours, the Afghan security forces conducted operations in Badghis, Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kapisa, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktiya, Uruzgan, and Zabul. 

Six Taliban killed in Uruzgan operation

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent military operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations were conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Deh Rawod area, where a suspected insurgent hideout was targeted. 

Helmand operations kill 16 Taliban

At least 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in military operations in Helmand. Reports claim the Afghan security forces conducted air and ground operations in the Gereshk, Kajaki, and Nad-e-Ali areas. Several insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons were also destroyed, along with a facility thought to be used by the insurgents as a narcotics factory.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Kandahar

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in the southern Kandahar province. The Afghan security forces reportedly targeted suspected insurgent locations in the Nesh and Zherai areas.

Civilians allegedly killed in Kunduz airstrike

An unknown number of civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent series of airstrikes in the northern Kunduz province. The Afghan security forces reportedly targeted Taliban insurgents in a religious school in an air operation in the Taliban-controlled Dasht-e-Archi district. The government reported that 25 insurgents were killed and wounded; however, a local doctor told the BBC that as many as 50 casualties were being treated at the hospital, including students and civilians. The Taliban claims no insurgents were in the vicinity of the airstrike and that as many as 150 civilians were killed and wounded.

Peace protests spread across country

Peace protests have spread across the country in response to a car bomb attack in Lashkar Gah, Helmand. The attack occurred last month at a sports stadium, leaving at least 20 people dead and wounding a further 55 people. After initial protests in Lashkar Gah, demonstrations have since spread to other parts of the same province, as well as the neighbouring Kandahar province and Zabul province.

Four Taliban killed in Takhar

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in an airstrike in the Takhar province. The Afghan security forces reportedly targeted a Taliban hideout in the Khwajah Ghar district, killing at least four insurgents and destroying the hideout.

Taliban commander killed in Herat operation

A Taliban commander has been killed in a security operation in the Herat province. A gunfight reportedly broke out between Taliban insurgents and the security forces during an operation in the Guzara district, just south of the provincial capital. Another insurgent thought to be the commander's bodyguard was also killed.

Taliban kidnap two in Herat

Two construction workers have allegedly been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Herat province. The victims were reportedly targeted by the insurgents in the Shindand district, where it's believed they were working on a road at the time. It remains unclear where the men are being held.

Ten Taliban killed in Farah clashes

Ten Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Farah province. The fighting broke out during a Special Forces operation in the Siah area of Farah. As a result, 10 insurgents and four members of the Afghan Special Forces unit were killed.

Three Taliban killed in Farah airstrike

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the Farah province. The airstrike struck a suspected insurgent hideout in the Totank area of the Bala Buluk district. At least three insurgents were killed and four others were wounded.

IS attack police checkpoint in Jowzjan

A police checkpoint has been attacked by Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern Jowzjan province. Local reports claim the militants attacked a checkpoint in the Darzab area on Tuesday, sparking a fatal gunfight with the security forces. At least one security personnel was killed and five others were wounded, while four IS militants were killed and five more militants were also wounded.

Ongoing high risk of terrorist attack

There continues to be a high risk of terrorist attack throughout Afghanistan. The US Embassy in Kabul has issued a warning via OSAC, advising foreign nationals that extremist organisations continue to plan attacks targeting civilian and government interests. Foreign nationals also face a high risk of kidnap and ransom by terrorist groups. Travel to Afghanistan should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Nationwide operations kill 26 Taliban

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent nationwide security operations. Tolo News has reported that air and ground operations were carried out within the last 24 hours, targeting parts of the Farah, Uruzgan, Helmand, Faryab, and Ghazni provinces. As many as 20 other insurgents were also wounded and around 19 arrests were made.

Three soldiers killed in Kunduz Taliban attack

Three Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Kunduz province. A group of armed insurgents reportedly targeted a security checkpoint in the Zarkharid suburb of the provincial capital on Tuesday morning, sparking a fatal firefight. The insurgents allegedly fled when back-up security forces arrived. 

Nine militants killed in Laghman

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed nine militants in recent operations in the Laghman district. The operation targeted suspected militant positions in the Alingar district, where air and ground forces killed nine militants and arrested three others. 

Nangarhar airstrikes kill 12 IS

Airstrikes in Nangarhar have reportedly killed 12 Islamic State (IS) militants. The aerial operations were carried out alongside ground operations targeting militants hotspots in the Roadat, Dur Baba, and Haska Mena districts. Various supplies of weapons and ammunition were also discovered and destroyed.

Kunduz airstrikes kill three militants

Airstrikes have killed at least three militants and wounded seven others in the Kunduz province. The airstrikes targeted the Dasht-e-Archi district, where three suspected militant strongholds were hit. A militant commander is thought to have been among those killed in the operation.

Dozens of militants killed in security operations

As many as 63 militants have been killed in recent security operations conducted nationwide. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, targeting the Farah, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktiya, and Uruzgan provinces. At least 14 of the deceased militants are thought to members of the Islamic State (IS).

Airstrikes kill 14 militants

At least 14 militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out over the weekend. Aerial operations were conducted in the Nangarhar and Kunduz provinces. Eleven militants were killed and seven others were wounded in the Imam Sahib, Khan Abad, and Aqtash districts of Kunduz, while three foreign Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar.

IED blasts kill two in Nangarhar

Two bomb blasts in the eastern Nangarhar province have killed at least two people and wounded five others. Two separate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated in the Khogyani and Shirzad districts. One civilian was killed and four others were wounded in an IED blast in Chamtal, Khogyani, while a Taliban insurgent was killed and another insurgent was wounded in Shirzad when an IED prematurely exploded.

Thirteen militants killed in Faryab

At least 13 militants have been killed in security operations in the Faryab province over the weekend. The Afghan security forces reportedly clashed with a group of armed militants during a counter-terror operation in the Pashtun Kot district. A cache of firearms and a rocket launcher were also seized by the security forces.

Doctor kidnapped in Kabul

A doctor has reportedly been kidnapped in Kabul city. Pajhwok News has identified the victim as 54-year-old cardiologist, Dr Asadullah Zarabi, stating he was abducted by three unknown gunmen on his way home from Ibn-i-Sina Hospital on Monday night. Police operations have been launched and at least two other doctors have been detained in connection with the kidnap.

Taliban target Baghlan power pylon

Taliban insurgents have reportedly targeted a power pylon in the Baghlan province. A group of insurgents allegedly orchestrated a bomb blast, destroying an important power pylon in the Karkar area which supplied imported electricity from Uzbekistan to parts of Kabul, causing some disruption to power supplies in the capital province. While government engineers have been dispatched to repair the damage, reports claim the attack was conducted by the Taliban in a bid to highlight the lack of government provisions in the area.

Taliban commander killed in Farah operations

A local Taliban commander has reportedly been killed in security operations conducted in the Farah province. According to reports, the operations targeted a suspected Taliban hideout in the Bala Buluk district. The suspect has been identified as Mullah Zaker -  believed to be a top local commander in the region. 

IS militants killed in Nangarhar and Kunar strikes

At least nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in drone strikes in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar.  The US carried out the strikes in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar and the Sawkai district of Kunar on Thursday.

Shelling kills two civilians in Uruzgan

Two civilian children have been killed after shelling hit their house in the southern Uruzgan province. Another child and a male adult were also wounded in the incident. According to reports, a mortar shell hit a family home in the provincial capital, Tarinkot. It's believed the mortar was fired by militants.

Airstrikes kill 29 militants in Faryab

At least 29 militants have been killed in airstrikes in the Faryab province. The aerial operation was carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF), targeting suspected militant hideouts in the Andkhoi and Pashtun Kot areas. According to reports, around five militants were killed in Andkhoi, while at least 24 others were killed in Pashtun Kot, where a cache of weapons and ammunition was also destroyed.

Scores killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least 33 people have been killed and 65 others have been wounded in a suspected suicide bombing in central Kabul. An explosive-laden motorbike was detonated in the Kart-e-Sakhi area of Kabul in police district three, near the Kabul University and the Ali Abad Hospital. According to reports, the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a Shia shrine as hundreds gathered to celebrate Nowruz - the Persian New Year holiday.

Motorcycle bomb kills one in Herat

At least one person has been killed and seven others wounded in a motorcycle bomb in Herat. The incident took place in the Shindand district on Monday afternoon. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three killed in Jalalabad blast

At least three people have been killed and eight others wounded in a bombing in Jalalabad city. The device exploded on Monday afternoon, according to the governor's spokesman. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Taliban militants killed in Helmand operation

At least 19 suspected Helmand militants have been killed in military operations in the southern province of Helmand. Afghan and US forces carried out airstrikes in Marjah, Sangin, Marjah and Nahr-e-Saraj. Weapons and explosives were also confiscated during ground operations on Taliban hideouts in the province.

Four Taliban militants killed in Nangarhar

Four Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with the Afghan security forces in the eastern Nangarhar province. Local army commander Mohammad Nasim Sangin said the insurgents were killed in the Ghani Khel district. "The Afghan security forces have also confiscated four weapons including a PKM machine gun and rocket launcher as well as hand grenades, a motorcycle, and a large number of drugs and opium," said Sangin.

IS militants killed in Nangarhar

Twelve suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in the eastern Nangarhar province. Six militants were killed in airstrikes in the Gorgori area of Haskamina district, while six others died as a result of clashes with rival insurgents from the Taliban in the Naziyan district.

Car bomb kills three in Kabul

At least three people were killed and two others wounded in a car bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The incident happened on Saturday and appeared to target a foreign contractor. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it targeted "foreign invaders".

Four IS militants killed in drone strike

At least four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a suspected US drone strike in Kunar province. Afghan military sources said US forces targeted an IS position late on Thursday in the Lechalam area of Manogi district. There was no official statement by the US forces in Afghanistan.

Nationwide operations kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in security operations conducted nationwide. According to Tolo News, military operations targeted the Farah, Faryab, Helmand, and Uruzgan provinces. At least two Taliban commanders were killed in Faryab, while four insurgents were killed in Helmand. Three other insurgents were also killed in Uruzgan and another three were killed in Farah.

Five police killed in Baghlan clash

At least five police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a recent clash with Taliban insurgents in the Baghlan province. The fighting broke out on Wednesday night, when an Afghan Local Police (ALP) patrol encountered a group of armed insurgents. No Taliban casualties have been reported.

Taliban hostage kills seven insurgents escaping

A Taliban hostage has killed at least seven Taliban insurgents and wounded as many as 18 others whilst escaping captivity in the Paktika province. The hostage was originally kidnapped in the Sarobi district, and had been transported to the Gomal district to be presented before the local Taliban shadow governor. According to Khaama Press, the hostage managed to arm himself with one of the insurgent's weapons, opening fire and killing at least seven insurgents before escaping in a Taliban vehicle.

Helmand airstrikes kill 10 Taliban

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in airstrike operations in the Helmand province. According to Khaama Press, the operations targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Marjah, Nad-e Ali, and Lashkar Gah districts. Six insurgents were killed in Marjah, while four others were killed and two insurgents were wounded in Nad-e Ali. It remains unclear how many insurgents were killed in the provincial capital district.

Car bomb kills six police officers

A car bomb attack has killed six police officers in the Nad-e Ali district of the southern Helmand province. Reports claim an explosive-laden car was driven towards a security forces compound, where it was remotely detonated outside the command and control centre, killing six police officers and wounding two others. While no group has claimed the attack, the Taliban are believed to be behind it due to their heavy presence in the province.

Nine militants killed in Nuristan clashes

At least nine militants have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Nuristan province. According to reports, the militants were apprehended by the security forces whilst attempting to cross the AfPak border in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan.

Taliban kidnap five police officers in Farah

Five police officers have been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Farah province. The insurgents reportedly attacked a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the provincial capital, where at least five police personnel were killed and five others were allegedly taken hostage. The Taliban has not claimed the attack; however, the incident comes shortly after the Taliban briefly captured the Anar Dara district in the same province.

Nationwide operations kill 33 militants

At least 33 militants have been killed and 11 others have been wounded in recent nationwide security operations. Bakhtar News claims the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces confirmed the operations were carried out within the last 24 hours, with air and ground troops targeting militants in Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Paktiya, and Zabul. At least five other militants were also arrested.

Security operation ongoing in Farah

Security operations remain ongoing in the western Farah district after the Taliban allegedly captured the Anar Dara district. The Afghan security forces launched retaliatory operations to recapture the area and have reportedly killed around 56 insurgents. Military reinforcements have been dispatched to the region, where the Taliban have been increasingly active within the last few months.

Two police officers wounded in Kunar bombing

Two police officers have been wounded in a bomb attack in the Kunar province. The bombing occurred in the Sayed Khil area of the Sirkanay district, where an explosive device was planted on a donkey in an attempt to target a police checkpoint. A police patrol allegedly stopped the donkey just before it reached the checkpoint - at which point the bomb was remotely detonated. Reports claim the attack was carried out by Taliban insurgents - who are active in the region.

Six IS killed in Nangarhar drone strike

At least six Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike in Nangarhar. The strike targeted a suspected training IS camp near the AfPak border. A suicide bomber trainer was believed to be among the six militants killed, along with the son of a local IS commander. No further details have been released.

Six IS killed in Jowzjan

Six Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed in the northern Jowzjan province over the weekend. Local reports indicated the militants were killed in an armed clash with the Afghan security forces on Friday. The IS have been increasingly active in the Jowzjan province throughout the last six months.

Kandahar air operations kill 25 Taliban

Air operations conducted in the southern Kandahar province have reportedly killed at least 25 Taliban insurgents. A further 14 others were also wounded in the airstrikes, which - according to Khaama Press - carried out by the US forces in response to a Taliban attack on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway.

Air raids kill four militants in Kabul

Air raids conducted in Kabul have killed at least four militants and wounded three others. Bakhtar News reports that the aerial operations were carried out by the security forces, targeting suspected militant hideouts near the Kabul-Jalalabad highway in the Surobi district of the Kabul province.

Taliban kill 24 security personnel in Farah

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed at least 24 security personnel in an attack in the Farah province. According to the BBC, a coordinated insurgent attacked targeted the Afghan security forces in the Bala Buluk district over the weekend, sparking deadly clashes between the security forces and the insurgents. It remains unclear how many Taliban casualties were inflicted.

Taliban kill seven police officers in Paktiya attack

At least seven police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Paktiya province. The attack occurred in the Naik area of the Zurmat district, where armed insurgents allegedly ambushed a police checkpoint, killing seven police officers and taking control of the checkpoint briefly before military reinforcements arrived. According to reports, at least four insurgents were also killed, while one police officer and three insurgents were wounded.

Uruzgan air operations kill 28 Taliban

Air operations have reportedly killed at least 28 Taliban insurgents in the Uruzgan province over the weekend. Reports claim the Afghan Air Force (AAF) targeted suspected insurgent positions in the Chora and Khas Uruzgan districts, killing 28 insurgents and wounding 15 others. The Taliban has allegedly been pushing to take control of more areas in the Khas Uruzgan area recently, sparking a coordinated military response.

Taliban kill 16 security personnel in Takhar

At least 16 security personnel have been killed by Taliban insurgents in the northern Takhar province. According to Tolo News, the fatalities were inflicted when a group of armed insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in the Khwaja Ghar district overnight. Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and six Afghan National Police (ANP) officers were killed in the attack. 

Kandahar airstrike kills 60 Taliban

At least 60 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a series of overnight airstrikes in the southern Kandahar province. Reports state the airstrikes were carried out by the US forces and targeted Taliban positions in the Maiwand district, which borders the neighbouring Helmand province. The provincial governor's spokesman claimed the latest aerial operation came in response to a coordinated Taliban attack.

Kabul suicide bombing targets Shia mosque

A suicide bomb attack has targeted a Shia mosque in Kabul. Al Jazeera reports that at least seven people have been confirmed dead, while seven others have been wounded in the blast. Casualty figures are expected to rise. The suicide bomber allegedly detonated an explosive vest at the entrance to a mosque in the sixth police district of the capital city. It's believed a gathering commemorating the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari - a former Shia leader killed by the Taliban in 1995 - was the intended target behind the attack. The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five civilians killed in Faryab unrest

At least five civilians have been killed in violent unrest in the Faryab province. Reports claim that three women, a man, and a child were killed in two separate incidents. The security forces have been dispatched to restore order in the affected places; however, the reasons behind the unrest remains unclear.

Two police killed in Kandahar attack

At least two police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the southern Kandahar province. The attack targeted a police station in the Spin Boldak district late on Wednesday night. According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at the gate of the compound, before other insurgents opened fire. The police managed to repel the attack, killing three insurgents, whilst two police officers were also killed and four others were wounded.

Five IS killed in US drone strike

At least five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a drone strike carried out by the US forces in the Nangarhar province. Reports state the strikes targeted suspected IS positions in a village in the Mamand Dara area of the Achin district. One other militant was wounded and a number of weapons and ammunition caches were also destroyed.

US drone strike kills 20 militants in Kunar

At least 20 Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants have allegedly been killed in recent US drone strikes in the Kunar province. The strikes were conducted within the last 24 hours, targeting suspected TTP compounds in the  Sultankhel area near the Pakistan border. At least six militants were also wounded in the aerial operation. It's believed the compounds targeted were being used to train suicide bombers.

Twelve Taliban killed in Faryab operations

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations conducted in the Faryab province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Shirin Tagab district, where a number of Taliban hideouts were targeted. Reports claim the Taliban's shadow district governor was among those killed in the operations - which remain ongoing in the area.

Four Taliban killed in Balkh clashes

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the northern Balkh province. Reports claim the clashes occurred in the Qultaq area of the Dawlat Abad district. At least one local Taliban commander is said to be among the four insurgents killed.

Local official killed in Nangarhar bombing

A local government official has been killed and 10 others have been wounded in a bomb attack in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. The blast occurred in the first police district of Jalalabad, targeting the vehicle of the provincial director of  the Hajj and Religious Affairs department, Mohammad Zahir Haqqani. According to Tolo News, a security guard was also killed in the attack - which has not been claimed thus far. The local police forces suspect the Islamic State (IS) were behind the attack.

Laghman airstrikes kill seven militants

At least seven militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in recent airstrike operations conducted int eh Laghman province. The airstrikes targeted suspected militant hideouts in the Sangar Dara area of the Alingar district. No civilian casualties have been reported as government operations remain ongoing.

Five killed in militant infighting

At least five militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in a recent spate of infighting in the Nangarhar province. The fighting broke out in the Morgi area of the Nazyan district, where it's believed a group of Islamic State (IS) militants clashed with another unidentified militant outfit, which may have been another IS faction. However, the Taliban are also active in the area and have clashed with the IS in the province before.

Four wounded in Ghazni protest

At least four people have been wounded after protesters clashed with the security forces in Ghazni. Demonstrators gathered in the Haiderabad area of the Qarabagh district almost four days ago in response to a shooting incident in the Sherabad area, in which two people were killed. The protesters blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway for several days. Reports claim the police opened fire on protesters and set fire to their tents in a bid to disperse the crowds, wounding at least four people in the process.

Helmand clearing operations kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in the latest round of clearing operations in the southern Helmand province. The operations targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Gereshk, Nad-e Ali, and Nahr-i-Saraj districts overnight. According to reports, a new security checkpoint has also been set up in the Charahi Mirza area of Nad-e Ali.

Two killed in Nangarhar bomb explosion

Two people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Nangarhar. The blast occurred on a section of the Torkham-Jalalabad highway, where a sticky bomb which had been attached to a fuel tanker exploded. As many as 30 shop fronts in the immediate area sustained damage in the blast. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far, although the Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in the area.

Nationwide operations kill 31 militants

At least 31 militants have been killed and 17 others have been wounded in nationwide operations. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the operations, which allegedly targeted at least 14 provinces, including Badghis, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Paktika, Takhar, and Zabul. Thirteen airstrikes were carried out as part of joint air and ground operations targeting militant hideouts. At least two militants were also arrested.

Militants set Nangarhar school on fire

A group of suspected militants have reportedly set a school on fire in Muhmand Dara, Nangarhar. Several unidentified gunmen allegedly tied up two security guards at Emal Khan High School before setting fire to the buildings. According to reports, no casualties were reported and the security guards were safely released by the police, who responded to the scene. Although claim of responsibility has been made, the local authorities suspect Islamic State (IS) militants - who have a strong presence throughout the province - were behind the attack.

Five wounded in Kabul helicopter crash

Five people have been wounded in a helicopter crash at a military academy in Kabul. Khaama Press has reported that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the incident, stating that a helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the site on Sunday afternoon. The incident is being treated as an accident - the precise cause of which remains unclear. The casualties have only been identified as foreign nationals, although a statement was released to confirm that no NATO personnel were injured in the crash.

Ten Taliban killed in Helmand clash

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the security forces in the southern Helmand province. Reports claim the fighting broke out when a group of insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in the Gereshk district, sparking a gunfight in which 10 insurgents were killed.

Jowzjan airstrikes kill 20 IS

Airstrikes in the Jowzjan province have allegedly killed at least 20 Islamic State (IS) militants in the Darzab district. Tolo News has reported that 20 IS militants were killed in separate airstrikes carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) within the last 24 hours. Various vehicles and weapons belonging to the IS were destroyed.

Three killed in Kabul car bombing

At least three people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a recent car bombing in Kabul over the weekend. According to reports, the attack targeted a convoy of Australian security contractors. The fatalities are thought to be Afghan civilians, while two security contractors were also injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four Taliban killed in IED blast

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) prematurely detonated. The blast occurred in the Mingajik district of the Jowzjan province, where it's believed the insurgents were planting the IED near a main road when it was triggered accidentally. 

Thirteen killed in border clash

At least 13 militants have been killed in a recent border clash in the Kunar province. A group of armed militants reportedly ambushed a security convoy near the Durand Line; however, the security forces managed to repel the attack, killing 13 militants. Six of the militants killed have allegedly been identified as Pakistani nationals.

Twenty-two killed in airstrikes

At least 22 militants have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in recent airstrikes carried out in the neighbouring Uruzgan and Helmand provinces. According to Khaama Press, the Ministry of Defence issued a statement confirming the airstrikes, stating they were carried out within the last 24 hours. At least 15 militants were killed and 16 others were wounded in the Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan, while a further seven militants were killed in the airstrikes targeting the Gereshk, Girmsir, and Nad-e Ali districts of Helmand. 

Kabul roadside bomb wounds four

At least four people have been wounded in a roadside bombing in Kabul. The blast occurred on the outskirts of Kabul, in the eastern Binaey area. According to reports, the explosion was located near a NATO compound, leading to suspicions the bomb was planted by militants targeting NATO personnel. Neither the Taliban or the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven IS killed in US drone strikes

At least seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in US drone strikes targeting the neighbouring Nangarhar and Kapisa provinces. The strikes hit IS hotspots in the Achin district of Nangarhar, where four militants were killed. A further three militants were also killed in the Tagab district of Kapisa.

Taliban kidnap 19 in Kandahar

Taliban insurgents have reportedly kidnapped as many as 19 civilians in the Kandahar province. The incident occurred along the highway connecting Kandahar to the neighbouring Uruzgan province. A group of armed insurgents allegedly forced a passenger bus to stop, taking the passengers hostage. The Taliban have a strong presence in the southern province.

President offers peace talks with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has extended an offer to the Taliban for peace talks. The president issued a public statement explaining he will present a 'detailed peace offer' to Taliban leaders and Pakistan. "We wish to march toward a lasting peace in Afghanistan and in the region", said Ghani. The offer is thought to be unconditional and Taliban leaders will allegedly be granted input to the peace-making process.

Five killed in Faryab clashes

At least five pro-government militia members have been killed and six others have been wounded in clashes with militants in the Faryab province. According to reports, a group of armed Taliban insurgents ambushed the militia during a routine patrol near the Koza Qala village in the Khwaja Sabz district.

Taliban call for talks with US

The Taliban insurgent group has reportedly called for talks to be opened with the US. A letter has been released by Taliban leaders, addressing the US government in a call for renewed dialogue regarding peace in Afghanistan. According to Tolo News, the letter encouraged the US to engage in peace talks with the Political Office of Islamic Emirate based in Qatar. Previously, the Taliban has called on the US to withdraw its armed forces - citing the presence of the US forces as the main obstacle to peace in Afghanistan. However, it's worried that a withdrawal would leave a power vacuum which could be easily exploited by the insurgent group.

Two civilians killed in Helmand

At least two civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the southern Helmand province. Accoridng to reports, armed insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in Baba Wali of the Gereshk district overnight, sparking violent clashes in which two civilians were killed and two others were wounded along with two security personnel.

Nationwide operations kill 25 militants

At least 25 militants have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in recent nationwide operations conducted by the security forces in Afghanistan. The counter-terror operations were carried out over the weekend, targeting militant groups in the Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Sar-e Pul, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul.

Taliban attack army base in Farah

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 18 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in an attack on an ANA base in the western Farah province. The attack occurred on Friday, in the Bala Boluk district, were armed insurgents ambushed soldiers. At least 18 ANA personnel were killed and two others were wounded. 

Four workers kidnapped in Samangan

Four construction workers have been abducted by suspected militants in the Samangan province. The incident occurred on Sunday in the village of Rabatak - located on the outskirts of Haibak. According to reports, unidentified gunmen targeted the victims, who worked for a construction company. A search operation has been launched alongside police investigations.

Two civilians shot dead by Takhar police force

A bride and her brother-in-law were killed and her mother-in-law injured when police officers opened fire in Taluqan, the capital city of the Takhar province. Authorities reported that the victims' vehicle was targeted when they refused to stop at a checkpoint. Several officers were arrested after the incident, and an investigation is underway. 

Three militants killed in airstrike in Paktiya province

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has reported that at least three militants have been killed and their vehicle destroyed by an airstrike, in the province of Paktiya, where Taliban insurgents are known to be active. No local residents were affected by the incident. 

Dozens of terrorists killed in Nangarhar

Up to 30 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed after their 'safe haven' positions in various parts of Nangarhar were targeted in ground and air operations. The areas affected were Achin, Dur Baba, Haska Mina and Rodat districts. No civilian casualties were reported.

Woman killed in roadside explosion in Zabul

A woman was killed and two others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a roadside mine in Kam Karez area of Sayori district.  Provincial police chief Gulam Gailani said that no group had claimed responsibility for the incident.

Twelve kidnapped elders found dead in Nangarhar

The dead bodies of 12 kidnapped tribal elders have been found in the eastern Nangarhar province. Earlier this week, officials confirmed that the bodies belonged to a group of tribal elders who had been abducted by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants earlier this year. The bodies of the hostages were discovered in the Bati Kot district.

Suicide bomber targets police in Helmand

A suicide bomber has reportedly killed at least one person and wounded six others in an attempt to target a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province. The attack occurred in the Gereshk district, where the suspect was allegedly prevented from getting close to the checkpoint shortly before he detonated his explosives. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban are active throughout the province.

Uruzgan airstrikes kill 12 Taliban

Airstrikes in Uruzgan have killed at least 12 Taliban insurgents and wounded another two. The strikes were conducted by the US forces in the provincial capital, Tarin Kot. According to Khaama Press, the airstrike occurred overnight, targeting an insurgent position on the outskirts of the city.

Two killed in Nangarhar infighting

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a recent outbreak of infighting between factional militant groups in Nangarhar. Fighting reportedly broke out between members of IS-affiliated Jamaat ul-Ahrar and members of one of its splinter groups, Hizb ul-Ahrar. 

Four killed in Khost operation

At least four fatalities have been reported, along with six casualties during a military operation in the Khost province. The operation was focused in the Sabari Yaqobi district, as part of a larger ongoing counter-terror offensive. Unconfirmed reports suggest the fatalities may have been civilians; however, no official statement has been released.

US drone strike kills three IS in Nangarhar

At least three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and another has been wounded in a US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The strikes targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Haska Mena district. 

Eight police killed in Ghazni

Eight police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in Ghazni. The ambush was launched on a security checkpoint overnight in the village of Rabat in the Deh Yak district. According to reports, the checkpoint was manned by Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers - eight of whom were killed. It's believed the insurgents also suffered some casualties.

Three Taliban killed in Farah clashes

At least three Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in clashes in the western Farah province. Tolo News has reported that fighting broke out between insurgents and the security forces on Highway 517 near the provincial capital city's entrance. While the security forces have now brought the situation under control, the highway was closed for several hours.

Taliban kill two in Jowzjan

Two people have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in Jowzjan. The ambush occurred in the Dasht-e-Lili area of the province, where a number of armed insurgents allegedly attacked members of a local Public Uprising - an unofficial pro-government civilian militia. 

Five security personnel killed in militant attack

Five government security personnel have reportedly been killed in a militant attack in the Parwan province. The diseased security personnel are said to be members of an intelligence unit from the National Directorate of Security (NDS). No further information has been confirmed and no group has claimed the attack.

Jalalabad blast kills three

Three people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a bomb blast in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. Tolo News has reported that the blast targeted a bus station near a busy market area in the second police district of the city. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) are active in the area.

Helmand operation kills 28 Taliban

At least 28 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent operation in the southern Helmand province. Reports claim the Afghan Air Force conducted airstrikes in the Deshu, Garmsir, Marjah, and Musa Qala districts, killing 28 insurgents in total. Four drug factories and a Taliban control and command centre were also destroyed.

Eight police officers killed in Farah

At least eight police officers have been killed in Farah after fighting broke out between the security forces and the insurgents. According to reports, the insurgents launched an attack on a security checkpoint in the Bala Boluk district. It's believed the Taliban may have suffered as many as 15 fatalities.

Nationwide operations kill 23 militants

At least 23 militants have been killed in nationwide security operations within the last 24 hours. Air and ground operations were conducted in approximately 14 provinces, including Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Paktiya, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul. Taliban and Islamic State (IS) positions were targeted.

Nangarhar airstrikes kill three IS

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes in the Nangarhar province. The strikes were carried out on Friday in the neighbouring Haska Mena and Achin districts, where IS positions were targeted. According to Tolo News, the air raid was conducted by the US forces.

US airstrike kills three militants in Farah

A US airstrike has reportedly killed three militants and wounded five others in the western Farah province. According to Tolo News, the aerial operations were carried out on Saturday in the Bakwa district, where a suspected militant position was targeted. A building thought to be used as a drugs manufacturing site was also bombed in the airstrikes.

Kandahar operations kill 36 Taliban

At least 36 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in the southern Kandahar province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan military and air force over the weekend in the Qala-e-Khamir area of the Maiwand district, which borders the neighbouring Helmand province. At least 18 insurgents were also arrested.

Six Taliban killed in Uruzgan airstrike

Six Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in an airstrike in Uruzgan. Pajhwok News has reported that local police officials confirmed the incident, claiming the foreign forces targeted Taliban positions on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Tarinkot. Among those killed was a local Taliban commander known as Mullah Ghazi.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 35 Taliban

Airstrikes in Kandahar have killed at least 35 Taliban insurgents within the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the airstrikes, stating that air and ground forces targeted suspected insurgent positions in the Nesh district. Seven insurgent-owned vehicles were also destroyed in the air raids.

Eight Taliban killed in Faryab

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in a series of clashes in the Faryab province. Fighting broke out when a group of armed insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in the Qeysar area. The security forces successfully repelled the attack, killing eight insurgents, wounding 14 and arresting nine others. 

Police officer killed in Logar

A police officer has been killed and three others have been wounded in a roadside bombing in Logar. The security forces were travelling in a police vehicle when they were caught by an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted alongside the road in the Kamakhel area of Pul-e-Alam. No group has claimed responsibility for the IED blast.

Airstrike wounds three Taliban in Kunduz

At least three Taliban insurgents have been wounded in an airstrike in the northern Kunduz province. The Afghan Air Force (AAF) carried out the strikes on suspected insurgent positions in the Qala-i-Zal district of Kunduz, wounding three insurgents and destroying two insurgent-owned vehicles.

Six Taliban killed in Nuristan clash

AT least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in a recent clash between the insurgents and the border security forces in the eastern Nuristan province. The armed altercation occurred near the AfPak border, wear a group of insurgents allegedly attempted to ambush vehicles belonging to border security personnel. The security forces responded to the attack by opening fire, killing six insurgents.

High risk of kidnap in Kabul

The US Embassy has warned foreign travellers of a high risk of kidnap and ransom by militant groups in the capital city, Kabul. An OSAC security alert was published today advising travellers to remain cautious of the continued threat against foreigners - including tourists, journalists, aid workers, medical professionals, and teachers. Popular tourist areas should be avoided and a low profile should be maintained. It is advisable to minimise unnecessary travel and to vary travel routines to avoid a planned ambush attack. 

Two Taliban killed in Badakhshan

Two Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in recent military operations in Badakhshan. The operations targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Jurm district. At least one of the insurgents killed was thought to be a national from neighbouring Tajikistan, fuelling concerns the north-eastern province has become a regional hub for international terrorists associated with the Afghan Taliban.

Nationwide operations kill five militants

At least five militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in recent nationwide operations. Tolo News has reported that 11 clearing operations, 21 special operations, and 33 support operations were launched by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and military across nine provinces within the last 24 hours. The operations targeted militant positions in the Faryab, Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Nimruz, Paktiya, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. At least one militant was also arrested.

Kandahar airstrikes kill 43 Taliban

Airstrikes carried out in the southern Kandahar province have reportedly killed at least 43 Taliban insurgents and wounded approximately 20 others. The air raids were launched in the Nesh district last night after insurgents attacked several security checkpoints in a coordinated attack. According to reports, various insurgent-owned vehicles and weapons supplies were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

Farah drone strike kills eight Taliban

A drone strike in Farah has killed at least eight Taliban insurgents. Bakhtar News has reported that the local police forces confirmed the incident, stating that the drone strike occurred in the Bala Boluk district on Sunday.

Four Taliban killed in Farah IED blast

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed while attempting to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Farah province. Reports state the insurgents accidentally triggered the IED whilst planting it along the side of a road in the Anar Dara district. Insurgents often plant roadside IEDs to hit the security forces.

Sixteen killed in Helmand Taliban attack

At least 16 militiamen have been killed in a recent Taliban attack in the southern Helmand province. The attack occurred in the Gereshk district, where a government-supported militia had reportedly been positioned to infiltrate a Taliban group, when an implanted Taliban insurgent allegedly turned on them, opening fire. According to Reuters, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Taliban kidnap 10 civilians in Jowzjan

Ten civilians have allegedly been kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Jowzjan province. According to reports the incident took place in the Dayan district of the province. The hostages are thought to be tribal elders and may have been kidnapped because they had relatives in the security forces. Negotiations are ongoing to secure the safe release of all hostages.

Eleven IS killed in Nangarhar clashes

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed after clashing with the security forces in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar. The Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) were reportedly conducting a joint operation in the area when they came across a group of armed IS militants, leading to a firefight. Two local IS leaders are thought to be among those killed.

Four Taliban killed in Paktika drone strike

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a drone strike in the Paktika province within the last 24 hours. The drone strike was reportedly orchestrated by the Afghan security forces in the Margha area of the Barmal district, where a suspected Taliban compound was hit near the AfPak border region. At least one deputy chief Taliban commander is thought to be among those killed in the attack.

High risk of terrorist attack in Kabul

The Australian government's travel advice website has issued an updated advisory warning of a high risk of terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The update warns of an increasingly dangerous security situation in Afghanistan due to a continued terrorist threat, advising foreigners against all travel to the country. Foreign nationals are explicitly targeted by terrorist groups and hotels, foreign institutions, government facilities, and the airport are among some of the locations identified as high risk.

Nationwide operations kill 66 Taliban

At least 66 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent nationwide military operations. Pajhwok News has reported that the Ministry of Defense confirmed that 66 insurgents were killed, 25 were wounded, and four were arrested during operations carried out within the last 24 hours. At least 13 provinces were targeted, including the Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Logar, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Paktiya, Takhar, Uruzgan, and Zabul.

Seventeen IS killed in clearing operations

At least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent clearing operations in the eastern region. Reports indicate the operations targeted suspected IS hideouts in the bordering areas of the neighbouring Nangarhar and Laghman provinces. At least two IS commanders are thought to be among those killed.

Two killed in gang shooting in Kabul

Two suspected criminals have been killed and another has been wounded after a gun shooting incident in the Silo area of Kabul. The attack took place in the fifth police district, where a number of unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on three men whilst driving by in a targeted attack. According to reports, the shooting is thought to be the result of a gang dispute, as both the attackers and victims are believed to be members of a local robbery gang.

Four children killed in Ghazni clashes

Four civilian children have reportedly been killed in clashes between the Taliban and the security forces in the Ghazni province. Fighting allegedly took place in a remote part of the Dih Yak district, where the four children were killed on Wednesday. Fox News has reported that the residents have since taken the childrens' bodies to the government forces in the provincial capital, claiming they were killed in an airstrike rather than crossfire. The government forces have reportedly launched an investigation into the incident.

Security personnel escape Taliban custody in Badghis

At least 15 security personnel have reportedly escaped from Taliban custody in the Badghis province. The security personnel were allegedly being held in a Taliban prison in the Muqur area after being captured separately by insurgents throughout the last year. Tolo News has reported that the escapees fled from the prison on Tuesday night. It remains unclear how the escape was carried out and the Taliban have not commented on the incident.

Fourteen IS killed in Jowzjan

At least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes in Jowzjan. Within the last 24 hours, several IS positions have been targeted in villages throughout the Darzab district. According to reports, at least two foreign nationals were among those killed, believed to hail from neighbouring Uzbekistan.

Ten IS killed in Jowzjan airstrike

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in the northern Jowzjan province. Reports claim the government forces conducted the airstrikes in the Sardarah area of the Darzab district, where large number of IS militants have allegedly been gathering in recent weeks.

Nine Taliban killed in Helmand

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in recent security operations in the southern Helmand province. The offensive was conducted as part of the ongoing Maiwand-11 operations targeting Taliban activity between the neighbouring Helmand and Kandahar provinces. According to reports, the insurgents were targeted in the Girmsir and Nad-e Ali districts.

Three police killed in Kandahar

At least three police officers have been killed in a shooting incident in Kandahar. An unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on the security forces in the provincial capital on Wednesday. According to Pajhwok News, the attack occurred on Faqeer Baba Street and the gunman managed to escape following the incident. It's suspected the attacker was associated with the Taliban - who have a strong presence in parts of the province.

Thirty-five IS militants killed in Nangarhar

At least 35 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed during security operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. Bakhtar News reported that a series of air and ground operations targeted the Dur Baba, Ghanikhail, Haska Mena, Kot, Nazyan, and Roadat districts. Around six explosives were also discovered and defused.

Suicide bomber surrenders to security forces

A suicide bomber has reportedly handed himself over to the security forces in the Helmand province. Khaama Press has reported that the suspect had allegedly been tasked with carrying out an attack by the Taliban. The suspect was meant to target the Mukhtar area in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

Explosive-laden truck seized in Kabul

An explosive-laden truck carrying two tonnes of explosives has been seized by the security forces in Kabul. The security forces discovered the truck during operations in an undisclosed location in the eighth police district of Kabul. It remains unclear which militant group the truck belonged to as investigations continue.

Northern airstrikes kill 12 Taliban

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent airstrikes in the northern region. The airstrikes targeted insurgents in the Badakhshan, Faryab, and Sar-e Pul provinces. According to reports, at least six insurgents were killed in Wardoj, Badakhshan, four insurgents were killed in Shirin Tagab, Faryab, and two insurgents were killed in Sangcharak, Sar-e Pul.

Nine militants killed in Nangarhar clashes

As many as nine militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in clashes between two groups of militants in the Nangarhar province. Suspected Islamic State (IS) militants allegedly clashed with a group of Lashkar-e-Islami militants in the Mamand Dara area of the Achin district. According to reports, three Lashkar-e-Islami militants and six IS militants were killed, while three Lashkar-e-Islami militants and four IS militants were wounded.

Ghazni operation kills 25 Taliban

An ongoing military operation in Ghazni has reportedly killed at least 25 Taliban insurgents within the last 24 hours. According to Tolo News, at least 13 insurgents were also wounded in the operation, which targeted the Deh Yak district. A number of weapons were also seized during the offensive.

Six foreign militants killed in Badakhshan

Six foreign militants have been killed in the northern Badakhshan province during a round of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan security forces. The airstrikes were conducted in the Warduj district, where suspected militant hideouts were targeted in the Ab-Jal and Chakiran villages. According to reports, the six deceased militants are thought to have been Tajik nationals.

Eight Taliban killed in Balkh operation

The Afghan security forces have killed eight Taliban insurgents in a recent operation in the Balkh province. The operation targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in the Chimtal district, near the provincial capital, Mazar-e Sharif. At least 12 insurgents were also wounded, along with two security personnel.  

Thirty-four killed in Nangarhar operation

At least 34 militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a security operation in the Nangarhar province. Reports claim the security forces targeted the Islamic State (IS) in two operations in an undisclosed region of Nangarhar, killing 34 militants -  at least 31 of whom are confirmed IS militants.

Parliamentary elections postponed

Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan are set to be further postponed until October 2018. The elections were originally due to take place in October 2016 but were postponed until July 2018 due to unresolved issues surrounding electoral reform following the 2014 presidential election. The delay has sparked concerns among opposition parties that the government has no intention of holding an election until it's expected to be beneficial for the ruling party.

US drone strike kills three IS in Nangarhar

A US drone strike has killed at least three Islamic State (IS) militants in the Nangarhar province. The drone strike was confirmed by the security forces on Saturday, in a statement which claimed three IS militants had been killed in the Haska Mena district. A cache of weapons, explosives, and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Ghazni operation

At least 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as nine others have been wounded in a security operation in Ghazni. The operation was conducted over the weekend, targeting suspected Taliban hideouts across the province. According to reports, the operation was launched almost two weeks ago and is believed to remain ongoing.

Over 100 militants killed in military operations

Over 100 militants have allegedly been killed in military operations over the weekend. According to reports, the Ministry of Defence has claimed that the security forces conducted several nationwide operations, killing at least 100 militants in the Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Logar, Nangarhar, and Wardak provinces.

Suicide bomber shot dead in Badghis

A would-be suicide bomber has been shot dead by the security forces in the Badghis province. According to reports, the suspect threw a grenade, injuring three security personnel, before attempting to detonate a suicide vest in the main bazaar of central Qala-e-Naw. The security forces managed to kill the suspect before they detonated their explosives.

Airstrikes kill 11 militants in Faryab

At least 11 suspected militants have been killed and five others have been wounded in a series of airstrikes carried out in the Faryab province over the weekend. Around five airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan Air Forces (AAF), targeting suspected militant hideouts in the Khwaja Sabz district, near the provincial capital, Maymana. According to reports, the airstrikes were part of the ongoing 'Naveed-8' operation.

IS clash with security forces in Kunar

The security forces have clashed with the Islamic State (IS) in the Kunar province. According to reports, the fighting occurred near the Watapur district, where the security forces were carrying out an operation when they encountered a number of IS militants. At least one IS militant has been killed and two others have been wounded.

Security operations kill 50 Taliban in Kandahar

At least 50 Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent security operations in the southern Kandahar province. The intelligence-led operations were allegedly carried out by operatives of the Special Force Unit from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Akhtarkhail, Chawlawk, Mohammadkhail, and Osmankhail villages of the Maiwand district. According to Tolo News, as many as 50 insurgents were killed, including a number of key commanders, while a further 32 others were arrested.

Three Herat officials detained for corruption

Three local government officials have been arrested on charges of corruption and bribery in Herat. The officials - one of whom was the head of the auditing department - worked for the Independent Directorate of Local Government in Herat and face charges of accepting bribes. The arrests were carried out in an intelligence-led operation by the National Directorate of Security (NDS)

Protest to take place outside Pakistani embassy

A protest is due to take place outside the Pakistani embassy in Kabul. The demonstration has been organised by a civil society to protest against the recent spate of terror attacks targeting the capital city. Many Afghan citizens blame neighbouring Pakistan for allowing terrorist groups to operate from safe havens in Pakistani territory and are calling for the Afghan government to cut diplomatic ties with Islamabad until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against terrorist groups. Foreign travellers should avoid the demonstration as it may become violent and is at a high risk of being targeted by a terrorist attack.

Twenty-six Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrikes

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have been killed in an air operation in the Ghazni province. The airstrikes allegedly targeted a gathering of insurgents in the Andar district. A further 22 insurgents were wounded and at least one was arrested by security personnel. The Taliban have not commented on the operation.

Earthquake hits Badakhshan

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit the north-eastern Badakhshan province. According to data from the USGS, the earthquake struck at 07:07 UTC on Wednesday, at a depth of 191.2km, approximately 35km south of the Jarm district. According to reports, no major damage or casualties were incurred; however, tremors were felt in the northern-most parts of Pakistan and India, prompting avalanche warnings in Jammu and Kashmir.

Taliban threatens large parts of Afghanistan

A recent report from the BBC has suggested as much as 70 percent of Afghanistan is threatened by the Taliban. The report has been released just a day after the Long War Journal confirmed the US Department of Defense (DoD) was restricting the amount of unclassified information released to the Special Investigator General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) - including "the number of districts, and the population living in them, controlled or influenced by the Afghan government or by the insurgents, or contested by both". The DoD's decision to restrict this information has come after a year of noticeable Taliban growth - something which is reflected in the BBC's data for 2017.

Military operations kill 23 militants

A nationwide military operation has allegedly killed as many as 23 militants across the country within the last 24 hours. The Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan National Army (ANA) led the operations which reportedly targeted suspected militant positions in at least nine provinces. The Baghlan, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Nimruz, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces were targeted in the military operations.

Security forces seize weapons cache in Kabul

The security forces have seized a large cache of weapons and explosives in Kabul. According to reports, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) launched an operation in the fifth police district of the capital city, acting on intelligence which indicated the stash was linked to Islamic State (IS) militants. The discovery of the weapons and explosives comes after a recent spate of violent militant attacks targeting the capital.

US drone strike kills two IS in Nangarhar

At least two Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to local reports, the drone strike targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Khargi village in the Achin district. The IS have a strong presence in the Nangarhar province and are thought to have several operational strongholds in Achin.

Suicide bomber targets Helmand

A suicide bomber has detonated a car bomb in the southern Helmand province. Local reports indicate the blast occurred in the Terikh Nawar area of the Marjah district; however, no casualties have been reported, suggesting the bomber missed his intended target. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban have a known presence in the area and are presumed to be behind the suicide bombing.

Three wounded in Helmand suicide car bombing

At least three people were wounded in a car suicide bomb attack in Helmand. The attack occurred over the weekend, targeting a security checkpoint in the Nad-e Ali district. According to reports, the suicide bomber was killed while two Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were wounded, along with a civilian. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eleven soldiers killed in IS attack in Kabul

At least 11 soldiers have been killed and 16 others have been wounded in an Islamic State (IS) attack targeting a military base in Kabul. Preliminary reports suggested the attackers targeted the Marshal Fahim National Defense University; however, updates from the BBC indicate IS militants attacked an army base near a military academy in western Kabul. The attack was launched at 05:00 local time on Monday morning by at least five armed militants. Two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests before three others stormed the area with guns. At least two militants were killed by the security forces, while the fifth has been arrested. The attack is the latest in a spate of deadly militant attacks targeting Kabul.

Kabul suicide bombing kills over 100

A suicide bomb attack has killed around 103 people and wounded as many as 235 others in central Kabul. The Taliban-claimed attack targeted a high-security area near foreign diplomatic offices on Saturday. The attackers managed to drive an explosive-laden ambulance past a police checkpoint before detonating the explosives at the second checkpoint near Jamhuriat hospital and a shopping area known as 'Chicken Street' - one street away from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarters. According to the BBC, the insurgents managed to get through the first checkpoint by claiming they were transporting a patient to the hospital. The attack comes just a week after 22 people were killed in the Taliban attack on the Intercontinental hotel in Kabul. 

Suicide bombing hits Kandahar

A suspected suicide bomb attack has hit Kandahar in the provincial capital district. The blast occurred in the Aino Mina area on the outskirts of Kandahar city. According to Khaama Press, a local military official stated that at least one person has been killed and four others have been wounded. Unconfirmed reports suggest the casualty figures may rise though, as hospital officials claim they've received at least four dead bodies and 10 injured people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban have a strong presence in the region.

Two Taliban killed in Nangarhar operation

Two suspected Taliban insurgents have been killed in a military operation in Lalpur, Nangarhar. The Afghan Special Operations Forces launched a ground operation targetting a suspected insurgent hideout in the area. At least two motorbikes, a vehicle, and a stash of explosives were discovered and confiscated by security personnel.

Six killed in Ghazni rocket attack

At least six Afghan civilians have been killed and two others have been wounded in a rocket attack in Ghazni. Reports claim the rocket was fired by the Taliban and hit a civilian house in the Qara Baghi village on the outskirts of Ghazni city. The Taliban have denied involvement in the attack.

Six Taliban killed in Helmand operations

At least six Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent military operations conducted in the Helmand province. The Afghan security forces carried out air and ground operations in the Marjah, Nad-e Ali, and Nahr-e Saraj districts. Six insurgents were killed, one was wounded, and two others were arrested. A number of small arms and light weapons were also discovered and seized during the operations.

Three women killed in Balkh gun attack

At least three women have been killed in a gun attack in the northern Balkh province. According to Tolo News, the women were all aged in their twenties and all three died from gunshot wounds to the head and face. The women were reportedly attacked by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital, Mazar-e Sharif. No claim of responsibility has been made. It's possible the women were executed by Taliban insurgents or were victims of an 'honour-killing'.

Militants attack Herat district governor

A district governor has been attacked by militants in the Herat province. Reports state the governor was allegedly attacked in the Pashtun Zarghun district on Thursday evening. While the governor escaped the attack wounded, one of his guards was killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two Taliban killed in Faryab

At least two Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in clashes with the security forces in the Faryab province. The fighting occurred in the Aab Garmak area of the Ghormach district. The two deceased insurgents are thought to be Taliban commanders.

Airstrikes kill 15 Taliban in Sar-e Pul

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in a recent series of airstrikes in the Sar-e Pul province. The government air forces conducted the airstrikes in the Shah Toot area of the Sayyad district after receiving reports of insurgent activity from the intelligence services.

Suicide bombing hits Jalalabad charity

A suspected suicide bombing has reportedly hit a charity in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar. The BBC has reported that a suicide bomber is thought to have detonated an explosive-laden vehicle outside the entrance to the compound of the Save the Children charity. At least three gunmen then stormed the compound - which contained at least 50 staff at the time of the attack. At least two people have been killed while 12 other people have been injured. Casualty figures may rise, while the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Save the Children has temporarily suspended all Afghan programmes.

Over 100 militants killed in nationwide operations

Over 100 militants have allegedly been killed in nationwide operations conducted within the last 24 hours. Reports claim 113 militants were killed and 36 others were wounded in air and ground operations carried out in Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kunar, Logar, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Paktika, Uruzgan, and Zabul.

Taliban destroy bridge in Kunduz

Taliban insurgents have destroyed a key bridge in the Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province. No casualties were reported, but 13 villages have now been cut off from the district administration centre in what appears to be a strategic move, sparking concerns of an imminent coordinated insurgent attack in the area.

Gunman attack two journalists in Nangarhar

A group of gunmen have attacked two journalists in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. On Sunday, journalist Baz Mohamed Shiwarir and cameraman Mohammad Rafiq were attacked by armed assailants whilst travelling in a vehicle in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar. The driver of the vehicle was allegedly shot dead, while Shiwarir and Rafiq managed to escape the attack alive, but injured. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has issued a statement condemning the attack, which took place the same day arsonists set fire to a private radio station in the Ghor province.

Three IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and another has been wounded in a recent round of airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. The airstrikes were carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Mamand Dara area of the Achin district. According to reports, a number of suspected IS hideouts were targeted in the aerial operation.

Security operations kill 28 militants in Kunduz

At least 28 militants have been killed in security operations in the northern Kunduz province. Over the weekend, the Afghan security forces launched a series of air and ground operations, targeting militant positions in the Chahar Dara district. A cache of weapons was seized and at least four  militant commanders were allegedly among those killed in the raids.

Ten IS killed in Jowzjan clashes

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly been killed in clashes with the Taliban in the northern Jowzjan province. The clashes broke out in the Qosh Tepa district, where the Taliban insurgents allegedly launched an attack targeting an IS hideout. According to local reports, the Taliban killed 10 IS militants and took another one hostage. Neither the Taliban or the IS have commented on the alleged incident, but the two groups are known to have clashed in the Jowzjan province on several other occasions within the last year.

Four soldiers killed in Helmand clashes

Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Taliban in the southern Helmand province. Over the weekend, a number of Taliban insurgents allegedly launched attacks targeting ANA checkpoints in the Sarband area of the Gereshk district. The attacks prompted a crossfire in which four ANA were killed and another three were wounded. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Eight Taliban killed in Logar clashes

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in recent clashes with the security forces in the Logar district. The clashes broke out over the weekend in the Charkh district, where the insurgents allegedly attempted to attack the security forces during a clearing operation. No casualties were reported among the security personnel and a large cache of suicide vests and explosive devices were seized during the operation.

Seven police killed in Taliban attack

Seven police officers have been killed and another has been wounded in a Taliban attack in Helmand. A group of armed insurgents reportedly ambushed police checkpoints overnight in the Chawghakai area in the Garmsir district. The attacks sparked an armed response from the police officers - who allegedly repelled the attack despite receiving heavy losses.

Kam Air cancels domestic flights

The Afghan airline, Kam Air, has cancelled domestic flights following the Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. At least 18 people were killed and 10 others were wounded by Taliban gunmen in the attack. According to Tolo News, a number of Kam Air staff members were among those killed in the attack. As many as 11 Kam Air staff may have been caught up in the attack, leading to operational difficulties for the airline.

Private radio station set ablaze in Ghor

A private radio station has been set on fire by unidentified attackers in the Ghor province. The privately-run Adalat Radio Station was allegedly stormed by three unknown gunmen on Sunday night. The station manager, Abdul Wadood Samim, told Pajhwok News he was beaten and tied up by the gunmen before they began to set fire to the station equipment. Samim claimed the station is located near the police station; however, the police forces allegedly didn't respond to the incident. No casualties have been reported and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

UN worker kidnapped in Kabul

A UN worker has been kidnapped along with her child in the capital city, Kabul. The woman was allegedly dropping her child off at school on her way to work when her vehicle was intercepted by the kidnappers. Some reports also suggest the woman's driver was killed in the attack. According to Tolo News, the abduction occurred in the Khair Khana area of Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet; however, the incident comes shortly after Taliban insurgents killed 14 foreign nationals in an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

Twenty-two killed in Taliban attack on Kabul hotel

At least 22 people have been killed and around 10 others were wounded when Taliban insurgents stormed a hotel in Kabul the weekend. According to the BBC, a group of Taliban gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in central Kabul on Saturday. The gunmen were allegedly dressed in army uniforms and are thought to have entered the high-security hotel via the kitchens. At least 14 foreign nationals and four Afghan nationals were killed, while 10 others - including four civilians - were also wounded. Nine Ukrainians, one German, one Greek, and one Kazakh citizen have been identified among those dead, while two others remain unidentified. Six attackers were also killed - although some reports claim there were only five gunmen. Unconfirmed reports suggest the fatality figures may have risen to at least 43 people. Approximately 160 people were rescued from the hotel, while the Afghan security forces battled with the insurgents for over 12 hours. The Intercontinental Hotel is a state-owned business - separate from the global chain under the same name - and was considered a landmark in the capital city. The hotel was targeted by the Taliban in another attack in 2011. The Taliban has confirmed it was behind the attack, claiming to have killed "tens of foreign invaders and their puppets". The Taliban is firmly against the military presence of the foreign forces in Afghanistan, especially the US forces - claiming their deployment is a form of foreign invasion.

Two drug suspects detained in Parwan

Two suspected drug traffickers have been arrested during a counter-narcotics operation in the Parwan province. The operation was carried out by the Afghan security forces in the Jabul Saraj district of Parwan. According to reports, the suspects were discovered with a truck carrying around 600kg of hashish - a drug made from cannabis. In the UK, a quarter of an ounce of hashish is thought to cost around £30 - making the estimated UK street price of 600kg of hashish approximately £2.5 million.

Security alert issued in Kabul

A security alert has been issued in Kabul by OSAC. The alert advises foreign travels of a high threat level against hotels in Kabul. The brief report identifies the Hotel Baron near Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport as a particularly high-risk target for extremist groups. Large social gatherings, demonstrations, public transport, markets, government facilities, and tourist spots are also possible targets for terrorist attacks. Foreign travellers have been advised to maintain a low profile and to exercise extreme caution in visiting high-risk locations. It may also be worth considering sharing travel plans or an itinerary with trusted individuals.

Five militants killed in Nangarhar

Five militants have been killed in a recent military offensive in Nangarhar. The militants were thought to be members of the Taliban-affiliated al-Qaeda network. According to Tolo News, the operation targeted the militants in the Toto area of the Sherzad district. A number of foreign militants were allegedly among those killed in the offensive, including Pakistanis and Chechens. At least three other suspected militants were also arrested.

Taliban kill eight security personnel in Farah

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed eight security personnel in the western Farah province. The insurgents allegedly attacked a police checkpoint in the Anar Dara district - which borders Iran. At least six Afghan National Police (ANP) and two Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were killed in the attack. A number of small arms and light weapons were also stolen by the insurgents.

Six killed in Faryab clashes

Six people have been killed in recent clashes in the Faryab province. The clashes occurred in the Ghormach district, which borders the neighbouring Badghis province. According to reports, four Taliban insurgents, one police officer, and a civilian were among those killed in the fighting. At least seven others were also wounded, including one police officer and six insurgents. Fighting allegedly broke out after a group of insurgents launched an attack on several security checkpoints in the area. The majority of the district is thought to be under Taliban control.

Suicide bomber killed in Nangarhar

A suicide bomber has been killed after prematurely detonating his explosives in Nangarhar. The incident occurred on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Jalalabad city. According to reports, the suspect was being chased by the security forces - who were acting on a tip-off - when his explosives were detonated prematurely, killing himself and one other person. Neither the Taliban or the Islamic State (IS) have commented on the attempted suicide bombing. It's believed the suspect originally came from the Pachir Wa Agam district in Nangarhar, where both the Taliban and IS are active.

Five Taliban killed in Kunduz operations

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in recent military operations in the northern Kunduz province. The operations were conducted as part of the ongoing 'Pamir 17' operation targeting insurgent groups operating in the northern region. A cache of approximately 300 rounds of ammunition for AK-47 guns was also discovered and confiscated during the offensive. 

Three Taliban killed in Helmand operation

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a security operation conducted in the southern Helmand province. The operation was carried out by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the Sangin district, where there is a strong Taliban presence. According to reports, three other insurgents were also arrested during the operation, while a cache of explosives and ammunition was also seized.

Nine killed in Ghazni clashes

Nine people - including seven Taliban insurgents and two police officers - have been killed after clashes broke out in the Ghazni province. Fighting broke out in the Giru district after a group of armed insurgents stormed a security checkpoint, sparking a fatal gunfight which lasted for several hours. At least nine more insurgents were wounded along with another police officer. The security forces fought off the attack and a number of insurgent weapons were also seized from the site of the clash.

Taliban behead police officer in Logar

Taliban insurgents have reportedly beheaded an Afghan Local Police (ALP) officer in the Logar province. Local reports indicate the insurgents tricked the ALP officer, capturing him and later beheading him. The Taliban often execute people as the group's form of justice. The beheading allegedly occurred in the Mohammad Agha district.

Seven Taliban killed in Kunduz clashes

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and eight others have been wounded in recent clashes with the Afghan security forces in the northern Kunduz province. The clashes occurred in the Dasht-e-Archi and Imam Sahib districts. According to reports, three insurgents were killed and five others were wounded in Dasht-e-Archi, while a further four were killed and three more were wounded in Imam Sahib. There have high levels of Taliban activity in both districts within the last year, as the group has attempted to take control of territory in both areas.

Four Taliban killed in Kunduz clashes

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in a series of clashes in the northern Kunduz province. The clashes occurred in the Talwaki area of the provincial capital, Kunduz city, where insurgents allegedly ambushed several security checkpoints. At least three Afghan soldiers were killed and another was wounded; however, the security forces reportedly managed to repel the attack, killing four insurgents.

Badakhshan air raid kills 15 militants

An air raid int he northern Badakhshan province has killed at least 15 militants. The raid was conducted by the Afghan Air Force in the Jurm district. According to reports, the militants have been identified as foreign nationals - most likely from neighbouring Tajikistan. At least 11 more foreign militants were also wounded. The militants are thought to have potential connections to the Taliban.

Rocket hits Indian embassy in Kabul

A rocket has reportedly struck the Indian embassy in Kabul. According to reports, the rocket landed inside the compound on 14th street in the hihj-security Wazir Akbar Khan area on Monday evening. No casualties were inflicted during the incident, although some minor structural damage was caused to one of the embassy buildings. Unconfirmed reports indicate a second rocket may have landed near the Canadian embassy with no casualties. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, preliminary reports suggest at least three suspects have been detained by the security forces in connection with the incident.

Drone strikes kill 23 IS in Nangarhar

Recent drone strikes have reportedly killed at least 23 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Khaama Press has reported that two rounds of drone strikes took place within the last 24 hours, targeted IS hideouts in the Achin and Sherzad districts. At least two militants were killed in a drone strike in the Marki area of Sherzad, while another 21 were killed in a drone strike in the Mamand Dara area of Achin. Various weapons supplies were also destroyed in the raids.

Five Taliban killed in Baghlan operation

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded in ongoing security operations in the northern Baghlan province. According to Tolo News, the operations were conducted as part of the 'Alburz 22' operation which was launched in the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khomri,  on Monday and remains ongoing. The insurgents were targeted in the villages of Baba Nazar and Khalazi in the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of the capital city. At least two local Taliban commanders are thought to be among those killed yesterday.

Four civilians killed in Faryab rocket attack

At least four civilians have been killed and 42 others have been wounded in a rocket attack in Faryab. According to Tolo News, a rocket landed in a busy market area in the Khwaja Sabz Posh district. It's suspected the rocket was intended to hit the nearby district council building, but missed its target, hitting the bazar instead. The attack came on market day, resulting in high casualty figures. The district governor has reportedly claimed the attack was carried out by Taliban insurgents; however, no claim of responsibility has been made. The Taliban are known to have a presence in the district and frequently carry out deadly attacks.

Four Taliban arrested in Helmand raid

Four Taliban insurgents have been arrested in a raid in the southern Helmand province. The raid was carried out by the Afghan security forces in an intelligence-based operation led by the National Directorate of Security (NDS). A suspected Taliban compound was targeted in the Marjah district, where four insurgents were successfully detained and arrested. There were no reports of gunfire and no casualties were incurred during the operation.

Nationwide operations kill dozens of Taliban

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent nationwide counter-terror operations conducted by the security forces over the weekend. According to reports, the operations were carried out in at least eight provinces, including Faryab, Ghazni, Herat, Jowzjan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan, and Uruzgan. Approximately 76 insurgents were killed and at least 14 others were arrested by the security forces.

Seven police killed in Farah attack

At least seven police officers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Farah province. The insurgents reportedly ambushed the police officers in the Raigi area on the outskirts of the provincial capital. The police officers were allegedly in transit at the time of the attack, responding to reports of another insurgent attack targeting a police checkpoint. While the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, it remains unclear whether or not the ambush was connected to the checkpoint attack.

Two killed in Ghor suicide blast

At least two people have been killed and six others have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Ghor. The blast occurred in the provincial capital, Firuzkoh (formerly called Chaghcharan), in a residential house. It's believed the bombing was targeting those inside the property at the time of the attack; however, the precise motive behind the attack remains unclear as no militant group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. According to reports, the bomber's explosives allegedly went off prematurely - suggesting the attack was not carried out as planned.

Laghman airstrikes kill four Taliban

A series of airstrikes in the Laghman province have killed at least four Taliban insurgents within the last 24 hours. The strikes allegedly hit a Taliban hideout in the Haidar Ghar area of the Alisheng district. They come the same night four other insurgents were killed in raids in Helmand.

Four Taliban killed in Helmand raids

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in raids conducted in the southern Helmand province. The raids were carried out by the Afghan Special Forces (ASF), targeting a Taliban location in the Musa Qala district. At least two other insurgents were arrested, while a supply of arms was destroyed.

Military raids kill 23 Taliban in Nangarhar

Military raids have allegedly killed at least 23 Taliban insurgents in the Nangarhar province. The intelligence-led operation was reportedly planned by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and carried out by the Special Operations Force in the Khogyani district. According to Tolo News, security personnel targeted two Taliban hideouts in the Sordag area, killing 23 insurgents and arresting 14 others. At least four local Taliban commanders are thought to have been among those killed in the raids.

US soldier wounded in Nangarhar

A US soldier has reportedly been wounded in an incident in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to Fox News, the soldier - who has not been identified - sustained injuries in an insurgent attack in the Achin district. A US military spokesperson, Capt. Tom Gresback, has confirmed the casualty in a statement, which described the incident as an 'active ground engagement'. No further details were released other than that the soldier is in a stable condition. The Taliban has claimed that two Taliban insurgents who had infiltrated a local militia several months earlier were responsible for the incident. While the US forces have been known to work with local militias, it remains unclear whether or not they were working together at the time of the incident and the Taliban claims remain unconfirmed.

Young girl killed in Nangarhar IED blast

A four-year-old girl has reportedly been killed in a bomb explosion in the Nangarhar province. An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly planted along the roadside in the Khogyani district, where it was triggered, resulting in a fatal blast. Khaama Press News Agency has reported that the provincial government media office released a statement attributing the incident to the Taliban - who have been known to operate in the area. Insurgents often plant IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces.

Twenty-six IS killed in Nangarhar raids

At least 26 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in recent raids conducted in the Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. The militants were targeted in the Haska Mena, Achin, and Roadat districts, where the IS have a strong operational network established. According to reports, several IS hideouts were also targeted and destroyed during the raids.

Three IS killed in Kunar airstrike

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike in the eastern province of Kunar. The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces, targeting a suspected IS hideout in the Suki district. At least three militants were killed and several weapons caches were also allegedly destroyed. 

Nine Taliban killed in Laghman clash

Nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in an armed clash with the Afghan security forces in the Laghman province. The incident occurred in the Alisheng district near the outskirts of the provincial capital, Mehtarlam. According to reports, the insurgents opened fire on the security forces, sparking a gunfight in which nine insurgents were killed.

Farah airstrikes kill 21 Taliban

At least 21 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of airstrikes in the western Farah province. The airstrikes were conducted by the Afghan forces in the Khak-e-Safid district. According to reports, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the strikes, stating that at least seven Pakistani nationals were among those killed.

Three police officers wounded in Taliban attack

Three police officers have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Sar-e-Pul province. The insurgents reportedly ambushed a police vehicle along the highway between Sar-e-Pul and Jowzjan. The police personnel responded to the attack by opening fire, killing two Taliban insurgents. One of the deceased insurgents is thought to have been a Taliban commander

Taliban release 14 police officers in Paktiya

The Taliban have released 14 Afghan police officers in Paktiya after abducting them in June 2017. A group of 16 police officers were originally ambushed and kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Jani Khel district of Paktiya last year. While two police officers were released at an earlier date, 14 have been held hostage in the district for almost eight months. According to reports, the release was negotiated between local Taliban leaders and tribal elders on the condition that the police officers would not be reintegrated back into the police force.

Ten Taliban killed in Kunduz

Ten Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed and four others have been wounded during a security operation in the Kunduz province. The Afghan security forces reportedly led a counter-insurgency operation in the Khanabad district, where a group of insurgents were targeted in the Ishantop village. An ammunitions stockpile and a number of insurgent-owned vehicles were seized during the operation, while a senior Taliban insurgent was also arrested.

Two people killed in Taliban attack

At least two people have been killed and eight others have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Faryab province. Recent reports suggest a large group of armed Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on several villages in the Kohistan district. It's thought that two civilians have been killed and at least four others have been wounded. The Afghan security forces have reportedly launched a counter-attack, reclaiming at least three villages.

Nine Taliban killed in Helmand operation

At least nine Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 18 others have been wounded in a recent security operation in the southern Helmand province. The intelligence-led operation was conducted by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Garmsir district over the weekend. On Sunday, Tolo News reported that the NDS had released a statement confirming the operation and casualty figures. Three Taliban commanders were also arrested during the operation.

Taliban kidnap bus passengers in Farah

Taliban insurgents have reportedly kidnapped a number of civilian bus passengers in the western Farah province. Local reports suggest a group of insurgents intercepted a passenger bus en route from Farah city to Kabul along the Farah-Herat highway in the Bala Buluk district. As many as 20 hostages were allegedly taken to an unknown location.

Nineteen Taliban killed in Helmand operations

As many as 19 Taliban insurgents have been killed in recent operations carried out in the Helmand province. According to reports, airstrikes were carried out in the Nad-e-Ali and Gereshk districts, killing at least nine insurgents and wounding six others overall. A prominent Taliban commander was reportedly among those killed during an airstrike in the Nad-e-Ali district. A further 10 insurgents were killed in another operation conducted in the Garmsir district - during which two insurgents were also detained.

Fifteen IS killed in Kunar clashes

At least 15 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in clashes in Kunar. The clashes occurred in the Chawki district on Sunday evening, where a number of armed IS militants allegedly launched an attack on several security checkpoints in the area. According to Tolo News, an additional three police officers were killed and 13 others were also wounded in the fighting.

Laghman airstrike kills 14 IS

An airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Laghman province has killed at least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants over the weekend. Tolo News has reported that the airstrike was confirmed by local police on Saturday. The AAF allegedly targeted suspected IS positions in the Kondgul area of the Alingar district. At least two IS commanders are believed to be among those killed.

Airstrike targets IS in Jowzjan

An airstrike has allegedly targeted an Islamic State (IS) hideout in the northern Jowzjan province. According to Tolo News, an airstrike hit a house belonging to an IS commander in the Darzab district, where a group of Faryab residents were meeting IS representatives to negotiate the release of an imam being held hostage by the group. The residents have claimed that at least 10 civilians were among those killed in the airstrike - which they allege was carried out by the foreign forces. The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has not confirmed the airstrike. 

Nationwide security operations kill 33 Taliban

Nationwide security operations have reportedly killed at least 33 Taliban insurgents within the last 24 hours. According to reports, 33 insurgents have been killed and 18 others have been wounded in the latest series of counter-terror operations across the country. Operations were carried out by the Afghan military in nine provinces, including Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Kunar, Logar, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Wardak, and Zabul. Two insurgents were also arrested, while various weapons supplies and insurgent vehicles were destroyed in the offensives.

Eleven killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least 11 people have been killed and 25 others have been wounded in a suicide bomb explosion in Kabul. According to Reuters, a bomber dressed in a police uniform approached security personnel in the Banaee area of police district nine, where a counter-narcotics operation was being carried out. The BBC has reported that five police officers were among those killed and another 11 were wounded. The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Twenty-six IS killed in Jowzjan operation

At least 26 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in a military counter-terror operation conducted in the northern Jowzjan province. The BBC has reported that air and ground operations targeted an IS training facility in the Darzab district on Tuesday. At least seven of the deceased militants have allegedly been identified as foreign nationals from France and Uzbekistan.  Counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the area with the aim of reducing the influence of the IS in the northern region.

Two civilians killed in Helmand bomb blast

Two civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in a bomb blast in the Helmand province. The explosion was reportedly triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been buried along the roadside in the Washir district. According to reports, a civilian vehicle triggered the IED as it passed by. It's likely the IED was planted by Taliban insurgents - who have several strongholds in the province and often plant IEDs to target the government forces.

Five Taliban killed in Faryab airstrike

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in Faryab. The airstrike was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Pashtun Kot district, where an unspecified number of suspected Taliban hideouts were targeted. The Taliban have a strong presence in parts of the province and the government forces run frequent counter-terror operations against the Taliban in Faryab. No further details have been confirmed and no AAF casualties were reported.

Two civilians killed in Helmand blast

At least two civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in a bomb blast in the Herat province. The explosion occurred in the Washir district of the province, where a roadside bomb was triggered. While no claim of responsibility has been made, the Taliban has a strong presence throughout the province. Taliban insurgents have been known to plant roadside bombs in attempts to target the security forces; however, civilians are often hit by the bombs instead. 

IS attack foiled in Kabul

A series of planned Islamic State (IS) attacks have reportedly been foiled by the Afghan intelligence services in Kabul. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has claimed that operatives intercepted several IS terrorist plots, arresting at least 13 suspected IS militants - including a number of foreign nationals. The arrest operation allegedly took place in Kabul, while the militants were plotting their attacks.

Three Taliban killed in Laghman clash

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the Laghman province. The fighting allegedly took place in the Alingar district, where a gunfight broke out in the Basram area. While three insurgents were killed, another three were wounded. At least one Afghan soldier was also killed in the armed altercation and three more soldiers were wounded. 

US soldier killed in border operation

A US soldier has been killed in an operation targeting bordering areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to the BBC, the operation took place along the AfPak border in the Achin district of Nangarhar, where the Pentagon has confirmed the soldier died in a "combat engagement" on Monday. At least four other US soldiers were also wounded in the altercation. No further details have been released and the deceased soldier has not been publicly identified by the American authorities. The Islamic State (IS) have a strong presence in the Nangarhar province - especially in the Achin district, where IS militants target weak points in areas along the border.

Scores wounded in Helmand bus crash

Scores of civilians have been wounded after a passenger bus collided with a tanker in the southern Helmand province. The crash occurred on Tuesday evening in the Washir district along the main highway to Delaram in the neighbouring Nimroz province. According to reports, at least one person has been confirmed dead and as many as 43 others have been wounded in the traffic accident. 

IS targeted in Nangarhar raids

Afghan officials say at least 65 Islamic State (IS) have been killed in operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. Air and ground operations were carried out in Gorgore and Wangora areas of Haska Mena district. Nangarhar governor's spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said one civilian was killed and 13 others wounded during the strikes.

Ten Taliban militants killed in Uruzgan

At least 10 Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with the Afghan security forces in Uruzgan province. Khas district police chief Khas Uruzgan said the security forces thwarted an attack on security checkpoints in the Shikha area. A soldier was killed and seven others wounded during the confrontation.

Forty killed in Kabul suicide blast

At least 40 people have been killed and as many as 30 others have been wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul. At least three blasts targeted a Shia cultural centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi district. The neighbouring Afghan Voice news agency was also hit by the explosions. According to the BBC, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed reslonsibility for the attack. 

US airstrike kills 15 IS militants

At least 15 Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly been killed during a US airstrike in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The aerial operation was conducted by the US forces in the Achin district, targeting a suspected IS position in the Bandar area. 

Suicide bomb targets intelligence HQ

A suicide bomb attack has killed 10 people and wounded five others outside an intelligence HQ in Kabul. The assailant detonated the device as people were on their way to work on Monday. The Islamic State (IS) group said it was responsible for the attack.

Taliban militant killed by mine in Kunduz

A senior Taliban militant has been killed by a landmine planted by other Taliban fighters in Kunduz province. The district shadow governor, identified as Mawlavi Dost Mohammad, was reportedly fleeing the Afghan security forces in Khanabad when the device exploded. The Taliban have not commented on the reports.

Three dead in Herat bombing

At least three people have been killed and six others wounded in a bombing in the western city of Herat. Police spokesman said the incident occurred in the Jebraeel area of the city late on Thursday afternoon. The device had been planted in a motorbike and was detonated in a shopping district.

Taliban leader killed in Helmand airstrike

A senior Taliban leader has been killed in an airstrike in the southern Helmand province. Qari Fida Mohammad was among several militants killed in the strikes in Marjah district. The group has not commented on the reports.

Taliban targeted in Uruzgan raids

Eleven suspected Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan security forces in Uruzgan province. The suspects were killed following a Taliban ambush on a military convoy in Charcheno district. An army spokesman said there were no casualties among the security forces.

IS targeted in Nangarhar raids

Five Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed by the Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The provincial government office said the raids were carried out in the Khogyani district. Seven other militants were wounded during the clashes.

Security forces raid Bagram district

The Afghan security forces have carried out a raid in the Bagram district of Parwan province. At least one person was killed and two others wounded in the raid, which was carried out by Afghan and foreign troops. Provincial governor Mohammad Asim Asim confirmed the raid and said that “the incident will be investigated seriously but that it’s not yet clear what the motive of the operation was.”

Security forces destroy drugs factory in Nangarhar

The Afghan security forces have raided a drugs processing factory in the eastern Nangarhar province. A spokesman for the 201 Military Corps said the plant was destroyed during the operation in the Khogyani district on Tuesday.

Car bomb kills 29 in Lashkar Gah

At least 29 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Omar Zuwak, the spokesman for the Helmand governor, said 12 members of the security forces were among the victims of the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although the Taliban have a strong presence throughout Helmand.

Taliban targeted in Sar-e-Pul airstrikes

At least 50 Taliban militants have been killed by the Afghan security forces in the northern Sar-e-Pul province. In a statement released on Monday, the army said airstrikes were conducted in the Sancharak district. The deputy shadow district chief of the group, Qari Sher Mohammad, is reported to be among a number of senior Taliban figures killed in the strikes.

District police chief killed by Taliban, Badghis

The district police chief of Ab Kamari district in Badghis province has been killed in a Taliban attack. Two other officers were wounded when militants attacked a police post on Sunday night. The Taliban has not made any official comments on the reports.

Nine IS militants killed in Nangarhar operation

Nine suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in counter-terrorism operations in Nangarhar province. The Afghan security forces carried out raids in the Dehbala and Khogyani districts, according to an army spokesman. On Saturday evening troops also targeted a Taliban cell in the Khoghyani district, killing four and arresting seven others.

Gunmen attack training centre in Kabul

Islamic State (IS) gunmen have attacked a military training centre in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The assailants were killed following heavy clashes with the Afghan security forces on Monday morning. IS claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency.

Police killed in Helmand ambush

Eleven Afghan police officers have been killed in an ambush in the southern Helmand province. The officers were targeted at a checkpoint in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, on Sunday. Troops from the Afghan National Army (ANA) eventually repelled the attackers. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Six children wounded in Kandahar bombing

Six children have been wounded after a bomb exploded in the southern Kandahar province. The victims found the improvised explosive device (IED) in the Shah Walikot district and were playing with it at the time of the explosion. The children were evacuated to Uruzgan Civil Hospital for treatment.

Twelve militants killed in nationwide security operations

At least 12 militants have been killed and six others have been wounded in security operations carried out across the country within the last 24 hours. The operations targeted militants positions in the Kandahar, Farah, Paktika, Nangarhar, Faryab, Baghlan, and Jowzjan provinces. Nine Taliban insurgents were killed in Shah Wali Kot, Kandahar, while two militants were killed in the Pusht Rod district of Farah. 

Taliban capture security checkpoints in Faryab

Taliban insurgents have reportedly captured several security checkpoints in the Baloch area in Faryab. Local reports suggest the area had been under Taliban siege for several months and was manned only by an armed civilian 'public uprising' group. The insurgents allegedly killed a prominent uprising commander, leading to the surrender of the area to the insurgents. Two checkpoints in the Sherin Tagab district were also captured by the insurgents. Unconfirmed reports suggest the area had been under siege for as long as three months without any support or back up by the government military forces, sparking criticism of the government.

Three IS killed in Nangarhar operations

At least three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in the most recent round of security operations in the Nangarhar province. According to Khaama Press, the Afghan security forces conducted the operations overnight in the Khogyani district, where a number of villages have allegedly been cleared of IS militants.

Airstrike kills eight Taliban in Farah

An airstrike has killed at least eight Taliban insurgents in the Farah province. Reports suggest the Afghan Air Force (AAF) carried out the airstrike in the Khak-e-Safid district of Farah. At least one of those killed in the attack is believed to be a senior Taliban commander.

Taliban kill four police officers in Paktiya

Taliban insurgents have allegedly killed four Afghan police officers in the Paktiya province. Reports indicate a number of armed insurgents ambushed a police checkpoint in the Barlak area of the Jani Khel district. The insurgents allegedly stormed the checkpoint overnight, killing four police officers before capturing the post.

Taliban attack security forces in Helmand

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed as many as 14 Afghan security personnel in an attack in the Helmand province. Tolo News has reported that a group of armed insurgents ambushed security personnel during a counter-narcotics operation in an undisclosed remote area. Unconfirmed reports suggest the insurgents also managed to steal a number of firearms and that casualty figures may rise.

Ten IS killed in Nangarhar military operations

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and around 13 others have been wounded in recent military operations in Nangarhar. According to Tolo News, the operations took place in the Khogyani district, where at least nine villages have been cleared of militants thus far. Clearing operations remain ongoing in the area as a part of a wider counter-terror initiative targeting IS groups throughout the province.

US soldier killed in Nangarhar vehicle incident

A US soldier has reportedly been killed and two others have been wounded in a vehicle incident in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to Pahjwok News, the Afghan and US forces made a joint statement confirming the fatal incident, stating that the soldiers were not in contact with enemy forces at the time of the incident. While no further details have been released, investigations have been launched into the accident.

Three soldiers killed in Ghazni attacks

Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and five others have been wounded in a series of Taliban attacks in the Ghazni province. Armed Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on ANA checkpoints in the Andar and Muqur districts. Although the ANA forces managed to repel the attacks, at least three soldiers were killed and five were wounded. According to reports, the insurgents also managed to steal various weapons and other military supplies from the checkpoints.

Tribal leader freed from Taliban captivity

A tribal leader has been freed from captivity after being held hostage by the Taliban in the Paktika province. Local reports indicate the tribal leader was freed during a joint operation overnight. The Afghan and US forces carried out a raid on a Taliban facility in the Barmal district - which borders Pakistan - freeing the tribal elder and seizing a number of small arms and light weapons.

Eleven Taliban killed in Helmand

Eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed in an armed encounter with the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. A group of armed insurgents reportedly ambushed the security forces by storing several Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoints. According to reports, security personnel forced the insurgents to retreat after 11 were killed in the fighting.

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

Nine Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Nangarhar. According to reports, IS positions in the Khogyani district were struck overnight. The airstrikes were conducted as part of ongoing counter-terror operations in the province.

Eleven killed in Ghazni clash

At least 11 people have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in a clash between Taliban insurgents and the security forces in Ghazni. The fighting broke out over the weekend in the Qarabagh district, where a group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly launched an attack on an Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint. At least three ANA soldiers were killed and two others were wounded, while eight insurgents were killed and 10 others were wounded. While the ANA soldiers allegedly managed to repel the attack, a number of weapons and ammunition were stolen by the insurgents.

Dozens of Taliban killed in Kunduz clearing operation

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in the latest clearing operation targeting Taliban positions in the northern Kunduz province. The five-day clearing operation has been taking place in the northern-most Imam Sahib district - an area which borders Tajikistan and has been targeted by Taliban as a potential operations base in the northern region. According to Tolo News,a military representative confirmed the operations, stating that 76 insurgents were killed during the five-day offensive. 

Three IS killed in US airstrike, Nangarhar

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces in the eastern Nangarhar province over the weekend. The aerial operation was conducted on Saturday and targeted a suspected IS compound in the Awghaz area of the Haska Mena district.

Taliban treatment facility targeted in Wardak

A Taliban treatment facility has reportedly been targeted in a recent security operation in the Sayad Abad district of the Wardak province. The facility was allegedly used to provide medical treatment to Taliban insurgents from several nearby provinces, including Paktiya and Ghazni. Khaama Press has reported that an unknown number of insurgents were killed during the operation. Medical equipment, supplies, weapons, and ammunition were also allegedly seized from the site.

Blast hits Kabul market

An explosion has hit a civilian market in Kabul, killing at least seven civilians. The blast occurred at the Sar-e-Karez Market in the sixth police district of Kabul. Preliminary reports suggest at least seven civilians have been killed and nine others have been wounded. While it remains unclear precisely what caused the explosion, three vehicles have reportedly been damaged amid unconfirmed reports the blast came from an explosive-laden motorcycle. No militant group has commented on the incident or claimed responsibility thus far.

Twenty Taliban killed in Kunduz operation

As many as 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed and around 12 others have been wounded in an operation carried out by the Afghan Special Forces (ASF) unit in the northern Kunduz province. Tolo News has reported that ASF personnel targeted the Imam Sahib district, which borders Tajikistan. It's believed a suspected Taliban base was targeted. The Taliban have not commented on the incident and the operation remains ongoing.

One killed in Nangarhar mosque explosion

One person has been killed and eight others have been wounded in a bomb explosion targeting a mosque in Nangarhar. The blast occurred inside the mosque in the Sultankhail area of the Mohmand Dara district, killing the Imam of the mosque and wounding eight others. According to Tolo News, the bomb attack targeted worshippers attending Friday prayers. The Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in the Nangarhar province and often targets Shia mosques in fatal attacks.

Airstrike kills five IS in Jowzjan

An airstrike has killed at least five Islamic State (IS) militants and wounded a further 10 others in the northern Jowzjan district. The Afghan security forces conducted the airstrike operation in the Darzab district, where a suspected IS position was targeted in the Elkhani village. It's believed the IS have continued to run recruitment drives in the northern regions, using bases in Jowzjan to operate from.

Three Taliban killed in roadside bomb explosion

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Herat province. The blast occurred in the Shindand district of Herat, where it's thought a vehicle carrying Taliban insurgents triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the roadside. The Taliban have not commented on the incident, but insurgents are known to plant IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Nangarhar

Fourteen Taliban insurgents have been killed in security operations in the Nangarhar province. The insurgents were killed in overnight raids which were conducted by the Afghan Special Forces (ASF) in the Heserak district. Khaama Press has reported that the ASF targeted and destroyed a Taliban compound which was allegedly being used as an administration centre. Among those killed in the operation is thought to be a senior Taliban commander in charge of Taliban prisons throughout the district.

Child killed in Nangarhar blast

A child has been killed and as many as three others have been wounded in a bomb blast in the eastern Nangarhar province. The explosion reportedly occurred in the Achin district, where a child was picking up litter when he triggered a mine. Those injured in the blast include a woman and two other children. It's believed the mine was planted by militants.

Militants release Pakistani hostage

A Pakistani engineer has been released after being held hostage by an unidentified militant group in Afghanistan. Malik Faiz Ahmed had been working on the Torkham-Jalalabad road project overseen by the Frontier Works Organisation when he was abducted by armed militants in August. According to reports, the release of Ahmed has been secured, with the hostage being handed over to his family in Peshawar, Pakistan. The militants initially demanded an exchange of prisoners in return for Ahmed's freedom; however, details of the release have not been confirmed and it remains unclear whether or not the demand was met.

Nine Taliban killed in Helmand airstrikes

Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of airstrikes in the southern Helmand province. The airstrikes targeted key Taliban positions in the neighbouring Gereshk and Musa Qala districts. At least two local Taliban leaders were killed in the strikes. The Taliban shadow district governor for Gereshk was reportedly killed along with four others, while another top Taliban leader was killed with three others in Musa Qala.

IS training child soldiers in Jowzjan

The Islamic State (IS) are reportedly training hundreds of children to become child soldiers in the Jowzjan province. Around 300 children are thought to have been recruited by the IS. Many of the children are said to have been surrendered to the IS by poverty-stricken families, while others may have been abducted. Training camps are allegedly based in the Darzab district - most of which is thought to be under IS control. 

Airstrikes kill 25 IS in Nangarhar

At least 25 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in the latest round of airstrikes in Nangarhar. The aerial operation was conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF), targeting a number of IS compounds in the Mamand Shin area of the Achin district. Several caches of weapons were also destroyed in the offensive. The IS have a strong presence throughout the Nangarhar province, with many compounds believed to be based in the Achin district.

Twenty Taliban killed in Ghazni operation

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have allegedly been killed in a clearing operation in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the insurgents were killed in joint air and ground operations targeting suspected Taliban positions in the Andar, Deh Yak, Gelan, and Muqur districts. At least three insurgent commanders are thought to be among those killed in the offensive.

Four Taliban killed in Nuristan clash

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the security forces in the Nuristan province. The clash came about when the Afghan border security forces encountered a group of Taliban insurgents in the Kamdesh district. According to reports, the insurgents had gathered in preparation for an ambush attack on a security forces convoy. At least four insurgents were killed and six others - including three Pakistani nationals - were wounded.

Nineteen IS killed in Nangarhar

At least 19 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military operations in the Nangarhar province. The operations were allegedly carried out by the Afghan air and ground forces in the Dur Baba, Haska Mena, and Achin districts - where the IS have a strong presence. The raids targeted suspected IS positions overnight, killing 19 militants and destroying several explosives.

Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in military operations

A senior Al-Qaeda leader has reportedly been killed in joint military operations carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA), the Afghan intelligence services, and NATO-led forces. The militant leader has been identified as Omar Khetab (aka 'Omar Mansoor') - one of the most senior militant leaders of his branch. According to Reuters, around 80 militants were killed and 27 others were arrested in the operations, which targeted militant positions the Ghazni, Paktiya, and Zabul provinces.

Taliban commander killed in Faryab

A local Taliban commander has been killed by the security forces in Afghanistan's Faryab province. Syeed Daud, governor for Doulatabad District, said the operation which killed Agha Wali was carried out late on Sunday. A local police officer was killed and two others wounded during the clashes.

Three Taliban commanders killed in Farah airstrikes

Three Taliban commanders have been killed in an airstrike in the western Farah province. A police spokesman said the strikes targeted a Taliban base in the Surkh Diwar area of Khak-e-Safeed on Sunday. Seven other Taliban fighters were wounded and several vehicles destroyed.

Militants killed in Ghazni clearing operation

At least 26 suspected militants have been killed by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Ghazni province. Spokesman Lt. Fazel Khoda Ibrahimkhail said the operation was carried out in the Gerou district on Sunday. One ANA soldier also died and another wounded in the fighting.

Six killed in suicide attack, Jalalabad

Six people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad. The blast appeared to target supporters of President Ghani, who had gathered at the Sherzai sports ground in Police District 1 on Sunday. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ten insurgents killed in clearing operation, Maidan-Wardak

Ten insurgents were killed by the security forces in a clearing operation in Maidan-Wardak province. Abdul Rahman Mangal, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the operation took place in Nerkh district on Friday. The deceased are suspected to be members of the Taliban.

Suicide bomber killed in Ghor

A suspected suicide bomber has been killed in Ghor province. Mohammad Iqbal Nezami, the spokesman of Ghor security, said the suspect was shot dead by police as he tried to enter Ferozkoh city on Friday.

Three police killed in Farah ambush

Three police officers and a civilian have been killed in an ambush in the Farah province. Nasir Mehri, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the incident took place in the Poshtrod district on Friday. The Taliban are suspected of carrying out the attack, with reports that the assailants were disguised in army uniforms.

Four wounded in Kabul bombing

At least four people have been wounded in a bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The device exploded in the Baghe Qazi area in Police District 1 on Saturday. Nasrat Rahimi, the deputy spokesman for Interior Ministry, said one of the victims was in a critical condition.

Militants targeted in Nangarhar airstrike

At least eight suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province. The 201st Silab Corps officials said the militants, suspected to be Pakistani nationals, were targeted in the Achin district on Wednesday. The strike took place as IS militants have been clashing with the Taliban in the Khogyani district of the province.

IS clash with Taliban in Nangarhar

Islamic State (IS) militants have clashed with rivals from the Taliban in the eastern Nangarhar province. A spokesman for the provincial governor said six IS fighters were killed and eight Taliban wounded in the confrontation in the Khogyani district. Neither of the two groups have commented on the reports.

Religious leader killed in Nangarhar mosque attack

A religious leader has been killed in a suspected Taliban attack on a mosque in the Nangarhar province. Armed militants allegedly attacked a mosque in the Khogyani district, killing a cleric. No other casualties have been reported, indicating the victim may have been personally targeted. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but are known to operate in the district. The Islamic State (IS) also have a presence in the area -  on the same day, two IS militants were killed in a clash with Taliban insurgents in Khogyani. 

Taliban commander executed in Nangarhar

A group of Taliban insurgents have executed one of the local commanders in Nangarhar. According to Khaama Press, the execution occurred in the Ghani Khel district, where it's thought the commander was accused of harbouring links to the Islamic State (IS). The incident comes just one day after another local Taliban leader was beheaded in Shirzad for alleged links to the IS. The executions indicate a growing rift as infighting increases between Taliban ranks in the province.

Eleven wounded in Logar suicide bombing

At least 11 people - including three children - have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Logar province. The attack took place in the provincial capital, Pul-e-Alam, where the suicide bomber allegedly targeted the provincial deputy police chief, Mohammad Ayub Wardak, near a bus stop. According to reports, Wardak escaped the attack unharmed; however, 11 civilians sustained injuries - three of whom are in critical condition. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Uruzgan operations

Thirteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in military operations in the Uruzgan province. The operations targeted suspected Taliban strongholds in the Charcheno district and the provincial capital, Tarinkot city. A district governor told Bakhtar News that at least one Taliban commander was thought to be among the insurgents killed.

Nimroz district chief killed in roadside blast

A district chief has reportedly been killed in a roadside explosion in the south-western Nimroz province. The chief of the Khash Rod district, Mohammad Haskam Noorzai, was allegedly travelling to the district centre when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) buried along the roadside, triggering the fatal blast. While no claim of responsibility has been made, the Taliban have been known to operate in the area and often plant roadside bombs in the hopes of hitting the Afghan security forces or local government officials.

US drone strike kills two IS in Nangarhar

A US drone strike in the eastern Nangarhar province has killed at least two Islamic State (IS) militants. According to Khaama Press, the provincial police confirmed the aerial operation targeted IS militants in the Awghaz Haska Mena district on Sunday. The drone strike came just a day after another airstrike killed 14 IS militants - including two senior IS leaders - in the Achin district.

Taliban kill 12 ANA soldiers in Nimruz

Taliban insurgents have killed 12 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in an attack in the Numruz province. The insurgents launched the attack on Monday, targeting an ANA checkpoint in the Khash Rod district. A number of small arms and light weapons were also stolen from the checkpoint. The Taliban have not commented on the incident, but there is a strong Taliban presence in the neighbouring province of Helmand and insurgents have been known to attack the security forces in Nimruz. 

Rocket attacks foiled on Bagram airfield

Rocket attacks targeting Bagram airfield have reportedly been foiled by the Afghans security forces in the Parwan province. The operation was conducted in the Jafarkhail area of the Bagram district, where as many as 36 rockets were discovered and confiscated by security personnel. It's believed the rockets were being stored by Taliban insurgents and were due to be used in attacks targeting Bagram airfield and provincial government buildings.

Thirteen IS killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US airstrike in the Nangarhar province over the weekend. The airstrike was conducted in the Haska Mena district, targeting a militant hotspot in the Gagari area. No local residents were harmed in the aerial operation. The US and Afghan forces have been carrying out regular aerial operations against the IS in the region throughout the last few months.

Taliban leader executed in Nangarhar

A Taliban leader has reportedly been executed by a group of Taliban insurgents in the eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the incident occurred in the Karki Khel area of Shirzad, Nangarhar. The insurgents allegedly beheaded one of their own leaders over suspicions of having links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group - which also operates in the province. 

Ten Taliban killed in Helmand

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes in the Helmand province. Clashes broke out during a security operation by the Afghan forces in the Gereshk district. According to reports, the insurgents were planning to plant a series of improvised explosives devices (IEDs) along roadsides throughout the district. Three weapons supplies were also destroyed in separate operations in Gereshk and Sangin.

Taliban commander killed in Kapisa airstrike

A Taliban commander and five of his family members have been killed in an airstrike in Kapisa. The Afghan security forces allegedly ran an arrest operation targeting the commander in his private residence in the Nijrab district. The commander reportedly resisted arrest and opened fire on security personnel, prompting the government forces to call in an airstrike on the target's house, killing six people including the commander.

Suicide bombing wounds three NATO soldiers in Parwan

A suicide bombing has reportedly wounded three NATO soldiers in the Parwan province. The attack targeted a NATO vehicle whilst it was on patrol near Bagram airbase on Thursday. The injured soldiers have been identified as Georgian military personnel who were serving with the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan. According to reports, the RS spokesperson stated that "a motorcycle-borne IED (improvised explosive device) was detonated next to their patrol". The attack has not been claimed thus far.

Seven killed in Ghazni clashes

At least seven people have been killed and 14 others have been wounded in clashes between the Taliban and the security forces in the Ghazni province. The fighting broke out in the Deh Yak district after a group of armed insurgents attacked a number of security checkpoints in the Rabat area. According to reports, the security forces managed to repel the attacks, killing six insurgents and wounding 10 others, whilst sustaining one fatality and four casualties amongst security personnel. A Taliban spokesperson has allegedly claimed that as many as 24 security personnel were killed; however, insurgent claims are often exaggerated.

Cross-border firing in Kunar

Cross-border firing has been reported along the Durand Line in the eastern Kunar province.According to reports, the Afghan border security forces opened fire across the AfPak border in response to Pakistani shelling. Afghan military officials claim the Pakistani side may have incurred casualties but have since seized firing over the border. The Pakistani forces have regularly been firing into Afghan territory in response to alleged militant attacks from groups operating in Afghanistan; however, US General John Nicholson has called on the Pakistani authorities to cooperate with information and intelligence sharing initiatives rather than continue cross-border artillery firing. 

IS behead 15 militants in Nangarhar

The Islamic State (IS) have beheaded 15 militants in the eastern Nangarhar province. The militants were beheaded in the Surkhab Bazar area of Mamand Dara in the Achin district. According to reports, infighting broke out between the IS ranks for unknown reasons, leading to the beheading of 15 IS militants. The incident has reportedly sowed further discord amongst IS groups in Nangarhar, which may lead to more infighting.

Suicide blast hits Jalalabad, Nangarhar

A suspected suicide bomb attack has hit Jalalabad city in Nangarhar. Preliminary reports suggest at least eight people have been killed and as many as 15 others have been wounded in the blast. The explosion reportedly occurred in the first police district of Jalalabad, near the private residence of a former security official, where civilians had allegedly gathered for a rally. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack yet; however, the Nangarhar province is considered an Islamic State (IS) stronghold.

Security operation kills 26 Taliban in Wardak

At least 26 Taliban insurgents have been killed in ongoing security operations in the Wardak province. Operation 'Khalid-96' has been taking place in the Jalrez district of Wardak throughout the last week. The spokesperson for the provincial governor told Pahjwok News that 26 Taliban insurgents were killed - including six local commanders - and 19 others were wounded. Various supplies of weapons, ammunition, explosives, and motorbikes have also been destroyed in the offensive.

Ten IS killed in US drone strikes

Ten Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US drone strike in the Nangarhar province. The latest reports suggest the drone strike targeted IS hideouts in the Payin area of the Haska Mena district. Military officials have allegedly confirmed the airstrike, while the IS have not commented on the incident.

Eleven IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in the latest round of airstrikes in Nangarhar. According to reports, the air raids struck IS positions in the Khamon ad Nargosi areas of the Achin district. Two suspected IS hideouts and weapons caches were targeted and destroyed during the strikes. The IS have a strong presence in the Nangarhar province and counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the region.

One killed in Balkh car bombing

At least one person has been killed and another has been wounded in a car bombing in the Balkh province. A magnetic mine was reportedly planted on a civilian vehicle in Ghazanfar Square in the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif. According to reports, both the victims have been identified as civilians and no claim of responsibility has been made.

Rocket attack foiled in Kabul

A rocket attack has reportedly been foiled in Kabul after the security forces discovered and defused a BM-1 rocket. The rocket was found in the Sang-e-Nawesht area of Kabul, where it had allegedly been prepared and was ready to be fired towards to the capital city's centre. According to reports, it remains unclear which group was behind the attempted attack; however, the incident comes shortly after Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a coordinated attack on Kabul planned by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Government suspend joint counter-narcotics operations

The Afghan government has reportedly suspended joint NATO-Afghan counter-narcotics operations. Air operations targeting opium factories in Afghanistan will be halted; however, the government has insisted that the military strategy of disrupting funding for militant groups remains undeterred. The announcement comes just a few days after eight drug labs in Helmand were destroyed in joint operations. The Taliban has a strong base in Helmand - the biggest producer of opium in Afghanistan - and is thought to source most of its financing through the drug trade. Shortly after the announcement, the Pakistani ambassador to the UN called on the Taliban to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government.

Four militants killed in Nangarhar operations

Four militants have been killed in the latest round of air and ground operations in Nangarhar. The operations targeted suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in the Sherzad district near the AfPak border. At least one Afghan border police officer was also killed during the operations and three militants were also wounded, while two others were arrested. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the casualty figures, stating that several weapons caches were also destroyed in the operations.

Security forces kill 23 Taliban in Badghis

The Afghan security forces have killed at least 23 Taliban insurgents in a security operation in the Badghis province. The operation was launched overnight in the Qadis district, where a number of suspected Taliban positions were targeted in the Gulchen area. According to reports, no casualties were incurred amongst the security forces and no local civilians were harmed during the operation.

Sixteen Taliban killed in Wardak operations

Sixteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in a series of clearing operations conducted in the Wardak province. According to Tolo News, the Afghan security forces cleared at least 10 villages across the province. At least three of the insurgents killed are thought to be local Taliban commanders who received military training in Pakistan. Clearing operations remain ongoing in the Ali Khel, Dar-e-Kunha Khomar, Ismail Khel, Mohammad Noor Khel, Zamni, and Zeyolat villages.

Eight Taliban killed in Logar raid

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in an overnight raid carried out by the security forces in the Logar province. According to reports, ground troops targeted a house in the Taangi area of the Baraki Barak district, killing eight insurgents, including a local Taliban leader. It's believed the house was being used as a Taliban hideout as a supply of weapons was also discovered during the raid.

Leaked government memo reveals ethnic bias

A leaked memo from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has revealed an alleged ethnic bias within the Afghan government. The document originated from the Public Order Department of the MoI and dictated that candidates for the new anti-riot police unit in Kabul should not be ethnic Tajiks. The ethnic discrimination has sparked criticism that the government was fundamentally biased. According to Tolo News, a number of MPs have called for a formal investigation into the matter, condemning the MoI and saying ethnic division could be more harmful than terrorism. "If such things have been written in the president's order, I see it equal to national treason", said the parliament's first deputy speaker. 

Three IS killed in Kunar shooting

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a shooting incident in the Kunar province. Local residents in the Chawkay districts reportedly opened fire on the militants, killing at least three and wounding three others. Bakhtar News has reported that the shooting occurred when a group of IS militants tried to storm a civilian village; however, the local residents resisted the attack, opened fire on the militants and forcing them to retreat.

Eight drug factories destoyed in NATO-backed airstrikes

Eight drug factories have been destroyed in a series of NATO-backed airstrikes in the southern Helmand province. Drug factories in the Musa Qala, Kajaki, and Washir districts were targeted and destroyed. The raids were the first of their kind to be supported by NATO's Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan. No casualties were reported as a result of the airstrikes - which are due to be continued, focusing on the Sangin, Musa Qala, Kajaki, and Nawzad districts. The airstrikes come less than a week after the UN reported that opium production in Afghanistan had increased by 87 percent to a record level of 9,000 tonnes. Afghanistan is the world's biggest producer of opium and the Helmand province is at the centre of the drug trade in Afghanistan. Helmand is the top producer of opium in Afghanistan and large parts of the province are either controlled or heavily influenced by the Taliban. The income brought in by the drug trade is the Taliban's biggest source of revenue and is primarily used to fund militant activity. Removing that source of funding is believed to be part of the new US strategy for Afghanistan.

Twenty militants killed in Nangarhar operations

Twenty militants have been killed and two others have been wounded in the latest round of air and ground operations in the Nangarhar province. Over the last 24 hours, airstrikes and ground operations have been carried out by the security forces in the Achin, Chapahar, and Khogyani district of Nangarhar. Overall, at least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants and three Taliban insurgents have been killed. According to reports, a local IS leader was among those killed. The operations are part of a larger counter-offensive launched by the joint security forces to suppress militant activity in the province.

Thirteen Taliban killed in Nuristan border clash

Thirteen Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the security forces in the eastern Nuristan province. The clash erupted after Taliban insurgents ambushed a security convoy near the AfPak border in the Kamdesh district. According to reports, a senior police commander confirmed the incident, stating that a local Taliban commander was among the 13 insurgents killed.

Helmand suicide bombing wounds two police officers

A suicide bombing in Helmand has wounded two police officers in the southern Helmand province. The attacker targeted police personnel, detonating their explosives outside the police headquarters building in the Marjah district. While no claim of responsibility has been made, the Taliban have a widespread presence throughout Helmand and often target the security forces in violent attacks.

Seven Taliban killed in Kunduz IED blast

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded in an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast occurred in Kunduz, where the insurgents were reportedly attempting to plant the IED along a roadside regularly used by the security forces. The IED was accidentally triggered, killing seven insurgents and leaving three others wounded. Taliban insurgents often plant roadside bombs to target security personnel.

Taliban kill six police officers in Farah attack

Six police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Farah province. On Sunday, groups of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly launched a series of coordinated attacks on several police checkpoints in the Farah Rod district. Reports suggest a number of gunfights broke out and while the security forces managed to repel the attacks, killing eight insurgents, at least six police officers were killed and eight others were wounded in the fighting. 

Nationwide operations kill 23 militants

At least 23 militants have been killed and 25 others have been wounded in nationwide counter-terror operations conducted by the Afghan security forces. On Sunday, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that operations had been conducted in the Badghis, Baghlan, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kapisa, Kunduz, Laghman, Nimroz, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. According to reports, the security forces conducted 15 clearing operations and 12 special forces operations with aerial support throughout 13 provinces between Saturday and Sunday.

Security forces release 27 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan security forces have released 27 Taliban prisoners from a detainment facility in the southern Helmand province. The prisoners were released by the security forces during a raid on the facility over the weekend. The Taliban had been holding the prisoners in a jail in the Taliban-controlled Nawzad district. According to reports, the prisoners were convicted for alleged links to the Afghan government. In Taliban-controlled areas, Afghan civilians are often imprisoned or executed if they do not pledge their loyalty to the Taliban.

Avalanche kills 10 in Kunar

An avalanche has killed 10 people in the eastern Kunar province over the weekend. Heavy snowfall in the Chapa Dara district caused an avalanche to hit a remote mountainous area on Saturday. According to reports, the victims were mostly women and children who had been displaced from their homes due to militant attacks. Another avalanche in the neighbouring Nangarhar district killed three more people in the Achin district. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are increasingly vulnerable to the harsh winter conditions as they're continually forced from their homes by fighting. The UN has reported that as many as 19,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Afghanistan within the last year.

Two civilians killed in Zabul shooting

Two civilians have been killed and another has been wounded in a shooting incident in Zabul over the weekend. The shooting occurred on Saturday, in the Justice Department of Zabul in Qalat city, where three men were attempting to resolve a legal dispute. According to reports, one of the three men involved in the dispute opened fire, shooting and killing the other two men involved. A third person was also wounded. The shooter reportedly managed to escape following the incident and police investigations have been launched.

Twelve killed in Farah gunfight

Twelve people have been killed and nine others have been wounded in a gunfight between Taliban insurgents and the security forces in the Farah province. At least three police officers were among those killed, along with nine insurgents. A further nine police officers were also wounded in the battle, which broke out near Farah city on Friday. No further details have been confirmed and the Taliban have not commented on the clash.

Five Taliban killed in Kunduz clash

At least five Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in a clash with the security forces in the northern Kunduz province. The clash took place in the Imam Sahib district - which borders Tajikistan - during a police operation against the insurgents. According to Pajhwok News, the Ministry of Defence confirmed the incident on Friday; however, no further details were disclosed.

Hundreds flee cross-border shelling in Kunar

Hundreds of people have reportedly fled from areas bordering Pakistan in the Kunar province due to cross-border shelling. Over 220 Afghan civilian families have allegedly relocated themselves away from the border after an increasing number of incidents involving cross-border artillery firing from the Pakistani side. The local residents have called on the government forces to strengthen border security measures in several districts, including Asmar, Dangaam, Khas Kunar, Marawara, Sarkanoo, and Shaltan. The Pakistani forces have been conducted cross-border artillery drills as part of ongoing counter-terror operations against militant groups operating between the two countries.

Bomb explosion hits Kabul

A bomb explosion has been reported in the Khair Khana area of Kabul city. Preliminary reports suggest the blast occurred near Lab-e-Jar square in Khair Khana. Smoke has been seen rising from the area while the emergency services respond to the scene. According to Khaama Press, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a hotel, targeting members of Jamiat-e-Islami as they came out of a political gathering. Tolo News has reported that at least 18 people have been killed and ten others have been wounded. Eight police officers have been identified among those killed. The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State (IS), while the Taliban has denied any involvement.

Security forces foil IED attack in Kabul

The Afghan security forces have allegedly foiled a bomb blast in Kabul. An improvised explosive device (IED) was reportedly discovered in a handcart in the tenth police district of the city. The security forces defused the IED, which contained over 50kg of explosive material. 

Parwan official killed in IED blast

A provincial government official has been killed and another person has been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Parwan province. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been attached to a vehicle belonging to the Education Director for Parwan in the provincial capital, Charikar city. The IED was remotely detonated and the police believe the incident was a targeted attack. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Bomb attack foiled in Kabul

An attempted bomb attack has reportedly been foiled in Kabul city. Reports suggest an improvised explosive device (IED) had been planted by suspected militants near the Sufi Ashqari Shia Muslim shrine in the first police district of Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack; however, the Islamic State (IS) often threaten and target Shia Muslims in deadly attacks.

Sixteen IS killed in Nangarhar operations

Sixteen Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in the latest series air and ground operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The most recent operations took place overnight in the Kot and Achin districts. According to reports, two weapons caches were destroyed in the Haska Mena district and at least nine explosive devices were also destroyed.

Taliban kill nine security personnel in Farah

At least nine security personnel have been killed in a series of insurgent attacks in the western Farah province. The insurgents launched coordinated attacks on a number of security checkpoints in the Khatiban and the Bala Bulok areas. According to Tolo News, at least 16 insurgents were killed and 21 others were wounded after fighting broke out in the Khatiban area. Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were also killed, with the fighting terminating when ANA helicopters forced the insurgents to retreat. Another five ANA soldiers were killed by insurgents in Bala Bulok.

Taliban kill 22 security personnel in Kandahar attacks

At least 22 police officers and military personnel have been killed and around 15 others have been wounded in a series of Taliban attacks in the southern Kandahar province. According to Reuters, Taliban insurgents launched a series of coordinated overnight attacks on police checkpoints throughout the Zhani and Maiwand districts. Local officials claim that as many as 45 Taliban insurgents were killed and 35 others were wounded. The insurgents were allegedly pushed back once military reinforcements and air support arrived. The Taliban have reportedly claimed to have killed 43 security personnel in the clashes; however, casualty figures claimed by the insurgent group are often exaggerated and unreliable.

Roadside blast kills four Taliban in Nangarhar

A roadside explosion has killed four Taliban insurgents in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along the side of the road in the Ghani Khel area of Nangarhar. The IED was triggered when the insurgents passed by in a vehicle. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) frequently plant IEDs along roads used by the security forces in an attempt to target them.

Airstrikes kill 14 IS in Nangarhar

Airstrikes have reportedly killed at least 14 Islamic State (IS) militants throughout Nangarhar. The airstrikes were conducted over the weekend in the Haska Mena and Achin districts, where suspected IS positions were targeted and destroyed. As many as eight improvised explosive devices were also discovered and destroyed in various other parts of the province.

Seven Taliban killed in Paktika clashes

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others have been wounded after clashes broke out in the Paktika province on Saturday. The insurgents allegedly attacked a military convoy in the Soraki area of the Mata Khan district, leading to a gunfight in which the security forces managed to repel the attack.

Ten Taliban killed in Helmand clashes

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province. The Afghan security forces launched a series of raids targeting suspected Taliban hideouts in the suburban areas surrounding the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah city. According to reports, several properties were targeted and destroyed. In a separate operation, several Taliban-owned weapons caches were also discovered and destroyed in the Sangin district.

Militants kill two Pakistani soldiers along AfPak border

Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a militant attack along the AfPak border. According to Dawn News, a group of armed militants crossed the border from the Kunar province in Afghanistan to attack a border security checkpoint in the Bajaur Agency. At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed and four others were wounded, while as many as 10 militants were killed. Pakistani officials have allegedly claimed that a lack of adequate border security on the Afghan side enables militants to conduct such attacks.

Four suicide bombers killed in Kandahar

Four suspected suicide bombers have been killed by the security forces in Kandahar. The attackers were apprehended in the Maruf district, where they allegedly planned to carry out a suicide bombing. The suicide bombers were travelling in at least one explosive-laden Humvee tank with intentions to target the police headquarters. According to reports, all four suspects were shot dead by security personnel before they could reach their target. The attempted suicide bombing came just hours before the foreign forces were targeted in a suicide bombing in Dand, Kandahar. Neither incident has been claimed; however, the Taliban have a particularly strong presence throughout Kandahar and have a history of targeting the security forces in similar attacks.

Foreign forces targeted in Kandahar suicide bombing

A foreign forces convoy has been targeted in a suicide bombing in the southern Kandahar province. The blast occurred in the Dand district, where preliminary reports suggest a suicide bomber detonated explosives as vehicles belonging to the foreign forces passed by. According to Khaama Press, no foreign forces fatalities were incurred but at least four US soldiers were wounded in the attack. No claim of responsibility has been made; however, the Taliban have a strong presence in the Kandahar province, with parts of most districts under Taliban control or influence.

Four IS killed in US drone strike

Four Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a US drone strike carried out in the Nangarhar province. The strike took place in the Mamand Dara area of the Achin district, targeting suspected IS militants in the area. At least two of the four militants killed have been identified as Pakistani nationals. Some small arms and light weapons were also destroyed in the aerial attack.

Taliban kill eight police officers in Farah

Taliban insurgents have killed eight Afghan police officers in the Farah province. The insurgents launched an overnight attack on a police checkpoint in the Regi area of Farah city. According to Tolo News, a police spokesperson confirmed the incident on Monday, stating that the insurgents had killed eight police officers and wounded one more, destroying the checkpoint in the process. The police allegedly have reason to believe that the attack was orchestrated with the help of an insider on the police force. All weapons were stolen before the insurgents fled the scene.

Eighteen killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 18 people have been killed and seven others have been wounded in clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the fighting broke out over the weekend when a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a security checkpoint in the Shahbaz area of the provincial capital, Ghazni city. Eight police officers were killed and two others were wounded, while a further 10 insurgents were killed and five others were wounded.

Kapisa airstrike kills 35 Taliban

A series of airstrikes carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Kapisa province have reportedly killed 35 Taliban insurgents over the weekend. Local police forces confirmed the airstrikes on Saturday, stating that at least 35 insurgents were killed in the overnight airstrikes by the AAF. According to Tolo News, the strikes targeted a suspected gathering of insurgents in the village of Shaloti in the Tagab district. It's believed the insurgents were meeting to plan attacks on police checkpoints throughout the province.

IS commander killed in Kunar province

A senior Islamic State (IS) commander has been killed in an airstrike in the eastern Kunar province. The Afghan Air Forces carried out the strikes in the Chapa district, reportedly killing Sheen Gul. There were no reports of any other casualties incurred during the operation.

Suicide bomb targets police station in Lashkar Gah

A police officer has been killed and eight others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a police station in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. The assailant detonated the device in the Bolan area of the city on Friday morning. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani diplomat killed in Jalalabad

A Pakistani diplomat staffer has been killed in a gun attack in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar, over the weekend. The victim was targeted by unidentified gunmen outside his home in the provincial capital where he was stationed. The Foreign Office of Pakistan confirmed the incident stating an official complaint had been lodged with the Afghan delegate in Karachi, while Afghan officials launched a full investigation and have heightened national security procedures for Pakistani diplomats.

Tajik border forces kill two Afghan civilians

Two Afghan civilians have reportedly been killed by the Tajik border forces near the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. The bodies were allegedly found in the Ishkashim district of the northern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. According to reports, the Afghan border police force claim the Tajik border forces have been increasingly killing civilians in the area throughout the last few months. It's reported that the Tajik government will present border security personnel with medals for killing or capturing drug smugglers along the Afghan border. Just a few weeks ago, another Afghan civilian was reportedly killed by the Tajik border forces in the Kovi area of the Wah Khan district.

IS attack Taliban in Nangarhar

Islamic State (IS) militants have allegedly attacked a group of Taliban insurgents in the eastern Nangarhar province. Fighting broke out in the Mullah village of the Chaparhar district overnight, when IS militants launched an attack on the Taliban - leaving at least three Taliban insurgents dead and three others wounded. The IS have a strong presence in Nangarhar and have clashed with the Taliban on multiple occasions in the province.

UN suggests US airstrike killed 10 civilians

The UN has released a statement, suggesting as many as 10 civilians may have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces over the weekend. The statement contradicts an investigation led by US military officials which claimed no civilian casualties has been incurred in the airstrike which was conducted in the Chahar Dara district in Kunduz over the weekend. According to Reuters, the UN mission in Afghanistan carried out interviews with survivors, medics, and local elders - leading UN investigators to believe at least 10 civilian fatalities were incurred as a direct result of the airstrike. 

Taliban infighting breaks out in Jowzjan

Infighting has broken out between groups of Taliban insurgents in the northern Jowzjan province. According to reports, scores of insurgents have been killed over the last week as rival faction groups continue to clash in the Oosh Tepa district. Around 60 insurgents are estimated to have been killed, while at least 10 others have been wounded. Unconfirmed witness reports suggest a couple of civilians may have been caught in the fighting and killed, while around eight other civilians have allegedly been wounded. Approximately 400 civilians have reportedly been forcibly evacuated from the area throughout the last few days.

Former jihadi commander killed in Balkh suicide bombing

A former jihadi commander has reportedly been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Balkh province. The blast occurred on Thursday morning, targeting the former commander on his way to a restaurant near the Shrine of Hazrat-e-Ali (aka the Blue Mosque) on Great Masoud Street of the provincial capital, Mazar-i-Sharif. According to Tolo News, the local police confirmed at least one fatality, while other reports suggest three bodyguards were also wounded in the attack. The Afghan police forces have cordoned off the site of the blast and investigations are underway. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Taliban kill local militia commander in Faryab

Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed a local militia commander and his wife in the north-western Faryab province. According to reports, a public uprising group commander, Abdul Jalil, and his wife were killed by insurgents in the Surkhab area of the Pashtun Kot district. Jalil and his wife were among hundreds of villagers who had been forced to evacuate the Surkhab area to Maimana city following a Taliban attack. However, the insurgents allegedly found out the couple had returned to the area and targeted them in an overnight attack. It is likely Jalil was targeted for his role as a commander of a local public uprising militia group supporting the government's fight against the Taliban.

Security forces repel Taliban attack in Wardak

The Afghan security forces have reportedly repelled a Taliban attack in the Wardak province. According to reports, armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police academy situated in the Sayadabad district. A spokesperson for the provincial governor has allegedly confirmed that the attack took place, stating that several of the insurgents which stormed the academy were wearing suicide vests. The security forces resisted that attack, killing at least 15 insurgents and preventing the suicide bombers from detonating their explosives.

Three Taliban killed in Jowzjan clashes

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in a series of clashes with the Afghan security forces in the northern Jowzjan province. The fighting reportedly broke out when a group of armed insurgents ambushed a number of police checkpoints in the Dinar village of the Qarqin district - which borders Turkmenistan. According to reports, the insurgent attacks were repelled but at least three security personnel were also wounded.

Thirteen IS killed in Nangarhar air raids

As many as 13 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a series of air raids conducted over the Nangarhar province. Suspected IS hideouts were reportedly targeted in the Kot and Achin districts overnight. According to reports, the militants were believed to have been gathered to plan deadly militant attacks. In the last few weeks, the Afghan and US security forces have increasingly targeted IS positions in airstrikes in Nangarhar - where there is heightened levels of militant activity.

Fourteen militants killed in Uruzgan clashes

Fourteen militants have been killed in clashes in the Uruzgan province. The Afghan security forces reportedly conducted several offensive operations in various parts of the province overnight, killing at least 14 armed militants. According to Bakhtar News, a military official confirmed the clashes; however, no locations were disclosed and it remains unclear whether the militants were members of the Taliban or the Islamic State (IS). Both groups have been known to operate in the area and government control in the area is heavily contested by the Taliban.

Seven IS killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

Seven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out in the Nangarhar province. The aerial operations were the latest in a series of ongoing airstrikes targeting militants along the bordering region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. A provincial police commander confirmed the airstrike, stating that the strike hit IS hideouts in three different areas of the Achin district.

Fifteen Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 19 others - including three police officers - have been wounded in clashes in the Ghazni province overnight. The spokesperson for the provincial governor allegedly confirmed the clashes, stating that the security forces fought Taliban insurgents in the Andar, Deh Yak, Gilan, and Qarabagh areas. However, Pajhwok News has reported that the Taliban claim a military helicopter opened fire on a civilian wedding ceremony in the Rawz Qala area and that as many as nine Afghan soldiers were killed in clashes with the Taliban. 

Gunmen storm Kabul TV station

A group of gunmen have stormed the Shamshad TV station in Kabul city, sparking a gunfight inside the building. According to the BBC, the attackers threw grenades at the building before storming the entrance and opening fire. Over 100 employees were allegedly inside the building at the time of the attack and many casualties are feared as the gun battle remains ongoing. Preliminary reports suggest at least three armed attackers were involved in the attack and - while the exact number of casualties remains unclear - a guard and one of the attackers are said to have been killed as the security forces launch a counter-offensive.

Ten Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrike

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in the Ghazni province over the weekend. A provincial official confirmed the deaths on Sunday, stating that the airstrike targeted the Andar district in an overnight offensive. A pick-up truck and a weapons cache belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed.

US drone strikes kill 15 IS in Nangarhar

Three US drone strikes have killed 15 Islamic State (IS) militants in Nangarhar. The strikes targeted undisclosed militant positions near the AfPak border over the weekend. The US and Afghan forces have ramped up airstrike operations against the IS in Nangarhar throughout the last few months. According to reports, the Afghan Foreign Minister has indicated that the continued airstrikes along the border region - which has typically been exploited by militant groups for passage between Afghanistan and Pakistan - may jeopardise peace talks with the Taliban.

Security forces kill local Taliban leader in Badakhshan

The Afghan security forces have reportedly killed a local Taliban leader in the northern Badakhshan province. The senior Taliban commander was allegedly caught in an airstrike operation conducted by the security forces in the Wardoj district on Sunday night. The commander allegedly had direct involvement in multiple major attacks in surrounding provinces throughout the last few years.

Herat official killed in gun attack

A local district official in the Herat province has been killed in a targeted gun attack over the weekend. The attack occurred on Sunday, when an unknown gunman opened fire on the consecutive head of the Almar district. The victim was allegedly driving home when he was shot dead and his vehicle was set on fire before the attacker fled the scene. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack and police investigations remain ongoing.

Security operation kills 21 Taliban in Kunduz

A security operation has killed at least 21 Taliban insurgents in the northern Kunduz province. The Afghan National Army's (ANA) special forces unit reportedly carried out the operation in the Chahardara and Khanabad districts, clearing at least four villages of insurgents. At least 12 insurgents were also wounded and three were arrested during the offensive.

US soldier killed in Logar operation

A US soldier has been killed in a joint military operation in the Logar province over the weekend. According to Reuters, the US Forces Afghanistan Command in Kabul confirmed the fatality, stating the soldier died from wounds sustained during an operation in Logar. No further details were released; however, the fatality comes just a week or so after another service member was killed in a NATO helicopter crash in the same province.

Militants kill police officer in Khost

An Afghan National Police (ANP) officer has been killed in a militant attack in the Khost province. On Monday morning, the officer was allegedly targeted by unidentified militants in the provincial capital, Khost city. The suspects managed to flee the scene and police investigations have been launched. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, while militant attacks targeting security personnel and government officials have noticeably increased within the last 12 months.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Helmand

Fourteen Taliban insurgents have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in a military operation conducted in the southern Helmand province. The Afghan National Army (ANA) reportedly targeted the insurgents in a raid in the Nad-e Ali district. The Afghan defence ministry confirmed the insurgent casualties on Monday, while the Taliban have not commented on the operation.

Ten Taliban killed in Baghlan attack

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed and as many as 11 others have been wounded in a series of insurgents attacks in the Baghlan province. Coordinated Taliban attacks reportedly targeted several Afghan National Police (ANP) checkpoints throughout the Chashma-i-Sher district. The ANP forces allegedly managed to repel the attacks, inflicting heavy casualties on the insurgents and seizing several small arms and light weapons. The attacks come shortly after dozens of civilian protesters gathered for a demonstration in the nearby provincial capital, Pul-e-Khomri, where the protesters called for the provincial governor's resignation.

Three Taliban killed in IED blast in Farah

Three Taliban insurgents have been killed in an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the western Farah province. According to reports, the insurgents had been planting an IED along a roadside in the Bala Buluk district of the province when they accidentally triggered the bomb. The Taliban operate widely throughout the Farah province.

Four Taliban killed in Kandahar clashes

Four Taliban insurgents have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in a series of clashes with the Afghan security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The security forces conducted a clearing operation in several villages of the Khakrez district of Kandahar on Sunday. A Taliban hideout where several civilian hostages were allegedly being held by insurgents was also targeted. At least four hostages were freed and various weapons, explosives, and ammunition were seized by the security personnel. 

Eleven Taliban killed in Helmand operations

At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations in the southern Helmand province. Within the last 24 hours, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has conducted air and ground operations in various parts of the province. In the Gereshk district, six insurgents were killed in ground operations targeting Taliban hideouts. Another five insurgents were killed in a series of airstrikes over the Nad-e Ali district. According to reports, dozens of explosives were also destroyed in the operations.

Seven Taliban killed in Zabul clash

Seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in a clash in the southern Zabul province. The fighting broke out in the Bagh Bazaar area of the Arghandab district, where the insurgents allegedly clashed with the Afghan police forces. According to reports, a local deputy police chief confirmed the incident, further stating that some weapons and explosives were also seized from the area.

Fourteen Taliban killed in Helmand operation

Around 14 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of air and ground operations in the Helmand province. The Afghan National Army (ANA) targeted the insurgents in the Sangin district and the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. According to reports, several rounds of mines were also discovered during the operation and destroyed by ANA personnel.

Taliban kill two civilians in Uruzgan

The Taliban have reportedly killed two civilians in a shooting incident in the Uruzgan province. According to Bakhtar News, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead by insurgents in a public execution in the Gizab district. Another civilian was also shot dead and three others were wounded when unrest broke out amongst local resident in response to the execution.

Ten Taliban killed in Paktika

Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in an overnight firefight in Paktika. Shooting broke out between Taliban insurgents and police officers after armed insurgents stormed several police checkpoints in the Tarmerai area of the Orgun district. Two police officers were also killed in the gun battle and scores of insurgents were allegedly wounded. The clash came the same night nine insurgents were killed in security operations in the neighbouring Ghazni province. 

Taliban increase control throughout Afghanistan

A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has suggested there has been a distinct increase in the number of districts under Taliban control or influence. The report stated that as of August 2017, approximately 54 out of 407 districts in Afghanistan were under Taliban control or were heavily influenced by the insurgent group - indicating a five percent increase from the same period in 2016. The Afghan government has reportedly lost control of some key areas in the northern regions within the last six months after the Taliban launched their spring offensive in late-April. The report also suggested that the Afghan security forces have recorded an unsustainable rate of casualty figures since the Taliban ramped up offensive operations. Many parts of the country remain inaccessible for civilians and foreign travellers.

Three police officers wounded in Ghazni bomb blast

At least three police officers have been killed in a bomb blast in the Ghazni province. A magnetic bomb was reportedly detonated in the second police district of Ghazni city, targeting a group of Afghan police food contractors who had gathered in the area. The blast comes less than 24 hours after another bomb blast struck a fuel tanker and a passenger bus in Charikar, Parwan, killing at least 15 people. It's believed both attacks were carried out by militant groups; however, no claims of responsibility have been made so far.

Fifteen killed in Parwan vehicle explosion

At least 15 people have been killed and as many as 27 others have been wounded in a vehicle explosion in the Parwan province. The blast occurred in the provincial capital, Charikar city, where a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) was reportedly attached to a fuel tanker before being detonated. According to Pajhwok News, it's believed the IED was remotely detonated by militants as a passenger bus passed by. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Nine police officers killed in Ghazni clashes

At least nine police officers have been killed in clashes between the security forces and armed militants in the Ghazni province. The clashes broke out over the weekend in several areas across the province, including the Ab Band, Deh Yak, Ghazni, Khwaja Omari, Qarabagh, and Zanakhan districts. At least six militants were also killed in the Khushk and Shahbaz areas of the provincial capital.

Police officer killed in Nangarhar roadside bombing

An Afghan Local Police (ALP) officer has been killed and six others - including two civilians - have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the eastern Nangarhar province. The blast occurred in the Pachir Wa Agam district - an area home to strategically valuable mountainous territory bordering Pakistan which has been fought over by the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS). Neither group has claimed responsibility for the explosion; however, both are known to plant explosive devices along roadsides to target the security forces.

Two civilians killed in Takhar clashes

At least two civilians have been killed and four others have been wounded in clashes between two illegal armed groups in the northern Takhar province. The fighting broke out between the two groups in the Chah Ab district, where the police forces arrived to intervene. At least three police officers were also wounded as a result. It remains unclear which groups were involved in the fighting; however, clashes often break out between rival factions of militant groups. 

Eleven police officers killed in Taliban attack

At least 11 Afghan police officers and 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes following a Taliban attack in Uruzgan. Taliban insurgents launched a series of coordinated attacks on police checkpoints in the Chinartu area of Uruzgan, leading to armed clashes throughout the area. At least four police officers were also wounded in the fighting, which started on Monday night and remained ongoing as of Tuesday. Security reinforcements have been called to the area.

One killed in Balkh bombing

At least one person has been killed and as many as 14 others have been wounded in a bomb attack in the northern Balkh province. A magnetic bomb was reportedly attached to a vehicle in the Khulm district, killing at least one person in the vehicle. It's believed the vehicle was transporting a local police commander to a base in the neighbouring Kunduz province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban have been increasingly active in the northern regions recently.

Eight Taliban killed in Kandahar clash

Eight Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash with the security forces in the southern Kandahar province. The fighting reportedly broke out in the Spin Boldak district, which borders Pakistan. According to reports, the insurgents had been in the process of planting improvised explosives devices (IEDs) along the roadside when the security forces encountered them.

Security forces foil bomb attack on Jalalabad mosque

The Afghan security forces have allegedly foiled an attempted twin bomb attack on a mosque in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. According to Khaama Press, at least two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered and dismantled by the security forces in an intelligence-led operation. It's believed the IEDs were planted by militants in an attempt to target worshippers leaving the mosque. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Islamic State (IS) have a strong presence in the region and have been known to target Shia Muslims by attacking mosques.

Suicide bomb attack hits diplomatic area in Kabul

A suicide bomb attack has reportedly occurred in the diplomatic area of Kabul. At least four people were killed and 13 others were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the capital's high-security diplomatic zone. It's believed the blast occurred on 14th Street of the Wazir Akbar Khan area, near an office of the defence ministry and the Australian embassy. According to the BBC, the suicide bomber was thought to be a young boy as young as 12 or 13-years-old. The attacker was allegedly riding a motorcycle and managed to get past at least one security checkpoint before being stopped. The attack has reportedly been claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The last major attack to take place inside the diplomatic zone was a truck bombing in May which killed over 150 people.

Four Taliban killed in Herat explosion

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and another has been wounded in an explosion in the Herat province. A number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) allegedly exploded prematurely in the Keshk-e-Kohna district. The insurgents were reportedly planting the IEDs along a roadside near the village of Darzak when the incident occurred. According to Khaama Press, at least two local Taliban leaders were among those killed.

Khost operations kill 35 Taliban

At least 35 Taliban insurgents have been killed and around 20 others have been wounded in a series of air and ground operations in the Khost province. The operations were carried out by the Afghan security forces late last night in the Nadershah Kot district. Three key Taliban operations centres were targeted and destroyed in the Chawi, Palochi, and Spin Cound areas. At least 12 Taliban insurgents were also arrested in the operation.

Nine Taliban killed in Uruzgan clashes

Nine Taliban insurgents have reportedly been killed in clashes with the security forces in the Uruzgan province over the weekend. On Sunday, a group of armed insurgents allegedly attacked a security convoy in a suburban area of the outskirts of Tarinkot - the provincial capital of Uruzgan. The attack sparked a gunbattle in which nine insurgents were killed, including a local Taliban commander.

Fifteen police officers killed in Taliban attacks

At least 15 Afghan police officers have been killed in Taliban attacks within the last 24 hours. One attack targeted a police checkpoint in the Ghazni province, where at least nine police officers were killed and four others were wounded. Seven insurgents were also killed and five more were wounded. Another checkpoint in the neighbouring Zabul province was also targeted in an insurgent attack. According to reports, another six police officers were killed and eight more were wounded, while eight insurgents were killed and 12 others were wounded. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban.

Twenty Taliban killed in Zabul drone strikes

At least 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of drone strikes in the Zabul province over the weekend. At least six insurgents were killed in a strike targeting the Nawrak area of the Qalat district, while a further 14 insurgents were killed in a separate drone strike in the Bato Khelo area of the Nawbahar district. The strikes and casualty figures were allegedly confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.

Thirteen wounded in Baghlan blast

At least 13 people have been wounded in a bomb blast in the northern Baghlan province. The explosion occurred on Monday morning in the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khomri. A sticky bomb was allegedly planted on a van before being detonated - wounding at least 13 civilians. According to reports, at least three of the casualties were on board the targeted van - which belonged to a local bank. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Taliban has been increasingly active in the northern region recently and it's possible the attack was orchestrated to secure funding for the group.

US soldier killed in NATO helicopter crash

A US soldier has reportedly been killed in an accident in the Logar province. The US military command in Afghanistan confirmed that a US soldier was killed and six others were wounded after a NATO helicopter crashed during a joint operation in the Kharwar district of Logar over the weekend. According to the New York Times, the Taliban claimed to have shot down the helicopter; however, US military officials stated that the accident was not the result of insurgent activity. Preliminary reports suggest the helicopter may have crashed after hitting a tree.

Fifteen militants killed in Nangarhar airstrikes

At least 15 militants have been killed in airstrikes in the eastern Nangarhar province. Fourteen Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in an operation was carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the Tangi area of the Khogyani district. Another operation targeted a suspected member of the Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam - a Pakistan-based militant group - in the Mullkhail area of the Nazyan district. The air operations were the latest in a series of airstrikes targeting IS militants AfPak border areas.

Seven Taliban killed in Wardak operations

At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in military operations in Wardak. The Special Operations Forces conducted the operations in the Deh Afghanan and Qala-e-Ziarat areas. According to reports, at least one of the insurgents has been identified as a local Taliban leader. 

Eight Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrike

At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others have been wounded in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the northern Kunduz province. Of the eight insurgents killed, at least three are thought to be local Taliban commanders. Two insurgent hideouts were targeted in the Nawabad area of the Imam Sahib district - which has experienced a high level of insurgent activity in recent weeks. 

Security forces kill five Taliban in Wardak

The Afghan security forces have killed five Taliban insurgents in a clash in the Wardak province. According to Tolo News, a group of armed Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police checkpoint in the Chaki district of Wardak, prompting armed clashes between the insurgents and the security forces. At least five insurgents were killed and four others were wounded in the fighting. The insurgents also fired a missile at an unknown target in the city, killing at least two civilians. 

US airstrike kills 14 IS in Nangarhar

An airstrike carried out by the US forces has allegedly killed 14 Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours. The latest airstrike targeted an IS position in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar, killing 14 IS militants and wounded eight others. Officials from the provincial police force confirmed the airstrike, stating that a number of weapons, ammunition, and explosives were also destroyed. The Khogyani district neighbours the Achin district - where there has been heightened militant activity recently. 

Ten Taliban killed in Logar air raid

At least 10 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others have been wounded in an air raid in Logar. The Afghan security forces targeted the Taliban overnight in the Charkh district of Logar. Of the 10 insurgents killed, one has allegedly been identified as a Taliban shadow district chief, while eight are thought to be foreign nationals. The Taliban are believed to be engaging with foreign actors on an increasingly frequent basis.

Seventeen Taliban killed in Helmand raids

At least 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed and six others have been wounded in a series of raids conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Helmand province. The raids targeted a number of suspected Taliban hideouts in air and ground operations in the suburbs of Lashkar Gah city. According to reports, several Taliban strongholds were destroyed in the operation.

Taliban kill two soldiers in Herat attack

Taliban insurgents have killed two Afghan soldiers in the Herat province. The insurgents reportedly attacked a military checkpoint in the Khuski Kuhna district, killing at least two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers. The spokesperson for the provincial governor confirmed the incident, which was claimed by the Taliban.

Dozens killed as Taliban and IS clash in Jowzjan

Dozens of people have been killed in violent clashes between the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban in the northern Jowzjan province. Fighting allegedly broke out in the Chaqma Chaqor area of the Qush Tepa district on Sunday, where Taliban insurgents reportedly launched an attack on an IS operations centre. The Khaama Press has reported that the fighting broke out as both militant groups were attempting to tax civilians in the area. As of Wednesday, at least 43 Taliban insurgents and 13 IS militants have been killed. According to Tolo News, at least 15 Taliban insurgents were killed by two IS suicide bombers dressed in burqas before the IS allegedly took over control of Khan Aqa village from the Taliban. At least three civilians are thought to have been killed, while hundreds of others have been forced to flee their homes.

Airstrike targets Taliban in Herat

An airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces has allegedly targeted hundreds of Taliban insurgents in the Herat province. Approximately 300 insurgents were in the Chesht-e Sharif district of Herat for what was believed to be a large insurgent gathering. According to reports, the provincial governor's media office confirmed that the airstrike inflicted heavy casualties to the insurgents but declined to clarify any precise casualty figures. There has been a recent increase in insurgent activity in the province recently - just last week around 40 people were killed in a Taliban attack on the Shindand district.

Nine soldiers killed in Taliban attack in Farah

At least nine Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and four others have been wounded in a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the western Farah province. Reports state that the spokesperson for the provincial governor confirmed the attack, which occurred overnight in the Pusht Rod district. The attack allegedly prompted a four-hour gunbattle which ended when the ANA forces called for aerial assistance, killing at least 17 Taliban insurgents.

Civilians flee as Taliban attack village in Sar-e Pul

Hundreds of civilians have been forced to flee their homes after the Taliban have attacked the Mirza Olang village in the Sayyad district of Sar-e Pul. The insurgent attack has been ongoing for at least three days now and - according to reports - a spokesperson for the provincial governor confirmed that Taliban insurgents have been burning down civilian houses in the area. Local reports also suggest the insurgents have looted the properties and cut down trees to sell them. The attack is believed to be the third major attack on the village within the last few months. While no casualties have been reported within the last three days, dozens of civilians and military fatalities were reported in previous attacks.

Three IS killed in Nangarhar raids

Three Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in military raids carried out in the Nangarhar province. The raids targeted a suspected IS hideout in the Mamand Dara area of the Achin district - where there has been a heightened level of militant activity recently. The district borders Pakistan and it is possible militant groups aim to control a strategically valuable route crossing the border. Military operations remain ongoing in the area.

Five Taliban killed in Helmand operation

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed in a security operation in the Helmand province. The clearing operation is being carried out by the Afghan security forces and was launched recently in the Nad-e Ali district, where several villages have been cleared of insurgents so far. A small number of small arms and light weapons have been seized, while the operation remains ongoing.

Clearing operation kills 25 militants in Paktika

A clearing operation has killed at least 25 Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network militants in the Paktika province. At least 30 other militants were also wounded in the large-scale military offensive, which targeted the Tandi Hotel in the Wali Was area of the Gayan district, bordering Pakistan. The militants were thought to be using the hotel as a meeting point. A number of weapons and ammunition were destroyed during the operation.

Five Taliban killed in Ghazni operation

Five Taliban insurgents have been killed and 13 others have been arrested in an operation conducted in the Ghazni province. According to reports, the insurgents were apprehended by the security forces in the Spina Ghondi and Tanki villages of the Nawa district. A large amount of ammunition was seized during the raids and at least two security personnel were injured.

Militant leader arrested in Kabul

A key leader of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network militant group has reportedly been arrested in Kabul. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) made the arrest during an intelligence-led operation in the capital city. The suspect has been identified as Malawi Bashir - a key Haqqani Network commander - and he is thought to be linked to the Pakistani intelligence services. According to Tolo News, Bashir is believed to have been directly involved in multiple suicide bomb attacks in Kabul and several abductions of Afghan businessmen and foreign nationals.

Five civilians wounded in roadside blast, Faryab

At least five civilians have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Faryab province. An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly planted alongside a road in the provincial capital, Maimana. The IED was triggered when the civilians' vehicle passed by. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban are known to operate in the province and they frequently plant IEDs along roadsides to target the security forces.

Seventeen militants killed in Nangarhar clashes

At least 17 militants have been killed in a series of clashes between Taliban insurgents and Islamic State (IS) militants throughout the eastern Nangarhar province. The Taliban and the IS have increasingly engaged in armed clashed recently, with around nine militants killed in clashes in the Achin district last week. The security forces have ramped up airstrike operations in Nangarhar in response to the increase in militant activity. Over the weekend, at least 10 IS militants were killed in a drone strike carried out by the US and Afghan forces in the Achin district.

Rockets fired near NATO headquarters in Kabul

Two rockets were allegedly fired near the NATO headquarters in Kabul over the weekend. The rockets were reportedly fired on Saturday morning and struck near the NATO compound on Shash Darak road - which once housed the headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). According to reports, alarms went off at the NATO headquarters and several other foreign embassies nearby. The firing of the rockets came just one day after dozens of people were killed when an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque in Kabul. No casualties were reported as a result of the rocket attack.

Hotel bomb kills three in Takhar

At least three people have been killed in a bomb blast in a hotel in the northern Takhar province. The blast occurred in a hotel in the Qinar Bazaar area of the Ishkamish district over the weekend. According to reports, a former Jihadi commander has been identified among those killed in the explosion. The police suspect the commander may have been the target of the attack; however, no group or individual has claimed responsibility.

Taliban kill four police officers in Ghazni

At least four Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed and two other ANP officers have been wounded in a Taliban attack in the Ghazni province. A group of armed Taliban insurgents reportedly launched an attack on an ANP checkpoint in the Moqor district. The insurgents allegedly fled shortly after the fight and it remains unknown whether or not the insurgents suffered any casualties. The attack comes just a few days after a Taliban-claimed suicide bombing killed dozens of people in the Andar district of Ghazni.

Four insurgents killed in Logar operation

At least four Taliban insurgents have been killed and four others have been wounded in a security operation in the Logar province. The operation was launched by the Afghan security forces in the Mohammad Agha district of the province. The Afghan forces targeted a suspected Taliban hideout, killing four insurgents and wounding four others in a shootout. At least one insurgent was detained and a large supply of explosive material was destroyed.

Counter-terror operation kills 38 Taliban in Ghazni

A joint security operation has reportedly killed as many as 38 Taliban insurgents in the Ghazni province over the weekend. The US and Afghan forces allegedly launched a joint counter-terror operation in the Andar district - where Taliban insurgents killed dozens of people in a suicide bomb attack last week. Among those killed in the offensive were a local Taliban commander and at least two group leaders.

Dozens killed in Taliban infighting

Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in clashes between two rival factions of the Taliban in the western Herat province. At least 40 insurgents were killed, along with a further 24 wounded. The infighting broke out over the weekend in the Khifaan region of the Shindand district. The province borders Iran and there has been a heightened level of insurgent activity throughout the Shindand district in recent weeks. According to reports, the fighting broke out between two Taliban commanders, Mullah Samad and Mullah Nangyalai. While Samad supports the new Taliban leader, Mullah Hebatullah, Nangyalai and his followers have allegedly refused to pledge allegiance to Hebatullah - instead choosing to operate as a splinter group. Taliban factions opposing Hebatullah's leadership often clash with other factions which have declared loyality to Hebatullah.

Twelve killed in Taliban-IS clashes

At least 12 people have been killed in clashes between the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) in the northern Jowzjan province. The clashes broke out on Saturday night in the Qush Tepa district, where at least 10 IS militants and two Taliban insurgents were killed. There has been an increasing number of fatal clashes breaking out between the two militant groups within the last few weeks.

US drone strike kills 20 IS in Nangarhar

A drone strike conducted by the US forces over the weekend has reportedly killed at least 20 Islamic State (IS) militants in the Nangarhar province. According to reports, the strike was carried out overnight on Saturday, targeting suspected IS hideouts in the Pekha area near the AfPak border in the Achin district. The hideouts were believed to have been used as training camps for suicide bombers. Unconfirmed reports suggest as many as 40 may have been killed. At least two IS trainers and a number of foreign militants are thought to be among those killed in the airstrike.

Fifteen military cadets killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least 15 military cadets have been killed and four others have been wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul over the weekend. On Saturday, a suicide bomber reportedly targeted a minibus transporting a group of cadets through the capital city. The minibus had been leaving the compound of the Marshal Fahim military academy when a bomber travelling on foot detonated his explosives near the compound's entrance gates. The attack came just a day after an IS-claimed suicide bombing killed 56 at a Shia mosque in Kabul. The BBC has reported that the attack has been claimed by the Taliban.

Militants killed in drone strike on AfPak border

A US drone strike has killed 12 suspected militants near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The strikes targeted militant hideouts in the Paktia province on Friday. The incident comes a day after Jamaatul Ahrar chief Omar Khalid Khorasani was confirmed dead in an earlier strike.

Fifty-six killed in suicide bomb attack at Kabul mosque

At least 56 people have been killed and more than 40 others have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The blast hit the Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi district during prayers on Friday evening. The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State (IS). In August, the Shia Hussainya mosque in the Qala-e Fatehullah area was also targeted in a similar attack, while prior to Friday's attack, the UN reported that 84 people had been killed and 194 wounded in targeted attacks on Shia's in Afghanistan this year.

Thirty-three killed in Ghor mosque bombing

At least 33 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Ghor province. The attack occurred on Friday, targeting a Sunni mosque in the central district of the province. According to Reuters, the bombing killed a local political and military leader of the Jamiat political party in Ghor. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far; however, earlier that same day, another suicide bombing - claimed by the Islamic State (IS) - killed at least 56 people in a Shia mosque in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of Kabul. The IS often targets Shia Muslims in violent attacks and it's possible the attack on a Sunni mosque was retaliation for the Kabul attack.

Four civilians wounded in Herat IED blast

At least four civilians have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Herat province. The blast occurred in the Shindand district and was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which had likely been planted along the roadside by Taliban insurgents - who have a known presence in the region.

Five killed as Taliban and IS clash in Nangarhar

Five militants have been killed and three others have been wounded in clashes between Taliban insurgents and Islamic State (IS) militants in the Khogyani district of the Nangarhar province. At least three Taliban insurgents and two IS militants were killed, while a further three Taliban insurgents were wounded. There have been sporadic clashes between the two groups in the area throughout the last week.

Six ALP killed in Taliban attack

At least six Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in the Balkh province. According to Pajhwok , the insurgents launched an overnight attack on the ALP forces in the Jer Qala area of the Chimtal district. The insurgents reportedly managed to flee during the gunfight. An ALP commander is believed to be among those killed in the attack.

Taliban attack police in Farah

The Taliban have launched an attack on a police checkpoint in the western Farah province. At least 14 people have been killed in an overnight attack targeting a checkpoint in the Shamlgah area of Farah. Eight security personnel are among those killed, along with six insurgents. According to reports, the insurgents were equipped with night-vision equipment. It remains unclear whether or not the equipment was stolen from military personnel.

Taliban kill 43 ANA in Kandahar attack

At least 43 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack on an ANA base in the southern Kandahar province. Reuters has reported that the Defence Ministry has confirmed the attack, stating that at least 10 Taliban insurgents were also killed in the fighting. According to Al Jazeera, the attack took place overnight, targeting an ANA base in the Chashmo area of the Maiwand district. Of the 60 ANA soldiers manning the base, at least 43 were killed, nine others were wounded, and at least six remain missing. A spokesperson from the Taliban claimed the attack began with a suicide car bomb before armed insurgents stormed the base - killing as many as 60 soldiers. The attack is the third high-casualty incident in a series of similar Taliban attacks targeting the security forces recently. On Tuesday, at least 41 people were killed in a Taliban attack in Paktiya, while a further 30 were killed in another attack in Ghazni. The following day, around 30 people were also killed when Taliban insurgents attacked a village in Wardak.

US air operations kill 23 IS in Nangarhar

At least 23 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and another militant has been wounded in a series of US air operations in the eastern Nangarhar province. The air operations targeted IS positions in the Achin and Nazyan districts. Approximately 11 militants were killed in the Bandar Dara area of Achin, while a further 12 militants were killed in the Abdal Khola area of Nazyan. Another militant was also wounded in Abdal Khola and several weapons supplies were also destroyed.

Two police officers killed in Kabul grenade attack

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

Badakhshan airstrike kills local Taliban commander

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

Nine Taliban killed in Herat attack

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

Thirty Taliban killed in Wardak clashes

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

Six Taliban killed in Kunduz air operations

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

Three Taliban killed in Helmand operation

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

Taliban attack district in Farah

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

Nangarhar drone strike kills two Taliban commanders

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

One wounded in Kabul IED blast

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

Taliban kill 30 in Ghazni attack

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

Security forces kill nine Taliban in Nangarhar

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

US drone strike kills 26 near AfPak border

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

Military operations kill 17 Taliban in Helmand

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

Eight Taliban killed in Nuristan clash

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

Dozens killed in Taliban suicide bombing, Paktiya

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

Woman killed in Badakhshan mine blast

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

Nine militants killed in Nangarhar clashes

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

Four police officers killed in Taliban attack in Kandahar

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

Eight IS killed in Kunar clash

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

Twelve Taliban killed in Kunduz operation

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

Security forces kill five Taliban in Baghlan ambush

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

Taliban kill five in Herat attack

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

US drone strike kills 14 IS in Kunar

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

Nangarhar bomb blast kills two civilians

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

Nine Taliban killed in Nangarhar airstrike

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

Government employee killed in Kabul gun attack

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

Eight IS killed in Kunar clashes

At least eight Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed and four others have been wounded in a clash with the security forces in the Kunar province. The fighting broke out in the Kunar Bain area over the weekend. According to reports, the Afghan security forces seized a rocket launcher which was discovered in the militants' possession, along with various weapons.

Military operation kills 13 Taliban in Uruzgan

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

Police officer killed, journalist wounded in Baghlan gun attack

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

Six IS killed in Nangarhar operation

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

American family held hostage by Taliban freed in Pakistan

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

Taliban kidnap tribal elders in Ghazni

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

Five Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul airstrike

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

Taliban insurgents torch telecommunications tower in Nangarhar

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

Five Taliban killed in Jowzjan clashes

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

Five Taliban killed in IED blast

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

Local official wounded in Balkh gun attack

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

Four Taliban commanders killed in Herat operation

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

Zabul counter-terror operations kill 23 Taliban

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

Security forces kill 13 Taliban in Kandahar

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

Fourteen IS killed in Nangarhar air raids

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

Fifteen Taliban killed in Paktiya air raids

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

Eight Taliban killed in Badakhshan airstrike

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

Taliban kill five police officers in Kunar

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

Four Taliban killed in Faryab airstrike

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

Two ANA soldiers wounded in Taliban attack

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

Six killed in Taliban clash in Farah

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

Eight Taliban killed in Kunduz airstrikes

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

Two police officers killed in Taliban attack, Baghlan

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

Five Taliban killed in Paktika ambush

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

ICRC to reduce operations in Afghanistan

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

Seven Taliban killed in Sar-e Pul airstrike

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

Three Afghan soldiers wounded in roadside blast

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

Security forces kill 52 Taliban in Kunduz operations

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

Two police officers killed in Taliban attack, Ghazni

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

Taliban insurgent killed in Faryab airstrike

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

Dozens of Afghan forces killed in four-day Uruzgan offensive

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

Afghan forces recapture district in Parwan

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

Counter-terror operation kills 11 Taliban in Kunduz

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

Eleven IS killed in US airstrike in Nangarhar

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

Nationwide air raids kill 36 militants

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

Blast targets police headquarters in Faryab

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

Two police officers killed in roadside blast

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

Taliban ambush pro-government militia in Jowzjan

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

Rocket attack on Kabul city foiled

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

Three terror suspects arrested in Kabul

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

Air and ground operations kill 48 Taliban

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

Taliban commander killed in Kapisa ambush

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

Two killed in IED blast, Faryab

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

Three ANP killed in Takhar checkpoint attack

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

IS commander killed in US airstrike, Nangarhar

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

Ten killed in 'friendly fire' airstrike, Helmand

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

Four arrested on weapons charges

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

IS fighters killed in Nangarhar operations

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

Suicide bomb targets Shia mosque in Kabul

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

Fifteen Taliban killed in NATO airstrike, Helmand

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

NATO airstrike kills 13 IS in Nangarhar

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

US airstrikes injures civilians in Kabul

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

Twelve security personnel killed in Kandahar car bombing

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

Ten police officers killed in Taliban attack in Farah

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

Twelve Taliban killed in Kunduz gunbattle

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

Pakistan to close parts of AfPak border

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

Three militants killed in roadside blast, Kunduz

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

Thirteen Taliban killed in Kunduz air operation

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

Rockets hit near Kabul airport as US defence secretary arrives

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

Five wounded in Kabul explosion

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

Security forces kill senior Taliban member in Samangan

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

Local Taliban commander killed in Wardak operation

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

Five Taliban killed in Jowzjan airstrike

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

Roadside bomb kills three police officers in Herat

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

Nine killed in Taliban clash in Laghman

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

Five IS killed in US drone strike

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

Fifteen killed in IS-Taliban clashes in Jowzjan

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

Security operation kills 15 Taliban in Logar

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

Dozens of Taliban killed in Faryab airstrikes

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

Two killed in Taliban attack in Samangan

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

Airstrikes kill 11 militants in Helmand

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

Ghazni district police chief killed in roadside blast

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

Five police officers killed in Taliban attack

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

Senior police chief targeted in Kabul gun attack

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

Taliban attack foiled in Samangan

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

Thirteen Taliban killed in air raid operations

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

Three civilians killed in Faryab shooting

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

Security forces kill 12 militants in Nangarhar

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

Two IS militants killed in US drone strike

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

Ten Taliban killed in Kandahar offensive

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

Senior Taliban leader killed in Jowzjan

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

Three abducted government employees found dead in Herat

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

Four militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike

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

Fifteen Taliban killed in Farah operations

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

US Defence Secretary to send 3,000 troops to Afghanistan

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

Clearing operations kill 17 in Jowzjan

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

Human Rights Watch critiques local militia proposals

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

Nine IS killed in Nangarhar drone strike

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

Border crossing closed after twin blast

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

Air operations kill 18 Taliban in Uruzgan

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

Six Taliban killed in Baghlan attack

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

Air raid kills 14 Taliban in Uruzgan

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

14 killed in Taliban attack, Ghazni

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

Two Taliban killed planting IED in Kapisa

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

Car bomb wounds three NATO soldiers in Kandahar

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

Three killed in Kabul cricket match suicide bombing

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

Kabul government to announce anti-corruption measures

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

Kidnapped Finnish aid worker released

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

Three IS killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar

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

Two soldiers killed in IED blast, Helmand

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

Child kidnapped in armed attack

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

Two killed in Taliban highway attack

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

Increased kidnappings lowers private investment

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

Four Taliban killed in Ghazni clashes

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

Three IS militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike

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

Explosion kills 10 Taliban in Kunduz

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

Four killed in Kunduz security operation

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

Hundreds protest against US Army leaflet in Kabul

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

Three police officers killed in insider attack

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

Five Taliban killed in Wardak drone strike

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

Four IS militants killed in Nangarhar clashes

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

Militant groups release 33 civilian hostages

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

Four Taliban killed in Logar airstrikes

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

Four Taliban killed in Kandahar operations

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

Three police officers killed in roadside blast, Farah

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

Three Taliban killed in Nangarhar drone strike

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

Militant groups kidnap 35 civilians in Jowzjan

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

Three Taliban killed in Kapisa explosion

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

Suicide car bombing targets foreign forces

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

Foreign ICRC worker shot dead in Balkh hospital

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

Celebratory gunfire in Kabul wounds 13

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

Four terror suspects killed in Logar province

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

Fifteen killed in Nuristan Taliban attack

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

Five killed in military operation in Nangarhar

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

Five border police killed in IED blast, Farah

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

Three Taliban killed in Wardak airstrike

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

Five-year-old hostage rescued in Kabul

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

US to send 3,500 extra troops to Afghanistan

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

Eleven killed in anti-IS airstrike in Nangarhar

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

Five Taliban killed fighting police in Wardak

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

Police commander killed in Nimroz landmine blast

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

Four Taliban killed in Ghazni airstrike

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

Suicide bomber targets Bagram airbase

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

Dozens of Taliban killed in Uruzgan operations

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

Taliban weapons cache seized in Helmand

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

Six wounded as police open fire on passenger bus

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

Seventeen kidnapped near AfPak border

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

Eleven IS killed in Nangarhar raid

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

Taliban commander among 14 killed in Kunduz

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

NATO helicopter shoots down two gunmen in Kabul

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

Three soldiers killed in IS attack in Nangarhar

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

Fifteen Taliban killed in Kunduz clearing operations

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

Abducted ICRC staff members released

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

Businessman kidnapped and killed in Nimroz

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

Thirteen insurgents killed in Kunduz clashes

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

Twelve militants killed in nationwide security operations

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

Taliban commander killed in Badghis gunfight

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

Six Taliban killed in Nuristan clash

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

Taliban commander killed in Parwan airstrike

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

Security forces to launch counter-terror operation in Kandahar

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

Four Taliban killed in Kunduz IED blast

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

Afghan government calls for peace talks

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

Taliban leader issues statement ahead of religious festival

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

Taliban fire missile at fuel tanker in Parwan

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

Dozens killed as security forces target Taliban prison in Herat

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

Thirty Taliban killed in Kandahar airstrike

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

Sixteen civilians killed in Herat airstrike

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

Eleven civilians killed in Logar airstrike

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

Militants attack MPs house in Jalalabad

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

District police chief killed in Taliban attack

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

Four killed in armed clash in Kabul

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

Five IS killed in clashes with Taliban

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

Security operations in Logar kill three militants

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

Thirteen killed in Helmand car bombing

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

Four IS killed in IED explosion, Jowzjan

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

Three killed in roadside IED blast in Farah

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

Four wounded in Badghis grenade attack

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

Dozens killed in nationwide security operations

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

Taliban execute two IS commanders in Nangarhar

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

Laghman airstrikes kill 14 Taliban

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

Three killed in Taliban ambush in Jowzjan

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

Five killed in Kabul suicide bombing

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

US-led drone strikes kill 14 IS in Nangarhar

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

Five killed in Taliban attack on Zabul border post

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

Several killed as IS attack Kabul mosque

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

Vehicle bomb wounds one in Kabul

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

Afghan security forces repel Taliban attack in Baghlan

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

Seven Taliban killed in Faryab airstrike

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

Airstrikes kill 27 IS in Nangarhar

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

Twelve Taliban killed in Nuristan clashes

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

Four policemen killed as Taliban seize Ghazni district

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

Five Taliban killed in Laghman military operations

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

Five Taliban killed in Wardak airstrike

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

Kunduz operations kill 43 Taliban

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

Seven wounded in Kabul grenade attack

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

One civilian killed in Parwan gun attack

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

Five killed in Taliban suicide bombing, Helmand

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

Dozens killed in security operations in Helmand

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

Twelve Taliban killed in Ghazni operation

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

Six Taliban killed in clash with IS in Ghor

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

Forty-two Taliban killed in Balkh clearing operations

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

President Trump rules out US withdrawal from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has officially ruled out the possibility of withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan after releasing a statement yesterday. Trump has announced his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan to "fight and win", explaining that while he originally supported the withdrawal of troops, mistakes made in Iraq have led him to the assessment that a total withdrawal would leave a vacuum for terrorist groups to fill. According to the BBC, Trump's new US strategy will shift from a time-based operation to one based on conditions on the ground - meaning that US military support for the Afghan government will continue as long as joint military commitment and progress are achieved. The Taliban - who released an open letter urging US withdrawal last week - has allegedly responded by saying that Trump's decision will turn Afghanistan into "another graveyard" for the US. Trump stated there would be a cr