The number of Afghan civilians killed in the country's long-running conflict hit a record high in the first six months of 2018, UN figures showed Sunday, with militant attacks and suicide bombs the leading causes of death.
Tehran vehemently rejected a report by British media, which claimed that members of Afghanistan’s Taliban terrorist group are being trained in Iran, saying such accusations are meant to harm close relations between the two neighbors.
Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis Province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday.
Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a cease-fire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The three-day Taliban cease-fire ended on Sunday.
A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, the second assault in as many days to mar an unprecedented cease-fire.
At least 20 people were killed as a blast hit a gathering of Taliban and Afghan security officials meeting to celebrate the end of Ramadan fasting season in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, sputniknews.com reported.
The Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the militant group, following an earlier cease-fire announcement by the Afghan government.
Ashraf Ghani said the government had directed all the security and defence forces to stop attacks on the Taliban, but operation would continue against the Islamic State), Al-Qaeda and other international terrorist networks.