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There are signs of deepening splits among Afghanistan’s Taliban after a spokesman denied that peace talks between Afghan officials and senior Taliban leaders are authorized by the group.
A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as lawmakers met to consider a new defence minister, and another district in the volatile north fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.
Afghan forces recapture key district from Taliban (23.06.2015)
Afghan government forces regained control of a key district near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, after Taliban fighters had threatened to capture a provincial capital for the first time since being driven from power in 2001.
Afghan security forces are "undeniably stretched" but resilient amid a push by insurgents for more territory and concerns that Islamic State militants are also seeking a foothold in the country, the United Nations envoy to Afghanistan said on Monday.
The Islamic State (IS) group is in an "initial exploratory phase" and is looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has said in a report to Congress. IS extremists have never formally acknowledged having a presence in Afghanistan. But fears are growing that the group is making inroads...
Report of the Secretary-General on Afghanistan (10.06.2015)
The Afghan Local Police (ALP) began as a small U.S. experiment but grew into a significant part of Afghanistan’s security apparatus. In hundreds of rural communities, members serve on the front lines of a war that is reaching heights of violence not witnessed since 2001.
Turkmenistan considers extending presidential rule (29.05.2015)
Lawmakers in Turkmenistan are considering constitutional changes that would remove the 70-year age limit at which a president can serve.
Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, the commander of the Tajik Interior Ministry's Special Forces singled out Tajikistan's crackdown on Islamic dress and limitations on public prayer as reasons for his radicalization.
Pakistan reaffirms support for Afghan peace efforts (28.05.2015)
The statement follows increased Taliban attacks and reports that Afghan peace envoys held secret talks with the insurgent group last week.