A resident of Sherin Tagab district, negotiating the release of captive with the Taliban, has been shot dead in northwestern Faryab province, local officials said on Sunday.

Though the Afghan government and its western allies have repeatedly claimed to have defeated Daesh or the Islami State (IS) terrorists in east of the country, the terror group has remained a great threat, and it is increasingly becoming stronger. 

The special air freight services between India and Afghanistan is expected to kick off from today, the officials have said.

The Afghan government plans to increase the number of the commando forces of the Afghan national army as efforts are underway to implement the four-year security and development plan of the Afghan national defense and security forces.

Most residents of northern Kunduz province, concerned over a surge in crimes, have asked police and other institutions to improve the security situation.

A major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan security forces, the acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said.

The 16-year war in Afghanistan is not going to end any time soon, former CIA Director David Petraeus said Friday in an interview with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff.

The media official of the ISIS Khurasan, the offshoot of the ISIL in Afghanistan, was killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier this month, the commander of the US forces and NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, General John Nicholson has said.

Residents are concerned about increasing armed robberies, target killing and kidnap incidents in the capital and far-flung areas of southeastern Khost province.

Although US Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis admitted that the United States was not winning in Afghanistan while testifying before the US Senate Armed Services Committee a few days ago, the American emphasis on war has provoked many concerns in the country.