The United States has increased airstrikes to a level when its military had a combat role, and had over 150,000 troops in Afghanistan. According to figures released by the US military, Americans conducted at least 460 airstrikes in April, a twofold increase compared to March, and sevenfold to April 2015.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with TOLOnews said that in return to NATO’s assistance and support to Afghanistan, the organization asks the Afghan government to fight corruption, bring reforms and build reliable security institutions.
Afghanistan, China and Pakistan have held their first round of trilateral Practical Cooperation Dialogue (PCD) in Beijing, the capital of China, a media report said on Sunday.
A local official in Ghazni province claims that unidentified helicopters have been seen landing in Waghaz and Khogyani districts of the province which are fully controlled by the Taliban militants.
Local security officials confirmed a number of villages in Tagah district have been fallen to Taliban militants in northeastern Badakhshan province.
Political analysts say the silence of lawmakers on the delay of parliamentary, and district council election isbased on personal interests, and is a betrayal of people, adding that a lack of enough pressure on the government from the civil activists and the international community besides lawmakers begetsmore concerns about further delay in the election.
Criticism of Russia for its alleged support and ties with the Taliban is on the rise. After American officials, low-ranking Afghan officialsare nowalso accusing Russia of aiding the militants; however, Russia has consistently denied these allegations as baseless.
President Ashraf Ghani says he is still awaiting the implementation of the commitments Pakistan made five months ago to help end the conflict in the country.
A number of residents from QaraBagh district of Kabul have said Taliban presence has increased in a number of villages in the district and that the insurgent group has been distributing flyers among residents.