AFGHANISTAN
20 August 2017

 

 

The Taliban in Afghanistan are not fighting for “Islam” but for Pakistan, an Islamic State-affiliate has said in an interview with media.

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Taliban and Afghan figures on Saturday met in Dubai for two-day talks, the latest in a series of informal meetings aimed at ending the 14-year-old insurgency.

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Afghan security forces have launched an operation to retake Yumgan district in northeastern Badakhshan province after it fell to Taliban on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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Most of the Afghan government institutions have continued to default on their electricity bills despite the electricity company’s warnings of disconnection.

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International police or Interpol has launched a hunt for three former Afghan officials accused of graft worth millions of dollars, officials said.

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Hours after Taliban attacked Yumgan district in northeastern Badakhsan province on Saturday morning, officials said, the district came under the insurgents’ control.

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Bamyan of Afghanistan on Friday was inaugurated as the first capital of culture among South Asian nations for the year 2015.

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A U.S. drone strike has killed at least 30 people who attended a funeral ceremony of Taliban militants in eastern Khost province, officials said Saturday.

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Hundreds of militants stormed a district in northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday morning, triggering an ongoing battle with the Afghan security forces, officials confirmed.

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The Taliban on Friday confirmed that their delegation met with the Afghan representatives in Norway.

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