There is cause for cautious optimism so long as troublesome elements within the government and the Taliban are not allowed to derail the process.
A US drone strike that left more than 30 farmers dead is another untold tragedy that rarely gets covered.
Deadly violence cast a shadow over the first official day of campaigning, causing fear among presidential candidates.
Media is increasingly becoming a target in Afghanistan as the Taliban's campaign for hearts and minds falls short.
Official estimates of the Afghan Taliban's manpower are wildly off the mark and the Taliban is likely as strong now as it was at the start of the Afghan war in 2001.
Car bombing kills four security members and eight civilians as Taliban attack convoy of country's main intelligence agency in Paghman district west of capital Kabul, officials say.
A suicide bomber blows himself near a group of security personnel conducting security controls in the Afghan capital. Daesh terror group claims responsibility for the attack.
Two police officers were injured but there were no civilian casualties in the attack claimed by Daesh.
The leader of militant group, Jamaatul Ahrar, who planned some of the deadliest suicide bombings in Pakistan, died after he was wounded in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the group.
The motorcycle-riding bomber targeted a security vehicle in a busy area of the Afghan capital, killing at least four personnel.
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