Afghan foreign ministry spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, condemned the attack, saying that the Taliban will not allow any "malicious actors to pose a threat to the security of diplomatic missions in Kabul".
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the US will continue to “use all relevant tools to uphold our commitment to see to it that international terrorists are not able to operate with impunity in Afghanistan”.
Flooding this month has wrought widespread devastation in central and eastern Afghan provinces, killing 182 people, washing away thousands of houses and wiping out livestock, Taliban officials say.
The resurgence of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in the mountains of Swat has brought back the spectre of terror amongst the region’s people.
Under the deal, the control and management of four international airports — Kabul, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif — will be run by a UAE aviation company, according to state-run Bakhtar News Agency.
The Afghan government is brokering peace talks between Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad in a bid to bring years of fighting to an end.
Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban seized power last year, with Islamabad claiming armed groups are carrying out regular attacks from Afghan soil.
Security personnel of the neighbouring countries started exchanging fire in a dispute over the setting up of a military check post in a border area that divides Chaman and Spin Boldak districts.
A United Nations report has said more than two-thirds of the killings were "extra-judicial killings committed by the de facto authorities or their affiliates."
In a recent Texas hostage-taking incident, the perpetrator demanded US officials release Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman imprisoned for alleged connections with Al Qaeda.
Representatives of 10 countries including China and Iran called on the Taliban during Moscow talks to "practice moderate and sound internal and external policies" and "adopt friendly policies towards neighbours of Afghanistan".
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview the Taliban had “unfortunately” not formed an inclusive leadership and that Ankara will work with the country’s new rulers if they formed a more encompassing government.
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