Ground assault by Taliban kills Daesh terrorist who spearheaded August 2021 bombing at Kabul airport that left about 170 Afghans and 13 US troops dead, US officials confirm.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though it is suspected that the Pakistani Taliban might be involved.
Brigadier Mustafa Kamal Barki of powerful Inter-Services Intelligence, the nuclear-armed nation's main spy agency, was killed and seven others of his team were wounded in an encounter with militants, Pakistani military says.
UK's envoy to United Nation says the mandate sends a clear message that the international community will not abandon Afghan women and girls as the Taliban continues to run the country.
A letter from the ministry addresses institutions in Afghanistan's northern provinces, including Kabul, where exams are due to take place from the end of February.
The Pakistani Taliban have ramped up deadly attacks across the country, putting pressure on political and military leaders.
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.
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