An escalated conflict between the US and Iran will reverberate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Taliban claimed they were behind a fatal roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province, that had killed the US soldier. A Taliban spokesman even tweeted a purported photo ID of the slain US soldier, without saying how it was obtained.
At least 70 people have been wounded in a suicide bombing and assault on Bagram Air Base north of capital Kabul.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman says that the Taliban singled out 45 old men from a funeral procession carrying the deceased employee's coffin to a graveyard.
"At around 5 pm this evening a mine planted by the Taliban terrorists hit a civilian car ... killing 15 civilians and wounding two more," says Nasrat Rahimi, an Interior Ministry spokesman.
CIA-funded paramilitaries are wreaking havoc in Afghanistan.
A UN report said 2,563 civilians were killed and 5,676 were wounded in the first nine months of this year. Insurgents were responsible for 62 percent of the casualties.
The Saudi-Iran feud risks spilling over into Afghanistan as both countries push for greater influence with competing groups in the war-torn country.
Taliban representatives said the militant group released three Indian engineers they had held captive. No confirmation from New Delhi and Afghan government as yet.
A US drone strike that left more than 30 farmers dead is another untold tragedy that rarely gets covered.
Local officials say at least 30 civilians dead in Afghan-US strike which, according to the defence ministry, targeted Daesh in Nangarhar. In what has been a deadly morning for Afghanistan, a suicide truck bomb killed at least 20 people in Zabul.
The cancellation of the agreement between the US government and the Taliban has nothing to do with the loss of life.
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