The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack that has rocked Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul. The explosion left hundreds wounded and up to 40 people are feared dead.
A concert by female singer Aryana Sayeed commemorating Afghanistan's Independence Day stirred a controversy in the war-torn country. The event was eventually cancelled allegedly due to pressure from religious clerics.
Police in Kabul have seized a truck carrying 16.5 more tons of explosives than was used in a deadly May bombing there that killed 150 people. The incident underlines the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Reports of delays from President Donald Trump's administration in presenting a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan indicate dissonance in the White House on how to resolve the conflict.
Taliban and Islamic State fighters have added a new twist to the Afghan conflict by carrying out a number of deadly attacks on the Shiite Muslim minority. Experts warn of increased sectarian clashes in the future.
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