Afghan security forces have taken over their country's domestic security operations, but doubts remain about the viability of the arrangement as violent attacks continue.
The hostage-taking has caused local Afghan officials to believe collusion was involved. The incident came as Paktiya Governor Shamim Katawazi survived an assassination attempt.
Post-ceasefire attacks in Afghanistan have killed over a dozen national troops, dashing hopes for a long-term truce between the Taliban and Kabul. Why are the militants unwilling to reciprocate government's peace offer?
The reported death of Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, is likely to reduce tensions between Washington and Islamabad, but it is unclear whether Pakistan will support Afghan peace efforts.
Taliban and Afghan government fighters have observed a three-day truce that coincided with Eid. But two bombings on Saturday and Sunday left a total of at least 55 people dead, and more than 100 injured.
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