The US believes its drone strike has killed the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. US and Afghan leaders are already anticipating an improvement in peace efforts as a result.
The Taliban have issued a letter seeking to end the brutal, protracted bloodshed in Afghanistan through dialogue. Experts say it is a reaction to increased US airstrikes against the group and pressure on Pakistan.
The overall civilian toll fell by 9 percent compared to 2016, but the number of deaths from airstrikes saw a significant jump. A resurgent Taliban and "Islamic State" militants inflicted a bulk of the casualties.
It seems as if there is no end in sight to the spate of deadly attacks occurring relentlessly in Afghanistan, killing scores and throwing lives in disarray. Is the new US strategy responsible for this spike in terror?
At least one German was killed in Saturday's Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, according to the German foreign ministry. The militants gunned down over twenty people, mostly foreigners, in a siege lasting hours.
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