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.
Fifteen cadets have died in the second deadly suicide bomb attack in the capital, Kabul, within 24 hours. An attack on a mosque on Friday evening claimed at least 56 lives and injured some 55 more.
The secretary of state made a short visit to Afghanistan to discuss the new US policy in South Asia. He told Afghan leaders he was open to peace with the Taliban if they accepted military defeat.
Thousands returned to the site of the country's worst terror attack six days later. The US has stepped up the number of drone strikes inside Somalia since the beginning of the year.
The Taliban has killed 43 government troops at a military base in southern Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry reports. Nine soldiers were wounded and six remain missing, according to a statement from the ministry.
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