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.
About 50 people have been shot and killed in a village in a remote part of Afghanistan, where the Taliban and Islamic State have a presence. The attackers are believed to be a mixed group of Taliban and "IS" militants.
An English-language women's magazine launched recently by the Pakistani Taliban wants to convince female readers to join the terror outfit, embrace extremist thought and take up jihad.
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.
More than two dozen people have been killed in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Herat. The strike highlights the country's deteriorating security situation.
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