As western forces withdraw from Afghanistan, womens' rights in the country are being rolled back. Brutal attacks are rising in a climate of impunity.
At two least gunmen have been killed while attempting to lay siege to an intelligence facility in the Afghan capital. A day before, scores of students were killed in an attack described by rights groups as a war crime.
Washington will sanction and prosecute ICC judges who open an investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan, said a top official. In November, the ICC chief prosecutor requested a probe into criminal action by the US.
The rocket attack in Kabul came days after President Ashraf Ghani offered the Taliban a reciprocal ceasefire to mark the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday. The "Islamic State" claimed credit for the assault.
Amid reports of deteriorating human rights and security in Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah admitted there have been "shortcomings" in his administration.
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