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 Afghan government refused to join a Moscow-hosted peace conference attended by a Taliban delegation. Observers say the absence of officials from Kabul unnecessarily delays the peace process in a 17-year-long war.
Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, every election there has been more fraudulent than the last. Experts say that's a consequence of the nation's shaky democratic foundations.
The Kandahar police chief had survived previous attempts on his life. Accused of severe human rights abuses, he was a key figure for the US in the fight against the Taliban. A US commander survived the attack.
Although the Taliban appear to currently have the upper hand in Afghanistan, Col. Knut Peters, a spokesperson for NATO in Kabul, told DW that the mission has seen success and that upcoming elections are a positive sign.
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