Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing five police and five civilians as the country endures a rise in violence as US-led NATO troops pull out.
The UN voiced "serious concern" about the Taliban`s persistent threat after the group killed seven people in two suicide attacks in Kabul on Thursday, including one targeting a play at a French-financed high school.
The United States will keep up to 1,000 more soldiers than previously planned in Afghanistan into next year, outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday, in a recognition of the still formidable challenge from Taliban insurgents.
Outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed confidence in the ability of Afghan forces to defend Kabul following a spike in Taliban strikes as he arrived in the Afghan capital on Saturday for his final trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief.
The Kabul police chief who tendered his resignation after a string of attacks in the city will stay on in the role, officials said Monday, as Afghanistan struggles to respond to rising militant unrest.
Kabul`s police chief resigned on Sunday, a spokesman said, after the Afghan capital was hit by at least nine militant attacks in the last two weeks with foreign compounds, embassy vehicles and US troops among those targeted.
Gunfire and explosions rocked Kabul on Thursday as Taliban militants attacked a central district that houses several embassies and foreign compounds, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing six people.
Afghan women`s rights campaigner Shukria Barakzai speaks in a tired whisper as she recovers in hospital from an assassination attempt that nearly killed her a week ago, but her message is strong and clear.
Reflecting the new Afghanistan government`s high priority on reconciliation with the Taliban, ending conflicts and curbing terrorism, Kabul`s Ambassador to the UN Zahir Tanin signalled Kabul`s focus on relations with Pakistan and China, which it feels can help it in these tasks.