Afghanistan`s Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.
The top UN official in Afghanistan said the world body has been in touch with the Taliban in an effort to reduce civilian casualties and to make them aware of their obligations under international human rights laws.
US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years, appeared smiling alongside a commander from the militant Haqqani network in a photo posted on a Twitter account by a supporter of the Afghan Taliban.
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a military convoy belonging to the NATO-led ISAF security force in Kabul on Saturday, striking at the heart of the capital but without causing any casualties.
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday claimed their former deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has not been freed by authorities here, prompting a denial from Pakistani officials who said he was free to "meet and contact anyone".
The Afghan Taliban are financially supporting Pakistani militants at war with Islamabad and providing sanctuary for them in neighboring Afghanistan, the Pakistani Taliban`s spokesman said, highlighting the risk both groups pose to the Pakistani government.