The Afghan government has lost control of nearly half the country to terrorist forces, the lowest levels of control since government officials began tracking the situation in November 2015, according to the latest oversight report.
The five members of the Afghan Taliban who were released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 have joined the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, according the insurgent group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.
A federal government program to promote gender equality in Afghanistan and help women find employment is costing taxpayers over $200 million but has only found jobs for 55 women.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday. The attack killed 12 people, including two intelligence service agents and ten civilians.
The Islamic State regional capital of Deh Bala has been liberated by United States Special Forces and Afghan troops, military officials said on Saturday.
The Trump administration “set a new record” for dropping munitions on Taliban drug facilities in Afghanistan, according to newly declassified information showing a significant increase in American operations in the war-torn country since the White House announced a new policy for the region.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Afghanistan on Monday, kicking off an unannounced visit to the country.
A suicide attack in Afghanistan left 19 people dead and 20 wounded on Sunday.