A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.
Monday's capture by the Taliban of the northern city was a blow to Kabul's efforts to pacify its foes.
At least 17 were killed in the attack, making it the deadliest Taliban strike since miliants killed at least 20 people in a Shiite mosque in February.
Two gunmen in Afghan military uniforms opened fire on a vehicle carrying international troops in Helmand Province on Wednesday. It was the third reported 'green-on-blue' attack in Afghanistan this year.
A truck bomb in central Kabul Friday killed eight and injured hundreds. Insurgents attacks have cause 70 percent of civilian casualties this year.
The horrific 2014 slaying of more than 120 children in a Peshawar school created pressure for terrorist suspects to be tried in military court.
The head of the Taliban's office in Qatar says it was a mistake to have kept the death of spiritual leader Mullah Omar a secret for two years. Then he resigns.
The reclusive leader of the Taliban hasn't been seen in public for more than a decade. The group is engaged in peace talks with the Afghan government.
The Pakistan-hosted peace talks ended with both sides committed to resuming the dialogue after Ramadan. But internal Taliban divisions are raising questions.
The coordinated Taliban assault in the heart of Kabul didn't achieve its objective – killing Afghan lawmakers – but was a reminder that the group remains potent.
The celebrated Rafi Peer troupe got featured at this year's Lahore literary festival, after surviving Islamist bomb attacks. But civil society and free expression in Pakistan may still be measured as one step forward and two back.