President Donald Trump said he never raised with Russian leader Vladimir Putin media reports that Moscow paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Top U.S. officials have hailed a three-day cease-fire proposed by the Taliban and agreed by the Afghan government, raising hopes that the long-delayed intra-Afghan peace talks could begin next week.
The United States has dispatched its special envoy for Afghanistan on a five-nation tour aimed at advancing a fragile Afghan peace process.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke by telephone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about an arms agreement and fighting the coronavirus.
Over a dozen Afghan security personnel and scores of Taliban militants have been killed in attacks across the country.
Over a dozen Afghan security personnel have been killed in suspected Taliban attacks.
A powerful Afghan warlord accused of kidnap and rape has been given the country's highest military rank.
An Afghan rights commission says that on average 16 civilians have been killed or wounded every day across the country in the first half of 2020.