Thousands of seasoned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan fighters have dominated the conflict across Afghanistan as its security forces scramble with the escalating violence.
Nearly 20 Hazaras taken in February in a brazen hostage-taking in southern Afghanistan have reportedly been released.
Officials in northern Afghanistan say the Taliban have been joined by foreign fighters from the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the ongoing fighting in Kunduz province.
Frustrated by government inaction, some civilians in northern Afghanistan have taken their security into their own hands.
At least seven people, including two ambassadors, were killed when a Pakistani military helicopter crashed on May 8.
Bestselling author Ahmed Rashid sees progress in a recent 'nonofficial' meeting between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
Afghan president's national security adviser says Islamic State militants are interested in using his country to destabilize its northern Central Asian neighbors.
Journalists in northwestern Pakistan face pressure from the government and threats from militants as they cover the country's decade-old Islamist insurgency.
A NATO official says Afghan security forces will defeat a Taliban insurgency near the northern city of Kunduz that has caused thousands of people to flee their homes.
A tiny bridge across a dry stream on Afghanistan's main highway connecting the capital Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar has been the site of more than 200 attacks in eight years.
With the Taliban spring offensive under way, locals in Afghanistan's northeast are noticing a mysterious influx of foreign fighters.
A court in the Sughd region of northern Tajikistan has sentenced 10 local men to 8 1/2 years in jail each after convicting them of being members of a banned Islamic group.