U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he sees encouraging signs for substantive talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban after 17 years of war.
Uzbek authorities have released a U.S. citizen who was detained on suspicion of joining a terrorist group and fighting alongside Islamist insurgents in Afghanistan.
Eighteen Afghan security personnel and two civilians were killed in a series of Taliban attacks on checkpoints in the Badghis and Kandahar provinces, officials say.
Afghan officials say at least 11 soldiers were killed in the first major Taliban attack since the militants ended a cease-fire coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
The Taliban has killed at least 14 members of Afghanistan's security forces in an overnight attack in the Sayyad district of northern Sar-e-Pul Province, a local official said on June 12.
At least 15 members of the Afghan security forces were killed early on June 11 in an attack by Taliban militants on their security post in the northern province of Kunduz, officials say.
Afghan officials say Taliban militants have killed over 40 government security personnel in attacks across the country.
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants will intensify during a temporary cease-fire announced by the Afghan government.
A secret government inquiry has alleged that members of the Australian special forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan, local media said.
An Afghan official says militants targeted a lawmaker in the eastern province of Nangarhar, leaving three dead, but the lawmaker was not home at the time.
A district center in Afghanistan's northern Takhar Province fell to the Taliban on May 30 following a battle that left four Afghan security personnel dead, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.