Patrick Shanahan has taken over the helm of the Pentagon, as U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his Defense Department predecessor, pointing to what he said was a lack of success in Afghanistan.
An Afghan official says at least five government soldiers were killed after Taliban militants attacked a military base in the country's south.
Iran says a Taliban delegation has made a rare visit to Tehran for talks with a senior Iranian official on efforts to end Afghanistan's 17-year-long war.
The Afghan National Army says a leading spokesman for the affiliate of the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan has been killed in a drone strike.
A key Taliban commander has been killed in an operation conducted by Afghan government forces in the country's east, the Defense Ministry says.
The Taliban say it will be holding "another" meeting on December 17 with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates in the latest attempt to negotiate an end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China are meeting on December 15 in the Afghan capital to discuss trade, development, and security.
Kamal Naghchband, who fled violence in Afghanistan two decades ago but was shot down in the December 11 Strasbourg Christmas market attack, was buried on December 14.
A U.S. Army Green Beret major has been charged with murder in the death of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to the war-torn country, the U.S. military says.
The Taliban has attacked an army post in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers, officials say.
Three civilians have been killed after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's western Herat Province, officials said.
The family of a young Afghan boy photographed in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag of his Argentine soccer idol, Lionel Messi, has been forced to flee their home.