U.S. President Donald Trump is in the "process of evaluating" whether to withdrawal some troops from Afghanistan, said Vice President Mike Pence.
U.S. General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the army, visited Kabul for talks with Afghan leaders, according to the Afghan president's office.
Afghan officials say at least 11 police officers were killed after Taliban militants attacked two security checkpoints in the country's north.
An Afghan court has convicted three men for their alleged involvement in the murder of a BBC journalist last year, officials say.
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.