Afghan forces are engaged in a gunbattle with the Taliban after the militants attacked a large military base in southern Helmand Province late on February 28.
A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban has said the group is close to reaching an agreement with the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Afghan officials say that an air strike has mistakenly killed nine members of a government-backed militia.
Afghan Taliban leaders said on February 21 that their new political chief will not attend peace talks with U.S. envoys that are due to place in Qatar next week.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have signed an agreement on a strategic partnership between their countries.
An Afghan official said six civilians were killed after their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Laghman.
A Swedish student activist has been fined after she tried to stop the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that a hasty U.S. pullout from Syria runs the risk of strengthening the roles of Russia and Iran in the Middle East.
The U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan by more than 1,000 soldiers, a U.S. general told Reuters on February 15.
A commander of the so-called Muslim Battalion of Soviet troops in Afghanistan, retired Colonel Boris Kerimbaev, has died at the age of 71 in Kazakhstan.
The Taliban has announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of peace talks later this month with the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan.
Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, an Afghan mujahedin commander who fought against Soviet forces and rose to become the country's first president after the Soviet Army's withdrawal, has died.