A wave of violence across Afghanistan in recent weeks has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and security forces, as the Taliban makes gains on the battlefield and IS launches deadly urban attacks. read more
Afghan men fill a plastic bag with rose petals in the Dara-i-Noor district of Nangarhar province. The sweet smelling crop is providing farmers in Nangarhar province with a viable alternative to growing opium poppies, the sale of which has fuelled the conflict raging across the country. The carefully plucked petals are turned into rose water and oils for sale around the world.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after warnings from Islamic State last month of attacks on schools in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan. read more
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Friday that an explosion in Bati Kot district killed three young cricket players and wounded two spectators. The game was a local friendly match. read more