Some media reports, citing unidentified sources, said the move had been ordered by the National Directorate for Security to thwart the use of the encrypted messaging services by the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Wazir Akbar Khan, a heavily fortified area of the city that houses numerous foreign embassies and government buildings.
His statements marked the opening of the defence’s case, which suffered a blow earlier in the day when the presiding military judge said President Donald Trump had not damaged Bergdahl’s chances of a fair sentence.
Today, the battle to open and close schools is as fierce as ever, as the US-backed government under President Ashraf Ghani struggles to fend off an insurgency dominated by the Taliban.
The former president’s public decision to lead political activity in that direction fundamentally means asking questions arising out of the US presence in Afghanistan.
The train was travelling from Baluchistan’s capital of Quetta to the eastern metropolis of Lahore when a blast on the main railway track damaged one of its cars.
As many as two rockets landed near the international military headquarters in downtown Kabul early on Saturday morning.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a statement from the group did not provide evidence to support its claim.
After more than a decade and a half of international intervention in Afghanistan, corruption, insecurity, waste, and other problems mean around two-thirds of Afghan girls still do not go to school, a rights group has said.
The deadliest attack hit a police training centre attached to the police headquarters in Gardez, main city of Paktia province.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy, with the latter offence carrying a possible life sentence.
Pakistan’s hegemonic design in Afghanistan is clear, but what is subtle is that it seeks to leverage its use of jihadist proxies to convince the US to help resolve the Kashmir dispute with India.
“Hopefully, there will be a change in the cooperative relationship between the United States and Pakistan,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said after the rescue operation.
The rights group urged all European countries to implement a moratorium on returns to Afghanistan until they can take place in safety and dignity.
Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade as officials have long questioned the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan.
The chief executive of Afghanistan, who is in India on a short trip, also expressed that differences within the international community could impact counter-terrorism efforts.
US forces suffered a “missile malfunction”, causing several civilian casualties, the US-led NATO mission said.
This position assumes significance given that under the new Trump policy the US wants India to contribute more in the war-torn nation.
The move would help US companies develop materials critical to national security while boosting Afghanistan’s economic growth.
As the US deploys 3000 additional troops to Afghanistan, Trump’s “regional approach” to security and tough talk on Pakistan has won a stamp of approval from President Ghani.
“We don’t foresee any political or military role for India in Afghanistan. I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything.”
The blast outside Kabul International Cricket Stadium took place during a match in Afghanistan’s Shpageeza Cricket League.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said 116 new “high impact” development projects would be implemented jointly in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.
The booklet had a Quranic verse from the Taliban’s banner superimposed on a dog’s image.
The announcement comes over a week after US President Donald Trump hit out at Pakistan for providing a safe haven for terror groups that kill Americans in Afghanistan.
ISIS, which has launched several attacks against minority Shi’ite targets in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Donald Trump ruled out a hasty withdrawal of troops while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy to a crowd of veterans.
China defended its ally earlier this week after Trump said the US could no longer be silent about militants using safe havens on Pakistani soil.
The problem illustrates the hurdles Afghanistan faces in rebuilding its strife-torn economy, a crucial step if it is to wean itself off foreign aid.
A senior Taliban official said the rare decision to address Trump directly coincided with the president’s deliberations on US policy in Afghanistan.
Fighting is ongoing but as many as 50 people – children, women and elderly men, most of them members of Shi’ite Hazara community – may have been killed.
Trump vented his frustrations about the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, echoing Obama’s qualms about sending more troops into a conflict described as “an eroding stalemate”.
The capture of a Pakistani teenager who travelled 2,000 km across two countries to commit a suicide attack gives police a rare glimpse into a militant network suspected of a surge in sectarian violence.
The attack was a reminder of the dangers posed to US forces in Afghanistan as Donald Trump weighs sending thousand more troops to America’s longest war.
Trump, frustrated by US ineffectiveness in the Afghan war, suggested firing his Afghanistan army general after a meeting that ended in a shouting match, according to officials.
The figures were provided to the US military by the Afghan government and were consistent with those from the last year, says a US congressional watchdog.
Antonio Guterres called the attacks “horrifying” and said deliberately targeting civilians was a violation of human rights and “may constitute a war crime”.
Monday’s suicide bombing targeting government personnel continued the unrelenting violence that has killed over 1,700 civilians in Afghanistan this year.
Kabul has accounted for at least 20% of all civilian casualties this year.
US peace-building should look beyond buttressing the Kabul regime to engaging with major regional powers, namely Pakistan, China, and India.