Taliban fighters have seized control of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes an important border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said, as the armed group continues its rapid military advances around the country.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has offered assurances about the security of the Iran-Afghanistan border amid ongoing clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan government along the border.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday that despite the increased tensions in Afghanistan, trade between Iran and Afghanistan has not been interrupted.
Iran on Monday said the Taliban represent only part of Afghanistan and not the entire country not now and not in the future.
Iran has called on the United Nations to help facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan aimed at ending decades of bloodshed in the conflict-hit country, saying a more stable Afghanistan will benefit all of its citizens, the broader region and the entire world.
A mortar shell has hit a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians and wounding several others, as violent conflict continues between the Taliban and Afghan forces.
The Taliban militant group has captured a key district in Afghanistan’s central province of Wardak, despite the announcement of a three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Taliban have warned the US that any delay in the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan would be a violation of the Doha agreement and would prompt the group's appropriate action.
At least 27 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a powerful vehicle-borne bomb went off in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar, local officials say.
The United States has dispatched two additional bombers to Qatar to carry out airstrikes in Afghanistan if needed, as the Pentagon and NATO begin a complete troop withdrawal from the Asian country in earnest in the coming days.