U.S. aircraft carried out two attacks in the district of Sangin in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, overrun by Taliban militants earlier this week, officials say.
A senior Russian diplomat says Russia's interests in Afghanistan "objectively coincide" with those of the Taliban in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
Heavy fighting is reported to be continuing between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in the district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand, which the militants overran earlier this week.
There was fierce fighting in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province with reports that Taliban fighters were on the verge of capturing the strategic city of Sangin.
As Afghanistan confronts Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants on the battlefield, the struggle for hearts and minds has also intensified with the launch of radio broadcasts by IS.
Britain has sent military personnel to the southern Afghan province of Helmand following reports the district of Sangin had largely fallen to the Taliban.
More than 600 tons of opium have been seized in a joint operation between law enforcement officials from Russia and Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has made his first appearance before a U.S. military judge to face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
The U.S. Defense Department said six U.S. soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan, in the deadliest attack on international forces since August.
Police and eyewitnesses say three rockets hit an area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, that houses many foreign embassies and government buildings late on December 21.
Taliban militants have overrun local security forces in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in recent days. The waves of attacks throughout the area have caused provincial authorities to plead with Kabul for more army troops.
The Taliban has taken control of a strategic district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.