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Afghanistan Confirms Islamic State Chief Killed

The leader of the Islamic State’s branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Hafiz Saeed, has been killed, according to regional Afghan military commander Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri.

Afghan police poses for photograph with an Islamic State flag after an operation in the Kot district of Jalalabad province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, (AP Photo/Melad Hamedi)

Afghanistan: Revoking Obama Rules of Engagement Leads to Progress Against Taliban

The expanded military authorization granted by President Barack Obama last month, which allows American troops supporting their Afghan counterparts to offensively target the Taliban rather than waiting for the terrorist group to attack first, is leading to progress on the battlefield, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told USA Today.

The Afghan Taliban have announced the start of their 'spring offensive', even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table

Report: Taliban Exploiting ‘Pedophilic Boy Play’ to Kill Afghan Police

The Taliban is exploiting the prevalent centuries-old pedophilic custom of bacha bazi, or “playing with boys,” to launch deadly attacks against police in southern Afghanistan, using the officers’ affinity for child sex slaves against them, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Afghan Boy Playing APMuhammed Muheisen

Watchdog: U.S. Has No Way to Evaluate Effectiveness of Afghan Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon lacks a reliable system to gauge whether the Afghan security troops are an effective fighting force capable of holding its ground against the enemies of Afghanistan, such as the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports a congressionally appointed watchdog agency.

Afghan Special Forces in Kunduz AFP Getty