War in Afghanistan
Over 80 Taliban members are killed in Afghan and U.S. airstrikes.
Sources: Al Jazeera
Sources: Al Jazeera
The Taliban tightens its grip in many districts and cities in northern Afghanistan as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani calls on local militias to fight the armed group. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says that the United States is willing to continue their airstrike campaign against the Taliban but warned that "it is up to the Afghan government to defend themselves" and also added that "it is their struggle".
The Taliban takes control of several further districts overnight as Afghan troops abandon their posts and flee into neighboring Tajikistan via Badakhshan Province. The State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan reports that more than 300 Afghan troops crossed the Tajik border as Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid confirms that most of the territory was gained without a fight.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Taliban and the Afghanistan government in Doha, Qatar to negotiate a peace deal.
Officials in Takhar Province, Afghanistan, report that 12 civilians, 11 of them children, were killed by an airstrike on a madrasa. The central government says it killed 12 Taliban fighters.
The Taliban kills six security forces and injures another six in Imam Sahib District, Kunduz Province.
Two Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission workers are killed when a bomb attached to their vehicle explodes in Kabul. The Taliban denies responsibility and no other group has claimed responsibility. The attack is condemned by the United Nations.
Taliban gunmen storm a hotel in Badghis Province, killing four soldiers and two civilians. Three of the five gunmen are killed and two are arrested.
Taliban kill 30 policemen in an attack on an outpost in Farah Province.
The Taliban attacks two units of Afghan security forces in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district of Baghlan Province, killing at least 39 soldiers and police officers.
The Taliban leadership council reportedly meets to determine a successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed this weekend during an American drone strike in Pakistan.