A highway is closed and power is shut off in parts of Helmand Province amidst brutal fighting in which 71 Taliban fighters have been killed and the deputy shadow governor of Helmand, Mawlawi Ghafoor, has been arrested. The governor's office says that Ghafoor was recently released as part of peace negotiations.
Four civilians in flooded Parwan are killed in clashes between the Afghan military and the Taliban. The group did not comment on the killings ahead of peace talks to start soon between the group and the government.
NATO claims to have killed two Taliban leaders in fighting in the Afghanistan War while a soldier was lost in fighting during an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan. [http:--www.washingtonexaminer.com-breaking-nato-2-afghan-insurgent-leaders-killed-1-captured-service-member-dies-in-militant-attack-104844584.html (AP via "Washington Examiner")]date=August 2019