Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister will visit Moscow on Thursday to discuss the dates of a new round of Moscow peace talks on Afghanistan, Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday citing Afghanistan's embassy.
Afghan police and volunteer groups of armed civilians tightened controls across the capital Kabul on Wednesday ahead of Ashura, the holiest day of the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, following a series of attacks on Shi'ite targets by Islamic State militants.
Up to 17 members of the Afghan security forces were killed on Sunday in Farah province on the border with Iran, according to officials in the region, where the Taliban have been pressuring government forces for months.
The Taliban launched multiple attacks on Afghan checkpoints as well as police and military bases in different parts of the country, killing at least 27 members of the security forces, Afghan officials said Monday.
Afghanistan's poorly armed and underpaid police are usually on the frontlines against Taliban militants and they lost 90 men defending the strategic city of Ghazni last month, underlining chronic weaknesses that are likely to face further tests.
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