Closing checkpoints "essentially cedes ground to the Taliban" says think tank senior fellow in Washington.
The State Department assures Afghans that an end to the war will not end the US engagement with Afghanistan
Afghan arm of the IS group claims responsibility for the attack.
US diplomat meets Afghan president in Kabul.
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani strongly condemns the attack in a statement sent by the presidential palace.
"Productive 24 hours in Islamabad. Briefed Pakistani leaders on progress we’ve made in the last month," says Khalilzad.
Zalmay Khalilzad opens the Pakistan leg of his 16-day multi-nation trip with a meeting at the Foreign Office.
Khalilzad arrives in Pakistan, wants to take momentum built over past month forward and accelerate peace process.
The meeting in Moscow was the second such summit in the Russian capital.
16 others were wounded in the suicide blast.
NSA's visit precedes a likely visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Islamabad.
The number of attacks on schools in Afghanistan nearly tripled last year, Unicef says on Tuesday.
The Taliban are “really committed to peace, but think the obstacle for peace should be removed first”: Mullah Baradar.
Taliban claim responsibility for the Farah attack but make no announcements about the Sari Pul attack.
Taliban say Germany is among states to have offered help for a peaceful settlement.
UNAMA says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban.
The provincial governor’s spokesman says 10 insurgents were also killed in the Friday night attack in Sherzad district.
The imam, Maulvi Samiullah Rehan, was well known in Kabul and appeared frequently on religious shows on TV.
US military spokesperson says the incident occurred due to "miscommunication".
VOA reports that Stanekzai made the assertions in an April 28 speech to an "internal gathering" in Doha, Qatar.
All of the casualties are believed to be civilians, says spokesman for eastern Nangarhar’s governor.
Robert Gates wants Washington to keep its troops in Afghanistan until the Kabul government becomes stable.
A provincial official says Abdul Ghafour Mahmoud was shot on Sunday while travelling to the capital.
The US embassy in Kabul did not immediately comment, nor did US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
Media reports claim that President Ghani may visit Islamabad after Eid.
Ahmad's leg was amputated below the knee when he was only eight months old.
The report stresses the importance of planning for “the day after” any peace deal in eight areas including security.
Fighters clash with Afghan forces, says Taliban spokesperson.
Foreign minister says SBP governor, FBR chairman shown door over their performance.
President Ashraf Ghani says he is conditionally prepared to implement the call.