Taliban fighters have captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand after security forces pulled out.
At least one woman has been killed and nearly 20 other people wounded after a huge blast in the Afghan capital Kabul.
Security forces in Pakistan have killed dozens of suspected militants. It comes a day after ISIL said they were behind a suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshippers at a Sufi shrine.
The Afghan government finds its former Taliban enemies may be their biggest ally against the ISIL threat, and Iran and Russia agree.
The Red Cross has put its aid activities across Afghanistan “on hold” after at least six of its staff were killed in a suspected ISIL attack.
The Taliban militant group has announced it is engaging in rescue efforts in Afghanistan after heavy snowfall caused over 80 deaths in 48 hours.
Niloofar Rahmani was supposed to return to Kabul over the weekend after a much-publicised stint of 15 months' training with the US Air Force
A senior Taliban commander Mullah Firoz Jahadi has been killed during an anti-terror operation, according to the Afghan interior ministry.