Since August 2003, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been engaged in Afghanistan to conduct security operations, train and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Since then seven NATO summits have been held, the eighth and last NATO summit in the format of ISAF will be held at Newport, Wales on 5 September 2014.
NIELI (Pajhwok): Officials in central Daikundi province have expressed their concern at increasing cases of violence against women, despite growing awareness among females about their constitutionally-protected rights.
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of remote areas of northeastern Badakhshan province say pregnant women continue to face high risks of dying during labour and childbirth in the absence of healthcare services.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Huge reserves of garnets, a group of silicate minerals, are found in various parts of Afghanistan, but the gemstones have long been unlawfully extracted in central Kabul and northeastern Badakhshan provinces.