The eastern provinces represent a relatively small geographical area where a high number of clashes have occurred between the ANSF, Taliban and IS. Nangarhar province recorded the overall highest number of violent events in 2017.? Along with the Taliban, there are IS strongholds in Nangarhar and Kunar.??Faryab is one of the most active battlefronts in Afghanistan and there is a large Taliban presence in the province. ? Western provinces have experienced less conflict than the northern and southern provinces, with sporadic clashes between Taliban and ANSF.?
Kabul, Afghan's capital, has been regularly attacked throughout 2017 and 2018, with a high impact on civilians.?
In June, the Taliban announced a ceasefire for the end of Ramadan. The ceasefire ended on 17 June.? In April, the Taliban announced the beginning of a spring offensive, resulting in an escalation of activities, particularly in urban areas in Kabul, Helmand and Kunduz provinces.? Between 11 and 15 May the Taliban gained control of areas in Ghor, Badghis, Paryab and Ghazni provinces.? The situation remains of particular concern in Farah, Ghor, Baghlan, Nangarhar and Zabul provinces.??
Ghazni: On 22 May, heavy clashes are reported to be ongoing between the Taliban and the security forces triggering displacement to Ghazni City and nearby villages.??
Kandahar: On 21 May, a car-bomb attack left 16 killed and 37 injured in Kandahar cIty.?
Nangarhar: On 17 June, a suicide bombing killed 18 people and injured 45 in Jalalabad. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.? On 11 June, the Education Department in Jalalabad was attacked. Ten people were injured.? An insurgent attack on a government building in Jalalabad city on 13 May resulted in at least 12 dead, including a child, and 36 wounded.??
Baghlan: On 6 June, two people were killed in a blast close to a voter registration centre.? In May, after several days of heavy fighting in Tala Wa Barfak district, Taliban insurgents seized the district centre.?
Faryab: Belchiragh district has fallen to the Taliban in the first half of May.? Over 9,000 people were internally displaced between 30 April and 6 May.?
Kunduz: Taliban insurgents took power over several villages following an attack in Aqtapa, Qala-i-Zal district, on 1st May that resulted in over 5,000 people internally displaced. Civilian casualties were reported.?
Helmand: Military operations in Nad Ali district in April displaced up to 6,000 people and prevents humanitarian actors from accessing people in need.?
Kabul: On 11 June, a suicide bomb attack in front of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development killed 13 people and injured at least 25.? Twin suicide attacks killed 29 people, including at least 9 journalists on 30 April.? On 22 April, 60 people were killed and almost 129 wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Kabul. The attack targeted a voter registration centre. Islamic State claimed responsibility.?On 21 March, at least 29 people were killed and 52 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. Islamic State claimed responsibility.?
Takhar: On 5 June, govenment forces gained control of Dah-e-Qala district following a military operation against the Taliban. At least 40 insurgents were killed.?
Western provinces: At least 37 insurgents were killed by Afghan and foreign forces after they staged an attack on police check-posts in Farah in mid-April.? On 9 April, a motorcycle bomb explosion killed eight civilians and wounded seven others in Herat province. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. ?