The insurgents often use roadside bombs and landmines to target Afghan security forces, but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.
In a tweet, the Taliban spokesman said the talks were pausing for the first day of Ramzan
Both the Taliban and IS are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Kunar and neighbouring Nangarhar provinces
This week's "loya jirga" saw more than 3,000 religious and tribal leaders, politicians and representatives from across the country
over 2,000 people have been invited for the four-day long gathering amid tight security
UN Assistance Mission reported that in the first quarter of 2019, there were 1,773 civilian casualties in Afghanistan
In first three months of 2019, international and pro-government forces were responsible for deaths of 305 civilians, whereas insurgent groups killed 227 people.
Zalmay wrote, "Dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and lasting peace. There is no alternative."
A senior Afghan government official said “the gathering has been called off for now and details were being reworked.”