The opening of the national peace meeting in Kabul on June 2 was marred with violence as three rockets landed near the venue, BBC reports. Two attackers were killed while another was captured by the Afghan police in a follow-up operation. The three-day peace meeting, or jirga, will be reportedly used by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to gather support for his proposal to give economic incentives and other benefits to reformed Taliban fighters.

Meanwhile, combined Afghan and NATO forces have recaptured a remote district in the province of Nuristan that was taken over by Taliban fighters on May 30, Reuters reports. The combined troops did not fire shots and no one was harmed during the operation, according a statement from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Taliban fighters took hold of the Barg-i-Matal district on May 30 after local Afghan police withdrew in what they called was a tactical retreat.

About the author

  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.