About 250 Islamic State fighters have surrendered to Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province, a traditional IS stronghold. Dozens of women and children have surrendered as well. Officials told VOA they would work toward deradicalizing those of Afghan origin and eventually would unite them with their families. The Kabul government has yet to determine the fate of the non-Afghan detainees. VOA's Zabihullah Ghazi reports.
Once an important economic center for Afghans living in eastern Nangarhar province near the Pakistani border, Haska Mena has been reduced to a wasteland by the war against the Islamic State. VOA's Zabiullah Ghazi reports from the region.
Determined to seek an education, Afghan students in the Haska Mena district of eastern Nangarhar province study under the ruins of schools destroyed fighting with Islamic State militants. VOA's Zabihullah Ghazi reports from the region.
Having spent 2½ years in a government prison for collaboration with the Taliban in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, Abdul Wares, 42, now mourns with his family for his son, who was killed while fighting alongside the Afghan army against the Taliban. Zabihullah Ghazi reports for VOA.