- Helmand province official said clashes had resumed Sunday between the Taliban and government forces.
- The three-day ceasefire — only the fourth agreed in two decades of warfare — had expired as the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended, rounding off the ritual Ramadan fasting season.
- Interrupting Eid on Friday was a bombing at a mosque just north of Kabul that killed 12 worshippers and a prayer leader.
- The Islamic State claimed responsibility. IS also claimed, online, that it had destroyed electrical substations in recent weeks in several provinces.
- US and Afghan officials said Washington had vacated a southern airbase — handing over facilities to government forces — at Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold.
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the US-led withdrawals hasty and urged the United Nations to play a greater role.
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