In a rare interview, ITV International Correspondent John Irvine spoke to Taliban veteran Agha Jan Motasim about Afghanistan's future.
They knew it was coming. Pakistani officials received intelligence of an impending attack on the jail two weeks ago.
Official peace talks on Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban were delayed today, amid a row about an office.
The Taliban have suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and US prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said today.
"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email -using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.
"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. He provided no further detail on why that decision had been made.
The Taliban has killed 19 Afghan army soldiers and kidnapped seven in an attack on a base in the country's eastern Kunar province this morning, the spokesman for the provincial governor said.
The spokesman, Abdul Ghani Musamem, said the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday in Ghaziabad district, a remote, mountainous area of Kunar near the border with Pakistan. Musamem said Afghan forces had launched an operation to try to free the soldiers captured by the Taliban.
The Afghan Defence Ministry confirmed in a statement there was a Taliban attack on army checkpoints in that area but declined to give any immediate figures on casualties.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.
A British military dog captured by Taliban forces in Afghanistan is believed to have been taken during an SAS mission.
The Taliban said the dog was taken during a battle a month ago in Laghman province, to the east of the capital, Kabul.
The Ministry of Defence has not issued any comment on the reports, but a spokesperson for ISAF (the International Security Assistance Force) confirmed that a military working dog went missing late last year during a mission.
Kabul police chief Gen. Zahir Zahir has told ITV News that 16 people have been killed in the Afghan capital bomb attack, including 13 foreigners, while four U.N. employees who "could have been present in close proximity to the attack" remain "unaccounted for", the Associated Press has reported.
Gen. Zahir Zahir also confirmed that five people had been wounded.
Vital territory won by British forces in Afghanistan risks being lost to the Taliban as Britain completes its military withdrawal by the end of next year, the head of the Army has told The Telegraph.
General Sir Peter Wall told the newspaper that key towns such as Musa Qala, where British troops suffered heavy casualties, could be retaken by Taliban insurgents.
He said: “The Taliban will be contesting the places we’ve left and there are these iconic places like Musa Qala which we fought over and suffered quite significantly,
“It would be quite bad news if the Taliban were to get back into a place like that.”
The Pakistani Taliban said today they are planning a wave of revenge attacks against the government after naming hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader.
"We will target security forces, government installations, political leaders and police," said Asmatullah Shaheen, the head of the Taliban shura, or council.
The Pakistani Taliban have elected Mullah Fazlullah, a ruthless commander from the Swat Valley, as their new leader following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike last week, a Taliban spokesman said.
"Fazlullah is the new TTP (Pakistani Taliban) chief," he said. "The decision was taken at a shura meeting today."
Mullah Fazlullah was thought to have briefed the two assassins sent to kill schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who now lives in Britain after recovering from gunshot wounds to the head.
The Pakistani government says the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud is a US bid to derail planned peace talks. Some lawmakers have demanded the blocking of US supply lines into Afghanistan in retaliation.
"The murder of Hakimullah is the murder of all efforts at peace," said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. "Americans said they support our efforts at peace. Is this support?"
Despite Mehsud's reputation as an uncompromising commander, Pakistan's new government had vowed to try to stop the violence through peace talks and it reacted angrily to his death.
Shah Farman, a spokesman for the government of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said provincial lawmakers would pass a resolution on Monday to cut NATO supply lines into landlocked Afghanistan. A major one passes through the nearby Khyber Pass.
The Pakistani government has summoned the US ambassador to protest over the death of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike, it announced today.
A statement from the Foreign Office said Friday's strike was "counter-productive to Pakistan's efforts to bring peace and stability to Pakistan and the region."
Mehsud was head of the Pakistani Taliban, an insurgent group that has beheaded Pakistani soldiers and killed thousands of civilians in suicide bombings. The group also directed a failed attempt to bomb Times Square in New York.
The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was among four people killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan region today, security sources have said.