Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, visited military and civilian personnel assigned to Regional Command-East, Nangarhar province, Sept. 5. Allen received a briefing and walking tour of Torkham Gate area of operations during his visit and thanked U.S. and Afghan forces for their service and sacrifice. ISAF is a key component of the international community's engagement in Afghanistan, assisting Afghan authorities in providing security and stability while creating the conditions for reconstruction development.

Armenia–Azerbaijan Border Clash

Reignited clashes in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and  Azerbaijan kill three soldiers and injure fourteen others.

The 2021–2022 Armenia–Azerbaijan border crisis is an ongoing conflict between the military forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The crisis started on 12 May 2021, when Azerbaijani soldiers crossed several kilometers into Armenia in the provinces of Syunik and  Gegharkunik, occupying about 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) of Armenian territory. On 6 April, 2022 Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President İlham Aliyev met in Brussels for peace talks mediated by the European Council President Charles Michel.

On 15 April, Azerbaijani forces crossed the Line of Contact near the village of Seysulan. Later that day, they reportedly agreed to pull back. Clashes broke out again in late July and early August 2022. On August 1, militias in Nagorno-Karabakh reported that Azerbaijan attempted to breach the northern boundary, wounding one soldier. Both Azerbaijan and the Russian Defence Ministry denied these claims. Over the next two days, clashes erupted again killing one Azerbaijani soldier, two Artsakhi militiamen, and wounding 14 others. The international community reacted quickly, with Russia accusing Baku of breaking the fragile ceasefire and the European Union urging a “immediate cessation of hostilities”.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said one of the country’s servicemembers died in what it alleged was a “terrorist act” by “illegal Armenian military formations.” The Azerbaijani military carried out a “retaliatory operation” in response, killing and wounding an unspecified number of “illegal Armenian militants.” Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist leader, Arayik Harutyunyan, announced a partial military mobilization Wednesday, further fueling tensions in the region.

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