In Afghanistan, a series of bomb attacks devastated restaurants and other public spaces Monday in the eastern city of Jalalabad, injuring at least 66 people.
The explosions took place on Afghanistan’s 100th Independence Day, following Saturday’s bloody suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul that killed 63 people, wounding around 200 others.
ISIS claimed the attack, which was the deadliest this year in Afghanistan. The bombings came as the U.S. and Taliban are reportedly close to a peace deal after months of talks between the two parties.
Top issues in the negotiations include a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, where elections are set to take place next month.
Democracy Now! speaks with Lotfullah Najafizada, the news director of TOLOnews, a 24-hour news channel based in Kabul.