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UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Library on wheels brings joy of books to Afghan kids

The children of Kabul love the blue bus – they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Amid little scrutiny, U.S. military ramps up in Afghanistan

The U.S. is adding military advisers and combat aircraft as part of President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan war strategy, but Congress appears to be paying little attention.


Suicide bomber kills 9 in Kabul; Taliban kill 16 in province

An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras on Friday, blowing himself up at a police checkpoint near a gathering of the minority Shiites in western Kabul, killing nine …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Official: Suicide bomber kills 1 in diplomatic area in Kabul

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber killed at least one person in an attack in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan’s capital.


U.S. drone strikes kill 11 militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Two separate U.S. drone strikes struck a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan and a vehicle in Afghanistan, killing 11 militants, mostly from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, …


US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan

The U.S. is shifting combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Afghanistan as part of an intensified focus on the Taliban, now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Militant hideout found in Afghan capital shows security woes

The discovery of an Islamic State hideout filled with explosives and suicide vests in a poor Kabul neighborhood reflects the failure of Afghanistan’s corruption-wracked government to protect the capital, analysts …


Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data

The Pentagon has ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with key information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, accelerating a clampdown on data, such as the …


Trump condemns Taliban role in Afghan attacks, says no talks

President Donald Trump told visiting members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday the U.S. would no longer talk with the Taliban following a recent string of deadly attacks in …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

IS attack on military academy in Afghan capital kills 11

Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Bomber in ambulance detonates at Afghan checkpoint; 95 dead

A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient to a hospital and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

Militants attack Afghan offices of children’s NGO, killing 4

Militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four people and triggering a shootout with police that lasted almost 10 hours, provincial officials and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 7:39 a.m.

U.S. says multiple Americans among casualties in Kabul attack

Multiple American citizens were among the dead and wounded in the Taliban’s 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in the capital Kabul over the weekend that left 22 dead, the …


Survivors of Taliban attack on Kabul hotel recount ordeal

Survivors of the Taliban attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel recounted on Monday the ordeal of the deadly, 13-hours-long weekend standoff that claimed 18 lives, including 14 foreigners.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

Afghan forces end deadly Taliban siege at Kabul hotel

Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including …


U.S. and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations” – and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income …


Movie review: ‘12 Strong’ infuses heart into war, but doesn’t dive too deep

U.S. Special Forces soldiers are supposed to slip into and out of secret missions without making the evening news. “12 Strong” tells just one of those extraordinary stories, fought in …


U.S. ambassador says Trump policy in Afghanistan is working

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the Trump administration’s policy in Afghanistan is working, saying talks between the government and the Taliban are closer than ever before.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Top US commander wants more aggressive Afghan push this year

The top American commander for the Middle East wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan’s winter, and then quickly …


U.S. soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan

The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed fighting in eastern Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as …


Suicide bomber kills 6 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber struck Monday near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle, officials …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

Pence to Afghan president: U.S. is ‘here to see this through’

Vice President Mike Pence told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a secret visit to Afghanistan on Thursday that the U.S. is “here to see this through” as they discussed a …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Prosecutor seeks probe of U.S. personnel in Afghanistan

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked judges Monday to authorize an investigation of reported human rights abuses in Afghanistan, including allegations of rape and torture by the U.S. …


NATO boosts support to Afghanistan war; falls short of goal

After months of lobbying NATO allies to increase their troop contributions and support to the war in Afghanistan, the alliance came up short Thursday, meeting a bit more than 90 …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Residents say airstrikes kill at least 14 civilians in northern Afghanistan

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said Sunday that it was investigating reports that at least 14 civilians were killed in airstrikes in the northern province of Kunduz, where U.S. and …


International court seeks probe into possible Afghanistan war crimes

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said Friday she is seeking an investigation of alleged war crimes committed in the war in Afghanistan, an unprecedented probe that could …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Bergdahl judge begins deliberating on sentence

A military judge on Thursday began deliberating the punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after defense attorneys asked for no prison time while prosecutors sought more than a decade behind …


Officials: Taliban attack Afghan army posts, kill 13 troops

The Taliban targeted military posts in two western Afghan provinces and in the country’s south, killing 13 soldiers and setting off hours-long gunbattles with the military, officials said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

For those tasked with finding Bowe Bergdahl, deep resentment remains

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The troops searching for Bowe Bergdahl were sleep-deprived and thirsty. Temperatures in mountainous Ghazni, near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, crested 100 degrees. Although it was unusual …