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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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Tillerson travels to Iraq, hours after visiting Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on an unannounced trip to Iraq just hours after returning from a similar surprise visit to Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 3:34 p.m.

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

An Afghan official at the Interior Ministry says suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in western Kabul has killed at least 30 people and wounded 45.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 12:06 p.m.

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the …


Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

An American woman who was rescued with her family last week after five years held by a Taliban-linked group has been hospitalized, her Canadian husband said.


Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there.


Taliban attacks across Afghanistan leave 74 dead, hundreds wounded

Taliban militants launched a series of bombings across Afghanistan, targeting police and government facilities in attacks that killed 74 people and wounded more than 200, officials said Tuesday.


Ex-hostages back in Canada after harrowing raid to free them

A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Captive for 5 years, U.S.-Canadian family freed in Pakistan

Five years after being taken hostage in Afghanistan, an American woman and her Canadian husband are free, along with their three children, all born in captivity. They were released in …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Afghan president, U.S. general vow ambitious air war to defeat Taliban

With a just-delivered Black Hawk helicopter sitting on a military runway behind him, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, vowed Saturday that “a tidal …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Pentagon says Trump’s Afghan troop boost to cost $1 billion

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress Tuesday that the Afghanistan security forces are fully engaged in combat operations for the first time during the 16-year-old war and are suffering fewer …


U.S. citizen convicted in 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan

A U.S. citizen who joined al-Qaida was convicted on Friday of participating in a failed suicide bombing in 2009 at an American military base in Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Judge rejects Bergdahl request for White House meeting information

A military judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors trying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl don’t have to turn over more information about conversations one of them had with the Trump administration about …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

Taliban target Mattis’ plane at Kabul airport; woman killed

The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport on Wednesday in a brazen attack that the insurgents said targeted the plane of visiting U.S. Secretary of …


Afghan leader: Abolishing militant havens in Pakistan is key

Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighboring Afghanistan, the Afghan leader said Thursday before meeting President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General …