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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Senate rejects bipartisan push for new U.S. war authorization

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, electing to let the White House rely on a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

Officials: Bomber kills 3 outside Afghan cricket stadium

A suicide bomber struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding seven others, officials said.


U.S. military apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflets it distributed in Afghanistan

The U.S. military in Afghanistan apologized Wednesday for distributing leaflets featuring an image “highly offensive” to Muslims.


U.S. begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight …


Seeking help with Afghanistan, U.S. holds up $255 million to Pakistan

The Trump administration is holding up $255 million in military assistance for Pakistan until it cracks down on extremist groups that destabilize Afghanistan.


Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank ahead of holiday rush, killing 5

A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank not far from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing five people Tuesday as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

A district police chief killed in western Afghanistan

An Afghan official says two police officers, including a district police chief, have been killed when their convoy was attacked by militants in western Nimroz province.


At least 20 people killed in mosque attack in Afghan capital

Militants stormed a packed Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital during Friday prayers, in an attack that lasted for hours and ended with at least 20 worshipers killed and another …


Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Trump flips script on endless war

President Trump promised that the war in Afghanistan – the longest war in U.S. history – would continue, ensuring more suffering and death for U.S. service members and Afghan civilians …


Trudy Rubin: Afghanistan is Trump’s war now

Afghanistan is Trump’s war now, and it will require the kind of long-range thinking he hasn’t demonstrated up until now.


Analysis: Trump’s vague doctrine is ‘obliterate,’ ‘crush’ – and who cares about the details?

President Donald Trump delivered a muscular speech about his new strategy in Afghanistan on Monday night. And in true Trump style, it was full of style, tone and tough talk, …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Tillerson says U.S. could punish Pakistan if no cooperation

President Donald Trump’s plan to end the stalemate in America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday. …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Analysis: Trump vows to win the seemingly unwinnable war

Before he became president, Donald Trump rarely talked about Afghanistan. When he did, he often called for a swift end to America’s longest war.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Ryan says Trump ‘messed up’ but opposes censure

House Speaker Paul Ryan will be taking questions from Wisconsin voters during a nationally televised town hall meeting Monday night immediately following President Donald Trump’s address on Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:26 p.m.

Trump renews Afghan commitment but says ‘no blank check’

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo says he’s glad President Donald Trump seems to be following the advice of the nation’s military leaders to recommit the United States to the 16-year-old war …


Three Afghan prison workers missing during training in Colorado

Colorado officials say three Afghan prison workers in the United States for training are missing after failing to return from an organized trip.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Bergdahl chooses to have trial heard by judge and not jury

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is choosing be tried by a judge – not a military jury – on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan

Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps, declaring …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

President Donald Trump huddled with his top national security aides in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate a winning Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

U.S. soldier killed in battle with Islamic State in Afghanistan

An American soldier was killed and several others were wounded in a battle with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 1:09 p.m.

Frustrated with Trump, McCain unveils Afghan war strategy

In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Arizona Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that “America is adrift in Afghanistan” as he unveiled a war strategy of his own that includes …


British firm billed U.S. for cars, pay to ‘significant others’

A British company hired to train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for high-end cars, including Porsches and an Aston Martin, and paid the “significant others” of the firm’s …


Afghan official: Taliban kill 30 locals in northern province

An Afghan official says that at least 30 people including women and children have been killed by Taliban fighters in northern Sari Pul province.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

U.S. military: Georgian soldier killed in latest Afghan attack

A Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a woman rammed his motorcycle into an international convoy, killing a NATO soldier and two Afghan civilians in an attack north of the Afghan …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

One soldier killed, several wounded in latest attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan

A NATO soldier was killed and six others, including a translator, were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked their patrol Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, marking the second incident in just …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Taliban suicide bomber strikes NATO convoy in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday causing casualties, the U.S. military said without providing more information.


Afghan official says explosion inside mosque kills 20

An Afghan hospital official says an explosion inside a minority Shiite mosque in western Herat, on the border with Iran, has killed at least 20 people.