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Judge allows class-action lawsuit by veterans with PTSD

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Afghan pilot writes touching letter to wife of slain mayor from Utah

When Maj. Brent Taylor, a reservist in the Army National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed here Nov. 3 in an insider attack, his friend and …


Utah mayor slain in Afghanistan urged Americans to vote

The body of a Utah mayor and Army National Guard member who urged Americans to vote before he was killed in Afghanistan has been returned to U.S. soil.


Trainee kills Utah mayor, guard member in Afghanistan

A Utah mayor who was also a Utah Army National Guard major training commandos in Afghanistan was fatally shot by one of his Afghan trainees, officials said Sunday.


U.S general wounded in attack in Afghanistan

A U.S. general officer was wounded in an attack last week in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that killed two senior Afghan provincial officials and targeted a group that included the senior …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 6:17 p.m.

Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections

Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up …


Authorities say guards killed 3 Afghan officials

Afghan officials say three top Kandahar province officials have been killed by their own guards in an attack at a security meeting that also wounded two U.S. troops.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Afghan official: 14 killed in bombing at candidate rally

A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces, officials said.


North Carolina soldier killed by explosive device in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has released the identity of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Afghan official: Death toll in suicide bombing rises to 68

An Afghan official says the death toll in a suicide bombing among a group of people protesting a local police commander in eastern Afghanistan has risen to 68, up from …


Taliban attack Afghan security forces in north, killing 52

Taliban insurgents launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north, killing at least 52, provincial officials said Monday.


U.S. Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in …


U.S. service member killed, another wounded in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member has been killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement Monday from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.


Russia says Taliban plan to attend Afghan talks in Moscow

Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban have accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group’s biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence

Rockets slammed into the heart of the capital of Kabul on Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani delivered a speech marking a Muslim holiday, the latest in a series of brazen …


Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack

Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people Monday, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if …


Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire, Taliban to reply

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday.


Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want U.S. talks

The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Taliban offensive exposes fragile U.S. hopes for Afghan peace

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

Brazen Taliban attack raises pressure on Afghan forces

A brazen and bloody overnight assault Friday by the Taliban on a key provincial capital in central Afghanistan has increased pressure on U.S.-backed Afghan forces that are withering under relentless …


Taliban official says group spoke with U.S. official

The Taliban held their first direct contact with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future peace talks on Afghanistan, a senior official with the insurgent group said Saturday. …


Blast in Afghanistan’s Kabul kills 14, returning VP unharmed

A suicide bomber carried out an attack near Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan on Sunday killing 14 people, and narrowly missing the country’s vice president who was returning home after living …


Insider attack in Afghanistan killed soldier from California

The Pentagon says the U.S. service member killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan was a soldier from California.


UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Afghan bomber kills 18, Taliban rejects cease-fire extension

A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Afghan bomber kills 21, mostly Taliban celebrating truce

A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing …


Afghan official: US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban chief

A U.S. drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an Afghan …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Dog heaven: After seven years, Marine is soon to be reunited with his bomb-sniffing canine

Seven years ago, Marine Nick Montez was unexpectedly ripped away from his bomb-sniffing dog after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. Now, he’s preparing for a heartfelt reunion following years of …


Ahead of truce, suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of an Afghan government building Monday, killing at least 13 people the day before a truce with Taliban insurgents is supposed …


In first, Afghan Taliban announce cease-fire for Eid holiday

The Afghan Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease-fire …