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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.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Taliban: Founder of Haqqani network dies inside Afghanistan

The Taliban say the Afghan Haqqani network founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, an ex- U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health.


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 …


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: 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. …


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 …


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 …


Militants attack Afghan government building, 10 dead

Militants attacked a provincial government building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, officials said.


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 …


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: 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 …


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 …


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.


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.


CIA chief says U.S. needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must …


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 …


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 …


Boyle says Taliban-linked captors killed his daughter, allowed his wife to be raped

Taliban-linked captors who held American Caitlan Coleman and her family for five years killed her infant daughter and allowed Coleman to be raped by a guard, her husband said, introducing …


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: 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 …