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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 …


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.


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, 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 …


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, 10:20 p.m.

Taliban claim suicide attack on NATO; 1 servicemember killed

The Taliban took responsibility Friday for a suicide attack on a NATO patrol north of the Afghan capital of Kabul that the U.S. military said killed one service person, whose …


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.


26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban assault, official says

An Afghan official says 26 soldiers have been killed in a blistering Taliban assault on an Afghan National Security base in southern Kandahar province.


Senators say new strategy is needed to win in Afghanistan

A U.S. congressional delegation led by Sen. John McCain visited Kabul on Tuesday for the U.S. Independence Day, meeting with Afghan government leaders and military officials to discuss the more …


Taliban storm Afghan police compound, kill 5 police

The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday after striking it with two suicide car bombs, killing at least five police, officials said.


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Afghan official says 18 killed in suicide car bomb attack

At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said.


Surprise attack by the Taliban kills 25 Afghan police officers

Afghanistan-Taliban militants launched surprise attacks against police checkpoints in southern Afghanistan and killed at least 25 officers, officials said Sunday


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

As Afghan stalemate grinds on, Trump mulls additional troops

As the Trump administration weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the 16-year war grinds on in bloody stalemate.


Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions

The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on international coalition and Afghan …


Top officials say U.S. must confront Russia for arming Taliban

The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to 100 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by gunmen and suicide bombers wearing army uniforms.


As war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia resurrects interest

As America’s effort to end 16 years of war in Afghanistan yields little progress, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the “graveyard of empires.” The jockeying includes engaging the …


Afghan official: Policeman turns gun on colleagues, kills 11

Afghan officials say at least 11 police officers have been shot and killed by a fellow policeman at a checkpoint in the southern Helmand province.


U.S. military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. …


Twin bombings in Afghanistan’s capital kill 38

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two large bombs – one triggered by a suicide attacker – exploded near government offices Tuesday, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens of others in …


Pakistani officials say 48 police trainees killed in attack

QUETTA, Pakistan – Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said. Baluchistan’s top …


Taliban bombs kill 24 in Afghanistan

Two bomb blasts claimed by the Taliban killed at least 24 people outside the Afghan Defense Ministry Monday.


Taliban suicide bombing kills 14 Nepalese guards in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 Nepalese security guards in an attack Monday on their minibus in the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry and an Afghan security official said.


U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan? New look at reduction plan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has told NATO allies America will take a new look at its plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the …


U.S. moving to expand airstrikes in Afghanistan, official says

After months of debate, the U.S. is close to a decision to expand the military’s authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, a senior …


Obama: Taliban leader’s death a ‘milestone’ for Afghan peace

President Barack Obama said Monday that the violent death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour by a U.S. airstrike should send a “clear signal” to anti-American extremists that “we’re …


Dozens killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security agency

Taliban attackers in Afghanistan staged an assault on a government security agency in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320.


Pakistani Taliban faction claims Easter park bombing

A breakaway Pakistani faction of the militant Taliban group has claimed responsibility for an Easter Sunday bombing in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that killed 60 people.


New details hint at role of psychology in Bergdahl defense

Details about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mental health – including the Army’s later diagnosis of Bergdahl as suffering from “schizotypal personality disorder” – are contained in newly released documents that offer …