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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 …


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