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Trudy Rubin: Burqas and betrayals: Is U.S. selling out Afghans to the Taliban?

Is the White House so eager to quit Afghanistan that it will hand 35 million Afghans over to the Taliban in rushed “peace” negotiations? Hamdullah Mohib, the visibly angry Afghan …

UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Afghan official blasts U.S. talks with Taliban

Afghanistan’s national security adviser on Thursday blasted the U.S. talks with the Taliban, saying the Trump administration has alienated the Afghan government, legitimized the militant network and is crafting a …

Taliban hopeful on deal amid new round of talks with US

The Taliban and Washington’s peace envoy are close to reaching an agreement on U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Islamic insurgents said Tuesday amid a new round …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

US envoy meets with Taliban co-founder ahead of new talks

U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with one of the founders of the Taliban for the first time on Monday ahead of the latest round of talks with the insurgents aimed …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Former Green Beret facing murder charge for Afghan killing

In the largest battle in the history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Mathew Golsteyn watched to see if the man he believed was responsible for killing two U.S. Marines …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Afghan official: Taliban hit army base, kill 26 troops

The Taliban launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 26 members of the security forces, a provincial official said, the latest brazen assault …

Ryan Crocker: U.S. is surrendering to Taliban

In Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has a choice. He can follow Obama’s example and leave the country to the Taliban, or he can make clear that the United States has …

Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone

The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a “monopoly on power” in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions – the …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says U.S. ‘negotiating a surrender’

Ryan Crocker, a former top diplomat to the Bush and Obama administrations, said a proposed deal with the Taliban to remove U.S. forces from the country amounted to “basically negotiating …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

U.S. close to reaching deal with Taliban for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Taliban insurgents Monday to “begin serious talks” with his government and reach a “speedy peace,” following six days of negotiations between U.S. and Taliban …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Afghan security service suffers heavy toll in Taliban attack

Dozens of people killed in a brazen Taliban attack on a military base were members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, officials said Tuesday, in a severe blow to the government that …

Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war

Taliban issued a statement threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington’s peace envoy makes another round of the region

A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about U.S. withdrawal

The Taliban welcomed the news of the U.S. plan to withdraw half its troops in Afghanistan by the summer, while Afghan generals warned Friday it would be a blow to …

Taliban: 5 freed from U.S. military prison in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl now in Qatar office

Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent …

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.

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 …