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Taliban in Moscow just days after Trump says talks ‘dead’

A Taliban official says the insurgent group’s negotiating team has arrived in the Russian capital just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a deal that had been nearly a …


James Stavridis: There’s still a path forward with the Taliban

President Donald Trump is taking a lot of criticism for abruptly canceling talks he had hoped to sponsor between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan at Camp David. But …


Trump says peace talks with Taliban are now ‘dead’

U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,” President Donald Trump declared Monday, one day after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan …


Trump’s planned Camp David retreat with the Taliban draws flak from all sides

President Trump’s abrupt disclosure of plans to meet at Camp David with the Taliban and, separately, with Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, drew unusual barbs from Republican lawmakers who traditionally support …


Trump’s Taliban invite another bold risk that’s unraveled

Trump’s weekend tweet canceling secret meetings at Camp David with the Taliban and Afghan leaders is the latest example of a president willing to take a big risk in pursuit …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders

Trump says he’s calling off a secret Camp David meeting with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders


Trudy Rubin: Ending the Afghan ‘forever war’: Trump will fail by imitating Obama

As the White House prepares to announce a U.S. deal with the Taliban, Donald Trump seems poised to mimic his predecessor.


Taliban attacks test Trump as he seeks to end Afghan war

Relentless, deadly attacks by the Taliban, including a car bombing Thursday that killed a U.S. service member, are testing President Donald Trump’s resolve to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and end …


Shattering Taliban attack in Kabul even as U.S. deal nears

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all …


Taliban attack Kabul as U.S. envoy says deal almost final

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a large explosion in the Afghan capital Monday night, just hours after a U.S. envoy briefed the Afghan government on an agreement “in principle” with …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Bolton sidelined from Afghanistan policy as his standing with Trump falters

As the president’s top aides prepared for a high-stakes meeting on the future of Afghanistan earlier this month, one senior official was not on the original invite list: national security …


NATO: US service member killed in combat in Afghanistan

NATO says a U.S. service member has been killed in combat in Afghanistan.


Trump: Taliban deal close, US troops to drop to 8,600

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. plans to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 8,600 and then will determine further drawdowns.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Army Ranger from Leavenworth died in Afghanistan from friendly fire

A U.S. Army Ranger from Leavenworth, Washington was killed by friendly fire last year while on a tour in Afghanistan, according to investigation documents obtained by


Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding, a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in …


Bloody suicide attack claimed by Islamic State on Kabul wedding kills dozens

The local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a wedding that killed at least 63 people, in a statement posted online with an …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Taliban suicide blast in Kabul killed 14 people, wounded 145

A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a police station the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145, most of them civilians, officials said in what was one …


Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal

The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties …


Bus hit by roadside bomb in Afghanistan, 32 killed

A roadside bomb tore through a bus in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, including children, a provincial official said.


UN says Afghan forces, allies killed most civilians in 2019

More civilians were killed by Afghan and international coalition forces in Afghanistan in the first half of this year than by the Taliban and other militants, the U.N. mission said …


Taliban hit Afghan capital with 3 bombings, at least 10 die

The Taliban unleashed three bombings in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 10 people – including five women and a child – as the chairman of the U.S. …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Trump seeks Pakistan’s help to end long Afghanistan war

President Donald Trump claimed Monday he could end the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan in a matter of days but that it would kill millions of people and wipe the …


General: Early Afghanistan troop pullout would be mistake

Pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a “strategic mistake,” the Army general nominated to be Joint Chiefs chairman told senators Thursday. Mark Milley also said the United States …


Taliban bombing in Afghan capital kills 6, wounds scores

The Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding more than a hundred, and sending a cloud of smoke billowing …


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

U.S., Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war

A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan …


Pentagon releases IDs of 2 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has announced the identities of two soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan.


US military says 2 service members killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. military said two of its service members were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.


US watchdog: Bad spending oversight hampers Afghan troops

A lack of coordinated oversight of America’s spending in Afghanistan has led to a waste of funds and hampered training and development of the country’s security forces, according to a …


Australian Broadcasting Corp. head concerned by police raid

The head of Australia’s public broadcaster said Friday she has “grave concern” about a recent police raid on the corporation’s headquarters in connection with a 2017 story based on leaked …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

’American Taliban’ Lindh freed after 17 years in prison

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more …