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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

U.S.-Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban has taken effect, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week


Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Afghanistan’s independent election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president, more than four months after polls closed.


Afghan refugees tell UN: ‘We need peace, land to go home’

Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, …


Taliban says peace deal with U.S. to be signed at month’s end

The Taliban said Monday that a peace deal with the United States will be signed by the end of the month, with the top U.S. negotiator describing himself as “cautiously …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Official says US, Taliban reach Afghan truce agreement

A senior U.S. official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

U.S., Taliban close to ‘reduction in violence’ agreement

An agreement between the United States and the Taliban on a “reduction in violence” in Afghanistan that could lead to direct peace talks between the militants and the Afghan government …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Official: U.S. citizen believed kidnapped in Afghanistan

A U.S. official says an American citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistan by a Taliban-affiliated group and that authorities are working to rescue him


US says mystery crash in Afghanistan was US Air Force plane

An American military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were no indications so far it’d been brought down by enemy fire.


Nations of Iran crash victims seek compensation for families

The governments of countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded Thursday that Tehran accept “full responsibility” and pay compensation to the victims’ families.


As violence soars, time runs out for Afghan interpreters

Interpreters in Afghanistan who served alongside U.S. service members during the war are considered traitors by some in their country.


Taliban attack Afghan forces in country’s north, killing 14

The Taliban targeted a pro-government militia compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn on Monday, killing 14 members of the Afghan security forces, a local official said. The Taliban quickly claimed …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

US soldier is killed in Afghanistan; Taliban claim attack

An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

In Afghanistan, Sen. Graham says U.S. troop drawdown coming

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that President Donald Trump will announce an American troop drawdown from Afghanistan this week, which will likely begin next year.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told …


Shawn Vestal: Ryan Crocker offers withering critique of U.S. involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan

Spokane native and retired diplomat Ryan Crocker’s sobering interview on our efforts at rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq is that they were poorly planned, haphazardly initiated and practically unsuccessful, and they …


Ryan Crocker’s reluctance to negotiate with Taliban recounted in Afghan report

Ryan Crocker, a Spokane native who served as ambassador in the Middle East during six presidential administrations, was interviewed in 2016 for “Lessons Learned,” a project conducted through the Special …


U.S. officials reveal how massive rebuilding projects in Afghanistan backfired

George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all promised the same thing: The United States would not get stuck with the burden of “nation-building” in Afghanistan. Yet nation-building is …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

U.S. officials failed to devise a clear strategy for the war in Afghanistan, confidential documents show

In the beginning, the rationale for invading Afghanistan was clear: to destroy al-Qaida, topple the Taliban and prevent a repeat of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Within six months, the United …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Guardsman raises money to fly cat home from Afghanistan

A National Guardsman who made friends with a stray cat in Afghanistan raised enough money to bring the feline home to Delaware.


US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Trump visits troops in Afghanistan, says Taliban want deal

Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

He was a baby when his dad died in Afghanistan. He’s 18 now, and the war still isn’t over.

When CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann was killed in action in Afghanistan, the first American casualty in that country, he left behind a wife, two daughters and Jake, a son …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

American, Australian freed by Taliban treated in Germany

An American and an Australian who were freed by the Taliban this week after three years in captivity are now in Germany receiving treatment at a U.S. military hospital, officials …


US names service members killed in Afghanistan chopper crash

Two U.S. service members who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been identified.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures – a move that the insurgent group asserted could …


Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors – an …


U.S. has begun reducing troops in Afghanistan, commander says

The United States has reduced its troop strength in Afghanistan over the past year, the commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan announced Monday, despite the abrupt end last …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack …


UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Soldier who was wounded in 2009 search for Bergdahl has died

A retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl has died.