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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.


Afghanistan to Taliban: Peace or ‘we will continue to fight’

As Afghans await the results of a presidential election roiled by Taliban threats, the government used its platform at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to tell the insurgents: “Join …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Afghan officials: 40 civilians killed in anti-Taliban raid

Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said.


Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48

Separate attacks by suicide bombers – one that targeted President Ashraf Ghani’s election rally and a second that ripped through the center of the Afghan capital – killed at least …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

U.S. service member killed in action in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, without providing further details.


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

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 …