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UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

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

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

’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 …


Taliban attack aid group office in Afghan capital, kills 5

Taliban fighters attacked the offices of a U.S.-based aid organization in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion and battling security forces in an assault that lasted …


US voices disappointment at delay in Afghan talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan’s president over the weekend to express Washington’s disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban, according to a statement …


Judges reject Afghanistan probe; cite lack of cooperation

In a decision decried as “deeply flawed” and a “devastating blow for victims,” International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to open an investigation …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

US forces: 3 American service members, 1 US contractor killed in roadside bombing near main US air base in Afghanistan

U.S. forces in Afghanistan say three U.S. service members and a contractor have been killed in a roadside bombing near the main American air base in the country. The Taliban …


U.S. forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

U.S. forces say two American soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan; Taliban claim heavy clashes underway in northern city


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

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

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 …


Marc A. Thiessen: Great nations don’t quit wars before they prevail

Right now, the U.S. military has its boot on the terrorists’ necks. Take that boot away, though, and the terrorists will get up, dust themselves off and go back to …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


Gunmen kill nearly 30 people in brazen attack in Kabul

Gunmen armed with assault rifles and explosives stormed a government building in the Afghan capital Monday, killing 29 people, wounding more than 20 and terrorizing hundreds in a brazen, eight-hour …


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 …


Pentagon identifies 3 servicemen killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has released the names of three U.S. servicemen killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan