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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 …


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. …


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 …


US military says 2 service members killed in Afghanistan

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


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, 5 p.m.

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 …


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 …