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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, 9:48 p.m.

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 …


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, 7:14 p.m.

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.


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 …


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.


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 …