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Afghanistan frees 100 Taliban, but group hasn’t verified

Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners Wednesday, claiming they were among 5,000 detainees to be freed under a deal between insurgents and the U.S. The Taliban said, however, they have yet …


Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas

The Taliban said Wednesday the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak.


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Key in Trump’s deal with the Taliban: ex-prisoners whose release in 2014 unleashed Republican furor

As American negotiators raced to clinch last month’s landmark deal with the Taliban, several shadowy figures played a surprising but significant role: former Guantánamo Bay detainees whose release in a …


Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban

After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not …


Pompeo leaves Kabul, no word on political power-sharing deal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Afghanistan on Monday without saying whether he was able to broker an agreement between the country’s squabbling political leaders.


Afghans set to release 1,500 Taliban; US wants less violence

After a series of delays, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree early Wednesday promising to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture to get intra-Afghan negotiations started.


U.S. starts troop pullout, seeks end to Afghan leaders’ feud

The U.S. military says it has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

U.S. commander paints grim picture of U.S.-Taliban peace accord

The top U.S. commander for the Middle East painted a grim picture of the peace process with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the current level of attacks is higher than …


U.S. begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says

American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, a U.S. official said on Monday, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens …


Staffan De Mistura, Margot Wallstrom and Sahar Halaimzai: A Taliban peace deal at what cost?

It’s now clear that the Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban contains no meaningful provision for the protection of women and the constitutional rights that underline it.


Trump says he spoke to a Taliban leader, had ‘good talk’

President Donald Trump is confirming that he spoke on the phone to a leader of the Taliban, making him the first U.S. president believed to ever speak directly with the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Esper: U.S. to start initial troop pullback from Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he has given the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan the go-ahead to begin the initial withdrawal of U.S. troops.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

‘Let’s go home’: Afghan war vets torn on U.S.-Taliban deal

Veterans of America’s longest war are torn as the U.S. signs a potentially historic peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

U.S. and Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

The United States and the Taliban have signed a historic peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan, America’s longest.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

Afghans view US-Taliban deal with well-earned skepticism

Many Afghans view Saturday’s expected signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal with a heavy dose of well-earned skepticism. They’ve spent decades living in a country at war – some their …


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


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


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 …


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 …


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.