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  • Afghanistan May 12

    Gunmen Attack Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan

    Gunmen stormed a hospital in the west of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least four people and triggering a battle with security forces, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said.

  • Afghanistan Jan 12

    2 US Service Members Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan

    Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement Saturday. In keeping with defense department rules, the U.S. military did not identify the service members. But a statement issued by Aurora, Illinois, Mayor Richard Irvin said Miguel Villalon, 21,...

  • Governor Nov 13, 2019

    Kabul Car Bomb Kills 12, Including Children: Afghan Officials

    A car bombing in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday targeted a private security company’s convoy, with officials later saying that 12 people were killed, including children.

  • Donald Trump Nov 12, 2019

    Afghan President: Taliban to Release American University Professors in Prisoner Swap

    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 American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event broadcast live on state television, Ghani told the nation that the “conditional release” was a very...

  • America Oct 31, 2019

    US Envoy in Kabul Negotiating Hostage Release: Sources

    Washington’s peace envoy was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday trying to negotiate a prisoner exchange that would free two Western professors employed by the American University of Afghanistan held by the Taliban since 2016, officials said. Zalmay Khalilzad is trying to barter a prisoner exchange involving American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks that could resuscitate peace efforts...

  • Donald Trump Oct 31, 2019

    Report Says CIA-Trained Afghan Forces Behind War Atrocities

    Heavily armed men burst into the home in the middle of night, hustling four brothers into separate rooms, their hands bound. Afghan special forces then shot them in the head and heart. The operation, the CIA-trained Afghan unit said, targeted Islamic State militants in a remote region of eastern Nangarhar Province. In reality, the raid took place in the province’s...

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    US Afghan Peace Envoy Takes Push for Peace to Pakistan

    Washington’s Afghan peace envoy remained in Pakistan on Tuesday as part of efforts to find a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 18-year war, even though President Donald Trump hasn’t expressed any interest in resuming talks with the Taliban. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday and was expected to hold talks with the country’s powerful...

  • Donald Trump Oct 26, 2019

    US Meets China, Russia and Pakistan to Talk Afghan Peace

    Representatives of Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan agreed Friday that negotiation is the only road to peace in Afghanistan, including an early resumption of direct U.S. talks with the Taliban. The day-long talks in Moscow came ahead of an intra-Afghan dialogue to be hosted by China. The Beijing talks, which are to be held next week, were postponed,...

  • Donald Trump Sep 29, 2019

    With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos

    Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday’s vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and widespread allegations of mismanagement and abuse. It was the fourth time Afghans have gone to the polls to elect a president since 2001 when the U.S.-led coalition ousted a regressive Taliban regime. The latest election...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2019

    Afghans Vote for President Amid Taliban Threats, Fraud Fears

    Millions of Afghans are expected to go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, despite an upsurge of violence in the weeks since the collapse of a U.S.-Taliban deal to end America’s longest war, and the Taliban warning voters to say away from the polls. President Donald Trump plunged Afghanistan into political uncertainty when he abruptly called...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    24 Dead After Taliban Attack on Afghan President's Rally; Ghani Unhurt

    A Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 31. Ghani was present at the venue but was unharmed, according to his campaign chief. Just hours later, an explosion struck near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul but details on that blast were...

  • Donald Trump Sep 11, 2019

    Afghans Fear Trump's Taliban Move Means More Civilians Die

    President Donald Trump says the U.S.-Taliban talks on ending the fighting in Afghanistan are “dead,” deeply unfortunate wording for the Afghan civilians who have been killed by the tens of thousands over almost 18 years. Many fear his cancellation of negotiations will bring more carnage as the U.S. and Taliban, as well as Afghan forces, step up their offensives and...

  • Donald Trump Sep 10, 2019

    Trump Says Peace Talks With Taliban Are Now ‘Dead'

    U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,” President Donald Trump declared Monday, two days after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war. Trump’s remark to reporters at the White House suggested he sees no point in resuming a nearly yearlong effort to reach a political...

  • spokesman Sep 2, 2019

    US Envoy Meets Afghanistan's President Over US-Taliban Talks

    A U.S. envoy has met with the Afghan president in the capital, Kabul, to brief him on the latest round of talks with the Taliban as a deal nears on ending America’s longest war, an official said Monday. President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, confirmed Sunday night’s meeting at the presidential palace shortly after envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived from Qatar,...

  • Governor Sep 1, 2019

    Taliban Attack 2nd Afghan City as US Envoy Says Deal Is Near

    The Taliban attacked a second Afghan city in as many days on Sunday, killing several civilians and security forces, officials said, even as Washington’s peace envoy said the U.S. and the militant group are “at the threshold of an agreement” to end America’s longest war. The attack on the capital of Baghlan province came hours after U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad...

  • spokesman Aug 31, 2019

    Taliban Launch Major Attack on Afghan City of Kunduz

    The Taliban launched a large-scale attack on Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s main cities, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 75 others, government officials said Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war. The militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, now control or hold sway...

  • Donald Trump Aug 28, 2019

    Dunford: Too Early to Discuss Full Pullout From Afghanistan

    The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday it’s too early to talk about a full American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, injecting a cautionary note as U.S. peace talks with the Taliban appear to be near a final agreement. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pentagon reporters that any U.S. deal with the Taliban will be...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2019

    Afghanistan Mourns, Vows to Crush Militants After Attack

    As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the weekend blast. “Around 20 victims’ families live in...

  • spokesman Aug 18, 2019

    Islamic State Claims Bombing at Kabul Wedding That Killed 63

    The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan grieved again. The local Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the...

  • spokesman Aug 7, 2019

    Taliban Suicide Blast in Kabul Kills 14 People; 145 Wounded

    A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians — shortly after the extremist group and the United States reported progress on negotiating an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year war. The bombing during morning rush hour was...

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