• 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 6, 2019

    Anger Grows at Civilian Deaths by US, Afghan Forces

    The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who hired them had heard there was a drone over the mountain and called...

  • 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 13, 2019

    Taliban Visits Moscow Days After Trump Says Talks ‘Dead'

    A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived Friday in Russia, a representative told The Associated Press, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared dead a deal with the insurgent group in Afghanistan. Russian state news agency Tass cited the Taliban’s Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as saying the delegation had held consultations with Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chief Jul 8, 2019

    Afghan Officials Say Car Bomb Kills 12, Wounds Scores

    The Taliban carried out a devastating suicide car bombing in central Afghanistan Sunday that killed 12 people and wounded over 150 others, said Afghan officials. The attack came as an all-Afghan peace conference, which includes the Taliban, were underway Sunday in Doha in an effort to end to the country’s relentless wars. A provincial council member, Hasan Raza Yousafi, said...

  • spokesman Jul 7, 2019

    Afghan Officials Say Car Bomb Kills 12, Wounds Scores

    The Taliban carried out a devastating suicide car bombing in central Afghanistan Sunday that killed 12 people and wounded over 150 others, said Afghan officials. The attack came as an all-Afghan peace conference, which includes the Taliban, were underway Sunday in Doha in an effort to end to the country’s relentless wars. A provincial council member, Hasan Raza Yousafi, said...

  • Mike Pompeo Jun 30, 2019

    Afghan Taliban Say Latest Talks With US Are ‘Critical'

    The Taliban said Sunday that the latest round of peace talks with the United States is “critical” as the two sides “rewrite” a draft agreement in which American forces would withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees from the insurgents that they would fight terrorism. “We are working to rewrite the draft agreement and incorporate in it clauses that have...

  • spokesman Jun 30, 2019

    Afghan Taliban Say Latest Talks With US Are ‘Critical'

    The Taliban said Sunday that the latest round of peace talks with the United States is “critical” as the two sides “rewrite” a draft agreement in which American forces would withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees from the insurgents that they would fight terrorism. “We are working to rewrite the draft agreement and incorporate in it clauses that have...

  • leader Jun 30, 2019

    US, 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 on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that negotiations had begun. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides...

  • Afghanistan Jun 29, 2019

    US, 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 on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that negotiations had begun. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides...

  • Afghanistan Apr 24, 2019

    UN: Pro-Government Forces Kill More Afghans Than Insurgents

    Afghan and international forces killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. This is the first time in recent years that civilian deaths attributed to government forces and their allies exceeded those caused by their enemies. The somber statistic reflects what many say is a...

  • Donald Trump Jan 31, 2019

    Watchdog: Afghan Forces Still Shrinking, Security Gaps Growing

    As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing. These trends reflect what U.S. military officials call a stalemated war, more than 17 years after U.S. forces invaded following the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 5, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Afghan Comments Inaccurate

    President Donald Trump’s comments about Afghanistan this week devolved into a history lesson gone awry and an embrace of the former Soviet Union’s decision to invade the country in the 1970s. Trump argued that the Soviets’ foray into Afghanistan was the right thing to do, even though he said it “bankrupted” Moscow and led to the demise of the Soviet...

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