Afghan president holds council to set agenda for peace talks

World 04/29/19, 00:27

The Afghan president is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban.But the gathering — known as a Loya Jirga — instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with ...

Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

World 04/28/19, 06:30

Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance.Women's rights activists fear that both sides will bargain away their gains.In the 18 years since the fall of the Taliban, women have made important advances but still live ...

NY funeral for Marine and firefighter killed in Afghanistan

New York 04/25/19, 23:31

A U.S. Marine killed in a bombing in Afghanistan will be honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City where he was also a decorated firefighter .The casket of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman is to leave a Bronx funeral home atop a ...

Afghan official says Taliban ambush police convoy, kills 9

World 04/25/19, 02:51

An Afghan official says the Taliban ambushed a security convoy, killing nine policemen in western Farah province.Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial councilman, says the convoy was heading to defuse a roadside bomb on Wednesday afternoon when the ambush happened in Anardara district.Saleh says that shortly after the attack on the ...

UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

World 04/23/19, 23:13

Afghan and international forces had killed more civilians than insurgents in the first three months of the year, the U.N. announced Wednesday, the first time the deaths caused by the government and its allies exceeded their enemies.Still it was insurgents who were responsible for the majority of dead and wounded ...

Firefighters honor Marine killed in Afghanistan

U.S. 04/22/19, 13:58

Firefighters in three states are honoring a U.S. Marine and firefighter who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.A police-escorted funeral procession carrying the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman left Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday. It travelled through New Jersey and into New York City ...

US tells Afghan president Qatar talks best chance for peace

World 04/22/19, 05:01

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 and to condemn the insurgent's latest "spring offensive," according to a statement Monday.The Afghan-to-Afghan talks were scheduled to start on Friday in Qatar, where ...

Ex-president: Peace possible when all Afghans sit together

World 04/19/19, 07:48

Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai said Friday that peace in his homeland, ravaged by more than 17 years of war, will only be possible when Afghans from all sectors of society sit together and negotiate — including the Taliban.Karzai expressed disappointment that a scheduled gathering for Afghan-to-Afghan talks in Qatar ...

Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

World 04/18/19, 23:31

A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend.Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, the organization sponsoring the talks, tweeted news ...

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

World 04/12/19, 00:52

The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country.The insurgents released a lengthy missive in five ...

Remains of 3 Marines killed in Afghanistan returned to US

U.S. 04/11/19, 20:44

The remains of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan have been returned to the U.S., arriving Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware; Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania, and Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of ...

Flags lowered in memory of Marines killed in Afghanistan

U.S. 04/10/19, 12:11

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of two Marine Corps reservists from New York who were killed in Afghanistan. Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks and Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman were killed by a roadside bomb Monday along with Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, of York, Pennsylvania. Slutman was a ...

Update: Pentagon IDs 3 Marines killed in Afghanistan

U.S. 04/09/19, 21:46

The Latest on the Taliban attack on U.S. service members in Afghanistan (all times local):7:15 a.m. WednesdayThe Pentagon has released the identities of three Marines killed in a roadside bombing of an American convoy in Afghanistan on Monday.Afghan security forces gather at the site of Monday's attack near the Bagram ...

Soldier killed in Afghanistan was decorated NYC firefighter

U.S. 04/09/19, 10:51

New York City's mayor and fire commissioner say a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was honored in 2014 for making a heroic rescue while serving with the Fire Department of New York.Christopher Slutman was a 15-year FDNY member who was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb ...

3 American soldiers, 1 US contractor killed in Afghanistan

World 04/08/19, 15:37

Three American service members and a U.S. contractor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the U.S. forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission said the four Americans were killed near ...

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