Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board

Asia & Pacific 10/31/18, 03:43

An Afghan army helicopter crashed Wednesday in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 people on board, including the deputy corps commander of the western zone, a provincial spokesman said. Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on prison employees' vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. ...

Afghans vote in south Kandahar’s delayed elections

World 10/26/18, 22:04

Security was tight in southern Kandahar on Saturday as voters went to the polls in parliamentary elections that were delayed in the province by one week after an attack by an elite guard killed two top government officials, including a powerful provincial police chief.Major roads throughout southern Kandahar were closed ...

Mnuchin announces sanctions against 9 individuals

Business 10/23/18, 06:58

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Tuesday that the United States and six other Middle East countries are taking action to expose and disrupt terrorist activities being conducted by the Taliban and Iran to undermine the government of Afghanistan.In the announcement from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mnuchin said the seven countries had ...

Update: Roadside bomb kills 11 in Afghanistan

World 10/21/18, 03:41

The Latest on Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, which were extended into a second day after technical issues led to hours of delays at voting stations (all times local):NoonAfghan officials say a roadside bomb has killed at least 11 civilians in the eastern Nangarhar province.Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, says ...

Chaotic, bloody Afghan parliamentary elections enter 2nd day

World 10/21/18, 00:40

Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have entered into a second day following violence and chaos that caused delays and interruptions on the first day of polling.An injured man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Police say a suicide bomber blew himself ...

Update: Police report 2nd explosion in Afghan capital

World 10/20/18, 01:51

The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local):10:10 a.m.A Kabul police official says a second small explosion has been reported just hours after parliamentary election polls opened in Afghanistan.Jan Agha says a "sticky bomb" placed beneath the vehicle of an intelligence official exploded Saturday in the Karte Se ...

Attack in Afghanistan is a reminder of formidable task

Asia & Pacific 10/20/18, 01:32

An attack that the Taliban says targeted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the formidable task the Trump administration faces as it tries to extricate America from its longest war.Guards of honor carry the coffin of Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar police chief, who was killed ...

Voting begins in Afghan parliamentary polls despite threats

World 10/19/18, 22:56

Tens of thousands of Afghan forces have fanned out across the country as voting began in parliamentary elections following a campaign marred by relentless violence.Afghan polling staff prepare for voting at a polling station during the Parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)The Independent Election ...

Former general says UK-US military cooperation under threat

Europe 10/19/18, 05:51

The former commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan warned Friday that the United States' military cooperation with the U.K. could be threatened by the growing use of human rights laws to target British soldiers.Writing in the Times of London, retired Gen. David Petraeus says the European Court of ...

Update: Afghan polling in Kandahar postponed over attack

World 10/19/18, 04:49

The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local):1 p.m.Afghanistan's election commission has postponed Saturday's elections in Kandahar province for a week, following a deadly attack there that killed at least two senior provincial officials, including its powerful police chief.The Independent ...

A look at Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections on Saturday

World 10/19/18, 02:27

Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces.The vote comes amid a particularly vicious campaign by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, which have been staging near-daily attacks. Besides the security challenges, ...

Afghans set to vote despite Taliban threats, corruption

World 10/19/18, 02:15

Afghans will return to the polls for parliamentary elections on Saturday, hoping to bring change to a corrupt government that has lost nearly half the country to the Taliban.In the eight years since Afghanistan last held parliamentary elections, a resurgent Taliban have carried out near-daily attacks on security forces, seizing ...

Taliban attack kills Afghan officials, US general unhurt

World 10/19/18, 01:46

Afghanistan was reeling Friday, a day after an audacious assassination claimed by the Taliban that killed two senior officials in Kandahar province while the top U.S. commander who attended the high-level meeting where the attack happened was unharmed.Thursday's meeting, on security plans for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections this weekend, had just ...

Deputy Kandahar governor: Top 3 officials killed by guards

World 10/18/18, 11:26

The three top officials in Afghanistan's Kandahar province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington's top general in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to ...

Update: UN Security Council condemns Afghan attacks

World 10/18/18, 06:17

The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local):7 a.m.The U.N. Security Council has condemned several recent attacks in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections.On Thursday, an elite guard attacked a delegation leaving a high-level meeting on security plans for the ...

Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism

World 10/18/18, 02:18

Hameeda Danesh was locked away at age 13 and beaten daily for six months by uncles who abhorred the thought of her attending school. Now, she's running for a seat in Afghanistan's Parliament, hoping to guarantee education for the next generation of Afghan girls, despite threats from the Taliban and ...

Bomb kills Afghan candidate as Taliban vow to attack polls

World 10/17/18, 08:23

A Taliban bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province killed a candidate running in the parliamentary elections this weekend, a provincial official said, as attacks elsewhere in the country killed six policemen and two soldiers.The attacks came as the Taliban warned teachers and students not to participate in the vote and ...

Official: Suicide bomber kills candidate in upcoming polls

World 10/09/18, 03:49

A suicide bomber on Tuesday struck the home of a candidate in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections later this month, killing the candidate and seven other people, a provincial official said.The candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achekzai, was holding a meeting at the time of the attack, which also killed several of his bodyguards, ...

US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

World 10/09/18, 02:59

Washington's newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan's 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in ...

7 Pakistani soldiers, 9 militants killed in shootout

World 09/22/18, 13:15

Pakistan's military says security forces have raided militant hideouts setting off a shootout that left seven soldiers and nine militants dead.In a statement Saturday, the military said the operation was carried out in the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas of North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.The military said ...

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