UN: Last year saw highest number of Afghan civilian deaths

World 02/24/19, 02:33

More civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year than in any of the previous nine years of the increasingly bloody conflict, according to a U.N. report released Sunday, which blamed the spike in deaths on increased suicide bombings by the Islamic State group and stepped up aerial attacks by U.S.-led ...

Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

World 02/20/19, 14:27

A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The Associated Press, former Cabinet minister Ismail Khan ...

Afghanistan set to “host” 1st home test in India vs Ireland

Sports 02/20/19, 00:38

For Afghan cricket the series against Ireland includes a debut "home" test match, despite it being on Indian soil in the foothills of the Himalayas.From where the game was in Afghanistan a decade ago, though, it represents significant progress.Afghanistan will host Ireland in the northern Indian city of Dehradun for ...

Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risks peace pact

World 02/16/19, 05:10

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed fear that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan on Monday risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, Karzai worried the accelerated peace process was being hijacked by ...

Women recall the ‘hell’ of Soviet war in Afghanistan

Europe 02/15/19, 02:33

Sitting in her living room, 65-year-old Tatyana Rybalchenko goes through a stack of black-and-white photos from more than 30 years ago. In one of them, she is dressed in a nurse's coat and smiles sheepishly at the camera; in another, she shares a laugh with soldiers on a road with ...

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

World 02/14/19, 05:27

When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 30 years ago, the withdrawal was hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire.Since then, Moscow's view of the war has changed radically.As Russia prepares to mark Friday's anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal, ...

NATO weighs future of Afghan mission, seeks to support talks

Europe 02/14/19, 03:28

NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict. Frustrated with America's longest war, U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to pull out troops, raising doubts about NATO's training ...

Interview: Envoy says Russia’s clout in Afghanistan rises

World 02/13/19, 07:14

A senior Russian diplomat says that because America "completely failed" in Afghanistan, this has opened the way for Moscow to expand its clout in the country.Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for Afghanistan, says many Afghans now view Russia as an impartial mediator that could help advance political process despite ...

Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US

World 02/12/19, 09:24

The Taliban on Tuesday announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of talks this month with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been meeting with the insurgents to try to end America's longest war. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai will head the Taliban team, which includes five former inmates of the U.S. prison ...

Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

World 02/12/19, 02:06

Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93.The white-turbaned and soft-spoken Mujadidi was a mentor to former President Hamid Karzai, who had belonged to his anti-communist resistance group during the ...

Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

Politics 02/10/19, 23:38

The Pentagon's top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce the U.S. troop presence, although officials say ...

Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban

Politics 02/10/19, 12:25

The special U.S. envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a Trump administration peace initiative. The State Department says Zalmay Khalilzad (ZAHL'-may kah-LEEL'-zahd) will spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, ...

US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished

Politics 02/08/19, 14:54

The Trump administration's peace envoy for Afghanistan says that although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative "framework" agreement, the negotiations have a long way to go to achieve peace. Zalmay Khalilzad (ZAHL'-may kah-LEEL'-zahd) said Friday that there is time to make a final deal before Afghanistan's presidential election ...

Germany: No choice but to reject terrorist extradition to US

Europe 02/07/19, 09:34

An American request for the extradition of a Turkish man wanted in the United States on terrorism charges was rejected because there was no other option under German law, authorities said Thursday, in a case that has raised the ire of officials in Washington.Adem Yilmaz, who was indicted under seal ...

Top Russian diplomat meets Taliban, encourages US withdrawal

Europe 02/07/19, 08:29

A top Russian diplomat has met with Taliban representatives and expressed Moscow's support for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.The meeting came after two days of talks between prominent Afghan figures and Taliban representatives in Moscow. A senior Taliban official said Wednesday that the United States has promised to withdraw half ...

Afghan leader speaks with Pompeo amid fresh peace efforts

World 02/06/19, 07:06

Afghanistan's president spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Tuesday in an apparent bid to reassert his authority as Washington accelerates its negotiations with the Taliban and as separate talks unfold in Moscow without the government's involvement. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump ...

Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

Politics 02/04/19, 18:55

The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and ...

Indiana veteran adopts dog he served with in Afghanistan

U.S. 02/04/19, 12:39

An Indiana veteran who recently adopted the bomb-sniffing dog he served with in Afghanistan says the retired canine is settling in to a pampered life.Army veteran Joseph Steenbeke hadn't seen the now 11-year-old Belgian Malinois since during his return home from Afghanistan in February 2013.Steenbeke spent years trying to adopt ...

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