EU official backs key role for Kabul in talks with Taliban

Europe 03/26/19, 04:10

The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a leading role in the process.The remarks by EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reflect the bloc's displeasure that the peace talks with the Taliban have ...

Afghan official: Taliban killed 33 troops, police in Helmand

Asia & Pacific 03/25/19, 05:35

A devastating Taliban attack over the weekend on an Afghan army outpost in southern Helmand province killed 26 soldiers and seven policemen, a provincial official said Monday — casualties the country's defense ministry has refused to disclose.Separately, the United Nations said Monday that a NATO airstrike over the weekend in ...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence

Asia & Pacific 03/17/19, 06:29

The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot to his right and a rocket-propelled grenade ...

Afghan troops go missing after fleeing battle with Taliban

Asia & Pacific 03/17/19, 05:22

Around 100 Afghan soldiers fled their posts and tried to cross into neighboring Turkmenistan during a weeklong battle with the Taliban, officials said Sunday, in the latest setback for the country's battered security forces.Mohammad Naser Nazari, a provincial council member in the western Badghis province, said the soldiers weren't allowed ...

US bars entry to International Criminal Court investigators

Politics 03/15/19, 13:02

The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, and may do the same with those who seek action against Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. Pompeo, acting ...

Afghan official blasts US talks with Taliban

Asia & Pacific 03/14/19, 18:46

Afghanistan's national security adviser is blasting U.S. reconciliation talks with the Taliban. Hamdullah Mohib on Thursday accused the Trump administration of alienating the Afghan government, legitimizing the Taliban and crafting a deal that will never lead to peace. His blunt remarks to reporters at a morning briefing at the Afghan Embassy prompted ...

NATO chief says Afghan mission future depends on peace talks

Europe 03/14/19, 06:45

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the future of the military alliance's 15-year presence in Afghanistan will depend on the outcome of peace talks involving Taliban insurgents.The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides claiming progress has been made.The US ...

Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?

Asia & Pacific 03/13/19, 08:59

The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many questions remain unanswered. The Taliban are negotiating from a position of strength: They effectively control half the country, and President Donald ...

Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress’ in Qatar

World 03/12/19, 12:47

The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made. The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government on a "withdrawal timeline ...

Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

Asia & Pacific 03/07/19, 06:36

Several explosions struck Thursday outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by Afghanistan's chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed, officials said. There was conflicting information as to the casualty figures in the immediate aftermath of the blasts.A short while later, Health Ministry official Mohaibullah Zaeer said ...

Afghan official: Suicide blast near airport in east kills 17

Asia & Pacific 03/06/19, 07:49

Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 17 people, officials said.The dawn assault triggered an hours-long gunbattle with local guards, drawing in U.S. forces to assist the ...

Update: Death toll in Afghanistan attack rises to 16

Asia & Pacific 03/06/19, 02:34

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):11:55 a.m.An Afghan provincial spokesman says the death toll from a militant attack on a construction company near a main airport in the country's east has risen to 16.Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor in eastern Nangarhar province, says that along with ...

Senior Taliban leaders in Qatar for talks with US envoy

World 02/25/19, 03:11

Senior Taliban leaders, including one of the group's founders, were to hold another round of talks Monday in Qatar with Washington's special peace envoy as U.S. efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest.The Taliban, some of whom arrived in Doha, Qatar's capital, from Pakistan ...

UN: Last year saw highest number of Afghan civilian deaths

Asia & Pacific 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

Asia & Pacific 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

Asia & Pacific 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 ...

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