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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

World 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 ...

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 ...

US envoy claims ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban

America 01/26/19, 13:58

The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war.Zalmay Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to ...

Afghan officials: Death toll rises to 45 in Taliban attack

World 01/22/19, 01:13

Afghan officials say the brazen Taliban attack on a military base in an eastern province the previous day had killed at least 45 people, most of them military personnel.There are fears, however, that the death toll is even higher.Khawanin Sultani, a council member Maidan Wardak province, told The Associated Press ...

US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul

World 01/18/19, 12:28

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate ...

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul

World 01/15/19, 06:49

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle late in the evening in the Afghan capital, officials said Tuesday.It was the latest in a relentless wave of near daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half ...

Death toll from attack in Afghan capital soars to 43

World 12/25/18, 01:00

An Afghan official says the death toll from a Christmas Eve attack in the capital has climbed to 43.Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro says police and emergency workers were still searching for bodies in the smoldering public welfare building early Tuesday.A suicide bomber and gunmen armed with assault rifles and ...

Nearly 30 people killed in Brazen attack in Kabul

World 12/24/18, 16:43

A suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked a government building in the Afghan capital in an eight-hour-long siege that left 29 people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said. It ended when the three gunmen were killed. The toll could rise as police continue to ...

Update: 29 killed in attack in Afghanistan’s Kabul

World 12/24/18, 14:30

The Latest on the attack in Kabul (all times local):11:55 p.m.Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish says a brazen hours-long coordinated assault on a government building in the Afghan Capital of Kabul Monday has killed 29 people, most of them were employees of the department for martyrs and disabled persons. Another ...

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