Latest Afghanistan News

Unique effort reopens girls' schools in an Afghan province

Dec. 01, 2021 01:18 AM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — High school girls are sitting at home almost everywhere in Afghanistan, forbidden to attend class by the Taliban rulers. But there’s one major exception. For weeks, girls in the western province of Herat have been back in high school...

Rights group: Taliban kill, abduct dozens of ex-officers

Nov. 30, 2021 08:25 AM EST

KABUL (AP) — Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. The group pointed to continuing retaliation against the armed forces of the...

Asian leaders at economic summit vow to help Afghanistan

Nov. 28, 2021 14:13 PM EST

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The leaders of several Asian countries called for boosting their economic ties and pledged to provide assistance to Afghanistan during a summit in Turkmenistan on Sunday. The countries, which are part of the 10-member Economic Cooperation...

Pakistan says militants kill 2 soldiers near Afghan border

Nov. 28, 2021 01:19 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants targeted a Pakistani military post in the northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, killing two soldiers in a firefight, the army said in a statement. The Pakistani army's media wing said late Saturday that militants attacked a...

Afghan prime minister defends Taliban's rule amid crisis

Nov. 27, 2021 13:42 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban prime minister defended the group’s rule in a public address Saturday, saying it was not to blame for a worsening economic crisis and is working to repair the corruption of the ousted government. He also dismissed international pressure...

EXPLAINER: What happened to the Afghanistan evacuation?

Nov. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan didn’t end with the departure of the last U.S. troops on Aug. 30, but it did slow to a trickle. The U.S. airlifted 124,000 people from Kabul, the capital, over about six weeks as the American-backed Afghan...

Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy

Nov. 25, 2021 11:31 AM EST

ROME (AP) — National Geographic magazine’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West’s evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi...

Army officer who reported prisoner abuses dies at age 42

Nov. 24, 2021 16:48 PM EST

NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — A former Army officer and Detroit native who reported in 2005 that military prisoners in the Middle East were being beaten and abused by U.S. soldiers has died. Major Ian Fishback of Newberry, Michigan, died suddenly Nov. 19, according to his...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 21 The Chicago Tribune on the aftershocks of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle...

'They become our family:' US farming couple rescues Afghans

Nov. 24, 2021 09:18 AM EST

FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — The U.S. soldiers called them “Caroline’s guys.” They transformed farms in a war zone - risking their lives for the program she built, sharing her belief that something as simple as apple trees could change the world. The...