Latest Afghanistan News

Guardsman raises money to fly cat home from Afghanistan

Dec. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EST

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) — A National Guardsman who made friends with a stray cat in Afghanistan has raised enough money to bring the feline home to Delaware. The News Journal in Wilmington reported Wednesday that Dan Brissey had hoped to raise $3,000 to cover the costs of bringing the cat to the U.S. But he...

Prosecution: ICC judges were wrong to reject Afghan probe

Dec. 5, 2019 10:50 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges overstepped their powers when they refused to authorize an investigation into allegations of widespread abuses by government forces, the Taliban and U.S. military and intelligence operatives during the Afghanistan conflict, a prosecution...

2 Pakistani soldiers, 2 militants killed in shootout in NW

Dec. 5, 2019 9:46 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military says its troops have raided a militant hideout in a former tribal region bordering Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed two soldiers and two militants. In a statement, it said Thursday’s shootout took place near the village of Boya in...

Afghans hold candlelight vigil for slain Japanese doctor

Dec. 5, 2019 8:57 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans, shocked at the killing of a beloved Japanese physician who was gunned down along with five Afghans in a roadside shooting the previous day, held a candlelight vigil in the capital Kabul on Thursday. Scores of activists, carrying banners emblazoned with Tetsu...

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

Afghanistan probe appeal begins at Hague international court

Dec. 4, 2019 11:02 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court opened a three-day hearing Wednesday at which prosecutors and victims aim to overturn a decision scrapping a proposed investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan’s brutal conflict. Fergal Gaynor, a lawyer representing 82 Afghan...

Official: Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan

Dec. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shooting ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a Japanese physician and aid worker widely respected and beloved in the war-scarred nation, triggering an outpouring of grief among the people whose lives he helped change for the better. The leaders of Japan and...

Survey: Afghans’ fear for personal safety has increased

Dec. 3, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are increasingly fearful for their personal safety, but slightly more believe their war-weary country is moving in the right direction, compared to previous years, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The Asia Foundation poll found that 74.5% of respondents say they...

NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

Dec. 2, 2019 8:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders will gather in London on Tuesday as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. As thousands of troops stand ready along Europe’s eastern flank to deter Russia — the...

Afghan official: 2 intelligence officials shot dead in Kabul

Dec. 2, 2019 2:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gunman has opened fire on a vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing two intelligence officials and wounding three others. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says that police were searching for the gunman who carried out the attack early...