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Afghans face hunger crisis, adding to Taliban's challenges

Sep. 01, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations' stockpiles of food in Afghanistan could run out this month, a senior official warned Wednesday, threatening to add a hunger crisis to the challenges facing the country's new Taliban rulers as they try to restore stability after decades of war. ...

Victorious Taliban focus on governing after US withdrawal

Aug. 31, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban reveled in their victory after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, reiterating their pledge Tuesday to bring peace and security to the country after decades of war. Their anxious citizens, meanwhile, are waiting to see what the new order looks...

Taliban celebrate victory as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

Aug. 30, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters watched the last U.S. planes disappear into the sky over Afghanistan around midnight Monday and then fired their guns into the air, celebrating victory after a 20-year insurgency that drove the world's most powerful military out of one of the...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...

Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 US troops

Aug. 26, 2021 22:07 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul's airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans...

The Latest: US says Kabul evacuees don't need COVID tests

Aug. 19, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Amid the chaos and confusion at the airport, the United States said it had taken at least one step to ease requirements for those seeking to leave: COVID-19 tests. Although Afghanistan had been a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department...

Kabul airport plunges into chaos as Taliban patrol capital

Aug. 16, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s main airport Monday, some so desperate to escape the Taliban that they held onto a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths. At least seven people died in the chaos, U.S. officials said, as America’s...

As Taliban tighten their grip, Kabul airport only way out

Aug. 14, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As a Taliban offensive encircles the Afghan capital, there's increasingly only one way out for those fleeing the war, and only one way in for U.S. troops sent to protect American diplomats still on the ground: Kabul's international airport. A...

Hundreds of volunteers help crews tackling Turkey wildfires

Aug. 06, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

MUGLA, Turkey (AP) — Actor Tevfik Erman Kutlu was on a break from filming in Istanbul when wildfires that devastated swaths of southern Turkey first erupted. Desperate to play a part in efforts to put out the fires, he and five friends drove 725 kilometers (450 miles)...

Tourists, villagers flee as wildfires ravage Turkish resorts

Aug. 01, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

MAZIKOY, Turkey (AP) — Wildfires raged near Turkey’s holiday beach destinations of Antalya and Mugla and in the surrounding countryside for a fifth day Sunday as the discovery of more bodies raised the death toll to eight while villagers lost their homes and animals. Residents and...