Latest Taliban News

Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials

Oct. 13, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have shot and killed a government official in the capital Kabul. Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor's spokesman, says Sunday gunmen killed Raz Mohammad, Jaghatu district chief of eastern Maidan Wardak province. He said Mohammad was...

Afghan official: Policeman kills 3 fellow officers

Oct. 12, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that a policeman with links to the Taliban has killed three of his fellow police officers at a checkpoint in northern Balkh province. Mohammad Yusouf Olamzada, Dawlat Abad district chief, says Saturday the attacker has joined insurgents in the area after...

Muslim cleric convicted of supporting Taliban to be released

Oct. 11, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An ailing Florida Muslim cleric convicted of providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban will be released early from prison on humanitarian grounds. Miami U.S. District Judge Robert Scola ordered Friday that 84-year-old Hafiz Khan be freed from a North Carolina prison to a hospice...

Taliban welcome Trump's call to bring US troops home

Oct. 11, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban spokesman is apparently carefully following President Donald Trump's comments even though the U.S. leader declared last month that the talks between an American peace envoy and the insurgents were "dead." Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman of the Taliban political office in...

UN says US strikes cause civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Oct. 9, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. report released on Wednesday criticized American airstrikes earlier this year against alleged drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying they were unlawful and caused significant civilian casualties. The report, released simultaneously in Kabul and Geneva, said the U.N....

Afghan officials say raid killed top Al-Qaida commander

Oct. 8, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top Al-Qaida commander was killed in a raid by Afghan forces last month, Afghan intelligence officials said Tuesday, in an operation backed by U.S. airstrikes that also killed tens of civilians. Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security said in a statement Tuesday that the...

A tribute to war widow's fallen husband, and a baby shower

Oct. 7, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — On a late summer Saturday, a procession of fire engines, motorcycles and squad cars escorted a van down Main Street, greeted by clusters of flag-waving folks. By the time the caravan had arrived at the American Legion hall, a crowd had gathered; lines of police, firefighters and...

Afghan official says bomb kills at least 10 in eastern city

Oct. 7, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb blast in Afghanistan's east killed at least ten people including a child Monday, according to a provincial official, in an attack targeting a minibus carrying new army recruits. Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said the attack in...

Taliban say Afghanistan has freed several of their prisoners

Oct. 7, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say several of their group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, just days after a U.S. envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital following the suspension of U.S.-Taliban talks last month. The Taliban also said they...

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

Oct. 6, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who...