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Afghanistan withdrawal draws concerns over abducted American

Apr. 20, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. moves to withdraw its military from Afghanistan over the next five months, concerns are growing about one American who risks being left behind. Mark Frerichs, a contractor from Lombard, Illinois, believed held for more than a year by the...

Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants

Apr. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban spokesman said Monday the religious militia won’t attend a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, putting U.S. efforts to get a peace plan anytime soon in jeopardy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

Taliban expect US withdrawal, vow to restore Islamic rule

Mar. 19, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Taliban warned Washington on Friday against defying a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan, promising a “reaction," which could mean increased attacks by the insurgent group. The Taliban issued their warning...

Russia hosts Afghan peace conference, hoping to boost talks

Mar. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hosted a peace conference for Afghanistan on Thursday, bringing together government representatives, the Taliban and international observers in a bid to help jump-start the country's stalled peace process. The one-day gathering was the first of...

As US mulls Afghan exit, activist sees long fight for women

Mar. 08, 2021 01:18 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Prominent activist Sima Samar has been fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan for the past 40 years. She believes her struggle is far from over — especially at a time when violence is on the rise, peace talks between rival Afghan groups are stuck and the...

Report: Blinken offers plan to bolster Afghan peace process

Mar. 07, 2021 16:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is proposing a series of steps to help jumpstart Afghanistan’s stalled peace process between the government and Taliban, according to a letter from Blinken to Afghanistan’s president Ashra Ghani published Sunday by Afghanistan’s...

Afghan peace talks resume, but path is anything but certain

Feb. 23, 2021 01:58 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — With violence spiking, Afghanistan’s warring sides have returned to the negotiation table, ending more than a month of delays amid hopes that the two sides can agree on a reduction of violence - and eventually, an outright ceasefire. Taliban spokesman...