Latest Afghanistan News

Governor: Suicide bomb in southern Afghanistan kills 20

Sep. 19, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan early Thursday morning, killing 20 people and wounding 97 others, according to the province's governor, while a deadly drone strike in the country's east was blamed on U.S. forces. The Taliban, who claimed...

US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption

Sep. 19, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington is taking back $100 million intended for an Afghan energy infrastructure project, citing unacceptably high levels of corruption in the Afghan government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday in a harshly worded statement. The U.S. will still finish the...

Taliban claim powerful suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan; official says at least 20 killed

Sep. 19, 2019 12:42 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban claim powerful suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan; official says at least 20 killed.

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Sep. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on...

Suicide bomb targets government office in east Afghanistan

Sep. 18, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants in Afghanistan attempted to storm a government office in an eastern provincial capital on Monday, with a suicide bombing sparking a running gunbattle with security forces, Afghan officials said. The attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, comes a day...

Spooner-based National Guard unit deploying to Middle East

Sep. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SPOONER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin National Guard unit based in Spooner will deploy to the Middle East this fall. About 150 soldiers from the 829th Engineer Company, which has a detachment in Ashland, will mobilize as a construction unit in support of an engineer battalion from Indiana. The Journal Sentinel...

UN adopts Afghan resolution without China's 'Belt and Road'

Sep. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a compromise resolution Tuesday extending the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan that drops a Chinese demand to include a reference to China's $1 trillion "belt and road" initiative but stresses the need for regional connectivity. China...

US Army identifies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A 41-year-old Green Beret who was on his fourth combat deployment has been killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Loren Bymer at North Carolina's Fort Bragg said in a statement that Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin died Monday....

The Latest: Official says at least 22 killed in Kabul attack

Sep. 17, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 5:40 p.m. An Afghan official says at least 22 people including six military personnel have been killed in that suicide attack in the capital Kabul. Firdaus Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said Tuesday...

ICC judges authorize appeal against Afghanistan rejection

Sep. 17, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Tuesday that the court's prosecutor can appeal against the rejection of her request to open an investigation into crimes linked to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan. In April, a panel of judges rejected the proposed...