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FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.   The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

Feb. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home. If successfully implemented, the weeklong “reduction in...

US-Taliban weeklong truce takes effect, setting stage for peace pact, troop withdrawals

Feb. 21, 2020 2:30 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US-Taliban weeklong truce takes effect, setting stage for peace pact, troop withdrawals.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

Feb. 15, 2020 2:20 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising." Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 1989 file photo. a Soviet soldier waves as his armored convoy makes its way back to the Soviet Union along a north Afghanistan highway. Afghanistan is marking the 31st anniversary of the Soviet Union's last soldier leaving the country, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. This year's anniversary comes as the United States negotiates its own exit after 18 years of war, America's longest. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko, File)

Afghans mark Soviet withdrawal as US negotiates its own exit

Feb. 15, 2020 8:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan on Saturday marked the 31st anniversary of the last Soviet soldier leaving the country. This year's anniversary came as the United States negotiates its own exit after 18 years of war, America's longest. Some of the same Afghan insurgent leaders who drove out the...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani,during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal would call for negotiations between Afghans on both sides of the conflict to...

US official says truce deal reached with Taliban that could lead to American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2020 11:14 AM EST
MUNICH (AP) — US official says truce deal reached with Taliban that could lead to American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
National army soldiers stand guard at the site of suicide attack near the military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. A suicide bomber targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital on Tuesday killed at least six people, including two civilians and four military personnel, the Interior Ministry said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US, Taliban close to 'reduction in violence' agreement

Feb. 11, 2020 11:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Tuesday he is cautiously optimistic that there could be a U.S. agreement with the Taliban over the next days or weeks, but a withdrawal of American forces is not “imminent.” Robert O'Brien was asked whether Trump would...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listen during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Bloomberg isn't at debate, but he's name-dropped

Feb. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic presidential debate and the upcoming primary in New Hampshire (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg didn’t qualify for the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire -- but it didn’t always feel that way. ...

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, members of the U.S. military cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition forces in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said. The move comes amid a crisis of mistrust tainting U.S.-Iraq ties after an American airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Not a break, but fissures in US-Iraqi military alliance

Feb. 6, 2020 2:43 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A new watchtower rose over an American military base in northern Iraq, and cranes lifted hefty slabs of concrete to reinforce the barricades in beefed-up protections. The danger, soldiers there said, came not from the constellation of militant sleeper cells embedded in the landscape but...

Anti-government protesters chant slogans while holding the national flags during a demonstration against the newly appointed Prime Minister Mohammed Allawi in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

US general slips into Iraq for talks to salvage relations

Feb. 5, 2020 9:22 AM EST

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government's push for an American troop withdrawal. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie became the most...