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Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others

Sep. 12, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with their Council of Leaders, or shura, about whether to travel to Camp David even before President Donald Trump abruptly canceled...

On 9/11, Trump consoles victims, has tough words for Taliban

Sep. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like his two most immediate predecessors, President Donald Trump marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in a speech at the Pentagon and, like them, still unable to end America's longest war, in Afghanistan. Trump's 9/11 speech on Wednesday came just five days after he called off...

Trump says peace talks with Taliban are now 'dead'

Sep. 10, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now "dead," President Donald Trump declared Monday, two days after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America's longest war. Trump's remark to reporters at the White House suggested he...

The Latest: Trump says peace talks with Taliban are dead

Sep. 10, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. negotiations to end the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 10 p.m. A potential deal to end America's longest war has unraveled, and President Donald Trump says that as far as he's concerned, Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban are dead. A secret meeting had been...

A timeline of the US military presence in Afghanistan

Sep. 8, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

During the nearly 18 years since the United States went to war in Afghanistan, the number of U.S. troops there reached as high as 100,000 and then plummeted after the 2011 killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan to the some 14,000 today. Now President Donald Trump has abruptly called...

Afghan president postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

Sep. 6, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has postponed a planned visit to Washington early next week where he was to discuss the U.S.-Taliban talks on ending America's longest war, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday. The development emerged after the U.S. envoy negotiating with...

Taliban attacks test Trump as he seeks to end Afghan war

Sep. 5, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relentless, deadly attacks by the Taliban, including a car bombing Thursday that killed a U.S. service member, are testing President Donald Trump's resolve to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and end what he has called America's "endless" war. The death of the American — the fourth...

Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

Sep. 5, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb exploded and killed U.S. and Romanian service members and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, the second major attack this week as the Afghan government warned that a U.S.-Taliban deal on ending America's longest...

The Latest: Officials: US envoy Khalilzad returns to Qatar

Sep. 5, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Taliban attack in Kabul (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Officials close to the U.S.-Taliban negotiations on Afghanistan say U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has returned to Qatar, where he has been holding talks with the militant group on ending America's longest war....