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Pakistani army: Afghan soldiers flee attack, cross border

Jul. 26, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said a total of 46 members of...

To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go

Jul. 23, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban...

US launched several airstrikes in support of Afghan forces

Jul. 22, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military launched several airstrikes this week in support of Afghan government forces fighting Taliban insurgents, including in the strategically important province of Kandahar, officials said Thursday. The strikes demonstrate U.S. intentions...

Gen. Milley says Taliban appear to have 'strategic momentum'

Jul. 21, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban appear to have “strategic momentum” in the fight for control of Afghanistan as they put increasing pressure on key cities, setting the stage for a decisive period in coming weeks as American forces complete their withdrawal, the top U.S. military officer...

Afghan president slams Taliban, rockets target Kabul palace

Jul. 20, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least three rockets hit near the presidential palace on Tuesday shortly before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was to give an address to mark the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. There were no injuries and the rockets landed outside the...

Turkish operation on Iran border halts over 1,450 migrants

Jul. 19, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Security forces in eastern Turkey have conducted a major operation against people traffickers bringing migrants across the Iranian border, the provincial governor’s office said Monday. More than 1,450 migrants were found in abandoned buildings around...

US peace envoy visits Islamabad as Pakistan-Afghan ties sour

Jul. 19, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's point man in talks aimed at ending decades of war in Afghanistan made a brief visit Monday to Pakistan as relations between Islamabad and Kabul reached a new low. Zalmay Khalilzad's visit came just hours after Afghanistan withdrew its...

Taliban say they want Afghan deal, even as they battle on

Jul. 18, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Sunday that his movement is committed to a political settlement to end decades of war in Afghanistan, even as the insurgents battle in dozens of districts across to country to gain territory. The statement by Maulawi...

Analysis: How Afghan war showed limits of US military power

Jul. 17, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took only two months for U.S. invaders to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, a seemingly tidy success against a government that had given refuge to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Twenty years later, the United States is withdrawing — visions of victory long...

Reuters photographer killed as Afghan forces fight Taliban

Jul. 16, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan government forces battled Friday to retake a border crossing with Pakistan from Taliban insurgents, and the Reuters news agency said one of its photographers was killed in the area. The Taliban had overrun the Spin Boldak crossing earlier in the...