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Canada to fast-track resettlement of Afghans who helped it

Jul. 23, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — The Canadian government said Friday it will fast-track resettlement of potentially thousands of Afghans who have worked with Canada over the past 20 years but offered few details of who will be eligible or when people now in danger from the Taliban will start arriving. ...

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...

AP PHOTOS: US troops on front lines of America's longest war

Jul. 03, 2021 02:16 AM EDT

During the course of America’s longest war, more than 800,000 members of the U.S. military served in Afghanistan, a multigenerational fight against a tenacious insurgency. For the troops on the front lines, sometimes it meant holding a remote outpost as mortars, rockets...

A timeline of more than 40 years of war in Afghanistan

Jul. 02, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

The former Soviet Union marched into Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979, claiming it was invited by the new Afghan communist leader, Babrak Karmal, and setting the country on a path of 40 years of seemingly endless wars and conflict. After the Soviets left in humiliation,...

Afghan army: 20 die in hit on Taliban, including civilians

Jun. 04, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan airstrike on Friday that targeted Taliban fighters inside an abandoned army base in southern Helmand province killed at least 20 people, including some civilians, reports said. There were conflicting accounts about the site of the...

Afghan forces struggle, demoralized, rife with corruption

May. 27, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Abdullah Mohammadi lost his two legs and an arm below the elbow in a ferocious battle with the Taliban. As a young Afghan soldier, he had been eager to fight for his country, but now he’s furious at a government he says ignores him and hasn't paid his veteran's...

US offers reward for American woman missing in Afghanistan

May. 19, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it was offering a $5 million reward for information about an American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2008. Cydney Mizell, a humanitarian aid worker and her driver, Mohammad Hadi, were kidnapped in southern...

Afghan police say Kabul mosque bombing kills 12 worshippers

May. 14, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers, killing 12 worshippers, and wounding 15, Afghan police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a surge in violence as U.S. and NATO...

Gunmen kill former TV presenter then escape in Afghanistan

May. 06, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen killed a former Afghan TV presenter on Thursday as he was travelling in the southern city of Kandahar, a provincial official said, adding to fears for press freedom in the war-wrecked country. Nimat Rawan was shot at noon, provincial...

Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

May. 01, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The final phase of ending America's “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer. President Joe Biden had set May 1 as the official start of...