Latest Troop withdrawals News

Calls grow to evacuate Afghans to Guam as US troops leave

Jun. 23, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the chaotic, final hours of the Vietnam War, the U.S. evacuated thousands of South Vietnamese who supported the American mission and were at risk under the communist government. With U.S. and NATO forces facing a Sept. 11 deadline to leave...

Taliban take key Afghan district, adding to string of gains

Jun. 21, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its recent battlefield victories while peace talks have stalemated. ...

AP Interview: Former president says US failed in Afghanistan

Jun. 20, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president said Sunday the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. In an interview with The Associated...

Afghan peace envoy fears pullout will embolden Taliban

Jun. 18, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — The Afghan government’s chief peace envoy expressed fears on Friday that the Taliban will have no interest in a political settlement with the U.S.-supported administration in Kabul after the scheduled departure of American and NATO forces. ...

US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

Jun. 17, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan ordered a near-complete lockdown Thursday because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees. Already on uncertain footing due to the imminent withdrawal of American forces from the country, the embassy in...

Austin: Al-Qaida could regroup in Afghanistan in 2 years

Jun. 17, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military's withdrawal from the country, the Pentagon's top leaders said Thursday. It was the most specific...

Turkey seeks US support to maintain troops in Afghanistan

Jun. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday his country would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the United States if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan to protect and run Kabul's international airport, following the withdrawal of...

Afghan Hazaras being killed at school, play, even at birth

Jun. 11, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Just running errands in the mainly Hazara neighborhoods of west Kabul can be dangerous. One day last week, Adila Khiari and her two daughters went out to buy new curtains. Soon after, her son heard that a minibus had been bombed — the fourth to be blown up in...

US begins shifting Afghan combat operations outside country

Jun. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has already begun conducting combat operations and surveillance in Afghanistan from outside the country's borders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday, as the troop withdrawal continues. But Austin declined to...

Hostage advocates concerned by US pullout from Afghanistan

Jun. 09, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for Americans held hostage overseas are raising concerns that the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will make it harder to bring home captives from the country. An annual report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, released...