Latest Afghanistan News

Young Afghan women barely remember Taliban but fear a return

Aug. 26, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two yellow burqas are on display at a television station in Kabul, bright versions of the blue ghostlike garments some women in the capital still wear. For the young women at Zan TV they are relics, a reminder of a Taliban-ruled past that few of them can recall. Their generation...

US and Taliban resume talks on ending America's longest war

Aug. 22, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United States envoy and the Taliban resumed negotiations Thursday on ending America's longest war after earlier signaling they were close to a deal. A Taliban member familiar with, but not part of, the talks that resumed in Qatar said U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also met...

Green Berets killed in combat in Afghanistan identified

Aug. 22, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command on Thursday released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed a day earlier during combat operations in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died as a result of small arms fire in...

The Latest: Portugal offers to take 35 people from Med. ship

Aug. 22, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6;55 p.m. Portugal is offering to take 35 people from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, following an appeal by the European Commission. The Portuguese government said in a statement Thursday that France, Germany, Romania and Luxembourg are...

Correction: Afghanistan story

Aug. 22, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a story on Aug. 20 about Afghanistan, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a report about the ongoing conflict to the U.S. government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The report was written by a different entity, the Lead Inspector General. A...

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...

US says 2 troops killed in combat in Afghanistan

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The NATO Resolute Support mission announced their deaths first, providing no details about what happened and saying that their names would be withheld for 24 hours until their families...

Afghan official: Wedding attack's death toll rises to 80

Aug. 21, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding claimed by the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan has risen to 80, an official said Wednesday, as a U.S. envoy was set to resume talks with the Taliban on ending America's longest war. The initial toll in Saturday's blast...

Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fighters arrived with hammers and hatred. What they left behind is laid out on tables at the National Museum of Afghanistan, 18 years later: shattered pieces of ancient Buddha figurines, smashed because they were judged to be against Islam. Museum workers in Kabul have...

Pakistani PM keeps powerful army chief in place 3 more years

Aug. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is keeping his powerful army chief in place for another three years, amid heightened tensions with India over Kashmir as well as the end of U.S.-Talban peace talks for neighboring Afghanistan. Imran Khan postponed on Monday the retirement of Gen. Qamar Javed...