Latest Afghanistan News

Afghan official: 16 killed in separate traffic accidents

Oct. 1, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least 16 passengers were killed in separate traffic accidents Thursday in western Herat province. Jelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor, said a passenger bus collided with a minivan in Adraskan district, leaving 11 people dead and seven...

Suicide bomber kills 9 at checkpoint in south Afghanistan

Oct. 1, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least nine people including four civilians were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan. Omer Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Helmand, said Thursday a small child and three security...

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Abdullah ended a three-day visit to Pakistan optimistic the uneasy neighbors had turned a corner away from a relationship marked by suspicion and downright hostility toward one akin to a partnership for peace in the region. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Envoy pushes Pakistan to press Taliban to lessen violence

Sep. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah ended a three-day visit to Pakistan on Wednesday optimistic the uneasy neighbors have turned a corner from a relationship marked by suspicion and downright hostility toward a partnership for peace in the region. In an interview in...

In this photo provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Abdullah, left, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, bumps elbows with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, upon for a meeting, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban arrived in Pakistan's capital Monday on a three-day trip during which he will meet with the country's prime minister and other government officials. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Afghan peace negotiator urges new era in ties with Pakistan

Sep. 29, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The chief of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating team said Tuesday on a visit to Pakistan that the time has come for the two neighboring countries to shun the suspicion, “stale rhetoric” and tired conspiracy theories that have dogged past relations. Abdullah Abdullah is in...

In this picture provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, second left, is accompanied by Pakistani officials upon his arrival at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban arrived in Pakistan's capital Monday on a three-day trip during which he will meet with the country's prime minister and other government officials. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Top Afghan negotiator in Taliban talks arrives in Pakistan

Sep. 28, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban arrived in Pakistan's capital Monday on a three-day trip during which he will meet with the country's prime minister and other government officials. Abdullah Abdullah, who leads the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation,...

FILE- in this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, Afghan Sikh men mourn their beloved ones during a funeral procession for those who were killed on Wednesday by a lone Islamic State gunman, rampaged through a Sikh house of worship, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as 250,000 members now counts fewer than 700.  (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary, File)

Facing IS, last embattled Sikhs, Hindus leave Afghanistan

Sep. 27, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

The Latest: Venezuela's Guaidó urges nations to decry Maduro

Sep. 23, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:10 p.m. He didn’t get a spot at the U.N. General Assembly. But U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó still put out his own online message during this year’s gathering of world leaders. On...

Taliban delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

Afghan officials: Taliban attack checkpoints, kill 28 police

Sep. 23, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a wave of attacks on security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan overnight, killing a total of 28 Afghan policemen, officials said Wednesday. The violence comes even as Taliban leaders and Afghan government-appointed negotiators are holding historic peace...

Pakistan says Afghan cross-border fire kills soldier

Sep. 22, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military on Tuesday said a soldier was killed in the country’s northwest by fire from across the Afghan border, a sign of increasing violence in an area that until recent years served as a base for Pakistani and foreign militants. The attack late Monday...

Fahima Mirzaie performs a Sema dance (Sufi Whirling) in Kabul Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Taking on an unorthodox task in her society, the 24-year-old teaches men and women Sufi whirling. Mirzaie spins alongside men at an Afghan Italian restaurant in center of the capital, Kabul. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Young Afghan women, men perform whirling Sufi dance together

Sep. 22, 2020 3:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A group of young Afghans – both women and men – is coming together in the country's war-torn capital to practice a mystical Sufi Islamic dance. The group’s founder says she sees their whirling dance, known as Sema, as a way of carving out a space in the...