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A wreckage of a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, is seen Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The aircraft crashed in Ghazni province on Monday, A U.S. military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, an American official said, adding that there were no indications so far it'd been brought down by enemy fire. (AP PhotolSaifullah Maftoon)

US says mystery crash in Afghanistan was US Air Force plane

Jan. 27, 2020 2:28 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were no indications so far it'd been brought down by enemy fire. The spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett, said that the military plane, a...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, Spc. Angel Batista, 26, left to right, of Bloomingdale, N.J., Spc. Jacob Greene, 22, of Shreveport, La., and Sgt. Joe Altmann, 26, of Marshfield, Wisc., with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, sit beneath a new American flag just raised to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sept. 11, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Most Afghans want US and NATO troops to leave  Afghanistan once a peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey carried out by the American Institute of War and Peace Studies.  The survey conducted in 2019,  between Nov. 23 and Dec. 20 has a five percent margin of error. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Survey: Nearly half of Afghans want US troops out after deal

Jan. 25, 2020 6:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nearly half of all Afghans want U.S. and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan once a peace deal to end the country's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey released Thursday. The Institute of War and Peace Studies also found that an overwhelming 80% of Afghans...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pauses while speaking about the prospects for peace, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington.  Afghanistan’s former deputy minister says Khalilzad is in the Afghan capital “to discuss the latest in peace efforts.”  Former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai tweeted pictures of his meeting with Khalilzad Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019,  saying ‘we spoke about the way forward.”   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Taliban say frustrated by additional demands of US

Jan. 24, 2020 8:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban, in a rambling commentary published on their website, expressed frustration with what they describe as additional U.S. demands in peace talks — even after they had offered a “reduction of violence.” They have not publicly outlined what that would entail and...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right speaks as from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats differ on US-Mideast wars, with no clear exit plan

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is united in lambasting President Donald Trump’s handling of America’s military presence in the Middle East, but the candidates are sharply divided on how to do it better. Their solutions range from pulling out to cutting back. Aside from...

2 Soldiers killed in Afghanistan from Virginia, Illinois

Jan. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Military officials identified the two soldiers killed as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of...

Military says 2 US troops killed, 2 injured when vehicle hit by roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan

Jan. 11, 2020 9:26 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Military says 2 US troops killed, 2 injured when vehicle hit by roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

Official: Military helicopter crash kills 2 in Afghanistan

Jan. 8, 2020 4:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan military helicopter crashed on Wednesday in the country's western Farah province, killing the two pilots on board, a defense ministry official said. The Mi-35 chopper crashed around 11 a.m. in the district of Pur Chaman, said Rohullah Ahmadzai, the ministry's spokesman....

FILE - In this June 25, 2019 photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks from a helicopter with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass. Bass is leaving Afghanistan, ending his two-year tenure as America's ambassador to the war-weary country that began in December 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

US ambassador leaves Kabul, ends 2-year Afghan tenure

Jan. 6, 2020 7:22 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Ambassador John Bass left Kabul on Monday as his two-year tenure as America's top diplomat in war-torn Afghanistan ended. His departure comes as U.S. tensions with neighboring Iran have soared following a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top general. Until Bass'...

Security personnel arrive near the site of an attack near the Bagram Air Base In Parwan province of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. A powerful suicide bombing Wednesday targeted an under-construction medical facility near the Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Officials: Taliban target Afghan security forces, killing 26

Jan. 1, 2020 5:57 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban unleashed a new wave of attacks in northern Afghanistan, targeting members of the country's security forces and killing at least 26, local officials said Wednesday. The insurgents quickly claimed responsibility for all the attack. The Taliban today hold sway over...

Taliban attack Afghan forces in country's north, killing 14

Dec. 30, 2019 7:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban targeted a pro-government militia compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn on Monday, killing 14 members of the Afghan security forces, a local official said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack came even as Taliban officials told...