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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...

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...

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...

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

The Latest: Families bury their dead after wedding attack

Aug. 18, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the late-night suicide bombing that struck a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The United States envoy who is negotiating with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan says the peace process needs to be accelerated in the wake of...

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan...

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Aug. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of...

Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan

Aug. 16, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other members of the national security team briefed President Donald Trump on Friday on the state of peace negotiations in Afghanistan, with Pompeo saying afterward that "led by the president, we are working diligently on the path forward."...

US ambassador openly questions Afghan government on graft

Aug. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday openly questioned the Afghan government's commitment to fighting corruption after reports that a key figure in a massive banking scandal received an early prison release in return for a large campaign donation. Ambassador...