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Afghan National Army soldiers stands guard at a checkpoint near the Bagram base in northern Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. An Afghan official says the country has released 100 Taliban prisoners from Bagram, claiming they are part of 5,000 detainees who are to be freed under a deal between insurgents and U.S. But the Taliban says they have yet to verify those released were on the list they had handed over to Washington during negotiations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghanistan frees 100 Taliban, but group hasn't verified

Apr. 8, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners Wednesday, claiming they were among 5,000 detainees to be freed under a deal between insurgents and the U.S. The Taliban said, however, they have yet to verify those released were on the list they handed over to Washington during...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. Some 200,000 Afghans and counting have returned from Iran to their home country after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic or out of fear of getting infected. They are flowing across the border from a country that has one of the world's worst outbreak to an impoverished nation that is woefully unprepared to deal with the virus. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi, File)

From Iran's hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

Apr. 6, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no money, was afraid of contracting the virus and had no options. So he headed home. He joined a large...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban in a statement Sunday, April 5, 2020, said  that a peace deal they signed with the United States is near breaking point accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while chastising the Afghan government for dithering on the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, promised in the agreement. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

Apr. 6, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban said their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while also chastising the Afghan government for delaying the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners promised in the...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019 file photo, jailed Taliban sit inside the Pul-e-Charkhi Jail after speaking with The Associated Press, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A three-member Taliban technical team arrived Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the Afghan capital to oversee the release of their prisoners as part of a peace deal signed by the Taliban and the U.S., a spokesman for the insurgent group said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Roadside bombing in Afghanistan kills 8, mostly children

Apr. 1, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed at least eight civilians, including six children. The victims were all from a single family, according to Helmand police spokesman Zaman Hamdard. The family had just left the southern district to Greshk when the bomb...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019 file photo, jailed Taliban sit inside the Pul-e-Charkhi Jail after speaking with The Associated Press, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A three-member Taliban technical team arrived Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the Afghan capital to oversee the release of their prisoners as part of a peace deal signed by the Taliban and the U.S., a spokesman for the insurgent group said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban team arrives in Kabul to monitor prisoner release

Mar. 31, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A three-member Taliban technical team arrived Tuesday in the Afghan capital to monitor the release of their prisoners as part of a peace deal signed by the Taliban and the U.S., a spokesman for the insurgent group said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the team's...

An Afghan security forces member looks at a damaged vehicle after an bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 30, 2020.  A sticky bomb attached to the vehicle detonated, according to Firdaus Faramraz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks kill 11 troops, police

Mar. 30, 2020 4:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's north and south have killed at least 11Afghan soldiers and policemen, the country's Defense Ministry and a provincial official said Monday. The violence comes even as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last week announced his 21-member team to...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, stands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 23, 2020. Pompeo was in Kabul on an urgent visit Monday to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes despite the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)

Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban

Mar. 27, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not inclusive enough. Afghanistan's political turmoil has impeded each tentative step toward...

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, Thursday, March 26, 2020. An explosive device disrupted Thursday's funeral service for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority community, killed in an attack by the Islamic State group on their house of worship in the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary)

Bomb disrupts funeral for 25 Sikhs killed in Afghan capital

Mar. 26, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosive device disrupted Thursday's funeral service for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority community who had been killed by the Islamic State group. No one was hurt in the blast, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The explosion went off Thursday near the gate of a...

Family members cry after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city on Wednesday, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

Mar. 25, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for several hours while Afghan special...