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This image released by the FBI shows the wanted poster of al-Qaida propagandist Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri. Afghanistan claimed Sunday, Oct, 25, 2020, it killed the top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed.  Al-Qaida did not immediately acknowledge al-Rauf's reported death. The FBI, the U.S. military and NATO did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (FBI via AP)

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

Oct. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed....

Attack in Kabul kills 18; al-Qaida leader killed in Ghazni

Oct. 24, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including students, the interior ministry said. Afghan security officials separately announced on Saturday that a senior al-Qaida commander had been...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz. During his 2016 primary run, Trump sought to mark his ground as a hard-line immigration enforcer who would build “a great, great wall on our southern border.” Nearly four years later, Trump still has work to do completing his wall and much that has been completed has been paid by U.S. taxpayers despite promises otherwise. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

Oct. 24, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal. He has checked off some items on his to-do list. Trump...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Afghan first Vice President Amrullah Saleh, center, listens to President Ashraf Ghani, addressing at an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.  A prominent rights group Friday, Oct. 23,  demanded the immediate release of a person detained by the government for providing information about an army airstrike this week in which 12 civilians, mostly children, were killed and 18 others were wounded. The order to arrest at least one individual who spoke to media outlets about the Wednesday strike in northern Takhar province was made by Saleh on Thursday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Group demands release of person who reported Afghan strike

Oct. 23, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent rights group Friday demanded the release of a person detained by the government for allegedly providing information to media outlets about an army airstrike this week in which 12 civilians, mostly children, were killed and 18 others wounded. The order to arrest at...

This combination of photos obtained by WikiLeaks shows 16 of the 18 Yemeni prisoners who were detained in Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade and were transferred years ago by the United States to the UAE with promises that they would be integrated into society. Instead, the UAE held the men in indefinite detention, according to families and lawyers. Most recently, UAE is allegedly forcing the men to return to Yemen, a country torn among rival factions, each running networks of secret prisons. (WikiLeaks via AP)

Sent from Gitmo to UAE, detainees fear final stop: Yemen

Oct. 22, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

The Guantanamo detainees were promised they were being sent to a Muslim country for rehabilitation that would help integrate them into society, opening the way to jobs, money, and marriage, according to their lawyers and families. It was a lie. Instead, the detainees — 18 Yemenis and one Russian, swept up...

Taliban rockets kill 4 civilians in northern Afghanistan

Oct. 22, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four civilians were killed in their homes by militant rocket fire in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, the country's Ministry of Defense said. The ministry statement blamed the Taliban for the firing, which it said wounded another 14 civilians and destroyed several houses...

Afghan carry body of a woman who was killed in a stampede the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to Pakistan, officials said. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

Stampede kills 11 Afghans seeking visas to leave country

Oct. 21, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to leave the country, officials said. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Nangarhar province, said another...

NATO chief rules out rushed, early exit from Afghanistan

Oct. 21, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As rising violence threatens to derail Afghan peace talks, the head of NATO said Wednesday that the military alliance will not leave Afghanistan until security conditions allow, even as some U.S. troops might be hoping to be back home in time for Christmas. “We will make a decision...

Afghan security inspects the site of a suicide car bombing in Ghor province western of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 18. 2020. A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least a dozen people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan is western Ghor province officials said. (AP Photo)

US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

Oct. 19, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan warned Monday that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad's comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued...

In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, Taliban prisoners watch through the door inside the prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been at war for more than 40 years, first against the invading Soviet army that killed more than 1 million people, then feuding mujahedin groups in a bitter civil war followed by the repressive Taliban rule and finally the latest war that began after the 2001 U.S.-led coalition invasion that toppled the Taliban government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghans say preventing next war as vital as ending this one

Oct. 18, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At a Kabul museum honoring Afghanistan’s war victims, talking to visitors reveals just how many layers and generations of pain and grief have piled up during four decades of unrelenting conflict. Fakhria Hayat recalled an attack that changed her family forever. It was 1995,...