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In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, Afghan refugee Hukam Khan narrates the situation of his country, at Kabobayan refugee camp, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Khan isn't sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan his children were small, stuffed onto the backs of donkeys and dragged across rugged mountain peaks to the safety of northwest Pakistan. After 40 years, more than 1.5 million Afghan refugees still live in neighboring Pakistan. They feel abandoned by their own government, increasingly unwelcome in their reluctant host country and ignored by the United Nations.  (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Afghan refugees tell UN: 'We need peace, land to go home'

Feb. 17, 2020 3:10 AM EST

KABOBAYAN CAMP, Pakistan (AP) — Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, his children were small, stuffed onto the backs of donkeys and dragged across rugged mountains to the safety of...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

Feb. 15, 2020 2:20 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising." Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani,during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal would call for negotiations between Afghans on both sides of the conflict to...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, boards a plane as he departs on a multi-country trip, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Stormy US-Europe relations as top officials head to Munich

Feb. 13, 2020 9:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy priorities stand at pivotal moments as two high-level national security officials head to an annual security forum in Germany. Strains in the trans-Atlantic relationship have cast doubt on whether they can count on much help from...

National army soldiers stand guard at the site of suicide attack near the military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. A suicide bomber targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital on Tuesday killed at least six people, including two civilians and four military personnel, the Interior Ministry said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US, Taliban close to 'reduction in violence' agreement

Feb. 12, 2020 3:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have issued an ultimatum to Washington after weeks of talks with a U.S. peace envoy, demanding a reply on their offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in Afghanistan, or they would walk away from the negotiating table, two Taliban officials said Wednesday. A reduction in...

National army soldiers stand guard at the site of suicide attack near the military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. A suicide bomber targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital on Tuesday killed at least six people, including two civilians and four military personnel, the Interior Ministry said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US, Taliban close to 'reduction in violence' agreement

Feb. 11, 2020 11:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Tuesday he is cautiously optimistic that there could be a U.S. agreement with the Taliban over the next days or weeks, but a withdrawal of American forces is not “imminent.” Robert O'Brien was asked whether Trump would...

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watch as a U.S. Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez, of San Antonio, Texas, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense both Gutierrez and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rodriguez, of Las Cruces, N.M., died Saturday, Feb. 8, during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump pays tribute to 2 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Feb. 11, 2020 1:25 AM EST

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump traveled Monday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay respects to two U.S. soldiers killed Saturday in Afghanistan when a soldier dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire with a machine gun. The Defense Department identified the dead...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, said multiple U.S. military deaths have been reported in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province after an insider attack by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

US says 2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Afghanistan attack

Feb. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded in a so-called insider attack in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province late Saturday when an Afghan dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire, the U.S. military said. Afghanistan's defense ministry said one Afghan soldier was...

FILE- in this Saturday, April 20, 2019, photo, Afghan journalists work behind a barrier at the site of an attack on the Telecommunication Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. Limiting access to information by the Afghan government is not acceptable, said an official form an Afghan watchdog after around 30 media outlets protested severe limitation to information in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

Afghan media outlets protest curtailed access to information

Feb. 5, 2020 5:41 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan media watchdog urged the government on Wednesday to heed a demand for more media freedoms after 30 local media outlets said in a joint statement that authorities were increasingly curtailing their access to information. Sayed Ikram Afzali, the head of Integrity Watch...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Uzbekistanís Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov meet in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo)

US demands more from Taliban on ceasefire before deal

Feb. 3, 2020 2:35 AM EST

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday demanded “demonstrable evidence” from the Taliban that they can and will reduce violence before signing a deal that would lead to Afghanistan peace talks and a withdrawal of American troops from the country. Speaking at...