Latest Afghanistan News

Bomb attack kills 3 soldiers on patrol in northwest Pakistan

Nov. 12, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded another in a northwestern district bordering Afghanistan. The military statement Tuesday said the soldiers were on patrol in the North Waziristan region when the explosion hit their vehicle. No one immediately claimed...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 8:44 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Afghan official: 16 die as minivan plunges into ravine

Nov. 12, 2019 5:48 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says that 16 people died when a minivan skidded off an icy road and plunged into a ravine in snowy weather in northern Baghlan province. Safder Mohsini, the provincial council chief, says the victims were all headed to a wedding ceremony to Khost wa Freng when the...

Afghan president says 3 Taliban figures released by government in effort to have insurgents free US, Australian prisoner

Nov. 12, 2019 1:16 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan president says 3 Taliban figures released by government in effort to have insurgents free US, Australian prisoner.

Pakistan chief of spy agency visits Afghan official in Kabul

Nov. 11, 2019 10:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a Pakistani delegation is in Kabul to meet Afghan authorities amid increased tensions. Monday's meeting is the first since the Pakistani Embassy closed its consular section in Kabul earlier this month, citing unspecified security concerns. Afghanistan and...

Afghan presidential candidate boycotts recounting process

Nov. 10, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. Abdullah says Sunday the results will have no legitimacy if his team's observers are not present...

US-Afghan army convoy fires flares, hits drivers on road

Nov. 9, 2019 5:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road. The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after...

Court will hear Bowe Bergdahl's appeal over Trump's comments

Nov. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military court has agreed to hear an appeal by a U.S. Army soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the court will examine whether statements by President Donald Trump and the...

Fox NFL pregame show to originate from West Point on Sunday

Nov. 7, 2019 8:34 PM EST

Terry Bradshaw and the "Fox NFL Sunday" pregame show have gone around the world for their Veterans Day shows. But on Sunday the show will originate from one of the service academies for the first time. This year's show will be broadcast from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and will include a live audience...

Australian whistleblower to represent himself at trial

Nov. 6, 2019 9:01 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian army whistleblower charged with leaking secret documents alleging misconduct in Afghanistan said on Thursday he would defend himself at trial next year rather than face potential delays by hiring a lawyer with a security clearance. David William McBride, 55,...