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Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

Jul. 16, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local radio station in eastern Afghanistan was forced to shut down after repeated threats from the area's Taliban commander, the head of the station said on Tuesday. Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, said he...

Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 11 in Kandahar province

Jul. 15, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people riding in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion in Khakrez...

Decorated soldier dies in combat operations in Afghanistan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday. James G. "Ryan" Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army...

Afghan police: Radio journalist killed in eastern province

Jul. 14, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police say a radio journalist has been killed in the eastern Paktia province. Nader Shah, a newsreader for Radio Gardez, was killed late Saturday. Police chief Mohammad Hosman Jahnbaz says it is not immediately clear if the killing was linked to his work or a personal...

US service member killed in action in Afghanistan

Jul. 13, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American service member was killed in action in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday without offering details about the service member's identity or the circumstances surrounding the death. In a telephone interview, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the militant...

Child suicide bomber kills 5 at Afghan wedding

Jul. 12, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A 13-year-old suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding early Friday in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, killing five people and injuring 11 others, police officials said. Among those killed was Malik Toor, a commander of a pro-government militia who had organized the...

Envoy to Afghanistan says US not 'cutting and running'

Jul. 12, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday that America is not "cutting and running" from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. Zalmay Khalilzad...

General: Early Afghanistan troop pullout would be mistake

Jul. 11, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a "strategic mistake," the Army general nominated to be Joint Chiefs chairman told senators Thursday. Mark Milley also said the United States should keep a "modest number" of forces in Iraq and Syria for now to maintain...

Pakistani cleric who fought US forces in Afghanistan dies

Jul. 11, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A radical cleric from Pakistan who traveled to neighboring Afghanistan to battle international forces after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion died Thursday at the age of 94. Family members say Maulana Sufi Mohammad died in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, where a funeral will be held...

US peace envoy to Afghanistan in Beijing for meeting

Jul. 11, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan is in Beijing for a previously scheduled meeting, an American Embassy spokesman said Thursday, as indications grew of a new momentum in efforts to end Afghanistan's 18-year war and push by China to boost its influence in the region. The spokesman gave no...