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Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan

Oct. 16, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more. Relatives laid the bodies of the victims to rest Saturday and called on the Taliban to protect...

Afghan refugees leave Wisconsin for new home and new life

Oct. 16, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a 47-day journey, Momtazudin Furmoli and his family are finally headed home — a new home, 7,000 miles away from the one they left in Afghanistan as refugees. Furmoli arrived at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy on Aug. 30 with his wife, 5-year-old...

Bowling Green welcomes Afghan refugees with more to come

Oct. 16, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A tense silence settled over a room at Bowling Green’s International Center on Monday as Hamishah Gul Rashid and his wife, Tamom Bibi, anxiously awaited the arrival of their interpreter. The couple and their eight children, all roughly...

UN official: Taliban to announce secondary school for girls

Oct. 15, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official said Friday the Taliban told him they will announce “very soon” that all Afghan girls will be allowed to attend secondary schools. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi, who visited Kabul last week, told reporters...

US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

Oct. 15, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a...

Marine officer receives reprimand for Afghanistan criticism

Oct. 15, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A military judge issued a reprimand for a Marine lieutenant colonel and ordered him to forfeit $5,000 in pay Friday for his criticism of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, his attorney said. The decision from Col. Glen Hines followed the...

Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

Oct. 15, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest day since the U.S. military withdrawal. ...

Lawyer: 'Preposterous' to blame Afghan man in US war deaths

Oct. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for an Afghan man awaiting trial in Manhattan federal court on charges that he commanded the Taliban fighters responsible in the killing of three American soldiers said Friday it was “preposterous" to charge his client in deaths that occurred in a war the U.S....

Taliban official says death toll has risen to 47 in southern Afghanistan mosque bombing

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban official says death toll has risen to 47 in southern Afghanistan mosque bombing.

Female former Afghan lawmakers, judges meet Greek PM

Oct. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six female former lawmakers and judges from Afghanistan were received Friday by Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Taliban takeover. The three former lawmakers and three former judges...