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In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at the Munich Security Conference, in Munich, Germany. The Afghan Independent Election Commission said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Afghan president wins vote, opponent says he's the winner

Feb. 18, 2020 12:36 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission announced Tuesday, but his closest opponent refused to recognize the results, declaring himself winner and potentially endangering peace negotiations with the Taliban. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 1989 file photo. a Soviet soldier waves as his armored convoy makes its way back to the Soviet Union along a north Afghanistan highway. Afghanistan is marking the 31st anniversary of the Soviet Union's last soldier leaving the country, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. This year's anniversary comes as the United States negotiates its own exit after 18 years of war, America's longest. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko, File)

Afghans mark Soviet withdrawal as US negotiates its own exit

Feb. 15, 2020 8:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan on Saturday marked the 31st anniversary of the last Soviet soldier leaving the country. This year's anniversary came as the United States negotiates its own exit after 18 years of war, America's longest. Some of the same Afghan insurgent leaders who drove out the...

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...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, women shop for Valentine's Day gifts in Najaf, Iraq. In recent years, Valentine's in Najaf has emerged as a field of contention. It pitted revelers who see in it harmless fun and personal freedom advocates against conservatives who view it as sacrilege--a foreign celebration that has no place in a holy city like Najaf. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Valentine's Day brings love and some worry in Iraq holy city

Feb. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EST

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Hasanain al-Rufaye was busy in his flower shop wrapping bouquets, stuffing dolls into gift boxes and sprinkling petals into others labeled with “LOVE,” while simultaneously fielding orders. “It’s Valentine’s these days. On normal days, it would have...

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)

Suicide bombing near military academy in Kabul kills 6

Feb. 11, 2020 4:10 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 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. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Kabul, but both the Taliban and...

In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 photo, Nizaruddin Alizada, 20, a member of the Afghanistan Snowboarding Federation practices on the hillside known as Kohe Koregh, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. While Afghanistan’s capital may seem an unlikely destination for snowboarders, a group of young Afghans is looking to put the city on the winter sports map and change perceptions about their war-weary nation. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

War-weary Afghan youth turn to snowboarding for thrills

Feb. 6, 2020 1:43 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Aspen! Zermatt! Kabul? While Afghanistan’s capital may seem an unlikely destination for snowboarders, a group of young Afghans is looking to put the city on the winter sports map and change perceptions about their war-weary nation. Kabul is better known for its hulking...

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...

In this photo released by the Foreign Office, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, left, meets U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Khalilzad has met with Pakistan's foreign minister to find a peaceful solution to neighboring Afghanistan's war. (Pakistan Foreign Office via AP)

Airstrikes on the rise as US pursues Afghan peace talks

Feb. 1, 2020 11:24 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — New U.S. Air Force statistics show the U.S. dropped more bombs on Afghanistan last year than any year since 2013, even as Washington's peace envoy sought to boost regional support for a reduction in violence ahead of a final deal to end America's longest war. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay...

Afghan official says explosion in capital Kabul kills 2

Jan. 31, 2020 9:30 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say two militants pushing a handcart were killed Friday in western Kabul when explosives in the cart detonated accidentally. A civilian was wounded. Ministry of Interior spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says investigators have not been able to link the bombers to any...