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FILE -  In this Sept. 18, 2009, file, photo, A soldier from the U.S. Army's 118th Military Police Co., based at Fort Bragg, N.C., respond to shots fired at a combat outpost in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province.  Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. Now both superpowers are linked again over Afghanistan, with intelligence reports indicating Russia secretly offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops there. But analysts suggest that the two adversaries actually have more in common, especially when it comes to what they want to see in a postwar Afghanistan: a stable country that does not serve as a base for extremists to export terrorism. Both countries also are aligned in their opposition to militants from the Islamic State group.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

US, Russia share a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan

Jul. 2, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. Now both superpowers are linked again over Afghanistan, with intelligence reports indicating Russia secretly offered...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US peace envoy looks to start of talks to end Afghan war

Jul. 2, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington’s peace envoy told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February,...

A man helps his father to drink juice at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, for COVID-19 patients, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday June 18, 2020. Afghan media reported last week that several COVID-19 patients died in government hospitals due to a shortages of medical oxygen, though the government denied the reports. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Long-shut factory helps COVID-struck Afghans breathe free

Jul. 2, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Seven years ago, Najibullah Seddiqi closed his oxygen factory, frustrated with power cuts and with rampant corruption that kept him from getting contracts with hospitals. But as the coronavirus raced through Afghanistan, he knew he had to help. “I saw a man crying for his...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Washington’s watchdog warns, Thursday, June 25, 2020,  that “systemic” corruption within the Afghan government is weakening its bargaining position in future peace negotiations with the Taliban, even as the insurgent group's political spokesman says the group was ready with its agenda for talks. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Pompeo calls Taliban leader amid Russian bounty scandal

Jun. 30, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called and spoken with the Taliban’s chief negotiator, a spokesman for the insurgents said Tuesday, amid a raging controversy in Washington over when President Donald Trump was told about U.S. intelligence that Russia was paying the Taliban to...

A boy who was injured boy in a deadly attack on a market sits on the ground at a hospital in Helmand province, Monday, June 29, 2020. A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday killed over 20 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor's office said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

Attack on crowded market in Afghanistan kills 23

Jun. 29, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday killed 23 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor’s office said. Both the Taliban and the Afghan military blamed each other for the attack...

Roadside bomb kills 6 Afghan civilians in Helmand province

Jun. 28, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed at least six Afghan civilians Sunday in the southern Helmand province, including a woman and two children, an official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Another woman in the vehicle was wounded in the explosion, which took place...

Bomb blast kills 2 Afghan human rights commission staffers

Jun. 27, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killing two employees of the country's human rights commission, the organization said in a statement. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said the employees' car was targeted for attack. No one immediately...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Washington’s watchdog warns, Thursday, June 25, 2020,  that “systemic” corruption within the Afghan government is weakening its bargaining position in future peace negotiations with the Taliban, even as the insurgent group's political spokesman says the group was ready with its agenda for talks. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

US watchdog: Afghan gov't weakened ahead of Taliban talks

Jun. 25, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. watchdog warned that “systemic” corruption within the Afghan government is weakening its bargaining position in upcoming peace negotiations with the Taliban, even as the insurgents said Thursday they were ready and had compiled their agenda for the long-awaited talks. ...

Roadside bombing kills 6 civilians in northern Afghanistan

Jun. 24, 2020 3:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing killed at least six Afghan civilians traveling in a rickshaw in a northern province, an official said Wednesday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the interior ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, the bombing in Jawzjan province...