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US envoy for Afghanistan steps down after withdrawal

Oct. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is stepping down following the chaotic American withdrawal from the country, the State Department said Monday. Zalmay Khalilzad will leave the post this week after more than three years on the job under both the...

US envoy: Qatar plane takes more Americans from Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Qatar Airways flight on Friday took more Americans out of Afghanistan, according to Washington's peace envoy, the third such airlift by the Mideast carrier since the Taliban takeover and the frantic U.S. troop pullout from the country. The...

The Latest: Taliban flag flies at Afghan presidential palace

Sep. 11, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban official said that the group raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace in a brief ceremony on Saturday — the same day the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The milestone anniversary takes...

The Latest: US envoy praises Qatar for Afghanistan flights

Sep. 10, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — More than 250 foreign nationals have left Afghanistan in the past three days, says Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s special envoy and the architect of an often criticized deal with the Taliban. The deal signed last year provided for the safe...

In Kabul, some fear economic collapse more than Taliban fist

Aug. 30, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

KABUL,Afghanistan (AP) — At a pizzeria in downtown Kabul, the staff and customers alike are anxious about Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers. Some, however, said they are more worried about economic collapse and being unable to feed their families than about having to...

Was Biden handcuffed by Trump's Taliban deal in Doha?

Aug. 19, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, he optimistically proclaimed that “we think we’ll be successful in the end.” His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, asserted that the administration was “seizing the...

In Taliban's 7-day march to power, a stunning string of wins

Aug. 18, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

In just seven days, any lingering dreams of a free Afghanistan died. As last week dawned, many clung to hope that the Taliban could be held back, though key trade routes had been seized, border crossings overtaken and swaths of remote areas clutched. But then, in just a...

Afghan president was isolated before slipping into exile

Aug. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani slipped out of his country Sunday in the same way he had led it in recent years — a lonely and isolated figure. Ghani quietly left the sprawling presidential palace with a small coterie of confidants — and didn’t even tell other...

Taliban sweep across Afghanistan's south, take 4 more cities

Aug. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban completed their sweep of Afghanistan's south on Friday, taking four more provincial capitals in a lightning offensive that brought them closer to Kabul just weeks before the U.S. is set to officially end its two-decade war. In the...

US sending 3K troops for partial Afghan embassy evacuation

Aug. 12, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks before the U.S. is scheduled to end its war in Afghanistan, the Biden administration is rushing 3,000 fresh troops to the Kabul airport to help with a partial evacuation of the U.S. Embassy. The move highlights the stunning speed of a Taliban takeover of much of...