Latest Afghan armed forces News

Before pullout, watchdog warned of Afghan air force collapse

Jan. 18, 2022 00:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Months before President Joe Biden announced the U.S.’s complete withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, Washington’s watchdog warned that the Afghan air force would collapse without critical American aid, training and maintenance. The report was declassified Tuesday....

Militants gun down Pakistani soldier near Afghan border

Dec. 26, 2021 01:10 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militants targeted an army post in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, killing a soldier in a firefight overnight, Pakistan's military said. The attack took place in the Shewa area of the district of North Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

Russian military planes evacuate 200 people from Afghanistan

Dec. 18, 2021 10:51 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military transport planes on Saturday delivered a shipment of humanitarian supplies to Afghanistan and flew back 200 Russians, Afghan students and others, the defense ministry said. The ministry said that three Il-76 cargo planes will make stopovers in...

Biden presents 3 soldiers with top military award for valor

Dec. 16, 2021 17:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat, to three soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Two were recognized posthumously. “Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude today as...

UN delays action on Myanmar and Afghanistan's bid for seats

Dec. 06, 2021 13:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday delaying action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations, a decision that leaves the ambassadors from the ousted governments in...

Action delayed on Myanmar and Afghan requests for UN seats

Dec. 01, 2021 16:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee decided Wednesday to delay action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations. The announcement by the chair of the General Assembly’s...

NATO chief says mission creep, corruption hurt Afghan effort

Dec. 01, 2021 12:24 PM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO became a victim of mission creep in Afghanistan as the international community upped its aims from fighting extremists to rebuilding the conflict-torn country over two decades, the military organization’s civilian leader said Wednesday. ...

Pakistan says militants kill 2 soldiers near Afghan border

Nov. 28, 2021 01:19 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants targeted a Pakistani military post in the northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, killing two soldiers in a firefight, the army said in a statement. The Pakistani army's media wing said late Saturday that militants attacked a...

EXPLAINER: What happened to the Afghanistan evacuation?

Nov. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan didn’t end with the departure of the last U.S. troops on Aug. 30, but it did slow to a trickle. The U.S. airlifted 124,000 people from Kabul, the capital, over about six weeks as the American-backed Afghan...

Taliban urge ex-Afghan military pilots to stay, serve nation

Nov. 10, 2021 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Taliban official on Wednesday urged former Afghan military pilots to remain in the country, saying they were protected by a national amnesty and would not face arrest. Government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's assurances came after dozens of...