Latest Kabul News

Montana ski town hosts military members who served in Kabul

Jan. 23, 2022 12:57 PM EST

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Carlin Houston, a 23-year-old paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, traversed the slopes of Big Mountain with relative ease, looking every bit the part of a seasoned snowboarder — Flylow jacket, baggy Goretex pants, mirrored goggles —...

Taliban say bombers target minivan in Afghanistan, 7 dead

Jan. 22, 2022 15:51 PM EST

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb attached to a packed minivan exploded in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, killing at least seven civilians and wounding nine others, Taliban officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the...

Taliban to hold meeting in Norway next week

Jan. 21, 2022 09:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Taliban delegation plans to travel to Norway next week for talks with the Norwegian government and several allied countries, as well as meetings with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry...

Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters

Jan. 20, 2022 11:06 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed an apartment in Kabul, smashing the door in and arresting a woman rights activist and her three sisters, an eyewitness said Thursday. A Taliban statement appeared to blame the incident on a recent women's protest, saying insulting Afghan values will...

Pentagon releases first video of botched Kabul airstrike

Jan. 19, 2022 21:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has declassified and publicly released video footage of a U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in the final hours of a chaotic American withdrawal that ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan. The New York Times obtained the footage through...

Taliban economy conference in Kabul stresses need for funds

Jan. 19, 2022 12:00 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five months into their rule of Afghanistan, the Taliban have increased revenue, cracked down on corruption and collected a surprising $1 billion in exports, the U.N. representative for the country said Wednesday. At the same time, Deborah Lyons, head of...

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....

The AP Interview: Taliban pledge all girls in schools soon

Jan. 15, 2022 15:35 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers say they hope to be able to open all schools for girls across the country after late March, their spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday, offering the first timeline for addressing a key demand of the international community. ...

Afghan refugee family tries to find a home in Savannah

Jan. 15, 2022 00:08 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Please note that the names of the refugees have been changed to protect their identities as well as their families who remain in Afghanistan. The article has been updated to reflect updated numbers from Inspiritus. It was around 2 a.m. on Aug. 15 when Mahdi...

Afghan tradition allows girls to access the freedom of boys

Jan. 14, 2022 08:29 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a Kabul neighborhood, a gaggle of boys kick a yellow ball around a dusty playground, their boisterous cries echoing off the surrounding apartment buildings. Dressed in sweaters and jeans or the traditional Afghan male clothing of baggy pants and long...