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Afghan official: Pakistani mortars kill 4 Afghan civilians

Jul. 15, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Several mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops landed in a border village in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four civilians and wounding nine others, an Afghan provincial spokesman said. In Pakistan, police accused Afghan forces of initiating an exchange of fire a day...

A man takes pictures at the site of a car bomb blast on an intelligence compound in Aybak, the capital of the Samangan province in northern Afghanistan, Monday, July 13, 2020. Taliban insurgents launched a complex attack on the compound that began with a suicide bombing, officials said. (AP Photo)

Afghan officials: Kabul roadside bombing kills 4 civilians

Jul. 14, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing killed four civilians and wounded four others on Tuesday in eastern Kabul, Afghan officials said. The eight were riding in a packed car in the district of Surobi when the vehicle hit the roadside bomb, setting it off, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan’s army chief has told Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates that despite the challenge of COVID-19, Pakistan plans to restart polio vaccination campaigns across the country. The military said late Wednesday, June 10, that Gen. Qamer Javed Bajwa spoke by phone with Gates who has worked to try and eradicate polio worldwide. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Pakistan to resume polio campaign as COVID-19 cases decline

Jul. 14, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan announced Tuesday it would resume vaccinations against polio next week, months after the drive against this crippling children’s disease was halted because the novel coronavirus had overwhelmed the country's health system. The anti-polio campaign would last three days,...

Taliban kill 11 in assault on Afghan intelligence compound

Jul. 13, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents launched a complex attack on an intelligence compound in northern Afghanistan on Monday that began with a suicide bombing and killed at least 11 intelligence agency personnel, officials said. The attack took place in Aybak, the capital of the Samangan province....

Pakistan says 4 troops, 4 militants killed in shootout in NW

Jul. 12, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military on Sunday said four soldiers and four militants were killed during a shootout in the rugged northwestern region of North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. A statement from the military’s public relations wing said the exchange of fire took place after the...

Official: Roadside bomb kills 6 Afghan civilians in east

Jul. 11, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least six civilians, including women and children, were killed when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial official said Saturday. Wahidullah Jamazada, spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province, said eight other civilians...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives to attend a meeting in Moscow, Russia. Russia's top diplomat has on Friday, July 10 dismissed U.S. intelligence information alleging that Moscow has offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the U.S. political infighting. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia's foreign minister mocks intel on bounties to Taliban

Jul. 10, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Friday dismissed U.S. intelligence information alleging that Moscow offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers as a product of election year politics in Washington. U.S. intelligence officials said information about Russia's alleged bounties...

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pentagon: US will respond if Russia bounty reports are true

Jul. 9, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans were not corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said they are looking into it and the U.S. will respond if necessary. Defense Secretary Mark Esper...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

Suicide attack, roadside bomb kill 6 police in Afghanistan

Jul. 8, 2020 4:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide truck bomber targeted a police district headquarters in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, killing three officers, a local official said. Three other police officers, including a district police chief, were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern...