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Afghan security inspects the site of a suicide car bombing in Ghor province western of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 18. 2020. A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least a dozen people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan is western Ghor province officials said. (AP Photo)

US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

Oct. 19, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan warned Monday that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad's comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued...

In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, Taliban prisoners watch through the door inside the prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been at war for more than 40 years, first against the invading Soviet army that killed more than 1 million people, then feuding mujahedin groups in a bitter civil war followed by the repressive Taliban rule and finally the latest war that began after the 2001 U.S.-led coalition invasion that toppled the Taliban government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghans say preventing next war as vital as ending this one

Oct. 18, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At a Kabul museum honoring Afghanistan’s war victims, talking to visitors reveals just how many layers and generations of pain and grief have piled up during four decades of unrelenting conflict. Fakhria Hayat recalled an attack that changed her family forever. It was 1995,...

An Afghan receives a treatment at a hospital after a suicide car bombing in Ghor province western of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 18. 2020. A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least 1a dozen people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan is western Ghor province officials said. (AP Photo)

Car bombing in western Afghanistan kills 13, wounds 120

Oct. 18, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded around 120 others in Afghanistan's western Ghor province, officials said. The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light...

Afghan families leave their houses after fighting between the Afghan military and Taliban insurgents in Helmand province, southern of Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

Taliban to suspend assault after US pledges to halt strikes

Oct. 16, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said on Friday they have agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan that have displaced thousands this week — but only after the Americans promised to halt all strikes and night raids in keeping with the peace agreement the U.S. signed with the insurgents in...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2020 file photo, Abdullah Abdullah, center, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, attends the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.   Afghan officials say, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020,  more than 5,600 families have fled their homes amid renewed fighting between the Taliban and government forces in southern Helmand province. The upsurge in fighting comes as Afghan government representatives and the Taliban are holding peace talks in Qatar, trying to end the war. (AP Photo/ Hussein Sayed, File)

Over 5,600 Afghan families displaced by fighting in south

Oct. 15, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Renewed fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces in southern Helmand province has forced more than 5,600 families to flee their homes, officials said Thursday, the latest flareup that could undermine U.S. efforts to broker peace in the war-torn country. The...

Pakistan says roadside bomb kills 6 troops in border region

Oct. 14, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military said seven troops were killed in separate incidents on Wednesday in the country’s northwest, in a region along the Afghan border that until recent years had served as a base for Pakistani and foreign militants. Six soldiers, including an officer, died in...

2 Afghan helicopters crash amid Helmand fighting, 9 dead

Oct. 14, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers amid renewed fighting against Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members, the country's Defense Ministry and local officials said Wednesday. The two...

US forces hit Taliban with airstrikes in Helmand province

Oct. 13, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — American forces carried out several airstrikes in support of Afghan security forces under attack by the Taliban in southern Helmand province, a spokesperson for the U.S. military in Afghanistan said Monday. Col. Sonny Leggett said the recent Taliban attacks in Helmand are...

Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Abdullah on Saturday said India’s civil and military leadership were supportive of an inclusive, peaceful settlement of the Afghan peace process and that interactions with New Delhi were expected to further deepen in the course of coming weeks and months. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

AP Interview: Top Afghan negotiator lauds India's support

Oct. 10, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy said Saturday that India’s civil and military leadership are supportive of an inclusive, peaceful settlement of the Afghan peace process and that Kabul’s interactions with New Delhi are expected to further deepen in the coming weeks and...

Abdullah Abdullah, center, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, talks at the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

Afghan negotiator: Nobel nomination nod to women's campaign

Oct. 9, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi is one of four women representing the Afghan government who have been sitting down at the negotiating table with members of the Taliban for talks that began last month in the Arab state of Qatar. She was also one of 318 candidates — 211...