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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan open new infrastructure projects

Jan. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EST

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The leaders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan on Thursday launched three new infrastructure projects intended to boost economic ties between the two neighbors. Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020 file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center left, and his aides meet with Afghanistan's State Minister for Peace Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, center right, and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's peace negotiation team amid talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, in Doha, Qatar. Afghan negotiators are to resume talks Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, even as hopes are waning, and frustration and fear is growing over a spike in violence that has combatants on both sides blaming the other. The change in the U.S. administration is likely to drag out the opening days of the talks as both sides wait to see whether Biden will stick to the deal brokered by Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File)

New round of Afghan-Taliban peace talks off to a slow start

Jan. 8, 2021 1:01 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The latest round of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators that began this week in Qatar has been off to a slow start as concerns grow over a recent spike in violence across Afghanistan. The talks, which are taking place in Qatar where the Taliban maintain a...

CORRECTS DATE OF ATTACK AND IDENTIFIES RASHEED AS THE HEAD OF THE INDEPENDENT ELECTIONS WATCHDOG -- Afghans carry the coffin of Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, executive director of the non-governmental Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan, during his funeral ceremony, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Separate bombing and shooting attacks in Afghanistan’s capital left several people dead Wednesday, including Rasheed, the head of the independent elections watchdog, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan official: Bomb, shooting attacks in Kabul kill 3

Dec. 23, 2020 8:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Separate bombing and shooting attacks in Afghanistan's capital left at least three people dead Wednesday, including the head of an independent elections watchdog, officials said. The attacks are the latest amid relentless violence in the country even as Taliban and Afghan...

An Afghan balloon vendor looks for customers on a road in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Acting defense chief visits Afghanistan during troop pullout

Dec. 22, 2020 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday, meeting top leaders during the American troop withdrawal. The Pentagon said Miller met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in the country....

Today in History

Dec. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2020. There are nine days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 2001, Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight...

People gather near the site of a deadly bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says that the car bomb blast killed at least eight people and wounded more than 15 others, including a member of parliament, Khan Mohammad Wardak. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official: Large car bomb kills 9 in Afghan capital

Dec. 20, 2020 5:41 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb blast that rocked Afghanistan's capital Sunday morning killed at least nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi told reporters at the site of the attack that the attack wounded around 20 others, including a member of...

Afghan security personnel stand near a vehicle in which rockets were placed, in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Five rockets were fired at a major U.S. base in Afghanistan on Saturday, but there were no casualties, NATO and provincial officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Rockets hit US base in Afghanistan, no casualties reported

Dec. 19, 2020 9:41 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five rockets were fired at a major U.S. base in Afghanistan on Saturday, but there were no casualties, NATO and provincial officials said. The rockets hit Bagram Airfield, said Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the governor in northern Parwan province. Shahkar said that 12 rockets...

Official: Rickshaw bomb kills 15 kids in eastern Afghanistan

Dec. 18, 2020 8:46 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb rigged to a rickshaw killed at least 15 children and wounded 20 others in a Taliban-controlled area in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, a provincial official said, as violence in the war-weary country continued to surge. The bomb went off after a man driving a motorized...

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, left, talks with Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at Miller’s military headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. The top U.S. military officer has held an unannounced meeting with Taliban peace negotiators to push for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

After years fighting them, Milley talks peace with Taliban

Dec. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his three combat tours in Afghanistan, Gen. Mark Milley saw the Taliban as a formidable foe, one unlikely to “fade away in the dust,” as he put it in 2013. This week, Milley, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sat across a negotiating table with leaders of...

FILE - In this Sept 14, 2020 file photo, families and friends of students who were killed in local conflicts gather at the graves of their relatives, adorned with their pictures, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Optimism among Afghans regarding the country's peace process has decreased significantly in the past few months amid a spike in violence, according to a survey released Friday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Report: Afghans losing hope for peace process amid violence

Dec. 11, 2020 4:46 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Optimism among Afghans regarding the country's peace process has decreased significantly in the past few months amid a spike in violence, according to a survey released Friday. The Institute of War and Peace Studies found optimism had dropped to 57% when the survey was conducted...