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US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

Official: Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan

Dec. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shooting ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a Japanese physician and aid worker widely respected and beloved in the war-scarred nation, triggering an outpouring of grief among the people whose lives he helped change for the better. The leaders of Japan and...

Survey: Afghans’ fear for personal safety has increased

Dec. 3, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are increasingly fearful for their personal safety, but slightly more believe their war-weary country is moving in the right direction, compared to previous years, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The Asia Foundation poll found that 74.5% of respondents say they...

The Latest: Trump back in US after his visit to Afghanistan

Nov. 29, 2019 12:18 PM EST

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first visit to Afghanistan (all times local): 4:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is back in the United States after his Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan. Air Force One landed in Florida, where the president is spending the...

Trump thanks troops in Afghanistan, says Taliban want a deal

Nov. 29, 2019 10:20 AM EST

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and the Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a cease-fire. Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m....

Afghanistan’s election recount draws protests in capital

Nov. 29, 2019 2:45 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A leading presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, has organized protests over a recount in Afghanistan’s elections that have been mired in accusations of fraud. Thousands of Abdullah’s supporters rallied on Friday in the capital, Kabul, against what they say is...

Blasts kill 16 in northern Afghanistan; mostly women, girls

Nov. 28, 2019 9:54 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials said Thursday that separate explosions in the country’s north killed at least 16 people, almost all of them women and young girls. A roadside bomb struck a civilian vehicle going to a wedding Wednesday evening, killing at least 15 people including six...

Trump pays respects to Army officers killed in Afghanistan

Nov. 22, 2019 12:23 AM EST

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects Thursday to two Army officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed this week in Afghanistan, holding his salute until each of the flag-draped cases containing their remains were returned to their grieving families. Trump and...

Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

Nov. 21, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016. Trump made separate calls Thursday to Khan and...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...