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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, stands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 23, 2020. Pompeo was in Kabul on an urgent visit Monday to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes despite the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)

Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban

Mar. 27, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not inclusive enough. Afghanistan's political turmoil has impeded each tentative step toward...

FILE - In this frame grab from video taken on Dec. 20, 2019, militants of the al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham try to disperse people who have gathered at the Bab al-Hawa border gate to protest the ongoing bombing campaign in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province by the government and its Russian ally. Intermingled among 3 million civilians under siege in the Syrian government's assault on the last opposition stronghold are tens of thousands of al-Qaida-linked fighters and other militants who came from around the world to take part in the country's civil war. (AP Photo, File)

AP Explains: Militant fighters in final battle in Syria

Mar. 6, 2020 4:32 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Intermingled among 3 million civilians under siege in the Syrian government's assault on the last opposition stronghold are tens of thousands of al-Qaida-linked fighters and other militants who came from around the world to take part in the country's civil war. These hardened fighters have...

Editorial Roundup: US

Mar. 4, 2020 4:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 4 The Washington Examiner on President Donald Trump's peace deal with Afghanistan: Many will welcome the United States-Taliban peace deal signed last weekend in Qatar. They see a war that has lasted nearly 19 years, taken the lives of...

President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the White House, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Washington, to visit the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump says he spoke to a Taliban leader, had 'good talk'

Mar. 3, 2020 10:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that he spoke on the phone to a Taliban leader, making him the first U.S. president believed to have ever spoken directly with the militant group responsible for the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops in nearly 19 years of fighting in Afghanistan. ...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, right, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a joint news conference in presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The U.S. is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pentagon sees Taliban deal as allowing fuller focus on China

Mar. 1, 2020 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's peace deal with the Taliban opens the door for an initial American troop withdrawal that Defense Secretary Mark Esper sees as a step toward the broader goal of preparing for potential future war with China. Esper has his eye on “great power...

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shack hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The United States is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

US and Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

Feb. 29, 2020 3:12 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Acknowledging a military stalemate after nearly two decades of conflict, the United States on Saturday signed a peace agreement with the Taliban that is aimed at ending America's longest war and bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan more than 18 years after they invaded in the wake...

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The United States is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

A timeline of key events in Afghanistan's 40 years of wars

Feb. 29, 2020 8:44 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The former Soviet Union marched into Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979, claiming it was invited by the new Afghan communist leader, Babrak Karmal, setting the country on a path of 40 years of seemingly endless wars and conflict. More than 5 million Afghans fled to Pakistan and 3...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Brady press briefing room of the White House in Washington. America's longest war may finally be nearing an end, after nearly two decades that outlasted two commanders in chief and is now helmed by a third. More than 18 years since the conflict began in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks, the United States and the Islamists it toppled from power in Afghanistan are poised to sign a peace deal on Saturday.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US, Taliban set peace signing for America's longest war

Feb. 28, 2020 4:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's longest war may finally be nearing an end. The United States and the Islamists it toppled from power in Afghanistan are poised to sign a peace deal Saturday after a conflict that outlasted two U.S. commanders in chief and is now led by a third eager to fulfill a campaign promise...

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. On the eve of a potentially historic deal with the U.S. and the Taliban to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan, former Karzai welcomed the signing of the agreement, thanked Americans for their generosity, but had harsh words for the U.S. government and military.  (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary)

Afghan ex-leader welcomes peace deal; criticizes US legacy

Feb. 28, 2020 7:29 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On the eve of a potentially historic deal with the U.S. and the Taliban to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed the signing of the agreement, thanked Americans for their generosity, but had harsh words for the U.S. government and...

Family and victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanaznia and Kenya, from left, Tibruss Minja, Doreen Oport, Rukia Ali, Joanne Oport, and Clara Owino, attend a news conference following Supreme Court arguments on punitive damages against Sudan for its role in the attack, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, outside of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

High Court sympathetic to embassy bombing victims in case

Feb. 24, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Washington (AP) — The Supreme Court suggested Monday that it's inclined to allow a bigger award of money to victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. No matter what the justices decide, however, it's unlikely the victims will ever collect the full...