Latest Afghan armed forces News

Taliban abduct 45 people from gov't employee's funeral

Dec. 10, 2019 8:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban abducted as many as 45 elderly family members of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban singled out the old men from a funeral procession carrying the deceased employee's coffin to a graveyard, according to...

Afghanistan probe appeal begins at Hague international court

Dec. 4, 2019 11:02 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court opened a three-day hearing Wednesday at which prosecutors and victims aim to overturn a decision scrapping a proposed investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan’s brutal conflict. Fergal Gaynor, a lawyer representing 82 Afghan...

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....

Last soldiers from Red Arrow group return from Afghanistan

Nov. 25, 2019 5:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The remaining 200 or so soldiers from a Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Red Arrow infantry group have returned home from Afghanistan. About 400 soldiers from the Red Arrow’s 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry were deployed to Afghanistan late last year to provide protection...

Blast targets UN vehicle in Afghanistan, kills 1 foreigner

Nov. 24, 2019 10:36 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United Nations vehicle was targeted in a bombing Sunday in the Afghan capital Kabul and initial reports indicated at least one foreign citizen was killed, an Afghan official said. Nasrat Rahimi, Interior Ministry spokesman, said five others, including two Afghan U.N. workers,...

Red Arrow troops return from Afghanistan

Nov. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — About 200 soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Red Arrow Brigade are back in the United States after a stint in Afghanistan. The soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry returned to Fort Bliss in Texas on Sunday. They will demobilize at that base before...

Grenades target military center, wound 5 in Afghan capital

Nov. 18, 2019 1:15 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers threw a pair of grenades at the gate of a military training center in Kabul on Monday, wounding at least four Afghan soldiers and a civilian, an official said. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi initially said the back-to-back explosions were caused by suicide...

US-Afghan army convoy fires flares, hits drivers on road

Nov. 9, 2019 5:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road. The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after...

Afghan official: 8 children killed by roadside bomb

Nov. 2, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says eight children have been killed by a roadside bomb near their school in the northeastern Takhar province. Sayed Mehraj Sadat, the provincial police chief, said the victims of Saturday's attack were from 10 to 15 years old. He says the bomb's intended target...

US Afghan peace envoy takes push for peace to Pakistan

Oct. 29, 2019 4:37 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. peace envoy remained in Pakistan on Tuesday as part of efforts to find a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 18 -year war, even though President Donald Trump has not expressed any interest in resuming talks with the Taliban. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Pakistan's Prime...