Latest Afghanistan News

US troops in Syria going to Iraq, not home as Trump claims

Oct. 20, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — While President Donald Trump insists he's bringing home Americans from "endless wars" in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. They aren't...

US defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

Oct. 20, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State...

Mark Esper arrives in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as US defense secretary

Oct. 20, 2019 7:25 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mark Esper arrives in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as US defense secretary.

Official: Preliminary Afghan election results delayed

Oct. 19, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the planned announcement of preliminary results of last month's presidential election has been delayed. Aziz Ibrahimi, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, says Saturday that reasons for the delay include problems with the transparency of the...

Afghan village buries its dead after mosque bombing kills 66

Oct. 19, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of villagers attended the funerals held Saturday in eastern Afghanistan for the victims of a deadly bomb that killed 66 people during prayers at a local mosque. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said that the explosion also wounded 36...

The Latest: UN chief strongly condemns mosque attack

Oct. 18, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on mosque attack in eastern Afghanistan (all times local): 12:45 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the attack inside a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens more. U.N....

Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

Oct. 18, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country's 18-year war....

Afghan official says at least 20 people killed in mosque hit by mortar during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province

Oct. 18, 2019 7:16 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says at least 20 people killed in mosque hit by mortar during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province.

Pakistan silences army's critics with raids, terror charges

Oct. 17, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A dozen plainclothes Pakistani security forces attempted Thursday to raid the former home of a human rights activist who recently fled to the United States seeking asylum. Gulalai Ismail's elderly parents said they were ordered to come outside "just to talk," but refused. The security men...

UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Oct. 17, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday. The report also said that for...