Latest Afghanistan News

Deployment ceremony held for group of Guard members

Dec. 8, 2019 10:40 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of New Hampshire Army National Guard members is being deployed to Afghanistan. A ceremony was held Saturday in Concord for the seven members of the Operational Support Airlift Detachment 18. They were on their way to training in Texas and then to Afghanistan. The fixed -wing...

Navy-trained doctor, immigrant grateful for opportunities

Dec. 8, 2019 9:00 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The military practically gave Dr. Jennea Correia a free ride to medical school, and in return, the doctor served her country for 12 1/2 years, including a stint in Afghanistan. During her time on active duty and reserves, the Navy commander_who was born in Trinidad and Tobago...

Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

Dec. 8, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been...

US opens first round of resurrected peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce...

Afghanistan bids farewell to slain Japanese physician

Dec. 7, 2019 8:40 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani led a memorial Saturday in the capital Kabul to bid final farewell to a Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan that also killed five Afghans, who were traveling with him. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was...

Army pilot killed in Afghanistan to be buried Monday in Utah

Dec. 7, 2019 12:13 AM EST

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — A 25-year-old Army helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan will be buried Monday at Brigham City Cemetery in northern Utah. CW2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr. was one of two Army pilots killed in the Nov. 20 crash while providing security for ground troops in eastern Logar Province...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 6, 2019 2:54 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has been...

New Hampshire Guard unit getting ready to go to Afghanistan

Dec. 6, 2019 11:58 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire Army National Guard aviation unit is getting ready to head to Afghanistan. A deployment ceremony is scheduled Saturday for the guard's Operational Support Airlift, Detachment 18, in Concord. Based in Concord, the fixed-wing aviation unit is scheduled to deploy to...

Japanese doctor's family to bring body home from Afghanistan

Dec. 6, 2019 8:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The wife of a 73-year-old Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan wept softly as she stood by her husband's coffin in a Kabul hospital Friday. The wife, identified in Japanese media as Naoko Nakamura, arrived in the capital earlier...

Guardsman raises money to fly cat home from Afghanistan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:19 PM EST

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) — A National Guardsman who made friends with a stray cat in Afghanistan raised enough money to bring the feline home to Delaware. The News Journal in Wilmington reported Wednesday that Dan Brissey had hoped to raise $3,000 to cover the costs of bringing the cat to the U.S. He raised...