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Pakistani security forces kill 7 militants trying to sneak into the country from Afghanistan

Apr. 17, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces killed seven militants in a remote northwestern border area on Wednesday when they tried to sneak into the country from Afghanistan, the military said. The military's statement said the insurgents had been detected near Ghulam...

The Taliban suspend two TV stations in Afghanistan for neglecting Islamic and national values

Apr. 17, 2024 05:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have suspended the activities of two TV stations in Afghanistan, alleging they failed to “consider national and Islamic values.” An official from the Information Ministry's Media Violations Commission, Hafizullah Barakzai, said a court will...

Review says Abbey Gate bombing wasn't preventable, refutes claims troops sighted the would-be bomber

Apr. 15, 2024 13:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed U.S. troops and Afghans in August 2021 was not preventable, and the “bald man in black” spotted by U.S. service members the morning of the attack was not the bomber, according to a new review by U.S. Central Command. ...

Heavy rains set off flash floods, killing 33 people in Afghanistan

Apr. 14, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy flooding from seasonal rains in Afghanistan has killed at least 33 people and injured 27 others in three days, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdullah Janan Saiq, the Taliban’s spokesman for the State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management, said Sunday...

AP PHOTOS: 10 years after her killing, Anja Niedringhaus' images speak for her

Apr. 03, 2024 15:35 PM EDT

If she had lived, there would have been so many more photos. Anja could have gone to Kabul for the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, and to war-shattered Ukraine after the Russian invasion. She would have been at the Olympics, and at center court at Wimbledon. She would have been at all the...

Pakistani trade delegation visits Kabul in sign of easing tensions over cross-border attacks

Mar. 25, 2024 07:51 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A delegation from Pakistan's Ministry of Commerce arrived in Kabul on Monday to meet its Afghan counterparts to discuss how to improve trade relations, after tensions have risen over cross-border militant attacks. Last week, Pakistan’s military carried out rare...

Senators warn more visas are urgently needed for Afghans who aided the US in the war

Mar. 14, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both major political parties are urging congressional leaders to ensure that more visas are made available to Afghans who worked alongside U.S. troops in America’s longest war before a crucial pathway to safety in the United States abruptly closes. ...

Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a UN meeting, says UN secretary-general

Feb. 19, 2024 12:16 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a U.N.-sponsored meeting about Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Taliban demands included the exclusion of Afghan civil society members from the talks in Doha, Qatar, and...

2 Afghans who were detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released, the Taliban say

Feb. 11, 2024 11:12 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two Afghan prisoners who were held in U.S. custody for at least 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were released from house arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were released as a result of the...

Opposition to the Senate border bill jeopardizes help for Afghans who aided U.S. troops

Feb. 05, 2024 14:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive $118 billion Senate border bill not only contains once-in-a-decade border security legislation and wartime aid to Israel and Ukraine, but also offers a chance for the U.S. to keep its promise to Afghans who worked alongside U.S. soldiers in America’s longest war. ...