Latest Kabul News

Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials

Oct. 13, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have shot and killed a government official in the capital Kabul. Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor's spokesman, says Sunday gunmen killed Raz Mohammad, Jaghatu district chief of eastern Maidan Wardak province. He said Mohammad was...

UN says US strikes cause civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Oct. 9, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. report released on Wednesday criticized American airstrikes earlier this year against alleged drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying they were unlawful and caused significant civilian casualties. The report, released simultaneously in Kabul and Geneva, said the U.N....

Taliban say Afghanistan has freed several of their prisoners

Oct. 7, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say several of their group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, just days after a U.S. envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital following the suspension of U.S.-Taliban talks last month. The Taliban also said they...

Taliban send high-level delegation to Islamabad

Oct. 2, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen...

Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills at least 11 policemen

Oct. 1, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack on a district headquarters in a remote area of northern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, killing at least 11 policemen and triggering an hourslong gunbattle, officials said. Taliban attacks have continued unabated even as Afghanistan held...

Afghan protesters claim US strikes kill 5 civilians in east

Sep. 29, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An airstrike by U.S.-led forces overnight in eastern Afghanistan killed at least five civilians, local villagers said Sunday. The villagers carried the bodies of the dead to the province's capital of Ghazni, chanting, "Death to Ashraf Ghani, death to America." The day before,...

With vote over, Afghanistan faces possible political chaos

Sep. 29, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday's vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and widespread allegations of mismanagement and abuse. It was the fourth time Afghans have gone to the polls to...

Fraud, misconduct threaten Afghan presidential election

Sep. 28, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Accusations of fraud and misconduct, more than scores of Taliban attacks, threatened to overwhelm the results of Saturday's vote for the next president of Afghanistan, denying the winner legitimacy and frustrating efforts to restart peace talks to end 18 years of war. When polls...

The Latest: Afghan officials extend voting hours

Sep. 28, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan's national elections (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Afghanistan's chief election official says polls will stay open for an extra hour until 5:00 p.m. local time. Hawa Alim Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, said Saturday that officials...

Top 5 Afghan presidential candidates in Saturday's election

Sep. 28, 2019 2:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The prospect of a peace deal with Taliban insurgents created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the months leading up to Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan. Even the 18 candidates for the country's top job didn't know whether an election would be held at all. President...