Latest Kabul News

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...

Afghans hold candlelight vigil for slain Japanese doctor

Dec. 5, 2019 8:57 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans, shocked at the killing of a beloved Japanese physician who was gunned down along with five Afghans in a roadside shooting the previous day, held a candlelight vigil in the capital Kabul on Thursday. Scores of activists, carrying banners emblazoned with Tetsu...

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

Official: Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan

Dec. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shooting ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a Japanese physician and aid worker widely respected and beloved in the war-scarred nation, triggering an outpouring of grief among the people whose lives he helped change for the better. The leaders of Japan and...

Survey: Afghans’ fear for personal safety has increased

Dec. 3, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are increasingly fearful for their personal safety, but slightly more believe their war-weary country is moving in the right direction, compared to previous years, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The Asia Foundation poll found that 74.5% of respondents say they...

Afghan official: 2 intelligence officials shot dead in Kabul

Dec. 2, 2019 2:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gunman has opened fire on a vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing two intelligence officials and wounding three others. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says that police were searching for the gunman who carried out the attack early...

Freed Taliban prisoner recounts SEAL rescue attempts

Dec. 1, 2019 1:12 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian teacher held captive with an American colleague by the Taliban for more than three years believes U.S. special forces tried and failed six times to free them. Timothy Weeks was released last month in a prisoner swap along with Kevin King, ending an ordeal that began with their...

The Latest: Trump back in US after his visit to Afghanistan

Nov. 29, 2019 12:18 PM EST

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first visit to Afghanistan (all times local): 4:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is back in the United States after his Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan. Air Force One landed in Florida, where the president is spending the...

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....

Afghanistan’s election recount draws protests in capital

Nov. 29, 2019 2:45 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A leading presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, has organized protests over a recount in Afghanistan’s elections that have been mired in accusations of fraud. Thousands of Abdullah’s supporters rallied on Friday in the capital, Kabul, against what they say is...