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Rights group: Taliban kill, abduct dozens of ex-officers

Nov. 30, 2021 08:25 AM EST

KABUL (AP) — Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. The group pointed to continuing retaliation against the armed forces of the...

Afghan prime minister defends Taliban's rule amid crisis

Nov. 27, 2021 13:42 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban prime minister defended the group’s rule in a public address Saturday, saying it was not to blame for a worsening economic crisis and is working to repair the corruption of the ousted government. He also dismissed international pressure...

EXPLAINER: What happened to the Afghanistan evacuation?

Nov. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan didn’t end with the departure of the last U.S. troops on Aug. 30, but it did slow to a trickle. The U.S. airlifted 124,000 people from Kabul, the capital, over about six weeks as the American-backed Afghan...

Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy

Nov. 25, 2021 11:31 AM EST

ROME (AP) — National Geographic magazine’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West’s evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi...

Jobs lost, middle class Afghans slide into poverty, hunger

Nov. 22, 2021 01:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Not long ago, Ferishta Salihi and her family had enough for a decent life. Her husband was working and earned a good salary. She could send several of her daughters to private schools. But now, after her husband lost his job following the...

Afghans seeking humanitarian relief anxious over long delays

Nov. 19, 2021 19:24 PM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — More than 28,000 Afghans have applied for temporary admission into the U.S. for humanitarian reasons since shortly before the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan and sparked a chaotic U.S. withdrawal, but only about 100 of them have been approved, according to federal...

Kardashian West helps fly Afghan women soccer players to UK

Nov. 18, 2021 07:45 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Members of Afghanistan’s women’s youth development soccer team arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from Pakistan with the help of a New York rabbi, a U.K. soccer club and Kim Kardashian West. A plane chartered by the reality star and...

Taliban urges U.S. Congress to release Afghanistan's assets

Nov. 17, 2021 13:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Wednesday urged the U.S. Congress to ease sanctions and release Afghanistan's assets as the country faces economic turmoil. Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a statement posted online that the frozen assets are harming the...

Despite mistrust, Afghan Shiites seek Taliban protection

Nov. 16, 2021 01:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Outside a Shiite shrine in Kabul, four armed Taliban fighters stood guard on a recent Friday as worshippers filed in for weekly prayers. Alongside them was a guard from Afghanistan’s mainly Shiite Hazara minority, an automatic rifle slung over his shoulder. ...

Marine killed in Afghanistan attack honored at Lancer's game

Nov. 15, 2021 13:02 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Marine from Nebraska who was killed in Afghanistan in a suicide bombing earlier this year was honored during the Omaha Lancers’ Military Appreciation Night. The family of Marine Cpl. Daegan Page was on hand Friday night to drop the puck for the...