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FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban put the son of the movement's feared founder in charge of its military wing and added powerful figures to its negotiating team ahead of expected talks aimed at ending Afghanistan’s decades of war, Taliban officials say. On Monday, July 13, 20202, four-and-a-half months since the signing, Khalilzad tweeted that “a key milestone in the implementation of the U.S.-Taliban agreement” had been reached as American troop numbers dropped to 8,600 from about 12,000 and five bases were closed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

UN says thousands of anti-Pakistan militants in Afghanistan

Jul. 26, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.N. report says more than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents are hiding in Afghanistan, most belonging to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban group responsible for attacking Pakistani military and civilian targets. The report released this week said the group, known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP),...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.  The Taliban say they are ready for talks with Afghanistan's political leadership after the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha at the end of July 2020, offering to hand over the last of the government prisoners in a week's time, providing the government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners.  The offer made by Shaheen in a tweet late Thursday, July 23, 2020 follows one of the most significant shakeups in the Taliban in years.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say ready for talks with Kabul after Eid holiday

Jul. 24, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are ready for talks with Afghanistan's political leadership after the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha at the end of July, offering to hand over the last of the government prisoners in a week's time, providing the government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners. The...

Witnesses: Afghan government airstrike kills at least 14

Jul. 23, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A government airstrike killed at least 14 people in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, many of them women and children, witnesses said Thursday. Hundreds of people had gathered in Herat’s Adraskan district to welcome home a former Taliban fighter freed from jail...

Qamar Gul, 16, right, and her brother Habibullah, 12, pose for photograph in the governor's office in Feroz Koh, the provincial capital of Ghor province, in western Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The Afghan teenager and her younger brother are being hailed as heroes on social media after reportedly fighting off Taliban militants who killed their parents last week in central Afghanistan. Following the attack and the attention the incident triggered, the children are being brought to the capital, Kabul, to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, possibly later on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Social media heroes: Afghan teen, her brother fought Taliban

Jul. 22, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan teenager and her younger brother are being hailed as heroes on social media after reportedly fighting off Taliban militants who killed their parents during a firefight last week in central Afghanistan. Following the attack and the social media attention the incident...

Suicide truck bomber kills 8 Afghan soldiers

Jul. 20, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide truck bomber struck an army convoy in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers, the Defense Ministry said. Another nine troops were wounded in the attack in Maidan Wardak province. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but...

Afghan official: Pakistani mortars kill 4 Afghan civilians

Jul. 15, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Several mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops landed in a border village in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four civilians and wounding nine others, an Afghan provincial spokesman said. In Pakistan, police accused Afghan forces of initiating an exchange of fire a day...

Suicide attack, roadside bomb kill 6 police in Afghanistan

Jul. 8, 2020 4:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide truck bomber targeted a police district headquarters in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, killing three officers, a local official said. Three other police officers, including a district police chief, were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Jul. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's envoy to Afghanistan on Saturday emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region. Zalmay Khalilzad was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 30 The Wall Street Journal on allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan: It is going to be something to behold, on Jan. 21, 2021, when President Biden takes revenge on Russia for paying the Taliban...

A boy who was injured boy in a deadly attack on a market sits on the ground at a hospital in Helmand province, Monday, June 29, 2020. A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday killed over 20 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor's office said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

Attack on crowded market in Afghanistan kills 23

Jun. 29, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday killed 23 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor’s office said. Both the Taliban and the Afghan military blamed each other for the attack...