Latest Afghanistan News

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Nov. 18, 2018 2:10 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office. A Taliban official and another individual close to the group confirmed the talks, which are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace...

Roadside bomb kills 2 local officials in Afghanistan

Nov. 18, 2018 12:28 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say a roadside bomb has killed two local officials in the eastern Logar province. Shah Poor Ahmadzai, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says that the acting district chief and intelligence director in the Baraki Barak district were killed in the blast...

Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan had 'loved Afghan people'

Nov. 17, 2018 5:49 PM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah mayor killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan had "loved the Afghan people" and was a man of conviction, confidence and compassion, family and military leaders said at a public funeral Saturday. Brent Taylor, 39, was a deeply patriotic man who was committed to...

Afghan official: Taliban target police checkpoint, killing 5

Nov. 17, 2018 7:51 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that at least five police officers have been killed when their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in the northwestern Badghis province. Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council, says three other police were wounded and another detained by the...

Judge allows class-action lawsuit by mentally ill veterans

Nov. 16, 2018 12:30 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to sue the military, under a ruling by a federal judge in Connecticut. Senior U.S. District...

200 soldiers returning to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan

Nov. 16, 2018 3:48 AM EST

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — About 200 soldiers are returning this weekend to Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee line. The Army post said the soldiers are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They have been serving in Afghanistan for nine months. The...

Missing Pakistani police officer's body found in Afghanistan

Nov. 15, 2018 7:29 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The body of a Pakistani police officer who went missing in Islamabad last month was found in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and the Afghan ambassador said. Tahir Khan Dawar disappeared on Oct. 27 and was presumed abducted by militants. The case baffled...

Afghan officials: Taliban kill 30 policemen in west province

Nov. 15, 2018 4:24 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A blistering overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in western Farah province killed 30 policemen, Afghan officials said Thursday. It was the latest in a series of brutal and near-daily Taliban assaults on the military and police forces, government and other...

Remains of mayor killed in Afghanistan returned to Utah

Nov. 14, 2018 7:57 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of soldiers saluted the flag-covered casket of a Utah mayor who was killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan and whose remains were returned to his home state Wednesday. A couple hundred motorcycle riders carrying American flags waited in salute outside the...

Taliban kill 12 Afghan security forces in separate attacks

Nov. 14, 2018 3:09 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say the Taliban have killed 12 members of the Afghan security forces, including nine soldiers who died in a battle in the Maidan Wardak province just outside the capital, Kabul. Hekmat Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the nine were killed in...