Latest Afghanistan News

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah, or Islamic, law. The order in Helmand province was issued by the provincial Taliban...

Gen. Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

Sep. 27, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, firestorms have ignited around him — unusual for an officer who by law is...

Taliban, ex-Afghan government dispute ends with no UN speech

Sep. 27, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The dispute between Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and its former government over who should speak at the United Nations' annual meeting of world leaders finally has an answer: no one. The Taliban had challenged the credentials of the...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 27, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. Sept. 24, 2021. Editorial: Disingenuous Ohio Republicans disregard will of people to maintain dominance Ohio voters, we have egg all over our faces. How silly of us to think that the state’s top elected...

ICC prosecutor seeks to resume Afghanistan war crimes probe

Sep. 27, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sought urgent clearance Monday from the court's judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, saying that under the country's new Taliban rulers “there is no...

Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

Sep. 26, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where "peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of...

Marine, wife in Virginia aid Afghan linguist seeking asylum

Sep. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marine Lt. Col. Breck Perry came to know “E.Z.” while stationed in Jalalabad, in the eastern part of Afghanistan. “E.Z. was our platoon linguist,” said Perry, who is now stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico. “I developed a...

UN and Afghanistan's Taliban, figuring out how to interact

Sep. 26, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

It's been little more than a month since Kalashnikov-toting Taliban fighters in their signature heavy beards, hightop sneakers and shalwar kameezes descended on the Afghan capital and cemented their takeover. Now they’re vying for a seat in the club of nations and seeking what no country...

Turkey could buy more Russian missiles despite US warnings

Sep. 26, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States. In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would have to...

Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban

Sep. 25, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia, China, Pakistan and the United States are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises, especially to form a genuinely representative government and prevent extremism from spreading, Russia’s foreign minister said...