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NATO leaders bid symbolic adieu to Afghanistan at summit

Jun. 13, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts will bid a symbolic farewell to Afghanistan on Monday in their last summit before America winds up its longest “forever war” and the U.S. military pulls out for good. The meeting is bound to renew...

US begins shifting Afghan combat operations outside country

Jun. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has already begun conducting combat operations and surveillance in Afghanistan from outside the country's borders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday, as the troop withdrawal continues. But Austin declined to...

Security forces fire on Afghan protesters in NE, killing 3

Jun. 08, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces opened fire Tuesday on dozens of demonstrators in northeastern Afghanistan demanding clean tap water and electricity, killing three and injuring 42 others, protesters and provincial authorities said. Some 200 people rallied in...

German military to ship surplus beer back from Afghanistan

Jun. 07, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German military says it has found a solution for an unusual logistics problem its troops in Afghanistan face: a glut of beer. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Christina Routsi said Monday that a recent decision by the German commander in Afghanistan to ban...

Lauded Australian veteran: Jealousy fueled Afghan defamation

Jun. 07, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most decorated living war veteran on Monday began a defamation trial against three Australian newspapers that he alleges depicted him as a criminal who broke the moral and legal rules of military engagement in Afghanistan. Victoria Cross...

Afghan army: 20 die in hit on Taliban, including civilians

Jun. 04, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan airstrike on Friday that targeted Taliban fighters inside an abandoned army base in southern Helmand province killed at least 20 people, including some civilians, reports said. There were conflicting accounts about the site of the...

NATO chief says Afghan exit going well as 10 die in attacks

Jun. 01, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the military organization’s pullout from Afghanistan is going well, as at least six people were killed Tuesday in a series of attacks that plunged the country's capital, Kabul, into darkness. NATO has...

Bombs in Afghan capital Kabul kill at least 10, wound 12

Jun. 01, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three bombs rattled the Afghan capital Kabul late Tuesday killing at least 10 people and plunging the city into darkness, an Afghan government spokesman said. Two bombs exploded in quick succession in separate locations of a west Kabul...

NATO ministers meet to prepare summit, Afghan withdrawal

Jun. 01, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's foreign and defense ministers were meeting Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the military alliance's first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, setting aside four tumultuous years with the Trump administration. The ministers will discuss a hefty...

AP Interview: NATO chief says Afghan forces can cope alone

May. 27, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

ABOARD HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (AP) — NATO has helped provide security in Afghanistan for almost two decades but the government and armed forces in the conflict-torn country are strong enough to stand on their own feet without international troops to back them, the head of the military...