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Security forces mistakenly kill 6 civilians in Afghanistan

May. 25, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday. Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesman, said 10 insurgents were...

Heavy flooding in Afghanistan kills 24 people in 2 days

May. 25, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Heavy flooding in Afghanistan killed at least 24 people and injured 11 others in the past 48 hours as a new wave of heavy rains swept parts of the country, Afghan officials said Saturday. The flooding affected six of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, including the capital, Kabul,...

Officials: US strikes kill 17 policemen in south Afghanistan

May. 17, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. airstrikes killed 17 policemen by mistake during a battle with insurgents in the country's southern Helmand province, Afghan and U.S. military officials said on Friday. Attaullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said the airstrikes took place around 9 p.m. local time...

Blasts rock Afghanistan's Jalalabad, killing 3, wounding 20

May. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three explosions ripped through an Afghan provincial capital, Jalalabad, killing three people and wounding another 20 on Monday. All of the casualties were believed to be civilians, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for eastern Nangarhar's governor. No one claimed...

Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to border wall construction

May. 10, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles (130 kilometers) of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday. Congress was notified of the move...

Taliban attack aid group office in Afghan capital, kills 5

May. 8, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters attacked the offices of a U.S.-based aid organization in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion and battling security forces in an assault that lasted more than six hours and killed at least five people, the Interior Ministry said. Dozens of...

Army training brigade prepares for new worldwide deployments

May. 8, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just months after the Army's new training brigade returned from Afghanistan, its teams are preparing for a different type of deployment that will scatter them around the world. Rather than putting all 800 soldiers in one war-torn nation, the Army is expected to begin dispatching the...

Taliban kill 12 Afghan policemen, troops in separate attacks

May. 7, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban targeted the police on Tuesday in Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province, killing four police officers, including a district police chief, provincial officials said. The attack came just hours after the insurgents struck security checkpoints in northeastern Takhar...

Afghan official: Taliban storm checkpoint, killing 20 troops

May. 6, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed an army checkpoint in Afghanistan's western Farah province, killing 20 soldiers and abducting two, the latest in relentless attacks that the insurgents carry out even as they negotiate with the U.S. about ending the war, Afghan officials said Monday. The attack...

Taliban kill 13 Afghan police in attack on compound

May. 5, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 13 police and setting off a six-hour gunbattle, officials said. The Interior Ministry said the attack in Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, began at noon with a suicide car bomber...