Latest Afghanistan government News

Suicide bomber kills 4 security forces near Afghan capital

Dec. 11, 2018 1:49 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has struck a security convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing four security forces. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said six other forces were wounded in Tuesday's attack. No one immediately claimed...

Taliban kill 8 Afghan soldiers in attack on checkpoint

Dec. 9, 2018 6:01 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked an army checkpoint in the western Farah province, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers. Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says the insurgents abducted another 10 soldiers in the attack late Saturday. Provincial...

Official: Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians in Afghanistan

Dec. 8, 2018 7:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A civilian vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday, killing three civilians in western Herat province, a provincial official said. Gelani Farhad, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the three — who were from the same family — were killed in the Guzra...

Afghan official: Taliban kill 14 troops in western province

Dec. 7, 2018 4:35 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged a coordinated attack overnight on two Afghan army outposts in western Herat province, killing 14 Afghan soldiers and taking 21 captive, a provincial official said Friday, the latest in a series of daily attacks by insurgents on the country's beleaguered national...

Despite Afghan deaths, slow peace efforts, NATO vows to stay

Dec. 5, 2018 11:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Fifteen years after NATO took the lead on international security efforts in Afghanistan, the military alliance's foreign ministers on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to stay the course despite mounting Afghan casualties and the slow pace of peace efforts. At talks in Brussels, the...

Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

Dec. 4, 2018 9:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women's soccer team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country's football federation. The report in the British newspaper on Friday cited...

US soldier dies from wounds in Afghanistan blast last week

Dec. 3, 2018 12:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that a fourth soldier has died from wounds suffered last week in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan. Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was 24 years old and from Export, Pennsylvania. Three other service...

US airstrike reportedly kills dozens of Afghan civilians

Nov. 28, 2018 3:38 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents staged a coordinated attack targeting a security firm in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 others, as the U.S. said an airstrike hours earlier in Helmand province that reportedly killed civilians was conducted by...

The Latest: Official says airstrike in Afghanistan was US

Nov. 28, 2018 1:45 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 11:10 p.m. A U.S. military spokesman in Kabul says the airstrike that reportedly struck a house in Helmand province on Tuesday night was conducted by American aircraft. Maj. Bariki Mallya said in an email exchange that...

Rise in US deaths in Afghanistan clouds outlook for peace

Nov. 28, 2018 11:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump's commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban. Trump has acknowledged that his original instinct was to withdraw from Afghanistan, but last week he...