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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right speaks as from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats differ on US-Mideast wars, with no clear exit plan

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is united in lambasting President Donald Trump’s handling of America’s military presence in the Middle East, but the candidates are sharply divided on how to do it better. Their solutions range from pulling out to cutting back. Aside from...

2 Soldiers killed in Afghanistan from Virginia, Illinois

Jan. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Military officials identified the two soldiers killed as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of...

Military says 2 US troops killed, 2 injured when vehicle hit by roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan

Jan. 11, 2020 9:26 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Military says 2 US troops killed, 2 injured when vehicle hit by roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

Official: Military helicopter crash kills 2 in Afghanistan

Jan. 8, 2020 4:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan military helicopter crashed on Wednesday in the country's western Farah province, killing the two pilots on board, a defense ministry official said. The Mi-35 chopper crashed around 11 a.m. in the district of Pur Chaman, said Rohullah Ahmadzai, the ministry's spokesman....

FILE - In this June 25, 2019 photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks from a helicopter with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass. Bass is leaving Afghanistan, ending his two-year tenure as America's ambassador to the war-weary country that began in December 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

US ambassador leaves Kabul, ends 2-year Afghan tenure

Jan. 6, 2020 7:22 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Ambassador John Bass left Kabul on Monday as his two-year tenure as America's top diplomat in war-torn Afghanistan ended. His departure comes as U.S. tensions with neighboring Iran have soared following a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top general. Until Bass'...

Security personnel arrive near the site of an attack near the Bagram Air Base In Parwan province of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. A powerful suicide bombing Wednesday targeted an under-construction medical facility near the Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Officials: Taliban target Afghan security forces, killing 26

Jan. 1, 2020 5:57 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban unleashed a new wave of attacks in northern Afghanistan, targeting members of the country's security forces and killing at least 26, local officials said Wednesday. The insurgents quickly claimed responsibility for all the attack. The Taliban today hold sway over...

Taliban attack Afghan forces in country's north, killing 14

Dec. 30, 2019 7:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban targeted a pro-government militia compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn on Monday, killing 14 members of the Afghan security forces, a local official said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack came even as Taliban officials told...

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2019, file photo, an Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.. Goble, a U.S. Special Forces soldier who died in Afghanistan this week, was seizing a Taliban weapons cache when he was killed, the U.S. military said Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

Dec. 29, 2019 6:34 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban's ruling council agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, providing a window in which a peace agreement with the United States can be signed, officials from the insurgent group said. They didn't say when it would begin. A cease-fire had been demanded by...

Taliban target Afghan army in country's south, kill 10

Dec. 28, 2019 3:27 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged a complex attack that killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers in the southern Helmand province, an Afghan official said Saturday. A powerful explosion first hit an army checkpoint late Friday, followed by an hourslong gunbattle, said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the...

Taliban target Afghan army in country's north, kill 6 troops

Dec. 26, 2019 4:12 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful suicide car bombing targeted an Afghan army compound in the country's north on Thursday morning, killing six Afghan soldiers, the defense ministry said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Shortly after the bomber detonated his car laden with...