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Explosion outside Kabul University kills 8, wounds 33

Jul. 19, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding 33, according to police and health officials. Several of the wounded were in critical condition, they said. No group immediately claimed...

US service member killed in action in Afghanistan

Jul. 13, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American service member was killed in action in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday without offering details about the service member's identity or the circumstances surrounding the death. In a telephone interview, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the militant...

Envoy to Afghanistan says US not 'cutting and running'

Jul. 12, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday that America is not "cutting and running" from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. Zalmay Khalilzad...

All-Afghan conference brings country closer to peace

Jul. 9, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan's warring sides ended Tuesday with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country's future and ending nearly 18 years of war. Washington's Peace Envoy...

US envoy hails latest talks with Taliban as the best ever

Jul. 6, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that for the first time he can report "substantive" progress on all four issues key to a peace agreement in the country's 17-year war, calling the latest round of talks with the Taliban the "most productive" so far. Zalmay...

All-Afghan peace summit set for July, but on Taliban terms

Jul. 2, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A surprise announcement by President Donald Trump seemed to accelerate the expected time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of an all-Afghan peace summit planned for July 7-8 in Qatar. The gathering apparently will be held on Taliban terms as there will be no official...

Taliban bombing in Afghan capital kills 6, wounds scores

Jul. 1, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding more than a hundred, and sending a cloud of smoke billowing over the Afghan capital. At least 26 children were among the wounded, many of whom were cut by shards of glass when...

US, Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war

Jun. 29, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that...

Official: Blast during prayers in Afghan mosque wounds 11

Jun. 28, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb blast inside a mosque wounded at least 11 people Friday in northern Samangan province, a provincial official said. Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast took place during Friday prayers as dozens gathered in the mosque in Aybak, the provincial...

Afghan president visits Pakistan, talks peace, renews ties

Jun. 27, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's president Thursday praised Pakistan's efforts to advance the peace process in the region as he reached out to Islamabad for help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Kabul government, Pakistani officials said.  Ashraf Ghani's remarks came at the...