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UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Oct. 17, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday. The report also said that for...

Afghan officials say election results ready later this month

Oct. 14, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's delayed presidential election results should be ready later this month, after technical problems with the counting, its Independent Election Commission said on Monday. Afghans voted in presidential elections earlier last month despite Taliban threats and violence....

Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials

Oct. 13, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have shot and killed a government official in the capital Kabul. Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor's spokesman, says Sunday gunmen killed Raz Mohammad, Jaghatu district chief of eastern Maidan Wardak province. He said Mohammad was...

UN says US strikes cause civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Oct. 9, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. report released on Wednesday criticized American airstrikes earlier this year against alleged drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying they were unlawful and caused significant civilian casualties. The report, released simultaneously in Kabul and Geneva, said the U.N....

Taliban say Afghanistan has freed several of their prisoners

Oct. 7, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say several of their group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, just days after a U.S. envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital following the suspension of U.S.-Taliban talks last month. The Taliban also said they...

Taliban send high-level delegation to Islamabad

Oct. 2, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen...

Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills at least 11 policemen

Oct. 1, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack on a district headquarters in a remote area of northern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, killing at least 11 policemen and triggering an hourslong gunbattle, officials said. Taliban attacks have continued unabated even as Afghanistan held...

Afghan protesters claim US strikes kill 5 civilians in east

Sep. 29, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An airstrike by U.S.-led forces overnight in eastern Afghanistan killed at least five civilians, local villagers said Sunday. The villagers carried the bodies of the dead to the province's capital of Ghazni, chanting, "Death to Ashraf Ghani, death to America." The day before,...

With vote over, Afghanistan faces possible political chaos

Sep. 29, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday's vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and widespread allegations of mismanagement and abuse. It was the fourth time Afghans have gone to the polls to...

Fraud, misconduct threaten Afghan presidential election

Sep. 28, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Accusations of fraud and misconduct, more than scores of Taliban attacks, threatened to overwhelm the results of Saturday's vote for the next president of Afghanistan, denying the winner legitimacy and frustrating efforts to restart peace talks to end 18 years of war. When polls...