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Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan

Oct. 16, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more. In a statement posted late Friday on social media, IS said two of the group's...

Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

Oct. 15, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest day since the U.S. military withdrawal. ...

The Latest: Taliban order Afghan squatters in Kandahar out

Sep. 15, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Impoverished Afghans living in a long-abandoned military compound in the southern city of Kandahar say they’re devastated by the Taliban order to expel them from their homes. Several hundred staged a rally against the order on Monday, saying...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 03, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Helicopter videos...

AP PHOTOS: Two decades of war and daily life in Afghanistan

Aug. 20, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

The United States invaded Afghanistan along with allied forces in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks and has been there ever since, before the impending withdrawal this year of the last American troops. AP photographers have also been there every step of the way,...

Mullah's rise charts Taliban's long road back to power

Aug. 18, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

The Taliban's top political leader, who made a triumphal return to Afghanistan this week, battled the U.S. and its allies for decades but then signed a landmark peace agreement with the Trump administration. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is now expected to play a key role in...

In Taliban's 7-day march to power, a stunning string of wins

Aug. 18, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

In just seven days, any lingering dreams of a free Afghanistan died. As last week dawned, many clung to hope that the Taliban could be held back, though key trade routes had been seized, border crossings overtaken and swaths of remote areas clutched. But then, in just a...

Longest war: Were America's decades in Afghanistan worth it?

Aug. 14, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

Here's what 19-year-old Lance Cpl. William Bee felt flying into southern Afghanistan on Christmas Day 2001: purely lucky. The U.S. was hitting back at the al-Qaida plotters who had brought down the World Trade Center, and Bee found himself among the first Marines on the ground. ...

Taliban sweep across Afghanistan's south, take 4 more cities

Aug. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban completed their sweep of Afghanistan's south on Friday, taking four more provincial capitals in a lightning offensive that brought them closer to Kabul just weeks before the U.S. is set to officially end its two-decade war. In the...

Taliban take Kandahar, Herat in major Afghanistan offensive

Aug. 13, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured two major Afghan cities, the country's second- and third-largest after Kabul, and a strategic provincial capital on Thursday, further squeezing the embattled government just weeks before the end of the American military mission in Afghanistan....