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EXCERPT: On 9/11, reporting from Taliban-controlled Kabul

Sep. 10, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

The following account from Kathy Gannon, now news director for Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Associated Press, is excerpted from the book “September 11: The 9/11 Story, Aftermath and Legacy,” an in-depth look at AP’s coverage of 9/11 and the events that followed. On that day, Gannon,...

Over 24 hours in Kabul, brutality, trauma, moments of grace

Sep. 04, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

Bone-tired like everyone else in Kabul, Taliban fighters spent the last moments of the 20-year Afghanistan war watching the night skies for the flares that would signal the United States was gone. From afar, U.S. generals watched video screens with the same anticipation. ...

Rescue groups: US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan

Sep. 04, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Veteran-led rescue groups say the Biden administration's estimate that no more than 200 U.S. citizens were left behind in Afghanistan is too low and also overlooks hundreds of other people they consider to be equally American: permanent legal residents with green cards. ...

New Taliban rulers face tough economic, security challenges

Aug. 31, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers face tough economic and security challenges as they step back into power in a country that is vastly different from the one they left 20 years ago. When they last ruled in the late 1990s, Afghanistan was a poor...

US flies more evacuees out as withdrawal deadline nears

Aug. 30, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's 20-year war in Afghanistan entered its final hours Monday with the last Americans seeking to be evacuated and the U.S. military preparing to end its airlift and depart the Taliban-controlled capital. “Obviously we are reaching the end of...

Taliban success in Afghanistan seen as boost for extremists

Aug. 27, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A few days after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, a convoy of militants drove through the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria in cars bearing the group’s white-and-black flags, honking horns and firing their guns in the air. The celebrations by an...

Taliban killings fuel fear, drive more chaos outside airport

Aug. 20, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Reports of targeted killings in areas overrun by the Taliban mounted Friday, fueling fears that they will return Afghanistan to the repressive rule they imposed when they were last in power, even as they urged imams to push a message of unity at weekly prayers. ...

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,...

Taliban suppress more dissent as economic challenges loom

Aug. 19, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban violently dispersed scattered protests for a second day Thursday amid warnings that Afghanistan's already weakened economy could crumble further without the massive international aid that sustained the toppled Western-backed government. ...

Afghans plead for faster US evacuation from Taliban rule

Aug. 18, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Educated young women, former U.S. military translators and other Afghans most at-risk from the Taliban appealed to the Biden administration to get them on evacuation flights as the United States struggled on Wednesday to bring order to the continuing chaos at the Kabul...