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Trump seeks Pakistan's help to end long Afghanistan war

Jul. 22, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Monday he could end the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan in a matter of days but that it would kill millions of people and wipe the country "off the face of the earth." The president made the statement at the White House as he praised Pakistan Prime...

Afghan officials: Airstrike kills 6 in eastern province

Jul. 22, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A joint airstrike by NATO and Afghan forces killed at least six civilians in eastern Logar province, officials said Monday. Two children were among those killed in Sunday night's attack, and a woman and three children were wounded, said Mohammad Naser Ghairat, a provincial...

Pakistani hospital hit by female suicide bomber, 9 killed

Jul. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30. Salim Riaz...

Pakistan's northwest tribal areas hold 1st local polls

Jul. 20, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAMRUD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas held their first-ever provincial elections Saturday, in a region on the Afghan border that was once a stronghold for the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups. The seven tribal areas were integrated last year into the northwestern Khyber...

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...

Taliban to talk to Swedish NGO after Afghan clinic closures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said they would hold talks Thursday with representatives of a Swedish non-profit group after threats by the insurgents forced the organization to close 42 clinics it runs in eastern Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters in southern Kandahar province attacked police...

Taliban close Afghan health facilities run by Swedish group

Jul. 17, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban forced a Swedish non-profit group to close 42 health facilities it runs in eastern Afghanistan, the organization said Wednesday, the latest attempt by the insurgents to show strength amid negotiations to end the country's nearly 18-year war. In Sweden, the group's...

Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

Jul. 16, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local radio station in eastern Afghanistan was forced to shut down after repeated threats from the area's Taliban commander, the head of the station said on Tuesday. Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, said he...

Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 11 in Kandahar province

Jul. 15, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people riding in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion in Khakrez...

Decorated soldier dies in combat operations in Afghanistan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday. James G. "Ryan" Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army...