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Security forces mistakenly kill 6 civilians in Afghanistan

May. 25, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday. Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesman, said 10 insurgents were...

Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills 2

May. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said. According to Kabul police chief's spokesman, Basir Mujahid, the bomb was concealed in the microphone used to...

"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh is released from prison

May. 23, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by...

The Latest: Trump says Lindh will be watched closely

May. 23, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on John Walker Lindh's release from prison (all times local): 5:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will closely monitor John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban, after his release earlier Thursday from federal prison. Trump says Lindh...

Trump says US will 'closely' monitor American Taliban member, adds 'nothing' could have been done to stop prison release

May. 23, 2019 4:19 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says US will 'closely' monitor American Taliban member, adds 'nothing' could have been done to stop prison release.

AP Was There: The roots of the 'American Taliban'

May. 23, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This story was first published on Dec. 21, 2001, when AP journalist Justin Pritchard reported on the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh's journey to the Taliban front lines. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison. __ John...

Bureau of Prisons confirms release of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh, captured on Afghanistan battlefield in 2001

May. 23, 2019 9:32 AM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Bureau of Prisons confirms release of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh, captured on Afghanistan battlefield in 2001.

'American Taliban' fighter to be released after 17 years

May. 22, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for...

Afghanistan envoy briefs skeptical lawmakers on peace talks

May. 22, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy to Afghanistan was met with skepticism Wednesday on Capitol Hill as he briefed lawmakers on peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war. Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the...

AP Was There: American Taliban Fighter in US custody

May. 22, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — This story was first published on Dec. 2, 2001, when AP journalist Burt Herman reported on the discovery of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison. ___ An American who...