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Afghan Taliban prisoners freed from Bagram Prison walk in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The Afghan government freed hundreds of prisoners, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)

Afghan government releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners

May. 26, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. The government announced it would...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad said May 7 that he called for the release of Mark R. Frerichs, ab American citizen captured by Taliban-linked militants in discussions with Taliban leadership as continued violence threatens to scuttle a peace deal to end America’s longest-running war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

May. 23, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the Presidential Palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The Presidential Palace via AP)

US envoy working to resuscitate flagging Afghan peace deal

May. 21, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first visit to Kabul by Washington’s peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement comes amid increased violence blamed mostly on an Islamic State affiliate that has been targeted in stepped-up U.S. bombing. Zalmay...

A wounded youth receives treatment at a hospital after gunmen stormed a mosque late on Tuesday, killing some worshipers and wounding several others, in Parwan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. In a second attack, also late Tuesday, a family returning from a mosque was attacked in Khost province and three brothers were killed. No one claimed responsibility for either attack but the Taliban immediately denied they were involved. (AP Photo)

Afghan officials: Attacks kill 14 civilians, 9 militiamen

May. 20, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen killed 14 people in two separate attacks in Afghanistan while the Taliban targeted pro-government checkpoints in the northeast, killing nine militiamen, officials said Wednesday, the latest in relentless violence that continues to plague the war-torn nation. The attacks...

UN: Civilian casualties by Taliban, Afghan forces rising

May. 19, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian casualties at the hands of both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are on the increase. The U.N. mission also expressed concern about stepped-up attacks and...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, second Vice President Sarwar Danish, right, and first Vice President Amrullah Saleh, left, at an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing agreement eight months after both declared themselves the winner of last September's presidential election, a spokesman for Ghani said Sunday, May 17, 2020. Sediq Sediqqi tweeted Sunday that a political deal between Ghani and Abdullah had been signed in which Ghani would remain president of the war-torn nation and Abdullah would lead the country's National Reconciliation High Council. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement

May. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing agreement, two months after both declared themselves the winner of last September's presidential election, Ghani’s spokesman said Sunday. The political deal would see Ghani remain...

Newborn babies lie in their beds at the Ataturk Children's Hospital a day after they were rescued from a deadly attack on another maternity hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Militants stormed the Barchi National Maternity Hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing tens of people, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses, Afghan officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US blames brutal attack on Afghan maternity hospital on IS

May. 15, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. official said Friday he is convinced the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan carried out this week’s horrific attack on a maternity hospital in a majority Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Kabul, killing 24 people, including newborn babies and mothers. Peace envoy...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. An Afghan official said Thursday, May 14, 2020, that a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan targeted a military compound but was detonated before it reached the compound killing several civilians and wounding tens of others. The Taliban took responsibility for the bombing calling it retaliation for statements Tuesday by President Ashraf Ghani blaming Taliban for a brutal attack on a maternity hospital that killed tens of people, an attack that the Taliban were quick to condemn. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

Official says suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan kills 5

May. 14, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province on Thursday that looked to target a military compound but exploded before its destination killed five civilians and wounded at least 29 others, including civilians and military personnel, Afghan officials said. The...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad said May 7 that he called for the release of Mark R. Frerichs, ab American citizen captured by Taliban-linked militants in discussions with Taliban leadership as continued violence threatens to scuttle a peace deal to end America’s longest-running war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan officials: Taliban attack on army checkpoint kills 6

May. 11, 2020 4:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban attacked an Afghan army checkpoint in eastern Laghman province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, the government said Monday. The insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, which took place on Sunday night, just days after U.S. special envoy in new talks...

Mark Frerichs, a contractor from Illinois, poses in Iraq in this undated photo obtained from Twitter that he would include with his resume when job hunting. Frerichs was abducted in Afghanistan in January 2020. Early efforts to locate him have been shrouded in mystery and his disappearance has been the subject of minimal public discussion by the U.S. government. The Associated Press has learned that in the days following Frerichs’ capture, Navy commandos raided a village and detained suspected members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network while the U.S. intelligence community tried to track the cellphones of Frerich and his captors. (Twitter via AP)

Taliban say they don't have missing US contractor

May. 10, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban leaders searched their ranks, including in the much-feared Haqqani network, and on Sunday told The Associated Press they are not holding Mark R. Frerichs, a Navy veteran turned contractor who disappeared in Afghanistan in late January. “We don't have any information about...