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Afghanistan hosts Pakistan, China for wide-ranging talks

Dec. 15, 2018 7:36 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met Saturday in Kabul to discuss trade, development and ways to end Afghanistan's 17-year war. The prickly relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan dominated the talks, with all three countries agreeing that a peaceful...

US envoy for Afghanistan holds talks in Moscow with Russians

Dec. 7, 2018 12:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has hosted a U.S. special envoy for talks on Afghanistan. The ministry said the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met Friday with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and a presidential envoy for...

Afghan official: Taliban kill 14 troops in western province

Dec. 7, 2018 4:35 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged a coordinated attack overnight on two Afghan army outposts in western Herat province, killing 14 Afghan soldiers and taking 21 captive, a provincial official said Friday, the latest in a series of daily attacks by insurgents on the country's beleaguered national...

Pakistani PM says Afghan peace is in his country's interest

Dec. 5, 2018 5:52 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister has told a U.S. special envoy that peace and reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan is in his country's abiding interest but stopped short of promising to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. Imran Khan and Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a...

US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks on Taliban

Dec. 4, 2018 10:33 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's bloody 17-year-old war met Tuesday with Pakistani officials, and a Taliban official said four members from the group's political office in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar were also in the Pakistani capital. But...

US general to Congress: War in Afghanistan is at stalemate

Dec. 4, 2018 2:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight in Afghanistan is at a stalemate, and the significant number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable, the Marine officer nominated to command U.S. forces in the Middle East told lawmakers on Tuesday. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie warned the Senate Armed Services...

Pakistan says Trump seeks help on Taliban talks

Dec. 3, 2018 10:48 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Donald Trump has reached out to Pakistan's prime minister, sending Imran Khan a letter seeking cooperation in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year war in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said Monday. Trump has repeatedly accused Pakistan of failing...

Rise in US deaths in Afghanistan clouds outlook for peace

Nov. 28, 2018 11:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump's commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban. Trump has acknowledged that his original instinct was to withdraw from Afghanistan, but last week he...

New assessment: 'Little clear progress' in Afghanistan war

Nov. 19, 2018 4:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Afghan governments have made "little clear progress" recently in compelling the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal, according to a new U.S. assessment Monday that said military and political signs point toward continued stalemate. "Progress toward peace remains elusive," Glenn...

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Nov. 18, 2018 11:06 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday. Without referring explicitly to the talks in Qatar,...