Latest Afghan armed forces News

Security forces fire on Afghan protesters in NE, killing 3

Jun. 08, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces opened fire Tuesday on dozens of demonstrators in northeastern Afghanistan demanding clean tap water and electricity, killing three and injuring 42 others, protesters and provincial authorities said. Some 200 people rallied in...

German military to ship surplus beer back from Afghanistan

Jun. 07, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German military says it has found a solution for an unusual logistics problem its troops in Afghanistan face: a glut of beer. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Christina Routsi said Monday that a recent decision by the German commander in Afghanistan to ban...

Lauded Australian veteran: Jealousy fueled Afghan defamation

Jun. 07, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most decorated living war veteran on Monday began a defamation trial against three Australian newspapers that he alleges depicted him as a criminal who broke the moral and legal rules of military engagement in Afghanistan. Victoria Cross...

Afghan army: 20 die in hit on Taliban, including civilians

Jun. 04, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan airstrike on Friday that targeted Taliban fighters inside an abandoned army base in southern Helmand province killed at least 20 people, including some civilians, reports said. There were conflicting accounts about the site of the...

NATO chief says Afghan exit going well as 10 die in attacks

Jun. 01, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the military organization’s pullout from Afghanistan is going well, as at least six people were killed Tuesday in a series of attacks that plunged the country's capital, Kabul, into darkness. NATO has...

AP Interview: NATO chief says Afghan forces can cope alone

May. 27, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

ABOARD HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (AP) — NATO has helped provide security in Afghanistan for almost two decades but the government and armed forces in the conflict-torn country are strong enough to stand on their own feet without international troops to back them, the head of the military...

Afghan forces struggle, demoralized, rife with corruption

May. 27, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Abdullah Mohammadi lost his two legs and an arm below the elbow in a ferocious battle with the Taliban. As a young Afghan soldier, he had been eager to fight for his country, but now he’s furious at a government he says ignores him and hasn't paid his veteran's...

Pakistan: Soldier killed in firefight with Afghan militants

May. 23, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militants in Afghanistan fired across the border at a military post in northwestern Pakistan, killing a soldier in a firefight with Pakistani troops, the military said. The cross-border attack took place in the district of North Waziristan in Khyber...

EXPLAINER: Much about US pullout from Afghanistan is unclear

May. 22, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he pulled the plug on the American war in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said the reasons for staying, 10 years after the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, had become "increasingly unclear.” Now that a final departure is in sight, questions about clarity...

NATO to continue Afghan troop training after leaving country

May. 21, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO will continue to train Afghan special forces outside the country after it winds up 18 years of security work in conflict-torn Afghanistan in coming months, the military organization’s top civilian official said Friday. “As we end our military...