Latest Afghanistan government News

Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a UN meeting, says UN secretary-general

Feb. 19, 2024 12:16 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a U.N.-sponsored meeting about Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Taliban demands included the exclusion of Afghan civil society members from the talks in Doha, Qatar, and...

2 Afghans who were detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released, the Taliban say

Feb. 11, 2024 11:12 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two Afghan prisoners who were held in U.S. custody for at least 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were released from house arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were released as a result of the...

Opposition to the Senate border bill jeopardizes help for Afghans who aided U.S. troops

Feb. 05, 2024 14:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive $118 billion Senate border bill not only contains once-in-a-decade border security legislation and wartime aid to Israel and Ukraine, but also offers a chance for the U.S. to keep its promise to Afghans who worked alongside U.S. soldiers in America’s longest war. ...

Taliban is enforcing restrictions on single and unaccompanied Afghan women, UN says

Jan. 25, 2024 12:11 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban are restricting Afghan women’s access to work, travel and health care if they are unmarried or don’t have a male guardian, according to a U.N report published Monday. In one incident, officials from the Vice and Virtue Ministry advised a woman to...

US warned Iran that ISIS-K was preparing attack ahead of deadly Kerman blasts, a US official says

Jan. 25, 2024 11:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government privately warned Iran that the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan was preparing to carry out a terrorist attack before bombings in Kerman earlier this month that killed 95 people, a U.S. official said Thursday. The official, who was...

4 rescued and 2 dead in crash of private Russian jet in Afghanistan, the Taliban say

Jan. 22, 2024 05:16 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Four people have been rescued and two died following the crash of a private Russian jet carrying six over the weekend in Afghanistan, the Taliban said on Monday. The crash on Saturday took place in a mountainous area in Badakhshan province, some 250 kilometers...

A Russian private jet carrying 6 people crashes in Afghanistan. The Taliban say some survived

Jan. 21, 2024 11:45 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Russian private jet carrying six people crashed in a remote area of rural Afghanistan but the pilot and some of the others on board survived, the Taliban said Sunday. The crash happened Saturday in a mountainous area in Badakhshan province, regional spokesman...

A last sticking point in border security negotiations is humanitarian parole. Here's what that means

Jan. 18, 2024 16:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is closing in on a Senate deal on border security and Ukraine funding as the White House tries to resolve one of the last major sticking points: whether to preserve the president’s authority to allow migrants into the U.S. for special cases during...

A suicide bomber in western Afghanistan targets the governor's office and wounds 3 guards

Jan. 14, 2024 06:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted the provincial governor’s office in western Afghanistan on Sunday and wounded three security guards, said a Taliban official. The attacker detonated his suicide vest as he was shot by security guards while trying to enter inside the...

Senior Pakistani politician meets reclusive Taliban supreme leader in Afghanistan

Jan. 13, 2024 13:54 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Pakistani politician met the Taliban supreme leader in Afghanistan, the politician’s office said Saturday. It’s the second publicly known meeting between a foreign official and the reclusive Hibatullah Akhundzada, who rarely appears in public and seldom leaves the...