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EXPLAINER: What happened to the Afghanistan evacuation?

Nov. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan didn’t end with the departure of the last U.S. troops on Aug. 30, but it did slow to a trickle. The U.S. airlifted 124,000 people from Kabul, the capital, over about six weeks as the American-backed Afghan...

Pakistan hosts US, Russia, China for talks on Afghanistan

Nov. 11, 2021 21:23 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday hosted talks with special envoys from the United States, Russia and China on the path forward for Afghanistan, where a deepening humanitarian crisis has forced many Afghans to migrate to neighboring countries since the Taliban takeover in August. ...

Taliban urge ex-Afghan military pilots to stay, serve nation

Nov. 10, 2021 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Taliban official on Wednesday urged former Afghan military pilots to remain in the country, saying they were protected by a national amnesty and would not face arrest. Government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's assurances came after dozens of...

IS attack on Kabul hospital leaves 7 dead, 16 wounded

Nov. 02, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State militants set off an explosion at the entrance to a military hospital in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, a senior Taliban official said. It was one of the most brazen IS attacks yet since the Taliban took control of...

Chinese, Taliban representatives to meet in Qatar

Oct. 25, 2021 07:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Taliban representatives during a trip this week to the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, an official said Monday. The talks during Wang’s visit, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, are the latest high-level...

Russian, Tajik troops hold joint drills near Afghan border

Oct. 22, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

MOMIRAK FIRING RANGE, Tajikistan (AP) — Russian and Tajik troops conducted joint drills Friday near Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan, as part of efforts to prepare for possible security threats issuing from Afghanistan. The exercises at the Momirak firing range...

NATO weighs Afghan lessons of waging major ops abroad

Oct. 21, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers are weighing Thursday what lessons to draw from the almost two-decade-long military mission in Afghanistan, including whether the world’s biggest security organization should even undertake major operations outside Europe and North America. ...

Taliban promise cash, land, to families of suicide bombers

Oct. 19, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have promised plots of land to relatives of suicide bombers who attacked U.S. and Afghan soldiers, in a provocative gesture that seems to run counter to their efforts to court international support. The Taliban's acting interior...

US envoy for Afghanistan steps down after withdrawal

Oct. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is stepping down following the chaotic American withdrawal from the country, the State Department said Monday. Zalmay Khalilzad will leave the post this week after more than three years on the job under both the...

Female soccer players evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

Female soccer players were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday on a flight to Doha, the Qatari government said. “Around 100 footballers & their families including female players are on board,” tweeted Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar's assistant foreign minister. ...