Latest Afghan armed forces News

Afghan officials: Thousands of troops ready for polling day

Sep. 15, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say around 100,000 members of the country's security forces are ready for polling day. The presidential election is scheduled for Sept 28. Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 72,000 security personnel will be on duty around the...

Gunmen kill 4 Pakistani troops in attacks near Afghan border

Sep. 14, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says gunmen have killed four of its soldiers in two different attacks in the country's northwest near the Afghan border. A military statement Saturday says troops building a fence along the border in the Dir area came under attack from across the border. The firing killed three...

Official: Taliban suicide car bomber kills 4 Afghan troops

Sep. 12, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a Taliban suicide car bomber has targeted an Afghan special forces base on the outskirts of Kabul, killing at least four troops. Fawad Aman, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry also says three other soldiers were wounded in Thursday's attack in...

Taliban attacks test Trump as he seeks to end Afghan war

Sep. 5, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relentless, deadly attacks by the Taliban, including a car bombing Thursday that killed a U.S. service member, are testing President Donald Trump's resolve to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and end what he has called America's "endless" war. The death of the American — the fourth...

The Latest: Officials: US envoy Khalilzad returns to Qatar

Sep. 5, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Taliban attack in Kabul (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Officials close to the U.S.-Taliban negotiations on Afghanistan say U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has returned to Qatar, where he has been holding talks with the militant group on ending America's longest war....

Utah Army National Guard soldiers returning from Afghanistan

Aug. 27, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dozens of Utah Army National Guard soldiers are returning from duty in Afghanistan. The Guard says nearly 60 soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division's main operating command post operational detachment are returning to Utah this month, including five arriving Tuesday evening at Salt...

US says 2 troops killed in combat in Afghanistan

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The NATO Resolute Support mission announced their deaths first, providing no details about what happened and saying that their names would be withheld for 24 hours until their families...

Nevada Army National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan

Aug. 16, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Army National Guard unit is headed to Afghanistan, the first of five Guard units set to deploy in coming months. A mobilization ceremony will be held Tuesday in Las Vegas for the 30 soldiers of the 3665th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company's 10-month mission in...

Mourners at Chicago funeral remember soldier slain overseas

Aug. 14, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for a 24-year-old soldier from Chicago who was killed in Afghanistan just weeks into his first overseas tour. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker were among those who streamed past Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance's open casket...

Soldier slain in Afghanistan returned home to Chicago

Aug. 9, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The body of a 24-year-old U.S. soldier slain last month in Afghanistan has been returned to his hometown of Chicago. Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance's remains were flown Friday to Midway Airport before being taken to a South Side funeral home. Nance and 20-year-old Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer of...