Latest Afghanistan government News

A year on, ex-Afghan leader defends role in Taliban takeover

Aug. 14, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the eve of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan's former president on Sunday defended what he said was a split-second decision to flee, saying he wanted to avoid the humiliation of surrender to the insurgents. Ashraf Ghani also told CNN...

Report: UK soldiers killed dozens of Afghan detainees

Jul. 12, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A BBC investigation alleged Tuesday that British special forces killed dozens of detainees in suspicious circumstances during counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan a decade ago. Citing newly obtained military documents, the broadcaster alleged that one SAS unit...

Hope and despair: Kathy Gannon on 35 years in Afghanistan

Jul. 03, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan policeman opened fire on us with his AK-47, emptying 26 bullets into the back of the car. Seven slammed into me, and at least as many into my colleague, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus. She died at my side. Anja weighed heavy...

Afghan aid auditor accuses State, USAID of withholding info

Jun. 22, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressionally mandated watchdog for U.S. assistance to Afghanistan is accusing the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development of illegally withholding information from it about the American withdrawal from the country last year and current policy. ...

Air Force: Crew not at fault for Afghan deaths in evacuation

Jun. 13, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has concluded that air crew members acted appropriately and were not at fault for some tragic deaths during the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan last year, when desperate Afghans clung to a military plane as it was taking off and fell to their deaths or were...

Watchdog says Afghan Taliban detaining, torturing civilians

Jun. 10, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban security forces in northern Afghanistan have unlawfully detained and tortured residents accused of association with an opposition armed group, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said Friday. Fighting has escalated in Panjshir province since mid-May as...

Security concerns leave Afghan evacuees stuck in Balkan camp

Jun. 05, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some Afghans who were evacuated as their country fell to the Taliban last summer, the journey to the United States has stalled, and perhaps ended, at a sun-baked cluster of tents and temporary housing on an American base in the Balkans. While more than 78,000...

American spy agencies review their misses on Ukraine, Russia

Jun. 04, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The question was posed in a private briefing to U.S. intelligence officials weeks before Russia launched its invasion in late February: Was Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, made in the mold of Britain’s Winston Churchill or Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani? ...

UN: Taliban faces threat from Islamic State, new resistance

Jun. 03, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are maintaining close ties with al-Qaida as they consolidate control over the country, and their main military threat is coming from the Islamic State extremist group and guerrilla-style attacks by former Afghan government security personnel,...

Watchdog: US troop pullout was key factor in Afghan collapse

May. 17, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says decisions by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan were the key factors in the collapse of that nation's military. The new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction,...