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Pakistan PM says he'll work with US on Afghanistan accord

Jul. 23, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of tension between Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted Tuesday the two are now on the same page and said he will do his best to persuade the Taliban to open negotiations with the Afghan government to resolve the war. The U.S. has been...

Pakistan PM says Taliban may soon release 2 hostages

Jul. 23, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says militants may soon release two Western hostages as negotiations on a peace deal for Afghanistan make progress with his country's help. Khan, who was in the middle of a three-day U.S. visit Tuesday, has repeatedly said the men, an American and...

Afghans seek clarity on Trump's talk of wiping country out

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government asked for clarification on Tuesday after President Donald Trump said he could win the 18-year war in 10 days but that "Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth." Trump made the remarks Monday while meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan,...

Trump seeks Pakistan's help to end long Afghanistan war

Jul. 22, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Monday he could end the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan in a matter of days but that it would kill millions of people and wipe the country "off the face of the earth." The president made the statement at the White House as he praised Pakistan Prime...

Afghan officials: Airstrike kills 6 in eastern province

Jul. 22, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A joint airstrike by NATO and Afghan forces killed at least six civilians in eastern Logar province, officials said Monday. Two children were among those killed in Sunday night's attack, and a woman and three children were wounded, said Mohammad Naser Ghairat, a provincial...

Women, children among 10 dead in airstrikes in Afghanistan

Jul. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say at least 10 civilians have been killed in separate airstrikes by Afghan security forces in western Badghis province. Ziauddin Akazai, a lawmaker from Badghis, says two other people were wounded in Friday night's attacks in Bala Murghab district. Abdul Aziz...

Army sergeant killed in Afghanistan buried in Utah

Jul. 19, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An Army sergeant from Utah who died in Afghanistan has been laid to rest in Ogden. Family, friends, fellow military members and others gathered Thursday for the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, The Standard-Examiner reported . Robbins, 31, is survived by his wife...

Explosion outside Kabul University kills 8, wounds 33

Jul. 19, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding 33, according to police and health officials. Several of the wounded were in critical condition, they said. No group immediately claimed...

Taliban to talk to Swedish NGO after Afghan clinic closures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said they would hold talks Thursday with representatives of a Swedish non-profit group after threats by the insurgents forced the organization to close 42 clinics it runs in eastern Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters in southern Kandahar province attacked police...

Funeral planned for Army sergeant who died in Afghanistan

Jul. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An Army sergeant from Utah who died in Afghanistan will be buried in Ogden this week. The Standard-Examiner reports a funeral for U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins is set for Thursday morning at St. James Catholic Church. A burial with military honors will follow at Ben Lomond...