Latest Afghanistan News

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

Afghan official says presidential poll results delayed again

Nov. 14, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the results of the country’s presidential election held nearly two months ago are being delayed once again. Spokesman for the Independent Election Commission Zabi Sadat didn’t explain the new postponement. The results were supposed to be...

Marine who lost legs to IED competing in half-marathon races

Nov. 13, 2019 5:33 PM EST

RONAN, Mont. (AP) — In a town of a little over 2,000 people, there’s no such thing as rush hour. At 4 in the afternoon, the only real traffic in Ronan remains on U.S. Highway 93, rolling to and from Polson, Missoula and Kalispell. The residential streets don’t see much maintenance. In...

Study: Half Europe’s unauthorized migrants in Germany, UK

Nov. 13, 2019 10:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — At least 3.9 million unauthorized migrants — and possibly as many as 4.8 million — lived in Europe in 2017 with half of them in Germany and the United Kingdom, according to a study published Wednesday. The Pew Research Center said the number grew from 2014, when about 3-3.7...

Afghan officials: Kabul car bomb killed 12, including kids

Nov. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday targeted a private security company's convoy, with officials later saying that 12 people were killed, including children. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS GO LIVE ON TV Two seasoned diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, will be the first witnesses to publicly testify in the House impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's dealings with...

Afghan capital's air pollution may be even deadlier than war

Nov. 13, 2019 4:54 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn't escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Bomb attack kills 3 soldiers on patrol in northwest Pakistan

Nov. 12, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded another in a northwestern district bordering Afghanistan. The military statement Tuesday said the soldiers were on patrol in the North Waziristan region when the explosion hit their vehicle. No one immediately claimed...

Afghan official: 16 die as minivan plunges into ravine

Nov. 12, 2019 5:48 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says that 16 people died when a minivan skidded off an icy road and plunged into a ravine in snowy weather in northern Baghlan province. Safder Mohsini, the provincial council chief, says the victims were all headed to a wedding ceremony to Khost wa Freng when the...