Latest Afghanistan News

Afghan official: Blast rocks country's capital, kills 7

Apr. 20, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide blast rocked Afghanistan's capital Saturday during a gun battle with security forces, officials said, killing at least seven people a day after hopes for all-encompassing peace talks collapsed. At least eight people were wounded. Police chief Gen. Sayed Mohammad...

Ex-president: Peace possible when all Afghans sit together

Apr. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai said Friday that peace in his homeland, ravaged by more than 17 years of war, will only be possible when Afghans from all sectors of society sit together and negotiate — including the Taliban. Karzai expressed disappointment that...

Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

Apr. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and...

UN finds torture, ill-treatment in Afghan prisons

Apr. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Around a third of all conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan say they have suffered from torture or ill-treatment, the U.N. said Wednesday. U.N. officials interviewed a total of 618 detainees held in 77 government facilities across the country between January 2017 and December...

Husband of US soldier deported to Mexico, then allowed back

Apr. 16, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The husband of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was deported to Mexico last week and then allowed back to Arizona after the move sparked outrage. The Arizona Republic first reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 30-year-old Jose Gonzalez Carranza last week....

Marine running marathon for fallen friends crawls to finish

Apr. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

A Marine veteran said all he was thinking about as he crawled to the finish of the Boston Marathon was the men who died after an attack on their convoy in Afghanistan nine years ago. Their names were written on his hand, his shoes and his race bib. They were the inspiration, Micah Herndon said, when he first...

Kabul announces list of 250 Afghans for talks with Taliban

Apr. 16, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Kabul has announced a list of 250 people — including around 50 women — who are headed for Qatar for talks with the Taliban later this week, a gathering known as intra-Afghan dialogue. The list was released by the government on Tuesday although the Taliban have...

Afghan officials: Heavy rains, floods kill 5 more people

Apr. 16, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say at least five more people have been killed and 17 are missing as a new wave of heavy rains and flooding swept across the country's western Herat province. Hamid Mubarez, disaster and humanitarian affairs director in Herat, says the 17 were last heard of while...

Afghan official: Officer shoots at fellow policemen, kills 4

Apr. 16, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a police officer in western Farah province opened fire at fellow policemen, killing four before he was taken into custody. Mohibullah Mohib, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, says an investigation is underway into the attack, which occurred on...

Afghan official: Gunman opens fire at a wedding, killing 3

Apr. 15, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony in eastern Khost province, killing at least three people before he fled the scene. The motive for the attack was unknown and no militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting on Sunday night in...