Latest Afghanistan government News

Afghan woman ambassador forms group to help Afghan women

Nov. 20, 2019 12:08 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the United Nations has started a U.N. group to protect the rights Afghan women gained after the Taliban was ousted from power 18 years ago, amid fresh efforts to rekindle talks with the fundamentalist group to end the country’s...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...

The Latest: Pompeo calls prisoner exchange a ‘hopeful sign”

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the prisoner exchange that freed an American and an Australian as well as a promise by...

Grenades target military center, wound 5 in Afghan capital

Nov. 18, 2019 1:15 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers threw a pair of grenades at the gate of a military training center in Kabul on Monday, wounding at least four Afghan soldiers and a civilian, an official said. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi initially said the back-to-back explosions were caused by suicide...

Afghan officials: 2 federal prosecutors shot dead near Kabul

Nov. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead two federal prosecutors on Saturday as they were driving to Bagram Airfield north of the capital, Kabul, said Jamshid Rasouli, spokesman for the national Attorney General’s office. Two other prosecutors were wounded, he said, adding that the prosecutors...

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 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...

US-Afghan army convoy fires flares, hits drivers on road

Nov. 9, 2019 5:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road. The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after...

Afghan president, Chinese FM discuss dialogue with Taliban

Nov. 5, 2019 1:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have discussed a planned meeting in Beijing that would include Afghan figures and Taliban representatives. That meeting — known as "intra-Afghan dialogue" —was to take place last month but has been...

Afghan official: 8 children killed by roadside bomb

Nov. 2, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says eight children have been killed by a roadside bomb near their school in the northeastern Takhar province. Sayed Mehraj Sadat, the provincial police chief, said the victims of Saturday's attack were from 10 to 15 years old. He says the bomb's intended target...