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US military says 2 service members killed in Afghanistan

Jun. 26, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military said two of its service members were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan. The deaths occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Afghan capital of Kabul, where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before Sept. 1. At a news...

The Latest: France's Macron warns against rising tensions

Jun. 25, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9:55 p.m. France's President Emmanuel Macron has spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart in what his office says is an effort to avoid a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in...

Pompeo says US hoping for Afghan peace pact before Sept 1

Jun. 25, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Washington is hopeful a peace agreement to bring an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan can be reached before Sept. 1. Pompeo, in a brief visit to Afghanistan, spoke just days before the start of a fresh round of talks...

Taliban threaten Afghan media, say reporters to be targeted

Jun. 24, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have issued a threat to Afghan media, saying journalists will be targeted unless news outlets stop broadcasting what they describe as government propaganda against the insurgents. Monday's statement gives Afghan radio stations, TV channels and others a week to cease...

US watchdog: Bad spending oversight hampers Afghan troops

Jun. 21, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A lack of coordinated oversight of America's spending in Afghanistan has led to a waste of funds and hampered training and development of the country's security forces, according to a watchdog group that monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to the country. The U.S. has so far...

Suicide bomber kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan

Jun. 13, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber walked up to an Afghan police vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and detonated an explosive device that killed three police and six civilians on Thursday, said provincial health department official Shoaib Sahak. He said another 13...

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

Jun. 10, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S....

US envoy launches new push on Afghan talks with Taliban

Jun. 10, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Renewed efforts are underway to jumpstart stalled peace talks with the Taliban as a U.S. envoy is in Kabul and Pakistani and Afghan officials are meeting in Islamabad. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says he's holding meetings with Kabul officials on Monday, seeking to bring about a new round...

Afghan president says he'll visit Pakistan to improve ties

Jun. 4, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country's uneasy relationship with its neighbor and mend ties that are often characterized by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. Ghani said he agreed to visit Pakistan's...

Afghan officials: bus bombing in capital kills 5

Jun. 3, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb attached into a bus carrying Afghan government workers has killed at least five people and wounded 10 others in the capital, Kabul, Afghan officials said Monday. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the public health ministry, said the numbers could still rise. Nasrat Rahimi,...