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Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Apr. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a wary public on President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from the country and end America's longest war. ...

US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

Apr. 15, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal. ...

Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants

Apr. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban spokesman said Monday the religious militia won’t attend a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, putting U.S. efforts to get a peace plan anytime soon in jeopardy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

Pakistan visit to Kabul called off after explosives' find

Apr. 08, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A plane carrying Pakistan’s parliament speaker and a delegation of lawmakers was turned back on Thursday as it was about to land in Kabul after explosives, apparently years old, were found near the airport building, a senior Afghan military official said. ...

Afghans work to stem polio rise amid violence, pandemic

Apr. 08, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is trying to inoculate millions of children against polio after pandemic lockdowns stalled the effort to eradicate the crippling disease. But the recent killing of three vaccinators points to the dangers facing the campaign as turmoil grows in the...

Sticky bombs latest weapon in Afghanistan's arsenal of war

Mar. 26, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Sticky bombs slapped onto cars trapped in Kabul’s chaotic traffic are the newest weapons terrorizing Afghans in the increasingly lawless nation, as Washington searches for a responsible exit after decades of war. The primitive devices,...

Tensions mount between Afghan government, powerful warlord

Mar. 23, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Tensions are mounting between Afghanistan’s government and a powerful local warlord, with deadly clashes erupting in a rural province between his fighters and government troops. The fear is that the violence could be a harbinger of more chaos as U.S. troops head...

In Kabul, Pentagon chief speaks of 'responsible end' to war

Mar. 21, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, on his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, said Sunday that the Biden administration wants to see “a responsible end” to America's longest war, but the level of violence must decrease for “fruitful" diplomacy to...

Russia hosts Afghan peace conference, hoping to boost talks

Mar. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hosted a peace conference for Afghanistan on Thursday, bringing together government representatives, the Taliban and international observers in a bid to help jump-start the country's stalled peace process. The one-day gathering was the first of...

Afghan official: Gunmen fire at university bus, killing 2

Mar. 18, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen opened fire at a minibus belonging to a university in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding six, a provincial official said. Jawed Basharat, spokesman for the police chief in Baghlan province, said a...