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Governor: Suicide bomb in southern Afghanistan kills 20

Sep. 19, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan early Thursday morning, killing 20 people and wounding 97 others, according to the province's governor, while a deadly drone strike in the country's east was blamed on U.S. forces. The Taliban, who claimed...

Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48

Sep. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Separate attacks by suicide bombers — one targeting President Ashraf Ghani's election rally and a second that ripped through the center of the Afghan capital — killed at least 48 people and wounded scores more Tuesday in the deadliest single day since a peace...

Some world hot spots see possible openings in Bolton firing

Sep. 12, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

In the world's hot spots from Iran to North Korea — and even among allies — some see opportunity in President Donald Trump's firing of his national security adviser, John Bolton. The hawkish Bolton repeatedly pushed Trump toward using military force and sanctions to accomplish the administration's...

Afghans fear Trump's Taliban move means more civilians die

Sep. 11, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The sound of the blast ripped through Kabul, in an instant wrenching the Afghan capital's attention from a nationally televised interview in which a United States envoy revealed the first details of a deal to end America's longest war. Last week's Taliban car bomb targeted a...

Afghan president postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

Sep. 6, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has postponed a planned visit to Washington early next week where he was to discuss the U.S.-Taliban talks on ending America's longest war, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday. The development emerged after the U.S. envoy negotiating with...

Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

Sep. 5, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb exploded and killed U.S. and Romanian service members and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, the second major attack this week as the Afghan government warned that a U.S.-Taliban deal on ending America's longest...

Taliban attack Kabul as US envoy says deal almost final

Sep. 2, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban claimed responsibility for a large explosion in the Afghan capital Monday night, just hours after a U.S. envoy briefed the Afghan government on an agreement "in principle" with the insurgent group that would see 5,000 U.S. troops leave the country within five months....

US and Taliban resume talks on ending America's longest war

Aug. 22, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United States envoy and the Taliban resumed negotiations Thursday on ending America's longest war after earlier signaling they were close to a deal. A Taliban member familiar with, but not part of, the talks that resumed in Qatar said U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also met...

Police: Mosque bombing in southwest Pakistan kills 4 people

Aug. 16, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded inside a mosque during Friday prayers on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta, where the Afghan Taliban have had a strong presence, killing at least four worshippers, including the prayer leader, officials said. Abdul Ali, a local police chief,...

Afghanistan election in doubt as US, Taliban near deal

Aug. 9, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan faces a presidential election next month but few believe the vote will take place as the United States and the Taliban inch closer to a deal that could end the nearly 18-year war but bring uncertainty about almost everything else. Few candidates — 18 are running...