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Afghan official says Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9

Apr. 25, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban ambushed a security convoy in western Afghanistan, killing nine policemen, and in Kabul, a would-be attacker died when a bomb he was trying to plant at a private university detonated prematurely, officials said Thursday. According to a councilman in western Farah...

Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Apr. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran." Foreign Minister Mohammad...

UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

Apr. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and international forces were responsible for more civilian deaths in the first three months of 2019 than the Taliban and other militants, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. It marks the first time in recent years that civilian deaths attributed to government forces and...

US voices disappointment at delay in Afghan talks

Apr. 22, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban, according to a statement released Monday. The talks were scheduled to start this coming...

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...

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 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...