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Afghan officials say Taliban kill 6 members of same family

Jan. 19, 2020 5:19 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials said Sunday that the Taliban executed six members of the same family, including an infant girl, in a remote village in the country's north. The Taliban denied any involvement, saying the attack Saturday was triggered by a personal dispute. However, local Afghan...

Tarah McLaughlin, the widow of Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin, touches her husband's coffin on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, on Fort Bragg, N.C. McLaughlin was killed Jan. 11 in Afghanistan. (Andrew Craft /The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

Remains of fallen US soldier returned to Fort Bragg

Jan. 18, 2020 7:09 PM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The remains of a paratrooper who was killed a week ago in Afghanistan have been returned to his family in the U.S. The family of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin greeted his flag-draped casket at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg on Saturday, The Fayetteville Observer reported. The...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since last September when President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy

Jan. 16, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The offer is seen as an opportunity to open a window to an eventual peace deal that would...

Afghan official: Roadside bomb hits government car, 5 killed

Jan. 16, 2020 8:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing struck an Afghan government car in southern Zabul province on Thursday, killing the driver and four passengers inside the vehicle, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack though the provincial police spokesman, Mohammadullah...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right speaks as from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats differ on US-Mideast wars, with no clear exit plan

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is united in lambasting President Donald Trump’s handling of America’s military presence in the Middle East, but the candidates are sharply divided on how to do it better. Their solutions range from pulling out to cutting back. Aside from...

Afghan official: Bombs kill 2 children in northern province

Jan. 14, 2020 12:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two bombs went off near-simultaneously on a road in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two children and wounding nine people, a local official said. The explosions took place in the city of Mazr-i Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province, said Adil Shah Adil, the...

2 Soldiers killed in Afghanistan from Virginia, Illinois

Jan. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Military officials identified the two soldiers killed as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of...

A boy, who was injured in the mosque bombing, is transported at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in southwest Pakistan during Friday evening prayers, killing a senior police officer with some civilians and wounded other worshipers, police said. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Pakistan mosque blast kills senior police officer, 13 others

Jan. 10, 2020 11:25 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in southwest Pakistan during Friday evening prayers, killing a senior police officer and at least 13 civilians, police said. The bombing wounded another 20 worshipers in the city of Quetta, the capital of the restive Baluchistan province,...

Official: Military helicopter crash kills 2 in Afghanistan

Jan. 8, 2020 4:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan military helicopter crashed on Wednesday in the country's western Farah province, killing the two pilots on board, a defense ministry official said. The Mi-35 chopper crashed around 11 a.m. in the district of Pur Chaman, said Rohullah Ahmadzai, the ministry's spokesman....

In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, photo, Zia Ghafoori stands beside an American flag hanging at his Charlotte, N.C., home. The Afghan interpreter spent 14 years working alongside U.S. Special Forces. He received a Special Immigrant Visa in 2014 and is working toward becoming a U.S. citizen. (AP Photo/ Sarah Blake Morgan)

As violence soars, time runs out for Afghan interpreters

Jan. 7, 2020 1:27 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — In a quiet cul-de-sac of this major North Carolina city, two boys kicked a soccer ball as their father tended to the tiny scraped knee of a third. “You’re strong,” Zia “Booyah” Ghafoori said, scooping up his youngest son. A U.S. flag fluttered gently...