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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...

US envoy for Afghanistan on 2-week peace mission

Jun. 1, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. envoy for Afghanistan is traveling to Afghanistan and also Belgium, Germany, Pakistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over the next two weeks as part of an effort to help end the long-running war. In Kabul, the State Department says Zalmay Khalilzad will consult with the...

Officials: Taliban attacks kill 10 Afghan troops, 4 police

May. 27, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing claimed by the Taliban killed 10 Afghan soldiers in the country's west while insurgent attacks on security checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed four policemen, local officials said Monday. The soldiers were driving back to base after picking up their...

UN says Afghan captives held by Taliban subjected to abuse

May. 26, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan captives held by the Taliban have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, the U.N. said Sunday — a statement that comes as the U.S. is trying to find a negotiated solution to the country's protracted war. The U.N. Assistance...

Afghanistan envoy briefs skeptical lawmakers on peace talks

May. 22, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy to Afghanistan was met with skepticism Wednesday on Capitol Hill as he briefed lawmakers on peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war. Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the...

Taliban attack on US-based aid group raises concern in Kabul

May. 9, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A brazen Taliban attack on U.S.-based aid group in the Afghan capital raised concerns Thursday among other relief organizations they could be targeted even as the insurgents held peace talks with a U.S. envoy. Authorities said Wednesday's assault on the Kabul office of Counterpart...

Taliban say gap narrowing in talks with US

May. 4, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington's special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office. In a voice message...