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Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

Apr. 18, 2019 4:02 PM 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...

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Apr. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country. The...

Afghan forces battle Taliban for 5th day in western province

Apr. 8, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for a fifth day after the insurgents launched a wide-scale attack in the western Badghis province, officials said Monday. Col. Qais Mangal, a spokesman for Defense Ministry, said that at least 12 security forces have been killed in...

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 7 police

Apr. 6, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed seven policemen and three civilians in attacks across Afghanistan on Saturday, provincial officials said. Such attacks, blamed on the Taliban, have continued in recent months, even as the militants hold talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to negotiate an...

Taliban siege in remote Afghan province kills 12 more troops

Apr. 5, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition. The...

Afghan officials: Taliban kill at least 20 troops, policemen

Apr. 4, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a brazen attack under the cover of darkness early Thursday on an Afghan government compound in western Badghis province, killing at least 20 soldiers and policemen, officials said. It was the latest attack by the Taliban who target Afghan forces on a daily...

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks on checkpoints kill 8

Apr. 1, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed checkpoints in northern and western Afghanistan, killing at least eight members of the country's security forces and in one attack, setting off an hours-long gunbattle, provincial officials said as a U.S. envoy arrived in Kabul on Monday to push for peace...

US watchdog: Peace with Taliban won't resolve Afghan crises

Mar. 28, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan will remain dependent on international donors and foreign help even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached, a U.S. watchdog said Thursday. The warning by Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, which monitors billions of...

Afghan official: Taliban killed 33 troops, police in Helmand

Mar. 25, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A devastating Taliban attack over the weekend on an Afghan army outpost in southern Helmand province killed 26 soldiers and seven policemen, a provincial official said Monday — casualties the country's defense ministry has refused to disclose. Separately, the United Nations...

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Mar. 22, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore...