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Women, children among 10 dead in airstrikes in Afghanistan

Jul. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say at least 10 civilians have been killed in separate airstrikes by Afghan security forces in western Badghis province. Ziauddin Akazai, a lawmaker from Badghis, says two other people were wounded in Friday night's attacks in Bala Murghab district. Abdul Aziz...

Army sergeant killed in Afghanistan buried in Utah

Jul. 19, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An Army sergeant from Utah who died in Afghanistan has been laid to rest in Ogden. Family, friends, fellow military members and others gathered Thursday for the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, The Standard-Examiner reported . Robbins, 31, is survived by his wife...

Explosion outside Kabul University kills 8, wounds 33

Jul. 19, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding 33, according to police and health officials. Several of the wounded were in critical condition, they said. No group immediately claimed...

Taliban to talk to Swedish NGO after Afghan clinic closures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said they would hold talks Thursday with representatives of a Swedish non-profit group after threats by the insurgents forced the organization to close 42 clinics it runs in eastern Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters in southern Kandahar province attacked police...

Funeral planned for Army sergeant who died in Afghanistan

Jul. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An Army sergeant from Utah who died in Afghanistan will be buried in Ogden this week. The Standard-Examiner reports a funeral for U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins is set for Thursday morning at St. James Catholic Church. A burial with military honors will follow at Ben Lomond...

Taliban close Afghan health facilities run by Swedish group

Jul. 17, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban forced a Swedish non-profit group to close 42 health facilities it runs in eastern Afghanistan, the organization said Wednesday, the latest attempt by the insurgents to show strength amid negotiations to end the country's nearly 18-year war. In Sweden, the group's...

Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

Jul. 16, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local radio station in eastern Afghanistan was forced to shut down after repeated threats from the area's Taliban commander, the head of the station said on Tuesday. Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, said he...

Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 11 in Kandahar province

Jul. 15, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people riding in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion in Khakrez...

Hundreds of guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan

Jul. 15, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A standing-room-only crowd packed a fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for a send-off ceremony for nearly 400 Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers headed for a year's deployment in Afghanistan. The Eau Claire-headquartered 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry and its...

Decorated soldier dies in combat operations in Afghanistan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday. James G. "Ryan" Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army...