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US general shot in last week's Taliban attack

Oct. 21, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders inside the Kandahar governor's compound last week. U.S. military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The Washington Post reported earlier...

Afghans vote for 2nd day amid violence, technical issues

Oct. 21, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's second day of parliamentary elections marred by violence and delays caused by technical issues came to a close as a roadside bomb on Sunday brought the death toll over the past two days to over 50, including several children. Independent Elections Commission Chairman...

The Latest: Amid violence, Afghan elections draw to a close

Oct. 21, 2018 10:31 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, which were extended into a second day after technical issues led to hours of delays at voting stations (all times local): 7 p.m. The Independent Elections Commission chairman has announced the end of two days of parliamentary...

Swedish prosecutors indict woman who blocked deportation

Oct. 21, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swedish prosecutors say they have indicted a 21-year-old woman for breaking aviation laws after she blocked the deportation of an Afghan asylum-seeker earlier this year. Prosecutors said Friday the woman failed to comply with orders from the plane's crew to sit down as it was preparing to...

Afghan officials say roadside bomb kills 11 civilians on second day of parliamentary elections

Oct. 21, 2018 3:19 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say roadside bomb kills 11 civilians on second day of parliamentary elections.

Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections

Oct. 20, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours later than scheduled to handle long...

The Latest: Suicide blast kills 3 at Afghan polling station

Oct. 20, 2018 1:27 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a polling station in a school in the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khair Khana, the first major attack in Saturday's parliamentary elections....

US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces

Oct. 20, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The assassination of Afghan leaders in Kandahar province won't lessen U.S. support for the war in Afghanistan or deter local security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Saturday. Gen. Joseph Votel said the U.S. was "pretty...

Police says suicide bomber strikes election polling station in Afghan capital Kabul, casualties reported

Oct. 20, 2018 9:22 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police says suicide bomber strikes election polling station in Afghan capital Kabul, casualties reported.

She traveled the world as Air Force intelligence specialist

Oct. 20, 2018 6:16 AM EDT

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — An Elkins woman traveled the globe during her 25 years in the military. Wilga C. Lothes served as a member of the United States Air Force from May 30, 1990, through her retirement as a major on Dec. 1, 2015. Much of her time in the service was spent in the intelligence field. From...