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IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

German charged over alleged combat role in Afghan Taliban

Aug. 17, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a German citizen who allegedly fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and weapons offenses. Federal prosecutors said Friday the indictment against 37-year-old Thomas K., whose full name was...

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

Aug. 17, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break under the weight of Taliban violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. In his most detailed comments on the Taliban's assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began...

Afghan president visits key city, week after Taliban raid

Aug. 17, 2018 5:28 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president visited the embattled southeastern city of Ghazni on Friday, a week after the Taliban in a surprise attack managed to infiltrate deep into the key provincial capital and capture several areas of it. Two rockets hit inside the city as President Ashraf Ghani...

Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in Iran

Aug. 17, 2018 3:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran's capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier. A drummer strikes his snare four times and Hakim Ebrahimi opens with the first dreamy notes of...

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

Aug. 16, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan's Shiites mourned their dead and held funeral services Thursday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the horrific suicide bombing in Kabul that targeted a Shiite neighborhood the previous day, killing 34 students. Grieving families gathered to bury...

The Latest: Amnesty: Kabul attack on Shiites is 'war crime'

Aug. 16, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan after a deadly suicide bombing in a Shiite area of Kabul (all times local): 5 p.m. Amnesty International says the suicide attack on Shiites in Kabul the day before that killed 34 students is a "war crime." Thursday's statement from the...

Islamic State group claims responsibility for the suicide blast that struck a Shiite area in Kabul, killing 34 students

Aug. 16, 2018 6:11 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State group claims responsibility for the suicide blast that struck a Shiite area in Kabul, killing 34 students.

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 16, 2018 5:46 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOW PRIESTS 'WEAPONIZED' THEIR FAITH Roman Catholic priests across Pennsylvania used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children, a grand...

Afghan authorities revise down the death toll from previous day's suicide bombing in Shite area to 34 killed, not 48

Aug. 16, 2018 1:55 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities revise down the death toll from previous day's suicide bombing in Shite area to 34 killed, not 48.