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Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

Oct. 18, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country's 18-year war....

UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Oct. 17, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday. The report also said that for...

Taliban say Afghanistan has freed several of their prisoners

Oct. 7, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say several of their group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, just days after a U.S. envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital following the suspension of U.S.-Taliban talks last month. The Taliban also said they...

Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since 'dead' deal

Oct. 5, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban met with a U.S. envoy in the Pakistani capital, a Taliban official said Saturday, the first such encounter since President Donald Trump announced a month ago that a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war was dead. The official offered few...

Pakistan, Afghan Taliban call for resumption of peace talks

Oct. 3, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Senior Afghan Taliban leaders and Pakistani officials on Thursday called for the resumption of talks on a peaceful resolution to the war in Afghanistan. The appeal, made during a rare Taliban visit to Islamabad, comes after months-long U.S.-Taliban negotiations collapsed in September and...

Taliban send high-level delegation to Islamabad

Oct. 2, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen...

AP Interview: Karzai says Afghan election threatens peace

Sep. 24, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A presidential election that is days away in Afghanistan threatens the troubled nation's best chance of making peace with the Taliban and ending 18 years of war, former President Hamid Karzai told The Associated Press on Tuesday, comparing the vote to asking a heart patient to run...

China says Taliban envoys discussed Afghanistan peace effort

Sep. 23, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Taliban envoys visited Beijing to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan with Chinese officials, the foreign ministry said Monday. The delegation was led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and head of its political office in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. Baradar...

Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others

Sep. 12, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with their Council of Leaders, or shura, about whether to travel to Camp David even before President Donald Trump abruptly canceled...

AP Explains: How Trump upended US-Taliban peace talks

Sep. 8, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has upended nearly a year of U.S.-Taliban negotiations on ending America's longest war. He has "called off" the talks and asserted that a planned secret meeting between him and Taliban leaders at Camp David, set for Sunday just days...