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Officials give Congress few answers on Afghanistan pullout

May. 12, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials had few solid answers Wednesday as frustrated lawmakers sought details on how the United States will keep the terrorist threat from reemerging in Afghanistan after American and coalition troops leave later this year. Under persistent...

Afghan officials: Taliban gain control of a district HQ

May. 11, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban gained control on Tuesday of a strategic district headquarters in a province in central Afghanistan, just southwest of the capital of Kabul, a provincial council official said. According to the official, Sharifullah Hotak, the...

US trashes unwanted gear in Afghanistan to be sold as scrap

May. 10, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) — The twisted remains of several all-terrain vehicles leaned precariously inside Baba Mir’s sprawling scrap yard, alongside smashed shards that were once generators, tank tracks that have been dismantled into chunks of metal, and mountains of tents reduced to...

US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

May. 06, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday. ...

Pakistani army: 7 troops killed in militant attack, shootout

May. 05, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A group of militants in Afghanistan fired across the border at troops in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least four soldiers before fleeing, the military said. Three other troops were killed in a shootout with militants in the country's northwest. ...

US general: Afghan forces could face 'bad possible outcomes'

May. 02, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and, in a worst-case scenario, some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates in the coming weeks, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. ...

Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

May. 01, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The final phase of ending America's “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer. President Joe Biden had set May 1 as the official start of...

Counting the costs of America's 20-year war in Afghanistan

May. 01, 2021 01:48 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — America’s longest war, the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan that started in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, dogged four U.S. presidents and ultimately proved unwinnable despite its staggering cost in...

Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal

Apr. 30, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is preparing for possible Taliban attacks on U.S. and coalition forces as they withdraw from Afghanistan, a prospect that complicates the outlook for winding down America's longest war. May 1 was the date all U.S....

Counting the costs of America's 20-year war in Afghanistan

Apr. 30, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — America’s longest war, the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan that started in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, dogged four U.S. presidents and ultimately proved unwinnable despite its staggering cost in...