Latest Afghanistan government News

Afghan officials: Military chopper crashes, killing 7

Oct. 15, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say an Afghan army helicopter has crashed in northern Balkh Province, leaving at least seven army personnel, including the crew members, dead. Mohammad Afzel Hadid, head of the provincial council in Balkh, says that Tuesday's late afternoon crash was the result of a...

Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials

Oct. 13, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have shot and killed a government official in the capital Kabul. Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor's spokesman, says Sunday gunmen killed Raz Mohammad, Jaghatu district chief of eastern Maidan Wardak province. He said Mohammad was...

Afghan officials say raid killed top Al-Qaida commander

Oct. 8, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top Al-Qaida commander was killed in a raid by Afghan forces last month, Afghan intelligence officials said Tuesday, in an operation backed by U.S. airstrikes that also killed tens of civilians. Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security said in a statement Tuesday that the...

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...

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

Oct. 6, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who...

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...

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...

Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills at least 11 policemen

Oct. 1, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack on a district headquarters in a remote area of northern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, killing at least 11 policemen and triggering an hourslong gunbattle, officials said. Taliban attacks have continued unabated even as Afghanistan held...

The Latest: UN envoy says Syria charter panel a sign of hope

Sep. 30, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders. (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The U.N. special envoy for Syria says the convening of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria on Oct. 30 "should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people"...

Afghanistan to Taliban: Peace or 'we will continue to fight'

Sep. 30, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As Afghans await the results of a presidential election roiled by Taliban threats, the government used its platform at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to tell the insurgents: "Join us in peace, or we will continue to fight." Afghanistan was not the only country sending a message:...