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Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 8:07 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings...

Taliban abduct 45 people from gov't employee's funeral

Dec. 10, 2019 8:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban abducted as many as 45 elderly family members of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban singled out the old men from a funeral procession carrying the deceased employee's coffin to a graveyard, according to...

US opens first round of resurrected peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce...

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...

The Latest: Pompeo calls prisoner exchange a ‘hopeful sign”

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the prisoner exchange that freed an American and an Australian as well as a promise by...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Sources: US envoy in Kabul negotiating hostage release

Oct. 31, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's peace envoy was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday trying to negotiate a prisoner exchange that would free two Western professors employed by the American University of Afghanistan held by the Taliban since 2016, officials said. Zalmay Khalilzad is trying to barter a...

US wraps up Pakistani visit; Afghans set demands for talks

Oct. 30, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. envoy trying to resuscitate peace talks on ending Afghanistan's 18-year war has wrapped up his visit to Pakistan as Kabul hardened its stance on negotiations with the Taliban. This comes as the Afghan government set new conditions for talks with the insurgents and appeared to shed...