Latest Afghanistan News

Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban

Sep. 18, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Every night in yet another house in Afghanistan’s capital, a U.S. green card-holding couple from California take turns sleeping, with one always awake to watch over their three young children so they can flee if they hear the footsteps of the Taliban. They’ve moved...

Taliban replace ministry for women with 'virtue' authorities

Sep. 18, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice" in the building that once housed the Women's Affairs Ministry, escorting out World Bank staffers on Saturday as part of the forced move. ...

Afghan survivors of errant US drone strike seek probe

Sep. 18, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A survivor of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of his family demanded Saturday that those responsible be punished and said Washington's apology was not enough. The family also seeks financial compensation and relocation to the...

First family of Afghan refugees arrive in Kansas City

Sep. 18, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first family of Afghanistan refugees has arrived in Kansas City as resettlement agencies in the area prepare for hundreds more. Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he was “proud" of the city for “welcoming all people" in announcing the...

The Latest: Pakistani PM to prod Taliban on inclusive govt

Sep. 18, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister says he has “initiated a dialogue" with the Taliban to prod them to form an inclusive government that would ensure peace and stability not only in Afghanistan but also in the region. Imran Khan tweeted on Saturday that he took...

After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts

Sep. 18, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Against the backdrop of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer is meeting in Greece with NATO counterparts this weekend, hoping to forge more basing, intelligence sharing and other agreements to prevent terrorist groups from regrouping and...

Interpreter’s past put his family in danger

Sep. 18, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

He finds himself in a house in Kabul. It’s his parents’ home, he thinks, though it looks different than he remembers. He hears a commotion outside, steps through the front door. Dark clouds block the sun. The Taliban has flooded the city, and the fighters know who he is: To them, he is a...

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Sep. 18, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. ...

Afghan family relocates to Louisville after Taliban takeover

Sep. 18, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It was a 10-mile walk to Kabul’s besieged airport. Hamidullah Haqanzai led 20 other family members — including his mother, a brother and young children — through chaotic streets teeming with Taliban fighters, gunshots and panicked crowds...

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Sep. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. ...