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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, Spc. Angel Batista, 26, left to right, of Bloomingdale, N.J., Spc. Jacob Greene, 22, of Shreveport, La., and Sgt. Joe Altmann, 26, of Marshfield, Wisc., with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, sit beneath a new American flag just raised to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sept. 11, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Most Afghans want US and NATO troops to leave  Afghanistan once a peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey carried out by the American Institute of War and Peace Studies.  The survey conducted in 2019,  between Nov. 23 and Dec. 20 has a five percent margin of error. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Survey: Nearly half of Afghans want US troops out after deal

Jan. 25, 2020 6:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nearly half of all Afghans want U.S. and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan once a peace deal to end the country's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey released Thursday. The Institute of War and Peace Studies also found that an overwhelming 80% of Afghans...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pauses while speaking about the prospects for peace, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington.  Afghanistan’s former deputy minister says Khalilzad is in the Afghan capital “to discuss the latest in peace efforts.”  Former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai tweeted pictures of his meeting with Khalilzad Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019,  saying ‘we spoke about the way forward.”   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Taliban say frustrated by additional demands of US

Jan. 24, 2020 8:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban, in a rambling commentary published on their website, expressed frustration with what they describe as additional U.S. demands in peace talks — even after they had offered a “reduction of violence.” They have not publicly outlined what that would entail and...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since last September when President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy

Jan. 16, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The offer is seen as an opportunity to open a window to an eventual peace deal that would...

2 Soldiers killed in Afghanistan from Virginia, Illinois

Jan. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Military officials identified the two soldiers killed as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of...

FILE - In this June 25, 2019 photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks from a helicopter with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass. Bass is leaving Afghanistan, ending his two-year tenure as America's ambassador to the war-weary country that began in December 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

US ambassador leaves Kabul, ends 2-year Afghan tenure

Jan. 6, 2020 7:22 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Ambassador John Bass left Kabul on Monday as his two-year tenure as America's top diplomat in war-torn Afghanistan ended. His departure comes as U.S. tensions with neighboring Iran have soared following a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top general. Until Bass'...

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2019, file photo, an Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.. Goble, a U.S. Special Forces soldier who died in Afghanistan this week, was seizing a Taliban weapons cache when he was killed, the U.S. military said Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

Dec. 29, 2019 6:34 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban's ruling council agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, providing a window in which a peace agreement with the United States can be signed, officials from the insurgent group said. They didn't say when it would begin. A cease-fire had been demanded by...

File- in this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Photo, Resolute Support (RS) forces remove a destroyed vehicle after a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. An American service member was killed in action on Monday in Afghanistan the U.S. military said in a statement without providing more details. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

Pentagon says New Jersey soldier killed in Afghanistan

Dec. 23, 2019 7:48 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A 33-year-old American soldier was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said. The Taliban claimed they were behind a fatal roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province. In a statement Monday night, the Pentagon identified the casualty as Sgt. 1st Class Michael...

Family members of Islamic State militants either arrested or surrounded up to the Afghan government are presented to media in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.  The country's intelligence service says Saturday that there are more than 75 women and 159 children most of them form foreign countries in the custody of the agency known as the National Deteriorate for Security.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan official: Hundreds of IS members, family detained

Dec. 21, 2019 10:55 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government said Saturday it has detained about 700 Islamic State group fighters and family members in eastern Afghanistan over the past six months. The Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate for Security, said among the 700 are at least 75 women and 159...

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a press conference at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. In a surprise visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said Monday that President Donald Trump will announce an American troop drawdown this week, which will begin in 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

In Afghanistan, Sen. Graham says US troop drawdown possible

Dec. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that President Donald Trump may announce an American troop drawdown from Afghanistan before the year's end, which would likely begin next year. Graham, speaking from the Afghan capital of Kabul, said the president could reduce troop numbers to...

Insider attack kills 9 Afghan militia, officials say

Dec. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least one member of an Afghan militia opened fire on his fellow militiamen early Saturday, killing nine, in what the country's interior ministry called an insider attack, an Afghan official said. The Taliban, however, claimed the attack was actually a coordinated insurgent...