Latest Afghanistan News

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 official: Policeman kills 3 fellow officers

Oct. 12, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that a policeman with links to the Taliban has killed three of his fellow police officers at a checkpoint in northern Balkh province. Mohammad Yusouf Olamzada, Dawlat Abad district chief, says Saturday the attacker has joined insurgents in the area after...

Officials: Explosions wound 5 in east Afghanistan

Oct. 11, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A series of explosions on Friday in eastern Afghanistan, including one from a bombing outside a mosque, wounded five people, officials said. The explosions began shortly after 7 a.m. first targeting the house of Suhrab Qaderi, the head of the Nangarhar provincial council, said...

Taliban welcome Trump's call to bring US troops home

Oct. 11, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban spokesman is apparently carefully following President Donald Trump's comments even though the U.S. leader declared last month that the talks between an American peace envoy and the insurgents were "dead." Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman of the Taliban political office in...

Nation's highest military honor announced for Army officer

Oct. 10, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will award the nation's highest military honor to an Army master sergeant who served in Afghanistan and braved enemy fire multiple times while rescuing other members of his task force and evacuating numerous casualties. The White House says...

UN says US strikes cause civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Oct. 9, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. report released on Wednesday criticized American airstrikes earlier this year against alleged drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying they were unlawful and caused significant civilian casualties. The report, released simultaneously in Kabul and Geneva, said the U.N....

US soldier in Afghanistan accused of raping Alabama student

Oct. 9, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Army criminal investigators have arrested a deployed soldier accused of raping an Alabama college student last year. Auburn, Alabama, police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey said in a news release Tuesday that 27-year-old Ryan Charles Petro of North Carolina has been charged with five counts...

New York bomber convicted in shootout with New Jersey police

Oct. 8, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — An Islamic terrorist already serving a life prison term for a bombing in New York City was convicted Tuesday of multiple counts of attempted murder and assault stemming from a shootout with police three years ago. Ahmad Khan Rahimi , a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan but...

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...

A tribute to war widow's fallen husband, and a baby shower

Oct. 7, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — On a late summer Saturday, a procession of fire engines, motorcycles and squad cars escorted a van down Main Street, greeted by clusters of flag-waving folks. By the time the caravan had arrived at the American Legion hall, a crowd had gathered; lines of police, firefighters and...