Latest Afghanistan News

Trump pays respects to Army officers killed in Afghanistan

Nov. 21, 2019 9:58 PM EST

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects Thursday to two Army officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed this week in Afghanistan, holding his salute until each of the flag-draped cases containing their remains were returned to their grieving families. Trump and...

Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

Nov. 21, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016. Trump made separate calls Thursday to Khan and...

American, Australian freed by Taliban treated in Germany

Nov. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An American and an Australian who were freed by the Taliban this week after three years in captivity are now in Germany receiving treatment at a U.S. military hospital, officials said Thursday. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were met at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein...

US names service members killed in Afghanistan chopper crash

Nov. 21, 2019 9:40 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been identified. The Defense Department said Thursday that Chief Warrant Officer 2s David C. Knadle and Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. died when their helicopter crashed while providing security for...

2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

Nov. 20, 2019 2:21 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said without providing more details. The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by...

Afghan woman ambassador forms group to help Afghan women

Nov. 20, 2019 12:08 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the United Nations has started a U.N. group to protect the rights Afghan women gained after the Taliban was ousted from power 18 years ago, amid fresh efforts to rekindle talks with the fundamentalist group to end the country’s...

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 official says 2 hostages, an American and an Australian, have been freed in Afghanistan’s Zabul province

Nov. 19, 2019 4:11 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban official says 2 hostages, an American and an Australian, have been freed in Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

An Ivy League protest stirs emotions among military students

Nov. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Veterans Day protest in which a student dressed in black placed red-painted latex gloves around a display of small American flags at Yale University has stirred some controversy at the Ivy League school, which has been working to improve its image among military students. Senior...