Latest Afghanistan News

US Army is slashing thousands of posts in major revamp to prepare for future wars

Feb. 27, 2024 14:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army is slashing the size of its force by about 24,000, or almost 5%, and restructuring to be better able to fight the next major war, as the service struggles with recruiting shortfalls that made it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to fill all the jobs. ...

Most UN Security Council members demand Taliban rescind decrees seriously oppressing women and girls

Feb. 26, 2024 22:05 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than two-thirds of the U.N. Security Council’s members demanded Monday that the Taliban rescind all policies and decrees oppressing and discriminating against women and girls, including banning girls education above the sixth grade and women’s right to work and move...

The Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium in northern Afghanistan

Feb. 26, 2024 18:23 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held a public execution on Monday of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan as thousands watched at a sports stadium, the third such death sentence to be carried out in the past five days. The execution took place in heavy snowfall in the...

The Taliban release an 84-year-old Austrian man who was detained in Afghanistan last year

Feb. 25, 2024 13:32 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — An 84-year-old Austrian man who traveled to Afghanistan last year and was arrested there was released by the country's Taliban rulers, the Austrian government said Sunday. The Austrian Foreign Ministry in a statement identified the man as Herbert Fritz and said he...

Taliban hold public execution for 2 men, who are killed by gunfire in a stadium as thousands watch

Feb. 23, 2024 02:53 AM EST

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's ruling Taliban carried out a double public execution Thursday at a stadium in the country's southeast, where relatives of the victims of stabbing deaths fired guns at two convicted men while thousands of people watched. The Taliban’s...

Today in History: February 21, Malcolm X shot and killed at age 39

Feb. 21, 2024 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2024. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1965, minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside Harlem’s Audubon...

Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a UN meeting, says UN secretary-general

Feb. 19, 2024 12:16 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a U.N.-sponsored meeting about Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Taliban demands included the exclusion of Afghan civil society members from the talks in Doha, Qatar, and...

Taliban decrees on clothing and male guardians leave Afghan women scared to go out alone, says UN

Feb. 17, 2024 09:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan women feel scared or unsafe leaving their homes alone because of Taliban decrees and enforcement campaigns on clothing and male guardians, according to a report from the U.N. mission in Afghanistan. The report, issued Friday, comes days before a U.N-convened...

Biden allies, rivals both want transcript of his special counsel interview released. It could happen

Feb. 14, 2024 19:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden avoided criminal charges around his handling of classified documents in part because of his answers during a lengthy interview with the special counsel investigating him. But the sit-down also opened Biden up to fresh scrutiny over his age and memory, and now...

How Trump urging Russia to invade 'delinquent' NATO members distorts how the alliance works

Feb. 12, 2024 15:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Donald Trump, the front-runner in the U.S. for the Republican Party's nomination this year, says he once warned that he would allow Russia to do whatever it wants to NATO member nations that are “delinquent” in devoting 2% of their gross domestic product to defense. ...