Latest Taliban News

Afghan officials: 2 federal prosecutors shot dead near Kabul

Nov. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead two federal prosecutors on Saturday as they were driving to Bagram Airfield north of the capital, Kabul, said Jamshid Rasouli, spokesman for the national Attorney General’s office. Two other prosecutors were wounded, he said, adding that the prosecutors...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

Afghan officials: Kabul car bomb killed 12, including kids

Nov. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday targeted a private security company's convoy, with officials later saying that 12 people were killed, including children. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Afghan president says 3 Taliban figures released by government in effort to have insurgents free US, Australian prisoner

Nov. 12, 2019 1:16 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan president says 3 Taliban figures released by government in effort to have insurgents free US, Australian prisoner.

Court will hear Bowe Bergdahl's appeal over Trump's comments

Nov. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military court has agreed to hear an appeal by a U.S. Army soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the court will examine whether statements by President Donald Trump and the...

Afghan president, Chinese FM discuss dialogue with Taliban

Nov. 5, 2019 1:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have discussed a planned meeting in Beijing that would include Afghan figures and Taliban representatives. That meeting — known as "intra-Afghan dialogue" —was to take place last month but has been...

Radical Pakistani cleric continues sit-in; PM won't resign

Nov. 4, 2019 1:18 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Pakistani cleric, who galvanized tens of thousands of followers to march on Islamabad, met Monday with opposition politicians and agreed to continue their sit-in even after a deadline he imposed for the prime minister to resign passed without Imran Khan stepping down. Maulana...

Official: Roadside bombing kills 8 civilians in Afghanistan

Nov. 4, 2019 3:13 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a roadside bombing has killed at least eight civilians in northern Baghlan province. Jawed Basharat, provincial police chief's spokesman, says six other people were wounded in Monday's attack in the Dand Shabuddin area outside of Puli Khumri, the provincial...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on 'crying' IS leader, whistleblower

Nov. 4, 2019 12:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading misinformation about the CIA officer who blew the whistle on his dealings with Ukraine. With Democrats expected to hold public hearings later this month on his impeachment, Trump is calling for release of the name of the whistleblower, who accused Trump...