Latest Afghanistan News

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...

Afghan presidential candidate to allow ballot recount

Dec. 13, 2019 2:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced Friday he has agreed to allow a ballot recount in provinces where his supporters had stopped the process for almost a month. Abdullah, who serves as the country's chief executive in a fragile national unity government...

Afghan official: Roadside bombing kills 10 civilians

Dec. 13, 2019 7:31 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing in central Afghanistan on Friday killed 10 civilians, including four women and a child, an Afghan official said. The explosion, which took place in the district of Jaghato in Ghazni province, also wounded six civilians, according to Marwa Amini, spokeswoman for...

US envoy briefs Pakistan leaders on peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 13, 2019 5:34 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad briefed Pakistani leaders on Friday on last week's first official talks with the Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. Khalilzad met with Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood...

Afghan official: 11 die in road accident in eastern province

Dec. 13, 2019 2:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Eleven people died when a truck crashed into a minivan on a highway in eastern Afghanistan, a police official said Friday. Laghman police chief Salim Almas said the truck driver apparently lost control of his vehicle, a 40-foot trailer truck. The accident took place on Thursday on...

Landslide kills 6 Afghans in Taliban-controlled district

Dec. 12, 2019 3:42 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A landslide in a remote, Taliban-controlled district in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least six people, all of them poor villagers mining the hillside for gold, officials said Thursday. The landslide took place on Wednesday in the district of Raghistan in Badakhshan...

India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 11:56 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, even though critics said it undermines the country's secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists,...

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

Dec. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not...

Afghan bomber hits medical facility near US base, 2 killed

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility Wednesday near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of Afghanistan's capital, the U.S. military and Afghan officials said. Two civilians were killed and more than 70 people wounded. The Taliban...

Indian lawmakers pass bill giving citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

Dec. 11, 2019 10:26 AM EST
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers pass bill giving citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.