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Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan

Oct. 16, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more. Relatives laid the bodies of the victims to rest Saturday and called on the Taliban to protect...

Afghan refugees leave Wisconsin for new home and new life

Oct. 16, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a 47-day journey, Momtazudin Furmoli and his family are finally headed home — a new home, 7,000 miles away from the one they left in Afghanistan as refugees. Furmoli arrived at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy on Aug. 30 with his wife, 5-year-old...

UN official: Taliban to announce secondary school for girls

Oct. 15, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official said Friday the Taliban told him they will announce “very soon” that all Afghan girls will be allowed to attend secondary schools. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi, who visited Kabul last week, told reporters...

US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

Oct. 15, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a...

Marine officer receives reprimand for Afghanistan criticism

Oct. 15, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A military judge issued a reprimand for a Marine lieutenant colonel and ordered him to forfeit $5,000 in pay Friday for his criticism of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, his attorney said. The decision from Col. Glen Hines followed the...

Marine who criticized Afghanistan withdrawal pleads guilty

Oct. 14, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A former Marine battalion commander pleaded guilty Thursday to charges including conduct unbecoming an officer after he complained about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in online videos that made him well-known in conservative political circles. ...

Female soccer players evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

Female soccer players were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday on a flight to Doha, the Qatari government said. “Around 100 footballers & their families including female players are on board,” tweeted Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar's assistant foreign minister. ...

Afghan Taliban delegation in Turkey for high-level talks

Oct. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday met with a high-level delegation of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, officials said, the first such talks since the Taliban takeover of the country in August as U.S. forces pulled out after two decades of war. ...

Many Afghans pack their bags, hoping for the chance to leave

Oct. 14, 2021 02:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As their flight to Islamabad was finally about to take off, Somaya took her husband Ali’s hand, lay her head back and closed her eyes. Tension had been building in her for weeks. Now it was happening: They were leaving Afghanistan, their...

Amid flurry of Taliban diplomacy, Qatar stresses engagement

Oct. 13, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's foreign minister said isolating Afghanistan and its new Taliban rulers “will never be an answer” and argued Wednesday that engaging with the former insurgents could empower the more moderate voices among them. Sheikh...