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Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban

Sep. 18, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Every night in yet another house in Afghanistan’s capital, a U.S. green card-holding couple from California take turns sleeping, with one always awake to watch over their three young children so they can flee if they hear the footsteps of the Taliban. They’ve moved...

US envoy: Qatar plane takes more Americans from Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Qatar Airways flight on Friday took more Americans out of Afghanistan, according to Washington's peace envoy, the third such airlift by the Mideast carrier since the Taliban takeover and the frantic U.S. troop pullout from the country. The...

Minister pledges Taliban govt won't allow militant attacks

Sep. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s new foreign minister said Tuesday that the Taliban governing the country remain committed to not allowing militants to use their territory to launch attacks. But he refused to say when or if the country’s new rulers would create a more inclusive...

Egypt’s leader meets with Libyan officials to push for vote

Sep. 14, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Tuesday with Libya’s parliament speaker and a powerful military commander as Cairo pushes for the withdrawal of foreign forces and the holding of elections as scheduled in December. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi received Speaker...

Blinken pushes back on GOP criticism of Afghan withdrawal

Sep. 13, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken pushed back Monday against harsh Republican criticism of the handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the Biden administration inherited a deal with the Taliban to end the war, but no plan for carrying it out. ...

US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

Sep. 11, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen's Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. ...

Hassan calling for VA to help veterans' mental health

Sep. 04, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has helped lead a bipartisan group of senators calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the impact of U.S. troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan on veterans' mental health. A letter signed by...

US defends strike that Afghan family says killed innocents

Sep. 03, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It felt like hell itself had opened up, said Ramal Ahmadi, who was watching cartoons with his nephew when a U.S. drone slammed into his family's courtyard where just moments before there had been a noisy celebration to greet the family's oldest brother. ...

FACT FOCUS: Trump, others wrong on US gear left with Taliban

Aug. 31, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

The Taliban have seized both political power and significant U.S.-supplied firepower in their whirlwind takeover of Afghanistan, recovering guns, ammunition, helicopters and other modern military equipment from Afghan forces who surrendered it. But the gear the Taliban...

The Latest: Milley praises those who served in Afghanistan

Aug. 31, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reflected on the Afghanistan war’s end and delivered an emotional tribute Tuesday to the 13 service members killed by a suicide bombing last week. Gen. Mark Milley said the military’s counterterrorism efforts...