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US stepping up airstrikes this week to support Afghan forces

Jul. 27, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has launched more than a dozen airstrikes in the past week in support of Afghan government forces in their fight against the Taliban, a sharp spike over the handful that were done in the previous six weeks, according to U.S. officials. ...

AP Interview: PM says Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 26, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

China, Afghanistan top Blinken agenda on India, Kuwait trip

Jul. 23, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India and Kuwait next week for talks on China, the coronavirus and Afghanistan, the State Department said Friday. The trip comes as the Biden administration seeks to shore up U.S. leadership in...

Canada to fast-track resettlement of Afghans who helped it

Jul. 23, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — The Canadian government said Friday it will fast-track resettlement of potentially thousands of Afghans who have worked with Canada over the past 20 years but offered few details of who will be eligible or when people now in danger from the Taliban will start arriving. ...

House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as US war ends

Jul. 22, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow in thousands more of the Afghans who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war, citing the urgency of protecting those on-the-ground allies from Taliban retaliation as the U.S. military withdrawal enters its final weeks. ...

Turkey aims for dialogue with Taliban on Kabul Airport plan

Jul. 20, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Tuesday his country will talk with the Taliban regarding Turkey’s bid to operate and secure the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Speaking after Eid al-Adha prayers in northern Cyprus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Afghans who helped US being evacuated to Virginia Army base

Jul. 19, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government will be evacuated to a military base in Virginia along with their families pending approval of their visas, the Biden administration said Monday as the administration rapidly moves to complete the withdrawal of U.S....

Afghanistan's neighbors wary as US seeks nearby staging area

Jul. 15, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

American diplomats are escalating a charm offensive with Central Asian leaders this week as they work to secure a close-by spot to respond to any resurgence of outside militants in Afghanistan after the U.S. military withdraws. But even as high-level U.S. diplomats head...

Russian envoy expects Taliban not to threaten Central Asia

Jul. 14, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow expects the Taliban to fulfill its pledge not to threaten Russia or its allies in Central Asia, the Kremlin envoy on Afghanistan said in an interview published Wednesday. Zamir Kabulov, who met with a Taliban delegation that visited Moscow last...

Bush criticizes Afghanistan withdrawal, fears for women

Jul. 14, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former President George W. Bush criticized the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan in an interview with a German broadcaster released Wednesday, saying he fears that Afghan women and girls will “suffer unspeakable harm.” Asked in an interview with...