• Afghanistan June 26, 2021 2:20 am

    Biden Vows ‘Sustained' Help as Afghanistan Drawdown Nears

    President Joe Biden has promised Afghanistan’s top leaders a “sustained” partnership even as he moves to accelerate winding down the United States’ longest war amid escalating Taliban violence

  • Afghanistan February 14, 2020 10:48 pm

    US and Taliban Agree to Truce, Way Forward in Afghanistan

    The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war

  • Afghanistan December 22, 2019 5:54 pm

    Afghan President Appears to Win New Term in Initial Results

    Afghanistan’s election commission said the president has won a second term, earning 50.64% of a preliminary vote count announced Sunday, but his opponents can still challenge the result.

    The Sept. 28 presidential poll results have been repeatedly delayed amid accusations of misconduct and technical problems with counting ballots.

  • Donald Trump October 21, 2019 2:15 am

    US Defense Chief in Afghanistan for Firsthand Look at War

    Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military’s future role in America’s longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. Esper told...

  • Donald Trump October 5, 2019 1:45 pm

    Taliban Meet US Peace Envoy for First Time Since ‘Dead' Deal

    The Taliban met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war “dead” a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday. He offered few details of Friday’s meeting between Khalilzad and the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani...

  • Donald Trump September 29, 2019 10:27 pm

    With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos

    Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday’s vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and widespread allegations of mismanagement and abuse. It was the fourth time Afghans have gone to the polls to elect a president since 2001 when the U.S.-led coalition ousted a regressive Taliban regime. The latest election...

  • Donald Trump September 28, 2019 6:42 pm

    Afghans Vote for President Amid Taliban Threats, Fraud Fears

    Millions of Afghans are expected to go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, despite an upsurge of violence in the weeks since the collapse of a U.S.-Taliban deal to end America’s longest war, and the Taliban warning voters to say away from the polls. President Donald Trump plunged Afghanistan into political uncertainty when he abruptly called...

  • spokesman August 31, 2019 6:12 pm

    Taliban Launch Major Attack on Afghan City of Kunduz

    The Taliban launched a large-scale attack on Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s main cities, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 75 others, government officials said Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war. The militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, now control or hold sway...

  • spokesman August 7, 2019 3:48 pm

    Taliban Suicide Blast in Kabul Kills 14 People; 145 Wounded

    A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians — shortly after the extremist group and the United States reported progress on negotiating an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year war. The bombing during morning rush hour was...

  • United States May 4, 2019 7:42 pm

    Taliban Say Gap Narrowing in Talks with US

    The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington’s special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office. In a voice message to The Associated Press, the Taliban spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, said...

  • Associated Press September 10, 2018 7:26 am

    US Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to War-Weary Kabul

    Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mattis met with senior government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani and his...

  • Donald Trump July 9, 2018 8:39 pm

    Mike Pompeo Pushes Peace Talks on Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Monday to step up the Trump administration’s calls for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Flying into Kabul after visiting Vietnam, Pompeo made the appeal in meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. “The United States will support, facilitate and...

  • Donald Trump October 26, 2017 7:55 pm

    Here, There, Everywhere, Tillerson Trip All About Terrorism

    Through seven nations across three different parts of the world, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson devoted himself to his president’s overarching foreign policy mission: Defeating terrorism. His trip concluded Thursday with limited success. In the Persian Gulf and Iraq, the top American diplomat sought to keep a region fracturing at the seams focused on defeating the Islamic State group and...

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