• Governor Oct 19, 2019

    Afghan Village Buries Its Dead After Mosque Bombing Kills 66

    Hundreds of villagers attended the funerals held Saturday in eastern Afghanistan for the victims of a deadly bomb that killed 66 people during prayers at a local mosque. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said that the explosion also wounded 36 people when it went off as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers in the village...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Officials: Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills 62 During Prayers

    An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country’s 18-year war. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said...

  • Donald Trump Oct 6, 2019

    Anger Grows at Civilian Deaths by US, Afghan Forces

    The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who hired them had heard there was a drone over the mountain and called...

  • Afghanistan May 25, 2019

    Security Forces Mistakenly Kill 6 Civilians in Afghanistan

    An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday. Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said 10 insurgents were also killed in the Friday night attack in Sherzad district. The civilians’ vehicle was exiting the area right after the raid and...

  • United States May 4, 2019

    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...

  • Canada Sep 11, 2018

    US Has Spent $1.5 Trillion on War Since Sept. 11 Attacks

    The collective wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Defense Department report.

  • Afghanistan Aug 3, 2018

    At Least 29 Dead in Suicide Bombing of Afghan Shiite Mosque: Official

    Two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding another 81, officials said. Abdullah Asrat, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, said the heavily armed attackers, disguised in the all-encompassing burkas worn by conservative Afghan women, opened fire on private security guards outside the mosque in the city...

  • California Jul 12, 2018

    US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in 6 Days

    One American service member was killed in combat in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the U.S. military said. The service member’s identity was being withheld pending notification of family members, and the U.S. command in Kabul released no details about the incident. In addition to their support for Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, U.S. forces are combatting extremist groups in eastern...

  • Donald Trump Mar 29, 2018

    Militant Leader, Bin Laden Ally Roams Freely in Pakistan

    He is crisscrossing Pakistan championing a fatwa, or Islamic religious decree, forbidding militant violence inside the country. But the mere fact that Fazlur Rehman Khalil, veteran leader of an organization designated as a terror group by the U.S., is free has experts questioning Pakistan’s willingness to fight extremism. Khalil, once a close friend of the late al-Qaida chief Osama bin...

  • United States Jan 2, 2018

    US Soldier Killed in Combat in Afghanistan

    The U.S. military says an American soldier from New Jersey has been killed fighting in eastern Afghanistan. A military statement issued Tuesday said four other soldiers were wounded in the Jan. 1 battle in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. It said two of the wounded were in stable condition and the other two have returned to duty.

  • United States Jan 2, 2018

    US Soldier Killed in Combat in Afghanistan

    The U.S. military says an American soldier from New Jersey has been killed fighting in eastern Afghanistan. A military statement issued Tuesday said four other soldiers were wounded in the Jan. 1 battle in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. It said two of the wounded were in stable condition and the other two have returned to duty.

  • Donald Trump Oct 14, 2017

    Family Freed Returns to Canada, Says 1 Child Killed

    A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a raid to free the family. Joshua Boyle played with one of his sons in the garden of his parents’ home. The boy appeared happy and healthy, digging in...

  • head Jul 14, 2017

    US Kills ISIS Leader in Afghanistan

    The Pentagon says that U.S. forces killed the head of ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan in an airstrike in Kunar province earlier this week. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that killing Abu Sayed is significant because the loss of leadership sets insurgent groups back for days or weeks. ISIS in Afghanistan is known as the Islamic State-Khorasan group. The U.S. and...

  • spokesman Jun 17, 2017

    Afghan Soldier Wounds 7 US Soldiers in Insider Attack

    An Afghan soldier opened fire on American soldiers on Saturday, injuring at least seven, the U.S. military said. It was the second such insider attack by an Afghan soldier in the past week. Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209th Army corps, confirmed that an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif. Araam said the soldiers returned...

  • Donald Trump Jun 16, 2017

    About 4,000 More US Troops to Go to Afghanistan

    The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency....
    The decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2017

    Trump Has Delegated Decisions on Afghan Troop Levels: Mattis

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he can now set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan after receiving the authority from President Donald Trump. It’s a break from past practice that Mattis said will enable him to more effectively manage the war effort. In testimony before a Senate panel, Mattis said the decision does not mean U.S. troop levels will change...

  • Congress Jun 13, 2017

    Pentagon Under Fire For Delays in Drafting New Afghanistan War Strategy

    Senators sharply criticized Pentagon leaders Tuesday for not completing a new strategy for the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged that “the enemy is surging right now.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., demanded that Mattis wrap up the plan now, threatening that, “unless we get a strategy from you, you’re going to get a strategy from us.”...

  • spokesman Jun 10, 2017

    Afghan Soldier Kills 3 US Soldiers: Officials

    Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded Saturday when an Afghan army soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials told NBC News. The shooter — identified as a member of the Afghan National Army’s Commando Forces — was killed in return fire, officials told NBC. Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan. In March,...

  • spokesman May 27, 2017

    18 Killed in Suicide Car Bomb Attack on First Day of Ramadan: Afghan Official

    At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said....
    Najib Danish, the ministry’s deputy spokesman, said the target of the bomber was a group of guards providing security for U.S. forces in Khost province, but most of the victims in the...

  • Associated Press Apr 28, 2017

    Taliban Announce Spring Offensive After Recent Attacks

    The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive in an emailed statement that boasted of Taliban control over more than half of the country, referring...

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