More Afghanistan Articles

  • Afghan election could reset US-Kabul relations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday gives the U.S. a new chance to fix relations with Kabul, which are in deep discord after more than 12 years of war and repeated fallings-out between the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. While many Americans have...

  • Top Marine warns: U.S. can't 'simply pack up and go home' from Afghanistan

    The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is warning Washington that there “will be no peace dividend” from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and he's cautioning against a hasty retreat from the country the marines have secured in time for this weekend's presidential election. “We...

  • Bomb kills 6 at well-guarded area in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing killed six policemen at the Afghan Interior Ministry compound in one of the capital's most heavily fortified areas Wednesday, part of a recent escalation in violence in the heart of Kabul. The bloodshed is threatening to scare voters away from the...

  • U.S. tax dollars may be paying salaries of Afghan National Police 'ghost workers'

    U.S. tax dollars may be paying for "ghost workers" on the Afghan National Police payroll, which receives a significant amount of its funding from the U.S., according to a letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to military commanders in Afghanistan.

  • Taliban abduct provincial candidate in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen abducted a candidate running for a seat in a provincial council in northern Afghanistan and seven members of his entourage, officials said Monday. Insurgent attacks elsewhere in the country killed 18 people, part of a spike in violence in the weeks...

  • Afghanistan's Karzai steps up Pakistan accusations

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks and of blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban, the Afghan president's office said Sunday. Karzai routinely...

  • Mixed legacy for Karzai as Afghan president

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans go to the polls next weekend to choose a new president, and that in itself may one day be considered Hamid Karzai's greatest achievement. There has been no shortage of criticism of Karzai in recent years. His mercurial behavior and inability or unwillingness...

  • Attacks threaten to undermine Afghan vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission's headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, the latest in a series of audacious assaults threatening to scare voters away just a week before Afghans go to the polls. It was the third attack in Kabul in five days...

  • Taliban militants attack US aid group in Kabul

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants attacked an American charity and a nearby day care center Friday, sending foreigners — including women and children — fleeing while Afghan security forces battled the gunmen. An Afghan girl, a driver and all five attackers were killed. The...

  • Iran's leader urges regional unity in Afghan visit

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his first visit to Afghanistan as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani called for regional unity Thursday as regional leaders celebrated the Persian New Year in Kabul. Rouhani is visiting at a crucial time for Afghanistan, with national elections being held in just...

  • Taliban kill 4 in Kabul election office attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a brazen assault in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, with a suicide bomber detonating his vehicle outside an election office on the edge of Kabul while two other gunmen stormed into the building, killing four people and trapping dozens of employees...

  • Donald Rumsfeld blasts Obama administration for failure in Afghanistan

    Rumsfeld, speaking to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, pointed out that instead of reaching out and supporting Karzai, members of the Obama administration - including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- went out of their way to "trash" him.

  • Afghan journalist's son survives hotel attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan toddler shot five times by Taliban militants in an attack at a Kabul hotel that killed his journalist father and the rest of his family has regained consciousness and asked for his mother, relatives said Monday, calling the survival of the nearly 2-year-old...

  • In Afghan race, wooing votes with ethnic strongmen

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On the edge of a Kabul neighborhood dominated by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority, an election poster of presidential candidate Abdul Rasoul Sayyaf is damaged — partially scraped away by someone trying to remove it. The vandalism could be his past as...

  • Afghanistan alleges foreign hand in hotel attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's presidency says its spy agency believes that a foreign intelligence service, and not the country's main militant groups, was behind the attack on a Kabul hotel last week that killed nine people, including two children and four foreigners. A statement...



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