US envoy meets with Taliban co-founder ahead of new talks
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with one of the founders of the Taliban for the first time on Monday ahead of the latest round of talks with the insurgents aimed at ending the...
Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of talks this month with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been meeting with the insurgents to try to end America's longest war.
The Latest: Taliban attack on Afghan army base kills 26
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):
An Afghan official says a pre-dawn Taliban attack on an army base in northern Kunduz province has killed at least 26 members of the country's security forces.
Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council, says there are at least 23 soldiers and three members of the local police force among those slain in the attack early on Tuesday.
Taliban bring top leader into talks with US
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A co-founder of the Taliban who was released from prison in Pakistan in October has been appointed head of the group's political office in Qatar as it negotiates with the United States over ending the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Taliban said Friday.
Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held another round of talks with U.S. officials on Monday, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives, part of the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.
Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 13 policemen
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say the latest Taliban attacks in the country's central and eastern region have left 13 policemen dead.
Council member Ghulam Hussain Changiz in eastern Ghazni province says the insurgents attacked a police outpost early on Thursday morning in Khugyani district, killing eight policemen, including a district commander.
Taliban: 5 freed from US military prison now in Qatar office
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group's political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban's desire for a peace pact.
Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday.
In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the meeting with Zalmay Khalilzad was held Friday in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office.
Afghan official: 2 security forces killed in bomb blasts
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least two Afghan security forces were killed Saturday in Taliban attacks in the capital Kabul, officials said.
Basir Mujahid, spokesman for Kabul's police chief, said that nine others, including six police officers and three civilians, were wounded in the bomb blasts.
Mujahid said a roadside bomb hit a military vehicle as police arrived to respond to an insurgent attack, then a second blast took place in the same area causing casualties.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber targeted a convoy belonging to the Afghan intelligence service in Kabul on Thursday, killing three officers and wounding five people, including three civilians, a security official said.
The three slain officers and two of the wounded were members of the intelligence service, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A military operation by Afghan commando units in northeastern Kapisa province left at least 12 insurgents dead, including a Taliban shadow governor and district chief, a security official said Tuesday.
Sharin Aqa Faqiri, army spokesman for northeast Afghanistan, said Mullah Nasim Mushfaq, the Taliban shadow governor for Kapisa, and Qari Esanullah, shadow district chief for Tagab, were among those killed late Sunday night.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have again rejected an Afghan offer for peace talks with the government in Kabul.
Friday's statement by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the insurgents "are not interested in talks while foreign soldiers are still on Afghan soil."
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing that targeted a NATO convoy has killed two civilians in eastern Logar province.
Shah Poor Ahmadzai, spokesman for the province's police chief, said the bomb attack in the provincial capital Monday evening killed a woman and a child and wounded three other women.
Ahmadzai said the NATO armored tanks were damaged in the blast.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):
Afghanistan's Taliban has rejected an extension to a three-day cease-fire coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a nine-day extension of the cease-fire after a suicide bombing killed 36 people on Saturday, in hopes that the Taliban would respond in kind.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban say they "categorically reject" a statement made this week by the U.S. commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan about "off stage" contacts and dialogue taking place between the Kabul government and the insurgents.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in a statement distributed to the media on Friday that Gen. John Nicholson's remarks, made to reporters at the Pentagon from his Kabul office, were a "baseless claim."
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says gunmen have killed at least three people in an attack in western Herat province.
Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor in Herat, says the three victims include an employee of a voter registration center and two policemen.
A third policeman was wounded in the attack, which took place late on Sunday night.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that was being used as a voter registration center killed at least 14 people and wounded 33, officials said on Sunday.
Taliban attack on Afghan government compound kills 15
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a government compound in central Afghanistan early Thursday, triggering an hours-long gunbattle that killed 15, including three top local officials, police and government officials said.
Afghan official says car bomber kills 2 in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official with Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a suicide car bomber targeting a British security company in the capital Kabul has killed two civilians and wounded three others.
Deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the Saturday attack, which was claimed by the Taliban.
Afghan officials: Taliban attack police, intelligence
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters attacked a police security post in Afghanistan's central Ghazni province, killing eight local policemen, while four intelligence officials died in an ambush by insurgents in the north, Afghan officials said Thursday.
In northern Parwan province, the attackers sprayed the intelligence officials' vehicle with automatic gunfire.
Afghan official says Taliban attacks have killed 3 soldiers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have targeted military checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province in two separate attacks, killing three Afghan soldiers.
Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor in Ghazni, says that five other soldiers were wounded in the attacks, which took place early on Tuesday
He also says the two districts were the attacks took place — Andar and Muqar — are now under the control of the Afghan security forces.
IS suicide bomber hits local TV in Kabul; at least 2 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber and another attacker struck a local TV station in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least two guards in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the a male and a female security guard at Shamshad TV were killed in the attack, adding that both attackers were killed by security forces. He said police rescued some of the TV staff as the attack was unfolding but he did not elaborate.
Taliban say their US hostage in Afghanistan in poor health
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban say the condition of one of their captives in Afghanistan has deteriorated and that the American is in poor health.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid released a statement on Monday saying that Kevin King is suffering from heart and kidney problems, and often loses consciousness.
Mujahid also says the Taliban will hold the U.S. government responsible if anything happens to King.
Afghan official: Taliban attack kills 13 police
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban killed 13 police in an attack on a checkpoint early Sunday in the northern Kunduz province, an official said.
Hayatullah Ameri, chief of the Khan Abad district, near where the attack took place, says only one policeman escaped the battle alive.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the attack.
Kunduz is a breadbasket region that borders Tajikistan to the north and sits on a major crossroad in the country.
Official: Taliban kill 9 police in eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least nine police officers were killed Saturday in separate attacks by Taliban insurgents on police checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province, a provincial official said, and the U.S. military said a service member died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in the east.
The Latest: Taliban claim Kabul bank attack that killed 5
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide attack just outside a bank in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing at least five people.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, posted the claim on his twitter account, saying that a Taliban suicide bomber targeted military personnel who had gathered on Tuesday at the Kabul Bank to collect their salaries ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
At least 20 people killed in mosque attack in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants stormed a packed Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital during Friday prayers, in an attack that lasted for hours and ended with at least 20 worshippers killed and another 50 seriously wounded, many of them children, an official said.
Two of the assailants blew themselves up and another two were shot to death by Afghan security forces, according to police official Mohammed Sadique Muradi.
Taliban ‘open letter’ to Trump urges US to leave Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have sent an "open letter" to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for America to leave Afghanistan after 16 years of war.
In a long and rambling note in English that was sent to journalists on Tuesday by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, the insurgents say Trump recognized the errors of his predecessors by seeking a review of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan.
Taliban seize key district in northern Afghan province
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says that Taliban insurgents have seized control of a district headquarters in northern Faryab province.
Nasratullah Jamshidi, an army corps spokesman for the northern region, said Sunday that Afghan security forces withdrew from the Ghormach district to avoid civilian casualties and confirmed that the Taliban has seized control of the district.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, confirmed the report.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban took responsibility Friday for a suicide attack on a NATO patrol north of the Afghan capital of Kabul that the U.S. military said killed one service person, whose identity was not being released until family members could be notified.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban released a new video on Wednesday showing an American and an Australian captive they abducted last August, the second such footage of the hostages.
The two men — an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian man identified as Timothy Weekes — were abducted outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where they work as teachers.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid sent the video to media outlets on Wednesday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least eight Afghan security guards were killed when gunmen opened fire on them in the country's northern Parwan province, a provincial official said Tuesday. The Taliban later claimed the attack.
The shooting late on Monday night also left two other guards wounded, according to Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Parwan governor.
The guards were attacked while they were on their way to work at Bagram airfield, the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, she added.
Taliban storm Afghan police compound, kill 5 police
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday after striking it with two suicide car bombs, killing at least five police, officials said.
Another nine police and nine civilians were wounded in the attack, said Sardar Wali Tabasim, spokesman for the police chief of Paktia province.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 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 fire and killed the attacker.
Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, also confirmed the attack.