KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the...
Trio of senators visit Afghanistan, Iraq
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Monday that based on what she heard during a trip to Afghanistan, she's encouraged that female leaders there are pushing hard for...
Top Afghan official supports US outreach to Taliban
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — A top Afghan official says he supports U.S. efforts to pursue a cease-fire with the Taliban, who effectively control half of Afghanistan and refuse to negotiate with his...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mortar shells exploded Thursday outside a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul attended by the country's chief executive and a former president. Both men were unharmed,...
Afghan CEO urges patience amid talk of US troops withdrawal
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Afghanistan's chief executive is urging the world not to give up on his impoverished country after the Trump administration suggested the United States could withdraw troops.
Afghanistan has struggled with corruption, political instability and a long Taliban insurgency, frustrating efforts to stabilize it. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration last month indicated it could pull out half of the 14,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan braces for rematch between political rivals
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday registered to run for president later this year, setting up a rematch after a bitterly disputed 2014 vote led to a power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States.
Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban issued a statement Tuesday threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington's peace envoy makes another round of the region in pursuit of a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted conflict before a frustrated President Donald Trump makes good on his 2016 campaign promise to end America's involvement.
Candidates begin campaign for Afghan parliament elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Contenders in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections kicked off their campaigns Friday ahead of next month's balloting as authorities reported that five candidates were killed in violence in the run-up to the campaigning period.
US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 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.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 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.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is rolling out long-delayed electronic ID cards as a measure President Ashraf Ghani insists is "important to help fight terrorist attacks."
Ghani and some senior officials were the first to receive their cards in Kabul on Thursday.
Last December, the Afghan parliament approved Ghani's decree on the ID card, which unlike its simple predecessors made of paper has a chip that will be tied to the country's electronic database.
Afghan governor dismisses announcement he has resigned
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful Afghan provincial governor is dismissing an announcement by the presidential palace that his resignation has been accepted.
Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of northern Balkh province, dismissed the order, saying no one in the National Unity Government has the right to remove him from his position unless his party, Jamiat-e Islami, makes that decision.
There was no immediate reaction from the presidential palace.
Pence to Afghan president: US is ‘here to see this through’
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a secret visit to Afghanistan on Thursday that the U.S. is "here to see this through" as they discussed a newly announced U.S. strategy to break the stalemate in America's longest war and consulted on upcoming parliamentary elections.
Tillerson says room for Taliban in Afghan government
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday there is a place for moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan's government as long as they renounce violence and terrorism and commit to stability. He also delivered a blunt warning to neighboring Pakistan, insisting Islamabad must step up action against terrorist groups that have found safe haven within its borders.
World reacts to Trump’s speech on new Afghanistan strategy
Global reaction to President Donald Trump's speech on the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:
Afghanistan's chief executive is welcoming President Trump's strategy for Afghanistan, calling it a unique opportunity to fight terrorists in the region and insisting that it renews the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and its people.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Despite relentless insurgent attacks, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission is announcing that parliamentary polls will be held in the war-torn country on July 7, 2018, almost three years late.
The commission announced the date Thursday. The vote will elect representatives to the 249 seats in the lower house of parliament. Originally scheduled to be held in 2015, rampant insecurity caused the long delay.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says it's ready to host the so-called Kabul Process in which peace and security issues will be discussed among Afghans and officials from the region and around the world.
Shakib Mustaghni, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, says the Afghan government will host the first meeting of the process on Tuesday in Kabul.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):
Afghanistan's chief executive has appeared live on television after surviving three suicide bomb attacks on a funeral he was attending.
Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the trio of suicide bombers detonated their vests just as mourners were beginning to offer their prayers. The bombings killed at least 6 people and wounded 87.
US watchdog offers bleak statistics for Afghan progress
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his first report to the new Trump administration, a U.S. watchdog that monitors billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan issued a bleak progress report, saying the Afghan government controls barely half the country, its security forces numbers are on the decline and drug production is on the rise, while eradication is down.
Former warlord’s return could shake up Afghan politics
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The only insurgent leader to sign a peace pact with Afghanistan's government will return to the country within weeks, his chief negotiator says, in a move that could shake up Afghan politics and complicate the much wider war against the Taliban.
Humanitarian groups appeal for $550 million to aid poorest
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Humanitarian groups say they need $550 million in 2017 to aid the most vulnerable in Afghanistan warning anything less could mean death to many.
The appeal launched Saturday says the need in Afghanistan is increasing and it's estimated that the most vulnerable number about 5.7 million people.
Obama makes farewell call to Afghan leaders
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says President Barak Obama made a farewell phone call to President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah congratulating them on progress fighting corruption and offering his condolences for recent attacks.
Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri, the Afghan president's spokesman, said Thursday that Obama spoke of the close cooperation between the two countries, which have been battling a Taliban insurgency since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
The Latest: Obama chats with leaders of India, Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama (all times EST):
The White House says President Barack Obama has placed a pair of farewell telephone calls to the leaders of Afghanistan and India.
Quotations in the News
"I won't give up. I'll continue search for peace until the last moment of my mandate." -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in the wake of a stunning referendum defeat for a peace deal with leftist rebels.
Afghanistan seeks $3B in aid as corruption concerns persist
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's leaders will head to Brussels this week, seeking billions of dollars in aid as the country confronts an increasingly powerful Taliban insurgency and pervasive corruption.
Afghan unity deal expires, but gridlocked government remains
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's unity government is expected to remain in place despite the formal expiration on Thursday of the U.S.-brokered deal between two electoral rivals whose internal feuding has undermined efforts to battle the Taliban and stabilize the country.
Afghanistan government in crisis amid political standoff
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's long-running political crisis took a new turn on Friday when key allies of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah threatened to withdraw their support for the government unless President Ashraf Ghani meets key demands just weeks before a U.S.-brokered power-sharing agreement between the two men is due to expire.
The deal, negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, followed the fractious 2014 elections in which both men claimed...