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...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai said Friday that peace in his homeland, ravaged by more than 17 years of war, will only be possible when Afghans from all...
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,...
AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries.
Afghans mourn former president at palace ceremony
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans mourned the country's first post-communist president, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, at a ceremony Wednesday attended by his former comrades-in-arms, including his one-time spokesman and protege, former President Hamid Karzai.
The ceremony at Afghanistan's presidential palace was a solemn affair, with Mujadidi's coffin draped in a giant green shawl emblazoned with versus from the Quran, Islam's holy book, and later the Afghan flag. Mujadidi died early Tuesday.
Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93.
The white-turbaned and soft-spoken Mujadidi was a mentor to former President Hamid Karzai, who had belonged to his anti-communist resistance group during the 1980's Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Afghan official: Taliban hit army base, kill 26 troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 26 members of the security forces, a provincial official said, the latest brazen assault by insurgents amid stepped-up efforts to resolve the country's protracted war.
Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Monday they will participate in "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials.
AP Interview: Karzai welcomes Gitmo 5 into peace discussion
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who still wields considerable influence in today's Afghanistan despite being out of office for four years, said Thursday he welcomes the entry of five Taliban leaders who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2014 into peace negotiations.
Afghan ambassador to US to replace national security adviser
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan president Asharf Ghani accepted the resignation Saturday of the country's national security adviser, Mohammed Haneef Atmar, and replaced him with Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib, according to government officials.
A statement from the presidential palace said Atmar's resignation has been accepted and that Mohib has been appointed as the new national security adviser.
Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated
NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the mourners who walked under a hot sun behind a flower-decked gun carriage carrying Vajpayee's body to a cremation ground on the banks of the Yamuna river.
Vajpayee, both a poet and a politician, died Thursday at age 93 in a New Delhi hospital.
Former Afghan leader urges sanctions on Pakistan officials
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Saying that Afghanistan is in "terrible shape" 16 years after the collapse of the Taliban, former President Hamid Karzai accused the United States and Pakistan of using the Afghan war to further their own national interests.
He also warned that Afghans who had embraced the U.S. as a friend and liberator now see it as "hurting us, not helping us."
"That has to change," Karzai said in an interview with The Associated Press.
FORT RUCKER, Alabama — Lt. Col. Thomas V. Higgins II, son of Geri and Thomas Higgins of Iron Ridge, formerly of Beaver Dam, recently retired from the 40th helicopter Squadron at Malmstron Air Force Base in Montana.
Higgins joined the U.S. Army in January 1988 and after 10 years flying with the Army joined the U.S. Army Reserves in March 1998. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in February 1999.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The ear-splitting explosion from America's "mother of all bombs" has been followed by calculated silence about the damage it inflicted.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week's use of the military's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the U.S. is using Afghanistan as a weapons testing ground, calling the recent use of the largest-ever non-nuclear bomb "an immense atrocity against the Afghan people."