Nevada Army National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Army National Guard unit is headed to Afghanistan, the first of five Guard units set to deploy in coming months.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan policeman in the southern province of Kandahar opened fire on his colleagues, killing seven other policemen before fleeing the scene, a provincial official said...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said they would hold talks Thursday with representatives of a Swedish non-profit group after threats by the insurgents forced the organization to close 42...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people riding in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said Monday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents killed eight election officials in a bomb attack in the southern Kandahar province, Afghan officials said on Sunday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says six people were killed when a civilian vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan (all times local):
Afghan officials say the Taliban have stormed army checkpoints in southern Kandahar...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Norwegian Refugee Council says more than 32 people have died and thousands displaced as heavy rains and flooding swept away homes across Afghanistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 20 people died as heavy rains and flooding over the past few days swept away their homes and cars in Afghanistan's southern...
Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians in southern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a roadside bomb killed three civilians in the southern Kandahar province.
Gen. Tadeen Khan, the provincial police chief, says a small child was among those killed in Sunday's blast, which he blamed on the Taliban.
The insurgents routinely plant explosives targeting Afghan security forces, but the bombs often end up killing or maiming civilians.
Venier wins crash-interrupted downhill World Cup, Goggia 2nd
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Austrian skier Stephanie Venier edged Olympic champion Sofia Goggia to win her first World Cup in a crash-interrupted downhill race that was ended early on Sunday.
The race finished with 10 skiers still waiting to descend the Kandahar course after Federica Sosio became the seventh competitor to crash after a jump. The 24-year-old Sosio was taken to the local hospital by helicopter.
Afghan official: Taliban attack on checkpoint kills 5 police
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least five Afghan security forces were killed after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar, according to a provincial official.
Aziz Ahmad Azizi, the provincial governor's spokesman, said that two other police were wounded in Saturday's attack took place in the Spin Bolduk district. He said seven Taliban insurgents were killed and six others were wounded in the fighting.
Separatist behind Pakistan attack is killed in Afghanistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A separatist leader blamed for masterminding last month's attack on a Chinese Consulate in Pakistan has been killed in a bombing in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials and the separatist group said Thursday.
Suicide attack on Pakistanis in Afghanistan kills 6
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber disguised as a beggar has killed six people in a wealthy subdivision of the southern city of Kandahar.
Mohammad Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member, says the attack on Tuesday happened a block away from his home and appeared to have targeted a group of Pakistanis from that country's Baluchistan region.
No one immediately claimed the attack. Several militant and separatist groups operate in Baluchistan.
Suicide bomber kills 4 security forces near Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has struck a security convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing four security forces.
Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said six other forces were wounded in Tuesday's attack.
No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate have both carried out attacks in the capital.
US soldier, 2 Afghan troops killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military said Saturday that a service member has been killed in Afghanistan, while in a separate incident two Afghan soldiers died when their helicopter failed to land properly.
The brief U.S. military statement did not provide further details on the soldier's identity or the time or place of death.
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Taliban hit Afghan checkpoint, kill 13 soldiers, policemen
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched an attack early Monday on a newly established joint Afghan army and police checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least 13 soldiers and policemen, according to a provincial official.
Afghan reinforcements were subsequently dispatched to the site of the attack in Khogyani district but were repeatedly ambushed along the way. And late on Sunday night, a Taliban attack in southern Kandahar province killed at least four policemen.
IS claims suicide bombing near Kabul election office, 1 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing targeting the Afghan election commission's office in Kabul on Monday killed a police officer and wounded five people, the police said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest surrounding Afghanistan's embattled parliamentary election process.
Afghans vote in south Kandahar’s delayed elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security was tight throughout southern Kandahar on Saturday as voters waited hours in line to cast their ballots in parliamentary elections that were delayed in the province by one week after an attack by an elite guard killed two top government officials, including a powerful provincial police chief.
Afghan soldier fires on NATO troops, killing Czech soldier
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier opened fire on coalition forces on Monday, killing a Czech soldier and wounding two others.
The Czech military said their car was attacked at a base in the western Herat province, without providing further details. NATO said in a statement that "initial reports" indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan security forces.
US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders inside the Kandahar governor's compound last week.
U.S. military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The Washington Post reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after suffering at least one gunshot wound.
Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours later than scheduled to handle long lines of voters.
US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces
WASHINGTON (AP) — The assassination of Afghan leaders in Kandahar province won't lessen U.S. support for the war in Afghanistan or deter local security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Saturday.
Gen. Joseph Votel said the U.S. was "pretty confident that the Afghans will be able to maintain the situation down" in Kandahar.
Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The stakes in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have never been higher, coming just two days after the Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials in an audacious attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country.
The attack came just as Washington is trying to find a peace deal that will allow the U.S. to draw down its forces and extricate itself from the 17-year war, the longest in American history.
A look at Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections on Saturday
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces.
Afghans set to vote despite Taliban threats, corruption
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Most Afghans will return to the polls for parliamentary elections on Saturday, hoping to bring change to a corrupt government that has lost nearly half the country to the Taliban.
Voters in Kandahar, however, will have to wait a week after the province's police chief was assassinated, resulting in the vote there being postponed.
The Latest: Afghan polling in Kandahar postponed over attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local):
Afghanistan's election commission has postponed Saturday's elections in Kandahar province for a week, following a deadly attack there that killed at least two senior provincial officials, including its powerful police chief.
Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A high-level meeting on security plans for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun on the departing delegation Thursday, killing the powerful Kandahar police chief but missing the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller.
Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation.
Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore.
The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Afghan attacks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local):
The U.N. Security Council has condemned several recent attacks in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections.
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Afghan officials say highway reopened after Taliban assault
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban destroyed highway bridges southwest of Kabul during a wide-ranging assault on security forces, cutting off road traffic between the capital and three provinces for most of the day on Sunday, officials said.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — About 300 members of the Fort Wayne-based 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard have returned from a three-month deployment at the Kandahar international air base in Afghanistan.
More than 200 relatives and friends greeted them Friday at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base after a flight from Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire. One held a sign saying, "I've waited 106 days for this moment ... Welcome Home Daddy!"
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Around 40 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers based in Peoria have returned home from Afghanistan.
A Friday statement from the Illinois National Guard Friday said the soldiers made their way back over the last two weeks.
They are from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment. Its soldiers were mobilized to Afghanistan last August. Some operated out of Bagram Airfield and others from the Kandahar Airfield.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail, officials said.
In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district late on Monday night, killing nine policemen and wounding seven, according to Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the provincial governor.
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A new mini-park area in a southern Indiana community is being dedicated to the memory of a soldier who died following an attack in Afghanistan in 2017.
Taliban kill 5 Afghan forces days ahead of truce
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in the southern Kandahar province, killing five security forces
The attack late Saturday comes ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar, says three other forces were wounded in the attack.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 16 people were killed Tuesday when Afghan security forces tried to dispose of a container full of explosives found in the southern city of Kandahar, officials said.
Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said four security forces were among those killed. He said another 38 people, including at least five small children, were wounded in the explosion.
Dozens of shops and nearby homes were destroyed or damaged, and the death toll could rise, he said.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):
An Afghan official says that at least 16 people, including four members of the security forces, died when a container full of explosives went off in the city of Kandahar.
Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor said 38 people, including six members of the security forces, were wounded in the explosion.
He added that there are at least five small children among those wounded.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban killed at least five members of a demining team in southern Kandahar province.
Zia Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says a sixth worker is missing and his fate is unknown following the attack on Monday morning in the district of Maiwand.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that at least five police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack on their patrol in southern Kandahar province.
A spokesman for the provincial chief police in Kandahar says nine other police were wounded in Sunday's attack in Marouf district near the border with Pakistan. The spokesman, Zia Durrani, says 15 Taliban fighters were killed and 11 others were wounded in the gunbattle.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Islamic State suicide bombers struck in Afghanistan's capital on Monday, killing 25 people, including nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack, in the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a bomb blast has killed five people, including a police commander, in the southern Kandahar province, an attack claimed by the Taliban.
A Kandahar police spokesman says Col. Janan Mama, commander of the border rapid reaction force, three of his police bodyguards and a civilian were killed in Wednesday's attack.
The spokesman, Zia Durrani, says the sticky bomb was placed on the commander's vehicle in Kandahar city, the provincial capital.
Afghans soon to fly missions with Black Hawks from US
KANADAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military has been flying UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter missions in Afghanistan for years, but the storied aircraft will soon take to the country's battlefields manned by pilots and crews from the Afghan military.
US will have role in Afghan reconciliation with Taliban
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. has a role to play in setting the conditions for members of the Taliban to lay down their weapons and move back into Afghanistan's society, the top U.S. commander for the war said Thursday.
Noting that integration talks are already going on behind the scenes, Gen. John Nicholson said U.S. and Afghan officials are working out a plan that will lay out how the U.S. will support the peace effort.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least seven people were killed when a bus collided with a car on the main highway in southern Kandahar province.
Qudratullah Khushbakht, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar, says 24 people, including women and children, were injured in the accident, which occurred on Wednesday on the main artery linking the Herat and Kandahar provinces.
Khushbakht blamed what he described as carelessness of both drivers for the accident.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities in Afghanistan say an attack on a district police headquarters in Kandahar province killed one police officer and wounded five.
Provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said the attack on Wednesday night in Spin Boldak district involved a bomber setting off an explosive at the entrance gate and then three gunmen opening fire.
Raziq told AP all four attackers were killed and the area is under control.
Afghan officials: Bombings kill 4 policemen, 4 civilians
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans officials say a suicide car bombing killed four policemen in southern Kandahar province while a motorcycle bomb blast in western Herat province killed four civilians.
Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar's police chief, says the suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car in front of the governor's compound in Maiwand district on Friday morning.