Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have shot and killed a government official in the capital Kabul.
Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor's spokesman, says...
Afghan official: Policeman kills 3 fellow officers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that a policeman with links to the Taliban has killed three of his fellow police officers at a checkpoint in northern Balkh...
Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills at least 11 policemen
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack on a district headquarters in a remote area of northern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, killing at least 11 policemen and...
Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 2 civilians in south
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that a roadside bomb has killed at least two civilians in southern Kandahar province.
Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry,...
Official: Taliban suicide car bomber kills 4 Afghan troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a Taliban suicide car bomber has targeted an Afghan special forces base on the outskirts of Kabul, killing at least four troops.
No deal announced as US, Taliban wrap up latest talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday without any sign a peace deal had been reached for Afghanistan, as both sides said...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official said Sunday that the government would hold its first-ever direct talks with the Taliban within two weeks, but the insurgents quickly denied any such...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least three police officers were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a district police headquarters in eastern Ghazni...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The head of a local radio station in eastern Afghanistan says it was shut down after repeated threats from the area's Taliban commander.
US, Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan...
Police: Suicide car bomb hits Afghan capital, kills 4
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb targeting a U.S. convoy exploded early Friday in an eastern Kabul neighborhood, leaving four Afghan civilians dead and three wounded and lightly wounding four...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A deadly Taliban attack on U.S.-based aid group in the Afghan capital has raised concerns among other relief organizations that they could be targeted.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban say a fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is to start in Qatar, where the religious movement maintains a political...
Afghan official: vice president unhurt in Taliban ambush
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that Afghanistan's vice president, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, has escaped unharmed after Taliban ambushed his convoy while traveling form northern...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say the latest Taliban attacks have killed 17 policemen across the country.
Nik Mohammad Nazari, spokesman in northern Badakhshan province, says...
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.
Afghan official: Attack on security convoy in Kabul kills 3
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.