Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan | AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risks peace pact

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed fear that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan on Monday risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, Karzai worried the accelerated peace process was being hijacked by … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risks peace pact

KABUL, Afghanistan | Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Sibghatullah Mujadidi, who was Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of invading Soviet troops from Afghanistan and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government, has died. He was 93. His former spokesman Sharif Yusufi says Mujadidi died overnight Tuesday in the Afghan capital. During the 10-year invasion by the former … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

KABUL, Afghanistan | Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon’s top official has arrived in Afghanistan to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. The unannounced visit is the first for the acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan. He previously was the No. 2 official under Jim Mattis, who resigned as … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan leader speaks with Pompeo amid fresh peace efforts

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Tuesday in an apparent bid to reassert his authority as Washington accelerates its negotiations with the Taliban and as separate talks unfold in Moscow without the government’s involvement. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan leader speaks with Pompeo amid fresh peace efforts

Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and al-Qaida militants still … Continue reading Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan | US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan —January 28, 2019—The Afghan president’s office says U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials. Monday’s statement quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a cease-fire with the Taliban but that there was no progress yet … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

WASHINGTON | Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union

WASHINGTON — January 24, 2019—President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a week-long showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded Wednesday night that “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union