Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan Jan 13

    2 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan From Virginia, Illinois

    Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Military officials identified the two soldiers killed as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia; and 21-year-old Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Joliet, Illinois. Both soldiers were...

  • Afghanistan Jan 12

    2 US Service Members Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan

    Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement Saturday. In keeping with defense department rules, the U.S. military did not identify the service members. But a statement issued by Aurora, Illinois, Mayor Richard Irvin said Miguel Villalon, 21,...

  • Afghanistan Dec 30, 2019

    Taliban Attack Afghan Forces, Killing 14, After Announcing Cease-Fire

    The Taliban targeted a pro-government militia compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn on Monday, killing 14 members of the Afghan security forces, a local official. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Taliban Dec 30, 2019

    In Afghanistan, Jailed Taliban Await Peace, Their Freedom

    Thousands of Taliban prisoners jailed in Afghanistan as insurgents see a peace deal being hammered out between the United States and the Taliban as their ticket to freedom.

  • Afghanistan Dec 30, 2019

    Taliban Council Agrees to Ceasefire in Afghanistan

    The Taliban say the ruling council has agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide, without saying when it would begin. It provides a window during which a peace agreement with the United States could be signed. A peace deal would allow Washington to bring home its troops from Afghanistan and end its 18-year military engagement there, America’s longest. The U.S. wants...

  • President Trump Dec 30, 2019

    Trump Faces Raft of Foreign Policy Challenges in New Year

    President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he’ll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign.

  • New Jersey Dec 25, 2019

    Remains of Soldier From NJ Killed in Afghanistan Returned to US

    The remains of a 33-year-old American soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan have been returned to the United States, arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble of Washington Township, New Jersey, was killed Monday in a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province. The Taliban has claimed they were behind the attack. Goble was…

  • Afghanistan Dec 24, 2019

    Pentagon Says New Jersey Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    A 33-year-old American soldier was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said. The Taliban claimed they were behind a fatal roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province.

  • Afghanistan Dec 23, 2019

    US Soldier Is Killed in Afghanistan; Taliban Claim Attack

    An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the U.S. soldier. The latest fatality brings the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20. There have also been three non-combat...

  • Afghanistan Dec 22, 2019

    Afghan President Appears to Win New Term in Initial Results

    Afghanistan’s election commission said the president has won a second term, earning 50.64% of a preliminary vote count announced Sunday, but his opponents can still challenge the result.

    The Sept. 28 presidential poll results have been repeatedly delayed amid accusations of misconduct and technical problems with counting ballots.

  • Afghanistan Dec 15, 2019

    Trump Admin Intends to Announce Withdrawal of More Than 4,000 Troops From Afghanistan

    The Trump administration intends to announce the drawdown of more than 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as early next week, according to three current and former U.S. officials. The withdrawal will leave between 8,000 and 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said.

  • Afghanistan Dec 11, 2019

    US Considers Leaving Smaller Number of Troops in Afghanistan

    The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not disclose any potential troop totals, but he agreed that leaving a minimal U.S. footprint in...

  • Afghanistan Dec 10, 2019

    US Misled Public on Progress in Afghanistan War: Report

    The Washington Post reports that three White House administrations have misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn’t exist. Thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Post reveal deep frustrations about America’s conduct of the Afghanistan war, including the ever-changing U.S. strategy. The documents quote officials close to the 18-year war effort...

  • Afghanistan Dec 7, 2019

    US Opens First Round of Resurrected Peace Talks With Taliban

    U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday the first official talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce violence, with a permanent cease-fire being the eventual goal, said a U.S. statement. Khalilzad is also trying...

  • Dec 3, 2019

    ‘I’ve Made Mistakes’: Rep. Hunter Pleads Guilty

    Rep. Duncan Hunter speaks to media after pleading guilty in his corruption case.

  • Dec 3, 2019

    US Rep. Duncan Hunter Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

  • Dec 2, 2019

    US Rep. Hunter to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charge, Leave Seat

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he plans to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and is prepared to go to jail. It’s a stunning turn of events for the six-term Republican who had steadfastly denied wrongdoing and claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt by federal prosecutors. Hunter had pleaded not guilty, but in an interview that...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    The New ‘Three Amigos’ Riding Into Trump Impeachment Inquiry

    The “three amigos” used to stand for one thing in Washington — the pack of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots. Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys who pushed Ukraine to pursue investigations of Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden. The shift represents more than the appropriation...

  • Nov 25, 2019

    More Polio Cases Now Caused by Vaccine Than by Wild Virus

    Four African countries have reported new cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine, as global health numbers show there are now more children being paralyzed by viruses originating in vaccines than in the wild. In a report late last week, the World Health Organization and partners noted nine new polio cases caused by the vaccine in Nigeria, Congo, Central...

  • Nov 20, 2019

    2 US Service Members Killed in Chopper Crash in Afghanistan

    Two U.S. service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said without providing more details. The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire. However, the Taliban promptly claimed to have shot down the helicopter in eastern Logar...

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