Rahim Faiez, The Associated Press

  • An MQ-9 Reaper flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range, July 15, 2019. (Senior Airman Haley Stevens/Air Force)
    Afghan officials: US airstrike killed 10 civilians in Herat

    A drone attack carried out by U.S. forces earlier this month in western Afghanistan that apparently targeted a splinter Taliban group also killed at least 10 civilians, including three women and three children, an Afghan rights official and a council member said Wednesday.

  • In this file photo taken on May 28, 2019, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, third from left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
    Taliban council agrees to temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan

    The Taliban said Sunday they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide. It provides a window during which a peace agreement with the United States could be signed.

  • Newly graduated Afghan National Army march during their graduation ceremony after a 3-month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
    Civilian casualties at record-high levels in Afghanistan, UN report says

    Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.

  • Afghan security forces stand guard in front of an election poster for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 23, 2019. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
    Afghans face presidential vote amid violence, corruption

    Millions of Afghans are expected to go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, despite an upsurge of violence in the weeks since the collapse of a U.S.-Taliban deal to end America’s longest war, and the Taliban warning voters to say away from the polls.

  • Afghan police inspect the site of a suicide attack, in Parwan province of Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at over 20 people and wounding over 30. Ghani was present at the venue but was unharmed, according to his campaign chief. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
    Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48

    Separate attacks by suicide bombers — one targeting President Ashraf Ghani’s election rally and a second that ripped through the center of the Afghan capital — killed at least 48 people and wounded scores more Tuesday in the deadliest single day since a peace agreement with Taliban insurgents was declared dead.

  • An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. 1st Class Elis Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, past Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (Cliff Owen/AP)
    Pompeo: Taliban ‘overreached’ in attack that killed American service member

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban “overreached” with their car bomb attack in a diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing an American soldier — and that led President Donald Trump to pull back from planned Afghanistan peace talks at Camp David.

  • Smoke rises as angry Kabul residents set fire to part of the Green Village compound that has been attacked frequently, a day after a Taliban suicide attack in Kabul, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
    Taliban carry out Kabul suicide bombing even as peace deal with US nears

    The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all local civilians, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he and the militant group had reached a deal "in principle" to end America's longest war.

  • Afghan security forces arrive during a fight against Taliban fighters in Kunduz province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Bashir Khan Safi/AP)
    Draft of US-Taliban deal shared with Afghan leaders

    A U.S. envoy showed the draft of a U.S.-Taliban agreement to Afghan leaders on Monday after declaring they were “at the threshold” of a deal to end America’s longest war, officials said.