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United States

James Mackenzie

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

Dec 21 2018

KABUL Afghan officials and America's Western partners reacted with unease on Friday to reports that the United States planned to withdraw more than 5,000 of its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, after tentative steps toward peace talks.

Afghan forces seek to press Taliban by targeting field commanders

Dec 13 2018

KABUL Afghan forces, backed by U.S. advisers and air power, are targeting Taliban field commanders seen as a major obstacle to possible peace talks, as they step up military pressure on the insurgents, security officials said.

Afghan peace push backed by surge in air strikes, operations

Dec 05 2018

KABUL The death last week of the Taliban's senior leader in southern Afghanistan in a U.S. air strike highlights a surge in operations amid pressure to coax the increasingly confident insurgents to accept talks to end the 17-year war.

Three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Nov 27 2018

KABUL A roadside bomb blast killed three U.S. service members and wounded three others near the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Tuesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. | Video

Afghanistan prepares for election amid fraud allegations, fear of Taliban

Oct 06 2018

KABUL Najibullah, a 47 year-old shopkeeper in the main bazaar of Kabul's old city, is resisting the widespread pessimism and allegations of cheating that have hung over elections to Afghanistan's often-derided parliament this month.

Afghan Shi'ites brace for attacks ahead of Ashura celebration

Sep 19 2018

KABUL Afghan police and volunteer groups of armed civilians tightened controls across the capital Kabul on Wednesday ahead of Ashura, the holiest day of the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, following a series of attacks on Shi'ite targets by Islamic State militants.

New U.S. general arrives in Afghanistan with peace still distant

Sep 02 2018

KABUL U.S. Army General Scott Miller assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17-year conflict. | Video

New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

Aug 17 2018

CAMP DAHLKE, Afghanistan Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the U.S. army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in Afghanistan for years.

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record as suicide attacks surge

Jul 15 2018

KABUL The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record in the first half of the year, despite last month's ceasefire, with a surge in suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State, the United Nations said on Sunday.

U.S., Afghan forces clear Islamic State from eastern district

Jul 08 2018

DEH BALA, Afghanistan U.S. and Afghan Special Forces are completing an operation to clear Islamic State fighters from a remote district in Nangarhar, the eastern province where they have their main stronghold in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

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